Discipline Matrix

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    Bennett Elementary School

    2017-2018

    Positive Behavior Plan 

     

    PREFACE

     In order to create a positive school climate at Bennett Elementary, we, the Discipline Committee, propose the following plan.  It is our hope that this discipline plan will serve as a means to guide us in fulfilling our mission of creating a learner-centered environment that benefits the students, allows the staff to function more efficiently, to serve the greater good of the entire community.

     

    SCHOOL-WIDE RULES

     The cornerstone of any discipline plan begins with the set of school-wide rules.  It is the opinion of the Discipline Committee that greater cohesion among staff members and greater consistency for students may be obtained by providing a uniform set of rules throughout the school.  In this way students will understand that the same rules that are in their classroom environment follow them throughout the school day regardless of where they are in the building.

     

    1. Be Responsible
    2. Be Respectful
    3. Be Kind
    4. Be Safe
    5. Be Positive

     

    An explanation of each rule for the benefit of the students follows.

     

    1. Be Responsible

    It is the responsibility of the student to be responsible for their own learning. In the classroom, students are responsible to complete all work and activities, keep their area clean, getting permission if they need to leave their work area. On the playground, it is the responsibility of the student to follow adult directions & line up when the adult calls. In the cafeteria, students are expected to eat their own food and clean up their area.

     

    • In the Classroom:
      • Complete all work and activities
      • Keep your area clean
      • Get permission
    • On the Playground:
      • Follow adult directions
      • Line up when the adult calls
    • In the Cafeteria:
      • Eat your own food
      • Clean up your area

     

     

    1. Be Respectful

    Students are expected to routinely be respectful to themselves and others around them. In the classroom, students will display the pillar of respect by raising their hand and waiting to be called on, have all materials ready, & eyes and ears on the speaker. On the playground, students will display the pillar of respect by using appropriate language, following the game rules during play, & sharing equipment. In the cafeteria, students will display the pillar of respect by using soft voices, using table manners, & listening to the monitors.

     

    • In the Classroom
      • Raise your hand and wait
      • Have all materials ready
      • Eyes and ears on speaker
      • Use appropriate language
    • On the Playground:
      • Follow the game rules during play
      • Share equipment
    • In the Cafeteria:
      • Soft voices
      • Use table manners
      • Listen to the monitors

     

     

    1. Be Kind

    Students are expected to routinely be kind to themselves and others around them. In the classroom, students will display the pillar of kindness by inviting others to join activities, using kind words, & sharing with others. On the playground, students will display the pillar of respect by inviting others to play & always using kind words. In the cafeteria, students will display the pillar of respect by saying kind things & not gossiping.

      

    • In the Classroom:
      • Invite others to join activities
      • Use kind words
      • Share with others
    • On the Playground:
      • Invite others to play
      • Use kind words
    • In the Cafeteria:
      • Say kind things
      • No gossiping

     

     

    1. Be Safe

    Students are expected to be safe at all times. In the classroom, students will be safe by using supplies correctly, keeping their hands and feet to themselves, & using walking feet. On the playground, students will be safe by using the equipment appropriately & demonstrating self-control. In the cafeteria, students will be safe by sitting at their assigned table, staying in their seat, raising their hand if they need assistance, & walking.

     

    • In the Classroom:
      • Use supplies correctly
      • Keep hands and feet to yourself
      • Use walking feet
    • On the Playground
      • Use equipment appropriately
      • Demonstrate self-control 
    • In the Cafeteria
      • Sit at your table
      • Stay in your seat
      • Raise your hand if you need assistance
      • Walk

     

    1. Be Positive

    Students are expected to routinely be positive. In the classroom, students will be positive by being happy about learning, coming to school with a smile, & always trying their best. On the playground, students will be positive by promoting good sportsmanship & smiling. In the cafeteria, students will be positive by saying kind things & not gossiping.

     

    • In the Classroom:
      • Be happy about learning
      • Come to school with a smile
      • Always try your best 
    • On the Playground:
      • Promote good sportsmanship
      • Smile
    • In the Cafeteria:
      • Say kind things
      • No gossiping

     

     

     

    CONSEQUENCES

     

    The Discipline Committee has established a universal set of consequences aligned to the District’s Discipline Matrix and Student Code of Conduct to ensure that all students are treated fairly and that all staff members are aware of the accepted consequences so that the rules may be applied equitably.  We do understand, however, that no one set of consequences can serve in all situations.  We also understand that it is the ultimate responsibility of the classroom teacher to handle all situations in the classroom and we respect the judgments of all classroom teachers.  Please see this list of consequences, then, as a guideline and not a rigid mandate.

     

    We have found it helpful to divide various classroom behaviors into different categories or levels to reflect the different intensities of behavior.

      

     

    SCHOOL-WIDE PROCEDURES

     

    The Bennett Discipline Committee feels that the school will be more cohesive and effective if teachers and students follow certain uniform procedures for different activities at school.  In the same way that the uniform rules follow students throughout the learning environment the procedures will also follow them wherever they go. The Discipline Committee feels using the Broward County approved CHAMPS program will afford us a safe and productive learning environment.

      

    MORNING

    In the morning, NO students are to be out of the cafeteria until 7:45am. At 7:50am the classroom teacher will escort the students from the cafeteria to their classrooms. Staff/Sunrise Helpers/Safety Patrols will be assigned to supervise children walking on the appropriate paths to their buildings. Teachers will be at post, assigned Café table, by 7:50am to greet and escort students into the classroom.

      

    WALKING IN A LINE

    Whenever you need to move a large group of people from one area of the building to another, it is essential to organize them in some way.  Students in a class are required to walk in a single file line so that they can move through the hallways/walkways effectively and still allow other people to use the hallways/walkways.  Students should walk in a single file line always traveling on the right side of the school hallways with their hands at their side.

      

    ARRIVING AT A DESTINATION

    Once the line has arrived at a destination, this procedure will be followed to ensure that the class is safely and effectively seated and ready to follow new directions.  The classroom teacher and the special teacher are jointly responsible for the class until they are seated in a special teacher’s room.  The classroom teacher and the cafeteria monitors are jointly responsible for the class until they have joined the line to the kitchen.  Use the following procedures for these destinations.

      

    SPECIALS

     

    1. The line will stop at the door to the special teacher’s room and the teacher will knock on the door.

     

    1. The teacher will look into the room to determine that the special teacher is there and that there is not another class inside. If another class is inside the room or if the special teacher is not in the room, the classroom teacher will remain with the class until the other class is dismissed and the special teacher is ready for the next class.

     

    1. The classroom teacher will then direct the door holder to open the door to the special teacher’s classroom. The door holder will continue to hold the door as the rest of the class walks in and sits at an assigned seat.  The door holder will then sit at an assigned seat.  The class is to remain silent throughout this procedure.

     

    1. As soon as the last student in the class line enters the special classroom, the classroom teacher is released for planning time.

      

    CAFETERIA

     

    1. The line will stop at the door to the cafeteria.

     

    1. The teacher will direct the line leader to open the door to the cafeteria.

     

    1. The teacher will direct the line to proceed to the door leading into the kitchen area. Students who have brought their lunch will go sit at their assigned lunchroom table. Once the last person in line has gone through the door the line leader will join the class at the back of the line and the line engineers will monitor the line.

     

    1. The teacher will ensure that all students are in line appropriately, then the teacher will eat their lunch.

      

    DISMISSAL

     

    1. At 1:50PM (first dismissal), teacher will begin procedures to prepare for 2:00PM dismissal. At 2:50PM (second dismissal), teacher will begin procedures to prepare for 3:00PM dismissal.

     

    1. Students will be escorted in a straight line to the proper dismissal location by grade level/specials teacher.

     

    1. Support staff/safety patrols will be on site to monitor.

     

     

    DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

     

    It is the duty of teachers and staff to employ effective disciplinary actions in order to maintain a positive learning environment.  These actions and their consequences are described below.

     

    AFTER SCHOOL DETENTION

    Teachers, if called for by the Discipline Matrix, have the right to assign students to serve an after school detention in their classroom any day of the week. Parents must be notified prior to detention in writing (detention slip).

      

    REFERRAL

    Students may be given electronic administrative referrals. If a referral is enterers in BASIS, please notify the guidance counselor and assistant principal via email. Guidelines for these procedures follow.   Referrals are to be used for the following consequence levels and according to the chart below:

     

    SCHOOL WIDE RULES (Posted throughout the school in the hallways)

    Bennett Bobcats are expected to:

    1. Be Responsible
    2. Be Respectful
    3. Be Kind
    4. Be Safe
    5. Be Positive

     

    LEVELS/CONSEQUENCES

    Level 1:  Behavior that is disruptive to learning, but not dangerous or threatening.

    • Throwing objects                                        
    • Refusing to complete work                                   
    • Chewing gum                                                          
    • Name-calling, cursing, or lying
    • Disruptive behaviors using objects such as toys, radios, pagers, electronics, etc.
    • Cheating in class                                        
    • Arguing with another student
    • Being rude or disrespectful to others (talking back, eye rolling, sucking teeth)              
    • Running in the hallways
    • Excessive talking                                        
    • Failing to follow classroom rules
    • Failing to wear the proper school attire (ie:flip-flops, short shirts/shorts)
    • Intentionally teasing other students

     

    Suggested Consequences: To be administered by the classroom teacher

    Verbal warning, loss of privilege, changing of seating, student calls parent, teacher emails parent, removal to classroom time-out area (3 attempts), negative behavior grade for the day, conference with parents/students, and referral to guidance counselor and AP via email. DO NOT SEND STUDENTS TO THE FRONT OFFICE WITHOUT FIRST FOLLOWING THE LEVEL 1 CONSEQUENCES AND CONTACTING THE GUIDANCE COUNSELOR AND THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL.

     

    Level 2:  Behavior that is persistently disruptive to learning, or potentially dangerous or threatening

    • Throwing objects at others                                   
    • Refusal to obey school personnel, defiance
    • Pushing a student                                      
    • Damaging school property                                   
    • Persistent refusal to follow classroom rules
    • Excessive teasing                                      
    • Minor fighting
    • Being rude or disrespectful to others (throwing items, profanity)               
    • Damaging others property
    • Excessive tardiness/absenteeism            (BTIP Process-notify Social Worker)      
    • Excessive uniform abuse (case-by-case bases)

     

    Suggested Consequences: (Teacher/Administrator) removal to classroom time out area, loss of privilege, change of seating, teacher calls parent, classroom behavior contract, negative behavior grade for the day, administration calls parent, and referral to guidance counselor and AP via email. DO NOT SEND STUDENTS TO THE FRONT OFFICE WITHOUT FIRST FOLLOWING THE LEVEL 2 CONSEQUENCES AND CONTACTING THE GUIDANCE COUNSELOR AND THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL.

     

    Level 3:  Behavior that is not only disruptive to learning but also immediately dangerous or threatening

    • Hitting/Pushing an adult                                        
    • Hurting someone with a thrown object
    • Possessing or igniting fireworks/stink bombs               
    • Fighting                                                        
    • Gambling
    • Bringing, smoking, or using tobacco products on school grounds
    • Leaving class/premises without permission                 
    • Repeatedly throwing objects
    • Misrepresenting one’s self by cheating, copying, or plagiarizing (3 strikes)
    • Taking part in acts of a sexual nature                 
    • Sexually harassing others
    • Threatening to harm another person
    • Stealing                                            
    • Forcing someone to give them money or things of value that do not belong to them
    • Vandalism                                                    
    • Cursing at an adult or staff member

     

    Suggested Consequences:  (Administration)

    Immediate Administrative Referral, parent/teacher/administrative conference, administrative detention, removal from class, internal/external suspension, intervention by the guidance counselor, notifying school police (SIU) (these consequences are generated by the referral) DO NOT SEND STUDENTS TO THE FRONT OFFICE WITHOUT FIRST FOLLOWING THE LEVEL 3 CONSEQUENCES AND CONTACTING THE GUIDANCE COUNSELOR AND THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL.

     

    Level 4:  Acts that require immediate expulsion

    Possession or use of a weapon/drugs or alcohol

     

    Suggested Consequences: (Administration) DO NOT SEND STUDENTS TO THE FRONT OFFICE WITHOUT FIRST CONTACTING THE GUIDANCE COUNSELOR AND THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL.

     

    Please refer to the Discipline Matrix or the Student Code of Conduct Book

     

    IN-SCHOOL AND OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION

    Internal suspension is a consequence for recurring behavior and as dictated by the District’s Discipline Matrix. Internal suspension can be served in the front office or another classroom at any grade level.

    External Suspension or AES is reserved as a consequence for persistent level two behaviors or for a single referral for level three behavior as dictated by the District’s Discipline Matrix.  External and internal suspension both are to be preceded with administration contacting the parents and followed up with a behavior plan put into place as well as possible intervention by the guidance counselor or school police if necessary.

      

    EXPULSION

    Expulsion is mandatory for the commission of a level four behavior and may result as the logical consequence of level III behaviors.  Refer to the Code of Student Conduct for expulsion procedures.