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St. Mary’s School strives to create an atmosphere of charity within the educational process. The disciplinary process is part of maintaining this atmosphere, with regard to both relationships between students and individual student development.
Fair discipline procedures that are clearly established and known give constructive guidelines to all school officials and students within the school. This helps students to mature as good citizens with acceptable moral standards. When disciplining students, school officials will always strive to act with charity and justice.
Levels of Discipline Plan / Intervention Program for Discipline
The Intervention Program begins before a discipline problem arises. All students and staff must be made well aware of the rules for the school and for the classrooms that they use. Every intervention begins with State One. The number of times each intervention is used before going to the next stage is at the discretion of the teacher or supervising adult. The seriousness of the infraction is considered. Also, the maturity levels of the students, Nursery and Pre-K through Grade Six, are taken into consideration.
Note: The "supervising adulty" referred to from here on may be any teacher or supervising adult who is in charge of a student or students in St. Mary's School.
Stage One of Intervention
When a student exhibits unacceptable behavior in a given situation, the supervising adult, in a Christ-like manner, speaks to the offending student to inform the student that his/her behavior is unacceptable for a specific reason. The student is asked to state the rule that he/she is not following at the moment. The student is then asked if he/she can follow that rule.
If the student seems to be unable to discern that his/her behavior is unacceptable, then the teacher objectively states the behavior and asks questions to be sure that the student realizes what rule has not been followed. This is all done without being judgmental about the student.
Stage Two of Intervention
Note: If and when the supervising adult feels it is necessary to the "Time Out" period, these are the steps involved.
These are various levels of Time Out through which a student may progress. It may not be necessary to progress through all steps to the end of Stage Two.
- In-class Time Out
"Time Out" means that a student must think of what Christ would do and follow the way of Love to plan to correct own behavior.
- Out-of-Class Time Out
(Planning: Student follows the same procedure as in Step #1.)
- Chronic Referrals for Time Out
Teachers and supervisors will record the behaviors of all students given a time out. When for any reason, a student reaches a threshold of three (3) Time Out Referrals in five (5) weeks of school, parents will be notified. As soon as possible, the principal will convene a meeting with the supervising adults directly involved with the student.
- This meeting will produce an Action Plan identifying the specific steps supervising adults will undertake to assist the student in changing the behaviors, which resulted in referrals.
- The principal will meet with the student and review the Action Plan.
- Parents/guardians will be notified of the results of the meetings by the principal and will receive a copy of the Action Plan.
- After School Detention
Should a student reach the threshold of "3 in 5" again, this student will be assigned after-school detention for a one-hour period for 1-5 days. The procedural process will be as follows:
- The student is sent to the principal's office.
- The principal or vice-principal, will review the student's file.
- The student's parent/guardian will be contacted prior to the student's detention period. Parents/guardians will be responsible for transportation to the home after detention.
- The student in after-school detention will be required to work quietly on schoolwork he/she brings from the classroom teacher.
- The principal will determine when the student will return to class. Any participation in extra-curricular activities is suspended until the completion of after-school detention and an acceptable plan.
- Any student assigned to after-school detention in excess of three (3) times will be subject to Stage3 Intervention for additional referrals.
Stage Three of Intervention
- Team Conference
Stage three begins with a team meeting convened to discuss chronic or singularly serious behavior problems. The request for the meeting may come from any staff member involved with the student. The team is to include all teachers who hold the student in common, the principal and/or vice-principal and the parent.
The team has the option of recommending severe consequences that include suspension or expulsion. If possible, the pastor is to be present. If that is not possible, then the pastor is to be given a written and verbal report of the meeting. He will then consult with the principal and parents.
- Out-of-School Suspension
The principal has the authority to suspend a student for up to five days.
Behavior considered for suspension includes, but is not limitied to:
* Insubordination or disorderly conduct that otherwise endangers the safety, morals, health or welfare of themselves or others
* A student's physical or mental condition that endangers the health, morals or safety of himself/herself or others.
During a period of suspension, the student may not return to the building and may not attend any school functions as either a participant or an observer.
- Long Term Suspension
At the discretion of the principal, after consultation with staff involved and depending on the severity of the behavior, a student may be suspended from required attendance for five days.
Also, the student will be referred immediately to the Pastor for a formal hearing, at which time consideration will be given to a long-term suspension.