The Cross School school-wide discipline plan provides a structure to support a calm and safe school environment while helping children develop self-discipline, strong character, and a sense of responsibility. Our ultimate aim is to provide a safe, nurturing environment where students learn and grow into responsible members of the Cross Community. We believe in creating a culture of empathy and responsibility using Restorative Justice practices.
The primary goals of the plan are to:
Respect every person
Relationships- build with those around you
Responsibility- take responsibility for your choices and actions
Repair situations quickly and honestly
Reintegrate into the routine
Our approach is to help children become aware of how their actions can bring positive and negative consequences to themselves and others. Students receive positive reinforcement for appropriate behavior. Some examples include: verbal praise, parent communication, special privileges, or positive behavior referrals.
We know and recognize everyone makes mistakes from time to time, we will utilize them as learning opportunities.
At Cross, we utilize four types of logical consequences:
Reminder or redirection-if a child is making poor choices; staff will give a verbal reminder or redirection.
“Take a break”- if a child is losing self-control; s/he goes to a designated spot to cool off. A staff member will direct the child to “take a break” or the child may voluntarily “take a break”.
Loss of privilege-if a child does not abide by classroom expectations and playground standards, s/he may lose a privilege. Loss of privilege could include removal from class, playground activities, and/or special events. Depending on the severity of the behavior the Cross staff and administration may determine an alternative yet appropriate and logical consequence.
Fix it-if a child continues to be disruptive, hurts another’s feelings, or damages something, s/he will be expected to repair the damage. Some examples of reparative action include; sincere written and verbal apologies, helping with an activity, working to replace damaged items, or an alternative apology of action as determined by the student and staff.
While Cross hopes all problems can be resolved using logical consequences, some behaviors may require immediate referral to school administration. Examples include:
Harassment and bullying
Physical/ Verbal aggression
Possession of drugs, alcohol, cigarettes or weapons
A pupil may be suspended or expelled from school for certain acts defined by State of California Education Code 48900(p). The principal may use his/her discretion to provide alternatives to suspension for a student subject to discipline under State of California Education Code 48900(r).
During the school year, your child may come home and talk to you about classroom lessons and activities related to bullying, bully-blocking, and friendship. School-wide, all Cross staff provide an anti-bullying language as a part of our ongoing classroom social skills and character education building. All students will learn age appropriate skills and tools they can use to deal with bullying, problem solving, and making friends. At Cross, bullying is defined as:
Bullying is one-sided, intentional, and repeated.
Bullying is when someone purposely hurts, frightens, or threatens someone else.
Bullying is when someone purposely leaves out, ridicules, spreads rumors, or makes offensive comments to someone else.
Bullying behaviors can occur verbally, physically, and/or through cyber attacks