DISCIPLINARY CODE

BASIC DISCIPLINE
 
Homeroom and subject teachers will discuss with the students the class rules and expectations with the students at the beginning of the year.  The teachers and students agree on an exemplary code of conduct and accompanying consequences which will fulfil the classroom rules for the following year.  The homeroom teachers will also review the general rules in this handbook as well as any other rules that are needed for the provision of an effective and safe learning environment. No handbook or set of rules can cover every eventuality and there are sometimes, for many reasons, breakdowns in behavior and discipline. In these cases we feel that it is important to address these in a respectful way, one-on-one if possible. We expect the homeroom and subject teachers to handle and punish misbehavior (within our guidelines) themselves. If the behavior persists or accelerates then the teachers have the option of reporting the behavior to the vice-principals and then the principals who will deal with the situations, usually involving the parents. In cases of serious misconduct the student can be referred,  by the principal to the disciplinary committee who will review the situation and make recommendations to the director.  The disciplinary remits, in situations beyond behavior that can be dealt with by an immediate reprimand of the teacher, are outlined below.

 

Teachers Remit
-  Talk to the student about the behavior
-  Explore reasons for behavior
-  Explain consequences of repeat behavior
-  Explain teachers and school expectations
-  Student takes consequences (extra work, detention, extra class, litter duty etc.)
-  Student and teacher agrees on the students intent to reform behavior
-  A letter can be written outlining the students intent to reform (copy retained for student records)
-  Behavior persists then referral to the Academic Director or the Vice-Principal/Principal’s office
 
Academic Director/Disciplinary Officcer and Vice Principal/Principles Office Remit
-  Talk to the student to explore reason for behavior and further consequences
-  Require a  letter be written outlining the students intent to reform (copy retained for student records)
-  Student takes further consequences (extra work, detention, extra class, litter duty etc.)
-  Parents are informed or called in to discuss the circumstances and possible further consequences. 
-  Behavior persists then referral to the disciplinary committee

Student Injustice
If a student or parent believes that an injustice was done by a teacher, that student or parent should first go and talk rationally to the teacher about the concern one-on-one and seek a resolution. If talking about the behavior does not change the decision or opinion the teacher must inform the parents and administration of the problem. If the student or parent are unhappy with decisions or results, likewise the student and/or parent should inform the administration. If a parent wishes to make a formal complaint please refer to the parental complaints section of this information book.