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Elementary Discipline Policies

WES Discipline Policies
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DISCIPLINE

STUDENT DISCIPLINE (4.17)

The Woodlawn School Board of Education has a responsibility to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the District’s students and employees. To help maintain a safe environment conducive to high student achievement, the Board establishes policies necessary to regulate student behavior to promote an orderly school environment that is respectful of the rights of others and ensures the uniform enforcement of student discipline. Disciplinary consequences at Woodlawn Elementary School will range from a minimum offense – verbal warning to a maximum offense – expulsion. Students are responsible for their conduct that occurs: at any time on the school grounds; off school grounds at a school sponsored function, activity, or event; going to and from school or a school activity.

The District’s administrators may also take disciplinary action against a student for off-campus conduct occurring at any time that would have a detrimental impact on school discipline, the educational environment, or the welfare of the students and/or staff. A student who has committed a criminal act while off campus and whose presence on campus could cause a substantial disruption to school or endanger the welfare of other students or staff is subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Such acts could include, but are not limited to a felony or an act that would be considered a felony if committed by an adult, an assault or battery, drug law violations, or sexual misconduct of a serious nature. Any disciplinary action pursued by the District shall be in accordance with the student’s appropriate due process rights.

The District’s licensed personnel policy committee shall review the student discipline policies annually and may recommend changes in the policies to the Woodlawn School Board. The Board has the responsibility of determining whether to approve any recommended changes to student discipline policies.

The District’s student discipline policies shall be distributed to each student during the first week of school each year and to new students upon their enrollment. Each student’s parent or legal guardian shall sign and return to the school an acknowledgement form documenting that they have received the policies.

It is required by law that the principal or the person in charge report to the police any incidents the person has personal knowledge of or has received information leading to a reasonable belief that a person has committed or threatened to commit an act of violence or any crime involving a deadly weapon on school property or while under school supervision. If the person making the report is not the Superintendent, that person shall also inform the Superintendent of the incident. Additionally, the principal shall inform any school employee or other person who initially reported the incident that a report has been made to the appropriate law enforcement agency. The Superintendent or designee shall inform the Board of Directors of any such report made to law enforcement.
Adopted: July 2006 Revised: June 2012

 

DISCIPLINE FOR HANDICAPPED

Handicapped students who engage in misbehavior will receive normal disciplinary rules and procedures except when, within the normal IEP process, a plan is established for the discipline of a specific behavior in order to reach behavior goals.

Handicapped students will be excluded from school (short-term suspension) only in emergencies and only for the duration of that handicapped student, the student's IEP team will meet to review the IEP, determine if alternate educational programming is needed. The elementary principal will act as Grievance Officer for Act 504.

 

SCHOOL SPRINT TEAM / RTI (Response to Intervention) Team

The school SPRINT TEAM / RTI TEAM is responsible for the development and implementation of the problem-solving and intervention process that addresses the academic and /or behavior needs of students, and for the organization and implementation of special education services as needed.

Students’ academic and/or behavioral difficulties that are not resolved through classroom teacher or grade-level problem solving and interventions will be referred to the SPRINT TEAM / RTI TEAM. When this occurs, or when a problem is severe, the SPRINT TEAM / RTI TEAM is used to provide more intensive and comprehensive multidisciplinary team problem-solving leading to additional interventions. These committees also track the academic and /or behavioral needs and progress of all students, including those qualifying for special education services, such as those preventative programs that can be developed to increase students’ success over time.

 

BEHAVIOR

Students and staff require a safe and orderly learning environment that is conducive to high student achievement. The school reserves the right to punish behavior which is not conducive to good order and discipline in the school, even though such behavior is not specified in the following written rules.

 

GRADE LEVEL BEHAVIOR MATRIX

Grades K-1 Behavior Matrix

Inappropriate Classroom/Hallway Behaviors:

 

Level I Disciplinary Matrix
Level I Consequences
Playing in the Bathroom 1st Offense: Verbal Warning
Teasing 2nd Offense: Move name down to “Think About It”
Lying 3rd Offense: Move name down to “Teacher’s Choice*”
Not Listening/Paying attention 4th Offense: Move name down to “Parent Contact”
Mildly offensive language  
Running in class  
Disruptive noises in class  
Rocking, tilting, falling out of seat  
Inappropriate hallway behavior  
Touching things that don’t belong to student  
Talking out/using inappropriate tone or volume  
Pushing/Poking – Hands inappropriately on another student  


Teacher’s Choice could include, but is not limited to: Missing of physical activity time, Writing sentences matching the offense, Taking away certain privileges, Note home to parents, Office referral.

 

Level II Disciplinary Matrix
Level II: Consequences
Chronic Level I behavior

Miss physical activity time

Disrespectful/Talking back Phone call to parents
Poor attitude/Rudeness Note home/teacher conference
Chronic socializing Move student/Note home
Horseplay/Rough Play Miss physical activity time
Moderate offensive language Principal conference/note home
Stealing/Theft (Pencil, Paper, Minor things) Replace/Pay for item and call parent
Not completing class work/homework Complete during P.A. time in the classroom
Cheating Take up work and do over/move child

 

 

 

Level III Disciplinary Matrix
Level III Consequences
Chronic Level II Behavior Office referral/Parent conference
Bullying (Pg 44 of Handbook) Office referral/note home; see handbook policy
Severe offensive language In-School suspension/call parents
Touching or showing private parts In-School suspension/corporal punishment
Insubordination In-School or corporal punishment/parent conference
Fighting See handbook policy on Fighting (Pg 38)

Chronic Level III behavior is defined as repeating the same behavior 3 or more times per week.
After 2-4 consequences of Level III Behavior, students will be referred to the SPRINT TEAM.

 

Level IV Disciplinary Matrix
Level IV Consequences
Chronic Level III behaviors In-School Suspension or Corporal Punishment
Verbal or Physical abuse of teachers Out of school suspension
Weapons at school Out of school suspension
Stealing/Theft of property (Major items) Replace or pay for item and in-school suspension


Chronic Level IV behavior is defined as repeating the same behavior 3 or more times in a 9-week period

 

 

 

Office Referrals:

1st Visit – Warning from Principal
2nd Visit – 1 lick or 1 day In-School Suspension
3rd Visit – 2 licks or 2 days In-School Suspension
4th Visit – 3 licks or 3 days In-School Suspension
5th Visit – Out of School Suspension

Please note that any out of school suspension requires a student to bring a parent to school for a parent/principal/student conference before the student is allowed to re-enter the school.

 

Grades 2-3 Behavioral Matrix
Any behavior not listed can result in consequences at the teacher’s discretion.

Inappropriate Classroom/Hallway/Bathroom Behaviors

Level I Disciplinary Matrix
Level I Consequences
Leaving seat during instruction 1st Offense – Verbal Warning
Talking out/Blurting out answers 2nd Offense – Move name to “Think About It”
Non-speech noises which disrupt the class 3rd Offense – Move name to “Teacher’s Choice*”
Disruptive noises in class 4th Offense – Move name to “Parent Contact”
Inappropriate hall behavior  
Touching things that don’t belong to the student  
Playing in the bathroom  
Running in class  
Not following directions  
Pushing/Poking – Hands inappropriately on another student  
   
Level I, with separate consequences  
Rocking/Tilting and/or falling out of seat Warning/Stand for a period of time
Mildly offensive language (referring to parents, “Shut Up”, etc.) Apology/Call Home


For any offense in the 2nd and 3rd grade matrix, the student’s name shall be written upon the board and the consequences listed will occur.

 

Level II Disciplinary Matrix
Level II Consequences
Chronic Level I behaviors Principal Conference
Talking back Miss PAT
Chronic socializing Miss PAT
Horseplay/Rough play Miss PAT
Teasing and Namecalling Apologize and make amends
Miss PAT with a written assignment
Moderate offensive language Teacher Conference/note home
Cheating 1st time – Teacher conference
2nd time – Receive a zero/note home
Shouting out Move child/take away privileges
Not completing assignments (Homework/Class work) Complete in study hall and receive a zero

Chronic Level II behavior is defined as behavior that results in a student’s name on the board three different days per week.
Assignment of detention will be turned into the office and entered into the computer. Detention assigned five times in a nine-week period (for classroom or hallway behavior) will result in In-School Suspension or Corporal Punishment.

 

Level III Disciplinary Matrix
Level III Consequences
Chronic Level II Behavior All level III behaviors will result in an office referral and parent notification with the possible consequences of either In-School Suspension, Corporal Punishment, or Out-of-School Suspension.
Lying  
Refusing to accept responsibility  
Severe offensive language  
Touching or showing private parts  
Destruction of school property  
Insubordination  
Theft/Stealing (Pencil, paper, minor things)  
   
Level III, separate consequences  
Bullying See handbook policy on Bullying
Fighting See handbook policy on Fighting

 

Chronic Level III behavior is defined as repeating the same behavior 3 times or more per week.

Level IV Disciplinary Matrix
Level IV Consequences
Chronic Level III behavior In-School Suspension/Corporal Punishment
Verbal or Physical Abuse of a teacher Out of School suspension/report to police
Weapons at school Out of School suspension/report to police
Refusal of a person to identify himself upon request In-School suspension/Corporal punishment
Stealing/Theft of Property Replace/Pay for property and in-school suspension


Chronic Level IV behavior is defined as repeating the same behavior 3 or more times per week.​

Note: Any out of school suspension requires a student to bring a parent to school for a parent/principal/student conference before the student is allowed to re-enter the school.

 

Grade 4th, 5th, and 6th Behavior Matrix

Any unsafe, inappropriate or disruptive behavior that interferes with the educational process that is not listed in the handbook may result in consequences at the teachers’ discretion. Consequences will be determined based on the severity of the offense and then number of times the offense has previously occured. (Detention, Office Referral, ISS, Corporal Punishment, or OSS)

Levels determine the severity of the action. This will be at the teachers’ discretion. 

Level I Disciplinary Matrix
Level I Consequences
Off-Task behavior All students begin with 10 points per week
Leaving seat during instruction Each broken Level I infraction cost (-2) point deduction
Talking out/blurting during instruction Behavior that displays above expectations will gain (+1) point
Poor Attitude/Rudeness Students earning 5 or more points and get a parents signature will get to attend a weekly reward activity
Distracting others Students that reach zero (0) points will receive a formal write-up that is sent to the office to be recorded.
Mildly offensive language (“stupid”, “sucks”, etc.) After the 5th formal write up of detention, accumulating over a 9-week quarter, the student will receive in-school suspension.
Non-speech noises disrupting the class Quarterly rewards will be given to those who have 75 points or more for the 9-week quarterly period.
Not following directions  
Playing in the bathroom or hall  
Rocking/Tilting, falling out of seat  
Touching things that belong to others  
Leaving needed supplies at home or in another room  
Hands inapproprately on another student   
Chewing gum/ other objects in mouth  
Not being in a designated area  
Inappropriate behavior in or out of the classroom  
Not completing assignments as directed.  

 

Level II Disciplinary Matrix
Level II Consequences
Chronic Level I behavior Conference with parent, OR
Arguing back with teacher/talking back Detention and Parent notification, OR
Chronic socializing with peers Office Referral 1st: 1 day ISS
Inappropriate hand gestures Office Referral 2nd: 2 days ISS
Physical contact without harm (Pushing, hitting, hard tagging, etc) Office Referral 3rd: 3 days ISS
Lying  
Spitting  
Rough play/horse play  
Teasing/Name calling  
Stealing (minor things)  
Inappropriate minor language/comments/gestures
either written or verbal (racism, sexual, swearing, violent, etc.)
 
Failure to serve detention  
Distracting others from doing assigned tasks  
Inappropriate contact   
   
Level II with specific conesquences  
Cheating Receive zero/note sent home. (Cheating on AR will result in no AR rewards for the rest of the year.)


(Chronic level II behavior is defined as repeating the same behavior over and over with no change in the behavior. It will remain a level II behavior for the remainder of the year.)
Assignment of detention will be turned into the office and entered into the computer.
Detention assigned five times in a 9-week quarterly period, for inappropriate behavior, will result in In-School Suspension.

Level III Disciplinary Matrix
Level III Consequences
Chronic Level II Behavior Corporal Punishment (3 licks) OR,
Theft/Stealing In-School Suspension OR,
Vandalism Out of School Suspension
Sexually inappropriate behavior  
Inappropriate physical contact with visible marks/causing harm
(Pushing, hitting, biting, kicking, etc.)
 
Spitting on others  
Destruction of School property  
Inappropriate language or comments, written or verbal
(Racial or sexual remarks)
 
Throwing furnature/dangerous materials  
Insubordination  
Blatant disrespecting/arguing with the teacher  
Verbally threatening behavior  
   
Level III with specific consequence:  
Bullying See handbook policy on bullying.
Assault/Physically threatening behavior with intent to cause harm See handbook policy on fighting.


Chronic Level III behavior is defined as repeating the same behavior over and over with no change in the behavior. It will remain a Level III behavior for the rest of the year.
Students will be referred to the SPRINT TEAM for any student needing a behavior plan. (See the definition of the SPRINT TEAM in the student handbook for more details.)
Any student displaying behavior that is interfering with the learning environment of others will be sent to a designated area, as predetermined by the principal.

Level IV Disciplinary Matrix
Level IV Consequences
Chronic Level III behaviors Infractions at this level will receive Out of School Suspension
Verbal or Physical Abuse of a teacher  
Weapons  
Stealing/Theft of property (major items)  
Refusal of a person to identify himself upon request  


Students who receive Out of School Suspension must have a parent/principal/teacher conference before they will be allowed to return to school.
Any student displaying behavior that is interfering with the learning environment of others will be sent to a designated area, as predetermined by the principal.

 

FIGHTING
This is assault or any threatening behavior to be percieved as wanting to inflict harm. A student shall not cause, or attempt to cause, physical injury or behave in such a way as could reasonably cause injury to a fellow student or any other individual.
Violence will not be tolerated. This will start over at semester.

All students involved with fighting will receive disciplinary action.

  • 1st Offense – In-School Suspension (3 days) or Corporal Punishment (3 licks)
  • 2nd Offense – Out of School Suspension (1 day), Parent must come to school for a conference when the student returns as well as write up a behavior plan.
  • 3rd Offense – Long Term Suspension, or Expulsion.

When a student has been in a volatile situation, they should have a set amount of time before coming back onto the playground or returning to the site of the altercation. This set amount of time shall be determined by the administration. In an event of clear-cut self defense, only the aggressor may be subject to corporal punishment.

An unprovoked attack by another student will be grounds for suspension for up to ten (10) days with possible reccomendation for expulsion.

A Behavioral Contract will be developed for all students who are chronic violators. The administrator, student and parents will agree upon and sign this contract. The Behavior Contract will state the reason for the Behavior Contract as well as consequences of failure to abide by the contract.

Students fighting at a school activity will receive corporal punishment or suspension from all school activities for a minimum of two weeks.

CRIMINAL ACTS

Students and staff require a safe and orderly learning environment that is conductive to high student achievement. The following activities are among those defined as “criminal” under the laws of the State of Arkansas. Criminal activities considered under this regulation include, but are not limited to, the following list. 

The following are considered Level 3 or 4 Behaviors and will subject the student to disciplinary action as outlined in the grade level Behavioral Matrix (as defined above.) Disciplinary action may include suspension, expulsion, placement into an alternative learning environment, or referral to legal authorities:

  • Theft: Stealing of School or Personal property.
  • Possession of Explosives: Firecrackers, smoke bombs, cherry bombs, or any other kind of firework or explosive device.
  • Extortion, blackmail, or coehcion: Obtaining money or property by violence or threat of violence or forcing someone to act against his or her will by force or threat of force.
  • Robbery: Taking property from an individual by force or threat of force.
  • Assault and Abuse (Act 207 of 1997)
    By violent, abusive, obscene, or profane language addressed to a teacher or student
    ​By threatening to fight, challenging to fight, or fighting a teacher or student

INSULT OR ABUSE OF TEACHERS (§ 6-17-106)
Any person who shall abuse or insult a public school teacher while that teacher is performing normal and regular or assigned school responsibilities shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction be liable for a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) nor more than one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500.00.)
Each school district shall report to the Department of Education any prosecutions within the school district under this section.
A student who commits assault and/or battery upon a member of the faculty or staff of the Woodlawn School District shall be expelled from the school.