Student Safety

The following procedures and guidelines have been established to insure the safety and well-being of our students:

Emergency Safety Plan – Erie Day School has plans and procedures in place for severe weather, threats in school and on campus, as well as fire drills during the school year.

Running – The official school policy insists that there be no running anywhere in school or on school grounds with the exception being in physical education classes.

Physical Contact – Under no circumstances should there be any physical contact between/among students that are not part of a supervised, class activity or game.

Supervision – Part of the responsibility of the faculty is to provide adequate supervision for our students during the times in the school day when they are not in class. Therefore, a teacher is present with students during early arrival from 8:00-8:15 a.m. (Grade 8 students only), recess, lunch, & dismissal until 3:30 p.m.

Safety Drills – Erie Day School takes special precautions to reduce the chances of fire or other emergencies.  Student cooperation during safety drills with these precautions is both important and expected.  Strong disciplinary action will be taken for the unauthorized use of fire alarms and extinguishers for students in Lower and Middle School.  Safety drills, which are scheduled several times during the school year, are guided by city regulations and safety institutions.  At the sound of the alarm, all students must walk quickly, silently, and in an orderly manner from the classroom and exit the building at the designated locations.  Silence is maintained throughout the emergency drills so that students may be able to hear directions.  Students return quietly to the building when signaled to do so.

Safe 2 Say - Each year, Erie Day School Middle School Students are trained in the anonymous reporting system, Safe 2 Say Something.  This initiative, developed through The Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, is designed to assist schools and law enforcement officials with receiving, assessing and responding to unsafe, harmful or dangerous activities. The program went live across the entire Commonwealth in January, 2019 and is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Students will receive information from Mr. Gutowski and Dr. Tyler regarding the use of this program/application with a smart phone.  For additional information, click on

Safety Partnership with Safe Kids Erie:

  • anti-bullying
  • prescription medications
  • bike safety
  • healthy eating
  • animal bites

Additional reading can be found in the attached document, "Protecting Children from Bullying," by the United Nations General Assembly.

Discipline Policy

Conduct/Behavior Expectations – Consistent with Erie Day School ideals, the community values mutual respect, trust, personal integrity, and conflict resolution in a peaceful, rational manner.The school places emphasis on the cultivation of citizenship, self-discipline, personal accountability, and promotes an understanding of what behavior is appropriate, positive, considerate, and in the interest of the community.  Students need to recognize that certain expectations and clear limits are necessary and act accordingly.  Enforcement of standards benefits both the individual student and the school community.

As with any community there are reasonable expectations that community members will conduct themselves in accordance with community standards.  However, we are aware that part of “growing up” is developing those behaviors and attitudes that will assist our students in becoming the contributing members of society that we seek.  It is important that the home and school work closely together in guiding our students through these formative years.

Erie Day School does not approach violations of community standards with punitive intent, but rather uses measured responses that it believes will help our students be responsible and accountable for their actions.  The school prefers to view each violation as a separate incident and not as part of a “one size fits all” discipline policy.  Each student is unique and brings his or her own set of attitudes and beliefs. Each requires individual attention and response.

Therefore, any student who fails to observe the school’s or individual teacher’s standards for behavior or language may be placed in lunch inconvenience, suspended, or expelled.

Erie Day School Rules:

1. Follow directions the first time.

2. Raise your hand before speaking and wait to be recognized.

3. Stay in your seat until your teacher excuses you.

4. Keep your hands and feet to yourself.

5. Use acceptable language showing respect for yourself, your teachers, and classmates.

6. Adhere to Erie Day School Community Standards.

Lower School Procedures - The teachers will clearly communicate their expectations for behavior.

The school rules will be posted in each classroom and sent home to each family.  We believe that positive comments encourage and promote acceptable behavior and that good behavior should be recognized.  Teachers use a variety of methods/rewards to reinforce continued positive behavior.  In the event a student needs reminding of the school or classroomrules, teachers will handle minor problems in the classroom.  Repeated inappropriate behavior may result in consequences such as loss of recess time or withdrawal of privileges. The teacher or the head of lower school will notify parents of such instances. The head of school in consultation with the parents and teacher will handle more serious issues.

Middle School Procedures - The teachers will clearly communicate their expectations for behavior and the school rules will be posted in each classroom.  Teachers use a variety of methods/rewards to reinforce continued positive behavior. The teacher handles minor problems in the classroom and may assign lunch inconvenience (loss of recess time) for minor infractions. Multiple lunch inconveniences or more serious infractions that result in the student being sent to the head of school can result in an in-school suspension.  Parents will be notified of these infractions.  Examples of these infractions are: cutting class, lying, stealing, using profanity, and cheating (which includes plagiarism or the copying of another student’s homework). For violations of a more dangerous nature (drugs, alcohol, weapons, etc.), the student will be immediately suspended and may be expelled from the school.

Off Campus Behavior - One does not cease being an Erie Day School student when not on campus.  Therefore, any enrolled student who engages in behaviors and/or activities off campus that reflect poorly upon the school or cause physical or emotional discomfort to other enrolled students is subject to the disciplinary polices outlined in the 2019-20 Parent/Student Handbook.

Erie Day School Anti-Bullying and/or Harassment Policy - EDS strives to provide an environment that is physically and emotionally safe and secure for all students. Please refer to the 2019-20 Parent/Student Handbook, Exhibit A, to review. Additional informational videos are available at:

Guidance Counselor - Erie Day School employs a part-time, on-call Guidance Counselor, Allison Parr Plasha, MSSA, LSW, CPCC.  Mrs. Plasha is a graduate of Michigan State University with a B.A. in Psychology and a M.S.S.A.(Masters in social work) from Case Western Reserve University with an additional 18-month post graduate training from The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.

Other - Charisse Nixon, Ph.D., Program Chair, Psychology Professor of Psychology, Psychology Research Director, Susan Hirt Hagen CORE at Penn State Erie - The Behrend College, has also presented to Erie Day School students including: the Youth Voice Project; The Empirical Study of Protective and Risk Factors; and Mentoring.