Consequences and Documentation at LFP
The Rule Reminder form on the left of the screen is what we use for documenting inappropriate behavior. If your student is having trouble following LFP's expectations, he/she may bring one of these home.
What do we expect from parents? A rule reminder is an opportunity for parents to review school expectations with their child, and to plan for how to better follow those expectations in the future. We ask that parents review the Rule Reminder with their student, and sign and return the pink copy to school.
Minor: Smaller or isolated issues are marked as minor. The staff member issuing the Rule Reminder will provide a consequence for the behavior, and communicate home via the Rule Reminder.
Major: A serious incident, or a pattern of multiple Rule Reminders for similar behavior, qualifies as a major infraction. These cases are handled by the principal, who might spend a student's lunch or recess with them, processing the harm they have created.
Examples of consequences:
Reteaching - behavior is just like math or reading: it is something that needs teaching and practice. And as with math or reading, some kids might need more teaching than others. One of the first things a staff member will do to help a student with inappropriate behavior is to reteach the expected behavior.
Natural Consequence - examples: running in the hall? go back and walk. disrupt instruction? stay back for a moment from recess to help the teacher plan the next lesson. Throw paper towels at the mirror in the bathroom? Help Mr. Jim clean up around the school.
Repair the Harm - if you hurt the feelings of a classmate, you sit down with an adult and plan what you can do to make them feel safer and more comfortable.
Buddy Classroom - if a student is consistently or pervasively disrupting class, they might take a trip to their buddy classroom to cool down, and to fill out a Problem-Solving or Reflection form.
Restorative Circle - when time permits, a staff member can take the opportunity to sit down with all affected parties. Problem-solving together as a group can be an effective way of exploring the damaged relationship and working towards a solution going forward.
Call Home - continuing a behavior after multiple reminders could earn a call home to do some problem-solving. Teachers might do it themselves, or they might have the student do it with them.
We do not take privileges away from students without working towards a constructive end. So for example, a teacher might hold a student in from recess for a few minutes to complete work they missed while being disruptive or off-task. But a teacher will not do so as a catch-all punishment for a behavior. Finishing a task during recess, or helping to fix something that was broken during class, is a natural consequence for the action, and is more appropriate.
Documentation: Rule Reminders are documented confidentially in a database. The purpose of this documentation is to keep track of behaviors to plan prevention and intervention. On an individual basis, they might be used to target a specific area of potential growth for a student who has behavioral or social-emotional deficits. On a community-wide basis, the data can show broader trends. If, for example, there are a lot of inappropriate behaviors occurring in a particular grade level, or in the hallway, or out on the playground, the PBIS team can plan opportunities for more generalized teaching to a larger portion of the student community.