The Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
School Discipline Management Plan
Discipline Management Philosophy
Students at Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy at A. Maceo Smith will interact in a safe, secure, and nurturing environment. All students will adhere to campus norms identified in the BOMLA Discipline Management Plan.
Discipline Management Purpose
The BOMLA Discipline Management Plan is designed to aid the teacher in managing behavior in the school setting with the intent of building relationships with students and ultimately addressing misbehavior in a fair and consistent manner.
Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy has established a set of minimum behavioral expectations for students.
Students are expected to:
- Know and follow all district-wide, school, and classroom rules
- Behave in a responsible manner, always exercising self-discipline
- Attend school and classes every day that school is in session
- Arrive at school and classes on time
- In preparation for each class, students should bring appropriate materials and assignments to class
- Treat all people with respect
- Obey all directions given by adults on campus
- Respectful, kind, and obliging to schoolmates and demonstrate courtesy, even when others do not
- Refrain from the use of profane and obscene language
- Respect the rights and privileges of students, teachers, other district staff and volunteers
- Respect the property of others, including district property and facilities
- Cooperate with and assist the school staff in maintaining safety, order, and discipline
- Comply with the Student Code of Conduct
- Return all District-owned textbooks and other materials as required
- Pay required fees and fines as required by law
- Demonstrate effort and academic honesty
- Keep the school clean and free from litter
- Conduct themselves in an orderly manner on school buses
- Not engaged in physical acts of aggression, verbal assault, and other unruly behavior
- Not engaged in committing assaults, including threats of bodily harm and/or sexual assault, of teachers, administrators, other school personnel, other students or persons at school or attending school-related functions
Teacher Documentation and Referral Process
There are four formalized levels of disciplinary action in our school’s discipline plan. Staff should begin with informal classroom strategies and techniques that often will decrease the necessity to use formal interventions. Strategies may include, but are not limited to:
- Clearly defining expectations for the classroom, and explicitly educating students regarding work habits and related skills that will contribute to secondary educational and career opportunities.
- Employing techniques, such as proximity control, nonverbal and verbal cues that will warn the student that he or she needs to change his/her behavior, etc.
- Giving discreet, yet clear, verbal warnings and reminders of expected behaviors
- Providing opportunities for students to “work-off” consequences for initial minor misbehavior
- Utilizing other classroom management systems, positive reinforcements, etc.
If the informal strategies fail to modify the negative behavior, teachers will then begin with intervention steps 1-4 that are outlined below. Documentation is required to progress to higher levels of interventions. If the student’s behavior disrupts the learning environment to the extent that the teacher can no longer teach, then the teacher can send the student to the Assistant Principal.
Classroom Management Incident Intervention Steps
Before the Discipline Referral is Written and Submitted:
- Give verbal warning/conference with student. Document the information regarding the warning such as incident, date and time.
- Call parent and Document the reason for parent contact, date and time.
- Complete counselor referral form and submit to counseling office. Document that counseling referral was submitted with date, time, and reason.
- Complete the discipline referral entirely with demographic information, description of incident and all information teacher has implemented to decrease the behavior infractions. Document the incident on the teacher office referral form and include steps 1-4 above if applicable to incident. Submit the referral to Assistant Principal.
BOMLA Incident Categories
- Inappropriate Language
- No Supplies/Textbooks
- Teasing Others
- Talking w/out Permission
- Throwing Objects
- Refusing to Work
- Littering/Defacing School Property
- Bringing Back Packs into Restricted Areas
- Food/Drink Policy
- Arguing(Talking Back)
- Talking back/ Outbursts
- Food/Drink/Gum (teacher classroom policies)
- Technology Misappropriation
- Cheating/ Plagiarism
- Classroom Disruption
- Scuffling or Horse-playing
- Secret Societies
- Being a Bystander
Teacher Managed Incidents in Common Areas (Lyceum; Hallways; Cafeteria; Sport Courts/Fields)
- Taking materials from other students
- Moving the Belongings of other students to a new location without their consent
- Online Impersonations
- Lewd Misuse of Technology
- Threats (physical and verbal)
- Harassment (students & teachers)
- Refusal to Give up Technology
- Public Display of Attention (Inappropriate Touching)
- Walking out of Class without Permission
*Please adhere to the Dallas Independent School District’s Student Code of Conduct for Academic Dishonesty, Tardies, Dress Code, and Cell Phone-Violations*