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Behavior Matrix

The below behavior matrix will be used by school administration when determining consequences in response to student behavior and actions. The overall goal of our behavior matrix is to help students recognize the harm they've caused and find ways to repair that harm. In addition, one of our primary concerns is protecting student and community safety. All actions within a box will be used for each student action unless the student is unwilling to engage in the restorative actions. If a student is unwilling to engage in restorative practices, potentially more severe consequences may be issued.

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

- Minor behavioral OR first reported incident.

- Moderate behavioral OR second reported incident.

- Severe behavioral OR continued incidents.

 

Behavior

1st Incident/Level

2nd Incident/Level

3rd Incident/Level

Absences

       1st truancy letter at 3 unexcused absences

 

       2nd truancy letter at 5 unexcused absences

       SART meeting (Truancy Mediation) with family, teacher and counselor if necessary

       Teacher notification of process

       3rd truancy letter at 7 unexcused absences

       SARB (Truancy Mediation) meeting at 9 unexcused absences

       Teacher notification of results

 

Arson

       5 day suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Restorative circles*

       Counselor referral

       5 hrs. community service

       Police report

       Possibility of expulsion recom.

       Suspension pending expulsion process (Ed. Code required)

       Expulsion recommended

       Guardian + student conference

       Restorative circles*

       10 hrs. community service

       Police report

 

 

Assault/Battery/Fighting

 

 

 

- Self-defense

 

 

       Guardian contact

       Conflict resolution or circle*

       Counselor referral

       Guardian + student conference

       Conflict resolution or circle*

       Counselor referral

       Guardian + student conference

       Conflict resolution or circle*

       Counselor follow-up

- Caused minor injury

       After-school detention

       Guardian + student conference

       Conflict resolution or circle*

 

       1-2 day in-school suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Conflict resolution or circle*

       Counselor referral

        1-5 day suspension

        Guardian + student conference

       Conflict resolution or circle*

       Counselor follow-up

- Caused serious injury

(not mutual combat)

       1-2 days in-school suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Conflict resolution or circle*

       Counselor referral

       1-2 day suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Conflict resolution or circle*

       Counselor follow-up

 

 

       1-5 day suspension

       Possibility of expulsion recommendation

       Guardian + student conference

       Conflict resolution or circle*

       Counselor follow-up

- Mutual combat/fighting

 

 

 

       1-3 day suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Conflict resolution or circle*

 

       2-4 day suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Conflict resolution or circle*

       Counselor referral

       3-5 day suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Conflict resolution or circle*

       Counselor follow-up

- Willfully caused serious injury, except in self-defense

 

- Physical assault/battery

 

- Sexual assault – aggressive and unwanted sexual/intimate contact (Ed. Code required)

       Suspension pending expulsion process

       Expulsion recommended

       Police report

       Guardian, student, counselor and admin conference

 

 

 

Cutting Class

(15 min + of class)

 

 

 

 

 

- On Campus without permission

 

       Trash duty of double the time cut with a cap of 5 days

       Guardian + teacher notified

       After-school detention of double the time cut with a cap of 2 detentions

       Guardian + student conference

       Counselor referral

       Teacher notified

       1 day in-school suspension

       Guardian, student, teacher and counselor conference

       Counselor follow-up

       Possible referral to SART/SARB

       Teacher notified

- Off campus/leaving without permission

 

       Student's safety is ensured by calling parent, contacts, and if that fails, the police

       After-school detention of double the time cut with a cap of 2

       Guardian + student conference

       Guardian + teacher notified

       Student's safety is ensured by calling parent, contacts, and if that fails, the police

       1 day in-school suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Counselor referral

       Teacher notified

       Student's safety is ensured by calling parent, contacts, and if that fails, the police

       2 day in-school suspension

       Guardian, student, teacher, and counselor conference

       Counselor follow-up

       Possible referral to SART/SARB

       Teacher notified

Defiance or Disruption

 

 

 

- Minor: Student does not follow repeated directions or requests from staff; action momentarily interrupts instruction, event or program

 

 

       30 minutes of campus beautification

       Restorative action

       Guardian contact

 

       60 minutes of campus beautification

       Restorative action

       1-2 day class suspension possible

       Restorative conference with student, teacher, and admin

       Guardian contact

       In-school suspension

       Restorative action

       Restorative conference with student, guardian, teacher, and admin

       Counselor referral

- Major or repetitive: Student does not follow repeated directions or requests from staff; action interrupts or stops instruction, event or program; administrator or supervisor support required

       After-school detention

       1 day class suspension

       Restorative circle*

       Guardian + student conference

       1 day in-school suspension

       Restorative circle*

       Guardian + student reintegration conference

       Counselor referral

       Possible 1-3 day suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Conflict circle*

       Counselor follow-up

Drugs and Controlled Substances

 

 

 

 

 

- Selling, buying, distributing

 

 

       Suspension pending expulsion process (Ed. Code required)

       Expulsion recommended

       Police report

       Guardian, student, counselor and admin conference

 

 

 

 

- Possession

 

 

       1 day suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Item turned over to police

       Restorative circle*

       Counselor referral

       2-3 day suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Item turned over to police

       Restorative circle*

       Counselor follow-up

 

 

       3-5 day suspension

       Possible expulsion recommendation

       Guardian + student conference

       Item turned over to police

       Restorative circle*

       Counselor follow-up

 

- Under the influence

       2-3 day suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Restorative circle*

       Counselor referral

       3-5 day suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Restorative circle*

       Counselor follow-up

       Random bag checks possible

       5 day suspension

       Possible expulsion recommended

       Counselor follow-up

       Random bag checks possible

 

Drug Paraphernalia

 

 

 

- Possession

 

 

 

 

       1 day in-school suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Item turned over to police

       Restorative circle*

       Counselor referral

       2-3 day suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Item turned over to police

       Restorative circle*

       Counselor follow-up

       Random bag checks possible

       3-5 day suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Item turned over to police

       Random bag checks possible

 

- Sale

       2-3 day suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Item turned over to police

       Restorative circle*

       Counselor referral

       3-5 day suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Item turned over to police

       Restorative circle*

       Counselor follow-up

 

       Suspension pending expulsion process (Ed. Code required)

       Expulsion recommended

       Guardian, student + counselor conference

       Item turned over to police

Electronics

 

 

 

-Possession or use

       Device taken and logged in the office

       Device taken and logged in the office, guardian phone call to release

       3rd - Device taken and logged in office, guardian pick up

       4th - Device taken and logged in office, guardian/student/admin conference

 

-Recording a fight

       3 hours of community service

       Reflection assignment

       Guardian contact

       3 hours of community service

       Reflection assignment

       Guardian contact

       9 hours of community service

       Reflection assignment

       Guardian contact

Falsifying Records

       Guardian + student conference

       Reflective assignment

       Warning of loss of privilege related to falsification/positions of trust

       Guardian + student conference

       Reflective assignment

       Loss of privilege related to falsification/positions of trust

       1 day in-school suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Reflective assignment

       Loss of positions of trust

- Falsely representing people or facts on school documents

Fire Alarms

       1-2 day in-school suspension

       5 days of trash duty

       Reflective assignment

       Restorative circle               

       2 day suspension

       5 days trash duty

       Reflective assignment

       Restorative circle

       3-5 day suspension

       5 days trash duty

       Reflective assignment

       Restorative circle

- Pulling

Gambling

       3 days trash duty

       Confiscation of equipment for guardian pick-up

       Restorative circle

 

       After-school detention

       Confiscation of equipment

       Guardian + student conference

       Restorative circle

       Counselor referral

       1+ day in-school suspension

       Confiscation of equipment

       Guardian + student conference

       Restorative circle

       Counselor referral

 

Harassment & Bullying

       After-school detention

       Guardian + student conference

       Conflict resolution or restorative circle*

       Educational/reflective assignment

       1 day in-school suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Conflict resolution or restorative circle*

       Educational/reflective assignment

       Harassment contract

       Counselor referral

       1-5 day suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Conflict resolution or restorative circle*

       Educational/reflective assignment

       Counselor follow-up

       Possible schedule change

 

- Unwelcome comments [spoken, written, electronic] or acts, which are ongoing, one-sided and make the recipient feel powerless and/or creates a hostile environment

Hate Acts

      See the consequence for each act plus any or all of the consequences for hate speech

      See the consequence for each act plus any or all of the consequences for hate speech

      See the consequence for each act plus any or all of the consequences for hate speech

- Harmful action against someone for their real or perceived identify.

Hate Speech

      Guardian contact

      Research and written reflection about the specific area of hate

      Restorative circle*

      Make amends with group impacted

      Counselor referral

      1 day in-school suspension

      Guardian + student conference

      Research and written reflection

      Restorative circle*

      Make amends with group impacted

      Counselor referral

      1-5 day suspension

      Guardian + student conference

      Research and written reflection

      Restorative circle*

      Make amends with group impacted

      Counselor follow-up

 

- Slur or derogatory comment about one’s real or perceived identity. This includes body size, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

Incendiary Devices

(matches, lighters, etc.)

 

 

 

-Possession

      30 minutes of campus beautification

      Guardian contact

      Confiscation of Item

      Restorative circle

      60 minutes of campus beautification

      Guardian contact

      Confiscation of Item

      Restorative circle

      1 day in-school suspension

      Guardian + student conference

      Confiscation of Item

      Restorative circle

      Random bag checks in morning

 

-Use

(lighting something on fire)

      1 day suspension

      Guardian contact

      Confiscation of Item

      Restorative circle

      2 day suspension

      Guardian contact

      Confiscation of Item

      Restorative circle

      3 day suspension

      Guardian + student conference

      Confiscation of Item

      Restorative circle

      Random bag checks in morning

Offensive Comment

      Behavior reflection form

      Conflict resolution

      Guardian contact

      30 minutes of campus beautification

      Behavior reflection form

      Conflict resolution

      Guardian contact

      60 minutes of campus beautification

      Behavior reflection form

      Conflict resolution

      Guardian contact

      Counselor referral

- Harmful or offensive comment that is not about a person’s identify.

 

Retaliation

       See the consequence for each act plus any or all of the following:

       Guardian contact

       Restorative circle*

       Counselor referral

       See the consequence for each act plus any or all of the following:

       1 day in-school suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Restorative circle*

       Counselor referral

       Retaliation contract

       See the consequence for each act plus any or all of the following:

       1-5 day suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Restorative circle*

       Counselor follow-up

       Retaliation contract

 

- Harming someone because they have caused or reported harm

Roughhousing

(not fighting)

       Verbal warning

       Teacher notifies asst. principal

       2 days trash duty

       Help students find activity

       After-school detention

       Guardian contact

       Conflict resolution

       Counselor referral

       Help students find activity

       1 + day in or out-of-school suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Conflict resolution

       Counselor follow-up

 

Selling, Buying, or Trading Items

       2 days trash duty

       Items, or $ earned, are returned to original owner

       Guardian contact

 

       After-school detention

       Items, or $ earned, are returned to original owner

       Guardian contact

       1 day in-school suspension

       Items, or $ earned, are returned to original owner and guardian to pick up

       Guardian + student conference

 

Sexual Harassment

       1 day in-school suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Restorative circle*

       Counselor referral

       1-3 day suspension

       Conference with student, guardian, and counselor

       Restorative circle*

       Restorative project or training

       Counselor referral

       Harassment contract

 

 

       3-5 day suspension

       Conference with student, guardian, and counselor

       Restorative circle*

       Restorative project or training

       Possible schedule change

       Counselor follow-up

- Verbal/visual (creating or displaying pictures, signs, gestures, inappropriate material or verbal statement)

 

- Physical contact (of another in the act of harassment), includes pansting

 

- Continual verbal, visual, or physical sexual harassment

Tardy

       1st - 3rd warning via auto-dialer

       4th - 5th lunch clean up

 

       6th after-school detention

       7th warning via auto-dialer

       8th - 9th lunch clean up

       10+ after-school detention

 

 

Theft/Possession of Stolen Property

       After school detention

       Restitution to individual(s) and community

       Guardian + student conference

       Restorative circle*

       Counselor referral

 

       1-2 day in-school suspension

       Restitution to individual(s) and community

       Guardian + student conference

       Police contacted if necessary

       Restorative circle*

       Counselor follow-up

       3+ day in-school suspension

       Restitution to individual(s) and community

       Guardian + student conference

       Police contacted if necessary

       Restorative circle*

       Counselor follow-up

 

Threats (student)

       1 day suspension in or out-of-school

       Guardian + student conference

       Conflict resolution or restorative circle*

       Counselor referral

       Police report possible

       2-3 day suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Conflict resolution or restorative circle*

       Counselor follow-up

       Police report possible

 

 

       3-5 day suspension

       Expulsion recommendation possible

       Guardian + student conference

       Conflict resolution or restorative circle*

       Counselor follow-up

       Possible report possible

- Witness intimidation using harassment and/or threat

 

- Threat of death or grave bodily injury

Threats (staff)

       1-2 day suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Police report

       Restorative conference*

       Counselor referral

       Consider class change

 

      2-3 day suspension

      Guardian + student conference

      Police report

      Restorative conference*

      Counselor follow-up

      Consider class change

 

 

      3-5 day suspension

      Expulsion recommendation possible

      Guardian + student conference

      Police report

      Restorative conference*

      Counselor follow-up

      Consider class change

- Threat of death or grave bodily injury against school official, or against school property

Vandalism, Graffiti, Destruction of Property

       1 day in-school suspension

       Restitution, clean up

       Guardian + student conference

       Police report possible

       2 day in-school suspension

       Restitution, clean up

       Guardian + student conference

       Police report

 

 

 

       3 day in-school suspension

       Restitution, clean up

       Guardian + student conference

       Police report

 

 

 

- Destruction or harm to school or personal property requiring clean up or resulting in financial loss

Verbal Abuse of a Staff Member

       Possible 1 day class suspension

       Restorative conference including guardian

       Possible 2-3 day class or in-school suspension

       Restorative conference including guardian

       Counselor referral

        Possible 3-5 day class or out of school suspension

        Restorative conference including guardian

        Counselor follow-up

 

Weapons, Explosives, Dangerous Objects, Imitation Firearms

 

 

 

 

- Possession of a knife or blade, real or imitation

 

       1-2 day suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Counseling referral

 

       3-5 day suspension

       Guardian + student conference

       Counseling follow-up

       Possibility of expulsion recommended

         Suspension pending expulsion

         Expulsion recommended

         Guardian + student conference

         Counseling follow-up

 

- Possession or use of a weapons, explosives, dangerous objects or imitation firearms

 

- Brandishing a knife

 

 

         Suspension pending expulsion (Ed. Code required)

         Expulsion recommended

         Police called

         Guardian and student conference

 

*Note that school staff reserve the right to shift the nature of suspensions from in-school to out of school.

 

*Conflict resolution – A meeting between 2-3 individuals that is mediated by an administrator, counselor or teacher using restorative questions and “I messages.” Resolutions will only be conducted when both parties agree.

 

Counseling referral – A referral to one of the school counselors will be made and counselor will determine length/duration of follow-up visits or interventions. Referrals to the mental health program maybe made through the counselors.

 

Defiance – Minor occurrences of defiance should be handled in the classroom using the existing classroom management system. Requests for restorative conferences can be made without completing a behavior referral.

 

*Restorative circle – A practice of restorative justice in which those impacted by an action come together using a formal circle process to address the harm done and explore ways to move forward. Circles will only be conducted when both parties agree.

 

Restorative conference -- A practice of restorative justice in which those impacted by an action come together in a conference setting to address the harm done and explore ways to move forward.

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For each 2 days of suspension, a student can replace 1 day with 5 hours of community service. The community service hours must be approved by administration and be completed within 3 weeks of the incident.

 

Restorative actions will be used to help students earn back the opportunity to attend school dances. Students who have been suspended, have ten or more tardies, or have three or more referrals in a quarter will be ineligible for for the quarter dance. Those student can earn back the ability to attend through the completion of community service. Please see Ms. Brill or Mr. Haupert for more information. Students start with a clean slate at the beginning of each quarter (except for 2nd semester for 8th graders).

If a student is suspended, there will be a pre-suspension conference with the student and a reintegration conference that will include guardian, student, and an administrator. When a student is suspended, teachers are automatically notified of the incident and suspension.