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Discipline Policy


Discipline is as fundamental in Catholic Education as it is in Catholic life.  Discipline can be considered from two points of view:

Intellectual - the ability to think clearly and logically in light of correct principles.

Moral - the habit of always acting in conformity with the right reason, which is a virtue.

The essence of Christian moral discipline is self-discipline.  Our hope is that our students will be motivated by the greater good, and with the guidance and direction of their parents, teachers and other significant adults in their lives, their ability and willingness to make choices that are in line with the teachings of Christ will grow and flourish.

With the consultation of the students themselves, St. Mary School has set these guidelines for classroom discipline:

  1. No cop-outs; be responsible
  2. No put-downs; be supportive
  3. Be prepared for class and have all materials.
  4. Person speaking is the center of attention; be respectful.

General school discipline and guidelines are based on respect for each person, and developed to create and maintain a safe environment in which to learn.  If any student violates St. Mary school rules or acts to prevent others from achieving these goals, the student will be disciplined and the parent or guardian will be notified.  If a student is disciplined and the parent or guardian disagrees with the method the teacher has used, the parent or guardian is encouraged to request a conference with the teacher.  Corporal punishment will not be used at St. Mary School.  Any serious infraction of rules will be referred to the principal.

The Diocese of Steubenville approves the following forms of discipline. (Chapter IV)

  • Conference with the student and with the student’s parents/guardian
  • Loss of privileges (recess, etc.)
  • Detention
  • Reprimand depending on circumstances and offense
  • In School and/or Out of School Suspension
  • Expulsion from school

Both children and adults understand that the long-range goal of achieving self-discipline gives direction and purpose to the consequence a person may incur when a rule is broken.

The Diocese of Steubenville approves the following forms of discipline. (Chapter IV)

Conference with the student and with the student’s parents/guardians

  • Loss of privileges (recess, etc.)
  • Detention
  • Reprimand depending on circumstances and offense
  • In School and/or Out of School Suspension
  • Expulsion from school

Both children and adults understand that the long-range goal of achieving self-discipline gives direction and purpose to the consequence a person may incur when a rule is broken.

Both children and adults understand that the long-range goal of achieving self-discipline gives direction and purpose to the consequence a person may incur when a rule is broken.
 

DISCIPLINE PROCESS FOR GRADES KINDERGARTEN THROUGH EIGHT
A demerit (checks) system will be implemented for students in grades 5 – 8. 

A student who accumulates two (2) checks in one day will serve lunch detention.  Students will begin each day with a “clean slate”.  When a student accumulates five (5) checks during any one school week, the teacher(s), the student, and the principal will meet to discuss the behavior(s) of concern.  If necessary, an intervention plan will be developed.  Participants at the intervention meeting will include the parent(s), the teacher(s), the student, and the principal.  It is not necessary to wait until a student receives 5 checks before a meeting is scheduled.  A teacher, a parent, or the principal can request intervention meetings, whenever there are behaviors of concern.

The turn-a-card program is used in grades prekindergarten – four.  This program can be implemented either with a wall chart and colored cards or with clothespins and a stick painted in the sequence of colors mirroring the order of cards used with the chart.  While checks and demerits are not used below grade 5, primary level teachers may meet with students, parents, and/or the principal for the purpose of developing a behavior intervention plan.  This process is appropriate for students at all grade levels.

According to Diocese of Steubenville Handbook for Schools, the principal is the only individual who may make exceptions to written disciplinary procedures where, in his or her judgment, such exception is warranted.

OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION
Suspension is a step that will be taken only as a last resort when a student’s behavior, even with the implementation of an intervention program, continues to significantly disrupt the educational program of other students and/or presents a danger to the student or to other individuals. 

Procedures for Out of School Suspension

  1. The Principal will:
    • Provide a hearing for the student to review the reason(s) for the suspension.
    • Determine the number of days of suspension to be assessed to a maximum of ten (10) days.
    • Inform the Pastor Administrator of the decision to suspend the student.
    • Notify the Parent/Guardians by certified mail of the reason(s) for the suspension and the number of days and dates involved: and, that the student is responsible for “making up” class work missed during the period of the suspension.
  2. According to Diocese of Steubenville Handbook for Students, there is no appeal of the Principal’s decision to suspend a student.

EXPULSION
Students may be expelled from the school for serious violation after the above suspension procedures are followed. Expulsion can occur without first using suspension for the following acts:

  1. Serious injury to another person
  2. Possession of a deadly weapon such as a gun, knife or sharp object
  3. Violation of the law in regard to drugs, alcohol or chemical substance
  4. Sexual harassment and discrimination of others

Procedures for Expulsion

  1. The Principal will:
    • Gather the appropriate documentation leading to a recommendation for expulsion and provide a hearing with the student and the Parents/Guardians.
    • Confer with the Pastor Administrator for agreement to recommend expulsion.
    • Recommend expulsion, in writing, to the Diocesan Superintendent of Schools who will conduct a formal review, to the extent needed, of the recommendation and inform the Principal of concurrence or non-concurrence with the recommendation.
    • If the Diocesan Superintendent concurs with the recommendation of the Principal, the Parents/Guardians will be notified in writing by the Principal that the decision to expel is final and the effective date of the expulsion.
    • If the Diocesan Superintendent does not concur with the recommendation of the Principal, the Principal shall implement the recommendation(s) of the DiocesanSuperintendent and notify the Parents/Guardians of those recommendations in writing.
  2. According to Diocese of Steubenville Handbook for Students, there is no appeal of a decision to expel a student.
     

EXCEPTIONS TO THE DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES
The Principal may make exceptions to the written disciplinary procedures at the building level where in his/her judgment such exception is warranted and such exceptions are not in conflict with the Diocesan Handbook for Students.