Student Behavior and Discipline

Discipline Philosophy

The Board of Education has the responsibility for providing a safe environment for all of its students, as well as an atmosphere that is free from disruptive influence and is conducive to effective learning. To accomplish this, reasonable rules and regulations are established and enforced.

The rules and regulations governing student conduct will be reviewed annually by the Board of Education, Administration, and will be included in the current Parent/ Student Handbook.

The Sycamore School District Board of Education believes:

  • Self-Discipline is preferable to external forms of control
  • In assisting students to develop internal controls necessary for successful school citizenship and achievement
  • In educating students about alternatives to violence, peaceful resolutions to conflict, responsible behavior
  • In offering a variety of services that support the mission of the district
  • In placing teachers at the forefront of encouraging students responsible and appropriate behavior
  • In encouraging and supporting teachers’ efforts to handle minor classroom disciplinary issues
  • All conduct problems are not the same, therefore disciplinary actions may include, but are not limited to:
    • Student or parent conferences
    • Teacher or administration-assigned detentions (before, during, or after)
    • Alternative Education Program (AEP) partial, full, or multiple-day assignment
    • Response to Intervention (RTI)
    • Saturday services
    • Varying lengths of suspension
    • Police Referral
    • Recommendation for expulsion to the Board of Education by the Superintendent or his/her designee

Parents should:

  • Be prepared to attend school to address student discipline problems, and, possible, to remove their child from school
  • Expect that phone calls will be made to work or place of business when necessary
  • Be aware that the Sycamore Schools have a partnership and a positive working relationship with the law enforcement community and it may become advisable and/or necessary to involve local law enforcement agencies
  • Know that the school community have a reciprocal reporting agreement, which allows sharing of relevant information