Midland ISD sees steep decline in number of fights

Midland ISD sees steep decline in number of fights

District implements several changes to curb behavioral issues on campuses

 

October 24, 2023 — Midland ISD has ramped up its efforts to curb behavioral issues on campuses, and the efforts are paying off.

Through the first six weeks of the 2023-24 school year, data shows student fights have decreased 30% compared to this time last year.

“We are immensely proud of the progress we have made in improving student discipline and decreasing disruptive behavior incidents in our schools,” said Roberto Cedillo, Deputy Superintendent.

Success is attributed to several factors, such as effective implementation of the Student Code of Conduct, setting clear expectations for students and providing robust support for teachers when they’re faced with behavioral issues. 

Campus administrators have been at the forefront of this ongoing transformation, working tirelessly to develop and implement strategies that promote positive behavior among students by emphasizing high expectations, promoting positive recognition, and providing teacher support.  Administrators continue to work to create an atmosphere that encourages students to make responsible choices. 

Through open lines of communication and regular engagement, administrators have established a strong partnership with parents, empowering them to actively participate in their child's education and reinforcing the importance of mutual respect and responsible behavior. 

Feedback from student and parent advisory meetings indicate far fewer problems in hallways and that the district’s communication about expectations at the beginning of the school year was a big help. Also, students understand that there are consequences for disruptive behaviors, namely being placed into a disciplinary alternative education program, at a different campus.

What should a student do if they have an issue or concern with another student? 

“Tell an adult,” Cedillo said. “Tell a teacher, counselor or administrator, and they will help de-escalate the situation. Getting into a fight is absolutely unnecessary, and it disrupts the entire campus, which affects everyone, and isn’t fair to anyone.” 

Parents are encouraged to talk with their child about the importance of following rules, expectations and working to create a safe learning environment for all students.

“They are a critical part of prevention,” Cedillo said. “Parents want their child to be educated in a rich learning environment, and setting expectations and providing support go a long way in stopping behavioral issues before they start.”

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Media Relations Contact:
Trevor Hawes
Communications Specialist
432-240-1044 | trevor.hawes@midlandisd.net