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School Discipline



The School Discipline Plan outlines the rights of students and faculty, rules to be followed, and consequences for breaking the rules.  We believe, that in order to have a safe and orderly school environment, a student needs to be accountable for his or her actions at all times in all places.

 Sylvan School recognizes that discipline includes training children to make appropriate choices in a climate of warmth and support.  Our School Discipline Plan defines rules and classroom limits with incremental incentives and consequences that are consistently carried out.

Our Philosophy

All children have human dignity and worth.  Persuasion is more powerful than fear.  Influence is greater than control.  Children want to and can behave appropriately.  Behavior is maintained by consequences.

 

Rights

Students have a right to learn.  Teachers have a right to teach.  Both have a right to a safe and orderly school. 

 

Responsibilities

Respect adults, peers, and self.  Respect school and personal property.  Play fairly and safely.  Use appropriate language.

 

Consequences

Our goal is to assist students in learning to be responsible for their behavior.  We believe in giving students an opportunity to discuss problems and conflicts, and in helping children become "problem solvers" and "managers of conflict". Part of the process of accepting responsibility for one's actions is learning that there are consequences for inappropriate behavior.  These consequences may include one or more of the following:

  • warning
  • staff counseling
  • call to parent
  • loss of privilege
  • time out from an activity
  • time out in another class
  • referral to the principal
  • detention
  • writing about behavior and the consequences
  • sending student home
  • suspension
  • expulsion                                                                                                                      
Some actions may result in the immediate removal

from the classroom or the campus.

As necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of students and staff, school officials may search students, their property and/or district property under their control, and may seize illegal, unsafe, and prohibited items.  The Governing Board requires that discretion, good judgment, and common sense be exercised in all cases of search and seizure.


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