PARENT HANDBOOK | DISCIPLINE POLICY


The staff at Avalon Christian School uses positive methods of discipline. The program encourages an attitude of self-control along with cooperation. Acceptable behavior is encouraged by giving positive verbal praise. Verbal praise reinforces good feelings about the child’s behavior as well as provides positive model behavior for other students. In addition to positive praise, students are reminded to be sensitive to others.

Corporal punishment is never used. Under no circumstance is a child spanked, hit, jerked, or touched in any way that would be disrespectful to the child. Children are not yelled at, threatened, or spoken to in a way that shows lack of respect.

If a child is not benefiting from the learning environment or is causing another child to be distracted from learning, the teacher and/or assistant will intervene. They will choose from a variety of interventions which range from subtle or mild interventions to more formal and direct interventions.


Unacceptable behavior:
            - Running in the classroom. 
            - Leaving the area or group without permission. 
            - Throwing toys, rocks, mulch. 
            - Being disruptive. 
            - Hurting themselves or others, such as hitting, biting, 
              spitting, kicking, and pulling hair. 
            - Abusive language. 
            - Using toys and materials inappropriately. 
            - Arguing with school staff or other children. 
            - Aggressive behavior. 
            - Lack of cooperation. 


Our Initial Positive Response: 
            - Encourage child’s good behavior and/or redirect 
              his/her activity. 
            - If a problem still exists the child is then removed 
              from the situation and placed in a “time out” within
              their area (one minute per year of age, no more 
              than five minutes). “Time out” shall be defined as 
              an area away from the group or activity. 
            - The child will be allowed, as soon as possible, 
              to return to the group. 
            - The teacher will not only decide if the child is ready 
              to return, but will encourage him/her to be ready.

Our Secondary Response & Responsibility:
            - To intervene as soon as possible to prevent physical
              or emotional injury. 
            - To help the child identify his/her unacceptable 
              behavior and the possible alternatives open to 
              him/her. 
            - If the child continues in the inappropriate behavior 
              they may be given “time out” away from the group. 
            - If the child’s behavior continues to be inappropriate, 
              a behavior intervention meeting may take place with 
              the parents, teacher, and the school director. 
            - If a child’s behavior continues to be inappropriate, a 
              behavior report will be written and parents may be 
              called to immediately pick-up their child, if deemed 
              necessary by the director. 
            - If a child receives three written behavioral reports 
              within a nine week period, the child will be 
              suspended from the preschool program for one week.
              During this time the parent or guardian, the teacher 
              and the school director will meet in an attempt to 
              determine if the child is capable of drastically 
              changing his/her behavior to allow re-entry into the 
              program. This is the mandatory behavior intervention
              meeting. Fees will still be paid for this week to retain 
              the child’s space in the program.
            - If the child continues in the program and receives
              a fourth behavioral report, within a 30-day period, 
              termination of services may occur.
              When the severity of a problem is great enough that it 
              could endanger the safety of the child(ren)’s welfare,
              termination may be effective immediately after 
              consulting the Director who will notify the parent or 
              guardian.

***The school considers this to be a drastic measure and would not resort to such unless the child’s behavior significantly and directly threatens the physical or mental health, safety or well-being of one or more of the other children or staff, and that threat cannot be eliminated.

Behavioral Assistance (Support):
When patterns of neglect behavior occur frequently, these supports are available:  
            - Request information from the school's library 
              regarding child behavior and development. 
                                                                                            (no charge)
            - Request for assistance from a behavioral consultant.
              Speak to the director about the who to call. 
                                                                                            (no charge)
            - Request counseling support from Avalon Christian
              Counseling Center. 
                                                                                     (paid by parent)