PS 154 AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM DISCIPLINE CODE
Discipline is the ongoing process of helping children develop inner controls while assuming responsibility for their actions. We accomplish this by:
setting clear and understandable rules & limits for all children including:
we use our words, not our bodies, to solve problems
we do not exclude children
we do not use hurtful language
we can ask adults for help
encouraging children to resolve their own conflicts using appropriate language
providing support for conflict resolution
consistently enforcing appropriate consequences when necessary
To that end, the PS 154 After School follows the Caring Community Code:
We treat each other with kindness and respect
We are careful with each others’ bodies and feelings
We ask for help when we’re not sure what to do
We take good care of our school and everything in it
We are honest and fair and always try to do our best
Children are expected to:
Respect the rules and limits set by the staff
Use appropriate language to communicate concerns to peers, staff, and instructors
Engage in conflict resolution
Parents are responsible for:
Reiterating After School rules and limits
Participating in developing behavior plans for children when necessary
Bringing any concerns or complaints concerning their child’s care or participation in our program to the attention of the program director
As a Staff We Will:
Engage children in meaningful activity to prevent problems from occurring in the first place
Maintain realistic behavior expectations
Clearly communicate rules to children
Listen to children who are distressed
Encourage children to participate in problem-solving and conflict resolution
Remove children from a situation in which they are not able to calmly and safely resolve conflict
Provide logical and natural consequences for children's actions
Involve parents when necessary
Handle parent concerns promptly and confidentially
When a child behaves in a way that merits disciplinary action, the following steps will be taken in the order in which they are listed below:
Give a verbal reminder of appropriate behavior.
Give the child a time out from the group activity.
Ask Program Director to speak with the child outside of the class/ group.
Director will listen to the child/children and attempt to resolve issues in order for the child/children to re‐join the group.
Director will provide an oral report at pick‐up (or phone call) of inappropriate behavior if necessary.
If the child is involved in a particularly egregious disciplinary situation or the director is involved a second time for the same disciplinary issue, the parent will receive an email or phone call and possibly asked to meet. Consequences may include removal from an activity for the rest of the day, writing a 4-Square apology, and/or a missing club session the following week.
If a child’s actions require further consequences, s/he may be suspended from one day of After School activities.
If the behavior continues, a child may be suspended for one week of After School activities.
If the child’s behavior is consistently disruptive, disrespectful or otherwise inappropriate, parents will be asked to immediately find alternative care for their child and they will be dismissed from the program without a refund.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s behavior while s/he is in the after school program, please do not hesitate to contact us.