During the 2021-2022 school year, Norfolk Public Schools administration convened a committee to develop a plan to improve student behavior. Committee members invited to participate included sixty-two people representing various positions in the school division. The Norfolk Parent Teacher Association president received an invitation to include families from across the school division as well. The committee met during the school year and shared perspectives on school discipline and student conduct. The committee identified student behaviors for all schools to address to the degree needed.
These behaviors listed below will be addressed through providing staff resources and strategies to decrease and/or eliminate them.
- Mutually conflictual behaviors
- Antisocial behaviors
- Attention seeking behaviors
- Disengagement behaviors
The committee identified student behaviors for all schools to address to the degree needed. These behaviors are listed below and will be addressed through resources and strategies to support students in developing these traits.
- Coping skills
- Social media use
The committee identified adult behaviors for all schools to address to the degree needed. These behaviors are listed below along with resources and strategies to support staff in building capacity in these areas.
- Classroom management
- Student engagement
- Addressing student disrespect
- Avoiding burnout
- Building staff morale
- Developing self-awareness
- Developing coping skills
The committee emphasized the need to support both student and staff behaviors on how to work and be a part of positive learning environments and what to do when behaviors that disrupt or distract from teaching and learning occur. Student education and professional development provided through the multitiered systems of support will result in improved student behavior and academic outcomes.