Student Behavior Expectations

student behavior

Why We Have Student Behavior Expectations

Preschoolers are in the very early years of their education. At this age, children are just beginning to learn how to get along with each other. It is our responsibility to provide a safe and comfortable environment that helps children develop self-control, cooperation skills, and consideration of others. We have established student behavior expectations and guidelines to help the children develop the social skills needed to interact with others in a positive way.

We developed guidelines for acceptable student behavior to help every student gets the most from their early learning environment. Our teachers enforce these guidelines using redirection, discussion, problem-solving, and time outs.

Occasionally some children repeatedly break the rules. Our teachers work diligently with these children to encourage them to choose appropriate behaviors. When necessary, parents will be notified of problematic behaviors so the teachers and parents can work together to help the student act appropriately.

Inappropriate Disciplinary Tactics that Are Not Tolerated:

  • Corporal punishments to include spanking, shaking, and slapping are will not be used
  • Any punishment that is humiliating, frightening, or causes pain or discomfort to the child is prohibited
  • No punishments are allowed that are associated with withholding food or rest
  • Children will not be subjected to abuse, threats, or derogatory remarks about the child or the child’s family

Our Rules

Rules for Outside

student behavior expectations for outdoor play

  • The teacher-pupil ratio is the same outside as it is for inside
  • Hurtful physical, emotional, or verbal behavior is not acceptable
  • We encourage politeness and courtesy on the playground
  • We do not allow inappropriate language
  • Children may not use sticks, rocks, or other items in dangerous or harmful ways
  • Rocks & Mulch stay on the ground
  • Children are not allowed to climb the fences
  • Children may use the slide to go down, feet first only.
  • Teachers are discouraged from lifting children to reach equipment that is too big for them.
  • The drinking fountain is for drinking purposes only
  • Children must communicate with their teacher when entering or exiting the school.
  • Coats must be worn if the temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. When deciding whether children should go outdoors, consult the teacher
  • Balls and other toys are not allowed on the playground equipment
  • Broken items are removed immediately

Classroom Rules

  • All children are free to work with anything in the classroom as long as it is used appropriately.
  • Children may not damage classroom items or use them to harm themselves or others
  • Classroom materials may not be used in any way that disturbs the activity of others
  • To the best of their ability, children are required to clean up after themselves after they are finished with an activity
  • Children are discouraged from interfering with another’s work unless invited by that child
  • A child that has chosen not to participate in a group activity is not allowed to disrupt the group activity.
  • Children are free to “do nothing” as long as they do not disturb the work of others

Discharge from the School

peaceful resolutions for student behavior expectationsIt is not unusual for children to exhibit behaviors that may be improper and/or disrespectful. These occasional misbehaviors, while certainly not condoned, are a normal part of a child’s development. Our policy is to redirect the child’s behavior and explain other ways of communicating or voicing their frustrations.

If a child exhibits chronically disruptive behavior, the issue must be addressed at a higher level. When this is necessary, we will take the following steps to halt the behavior.

  1. When repeated attempts in talking to the child are not successful, we will first isolate the child from other students. We will contact the child’s parents to discuss the situation. Along with any verbal communication, we will also write an incident report and will provide a copy to the child’s parents
  2. If the child continues to exhibit disruptive behavior, the next step is for the teacher to meet with the child’s parents to explain what options are available. The goal is to create a plan to resolve the behavior.
  3. If we can’t reach an agreement or arrangement on how to handle the behavior, or if no improvement is made within the set time limit, the child will be discharged from the school.

The following disruptive behavior may be a reason for discharge from the school.

  • Any behavior which requires constant attention from the staff
  • Any behavior which inflicts physical or emotional harm on themselves, other children, or any staff member
  • Behaviors that consistently conflict with the rules of the classroom and/or playground
  • A child attempting to leave without a parent or guardian present to take them

Our lead teachers are responsible for working out the situation with the child’s parent. However, the teacher involved will also include the school Director in any meeting involving potential discharge from the school.

Parents have the right to appeal to the director regarding any decision made by the child’s teacher. However, please keep in mind teachers will typically be acting under the Director’s guidance. A final appeal may be made to the school President.

Other Reasons for Discharge

  1. Failure to meet center policies
  2. Failure to pay tuition

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Phone:  (319) 363-2757
Stop By: 2957 Center Point Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Precious Moments Montessori Preschool is open from 7am – 5:30pm, Monday through Friday. We accept students aged 2 yrs – 5 yrs who have not yet started Kindergarten. We do not follow the same schedule as the Cedar Rapids school districts in regard to teacher down days, half-days, holidays, or poor weather days. If you have questions about whether we are open, please give us a call!