Student Conduct

  • All students come to school wanting to learn, to be challenged, and to be successful. When mistakes happen, we will intervene to redirect student behavior and to ensure that learning continues, and we will also use mistakes as opportunities to learn and grow together as a community.

    Highline Public Schools has adopted ‘Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports’ (PBIS) as a model to help guide our behavior and our interventions. PBIS is a framework used to support the social and behavioral competence of all students in a school.

    Within PBIS, there is a continuum of intervention levels that can address the needs of all students. Policy 3235 lays out our PBIS model, and each school is expected to have a PBIS plan and an identified coordinator. The PBIS model helps schools identify the interventions and supports that will help students stay in school and be successful, and schools are implementing these plans as we continue to work to eliminate out-of-school suspensions except when necessary for student or staff safety. School-based interventions will be supported by the district through professional development, assistance in developing intervention plans, and other support as necessary.

    It is important for students to recognize that student conduct impacts the learning and working environment for the whole school. As a general rule, no student will receive a short-term or long-term suspension unless the student’s conduct poses a safety risk or the school believes that previous interventions have not been successful. The conduct identified in the Glossary of Inappropriate Conduct does not meet Highline Public Schools’ expectations for our students, and warrants interventions when such behavior occurs on school grounds, on a school trip, or on school transportation. Conduct marked with an asterisk (*) is considered exceptional misconduct and will result in a suspension for the first offense. See Policy and Procedure 3240 for additional details.