BEHAVIOR/DISCIPLINE POLICY

DisciplineAn aspect of moral guidance that refers to those reasonable controls which promote each student's character development and self-discipline in a Christian environment of love and respect.

Discipline is handled in each class by the classroom teacher. The teacher and the students set up classroom 'rules' through class meetings. The teacher will review the Parent Student Handbook with their class at the beginning of the school year, as well as anytime it becomes necessary to do so during the year. Students are responsible for all of their behavior and teachers will assist students in becoming respectful, reverent, and responsible learners.

ConsequencesTeachers will have a classroom discipline cycle of logical consequences focusing on the mastery of self-discipline skills posted in their classroom. Students are taught the classroom discipline cycle and how it works. Parents and guardians are expected to support teachers and administrators and to recognize that disciplinary action entails the exercise of judgment, often under pressing circumstances.

Stop and Think Plan (STP)
A student who engages in conduct contrary to the school or classroom rules and expectations will be appropriately disciplined. The classroom discipline cycle will define circumstances under which a Stop and Think Plan (STP) through timeout.

Office Referral
As outlined by the classroom discipline cycle or teacher/staff determination, student behavior may warrant an Office Referral. An Office Referral should be considered a serious event causing parental discussion with the student.

Students clearly unable to profit from the school by reason of academic problems, emotional difficulties, uncooperative or disruptive behavior of the student or parent, may be required to transfer. ( Diocesan Policy Handbook )

Primary consideration in ALL disciplinary decisions is the obligation of the school to maintain a safe environment and positive learning atmosphere. The rights of the students must be a fundamental consideration in all disciplinary procedures. Disciplinary action should be corrective rather than punitive, with an emphasis on developing within the student a sense of responsibility for his/her own conduct.

Discipline Forms
Will be given to students who need help in becoming more respectful, reverent, and responsible. The following procedure will be used regarding Discipline Forms during the 2016 - 2017 school year.

The Staff member filling out the form will be specific when describing the child's behavior, and clearly indicate which school rules the student has failed to observe.

Discipline forms must be sent to the principal by 1:30 p.m. daily, so parents can be called and informed to pick-up their children during the second dismissal of the day After School Detention.
NOTE:If a child fails to learn from 'After School Detention' and is written up again. That child will be placed in After School Detention and Saturday School every time he/she is written up. The principal is the only person who can assign After School Detention or Saturday School.

Fines
When a student breaks a school rule and is written up a fine will be issued. Every school rule broken in the write-up will cost the student $1.00 with the exception of gum chewing which carries a $5.00 fine per chewing. At the time of the detention phone call parents will be notified of a fine amount. All fines must be paid when the parents pick-up their children.

Drug Policy
The use, possession, solicitation for, or sale of narcotics or other illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco, peyote, or prescription medication without a prescription on school premises or any school-sponsored event must be reported to an administrator. Who will in turn inform the proper authorities.

Any incident involving a person intentionally present to sell or transfer marijuana, peyote, dangerous or narcotic drugs or in the possession or use of all of the above except prescription only drugs or involved in manufacture of dangerous drugs on school campus must be reported to an administrator who must report to a police officer.

The possession, use, sale, or attempted sale of tobacco, alcohol, or illicit drugs may result in required withdrawal from school. (Diocesan Policy 4.17)

The school reserves the right to require drug testing of any student suspected of use of illicit drugs. Parents will be contacted to take their student for a student test and submit the results of the test to the school nurse. (Diocesan Policy3.1.4.26)