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Self-responsibility Manual 2013-2014

 

The School philosophy speaks about self-exploration and self-responsibility hence, an external force implementing "Discipline" is contrary to our belief and vision.

To remedy this we propose a new "Self- Responsibility Manual" in place of the "Discipline Manual" we have followed over the years.

The Self Responsibility Manual is a guideline for the students and teachers alike to be used as a reminder of our responsibilities as members of the Sunshine Family.

Detention, expulsion etc. are ways of forcing compliance by breathing fear into the individual. According to J. Krishnamurti, "Fear dulls our minds, fear cripples our thinking and fear makes for darkness, and as long as we are frightened we shall not create a new world."

Freedom is what we want our children to enjoy. It is through freedom that the individual explores and learns for himself / herself.

Freedom however, cannot exist without order. The two go together. If you cannot have order, you cannot have freedom.

Consideration for the feelings and rights of others is the foundation on which we believe order and so called 'discipline' can be achieved.

Guidelines
1) Level one

No. Scope for Improvement Level 1
1. discussion with concerned tr First infraction
2. discussion with concerned tr Second infraction
3. discussion with concerned tr Third infraction
4. Reflection sheet(along with Student counselors) Fourth infraction
5. Referred to counsellor Fifth infraction

2)Level two

No. Scope for Improvement Level 1
1 Verbal Warning (discussion with concerned tr) First infraction
2 Reflection sheet (along with Student counselors) Second infraction
3 Reflection sheet (along with Student counselors) Third infraction
4 Referred to counsellor Fourth infraction
5 Meeting with the principal with written documentation of previous infractions Fifth infraction
6 Parent meeting Sixth infraction

3)Level three

No. Scope for Improvement Level 1
1 Discussion with the teacher concerned and depending on severity, discussion with the counselor along with the filling in of a reflection sheet. First infraction
2 Discussion with the counselor with documentation that previous levels have been followed. Second infraction
3 Student will be taken to the principal’s office with written documentation of the previous infractions and consequences. Third infraction
4 Student will be taken to the principal’s office with written documentation of the previous infractions and consequences. Fourth infraction
5 Parent meeting Fifth infraction
6 Meeting With SRC (student and parent together) Sixth infraction

There is a hierarchy and a check list that has to be followed prior to taking the child to the principal.

  1. The teacher has to make sure that she/he has followed all the steps prior to the final one.
  2. To re iterate, there will be 3 warnings with discussions for each followed by a meeting with the counselor and then a reflection sheet.
  3. If the child commits a 2nd level infraction the 2nd level consequences will be followed.
  4. The Principal will not under any circumstances entertain any child or teacher with regard to discipline in the issue is not brought up to him after all else fails
  5. Level one and level two will be started afresh each term. Level three will remain constant the entire year.

Tips and possible consequences:

  • If there is misbehaviour in the class during instructional time. The child should be asked to take time out and prepare for the next class with the teacher and then conduct the class.
  • Foul language will not be tolerated by the teachers or students on whom the words are used. There will be a thorough questioning and discussions about the use of this language with the teachers present and the counsellor and consequences will be mutually decided henceforth. One effective tip could be to make the child stop what he is doing and immediately say something nice to the person.
  • Parent meetings have to be held with those children who seem to be getting into trouble, as frequently as possible so as to nip the issue in the bud. These meetings have to be attended by the people calling for the meeting.

Level 1

No. Consequence Level 1
1 Verbal Warning First infraction
2 Remark in the diary Second infraction
3 Specific consequence (from a class) followed by a meeting with the counsellor Third infraction
4 Parent meeting (with the teachers involved/ Staff discipline committee/ counsellor) Fourth infraction
5 Community service within school Fifth infraction

Homework

No. Consequence Level 1
1 Verbal Warning First infraction
2 Remark in the diary Second infraction
3 Specific consequence (from a class) Third infraction
4 Specific consequence (from a class) Fourth infraction
5 Specific consequence (from a class) Fifth infraction
6 Specific consequence (from a class) Sixth infraction
7 Specific consequence (from a class) followed by a meeting with the counsellor Seventh infraction
8 Parent meeting ( teachers involved/Staff discipline committee/ counsellor) Eight infraction
9 Community service within school Ninth infraction

Level 2

No. Consequence Level 2
1 Remark in the diary + Specific consequence (from a class) followed by a meeting with the counsellor First infraction
2 Parent meeting (with the teachers involved/ Staff discipline committee/ counsellor) Second infraction
3 Community service within school Third infraction

Level 3

No. Consequence Level 3
1 Parent meeting (with the coordinator/teachers involved/ counsellor) First infraction
2 Suspension (from a class or bus travel) Parent to come in and supervise in remediation room Second infraction
3 Suspension from school for a period of time
Community service with attendance sheet in external place/ Parent meeting with Principal and counsellor
Third infraction
4 Suspension from school for a period of time
Community service with attendance sheet in external place/ Parent meeting with Director, Principal and counsellor
Fourth Infraction
5 Parent meeting with the SDC to decide on expulsion. Fifth infraction