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Common Ground: How to Foster Agreement & Limit Internal Strife When Disciplining Students

Three conditions that will help you foster agreement & limit internal strife when you discipline students

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Three Conditions (Priorities):

  1. Recompense for the victim.
  2. Consequences for the wrong behavior.
  3. Maintain high school standards.

 

Example Letter for Principals

 

Dear Teachers,

 

There are times unfortunately when I must discipline students. I'd like to explain my decision making process for how I decide the consequences that will be given as well as ask for your assistance in helping me to reach a positive outcome for everyone concerned.

 

My goal in every matter involving discipline is to be fair, consistent, and reasonable. I use three conditions or priorities to help me determine the best course of action as well as the type of consequences to be given.

 

Here are my 3 conditions or priorities.

  1. The victim has received appropriate recompense.
  2. The student has learned from his/her mistake, taken responsibility for his/her actions, and will make better choices in the future.
  3. Our expectations and insistence on high standards of student behavior have not diminished, but have been reinforced in our school community.

 

If you have any suggestions or thoughts about a specific disciplinary situation and the course of action that I should take, I'd love to hear them. All I ask is that you please keep in mind that my only goal is to satisfy my three conditions and I will welcome any suggestions, regardless of how creative they may be, that will help me to reach the least restrictive solution.

 

Any assistance you have to offer would be very appreciated!

 

Thank you,

Principal

 

 

Example Letter for School Resource Officers:

 

Dear Teachers,

 

I've had a student who unfortunately (briefly describe situation). At this time, I have (arrested, charged, warned, not arrested, not charged, am still investigating). I'm reaching out to you in the hope that you can help me with this particular situation. My only goal is reaching a positive outcome for everyone concerned.

 

Here are my 3 conditions or priorities.

  1. The victim is to receive appropriate recompense.
  2. The student is to learn from his/her mistake, take responsibility for his/her actions, and to make better choices in the future.
  3. Our expectations and insistence on high standards of student behavior is not diminished, but rather reinforced in our school community.

 

If possible, and my police department or state laws do not dictate my response, I'd like to divert this situation to another source who can help me reach a successful conclusion. Do you have any ideas or resources that may be able to help?

 

Any guidance or assistance you can give would be very appreciated.

 

Thank you,

Your Name

 

 

 

 

Example Letter for Police Leaders & Supervisors:

 

Dear Community,

 

[Your police/sheriff department] feels privileged to be able to help the students of [city, county] reach higher levels of academic and personal achievement. To assist our young people in this exciting journey, we have placed [###] School Resources Officers (SRO) to work fulltime in our schools.

 

The SRO's primary purpose is to help students to be successful and because the officers are specially trained in preventing violence, they also assist the school community in helping to make their environment safer.

 

Preventing violence is never one person's duty, but an obligation shared by everyone.

 

There are times when SRO's must be involved in school discipline and infractions concerning the law. Each SRO strives to be fair, consistent, and reasonable. Three conditions or priorities are used to determine the best course of action as well as the type of consequences to be given.

 

The 3 conditions or priorities are as follow:

  1. The victim has received appropriate recompense.
  2. The student has learned from his/her mistake, taken responsibility for his/her actions, and will make better choices in the future.
  3. Our expectations and insistence on high standards of student behavior has not diminished, but rather, has been reinforced in our school community.

 

Please keep in mind that our only goal in these unfortunate situations is to achieve the best possible outcome. We will welcome any suggestions, regardless of how creative they may be, that will help our SRO's to reach the least restrictive solution as long as they satisfy our three conditions or priorities.

 

Any assistance you have to offer would be very appreciated!

 

Thank you,

Your Name

 

 

 

 

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