Safe School Climate

School Climate is known as the heart and soul of the school. It leads students, teachers, and administration to love the school and look forward to spending time there each day. A positive school climate helps everyone feel socially, emotionally, and physically safe in school. According to the National School Climate Council, a sustainable, positive school climate promotes students’ academic and social development. Researchers have found that a positive school climate can help foster a decrease in absenteeism, suspensions, substance abuse, and bullying, and increases students’ academic achievement, motivation to learn, and psychological well-being. School climate can also serve as a protective factor that supports positive life outcomes for young people. A positive school climate can improve educational achievement, support good peer and staff relationships, and sustain student motivation. School culture is the set of expectations that have evolved over a period of time. These expectations eventually become the unwritten rules that are followed within the group. Simply put, culture is the personality of the school.

To learn more about school climate, see the links below.


It is the policy of the Regional School District #11 that no person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise discriminated against under any program, including employment, because of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, mental retardation or past/present history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, and/or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut or federal law. For questions regarding sex discrimination/harassment contact Title IX Coordinator: Thomas McKenna, Parish Hill Middle/High School, 304 Parish Hill Rd., Chaplin, CT 06235 860 455-9584 x4001. For questions regarding disabilities contact Section 504/ADA Coordinator: Administration or their designee, Parish Hill Middle/High School, 304 Parish Hill Rd., Chaplin, CT 06235: 860 455-9584.

Mean Spirited Behavior

Mean spirited behavior is defined as a repeated use by one or more students of a written, oral or electronic communication such as cyberbullying,  or a physical act or gesture directed at or referring to another student attending school in the same school district that:

  1. caused physical or emotional harm to such student or damage to such student’s property,
  2. places such student in reasonable fear of harm to himself or herself, or of damage to his or her property,
  3. creates a hostile environment at school for such student,
  4. infringes on the rights of such student at school, or
  5. substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school.

Board of Education Policy:

Bullying is prohibited on school grounds, at a school sponsored or school-related activity, function or program whether on or off school grounds, at a school bus stop, on a school bus or other vehicle owned, leased or used by a local or regional board of education, or through the use of an electronic device or an electronic mobile device owned, leased or used by the local or regional board of education.  Bullying is also prohibited outside of the school setting if such bullying results in any of the following: (i) creates a hostile environment at school for the student against whom such bullying was directed, (ii) infringes on the rights of the student against whom such bullying was directed at school, or (iii) substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school.  Any form of discrimination and retaliation against an individual who reports or assists in the investigation of an act of bullying is also strictly prohibited.


Mean Spirited Behavior Form can be filed by staff, students, and parent/guardians.  The form can also be filed anonymously.  All referrals should be brought to Student Services.
Mean Spirited Behavior Form (Fill-able Format)

Positive School Climate:

Parish Hill Safe Climate Plan                  Parish Hill Code of Conduct

Seventh and eight grade presentation

Additional information:

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