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The Mystery of the Community Agreement Violation (CAV)

Michaela Thompson | mthompson20@dtechhs.org | May 31, 2019

The Community Agreement Violation Form, found on the announcements page.

It is evident that although many students are familiar with the term CAV, they don’t really know what the effects of getting one are. “I honestly don’t understand why they use CAVs and I don’t think it makes complete sense,” commented Julia Green, d.tech junior. “I think most people don’t really know what a CAV does.” This was again confirmed by junior Lily Chambers: “I always hear about people getting CAVs, but they never seem to actually prove to be a real punishment.” After asking around, it’s pretty clear this is the general consensus of the student body. So what is a CAV and what does it do?

“A CAV is a Community Agreement Violation,” confirmed math teacher David Groat. “At this school we are trying to take an alternate approach to many of the systems you would find at a regular school.” He went on to explain that the staff really wants to make some students understand the impact their behavior has on the learning environment before resorting to traditional punishments, such as detention or Saturday School. “We’re trying to have a good functioning society, so a lot of the CAV results are just Henry [Lonnemann] calls you in to talk about it,” revealed Groat. “Sometimes they will still result in the traditional detention or Saturday School, but we don’t go straight there.”

A controversy came up when talking with students. Apparently students can give teachers CAVs as well. But can we really give a teacher a CAV? “It is completely intentional that students can give teachers a CAV. It’s important that everyone is upholding our community values,” Henry Lonneman, Student Culture Coordinator, assured. He went on to explain that our system wouldn’t work if everyone in the community didn’t share the same values.

“As a matter of fact, Sean Sava gave me one,” math teacher Karen Atkinson recounted. “From what I understand he was complaining to Emmy [Joseph] about how unfair I was and she told him to write me a CAV.” Atkinson explained how she likes the idea that CAVs are a two way street but doesn’t feel students always use them in the best way.

Senior Daphnie Palmeter expressed a similar sentiment: “Last semester in Government, we were doing an activity to preface the segregation unit and I wasn’t having it. I just sat in my seat the whole time.” Palmeter went on to describe that Kleinman looked at her and told her he was going to give her a CAV. Palmeter replied, “No, I’m going to give YOU a CAV.” To that Kleinman responded, “You should give me a CAV. I’ve never gotten a CAV before.”

It seems that students sometimes take a jovial approach when it comes to giving teachers CAVs. Ultimately, the CAVs are used to help admin deal with school situations in a productive fashion, and are a platform for both students and teachers if they feel the values of the school are not being upheld.

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