Elementary Student Discipline

ELEMENTARY STUDENT DISCIPLINE

The following Student Discipline Plan will remain in effect in subsequent years until revised.

Code of Conduct - The Albion Public staff has developed a formal, uniform policy for handling student discipline. Our goal is for all students to demonstrate respect toward themselves, others and the school environment. We wish to impress upon the students the importance of self-responsibility for their behavior. It is desirable for students to realize that we are working together on this problem in order to make the school experience more profitable and to make the elementary school a better place for everyone.

Discipline Philosophy – Discipline means the attitude and conduct possessed by the student in following all rules and regulations established by the school, and in cooperating with fellow students, teachers, principal, and others working or visiting at our school.

A primary objective of our school is to assist each child to develop into a responsible, self-controlled individual. One aspect of this growing up process is to respect rules and regulations.

Violations of school rules are harmful to others and will be addressed. Corrective action will be taken for children who behave inappropriately. The objective of this action is not to punish but, rather, to change behavior for the betterment of the individual and the school.

All rules shall apply uniformly to all students. However, the circumstances surrounding the involved student and prior behavior may be considered in determining what action will be taken.

Albion Public Schools  recognizes six factors when considering appropriate disciplinary actions:
The age of the child
The severity of the situation
The circumstances and the intent of the behavior
The frequency of the situation
The potential effect of misconduct on the school environment
The relationship of the behavior to a disabling or handicapping condition

Disciplinary Action - While the term “discipline” can be used in a variety of ways, the staff agree that an effective disciplinary system is one which is clear, consistent, and produces predictable consequences.

Further, the staff believes that offensive behaviors fall into two categories: “inappropriate” and “unacceptable.”

Inappropriate behaviors are considered minor and are handled by school staff. Unacceptable behaviors (major offenses) may result in a suspension from school.

Appropriate consequences using a progressive system of discipline as outlined here will be provided for any inappropriate behavior by students who do not adhere to school regulations.
Generally, the progressive system follows the outline below.  However, based on the circumstances and factors addressed, they may change and be immediately escalated.

Verbal Warning;
Parent Contact;
Loss of Privileges;
Detention;
Suspension (up to 10 days);
Recommendation for Expulsion;
Referral to Civil Authorities

Authority of School Officials – The school principal has the authority to suspend students from school and/or from riding a bus, and to recommend expulsion for those students who seriously disrupt the school environment. School rules apply whether a student is being transported by the school bus, is attending school, or is on the school premises. Disciplinary penalties will be determined at the discretion of the principal based on the severity of the situation and frequency of occurrences. Parents will be notified of any suspension received.

Detention - Students who choose to disrupt at school will be sent to detention where they will be responsible for developing a plan of acceptable behavior. Students who are uncooperative in detention may be sent home for the following day, resulting in a suspension.

School Rules:

Walk.
Students will have the teacher’s permission before leaving the classroom.
The staff lounge and staff restrooms are not to be used by students.
Students will behave in an orderly and respectful manner to adults and students or peers.
Lunchtime and class parties are the only times when students should have food at school.
Students are advised to keep toys and other personal items at home. The school cannot be responsible for missing items.
Keep hands, feet, body, and objects to yourself.
 
HARASSMENT

Harassment is considered to be any unwelcome remark or act that is directed at a specific individual or a group and which degrades or is perceived to be offensive to the individual because of their religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, height, weight, marital status, handicap, and/or arrest record.  At Harrington, the Harassment Complaint Contact is our Social Worker, Lisa Sauerbrey or Nicole Feather.  She may be reached at (517) 629-2435 extension 1544.

Sexual Harassment includes all unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and verbal or physical contacts of a sexual nature whenever submission to such conduct is made a condition of employment or a basis for an employment decision; or when such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment.

Bullying is considered a form of harassment. Bullying is defined as “an unacceptable behavior which results in somebody feeling hurt, threatened, or frightened.” This can be physical or verbal and includes hitting, teasing, intimidation, damaging a person’s property as well as racial, sexual, and disability harassment.

Policy - It is the policy of the Albion Board of Education to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from any kind of harassment.

The harassment of any staff member, student, group or agent of the Albion Public Schools is strictly forbidden. Any staff member, student or agent of the schools who is found to have harassed another staff member, student or agent of this district will be subject to discipline. Any staff member, student or agent of the Board is encouraged to report the harassment to an appropriate supervisor.

All students shall have the right to due process in appeal, disciplinary and investigative proceedings.

Disciplinary Guidelines for Harassment

District administrators will take immediate action to ensure that harassment ceases upon determining that harassment – whether general, sexual, or bullying – has occurred in district buildings, settings or activities.
Corrective action may include steps such as:

  • verbal warning;
  • parent conference;
  • counseling;
  • detention;
  • suspension;
  • recommendation for expulsion;
  • referral to civil authorities; and/or

referral to other appropriate agencies or other methods deemed reasonably necessary.
Generally, progressive discipline should be used to correct the misconduct. However, the corrective action must fit the proven misconduct, so that even in the case of a first-time offender, a serious consequence, such as suspension, shall be issued for a serious act of sexual harassment, such as deliberate, inappropriate touching.
Factors of consideration in determining corrective action include but are not limited to:

  • the nature and severity of the offense;
  • the number of individuals engaged in the offense;
  • the environment in which the harassment occurred;
  • the age(s) of the student(s) involved;
  • past disciplinary history;

the needs of the individuals involved, including disabilities, family situations and other considerations.
Counseling services will be provided to victims of harassment when deemed appropriate to their needs.