The Wayside Way
The Wayside code of conduct is designed to reflect a balance between group and individual rights and responsibilities, and to inform students, staff, and parents of the expectations for behavior at school.
School discipline is a joint effort by the staff, community, and students. The cooperation of this partnership at Wayside can encourage and teach children respect for themselves and for others. By working together we can provide a safe and pleasant environment where our students can learn.
There are three criteria that need to be taught to children in order for them to make responsible choices regarding their behavior. They are:
Respect for Oneself - All children will try to avoid situations that could bring about physical or mental harm to themselves.
Respect for the Rights of Others - Each child will avoid situations that could bring about physical harm to others and will show respect towards others in both words and actions.
Respect for Property - Children will use materials and property in the manner in which they were intended to be used.
The behavior expectations described in the “Wayside Way” is designed to help children develop into self-disciplined and self-reliant students, capable of making appropriate choices for situations as they occur throughout the school setting.
Statement of Disciplinary Action
Most disciplinary situations at Wayside involve disciplinary actions such as a conference, practicing appropriate behavior, loss of privileges, etc. When a staff member involved no longer meets success in dealing with a situation, the matter is referred to the school administrators. For serious infractions minimum or initial steps may be by-passed and the matter will be handled by the school administrators immediately. The school administrators will follow guidelines outlined in the MCPS Code of Conduct document when making decisions about disciplinary issues.