As a result of work done by the SAISD Discipline Task Force last school year, a number of changes were made to the district’s Student Code of Conduct (SCOC). If you have not reviewed the SCOC yet this school year, take a bit of time to do so.
The purpose of the SCOC is described at the beginning of the document: “The San Antonio Independent School District has adopted this Student Code of Conduct to promote and maintain a safe learning environment for students and adults. The foundation for an orderly and positive environment is a climate of mutual respect for the rights of all persons. To that end, all members of the learning community – students, parents, and District employees – are expected to treat people with respect, dignity, and good manners.”
Some of the substantive changes in the SCOC included:
- Clarification that if there is ever a conflict between PBIS rules and the SCOC, the SCOC prevails.
- Clarification that repeatedly violating any Level 1 offense(s) is considered a Level 2 offense.
- Addition of persistent misbehavior as a Level 3, discretionary DAEP placement, offense, with “persistent misbehavior” being defined as (i) repeatedly interfering with the teacher’s ability to communicate effectively with students; (ii) repeatedly interfering with student learning; (iii) engaging in 5 or more properly documented Level 1 Offenses in the same school year; or (iv) engaging in 2 or more properly documented Level 2 Offenses in the same school year. 30 days of RtI documentation is required for the DAEP placement.
The SCOC section on Consequences for Inappropriate Behavior was also modified with some additions to the list of classroom consequences and the list of administrative consequences. The section begins with an explanation of the purpose: “Discipline shall be designed to improve conduct and to encourage students to adhere to their responsibilities as members of the school community. Disciplinary action shall draw on the professional judgment of teachers and administrators and on a range of discipline management techniques. Students must be treated fairly.”
This section also states that school staff may use other consequences that are not listed, as long as the consequences are clearly communicated to students prior to their use.
1. Verbal correction.
2. Cooling-off or time-out. (See Time-Out Guidelines below.)
3. Seating changes in the classroom.
4. Confiscation of items that disrupt the educational process.
5. Rewards or demerits.
6. Use of a behavior folder or other documentation.
7. Contact parent (by phone, email or note.)
8. Student-teacher conferences.
9. Parent-teacher conferences.
10. Behavioral contracts.
11. Sending the student to the campus administrator.
1. Contact parent (by phone, email or note).
2. Parent conferences.
3. Use of a behavior folder or other documentation.
4. Counseling by other campus staff, including teachers, counselors, special services, or administrative personnel.
5. Participation in peer conflict resolution proceedings.
6. Detention, including outside regular school hours.
7. Assignment of school duties, including, but not limited to, cleaning, picking up litter, or campus maintenance.
8. Request parent to accompany or ―shadow‖ child during school. (This may only be requested, not required.)
9. Withdrawal of privileges, including, but not limited to, participation in extracurricular activities, eligibility for seeking or holding honorary positions, or membership in school-sponsored clubs and organizations.
10. Penalties identified in individual student organizations’ extracurricular standards of behavior.
11. Restriction or revocation of District transportation privileges.
12. Grade reductions or other academic sanctions, but only for academic dishonesty (e.g., cheating, plagiarism), as permitted by Policy EIA(LOCAL).
13. In-school suspension or on-campus intervention (OCI), as specified in the In-School Suspension/On-Campus Intervention section of this Code.
14. Reassignment to another classroom, as determined by the principal.
15. School-defined and school-administered probation.
16. Disciplinary transfer to another campus, as determined by the Superintendent or designee.
17. Suspension (out-of-school), as specified in the Suspension (Out-of-School) section of this Code.
18. Placement in a Discipline Alternative Education Program (DAEP), as specified in the DAEP section of this Code.
19. Expulsion, as specified in the Expulsion section of this Code.
20. Referral to outside agency or authority, including legal authorities or school-community programs.
21. Fines (for cell phone/electronic devise violations only).
22. Other strategies and consequences as determined by school officials.
The SCOC also has the guidelines for use of time-out and information regarding both routine and formal removal of a student from the classroom by a teacher.
Alliance members on the Discipline Task Force are Gracie Oviedo (Highland Park), Susan Castro (Storm), Cynthia Paredes (Burbank), Cathy Hazzard (Longfellow), Yvonne Clemons (W.W. White), and Alliance President Shelley Potter. The task force is currently focusing on the behavior management with early childhood students.