Comprehensive Discipline Plan
Our Discipline Plan Development
Our discipline plan is based on the Ron Clark Academy Discipline Plan from Atlanta, Georgia, Warren County Schools’ PBIS Plan, and the current best practice and research in the field of education. It was written by our founders D’Lee Pollock-Moore and David Moore, and the plan is pending board approval.
Beliefs About Behavior and Discipline
I. Students should be taught some behavior practices and soft skills.
Pollock Moore Academy believes that it should instruct students in soft skills, manners, and social norms in order to fully prepare student to join the workforce. In order to do this, we have established the Pollock Moore Way to instruct students in these practices. The PMA Way was created and based on The Essential 55 by Ron Clark, The Warren County Way by Warren County Schools, and the beliefs of our founders as well as input from our stakeholders.
The PMA Way helps students learn and practice good manners like answering people appropriately in conversation, tracking the speaker, looking people in the eye, and speaking loud enough to be heard for the occasion. We also strive to teach students social skills like being a good sport, guest, and host. Each of our twenty-five behavior expectations were developed with employers and the adult world in mind.
All of these behavior practices elevate how students act and how we seek to teach professionalism. Students are also expected to abide by the PMA Student Handbook, which contains other laws and rules that apply to our campus.
II. Students should be held accountable to behavior expectations.
In the employable world, people have rewards and consequences. PMA students also have rewards and consequences that hold them accountable for their behavior and discipline. The ultimate goal of having and teaching behavior expectations at our school is to enable students to become self-regulators. Students who learn discipline now will be successful in the adult career world, where behaviors are no longer taught, but expected. Accountability for student behavior is based on the type of infraction a student commits, and the consequences of bad behavior should correlate to the level of the infraction. Level 1 infractions are behaviors that do not interrupt classroom learning; level 2 infractions disrupt the learning environment, and level 3 infractions make the learning environment unsafe. The consequences should always match the level of the offending action.
III. The student-teacher relationship and relationship-based discipline is the best preventative to major infractions.
The cornerstone of our discipline plan is relationships. The faculty and staff of Pollock Moore Academy believe that the student-teacher relationship is critical to student success. We also believe that relationship building can prevent many discipline problems because when students understand that we are all here to support them and to teach them to act professionally, then they are motivated to behave properly. Relationships also allow us to teach students discipline, soft skills, and social skills by gently guiding each student to good behavior, instead of forcing them into compliance. Relationships not only promote discipline, but they also foster student success and a positive learning environment at school.
Types of Disciplinary Infractions
I. Level 1 Infractions: Teacher-Managed Behavior of the PMA Way / Level 1 Infractions
Pollock Moore Academy believes that poor choices or bad behaviors can be classified into three tiers. Level 1 Infractions are managed by the teacher in the classroom until they reach the level of class disruption, which is classified as three requests, warnings, or coachings by the teacher (which also normally includes verbal warning, name on board, and check). These behaviors include expectations for our students to learn how to be a good member of society, a coachable employee, and an independent learner.
Our teachers strive to teach each of the PMA Way Behavior Expectations during the first twenty-five days of school, and then we hold our students accountable to this level of structure. We believe that student discipline and mastery level learning is correlated to our school environment, and we strive to teach our students to self-manage their behaviors. The PMA Way is also a way for our educators, parents, and students to practice soft skills that will help students perform well in their future place of employment.
All of our teachers strive to use the following discipline approach with students who choose to disregard the PMA Way or make a mistake with their behavior. The teacher will first verbally request for the student to change his or her behavior. If the behavior continues, the teacher asks the student to put his or her name on the board, and the teacher will talk to the student about the behavior and try to teach the correct expectation during a work session. If the behavior still persists, then the the teacher (or teacher with the student) will contact a parent and assign a detention; the student puts a check by his or her name. If a student receives two checks, then the behavior is considered a class disruption or Level 2 Infraction, which is when the student would be required to report to an administrator.
II. Level 2 Infractions: Office-Managed Behavior of School Interruptions / Level 2 Infractions
Level 2 Infractions are managed by administration because these types of behaviors prevent the class from learning or interrupt classroom learning. These infractions include fighting, arguing, incivility, and other similar behaviors that distract from learning. Level 1 infractions can become a level 2 infraction when teachers have continually worked with a student, but the student has not changed his or her behavior. After three reminders or requests during one class period, the student’s next bad behavior is classified as a level 2 infraction, and the student would be referred to the office. Students who commit a crime outside of school are also committing a level 2 infraction against the school discipline code.
If a student commits a level 2 offense, then an administrator will meet with the student in private to discuss the behavior, notify parents, and plan a course of action. The course of action would depend on the severity of the offense, but in general a level 2 offense would result in removal from the school for the day or isolation within the school building for the remainder of the school day. The second instance of a level 2 offense would normally result in removal or isolation followed by one day of at home suspension. The third instance of a level 2 offense would normally result in removal or isolation followed by two days of at home suspension. Students are expected to complete their classwork online during at home suspensions. More than three instances of level 2 infractions is considered a level 3 infraction.
Fighting, assault, or any form of physical violence are special level 2 offenses that are considered to cause not only classroom interruptions, but also endangerment to members of the learning community. Physical violence will result in an automatic three days of at home suspension, followed by a parent conference. Students who are of age may also be charged with a crime by law enforcement for fighting or assault. During the parent conference, the administrators will work out a behavior contract with the student and a parent or guardian. The student will not be allowed to return to school until the conference is held. The administrator, student, and guardian must agree to the terms set forth in the behavior contract in order for the student to return to school. If the student breaks the terms of the contract, then it is considered a level 3 infraction and will result in an expulsion hearing and probable expulsion from the school.
III. Level 3 Infractions: Zero Tolerance for Extreme Behavior Infractions / Level 3 Infractions
Pollock Moore Academy has a zero tolerance policy for extreme criminal behavior. Level 3 infractions are behaviors that make our school unsafe for our stakeholders and include possessing firearms, weapons, or illegal drugs. Continuous level 2 behaviors are also considered to be a level 3 infraction. Students who commit a level 3 infraction will be immediately isolated, reported to law enforcement, and released to their parent or guardian only if approved by law enforcement. The school will then conduct an expulsion hearing within ten days. Students who commit a level 3 offense will not be allowed to return to campus for any reason until the hearing has been held.
An expulsion hearing is a meeting with at least one administrator, one teacher, one board member, one member of law enforcement, the student, a guardian, and the school attorney, whereby the committee representing the school decides if the student committed a level 3 offense and if he or she should be expelled from the school. Expulsion means that the student ends his or her relationship with the school, cannot re-enroll at Pollock Moore Academy in the future, and is never allowed on school property or at school events. If the student is not expelled from the school, then the team will create a behavior contract that must be followed by all parties. In the event that the student is offered a contract in lieu of expulsion, the student will also serve four days of at home suspension before returning to school. The student is responsible for completing all school work during his or her suspension.
Our Behavior Expectations
I. Level 1 Infractions: Teacher-Managed Behavior of the PMA Way / Level 1 Infractions
1. Help the class learn.
- Make eye contact and track the person who is speaking.
- Do not talk while the teacher or someone the teacher has selected is talking.
- If you would like to be called on, then raise your hand, and the teacher will call on you if it is an appropriate time.
- If the teacher calls on you for any reason, stand and address the teacher or the class in complete sentences. If you are the leader, stand and address the group confidently.
- Participate appropriately. Do not talk during class, unless the teacher has instructed you to do so.
- When the class is doing a call and response, participate actively.
- Do not get out of your seat without permission unless you are sick. If you become sick and need to go to the restroom, leave the classroom immediately and do so.
- The adult in charge will tell you when to move from your seat to another location. Stay seated unless the adult instructs you to move.
2. Follow the leader and act professionally.
- Give all adults, community members, student leaders, and students respect.
- Answer others with a clear response using “sir” or “ma’am.”
- Always comply with an adult’s directions without arguing.
- If you disagree with an adult’s decision, speak to him or her after class or in private; if you still disagree, and this is an important issue, then talk to an adult above him or her in the school’s chain of command.
- Do not complain about teachers to other teachers.
- Do not smack your lips, suck your teeth, tsk, roll your eyes, or show disrespect with gestures.
- If an adult is disciplining a student, do not interrupt and do not tease the other student.
- When you are given something from someone, never insult that person by making negative comments about the gift or by insinuating that it wasn’t appreciated. If you do not want whatever is being given, it is polite to say, “No thank you.” If the person insists that you receive one, then you say, “Thank you” and you take it politely.
- Whenever you are offered something, never take more than your fair share.
- Do not curse or use swear words.
3. Use healthy habits.
- When you cough, sneeze, or burp, turn your head away from others and cover your mouth with your inner elbow. Afterward say, “Excuse me.”
- If you need to blow your nose, step away from the group to do so and wash or sanitize your hands afterwards.
- Flush the toilet and wash your hands after using the restroom.
- Keep the bathrooms clean and graffiti-free.
- Clean up after yourself.
- Keep the school drug, alcohol, and tobacco free.
- Use good hygiene.
4. Be a good person to eat next to by using dining etiquette.
- When we are eating, you should remain seated for the whole course of the meal, snack, or time period, except to take your tray, clean your area, or dispose of trash.
- Eat with your mouth closed, without burping at the table, and without slurping your drink.
- Clean up after yourself.
- Engage with your neighbor in conversation.
- Keep devices away during meal times.
5. Be nice.
- If someone drops something, pick it up and hand it back to them.
- If you approach a door and someone is following you, hold the door.
- If someone bumps into you, say “excuse me,” even if it was not your fault. If you bump into someone else, say “excuse me.”
- If you hear someone sneeze (except during testing), say, “bless you.”
- Always say “please” when you are asking for something and “thank you” when someone gives you something. Use sir and ma’am.
6. Be a good host.
- Greet people in the building by name (unless it is quiet time).
- Wear your ID and lanyard to school.
- If you see someone with a visitor’s pass on, take time to greet them and welcome them to PMA.
- If you see an unfamiliar adult in the school without a visitor’s pass, let your teacher know immediately and do not talk to the adult until he or she has a visitor’s pass.
7. Be a good guest.
- On a field trip, enter a public building quietly and in a line.
- Remember and thank the people responsible for your trip (both the chaperones and hosts).
- Do not leave trash behind.
- Be quiet and attentive when in someone else’s building.
8. Be a good sport.
- If you win or do well at something, do not brag.
- If you lose, do not show anger.
- Do not give up in the middle of a game.
- During discussions, respect other students’ comments, opinions, and ideas.
9. Be courteous during an assembly.
- During an assembly, do not speak and do not look around and try to get the attention of your friends in other classes.
- Pay close attention to whomever is speaking and participate during assemblies when asked to by adults.
- Remain quiet and attentive by tracking the speaker.
- If we are in a pep rally, participate and show school pride.
10. Be a good citizen.
- During the pledge and moment of silence, stand.
- Put your hand over your heart and say the pledge in unison with the class or put your hand over your heart and remain silent during the pledge.
- Stand and remain silent during the moment of silence with your heads bowed respectfully.
11. Be safe.
- Know and follow safety protocols for all locations (classrooms, cafeteria, gym, auditorium) and needs (tornado, fire, codes).
- When in a line, walk single file, two to three feet behind the person in front of you, facing forward, without talking, and without skipping in line.
- If you are changing classes or walking in the hallway without being in a line, then you should always stay to the right side of the hallway and talk quietly in the hallway.
- On the bus, sit quietly facing forward with all possessions secure. Do not ever throw anything on the bus. Be quiet when the school bus stops, especially before railroads.
- When we ride on a bus, we will always sit facing forward. We will never turn around to talk to other students, stick anything out of the windows, or get out of our seats. When we exit the bus, we will always thank the bus driver and tell him to have a good day.
12. Participate actively in class.
- When we read together or work together in class, you must follow along. If a teacher calls on you to read, you must know exactly where we are and begin to read immediately.
- Do not argue with the teacher about it being your turn to read or participate.
- If a teacher calls on you, make a reply; if you do not know the answer ask for help or a clue.
- When the teacher assigns work, there is to be no moaning or complaining.
- When we are doing call and response, everyone should be participating actively.
13. Use time wisely and perform tasks with a sense of urgency.
- When we are in transition from one task to another, the change will be swift, quiet, and orderly. We should be consistently able to turn from one book to another, complete with all homework and necessary materials, as quickly as possible.
- If we are walking from one place to another, we will do so quickly and orderly.
14. Keep your areas clean.
- You will make every effort to be as organized as possible in the classroom and in the locker room.
- If you drop or see a piece of trash, pick it up and throw it away.
- After we eat, we will clean up after ourselves. This includes cleaning off the tables and making sure we haven’t left any trash on the floor or around the eating area.
- It is important to be responsible for your trash no matter where you are and to be sure not to litter.
- Do not touch the walls. We do not want to fade the murals.
15. Be considerate of other people.
- Make others feel included.
- If any child in this school is bothering you, let your teacher know. No one in this school will be allowed to bully you or make you feel uncomfortable.
- In return, we ask that you not take matters into your own hands.
16. Put forth your best effort.
- Complete your assigned tasks with a sense of urgency, but be neat and respectful even when being quick.
- Be the best person you can be every day at school. Strive for continuous improvement.
- Ask for help when needed.
- No matter what the circumstances, always be honest. Even if you have done something wrong, it is best to admit it to the teacher because we respect that.
- Do not cheat or plagiarize.
17. Dress appropriately for the occasion.
- Listen to directions and read announcements regarding dress code for every occasion. Regular school days require business casual dress. All dress codes defined on the dress code page in full. Dress codes include athletic wear, casual wear, business casual, business professional, semi-formal attire, and formal attire.
- In general, all students should maintain good hygiene and always be presentable for every occasion. No student should ever be dressed in a way that embarrases Pollock Moore Academy or demeans the academic goals of our school. Students may wear leggings under dresses and skirts that meet the fingertip rule. Students should not have holes in their clothes. Makeup and hair style should be appropriate for the occasion. Shoes should match the purpose and attire.
- No student should be showing cleaving or chest, too much leg, or an exposed midriff. Appropriate length for all shirts, dresses, and shorts must be longer than the person’s fingertips when hanging gently by both sides.
- No one should wear clothing that contains references to school inappropriate content including gangs, alcohol, sex, and drugs.
- The administrators reserve the right to decide if something is inappropriate for the occasion.
18. Be responsible for school devices.
- When using a school device (iPad, iPod, computer, active board, etc.), be on task.
- Make sure your hands are clean, and do not put any food or drink near the device.
- Put as much of your personal belongings on the floor or on an empty desk so that nothing gets placed on top of the device.
- Use your assigned number or use the device your teacher has asked you to use.
- If you are walking with a device, use both hands and be extremely careful.
- Do not change device settings, wallpaper, app locations, or passcodes.
- Report any issues with the device to your teacher immediately.
- Do not download apps.
19. Be responsible for personal items.
- Keep your belongings neat and orderly.
- Use your teacher’s belongings carefully.
- Do not vandalize or write on other people’s property, including doors, bulletin boards, tables, and desks.
20. Pay your financial dues.
- Pay your debts owed to the school, media center, athletics, etc. in a timely manner. If you need to discuss a debt, talk to the person in charge of the debt as soon as possible.
21. Speak appropriately in conversations and discussions.
- Speak in and answer all questions with a complete sentence.
- If you are asked a question in conversation, you should answer them and ask a question in return. It is only polite to show others that you are just as interested in them as they are in you.
- Do not use cuss words or inappropriate slang.
22. Be encouraging.
- If someone in the class wins a game or does something well, we will congratulate that person.
- Surprise others by performing random acts of kindness. Go out of your way to do something surprisingly kind and generous for someone at least once a month.
- Accept that you are going to make mistakes. Learn from them and move on. When you see someone else make a mistake, help them fix their mistake, and move on.
- Speak well of your school. If you don’t like how we are doing something, talk to your teacher or administrator.
23. Use proper phone etiquette.
- When you answer the phone, you should do so in an appropriate manner.
- Say, “Hello” or follow the business’ protocol.
- If you need to have someone else come to the phone, you say, “Please wait a moment.”
- When you are ready to hang up the phone, you say, “Thank you for calling. I will talk to you later.”
- Do not hang up on the caller.
24. Use proper email etiquette.
- If you are emailing someone, greet them, provide a reason for the email with an explanation or question, and close the email by thanking them.
- Use proper and formal Standard American English.
- Emailing is not the same as texting, and emails must be professional.
- Always say please and thank you in an email.
- You may need to identify yourself in the email if you are emailing someone new or unfamiliar.
25. Guide people to the PMA Way.
- If you see someone not following the Pollock Moore Academy Way, gently remind them of our expectations.
- Be a role model to other citizens.
II. Level 2 Infractions: Office-Managed Behavior of Level 2 Infractions
- No physical fighting, altercations, or assault.
- No loud and disruptive arguing.
- No student incivility or pattern of disrespect or disregard for the behavior expectations.
- No distracting from learning, the learning community, and the school culture.
- No bullying or hate speech in person or online.
III. Level 3 Infractions: Zero Tolerance for Extreme Behavior Infractions / Level 3 Infractions
1. No firearms allowed on school property.
2. No weapons (knives, bombs, etc.) allowed on school property.
3. No illegal drugs or drug-related activity allowed on school property.
4. No alcoholic drinks or alcohol-related activity allowed on school property.
5. No tobacco or tobacco-related activity within the school building.
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This Comprehensive Discipline Plan is pending approval by the
Pollock Moore Academy Board of Directors.