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Discipline

Children will thrive and learn efficiently and effectively in a safe, orderly environment. The Montezuma faculty and staff will do all that we can to ensure that our campus is safe and secure. When conflict arises, we will help children make appropriate choices as they deal with frustration, anger, fear or any other emotion that threatens anyone’s safety. Children will be taught mediation skills, patience, empathy and a genuine respect for each other. Many children will occasionally commit errors in judgment and/or choose to misbehave. In these instances we will refocus the children, reassure them and try to help them learn from their mistake. Parents will be notified upon serious violations of school rules. Parents are asked to support school imposed consequences, which may include any or all of the following:

  • Loss of school privileges
  • Written statement of apology
  • Community Service
  • Suspension

Children will be expected to conduct themselves in a respectful, responsible manner at all times. The following rules will apply in all classrooms and during all school activities.

  • Respect all children and adults
  • Respect others’ property
  • Tell the truth
  • Share with an adult when you have a problem

 

Discipline Procedures

  • Infractions will result in a sit-out to complete a refocus activity.
  • Students who refuse to sit out or who repeat the same infraction will receive a discipline referral to be handled by the classroom teacher.
  • Repeated infractions will result in referral to the office for a conference with administrators and contact with parents.

 

Campus Safety

Threatening the safety of another person, damaging school or personal property, or deliberately disobeying school faculty are prohibited. Behaviors which will result in immediate referral to the principal’s office are:

  • rock throwing
  • fighting
  • extortion
  • deliberate destruction of school or personal property
  • misbehavior on the school bus
  • hurting or threatening to hurt another student

Scooters, bikes, roller blades and skateboards may not be used on campus. Any of these that are ridden on campus will be taken away for the remainder of the day and placed in the office. Further infractions will result in parents being required to come to school to pick it up.

 

Disruption of the Educational Process

Acts of misconduct not specified herein shall also be subject to discretionary action by appropriate school personnel. This document does not attempt to set societal standards. The criterion used for defining unacceptable behavior is whether or not it has the potential to disrupt the educational process.  For more information, see APS Student Behavior Handbook.