Discipline Guidelines

TO PARENT(S)/GUARDIAN(S) AND STUDENTS:

        One of the most important lessons education should teach is self-discipline.   While it does not appear as a subject, it underlies the whole educational structure.  It is the training that develops self-control, character, orderliness, and efficiency.  Self-discipline is the key to good conduct and proper consideration for other people.  "Under NJSA 18A:37-1, students are expected to submit to the authority of teachers and other officials, exercise an appropriate degree of self-discipline in their words and actions, resolve conflicts in a constructive manner, respect the persons and property of fellow students and the school, comport themselves with honesty, and report violence, vandalism and other improper or unlawful activity to a person in authority."

        These ideas can be achieved through agreement on everyone's part (parent(s)/guardian(s)   are especially important in this process.  Since the school exercises the right to act "in loco parentis," that is in place of the parent(s)/guardian(s), the cooperation of parent(s)/guardian(s)  is of the utmost importance).

Examples of disciplinary action taken are:

 

1.    Warning

 

2.    Detention Monday through Thursday based on the activity bus schedule.  The minimum length of detention is 1 hour.  Detention has precedence over all other school activities and clubs.

                a.         Teacher - assigned by the classroom teacher and written 24 hour notice is given to the student for the parent(s)/guardian(s)  .

       

                b.     Administrative - assigned by the main office only. 

                            1.    24 hour written notice to be given to student for the parent(s)/guardian(s).

                            2.    Copy of notice also mailed to parent(s)/guardian(s).

                            3.    A detention monitor is in charge at all times.

                            4.    Failure to serve an administrative detention will result further disciplinary action.

                            5.    Administrative detention may be used for the purpose of independent  study, homework or reading appropriate material.

 

3.    Internal Suspension

a.       Principal and/or Vice Principal will assign a student to internal suspension.                                                            The discipline guidelines provide a basis for the assignment and a notice in                                    writing is given to the student for the parent(s)/guardian(s)  .

b.       Parent(s)/guardian(s)  will be contacted by phone by the Vice Principal.

c.        Students assigned will report to the internal suspension with all textbooks, notebooks, pens, pencils and materials needed to complete assignments.                      

d.       Teachers will give students their regular assignments and work to complete.

e.        Students will be provided lunch while in the internal suspension room.

f.        Students removed from the internal room for disruptive behavior will face additional discipline that may result in external suspension.

g.        Students will not be permitted to participate in any after school clubs, activities, etc., for 5 school days from the last day of the internal/external suspension.

 

4.    External Suspension

        a.     The Principal and/or Vice Principal will assign a student an external suspension for major infractions or an accumulation of infractions           according to the discipline guidelines.

        b.     The parent(s)/guardian(s)  will be contacted by phone by the Vice Principal.

        c.     A parent/guardian   conference with the Vice Principal/Principal is required for the student to be readmitted to school.  A conference with the Superintendent could take place depending on the severity of the infraction or the number of referrals the student accumulates.

        d.     An external suspension is recorded as an excused absence for attendance purposes.

        e.     All missed academic work must be made up in order to receive full credit.

        f.      Students will not be permitted to participate in any after school clubs, activities, etc., for 5 school days from the last day of the internal/external suspension.

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