Disciplinary Policy

BEHAVIOR
At Geneva Elementary we believe that,“Discipline is not what you do when children misbehave. It’s what you do so they don’t.”

“Discipline is about giving children what they need, not what they deserve.”

The first two weeks of school are “Boot Camp” during which we practice discipline that leads to higher self-esteem. We practice kindness, manners, and what the expectations are during different activities at school. The habits we work on coincide with the goal of promoting democracy and helping students realize that they play an important role in our school society as well as our nation.

Teachers are encouraged to use improper behavior as a teaching opportunity. They are encouraged to involve parents and the principal for persistent or serious problems.

If a student’s behavior is unsatisfactory, a conference will be scheduled with the child, parent, teacher, and principal to discuss what we can do to help the student succeed.

Everyone at Geneva is expected to respect others, to follow school rules, to value all property, to listen to others , and to do their best to cooperate and learn. They will not be allowed to hurt others with words or actions.

Each teacher sets the discipline tone in the classroom by outlining school and class guidelines that will maintain the standards listed above. If problems in student behavior occur, students will be treated fairly but firmly, in helping them understand why their behavior is a problem and how they can improve.

Fighting, swearing, or using vulgar language, possession of drugs, vandalism, bullying, lying, and stealing are not acceptable behaviors at school. Such behavior will be reported directly to parents and are cause for suspension.

RESPECT
When appropriate, say “please,” “thank you,” “you’re welcome,” and ‘excuse me.”
Use appropriate titles to address all adults (Ms., Miss, Mrs., and Mr.)
Smile and say hello or goodbye when entering or leaving your classroom.
Trash words and name calling are not acceptable (teachers may specify which words are trash words).
Look at, listen to, and respond to all adults.

SAFE SCHOOLS
It is the policy of Alpine School District to maintain school environments which are conductive to learning. It is the District’s intent to maintain a safe and positive atmosphere by prohibiting acts of violence, aggressive behavior, intimidation, possession of weapons (even toys), criminal behavior, or gang activity on school property. The Alpine School District Safe Schools Policy prohibits disruptive acts, dangerous weapons, hazing/harassment, abetting, gangs, secret societies, and hate groups; and the other prohibited acts as defined and described in these rules and regulations.

    DISRUPTIVE ACTS.

Acts that disrupt the daily operation of the school include but are not limited to physical or sexual assault, intimidation, aggression, possessing, or displaying a dangerous (or toy look-alike) weapon.

    DANGEROUS WEAPON.

Any item capable of causing death or serious bodily injury, or a facsimile or representation of the item. Dangerous weapons, as deemed by these rules, shall include but not be limited to fire arms, knives, metal knuckles, straight razors, explosives, and poisonous gases.

    HAZING/HARASSMENT.

Intimidation of a student or staff member or any act that injures, degrades, or disgraces a student or staff member.

    ABETTING.
      The act of supporting, encouraging, and/or assisting activities which violate the Safe Schools policy. GANG/SECRET SOCIETIES/HATE GROUPS. A group of two
      or more people who form an allegiance and engage in a range of disruptive behaviors that may include violent or unlawful activity or which advocates hatred or discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, national origin, or disability.

      OTHER PROHIBITED ACTS.
      Students may not:
      wear, possess, use, distribute, or sell any clothing, jewelry emblems, badges, symbols, signs, or other things which are evidence of membership of affiliation in any gangs, secret societies, or hate groups. Commit acts, or use speech, either verbal or nonverbal (gestures, handshakes, etc.) showing membership or affiliation in gangs, secret societies, or hate groups. Use speech or commit any acts or omissions in furtherance of the interests of the gang, group or society, including but not limited to 1) soliciting others for membership, 2) requesting persons to pay for protection or otherwise intimidating or threatening any person,
      3) committing other illegal acts or other violations of school district policies, 4) inciting other students to act with physical violence upon any other person, 5) defacing school
      property (books, walls, etc.).
      Students who participate in other prohibited activities described above shall be dealt with in accordance with the procedures outlined in Alpine School District Rules and Regulations.”

      –From the Geneva Handbook, August 2016.

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