Good discipline is essential for learning to take place. No student has the right to keep the teacher from teaching or other students from learning.
Candler Elementary has implemented a program called PBIS. PBIS means Positive Behavior Intervention and Support and is a county-wide program that is used to increase positive behaviors in and around the school. PBIS is different from traditional discipline in schools. Traditional discipline is reactive, responding to problem behaviors and trying to reduce them through punishment. PBIS is proactive, using teaching to replace undesired behaviors with new skills, and creating a new kind of school climate that teaches these appropriate skills and rewards appropriate behaviors. In traditional discipline the focus is on what’s going wrong, and in PBIS the focus is on what students are doing right! The Candler School Promise outlines our behavior expectations. Please talk to your children about how PBIS is being used in their class (earning CATS tickets, special recognition, shopping at the CATS store and holding school-wide assemblies). Parents will be notified of behavioral concerns through our various "think sheets" and office referral forms. We ask that you discuss these concerns with your children, sign the form and return it to school.
We have established the Candler CATS behavior matrices to set behavior expectations and provide examples of desired behavior in all school areas. Together (TEAMWORK), we encourage one another and expect behavior that exemplifies CARING and respect. We want to keep our ATTITUDE positive so our school will be a positive place. To respect our school, each other, and to maximize learning, we must show SELF-CONTROL. It is through this CATS lens that we view ourselves and set our goals.
The following list offers several examples of CATS behaviors as well as poor choices to avoid. Use this list to help you as you strive to be one of the Candler CATS. Any undesirable act that is not specifically listed in this handbook will be addressed on an individual basis. Administrators can use consequences like verbal warnings, “think sheets”, time-outs, parent contact, loss of privileges, short-term, or long-term suspensions as needed to address behavior concerns. Consequences are determined by the severity and frequency of the behavior issue.
- Students will work to meet Candler CATS expectations and keep the school promise.
- Students will move about campus in a calm and orderly manner.
- Students will keep hands and feet to themselves at all times in the school, on the playground, and on the bus. Fighting will not be tolerated
- Students will be respectful of others. Threats, bullying, and inappropriate language will not be tolerated.
- Students will be honest and always refrain from cheating or stealing.
- Students may not bring weapons, drugs, or alcohol to school (including bus stop and bus). The school must follow Buncombe County guidelines to notify the Sheriff’s Department and take other mandatory steps as a consequence.
- Students should not bring any pocket knife to school. Possession of a pocket knife must be reported to law enforcement and could count as a “violent incident” for our school. Other consequences, including suspension from school, may be assigned.
- Possession of a cell phone by a student at school is strongly discouraged. Students should NOT have phones out at any time while at the bus stop or on the bus. A cell phone can only be out on campus when directed by the teacher as part of BYOD (see pp. 9-11).
- Students should never damage school property. They (and/or their parents) will be responsible for clean-up, repairs, and/or replacement.
- Students should leave all toys and electronic items (like games, cameras, music players, and the like) at home unless requested in writing by the teacher. These items are subject to being confiscated.
- Students may not sell products at school without permission from the principal.
- Gang and gang-related activities are prohibited (see Buncombe County Schools webpage for definitions and consequences).
For more information about behavior and discipline, please refer to BCS Board Policies 4300, 4302, 4302-R, 4303, 4307, 4320, 4325, 4328, 4330, 4331, 4333, 4340, 4341, 4243 at:
If you do not have Internet access and you would like to review these policies, please make this request at the main office.