Category I-General Misconduct Consequences

  • In addition to discussing infractions with students and making contact with parents/guardians when appropriate, teachers and other Kalamazoo Public School staff members are expected to resolve Category I infractions by utilizing one or more of the restorative consequences listed under Options.

    Verbal redirection – The teacher or staff member may issue a verbal redirection to a student that identifies the behavior in question and consequences for the continuation of the conduct.

    Staff-Student Restorative Conference – The teacher or staff member will discuss the problem with the student, seek to understand the situation in which the behavior exists, agree on expectations 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 Practices – After conflict or harm, Restorative practices provide a way of thinking about, talking about, and responding to issues and problems by involving all participants to identify what happened, describe how it affected everyone and find solutions to make things better. Examples of restorative practices and supportive interventions include family group conferencing, formal restorative conference, victim-offender mediation, classroom peace circles, therapeutic/resource strategies such as mental health care, anger management, and behavior coaching.

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

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

    Detention – Due to missed instructional time, 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.

    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 Child Study Team (CST) or other support personnel, which included but not limited to (ISK, 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. The period should not exceed 30-minutes, unless the student was serving an in school suspension.

    When reassigning students with disabilities, consider the following information from
    the MDE Office of Special Education. “Imposing in-school discipline in small increments, and for less than what is considered
    an absence, may not constitute a disciplinary removal; however, the overall impact must be considered when it limits the student’s access to a free appropriate public education (FAPE).”

    Confiscation- Items that cause a distraction to the learning environment may be confiscated and will be returned by the end of the day or will be returned directly to the student’s parent.