5:230 Maintaining Student Discipline
Teachers and other licensed educational employees shall maintain discipline in the schools. In all matters relating to the discipline in the conduct in the schools and the students, they stand in the relation of parents and guardians to the students. This relationship shall extend to all activities connected with the school program and may be exercised at any time for the safety and supervision of the students in the absence of their parents or guardians.
All teachers are expected to exercise supervisory functions during those times when students are present in the building. In particular this includes classroom and hallway supervision and may include, on a scheduled basis, playground, lunch and after school activity supervision.
To a large degree teacher actions, attitude and ability set the mood which determines whether or not the classroom environment is conducive to learning. It must be quiet enough for all participants in the classroom to hear and understand the material being presented. The atmosphere must be such that students can concentrate on the topic being learned. Activities must be conducted in an orderly manner. The teacher’s roles as instructor and disciplinarian are not mutually exclusive; rather, good instruction often alleviates many discipline problems.
The following disciplinary guidelines shall be followed by District staff with the students:
- Corrective measures should be based on an understanding of the student and sound guidance procedures.
- The purpose of correctional action is the improvement of the behavior of the individual or the group.
- Corrective action applied to an individual or to a group should not be destructive of the individual’s personality nor of the group climate as a whole.
- Recommended corrective measures are simple classroom control, individual conferences with student and/or parents, loss of privileges, natural consequences, restriction and reparation (for damaged property), and removal from the classroom or in-school suspension and/or detention.
- Praise, encouragement and special recognition promote good behavior. A discouraged child frequently becomes a misbehaving child.
- Suspension and expulsion are to be used with appropriate precautions and care by school officials.
Staff members will not use the following as corrective measures: assigning extra school work, enforced apologies, lowering grades threats, humiliation, sarcasm and ridicule should not be used as corrective measures.
Please also refer to the current “Negotiated Agreement between the Board of Education and Batavia Education Association.”
Ill. Rev. State., ch. 122, par. 24-24 (1985).
Date Adopted: 12/19/2006
Date Amended: 09/23/2014