We believe that children learn from mistakes. The discipline process is the school community’s response to a concern that a member has violated the values that we hold dear. The process is intended to further educate the student about the School’s values and expectations, to hold the student responsible for her/his actions, to remind the student of her/his commitment to the community, and to educate the community as well. Students are expected to cooperate in the investigations of infractions.
Disciplinary case records are kept in the appropriate Director of Student Life’s office for a period of five years.
- In-House Restrictions
- Disciplinary Warning
- Disciplinary Probation
- Evaluation/Rehabilitation: Under certain circumstances, as in the case of any drug or alcohol offense, the student may also be required to attend an evaluation/rehabilitation program in addition to one of the disciplinary possibilities above.
This Disciplinary Program (sometimes referred to “Program”) reflects one overall approach to discipline across the Long Trail School educational team. This Program is intended to provide consistency across all grades and classes in dealing with day-to-day and more serious disciplinary problems. Please note, however, that because the purposes of discipline – restoration, rehabilitation, deterrence, education and punishment – are so diverse, and the facts and circumstances of any particular situation so specific, that the scope and conditions of any discipline are ultimately within the discretion of the Head of School or his designee.
All Long Trail students are held accountable for their behavior on or off campus. All disciplinary decisions are the sole discretion of the School. Violations of school rules are dealt with on a case-by-case basis, in light of the specific circumstances and the welfare of the entire school community. Students who violate school rules should expect swift consequences. The School reserves the right to determine that a particular action or attitude, whether listed below or not, is so injurious to the health of the community as to warrant a student’s separation from the School regardless of a student’s previous disciplinary status. In such cases, the Head of School may dismiss a student immediately if he thinks it is in the best interest of the School. The explanation that is set forth here regarding this Program should not create any expectations in our students or families that it will be followed in every instance, as the Head of School or this designee retains the discretion to depart from this Program in determing discipline.
A step program is a system for addressing student behavior that is not responsive to the classroom management plan on a consistent basis. Students and parents should familiarize themselves with this Step Program in an effort to avoid confusion if the student’s behavior warrants this level of intervention.
Step 1: Phone call and warning from the classroom teacher. If a student fails to observe a rule after the teacher has reminded the student of the rule being violated, the teacher will contact a parent by phone to discuss the misbehavior and inform the Director of Middle School/ Upper School Student Life by recording the step in the Students of Concern log.
Step 2: Phone call home from the Director of Student Life. If similar behavior continues, the Director of Student Life will call a parent of the student to explain the violation and the procedure that will follow if the behavior continues. The Director of Student Life will record this in the Students of Concern log. This student will be brought up at the monthly Students of Concern meeting.
Step 3: Detention. If, after progressing through the first two steps, the student continues to misbehave, the student will be required to attend after-school detention. The Director of Student Life will contact a parent by phone and send an email. After-school detention is a 1 hour period supervised by staff and has special rules. It is not be confused with staying after school for a teacher. A student will be ineligible for all extracurricular activities until the detention is satisfactorily completed. A student who is ineligible loses all privileges including, but not limited to: field trips, school dances, athletics and clubs.
A student may proceed directly to Step 3 if he or she:
- directly challenges the authority of any staff member;
- disobeys or acts disrespectfully toward an adult during a school-related activity;
- is involved in a fight;
- is in possession of items that do not belong to him/her without permission;
- uses profanity, vulgarity or an obscenity;
- fails to attend classes without a valid excuse;
- throws, spits, or shoots any object in school or on school grounds;
- fails to come before or after school upon the request of a teacher for disciplinary reasons (without a valid excuse); or
- defaces school or private property during a school activity or school-sponsored event.
At any time during the program, the student may be removed from the Students of Concern list, if no other violation occurs within 30 school days.
Step 4: Behavior Plan. If another violation occurs within 30 school days, the student and parents will be required to attend a conference to devise a behavior plan.The student and Director of Student Life will develop a behavior plan with input from the teacher involved. If a parent is unable to be present while the plan is being developed, the plan will be sent home for a parent’s signature. The Director of Student Life will have a conference with the student after the plan is developed.
The student and parent will be given a written explanation for the next step should the student’s behavior continue to violate school rules. The student will be placed on Step 5 if the objectives of the plan are not met within 30 days.
Step 5: Extended removal from class, temporary loss of privileges and in-school assignment.
This step can be handled through before or after school time, as well as during the school day. In all cases, the student will be provided class work and given credit for any work completed during that time. When a student receives a Step 5, the Director of Student Life will contact a parent in writing. The duration of Step 5 will be determined by the Director of Student Life and Dean of Academics. While on Step 5, the student must:
arrive on time to report for placement and assignments;
remain silent, complete schoolwork or read;
bring appropriate materials for daily and/or make-up assignments;
stay awake and have proper posture throughout the day;
understand that carelessly done work will not be accepted as fulfilling requirements;
bring lunch to be eaten in the assigned place.
While on Step 5, the student will not be eligible for extracurricular activities. If no other violation happens after 30 days, the student will be eligible again to participate in all school activities.
A student will be placed directly on Step 5 if he or she:
- commits an act of gross disobedience or misconduct which is evidenced by a severe violation of the Long Trail Honor Code;
- verbally harasses, provokes, or threatens an adult or another student;
- is involved in a physical fight;
- uses tobacco, alcohol or any other illegal drugs on school property or at school-sponsored activities (If the student has proof of therapy or attendance in a drug/alcohol program to educate and support himself/herself, the suspension may be reduced);
- vandalizes school or private property at any school-sponsored event;
- steals at school or during any school-sponsored event; or
- is in possession of any type of a weapon at school or during any school-sponsored event (possession of knives and/or guns will result in immediate removal from school property).
No discipline of less than three days out-of-school break shall be appealable to the Head of School.