Be Safe. Be Respectful. Be Responsible.
It’s a mantra we live by here in the Delavan-Darien School District.
You see it when you walk the halls at DDHS. You know it as soon as you walk through the front doors of Phoenix Middle School.
Soon, you’ll know it at all three of our elementary schools, too. We’re talking about the Comet Code, which is our way of talking about Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.
Using the three keys of being safe, respectful and responsible, it’s a system of setting consistent and easy-to-follow school rules and expectations. The idea is to share common language across the school buildings and grades so students know what to expect, what’s allowed and what isn’t allowed in all areas of the school from classrooms to playgrounds.
The system also puts an emphasis on recognizing positive behaviors and improving behaviors and leadership.
PBIS and the Comet Code have been at Phoenix and DDHS for several years and both schools are seeing fewer negative behaviors resulting in fewer office visits, suspensions, and expulsions.
That leads to better school learning environments for all students, and more time in the classroom learning.
“We’ve seen this work at the secondary level and we’re excited to bring it to our elementaries,” said Pupil Services Director Sara Halberg. “The system provides consistency and more positivity so that our students will be more focused on learning.”