ST. MARK PARISH SCHOOL STUDENT HANDBOOK
Discipline keeps in sight the sacredness of the human personality and is aware of the importance of the child as a person, as a being of integrity and infinite worth. The purposes of discipline are to assist the growth of Christ-like motives for self-discipline, to promote Christian responsibility, to increase respect for duly constituted authority, and to provide a classroom situation that will maximize learning. Discipline is essentially a positive experience and should be understood as part of discipleship reflecting the goal of eventual self-discipline as a personal response to the call of Jesus.
To ensure that every child is provided a positive learning environment, we will implement the following disciplinary principles:
Through their cooperation, attentiveness and behavior in class students will:
- Allow teachers to teach
- Respect their own and others’ right to learn
- Behave in ways that support the best interests of the class and school
Student positive behavior will be recognized and reinforced. This is accomplished through (examples):
- Gaining special additional privileges and awards
- Special recognition assemblies
- Published recognition in both the classroom and the wider community
In discipline matters, as in all cases of parental concern, the parent is first asked to speak with the classroom teacher. If the parent is still dissatisfied, the parent may request a conference with the principal. If the parent is not satisfied after speaking with the principal, the parent may then request a meeting with the pastor.
An important element in Catholic education is helping students learn to make responsible choices and seeing how these decisions impact the greater community. However, there are times when some students’ choices of behavior are inappropriate in or out of school. When a student’s behavior or attitude harms the St. Mark Parish community or reputation, the student becomes subject to consequences appropriate to the infraction.
What Happens If…?
Disrespectful or irresponsible behavior. These behaviors call for a student-teacher conference to change the behavior.
- Speaking rudely to or about adults or students
- Chronic tardiness
- Chewing gum
- Being out of uniform
- Behavior that is disruptive or unsafe, such as running in the halls or pushing and being too rough on the playground
- Using inappropriate language
Most serious behavior that is harmful to the community or to the individual. These behaviors call for a student-teacher-parent conference to remedy the situation.
- Repeated disrespectful behavior
- Disobeying reasonable requests made by adults
- Dishonest behavior, including lying, cheating, forging signatures
- Leaving the school grounds
- Conduct harmful to the school’s reputation
- Forming cliques or excluding others
- Spreading rumors (written or spoken)
- Inappropriate use of technology, including malicious “Instant Messaging,” plagiarism
- Observing harmful behavior without taking appropriate actions
- Repeated rough behavior on the playground
Most serious behavior. These behaviors call for review of the student’s ability to continue as part of our school community
- Repeated behavior, which harms the community
- Bullying or harassing behaviors that target other people
- Major vandalism or destruction
- Physical or verbal violence or threats
- Destroying another person’s reputation
- Skipping school repeatedly
- Possession or use of alcohol or drugs or related paraphernalia, or providing of the same to others, on or off the school grounds
- Possession of a weapon or any object that could be used as a weapon
St. Mark School is a gun-free zone. NO gun (even a toy gun) will be allowed on campus.
Consequences for Inappropriate Behavior
- Inappropriate behaviors may be dealt with by any school personnel, including teachers, playground supervisors, and the school administrator.
- Such variables as the infraction itself, the age of the child, and his/her pattern of previous behaviors will determine consequences for inappropriate behavior. Possible consequences include one or more of the following.
- Rule Reminder. Defined as a “time out” for student to reflect upon a behavior incident and make a plan for change in the future. Parental signature is required on the slip in order to alert parents to any school incident. Discuss the incident with your child, but no further steps are being asked of you.
- Behavior Report. These indicate repeated or more serious behaviors as outlined. Please treat these as very serious incidents. A consequence will go along with the report.
- Restitution. In some cases students may be asked to make restitution for their behavior through such things as an apology, community service, or replacement of damaged property.
- Behavior Monitoring. Students may be put on an on-going plan to monitor their behavior through such tools as regular meetings with a teacher or administrator, a behavior contract, or weekly behavior reports to parents.
- Suspension occurs when the student is instructed to remain at home (or in a supervised situation at school), until the parents, student, administrator, and other involved parties have come to an agreement about the terms for the student’s return to school. Suspension normally occurs after repeated misbehavior by the student and communication among parents, teachers, and administrators. In certain circumstances, immediate suspension may take place at the discretion of the principal.
- Expulsion is defined as a request for the student to leave the school and find education accommodation in another school. This would normally occur only after all efforts had been made to resolve the problem and when, in the opinion of school authorities, the student would not gain by continuing in the school and/or the student’s continued presence would be detrimental to the good of the whole. Repeated offenses after a period of suspension would indicate this decision. Immediate expulsion may take place, at the discretion of the principal.
Procedure for Suspension or Expulsion
- Parents will be notified and required to pick up their child immediately. A conference will be arranged at the earliest date possible.
- Terms will be specified for resolution of the problem.
- The Principal shall record all parts of the agreement in writing.
- The suspended student will return to school according to the terms of the agreement.
- In cases of expulsion, an appeal may be made to the Pastor who will consult with all concerned in rendering a decision.
- Police Involvement. In situations, which are unsafe or in which laws are broken, school personnel will call the Shoreline Police Department for support and assistance.