WHAT IS THE DISCIPLINE MATRIX?
The Discipline Matrix is a tool for administrators to respond appropriately when students have committed serious violations, per the Code of Student Conduct. This tool is designed to offer consistency at all levels across the District so that students are disciplined fairly from school to school when their behavior requires punishment beyond the classroom. There are two different versions of the Matrix: One to assign consequences to elementary students (pdf) (grades K-5) and one to assign consequences to secondary students (pdf) (grades 6-12). The Matrix is designed to assist you and your child in understanding the consequences of seriously violating school rules. While most parents will have no need to be familiar with the Matrix, the School Board and the District want to ensure that parents are knowledgeable about the actions of its school administrators when students misbehave. The Matrix enables administrators to assign consequences consistently, regardless of the school your child attends.
HOW DO I READ THE MATRIX?
The Matrix outlines the violations in the same way as the Code of Student Conduct that you have received. When a student has multiple violations in one incident, e.g. fighting using a weapon, the administrator will impose the more severe consequences. The first “X” in any row indicates the initial action when a student has been referred to his/her administrator for disciplinary action. In each row, an “A” to the left of the “X”, indicates a “possible” action; an “A” to the right of the “X” indicates subsequent action.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO KNOW?
Yes. The Discipline Matrix does not apply to classroom management as assigned by the teacher but rather as a progressive step when a student has broken the rules requiring a principal and/or his designee to assign consequences. While continuous disregard for classroom rules will almost always be referred to an administrator, certain violations of the rules, e.g. weapon possession, assault, sexual harassment, require initial administrative action. Like the Code of Student Conduct, the Matrix is reviewed annually by District stakeholders, including parents, teachers, administrators, counselors, and other community representatives.
WHERE DO I GO IF I WANT FURTHER EXPLANATION OF THIS DOCUMENT?
Should you require further explanation of the Discipline Matrix, please call your school administrator.