09: Discipline Policy & Procedures
Policy: The discipline maintained at Victory Life Academy is firm, consistent, progressive, fair and tempered with love. The faculty maintains standards of behavior in the classroom through kindness, love and a genuine regard for their students. However, when disciplinary action becomes necessary, it is firmly carried out with good judgment and understanding. Students are reminded that Jesus expects us to be disciplined in all areas of life.
VLA regards discipline from two aspects, foolishness and rebellion. Rebellion can be defined as resistance to or uprising against authority. Any act of rebellion will be dealt with immediately. The student will be sent directly to an administrator’s office with a discipline form completed by the teacher. Foolishness can be defined as lacking good sense or judgment. It is usually dealt with in the classroom through classroom discipline procedures.
Teachers, and the administration shall speak with or discipline students should they feel it necessary in the classroom or on the school premises whenever conduct has a tendency to degrade or lower the prestige of Victory Life Academy. Teachers shall use professional judgment in each situation. Each teacher is given the liberty of making and enforcing classroom regulations in the manner in which they feel is in accordance with Christian principles, administrative directives, and discipline as set forth in the Scriptures. As a Christian school, VLA must be very much aware of its image as an arm of the Church of Jesus Christ.
Discipline for Foolishness: The following Rules of Discipline are enforced by the teacher and are designed to deter acts of foolishness by the student. Each teacher is given the liberty of making and enforcing classroom regulations in the manner in which they feel is in accordance with Christian principles, administrative directives, and discipline as set forth in the Scriptures.
Rules of Discipline: Students are to:
- Be courteous and respectful of others.
- Maintain a positive attitude towards self, teachers and fellow students.
- Respect the person and property of others.
- Behave respectively by keeping hands and feet to oneself.
- Respect classroom procedures and instruction.
- Behave in a manner which does not disrupt the class or hinder the teacher from teaching or students from learning.
- Refrain from excessive talking or playing in the classroom.
- Remain seated unless teacher permission has been granted to leave their seat.
- Be prompt and prepared.
- Tardiness is unacceptable behavior.
- Come to class with required class materials.
- Complete on time classroom assignments and homework.
- Respect school property.
- Move quietly in the halls, restrooms and cafeteria (no running).
- Treat with respect school property and not damage school facilities.
- Obey authority.
- Respectively obey teachers and school personnel.
- Promptly follow directions.
- Obey school rules.
- Dress according to VLA dress code.
Consequences of Foolishness: Foolishness is generally dealt with within the classroom through classroom discipline procedures.
When discipline is administered, consideration will be given to alternative methods to ensure that the most effective discipline is administered in each case. Alternative methods of discipline may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Conference with the student
- Conference with the parent/guardian
- Requirement that student makes financial restitution for damaged property
- Requirement that student clean items or facilities
- Restriction of privileges
- In-School Suspension (ISS)
- Involvement of civil authorities
- Corporal punishment by parent/guardian
- Out of School Suspension (OSS)
- Other disciplinary action
This list does not necessarily reflect an order or sequence of events to follow in disciplinary action.
Discipline for Rebellion: Any act of rebellion will be dealt with immediately by administration. The student will be sent directly to an administrator’s office with a discipline form completed by the teacher. An administrator shall deal with the situation through spiritual counseling of the student and shall determine the consequence for the student’s rebellious actions. In some cases, the parents of the student may need to be brought in to assist with the discipline process.
Senior Policy: As the highest-ranking grade level, seniors are looked up to and emulated by underclassmen. In order to set a good example for the younger students, administration is asking that all seniors adhere to the following instructions.
Seniors who have checked out of school but come back on campus in the classroom, lunchroom, or gymnasium areas during school hours are required to abide by the following directions:
- Have on uniform dress code attire.
- Sign in downstairs at the reception desk.
We propose developing a panel of delegates that would assist administration in difficult disciplinary and/or academic actions that need to be taken with students. This panel would investigate and review all previous measures exercised to determine appropriate proceedings that need to be taken in each case presented to them.
Bullying: The policy of Victory Life Academy is to forbid bullying as defined below for the protection of our students and staff alike on any school property and/or at any school event. Victory Life Academy is committed to maintaining an environment in which all individuals treat each other with dignity and respect. All forms of intimidation and harassment are unacceptable, and the school is prepared to take action to prevent and correct any violations of this policy.
- Definition: What is bullying? In general bullying is the exploitation of a less powerful person, by an individual taking unfair advantage that is repeated over time and has a negative effect on the victim. The seriousness depends on harm to the victim and the frequency. Bullying happens when someone with more power unfairly hurts someone with less power over and over again. Power may be, but is not limited to physical strength, social skills, verbal ability or another resource.
- Is aggressive behavior or intentional harm-doing
- Can be physical, verbal, emotional or sexual
- Is carried out repeatedly over time
- Occurs within an interpersonal relationship characterized by an imbalance of power
- Examples of prohibited behavior in regard to bullying: name calling, racial slurs, pushing, crowding, or cornering, hitting, pinching, making fun of a person’s body, telling mean jokes about someone, threatening to hurt someone, displaying obscene gestures, hitting someone or taking things without permission.
- The Difference between Telling and Tattling: Telling is reporting if someone is doing something harmful on purpose. Telling is when you or someone else needs help, or when you are scared. Tattling (snitching, ratting) is trying to get someone in trouble, or trying to get attention for yourself.
- A student or parent who has a complaint alleging sexual harassment or offensive, intimidating conduct of a sexual nature may request a conference with a school administrator. All complaints will be promptly investigated. Every effort will be made to protect the privacy of the parties involved with regard to any complaint.
Cell Phone Policy: Students may not use cell phones during the school day without the permission of the classroom teachers.