Referrals and Suspensions

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  1. mom2sands

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    Since I am fairly new to teaching and because of my experience as a parent and an active participant in my children's elementary schools, I would like opinions on your take on referrals and suspensions for non-violent behavior of kindergarten students. Do you handle minor incidents in your classroom? At our school, 3 referrals = suspension (1 or more days, depending on offense)
     
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    In Kindergarten?
    Wow! What would be considered nonviolent behaviors? Is talking back to the teacher, making fun of other students, disrupting the class, stealing other children's belongings, etc., fall into this catagory?
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  4. janney

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    At my school for most nonviolent behaviors we send the student to another classroom for time out. Destruction of school property and purposely being violent toward another student will get the child sent to the office. I have sent students to the office for biting and punching. I wouldn't send a student to the office for pushing in line.
     
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    I have only ever sent a child to the office once and that because he was touching other kids inappropriately. Everything else I've always handled myself. It surprises me that they wouldn't make an exception to the suspension rule for Kinders-I can't believe having a school suspension on your record before you even hit the primary grades. :eek:
     
  6. halpey1

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    I think it depends on your school. My school is a K-3 school, and they treat the kindergartners just like 3rd graders, which, quite frankly, BOTHERS THE HECK out of me. :)

    Personally, I don't give an office referral or detention (yes, they call it that - ugh) for ANYTHING... they do get them from the cafeteria or on the playground when I'm not around. I've had a child receive one for kissing, yes KISSING another student. The little girl's mother called and complained and the admin gave this little boy a detention for it... he had no clue why of course. I was not pleased, and let her know it... unfortunately, when I'm not around, I have little say.
     
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    I have had students who have needed to be suspended before. I only refer to the office extremely disruptive, defiant, or violent behavior.
     
  8. MandaNicole01

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    As a previous poster stated, I take care of all behavior and have only had to send a child to the office once. Actually, I escorted the child and she did get suspended for the rest of the day and the next. She was telling other children at bus time (not in my classroom in the gym) she was going to have her dad kill them. Obviously this upset the other children and parents started calling in like crazy. She had done this in the past and we had talked about her behavior but it continued... It got the parents' attention and it was never said again.

    Detention for kissing in kindergarten!? That's just ridiculous! They are 5! Many subs don't understand 5 year olds either. I had one take entire recess cause they were talkative! Are you serious!? They are FIVE!!! Of course they are talkative! Something horrible must happen for me to take recess. Talking or kissing isn't it!
     
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    I really wish my school had clear-cut rules, but we don't. I have some students who have been violent with other children so many times this year, but they just get a time-out, or have to stay in for recess. It's very frustrating.
     
  10. JamieLeigh

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    This is my first year, but one of my students (who has since moved) has been suspended twice this year. The first time was because he'd been referred to the office three times: Once, for rubbing feces all over the walls of our bathroom. The next for telling me to kiss his you know what and that his dad was going to come to the school and hurt me, and the last for kicking me, other students, running around the classroom, being extremely defiant. The second suspension was from a bus incident that I wasn't involved in. He also called kids in my class terrible names- vulgar words that most kids don't hear until high school. I'm not sure the suspensions did anything for him. I think kindergarteners have a hard time understanding the punishment behind suspension. I do think that his actions were bad enough for office referrals, although I also try to handle most matters on my own.
     
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    I don't really think that suspending any child is even really an effort to discipline the child, but really deep down at the core of it, an attempt to give the parents a wake up call about their child's behavoir. More often than not, the parnets don't really care too much how their child behaves in school until it incovenences the parent-- the suspension requires th emt o either lose time at work or make alterante care arrangements. the detneiton makes them have to figure out how to transport the child after school bus runs are over. Sadly, even witht he younger children whom parents claim are potty trained and really aren't, the only way the situatiojn gets resolved is when we have to call the parents to come change their child or at least bring a change of clothes. Once this happens repeateldy an they are in danger of losing their job--they generally do something about it.
     

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