Discipline Policy

 

Discipline Policy

Updated – December 2017

GENERAL PROVISIONS

  1. The basic principle of our discipline policy is to ensure the safety of the children and to provide an opportunity for the enrichment of their learning process. The policies below state what is expected of all students with respect to behavior and not limited to the disciplinary actions listed below.
  2. The school administration reserves the right to change, modify, and implement this discipline policy as needed.
  3. The five basic tenets of our Discipline policy are:
    1. Self control as a responsible Muslim
      • Courteous language
      • Resolve conflict in a mature manner
      • Be appropriately dressed and groomed in accordance with uniform policy
    2. Demonstrate a positive attitude
      • Take a leadership role
      • Be positive
      • Be cooperative
    3. Respect the rights and feelings of others
      • Behave in a manner that does not disrupt others
      • Treat others with courtesy and respect (Put yourself in the place of the other person. Whether that person is another student, teacher, parent, community member, administrator, lunchroom or custodial staff, or any guest on campus.)
    4. Take responsibility for school property
      • Respect the building, grounds, and property
      • Keep the campus free from trash and graffiti
      • Do not vandalize school property (lockers, desks, building, bathrooms, etc.)
    5. Be an active part of the learning process
      • Attend class on time
      • Be prepared for class (bring assignments, books, supplies, and positive attitude.)
      • Follow instructions
      • Participate in class activities
      • Allow teachers to teach and students to learn

Notes:

  • Brighter Horizons Academy reserves the right to modify and/or amend the school Discipline Policy as necessary through the school year. Students/ Parents are expected to comply with the most updated version of the Discipline Policy.
  • The Academy has the right to search any student’s person, backpack, desk, and/or lockers at any time as deemed necessary to ensure safety of the school and adherence to school rules and policies.
  • The Academy reserves the right to mandate drug and/or alcohol testing within a certain time period by authorized clinics approved by the Academy.
  • The list of violations in each of the four levels is a sample and therefore is not all-inclusive, but is only representative and illustrative.
  • There will be instances where a lesser or a greater penalty may be assessed than that listed in a level for a violation (depending upon the facts and circumstances of the action).
  • A parent/guardian will always be notified in writing via Sycamore before Community Service (CS), In School Suspension (ISS) and/or Out of School Suspension (OSS) is administered.
  • The day(s) a student is serving OSS will receive a maximum credit of 70% for any assignment, class work, homework, quizzes, projects, and tests that they missed during OSS. All required assignments must be submitted upon the students’ return. Failure to submit work will result in receiving a zero. For high school students OSS may be reported on his/her final transcript. A student serving an out-of-school suspension shall not be allowed on school property nor allowed to attend any on/off campus school activity during the suspension time
  • Students serving ISS will receive full credit but will be removed from the classroom setting. During ISS all devices will be confiscated for the duration of the ISS period. ISS students are required to attend school as per the normal school schedule. Students will be monitored by school staff and will be required to pay $50 for the day.
  • All students in levels 2, 3, and repeated level 1 infractions may be excluded from field trips and/or extracurricular trips, activities or clubs. Certain cases may be reviewed by the Principal
  • Misconduct at level 4 will be referred to the Leadership Team. Board members may be notified in certain circumstances.
  • Electronic surveillance may be used to monitor student behavior and school-owned property for the purposes of safety, including the maintenance of order and discipline in common areas of the school. Student behavior recorded on electronic surveillance equipment may be subject to disciplinary consequences consistent with the student discipline policy.

Bullying / Cyber Bullying Policy

  • BHA strives to provide a safe, positive learning climate for students in the school. Therefore, it shall be the policy of BHA to maintain an educational environment in which bullying and cyber bullying in any form are not tolerated.
  • All forms of bullying and cyber bullying by students are hereby prohibited. Anyone who engages in bullying or cyber bullying in violation of this Policy shall be subject to appropriate discipline.
  • Students who have been bullied or cyber bullied shall promptly report such incidents to any staff member.
  • Complaints of bullying or cyber bullying shall be investigated promptly, and corrective action shall be taken when a complaint is verified. Neither reprisals nor retaliation shall occur as a result of the submission of a complaint.
  • BHA shall annually inform students that bullying or cyber bullying of students will not be tolerated.

Definitions:

Bullying shall mean repeated unwelcomed verbal, written or physical conduct directed at a student by another student that has the effect of:

  1. Physically, emotionally or mentally harming a student;
  2. Damaging, extorting or taking a student’s personal property;
  3. Placing a student in reasonable fear of physical, emotional or mental harm;
  4. Placing a student in reasonable fear of damage to or loss of personal property; or
  5. Creating an intimidating or hostile environment that substantially interferes with a student’s educational opportunities.

Cyber bullying includes, but is not limited to, the following misuses of technology: harassing, teasing, intimidating, threatening, or terrorizing another student or staff member by way of any technological tool, such as sending or posting inappropriate or derogatory email messages, instant messages, text messages, digital pictures or images, social media or website postings (including blogs) which has the effect of:

  1. Physically, emotionally or mentally harming a student;
  2. Placing a student in reasonable fear of physical, emotional or mental harm;
  3. Placing a student in reasonable fear of damage to or loss of personal property; or
  4. Creating an intimidating or hostile environment that substantially interferes with a student’s educational opportunities.

All forms of bullying are unacceptable and, to the extent that such actions are disruptive of the educational process of BHA, offenders shall be subject to appropriate staff intervention, which may result in administrative discipline.

The term “bullying” and “cyber bullying” shall not be interpreted to infringe upon a student’s right to engage in legally protected speech or conduct.

Delegation of Responsibility:

  • Each staff member shall be responsible to maintain an educational environment free of bullying and cyber bullying.
  • Each student shall be responsible to respect the rights of his/her fellow students and to ensure an atmosphere free from all forms of bullying and cyber bullying.
  • Students shall be encouraged to report bullying or cyber bullying complaints to any staff member.
  • Any staff member who receives a bullying or cyber bullying complaint shall refer the matter to an administrative official in order to determine if bullying or cyber bullying has occurred. If the behavior is found to meet the definition of bullying or cyber bullying, the Counselors or Principal will complete the appropriate written documentation.
  • The Behavioral Counselors or Guidance Counselors will inform the parents or guardians of the victim and also the parents or guardians of the accused.

Complaint Procedure:

A student shall report a complaint of bullying or cyber bullying, orally or in writing, to a staff member. If a parent initiates the complaint, the appropriate staff member will follow-up with the student.

The staff member will either refer the matter to an administrative official in order to determine if the alleged bullying or cyber bullying conduct occurred.

After the information has been gathered, the Principal will determine the need for further investigation or the appropriate intervention, which may result in administrative discipline to ensure that the conduct ceases. If the behavior is found to meet the definition of bullying or cyber bullying, the building principal will complete the appropriate written documentation.

A violation of this Policy shall subject the offending student to appropriate disciplinary action, consistent with the student discipline policy, which may include suspension, expulsion or notification to the appropriate authorities.

Discipline Process

When students do not show respect for others, whether they are causing problems that disrupt learning or put safety at risk, they are subject to disciplinary action. In other words, when students break the Student Discipline Policy, there will be consequences.

BHA may discipline a student:

  • On campus grounds during the regular school day.
  • While the student is attending any school related activity regardless of when or where it takes place.
  • When a school employee is a victim of retaliation regardless of when or where it takes place.
  • When criminal mischief is committed on or off school property or at a school-related event that is deemed conduct detrimental to the safety, image, and/or well-being of BHA, its staff, students, and/or community.

The initial attempt at solving behavioral problems in most instances of Acts of Misconducts, will be made by the teacher*. The teachers will follow the Progressive Discipline Plan, including the five-step correction and consequence process:

  1. Verbal Warning
  2. Student-Teacher Conference
  3. Documentation in Sycamore via Discipline log.
  4. Parent-Teacher Conference
  5. Parents-Teachers-Student Guidance Counselor Conference (if necessary)
  6. Principal- Parent Conference
  7. Head of School- Principal-Parent Conference

* Unless the infraction demanded immediate referral to the Principal.

It is the responsibility of the parents to check the discipline log of their child. Sycamore will send a notification to parents for each discipline log created as an update. Cumulative points are in Sycamore. Consequences will be applied based on the cumulative demerit points.

Removal by a Teacher: A teacher may remove from class a student:

  1. Who has been documented by the teacher to repeatedly interfere with the teacher’s ability to communicate effectively with the students in the class or with the ability of the student’s classmates to learn, or
  2. Whose behavior, the teacher determines, is so unruly, disruptive, or abusive that it seriously interferes with the teacher’s ability to communicate effectively with students in the class or with the ability of the student’s classmates to learn.

Once a matter is referred to the Administration the following procedure shall be followed:

  1. Interview parties involved and any witnesses (if incident was witnessed)
  2. Call parents if necessary
  3. Discipline report in Sycamore
  4. Call for a parent conference (if necessary)
  5. Referral to the Discipline Committee
  6. Determine consequences
  7. Administer consequences as determined

Community Service (CS)

Community Service (CS) involves the assignment of a student to a specific duty on campus for a period of time to be determined by campus administration. The school shall notify the parent/guardian when a student is assigned to CS. Students assigned to CS will not be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities until the CS assignment has been completed.

Detention (D)

Detention will involve staying afterschool or on Saturday to serve 1 hour under the supervision of school faculty. Within this hour, students will be responsible for reflecting on why they are serving detention and possibly complete additional work assigned. Parents will be notified to arrange for the date/time of the detention to be served. Ideally, students serve the same day or the very latest the next day. Additionally, students who fail to show up for detention the first time will have detention for 2 days in a row. If student repeatedly fails to attend detention, they will be serving In School Suspension.

In-School Suspension (ISS)

ISS will be determined based on the severity of the infraction that are 10 points or above. For students serving ISS a $50 fee will apply to secure appropriate supervision per day. This will be at the expense of the parents and must be paid the on or before the day of suspension. Students are required to arrive to school at 7:45am and be dismissed at 3pm. Students will work on school related tasks in isolation from their regularly scheduled classes. All work will count for full credit if submitted on time.

Out-of-School Suspension

A student may be suspended when that student’s behavior violates the BHA Discipline Policy. Before suspending a student, other reasonable alternatives will be given consideration; however, it is not necessary that other disciplinary actions precede the use of suspension. During a suspension, the student’s absence will be considered excused, if the student satisfactorily completes the assignments for the period of suspension in accordance with the BHA Policy in regard to makeup work. Students who have been suspended are not permitted to participate in extracurricular activities or attend school-related activities until they have successfully completed their suspension.

* Three separate incidents of Out-of-School suspensions in an academic year shall result in a recommendation for immediate expulsion and/or risk of re-enrollment.

* Repeated Level 1 or 2 Acts of Misconduct, or any Level 3 or 4 Acts of Misconduct shall result in termination of Scholarship or Financial Aid for the current academic year, and such students shall not be eligible for funding from Financial Aid or scholarship for the next academic year. Such a matter will be referred to the Leadership Team and may be shared with the Board of Directors as needed.

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