Christ the King Catholic School

DISCIPLINE

DISCIPLINE

 DISCIPLINE

The main purpose of good discipline at Christ the King School is to train the pupils in self-discipline. Self-control on the part of students is essential to good classroom order.  To bring this about, the school has imposed regulations, which every student is expected to follow.

Students are to be courteous at all times, in all places. A learning atmosphere and discipline are practically synonymous.

It is our desire to instill respect for authority and for the rights of others. Students must fully understand that ANY teacher has the authority to correct misconduct at any time.

Christ the King School does not condone any form of harassment. All individuals are to be treated with dignity and respect.  Harassment in any form is prohibited.  The prohibition against acts of harassment applies to all individuals involved in the school.  Christ the King will not tolerate bullying in any form and has universal jurisdiction concerning bullying to include e-mail, blogs, etc.

The administrator reserves the right to waive and/or deviate from any and all disciplinary regulations for just cause at his or her discretion.

BEHAVIOR ON/OFF CAMPUS

Since a Christ the King student represents the school at all times, both on and off campus, it should be understood that any conduct which brings discredit to the student or to the reputation of Christ the King School and its community may result in disciplinary action by the school.

There are general behavior rules, which each teacher will post in the classroom. Every student will be expected to know and follow these rules.  Infractions include the following:

  1. Excessive Talking                                           5.   Rude/Discourteous
  2. Disruptive Behavior (towards a student)        6.   Eating Candy or Gum  
  3. Disruptive Behavior (towards a teacher)        7.   Tardiness
  4. Restless/Inattentive                                          8.   Other

Five points will be deducted from the student’s conduct grade for each of the above infractions.

Any student who incurs 4 conduct infractions in one day will be sent home for the remainder of the day and will be assigned to Detention Hall on the following Thursday.

DETENTION

Assertive discipline is an important part of Christ the King. However, realistically, with some students other measures will have to be taken from time to time.

Detention Hall will be held for Grades 4 - 8 on Thursdays, after school from 3:00 until 4:30 p.m. This may be a silent, sit still time, a study period, or a work detail as determined by the teacher on duty.  If the student fails to be on time, an additional detention hall will be set automatically.

Detention Hall will be served on the Thursday following the day the student receives the Detention Hall form from the teacher. The teacher will send the student to see the principal; parents will be called through the office and informed of the Detention Hall assignment.  If for some legitimate reason such as prior appointment (doctor, orthodontist, etc.) a student cannot report for detention hall, a parental note will be required by Thursday morning to that effect.  An alternate date will be assigned by the principal.  Failure to serve the detention on the assigned date will result in a detention for the following Thursday plus an additional Thursday.

Major Offenses - Immediate Detention Hall (suspension/expulsion if warranted):

Fighting

Satanic symbols, worship, etc. of major caliber

Any activity that is gang related (including mode of dress, use of symbols, gestures and/or pictures)

Defiance of school authority (Principal, Teacher, Staff)

Cruelty to other students (Verbal, Physical and/or Cyberspace)

Willful destruction/defacing of school or church property

Consistent lack of cooperation both within or outside the classroom

Chewing gum or bringing food or drink in the computer lab or science lab

Possession, use, distribution or purchase of any drug, tobacco in any form, or alcoholic     beverages, in the school, on the school grounds, or at any school function

Bringing matches or lighters

Bringing pocket knives, slingshots, firearms or any type weapon on the school or church grounds

Profanity, verbal abuse or obscene gestures, language, pictures or conduct

Leaving campus or designated area without permission

Theft

Cheating

Gambling

Any other offense deemed major by the principal

Altering computers in any way and/or accessing/altering another student’s files

#Of Major Infractions                                              Results

                    1st & 2nd                                        Detention Hall Thursday, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

                    3rd*                                                 1 day at-home suspension

                    4th*                                                 3 day at-home suspension

                     5th*                                                 5 days at-home suspension

                     6th*                                                 Expulsion

*  Work graded while the student is suspended will receive an automatic zero and conduct grade will be a zero for each day the student is suspended. The above procedure is general and the principal may alter the procedure if the offense warrants immediate suspension or expulsion.

Manual of Policies and Regulations for Elementary and Secondary Catholic Schools of Arkansas, Diocese of Little Rock

2.21 ALCOHOL/DRUGS

THE POSSESSION, USE, DISTRIBUTION OF ILLEGAL DRUGS OR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IS NOT PERMITTED IN THE SCHOOL, ON THE SCHOOL GROUNDS, OR AT ANY SCHOOL FUNCTION.

                   

If any student brings to school or has in his/her possession any drug or alcohol during school hours or at any school function, regardless of time or place, he/she is liable for expulsion.

He/she will be suspended immediately and parents will be notified.

Return to school will be contingent upon the student being actively involved in professional counseling and/or therapy if chemical dependency is evident. A second offense will result in automatic expulsion.

When a student is involved in the distribution of alcohol/drugs to other students, whether for financial gain or not, he/she will automatically be expelled from school. The distribution of drugs in the State of Arkansas is a felony.  Secondly, the action is aiding and abetting another youth in an illegal action.  Such conduct will not be tolerated by the Diocese of Little Rock and it’s school system.

A teacher is required by law to report to school authorities any incident of alcohol or drug abuse. Not to report such an incident is against the law.  (Arkansas code Ann.6-21-608)  

A student with four major infractions in one school year is subject to possible probation for the next school year.  A student with five major infractions in one school year may be denied admittance for the next school year. 

AFTER HOURS SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Disruptive or inappropriate behavior by a student at school sponsored activities that occur outside of normal school hours (athletic events, programs, etc.) will be subject to the same disciplinary actions as if the offense took place during normal school hours.

DANCES

Dances are not permitted as school-sponsored functions for elementary schools. Parents and or guardians should be encouraged to sponsor other entertainments and activities for elementary students (diocesan policy 4.39).

COMPLAINTS

ANY PERSON FEELING AGGRIEVED CONCERNING ANY MATTER CONNECTED WITH THE SCHOOL WILL CONTACT THE INDIVIDUAL CONCERNED BEFORE DISCUSSING IT WITH OTHER PATRONS.

  1. If a person has a complaint about a teacher, the individual will go first to the teacher to seek a solution to the problem.
  2. If the matter cannot be resolved satisfactorily, the person will contact the principal for an appointment.
  3. If the problem is still not resolved, the person will contact the pastor to discuss the matter.
  4. If no solution is found to the problem, the matter will be referred to the superintendent.
  5. School Board members are not to attempt to solve problems but are to refer the aggrieved person to the above procedure.

                If a board member is approached, he/she will notify the principal.

COURTESY

Respect and courtesy should be shown at all times to all adults and fellow students. We expect children to conduct themselves in a refined, courteous and Christ-like manner at all times - at play and at work.

ROLE OF PARENTS

“Since parents have conferred life on their children, they have a most solemn obligation to educate their offspring, hence parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children. Their role as educators is so decisive that scarcely anything can compensate for their failure in it.  It is particularly in the Christian family, enriched by the grace and sacrament of matrimony that from their earliest years children should be taught, according to the faith received in baptism, to have knowledge of God, to worship Him, and to love their neighbor.  While belonging primarily to the family, the task of imparting education requires the help of society as a whole.  As for Catholic parents, the Council calls to mind their duty to entrust their children to Catholic schools, when and where this is possible, to support such schools to the extent of their ability, and to work along with them for the welfare of their children.”

Declaration of Christian Education, VATICAN COUNCIL II

The following are responsibilities of parents whose children attend Catholic schools.

  • To be a partner with the school in the education of your children
  • To understand and support the religious nature of the school
  • To read all communications from the school
  • To discuss concerns and problems with the appropriate personnel
  • To be as actively involved as you can in the life of the school and to volunteer assistance when possible
  • To promote your school and to speak well of others *(see Social Media)
  • To meet your financial obligations in a timely manner and to support fundraising

SOCIAL MEDIA

As a parent of a Catholic School you have a responsibility to partner with the school and to promote your school and speak well of others. Ultimately, you are solely responsible for what you post online. Before creating online content, consider some of the risks and rewards that are involved. Keep in mind that any conduct that adversely affects employees, students or families of the parish or school may result in disciplinary action up to and including withdrawal of your child from the school and/or legal action.

POSSESSIONS BROUGHT TO SCHOOL

All items which a student brings to school or the after-school program shall be marked with his name (sweater, sweatshirt, coat, gloves, cap, etc.). This includes both of a pair.  If a child misplaces or loses articles at school, he should check the CLASSROOM OR LOST AND FOUND SHELF.

Electronic devices need to be pre-approved before being brought to school. Sports equipment should also be left at home.  Such belongings can be lost or broken at school.  We would appreciate your help in keeping toys and equipment at home.  LASER POINTERS & KNIVES of any kind are forbidden and are not to be brought to school.  NO OTHER WEAPONS, REAL OR TOY, shall be brought to school at any time.

*Cell phones and smart watches that are brought to school must be checked in with homeroom teachers before school and checked out at the end of school.

No personal toys or games are to be brought to school without permission in advance from the teacher or after school program.  NO GUM IS EVER ALLOWED ON THE SCHOOL PREMISES!

A student shall never bring to school any more money than is needed for fees.  Children are often careless and forget where they leave things, and money is the most difficult to identify.  Please caution your children about leaving money where it will be a temptation to others.

The school is not responsible for items lost, stolen, or broken at school.

SEARCH OF PROPERTIES

(This comes directly from the Diocesan Manual 2.20)

Since cubbies and desks are the properties of the school, periodic checks of both cubbies and desks, together with their contents may be made by authorized personnel. Such action may also be taken when the principal has reason to believe that they contain certain illegal substances or other items that would be harmful to others in the school community.  Personal property such as purses and backpacks may be searched.

SCHOOL/PRINCIPAL’S RIGHT TO AMEND POLICY MANUAL

The school or principal retains the right to amend the policy manual for just cause. Parents will be given prompt notification if changes are made.