Discipline Policy

Objective:

The objective of this policy is to establish a safe and positive learning environment for the students in the school, teaching the students appropriate behavior and helping them become independent and responsible people.

Applicable to:

All Students

Value (s) guiding policy:

a) Value Term: Responsible

b) Why: Student will maintain a high standard of behavior by adhering to the values & principles and respecting the rights of others.

Learner Profile Responsible, Balanced

Rationale:

Good discipline is fundamental for the achievement of the school’s learning objective and mission statement and smooth running of the school. Students are required to abide by the school’s rules and to follow the direction of teachers and other staff members. When a student disregards rules, disobeys instructions or otherwise engages in conduct which causes or may cause harm, inconvenience or embarrassment to the school staff members or other students, then this will lead to disciplinary action taken by school.

Policy Guidelines:

Policy Guidelines:


Coverage of the Policy

Bullying Discipline
  • Junk Food
  • Toys / Gadgets
  • Routines & Procedures*
  • Uniform
  • Being Organized & Work Habits e.g. HW – Refer to the Homework Policy

*Applicable after R&P’s have been practiced and only 1-2 students are not following the same (not the entire class).

Nature of Issue/Action

· Minor

· Major

Assessment of the issue -

  • If any student is found misbehaving, bullying and practicing indiscipline, this needs to be done first by HRT (if the incident has happened in front of her/him or someone has reported the issue) before applying any consequence.
  • S/he needs to understand the severity of the issue and based on that s/he has to make a judgment about where it stands as per our policy e.g. whether the issue is minor or major, is this the first attempt or has any warning been given in the past, who is required to be informed etc.
  • Record of each issue and action has to be maintained by HRT in Logbook for reference. S/he has to refer to it every time as this will help HRT to get the data about the student, about how many times s/he has breached the policy and what action (consequences) has been taken in the past.

Application of Consequences & Information to be sent

  • Based on the assessment of the issue (major/minor), HRT/TL has to decide which “Order of consequence” has to be given to the student. S/he also has to send information regarding the same to all concerned e.g. TL, PYPC/MYPC and AGM/GM-Admin etc. through email. For each consequence, steps need to be followed as mentioned in the ‘Description of the Consequence’. Consequences need to be updated in the logbook regularly and have to be shared with the concerned person.

Further Action to be taken-

  • Apart from consequences applied, HRT has to decide if any further action has to be taken. E.g. if a student needs counseling then speak to the counselor and explain about the issue/problem, parent to be called for meeting or counseling (as per requirement) etc.

Consequence – Cyber Bullying

Ist Instance – Teacher has to get both the parties together to sort out the issue. Faultier has to apologize to the victim.

2nd Instance – Discipline Policy consequences (Major/Minor) has to be followed by the teacher / coordinator / Principal / HOS depending upon the severity of the issue.

Students Behaviors and Work Habits Log Book

Expected Details

Comments

Student Name

Date Enter in DD-MMM-YYYY format Enter the date of the behavior issue
Category Homework, Discipline, Bullying Choose a category for the issue from the dropdown list
Flag type Green / Red
Infraction Intensity Minor / Major Choose the type of infraction intensity
Comment Description Write your detailed comment here
Given By Name Write your name here
Consequence Given / Action taken Warning, Detention, Stand-down, Letter to parents etc., Calling parents, Write down the consequences applied / actions taken as well as future actions to be taken

 

ORDER OF CONSEQUENCE Description EY LPY UPY MY
Minor Warning Intimation to be given to the student about the possible or impending consequences v v v v
Time out Sending the student to the time out room though not for long periods at a time. v v v
Taking away privilege Entitlements given to student will be taken away v v v
Detention to be held outside school hours The student will either come one hour early to school or do a stay back for one hour. v v v
Major Reprimand in front of Principal Warning given by Principal in his or her room. v v v v
Detention during school hours Student will spend a day (his school hours) in Principal’s cabin reflecting upon his actions. v v
Stand downs A stand-down is the short-term formal removal of a student from school for a specified period (10 days). v v

Description of Consequences – MINOR

Warning (Intimation to be given to the student about the possible or impending consequences)

CONFERRED BY TeacherAPPLICABLE TO: Grade Jr.KG- 10Do’s -

  • A Log book should be prepared in order to keep a record of the actions of the students.
  • Minimum three warnings to be given to the student before implementing the next consequence.
  • The information regarding the nature of consequence (no. 2) that will be given to the student, on repeating the inappropriate act, should be clearly conveyed at this stage.
CONFERRED BY Team LeaderAPPLICABLE TO: Grade Jr.KG- 10Do’s -

  • A Log book should be prepared in order to keep a record of the actions of the students.
  • Minimum three warnings to be given to the student before implementing the next consequence.
  • The information regarding the nature of consequence (no. 3) that will be given to the student, on repeating the inappropriate act, should be clearly conveyed at this stage.

 

Timeout (Sending the student to the time out room though not for long periods at a time)

CONFERRED BY: TeacherAPPLICABLE TO: Grade Jr.KG to Grade- 6DO’s -

  • The students of Jr.Kg & Sr.Kg will be given ‘time out’ in the respective time- out zone in their classrooms.
  • The students of Gr. 1-6 will be given ‘timeout’ in the “Chief Librarian’s Cabin” in the library.
  • The duration of the timeout should be calculated as 1 minute for every year of his/her life. Thus, a child of 5 years will get a timeout for 5 minutes.
  • During ‘time- out’ the student is expected to sit idle in the room, without doing anything productive.
  • The student should be praised for behaving better after timeout.
  • The teacher should check whether there is proper light & ventilation in the time- out room.
  • The information regarding the nature of consequence (no. 4) that will be given to the student, on repeating the inappropriate act, should be clearly conveyed at this stage.

DONT’s -

Time- out period should not be for long periods at a time.

 

Taking Away Privileges (Entitlements given to student will be taken away)

CONFERRED BY: TeacherAPPLICABLE TO: Grade 1-10DO’s -

  • Few examples of the sort of privileges which could be taken away:

-Attending a sports game/P.E.

-Free choice / Play time

-Participating in an event

  • As per the privileges which will be taken away, concerned person needs to be informed about the same. E.g. In case of attending a sports game/P.E., respective TL needs to be informed, for participating in an event – event coordinator should be informed along with respective grade TL.
  • The information regarding the nature of consequence (no. 5) that will be given to the student, on repeating the inappropriate act, should be clearly conveyed at this stage.

DON’Ts -

  • The student’s education should not be affected by removing privileges.

 

Detention to be held outside school hours

a. after school hours b. before school hours

The student will either come 1 hour early to school or s/he has to do a stay back for 1 hour.During this period the student will either reflect on his behavior or he could do the extra work around the school.
CONFERRED BY: Team LeaderAPPLICABLE TO: Gr 1-6 after school hours, Gr 7-10 before school hoursDO’s-

  • Parents should be informed before giving out the consequence and stay back or early arrival. A Note/letter should be sent to parents by HRT informing them about the issue, action taken (previous/current).
  • Front desk and transport dept. should be informed about the stay back or early arrival.
  • Extra work around the school, based on the nature of the consequence selected, for example

1. Glass cleaning (doors, windows). Either Bharti didi or any other didi will be nominated to supervise the student under detention.

2. Bus cleaning. Concerned person-Transport supervisor/ conductor/ someone to be nominated for the same.

3. Ground Cleaning and watering the plants. Concerned person- Mali Kaka

  • Students’ safety should be taken into consideration.
  • The information regarding the nature of consequence (no. 6) that will be given to the student, on repeating the inappropriate act, should be clearly conveyed at this stage.

Points to be considered for Extra Work - This has to be applied as per age group. E.g.

  • For EY students, watering plants can be given as extra work.

Glass cleaning can also be an option with no. of glasses to be specified i.e. EY students can clean less no. of glasses than PY students.

Description of Consequences – MAJOR

Reprimand in Front of Principal

Warning given by Principal in his/ her room

CONFERRED BY: PrincipalAPPLICABLE TO: Grade 1-10DO’s

  • Teacher/Team leader will accompany the student to Principal’s cabin
  • In extreme cases, and only if the situation demands, the Principal could even talk to a student of Jr.KG and Sr.KG.
  • The information regarding the nature of consequence (no. 7) that will be given to the student, on repeating the inappropriate act, should be clearly conveyed at this stage.

Detention During School Hours

Student will spend the day (his school hour) in Principal’s cabin reflecting upon his/her action(s).
CONFERRED BY: Principal APPLICABLE TO: Grade 4-10 DO’s –

  • Parents should be informed before giving the consequence. A note/letter should be sent to parents by HRT informing them about the issue, action taken (previous/current).
  • A separate education program should be provided to the student to cover up the educational loss.
  • The information regarding the nature of consequence (no. 8) that will be given to the student, on repeating the inappropriate act, should be clearly conveyed at this stage.

Stand Downs

A stand-down is the short-term formal removal of a student from school for a specified period (10 days). Stand-downs are intended to allow schools, students and their families’ time to evaluate the problems that have occurred and to work out how to stop them from happening again.
CONFERRED BY: Principal APPLICABLE TO: Grade 4-10DO’s -

  • A student should only be stood-down for continual disobedience or gross misconduct. The behavior must be a harmful or dangerous example to others. A student can also be stood-down, if their behavior is likely to cause serious harm to him or her or other students.
  • Only the Principal or acting Principal could stand-down a student.
  • At this stage, the Principal could convey the message to the student that on repeating the inappropriate act, the student could be formally removed from the school.
  • Parents should be informed before giving stand-down. A Note/letter should be sent to parents by HRT informing them about the issue, action taken (previous/current).
  • A daily or weekly report should be maintained.
  • A behavioral contract should be negotiated with the student.

Points to be considered – How many times a student could be stood down?

  • Not more than five days in a school term.
  • Not more than 10 days in a school year (the day that the student was stood-down, and any non-school days, are not counted).
  • The duration of stand down can be extended depending upon the severity of the issue. The extension will be decided on case to case basis.

Anti-Bullying Policy:

Content: This policy covers details about:

  • What is Bullying?
  • Different types of bullying
  • Possible signs of bullying
  • Why do people bully?
  • Target of bullies
  • How to face bullying?
  • Why not to bully others
  • What actions can be taken if you see others bullying
  • How to handle bully and victim
  • What are the consequences of bullying
  • Anti-bullying policy of FS
  • Steps to be taken in the school for Setting up a bully-free classroom
  • Consequences for the student who bullies others

Objective:

The objective of this policy is to address disciplinary issues of the students in schools.

Rationale:

The aim is to develop self-discipline in students to take responsibility for their own actions. However, the school recognizes that some students will step outside the realm of acceptable behavior. Consequences must be applied against such individuals, but those consequences must be just, fair and appropriate.

Policy Guidelines:

The guidelines given in this policy are to be implemented only after

  •  The school and/or the teacher have made the best efforts to implement the right procedures and routines, which ensure that many of the issues don’t even arise in the first place.
  • And the student concerned has already been counseled and warned beforehand and this policy addresses those students where regular consequences or talks have not had the desired results.

This policy will be brought into implementation only if a student is found by any teacher/staff/support staff member doing the following things:

1. Bullying in any form as communicated during class session

2. Using abusive language, gestures and body language

3. Hitting, pushing and beating another student either from his /her grade or any other grade.

What is Bullying?

Bullying is intentionally aggressive behavior that can take many forms (verbal, physical, social/relational/emotional, or cyber bullying  or any combination of these); it involves an imbalance of power, and is often repeated over a period of time. Bullying is generally unprovoked and can consist of one child bullying another, a group of children ganging up against one lone child, or one group of kids targeting another group.

Bully: A person who threatens, hurts, or scares other people so they will do what the bully wants.

Victim: Person who is being bullied.

Bystander: People who watch bullying happen or hear about it but do not play a major role in preventing the bullying.

Types of Bullying:

Bullying types

Possible signs of Bullying

A child might have been bullied if he/she shows some of the following signs.

Adults should be aware of these possible signs and they should investigate if a child:

  • doesn’t want to get on the school bus; begs to be driven to school;
  • changes their usual routine;
  • becomes withdrawn anxious, or lacking in confidence;
  • starts stammering;
  • attempts or threatens suicide or runs away;
  • cries themselves to sleep at night or has nightmares/bed wetting
  • feels ill in the morning;
  • begins to do poorly in school work;
  • comes home with clothes torn or books damaged;
  • has possessions end up “missing”;
  • asks for money or starts stealing money (to pay bully);
  • has unexplained cuts or bruises;
  • comes home starving (money / lunch has been stolen);
  • becomes aggressive, disruptive or unreasonable;
  • is bullying other children or siblings;
  • stops eating;
  • is frightened to say what’s wrong;
  • Gives improbable excuses for any of the above.

These signs and behavior could indicate other problems, but bullying should be considered a possibility and should be investigated.

Why do people bully?

a) People bully to avoid facing up to their inadequacy and doing something about it.

b) A person also bullies others because he may think that he is much superior to them.

c) Some people bully others because they desperately want something they cannot achieve or obtain, something which other individuals have, such as study notes or electronic gadget.

d) To reduce their fear of being seen for what they are, namely a weak, inadequate and often incompetent individual.

e) Many people bully in order to attract attention from others.

Who do bullies target?

  • People who don’t stand up for themselves
  • People who are quiet and won’t tell on them
  •  People who are on their own away from kids or adults
  • People who get upset easily or cry

What can you do if someone is bullying you?

  • Tell someone you trust or approach the authority. It’s not easy to solve the problem on your own.
  • Stay away from the bully as much as you can.

If a bully tries to hurt you, stand up for yourself, but try not to fight. Walk away or yell to get help.

What should you do if you are bullying others?

  • Hurting other people doesn’t make you important, it just makes you mean. Think about ways you can be a leader without hurting, like getting involved in sports, school groups and community activities. If you need advice, talk to someone you trust.
  • People who bully often end up in gangs, or having other serious problems. There’s nothing good about being a bully.
  • Remember the golden rule; treat others the way you would like to be treated.
  • ‘Everyone has the right to be respected and the responsibility to respect others.’

What should you do if you see bullying happen?

  • Go to the person who is being bullied and lead them away, without looking at the bully.
  • Don’t make the bully feel important by paying attention to them. When you ignore bullies, you take away their power.
  • Bullies like to look tough in front of others, so they have an audience when they are being mean, if not always.
  • Most of the time the bullying will end if someone like you steps in to stop it.

What to do with the Bully and the Victim?

Minor issues of bullying could be dealt in the classroom by the respective grade teachers. But if bullying persists and/or you come across serious incidents of bullying the matter needs to be reported to the authority (Head of the school). The victim is sent to the counselor and the bully is dealt with by the school authority. Necessary disciplinary measures are taken as per the severity of the incident.

Consequences of Bullying

Bullying has a destructive and harmful impact on the lives of children and young people, not only on those being bullied but also on those who bully and those who stand by. It can lead to feelings of self-doubt, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and sometimes even suicide. It can also affect the ability of a child or young person to enjoy and achieve.

Anti Bullying Policy of Fountainhead School

This policy will be implemented in cases where:

  1. Children are heard using abusive or derogatory words towards others – it could be peers, teachers, support staff or any other person from school community.
  2. Children are seen hitting another child which could be harmful to that child – on the playground, in the classroom, on the stairs. This could also be extended to pushing or shoving on the jungle gym, on the stairs or a dangerous place.
  3. A group of children are bullying an alone child – either from the same grade or other grades.

The words we will be using often and what they mean is as below:

Complainer (suggest if you have a better word) – The child / didi / teacher who reports the incident

Faultier – the child who has used abusive words or displayed aggressive behavior.

Arbiter – The victim is sent to the counselor and the bully is dealt with by the school authority. Necessary disciplinary measures are taken as per the severity of the incident.

If a child is found in any of the above situations the following steps will be taken:

  1. The incident will be expected to be reported to the Arbiter on an immediate basis. In case there is a 2 working day delay in reporting the incident no attention will be paid to it.
  2. The HRT will record this in the logbook (which will be available as a soft copy on the Gdoc); this will help to establish that the incident did take place. This will also help us to maintain a record regarding which child was reported the most for a particular period of time.
  3.  A joint meeting will be conducted between the complainer, faultier and arbiter. During this meeting the arbiter will try to find out the authenticity of the incident and see if they can find any witness who would support the complainer and help resolve the case.
  4. In cases where clear evidence is found against faultier s/he will bear the consequences. If no such evidence is found then both the faultier and complainer will have to face the consequences. The consequences as mentioned in Order of Consequence in ‘Discipline Policy’

Steps forward:

  1. Copies of this policy can be pasted in each classroom and on all the notice boards.
  2.  It could also be verbally communicated to all the children.

STEPS TO BE TAKEN IN THE SCHOOL:

Setting up a bully-free classroom

  • Give the students a list of anti-bullying rules that you can also hang somewhere in the classroom
  • Talk and train your students about bullying and how to deal with it.
  • Regular follow up session on bullying should be done during the circle time.
  • Have the students sign an anti-bullying class pledge on a banner and hang that banner in the classroom
  • Do activities that promote class unity
  • Have an anonymous ‘notes-to-the-teacher’ box
  • Take every student’s complaint seriously
  • Get students involved in an anti-bullying campaign
  • Get parents involved

Keep your eyes and ears open at all times!

Consequences: Order of Consequenceas mentioned in ‘Discipline Policy’
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