The primary objective of school discipline is to maintain a safe and orderly environment that positively affects academic achievement. Discipline provides an opportunity for students to understand that inappropriate behavior results in appropriate consequences. These consequences are designed to keep the students academically involved. Exclusion from learning opportunities is a final disciplinary option. We believe it is imperative to provide students with feedback for their disruptive behavior and allow for planning to avoid future incidents of behavior.
The school philosophy remains that the teacher is responsible for discipline in the classroom. The focus in the area of student discipline at all levels should always be teaching appropriate behavior and promoting self-discipline. The lowering of a student's grade shall not be used as punishment. Students' grades must reflect achievement in the academic area, not the appropriateness of their behavior. Students shall not be assigned additional academic work as a consequence for3 0inappropriate behavior, nor shall they be excluded from any part of the school program unless permission is granted from the principal.
Acts of misconduct should, if a first offense, be dealt with through admonition and counseling between the student and teacher on an individual basis. If the inappropriate behavior continues, the parents will be informed and their assistance sought. This may be done through a conference and/or other school resources, such as the school counselor. Should the disruptive behavior continue following the involvement of the parents, the assistance of the principal will be sought. Every student that is referred to the office will have a completed referral form.
The principal may suspend a student based on the seriousness and frequency of the problem. If a student is placed in "In-School Suspension" where space permits, the teacher will provide ample assignments so that the child is able to remain engaged in learning throughout the day. No child should be academically penalized because he/she was placed in "In-School Suspension". Corporal punishment is not an option and will not be administered.
If it is necessary to detain a student after school for disciplinary purposes, contact with the parents will be made so that they may arrange transportation and know the whereabouts of their child. Therefore, the teacher will either phone the parents or send home a slip which explains the date(s) and time(s) that the student will be expected to stay. The parents must sign this slip in order for the student to stay.
Our school operates with four basic rules:
*Conferences, detentions, suspensions, or referrals are possible at any time depending on the disruptive behavior.
Some items prohibited at school include, but list is not all inclusive: