5 Golden Rules for Student Success: #3 Be Safe

Blog post photo with the words "Be Safe" and Paragon logo. Students are seated looking at teacher pointing to screen.


When The Paragon School opened its doors 12 years ago, teachers and students came together and created the School Rules. The purpose of each rule is to guide Paragon students to success, both inside and outside of school.

  1. LISTEN – Focus on what is being communicated
  2. USE MANNERS – Always be polite and respectful
  3. BE SAFE – Practice safety at all times
  4. BE FLEXIBLE – Adjust favorably to change
  5. SELF-CHECK – Be accountable for your actions

In our last post, we covered Rule #2 – Use Manners. This week we cover Rule #3 – Be Safe!

Rule #3 – BE SAFE

These days, being safe is at the top of most people’s minds. From washing hands to wearing gloves and masks many are practicing safety in terms of health. However, safety can include actions and words ourselves and others. It is important to be safe at school, at home, and in other places.

Being safe at Paragon is a part of every day at school. Being safe emphasizes the development of motor habits and physical boundaries for navigating an environment safely. Good examples of being safe at school include walking instead of running, keeping the legs of a chair on the ground, and asking permission from the teacher to use the restroom. Students are encouraged to look out for one another and help if they see something that may not be safe.

According to high school teacher Marvin Maloy, being safe sets up guidelines to protect students as they go out into the world. He cites good examples of following Rule #3 to include having students push in their chairs in the classroom to ensure others can safely pass, students properly conducting themselves during safety drills, and modeling and applying safe behavior at internships.

“Being safe protects our students and others they may come into contact with,” Mr. Maloy says. “It sets our students up for success and instills a sense of trust within the community such as the workplace or within their personal life.”

Mr. Maloy’s students shared their thoughts about Rule #3.

A consensus from Mr. Maloy’s students is that Rule #3 means to restore the environment to prevent harm to self or others. They believe this is important because it helps them maintain employment by being trustworthy within the work environment.

Watch out for our post next week when we cover Rule #4 – Be Flexible!