The long range good of the child is the key factor in dealing with unacceptable behavior at HOPE SPRINGS. The following types of behavior are considered to be unacceptable:
Any action which interferes with the learning opportunities of another student.
Willful disrespect of a teacher/therapist or any adult.
Use of profane language.
Failure to cooperate with the teacher/therapist as evidenced by: attitude, refusal to do assigned work, or disregarding established classroom rules (cheating, stealing, fighting, lying, etc.).
Each teacher/therapist will normally handle behavioral problems in their own way–ranging from a mild reprimand to special assignments. Especially serious or repeated offenses will be referred to the Director.
The Director may deal with serious or repeated discipline problems on an individual basis. In most cases the parents will be asked to meet with the Director to discuss the problem and participate in the solution.
*However, in the case of any action resulting in a felony arrest, threat of life, possession and/or use of alcohol or drugs or weapons; including but not limited to guns, student knives, or razor blades; the student will be referred to the Discipline Committee for immediate suspension and possible expulsion by authority of the School Board.
**In case of suspension or expulsion, there will be no refund of unused tuition and the parent remains financially responsible for all the tuition, fees and expenses for the balance of the school year.
In dealing with unacceptable behaviors (see Discipline Policy) the following steps will be followed:
The teacher/therapist will try various strategies to modify a problem behavior.
If the problem continues the teacher/therapist will talk to the parent about the problem.
If the unacceptable behavior persists the teacher/therapist will meet with the Director.
The Director, the teacher/therapist and the parents will meet to discuss the problem.
- They will identify the problem
- They will share what has been done to change the behavior
- The Director will share her expectations of the help needed from the parents to relieve the problem
- The Director will indicate what the results will be if the problem continues (suspension or dismissal)
- The meeting will be summarized in a letter sent to the parents following the meeting
A period of time will be granted for the parents to bring their influence to bear on the child.
If the problem is resolved, education and therapy can continue. If the problem persists, the student will be subject to immediate suspension and the case referred to the Discipline Committee for further action. The Discipline Committee will make a recommendation to the School Board within 15 days of the referral, which could mean an extended suspension up to the end of the school year, or permanent expulsion.