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Student Handbook

 

 

 BELL MIDDLE SCHOOL 

2022-2023 STUDENT SUPPORT 

And Response to Behavior PLAN

 

Bell Problem Solvers:

 

When challenges and conflicts arise, adults and students must seek to resolve at the lowest level possible. There has to be a collective effort to investigate and resolve whatever issues arise. 

 

Bell Advocates for Others:

 

We understand that each situation and each student is unique. Every student deserves to have an advocate. The advocate/mentor should model and teach what it means to be a good community member and seek to understand more than to be understood.

 

Bell Relationship Builders:

 

Staff should deliberately work on building rapport with all students. Deliberate activities that create rapport should be permanently in place and used to build and to maintain student teacher relationships throughout the year.

 

Bell Reflective Learners:

 

Below are the common behaviors for which we write referrals and suspend students from class and/or school. We want students and staff to be reflective on the root cause of these behaviors, how each one contributes to the behaviors and how to celebrate when these behaviors are at a minimal or non-existent. 

 

SDUSD Restorative Discipline Policy (Complete)

 

LEVEL ONE AND TWO BEHAVIORS/SUPPORTS

SDUSD Restorative Response Matrix

 

Process to contact counselors is in the process of being developed. 

 

In the meantime, please make an attempt to call the counselor or radio the counselor before sending the student to the counselor center. If you can’t reach the counselor, call or radio security to pick the student up.

 

Defiance - refusal to follow teacher directives

 

Progressive Responses:

  1. Teacher deliberately creates/ builds rapport with students to foster a safe and collaborative setting and maybe reveal root cause

  2. Teacher repeats the instruction individually to the student and ask students to repeat expectations back 

  3. Teacher has an individual conference with students to further understand the root cause of the problem/issue/conflict. Reach an appropriate resolution/consequence

  4. Teacher/Student - Student calls home to explain behavior/situation during the class period 

  5. Referral to school counselor for reflection and redirection 

    1.  Call home if necessary, conference with student/teacher regarding behavior/situation

    2. Student should not be sent back to class that period 

      1. Should have coaching on how to apologize to the teacher and/or class when they return the following day

  6. Upon return if behavior continues send to Assistant Principal if we see no improvement/remorse

    1. Staff member should assign lunch detention

    2. AP will decide course of action

 

Disruption in class/making noises/tapping

 

Progressive Responses:

  1. Teacher - Verbal Warning, follow up appropriate behavior expectations 

  2. Teacher - Individual conference with student 

  3. Teacher - Seat change or buddy room/call home (same day)

  4. Referral to school counselor for reflection and redirection 

    1. school counselor - Call home if necessary, conference with student/teacher regarding behavior/situation

    2. Student should not be sent back to class that period 

      1. Should have coaching on how to apologize to the teacher and/or class when they return the following day

  5. Upon return if behavior continues send to Assistant Principal if we see no improvement/remorse

    1. AP will decide course of action 

 

Disrespect towards peers/staff

 

  1. Teacher: Conference with alleged perpetrator to hear harm 

    1. Use restorative language and/or restorative follow-up

  2. Send student to school counselor for mediation between students/staff

  3. Send to Assistant Principal if not resolved during mediation and/or another offense between students

    1. AP will decide course of action 

    2. Parent call at this point 

      1. Prior to this, parent call will be determined based on the situation/conflict

 

Misuse of Supplies/Materials 

Example: misuse of glue, scissors, books, etc. 

 

  1. Teacher - Verbal Warning 

  2. Teacher - Remove from student and revoke privilege for the day 

  3. Teacher - Remove from student and revoke privilege for the week 

  4. Teacher - Remove from student and revoke privilege for the rest of the semester/school year 

    1. Referral - Send to school counselor for reflection 

 

Misuse of Technology (Laptops/Phones)

 

  1. Teacher - Verbal Warning 

  2. Teacher - Remove from student and revoke privilege for the day 

    1. Teacher - Call home

  3. Teacher - Remove from student and revoke privilege for the week 

    1. Teacher - Call home 

  4. Teacher Remove from student and revoke privilege for the rest of the semester/school year 

    1. Referral - Send to Assistant Principal who will determine course of action 

 

Note: Depending on the severity of misuse, the teacher may choose to skip steps. 

 

Cheating on an Assignment

 

  1. Teacher should provide a consequence to be determined by the teacher and the teacher should notify the parent/guardian

  2. Teacher notify counselor for a check-in with student and documentation

  3. Notify Assistant Principal and Assistant Principal will decide the course of action

 

Loud Voice 

 

  1. Teacher - Reminder of rules 

  2. Teacher - Time out 

  3. Teacher - Buddy Room 

  4. Teacher - Letter of Apology to Class

  5. Teacher - Call Home 

  6. Refer to admin for detention 

 

Dress Code 

 

  1. Any staff member who witnesses it should verbally instruct the student to adjust clothing 

  2. If a change of clothes is necessary any adult can send the student to the bathroom to change

  3. If 1 and 2 don’t resolve the issue, call security or send the student to front office with a pass to get clothing from the pantry 

 

PDA

 

  1. Any staff member who witnesses it should instruct them to stop and remind of school expectations

  2. Send email to counseling to have a discussion with students and call home 

  3. If it continues please send a referral to admin/designee for a phone call home and resolution

 

Verbal Bullying 

 

  1. Any staff member who witnesses it should send a referral to school counselor for coaching and restorative actions

  2. If the student is a repeat offender, any staff member who witnesses it should send a referral to the counselor for counseling, documentation and call home

  3. Continuous behavior with no improvement should result in a referral to  admin/designee for district bullying report and call home

 

Absences/Tardies 

 

  1. Teacher - Reminder to be on time

    1. Attendance clerk calls home regarding daily absences 

  2. Teacher - Lower citizenship 

    1. Excused absences/tardies should not impact citizenship grades 

  3. Teacher - refer to school counselor to call home and/or detention 

  4. Teacher - refer to counselor/nurse/attendance clerk (SART Team)

    1. Attendance letter sent home 

  5. Admin/designee and counselor will conduct a home visit 

  6. Admin/designee will request school police conduct a home visit

 

Littering 

 

  1. Any Adult Staff - Positive redirection to pick up trash 

  2. Referral - Send to counselor for campus beautification

 

Sleeping in Class

 

  1. Teacher - Positive redirection, document 

  2. Teacher - Contact parent, refer to Nurse or Counselor if necessary 

  3. Teacher - Documentation follow up

 

Profanity (General)

 

  1. Any staff member can provide positive redirection, reiterate expectations 

  2. When appropriate, the staff member can contact parent/guardian 

  3. Any staff member can submit a referral to counselor for counseling and documentation

  4. Counselor can defer to admin/designee for resolution if previous attempts don’t help

 

Profanity (At Person)

 

  1. Any staff member can submit a referral to school counselor for documentation and restorative actions

  2. Any staff member can submit a referral to counseling for mediation, detention, or parent conference 

  3. Counselor can defer to admin/designee for resolution if previous attempts don’t help

 

Physical Bullying 

 

  1. Any adult depending on the situation  - Interview all students involved to get statements, 

  2. Referral to school counselor or further investigation, mediation, documentation and call home

  3. Repeat step 1, then Refer to AP for district bully report submission and consequences determined by AP

  4. School counselor should conduct a follow-up with each student involved

 

LEVEL THREE AND FOUR BEHAVIORS/SUPPORTS

SDUSD Restorative Response Matrix

 

Stealing

 

  1. Any staff member should notify security and admin/designee

  2. Any staff member should gather written statements from witnesses

  3. Any staff member should send all statements to front office for admin/designee

  4. Admin search (DO NOT LEAVE STUDENT ALONE OR SEND TO OFFICE ALONE)

  5. Admin/designee should investigate, call parents and respond to behavior accordingly (issue consequences/ conduct mediation/student contract)

  6. Admin/designee will issue a consequence

  7. School counselor should conduct a follow-up with each student involved

 

Vandalism

 

  1. Any staff member who sees it should notify security and admin/designee and take photos

  2. If the student(s) is still present they need to be detained with an adult 

  3. Admin/designee will issue consequence 

  4. School counselor should conduct a follow-up with each student involved

 

Alcohol/Drug/Tobacco/Smoking Paraphernalia 

 

  1. Any staff member should notify security and admin/designee immediately

(DO NOT LEAVE STUDENT ALONE OR SEND TO OFFICE ALONE)

  1. Any staff member should gather written statements from witnesses (if applicable)

  2. Any staff member should send all statements to front office for admin/designee

  3. Admin/designee search the student

AR 5145.12 Search and Seizure SDUSD

  1. Any staff member should notify the nurse to check/treat (if applicable)

  2. Admin/designee will investigate, make parent contact and contact school police (if applicable) 

  3. Admin/designee will issue consequence 

  4. Admin/designee will refer to counseling and next steps

 

Weapons

 

  1. Any staff member should gather written statements from witnesses

  2. Admin search (DO NOT LEAVE STUDENT ALONE OR SEND TO OFFICE ALONE)

AR 5145.12 Search and Seizure SDUSD

  1. Admin investigation, parent contact and school police contact  

 

Physical Threats 

 

  1. Any staff member should gather written statements from witnesses

  2. Any staff member should notify and provide statements to the admin/designee to address/resolve

  3. School counselor should conduct a follow-up with each student involved

 

Fighting 

 

  1. Any staff member should notify security and admin/designee

  2. Any staff member should get all parties involved detain under the supervision of an adult

  3. Any staff member should gather written statements from students involved and witnesses

  4. Any staff member should send all statements to admin/designee for assessment 

    1. Nurse should be notified to check/treat injuries

    2. Serious Incidents - 

      1. Admin/designee should investigate, call parents and respond to behavior accordingly (issue consequences/ conduct mediation/student contract)

      2. Written documents should be maintained by the person who handles the incident

    3. Not Serious - 

      1. Counselor should investigate, call parents and respond to behavior accordingly (issue consequences/ conduct mediation/student contract)

      2. Written documents should be maintained by the person who handles the incident

  5. School counselor should conduct a follow-up with each student involved


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