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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien,WA 98166

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Classroom & School Level Interventions

When considering what an appropriate response would be for a particular behavior, please consider the following alternatives to suspensions that could take place.

Classroom or Activity Area

  • Student tells their account of the incident
  • Student determines how to repair the harm
  • Self-reflection activity
  • Reteach behavioral expectations
  • Behavior agreement with recognition system
  • Change in environment (special seating, providing a distraction, removal of triggers, use of a break system)
  • Increased proximity when discussing the situation
  • Student spends extra time in classroom where harm occurred to repair the relationship(s) with staff/students
  • Loss of classroom  privileges
  • Offer leadership opportunities in classroom to highlight strengths
  • Teach replacement skills directly related to behavior of concern
  • Model replacement skills directly related to behavior of concern
  • Teacher or designated staff counsels with student in private
  • School leaders take over instruction, allowing the teacher to step out of the classroom to problem solve with the student in private
  • Teacher or designated staff notifies parent/guardian
  • Teacher or designated staff counsels with student and if possible, the parent/guardian
  • Social-emotional check in

School Level

  • Family conference with teacher, school staff and administrator
  • Complete a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)
  • Create a  Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)
  • Behavior coaching for the student
  • Reevaluate support/safety plans that are currently in place
  • Peer mediation
  • Restorative practices
  • Referral to school level support staff (counselor, social worker, nurse, Health Center)
  • Mediation
  • Restitution of damages or stolen property
  • Loss of computer privileges
  • Loss of credit
  • Community/school service
  • Class schedule change
  • Informal/formal check ins with designated staff
  • Development of support, safety or crisis plan
  • Detention (before school, after school, Saturday, or free period for a set period of time)
  • Referral to Student Intervention Team (SIT)
  • If the student has a disability, reviewing and revising IEP (Individualized Education Plan) or 504 plan
  • Pair student with a mentor
  • Referral to community agency for support with identified needs (housing, food stability, leadership development, mental health counseling, social skill development, drug and alcohol assessment/treatment, etc.)