Introduction

Horizon Science Academy is a safe place for children to attend because we have a very clear discipline policy that is strictly enforced. Horizon does not employ the numerous disciplinary procedures pursued by many schools and which have generally failed to bring any real control to the schools. Horizon Science Academy has developed a schoolwide behavior plan that employs positive interactions between staff and students.

The discipline policies of the Academy are quite strict. Be assured it’s never our goal to suspend or expel any student. We want to keep every student in school and see them receive the best education possible. It’s important to ensure that every student can learn, that every teacher can teach, and that school proceeds each day in an orderly fashion.

Behavior Plan

The goal of the behavior plan for Horizon Science Academy is to create a positive teaching/learning atmosphere which encourages a desirable change in student behavior with minimal intervention that produces optimal results. We believe each student possesses unique qualities and therefore will respond appropriately to our behavior modification techniques.

Corrective Discipline Procedures

This section helps clarify for staff, when office referrals are to be made and provide a menu of administrator-assigned consequences. Additionally, a menu of corrective consequences ranging from least to most intrusive is provided for staff. Corrective consequences should follow the “law of least intrusive”. That is, staff is expected to use the mildest consequence that reasonably fits the infraction. It is always important to remember that removals (ie. Time out) are only effective as corrective consequences, if the setting from which a student is removed, is actually reinforcing for that student. Therefore, “time out” or other removal consequence procedures, must be used in conjunction with positive systems.

Behavior Contract

Students who choose to ignore rules by repeating the violation and fail to conduct themselves in a responsible manner will be placed on a Behavior Contract upon the discretion of the administration and other staff members. The conditions of the Contract will be consistent with the specific misbehavior and will outline expectations for improvement. Students who fail to live up to their Contract will face further disciplinary action. Parents will be required to meet with the assistant principal and/or principal must agree and sign the Contract. Students who violate their Behavior Contract are subject to be withdrawn from the school or expelled. Some examples of behavior choices that could result in a Behavior Contract with the assistant principal or principal are, but are not limited to

  • Severe violation of behaviors listed under Out of School Suspension.
  • Fighting. The one who is not the aggressor according to description mentioned in 2.15 might be exception to this.
  • Repetitive minor violations.

Expulsion

Any student expelled will first receive a 10 day out of school suspension after which the expulsion will begin. Expulsions are normally up to 80 days duration, but may be longer, or permanent from HSA, according to the severity or habitual nature of the infraction(s). A hearing is required before an expulsion is activated.

APPLICABILITY OF SCHOOL POLICIES

All school discipline policies, rules, infractions, etc. apply equally during school hours, before and after school hours, during school–sponsored or sanctioned events during or other than school hours, during field trips, class trips, etc., and, in some instances as noted, apply 24 hours a day in any context.

PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE APPROACH

Minor Issues are normally handled by teacher. Examples of infractions would include (but not limited to) the following behaviors: talking, chewing gum, out of seat, lack of self control, having food/drink in class, or tardiness. Minor correctable misconduct reports issued to students in or outside of the classroom will be handled by the issuance of Citations. Any FSA employee who observes a student engaged in inappropriate behavior outside of the classroom can issue a Citation. Any staff member may prefer writing citation using Citation Submission Form for the following behaviors:

Citations

  1. Eating or drinking in unauthorized areas
  2. Minor dress code violations (un-tucked or completely covered shirt, unnatural color of hair, etc.)
  3. Chewing gum or eating candy or possession of or passing out them.
  4. Hallway disruptions (such as yelling, banging on lockers, and/or running)
  5. Horseplay, roughhousing, wrestling, pushing, scuffling, clowning, or acting out
  6. Cafeteria misconduct (loud talking, being out of seat when not allowed, playing with/throwing food, cutting in line, failure to clean up after oneself, etc.)
  7. Unprepared for class – no textbook/workbook or other supplies.

These forms are submitted to the Dean of Students. Accumulation of 3 citations per semester for a student results in a disciplinary referral.

Major Issues are issues dealt with by the Deans of Students. Examples of infractions would include (but not limited to) the following behaviors: repeated offenses noted above, stealing, truancy, physical or verbal assault, violence, sexual misconduct, vandalism, trespassing, disruption of school environment, etc. Appropriate administrator intervention would include: parent/student conference, in school suspension, out of school suspension, and in the most sever cases, a recommendation for expulsion.

Administration assigns the action based upon the student’s disciplinary history according to the following Progressive Discipline Approach:

  • 1st Disciplinary Referral of the student: ISS
  • 2nd Disciplinary Referral of the student: ISS
  • 3rd Disciplinary Referral of the student: SD
  • 4th Disciplinary Referral of the student: 1 day OSS
  • 5th Disciplinary Referral of the student: 3 days OSS
  • 6th Disciplinary Referral of the student: 5 days OSS
  • 7th Disciplinary Referral of the student: 10 days OSS and EH

Depending on the severity of the infraction, some of the above steps may be skipped. The table in the item 3.5 shows the infractions which have different consequences than others.

Note: Students who have an out of school suspension are NOT permitted to make up missed work. At the teacher’s discretion, student may receive assignment but will not receive credit. State Law requires that s/he cannot participate in extra curricular activities and cannot be on school property and must remain at home under the supervision of a parent.

REWARDS FOR EXCEPTIONAL BEHAVIORS

Commendations: A Commendation will be awarded to students who are observed exhibiting behavior “above and beyond” expected behavior. Any HSA employee who observes a student engaged in this type of exceptional behavior can issue a Commendation. These Commendations may be entered on database for parental viewing.

School – Wide Rewards

A system of rewards to students who reach a documented level of behavior has been put in place to recognize those students for their achievement. Eligibility for participating in each of these rewards differs for each reward – some are based on receiving Commendations, others are based on good behavior. Here is the list of the character traits for receiving Commendations:

CHARACTER TRAITS for Commendations

Effort – The deliberate exertion of mental or physical power.
Positive Attitude – A confident or optimistic state of mind.
Kindness – The quality of being benevolent, considerate, or helpful.
Diligence – The habit of trying to do all tasks well.
Respect – Showing regard for the worth of someone or something.
Perseverance – The quality of persisting in any undertaking, despite difficulties.
Responsibility – Accountability for one’s actions; dependability.
Honesty – Being truthful; not cheating; not stealing.
Gratitude – The quality of being thankful; showing appreciation.
Work – Effort directed toward producing or accomplishing something.
Friendship – An attachment based on feelings of affection and esteem.
Generosity – The quality of giving more than is required.
Cooperation – Working together for a common purpose.
Confidence – Belief in oneself; self-assurance.
Citizenship – The ways we contribute to our community and country.
Conscience – The sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives.
Cheerfulness – The quality of expressing or promoting good spirits.
Trustworthiness – Being dependable; keeping your word; not deceiving.
Reputation – How a person is known or remembered by others.
Wisdom – Good judgment; knowledge of how to live life well.
Inner Peace – Calmness of mind and spirit.

Some of the School-Wide Rewards will be, but are not limited to:

Dress Down Days – these will be scheduled for the last Friday of each month. Eligibility for participating in these Dress Down Days are based on having not received an in-school suspension (ISS) or out-of-school suspension (OSS) or receiving commendations during the previous month by administration’s decision. Students participating must follow the HSA guidelines listed under the section Dress Code.

Good Citizen– this title will be awarded to the student who receives the most Commendations for each quarter in each grade level and based upon grade level meeting decisions.

Wall of Character – The Good Citizen winners for each quarter will have their pictures placed on this Wall of Character with a brief description of why they received their Commendations and what character trait(s) they exhibited.

Principal’s Award– One student from each grade level will receive this award based on their discipline history of the entire school year at the End of Year Program.