Progressive Discipline Policy
Discovery Charter School teachers have well-defined expectations, rules, and procedures that serve to optimize the learning environment in their individual classrooms. Should a conflict or misconduct occur in the classroom or on campus, staff will adhere to the following system of increasing consequences.
Minor/Moderate Conflicts and Misconducts
If behavior issues arise that detract from the learning environment, we use a student incident record to document student disruptions or inappropriate behaviors.
Incident records include a description of the infraction and a description of what the teacher did to solve the problem.
- Verbal Warning – appropriate behaviors and solutions are the desired focus of the verbal warning.
- First Documented Offense – if the behavior is not corrected via the verbal warning the incident is documented and the student may be moved into an alternative setting for the remainder of the class period, or sent home for the remainder of the day. Teacher/student conference where desired behaviors and solutions are discussed with student input will be documented.
- Second Documented Offense – a second offense that results in the removal from the classroom setting or the campus will warrant a documented parent/student/teacher meeting to discuss desired student behavior and identify solutions.
- Third Documented Offense – a third offense that results in the removal from the classroom setting or the campus will warrant a documented parent/student/teacher/administration meeting to discuss desired student behavior and identify solutions.
- Fourth Documented Offense – A fourth offense that results in the removal from the classroom setting or the campus will warrant a documented parent/student/teacher/administration meeting, the outcome of which will be a specific behavior plan outlining acceptable behaviors necessary for the student to remain enrolled in the Discovery Charter School.
The purpose of the documentation is to collect accurate data and solve problems. If a student’s negative behavior continues they need to be removed from the setting. Each teacher is to develop an agreement with another member of our staff to have an area designated for students that need to be removed from a class. Our parents will also be notified that if their student is not behaving in an appropriate manner they may be called to pick them up and remove them from the setting for the remainder of the day.
It is important that the teacher who has removed the student from their class provides credit bearing work for the student to do while they are in the alternative setting so they do not fall behind academically. It is expected that the teacher witnessing or with the most information surrounding the incident would make the arrangements for classroom coverage and make the call.
Severe Conflicts and Misconducts
Professional judgment by the teacher and/or administration will determine the severity of the incident and the need for more severe and immediate action.