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Civility Policy

Approved: August 20, 2018

It is the policy of Connecting Waters Charter Schools that all school personnel, staff, students, and students' parents are required to be civil in all of their interpersonal school-related interactions.

Civility does not require an unqualified agreement or conformity of opinion. Under no circumstances will un-civil conduct at any school-related activity be tolerated.

For purposes of this policy, to be civil means to act with self discipline in a courteous, respectful and orderly manner in every interpersonal communication and behavior. It also means that a person will treat other people as he or she would like to be treated.

Un-civil conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • using an inappropriately loud voice;
  • using profane, vulgar, or obscene words or gestures;
  • belittling, jeering, or taunting; using personal epithets;
  • using violent or aggressive gestures or body-language;
  • repeatedly and inappropriately interrupting another speaker;
  • repeatedly demanding personal attention at inappropriate times;
  • purposefully and inappropriately invading personal space;
  • purposefully ignoring appropriate communications;
  • wrongfully interfering with another person's freedom of movement;
  • wrongfully invading another person's private possessions; or,
  • any other behavior that inappropriately disrupts school-related activities.

An expression of disagreement or a discussion of a controversial viewpoint is not uncivil if such expression or discussion is appropriately presented and does not disrupt a school-related activity.

Any school personnel who are un-civil shall be subject to disciplinary action. Any student that is un-civil shall be subject to an administrative hearing and review for expulsion or dismissal.

In the event that any student's parent is un-civil during a school-related activity, school personnel to whom the un-civility is directed shall immediately tell the parent to communicate or act civilly. If the parent fails to correct the un-civil behavior as directed, the affected school personnel shall notify the parent that the school activity is immediately terminated for them and their student(s), and the affected school personnel shall refer the matter to school administrative personnel for further administrative or legal action, which may include, but may not be limited to, a prohibition from any further participation in school-related activities.