It is the ability to show honor, esteem, and consideration for others. It is the ability to show compassion toward others. Respect for others is closely related to respect for oneself. Those who lack self-respect usually do not give respect to others. Respect is important to give and to receive. It shows that you think the other person has value and importance. It is an unspoken communication that occurs between people. It is an attitude as well as a personal quality, an important “ingredient” of life.
A core value of our district; the ability to act and/or make decisions on one’s own without supervision. It is an obligation/expectation to carry forward a task to a successful end. Those practicing responsibility will think before acting, expect accountability for his/her actions, will admit mistakes and plan for correction of those mistakes. In the words of Henry Ward Beecher, an abolitionist, “Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you, never excuse yourself.
Student perception of school safety is associated with violence in schools (Gottfredson & Skroban, 1996). When students perceive their school to be a dangerous place, they are more likely to engage in problematic behaviors that they view are necessary for their personal safety. Safety should be the number one concern of the school staff as students cannot learn unless there is a perception of safety. It is the right of all students, parents, and staff members to be safe from danger, risk, or injury in the school environment. Safety does not “just happen.” It is incumbent upon each person to contribute to safety in our community and in all areas of our school. If you witness an unsafe situation, report it.