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, please get the student to call his/her parents from the headmistress’s office.
- With the approval of the Headmistress, call the parents to the school to deliver a warning. The warning is documented through a conference form.
- Suspended the student for two days. A headmistress may take this action without consulting with a committee but should convey this decision through the teacher.
- Suspend the student for a limited period that is longer than two days. This suspension is enacted through a letter signed by the teacher and the headmistress; it requires approval at a formal forum: an admin meeting attended by the Principal, Headmistress, the teacher, and the coordinator.
- Expel the student: this procedure for this is the same as 7 above.
- If a student fails to finish his/her work, please write “Homework not done” on the notebook.
- If a student regularly fails to turn the homework in, send a written notice to the parents warning of impending detention.
- If the problem persists after step 2 above, detain the student from home-time to 2.30 pm.
- If a student is not wearing his/her uniform, talk to them; repeatedly if needed.
- 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.
- Please check students for head lice. Your judgement on the presence or otherwise of head lice is considered final.
- Pin a pro forma warning slip in the diary of the student who has head lice.
- If you find head-lice the following Monday, please remove the student from the class after checking with the Headmistress.
- COntinue to detain the student 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.