• Responses to Misbehavior

    ALL CONSEQUENCES ARE DEFINED AS GUIDELINES ONLY. UNDER EACH CATEGORY, CONSEQUENCES MAY INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLES.

    CATEGORY I

    Category I  behaviors are generally addressed by certified staff, assistants, and/or supervisors on school grounds, on the bus, and/or during off-site, school-sponsored events. 

    Category I behaviors are categorized as causing minor disruption to the learning environment and/or minimal threat to the safety of other students and staff. Such behaviors may include, but are not limited to work refusal, roughhousing (with no imbalance of power), not adhering to hallway expectations, use of profanity, defacing property (ex. Writing on desk), use of inappropriate gestures, and name calling. If exhibited overtime, Category I behaviors may be categorized as bullying, intimidation, and/or harassment.  

    RESPONSE TO CATEGORY I BEHAVIORS

     

     

     

    In response to Category I behaviors, certified staff, assistants, and/or supervisors will speak with the student to determine the intent of the behavior and next steps (I.e. implementation of restorative measures and/or issuance of consequence(s). Category I behaviors may be documented through office alerts or referrals.

    Restorative measures mean a continuum of school-based alternatives to exclusionary discipline, such as suspensions and expulsions, that: (i) are adapted to the particular needs of the school and community, (ii) contribute to maintaining school safety, (iii) protect the integrity of a positive and productive learning climate, (iv) teach students the personal and interpersonal skills they will need to be successful in school and society, (v) serve to build and restore relationships among students, families, schools, and communities, and (vi) reduce the likelihood of future disruption by balancing accountability with an understanding of students’ behavioral health needs in order to keep students in school. 

    Consequences for Category I behaviors are generally issued by certified staff, assistants, and/or supervisors. Consequences may include, but are not limited to a loss of privilege (Ex. participation in a class or school-wide celebration), loss of participation in an extracurricular activity, detention, in-/out-of-school suspension, etc. 

    Parent(s)/guardian(s) may be contacted regarding Category I behaviors. Further, they may be invited to participate in a call or meeting with the student and staff. 

     
       
     

    CATEGORY II

    Category II behaviors are generally addressed in collaboration with an administrator by certified staff, assistants, and/or supervisors on school grounds, on the bus, and/or during off-site, school-sponsored events.

    Category II behaviors are categorized as causing disruption to the learning environment and/or threat to the safety of other students and staff. Such behaviors may include, but are not limited to academic dishonesty (i.e. cheating and/or plagiarism), misuse of technology, leaving the classroom without permission, property damage, theft, and threats or acts of verbal and/or physical aggression, If exhibited overtime, Category II behaviors may be categorized as bullying, intimidation, and/or harassment.

    RESPONSE TO CATEGORY II BEHAVIORS

     

    In response to Category II behaviors, certified staff, assistants, and/or supervisors, in collaboration with an administrator will speak with the student to determine the intent of the behavior and next steps (I.e. implementation of restorative measures and/or issuance of consequence(s). Category II behaviors will be documented through office alerts or referrals.

    Restorative measures means a continuum of school-based alternatives to exclusionary discipline, such as suspensions and expulsions, that: (i) are adapted to the particular needs of the school and community, (ii) contribute to maintaining school safety, (iii) protect the integrity of a positive and productive learning climate, (iv) teach students the personal and interpersonal skills they will need to be successful in school and society, (v) serve to build and restore relationships among students, families, schools, and communities, and (vi) reduce the likelihood of future disruption by balancing accountability with an understanding of students’ behavioral health needs in order to keep students in school. 

    Consequences for Category II behaviors are generally issued by certified staff, assistants, and/or supervisors, in collaboration with an administrator. Consequences may include, but are not limited to a loss of privilege (Ex. participation in a class or school-wide celebration), loss of participation in an extracurricular activity, detention, in-/out-of-school suspension, etc. 

    Parent(s)/guardian(s) may be contacted regarding Category II behaviors. Further, they may be invited to participate in a call or meeting with the student and staff.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    CATEGORY III

    Category III behaviors are those that:

    • cause injury to the student himself or to others,
    • seriously disrupt the classroom,
    • seriously disrupt the school,
    • any reasonable person would label as gross misconduct.

     

    Examples: Verbal, physical, sexual and written harassment (teasing, coercive behavior and other offensive, bullying or mean spirited conduct) and all forms of racial, sexual, and religious harassment (inappropriate touching, sexual advances, graffiti, sexually explicit behaviors including but not limited to drawings, images, clothing, etc., inappropriate written and audio/video materials, negative physical contact, threatening or degrading language, jokes and gestures) 

    Substance use or abuse. Solicitation to procure, purchase, or sell illegal substances, fights causing serious injury, physical assault, possession/use of weapons or any item used in a threatening manner, fireworks, false fire alarms, or phone calls of a threatening nature, improper use of the internet and electronic devices.

    Insubordination, defiance, gang-related graffiti or activities, intentional property damage, stealing, verbal or written abuse including threats or threatening behavior directed toward students, faculty or the physical plant.

    Physical harm to another’s body or property, emotional harm to another’s self-worth, or social harm to another’s group acceptance. (Examples: making repeated and/or graphic threats, practicing extortion, making threats to secure silence: “If you tell, I will….”, destroying property, setting fires, biting, physical cruelty, making repeated, violent, threatening gestures, assaulting with a weapon, frightening others through electronic means, publicly defying authority, ostracizing, destroying personal property or clothing, threatening total group exclusion, arranging public humiliation, total group rejection/ostracizing. These behaviors, if exhibited over time, may be classified as bullying behavior.

     

     

    RESPONSE TO CATEGORY III BEHAVIORS

    Major misconduct for Category III may result in In-School or Out-of-School Suspension for at least a minimum of one day and up to a maximum of ten days. Parents will be expected to arrange a conference with the school administrator upon the return of their son or daughter from a suspension.   Loss of privileges for at least a two-week period following the suspension may also result from any suspension. Restitution may be recommended. Contraband will be seized. When necessary, referral to the instructional support team will result after a suspension. Police may be notified of some behaviors. In some cases, an expulsion hearing by the Board of Education will be held. 

    Repeated truancies will result in referral to an appropriate agency. (Ref: Illinois School Code Article 5/26-1, 5/26-2, 5/26-2a) Additional consequences may be assigned.