It is our goal at CPRS to become Christ-like. Discipline is a major area of Christian concern, and the intent of discipline is restoration.
ELEMENTARY DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES
Elementary discipline is the responsibility of the classroom teacher and administration in conjunction with the parent. It will be based on the idea of good communication and working with a cooperative spirit. Teachers will provide parents with a specific discipline plan, including rules and consequences.
Teachers will strive to work in a scripturally based, Christ-like manner with students individually and collectively and with parents. Students and parents will be expected to work with the teachers and staff in the same manner.
If problems are encountered, follow the channel of appeal as outlined in “Parental Appeal Process” in this handbook.
SECONDARY DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES
The School Administrator has the responsibility to set forth policies and rules to help the students conduct themselves in a Christ-like manner. In addition, the teacher within the classroom may establish certain policies and rules consistent with those established by the administration. The teacher may assign up to 10 demerits and detention with at least one day’s notice. The School Administrator may assign demerits, detention, suspension, and recommend expulsion to the school board as methods of disciplining students. Any senior accumulating 25 or more demerits after spring break may lose the privilege of participating in the graduation ceremonies and/or senior trip.
Detention / Demerit System
Discipline on the secondary level includes use of detentions/demerits. After school detentions require 24 hour advance notice. If demerits are issued, the student receives a demerit slip to be signed by a parent and returned to the teacher within 3 school days. Failure to do so results in additional demerits. Parents who wish to have a conference with the teacher should check the appropriate box at the bottom of the demerit slip.
The following list shows various behavior infractions and examples of each. This list does not define all demeritable offenses.
BLATANT DISRESPECT - Walking away from a teacher, back talking, etc.
BLATANT LYING - Telling a deliberate falsehood or conveying a fake image or impression
BULLYING/FIGHTING - Any form of aggressive behavior - verbal or physical - that is deliberately and persistently directed toward a
particular victim for the purpose of intimidation
CHEATING - Any time student is not doing his/her own work
DISOBEDIENCE TO CLASSROOM RULES - Talking without permission, chewing gum, etc.
DISOBEDIENCE TO WARNING - Student does not respond willingly to a request to follow rules (example: dispose of gum, place chair on
DISORDERLY CONDUCT - Not behaving in a controlled, Christian manner
DISREGARDING VERBAL INSTRUCTION - Student does not follow class instructions (example: not getting out paper and pencil when
DISRESPECT OF PEERS - Name calling, pushing, shoving, insults
DRESS CODE - Missing uniform items, inappropriate hairstyles, unapproved shoes, etc.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL – Use or possession of drugs/alcohol at a school activity
HALL VIOLATIONS - Being in the hall without a hall pass
PERSONAL CONTACT - Physical contact related to boy/girl relationships (i.e., holding hands, playing with hair, arms around shoulder or waist, hugging, kissing, etc.)
PORNOGRAPHY - Any material of a sexual nature, disrespectful to men or women.
PROFANITY/VULGARITY - Verbal or written words of swearing, inappropriate talk, or inappropriate body language
SEXUAL ACTIVITY - Any proven incident of sexual activity involving a student
SEXUAL HARASSMENT - Any proven advance, action, or request that is suggestive or explicit in nature, whether by verbal, written, or
SKIPPING CLASS/CHAPEL – Failure to be present as assigned
SMOKING/CHEWING TOBACCO - Done at a sponsored activity or on school grounds
STEALING - Intentionally taking someone else’s property
TARDINESS - Not in the appropriate classroom at the beginning of class time
VANDALISM - Any intentional damage to school property
On the high school level, detentions may be assigned to address minor behavior infractions such as, but not limited to:
talking without permission
coming to class unprepared
disobedience to classroom rules
* disturbing a class
failure to participate in class
* Does not include any action that would involve disrespect to a teacher, teacher assistant, or another student. Demerits may be issued.
** An activity that has no intent to do harm in a physical/threatening manner and nothing/no one was harmed.
Detentions last 45 minutes and be supervised by a teacher.
If a student is late for or misses an assigned detention, 10 demerits will be issued. Five demerits will be issued on the third occurrence of any detentionable behavior for the same kind of infraction. Five demerits will be issued on the sixth occurrence of any detentionable behavior.
Detentions are accounted on a semester basis. Counts for infractions are reset at the beginning of the semester, but students must still serve any detentions currently assigned.
No detentions are issued during the last three weeks of a semester. Demerits will be issued instead.
A student will serve a detention for every detention-merited offense.
The following list contains the actions that will be taken as a student accumulates demerits for unacceptable behavior. Action will be taken as the total accumulation of demerits reaches the following levels:
25 PARENTAL NOTIFICATION: Student is ineligible to hold office or run for office in any school organization (i.e., Student
Council) for the remainder of the school year. Eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities will be determined by
administrative review. (Extracurricular activities include sports, drama, activities outside the school during school hours, etc.)
Student conference involving parents, administration, and faculty may be held at the request of the School Administrator, faculty,
50 AUTOMATIC TWO DAY SUSPENSION*: All extracurricular activity will be suspended for the semester. Eligibility for extracurricular
activities the following semester will be determined by administrative review. (Extracurricular activities include sports, drama,
activities outside the school during school hours, etc.) Student conference involving parent(s), School Administrator, and faculty
will be held.
75 AUTOMATIC FIVE DAY SUSPENSION*: Disciplinary probation.
100 EXPULSION: Removal from CPRS.
* Classwork missed during suspensions must be turned in on the student’s first day back at school, or additional penalties may be assigned by the School Administrator.
If action levels (25, 50, 75 demerits) are reached multiple times in a school year, additional disciplinary measures may be taken by the School Administrator.
Students on suspension may not attend any extracurricular CPRS activities unless given permission in advance from the School Administrator.
This list contains the actions that will occur as a student reaches the following levels of demerit accumulation:
25 Parental notification by phone, email, or meeting.
50 Parental conference with School Administrator.
75 Probationary hearing. Loss of implied automatic invitation to return for following semester. Invitation to return will be
made in writing by School Administration.
100 Exit briefing. All options of appeal are exhausted. Student must wait a minimum of one semester before CPRS will consider
Teachers may assign up to 10 demerits per student for any one school infraction, and if further action is necessary, will recommend that additional demerits be given by the School Administrator. Only the School Administrator will have the authority to give in excess of 10 demerits per student for any one school infraction.
The School Administrator may elect to pursue other remedies or other courses of action than those described when it is determined that the well-being of the students and/or staff is affected. In any situation, a plan of improvement may be required.
During the school year, if additional demerits have not been incurred for one month, demerits will be deducted at a rate of five per month. The one month deduction period will reset if additional demerits are incurred. At the end of April, any student with 30 or more demerits will have half of those demerits carried over to the next school year. In addition, any demerits incurred during the month of May will all be carried over to the next school year.
CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY
We should consider ourselves as caretakers of CPRS and properly use all areas of the facility. We realize there will always be usual wear and tear during the year. However, any students who intentionally or recklessly damage or destroy school property or equipment will be billed for replacement costs, and will be subject to further disciplinary action.
Students are not to have food, drink, candy, etc., at school except in their lunch, in the gym (with permission), or at an organized school activity. Food and drink are to remain in the gym or Sorensen Room when served at meetings, etc. No gum is allowed.
The following items are prohibited on CPRS property and at any school-sponsored activity:
* cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, narcotics and related paraphernalia
* knives, guns, ammunition, explosives
* dice, playing cards (other than Rook, Uno, and other “game” cards)
* laser lights, electronic games, cameras
* ipads, tablets, laptops (unless for classroom use with teacher consent)
* live animals (without advance permission from School Administrator)
Any items brought to school or to a school function, including games, music, reading materials, etc., must follow the CPRS standards, and be of a positive nature associated with Christian living. In the event that an item is questioned, the School Administrator may deem whether it is appropriate.
It is suggested that students refrain from bringing valuable items to school. Any such items brought to school should be secured in a safe place. CPRS cannot be responsible for items that are lost.
Any student who withdraws and has accumulated 50 or more demerits in his or her conduct file, and at some later time makes an application for re-admittance, will be subject to a review by the administration to determine his/her suitability for re-enrollment.