Holy Cross Discipline Policy

Based on the “Discipline With Purpose” Program

Occasionally removal from the group is necessary to protect a student and/or the learning environment of the school. This is necessary when a student:

  1. Is in physical or psychological danger or puts another in danger.
  2. Is irrational or unreasonable, or
  3. Pushes beyond the limits of respect in speech or actions.
  4. Does not gain self-control after repeated correction from an adult.

If possible, the adult who removes the child will work quickly to help the student regain self-control.  If this happens, the two parties can continue to work together to redirect the inappropriate behavior. If regaining control does not happen, the student will be sent to the principal’s office and a four set Discipline Plan will be set in motion.

STEP ONE: The student will be sent to the office with a Referral Form. The top half will be completed by the adult who is sending the child to the office.

  1. The student will meet with the principal.
  2. Together they will complete the bottom half of the referral form.
  3. The referral form will be sent home to be signed and returned by a parent(s).
  4. The student will be held accountable for the plan developed.
  5. The principal will speak with the referring staff member.

STEP TWO: The student will be sent to the principal if a second incident occurs within a two month period.

  1. The student will again meet with the principal.
  2. The student will again receive a referral form and notify a parent(s) by phone or note.
  3. A conference with the teacher, parent(s), student and principal will be scheduled.
  4. A Discipline Service Plan will be drawn up.
  5. The Discipline Service Plan will be reviewed with the parent(s) and signed by all.

STEP THREE: If a third incident occurs within a two month period or in extreme cases when the principal determines the seriousness of the action warrants starting at Step Three, the student is sent to the office with a Referral form.

  1. The student meets with the principal.
  2. The student notifies the parent(s)that a suspension of up to three days has been earned. The length, type, in-school or out-of-school, will be determined by the principal.
  3. A conference will be held with a parent(s), teacher(s), student and principal to write a Discipline Service Plan, if one does not exist, with a measurement for progress to assist the student in developing self-control.
  4. A recommendation may be made to have the family visit with a counselor or other specialist.
  5. All school work missed during the period of suspension must be completed before the student rejoins the class.
  6. A probationary time period to monitor and review progress will be set once the student is ready to return to class.

Note: Step three can be repeated as long as a student is able to demonstrate that progress is being made, and is willing to contribute to a positive learning environment. When little or no change is evident and school personnel have exhausted all available means to affect change, the student will move to Step Four of the plan.

STEP FOUR: The administrator will use the district’s police only when all other means of disciplinary actions have failed and the student’s conduct is a hindrance to the welfare and progress of the school community and/or there is evidence of repeated disregard for the philosophy, policies, rules, and regulations of the school.

Serious infractions such as possession of drugs or weapons or severe physical or moral misconduct could result in an immediate move to Step Four of this plan.