Discipline Policy Jean Vanier Catholic School Philosophy

					                                         Mission Statement
   Within the caring community of Jean Vanier Catholic School, we are committed to the
 spiritual growth of each other and proudly dedicate our efforts to the pursuit of excellence.
                                  Our motto is “Caring and Sharing.”


                                  Discipline Policy
                             Jean Vanier Catholic School
                                      (Revised January 2009)

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Please review this policy with your son/daughter. This policy is now in place and has been reviewed
with students and staff. We appreciate your support with the following procedures.



Philosophy
     Discipline is an educational process involving a progressive multi-step approach designed to
assist students in understanding the parameters of acceptable behavior, while concurrently fostering
self-discipline and responsible action. As preparation for functioning in the world at large, the
student must assume an active role in resolving his or her own problems appropriately with the
school personnel facilitating the growth process toward self-discipline, self reflection and strong self
concept. By making students aware that every choice of action has a consequence – good or bad, a
sense of responsibility and accountability for those choices is developed. An effective discipline
policy ensures that the school climate is conducive to learning and that each student is treated with
respect, dignity and fairness.
    The purpose of a discipline policy is to change student behavior in a positive manner.
Therefore, any strategies employed must focus on positive improvement rather than simply imposing
sanctions. Teachers are encouraged to handle the majority of discipline issues at the classroom
level, involving parents as much as possible in their efforts to enact positive change. Students must
be encouraged to accept responsibility for their actions. Consequences should be designed to
address the problem as close to its source as possible.
    Students are expected to behave in a manner, which brings honor to them and the school at all
times. At Jean Vanier Catholic School, we pride ourselves on our courtesy and ability to treat others
with respect and dignity. This creates a warm and friendly atmosphere that we feel is a necessary
characteristic of a Catholic School.
    It is expected that students will behave in a manner, which is consistent with the gospel values of
Jesus Christ. Students are challenged to live, grow and internalize the morals and values of our
Catholic teachings.
Rationale
     The focus of the discipline policy is to allow students to develop to their fullest potential. Its aim
is to provide general and specific guidelines to ensure that discipline issues are dealt with consistently
throughout Jean Vanier Catholic School. It is understood that management of student behavior is a
shared responsibility that is assumed by all students, parents and staff members




Goals
        To provide a caring, nurturing and safe school in which we are respectful of the rights and
        property of others
        To create a positive learning environment
        To ensure each child to take responsibility for their actions by creating awareness and
        accountability for choices that are made
        To encourage students to be self reflective as they develop strategies to solve their own
        problems
        To offer guidance and support
        To promote the development of self-discipline
        To build a caring culture within our community, where students, staff and parents encourage,
        value, support one another and feel safe.

Role of the Student

    A student shall conduct himself so as to reasonably comply with the following code of conduct:
    a) be diligent in pursuing his studies
    b) attend school regularly and punctually
    c) cooperate fully with everyone authorized by the board to provide education programs and
        other services
    d) comply with the rules of the school
    e) account to his teaches for his conduct
    f) respect the rights of others

                                                                             (School Act)


Attendance
    All students are expected to attend school regularly and punctually (School Act). All
unconfirmed absences must be verified by the office through a phone call to parents. Students who
are absent from school without a valid reason will be required to bring their parents in to meet with
the Administration of the school before they are allowed to return to school. Students will be
required to make up the time missed.
    If irregular attendance continues, the matter will be referred to the Student Services Department
for Elk Island Catholic Schools. A student may be referred to the Alberta Attendance Board. School
activities such as field trips, dances and other events require regular attendance.
Approximate Dates:
Term 1           September – End of November
Term II          December – End of March
Term III         March – End of June

Lates
    Students are expected to be in class on time. Students who repeatedly arrive late to class not only
disrupt classroom instruction, but also impede the learning of others. Students who are late for class
are expected to quietly fill out a late slip and hand it in to their subject teacher. The front office will
track student lates. On the fifth unexcused late, per term, the student will receive a detention. On
the seventh unexcused late, per term, the student will receive a second detention and a phone call
home will be given. On the ninth unexcused late, per term, a third detention will be given along
with a warning letter sent home The eleventh late per term will result in an in-school suspension
long with a meeting with administration.

            •    5th unexcused late (per term)              A detention ( form sent home)
            •    7th unexcused late (per term)              2nd detention (phone call home)
            •    9th unexcused late (per term)              3rd detention (warning letter)
            •    11th unexcused late (per term)             1 day in school suspension

   Students who are referred to the office will be required to make up the time missed and develop a
behavior plan to modify their behavior.

Incomplete Homework
    Responsibility for the completion of all homework rests with the student. From time to time,
teachers may assign homework as deemed necessary to effectively complete the requirements of their
courses.
    Students are expected to complete all assigned homework as outlined by their teachers. In the
event that students are unable to do so as a result on an emergency, parents are asked to make
contact with the teacher ahead of time to explain the circumstance. In exceptional cases, an
extension may be granted provided that a plan is in place for successful completion of the assignment
within a period of time deemed appropriate by the teacher.
     If a student does not complete homework and does not attend the opportunity room, a detention
will be assigned. The detention form must be signed by the parent and returned to school the
following day. All detentions will be served on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 3:30 to 4:30. Students
must arrange for transportation home prior to detention date. The student will be expected to complete
the assignment and turn it in. As a general rule, teachers are expected to handle homework
infractions at the classroom level. If a persistent problem develops, the teacher may refer the student
to the office.

 The following consequences will be applied per term:

 Homework not done                       School Consequence                       Further Action
 1st to 3rd homework not done             Opportunity Room
 4th homework not done                       1st Detention                        Phone call home
 5th homework not done                       2nd Detention                        Form sent home
 6th homework not done                       3rd Detention                         Warning letter
 7th homework not done                 Phone call/Parent Meeting
 8th homework not done                       5th Detention                        Form sent home
 9th homework not done                       6th Detention                       In-school suspension
                                                                            Meeting with Admin/Parents
Behavior
    Students and staff have a right to a caring school environment free of violence, prejudice,
harassment and other forms of abuse. Negative behaviors such as profane or inappropriate language,
verbal putdowns, inappropriate gestures, harassment, bullying, discrimination, fighting, theft and
vandalism will not be tolerated. The classroom teacher will handle minor breaches of school rules.
Serious breaches of school rules will result in the matter being referred to the administration of the
school where an appropriate consequence will be applied



Consequences of Inappropriate Behavior
Minor Offences

    These offences can be dealt with on the spot by any staff member/lunch hour supervisor.
Examples of minor offences are: late to class, rough play, disruptive classroom behavior,
hallway/washroom loitering, dressing appropriately and snowball throwing. The consequence may be
a warning, recess or lunch hour community service, afterschool detention or a loss of privileges.

Repeated Minor Offences

   Repeated minor offences will result in a detention. Parents will be notified of recurring problems.
Any disciplinary action may take the form of:

    a)   Problem solving, monitoring or reviewing behavior expectations with a warning
    b)   School service
    c)   Recess/afterschool detention
    d)   Temporary loss of privileges

Strategies for minor misbehavior

         Speak to the child
         Use 1, 2, 3 time outs
         Withdraw privileges
         Think sheets
         Natural and logical consequences
         Class meetings

Student Dress Code

    All students are expected to dress with the appropriate modesty and taste associated with being in
a school environment. A student who is not dressed appropriately will not be admitted into the
classroom and will be referred to school administration for further action. Please refer to the student
agenda for our dress code.
Major Offences

These offences are serious and could lead to out of school suspension or expulsion from
attending Jean Vanier Catholic School.

   a) Conduct which threatens the safety of students and/or staff
   b) Possession of a weapon, or a weapon found in student’s locker or desk. A weapon is anything
      that can be used to injure, intimidate any person
   c) Assaulting any person
   d) Possession/use of illegal drugs, alcohol or inhalants in or on school property
   e) Violation of school policies pertaining to smoking, student attendance, student harassment or
      misbehavior while riding on the school bus
   f) Theft
   g) Willful disobedience and/or open opposition to authority
   h) Use or display of improper or profane language
   i) Willful damage of school or individual property
   j) Interfering with the orderly conduct of class(es) or the school.
   k) Fighting or physical abuse toward other students and staff
   l) Ongoing involvement in minor offences

   The following consequences will be applied per term:

   Behavior Form                      School Consequence                     Further Action
   1st Behavior form                Detention form to parents
   2nd Behavior form                Detention form to parents
   3rd Behavior form           Detention warning letter home/phone
   6th Behavior form              one day in school suspension              parents notified
   9th Behavior form              two day in school suspension          parents notified/meeting
   11th Behavioral form               one day out of school              meeting/admin/parent
                                                                           before admittance

Disciplinary action may include some or all of the following and the type of consequence issued
will depend on the severity of the inappropriate behavior:

   a)   Parental involvement
   b)   Removal of privileges
   c)   Detention
   d)   In- school suspension
   e)   Out of school suspension (max 5 days)
   f)   Restitution for property damage to an individual or the board
   g)   Involvement of police
   h)   Expulsion from Jean Vanier Catholic school or all Division schools
Detention
    Students may be assigned detention by staff for various reasons including incomplete homework
or for inappropriate behavior. The assigning teacher must provide the student with a copy of the
detention form clearly outlining the reasons. The form is to be taken home, signed by the parent and
returned to the school prior to the detention date. Please make sure that the student fully understands
the reason for the detention, the date it is to be served and the need for a parent signature
acknowledging that they are aware of the detention.
     Students who fail to have their detention form signed will receive a second detention. Students
who fail to show up on the date the detention will be assigned a second detention. Students who
fail to show up a second time will be assigned a half-day in-school suspension by the
Administration.


Behavior Tracking

Beginning in September Student Behavior will be tracked in the following manner:

Classroom Behavior – will be recorded by the teacher through the SASI (Schools Administrative
Student Information) program. Teachers will have access to their own data files within the program.
They will not have access to the records of other staff members.

Assigned Detentions – are to be recorded in SASI by the assigning teacher. Students are to be given
a detention form, which must be signed by the parent and returned on the day of the detention. If not,
phone calls by the supervisor will be made to the student’s parents who received the detention.

Behavior Referrals to the office – will be recorded in SASI to ensure a complete record exists of all
student matters.

Filing – all discipline forms will be filed. This includes detention forms. Following each detention
period, the supervising teacher is to turn the completed detention forms in to the office. All students
who fail to show up for detention will be referred to the administration.

Security of Data – various security settings will be assigned within SASI to protect student privacy.
Three levels of security will exist:

    1st level – Classroom teachers
    2nd level – Student Services Facilitator/Counsellor
    3rd level – Administration
                                         Mission Statement
Within the caring community of Jean Vanier Catholic School, we are committed to the spiritual
      growth of each other and proudly dedicate our efforts to the pursuit of excellence.
                                 Our motto is “Caring and Sharing.”



            Telephone Cellular Phones and Electronic Devices
    Use of the office phone by students is permitted only under emergency circumstances or with
permission from the student’s homeroom teacher. Cell phones must be kept in students lockers during
class time and during recess breaks. The camera option on cell phones in not to be used on school
property during school hours or during school events without prior permission.
   Students violating the rules regarding cell phones will have their phones confiscated. Students
may use IPods and other similar electronic devices before and after school hours and with the
permission from individual teachers.




I ________________________________have read and reviewed and will abide by the
(parent/guardian name, please print)
contents of Jean Vanier Catholic School Discipline policy with my child/children who is/are
students at Jean Vanier Catholic School.



Signed____________________________________                               Date________________
            (parent/guardian signature)
                                        Mission Statement
Within the caring community of Jean Vanier Catholic School, we are committed to the spiritual
      growth of each other and proudly dedicate our efforts to the pursuit of excellence.
                                 Our motto is “Caring and Sharing.”



Dear Parents or Guardians:

Students who repeatedly arrive late for class not only disrupt classroom instruction, but
also impede learning of others.

This is to inform you that your child has accumulated _________unexcused lates within a
term. These lates may have been at the beginning of class in the morning, between classes or
at lunchtime.

The purpose in bringing this to your attention is twofold. First, you may be concerned as to
the whereabouts of your child when you expect that they should be in class, and secondly,
these interruptions severely affect the learning process in the classroom.

This letter is a notice for your child that the next occurrence of being late will result in a
suspension.

        •    5th unexcused late (per term)              A detention
        •    7th unexcused late (per term)              2nd detention (phone call home)
        •    9th unexcused late (per term)              3rd detention (warning letter)
        •    11th unexcused late (per term)             1 day in school suspension

Please sign this letter, indicating that you have been informed, and return it to the school
office on the next school day.


Sincerely,



Mr. Szopa
Principal

Parent/Guardian Signature: ________________________________
Date:_______________________
                                        Mission Statement
Within the caring community of Jean Vanier Catholic School, we are committed to the spiritual
      growth of each other and proudly dedicate our efforts to the pursuit of excellence.
                                 Our motto is “Caring and Sharing.”



Dear Parent or Guardian:                                        Date:

Re:

This letter is to inform you that your child has accumulated three detentions within the
current term. They are brought to your attention to ensure that you are aware of the nature
and frequency of the detentions. Please see the attached detention forms.

At Jean Vanier we expect our students to work to their potential, and we have high
expectations for all. The detentions your child has served, indicates that his/her actions or
behavior are affecting the learning in the classroom.

This letter is a notice for your child that the next three additional detentions will result in a
one day in-school suspension.

The following is an outline of our detention policy:

1st 3 detentions (within a term)                        Warning Letter
1st 6 detentions (within a term)                        1-day in-school suspension
1st 9 detentions (within a term)                        2-day in-school suspension
1st 11 detentions (within a term)                       1-day out-of school suspension


Please sign this letter indicating that you have been informed, and return it to the
office on the next school day.


Sincerely,


Ken Szopa
Principal
                                                   Mission Statement
            Within the caring community of Jean Vanier Catholic School, we are committed to the spiritual
                  growth of each other and proudly dedicate our efforts to the pursuit of excellence.
                                            Our motto is “Caring and Sharing.”




                                    Classroom Expectations
Parent/Guardian Signature:
Date:
Jean Vanier Catholic School
Jean Vanier Catholic School




                              In order to develop and foster a positive learning environment,
                                   a spirit of cooperation and mutual respect must exist.

                              Students will...
                               ♦ come to class prepared and on time
                               ♦ complete all assignments
                               ♦ respect own and others’ personal space
                               ♦ demonstrate a Christian attitude
                               ♦ demonstrate respect for teaching and
                                  learning
                               ♦ respect school and personal property
                               ♦ experience success by putting forth their
                                  best effort and demonstrating a positive
                                  attitude

				
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