A. 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, but do not limit the disciplinary actions that can be taken by the school administration.
B. The school administration in consultation with the BHA Board of Directors reserves the right to change, modify, and implement this discipline policy.
C. 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
5. Support the learning process
- Attend class on time
- Be prepared for class (bring assignments, books, supplies, and positive attitude)
- Follow instructions
- Participate in class activities
- Brighter Horizons Academy reserves the right to modify and/or amend the school Discipline Policy as necessary. 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 before a Community Service (CS), and/or Out of School Suspension (OSS) is administered.
- The day/s a student is serving OSS will receive a maximum credit of 60% for any assignment, class work, homework, quizzes, projects, and tests that they missed during the first day of OSS. No credit (Zero) will be given for any additional OSS days assigned.
- For high school students OSS may be reported on his/her transcript.
- Misconduct at level 4 will be referred to the BHA Discipline Advisory Committee which will consist of the principal, the vice principal, the assistant principal, and department head.
- 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. Such students may only return to class after the completion of the suspension period and after the Disciplinary Action Report has been signed by the parents and submitted to the issuing administrative official. Failure to do so will result in accumulating unexcused absences that could result in no credit for assignments issued after the suspension period has been completed, reduction in graduation program status, and/or possible retention.
- All students in levels 2, 3, and repeated and flagrant of level 1 infractions will be excluded from field trips and/or extracurricular trips, activities or clubs. Certain cases may be reviewed by the Vice Principal.
- 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 code of conduct.
Please see our Student Handbook for a complete list of policies and procedures.