All WLS students have the right to:
- a free and full education and the right to learn;
- equal educational opportunity and freedom from discrimination;
- freedom of inquiry and expression within the parameters of responsibilities listed above;
- privacy, in accordance with data privacy laws;
- participate in student activities;
- be informed of school rules.
All WLS students have the responsibility to:
- attend school daily except when excused, and to be on time to class;
- take and complete courses of study required by the state;
- make up work when absent from school;
- be aware of and comply with state, federal and local laws;
- willingly volunteer information in disciplinary cases and cooperate with the school staff should students have important knowledge relating to these cases;
- respect the property of others;
- dress and groom to meet fair standards of safety and health and to avoid disrupting the educational process;
- express ideas in ways that will not offend or slander others.
In the event that the balance between freedom (rights) and responsibility become imbalanced, intervention is warranted. Typical intervention begins with a process of student/teacher consultation and the retraction of freedom until responsible actions prompt reinstatement of freedom. This process may include conflict mediation with students and restitution, constantly focused on a peaceful outcome.
Offenses by students requiring more than the usual Montessori-based intervention/counseling will require engagement with the Director and/or Parents. It is crucial to understand that each situation requires a unique and individualized approach. However, the outline below provides a guide that is deployed in addressing each situation.
The school may take disciplinary action resulting from:
- truancy (absence unapproved by parents or school);
- property violations such as unauthorized use of school property, damage or destruction of school property, theft, vandalism, arson, etc.;
- assault, fighting, harassment, etc.;
- abusive, threatening, profane or obscene language; racial, ethnic, religious or sexual slurs; degrading remarks, spoken or written;
- defiance, cheating, bomb threats, disobedience and disrespectful behavior;
- violation of district 112 transportation rules, parking lot/school traffic rules;
- slander or libel;
- attire or grooming which creates danger to health or safety or disrupts the educational process;
- sexual, racial or religious harassment or violence;
- use, consumption, possession or selling dangerous or nuisance substances on school property, at school-sponsored activities or away from school that lead to dangerous or harmful activities on school grounds. Examples of such substances or articles include but are not limited to: alcohol, drugs, inhalants, tobacco; possession of a weapon or firearm on school grounds or at school activities. Examples of weapons include, but are not limited to: firecrackers, pea shooters, stink bombs, smoke bombs, knives of any size, clubs, metal knuckles, throwing stars, rockets, stun guns, mace, pellet guns, etc. Examples of firearms include but are not limited to guns, (loaded or unloaded, functional or non-functional), explosives, rockets, bombs, grenades, etc. activities inappropriate in a school setting (e.g. gambling);violation of other school rules, policies, procedures; violation of any federal, state or local law.
Actions WLS may take following these violations may include, but are not limited to:
- student conference;
- parent contact;
- parent conference;
- family group counseling;
- personal and/or financial restitution toward victims;
- suspension from co-curricular activities;
- schedule adjustments;
- removal from class;
- referral to community services or outside agencies;
- assignment to alternative education program;
- suspension from school (in-school or out-of-school);
- expulsion/exclusion from school for a period that may be as long as 365 days or more.