Webster Discipline Plan and School Policies

One of the greatest keys to an effective school-wide discipline plans is pervasive
and consistent responses to student behaviors by adults. In addition, it is critical to
incorporate a lot of positive verbal reinforcing remarks and “pats on the back” to children as they choose to follow classroom and school guidelines. We use “grabbers” as one of the ways to reinforce good behaviors. Students receive these tickets for being thoughtful, helpful and exhibiting other positive behaviors that demonstrate good character. They will have the opportunities to get rewards for earning grabbers. Citizenship Awards will be given during school assemblies to recognize students’ positive behavior. Students will be selected by teachers on a daily basis to be bell-ringers each morning for making appropriate choices at school. Additionally, teachers will incorporate ways to acknowledge positive student behaviors on a regular basis in classrooms.

If the school-wide discipline plan is not working for an individual child, the teacher,
parent, counselor and sometimes the principal may meet together to discuss the
concerns at hand - the needs of the child and the needs of the rest of the class. An
individual behavior plan for that particular student may be developed. The plan should
be reasonable, productive for the child, include communication with parents, should not take away from the learning of other students, and should not take an inordinate amount of teacher preparation time.

As part of the Webster plan, Classroom Timeout, In-School Timeout, Lunch
Detention, ALC, and Out-of-School Suspension will all be utilized. Time Out means
that a student will be excluded from classroom participation for a set amount of time.
It is used after at least one verbal warning for inappropriate behavior has already been
issued. In-School Time Out means that the child is placed in another room monitored
by an adult for a specified amount of time. It is typically used for office referrals due
to repeated misbehavior and/or disrespect, or when classroom timeout is ineffective.
Lunch Detention means the student spends lunch and lunch recess in the office or
another setting monitored by an adult. It is typically assigned for missing assignments
and/or misbehavior. ALC (Alternative Learning Classroom) is a consequence typically
assigned for more severe misbehavior and some instances for repeated misbehavior.
Students will be given classroom assignments to complete while they are in ALC. Out-
of-School Suspension means that the student is excluded from participating at school,
and is monitored by parents/guardians for a specified period of time. This is used for
severe misbehavior.

The main goal school-discipline is to maintain a learning environment conducive to the
academic success of all students – including those exhibiting misbehaviors. The most
ideal response to misbehavior involves finding ways to redirect the behaviors as soon
as possible and getting the student back on track in the classroom where learning and
development can occur. When parents have questions/concerns about disciplinary action their children receive, the first person they should talk with is the classroom teacher. If the parent is not satisfied with the results of that meeting, or is not able to reach an agreement with the teacher,
either the teacher or parent may request that the principal become involved.

In an effort to present a positive, consistent and effective discipline program at Webster, each student will be taught to demonstrate wise choices regarding his/her behavior.  Knowing the rules and consequences beforehand will increase the likelihood that students will make appropriate choices about their behaviors.

WEBSTER SCHOOL RULES

All Webster School Rules will be handed out at Meet the Teacher or Open House to each student in grades K-6. The Parent-Student Compact adopted by the Advisory Council of Webster School will accompany it. The Compact must be signed by student and parents(s) and returned to the homeroom teacher. Teachers will keep a copy of the signed Compact on file throughout the school year.

Students at Webster are expected to respect every student’s right to learn and be safe at school. Teachers will develop classroom rules, which supplement the general rules listed below. The Webster staff will consistently direct students to follow school rules and to successfully choose the correct behaviors.

Webster students will: 
Respect school property as well as the property of other students.
Refrain from fighting, threatening, or intimidating others while at school or on the
way to and from school.
Play safely and use playground equipment appropriately.
Use appropriate language/communication (NO vulgar language or gestures).
Listen to and comply with the requests of staff members.
Demonstrate appropriate hallway behavior:
Walk quietly when passing instructional areas and moving about the campus.
Hold playground equipment when walking to and from play areas.
Refrain from riding bicycles, skateboarding and roller skating (including
shoes with wheels) while on school grounds. This guideline is to be followed
during non-school hours as well. Walk on sidewalks and use on crosswalks whenever possible.  

Students exhibiting appropriate behaviors will receive:
• Grabber Tickets
• Announcements for students and classes demonstrating outstanding behaviors
• Praise and congratulations from staff members
• Positive written notes from teachers
• Additional classroom and campus privileges
• Positive telephone calls home
• Recognition during school-wide assemblies

Failure to follow the Webster School rules will result in one or more of the following
consequences:

Redirection by staff and/or classroom discipline.
Parent/guardian contact
Lost privilege(s)
Time out in class or another classroom.
Principal intervention
Parent conference with teacher, student, and/or principal.
In-school suspension (ALC) assigned by the principal or designee.
Out-of-school suspension at home.

Example of Suggested Consequences: (individual situations may warrant variations
in consequences)
first – warning
second – 5 min classroom timeout (K-3)
10 min classroom timeout (4-6)
third – 15 min classroom timeout (K-3)
20 min classroom timeout (4-6)
fourth – 30 min timeout in homeroom or other room based on teacher discretion (K-3)
60 min timeout in homeroom or other room based on teacher discretion (4-6)
fifth or SEVERE – Office Referral

Each teacher will develop an individual classroom-discipline plan which supplements
the general rules listed above. This plan will be clearly communicated to parents.

Office Plan (for classroom referrals)
If a student consistently chooses not to follow classroom rules and reaches the step in the classroom discipline plan which warrants an office referral, parents will be notified and the student may receive one or more of the following consequences:
• Partial day of time out in ALC or another classroom
• ALC (number of days will vary depending on frequency and severity of
infraction)
• One to ten days of out-of-school suspension

Plans for areas outside of the classroom:

Playground
RULES:

Play in designated area.
Keep hands, feet and objects to self.
Use appropriate language.
Walk on sidewalks.
Use equipment safely.
Show respect to others.

CONSEQUENCES:
First – Warning
Second – Stand or sit against the wall for 5 minutes
Third – Stand or sit against the wall for the remainder of recess
Fourth – Student is escorted to the office
Severe – Student is immediately escorted to the office

Cafeteria
RULES:
1. Speak in soft voices and use appropriate language.
2. Walk carefully in the cafeteria.
3. Keep hands, feet and objects to self.
4. Sit in assigned seat/area.
5. Keep food/drinks inside.
6. Show respect to others.

CONSEQUENCES:
First – Warning
Second – Sit at time-out table for the remainder of the lunch period
Third – Time-out during lunch recess (length of time-out may vary)
Fourth – Student is escorted to the office
Severe – Student is immediately escorted to the office

Assembly
RULES:
1. Enter and exit safely and quietly.
2. Demonstrate appropriate /respectful audience behavior.
3. Keep hands, feet and objects to self.
4. Sit in assigned seat/area.

CONSEQUENCES:
First – Warning
Second – Change seating (near teacher)
Third – Loss of assembly privilege – student is escorted to the office
Severe – Student is immediately escorted to the office

Bus
RULES:
Waiting for the Bus:

1. Arrive at the bus stop 5-10 minutes prior to scheduled arrival of the bus.
2. Stay out of the street and away from traffic.
3. Respect property in the neighborhood.
4. Respect others at the bus stop.
5. Form one line to board as the bus is coming to a stop.

Boarding the Bus:
1. Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before boarding.
2. Enter the bus one at a time.
3. Board quickly and safely without crowding or pushing.
4. Use the handrail.
5. Do not run on the bus.
6. Go directly to a seat and sit properly.

On the Bus:
1. Passengers shall comply with all instructions given to them by a school bus
driver. Failure to comply may result in a referral to the principal.
2. When the bus is in motion, all passengers will sit with their backs against the seat-
backs and feet/legs must be kept out of the aisle.
3. Keep hands, arms, feet, legs and head inside the bus except when exiting.
4. Talk quietly. Refrain from yelling or using inappropriate language.
5. Keep hands, feet and objects to self.
6. Do not throw anything inside the bus or from the bus to the outside.
7. Do not eat or drink on the bus unless allowed to do so by the driver.
8. Do not carry animals (insects, reptiles, and other pets), glass, scooters,
skateboards, roller blades, weapons, explosive devices, tobacco, alcohol, or drugs
on the bus.
9. Do not play or use electronic devices without a headset.
10. Sit in assigned seats if seats are assigned.
11. All cell phones must be turned off and stored in back-pack or purse.
12. Do not abuse or deface the bus or bus equipment.
13. Keep cases, band instruments, and other belongings under control at all times.

Leaving the bus:
1. Remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.
2. Exit in a way that is safe, orderly, and respectful to others.
3. When walking on the bus, follow the same rules as when boarding the bus.

CONSEQUENCES:
First – Warning
Second – Student may be denied bus-riding privileges for 1-3 days.
Third – Students may be denied bus-riding privileges for 3-5 days.
Fourth - Students may be denied bus-riding privileges for up to one month.
Severe – If an infraction is deemed serious enough, or there are repeated or
chronic infractions, students may be denied bus-riding privileges for the
entire school year.

IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION PROCEDURES
At times, a student may need to be assigned to the Alternative Learning Classroom

(ALC). Students displaying the following behaviors may be required to spend time in the
ALC room. Those behaviors are:
• Physical aggression towards others
• Disrespect towards teacher(s) or staff member(s)
• Refusing to do class work
• Repeatedly disrupting the class
• Using profanity or inappropriate language
• Repeatedly breaking playground rules
• Refusing to follow classroom/school rules

Assigning students to the Alternative Learning Classroom:

The following steps will be taken when assigning a student to the Alternative Learning
Classroom:
1. The classroom teacher or other staff will refer the child to the principal.
2. The principal or designee will conference with the child.
3. The child will be assigned 1-3 days in the ALC room.
4. The ALC rules will be explained to the student.
5. A letter to the parent will be sent home with the child to be returned
signed by the parent/guardian.
6. When possible a telephone call will be made by the teacher or the
principal to the parent to discuss the incident.
7. At times, a conference may be necessary between the student, parent,
teacher, and principal.
8. ALC may be utilized by teachers without going through the principal
if it is a consequence built into a comprehensive Student Behavior Plan
which has been approved by the principal and which is on file in the office
and the ALC room. Parents will be notified by the teacher before or on the
same day the ALC room is utilized in this way.

Alternative Learning Classroom Procedures:

ALC students:
1. Have no contact with peers.
2. Complete class-work quietly and do not distract others.
3. Do not have recesses.
4. Have a restroom breaks in the morning and the afternoon.
5. Eat lunch in the ALC room.
6. Complete all assignments from the homeroom without academic penalty if the
work is handed in at the end of the day (or other acceptable time-frame) to the
teacher.
7. Are supervised at all times.
8. May be required to complete a behavior-reflection packet.

IMPORTANT POINTS REGARDING STUDENT BEHAVIOR

• The most effective behavior-management begins with establishing and consistently reinforcing routines and procedures (FOR EVERYTHING!)

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