Discipline and Restorative Justice Plan of Action

2018-2019

Expectations for student behavior:

The purpose of having a discipline and restorative justice plan is to ensure that our community of learning is both engaging and safe. Secondary school not only strives to enrich a student’s learning academically, but also socially and emotionally. This plan is geared towards preparing students to attend college, find success professionally, and become active and productive participants in their community.  

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Section I: Professionalism

A. GENERAL DISRESPECT

Objective: Students will consistently choose to speak and act in ways that show respect to themselves, their peers, CLHS staff, and community members. This will prepare them to build successful relationships in their personal and professional lives.

Actions that do not conform with this objective include, but are not limited to:

Disciplinary measures taken by CLHS staff for this infraction include, but are not limited to:

B. ATTENDANCE  

Objective: Students will show a commitment to learning by arriving to school every day, which will allow them to engage in learning and develop the habits necessary for future success.

CLHS will implement the following procedures to promote student attendance:

According to the CPS Code of Conduct, there are only 6 valid reasons for excused absences. Community Links High School will only excuse absences that fall into these categories.

Front office will call home every time a student is absent.

Disciplinary measures taken by CLHS staff for unexcused absences include, but are not limited to:

C. TARDIES

Objective: Students will show responsibility by arriving to every class on time, which will contribute to a positive classroom environment and develop students’ professional habits.

Disciplinary measures taken by CLHS staff for this infraction include, but are not limited to::

D. EARLY DISMISSAL

Objective: Students will be able to make mature decisions about when leaving school early is appropriate. Early dismissal policies and procedures are a safety and legal issue that are in place to protect students. It also prepares students for the world of work. Leaving jobs early on a frequent basis can lead to removal. We do understand that there are some reasons you must leave early. In order to leave school grounds during school hours please follow the procedures below:

 Disciplinary measures taken by CLHS staff for this infraction include, but are not limited to:

*If you experience frequent medical conditions that remove you from the building on a consistent basis, you must provide a dated and signed note from a doctor.  If a pattern of missing school, being tardy or getting EDs develops without a doctor’s note, we reserve the right to document these absences as unexcused.

**If you experience frequent headaches, body aches, excessive pain during menstruation, etc., please carry individual packets of over-the-counter pain medication.

E. UNIFORM

Objective: Students will be able to make the choices to determine appropriate clothing and appearance for school and the workplace. This will allow them to engage in learning and developing the habits necessary for future success.

*during Friday out-of-uniform, students must follow all of the above uniform rules indicated with an asterisk (*).  

 Disciplinary measures taken by CLHS staff for this infraction include, but are not limited to:

F. IDs

 

Objective: Students will be able to present themselves in a professional manner that reflects the expectations found in many workplaces. This policy maintains an academically focused and respectful environment for all students. It also mirrors the expectations within the workplace of either presenting oneself properly and/or wearing a uniform. Wearing an ID is not only a safety procedure mandated by CPS, but also reflects the expectations of many employers.

Students must wear their student IDs at all times.

 Disciplinary measures taken by CLHS staff for this infraction include, but are not limited to::

G. FOOD, DRINK AND GUM

 Objective: Students will be able to follow CPS/ school policies of not eating food, drinking (except for water) or chewing gum which mirrors policies in many work and college settings. Not only are these rules meant to teach following future policies in college, but also promote a clean and rodent free space.

 Disciplinary measures taken by CLHS staff for this infraction include, but are not limited to: 

H. USE OF TECHNOLOGY

Objective: Students will use school technology in an appropriate manner which mirrors expectations in college, public spaces and work environments. These policies also ensure the working condition of the devices.

 Disciplinary measures taken by CLHS staff for this infraction include, but are not limited to: 

I. DISRESPECTFUL LANGUAGE

Objective: Students will use appropriate language that shows respect for their peers, teachers, and others in our school community. Learning to control language is essential for being successful in future work and college settings.

Disciplinary measures taken by CLHS staff for this infraction include, but are not limited to: 

Use of Hateful Speech (Racist, Homophobic, ableist, sexist, etc.). This includes hateful speech in Spanish. Disciplinary measures taken by CLHS staff for this infraction include, but are not limited to: 

J. PHONES/ IPADS/ TABLETS

Objective: Students will be responsible and will turn in phones and other electronic devices. Having phones/other electronics in school promotes cyber bullying and increases the chance of theft.

Disciplinary measures taken by CLHS staff for this infraction include, but are not limited to: 

1st  Offense

Electronic device may be returned to student

2nd Offense

Electronic device returned to student with parent notification

3rd Offense

Phone is only returned to a parent IN PERSON

4th Offense

Parents will be required to attend parent- dean conference; Phone is only returned to a parent IN PERSON

5th Offense

Student loses privilege to bring phone/ returned only to parent IN PERSON.

K. BULLYING

Bullying is defined by the US government as unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. This behavior can be physical and/or emotional. This behavior can be displayed inside of school, outside of school, electronically and/or through social media.

Objective: Students will respect all students and teachers in order to create a safe learning and working environment.  

Disciplinary measures taken by CLHS staff for this infraction include, but are not limited to: 

L. SEXUAL HARASSMENT

The CPS Code of Conduct defines sexual harassment as: “unwelcome sexual or gender-based conduct (either physical or verbal) and/or conduct of a sexual nature which is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to limit a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the educational program or which creates a hostile or abusive school environment.” In addition to being against the CPS Code of Conduct, sexual harassment may be a violation of criminal law.

Objective: Students will treat others in a manner that contributes to a safe and welcoming school environment.

Disciplinary measures taken by CLHS staff for instances of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to: 

Section II: Academic Success

A. HOMEWORK

Objective: Students will be active learners and give their highest level of effort in order to enrich their learning through completion of homework. Students will learn study techniques and apply them. These techniques are essential for college success.

Disciplinary measures taken by CLHS staff for this infraction include, but are not limited to: 

B. ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

Objective: Students will be able to articulate the value of academic integrity, will complete their studies with a commitment to honesty and will maintain their commitment to a high standard of their own and other student’s work.

Disciplinary measures taken by CLHS staff for this infraction include, but are not limited to: 

SECTION III: Security

A. BUILDING SECURITY PROCEDURES

Disciplinary measures taken by CLHS staff for this infraction include, but are not limited to: 

B. DESTRUCTION OF SCHOOL PROPERTY/ GANG TAGGING

Disciplinary measures taken by CLHS staff for this infraction include, but are not limited to: 

 

C. USE OF GANG SIGNS OR GANG RELATED LANGUAGE

This includes but is not limited to:

Disciplinary measures taken by CLHS staff for this infraction include, but are not limited to: 

D. DITCHING

Objective: Students will attend class and therefore show respect towards their teachers, peers and education. Ditching class leads to lowered grades and missing important information. Leaving school grounds presents danger to students and the school as a whole.

Disciplinary measures taken by CLHS staff for this infraction include, but are not limited to: 

 E. APPROPRIATE MATERIALS

Objective: Students will keep the school community safe, clean and productive. The following materials are not permitted: weapons, drugs, alcohol, permanent marker, lighters, cigarettes, vape pens and/ or any illegal material is not permitted.

F.  SEARCHES

Searches are important for the safety of the school. Searches can and will be done at anytime of the school day. Any year, class, group or individual can be searched at anytime for a routine search or if there is a suspicion of student or students in possession of drugs,weapons, food, stolen items, etc.

Section IV: Consequences

  1. DETENTION

Detentions will be assigned to a specific day and time by the assigning teacher.

                                     

B. FIELD TRIP GUIDELINES: (exceptions may be made for academically based field trips)

Field trip privileges can be taken away for severe offenses or if you do not fit the following guidelines:

Students must have:

C. Sports Guidelines/ Procedures:

Sports privileges can be taken away for severe offenses or if you do make eligibility. Sports eligibility for event participation is:

Eligibility will be determined with grades as of Monday morning to establish eligibility for that week and detention minutes will be considered each day.  If a student is failing a class as of Monday morning they will be ineligible to participate in outside events that week. Students who are ineligible to play in an event due to current grades or detention are expected to practice but must first serve any outstanding detention.

Cause for Immediate Dean Referrals

Per CPS Code of Conduct students who have major discipline infractions and violations will be brought in front of a discipline committee consisting of a dean, the principal, parents and involved staff members.  At this meeting the team will discuss student behavior, further consequences, as well as how they intend to alter or change their behavior in the future. Disciplinary action can range from behavior contracts, restorative justice programs, in-school suspensions, out of school suspensions and expulsion.

Examples of behavior that will lead to the use of a discipline committee include unexcused absences w/o parent notification, leaving school grounds, drugs/ alcohol, fighting, gang activity, defacing/ destroying school property, disrespect and insubordination.  

Cause for Police Contact

 There are certain offences CPS may instruct that the police become involved. These include but are not limited to assault, theft, gang activity, sexual harassment, false use of a fire alarm, vandalism, possession of drugs, use or possession of a weapon, arson, bomb threat, and violent sex acts.

Restorative Justice Programs

Conflict Resolution Circles (excludes situations with bullying and/or sexual harassment)- For certain conflicts between students or between students and staff, students will be referred to the Dean to participate in an optional conflict resolution circle. During conflict resolution circle, students will be given a space to discuss their perspectives and listen to the perspectives of their fellow students or staff members.

In-school Restorative Justice- In-school restorative justice will be required on all in-school suspensions. Students that commit serious discipline infractions as listed above will be assigned a restorative justice project to be completed while on their in-school suspension, along with the completion of a reflective curriculum assignment. These projects will aim to build a greater understanding of the harm caused by bullying, harassment and fighting and will address the root causes of inequality and oppression in society.

Saturday Volunteer Activities- The Discipline Deans will assign students Saturday community service and outreach when necessary. Saturday volunteer activities will build a greater understanding of society, inequality, oppression, and helping others in their community.

Other- Other restorative justice consequences include attending workshops, assisting teachers with tasks, school property clean-ups, assisting janitorial staff, participating in school wide initiatives.