Department of Defense Education Activity

Discipline Policy

SCHOOL RULES

Sponsors are responsible for the conduct of their dependents at school. Students are expected to conduct themselves according to the standards of student behavior determined by DoDDS. Students are expected to maintain standards of behavior that will bring credit to them and their families, show recognition and consideration of the rights of others, and contribute to a healthy and profitable educational atmosphere. The Principal or Assistant Principal may recommend temporary suspension of a pupil for repeated misconduct or insubordination. Special circumstances may necessitate immediate suspension (e.g., to protect the student from harming himself/herself or others). Close communication between home and school should help minimize discipline problems. DoDDS does not administer corporal punishment. If pupils are to be kept after school, parents will be notified ahead of time to make transportation arrangements.

The 4 School Standards are:

1. Follow adult directions.

2. Do nothing, which will cause injury to self and others.

3. Do nothing to disrupt the learning of others or school activities.

4. Take pride in your school and respect others.

 

Students are responsible for their behavior. Consequences for inappropriate behavior are determined on a case-by-case basis. Students play an important role in resolving their issues. Parents will be called when students are referred to the Principal or Assistant Principal for

repeated misconduct. Community Service may be assigned as appropriate for some consequences.

Students are expected to follow school standards at all times.

CLASSROOM ACADEMIC OR BEHAVIOR

All classroom teachers will discuss appropriate behavior with their students. Teachers will share with parents a list of requirements and consequences for inappropriate behavior in their classrooms so that they may work jointly to help the child succeed. It will be necessary for the classroom teacher to also share these requirements with the administration for consistency and enforceability. Our basic policy is that behavior intervention will be responded to in this sequence.

Step 1: Teacher and student deal with the concern.

Step 2: Teacher, student, and parents deal with the concern.

Step 3: Teacher, student, parent, and counselor deal with the concern.

Step 4: Students will be sent to the office if the methods above have been utilized or the student is causing harm to self, others, or severely disrupting the learning of others.

DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR

Students who engage in the harassment of another student or display behavior, which disrupts the learning environment, will lose their right to remain in class. The faculty has been instructed to refer recurring or severe discipline problems to the office. Sponsors will be notified of the problem and parent conferences will be arranged as needed.

BULLYING

Bullying (including cyber bullying) another, or a group (e.g., engaging physical

intimidation, taunting, hazing, name calling, insulting, cursing, gesturing, or verbally abusing any person; including, but not limited to: comments, abuse, or harassment based on that person's race, religion, gender, creed, national origin, personal or physical attributes, disability, intellectual ability; and matters pertaining to sexuality, or characteristics of another person or the associates of another person) will not be tolerated and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.

THREAT POLICY

Students communicating a verbal or written threat to another student or faculty member while on campus will not be tolerated. All incidents will be investigated and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. Sponsors will be notified of the incident and parent conferences will be arranged as needed.

FIGHTING AT SCHOOL

We still have students who resort to fighting as a means of solving conflicts with other students.

Fighting is not allowed at school - EVER! In our experience, a fight started by one student is rare and we have never seen a student have a fight with oneself. As a result, when a fight occurs, both parties will be disciplined. Repeat occurrences will usually result in suspension of three or more days.

Sometimes students tell us "My parents told me if someone calls me a name (hits me first, etc.), it is okay to fight."

That is not acceptable at school. If a child feels threatened to the point that he feels he has to defend himself, the first action should be to report it to a teacher or the nearest educational aide. Otherwise, the child takes the risk of being suspended from school. Being told, "It's okay to fight" gives a child an excuse to fight that can be interpreted for self-convenience, and may not be supportable by anyone's standards. Children in this situation are faced with one set of values from home and another at school regarding fighting. This can be very confusing. The student then has to learn that at school, the school's values and standards are the ones that will be enforced. A frank and open discussion about this issue at home may help clear up any confusion children may have about school standards regarding fighting and the consequences that may result when these standards are broken.

VANDALISM/DAMAGED SCHOOL PROPERTY

Sponsors are responsible for individuals intentionally destroying, damaging or defacing government property or committing acts that require a labor force to correct. They will be held liable for the cost of repair by military authorities. All acts of vandalism must be reported to the security police.

RESTRICTED ITEMS

Students should only bring items to school that support academic instruction unless requested by a teacher. Examples of these restricted items are listed within this section but it is not all inclusive; please use good judgment. Fireworks, guns, knives or other sharp objects are not allowed at school. Large amounts of money should not be brought to school. Toys, games(including video), cards of all types, personal electronic devices (Radios, CD/DVD Players, I Pods, MP3 Players, etc.), and animals (including turtles) are not allowed at school unless requested by the teacher for a special project or event and they must approval by the principal and veterinary clearance approved. Chewing gum is not permitted at school! During standardized testing a teacher may allow students to chew gum to maintain focus. After testing the teacher typically has the students throw the gum away. Students should not bring sports equipment (i.e., a baseball, football, catcher's mitt, etc.), the school cannot be held responsible if the student loses it. We recommend that only items needed for school be brought to school. Any items taken from a student by a teacher or educational aide may be returned at the end of the school day or parents may be requested to pick up the item. Parents will be requested to pick up dangerous or inappropriate items brought to school. Student possession or use of a knife, gun or  any item considered to be a weapon, is prohibited at school or at any school-approved activity on or off school property. This applies to all students regardless of age. Please see the "Zero Tolerance Policy" matrix for description and categories of weapons. Offenders will be immediately referred to a school administrator for disciplinary action. Law enforcement officials shall also be contacted to take whatever action necessary.

DoDEA has a zero tolerance policy. Students in possession of any category of weapon will be subject to the appropriate consequences outlined in the "Consequences for Violation of DoDEA Zero Tolerance Weapons Policy" matrix, which follows. There will be an automatic request for expulsion upon any second offense of possession or utilization of a weapon. A due-process hearing will be held with the school principal or other school authorities, the student, and his/her parent(s)/guardian must be in attendance for all suspension or expulsion actions due to possession or use of a weapon.