Discipline and Classroom Management Policy

discipline AND classroom management Policy
Lakewood Elementary
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DISTRICT CODE of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline
Lakewood Elementary School will follow the Hardin County District Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline.  
During the first week of school, the principal (or principal’s designee) will:
  1. Provide each student with a copy of the District Code of Conduct.
  2. Require each student to return a signed Acknowledgement Form from his or her parent or guardian showing that the parent or guardian has seen and reviewed the Code.
  3. Follow-up as needed with any student who has not returned the signed acceptance, or assign other staff members to do so.
The principal (or principal’s designee) will follow steps 1 – 3 above for all students new to the school during the year.


School-wide EXPECTATIONS
In addition to the District Code of Conduct and our School Safety Plan, we have adopted the following school-wide behavior expectations stated in the Student/Parent Handbook as ROAR Expectations:
Ready to Learn
Own Your Actions
Always Lead
Respect Others’ Differences

RESPONSIBILITIES

Principals and assistant principals are responsible for:
  1. Disseminating and interpreting the behavioral and discipline standards and guidelines of the district and school.
  2. Ensuring that all staff and students adhere to the District Code of Conduct.
  3. Providing support and guidance to teachers in the implementation of the district and school behavioral and discipline standards and guidelines.
  4. Providing consequences for students whose behavior violations lead to an Office Discipline Referral (ODR). Refer to chart on next page.
  5. Communicating and working with parents and guardians when issues arise involving behavior and discipline of a student.

Procedures for Referring a Student for an Office Discipline Referral (ODR):
  1. Teachers will be provided with small discipline referral sheets. When a student has a behavior violation that should result in an ODR, the teacher may fill out the discipline referral sheet and send the student to the office with the sheet OR fill out a referral electronically using the current HCS discipline management program. The student should be escorted to the office with a staff member or another student. If a student is sent to the office without a discipline referral sheet or electronic referral, he or she will be sent back to class. If necessary, a teacher may call the office and request assistance with a student.
  2. The principal or designee will investigate the situation if necessary and assign the consequence, following the guidelines listed in the table on the next page.
  3. The principal or designee will go into the HCS discipline management program and process the referral. If a paper discipline referral has been used, the principal or designee will enter the referral into the computer at the time that they are processing it.

Consequence Guidelines for Office Discipline Referrals

Behavior Violation

Consequences


Defiance/Noncompliance
Disrespect
Disruptive Behavior
Lying
Academic Dishonesty
Inappropriate Language or Gesture

First Offense:      Lunch Detention/Conference
                           with Student
Second Offense: 1 hour in-school detention
Third Offense:     After School Detention
Fourth Offense:   ½  day in-school detention
                           Begin Tier 2 KSI
Fifth Offense:      1 day in-school detention

Parent contact by administration on all offenses.


Physical Contact/Aggression
Threatening
Bullying
Destruction of Property/Vandalism
Theft/Stealing
Harassment

First Offense:       After School Detention
Second Offense:  ½ Day In School Detention
Third Offense:      1 Day In School Detention
                            Begin Tier 2 KSI
Fourth Offense:    Suspension* (Follow board
                                                                    policy)

Parent contact by administration on all offenses.


Inappropriate Use of Technology

First Offense:      Loss of technology for 2 weeks
Second Offense: 1 day in-school detention

Parent contact by Administration on all offenses.


Use/Possession of Inappropriate Items

Minor items that are a distraction in the classroom environment such as trading cards, sunglasses, candy, etc. should be handled by the teacher through his or her system of behavior expectations and consequences, unless possession of inappropriate items becomes a repeated offense.

Possession or use of any tobacco products (including imitation and electronic) is prohibited on school grounds. Consequences will be determined by the administrator, based on the level of involvement, severity,  and/or recurrence of the incident(s). Consequences may include but not be limited to:
  • After School Detention
  • ½ Day In School Detention
  • Full Day In School Detention
  • Out of School Suspension


Possession of major items (such as a dangerous instrument) will be determined by the administrator. May include but not be limited to:
  • Verbal Warning
  • Confiscation of item by school personnel. (Item may be picked up later by parent/guardian.)
  • After school, ½ day, or 1 Day Detention
  • Daily Backpack Checks

Consequence Guidelines for Office Discipline Referrals (continued)

Behavior Violation

Consequences


Repeated Offenses in the Classroom:

Excessive Talking
Talking Out at Inappropriate Times
Tattling
Out of Seat
Rude/Impolite to Other
Possession of Inappropriate Items (Minor)

On the 4th occurrence of a student receiving a consequence in the classroom due to repeated behaviors, it becomes an office referral:

First Offense:      Lunch Detention     
Second Offense: 1 hour in-school detention
Third Offense:     After School Detention

*It is teacher’s responsibility to fill out the office referral on the 4th occurrence and include information about previous offenses in the referral.
Parent contact by administration on all offenses.

Failure to Turn in Assignments/Incomplete Work
(3 or more missing assignments)

After School Detention

Parent contact by teacher or administration.


Bus Behavior (Minor)

First Offense:      Lunch Detention/Conference
                           with Student
Second Offense: 3 Day Bus Suspension
Third Offense:     5 Day Bus Suspension
                           Begin Tier 2 KSI
Fourth Offense:   10 Day Bus Suspension

Parent contact by administration on all offenses.


Bus Behavior (Major)

Handled on a case by case basis by administration to possibly include:

-Bus Suspension
-Handled Under Student Discipline Code
-Referred for Possible Bus Expulsion

Consequence Guidelines for Office Discipline Referrals (ODRs)

  • These are minimum consequences; stronger consequences can be assigned by the administrator based on the severity of the event.
  • Consequences are assigned to the student, based on the number of offenses for the same or similar behavior for the student.
  • The student doesn’t start serving their consequence until they are compliant and following directions in the office.
  • Students must have work to complete while in the office.  The work sent up should be something that the student can do independently (work related to previously taught content/on the student’s level).  Each grade level team can decide if they will either: keep a binder of work that can be pulled from when students are in the office OR send work with the student as soon as they are sent to the office.

Teachers are responsible for:
  1. Establishing specific behavior expectations for their individual classrooms, including clearly defined consequences when those expectations are not met.
  2. Communicating those standards to parents and sending home a copy of their behavior expectations and consequences with each student.
  3. Teaching those expectations and consequences to students during the first few weeks students are in the class, explaining the expectations and consequences to students who join the class after the first few weeks, and reviewing behavior expectations and consequences after each extended school break (Fall Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break).
  4. Posting behavior expectations and consequences in the classroom where students can see them throughout the year.
  5. Holding students to the behavior expectations and issuing the appropriate consequences (including following the procedures for office discipline referrals) when those expectations are not met.

Counselors are responsible for:
  1. Providing support and guidance to help students and parents understand, correctly interpret, accept, and follow the behavioral standards and guidelines of the district, school, and classrooms.
  2. Providing support and guidance to teachers in the implementation of classroom management techniques and strategies.

Students are responsible for:
  1. Accepting and following the behavioral standards of conduct expected by the district, school, and each classroom.
  2. Asking for help when they do not understand the behavioral expectations.

Parents and Guardians are asked to:
  1. Become familiar with documents related to district and school standards of behavior and discipline and ask the school questions when they do not understand language or details in these documents.
  2. Work with the school when issues arise involving their child’s behavior or consequences given to their child by the school or teacher.







BULLYING

Our school will maintain an Anti Bullying policy addressing procedures to provide a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our pupils and staff so they can learn in a relaxed and secure atmosphere.  In order to prevent the disruption of the educational process and the ability of all students to take advantage of the educational opportunities offered at Lakewood Elementary School any behavior defined as bullying will not be tolerated. This policy also addresses any issues identified by our stakeholders and issues required by state law.  The Anti Bullying policy defines all forms of bullying as well as signs and symptoms of bullying, states the importance of responding to bullying, procedures for reporting, and interventions for both the offending student and student who is a victim of bullying.


COMMUNICATION
By the end of the first week of school, the Hardin County School District Code of Acceptable Behavior and Discipline will be referenced in our school handbook, and provided to all school employees, parents, and legal guardians, or other persons exercising custodial control or supervision of students including those students who enroll during the school year.  

Before the beginning of each school year, the principal (or designee) will work with the district to develop a process to train employees, when necessary, in the use of the Code and/or to provide update information to the staff, students, and parents concerning this Code.

 

POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTIONS AND SUPPORT (PBIS) SYSTEM

The Learning Environment Committee will also serve as the school’s PBIS committee. Duties of the committee include but are not limited to:

  • Conducting regular monthly meetings and providing access of minutes to all staff  members and SBDM members
  • Reviewing ODR data monthly at committee meetings and sharing results with all staff and SBDM members
  • Reviewing annual data of the overall trends in office discipline referrals (ODRs) and consequences for the previous year and sharing results with all staff and SBDM members
  • Implementing a PBIS reward system to improve culture and climate in the school, reviewing the reward system annually, and making any necessary revisions based on the annual review.

 

POLICY EVALUATION


The Learning Environment Committee will evaluate the effectiveness of this policy through our School Improvement Planning Process.

 

ATTACHMENTS

A. District Code of Conduct

B. Student and Parent Handbook


Date Adopted:  _____

Date Reviewed or Revised:  _____ Council Chairperson’s Initials _____

Date Reviewed or Revised:  _____ Council Chairperson’s Initials _____

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