Code of Conduct Policy
Renaissance Academy implements a Positive Behavior Management Systems Approach, PBIS, to the management of student behavior. Together the staff and administration have created a PBIS system that address student academic and social behaviors in the classrooms, in the school building, and in all interpersonal relationships. Incentive programs serve to promote positive academic and behavioral expectations for students. Students are rewarded for “doing the right thing.”
The Renaissance Academy will develop self-discipline in students while creating and maintaining a safe, positive learning environment. Our code of discipline will serve as an extension of the overall education process. In order to ensure that our students are growing and developing into responsible citizens we must consistently enforce our discipline policy as well as provide students the resources necessary to learn from and change their behaviors.
Students, staff, visitors, Board Members and parents at Renaissance Academy are expected to conduct themselves in keeping with their level of maturity and with proper regard for the rights and welfare of others and the school. Representatives of our school shall conduct themselves in the most appropriate way while in our school, on the school bus and on field trips.
Substantive acts for which a child may be disciplined include but are not limited to:
- Inappropriate language
- Touching, pushing, or hitting another student or staff member
- Disorderly, violent or disruptive behavior
- Conduct that endangers the safety, morals, health or welfare of him/herself or others
The consequences or range of consequences will result from committing each such act including suspension or expulsion.
Renaissance Academy will use progressive discipline and behavioral modification to prevent student misbehavior and decrease the chances that negative behaviors will reoccur. As an inappropriate behavior continues the levels of consequences will also increase. Discipline should and will always be age appropriate. Parents will partner with the school in addressing and working to prevent future negative behaviors.
Consequences include but may not be limited to:
- Call home to parent
- Student reparation i.e., writing a letter of apology
- Loss of recess time
- Lunch detention
- Referral to the COO
- Referral to the CEO
- After school detention
- Removal from situation i.e., time spent doing class work in a safe time-out location
- In-School Suspension
- Out of School Suspension
In any case where a student is removed from the school he/she will be provided with all work to be completed outside of school. In the event of an extended absence, plans for individualized instruction of one hour a day for each day missed will be provided by a licensed teacher.
The Appeal Process
Student(s) and parent(s)/legal guardian(s) may submit a written appeal to any disciplinary action resulting in a suspension up to a expulsion directly to the Chief Educational Officer (CEO) within two (2) school days of the disciplinary decision. The CEO will respond to the appeal within two (2) school days.
If the outcome of that initial appeal is unsatisfactory to the student and or parent/legal guardian, the CEO’s decision may be appealed through a formal appeal letter to the Board of Trustees within five (5) school days of the CEO’s appeal decision.
Upon receipt of the appeal, the Board of Trustees will schedule an appeal hearing within ten (10) school days of the appeal request. The family may bring counsel with them if they so desire. In all events of expulsion, the CEO will work in conjunction with the family to find the best possible alternative setting for the student.