Discipline and Behavior Management
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.
GA/AL District Elementary schools operate with four basic rules:
- Be in the right place at the right time
- Treat people, school property and the environment with respect
- Fulfill the responsibilities of a student
- Behave in a manner that reflects favorably upon your family, school, and country
- Teacher counsels student
- Teacher and student conference and/or peer mediation*
- Teacher calls the parent*
- Student is referred to the counselor
- Teacher and counselor meet to develop behavior interventions; e.g., a behavior plan, 504, SST*
- Teacher and counselor meet with parents to discuss implementation plan*
- Administration, teacher & counselor meet with parent and student**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:
- Toys; e.g., Pokemon, Digimon, Yugi-OH, electronic pets and other related toys, other cards and games
- beepers, cell phones or other portable communication devices
- cassette recorders, radios, walkmans, CD players, iPods or MP3 players
- skateboards, scooters, roller blades, roller skates, wheelies or skate shoes
- stink bombs
- chewing gum or betel nut
- cigarette lighters and matches
- tobacco products; e.g., cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, smokeless tobacco, snuff
- weapons and/or ammo (real or pretend)
- laser light pointers
The school has the authority to conduct random and periodic searches of school property and seize contraband items belong to students, and to search student possessions and person when there is reasonable suspicion that the student has engaged in misconduct or is in possession of items prohibited as listed above.
Surveillance equipment is present in the school and on the school buses. Students may be disciplined based on evidence gathered through surveillance equipment.
Weapons at School
DoDEA HAS ZERO TOLERANCE FOR WEAPONS INFRACTIONS
Inherently Dangerous items: Deadly Weapons
Weapons in this category include firearms, knives (over 2" blade), explosives, realistic replica guns, nun-chucks, ninja knives, large chains and/or other dangerous weapons of no reasonable use to the pupil at school or at a school activity.
Dangerous/Potentially Dangerous Items
This category includes items not inherently dangerous, used inappropriately to injure or with intent to injure others or instill fear at school or at a school activity including by not limited to unrealistic replica guns, laser pens, small firecrackers, small pocketknives (less than 3" blades), or other inappropriate items.
NOTE: If the school year ends before the length of the suspension/expulsion, students are eligible for re-admittance to school without serving the full length of the expulsion, unless the act occurs during the last 6 weeks of the semester, in which case, the suspension can extend to the end of the next semester.
When firearms are involved, the principal must recommend a full calendar year expulsion.
Corporal punishment is defined as the intentional use of physical force upon a student for any alleged offense or behavior, or the use of physical force in an attempt to modify the behavior, thoughts, or attitude of a student. Corporal punishment is not practiced or condoned in DoDEA schools. Permission to administer corporal punishment will not be sought or accepted from any parent, guardian or school official.
- In –School Suspension (where available): Is designed to keep students in the learning environment; therefore it will be our first choice when possible. It will depend on the availability of a supervised space within the school.
- Shadow Suspension: When appropriate, the principal may chose to assign a "shadow" suspension where a parent spends the suspension time attending school with the student for the entire day. This involves accompanying the student to each class, and allows the student not to miss valuable instructional time. It also allows the parent to work collaboratively with the classroom teacher by assisting the child during lessons.
- Home Suspension: This is the traditional form of suspension where the student is sent home in the care of his/her sponsors should they be unwilling or unable to participate in the In-School Suspension. A home suspension is an unexcused absence. During the time the student is suspended, he/she may not be present at school or attend any school-sponsored activities. Student work may be made up and graded.