Students are expected to behave in a respectful and appropriate manner at all times and to all people (i.e., teachers, students, support personnel, safety agents, custodians, counselors, dean, administrators, etc.). We adhere to the Chancellor’s Regulations. Students are responsible for and accountable to the Discipline Code issued by the New York City Department of Education.

DARE TO CARE – Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

Our Statement of Purpose: We, the staff and students of the PS/IS 217 school community, commit ourselves to working together to create a safe and cooperative learning environment that celebrates trust, respect, diversity, and academic achievement.

History of PBIS at 217: PS/IS 217 implemented PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) in 2010. As a school, we created a positive behavioral intervention and support system to directly teach all students expected behaviors within the school, the true meaning of respect, and to further build a school community. PBIS is a structure that we follow for direct teaching of behavior.

PBIS is present at PS/IS 217 through: PBIS assemblies, in-classroom lessons, reminder posters throughout the building, PBIS corners in the classrooms, celebrations of life skills, Books of the Month, Dare To Care Store for the lower elementary, and PBIS trips for upper elementary and middle school.

Monthly Life Skills: We believe in teaching and supporting the whole child and therefore, character education is a part of everyday at PS/IS 217. All grade levels will have a monthly PBIS assembly.