IST Behaviour Management Policy
The code of behavior expected of students rests on the principles of: respect for themselves; respect for others; respect for their own and others' property. All detailed school regulations, bus rules, etc. will be logical extensions of these three basic expectations, and will be explained to students in those terms.
Our behavior management policy is intended to reward success and positive social behavior. It also includes a list of possible inappropriate behavior and stepped consequences for first and subsequent infringements. Examples of inappropriate behavior are: Tardiness; absence from class without permission; inappropriate language; physical or verbal abuse of others; reckless endangerment; theft; violation of bus rules; vandalism or graffiti, use or possession of alcohol, tobacco and drugs; field trip curfew or other violations.
It is expected that most students, in most instances, will be able to keep to the basic code of behavior outlined above. However, there will inevitably be times when students need to be reminded of their responsibilities to themselves and to the school. Normally, a constructive, quiet warning is enough to elicit appropriate behavior and consequences are not necessary. If a student persistently refuses to behave according to stated expectations then he/she should be sent for a conversation with the counselor and/or relevant Principal for further consequences.
Each teacher is responsible for the student management within his or her classroom. The school does have a set of Rules and Guidelines and it is expected that all teachers will use these as a basis for their management system.
When problems of behavior arise, they are dealt with according to regulations developed by the administration and implemented by the Director, as required under board policy. Consequences range through: classroom consequences; conversation with the Principal; lunchtime or after school detention; parental involvement; internal or external suspension: to recommended withdrawal from the school and ultimately expulsion.
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Each student in our school has the right to be treated with respect, courtesy and consideration by every other student, teacher, school employee, or other adult in the school. Each student has the right to know what the rules are; to appeal to higher authority when he/she feels unfairly treated, or when he/she thinks that no objective hearing has been allowed.
However, persons in charge of classrooms and of the school as a whole must have the authority to carry out their work for the benefit and safety of everyone concerned without constant arguments. If a student feels that a particular rule or judgment is unfair, he/she may express such complaints to the teacher concerned and, in the event of not achieving a satisfactory conclusion, to the Principal.
It is the intent of the school to afford vigilant protection of the rights of all school personnel and students, including the rights to free inquiry and expression, the right to freedom of association, and the right to administrative due process.
Of equal importance is the right of the school to prescribe and control student conduct in a manner consistent with the school's philosophy and fundamental safeguards.
In exercising this right, each Principal, working with his/her staff and with the students, will attempt to achieve the objectives and follow the procedures set forth by the Board of Governors' policies, and administrative regulations pertaining to the various aspects of student rights, student conduct and student discipline.
The primary objective is the proper recognition and preservation of a student's rights:
Freedom of Expression – Students may freely express their points of view provided they do not seek to coerce others to join in their mode of expression and provided also that they do not otherwise intrude upon the rights of others during school hours.
Personal Appearance – Restrictions on a student's hairstyle or his/her manner of dress will be determined where there is a 'clear and present danger to the student's health and safety, or causes an interference with work, or creates classroom or school disorder'. Participation in voluntary activities may necessitate specific requirements for approved grooming and dress due to the nature of the activity. The school dress code is printed on page 39 of this handbook.
Petition – Students are allowed to present petitions to the administration at any time. Collecting of signatures on petitions is limited to before and after school hours. No student will be subjected to disciplinary measure of any nature for signing a petition addressed to the administration – assuming that the petition is free of obscenities, libelous statements, personal attack, and advocacy of disruption which poses a probable threat of disruption to the regular school programs, and is within the bounds of reasonable conduct.
Property – A student's locker and desk should not be opened for inspection, except when approved by the Principal because he/she has reasonable cause to believe that prohibited articles are stored therein. Locker clean-out sessions will be conducted as determined by the Principal. Such clean-outs will be to dispose of waste materials, recover missing books and other school property, and for other just cause as determined by the Principal. Adequate notification to students prior to any such a locker clean-out is recommended.
1D DUE PROCESS
Each student has the opportunity and the right to use school as a means for self-improvement and individual growth. In so doing, he or she is expected to conduct his/her affairs in such a way as to assure other students the same opportunities without serving to restrict or otherwise inhibit their individual and collective rights.
Due Process - Students are to have clearly-established means by which 'administrative due process' is available to see that their rights are protected. Students are to be involved, singly and collectively, as citizens of the school with the attendant rights of such citizenship and corresponding responsibilities for the proper conduct of their own affairs and those of other students.
'Due Process' may be defined as a course of legal proceedings in accordance with the rules and principles established for the enforcement and protection of individual rights. The concept applies to any dispute between two parties.
The concept of due process means that students are entitled:
to know what the rules are;
to be notified of charges against them, and be provided the opportunity to respond to those charges;
to have counsel;
to appeal a decision about the charges to a higher level;
to have the charges or penalties removed from their records, if their innocence or non-involvement is shown by the evidence.
In the administration of due process, the student should be made to feel that his/her value as a person is not in question. What may be questioned is the student's behavior. The purpose of all school rules and disciplinary actions is to make the student understand that he/she is responsible for his/her actions.
More detailed information for behavior management can be found in the Behavior Management Policy Manual.