Discipline and Restorative Justice Plan of Action
Expectations for student behavior:
The purpose of having a discipline and restorative justice plan is to ensure that our community of learning is both engaging and safe. Secondary school not only strives to enrich a student’s learning academically, but also socially and emotionally. This plan is geared towards preparing students to attend college, find success professionally, and become active and productive participants in their community.
Section I: Professionalism
A. GENERAL BEHAVIOR
Objective: Students will consistently choose to speak and act in ways that show respect to themselves, their peers, CLHS staff, and community members. This will prepare them to build successful relationships in their personal and professional lives.
Actions that do not conform with this objective include, but are not limited to:
Refusal to follow teacher directions (move seats, throw out food, get into uniform, etc.)
Putting head down in class/ refusing to complete work
Leaving class before being given permission
Horseplay- play fighting/ touching/ invading each other’s space in an unwanted (non-sexual) or inappropriate way.
CLHS staff will take the following actions for all general disrespect:
1st General Disrespect
Teacher/ student meeting
2nd General Disrespect
Teacher calls home/ 30min detention
3rd General Disrespect
Dean Notification/ Parent/ teacher conference/ 1 hour detention
4th General Disrespect
Dean Referral/ Parent, teacher, dean conference/ Possible consequences include (Saturday detention/ written apology to teacher and assistant teacher/ restorative justice event/ etc.) equalling 3 hours. OPTION OF PEER JURY. BEHAVIOR CONTRACT CREATED
5th General Disrespect
Student/ parent/ principal conference- Possible consequences include (in-school suspension/ restorative justice event/ etc.) equalling 5 hours. OPTION OF PEER JURY (if not already used). BEHAVIOR CONTRACT UPDATED
Objective: Students will show a commitment to learning by arriving to school every day, which will allow them to engage in learning and develop the habits necessary for future success.
CLHS will implement the following procedures to promote student attendance:
Following any absence, students must report to the main office to get an absence reinstatement form BEFORE first period.
If a student has a note from a parent or guardian explaining the reason for the absence, the absence will be excused. If not, the absence will be unexcused. Any note excusing a student’s absence must be brought to the office on the day the student returns to school.
For any unexcused absence, students will NOT be able to make up missed assignments, and will receive a zero for any in-class work.
Leaving school grounds without without parental and staff permission at any point during the school day will be considered ditching and treated as an unexcused absence (See Section IV B for more details).
For all excused absences, students must turn in all missed assignments within 24 hours per day absent.
If a pattern of missing school develops without a doctor’s note, we reserve the right to document these absences as unexcused.
According to the CPS Code of Conduct, There are only 6 valid reasons for excused absences. Community Links High School will only excuse absences that fall into these categories.
Observance of a religious holiday
Death in the immediate family
Family emergency with explanation
Circumstances which cause reasonable concern to the parent/guardian for child’s safety with explanation
Other situations beyond the control of the student with explanation
Front office will call home every time a student is absent.
CLHS staff will take the following actions for all unexcused or excessive excused absences:
1st unexcused absence
Dean/ student/ parent conference/ 2 hour detention
2nd unexcused absence
Parent/ principal conference/ restorative justice event or Saturday detention equalling 3 hours
3rd unexcused absence
1 day In-school suspension/ parent notification
4th unexcused absence
2 days in-school suspension/ parent notification
5th unexcused absence
Parents will be required to attend parent/ dean/ principal conference/ 3 days in-school suspension or 2 days in-school suspension and 1 restorative justice event equaling 3 hours. BEHAVIORAL CONTRACT CREATED. PEER JURY MAY BECOME AN OPTION
6th unexcused absence
Home visit- other disciplinary measures may include restorative justice and in-school suspensions
Excessive Excused Absences:
5th excused absence w/o doctor note
Dean/ student meeting
6th excused absence w/o doctor note
Call home for discussion about frequency of absences
7th excused absence w/o doctor note
Parent/ principal conference/ only doctor’s notes will be accepted to remain excused
Objective: Students will show responsibility by arriving to every class on time, which will contribute to a positive classroom environment and develop students’ professional habits.
If a student arrives to school more than 15 minutes late, he or she must report to the main office and fill out the tardy log and get a note.
If the student has a note from the parent, the tardy will be excused. If not, the tardy will be unexcused.
If a student arrives to class late, he or she must complete an in-class tardy log.
Any student who goes to the front office for any reason without a teacher note and is late to class will be considered tardy. The front office will not write excused tardy passes.
If the student has a note from a teacher, the tardy will be excused. If the student does not have a note, the tardy will be unexcused.
If a student misses an entire period or several periods this is considered ditching and not a tardy unless the missed periods are a result of late arrival to school and the student has a note from a parent.
If excused tardies become frequent, we reserve the right to begin to count these as unexcused.
CLHS staff will take the following actions for all unexcused tardies:
Fill in tardy log
Teacher/ student meeting
15min restorative justice detention
Call home/ 30 min restorative justice detention (no matter amount of time)/ Dean notification
Parents will be required to attend parent/dean conference/ Possible consequences include restorative justice event, Saturday detention, etc. equaling 2 hours. OPTION OF PEER JURY. BEHAVIOR CONTRACT CREATED
Parents will be required to attend parent/principal conference/ Possible consequences include restorative justice event, Saturday detention, etc. equaling 3 hours. OPTION OF PEER JURY. BEHAVIOR CONTRACT UPDATED
D. EARLY DISMISSAL
Objective: Students will be able to make mature decisions about when leaving school early is appropriate. Early dismissal policies and procedures are a safety and legal issue that are in place to protect students. It also prepares students for the world of work. Leaving jobs early on a frequent basis can lead to removal. We do understand that there are some reasons you must leave early. In order to leave school grounds during school hours please follow the procedures below:
If you are feeling ill and believe you need to call home, you must first inform your classroom teacher and obtain a note. Any student arriving to the office without a note will be sent back to their classroom and receive a tardy. (Exceptions may be made for extreme situations and are determined by front office staff).
You must be picked up by a parent/guardian. Those individuals listed on your Emergency Permission Form may pick you up with verbal parent permission.
You will not be allowed to use the front office phone. We will only call phone numbers on the Emergency Permission Form or our parent/guardian contact list.
The front office will not grant early dismissals via telephone.
If you leave school with an individual who is not a parent/guardian or approved individual on the Emergency Permission Form, the your actions will be considered ditching and the discipline team will be notified. It is against the law for you to be removed from a school without the consent of a parent/ guardian. If this does occur proper legal procedure will be followed.
For your own safety, keep your emergency contact information updated.
You may not wait in the office for a parent or guardian to pick you up from school. After making the phone call, you are required to immediately return to class and wait to be pulled from class upon the arrival of your parent or guardian.
*If you experience frequent medical conditions that remove you from the building on a consistent basis, you must provide a dated and signed note from a doctor. If a pattern of missing school, being tardy or getting EDs develops without a doctor’s note, we reserve the right to document these absences as unexcused.
**If you experience frequent headaches, body aches, excessive pain during menstruation, etc., please have your parent/guardian provide a note giving us permission to give you medication. This note must include a signature from your parent/guardian, be dated and be completed in pen. You will need to provide the medication (aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.) and leave it with the front desk.
Objective: Students will be able to make the choices to determine appropriate clothing and appearance for school and the workplace. This will allow them to engage in learning and developing the habits necessary for future success.
Students must wear the school-issued polo, UNALTERED, at all times. Tying, pinning, or other alterations are not allowed.
The uniform must be the outermost layer when in school buildings.
Uniform tops must match the student’s year in school. If a student is held back, they may not wear a color for a higher grade level. Students who have been promoted may wear polos from their current or previous school year(s).
A student’s shoulders and torso/midriff must be covered at all times. The only exception to the rule on shoulder coverage will be picture day(s). Tank tops, sleeveless shirts, crop tops, see-through/sheer fabrics or cutouts on tops are never allowed.
Students may not wear gang color combinations or symbols on any part of their clothes or shoes at any time, under any circumstance. Guns, drugs and other inappropriate images on clothing and accessories are subject to confiscation.
Pants must be solid blue or black jeans, tan colored khakis, or solid color blue or black pants. Leggings and sweatpants are not allowed. Pants may not have holes, cutouts, sparkles or show underwear. Skirts and shorts must be knee length and will only be allowed when deemed appropriate by staff according to the weather.
Students may not wear hats or any other kind of head covering inside the school building. Any accessory that covers the head (baseball caps, beanies, berets, hoods pulled up over head), bandanas worn in any fashion, or other accessories on their person deemed inappropriate by the CLHS staff for school or the learning environment may not be worn in the school building. Head coverings will only be allowed for religious reasons.
Students must wear closed-toed shoes.
Pants must fall over the shoes. Rubber bands or any other bindings are not allowed on pant legs.
Students may only wear earrings if they are wearing two identical earrings - one in each ear. The CLHS staff reserves the right to ask a student to remove any accessories if deemed inappropriate.
According to Spry Elementary School policy, facial piercings, tongue piercing and gauges are not allowed. When working with elementary school students and staff, male students may not have any piercings and female students may only have one piercing (of matching earrings) in each ear lobe.
Students are allowed to wear a CLHS t-shirt, school program shirt (Boy’s and Girl’s Club/ GEAR-UP/ etc.), or CLHS sport jersey (for which they are a member of) instead of the uniform polo on Mondays. This only applies to the polo, no other part of the uniform code
Students must follow all out of uniform rules. Students who do not adhere to those policies will lose those privileges.
CLHS staff will take the following actions for all uniform offenses:
Teacher Warning, student must fix the issue
15min detention, must fix issue
30min detention, must fix issue
1hr detention, must fix issue
Removal of out of uniform privileges, must fix issue
Dean notification/ Phone call home (advisor), must fix issue
Dean Referral/ Restorative Justice, must fix issue
Principal Referral, must fix issue
Objective: Students will be able to present themselves in a professional manner that reflects the expectations found in many workplaces. This policy maintains an academically focused and respectful environment for all students. It also mirrors the expectations within the workplace of either presenting oneself properly and/or wearing a uniform. Wearing an ID is not only a safety procedure mandated by CPS, but also reflects the expectations of many employers.
Students must wear their student IDs at all times.
IDs must be worn on a lanyard around their neck (not in wallets or pockets); lanyards which denote gang or drug affiliation will be confiscated. Lanyards from other high schools are not permitted. The CLHS staff reserves the right to ask a student to remove any lanyard if deemed inappropriate.
If a student does not have an ID they will be charged $1 and receive a temporary ID. After the 5th day without an ID the student will automatically be given a new ID. The student may also order a new ID at any point for $5. The money owed will be placed on their student account. Parents will be notified each quarter and students will not receive transcripts or diploma until school fees are paid. At each report card/progress report pick-up, parents will be notified of student account balances.
IDs may not be defaced in any way. The student’s face, name/ID number and name of school may not be scratched out, drawn on, or covered in any way. If this occurs the student will need to purchase a new ID.
CLHS staff will take the following actions for all improper ID offenses (including defacing an ID, not wearing ID properly, not obtaining temp ID when they arrive):
1-3rd ID Offense
Teacher has a conversation with student about need for wearing ID, reminds student to buy a replacement if needed,..
4th-5th ID Offense
Temp ID must be obtained between periods, 15 minute detention
6th ID Offense
Call home, 30 minute detention, Temp ID must be obtained between periods, new ID issued and charged to student account
7th ID Offense
Call home, 1hr detention, Temp ID must be obtained between periods, Dean notification
8th ID Offense
Dean referral, 1hr detention, Temp ID must be obtained between periods
9th ID Offense
Parent/ dean meeting, temp ID must be obtained between periods. Other disciplinary measures may include- restorative justice (assisting at desk with IDs, etc.) or Saturday detention equivalent to 2 hours
10th ID Offense
Call home, temp ID must be obtained between periods, new ID issued and charged to student account, Other disciplinary measures may include- restorative justice (assisting at desk with IDs, etc.) or Saturday detention equivalent to 3 hours
11th ID Offense
G. FOOD, DRINK AND GUM
Objective: Students will be able to follow CPS/ school policies of not eating food, drinking (except for water) or chewing gum which mirrors policies in many work and college settings. Not only are these rules meant to teach following future policies in college, but also promote a clean and rodent free space.
Students may not eat any food (including cafeteria food) in any location besides the lunchroom.
Students may only bring water in clear containers.
All gum will be confiscated
Students may not purchase food from food vendors during the school day.
CLHS staff will take the following actions for all food, drink and gum offenses:
Teacher/ student meeting- item confiscated/ gum spit out
Item confiscated/ gum spit out/ 15min detention
Call home- item confiscated/ gum spit out/ 30min detention
Dean Notification/ item confiscated/ gum spit out/ 1hr detention
Dean Referral/ parent-dean conference/ item confiscated/ gum spit out/ Other consequences may include- Restorative justice (picking-up trash/ scraping off gum/ etc.) or Saturday detention equalling 2 hours.
Dean Referral/ call home/ item confiscated/ gum spit out/ Other consequences may include- Restorative justice (picking-up trash/ scraping off gum/ etc.) or Saturday detention equalling 3 hours.
*Any student found littering will automatically be required to do a 1 hour clean-up for a detention.
H. USE OF TECHNOLOGY
Objective: Students will use school technology in an appropriate manner which mirrors expectations in college, public spaces and work environments. These policies also ensure the working condition of the devices.
Students will sign an electronics contract and use all electronics respectfully and responsibly.
Misuse of technology includes, but is not limited to: installing software, defacing hardware, changing computer settings, using another person’s login, accessing inappropriate materials, using computers in an off task manner during class, and sending inappropriate or obscene messages.
Accessing inappropriate materials and/or sending inappropriate or obscene messages may result in a direct dean referral and higher level consequences including suspension
CLHS staff will take the following actions for all technology offenses:
30 min detention
45 min detention; meeting with Mr. Sidarous; call home ; dean notification
Dean referral, parent meeting, restorative justice or Saturday detention equal to 3 hours
I. Disrespectful Language
Objective: Students will use appropriate language that shows respect for their peers, teachers, and others in our school community. Learning to control language is essential for being successful in future work and college settings.
There are two categories for disrespectful language. The first is for basic profanity. The second is for homophobic, sexist, ableist, and racist comments. This also includes hate language based on appearance. If you are unsure of what words fall under which category please see your dean.
1st Use of Profanity
Teacher/ Student meeting
2nd Use of Profanity
3rd Use of Profanity
4th Use of Profanity
5th Use of Profanity
Call home/ 1 hour detention/ Written apology to teacher/ Dean Notification
6th Use of Profanity
Parents will be required to attend parent/teacher conference/ restorative justice or Saturday detention equal to 2 hours/ Dean Referral
7th Use of Profanity
Call home/ restorative justice or Saturday detention equal to 3 hours
8th Use of Profanity
Use of Hateful Speech (Racist, Homophobic, ableist, sexist, etc.)
*Principal and deans reserve the right to decide what is considered hate language.
1st HSAR Comment
Teacher/ student meeting
2nd HSAR comments
Dean Notification/ Call Home/ 1hr detention
3rd HSAR comments
Dean Referral/ Restorative Justice or Saturday detention (paper on the language) equalling 2 hours/ Parents will be required to attend parent/teacher conference. PEER JURY BECOMES AN OPTION
4th HSAR comments
Call home/ Restorative Justice or Saturday detention (paper on the language) equalling 3 hours
5th HSAR Comment
Principal referral/ Parent meeting/ 1-3 day in-school suspension/ out of school suspension
J. Phones/ iPads/ Tablets
Objective: Students will be responsible and will turn in phones and other electronic devices. Having phones/other electronics in school promotes cyber bullying and increases the chance of theft.
Students are expected to turn in phones, iPads, and tablets in the morning as they arrive at school. They will be given a designated envelope or drawer for their phones. If the device does not fit in the envelope, a rubber band will be placed around the device and the envelope.
Students may remove their battery if they choose.
CLHS staff reserve the right to hold onto phones when a student has detention until the end of the detention.
If you need your phone, iPad, Tablet or laptop for class, you must get approval from your classroom teachers and turn it in with that teacher before school.
Phones/ IPads/ Tablets
Teacher/ student meeting/ 30min detention/ Phone may be returned to student with parent notification
1 hour detention/ Phone is only returned to parent or to student with parent notification
1 hour Detention/ Phone is only returned to a parent IN PERSON/ Dean Notification
Dean Referral/ Parents will be required to attend parent- dean conference/ Restorative Justice or Saturday detention equal to 2 hours/ Phone is only returned to a parent IN PERSON
Student loses privilege to bring phone/ returned only to parent IN PERSON
Section II: Academic Success
Objective: Students will be active learners and give their highest level of effort in order to enrich their learning through completion of homework. Students will learn study techniques and apply them. These techniques are essential for college success.
Homework turned in late will be given half credit.
Special arrangements can be made per discretion of the teacher for larger assignments and absences (if excused).
If you are absent (excused only), any homework that was due that day must be turned in the day you return.
CLHS staff will take the following actions for all missing homework offenses:
1st Missing HW
2nd Missing HW
Teacher/ student meeting
3rd-4th Missing HW
30 minutes of homework help
5th -6th Missing HW
Dean notification/ Teacher call home/ 1hr of homework help
PEER JURY MAY BECOME AN OPTION
7th Missing HW
Dean referral/ Parents will be required to attend parent/teacher/dean conference/ Student placed on academic probation (Must attend homework help 3 hours a week and complete a tracker to be monitored by a teacher mentor until all grades reach 65% or higher).
8th Missing HW
B. Academic dishonesty
Objective: Students will be able to articulate the value of academic integrity, will complete their studies with a commitment to honesty and will maintain their commitment to a high standard of their own and others’ work.
Academic dishonesty is defined as any behavior in which a student has not done his or her own work in a classroom setting or on a classroom assignment.
This includes but is not limited to: copying another student’s homework, copying from another student’s quiz/test/other assignment, using notes not allowed by the teacher for an assessment, and plagiarism of another’s work. This also includes a student allowing another student to copy or use their work.
Please note: At a teacher or dean’s discretion, students may be moved up to a higher instance on the ladder if the incident of academic dishonesty occurred on a major classroom assessment or is particularly egregious (plagiarizing an entire essay, etc.).
1st instance of academic dishonesty
Phone call home, dean notification, student needs to re-do assignment, but credit is determined by teacher/ 60 minute detention
2nd instance of academic dishonesty
Parent teacher student dean conference, dean referral, student must re-do but for 1/4 credit, student must also write a reflection about his/her action in a 60 minute detention. PEER JURY BECOMES AN OPTION
3rd instance of academic dishonesty
Parent conference, in-school suspension for one day, student must re-do but for no credit, student must also read 2 college’s policies on academic dishonesty and write a reflection about his/her action during a 60 minute detention. Principal Referral
4th instance of academic dishonesty
Parent-principal conference, in-school suspension for 2-3 days, student must re-do but for no credit, student. Restorative justice event equalling 3 hours.
SECTION III: Safety
BUILDING SECURITY PROCEDURES
Students must come and go through designated doors.
Student are ONLY to use main entrance both at Spry and at the Boys & Girls Club. This INCLUDES door nearest to B3, which is not to be used by students as an exit. In the event of an emergency lockdown or other situation student will be given instructions as to which alternate door can be used.
Students may not enter any classrooms or other locations within and outside the school without adult presence. This includes, but is not limited to, cutting through classrooms, entering restricted spaces, gyms, playground, blacktop/ soccer area, etc.
30min detention/ parent-student conversation
45min detention/ Parent-student conversation
1hr detention/ Parent-student conversation
Phone call home/ 1hr detention/ Dean notification
PEER JURY BECOMES AN OPTION
Dean referral/ parent-dean conference/ Restorative justice or Saturday detention equal to 2 hours
Phone call home/ Restorative justice or Saturday detention equal to 3 hours
Objective: Students will attend class and therefore show respect towards their teachers, peers and education. Ditching class leads to lowered grades and missing important information. Leaving school grounds presents danger to students and the school as a whole.
There are three levels if ditching: ditching the entire school day, ditching part of the day or a class and leaving school grounds, and ditching class but not leaving school grounds.
Below are the consequence charts for the last two. Ditching the entire school day is an immediate dean referral and suspension.
Leaving school grounds includes going to corner stores or crossing any street surrounding the school (Sacramento, 25th, 24th and Marshall Blvd) or the equivalent sidewalk).
Ditching class, but not leaving school grounds
Teacher student meeting/ 60 min detention
Dean notification/ Teacher student meeting, 60 minute detention, call home, Dean notification. PEER JURY MAY BECOME AN OPTION
Dean referral/ Parents will be required to attend parent-dean conference/ Restorative justice or Saturday detention equaling 2hrs
Phone call home/ Restorative justice or Saturday detention equaling 3hrs
Ditching class and leaving school grounds
Dean Referral/ Student subject to a search before reentering school, parent phone call or conference, restorative justice or Saturday detention equalling 3hrs
Student subject to a search before reentering school, parent must attend a dean-parent-principal meeting, 1-day in-school suspension
Student subject to a search before reentering school/ home visit/ suspension up to 3 days/ Principal referral
C. APPROPRIATE MATERIALS ONLY
Objective: Students will keep the school community safe, clean and productive. The following materials are not permitted: weapons, drugs, alcohol, permanent marker or any illegal material is permitted.
All of the above items will be confiscated by staff.
Students found with weapons, drugs, alcohol or illegal materials will immediately be referred to their dean and principal. Possible consequences include: suspension, restorative justice, notification of police and/or expulsion
Searches are important for the safety of the school. Searches can and will be done at anytime of the school day. Any year, class, group or individual can be searched at anytime for a routine search or if there is a suspicion of student or student's in possession of drugs,weapons, food, stolen items, etc.
Section IV: Consequences
Detentions will be assigned to a specific day and time by the assigning teacher. There will be homework detentions provided two days after school and two days before school each week. Twice a week there will be a Restorative Justice detention where students will work on a restorative justice topic or complete activities which benefit the school and/or community.
Homework Detention Procedure:
Homework detentions will be assigned when a student does not complete a homework assignment or at a teacher’s discretion.
Students must follow all directions given by the detention teacher.
Students must work on the assignment that they received the detention for. Once completed, they must work on other homework assignments or read a book.
Students are expected to serve their detentions on the day written on their detention slip unless a student communicates to their Dean they have an extenuating circumstance and are unable to serve that day. In this case, the student must bring a note of excusal and give it to their Dean.
Students are expected to serve all detention minutes within 5 days from them being assigned. See below consequences for not serving.
If you are on a sports team or involved in some other after-school activity and you get a detention, you will not be able to go to that activity UNLESS the detention is for only 15 minutes (a minor offense). If it is for only 15 minutes you will serve it the next day.
After school activities may count for detention minutes. You are responsible for asking permission from your dean and guaranteeing that the sponsoring teacher enters your minutes.
Detention not served in 5 days
15 minutes added to detention
30 minutes added to detention
Dean Notification/ 1 hour added to detention
Dean Referral/ Phone call home/ Restorative justice or Saturday detention equaling 2hrs (on-top of hours). PEER JURY BECOMES AN OPTION
Parent-dean meeting/ Restorative justice or Saturday detention equaling 3hrs (on-top of hours)
*You cannot attend any field trips or fun activities without serving all detention minutes.
*Once you rach
B. Field trip guidelines: (exceptions for academically based field trip)
Field trip privileges can be taken away for severe offenses or if you do not fit the following guidelines:
Students must have:
C. Sports Guidelines/ Procedures:
Sports privileges can be taken away for severe offenses or if you do make eligibility. Sports eligibility for event participation is:
GPA (grade point average) at or above 2.0, and currently passing ALL classes
If you do not have a 2.0 grade point average, you must get an ISP (Individual Study Plan) which requires you to come to tutoring twice a week for the entire semester (20 weeks)
In order to play and practice you must have less than 30 minutes of detention. You may attend practice AFTER serving your minutes.
Eligibility will be determined with grades as of Monday morning to establish eligibility for that week and detention minutes will be considered each day. If a student is failing a class as of Monday morning they will be ineligible to participate in outside events that week. Students who are ineligible to play in an event due to current grades or detention are expected to practice but must first serve any outstanding detention.
Cause for Immediate Dean Referrals
Per CPS Code of Conduct students who have major discipline infractions and violations will be brought in front of a discipline committee consisting of a dean, the principal, parents and involved staff members. At this meeting the team will discuss student behavior, further consequences, as well as how they intend to alter or change their behavior in the future. Disciplinary action can range from restorative justice programs, in-school suspensions, out of school suspensions and expulsion.
Examples of behavior that will lead to the use of a discipline committee include unexcused absences w/o parent notification, leaving school grounds, drugs/ alcohol, fighting, gang activity, defacing/ destroying school property, disrespect and insubordination.
Grade Level Deans
1st and 2nd Year Dean: Ms. Rocque
3rd Year Dean: Ms. K
Other discipline team members: Head of security; Parent outreach coordinator; Peer Jury/ Peace Circle coordinator
*Students are subject to the directives and decisions of the Discipline Team in general, not only their specific Grade Level Dean.
Restorative Justice Programs
For certain behavioral infractions, students will be referred by the Dean to Peer Jury. During Peer Jury, a group of CLHS students will meet to discuss the consequences of the infraction. The Peer Jury will come to an agreement about the most just course of action to remedy the situation.
For certain conflicts between students or between students and staff, students will be referred to the Dean to participate in a Peace Circle. During Peace Circle, students will be given a space to discuss their perspectives and listen to the perspectives of their fellow students or staff members.
Restorative Justice/ Saturday Detentions- Discipline infractions that harms others verbally, mentally or physically or are deemed more severe by the discipline team will be assigned to attend restorative justice sessions or Saturday detentions. Restorative justice aims to repair the harm caused or revealed by harmful disciplinary infractions. It focuses on the root causes of the behavior and reconciliation with the student's harmed and the community at large. Examples of behavior that will be referred for restorative justice session include but are not limited to; bullying, verbal, physical, or sexual harassment, physical and verbal fighting, excessive use of profanity,use of discriminatory language, disrespect of school staff, school visitors, and the community. Projects include research papers, trash pick-up, cleaning, assisting teachers with projects, etc.
In-school Restorative Justice- In-school restorative justice will be required on all in-school suspensions. Students that commit serious discipline infractions as listed above will be assigned a restorative justice project to be completed while on their in-school suspension, along with the completion of a reflective curriculum assignment. These projects will aim to build empathy and a greater understanding of the harm caused by bullying, harassment and fighting and will address the root causes of inequality and oppression in society.
Saturday Volunteer Activities- The Discipline Deans will assign students Saturday community service and outreach when they deem it necessary. Saturday volunteer activities will build empathy and a greater understanding of society, inequality, oppression, and helping others in their community.