5:230 Maintaining Student Discipline
Please refer to the applicable collective bargaining agreement(s).
For employees not covered by a current applicable agreement:
Maintaining an orderly learning environment is an essential part of each teacher’s instructional responsibilities. A teacher’s ability to foster appropriate student behavior is an important factor in the teacher’s educational effectiveness. The Director shall ensure that all teachers, other certificated employees, and persons providing a student’s related service(s): (1) maintain discipline in the schools as required in the School Code, and (2) follow the Board policies and administrative procedures on student conduct, behavior, and discipline.
When a student’s behavior is unacceptable, the teacher should first discuss the matter with the student, if appropriate. If the unacceptable behavior continues, the teacher should consult with the Building Principal and/or discuss the problem with the parent(s)/guardian(s). A teacher may remove any student from the learning setting whose behavior interferes with the lessons or participation of fellow students; a student’s removal must be in accordance with Board of Directors policy and administrative procedures.
Teachers shall not use disciplinary methods which may be damaging to students, such as ridicule, sarcasm, or excessive temper displays. Corporal punishment (including slapping, paddling or prolonged maintenance of a student in physically painful positions, and intentional infliction of bodily harm) may not be used. Teachers may use reasonable force as needed to keep students, school personnel, and others safe, or for self-defense or defense of property.
105 ILCS 5/24-24.
CROSS REF.: 7:190 (Student Discipline)
Adopted: February 20, 2020