Behavior Guidelines and Discipline
By keeping these simple agreements, students learn to respect others and play cooperatively and safely. Each morning, Greenwood students will agree to use…
- Walking feet (indoors and on concrete)
- Listening ears
- Golden words
- Loving hearts
- Gentle hands
- Inside voices
- One of the ways we provide children with a creative, magical, non-biased and non-competitive environment during these early years is to limit their exposure to media characters, i.e., Disney, Barbie, cartoons, super heroes, etc. while they are in our care. This policy applies to clothing, lunch boxes, and thermoses. If a child arrives at school with media characters on their clothing, your child’s teacher may have the child put on their extra clothes from their bag or turn the shirt inside out.
- We promote self-discipline, self-control and a healthy respect for authority. Physical punishment is never used. We expect students to follow our teachings, rules and directions. We expect parental support in the maintenance of respectful behavior. A brief separation or cooling off period may be implemented. As consequences for inappropriate behavior, suspension from certain activities may be implemented. Repeated inappropriate behavior will result in the child being sent home for the day.
- If a child threatens or intentionally hurts another child or a teacher, he or she will be suspended immediately and possibly expelled following a parent-teacher conference.
- Spanking or threats of spanking are not permitted on school property. Violence or threats of violence toward children or teachers will result in suspension or expulsion. The Greenwood School reserves the right to suspend or expel any student without a refund.
The following discipline and guidance policy is set forth and required by the Texas Administrative Code, Title 40, Chapters 746 and 747, Subchapters L, Discipline and Guidance
- Discipline must be:
(1) Individualized and consistent for each child;
(2) Appropriate to the child’s level of understanding; and
(3) Directed toward teaching the child acceptable behavior and self-control.
- A caregiver may only use positive methods of discipline and guidance that encourage self-esteem, self-control, and self-direction, which include at least the following:
(1) Using praise and encouragement of good behavior instead of focusing only upon unacceptable behavior;
(2) Reminding a child of behavior expectations daily by using clear, positive statements;
(3) Redirecting behavior using positive statements; and
(4) Using brief supervised separation or time out from the group, when appropriate for the child’s age and development, which is limited to no more than one minute per year of the child’s age.
- There must be no harsh, cruel, or unusual treatment of any child. The following types of discipline and guidance are prohibited:
(1) Corporal punishment or threats of corporal punishment;
(2) Punishment associated with food, naps, or toilet training;
(3) Pinching, shaking, or biting a child;
(4) Hitting a child with a hand or instrument;
(5) Putting anything in or on a child’s mouth;
(6) Humiliating, ridiculing, rejecting, or yelling at a child;
(7) Subjecting a child to harsh, abusive, or profane language;
(8) Placing a child in a locked or dark room, bathroom, or closet with the door closed; and
(9) Requiring a child to remain silent or inactive for inappropriately long periods of time for the child’s age.