• School Wide Behavior System

    Gordon Parks Academy adheres to the Wichita Public School polices and Student Code of Conduct. The purpose of the Student Code of Conduct, which reflects our Board of Education Policies, is to communicate clear expectations for student behavior. Proper student behavior is necessary to ensure academic success, order, safety and the best possible learning environment.

    At Gordon Parks Academy all teachers will have their own classroom management plan they should share with you via newsletter or Open House or both. In addition to this, the school has a system in place that is standard for all classrooms and all staff. Students are expected to follow the school wide common area (lunch, hallway, bathroom, etc.) rules and teacher classroom rules and procedures.

    When student behavior violations occur, we expect teachers to use redirection to get students back on track. Teachers and staff use a variety of behavior interventions to assist students in correcting their behavior, including the Demerit System. Listed below are some of the common schoolwide interventions used at Gordon Parks Academy.


    Throughout the year students will have several opportunities and various ways to earn rewards and incentives based on positive displays of behavior and our Guidelines for Success.


    FOCUS Bucks:


    • Staff are on the lookout for students actively displaying our Guidelines for Success. Students will be awarded a “FOCUS Buck” ticket for each instance a staff member recognizes the positive behavior.
    • Students can redeem their FOCUS bucks for prizes from the Trailblazer Store.

    All Achievers parties

    • Each quarter, students may be eligible to attend parties for not having any office referrals AND have passing grades in all subjects.

    Classroom Incentives

    • In addition to the schoolwide incentives, teachers often provide their own rewards for positive student behavior within their own classroom. Each teacher’s incentives vary based on their individual classroom management plan.

    Schoolwide Responses to Discipline

    On the Spot Correction: Teachers and staff are the first line of correction for mild student misbehaviors in the school setting. They may verbally or non-verbally cue students into correcting their behavior, privately speak with them about their decision, offer options for acceptable replacement behaviors, reteach and have students practice expectations, remove a privilege, or assign an appropriate mild consequence.

    Demerit code: Demerits are intended to address minor to moderate infractions for grades 5-8. Higher level or more serious incidents will result in other interventions (i.e. buddy room, office referrals, etc.). Each month students in grades 5-8 will receive an agenda insert page for demerit tracking. Students are responsible for keeping and maintaining this insert throughout the month. Students who cannot present their demerit agenda insert at the time of a violation will receive an After School Detention.

    If a student receives a demerit, the teacher or staff member will document the occasion on their insert. Demerits serve as a record of a student’s conduct and after every six (6) demerits acquired by a student, his/her parents or guardians will be notified that their help is needed to help correct the behavior. Students will be given one demerit each time a violation occurs.

    Demerit processA student will receive a demerit for any of the following behaviors, though demerits may also be assigned at the discretion of the administration in certain irregular cases not covered by the list below.

    1. Disruptive behaviors in any school setting
    2. Dress Code Violation (includes ID violations)
    3. Unauthorized food, gum or drink
    4. Inappropriate language or gestures
    5. Unexcused tardy
    6. Disrespect towards people or property
    7. Unprepared for class
    8. Unsafe/disorderly behavior

    The school’s method for additional intervention/consequences based on demerit accumulation will be followed as shown below:


    6 demerits = 1 after school detention (with parent contact)

    12 demerits = 2 after school detentions and parent conference with teacher/team

    18 demerits = Office referral + 1 whole day In-school Suspension

    24 demerits = Office referral + parent meeting + In-School or Out of School Suspension

    **Note** Demerit totals begin at zero (0) at the start of each month.

     Safe Seat: The safe seat is a desk or table that is separate from the rest of the class but is still in the classroom. Students may be asked to fill out a reflection form to process and think through their choices. After the students reflect and process with the teacher they rejoin the classroom as usual. This intervention requires no administration involvement.

    Buddy Room: On the occasions that student misbehavior extends beyond the safe seat intervention, they may be removed from the classroom to a “buddy room”. Students will be sent to a neighboring classroom with a packet of work, a buddy room documentation form, and possibly a think sheet to reflect. The buddy room is another classroom in the school and the student will sit in that classroom’s safe seat.  When students are sent to the buddy room, it is an expectation that teachers notify the parent/guardian that his or her child’s behavior was such that it warranted being removed from the classroom for a short time. The teacher may not be able to call that instant but the expectation is that a phone call, email, or other preferred communication is made that day or after school.

    Discipline Incident Referral: Demerits, safe seats, and buddy rooms are intended to address minor to moderate infractions. Higher level or more serious incidents will result in other interventions including a discipline incident referral (also called an office referral). Discipline Incident Referrals may be submitted by teachers and staff who witness volatile, unlawful, or dangerous behaviors that substantially disrupt the learning environment. Students may also receive Discipline Incident Referrals for incidents that have been reported, investigated, and determined to be valid by administration. In some cases, students may be asked to wait in the office or another room while an incident is investigated by administration. While we attempt to investigate quickly and minimize the amount of time during the process, students may miss instruction time as a result. It is our expectation that the staff or teachers contact parents/guardians first when they refer a student for a violation. Administration may contact parents/guardians as well if the violation results in an After School Detention, In-School Suspension, or Out of School Suspension.

    Lunch Detention Procedures

    Students may be assigned lunch/recess detention by an administrator. Those students will report to lunch and sit in the designated detention space for the duration of both lunchtime and recess. They will return to class following the scheduled lunch/recess time.

    Student Code of Conduct

    Types of behaviors that are not allowed under our Student Code of Conduct


    Which includes hitting, fighting, inappropriate touching, bullying, threatening words or actions and the possession and use of weapons. Students are encouraged to use appropriate verbal means of settling conflict or seek help from an adult staff member. The board policy on fighting does not differentiate administrative action based on who struck first and retaliation is not considered “self-defense”. (BOE policies: P1116 Sexual Harassment of Students; P1119 Harassment of Pupils; P1462 Pupil Behavior – Assault/Battery of Staff Member; P1464 Pupil Behavior – Regulations; P1466 Possession or Use of Weapons; P5113 Suspension and/or Expulsion of Students)


    Which includes actions that interfere with the learning process for students and the teacher’s ability to teach. Disruptions to the learning process or school environment will typically result in exclusion from the educational setting. (BOE Policies: P1464 Pupil Behavior – Regulations; P1465 Pupil Behavior – Alcohol, Drugs, Drug Paraphernalia and/or Other Controlled Substances; P1473 Standardized Dress Codes – Regulations; P5112 Pupil Classroom Discipline; P5113 Suspension and/or Expulsion of Students)


    Which is the failure to comply with the reasonable directions of school staff and failing to follow school rules. Students will be given opportunities to correct themselves or make appropriate choices before disciplinary action is taken. Staff members must be able to efficiently manage groups of students, and failure to comply with staff requests and instructions undermine their ability to do so. (BOE policies: P1464 Pupil Behavior – Regulations; P5113 Suspension and/or Expulsion of Students)


    Which includes stealing, cheating, plagiarism and lying. Dishonesty not only invades upon the educational rights of other students, but may also cause the school to spend excessive time investigating occurrences which in turn substantially disrupts the educational setting and learning process. (BOE policies: P1464 Pupil Behavior – Regulations; P5113 Suspension and/or Expulsion of Students)


    Which includes destroying, defacing or vandalizing school property and the property of others. (BOE policies: P1464 Pupil Behavior – Regulations; P5113 Suspension and/or Expulsion of Students)


    Which includes any show of disrespect by word or action toward staff or other students. As part of the learning process, staff are required to give directives and instructions to students. They are also tasked with implementing our schoolwide behavior protocols. Students who disagree or are upset with a staff member may not display any disrespect to staff by word or action. Students are also expected to show respect to each other during school and school sponsored activities. (BOE policies: P1464 Pupil Behavior – Regulations; P5113 Suspension and/or Expulsion of Students)