STUDENT DISCIPLINE

Junior High School
Department

Student Discipline


STUDENT DISCIPLINE

NDU Junior High School Student Discipline


The understanding of discipline flows from proper understanding of the school’s vision-mission.

Notre Dame University reflects in its vision-mission the development of students to become authentic persons and professionals. This means developing fully all aspects of the student’s personality so that he/she can become an effective catalyst of society in establishing love, justice, peace, and genuine service.

School discipline is best accomplished by preventing misbehavior before it occurs, and using effective interventions after it occurs. Additionally, school safety and academic success are formed and strengthened when all school personnel build positive relationships with students and are actively engaged in their lives and learning.

A.      DISCIPLINE - is defined as steps or actions which teachers, administrators, support staff, parents, and students follow to enhance student academic and social success. Discipline involves internal and external control. It implies that self-control is necessary for an individual to be a more effective and productive member of the society. Thus, everybody in school including parents have roles to play to attain the school’s goal – to become a school of character and excellence.

B.      RESPONSIBILITIES OF STUDENTS

  1. Attend school and all scheduled classes daily.
  2. Come to school on time.
  3. Follow the Student Code of Conduct.
  4. Wear the prescribed uniform and ID during schooldays.
  5. Work hard and do one’s best.
  6. Follow school rules and regulations.
  7. Respect school property and the property of others.
  8. Consult teachers, counselors, parents, and administrators when school related problems arise.
C.      RESPONSIBILITIES OF TEACHERS

Each teacher has fundamental roles in supporting a positive classroom and school. These include:

  1. Utilizing effective classroom management strategies to create an environment conducive to learning and prevent misconduct.
  2. Defining, teaching, reviewing and modeling Culture of Discipline: Guiding Principles for the School Community and Culture of Discipline: Student Expectations and school rules.
  3. Acknowledging and reinforcing appropriate student behavior.
  4. Providing corrective feedback and re-teaching the behavioral skill when misconduct occurs.
  5. Providing corrective instruction to students who demonstrate challenging behavior.
  6. Addressing infractions through a variety of interventions such as Positive Behavior Support.
  7. Using professional judgment to prevent minor incidents from becoming major challenges.
  8. Reporting the behavior to the school administrator or person responsible for discipline at the school-site for a student who engages in ongoing misconduct, despite appropriate interventions.
  9. Utilizing data in collaboration with administration and support personnel to monitor misconduct.
  10. Working with families in partnership to reinforce appropriate behavior.
D.      RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARENTS

  1. Read the Student Handbook.
  2. Motivate their child in following the Student Code of Conduct.
  3. Understand their child’s rights and responsibilities.
  4. Teach their children to respect the rights of others.
  5. Teach their children to respect school property and the property of others.
  6. Recognize that school personnel must enforce the Student Code of Conduct.
  7. Make sure their child come to school every day on time and ready to learn.
E.      RESPONSIBILITIES OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS

  1. Provide students and all school personnel a copy of the Student Handbook.
  2. Implement the discipline in a fair and consistent manner.
  3. Review discipline referrals and determine appropriate intervention or consequence.
  4. Use professional judgment to prevent minor incidents from becoming major challenges.
  5. Identify appropriate training and resources as needed to implement Positive Behavior Support.
F.      THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE ON DISCIPLINE:
It is a fact-finding body in charge of investigating, hearing, and deciding the appropriate disciplinary measures on any student involved in misbehavior subject to suspension, dropping or expulsion. This is composed of the following:

  1. Principal as Chairman
  2. Prefect of Students (Member)
  3. Guidance Counselor
  4. Adviser
G.      THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE ON CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE:
It is directly responsible in correcting student misbehavior inside the classroom or even outside the classroom as long as within the school premises. This is composed of the following:

  1. Adviser as Chairman
  2. Officers of the Class as Members
H.      RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CLASSROOM OFFICERS
It is directly responsible in correcting student misbehavior inside the classroom or even outside the classroom as long as within the school premises. This is composed of the following:

  1. Maintain order and discipline inside the classroom especially in between periods;
  2. Cooperate with the subject teacher in maintaining classroom order during the period, class movements, assemblies and social, civic or religious functions;
  3. Report violators of the school regulations to the Prefect of Students.
  4. Act as section spokespersons in ironing out difficulties and promoting better relationship with the subject teacher, with the administration, and with other departments of the school.
  5. Hold open forum on common problems and/ or difficulties shared by the section during class advisory period, and
  6. Hold consultation with Homeroom students who are frequently referred for misbehaviors.
I.      REFERRAL PROCEDURES AND GIVING OF WARNING

An adviser may give a student an oral reprimand for a misbehavior. A written warning is given to the student for a second offense. At the third offense, the adviser fills out a discipline referral form to be submitted to the Prefect of Students for appropriate action. The Prefect of Students shall inform the parents/guardians of the student regarding the misbehavior.

J.      OFFENSES AND DISCIPLINARY MEASURES

Offenses are categorized into three: Offenses Subject to Non-Readmission or Exclusion, Offenses Subject to Expulsion, Offenses Subject to Minor Disciplinary Measures.

  1. Offenses Subject to Non-Readmission or Exclusion
    1. Obstruction or disruption of teaching, classes or schoolwork
    2. Physical assault on any person (such as pupil, student, teacher, school authority or superior)
    3. Threatening persons in authority (or their representative with physical harm to discourage them from enforcing disciplinary measure against the student concerned)
    4. Theft or damage to property; extorting or blackmailing
    5. Stealing test papers/or passing the same to others
    6. Use, possession, or distribution of narcotics or dangerous drugs
    7. Possessing, reading, and/or distributing pornographic materials inside the school premises
    8. Engaging in lewd, indecent, obscene, or immoral conduct within or outside the school especially when the good name of the school is involved; visiting places of ill-repute
    9. Defamation committed against (any student, teacher, administrator, personnel, or school authority or his/her agent; making, publishing or circulating false information about the school, its officials, faculty members, personnel and/or students)
    10. Vandalism which is the willful destruction of any school property that includes tearing off or defacing any library books, magazines, or periodicals; writing or drawing on the walls and pieces of furniture; breakage of glass windows, showcases, cabinet doors, electrical, mechanical, or electronic devices or contrivances; unauthorized erasure or removal of official notices and posters from Bulletin Boards, and other similar offenses. Damaged material shall be paid for according to assessed value.
    11. Possession or use of explosives, or deadly weapons
    12. Habitual misbehavior or commission of a serious offense by students who are under PROBATION or FINAL WARNING STATUS
    13. Any other offenses similar or analogous to the above

  2. Offenses Subject to Expulsion depending on the seriousness of the offense: (Manual of Regulations for Private Schools in Basic Education, 2011)
    1. Gross misconduct
    2. Cheating and stealing
    3. Assaulting a teacher or any other school authority or his/her agents or students
    4. Smoking inside the school premises
    5. Vandalism, writing on or destroying school property (chairs, tables, windows, books, laboratory equipment and others)
    6. Gambling of any sort
    7. Drinking intoxicants and liquor
    8. Carrying and concealing deadly weapons
    9. Extortion or asking money from others
    10. Fighting causing injury to others
    11. Using, possessing, and selling of prohibited drugs
    12. Hazing in any form or manner whether inside or outside the school premises
    13. Immorality/sexual harassment
    14. Instigating, leading or participating in concerted activities leading to stoppage of classes
    15. Preventing, threatening students or faculty members or school authorities from discharging their duties or from attending classes or entering school premises
    16. Forging or tampering with school records or transfer forms

  3. Offenses Subject to Minor Disciplinary Measures
    1. Talking while class activity is going on
    2. Giving uncalled comments during the class activity
    3. Being inattentive; sleeping during class hours
    4. Eating inside the classroom during class hours
    5. Chewing gum or munching sweets in the line formation, during group activities or during class hours
    6. Transferring seats without the expressed permission of the subject teacher
    7. Refusing to follow the order of the student officers regarding the preservation of peace and order inside the classroom
    8. Failure to bring the necessary handbook, textbooks, or other subject requirements such as homework/assignments, handouts, pad papers, ballpens, and other specific requirements necessary to the completion of an activity
    9. Lending or borrowing textbooks, handouts, and other materials that are supposed to be brought to school
    10. Copying an assignment or allowing a classmate to copy one’s assignment
    11. Failure to secure from the Prefect of Students the needed EXCUSE/ADMIT SLIP before class hours, morning and afternoon
    12. Tardiness
    13. No excuse letter for an absence
    14. Unprescribed haircut
    15. Not following the rules in the classroom, canteen, chapel and other venues or facilities.
    16. Staying in places that are declared “OFF LIMITS” at a particular time of the school.
    17. Failure to clean the classroom on the day assigned
    18. Littering in the campus
    19. Sitting on the tables
    20. Defacing the school ID
    21. Engaging in rough play resulting to minor injury
    22. Howling/booing including boisterous laughter
    23. Other offenses not specifically stated but considered minor offenses by the school authorities or by the faculty members.

  4. Disciplinary Measures on Minor Misbehaviors
  5. The following measures may be used by class advisers:
    1. Require the offender to give an oral apology to the aggrieved student.
    2. Inform the student that the misbehavior is recorded and require him/her to do special task related to the misbehavior.
    3. Exclude the student from regular class work and from other privileges or activities for a definite period of time.

  6. Disciplinary Measures on Major Misbehaviors
  7. A. Suspension
    It is an exclusion from regular classwork and from other privileges or activities for a definite period of time.

    1. All suspensions are off campus.
      The student should stay at home and is not allowed to enter the school campus nor be seen within the vicinity of the school during the suspension.
    2. Student under probation or final warning status who continues to misbehave will be asked to render community service or special work for a certain number of hours.
    3. First suspension would last for three (3) days; second suspension, five (5) school days or more
    4. Effects of suspension:
      • Failing grades in conduct
      • Automatic placement of the offender on a two quarter PROBATION STATUS and the corresponding TERMS OF PROBATION. However, this provision is given to students who commit grievous offense.
      • If the student is graduating, he/she forfeits the right to any recommendation of good moral character by the proper authorities upon graduation.
      • If the student is undergraduate, and would decide to transfer to another school, he/she also forfeits the right to a recommendation of a good moral character. However, this provision is given to students who commit grievous offense.
      • Second suspension places the student on a FINAL WARNING STATUS.

    B. Dropping / Expulsion
    This is an extreme administrative sanction given to student who committed major violations. However, the student may be given the option to request for transfer or being dropped from the list instead.

K.      PROBATION

  1. A Notre Dame education is for all students who can maintain its standard of quality and exemplary conduct. NDU-JHS requires its student a high degree of achievement.

  2. Probation is a period of time during which the ability of the student to abide by the academic standards and the code of discipline is ascertained.
  3. Students who have poor scholastic performance (with three unit subjects failure) or conduct (committed grave offenses) in a previous school year may be placed in probation after careful consideration and a conference with said students, their parent, the Guidance Counselor, and the Principal or Assistant Principal. The opportunity to prove oneself under probation is given to a student only once.

  4. A student on probation should maintain good grades in all subjects and an outstanding values/conduct rating. Other criteria maybe required for the duration of the probation. If a student meets the requirement at the end of the school year, his probation status will be changed to that of a regular student in the succeeding school year. If he/she does not meet the requirements at the end of the school year, the school reserves the right not to re-admit the student.

  5. The school will exert every effort to help a student under probation through a carefully-designed program under the guidance of advisers and other responsible support officers.
I.      CAMPUS SAFETY AND SECURITY MEASURES

  1. Security guards are authorized to check the students at the entrance gate.
  2. Student should wear their validated school ID while in campus at all times.
  3. Only vehicles with car pass can enter the campus.
  4. Visitors should sign the Visitors’ log book and are provided with visitor’s ID at the entrance gate. ID should be worn while in campus.

SATEFY MEASURES
  1. Students are not allowed to leave the campus during school hours and even during recess or lunch break except for emergency reasons. However, the parents or guardians must secure and fill out a form in duplicate of the permission slip from the Principal’s Office and have the slip signed by the Principal, and present the duplicate to the guard at the gate.
  2. No student may be pulled out from his/her class without approval from the Principal or Assistant Principal.
  3. Appropriate security measures are adopted so that only students, faculty members, school personnel, and other persons who have legitimate business with the school (DepEd Order no. 30s. 1972) are allowed to enter the school premises.
  4. 4. Students’ belongings such as bags, packages and others are subject to inspection by the authorized person whenever necessary in campus or even in the classrooms.
  5. When classes are called off, students are not allowed to stay inside the campus.
  6. Students are not allowed to loiter in the buildings/areas of other colleges and at ETD unless for official business accompanied by High School personnel.
  7. Students must refrain from using unnecessary jewelry/accessories during class days/ activities.
  8. Cell phone is allowed in school for emergency reasons. The cellphone must be in silent mode in the classroom. However, if used during class hours:
    1. The class adviser has the right to confiscate the cell phone and must be deposited in the office of the Prefect of Students.
    2. If the student has violated the same offence thrice, the cell phone can only be redeemed at the end of the school year.