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School Discipline

Orchard School recognizes that discipline includes training and supporting children to make appropriate choices in a climate of warmth and support. Our School Discipline Plan defines rules and classroom with incremental consistent and consequences. We focus on social skills and the 7 Habits so that students work to positively interact with peers and staff. 

Our philosophy....

  • All children have human dignity and worth.
  • Persuasion is more powerful than fear.
  • Influence is greater than control.
  • Children want to and can behave appropriately.
  • Behavior is maintained and reinforced by consequences and incentives.


  • Students have a right to learn.
  • Teachers have a right to teach.
  • Both have a right to a safe and orderly school.


Our goal is to assist students in learning to be responsible for their behavior. We believe in giving students an opportunity to discuss problems and conflicts, and in helping children become "problem solvers" and "managers of conflict". Consequences are used to support positive behavior choices including:

  • Warning to student                              
  • Call to parent or family                      
  • Time out or away from an activity       
  • Referral to the school counselor or adminstrator          
  • Sending student home            suspension
  • Student writing about behavior and appropriate choices to make in place of poor ones          
  • Staff counseling
  • Loss of privileges
  • Time away, working in another class or setting
  • Detention
  • Suspension from school or the classroom
  • Expulsion    
Some actions may result in the immediate removal from the classroom or the campus.
Focus of our school culture is creating space and opportunity for happy and successful learners to thrive in our school community.
As necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of students and staff, school officials may search students, their property and/or district property under their control, and may seize illegal, unsafe and prohibited items. The Governing Board requires that discretion, good judgment and common sense be exercised in all cases of search and seizure.