For Children up to 5th Grade
The following pertains to students in Kindergarten to Fifth Grade
There is a pocket chart displayed in each classroom and each child has a “packet” of colored cards. Each day, the BLUE card will be on top, signaling appropriate behavior and a fresh start. When a rule is broken, a child will be asked to “turn a card.” The next card in the stack is the YELLOW card, which means the child will be given a verbal warning. If the second rule is broken the child will turn the third card in his/her stack. The PINK card means the child will have a five-minute time-out, during which he/she should reflect on the behavior and find ways to change it. If a child’s behavior is inappropriate the third time, during the day, the next card that is turned is the GREEN Card, which is a 15-minute time-out. If a child’s behavior is inappropriate once more, then the PURPLE card will necessitate a visit to the administrator. The last rule infraction would be a WHITE card which would include a visit to the administrator and a phone call or note home. However, at any point, the administrator may be included into an area of discipline. Student’s generally lose time during lunch recess.
During lunch there is also a Red-flagged table at which a student may be asked to sit alone with an imposed “time-out.” This table is used to reinforce the seriousness of a general rule infraction (not keeping hands to themselves, deliberately not obeying an adult, a situation which could have hurt someone else, etc.) This table is also used when students have work that needs to be finished.
Each day, the cards are returned to their original order, with the BLUE card on top, so that they can begin each day with a fresh start and another chance at displaying appropriate behavior.
Our goal is to teach our students that they have choices to make concerning their behavior. A poor choice results in a consequence. We try to stress that while we care for them and forgive them, they still have a consequence because of THEIR choice.
For Children from 6th grade and up
Middle/High School Demerit and Detention System
In the upper grades (6th-12th), we have instituted a demerit/detention system of discipline. A student will receive a demerit for any disrespectful, rebellious or disruptive behavior. If a student receives a demerit the teacher will fill out a Student Demerit Form which documents the incident. The student must have the demerit signed by a parent and return it to their homeroom teacher the following school day at check-in.
Demerits accrue over each 9-week grading period. If a student receives 3 demerits in a 9-week period, the student will serve a detention on the date designated. Additional demerits will earn an additional detention at 1 per demerit.
A student who receives his or her sixth demerit in a 9-week period will immediately receive a one-day suspension and be placed on Behavioral Probation for the remainder of the quarter. Students on Behavioral Probation are not allowed to participate in any extracurricular activities, and continued behavioral issues will result in expulsion.
Additional demerits beyond the 6th will earn detentions at 1 per demerit. A student who receives his or her ninth demerit in a 9-week period will immediately receive a two-day suspension and will be considered for expulsion.
The administrator may, at his or her discretion, suspend a student if the student’s behavior is such that more than one demerit is warranted. An example of this would be a student who is physically or verbally defiant to correction. The administrator may, at his or her discretion, place a student on Behavioral Probation if warranted.
A student may be placed on behavioral probation for any instance of behavior which is dangerous to any other person while under school control, or for a pattern of irresponsible behavior which reflects an attitude of hardheartedness and unrepentance. The time period of behavioral probation will be up to the discretion of the Principal, and will be commensurate with the seriousness of the offense. Further offenses during probation will result in a recommendation for expulsion or encouragement to seek education elsewhere. At the end of the probation period, the Principal, after counsel with the student, his/her teachers, and his/her parents, may take further action including the following options: an additional probationary period if some promising change is evident, expulsion from school, or lifting of probation and restoration to full, responsible membership in the body.
A student on behavioral probation may not represent the school in any public contact, contests, meetings, activities with other schools or the general public, extracurricular activities, or public events such as sports or drama performances. The student may, however, continue to participate in practice sessions.©