The Comet Code

The Comet Code: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe

In the 2010-2011 school year, D-DHS implemented an approach to student life call Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). The focus of PBIS is to provide a clear system for all expected behaviors at D-DHS.

While many faculty and students may have assumptions of what is expected behavior, we cannot assume that everyone’s beliefs are similar. Through PBIS, we will work to create and maintain a productive, safe environment in which ALL community members have clear expectations and understandings of their role at DDHS.

D-DHS will be using the following steps to implement PBIS:

1. Behavioral Expectations are Defined.

A small number of clearly defined behavioral expectations are defined in positive, simple, rules. Delavan-Darien High School’s Comet Code is:

  • Be Respectful
  • Be Responsible
  • Be Safe
    (See table of expectations below)

2. Behavioral Expectations are Taught.

The behavioral expectations are taught to all students in the building and are taught in real contexts. Teaching appropriate behavior involves much more than simply telling students what behaviors they should avoid. The behavior expectations define what we expect to see in our school environment.

3. Appropriate Behaviors are Acknowledged.

Once appropriate behaviors have been defined and taught, they need to be acknowledged on a regular basis. D-DHS has designed a formal system that reqards positive behaviors.

4. Behavioral Errors are Corrected Proactively.

Be RespectfulBe ResponsibleBe Safe
All Settings, All TimesUse Appropriate Language

Food and drink remain in designated areas

Follow the dress code

Keep electronic devices off and out-of-sight (including MP3 players, cell phones, wires and earbuds)

Remove hats and hoods upon entering the building

Store hats and coats in your locker during school hours

Be on time

Keep hands, feet, and objects to self

Avoid physical and verbal conflict

Report vandalism and unsafe behaviors to staff

Study HallUse quiet voices

Ask permission to use materials

Return materials

Be prepared

Be productive

Remain seated

Use materials properly

BathroomsDispose of waste appropriately

Flush the toilet

Respect the privacy of others

Have your handbook/pass

Use nearest bathroom

Wash hands

Keep feet on the floor

Parking LotsUse assigned parking lot

Respect other’s property

Keep parking lot clean

Follow traffic patterns and signs

Drive with caution

Honor the “rules of the road”

Use sidewalks and crosswalks

LMC/Computer LabsTreat books and computers with care

Stay on assigned programs and teacher-approved websites

Work on assigned task

Save your work

Use space for designated purpose

Have your ID card

Stay at assigned computer/table

Log off when leaving computer unattended

Keep your password(s) private

HallwaysUse quiet voices

Respect the space and property of others

Ask permission before entering the hallway during class-time

Carry your handbook/pass

Keep moving

Keep hall clean and neat

Keep your locker locked

Keep your combo private

Follow safety procedures in an emergency

Report unsafe behaviors

CafeteriaDisplay good manners

Wait your turn in line

Be respectful to cafeteria staff

Have ID ready

Clean up after yourself

Recycle items

Leave backpacks in locker

Report spills/messes

Use utensils to serve self

AuditoriumRemain quiet during performances

Respond appropriately to
performances

Sit in seat with feet on the groundFile in and out in orderly manner

Remain in seat during performances

After SchoolBe considerate of other people and activitiesBe with a teacher, coach, or advisor; or, Exit building by 2:45 p.m. (15 minutes after last bell)Keep hands, feet, and objects to self

Avoid physical and verbal conflict

Report vandalism and unsafe
behaviors to staff

CommonsDisplay good manners

Appreciate displays of student work

Model a positive and welcoming attitude

Clean up after self

Recycle

Keep hands, feet, and objects to self

Avoid physical and verbal conflict

Report vandalism and unsafe behaviors to staff

Outside GroundsRespect school property and property of others

Use appropriate volume for activity

Stay in appropriate and supervised locations

Clean-up after self

Follow guidelines of handbook
School ActivitiesBe considerate of others

Represent school in a positive way

Return paperwork and follow procedures for events-on time

Leave area as you found it

Follow directions

Follow guidelines of handbook

Athletics EventsDisplay good sportsmanship at all times

Treat athletes, officials, fans, and coaches with respect

Cheer in a positive manner using appropriate school cheers

Dress appropriately for all sporting events

Keep spectator areas clean

Spectate in appropriate designated areas

Avoid horseplay

When students violate behavioral expectations, clear procedures are needed for providing information to students that behavior was unacceptable. Staff will re-teach, pre-correct, and/or re-direct behaviors as needed.
Parents are encouraged to talk to their high school student(s) about the expectations at school and the importance of continuing to demonstrate behaviors in The Comet Code. A detailed list of rules that reflect the three expectations are printed in Delavan-Darien Student and Parent Handbook. With your continued support and involvement, Delavan-Darien High School will remain a school where students can excel.

Dress Code

Students are expected to dress appropriately for school and all school-sponsored events. The following are guidelines for students dress and grooming at D-DHS.

Students must be fully clothed at all times. Bare midriffs, straps less than one and one-half inches (1.5″) in width, or see-through garments without proper undergarments are not permissible.

  • Footwear must be worn at all times.
  • No swimwear or sleepwear is permissible.
  • Any form of headwear is not to be worn in the building.
  • No undergarments should be visible.
  • Inappropriate pictures, words, or messages on apparel, on the student, or in the student’s possession will not be permitted. This includes clothing advertising drugs, weapons of any kind, alcohol, tobacco, containing profanity, having sexual connotations, or gang related.
  • Sunglasses, chains, apparel with spikes, dog collars, or other objects on or with the student determined to be inappropriate by the school administration shall not be permitted in the building.
  • Coats must be placed in lockers immediately upon entering the building.
  • Clothing, jewelry, tattoos, or other personal items which are associated with any illegal activity, satanic cult, gang activity, or hate group shall not be worn or displayed by any students.

In no case will D-DHS allow dress or grooming that would, in the opinion of the administration, be:

  • disruptive or interfere with the learning process;
  • unsafe or harmful;
  • not in keeping with good health standards;
  • the cause of excessive maintenance problems, such as cleats on boots, shoes that scratch floors or trousers with metal inserts that scratch furniture;
  • considered vulgar or indecent.

Examples of what to wear/what not to wear

PBIS

PBIS: The Comet Code

Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) is a systemic approach to proactive, school-wide behavior based on a Response to Intervention (RtI) model.

PBIS applies evidence-based programs, practices and strategies for all students to increase academic performance, improve safety, decrease problem behavior, and establish a positive school culture. In short, it teaches children how to behave by reinforcing positive behavior, versus only giving them a list of the rules and consequences of not following them.

According to Wisconsin School News magazine, “PBIS emphasizes a school-wide system of support that includes proactive strategies for defining, teaching and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments.”

Delavan-Darien High School adopted the PBIS method beginning in the 2010-11 school year. School staff members and administrators were trained in PBIS the prior year and began implementing the changes at the start of the school year.

Schools implementing PBIS build on existing strengths, complementing and organizing current programming and strategies. The PBIS model has been successfully implemented in hundreds of schools in over 40 states, resulting in dramatic reductions in disciplinary interventions and increases in academic achievement. Suspensions and expulsion numbers have dropped in schools that use PBIS, while they are seeing test scores rise and having better success meeting Adequate Yearly Progress Goals mandated by federal No Child Left Behind laws.

Four Elements of PBIS

PBIS applies a team-based, problem-solving process that considers systems, data, practices, and outcomes:

  • Systems include the policies, procedures, and decision-making processes that consider school-wide, classroom, and individual student systems. Systems support accurate and durable implementation of practices and use data-based decision-making.
  • Data are used to guide decision-making processes and measure outcomes. Data support the selection and evaluation of practices and systems.
  • Practices include the strategies and programs that are used to directly enhance student learning outcomes and teacher instructional approaches.
  • Outcomes are academic and behavioral targets that are endorsed and emphasized by students, families and educators and are measured using the gathered data.

PBIS Links

PBIS website

PBIS summary (from PositiveAction.net)