(Tolerant of Others, Responsible, Caring, and Honorable)


(Respect for All)

P.S./I.S. 208 utilizes Positive Behavior Incentives and Supports (PBIS) to promote the behavior that we believe underscores a successful school climate and culture.  Our school-wide behavior expectations can be summed up in one word: T.O.R.C.H.  We are Tolerant of Others (Respect), Responsible, Caring, and Honorable (Trustworthy).
Many organizations use a torch as a symbol for their values and ideals.  At 208, the TORCH represents the character and behavior of our students and staff.  As a result, we are all TORCH Bearers.  A torch bearer is " a person who leads or inspires others in working toward a valued goal; one who imparts knowledge, truth, or inspiration to others; a person who leads or inspires."

As TORCH Bearers, it is our duty to reflect positive qualities throughout our school: in the classroom, hallways and stairwells, cafeteria, on the playground, in the courtyard, on the bus, when we line up in the morning, and when we leave for the day.  We bear this TORCH in the words that we speak and in how we treat one another.  Our TORCH sheds light on our entire school day.

At 208 students earn points for demonstrating their TORCH behaviors and those points allow them to participate in activities and events that they enjoy.  Several times throughout the school year, we come together as a school community to celebrate our TORCH values in the form of pep rallies, awards assemblies, prize and reward redemptions, and a school carnival.  That's why we cheer, "T.O.R.C.H. Every day at 208!"

P.S./I.S. 208 believes that in order for students to learn, they must be safe and feel accepted.   Therefore, we follow the guidelines set forth by the New York City Department of Education "Respect for All" program to ensure that our school maintains "a safe and supportive learning environment that is free from harassment, intimidation and/or bullying and from discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, citizen-ship/immigration status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or weight."

Students who believe they have been the victim of harassment, discrimination, intimidation and/or bullying by another student or by a staff member, and all students who see or know of such behavior, have the power to  report the incident to a school staff member and that staff member will intervene immediately.  Any incident that is believed to be a violation of the Chancellor's Regulation A-832, may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the NYC DOE Discipline Code and Chancellor's Regulation A-443.