Behavior Standards Policy
MPS has engaged more than 1,000 students, families and staff to develop the MPS Behavior Standards Policy to reduce suspensions and out-of-class time, especially for African American males and students receiving special education services. Students cannot learn if they are not in school.
The rate at which students of color—especially African-American males—are suspended and disciplined in MPS is alarming. In the 2013-2014 school year, 1 in 10 African-American males in MPS were suspended versus 1 in 82 white males. Current practices and policy have had an adverse impact on students and our ability to close the achievement gap.
The Behavior Standards Policy provides a vision for a change in practice: We must set high expectations for staff members to engage and help students reach behavior expectations. Staff must set clear and high expectations, define consistent responses and find alternatives to suspensions, especially in early grades.
Data on MPS suspension and referral rates are now available.
Mission: To support all schools as the Unit of Change by developing positive engagement and equitable discipline practices for the academic and social success of all children.
Vision: Our engagement practices, culturally relevant instruction and beneficial partnerships will give all students, families, staff and community members the opportunity to holistically support and enjoy a positive school-wide experience.
Positive School-wide Engagement Team
Principal on Special Assignment
Disctrict Program Facilitator for K-8 East
District Program POSA for High Priority Schools
District Program Facilitator for Middle Schools
District Program Facilitator for K-8 Magnet
District Progam Facilitator for High Schools
District Program Facilitator for K-8 West
Restorative Practices Coordinator
For families with formal complaints regarding discipline issues, please contact:
Positive Behavior Coordinator
OCR Resolution Agreement with MPS
Behavior standards data
Positive School Climate
Positive Schoolwide Engagement Plan template
Classroom Engagement Plan template
Behavior Standards presentation to Board of Education, Nov. 10, 2014
Press release – Nov. 7, 2014: Reducing the disproportionality in suspensions by 2018
School Resource Officers roles and responsibilities
Behavior Standards and Code of Conduct: Policy 5200; Regulations 5200A and 5200B
The policy sets clear expectations, defines consistent responses and helps staff members find alternatives to suspensions, especially in early grades. The Behavior Levels help guide staff in determining appropriate responses to behaviors. It also works to eliminate the disproportionate negative impact our current practices have on students of color and those who receive Special Education services. MPS engaged over 1,000 students, families and staff to develop the new discipline policy.