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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. Each incident type contains interventions and consequences for each violation. The letters within the consequence boxes correspond to the “Action Legend” beneath the “Types of Incident” grid. Therefore, if a student commits a first offense violation for an incident, the actions that can be taken will be listed in the box for the 1st Consequence. Second offense violation will be listed in the box for the 2nd Consequence, and so forth. It is important to note however, that school administrators have the discretion to deviate from these guidelines by assessing an appropriate consequence other than stated in the Matrix if he or she determines in his or her sole discretion that there are mitigating or aggravating circumstances.
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.