Playing on the Pali Yard
Playground Agreements - Procedures and Policies
These playground rules and policies were developed by PEP's conflict resolution team in concert with school administration and with respect to LAUSD policies.
"We treat everyone with sensitivity, respect, and empathy".
The Main Objective is to provide an opportunity for children to learn to play in a safe, cooperative and non- aggressive manner. We incorporate concepts from our school's Tribes program to help students make choices and manage conflicts to ensure a safe and orderly play environment.
The Food Area
*Peacemakers are third, fourth and fifth graders. These student mediators, work in teams, acting as role models on the yard, working to resolve game disputes, minor disagreements, and helping with games. They are taught the rules of the games, and how to help diffuse conflicts by actively listening and working together to resolve minor issues. Their presence on the yard helps to reduce conflicts and encourages an atmosphere of cooperation, where all children are more likely to feel safe and protected.
When a conflict begins to arise, students will be encouraged to think "S-T-A-R"
Conflict Resolution Process:
Step 1 - Agree to the ground rules (no interruptions, no name calling and agree to solve the problem)
Step 2 - Tell your side of story using "I" statements
Step 3 – The second person restates what the problem is for the first person.
Step 4 – Then the second person tells their side of the story using "I" statements and, the first person repeats what the problem is for the second person.
Step 5 - Both suggest solutions
Step 6 - Both agree to work on it.
Warnings will be given for the following behaviors:
A warning of any of the above behaviors on the yard means that a student receives an "S", an initial warning. A second warning receives an "I" and the third warrants a "T". Put these together and the word SIT is spelled, meaning it is time to sit out.
Upon entering the third warning, or the letter "T", the student will sit out of recess for no more than 10 minutes. They will be asked to fill out a "Responsibility Statement" (see attached). Parent(s) will be notified and asked to discuss with their child their Responsibility Statement paper, sign it and return it to the yard supervisor the following day.
Immediate Sit out and visit with the Principal for:
Inappropriate physical or sexual harassment (unwanted touching or derogatory comments, see our parent handbook on LAUSD's policy for sexual harassment).
Any student(s) involved in a fight will be removed from the yard and sent to the principal or her designee for further action.