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Rules & Discipline

Rules & Discipline

The TRIBES program assures the healthy development of every child so that each has the knowledge, skills, and resiliency to be successful in our rapidly changing world.

TRIBES is a democratic group process, not just a curriculum or set of cooperative activities. A "process" is a sequence of events that leads to the achievement of an outcome. The outcome of the TRIBES process is to develop a positive environment that promotes learning and human growth. This requires learning how to build a community environment using five agreements among the students and adults with whom they are working.
  • Community Agreements
  • Attentive listening
  • Appreciation - no put downs
  • The right to pass
  • Mutual respect
  • Use "I" messages

Throughout the process students learn to use specific collaborative skills and to reflect both on the interaction and the learning that is taking place. The TRIBES process facilitates cooperative learning and provides structure for positive interaction and continuity for working in groups in the classroom. This spirit of cooperation then effects overall student behavior. Due to the fact that the students have more tools with which to communicate properly, there are fewer conflicts in the classroom, during recess and lunch time. Rules for student behavior are posted in the classroom as a way to reinforce safety and TRIBES Community Agreements.
All children have dignity and worth. They can behave appropriately. Our goal is to develop students who are self-disciplined and show respect for others as well as themselves. Discipline is a responsibility of students, parents, teachers, and administrators.

Mohr has a number of rules that apply to all students. These rules are clearly defined and communicated to all students and their parents. These school-wide rules are enforced consistently by all school personnel, administrators, teachers, aides, noon supervisors, secretaries, health clerk, and custodians.

Each classroom uses the TRIBES agreements and also establishes rules which are posted and are communicated to parents. Classroom management plans are submitted in writing to the principal.
All behavior, good or bad, is maintained by its consequences. Positive consequences are awarded for appropriate behavior and negative consequences are enforced for misbehavior. Negative consequences are hierarchical, having steps or increments ranging from verbal warnings at first to suspension from school as a last resort. For example, a staff member may issue a Red Card to a student who made a poor choice. The student might be benched during recess, as a result of that poor choice.

Consistency in using consequences is crucial to their effectiveness. Children are taught that the way they choose to behave leads to certain consequences. Students who fail to respond to the hierarch of consequences and repeatedly misbehave are dealt with through individual written behavior contracts. Such contracts are agreed upon during a student, teacher, parent, administrator conference. Specific positive and negative consequences are communicated to the parents of each student.
For a discipline policy and its procedures to be effective, communication between teachers, students, yard duty supervisors, parents, and administrators is essential. This is accomplished in a variety of ways:
  • Individual classroom management plans, rules and hierarchy of consequences are written and given to students, parents, and the principal.
  • School-wide rules and the hierarchy of consequences are written and given to the students and parents.
    Persons supervising students on the playground communicate misbehavior of students in writing to the classroom teacher for follow-up.
  • When a student continually misbehaves in the classroom or on the playground, a Behavior Notice is issued to the student by the teacher. This referral is handled by the administrator and kept as a record in the office. Parents are informed when an office referral has been issued.

To maintain a consistent pattern of discipline between school and home, a discipline referral procedure has been established.
Each teacher and class creates and implements the rules that they will need in order to maintain a positive learning environment. These rules, consequences, and rewards will be shared with parents.
TRIBES Agreements are used and students are expected to:
  • Protect the safety of others by not riding bikes, skateboards or rollerblades on campus.
  • Allow others to join games and use school or personal equipment.
  • Use the student bathrooms appropriately.
  • Take pride in our school by keeping it clean and free from litter.
  • Use outside doors to the buildings unless instructed otherwise.
  • Use appropriate language.
  • Use equipment safely.
  • Avoid body contact sports (i.e. tackle football).
  • Play on school apparatus only when an adult is present
  • Do not bounce or throw balls against buildings, fences, or people. If a ball accidentally gets on the roof, do not retrieve it. Call the custodian.
  • He will retrieve balls once a day from the roof.
  • Absolutely no throwing rocks, sand or tan bark.
  • No food or drink on the playground. (Snacks may be eaten on benches in designated areas.)
  • Make sure that all playground equipment is off the playground at the end of a recess, noon period, and P.E. periods.
  • Students will walk to and from class.

Play equipment:
  • Horizontal Bars - Students should proceed across the bars in one direction only.
  • Playground balls may not be kicked on the primary playground; there are too many windows next to this area.
  • Baseball bats are not allowed on the school grounds unless brought following a specific teacher request.

  • Students are not to play between the buildings at recess or at noon.
  • Primary and upper grade students are not allowed in the kindergarten area without specific permission of the teacher.
  • Other than at lunch time, the picnic tables may be used only for student work areas.
  • Except in an emergency, students are not to go to the office without permission by a teacher.
  • Students may not remain by bike racks except to park their bikes or to take them out to ride home.
  • Bicycles may not be ridden on the playground during school hours (8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.)
  • Children are allowed to play in the shared Amaral Park (adjacent to Mohr) only in designated areas and with adult supervision.
  • The playground is closed prior to school (8:00 a.m.) and will remain until 3:15 p.m.

For safety reasons, only students in grades 3 to 5 are permitted to ride bicycles unsupervised to school. Younger students must be accompanied by a parent or older, responsible sibling. Students who fail to follow bicycle rules will not be permitted to ride their bikes to school. All students riding bicycles to school are expected to:
  • Follow basic safety rules and DMV traffic codes
  • Wear safety helmets
  • Obtain a current license and easy identification
  • Lock bicycle when parked at school
  • Keep bicycle in good working order
  • Walk bicycles on and off the school grounds

Students are expected to :
  • Sit at assigned tables
  • Use good table manners
  • Speak softly at all times
  • Eat all lunch food in the assigned area
  • Raise hands to be excused
  • Leave area clean and free from litter
  • Walk when entering or leaving the cafeteria
Students are expected to :
  • Treat the library as a quiet place
  • Students who cause disruptions will be asked to leave
  • Use the library for its intended purpose, not just to visit or hang out
  • Use the library only when there is a teacher, parent volunteer or media aide present
  • Food is not allowed in the library

In addition:
  • Children will be billed for lost or damaged books
  • Library privileges will be lost if books are overdue
  • Report cards may not be issued to those with overdue library books

Improper items will be confiscated and returned at the end of the school year. These include: radios, tape players, walkmans, electronic games, skateboards, baseball bats, hard balls, water pistols, balloons, clackers, hats, chewing gum, toys (unless prior permission has been given by teacher), BB shot, firecrackers, knives, or other dangerous items, or any item which distracts students from the intended purpose of learning. Any money made from selling any of these items, including candy and food, is forbidden by state law.