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“For whom the Lord loveth, He correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.” Proverbs 3:12

Our policy

One of the most important lessons education should teach is discipline. It is the shared responsibility of the home, school, and church to accomplish this goal. It is training that develops self-control, character, orderliness, and efficiency. Students are expected to use language and speech toward others that does not belittle, slander, or hurt. Any behavior or inappropriate language which causes the learning atmosphere (in or out of the classroom setting) to deteriorate, to be disrupted, or that causes rights to be infringed upon will not be tolerated.

Each student should understand that attending Pacific Harbor is a privilege, not a right. It is granted to those who agree to demonstrate a spirit of harmony with our philosophy, goals, and standards. We ask parents and student both to understand and to abide by the school rules and policies based on Godly, Biblical foundations. Our school desires that the students demonstrate, by their conduct, an inward acceptance of Christ and an attitude of submission to His Lordship by behavior that is appropriate and Biblical. It is our prayer that all students will be drawn to obey from a change of heart and a desire to do what is right. “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the beliefs in word, conduct, love, spirit, faith and in purity,” 1 Timothy 4:12. While attending Pacific Harbor, all students are expected to follow the guidelines stated herein.

Discipline is the responsibility of the teacher in charge of a particular student or group of students at a given time. When a teacher finds it necessary and when other means of redirecting have been unsuccessful, a student will be sent to the Principal’s office with their yellow student folder. The Principal will talk and pray with the student, and then communicate with the teacher and/or the parents. In the case of more serious offenses, a Discipline Slip may be issued along with other appropriate action, which may include – detention, clean-up duty, apology, restitution, or other such methods of discipline. Corporal punishment (spanking) is left to the discretion of the parent only.

In the case of serious or repeated violations of school rules, a student may be suspended or expelled, following conferences with the Principal and parents. There may be times when an infraction may warrant a suspension or expulsion without prior violations.

There are three “Zero Tolerance” behaviors Pacific Harbor Christian School will not tolerate and are grounds for immediate suspension and/or expulsion.

1.Students will not tease, threaten, harass, and make fun of any person on campus.

2.Students will not use violence either verbally or physically to solve his/her problems. Fights are not tolerated, whether student

instigated the incident or not. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the teacher/T.A. in charge immediately if there is a

problem.

3.Students will not cuss or use slang words that represent cuss words on campus. This is holy ground and words used will be to

encourage one another.

ACCEPTABLE CORRECTIVE MEASURES

May include but are not limited to the following:

1.Teacher/student/parent conference

2.Deprivation of privileges or preferred activities

3.Time-out in or out of class

4.Communication to parents via note, telephone, or conference

5.Referral to Principal

6.In-school suspension or out-of-school suspension

7.Expulsion

School standards and conduct

In developing self-discipline and self-control, each student shall be responsible for his/her own behavior. Students are expected to obey ALL rules and regulations developed by the school. Therefore, each student is personally responsible for:

1.Showing respect for the rights and feelings of others.

2.Behaving in a way that is not degrading to himself or others at school or at any school-related function.

3.Behaving in a way that helps to create a positive learning environment both in the classroom and on the playground.

4.Helping to maintain a clean, healthful campus.

5.Protecting and conserving ALL school property.

6.Obeying and respecting all requests made by Principal, teachers, aides, and other staff members.

Good discipline is conducive to higher education and greater spiritual development. It is relatively free from discussion, disorder, and

anti-social behavior. DISCIPLINE DOES NOT MEAN PUNISHMENT. It is the process of nurturing, training, guiding, and teaching a child to accept responsibility for his/her actions, words, and attitudes. Our goal is to teach students obedience. Obedience is immediate, complete, and without complaint. This is a godly character trait that each person should attain.

General school rules (At the teacher’s discretion, other class rules may be made).

1.Students MUST respect others’ rights and property and the authority of Principal, teachers, and ALL school staff.

2.Students, who find it necessary to remain after school must have parental permission, be under the supervision of a teacher, and they are to remain on campus.

3.Students MAY NOT be in classrooms or school buildings without supervision of a teacher or school staff.

4.Talking is to be done in a conversational tone. Students are not to yell, run, or be rowdy in the walkways.

5.Students when walking as a class, should not push, yell at, or bother others.

6.There is NO talking in the crosswalk.

7.Electronic devices are not allowed in school with the exception of cell phones. Cell Phones are to be turned off and kept in backpack while on campus. They are not allowed to be used on school grounds.

8.Students must not damage or deface school property or property belonging to others. The student and parent are responsible to pay for any damage done.

9.Students should help keep our school clean by placing trash in the trash containers and picking up trash even if they didn’t throw it down.

10.There should be no eating or drinking in the classroom without teacher or staff permission.

11.There is absolutely NO GUM CHEWING or eating shelled seeds on school premises.

12.Drinking fountains are to be kept clean. There is to be no shoving or pushing around the drinking fountains.

13.There is to be no loitering in the restrooms, hallways, or stairways.

14.Entrance to and departure from Chapel is to be orderly and quiet.

15.Students must walk their bikes, skateboards, or scooters on school grounds and a helmet must be worn.

16.Children are NOT to speak to anyone who is on the sidewalk or in a car.

17.Students must stay inside the school gates.

18.Students must display modesty (no hickeys, improper dress or attitude). (Please refer to Dress Code).

19.Students are not allowed overt physical activity; such as frontal hugging, holding hands, or kissing. This is an automatic severe infraction in our discipline system.

20.Students may NOT upload pictures on the internet that are taken at school or at school sponsored events or any pictures that display Pacific Harbor Christian School uniform, wording, or logo.

21. Students are not allowed to write on their body, shoes, clothes, and books as this would be considered a form of tagging.

22. No Sharpies or permanent markers of any kind are allowed on campus.

23. All books must be covered.

24. No sitting on tables either inside or outside.

25. NO running in the hallways.

Bullying and/or harassing behavior

Pacific Harbor Christian School seeks to provide a safe, caring, loving environment for students. All students should feel a sense of physical and emotional safety within each element of the school environment, including the classroom, playground, restroom, and other places and times when supervision is less structured. Research indicates that bullying and/or harassing behavior interferes with social and emotional well-being, may cause students to become withdrawn or depressed, and may cause school performance to suffer.

A student’s immaturity can be a reason why, on occasion, he/she uses inappropriate attempts to manipulate, tease, or hurt others. Hurtful as these occasional incidents may be, they are not part of a pattern of continuing behavior. When confronted with a mature perspective on the incident and how it affected others, the student shows age-appropriate remorse and contrition, and does not continue the behavior. Our policy on bullying/harassing behavior is not directed toward the student described above. He/she will be corrected within the scope of ongoing school discipline procedures.

Weapons: Weapons and threats of harm or threats of violence

In a school, it is important to maintain an environment of safety, free from the fear of actual and potential danger. The display of, or possession of a weapon, or the threat of harm is dangerous, disruptive, and counter to meeting the nurture and safety needs of all students.

Any student found in possession of a weapon (under definitions above) will be immediately suspended with parent or guardian notification. A report will be made to local law enforcement, and at their discretion they may actively intervene. The student will remain suspended pending school board action on the student’s probable expulsion.

Threat of Physical Harm

Threats are taken seriously at Pacific Harbor Christian School in light of past events in Columbine and Santee schools. Claims that the statement is only a joke will not keep Pacific Harbor from acting on its policies, since the school cannot determine with certainty whether the threat is serious or not.

A threat of physical harm is any statement, whether made verbally, in writing, or by means of an electronic device, by a person who threatens to commit a crime that could result in death or bodily injury to another person, or themselves, or excessive property damage. No distinction will be made as to the intent to actually carry out the threat, per California Penal Code 422.

Criteria used to evaluate the presence of a threat of physical harm and assessments of the accused in terms of a history of aggressiveness are:

1.Behavior or patterns of threatening behavior.

2.Presence of sufficient evidence.

3.Consistency of witness’ statements.

4.Developmental appropriateness based on age and maturity level.

5.Perception of the victim that the threat produces fear of pending danger.

Threats of physical harm are subject to referral to appropriate law enforcement personnel. Students making such threats will be suspended pending a school board hearing and may be expelled.

Suspension/expulsion

Suspension and/or expulsion may result from continuing, persistent, and willful misbehavior that has not responded to other disciplinary measures, including parent conferences. A student may also be suspended or expelled without previous warning in the case of certain major offenses such as:

  • Smoking or possession of tobacco in any form on campus.
  • Possession or use of any drugs, prescription, and/or nonprescription, street drugs and paraphernalia. Student’s prescription or non-prescription drugs for use during school hours MUST be kept in the office.
  • Possession of alcoholic beverages or being intoxicated on campus.
  • Improper behavior or speech toward the opposite sex or same sex (harassment).
  • Profanity directed at a teacher, other adults, or fellow students.
  • Physically or verbally assaulting others whether instigated or provoked.
  • Possession of any object viewed as a weapon to inflict substantial bodily harm.
  • Willful destruction or defacing of school property or buildings.
  • Repeated violations of school rules.
  • An ongoing attitude of disrespect towards Christian values and school rules.
  • Truancy
  • Inappropriate relations with peers: frontal hugging, holding hands, and kissing.
  • Parents of suspended students will be notified by telephone and the written documentation of the infraction(s) and action will be sent home with the student. The written form will be a Discipline Slip.

    SUSPENSION MAY BE ONE OF TWO TYPES

    1.In-school suspension: The student is isolated on campus (in office), and is not considered absent.

    2.Out-of-school suspension: The student is to stay home, and is considered absent.

    CONDITIONS OF SUSPENSION

    General conditions of suspension are:

    1.Social isolation from all members of the student body for the duration of the suspension.

    2.All work assigned and required during the suspension will be completed with a 20% deduction of grade.

    3.Any test or quiz missed during “in” or “out of” school suspension cannot be made up and will receive a Fail.

    4.Violation of any condition of suspension may result in expulsion from school.

    5.Suspension is generally not less than one full school day, nor more than five consecutive school days.

    6.Expulsion will be used only as a last resort.

    PARENTAL INTERACTION WITH STUDENTS/PARENTS

    It is never appropriate for a parent to confront another student on campus about a behavior issue or incident that has occurred with that student. The proper procedure is to talk with the Teacher or Daycare Supervisor first. The discipline of a student and the “fact-finding” process is the responsibility of the PHCS Principal/staff. With this in mind, we discourage parents from confronting other parents with discipline issues with their child. Please let the teachers and Principal handle the problems that occur on campus. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter.

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