What do you mean by discipline
The correct upbringing of children (tarbiyah) is the goal of all parents. A part of tarbiyah is to teach etiquette and correct manners (adab). And in order to ensure this goal is reached, disciplinary actions are required.
To supplement each student’s tarbiyah and to protect the right of the students to learn and the teachers to teach, certain disciplinary procedures will be applied throughout the school. This includes, but is not limited to:
- On school premises.
- During school hours and school events, such as field trips.
- On any mode of transportation arranged by the school.
- During online classes.
- When involving any staff member of CJIIS.
How do we discipline
Disciplinary procedures are treated at three different levels:
Lower-Level: At this level, teachers use in-class consequences and alternative disciplinary responses such as warnings, restorative justice, and loss of in-class privilege to make the situation better. Parents are normally not contacted at this level.
Middle-Level: When lower-level procedures fail or are simply not adequate, the issue is escalated further. This may involve detention (during or after school), referral to a senior teacher or administrator, or scheduling of a parent-teacher meeting. Parents are always contacted at this level and an online record is kept for documentation purposes.
Upper-Level: This level includes the severest disciplinary procedures such as probation, suspension, and expulsion. Parents are fully kept up to date regarding all steps and procedures for this level and detailed records are saved in an online database.
At each level, students are given the opportunity to explain their side of the story. Certain situations may require informal or formal hearings with the Board.
Reporting & communication
For all middle and upper-level procedures, parents are always kept in the loop and a separate behavior report is saved in an online database.
Parents may ask for middle and upper-level behavioral reports at any time.
They may also ask for written summaries of lower-level incidents as well, but keep in mind that lower-level incidents are small incidents that may be as simple as “cut another student in line.”
A note to the parents
Don’t be surprised (or displeased) if disciplinary procedures are carried out against your child. Discipline is a part of learning and growing. It is not to impede your child’s progress, but to help them excel.
If a child is always right, then what are the adults for?