Middle School Discipline Policy

The demerit system is a guide for discipline in the sixth through eighth grades at Tabernacle School. The positive side of discipline is stressed through our Character Counts program. In order to maintain the highest standards of character and academic excellence at all times, the administration expects students to abide by standards of respectfulness and responsibility. Failure to abide by the rules and regulations set forth in the Tabernacle Parent/Student Handbook will result in the issuing of demerits or other disciplinary actions. 

*Due to the Coronavirus, the middle school discipline policy may differ from what is outlined below. The Vice Principal, Mrs. Kukla, will handle the middle school discipline.

Demerit Policy and Procedure

The goal of our discipline policy is to keep students accountable for their behavior and to promote an environment of cooperation and learning. A student will receive a demerit for any disrespectful, defiant, or irresponsible behavior. Demerits accrue each school year from the start of August until the end of the school year. If a student receives a demerit then the teacher or administrator issuing the demerit will fill out a behavior report in FACTS and the parents will be notified of the infraction and the number of demerits issued.

Demerits serve as a record of a student’s behavior and a communication tool for parents to aid in the character development of their child. Students will be given various amounts of demerits based on the type and severity of the behavior. Demerits may be given at the discretion of the administration for irregular disciplinary scenarios not covered by the list below. Students can be held responsible for their actions away from campus, and may be asked to withdraw from Tabernacle School at the administration’s request. Demerits may be doubled or otherwise increased for successive violations or when the offense is deliberate and/or defiant. 

Levels of Discipline

10 Demerits

One lunch detention for each 10 demerits earned, served the following school day.

20 Demerits

One hour after school Thursday detention (3:00 – ­4:00).
One week extracurricular suspension.

40 Demerits

One day out of school suspension.
Parent teacher conference with administration, and will be ineligible to participate in Tabernacle extracurricular activities for the remainder of the season.  The student will be ineligible to participate in field trips, including the 6th grade Wolf Mountain trip. 

60 Demerits

Two day out of school suspension.
Immediate disqualification from Tabernacle extracurricular activities for the remainder of the school year.
Students who reach 60 or more demerits may not be able to re-­enroll for the upcoming school year at the discretion of the administration.

80 Demerits

Expulsion from school for the remainder of the school year at the discretion of the administration, possible alternative schooling options.

Unexcused tardy1
Unprepared for class1
Leaving books/cinch bags/supplies outside the locker1
Dress code violation (double after 2nd offense)1
Eating in class2
Chewing gum at school2
Excessive talking2
Passing notes in class or chapel2
Running/disruptive behavior in halls2
Disruptive behavior in class, chapel, lunch, or recess2
Disrespectful behavior3
Defiance of authority3
Leaving class without permission3
Cell phone usage (phone will need to be picked up by parents in front office)3
Violation of electronic use policy (device can be picked up in the front office)3
Public displays of affection3
Violation of locker contract3
Cheating or the appearance of cheating (plus failure on assignment)3-10
Plagiarism/forgery (failure on assignment)5-10
Inappropriate language and cussing5-10
Obscene jokes5-10
Hurting another student5-20
Sharing passwords10
Stealing (plus restitution)20
Fighting, initiation or participating20-40
Sexual harassment20-40
Verbal harassment (including racial or homophobic slurs)20-40
Possession of fireworks, matches, lighters, pocket knife20-40
Possession of pornography40
Possession of weapons on campusExpulsion
Possession or distribution of drugs or paraphernaliaExpulsion