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Bala Cynwyd Middle School

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Discipline Philosophy and Suggested Procedures

At Bala Cynwyd, we want students to do well in school, holistically. It’s important to understand that as students grow and develop they will inevitably make mistakes or choices that aren't in their best interest, or the best interest of the community. Therefore, using what we know about the importance of creating safe spaces, building community and fostering relationships we aim to transform school climate and culture so that every student feels dignified and connected to their community here.

School experience plays an important role in shaping and reinforcing a child's ability to function independently and to become an effective, contributing member of a democratic society. Fostering social growth is an important responsibility of the school, second only to the mastery of basic and academic skills. Opportunities should be provided to allow the child to realize the pride and pleasure which comes from the exercise of his or her own UNIQUE TALENTS. The program should also provide experiences which encourage the student to understand and appreciate those of various backgrounds, interests, and talents.

Since it is the goal of the Bala Cynwyd Middle School to educate each child to the best of his/her ability, it is necessary that the school function within a disruption free environment. Every attempt will be made by school personnel to alleviate the causes of misbehavior and to prevent its reoccurrence.

Successful teaching (quality instruction) depends on an orderly, organized classroom atmosphere. It is of utmost importance that a teacher establish this atmosphere. Classroom discipline is primarily a teacher responsibility, with support from the principal, other staff members and the home. SELF-DISCIPLINE IN STUDENTS SHOULD BE OUR COLLECTIVE GOAL.

Whenever possible, the teacher in charge will deal immediately with disciplinary problems. When the teacher's attempts prove to be unsuccessful in modifying the behavior, the student will be referred to the building administrator. The building administrator will be involved in any incident of a serious nature.

The rules you are about to read in this code of conduct supplement are in addition to our broad, discretionary authority to maintain safety, order, and discipline inside the school zone. These rules support, but do not limit, our authority.

Circumstances may exist that could result in the stated discipline procedures being less than outlined above, or extended. This may include, but is not limited to, the involvement of local or state authorities and an expulsion hearing before the Lower Merion Board of School Directors.

Suggested Procedures

Infraction Minimum Maximum
Bullying (District Policy 249) Warning Suspension-Restriction from extra-curricular activities
Bus Infraction Warning Loss of transportation privileges/Suspension
Cheating Detention/ Academic Resolution with teacher Suspension-Restriction from extra-curricular activities
Cutting Class Detention Suspension-Restriction from extra-curricular activities
Detention (Failure to report) Additional Detention Make up of Detention- Suspension-Restriction from extra-curricular activities
Disrespect Warning Suspension-Restriction from extra-curricular activities
Fighting Suspension - Restriction from extra-curricular activities – Possible police involvement Board Expulsion
Harassing-Repeatedly Intimidating other students Detention Suspension-Restriction from extra-curricular activities
Hate Speech Warning Suspension-Restriction from extra-curricular activities
Forgery Detention Suspension-Restriction from extra-curricular activities
Harassment-Threatening-Intimidating an adult Suspension -Restriction from extra-curricular activities Board Expulsion
Inappropriate conduct Warning Suspension-Restriction from extra-curricular activities
Inappropriate conduct after school Detention Suspension of all after school privileges-Trespassing charges filed
Inciting/Instigating others Detention Suspension-Restriction from extra-curricular activities
Insubordination Warning Suspension-Restriction from extra-curricular activities
Plagiarism Detention/ Academic Resolution with teacher Suspension-Restriction from extra-curricular activities
Use of cell phones or other electronic devices during instructional time or in Unauthorized locations. Warning-Confiscation Detention-Confiscation
Possession, Use and/or Distribution of Controlled Substances, Alcohol, Tobacco or Inhalants Suspension-Restriction from extra-curricular activities Board Expulsion
Presence in unauthorized areas of school grounds Warning Suspension-Restriction from extra-curricular activities
Running-Pushing-Horseplay Warning Suspension-Restriction from extra-curricular activities
Threat – verbal, written and/or gestures Suspension-Restriction from extra-curricular activities Board Expulsion
Theft Restitution- Suspension-Restriction from extra-curricular activities Extension of suspension-Restriction from extra-curricular activities
Vandalism Detention-Restriction from extra-curricular activities/ Hallway restrictions           Suspension-Restriction from extra-curricular activities
Violation of Sexual Harassment Policy (District Policy 246) Suspension-Restriction from extra-curricular activities Extension of suspension-Restriction from extra-curricular activities
Violation of Student Dress Code Warning Restriction from extra-curricular activities
Violation of LMSD Net:  Student Uses, Rights, and Responsibilities (District Policy 134) Detention Suspension-Restriction from extra-curricular activities-Suspension of LMSD Net privileges
Weapons (includes water guns, look-a-like guns, ammunition, knives, and items used as weapons) Suspension-Restriction from extra-curricular activities Board Expulsion