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Behavior Guidelines and Expectations/OOS Handbook

  1. Behavior Guidelines and Expectations

  2. A full copy of the 2023-2024 School Year Handbook has been emailed to all participants.  You can also find an electronic copy HERE.


    (reviewed daily by staff with students):



    • Promptly follow staff instructions for safety.
    • Respect everyone, equipment, and property. No insults, teasing, threats, or bullying. Work well with staff and peers.
    • Participate reasonably and avoid disrupting activities.
    • Keep hands, feet, objects to yourself unless part of staff-led activity. No hitting, biting, fighting, theft, or damage. Endangering safety of others will not be tolerated.
    • No drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or inappropriate behavior.
    • Stay with assigned leaders.  Do not leave the program without an authorized adult.
    • Use appropriate language – no cursing, vulgar, or sexual discussions.
    • Adhere to field trip rules from team leaders, drivers, and venue management.
    • Keep site clean and safe by cleaning up after yourself.

    At our programs, we want to make sure that everyone is safe and happy. We have a behavior policy to help us achieve this goal. 


  6. Low Concern Incident Response:

    If a child is being overly disruptive, we will talk to them about their behavior and try to correct it by giving them a time-out or an alternative activity.

    If the disruptive behavior continues, we will contact the parent or an eligible emergency contact and ask them to work with us to resolve the issue.

    If the behavior still doesn't improve, we will send the child home for the day.

    General Discipline Procedure:

    If a child violates our program rules or the low concern incident report process is ineffective, we will follow a discipline procedure.

    For the first occurrence, we will notify the parent or guardian, and the child will be ineligible for the program for the remainder of the day and the next scheduled day.

    For the second occurrence, we will contact the parent or guardian for immediate pickup, and the child will be excluded from the program for three days. A formal meeting may be requested by staff or parent/guardian.

    For the third occurrence, we will contact the parent or guardian for immediate pickup, and the child will no longer be eligible for the program. Future participation will be subject to LVPR staff & manager review.

    Accelerated Steps:

    We prioritize a safe and respectful environment for all participants in our program. To ensure clarity and fairness in our disciplinary approach, we want to emphasize that our disciplinary process is not based on a "three strikes" model for the same issue. Our goal is to address behaviors that significantly disrupt the program's harmony or pose a risk to the safety and well-being of participants and staff. 

    It's important to note that certain behaviors will be treated as compounded offenses, where consecutive incidents of misconduct within a short timeframe will lead to escalated consequences. For example, if a child engages in disrespectful language towards a staff member and then engages in a separate incident, such as damaging property shortly after, these incidents will be treated as a pattern of behavior rather than isolated events.

    Extreme Violations - Accelerated Steps (These are examples):

    1. Physical Harm Attempt: If a child intentionally attempts to physically harm a staff member or another child, such as striking with a closed fist, immediate action will be taken. This will not follow the standard disciplinary steps and will result in escalated consequences directly.

    2. Serious Disruption: In situations where a child's actions result in a serious disruption, such as screaming at staff and fleeing the premises, leading to staff members leaving their posts or children being unsupervised, traditional disciplinary steps will be bypassed due to the severity of the incident.

    In these cases, we will prioritize the safety and well-being of all participants by implementing appropriate consequences without adhering to the general discipline procedure. Our focus remains on creating a secure and respectful environment for everyone involved.


  9. Parental Conduct Guidelines:

    It is mandatory for parents and staff to communicate in a manner that is suitable for children. The use of inappropriate language, including swearing, as well as verbal or physical threats, or any form of disrespectful or aggressive behavior, will not be tolerated under any circumstances. If a staff member identifies a primary guardian who violates these expectations, that individual will no longer be allowed on agency property. In the event that no alternate primary pickup arrangement is approved, the agency reserves the right to dis-enroll the child.

    Threats in any form will not be accepted or tolerated. All threats will be promptly reported to the appropriate authorities and pursued legally. While we recognize and acknowledge apologies, a second chance will not be provided so that we can maintain a safe and secure environment for all.

    Positive Discipline - Behavior Correction:

    We encourage positive discipline and cooperation among parents, children, and staff. While we understand that discipline is a necessary part of raising and guiding children, we want to emphasize that using physical or verbal punishment is strictly prohibited within our program.

    Parents are kindly requested to refrain from engaging in any form of verbal intimidation or derogatory language towards their child or any other child attending the program. Additionally, parents should avoid intervening directly with other children's behavior. Instead, we ask that parents communicate concerns to our staff members, who will handle behavior correction appropriately.

    By working together, we can create a supportive and nurturing environment that promotes healthy communication, positive behavior, and the overall well-being of every child in our program.

  11. By typing your initials below, you are indicating that you have read and discussed the Longview Parks and Recreation Guidelines and Discipline Policy with your child, and that both of you understand and agree to the information provided.

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