Each student is a unique individual with personal, social, and educational needs. As a result, every disciplinary situation is unique in nature. Consequences for misbehavior provide the best learning value when matched to the unique student and the unique situation. The odds for children learning from their mistakes increase dramatically when learners see a reasonable connection between their behaviors and the resulting consequences. Colorado SKIES Academy staff dedicates itself to following a set of core beliefs that provide a guide for dealing with student discipline.
These core beliefs guide our attempts to individualize disciplinary procedures and to help learners see reasonable connections between their behavior and the resulting consequences. Members of the Colorado SKIES community embrace these core beliefs as part of their involvement at Colorado SKIES Academy. Since these core beliefs provide the guiding light for our professional decisions, the staff encourages parents to bring concerns and questions to us in the event that we operate in ways that appear to be inconsistent with these core beliefs.
- I believe every attempt should be made to maintain the dignity of both the adult and the student.
- I believe that students should be guided and expected to solve the problems they create without making problems for anyone else.
- I believe that students should be given the opportunity to make decisions and live with the results, whether the consequences are good or bad.
- I believe that students should have the opportunity to tell their side of the story (due process hearing) when consequences appear to be unfair.
- I believe that misbehavior should be viewed as an opportunity for individual problem solving and preparation for the real world as opposed to a personal attack on the school or staff.
- I believe that it is best if a student does most of the thinking. I believe that there should be a logical connection between misbehavior and resulting consequences.