Category I-General Misconduct Consequences

  • In addition to discussing violations with students at the time of infractions and making contacts with parents/guardians when appropriate, teachers and/or other Kalamazoo Public School staff members are expected to resolve Category I violations by utilizing one or more of the following disciplinary consequences listed under Level A Options. Level B Options are to be applied in the event that the applications of Level A consequences do not produce desired behavioral change.

    Elementary & Secondary Disciplinary Options

    Level A Options 

    Verbal Reprimand – The teacher or staff member may issue a verbal reprimand to a student that identifies the behavior in question and a request to stop the behavior. Consequences for continuation of the behavior may be mentioned.

    Teacher-Student Conference – The teacher or staff member may discuss the problem with the student, indicate that which is expected and discuss possible consequences of continued misbehavior. Evidence should be recorded to indicate that the conference did take place.

    Parent/Guardian Contact or Conference – The teacher or staff member may contact the parent/guardian and discuss the problem.  This conference should be positive, indicating a genuine concern for the student and being realistic about the problems the student is experiencing.  The contact/conference with parents/guardians must be documented with dates and nature of the discussion.

    Restorative Plan –This may include a plan that is written or spoken, and teaches or reteaches behavioral expectations.  Plan should be appropriate to the misconduct.

    Restorative Practices – Restorative practices are defined as ways of thinking and responding to conflict and problems that involve all participants determining what took place and how to create a logical and balanced resolution aligned with the rules of the law.  Examples include family group conferencing, victim-offender mediation, classroom peace circles, therapeutic/resource strategies such as mental health care, anger management, and behavior coaching.

    Detention – Students may be detained during school hours, after school, or required to report before school if parents/guardians have been contacted.  If there has not been telephone contact or personal communication with parents/guardians, a twenty-four hour notice must be given to parents/guardians to schedule a detention period. 

    Transportation home after serving detention is the responsibility of the parents/guardians.

    Individual Plan – Staff members may develop an individual plan to assist a student with academics or behavior.

    Withdrawal of Privileges Identifiable classroom and/or school privileges may be withdrawn as an appropriate consequence of student misbehavior.

    Referral to School Support Services – A referral may be made to the school’s core team (building team, pre-assessment team) or other support personnel (CMH, Gryphon Place, Peer Mediation, RTC, local counselors/therapists) for the purpose of developing appropriate interventions and plans to help resolve a behavioral problem.

    Restitution or Repair – A student may be asked to engage in restorative action to repair items and/or relationships.

    Temporary Classroom Reassignment – The student may be sent to another classroom for a period of time.

    Written Warning – The student and parent/guardian may be notified in writing of misconduct and given consequences for future violations.

    Confiscation- Items that cause a distraction to the learning environment may be confiscated.

    Level B Options

    Administrative Disciplinary Response – A referral for administrative assistance may be written for Category I violations if a staff member has utilized one or more of the Level A consequences and the problem still persists.  There also may be some circumstances of disruptive or inappropriate behavior on first occurrence that should be referred to the administrator for disciplinary consequences.  Administrators may use disciplinary options available to teachers for Category I violations and/or assign students to an alternative education classroom for a designated period of time.

    Administrative Suspension – There may be incidents or circumstances when the administrator believes that a student’s behavior is so disruptive and inappropriate that the school would be better served by the suspension of the student or assignment to an in-school suspension instead of utilizing Level A consequences.  The student may be suspended (see suspension description under Category II or Category II Disciplinary Consequences) for up to three (3) days for flagrant and/or continuous violations under Category I.  Repeated violations in Category I may result in disciplinary action appropriate for Category II.  Although there is no rebuttable presumption against an out-of-school suspension of one (1) to ten (10) school days, the administration must consider the mitigating factors in section 1310d of the Michigan Revised School Code, MCL 380.1310d.  These factors include:  1) the pupil’s age; 2) the pupil’s disciplinary history; 3) whether the pupil is a pupil with a disability; 4) the seriousness of the violation or behavior; 5) whether the violation or behavior of the pupil threatened the safety of any pupil or staff member; 6) whether restorative practices will be used to address the violation or behavior; and 7) whether a lesser intervention would address the violation or behavior committed by the pupil.