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JG - Student Discipline

The following principles will be observed by the school staff in maintaining student control and discipline in the schools:

1. It is believed that most individuals modify behavior faster under praise than under blame. Therefore, the general approach to discipline will be a positive one. This will include attempting to identify the social, emotional, and academic problems that underlie a student’s poor attitude or misconduct, and striving to meet his or her social, emotional, and academic needs.

2. Every individual needs to feel worthy and accepted as a person. In criticizing a student for his or her conduct or attitude and in taking disciplinary action, teachers and other staff members will endeavor to show the student that it is his or her behavior that is objectionable, not the student.

3. The best discipline is self-discipline. Modes of student control over classroom management will offer students the freedom to acquire self-control and self-discipline. This freedom will be extended in keeping with the student’s maturity.

Within the above guidelines and specific policies regulating conduct and disciplinary action, the Superintendent will set up procedures for dealing with disciplinary problems.

The Board extends to all of its school employees, professional and nonprofessional, the authority to enforce policy and regulations governing student behavior. Students will comply with the directions given them by staff members.