Participants are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that respects themselves, their parent/guardian, and the Wildarts Program. This expectation applies to all participant conduct regardless of whether the participants are in Wildarts Program or at Wildarts Program event, as well as the time they are away from Wildarts Program. Participants and parent/guardian understand that the Wildarts Program reserves the right to impose expulsion, based upon conduct which occurs outside of the Wildarts Program. Expectations for general conduct that have been adopted are:
Participants will refrain from using inappropriate language. Obscene language or language intended to hurt another will not be tolerated.
Participants will exercise courtesy and kindness when dealing with others, as well as not harass, abuse, bully, tease, threaten, torment, humiliate, or intimidate other participants either physically, mentally, or emotionally.
Participants will respect Wildarts staff and all DOE personnel by trying new things, listening and following directions, and being a team player.
Participants will show respect for the Wildarts Program facilities by keeping hands and writing utensils away from the walls, tables, floors, and windows. Unnecessary waste or intentional damage to Wildarts Program property or facilities will not be tolerated.
Participants will show respect for others by not taking things that do not belong to them.
Participants will be honest at all times.
Participants will be representatives of their Wildarts Program in the community in which they live and will observe this conduct code at all times.
Disregard for, or violation of, these standards will be dealt with according to the Wildarts Behavior Management Protocol.
Wildarts Behavior Management Policy
The behavior management policy exists to help each participant achieve the ability to govern themselves from within. As the participant’s ability to govern themselves in this way increases, there is less need for imposing rules and regulations upon them.
Staff will use mediation and conflict resolution skills to address participant behavioral issues. This should be positive and proactive. Participants can be restricted from activities but only for short periods of time, and never for the duration of an activity. Misbehaviors may be addressed in the following ways:
Taking a Break
Participants will be given verbal warnings when their behavior is causing a disruption to the class or a disruption to their learning and enjoyment of the program. If their behavior continues to distract themselves or others from learning and fun, they will be asked to take a break. Participants will be separated from the main activity and given a very short amount of time to calm down, reflect, or recharge. When they are ready, they will return to the group.
Participant Documentation Forms will not be used as a first means of discipline. Once a staff member has given many verbal warnings and exhausted other options, such as giving the participant a special job, giving the participant a break, and having a conversation staff to student, the staff member may document the behavior in a participant documentation form. These forms are used to guide productive conversations between staff, participants and parents about how to change the unwelcome behaviors into positive behaviors.
Only the Program Director has the authority to suspend a participant. Suspension is only considered in very serious cases of violence, bullying, intimidation, vandalism and theft, consistent refusal to be supervised, or after many other forms of lesser disciplinary measures have been tried and proved unsuccessful. In this case, a participant will face suspension for 1 or more days. For very serious infractions, the Program Director has the ability to suspend a participant immediately.
Only the Program Director has the authority to expel a participant. If a participant is suspended 2 or more times, that participant may be facing expulsion. Depending on the severity of the infraction the Program Director has the right to expel a child immediately.
If a participant gets into a physical altercation with another participant, that is cause for an automatic suspension. The parent/guardian will be called and those participants will be sent home for the day.
If, at any time, parents/guardians have questions or disagreements regarding the behavior management protocol, it is their responsibility to immediately discuss these questions or differences with an administrator, and not to share their grievances with other parents/guardians, faculty or participants.