WLES STUDENT DISCIPLINE
In order to develop a school culture of excellence in education, WLES must have discipline. Students should cooperate with school policies and not disrupt the learning that’s occurring on-campus. Students are to respect all adults.
This process of corrective behavior will provide parents/guardians and students with an opportunity to exercise leadership skills (such as problem-solving, negotiation, shared decision making, and conflict resolutions) and foster a sense of personal and community responsibility.
Schools are required to develop student codes of conduct and student disciplinary procedures based on California’s laws for education (CA Education Code 35291). Guidelines for disciplines are necessary to ensure a safe and secure learning environment for all students. Students are expected to follow all directions, be diligent in study, be respectful to teachers and other adults in authority, and refrain from the use of profane language. Teachers, and other adults in authority, are expected to hold all students accountable for their conduct inside and outside of the classroom.
General Discipline Information
- Discipline Infractions will be given to students violating school rules.
- Students are not permitted to wear curlers, sunglasses, no sleeveless clothing, bare midriff tops, tank tops or spaghetti straps, hats, mini dresses or skirts, white t-shirts, bandannas, hairnets, rags, sagging trousers, shredded clothing or cut-off jeans. Jeans are permitted on “Free Dress” days, however students are not permitted to wear shirts with inappropriate sayings and/or pictures on t-shirts. No red shirts, socks, hats, shoe strings, or other gang-related attire are allowed.
- Parents are NOT permitted to approach, address, or send a message to another child without the other child’s parent present. If you have concerns involving your child and another student, you must notify WLES administration if you wish to discuss the matter further. You may be prosecuted or arrested if you attempt to make contact with another student to resolve conflicts.
- Zero tolerance for weapons. This includes but is not limited to guns, knives, box cutters, laser pointers, etc. (Suspension and/or possible Expulsion, Police Report).
- Zero tolerance for fighting, physical attacks or verbal threats against students or school personnel (Suspension and/or possible Expulsion).
- Zero tolerance for students using tobacco products (including electronic vaporizers), drugs or drinking alcoholic beverages on campus (Suspension and/or possible Expulsion).
- Zero tolerance for students engaging in any form of harassment and/or bullying including cyber-bullying (Suspension and/or possible Expulsion). Students are not allowed to photograph or record another student using a camera or cellphone without school consent.
- Students are not allowed to bring electronic devices or toys to school. This includes CD Players, IPODs, MP3 players, video games, Gameboys, headphones, trading cards, skateboards, scooters and/or balls, etc. Students who break this rule will have item confiscated and held until a parent comes to claim it. WLES is not responsible for any items that have been confiscated by administration, teachers or employees.
- Any student who damages, writes on walls, defaces or takes school property, or the property of others, may be suspended.
- Students are not permitted to loiter or create disturbances on campus. Students will not be allowed to leave the classroom without permission from the teacher and a pass.
- Students are not allowed to ride bicycles, skateboards, scooters or roller skates on campus.
- Candy, hot chips or Cheetos, gum and sunflower seeds are not allowed. The selling of candy and other items by students IS NOT PERMITTED. The school will confiscate item(s) and money. Confiscated items become the property of the school and will not be returned.
- Food items are to remain in, and be consumed in the designated eating areas. LITTERING IS NOT ALLOWED.
Disobedience (Willful), Defiance & Disrespect Towards Adults at School
In the classroom/school grounds, students are to comply when an adult who is employed at the school asks to do or refrain from doing something. Complaints may be taken to the principal, or your parents after (not before) you comply.
Abusive language or obscene gestures towards an adult will not be tolerated. Defraud and/or disrespectful behavior will result in suspension and a parent conference. Adults at WLES are here to assist all students. Ultimately, their main concern is the safety and well-being of all students on-campus.
The following information is the referral process for handling inappropriate behaviors at WLES.
Inappropriate Student Behavior
A Minor Behavior Concern is typically addressed in the classroom by the student’s assigned teacher. The classroom teacher will provide the student with a warning before a Classroom Incident Report is issued. Once the teacher has provided the student with behavior interventions in the classroom and the student has received three Classroom Incident Reports for the same behavior concern, an Administrative Referral Report will be issued. From that point, WLES Administration will address the behavior concern of that student.
|Examples of Minor Behavior Offenses||Examples of Corrective Actions for Classroom Incident Reports|
|Off-task in the classroom (not following teacher’s directions)
Disruptive in the classroom
Talking at inappropriate times in class
Out of Seat
Playing around in the classroom
Not keeping hands to himself/herself
Inappropriate use of bathroom facilities (i.e. throwing paper and playing around in the bathroom)
Parent Notification (phone call, email, or letter correspondence)
Re-Teach Behavior Expectation
Loss of Privilege
Loss of Reward Activity
Classroom Incident Report Corrective Actions
Student-Teacher Conference: The teacher conducts a one-on-one meeting with the student to discuss behavior concerns and possible consequences if the inappropriate behavior continues.
Parent Notification: The teacher contacts the parent via phone, email, and/or letter correspondence to explain the inappropriate behavior of the student and possible consequences if the same behavior continues to occur.
Behavior Reflection: The teacher provides the student with the opportunity to reflect on the inappropriate behavior that occurred and determine better choices that can be made in the future.
Re-Teach Behavior Expectation: The teacher reminds the students of the expected behavior expectations and how it looks inside of the classroom and/or on the playground.
Parent-Teacher Conference: The teacher conducts a one-on-one meeting with the parent and/or student to discuss behavior concerns and possible consequences if the inappropriate behavior continues.
Recess Restriction: The teacher will restrict the students from playing at recess as a consequence. The student will still be able to have their snack, drink water, and utilize the restroom.
Detention: Detention may be assigned as a consequence for inappropriate behavior both in the classroom and on the playground.
Time-Out in the Classroom: Within the classroom, student may be removed from an activity for a specified length of time until he/she is ready to follow the behavior expectations of the learning environment.
Time-Out (Out of Classroom): As a consequence, student is removed from his classroom and peers for a specific amount of time. The student will return to their classroom once he/she is ready to follow the behavior expectations of the learning environment.
Loss of Privilege: The teacher may take away a privilege in the classroom as a consequence for inappropriate behavior.
Loss of Reward Activity: The teacher may take away a reward activity (i.e. classroom popcorn party) in the classroom as a consequence for inappropriate behavior
A Major Behavior Concern is immediately referred to WLES Administration with an Administrative Referral Report.
|Examples of Major Behavior Offenses||Examples of Corrective Actions for Administrative Referral Reports|
|Habitually Off-Task in Classroom
Habitually Disruptive in Classroom
Extreme Disrespect of School Community Member
Sexual Harassment (4th-6th Grade)
Bullying, Harassment, and threats
Attempting to Harm Someone
Physically Harming Someone (Fighting)
|Administrative Conference with Student
Administrative Conference with Parent and/or Teacher
Daily/Weekly Progress Report
School Behavior Contract
Student Success Team Meeting for Behavior
In-House or School Suspension
Recommendation for Expulsion
Administrative Referral Report Corrective Actions
The corrective actions listed below are generally attempted prior to more serious discipline, such as suspension or expulsion. However, students and parents should be aware that some infractions may result in immediate suspension or expulsion, depending upon the nature of the offense.
Administrative Conference with Student: An Administrator conducts a one-on-one meeting with the student to discuss behavior concerns and possible consequences if the inappropriate behavior continues.
Administrative Conference with Parent and/or Teacher: An Administrator conducts a meeting with the parent and/or teacher to discuss behavior concerns and possible consequences if the inappropriate behavior continues.
School Behavior Contract: The Administrative Team will place a student on a behavior contract due to inappropriate behavior. This contract is a student and parent commitment to follow WLES’s behavior expectations on a daily basis.
Daily Communication with Administrator: On a daily basis, the student checks in with an Administrator at the beginning of the day. The student receives a daily progress report which is completed by the teacher and campus supervision stating the student’s behavior for the day. Before the student goes home, he/she checks out with the Administrator to review the day’s behavior.
In-House Suspension: As a consequence, student is removed from his classroom and peers for the duration of the in-house suspension. While on campus, the student is supervised by a staff member and completes their classroom assignments in a different classroom and/or office.
School Suspension: As a consequence, student is removed from campus for the duration of the school suspension. Student will complete classroom assignments at home during or after suspension.
Recommendation for Expulsion: Students may be recommended for expulsion prior to receiving four Administrative Referral Reports depending on the violation. If the behavior consequences assigned by the school are unsuccessful, a student will be recommended for expulsion.
Zero Tolerance Policy (Major Behavior Concerns)
A zero-tolerance policy in schools is a policy of punishing any infraction of a rule, regardless of accidental mistakes, ignorance, or extenuating circumstances. This policy has been established to prevent drug abuse, violence, and bullying in school.
A dangerous weapon/object is defined as, but not limited to, a firearm, pistol replica, starter pistol, stun gun, BB gun or pellet gun, a knife of any size or type, a dirk, dagger, razor, slingshot, any explosives or fireworks. Any object used in a dangerous manner will also be considered a weapon.
Intoxicants, Drugs, and Tobacco/Nicotine Products
Intoxicants include any controlled substance, as defined in Health and Safety Code 11053-11058, an alcoholic beverage, or any other substance intended to make the user intoxicated or that result in the user becoming intoxicated. Tobacco or nicotine products include items containing tobacco or nicotine or generally containing such substances, including but not limited to cigars, cigarettes, miniature cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, electronic cigarettes (vapor cigarettes or hookah sticks, regardless of ingredients), chew packets and betel. Selling, furnishing, or possession of these items is not allowed in the learning environment. Due to advancements in technology and drug paraphernalia, items like vapor cigarettes hookah sticks are included under this category.
Hazing means a method of initiation or pre-initiation into a student organization or body which is likely to cause serious bodily injury or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to a former, current, or prospective student.
A terroristic threat includes any statement, whether written or oral, by a person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death, great bodily injury to another person, or property damage with the specific intent that the statement is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out.
Sexual Harassment (4th – 6th Grade)
Sexual Harassment must be considered by a reasonable person of the same gender as the victim to be sufficiently severe or pervasive to have a negative impact upon the individual’s academic performance or to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.
Bullying means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or by means of an electronic act, and including acts committed by a student or group of students which would be deemed hate violence or harassment, threats, or intimidation directed toward one or more students. Important Note on
Important Note: Before the student’s consequence is given for any offense under the Zero Tolerance Policy, the student is entitled to an investigation to ensure that he/she committed the offense.