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Discipline

Discipline in St. Dominic Savio School is considered an act of moral guidance and not a form of punishment. Real discipline leads to self-discipline. Our school philosophy aims at motivating children to develop good attitudes and a sense of personal responsibility. In raising children, loving-kindness coupled with firmness are both necessary. Both permissiveness and severity are two extremes to be avoided. Parents can help foster good discipline by cooperating fully with school policy and supporting the staff and administration in the education of their children. This cooperation should be clearly evident to the children and problems should be settled privately with  teachers and administration and not aired in front of children. Children who find home and school standards in contradiction with each other, or who hear their parents criticize the school’s policies or personnel, are bound to experience confusion and conflict. Gossip never solves a problem. It is always destructive, but in front of the children it is doubly harmful.

Students at St. Dominic Savio School are expected to conduct themselves respectfully and mannerly. At times, reminders, correction and discipline will be necessary. At St. Dominic Savio School, all teachers strive to build up a strong rapport of understanding with every student, treating them as children of God. St. John Bosco believed that most discipline problems are prevented when a student truly feels accepted and loved. When correction is necessary, it must be handled with reasonableness, kindness, and most of all with the compassion of Christ Jesus.

The following system has been developed to promote understanding, to allow for moral development and just procedures.

 

Step One – Discipline Notices

When a student does not meet the expected form of behavior, s/he will be corrected primarily by his or her homeroom teacher who will remind the students of their responsibility for their actions. If the student continues disobeying school or classroom rules he/she will receive a Discipline Notice.

Students will receive a Discipline Notice for the following infractions of school or classroom regulations:

  • Habitually coming to school without the necessary supplies
  • Incomplete or sloppy class work or homework
  • Disobedience of class or school rules
  • Uniform violations
  • Excessive talkativeness during class work or instructions
  • Willfully annoying students
  • Disorderly desks or book bag
  • Scribbling on book covers, desks, or any other school property
  • Inattentiveness in class
  • Wasting time and not doing work in a timely manner
  • Lack of hygiene
  • Displaying lack of good manners whether in class, cafeteria, Church or playground
  • Any other infraction not specified here but deemed serious enough to deserve a Discipline Notice

 

Discipline Notices must be returned to school the next day signed by a parent or guardian. A child who receives 2 Discipline Notices in a week’s time will receive Detention.

 

Step Two – Detention

Detention is given to students for serious infractions of school regulations.

Detention is served for one hour on a designated day, time and place.

 

Parents will be informed about Detention by the homeroom teacher at least 2

days in advance.

Teachers may give detention but not limited for the following infractions:

  • Disrespect of authority
  • Offensive language directed to students
  • Using profanity
  • Disobedience and /or defiance of directives
  • Lying, cheating or stealing

 

Under no circumstances shall a student be detained at school without the knowledge and consent of the parent/guardian who should also be informed of the reason for detention and the exact time the period of detention will begin and end. (Archdiocesan Handbook)

No student may be asked to remain in the classroom during lunch break, or lunch recess.

 

A child who does not show up for Detention without an excuse from his/her parents/guardians may be placed on probation by the Principal.

 

Step Three – Parent/Teacher /Principal Conference

A child who receives 3 Detentions in a marking period will move to step three:

 

Conference

 A Conference will be scheduled between Parent(s), Teacher(s) and Administration. The meeting will be documented and a Plan of Action will be formulated to help the child improve his/her conduct and/or academic achievement. The student must give evidence of improving behavior within a set time. If no improvement is noticed by school personnel, the student in question will be placed on Probation by the Principal.

 

Probation

If after a Conference, the student continues disregarding rules and regulations throughout the year, he/she will be placed on Probation for a specified period of time.  In all cases both parents and pupils must be made fully aware of the specified period of time in which to prove that he/she will observe school policies. A contract will be signed between parents, student and Principal. If there is no improvement after the time of Probation, the student will be dismissed from St. Dominic Savio School at the discretion of the Principal.

 

A student who has been dismissed from St. Dominic Savio School will not be allowed to enroll in the school again.

 

Suspension

A student who engages in physical fighting/striking another student will be immediately suspended.

 

Suspension may be in school or out of school as the Principal decides.Students who are suspended will have to make up all work missed during the suspension period and will not participate in any activities of the school such as fairs, sport events, student council sponsored activities or after school events such as sport practices, club meetings etc.

 

Suspension/Expulsion

In addition to these Steps there are some offenses that because of their serious nature warrant immediate Suspension or Expulsion depending on the nature of the infraction.

Violence and serious lack of respect of Faculty/Staff are considered serious offenses and are subject for expulsion.  Any inappropriate behavior due to one incident or practiced overtime and deemed sufficiently serious by the Administration is adequate cause for the in-school or out-of-school suspension or expulsion of a pupil.

The Principal will decide if a student must be suspended or expelled.

 

Expulsion Policy 

Reasons for expulsion include, but are not limited to, the following offenses committed by pupils at any grade level:

 

       ·         Actions gravely detrimental to the moral and spiritual welfare of other students.
  • Harassment or bullying other students
  • Assault, battery, or any threat of force or violence directed toward any school personnel or pupil
  • Disrespect or defiance of the authority
  • Continued willful disobedience, including refusal to do one’s work or to correct one’s behavior

·  Use, sale, exchange, transportation, distribution, or possession of narcotics or alcohol on or off the school premises.  The school has a “zero tolerance” policy in this regard.

  • Smoking, chewing, or distributing tobacco
  • Stealing
  • Willful cutting, defacing or otherwise injuring in any way any property, real or personal, belonging to the school

·         Repeated truancy, or excessive absence without a demonstrably reasonable cause

  • Bringing to school, or having in one’s possession, harmful weapons or materials that can be used as weapons
  • Parental animosity, harassment, calumny or slander, or any type of destructive behavior against school or school personnel, or other parental behavior judged by the Administration to be seriously detrimental to the school;
Any student behavior deemed sufficiently serious or gravely contrary to Christian norms to merit expulsion, according to the reasoned judgment of the Administration.
 

 

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