Discipline Policy

Discipline Policy

Rules and procedures are essential to the development of all students.  The purpose of discipline is training students mentally and socially so they can learn self-control and become respectful members of the community.


Discipline with love.

Be firm, yet loving

Use a positive approach to instruction concerning their conduct

Be consistent in maintaining firmness.


Classroom Rules

My goal as a teacher is to provide a safe and stimulating learning environment. In order to do this, there is a reliable and consistent discipline system enforced in our classroom. I feel that a good discipline system reinforces positive behaviors and discourages behaviors that are negative to your child and his/her classmates. In our classroom, we have the following rules:


Rule #1: We can listen and follow directions.

Rule #2: We can play and work nicely with others.                                     

Rule #3: We can walk and talk softly inside the building.

Rule #4: We can treat property and others with respect

Students will receive the opportunity to practice the following rules during class time. If your child is having difficulty following the rules he/she will be practicing that rule during recess or free time. If your child loses part of their recess multiple times during the week as a result of breaking a classroom rule you will receive a note. This note will explain which rule was broken, and if necessary how it was broken. Please take the time to review the note with your child and return it signed the next day. Parent support is very important to student success! When we work together we can help your child learn to be a positive contributor in the classroom. Thank you for all of your kindness and continued support!

Classroom Consequences

University Academy uses the behavior system called BIST throughout the school year. BIST stands for Behavior Intervention Support Team. The BIST behavior system uses a “safe seat,” which is a desk located in the classroom but away from the tables.  This is a seat where your child can choose to go to re-group or the teacher may ask your child to move to the safe seat to calm down or re-group after they have been given a verbal warning. The expectations of the safe seat are to sit in the desk correctly and fill out a “think” sheet. Then the teacher will process with the student. If the child refuses to go to the safe seat in the classroom then they will need to go to the safe seat in the buddy room. The student will need to fill out a “think” sheet at the buddy room safe seat. When the buddy room teacher feels the student is ready to return to class they will send the student back to process with the teacher.  If your child fills out a “think,” sheet then it will be sent home in their FISH book and will need to be signed and returned.


A clip chart will be used to monitor behavior. Should a student not follow an expectation, the following procedures will be implemented by the student moving his/her clip.

1. Green--Excellent- great day
2. Yellow--Good-Verbal Warning - A verbal warning will usually be given in most circumstances.
3.    Orange--Need Improvement- Several warnings “Safe Seat” - The child will be asked to take a “Safe seat (a thinking chair away from the class to refocus and think/write about proper, expected behavior in our classroom).
4.    Red-- -Partnering - The child will be asked to spend time in another classroom buddy room.  Parents will receive the student’s reflection sheet to look over and sign.
5./6.Blue— Parent Contact / Principal’s Office – The child will be expected to speak to the parent about the choices he/she have been making. A student will be sent to the office due to consistent misbehavior or a major offense.


            **Please note - ANY STEP may be skipped depending on the severity of the undesirable behavior**


If a problem arises that is considered a major infraction such as hurting others with harsh words or their body, the offender will go to a buddy room “safe seat” away from the other children.  The child will then be allowed to re-enter the classroom once he/she has completed a “think sheet” and/or talked to the teacher and when they feel they can behave appropriately.  However, if a child is continually hurting others, parents will be called and a conference will be scheduled.  I will send a child to the office for discipline only if other interventions have failed.


 If a problem arises that is more of a disagreement, we will use a Kelso Choice poster for the child to choose an appropriate solution.  This could include walking away, telling someone to stop, agreeing to share, counting to 10 to cool off, or using “I” messages to the offender about their feeling.


My goal is to redirect as often as possible and allow for logical consequences.  Examples- If you knock someone down, then you need to help them up and make sure they are okay.  Or if you don’t get your work done, then you lose free time.




Praise (every day)

Stickers (sticker chart, once chart is filled a class reward given)

Positive notes sent home (randomly)

Free time (occasionally)

Parties (quarterly)