Discipline Policy

Elementary Discipline Policy

Zero Tolerance

(Bullying/Harassment/Weapons/Dangerous Objects)

Working together to maintain a safe learning environment is the responsibility of all segments of the school and society, especially the students, parents, and staff. Weapons and other dangerous objects clearly are a hazard to the welfare of everyone and will not be tolerated on the school grounds. Harassment/ Bullying of any kind will not be tolerated.

Harassment/ Bullying Policy

Village Gate's Vision Statement is: Village Gate Children's Academy is a community of compassionate, curious learners; where every person lives confidently, joyfully and passionately, with respect for one another, leading the way to peace and harmony in the greater global society.

Village Gate Children's Academy is committed to providing a learning environment that is safe, nurturing and free from harassment in any form. The school will treat allegations of harassment and bullying seriously and will review and investigate such allegations in a prompt, confidential, and thorough manner.

A charge of harassment or bullying shall not, in and of itself, create the presumption of wrongdoing. However, substantiated acts of harassment or bullying will result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal. Students found to have filed false or frivolous charges will also be subject to disciplinary action.

Harassment/ Bullying occurs when an individual is subjected to treatment or a school environment, which is hostile or intimidating. Harassment/ Bullying can occur any time during school or during school-related activities. It is the student's responsibility to:

  1. Conduct himself or herself in a manner, which contributes to a positive school environment;
  2. Avoid any activity that may be considered discriminatory, intimidating, or harassing;
  3. Consider immediately informing anyone harassing him or her that the behavior is offensive and unwelcome;
  4. Report all incidents of discrimination or harassment to the administration or teacher;
  5. Immediately discontinue conduct when informed that it is discriminatory, intimidating, harassing, or unwelcome.

Harassment/ Bullying includes, but is not limited to:

Verbal Harassment/ Bullying 

Derogatory comments and jokes; threatening words spoken to another person.

Physical Harassment/ Bullying 

Unwanted physical touching, contact, assault, deliberate impeding or blocking movements, or any intimidating interference with normal work or movement. There is ZERO TOLERANCE for physically harassing or bullying any person. Such behavior will result in automatically being sent home as an initial consequence. Follow-up consequences will be taken in conjunction with the parents and student

Citizenship Policy

The registration of a student at Village Gate Children's Academy is an expressed agreement on the part of the student and the part of that student's parents or guardians to observe these behavioral standards. The school reserves the right to review unsatisfactory conduct and impose disciplinary probation, suspension, or dismissal should this be justified. All members of the school community should contribute to a positive, caring environment. This is a general expectation of all students. The following specific codes of behavior reflect this general concern for the school community.

  • Students should arrive to class on time, with all necessary materials (books, paper, pens, pencils, etc.) daily.
  • Students should enter class in an orderly manner.
  • Students should treat both their teachers, classmates and other adults with respect.
  • Students are expected to behave in a manner conducive to learning.
  • Students should help maintain a neat and orderly classroom at all times.
  • Students should not chew gum in any part of the school environment.
  • The same behavior expected of students while on campus is also expected of them while on field trips, sporting events and at other school-sponsored activities.
  • Students should assemble for assemblies and other school events or fire drills in an orderly fashion.

Student Behavior


The classroom teacher will address minor offenses using such strategies as individual conferences, peace tables, consequences, and parent notification.

Immediate Referrals:

A student may be sent immediately to the Administration Office for the following reasons: Disrespect or Harassment to teachers, staff, or students; Fighting; Stealing; Cheating; Destruction or Theft of school or student property; Possession of potentially dangerous objects. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken which could include: Parent conference, restriction, suspension, or expulsion.

Restriction Procedures:

Repeated offenses may require the following consequences:

  • Parent signature
  • Loss of school privileges including but not limited to; not attending field trips or school events, not attending celebratory events
  • Parent conference
  • 1 day at-home suspension (All class work must be completed.)
  • Disciplinary probation

Restriction includes;

  • A Method in which the student can make-up or correct their behavior
  • A specified period of time for which the student will have to remedy their behavior and the Restriction will be lifted. If the agreed upon remedies are not completed, restriction will remain in effect and new agreements will be made.

Grounds for Restriction:

Grounds for restriction may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Leaving class without permission
  • Causing a disturbance in class
  • Bad or inappropriate language or cursing
  • Fighting or aggressive behavior injurious to others
  • Rude and discourteous to teachers or peers
  • Teasing or name-calling
  • Bullying or group antagonism
  • Failure to listen and follow directions
  • Disrespect of school property or others' property
  • Stealing
  • Lying or cheating
  • Defiance

Grounds for Suspension

Students who are suspended may not come to school, may not attend classes, may not attend practices or rehearsals and may not attend or participate in any school-sponsored activities. They will, for the time they are suspended, be the direct responsibility of their parents. Suspended students will be responsible for all homework assigned in their absence and for all notes and other subject matter given out in class. Grounds for suspension may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Fighting or threat of physical violence
  • Racial, religious, or sexual slurs
  • Throwing anything which could cause injury or damage
  • Profanity, obscenity, or vulgarity
  • Disrespectful behavior or language
  • Repeated offences of any kind 

Grounds for Dismissal

It is not possible to describe all conduct that might mandate a dismissal; grounds for dismissal include, but are not limited to the following:

Any excessive behavior the has not been remedied by the aforementioned disciplinary actions, Any willful and intentional destruction of school property, Any physical act that intentionally causes harm to another.

There will be written and verbal notification when necessary. At times, the parent/ teacher notification is simply meant to keep the parents communicated to but does not necessarily require any parent action. However, there will also be times when parental response is required and reinforcements at home are necessary. You will be notified as to when what the school's expectation is regarding each incident. Please note, however, that it is always our belief and commitment to work in partnership with the parents and as such we expect that the values and commitments of the school are upheld and reinforced at home. Conversely, we welcome and invite your input with the school directly on any matters concerning your child's safety and well-being.


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