Hebrews 12:6,11 defines discipline as the process of changing a person’s wrong behavior into right behavior, not merely stopping wrong behavior. Chastening is for correction (righteousness), and it produces the desired results. All discipline is administered in love and concern for the welfare of the student. If there is poor discipline, learning will be hindered and the overall school program will suffer. Most of all, the character of a young person will be weakened.
The purpose of Godly discipline is to demonstrate the work of the Holy Spirit, bring about change in behavior, teach submission to authority, curb unrighteousness, build character, encourage self-discipline, and enhance learning.
Disruptive conduct is not conducive to learning, not only for the individual causing the problem, but also for others in the school; therefore, for the good of everyone concerned, improper behavior will not be permitted.
West Florida Baptist Academy reserves the right to determine when corporal discipline is needed. (See page 19 for particular procedures followed.)
Student Behavior: It is our desire that the behavior of our students be pleasing to God. For this purpose, we have certain activities that we ask them not to take part in as stated in the Standard of Conduct Statement that the students in grades 7-12 sign at the beginning of each school year. Chewing gum is not allowed on campus anytime or any place.
Articles Prohibited: Cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, any narcotics, gambling cards, knives, guns, explosives of any kind, lasers, radios (except installed in cars), rock tapes, inappropriate stickers on cars (e.g. rock or slogans), inappropriate literature is not permitted on school property (including in automobiles). The student’s English teacher must check all literature that is brought to school for content. Only Christian music that glorifies the Lord is permitted. No tapes, CD’s, DVD’s, recorders, or iPods are to be brought to school or taken on any school trip unless permission is received ahead of time.
Cell Phone Policy: Students are not permitted to use a cell phone in the school building or on school grounds before or during school time. After school, students staying on campus for sports, etc., are required to obtain permission from the person in authority to use a cell phone.
Any use of a cell phone in school during school hours by a student will result in disciplinary action. If a student brings a cell phone to school, the cell phone must be turned in to the designated person before first hour. If a student brings a cell phone to class or the phone rings while in a student’s locker, the teacher will initiate disciplinary action and the phone may be confiscated for the remainder of the day. (Confiscated phones may be returned by the administration to parents upon request. Students whose phones have been confiscated may be asked not to bring a cell phone to school in the future.)
Parents who need to contact their child during the school day for emergency purposes should use the school’s normal emergency contact process and call the main school phone number. School staff will assist parents in communicating with their child in appropriate emergency situations. Parents should not consider their child’s cell phone as a means of contacting their child for any reason during the school day.
General Conduct: Any student observing questionable activities or overhearing conversations at school, which are contrary to the policies of this school, should immediately discuss the matter with a teacher or supervisor. THIS IS NOT TATTLING. It has been said, “All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”. The Bible says: “…to him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
Home Discipline: When problems take place off school grounds or at non-school functions, these problems are the responsibility of parents to handle. However, if the problem is brought into the school, we then must take appropriate action.
Off Limits to Students:
- Other student’s personal property, desks, or lockers.
- E. area except during supervised activity.
- Autos and parking lot.
- Teachers desks.
- Any unsupervised area.
Personal Contact: There is to be no physical contact between students, especially those of the opposite sex. All students should keep “hands off” other students.
Classroom Behavior: It is expected that students will obey their teachers and abide by classroom rules. Any behavior that hinders learning hurts everyone. Students should be prepared each day for class instruction. Teachers will explain what is expected in each class.
We believe discipline and control of students is the responsibility of the teacher. Teachers will use all positive means to encourage proper behavior. If this is not effective for an individual, students may have activities restricted, be given extra work, or be put in time-out.
The Administration believes in corporal punishment. We believe the Lord has given this responsibility to parents. If at a specific time the administration feels corporal punishment is necessary, parents will be contacted. Parents will then be asked to come in and administer the corporal punishment here at school for their own child with an administrative witness.
If a parent disagrees with the corporal punishment being used at that time, they would be expected to come and take the child home. They will be expected to find and administer an alternative form of punishment that would be effective to stop their child’s unacceptable behavior.
NOTE: If at any time corporal punishment cannot be administered for any reason, and no effective alternative discipline is found that is agreed upon by the administration and the parents, we would ask that the parent withdraw their child from the school.
Correction* will be given on the following guidelines:
*Correction may include office referral, detention, suspension, and/or expulsion
Breach of Policies
- Dress code violation
- Failure to complete assigned work
- Failure to follow directions and established procedures
- Entering locked or off limits area
- Driving violations
- Disrupting class
Behavior unbecoming of a Christian
- Vulgar language
- Possession of prohibited articles
- Failure to leave a place where alcohol or drugs are being used (any illegal activity)
- Physical contact with the opposite sex
- Lying or cheating
- Threatening or afflicting bodily harm on another individual
- Demonstrations of romantic involvement between students on school property
Immoral or Illegal Activities
- Use or possession of alcohol, tobacco or other illegal substance including drugs
- Stealing or gambling
- Involvement with witchcraft
- Attendance at R or X rated movies
- Criminal acts
- Homosexual Acts
Note: Demonstrations of romantic involvement between students on school property is forbidden. Hand holding, embracing, or any other contact that would contribute to undue familiarity will not be tolerated. This type of behavior will result in demerits, suspension, or expulsion. Boys and girls must maintain a six-inch distance at all times. Behavior should be above reproach.
In accordance with the ministry’s statement of Faith and in recognition of Biblical commands, no immoral conduct will be tolerated. The Bible strictly forbids such conduct, which includes immoral actions as well as advocating for sinful behavior. The following will not be tolerated in any form and will constitute grounds for expulsion: any actions or identifying statements concerning fornication, adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality or pornography. (Gen. 2:24; Gen. 19:5,13; Gen. 26:8-9; Lev. 18:1-30; Rom.1:26-29; 1 Cor. 5:1; 6-9; 1 Thess. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4)
Suspensions: Students will have to make up all work and tests missed during a suspension. They will not be allowed to attend classes, or school activities while suspended. At the end of the nine weeks, all final grades will be lowered two points for each day of suspension. (This is in lieu of giving “0” for all subjects during the time of suspension.) Any suspensions will be considered absences.
Expulsion: An expelled student loses credit for the current semester and is able to return to West Florida Baptist Academy only after requesting and receiving the permission of the administrative committee. An expelled student, regardless of the reason for expulsion, is not allowed on campus. He may not attend any school-sponsored activity or athletic event.
Attendance at West Florida Baptist Academy is a privilege, not a right. Anyone who does not cooperate with spiritual, moral, scholastic or behavioral guidelines may be dismissed from our school. The handbook, Standard of Conduct, and chapel announcements will put forth the guidelines showing what we expect.