Welcome to Covington Pathways. You have been placed on a special school campus
for the purpose of helping you learn to change your behavior. Perhaps you have had
trouble controlling your temper and have been involved in frequent fights at the school
you previously attended. Perhaps you acted out in class and prevented other students
from learning. Perhaps you have had trouble following rules and treating teachers with
respect. Whatever the reason, you will be attending our school until you have learned
to change the behaviors which have caused you to have problems in the past. The
length of your stay at Covington Pathways will depend upon your behavior. The faculty
and staff will do everything in their power to help you learn to change your behavior, but
without your cooperation and motivation to change, these efforts will not be successful.
If there is a single most important lesson that we want you to learn during your stay at
our school, it is that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN BEHAVIOR.
Blaming others for your problems is a useless exercise that does not solve the problem.
At Covington Pathways, you will be expected to accept responsibility for your own
behavior at all times.
It is our belief that life presents each of us with choices and every choice we make leads
to consequences. We can choose to follow rules and the result will be positive
consequences. We can choose to ignore or violate rules and the result will be negative
consequences. No one can force us to make good, healthy choices (after all, you are
responsible for your own behavior). However, our goal is to help you learn to make
good choices so that you can obtain the positive consequences that will result.
Furthermore, it is our responsibility to maintain a safe learning environment for all
students. For this reason, it should be noted that the Uniform Discipline Code of the
St. Tammany Parish School System would apply to all students who attend Covington
It is also our belief that students prosper and grow when their parents take an active
role in the student’s education. Parents of students at Covington Pathways are
encouraged to communicate regularly with school personnel and will be provided with
feedback about their child’s progress on a daily basis.
Our parental/family involvement policy states the following:
The mission of Covington Pathways is to provide a positive learning environment to
produce confident life-long learners. In each child, the administration, teachers, support
staff, parents, and community must work together to build academic excellence, while
integrating positive social skills. Covington Pathways will provide numerous programs
and activities to encourage family members to become active participants in student
learning, to foster family/school communication and to encourage families to become
full partners with our school. By working together as a team, this will provide the best
possible education for our students.
Each student entering Covington Pathways is asked to sign a student contract listing
general and specific behavioral goals that the student will address while attending
The student contract was written and approved by a committee consisting of a group of
parents, Covington Pathways faculty, and other professionals responsible for working
with the students. A sample copy of the Covington Pathways student contract is
included in this handbook.
All students who attend Covington Pathways will have the opportunity to participate,
granted parent permission, in both individual and group counseling. Individual
counseling focuses on the specific problems that each student has experienced both
prior to and during his or her stay at our school. Group sessions will explore problems
common to all students, such as anger management, conflict resolution, and
Rules and Expectations
Every school has rules, and our school is no exception. Another way to think about
rules is that they are expectations that others have for us. At Covington Pathways,
students are expected to follow and adhere to the St. Tammany Parish School Board
Handbook on Attendance, Discipline, and Student Records. Students are particularly
reminded of the following:
1. Come to school on time every day.
2. Complete assigned work.
3. Follow directions.
4. Refrain from disrupting class.
5. Treat others with respect.
6. Get along with peers.
7. Dress appropriately.
Behavior Management Overview
Students enter into the Covington Pathways program to make long term changes in
behavioral, emotional, social, and academic issues that will enable them to return to a
regular campus. Student incentives, staff monitoring, self monitoring, and a daily review
of target behavior and academic status are the mechanisms used to help students
achieve a level of self-awareness and self-discipline to succeed educationally.
The learning environment is the most critical component of the educational process
while at Covington Pathways. CHAMPS, SIMS, and the Fish! Philosophies are
proactive approaches to classroom management which have been incorporated.
CHAMPS (Conversation, Help, Activity, and Movement) are a modular series of
materials used to develop effective classroom management plans.
Teachers have received training in the modular series and ongoing technical assistance
to incorporate a collection of practical materials designed to assist in creating
productive, safe, and respected learning environments. This approach will help the
student to self-monitor his or her behavioral and social interactions throughout their stay
at Covington Pathways. SIMS (Strategic Instruction Model) is about promoting effective
teaching and learning of critical content in schools. SIMS strives to help teachers make
decisions about what is of greatest importance, what they can teach students to help
them learn and how to teach them well. The Fish! philosophy helps educators better
manage their classroom culture by shaping every day the attitudes of their students, the
choices they make from moment to moment, and by the way they choose to treat each
Students are expected to develop self-awareness of the issues prohibiting a successful
educational experience on a regular campus. They will incorporate tools and strategies
to make the necessary changes to become more productive and successful. The use of
a student portfolio in the programming process will help build on those skills needed.
Additionally, establishing habits and behavior that reflect self-discipline is included in the
portfolio and in the programming. The goal is to help students’ self-identify behavioral
and emotional issues that are redirected by the student. The belief is that one may not
be able to change events and people around him or her; however, one can direct and
monitor his or her own reactions and interactions that occur because of events or others
present in their environment.
Students enrolled in the Covington Pathways program will participate in a
comprehensive behavior monitoring and feedback system in order to improve and
remediate behaviors which have hindered their success on a regular campus.
Students, with the assistance of their teachers, will compile a student portfolio
consisting of the following components:
Daily Behavior Summary indicating behaviors exhibited in a variety of areas
throughout the day.
Weekly Goal Setting Sheets in which students set forth a weekly objective for
behavioral improvement, make a plan for reaching this goal, and evaluate their
Correspondence between parent-teacher and teacher-student regarding
Behavior Journals in which students may record their thoughts on a variety of
teacher- and or student-generated topics.
Social Skills Rating Checklist which evaluates the student’s particular areas of
strength and weakness.
Behavior Intervention Program that stipulates the student’s individual target
behavior, behavior history, necessary interventions, and parental involvement.
Throughout this process, students are continually reminded to evaluate their own
behavioral progress. They are provided the opportunity to receive feedback from others
through private conferences with the teacher, class meetings, and discussions.
Eventually, those students who are preparing to return to their regular campus are
invited to participate in a student staff meeting which provides them the opportunity to
discuss issues with the entire Covington Pathways faculty.
Accelerated Reading Program
Accelerated Reader is a computerized program that tests the reading comprehension of
students in grades K-12 while providing immediate feedback on the books read.
In correlation with the Covington Pathways School-Wide Improvement Plan students will
read from a wide variety of material and be assessed in reading and listening
comprehension. In an effort to address this standard, the Accelerated Reader Program
(AR) will be implemented for the 2009-2010 School Year.
Students are expected to be in attendance for all student activity days scheduled by the
St. Tammany Parish School Board. Refer to the St. Tammany Parish School Board
Discipline Handbook on Attendance for requirements.
Breakfast and Lunch
Forms providing the guidelines for free and reduced meals are sent home the first day
of school for parents to complete. Students who were on the free or reduced meal
program the previous year must complete a new application.
Breakfast Prices Lunch Prices
Reduced .30 Reduced .40
Students (K-12) .60 Students (K-6) $1.00
Students (7-12) $1.25
Students are to eat school lunches. If or when your child chooses not to eat school
meals, a healthy meal from home is preferred. Fast food and sodas are not permitted.
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
Education and Reporting Program
Students in grades K-8 will receive instruction on the topic of Child Abuse Sexual Abuse
Prevention and Education and Reporting as mandated by the St. Tammany Parish
All materials used in the instruction of child abuse prevention and education and
reporting may be previewed by contacting the school administration.
We encourage parents to talk with their children about this topic as well as other general
Students at Covington Pathways follow the curriculum from their home-based schools
as closely as possible in order to facilitate a successful transition back to a regular
campus. Instruction is based on state content standards. Those students who were
earning Carnegie Units toward a high school diploma are able to continue this
coursework at Covington Pathways. All instruction is individualized to meet the needs
of each student. Social Skills instruction is provided daily by each classroom teacher.
Computers with an Internet connection are available in all classrooms. Computerized
curriculum programs and enrichment activities enhance the instruction program. In
addition, Covington Pathways provides a computer lab and library.
Students receive physical education instruction daily from a certified adaptive physical
education teacher. Itinerant teachers are provided to teach music and art once a week.
The purpose of homework is to reinforce, extend and enrich learning. Homework will be
assigned each weeknight Monday – Thursday.
Assigned homework should follow these guidelines:
Homework should be relevant and directly referenced to the learning objective.
Homework should not be used to introduce a new skill or concept.
Homework should be tasks that the student can perform at an independent level.
The teacher should check for understanding before assigning independent
Clear directions should be given so that students and parents understand what is
to be done.
The total amount homework per night and the level of homework should be
reasonable with more attention given to the quality of work assigned rather than
Here is a recommendation of how much time homework should take each night:
1st – 3rd grade – 15 to 30 minutes per night
4th – 6th grade – 30 to 45 minutes per night
7th – 9th grade – 45 to 60 minutes per night
10th – 12th grade – 75 to 120 minutes per night
The purpose of homework at the elementary level is to help students develop good
habits, practice new acquired skills, and realize that learning can take place in non-
Homework at the junior and senior high level is essential to academic achievement and
Student dismissal is at 3:41 P.M. daily. Students may not leave the school grounds
during school hours. Students who become ill or injured during a school day or who
have a doctor’s appointment will be dismissed only after a parent, a legal guardian, or a
person authorized by the parent or legal guardian comes to the school and signs the
student out. A student cannot leave campus with any person other than those
designated on the emergency card unless authorization is given by the parent or legal
guardian in writing.
If a student is to leave school in a different manner than usual, a note signed by the
student’s parent or legal guardian must be sent to the teacher explaining the date, time,
and method by which the student will be leaving campus.
Covington Pathways students are required to follow all aspects of the student
dress code as set forth in the St. Tammany Parish School Board Handbook on
Attendance, Discipline, and Student Records.
Students are particularly reminded of the following:
1. Bottom garments worn by students must be secured at waist level with no
2. All caps, hats, and bandannas are prohibited on school campuses during school
3. Male students are prohibited from wearing beards or goatees.
4. The minimum length of walking shorts or dresses must be a fingertip or below
when standing erect for the collar.
5. Tank shirts and undershirts are not to be worn as outer garments. See-through
shirts are not allowed.
6. Articles of clothing with suggestive symbols or words are prohibited.
7. Excessive jewelry such as large chains and pendants are prohibited.
8. Cellular phones, beepers, and pagers are not allowed.
Students are to hang up their jackets upon entering the classroom. Book bags are not
to be brought to Covington Pathways. Students may not bring toys, radios,
headphones, compact discs, brushes, combs, picks, or other objects not directly related
to the learning process. Covington Pathways will not be responsible for these items.
Emergency cards are used to notify parents of illness or injury. Please write correct
names and telephone numbers.
Field and Community Based Education Trips
Field and community based education trips are offered periodically throughout the year.
In order to participate, students must exhibit appropriate behavior during the time period
immediately preceding the trip and must have obtained parental permission.
The St. Tammany Parish School Board is committed to providing a safe and stable
climate free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a violation of the law and
School Board policy and will not be tolerated, condoned, or overlooked. Incident reports
involving student to student harassment must be immediately reported to the Principal,
the Mental Health Provider, or the School Resource Officer.
Bullying is a form of aggression and it occurs when a person(s) willfully subjects another
person (victim), to an intentional, unwanted and unprovoked, hurtful verbal and/or
physical actions(s) at any school site or school-sponsored activity or event. Bullying
may also occur as various forms of hazing, including initiation rites perpetrated against
a student or a member of a team. Examples of types of bullying may include, but are
not limited to, the following examples.
Physical bullying includes, but is not limited to, punching, shoving, poking,
strangling, hair pulling, beating, teasing, kicking, punching, or excessive tickling.
Verbal bullying includes, but is not limited to, such acts as malicious name
calling, teasing, or gossip.
Emotional (psychological) bullying includes, but not limited to, rejecting,
wronging, extorting, defaming, humiliating, black-mailing, diminishing personal
characteristics (such as race, disability, ethnicity or perceived sexual orientation),
manipulation friendships, isolating or ostracizing.
Sexual bullying includes, but is not limited to, many of the actions proceeding
exhibitionism, voyeurism, sexual propositioning, abuse involving actual physical
contact, or sexual assault.
School begins at 8:30 A.M. each day. All students are expected to be on time to class.
Students who arrive after this time will be considered tardy. If a student arrives after
8:30 A.M., a parent, a legal guardian, or a person authorized by the parent must come
to the office and sign the student in before the student reports to class.
Transportation to Covington Pathways is provided by the St. Tammany Parish School
Board Department of Transportation. A request for bus transportation will be initiated at
the IEP (Individualized Education Program) conference held to place your child into the
Covington Pathways school program. Students at Covington Pathways are provided
special education transportation as indicated in their Individualized Education Program.
All visitors to the school must report to the office. Visitors must sign in and receive a
visitor’s pass. This is for your child’s protection. Your child must be signed out in the
office before leaving campus.
Covington Pathways follows all policies and procedures of the St. Tammany Parish
Public School System. Please refer to the St. Tammany Parish School Board
Handbook on Attendance, Discipline, and Student Records for additional information.
Covington Pathways Contract
I, ___________________________ am agreeing to enter a contract with my teacher,
_______________________, the Paraeducator in my class, ____________________
__________________, and the Principal at Covington Pathways.
As part of the contract, I agree to refrain from the following:
If I maintain the above listed behaviors, for a minimum of 9 weeks, I will be referred to
the School Building Level Committee to be considered for a transition back to a regular
campus. The transition plan will be conducted over a designated period and as long as
my behavior is acceptable, I will have the opportunity to return on a full-time basis to a
Should I become upset or frustrated during this contract, I will request to see the Mental
Health Provider. I will also discuss any concerns I have with my parent/guardian who
will be helping me to fulfill this contract.
The entire staff at Covington Pathways will help me to attain my goal and I will give
respect and cooperation to the staff.
Parent/ Guardian Mental Health Provider
Sample Copy of Covington Pathways Student Contract