Discipline procedures:
You have been bestowed a great privilege to be able to attend STCA and with this privilege comes great responsibility.
At STCA, every student is expected to display age appropriate positive behavior. Students need to be exhibiting these characteristics whether they are in a classroom, cafeteria, playground, field trip off campus, or in their everyday regular life.
The Bible clearly instructs parents and those in authority over children to treat them with love and respect while they are being disciplined. It is a biblical mandate that we help children learn to obey and to show respect for authority. Teaching children to obey earthly authority helps train them to obey the Holy Spirit later in their life. Children of ALL ages can be obedient when the expectations for behavior are clearly taught and modeled. This is one of the distinctives of Christian education and one of the most important aspects of the Christian classroom – not that the children are “perfect”, but that they will be consistently corrected in a Biblical manner by a Christian educator.
STCA has clearly defined standards and expectations for appropriate behaviors. Teachers will address class expectations and their discipline system with parents during the orientation session at the beginning of the year. Our students will be held accountable for their negative behavior immediately.
Attitude is just as important as external behaviors. The following actions and attitudes are indications of problems -often in a student’s spiritual life. A student who consistently displays these attitudes may be asked to leave the school.
➢ Anger when correction is given
➢ Disrespectful/sassy comments
➢ Defiant speech or actions
➢ Muttering under the breath; showing contempt for authority
➢ Gossiping about others – staff or students
➢ Rebellious attitudes about school policies and rules
➢ Griping / seeking support for discontent
➢ Facial expressions of anger or contempt
➢ Laying on the desk, slumping in the chair or refusing to sit up
➢ Arguing with faculty members
➢ Use of profane speech including slang terms
➢ Extreme laziness and unwillingness to work when directed
➢ Lying
➢ Deceitful behavior
➢ Irritation with peers
➢ Unwillingness to attend school – truancy
Attendance at STCA is a privilege, not a right.
K3 – 5th grade:
➢ Teachers will teach the classroom “RULES” to the class
➢ Teachers will put up a poster or visual aid with the classroom “RULES”
➢ Teachers will model kind and courteous behavior to all children
➢ Teachers will create and use VISUAL AIDE as part of their discipline system
➢ Teachers will help students try to initiate positive behaviors
➢ Teachers will design a system of rewards for positive behavior
o CORRECTION: Time out at seat, lost recess minutes, loss of privileges (toys or activities), being sent to the principal’s office, notes or phone calls to parents, scheduling parent teacher conference if needed
o REWARDS: Verbal praise, positive comments from teacher, Class room privileges, individual or group rewards, extra recess time
6th – 12th grade:
Student in 6th – 12th grades will work off of a demerit system. Students are expected to maintain a high code of conduct – an honor code based on Christian values and Biblical precepts.
➢ Student will be warned first
➢ Verbal correction will follow (this should be low key and brief)
➢ If student continues behavior, then demerit will be issued
Demerits:
• 3 demerits Letter to parents
• 6 demerits 3 day In school suspension & letter to parents
• 9 demerits 3 day suspension and parent conference
• 12 demerits 5 day suspension and parent conference
• 15 demerits 2 week suspension and review for expulsion
Demerit list:
➢ Anger when correction is given 1
➢ Disrespectful/sassy comments 1
➢ Defiant speech or actions 1
➢ Muttering under the breath, showing contempt for authority 1
➢ Gossiping about others – staff or students 1
➢ Rebellious attitudes about school policies and rules 1
➢ Griping / seeking support for discontent 1
➢ Facial expressions of anger or contempt 1
➢ Laying on the desk, slumping in the chair or refusing to sit up 1
➢ Arguing with faculty members 1
➢ Use of profane speech including slang terms 1
➢ Extreme laziness and unwillingness to work when directed 1
➢ Lying 1
➢ Deceitful behavior 1
➢ Irritation with peers 1
➢ Unwillingness to attend school – truancy 1
➢ Three tardies 1
➢ Dress code violation 1
➢ Cell phone violation 1
➢ Calling staff by first names or nicknames 1
➢ Failing to sign out when leaving school (main office) 1
➢ Failing to be courteous to guests 1
➢ Going to car without permission 1
Any other situations that may arise will be addressed as they happen. If there are any questions or concerns, parents are welcome to schedule a meeting with the principal at any time. Students who habitually display disrespect, rebellion through refusing to follow directions, direct disobedience and/or argumentative spirits will be disciplined over a period of time and will likely be dismissed from the school.
We earnestly seek to discipline appropriately in love by following the Biblical model of correction. Students will be spoken to firmly but kindly. Children will not be made to be objects of ridicule or recipients of anger when being handled for discipline by the staff of STCA.