One of our core values is “Stand up & Own it.” We know that personal responsibility is an essential life skill. We teach our youngest students to Stand up & Own it; we expect our teachers, staff, and administrators to model it.
Acting with integrity is a critical behavior. We follow through on our commitments. If we say we will do something, we do it. We are open and honest with each other, even when it is difficult. We do the right thing – even when no one is watching.
Covid-19 has increased our daily stress levels; it challenges our discipline. When emotions are high, when people are frustrated, it is even more crucial that we “Stand up and Own it.” There are times we all act on impulse or say something out of frustration. I’ve “hit send” on that email I’ve later come to regret or vented when I’d have been better served “pressing pause.”
When we own our behavior and give others grace, we create a healthy culture. We make a difference for others when we act with purpose.