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Discipline Philosophy

Dreaming Summit is a place where children, parents, and educators work together to create an atmosphere that encourages and promotes learning. Effective discipline comes from the belief that teaching students to take responsibility for their behavior is more important than simply enforcing the rules. Educators at Dreaming Summit promote and implement a positive discipline plan that identifies and teaches behaviors allowing students to become effective problem solvers and decision makers. Each child is responsible for his or her own behavior choices.

Good discipline is essential for learning and should be based upon mutual respect for the rights and property of others, respect for those placed in positions of authority, and respect for fellow students. No one will be allowed to jeopardize the health, safety, or learning environment of a fellow student. We expect our students (and your child) to show proper behavior at all times at school, in the cafeteria, on the playground, and on the way to and from school.

Many times, parents will be the first to hear about a bullying problem. It is essential that parents contact the classroom teacher to report incidents of bullying. Dreaming Summit does not tolerate any type of bully behaviors and will take steps to remediating any incidents.

 

Discipline: The Schoolwide Plan

It is the goal of Dreaming Summit to provide a safe and secure learning environment for our students. In order to accomplish this goal, Dreaming Summit uses the Schoolwide Assertive Discipline Plan. 

We expect our students to:

  • Follow all staff directions the first time given.
  • Keep hands, feet, and objects to self.
  • Interact with others without threats, insults, put downs or rude gestures.
  • Follow all school ground procedures.

Students who choose to follow the rules are recognized in a variety of ways, including verbal praise, earning "Bulldog stickers" and earning prizes. Students who choose to disobey rules face consequences. The severity of the consequence is based upon the severity and/or frequency of the rule infractions. Consequences range from loss of recess to detention, to Out-of-School Suspension. 

 

Discipline: Classroom 

Our students are responsible for creating and maintaining a classroom environment conducive to learning. We expect them to conduct themselves at all times in a manner bringing credit to themselves, their parents, and our school. 
Each teacher has a system of positive reinforcement and a plan developed for rewarding appropriate behavior. No student has the right to interfere with the learning or safety of other students. Every teacher has a plan for misbehavior in the classroom. Documentation of rules infractions and consequences are necessary to refer a student for office discipline unless the incident is considered severe. 

 

Discipline Referral

A teacher or other staff member may refer a student to the office for disciplinary action. For behaviors occurring inside the classroom, the teacher will follow the classroom discipline plan with step consequences. Parents will receive a copy of this plan at the beginning of the year. 

Upon receiving a referral, the Principal will discuss the incident with the student. The student will be allowed to tell his or her side of the story. In all cases, the parent will be contacted by the teacher within 24 hours of the referral. The student will be assigned appropriate consequences. A copy of the referral and disciplinary action may be sent home for the parent to read and sign if staff is unable to make personal contact. The signed discipline referral should be returned signed the next attended school day. 

 

Discipline Plan Steps

Each time a student receives a referral from the classroom, the following consequences may occure:

  • Level 1 Three hours in-school detention.
  • Level 2 Three hours in-school detention.
  • Level 3 One full day in-school detention.
  • Level 4 One full day in-school detention.
  • Level 5 Two full days in-school detention.
  • Level 6 One to three days out-of-school suspension.
  • Level 7 One full day in-school detention.
  • Level 8 One to three days out-of-school suspension.
  • Level 9 Two full days in-school detention.
  • Level 10 Two full days out-of-school suspension.

All referrals to the office after Level 10 will result in out-of-school suspension. With each successive referral the out of school suspension will increase by one day.

 

Severe Misbehavior (Suspension) Policy

Students will be referred to the office and may be suspended from school for up to 10 school days for the following offenses. Parents will be notified in the event of a suspension and are required to conference with the administrator, teacher, and child before the student will be readmitted to school.

  • Continuous or open defiance of rules and/or authority of school staff.
  • Preventing a class from functioning.
  • Fighting. Hitting with intent to harm.
  • Vandalism of school property or destroying another person’s property.
  • Obscene language used toward an employee.
  • Theft.
  • Possession of matches, lighters, or graffiti producing items.
  • Possession or use of alcohol, tobacco, tobacco products, drugs or drug paraphernalia.
  • Possession of any object that may be construed as dangerous.
  • Severe violation of any school rule that is deemed threatening to the school climate by the administration, including gang-type behavior.
  • Sexual Harassment.

“Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to: suggestive or obscene letters, notes, invitations, derogatory comments, slurs, jokes, epithets, assault, touching, impeding or blocking movement, leering, gestures, or display of sexually suggestive objects, pictures or cartoons.”

 

Severe Misbehavior (Suspension) Policy

Students will be referred to the office and may be suspended from school for up to 10 school days for the following offenses. Parents will be notified in the event of a suspension and are required to conference with the administrator, teacher, and child before the student will be readmitted to school.

  • Continuous or open defiance of rules and/or authority of school staff.
  • Preventing a class from functioning.
  • Fighting. Hitting with intent to harm.
  • Vandalism of school property or destroying another person’s property.
  • Obscene language used toward an employee.
  • Theft.
  • Possession of matches, lighters, or graffiti producing items.
  • Possession or use of alcohol, tobacco, tobacco products, drugs or drug paraphernalia.
  • Possession of any object that may be construed as dangerous.
  • Severe violation of any school rule that is deemed threatening to the school climate by the administration, including gang-type behavior.
  • Sexual Harassment.

“Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to: suggestive or obscene letters, notes, invitations, derogatory comments, slurs, jokes, epithets, assault, touching, impeding or blocking movement, leering, gestures, or display of sexually suggestive objects, pictures or cartoons.”