Code of Conduct

School Wide Discipline System

The St. Frances Cabrini Discipline System is designed to provide an environment which supports learning. Consequences are designed to promote social and moral growth in each student and emphasize individual accountability. The goal is to develop the whole child. Students are held to a high standard of accountability to the school’s mission and its policies and procedures.

Infractions will be broken up based on the level of an offense.  There will be four tiers of offenses in total (tier 1, tier 2, tier 3 and non-negotiable).  Consequences will be given based on the tier of an infraction; possible consequences include demerits, detentions, suspensions and expulsions.  The aforementioned consequences will be administered to students in grades 1-8.

Tier 1

  • Students will be given two warnings a day for a specific tier 1 behavior; each day the warnings reset to zero
  • If the student continues to participate in the undesired behavior then the teacher may use their discretion to give out 1-3 demerits or loss of privileges
  • Once a demerit is given, a copy must stay with the teacher, a copy must go home to be signed by a parent and a copy must go to the office
  • Tier 1 infractions are listed below:
Excessive talking Minor tantrums Distracting self or others/calling out Teasing
Off-task/not following directions Gum chewing Out of seat Lying
Rude Comments Not completing work Uniform violations Sleeping in class


Tier 2

  • Students will not be given any warnings for Tier 2 offenses
  • Teachers will use their discretion to distribute 5-10 demerits for Tier 2 offenses
  • Once a demerit is given, a copy must stay with the teacher, a copy must go home to be signed by a parent and a copy must go to the office
  • A teacher must call home after a Tier 2 offense
  • Teacher/principal/parent may request a meeting
  • Tier 2 infractions are listed below:


Walking away from teachers Minor vandalism Cursing Disrespectful gestures (i.e. eye roll, sticking out tongue)
Cheating Unauthorized cell phone use Forgery Talking back
Tantrum theft Defiance Provoking other students

Tier 3

  • Students will not be given any warnings for Tier 3 offenses
  • If a Tier 3 infraction is committed teachers will automatically refer to the student to administration (Bill or Mike)
  • Teachers will be required to complete an Office Discipline Referral in order to document the infraction
  • Tier 3 infractions will receive at least a detention equaling 10 demerits
  • Consequences for these infractions will be determined by the principals and will range from detention to suspension to expulsion depending on the infraction and the frequency in which the student has been referred to the office in the past
  • Tier 3 infractions include:
Destruction of property Physical assault Intimidation Leaving school grounds
Fighting Inappropriate use of school technology Degrading behavior (i.e. biting, spitting) Skipping school
Abusive language directed to school personnel Verbal threats to other students or school personnel Cutting class Major vandalism


NON-NEGOTIABLES-Zero Tolerance Infractions

  • Students who participate in the infractions listed below will be expelled from the school.
  • If applicable, police involvement will occur.
  • Non-negotiable infractions are listed below:
Repeated Tier 3 offenses Terroristic threats Alcohol
Bringing weapons to school Illegal drugs Engaging in or simulating sexual acts in school
Arson Unauthorized prescription Assaulting school faculty



  • In the lower school, classrooms will use a visual tracker for a behavior management system. This will help the students to see how many warnings they have. In the middle school they will not use visual trackers just the demerit system.

o   PK-K will use the 3 color system

o   1-2 will use the 6 color yard stick system (landing on red=demerit)

o   3-4 will use a log tracker (2 log marks=demerit)

  • Each demerit takes a point off of a student’s conduct grade
  • Demerits are cumulative over the course of the trimester. A student’s demerit count will reset at the beginning of each new trimester
  • A copy of the demerit will go home with the student and be signed and returned; another copy will go to the office; the teacher will keep the third
  • After 5 demerits (given for a tier 2 offense or accumulated after multiple tier 1 offenses) a phone call home will be made
  • Once a student has accumulated 10 demerits in a trimester a detention will be given
  • Once a student has had three detentions over the course of the school year that student will be suspended

o   The type of suspension and length of suspension will be determined by the principals

o   If a student is suspended a return to school meeting must occur the morning they come back; in attendance will be an administrator, the counselor, the parent/guardian and the teacher.

  • Once a student has had three suspensions over the course of the school year they will be asked to not return to the school
  • At any time a parent/teacher or principal can request a meeting.



In the case of any threats of violence or harassment in any form, including oral, written or electronic by a student against any member of the school community, if suspended, but not dismissed may be required to have a psychological or psychiatric clearance before returning to school.




Student use of personal cell phones, ipods, or any electronic device is forbidden upon arriving at school in the morning until the dismissal of school that afternoon without the express consent of administration or staff. Devices should not be in use at any time that a student is in the building; that includes while waiting in bus line or during dismissal. Teachers and administration have the right to confiscate any cell phone seen in the school building. Students are expected to turn in their cell phones to the teacher in the morning. Failure to do so will result in consequences, per our discipline policy.


Photos and Videos

For legal and privacy reasons, students are prohibited from taking photographs or video of any school employees or students during School and using it in an unauthorized manner. This includes sharing pictures electronically by phone, email, or posting to websites such as

Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, etc. Any violations of this rule may result in school-issued consequences.


Misbehavior on the School Bus

While the school bus service is provided as a resource for our families, it is ultimately a privilege. All St. Frances Cabrini rules apply on the bus and the bus driver has authority to enforce rules and report misconduct to the school, as any school staff member does. Students whose behaviors on the bus show a disregard for St. Frances Cabrini’s core values and for the safety of others may be restricted from riding the school bus. Parents will be responsible for arranging an alternate mode of transportation for their child to get to and from school. Transpasses will not be issued to children who lose school bus privileges.


Off-Campus Behavior

A student is a St. Frances Cabrini student at all times. A student who engages in conduct on or off campus that is detrimental to the reputation of the school or to the school community may be disciplined by school officials





It is the intent of the school to provide an educational environment free from all forms of improper threats, intimidation, hostility, and offensive and inappropriate behavior. Such improper conduct may take the form of unwanted verbal or physical conduct, verbal or written derogatory or discriminatory statements, and behavior not conducive to the educational and religious mission of the school.

Unacceptable conduct, either by a student or a parent/guardian, would constitute grounds for immediate dismissal of the child. In the case of children, the school will investigate all such incidents promptly and confidentially. A student under investigation will be released to his/her parents or legal guardian and removed from the school pending the investigation. Threats of, or violence by use of a weapon are also considered criminal, and again the particular circumstances will dictate whether the police should be contacted.