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Discipline Policy and Code of Conduct

Lindley Middle School

Discipline Policies and Code of Conduct

2012-2013 School Year

To be read by teachers and parents:

Discipline Policy and Code of Conduct

Introduction

Much has been written about discipline, or the lack of it, in the public school system over the past ten years.� As a staff, Lindley Middle School is committed to educating the whole child in a climate which fosters intellectual, academic, emotional and personal growth.

Behaving appropriately is an essential aspect of learning.� Without a disciplined atmosphere the teacher cannot teach effectively and the learner cannot learn.

In our view, good discipline is part of the learning process and is developmental in nature.� As a child matures, the level of self-discipline increases which enables the child to maintain intelligent self-control.

Our discipline policy and code of conduct is based on the principles of natural and logical consequences which encourages our children to make their own responsible decisions.� The students must be accountable for their decisions.� The students learn to accept responsibility for their decisions.� The focus of our discipline policy and code of conduct is based on the behavior rather than on the child.� We hope that our discipline policy and code of conduct will communicate that our school is a caring, child centered, and an orderly environment in which the best in each individual is expected and encouraged.

To be read by teachers and parents:

Beliefs in Relation to Discipline Policy

and Code of Conduct

We, as part of the Lindley Middle School community, believe that:

    All children are inherently good and will demonstrate proper and acceptable behavior if expectations are discussed and understood.
    Every child has the right to be educated in a safe, orderly environment.
    The goal of any discipline policy is to develop in children the inner values and self-discipline needed to behave in a responsible manner.
    Students should learn to accept responsibility for their behavior, having previous knowledge of the consequences of their actions.
    The focus of discipline is based on the behavior rather than on the child.
    Discipline policies are based on natural consequences not on arbitrary punishments.
    Discipline is instructive and based on problem prevention.
    The discipline policy and code of conduct is communicated to the students in a positive and constructive manner as part of the teaching – learning experience.
    The development of policies concerning behavior and discipline at our school will be collaborative in nature and will include all involved stakeholders.
    Because behavior is learned, proper behavior will be modeled by all school personnel.

To be read by teachers and parents:

Proactive Measures to Encourage

Positive Behavior

Research has shown that positive reinforcement is a more effective tool in producing responsible behavior in students than punishment.� Students feel good about themselves when their positive behavior is recognized.� The increase of student self-esteem has a positive effect on their behavior and level of achievement.� The philosophy at our school is “catch children being good”.� The proactive measures listed below although not inclusive are some of the ways intended to promote positive behavior in our students.

Proactive Measures for Positive Behavior At Home and in School

    Be a good role model.� Display the types of behavior that you want children to exhibit.
    Reward children.� Give praise and recognition freely for the good things they do.
    Take children’s emotions and feelings seriously.� Show them that what they say, think and do are important.
    Use phrases that build self-esteem such as, “Thank you for helping.” or “That was a great idea”.
    Help children set reasonable goals so they can achieve success.
    Give children responsibility.� They will feel useful and valued.
    Define limits and rules clearly; then enforce them fairly.
    Meet and greet children.� Make them feel wanted and important.
    Celebrate children’s successes and encourage them to achieve their best.
    Smile a lot and enjoy the personal, social and academic sides of children.
    Recognize milestones of children in school and at home.
    Create a climate by having special days – hat day, tie day, etc. (School-Wide)
    Encourage children by focusing on their strengths.
    Focus on positive happenings in their lives.

To be read by teachers and parents:

The Role of Teacher Intervention and

Classroom Management

Most inappropriate behaviors are dealt with at the classroom level and, as a result, it is seldom necessary for them to involve the school administration.� This is the result of teachers using a variety of appropriate classroom management techniques and strategies to create an orderly and organized atmosphere in which students are encouraged to display appropriate behavior.�

Most minor misbehaviors are handled immediately by the teacher but when problems become more severe or chronic, contact with the parents/guardians is recommended.� If the problem persists, or if it is of a very serious nature, the administration of the school will become involved.� Teachers and administrations will keep careful documentation of misbehaviors and subsequent parental contact.

Parental Responsibility

The purpose of this Discipline Policy and Code of Conduct is to help develop in children the ability to make age appropriate, responsible decisions about their behavior based on the knowledge of what is expected of them in certain situations.� The responsibility to do this does not rest entirely with the school – it should be shared among the other stakeholders in the children’s lives.� Parents are an integral part in helping to form responsible decision-makers capable of appropriate behavior based on understood expectations.� For this reason, it is hoped that every parent or guardian discusses this Discipline Policy with their children.� It is also expected that parents/guardians will not only form a strong partnership with the school in communicating this policy to their children, but will also join with the school in implementing and maintaining our Discipline Policy and Code of Conduct.

Academic Success

Expected Behavior

Reasons for Expected Behavior

Consequences of Misbehavior

To ensure success this school year, you are expected to complete all class and homework assignments on time and to the best of your ability.

Effort and determination are keys to success.� If you put forth your best effort and take pride in your work, then you are more likely to achieve your potential.

If you fail to put forth your best effort in class and homework assignments are unacceptable, then you will complete your assignments or redo them, possibly after class time.� (i.e. before school, during connection, and after school)

Honesty

Expected Behavior

Reasons for Expected Behavior

Consequences of Misbehavior

You are expected to be honest in all your relationships with other students, staff and community.� Lying, stealing and cheating are unacceptable behaviors.

You will benefit from your relations with others only by being open and honest in what you say and do.� Dishonesty in your words or actions or written work has a negative effect on your reputation and that of your school.

You must realize that proof of dishonesty carries very serious consequences.� In the case of lying, cheating, or stealing, a meeting will be arranged with you, your parents and your teacher to discuss the situation and possible consequences.

Attendance, Absenteeism and Tardiness

Expected Behavior

Reasons for Expected Behavior

Consequences of Misbehavior

You shall report to class promptly each day, ready, willing and able to work.� Absenteeism requires a written excuse.� Habitual lateness and absenteeism will be reported to the office.

Punctuality is a form of courtesy towards your teacher and your classmates.� Punctuality is a learned skill in making good use of your time at home and at school.� If you are late, you disrupt your class when you enter.� Students who miss a great deal of time are certain to encounter difficulty in keeping up their schoolwork.� In order for you to achieve to your maximum potential, REGULAR ATTENDANCE IS ESSENTIAL.

On some occasions tardiness and absences are unavoidable.� However, if habitual tardiness and absenteeism appear to be a problem they will be investigated.� Your parents will be consulted and you will be required to make up work that you missed.� (5 days = parent notice from teacher; 10 days = parent notice from principal; 15 days= social worker contact)

To be discussed with students by teachers and parents:

Respect for Self and Others

Students at Lindley Middle School are expected to behave in a manner which exhibits respect and consideration for themselves and others.� Your school is not the appropriate place for exaggerated displays of disagreement or affection.� Activities such as pushing, tripping, kicking, fighting, play fighting, rough play, rock throwing; snowball throwing, hugging, kissing, etc. are not acceptable student behaviors.

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Each and every person attending Lindley Middle School has the right to be treated with respect and courtesy.� Learning how to interact in a positive way with our fellow human beings is a valuable skill essential in today’s society.� In addition, rough behavior may result in personal or physical injury to others.� Remember the Golden Rule “Treat others as you would like to be treated”.

Disrespect or unacceptable behavior will result in action being taken by school authorities.� The frequency and severity of the infraction will dictate the type and appropriateness of the consequences.� This action may include one or more of the following:

- a warning by a teacher or supervisor

- contact made with the home

- being sent to an administrator

-ISS

- OSS

Appropriate Language

Expected Behavior

Reasons for Expected Behavior

Consequences of Misbehavior

The language used by all individuals in and around Lindley Middle School will be of a nature that shows respect for staff and other students.� Name calling, swearing, crude, rude and obscene language spoken, written, implied, or gestured are unacceptable.

Being able to use appropriate and tasteful language is a valuable life skill.� When language is offensive to others the hurt feelings it may cause can lead to further conflict.

The use of inappropriate or unacceptable language may result in such consequences as the following:

- a warning by a teacher or supervisor

- contact made with the home

- being sent to an administrator

-ISS

- OSS

Designated Areas

Expected Behavior

Reasons for Expected Behavior

Consequences of Misbehavior

Students are prohibited from being in the hallways without a hall pass.� All students must remain in their designated areas and not wander the halls or try to interact with students on another grade level. Students are not allowed to enter teacher lounge, locker rooms, gym, or any other area in the school without permission.

These guidelines are necessary for your own protection, safety, and for proper security of specialty equipment which assists in your instruction.

You will be reminded of the rule and may have restricted privileges for a time in designated areas. Students who violate this rule will face the following consequences:

-teacher detention

- referral to administrator

-ISS

Student Movement

Expected Behavior

Reasons for Expected Behavior

Consequences of Misbehavior

In the morning students will wait in the lunchroom until the 8:45 bell.� While inside the building students should walk in a single file on the burgundy line in a quiet, orderly manner. When walking in hallway and transitioning to classes students should keep to the right and remain quiet on Character.

The safety and security of the students in Lindley Middle School is dependent, to a large extent, on the orderly movement and conduct of its students.� Children have a right to a quality education in a safe environment undisturbed by unnecessary noise.

Students will be reminded of the required behavior and will be expected to follow it.� If the offense is serious or repeated, action will be taken and students will face the following:

-teacher detention

-administrative referral

-administrative detention

-ISS

*repeated violations may result in OSS


Personal Appearance

Expected Behavior

Reasons for Expected Behavior

Consequences of Misbehavior

You are expected to dress in a clean, neat appropriate manner.� Clothing with offensive words, slogans or pictures is considered inappropriate.� Any clothing that promotes alcohol, drugs or tobacco products is inappropriate in the school.� Hats are to be removed while you are in the building.� Students are expected to be in standard school attire each day.

Your appearance reflects your good judgment and your respect for yourself and others.

If you wear inappropriate clothing, and are not in standard school attire each day then suitable action will be taken to solve the problem.� The following consequences will be given for dress code violators.

-warning

-phone call home

-administrative detention

-ISS

Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs

Expected Behavior

Reasons for Expected Behavior

Consequences of Misbehavior

You will not partake of any tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs while on school property.

In your formative years we want to help you develop good self-esteem and a healthy lifestyle.� The use of tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs is dangerous both to you and those around you.

Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.� First offense 10 days OSS, Second offense 10 days OSS plus recommendation for Ombudsman Alternative School.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Expected Behavior

Reasons for Expected Behavior

Consequences of Misbehavior

On school buses and at extra-curricular activities all relevant school rules apply.

You should remember that on these activities you represent your school.� Don’t let your misbehavior ruin the opportunity for others.� Always let others know that you are proud to be a student at Lindley Middle School.

Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.� A serious offense could result in your removal from the activity or event, and exclusion from further activities is possible.


Alternative After-School Arrangements

Expected Behavior

Reasons for Expected Behavior

Consequences of Misbehavior

The school must be notified in writing of any requested change in student’s regular

after-school travel arrangements.� Unless an emergency arises, the school should be notified in writing before noon on the day of the requested change.� Students will not be allowed to make changes in transportation without written permission from their parents.

For your own safety and protection parents/guardians and teachers should be informed of your whereabouts.

Permission will be denied and parents/guardians may be informed of the appropriate policy.

Care of School Property and Property of

Others

Expected Behavior

Reasons for Expected Behavior

Consequences of Misbehavior

You will respect all school property (classrooms, halls, stairways, bathrooms, cafeteria, gym, and library: all equipment, textbooks and supplies as well as the property of others).� Your desk and the floor area around it are to be kept neat and tidy.� School furniture is to be used for the purpose intended for it.� You are expected to treat the school and equipment with the same care and respect as you would your own valuable personal possessions.

In taking care of school property you display pride in your school; you also help to maintain attractive surroundings and useful facilities which are necessary to successful learning for you and your fellow students.

If you damage school property, you are expected to pay for repair or replacement costs and could face the following disciplinary actions.

-Administrative/parent conference

-ISS

-OSS

-Restitution for the full value of the property destroyed

IT’S YOUR SCHOOL – KEEP IT CLEAN

School Bus Rules

    Students must be at the designated bus stop at the time the bus is scheduled to arrive.� The driver designates the bus stop.
    Students who must cross the road before getting on the bus shall wait for the bus to arrive and display the proper warning signs before crossing the road.
    All students must cross the road in front of the bus, never behind the bus.
    Students shall always stand a safe distance off the road and never in the road while waiting for the bus to arrive.
    While at the bus stop students should:

a) Conduct themselves in an orderly manner

b) Avoid littering

c) Respect nearby private property rights

    Students shall take seats promptly after boarding the bus.� No seats can be reserved.� Should the driver assign a pupil a seat, the pupil must comply.� Students will remain in their seats while bus is in motion.
    Students shall not open windows on bus unless asked to do so by driver.
    Students must keep arms and head inside the bus.
    While a passenger on the bus students MUST NOT:

a) Smoke (Board Regulations)

b) Throw any object on bus or out of windows

c) Disturb the driver

d) Litter

e) Make loud or unnecessary noise

f) Eat food or drink beverages

g) Transport items which may endanger the health or safety of any other passenger

h) Use offensive language

i) Fight nor call other students names

    Students must use the service entrance door while unloading and not the emergency exit door.� The emergency exit is to be used only in emergency situations.
    Students who must cross the road after getting off the bus should cross at least ten (10) feet in FRONT of the bus, after looking both ways to be sure no traffic is approaching from either direction.
    Obey the driver promptly and avoid any unnecessary conversation with him/her while the bus is in motion.
    In case of any road emergency, remain seated on the bus until ordered to vacate.
    Students delivered to the school by school bus must remain on school property at all times.������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ ���������������������������� �������������������������������������������������������������������������

The staff, students, and parents at Lindley Middle strive to create a balanced learning environment.� Students, parents, and staff must all take an active part in each child’s education.�

At Lindley Middle, we are committed to ensuring that all students will meet or exceed state standards and be prepared for middle school.� In pursuing this goal, we are creating a passion for learning within our community.� We need everyone’s help in implementing our discipline policies.� The discipline policies should be discussed by parents, students, and staff.� Please commit to making Lindley an environment focused on learning, where dreams and goals are realized and met.

The discipline policy should be discussed by the parents, teacher, and student.� This form should be signed by the teacher, parent, and student and returned to the child’s homeroom teacher NLT Friday, January 18, 2013.�

I, _____________________________, have discussed the discipline polices with the student.

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I have answered questions and helped the student to understand the expectations.� I agree to follow through with the appropriate consequences as needed and will communicate effectively with parents, students, and the administration in regards to the student’s progress. ����

________________________________������������� ������������� ������������� _______________

Teacher’s Signature������������� ��������������������� ������������� ������������� ������������� ������������� Date

I, _____________________________, have discussed the discipline polices with my child.

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I have answered questions and helped my child to understand the expectations.� I agree to support my child’s teacher and the school’s administration with the appropriate consequences as needed and will communicate effectively with my child, his/her teacher, and the school’s administration in regards to my child’s progress. ����

________________________________������������� ������������� ������������� _______________

Parent’s Signature������������� ��������������������� ������������� ������������� ������������� ������������� Date

I, _____________________________, have discussed the discipline polices with my teacher

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and my parents.� I have asked questions and understand the expectations.� I agree to follow the discipline policies of Lindley Middle.� I agree to make good discipline choices and will abide by the consequences if I do not follow the guidelines of the discipline policies.� ����

________________________________������������� ������������� ������������� _______________

Student’s Signature������������� ��������������������� ������������� ������������� ������������� ������������� Date

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