The types of behaviours which are appropriate for a community are expected to be understood by all members. Modeling is the best method for learning expected behavior. When student behavior is unexpected, we always seek first to listen to the student and try to understand his/her behavior. Every behavioral issue is an opportunity for both teaching and learning. We are firm, but fair; and recognize that fair does not always mean the same for every student. Disciplinary decisions made by teachers and administrators are determined after a due and fair process taking into consideration the developmental stage, history, needs of the student, the seriousness of the infraction, and school safety. Students should always be treated with respect and dignity. It is important for consistent, fair, and logical consequences to be implemented.
The school may choose to use meetings, written reflections, action plans, restitution plans, detention, suspension or a temporary suspension of privileges as consequences. Major infractions of rights and responsibilities will be dealt with in a serious manner.
Consequences for major infractions may include suspension and/or indefinite suspension. In addition to our school based guidelines and expectations, students and parents at GME will be made aware that more serious violations of the Code of Conduct will be dealt with in accordance with S.D. #23 discipline regulations (Policy Reg. 5600). Parents will be informed of all serious issues and the process used for establishing appropriate consequences; they will be expected to support the school’s decision with respect to those consequences. Parents/guardians always have the right to appeal any school decision to the Board of Education. In certain situations, school officials may have a responsibility to advise other parties of serious breaches in the Code of Conduct. Further, school officials will take all reasonable steps to prevent retaliation against any party who has made a complaint of a breach of a code of conduct.
Restitution is an important part in the process of resolving issues and building our sense of community. Restitution requires the student to restore the relationships affected by his/her actions. Sometimes this means acknowledging the effects of the infraction, accepting responsibility for the behavior, investing time in rebuilding relationships, and compensating for damages done by the behavior. An important stage in the restitution process includes reflection.
Recognizing positive behaviour is a great way of reducing inappropriate behavior. We like to recognize students who make a positive contribution to the GME community by rewarding them with a PAW/PATTE. Once in a while a student may make a mistake! At GME we utilize 'Behaviour Trackers' as a tool for recording inappropriate student behaviour. This tracking system enables us to analyze data to identify trends in whole-school behaviour, as well as follow-up with individuals or groups of students who may need specific interventions. Consequences and interventions are based on students’ developmental stage.