The Sage Canyon School school-wide discipline plan provides a structure to support a calm and safe school environment while helping children develop self-discipline, strong character, and a sense of responsibility. Our ultimate aim is to provide a safe, nurturing environment where students learn and grow into responsible members of the Sage Canyon Community.

    The primary goals of the plan are to:

    • Establish a calm, orderly, safe, and fun environment for learning
    • Help children develop self-control and self-discipline
    • Teach children to think and act in socially responsible ways
    • Promote respectful, kind and healthy teacher-student and student-student interactions
    • Foster an appreciation for the role of social standards in a school environment

    Our approach is to help children become aware of how their actions can bring positive and negative consequences to themselves and others.  Students receive positive reinforcement for appropriate behavior. Some examples include: verbal praise, parent communication, Considerate Coyote coupons, Star Student recognition, and special privileges.

    We know and recognize that everyone makes mistakes from time to time, and it is how we fix and learn from our mistakes that is most important.

    At Sage Canyon, we utilize four types of logical consequences:

    • Reminder or redirection-if a child is acting inappropriately, staff will give a verbal reminder or redirection.
    • “Take a break”- if a child is losing self-control; s/he goes to a designated spot to cool off. A staff member will direct the child to “take a break” or the child may voluntarily “take a break”.
    • Loss of privilege-if a child does not abide by classroom expectations and playground standards, s/he may lose a privilege. Loss of privilege could include removal from class, playground activities, and/or special events.

    • Depending on the severity of the behavior the Sage Canyon staff and administration may determine an alternative yet appropriate and logical consequence.
    • You break it, you fix it-if a child continues to be disruptive, hurts another’s feelings, or damages something, s/he will be expected to repair the damage.  Some examples of reparative action include; sincere written and verbal apologies, helping with an activity, working to replace damaged items, or an alternative apology of action as determined by the student and staff.

    While Sage Canyon hopes that all problems can be resolved using the logical consequences.  There are some behaviors that may require immediate referral to school administration. Examples include:

    • Harassment and bullying
    • Physical/ Verbal aggression
    • Dangerous defiance
    • Possession of drugs, alcohol, cigarettes or weapons

    A pupil may be suspended or expelled from school for certain acts defined by State of California Education Code 48900(p)and DMUSD Board Policy 5144. The principal may use her discretion to provide alternatives to suspension for a student subject to discipline under State of California Education Code 48900(r).

    Anti-Bullying Curriculum

    During the school year, your child may come home and talk to you about classroom lessons and activities related to bullying, bully-blocking, and friendship. School-wide, all Sage Canyon staff deliver an anti-bullying curriculum as a part of our ongoing classroom social skills and character education program. All students learn age appropriate skills and tools they can use to deal with bullying, problem solving, and making friends. At Sage Canyon, bullying is defined as:

    Bullying is one-sided, intentional, and repeated.

    Bullying is when someone purposely hurts, frightens, or threatens someone else.

    Bullying is when someone purposely leaves out, ridicules, spreads rumors, or makes offensive comments to someone else.