Discipline at David’s Star Evangelical Lutheran School is based on the Lord’s command to teach each child to grow in the love of the Lord and in personal application of God’s Word to the child’s life and actions. Self-discipline is the most important intent for each student in order that they might become Godly people who carry out their roles in the school, congregation, and in their homes in a God-fearing manner.
Cooperation between the home and school is essential in the development of children in our school. Together, parents and teachers guide children through the various phases of development in the example that Christ left for us.
The discipline of children should not be viewed as a negative action, but rather as a positive procedure that is done out of Christian love. A respect should exist amongst the children, parents, and teachers since Christ first loved us and so we should love each other.
Corporal punishment is not considered to be a tool of discipline inside David’s Star Evangelical Lutheran School. Christian teachers should attempt to deal with students out of love as children of God but showing disapproval for the sinful things that the student has done.
In working with a disruptive student in the classroom, these are the steps which should be followed.
1. Try a positive approach. Give recognition to the student’s good points.
2. Above all, keep the principal informed of any major problems within the classroom. This will help the principal be prepared to help solve the problem if required.
3. Throughout all procedures that follow, it is understood that the teacher will be communicating with the parents of the student(s) involved. A written record of persistent problems will be kept. It should include dates, times, problems, and solutions that have been worked out within the classroom. This will serve as a non-biased historical record of the problem.
a. One possible form of communication might be to have the problem student call their parents from school, to explain the problem. This should be done under supervision from the teacher involved or the principal.
b. Examine procedures being used currently with the student. If it is not working, stop and try something else.
c. When the student is disruptive, point out the specific problem and emphasize that this is against the rules of the classroom, the school, or God’s Word. Therefore, any punishment should be expressed as a consequence of breaking the rules.
d. Develop a plan with the student to solve the problem and emphasize that it is the student’s responsibility to resolve the problem in a Christian manner. Our teacher’s responsibility is to lead children back to repentance.
e. If disruption continues, the student will be isolated within or outside the classroom. This is not to be considered a punishment and the student is separated only until they are ready to be quiet and be included with the rest of the class. This course of action will not last indefinitely nor serve as a means of resolving the problem. Rather, it is to keep the rest of the class isolated from the disruption. Remember, NO student has the right to deprive another student of the chance to learn.
f. An in-school suspension or detention will be the next corrective step if necessary. The student will be sent to the principal’s office or some other supervised area outside of the classroom. When the student is ready to work things out, then they may return to the classroom.
g. Continued or repeated disruption will result in the student being suspended from normal school activities and/or co-curricular activities and/or extra-curricular activities. This suspension may be “in house” at the school, or an “at home” suspension. This can be done only by the principal in consultation with the parents involved, the Pastor(s) and notification to the Board of Elementary Education.
h. After all attempts to resolve the problem with the student have failed, an expulsion from David’s Star Evangelical Lutheran School will be given in consultation with parents involved, approval by the Ministry Coordination Pastor (For 2007-2008 See Pastor Woldt) and approval by the Board of Elementary Education.
4. Guidelines for Positive and Consistent Implementation of the Discipline Procedure
a. A student may be kept after school, beyond the time of bus departure, provided the objective is clear and reasonable for the child involved. This is called a detention.
b. If a detention is deemed necessary by the teacher and the principal, the parents or guardians of the student involved will be notified about the misbehavior and to determine how the student will get home.
c. Detentions do not necessarily have to be served on the day of the infraction. Extending the time that the detention will be served will allow the parents to arrange transportation for the student to get home AND allow the student to think about what they have done.
d. Students may be withheld from any class or activity by mutual agreement of the teacher involved and the principal. Students removed from class because of disruptive behavior are normally sent directly to the school office or to the principal. NO student is to be left unsupervised.
e. Students may be sent home if their disruptive behavior makes supervision difficult or if their attitude has greatly deteriorated and they need time away from the school. We are not to baby sit disruptive children at school.
f. Students may be removed from bus transportation privileges by the principal for repeated or serious misconduct and reported to the Board of Elementary Education.
SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION
A. In cases of extreme misconduct of a student, it may be necessary to consider either suspension or expulsion. A suspension is an imposed temporary absence from school given only with the consent of the principal.
B. A suspended student will be readmitted only after a consultation with the parent, principal, the pastor(s), the teacher involved in the suspension, and notification of the Board of Elementary Education.
C. Expulsion is permanently removing a student from the school and is to be considered an instrument of last resort. Expulsion is only permitted upon the approval of, the Ministry Coordination Pastor, the Principal, and the Board of Elementary Education after consulting with the parents in writing. An expulsion takes place only after all other attempts have failed
D. Expulsion from David’s Star Evangelical Lutheran School does not remove the student from the congregation nor from religious training. However, expulsion is a serious matter and it should be used only after thoughtful and prayerful consideration
E. Grounds for suspension or expulsion are the following:
1. Repeated refusal to do school work
2. Repeated disruptions in the classroom, school, bus, or on the playground
4. Repeated and/or deliberate truancy
5. Persistent unrepentance
7. Persistent lying
8. Physical or sexual abuse
9. Bringing a weapon to school, the bus, or anywhere on church grounds
10. An overt act of misconduct
11. Bringing illegal drugs to school, the bus, or anywhere on church grounds
12. Immoral sexual activity
13. Repeated disrespect and/or defiance
F. It is important to be alert for signs of change in the attitude of a student being dealt with. These signs will determine what steps need to be taken next. The deterioration of the quality of education should not be permitted because of a discipline problem.
G. A written record or log will be kept of a student’s disruptions. In addition, it will note the discipline and consultations that document the course of action already taken. This will also serve as a record of due process for the student involved. Expulsions may take place at any time, including at the end of one academic year to be enforced the following academic year.
H. Again, communication between the classroom teacher, the principal, and the parents is essential to fostering a Christian atmosphere at our school. We should never find ourselves dealing with an expulsion when the parent did not know or understand that we have gotten to that point with their student(s).
A. Step 1 - A meeting of parents, child (part of the time), Board of Elementary Education, pastor(s), teacher, and principal will take place to discuss the problem, what has been tried, and possible solutions.
· After the parents are excused, the Board will decide whether the child will be allowed to remain in school.
· The Chairman of the Board will notify the parents of the Board's decision.
B. Step 2 - If the student was readmitted after suspension and the problem continues then expulsion will take place.
· The Board of Elementary Education will make this decision and the chairman will inform the parents of the Board's decision.