DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

The progressive disciplinary steps will be administered with flexibility to meet the needs of individual students and situations.

Minor Infractions:
Minor infractions are handled on the spot, in the classroom, on the playground, or other areas of the school. Classroom discipline plans will vary with each individual teacher. Each teacher will send home a copy of the classroom discipline plan. Teachers will have the option of documenting minor infractions on the classroom disciplinary step form.

Examples of minor infractions may include, but are not limited to:

Name-calling
Not completing assignment
In the hallway without a pass during class time
Put downs
Not following directions
Littering
Blurting
Off task behavior

Chronic Minor Infractions:
These shall be referred to an administrator along with any supporting documentation (classroom disciplinary steps form) of interventions and parent contact.
Major Infractions:
All major infractions will be referred to an administrator using the incident referral form. Depending on the severity of the incident, the administrator may advance the student to a higher step on the disciplinary procedure form. Incidents classified as exceptional misconducts will be handled as outline by Arlington School District Policy 3300P, Exceptional Misconduct Procedures. Examples of major infractions may include, but are not limited to:
Stealing Bullying
Physical Assault Fighting
Harassment Vulgarity/Lewd Conduct
Defiance of Authority Possession of Drugs/Alcohol
Intimidation Possession of Weapons

DISCIPLINARY STEPS

Minor behavior problems will be handled immediately between the teacher and the student, or the staff member and the student, dependent upon where the behavior incident occurs. Teachers and staff will follow building and classroom disciplinary procedures. Dependent on the incident classification, the student will be referred to the administrator using the incident referral form. Depending on the severity of the incident, an administrator may advance the student to a higher step on the disciplinary procedure form. Incidents classified as exceptional misconduct will be handled as outlined by Arlington School District Policy 3300P, Exceptional Misconduct Procedures, which can be found in the Arlington Public Schools portion of this handbook.
Step 1

Conference with administrator

  • Parents notified
  • Logical consequences
  • 30 days probation
Step 2

Conference with administrator

  • Parents notified
  • Student Action Plan (Optional)
  • Time out (30 minutes - 3 hours)
  • 30 days probation
Step 3

Conference with administrator

  • Parents notified
  • Student Action Plan
  • In-School Suspension (1 day)
  • 30 days probation
Step 4

Conference with administrator

  • Parents notified
  • In-School Suspension (1-3 days)
  • Parent-Teacher-Student-Administrator conference
  • Behavior Management Plan
Step 5

Exceptional Misconduct/District Policy

  • Conference with administrator
  • Parent notified/Written notification
  • Short Term Suspension
  • Parent-Teacher-Student-Administrator conference

DEFINITIONS

Logical Consequence: A disciplinary action related to the offense.

Time Out: Removal from the classroom or activity for a time not to exceed 3 hours (must be age appropriate). Parents are not legally required to be called if time out is assigned, however, it is recommended that parents are notified if time out is assigned.

Probation: A period of time (30 days) in which the student has the opportunity to change his/her behavior, regain control, or assume responsibility.

Student Action Plan: A written plan developed by the student with the help of an adult. It is meant to deal with the behavioral incident and provide a way of changing the behavior.

In School Suspension: Isolation from other students for one-three days without opportunity to engage in regular classroom activities. Students will be able to complete work during this time.

Short Term Suspension: Suspension out of school for a period of not more than 10 school days.

Long Term Suspension: Suspension from school that exceeds 10 school days.

Expulsion: Denial of attendance for a specific amount of time.

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