In the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), our vision is that every school will be a thriving school that prepares every student to graduate college, career and community ready. In order to support our students in achieving our shared vision, we need to ensure that each of our schools is a place where all students are members of a school community characterized by high expectations for social-emotional and academic learning. As such, all schools in MMSD are expected to create positive learning environments where all students can experience academic, behavior, and social emotional growth using the Positive Behavior Support (PBS) framework.
Schools must be places where effective learning can occur for all students, maintaining standards of conduct as students and school personnel have the right to be treated with courtesy, respect and dignity in a safe environment. Therefore, students are expected to follow the established school-wide expectations, refraining from engaging in any misconduct that jeopardizes the health or safety of students and school personnel or negatively impacts instruction and the learning. These behavioral expectations are set forth in Board Policies 4502B and 4502C. When a student demonstrates behavior that does not align with the school-wide and classroom expectations, it is necessary to examine the function of the student's behavior and provide the student with a prompt and effective intervention.
Such intervention may result in a student being removed from the classroom for a period of time, while remaining in school. When a student is removed from the classroom environment as part of a behavioral intervention, all staff must abide by the procedures set forth herein.
- Class / Classroom
A class is any instructional environment including both the classroom and any other instructional school environment in which students participate under the control or direction of a school district employee/teacher.
- Long-Term Removal
A person holding a license or permit issued by the state superintendent whose employment by a school district requires that he or she hold that license or permit.
Separating the student from the classroom and/or teacher to another supervised environment within the school setting for engaging in behavior that is responded to at a Level 2 or higher as outlined in Board Policies 4502B and 4502C. Teachers are expected to use response strategies prior to disciplinary removal; therefore, the following responses (see Board Policies 4502B and 4502C) are not considered removals when part of a school-based or individual student system of support and/or a delivery of IEP-related services: take a break out of the classroom (TAB Out), buddy rooms, regulation rooms and/or breaks (See Board Policies 4502B and 4502C for definitions).
A removal from a classroom on an ongoing or permanent basis including:
- placing the student in an alternative education program as defined by Wis. Stat. sec. 115.28(7);
- placing the student in another class in the school; or
- placing the student in another instructional setting.
A temporary removal from the classroom after which the student is permitted to return to the classroom.
- A teacher may activate the school-wide behavior response system by requesting the removal of the student for behavior that is responded to at a Level 2 or higher as outlined in Board Policies 4502B and 4502C.
- Prior to removing the student from the classroom, a teacher must employ response strategies, including a restatement of expectations (warning) so that the student understands that continued disruption might lead to a removal from class. When the student's behavior is extreme or unsafe, an immediate removal may be warranted.
- If a teacher determines that short-term removal is appropriate he/she must:
- activate the school-wide behavior response system to facilitate the removal of the student for the purpose of regulation, reflection, and re-engagement, and
- ensure an appropriate level of supervision until the student is under the supervision of a member of the behavior response team.
- a record of teacher interventions and parent and/or guardian contacts,
- the basis for the removal recommendation,
- the interventions, approaches and other steps considered or taken to avoid the need for removal,
- the impact, positive and negative, on the removed student, and
- the impact, positive and negative, on the rest of the class.
A copy of the written notification shall be provided to the student's parent/guardian at the meeting held pursuant to Section 3(g), below.
- When a teacher activates the behavior response system, the PRINCIPAL or his/her designee should document the call in the Oasys behavior call log
- When the student arrives at the main office or other location within the school, the PRINCIPAL or his/her designee must give the student an opportunity to explain the situation.
- During the period of removal, the student must be subject to staff supervision at all times.
- If appropriate, the PRINCIPAL or his/her designee shall refer the student to a support services staff person for assessment or intervention.
- Prior to the student resuming his/her normal schedule, the PRINCIPAL or his/her designee shall engage the student to determine whether the student is or appears to be ready and able to return to class facilitating re-engagement in the classroom community.
- Within 24 hours of the removal, the PRINCIPAL or his/her designee must ensure that the teacher who removed the student made a good faith effort to inform the student's parent and/or guardian by phone or in person that the student was removed from class. If the teacher was unable to contact the student's parent and/or guardian, the PRINCIPAL or his/her designee shall follow-up and make a good faith effort to contact the parent and/or guardian.
- If the teacher has requested a long-term removal of the student, within three school days the PRINCIPAL or his/her designee must consult with the teacher making the recommendation and meet with the student and the student's parents and/or guardian prior to making a decision to:
- return the student to the class, or
- place the student in another instructional setting, or
- place the student in another class in the school, or
- recommend to the SUPERINTENDENT or his/her designee placement of the student in an MMSD alternative education program (such recommendation shall be subject to all applicable referral and application procedures).
The student shall remain in his/her current class assignment, unless subject to a subsequent removal, until the PRINCIPAL or his/her designee has made a final decision regarding the student's placement.
- the basis for the removal,
- the alternatives considered and interventions implemented, and
- the basis for any decision.