Behavior Policy and Issue Reporting

Behavior policy:

It is expected that KTK participants and Facilitators handle themselves in a manner which is mutually respectful and in compliance with the host school’s/organization’s policies.

Language

Our motto: Kindness matters.

If a participant is intentionally unkind, he or she will be reminded of our expectations and the consequences of repeating the behavior. If the behavior continues, the participant will be instructed to remove him or herself from the group and will be given a seat elsewhere, and a site staff person will be notified. The site staff person will determine when/if the participant can return to class. If, after speaking with site staff the participant continues with intentionally unkind behavior, he or she will be removed from the class and connected with the highest authority present on location.

The Facilitator will report any of the above behavior, and how it was handled, to the participant’s family and or staff present on site.

Kids’ Test Kitchen has zero tolerance for verbal threats of violence and egregiously inappropriate language. If a participant uses language in such a way, he or she will be removed from class and immediately connected with the highest authority present on location and their parent(s) will be notified immediately. The participant will not be allowed to return to KTK for the remainder of the session.

Body Contact

Our motto: Keep your body to yourself.

After a full day of sitting still at school, we understand that many kids struggle with wiggly bodies. This behavior can sometimes be distracting and frustrating to peers, but it is essentially harmless. The Facilitator will use his or her judgement to manage each incident as needed. If the distracting behavior persists or appears to be outside of the participant’s conscious control, the Facilitator, or KTK management, will connect with the participant’s family or site staff for tips or strategies that can be easily implemented to ensure that remaining classes are a successful and enjoyable experience for all.

Kids’ Test Kitchen has zero tolerance for physical intimidation, violence, or inappropriate contact. If a participant demonstrates such behavior, they will be immediately removed from class and connected with the highest authority present on site and their parent(s) will be notified immediately. The participant will not be allowed to return to KTK for the remainder of the session.

Safety and other “grey” areas

When participant(s) are generally disruptive and distracting, simple redirection, or “no, thank you!”, is often all it takes to regain control of the situation. In cases where a student or students make the choice to continue the undesirable behavior, I advise a quick, discreet, one-on-one with the student(s), letting them know that if they continue to choose to engage in the undesirable/unsafe behavior that you will have to have a conversation with their parents. If needed, it is fair to review these rules/consequences with the entire group at the start of each class.

In all cases, the Facilitator will complete a Communication Report, found below, as soon as possible, and no later than 24 hours after the incident. KTK management will follow-up with the Facilitator and site administrators within one business day.