AIM:It is the chief aim of the school to help students in developing high standards in all areas and provide a firm foundation for Christ-like character. In keeping with this aim, the school expects high moral standards and sets before its student’s definite principles and ideals. In the process of character development, there are times when it will be necessary to take disciplinary action. The administration believes that proper and effective discipline is a cooperative venture of the home and the school. When each realizes this important fact, problems tend to be minimized.
DISCIPLINE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Teachers and parents should work together for the development of a Christ-like character in the children. ‘’Parents, when the church schoolteacher tries to train and discipline your children that they may gain eternal life, do not in their presence criticize his / her actions, even though you may think it severe. If you desire them to give their hearts to the Savior, cooperate with the teacher’s efforts for their salvation’’. Counsels to Teachers, pp.154
If criticism or suggestion in regard to the teacher’s work becomes necessary, it should be made to him/her in private. If this proves ineffective, let the matter be referred to those who are responsible for the management of the school. Nothing should be said or done to weaken the children’s respect for the one upon whom their well- being in so great degree demands’’ Education, pp.184
During the early years of childhood, discipline is largely external; that is, it comes from authorities outside of the individual, such as parents, teachers and other adults. As children mature, their behavior becomes more dependent on personal ideas of right and wrong, and the degree to which they have accepted the validity of the authorities around them.
The basic objective of disciplinary procedures in school is to help students attain the greatest possible degree of self-discipline or self-control. “The object of discipline is the training of the child for self-government.’’(E.G. White)
RIGHTS OF STUDENTS AND TEACHERS
Students: A student has the right to:
- Learn without disruption by unacceptable behavior or of other students.
Teachers: A teacher has the right to:
1. Teach without disruption by unacceptable behavior of students. 2. Maintain order to facilitate the learning experience in the classroom. 3. Request and receive parental and administrative support.
Two important reasons for maintaining good discipline in school:
1. To inculcate a strong Christian character. 2. To provide a safe environment for students. Pupils who misbehave are likely to hurt other pupils.
In our efforts to outline what is considered unacceptable behavior at Oakview Preparatory School, the following list of serious violations is set forth. This list is not comprehensive.
LEVEL ONE REGULATIONS
Level one regulations are minor. If a rule is broken, the teacher will speak with the student about the rule and the disobedience involved. If the teacher believes the student will reform by use of correction, he /she will not notify the office or the parent. If the teacher believes the warning needs to be recorded, he / she will have the student write a description of what happened. He / She will then sign the form and send it to the office to be recorded. When a warning is recorded, parents are notified by the teacher, and a copy of the misbehavior form is sent to them.
LEVEL TWO REGULATIONS
Level two regulations are intermediate rules that require a written record of the offense. The offending student may then be sent to the office for a conference with the Principal and/or to the Discipline Committee. During such a conference, an attempt will be made to resolve the rule violation in one of three ways;
- Detention, (2) written contract with the student, (3) written reports and an oral presentation to a group of designated students.The oral and written reports must be related to the offense,and parents will be notified.
LEVEL THREE REGULATIONS
Level three regulations involve infractions that require students to be sent to the office for a conference with the principal and or the Discipline Committee who will resolve the problem in one of four ways: (1) One to three – day suspension and probation, (2) One to three-day suspension and probation with conference involving parents and student, (3) One to three-day suspension and probation with student being referred for professional guidance, (4) Student referred to the school board with the Administration's recommendation that the student be withdrawn from the school.( Parents will be notified).