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school discipline policy based on merit/demerit system--anyone heard of this?


Date: Sun Jun 02 2002 - 17:22:37 PDT

Several teachers in our building attending a conference and came back with
information on a school that implemented a discipline policy based on a point
and demerit system and they would like to see our building adopt it.

Brief summary: Each student starts off with 100 merit points. When a
student breaks a rule (shows disrespect, doesn't raise a hand, tardy to
class, etc.), he or she will lose points, which the teacher tracks. When a
student loses 30 points for a teacher, he also loses ten merit points. Only
at that 30 point mark is a referral to the office made--I think a parent
conference is requested at that level. There are more severe consequences at
the 40, 50, 60, 70 point level.

Any student who has all 100 merit points at the end of each quarter gets to
take a special fun field trip.

There are also study tables involved at lunch and an intramural program.

Supposedly, it took a few years, but this program (with the field trip
incentives) really turned this school around.

Does anyone have experience with this program or one that is similar? What
is your opinion?

One of the point deductions is for doodling or pasting pictures in the
agenda/handbook students are given. I can already hear parents calling to
complain about that one, since their school fees pay for the agendas.

Any information would be, as always, appreciated.