Banneker Discipline Policy

BIST is an acronym that stands for Behavior Intervention Support Team. BIST is a system of tracking and managing student behavior, which is based on:

1.Grace- unconditional acceptance of students, but not negative behavior.

2. Accountability-allowing students to accept responsibility for themselves and their actions.

BIST works with students to cultivate three very important life skills:

1. I can be okay even when others are not.

2. I can be angry or upset without getting into trouble.

3. I can do what is asked of me, even when I don’t want to.

If students are having difficulty with one of these life skills the following steps will be taken:

1. Student will be given a warning.

2. Student will be sent to the “safe seat” in the classroom where he/she will be asked to reflect on which life skill he/she needs to improve upon. He/She will be asked to process (conference within 48 hours) with the teacher before he/she may return to their regular seat.

3. If the student does not follow the rules in the “safe seat” he/she will be escorted to a “buddy room” and will be required to process (conference within 48 hours) with his/her teacher before he/she may return to his/her regular classroom.

4. If the student does not process or does not follow the rules in the “buddy room,” he/she will be escorted to the Recovery Room.

Students who are successful in this system will be able to:

1. Accept responsibility for their actions. “I did it.”

2. Apologize. “ I’m sorry.”

3. Admit. “ It is part of a problem in my life.”

4. Accept Consequences. “I will follow the consequences that result from my actions.”

5. Accept Help. “I will listen to, and try my best to follow the advice that I am given.”

With the help of BIST, the teachers and administrators at Banneker hope to improve and strengthen relationships among teachers, students, and parents. Through this program we hope to teach students life skills, create more “time on task” behavior, and decrease the need to remove students from regular classroom instruction.

(We do not have a true BIST system at Banneker, however we do follow its principles and attempt to model some of it structures)

  1. Visual System
  1. Visual for students and teachers

Example: Color code system

  1. Red
  2. Yellow
  3. White
  4. Green
  5. Blue
  1. All students start on White each day and work their way to Blue. Students exhibiting “Strongside Expectations” will be eligible to move one step at a time until they reach blue.
  2. A chart will be kept in the classroom displaying each student's daily color code. Example: Jane Doe 8/16 – Green, 8/17 – Yellow, 8/18 - Blue
  1. Students not consistently complying with our Strong Side Expectations should go through the following Progressive Discipline steps.
  1. Redirect (Verbal).
  2. Movement of color
  3. Process w/student to check for understanding of your behavior expectation tied to the strong side expectations.Other strategies deemed necessary by the teacher based on their classroom management style.
  4. Once all of the classroom interventions have been exhaused, the Student should be given choices (re-engage, discontinue disruptive behavior, etc. or move to the safe seat. -- THIS IS WHEN THEY BEGIN THE BIST SYSTEM OF SUPPORT.
  5. If the student is unsuccessful in the safe seat they should again be given the choice to remain in the safe seat or go to a buddy room. Think sheet and classwork should follow the student.
  6. Call Parent/Guardian to inform them of this movment.  Should happen before the close of the day.  Does not have to happen right away.
  7. Buddy Room (30 Minutes minimum to complete Think Sheet).
  1. Buddy room teacher expected to process with the student.
  2. If student is unable to meet our strongside expectations the should be given choices that include the recovery room.  
  3. If they are unable to make a choice they should be assigned to the recovery room and an escort called to support this transition.  Think sheet and classwork should follow the student.
  4. When they are successful at processing their behavior, they should be given the choice to return to the safe seat in their classroom.
  1. Recovery Room (RR)-
  1. RR monitor will be expected to process with students that make it to the Recovery Room via their think sheet.
  2. When they are successful at processing their behavior, they should be given the choice to return to the buddy room for processing. A phone call should be made from the recovery room to the buddy room.
  3. If unsuccessful in the recovery room a Referral to Administration for further support/consequences.

  1. Definitions
  1. Safe Seat
  1. A seat in the classroom away from peers to redirect behavior.
  2. Can be student choice (No movement of color).
  3. Student returns to regular classroom seat when the teacher feels the student is ready to meet Panther expectations.
  4. Student is still active in class work.
  5. Teacher needs to contact office if student refusing to comply.
  6. This is not a consequence or negative space. It is a “safe” place in the classroom for the student to maintain their dignity and regroup. A think sheet may be an option during this time.

  1. Buddy Room
  1. Any student sent to buddy room requires a think sheet and a parent contact by the classroom teacher.
  2. Teachers need to designate outside classroom door buddy room assignments.
  3. Teachers need to send the student to buddy room without materials. Teacher will send materials with a classmate soon after to deliver materials and ensure arrival.
  4. Student should remain in the buddy room for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  5. Teacher and student need to process in order for student to return to class.
  6. Student will return to safe seat upon reentering class. Teacher discretion how long the student stays in safe seat.
  7. Teacher refers to principal after being sent to the a buddy room 3 times.
  1. Recovery Room - Library
  1. When a student is non-compliant in the buddy room or refuses to go to the buddy room, they will be sent to the recovery room in library by referral.
  2. Buddy room teacher will notify classroom teacher that student is sent to recovery room.
  1. Classroom teacher sends work for the student.
  1. Student remains in recovery room for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  1. Recovery teacher and buddy classroom teacher have the discretion to determine the amount of time.
  1. If a student is sent to recovery room twice in one day he/she will remain in recovery for the remainder of the day.
  2. Only the buddy room teacher or the principal or his designee may send a student to the recovery room.

  1. Office Referral
  1. Student shall be sent to the office if behavior has not improved in the recovery room with a referral.
  2. Student will receive consequences based on code of conduct.

e. Escorts/Principal Calls

1.    They will be dispatched to your rooms when myself or Ms. Ross is unavailable to respond to a classroom for a non-compliant student. They will be able to help transport or de-escalate a student in order to aid them in re-engaging in your class. Continue to call the main office when these needs arise.

2. The goal of this support (Escorts) is to support them in their movement

through the BIST system and to re-engage the student in class as quickly as

possible, not to keep them isolated from teaching and learning for prolonged

periods of time.


Criteria for Panther Manager

Behavior Celebrations will be given at the end of each:

Student must have badge in order to participate in celebrations. Replacement badges can be purchased for $2.

Strongside Expectations

Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be a Learner

Make good choices

Have a positive attitude

Rationale - This system is designed to promote positive behaviors throughout the school day. The Strongside expectations represent the schools value system. We want to reward students for doing the right things and support students that may not be making the best choices.

This system was agreed upon by the school leadership team will continue to be monitored and adapted to meet the needs of our students.

If a student is non-compliant at any point through this process, teacher should call the office to have Dr. Bates or his designee dispatched to the classroom for support.