Parents rate student safety and discipline as the most important concern of schools. At Pearl Ridge we enjoy a safe and positive climate, but we are continually trying to improve. In order to maintain and improve, student conduct it must be a community effort. We know that parents are interested in knowing some of our "ground rules" and that parents will support us in every way possible. These rules were established jointly by parents, students, and teachers. We do our best to be fair, and we solicit your support in accomplishing this desirable objective in helping us continue to make Pearl Ridge an exemplary school.
When a student misbehaves in school, it is usually because he/she does not know the rules, has forgotten the rules, or has used poor judgment in dealing with a specific situation. Discipline is then viewed as part of the educational process and is approached as an opportunity for problem-solving. A student is taught to accept the natural or logical consequences of his/her behavior and encouraged to make more appropriate decisions in the future. Staff members help students to be effective, responsible individuals by teaching them problem-solving skills, by consistently helping students to apply the skills, and by providing good models.
General Recess Rules
Play only in areas designated by your teachers.
Students are to use the play equipment properly as instructed by their teachers. Safety is always the first consideration.
Should balls need to be retrieved from the roof, beyond the fences or from the parking lot, seek assistance from the adults on yard duty.
Rough play such as fake-fighting, karate, wrestling, pushing and shoving is not allowed.
Disagreements on the playground should be resolved by students with the help of Peer Mediators and/or adult on yard duty.
KEEP YOUR HANDS, FEET, BODY, AND OBJECTS TO YOURSELF.
General Cafeteria Rules
Line up and wait in line in an orderly manner.
No playground equipment should be brought into the cafeteria.
Remain seated while eating.
Shouting, yelling or creating a disturbance is not acceptable.
Do not take food from other students.
Clean up your own area by picking up forks, napkins, or other items that you may have dropped.
If you need to leave the cafeteria for any reason during lunch, ask the supervisor for permission.
Return to your assigned table after disposing of your lunch tray and remain seated until dismissed by the adult supervisors. When excused, walk, not run, to your classroom or playground area.
Students will folllow the directions of the adult supervisors and cafeteria workers, or other adults supervising the area.
KEEP YOUR HANDS, FEET, BODY, OBJECTS AND HURTFUL WORDS TO YOURSELF
Department of Education, Chapter 19 Discipline Plan
Disciplinary rules adopted by the State Board of Education and approved by the Governor were in effect as of September 1, 1982 and revised as recently as 1998. These rules specify four classes of offenses and are listed in A, B, C, and D.
Class A Offenses, which must be reported to the Administration, who will determine if a dangerous situation exists and shall call the police. Offenses include but are not limited to: assault, burglary; possession or use of dangerous weapons,firearms or instruments; possession, use or sale of illicit substances; murder; property damage; robbery; sexual offense; and terroristic threatening.
Class B Offenses, which must be reported to the Administration, who will determine if a dangerous situation exists and shall call the police. Offenses include but are not limited to: disorderly conduct; rendering of false alarm; gambling; harassment; theft; and trespassing.
Class C Offenses, for which reports to the police are not required, include but are not limited to: class cutting, insubordination, leaving campus without consent, smoking, use of tobacco substance, and truancy.
Class D Offenses, for which reports to the police are not required, include school prohibited conduct.
In accordance with Act 90 "Zero-Tolerance," any child found to be in possession of a dangerous weapon, intoxicating liquor, or illicit drugs while attending school, may be excluded from school for up to ninety (92) school days. Any student found to be in possession of a firearm shall be dismissed from school for not less than a one year period.
The student conduct code applies to all students in the public school system, during school hours, and on school premises, or during any supervised activities on or off school property.
Consequences for Class A, B, or C Offenses
Reprimand and warning
Referral to counselor/adjustment to current program
Crisis suspension (immediate exclusion of a student from school because the student's conduct presents a clear threat to the physical safety of self or others, or the student is so disruptive as to make the student's immediate removal necessary to preserve the right of other students to pursue their education free from undue disruption)
Suspension of 1-10 days
Suspension of 11 or more days
Disciplinary transfer to another school
Dismissal from school
No supervision of serious discipline shall be imposed on any student because of Truancy. "Serious discipline" means disciplinary actions including dismissals, disciplinary transfer, crisis supervision, and suspensions which either exceed ten school days or will result in the student affected being crisis suspended or suspended more than a total of ten (10) school days in any single semester.
Disciplinary action may be carried over to a new school year if a student commits a serious violation within the last 20 days of the previous school year.
Consequences for Class D Offenses
After repeated reminders/reprimands/counseling by the teachers or other staff members, should the student continue to disregard school rules, a referral will be made to the Principal or Vice Principal. For grades K-6, disciplinary actions that may be taken for Class D offenses include:
Referral to counselor/adjustment to current program
Suspension, 1-10 days
These consequences are a part of the learning process to help students develop self-control and a sense of responsibility to self and others. The support of parents and teachers is needed to help students accept the consequences of their behavior and conduct themselves in a more acceptable manner. Effective guidance requires the cooperative efforts of teachers, parents, and the administration. It is only through consistency that we can help our children become responsible citizens and individuals.