The Discipline Plan is implemented jointly and consistently by all the teachers at Civilizations.We try to let the teacher represent the school in all discipline matters so as to enhance the student’s perception that the teacher is truly empowered.
If a student in your class fails to obey your lead, you should go progressively through the following:
- Write the student’s name on the board (show minimal reaction; you must not let this interrupt your flow of teaching)
- Upon the next transgression, put a tick against the student’s name. Repeat upon the next 3 transgressions.
- After the third transgression, counsel the student. If you feel the problem is persisting, please discuss the student with your coordinator or headmistress.
- After the fourth transgression, the teacher gets the student to call his/her parents from the headmistress’s office.
- With the approval of the Headmistress, the teacher calls parents to the school to deliver a warning. The warning is documented through a conference form.
- Student is suspended for two days. A headmistress may take this action without consulting with a committee.
- Student is suspended for a limited period that is longer than two days. This suspension is enacted through a letter signed by the headmistress; it requires approval at a formal forum: an admin meeting attended by the Principal, Headmistress, the teacher and the coordinator.
- Student’s expulsion: this procedure for this is the same as 7 above.
- If a student fails to finish his/her work, the teacher is required to write “Homework not done” on the notebook.
- If a student regularly fails to finish his/her work, his/her parents are called for a parent-teacher conference.
- If a student is not wearing a tie or a belt, it is issued to him along with an invoice for the cost of the item.
- The duty teacher replenishes his/her inventory by purchasing these items from the school store.
- Students missing uniform items are not punished in any other way except as listed above.
- It is the parents responsibility to keep their ward’s hair clear of head lice. The school ensures that head lice does not spread from student to student.
- Class teachers check students for head lice. His/her judgement on the presence or otherwise of head lice is considered final.
- Class teacher pins a pro forma warning slip in the diary of the student who has head lice on a Monday.
- If the problem persists, a warning note is written in the homework diary on the following Thursday after consultation with a coordinator. The note warns that if head lice is suspected after the week-end, the student will be removed from class.
- If the problem persists after the weekend, the headmistress instructs the parents through the homework diary to refrain from sending the student to school until the head lice is cleared.
- When the student appears in school in the subsequent days, he/she is detained in the library until such time that the head lice is cleared.
- Communication with the parents in this regard is entirely through the diary. At no time is a phone call made to the parents.
Courtesy in the corridors
- At break-time and module-time, please line up the students inside the class and let them out in a line.
- Please shut off the lights and fans and bolt the door before leaving.
- At module time, please make sure you hand the class over to a module teacher.
- If you meet a child outside the classroom, behave as if you are with him/her inside it. In fact, you are required to be even more vocal about discipline in such situations than when inside the classroom.
Discipline do’s and don’ts
- Please keep your exit passes on your table. Students should take an exit pass and leave the class without asking you.
- You may remove one or both of the exit passes for some time when you do not wish students to leave class.
- Let your students back into class without asking permission.
- Always try to boost a child’s ego. Do not use negative words for students or yourself such as ‘stupid’ or ‘slow’.
- Do not speak to the students in a loud voice.
- Do not bang the board or the desks with your hand, etc, to get the class to go quiet.
- When a class gets too loud, stand in front and stare at the noisy or inattentive students. The class will go quiet in a minute.
- Do not leave your class under any circumstance.
- At the end of the period, do not leave the class-room until your replacement teacher reaches the class.
- Never bring a child to your headmistress for a reprimand. All discipline issues must be handled through the teacher.
- Please leave the staff-room a couple of minutes before your class starts to avoid delaying a chain of waiting teachers.