School Discipline

Freedom School is committed to fostering academic growth, self-esteem, personal responsibility, and home-school communications designed to promote life-long learners and positive contributors to the world community.

 

The adults at Freedom School and the parents in the community must work together to help children grow in recognizing proper behaviors and making proper choices. All adults must take responsibility for creating positive learning experiences that teach students proper behaviors.  Adults must recognize students for proper behaviors.  Adults must provide positive recognition of students for proper behaviors in both spontaneous and structured opportunities.  This recognition should be appropriate and significant for the student; immediate positive recognition is the most effective in guiding students.  Adult modeling of responsible behavior is more powerful than a written document or verbal instruction.  Each disciplinary incident and interaction should be a learning experience.  Assisting students in acquiring appropriate behaviors is a long-term commitment, the cumulative effect of each interaction builds the understanding of the young person and assists in the creation of the independent and responsible adult our community and society depends upon.  Within this philosophy of proactive positive discipline, there must still be concrete rules and consequence to provide boundaries for the students to operate within.  When necessary, specific interventions must also be provided.  Those rules, consequences, and interventions follow:

 

Discipline is …….

·         Teaching that enables student to make appropriate choices in a warm, supporting, and caring environment.

·         Clearly and positively defined school rules and classroom limits with incentives and consequences consistently implemented.

·         Effective communication techniques that foster positive relationships.

·         Specific reinforcement of desired behaviors and self-management in a variety of environments.

 

Our Philosophy is …….

·         All children and adults have dignity and worth.

·         Children can behave appropriately with guidance.

·         A rational and knowledgeable approach is productive.

·         Proper behavior must be taught, recognized, and reinforced.

 

Our Program includes …….

·         Emphasis on recognition of appropriate behaviors.

·         Progression from extrinsic to intrinsic rewards.

·         A short basic set of uniform rules for all students.

·         Instruction for students in the classroom rules and general behavior parameters.

·         Instructions in playground rules and proper use of equipment.

·         Student awareness of incentives and consequences.

·         Student involvement, when appropriate, in setting rules and expectations in the classroom and school.

 

Adults at School are Responsible for …….

·         Assisting in the development and implementation of classroom and school rules.

·         Establishing a classroom and school management system that promotes proper behavior and gives each student full opportunity to pursue his/her studies.

·         Communicating with students and parents concerning successes and progress as well as problems and possible solutions with behavior issues.

·         Implementing a system of positive rewards and recognition for appropriate behaviors.

·         Defining school rules, expectations, and responsibilities.

·         Fostering the home/school cooperative efforts needed by students to help them grow in levels of personal responsibility.

·         Helping students solve problems.

·         Teaching problem solving skills to students.

·         Teaching appropriate manners.

 

Adults at Home are Responsible for …….

·         Praising and reinforcing children who demonstrate appropriate behavior. 

·         Reviewing school and home discipline rules and regulations with students to ensure understanding of the expectations. 

·         Fostering the home/school cooperative efforts needed by students to help them grow in levels of personal responsibility. 

·         Insuring student attendance and punctuality. 

·         Helping students solve problems. 

·         Teaching problem solving skills to students. 

·         Teaching appropriate manners. 

 

Students are Responsible for …….

·         Behaving appropriately in classrooms and on the school campus in a manner that does not disrupt or interfere with the rights of other students to learn.

·         Respecting the authority of school staff to enforce district policy and school rules and regulations regarding student conduct.

·         Following home, school, and classroom guidelines and expectations.

·         Assisting other students in learning and displaying responsible behavior.

·         Accepting responsibility for ones actions.

 

Freedom School Foundation Rules

 

·         Show respect for adults, students, self, and the environment.

·         Keep hands and feet to yourself.

·         Listen to and follow directions.

·         Use appropriate language and voice level.

·         Be where you are supposed to be.

 

 

Freedom School Rules

 

School Ground Rules

·         Students are allowed on the school grounds after 7:45 am.  Because no supervision is provided for students prior to 7:45 am, students are not to arrive at                 school early.

·         School Hours:  Grades 1-5             8:15 to 2:30

       AM Kindergarten  8:00 to 11:20   /   PM Kindergarten  11:10 to 2:30

·         Students riding bicycles to school should park them perpendicular to the bicycle rack and lock them when they arrive.  Students are not to ride bicycles on                     school grounds.

·         Skateboards, scooters, and rollerblades are not to be brought to school.

·         Toys are not to be brought to school.

·         Upon dismissal, bus riders must walk immediately to the bus loading area.

·         Students are to go directly home at dismissal time.

 
Playground Rules

·         Students in grades 1-3 will play on the south side of the red line. 

·         Students in grades 4-5 will play on the north side of the red line. 

·         Students play on the climbing structure on a rotating schedule.

·         Students may be on the playground only during hours of adult supervision.

·         Students shall remain in their assigned playground areas.

·         Students will freeze when they hear the bell ending recess.  When the adult on duty sounds the whistle, students will walk to their class line.

·         Students will use the playground equipment appropriately and safely.

·         Playground balls are to be used on the courts and fields, kicked only on the field, not bounced against the buildings.

·         Students will take turns playing on the equipment and always keep both hands on the bars.

·         Students may leave the playground area only after receiving permission from the adult supervising the playground.

·         Students must follow the “Hands-Off” policy on the playground at all times.

·         Students shall respect each other and remember safety at all times.

·         Students shall play games or engage in activities that do not create potential safety hazards.

Lunch in the Outside Picnic Area

·         Students come to the area in an orderly fashion, remain in line appropriately, and are respectful of others.

·         Students remain seated to finish their lunch and are dismissed by the adult on duty.

·         Students leave the picnic area clean, all litter and refuse is deposited in the trash.

 

Lunch in the Multipurpose Room

·         Students come to the multipurpose room in an orderly fashion, remain in line appropriately, and are respectful of others.

·         Students sit at their assigned tables until dismissed by an adult on duty.

·         Students needing assistance raise their hands.

·         Appropriate “Freedom Manners” are used.

·         Students leave the area clean, all litter and refuse is deposited in the trash.

·         Soft speaking voices are used in the multipurpose room.

 

 

Consequences

 

All behavior issues will be learning experiences.  Rules and expectations will be continually discussed and reinforced with all students.  Students unable to display proper school behaviors are instructed in the rules and appropriate behaviors.  Consequences for failing to follow these rules may include:

·         Minor Infractions:

The school staff member directly involved will deal with minor infractions with the incident, and notify the classroom teacher.  More serious, and/or repetitive offenses will be addressed according to the following process.

·         First offense per trimester:           

The teacher will call and notify the parents of the infraction, document the incident and appropriate interventions taken, and a written notice will be sent home to the student’s parents.

·         Second offense per trimester:

The principal will call and notify the parents of the infraction, document the incident and appropriate interventions taken, and a written notice will be sent home to the student’s parents.

·         Third and subsequent offenses per trimester:

The principal will call and notify the parents of the infraction, document the incident, require the parents to attend a meeting with the teacher and student to establish a behavior plan, and the student may be suspended for one to five days.

 

 

Interventions:

 

·         Discussion/counseling with staff members.

·         Loss of privileges such as recess or free choice activities.

·         Parent contact when a serious offense or when a pattern of negative behavior begins to form.

·         Referral to the Freedom School Child Study Team.

·         Suspension from the classroom as outlined in Sylvan District Policy 6300.

·         Suspension from school as outlined in Sylvan District Policy 6300.

·         Referral to the Sylvan Union School District Intervention Team.

·         Referral to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Attendance Revue Board (S.A.R.B.)

 

*Serious infractions as outlined in Sylvan District Policy 6300 and Education Code will be addressed as per Policy Guidelines.

 

We are excited about this innovation in our school program.  As always, if you've any questions or comments, please contact a member of our staff.

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