Greetings Berks Christian School Community,
In our state of the school address last spring, I announced that we would be clarifying our discipline policy to enhance communication and clarify our procedures. After a period of six months of collaboration between faculty, board, and the administrative team, that process is complete.
First, if you have not already, watch my six-minute video explanation here.
Then, I encourage you as a family to review our policy together. (PDF format)
In brief, we have created what we call the 3CR discipline policy. It is designed to bring our discipline firmly in line with our goals of discipleship and mentoring and to make our system clear for all stakeholders. This new policy is for all students K-12, we no longer have a separate system for elementary and secondary students.
- Counsel: speaking and listening to the student, providing them guidance and understanding their motivations.
- Consequence: providing a clear and appropriate consequence for the behavior to help the student clarify the expectations.
- Communication: swiftly communicate with the parents through email or phone
- Restoration: give the student an opportunity to practice the positive counter-action to their negative behavior
- Level 1 – classroom conduct
- Level 2 – relational conduct
- Level 3 – disruptive conduct
- Level 4 – dangerous conduct
Finally, we have differentiated between regular discipline, which will follow the systems discussed above and procedural discipline. Procedural discipline includes regulations on cell phone use, dress code, technology use, tardiness, and homework.
Again, for all of the details, please watch my video and read the full policy. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.
I am thankful for all of the people that contributed to this project for the benefit of our student body. Discipline is not always a pleasant topic, but a necessary one. Our goal at BCS is not merely obedience, which of course we do desire, but flourishing. Flourishing is much more than only following the rules: it is experiencing the freedom we have as we mature in Christ.
GK Chesterton wrote, “The more I found that while Christianity had established a rule and order, the chief aim of that order was to give room for good things to run wild.” It is our heart’s desire that our students would do much more than obey to avoid punishment, but that they would find abundant and flourishing life as the obediently follow Christ.
Grace and Peace,