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Charlotte United Behavior Standards
Discipline comes from the same Greek root as the word disciple. At Charlotte United Christian
Academy it is our desire to make disciples (learners) by teaching children to obey even as Jesus says in Matthew 28. Hence, a student showing repeated behavioral problems will be disciplined. Loving discipline, sprinkled liberally with God’s grace and mercy, is essential for children to feel secure in their learning environment. It is important for students to know what behavior is expected and the consequences for misbehavior. At Charlotte United, we look to the Bible for principles of discipline and find four steps. Because we take seriously the role of the Holy Spirit in convicting children of their sin and in leading them to repentance and restoration, prayer is included in each step.
1. The voice of instruction and training that develops self-control and character: the student
must know the rules and why they are important.
2. Correction: the student is corrected more than once before consequences are assigned.
3. Consequences: consequences that fit the offense are fair and always due when there is
4. Restoration: children ask for and receive forgiveness from God and others. This plan shows students what they have done wrong, how to correct their behavior, and how to assume responsibility for their behavior. Attention is given to the role of confession and forgiveness in the discipline process. Children are taught how to make things right with God and with their neighbors.
Charlotte United Discipline Policy
The student’s actions are based on “daily or per class” behavior.
1st Offense - Warning
2nd Offense – Lunch Detention**
3rd Offense – Sent to the office for further consequences
4th Offense – Meet with parents (student, parents, teacher, principal and/or school board)
** Offenses that may warrant a lunch detention are as follows:
• Failure to return signed tests
• Excessive talking in class
• Dress code violation
• Disrespect for a peer
• Not prepared for class or lack of class materials
• Mild disobedience
• Having food in a “No Food” area (eating or drinking in class or any unsanctioned area)
• 2 class tardies per quarter
• Arriving late to Lunch Detention
• Talking in Lunch Detention
In the case of direct defiance or other serious offenses, the student, at the discretion of the teacher,
may be removed from class and taken directly to the office. If a student is sent to the office twice in
one day, or if the first offense is deemed serious enough to warrant it, the resulting action will be
suspension from school for a minimum of one day.
When disciplinary measures are necessary to correct a problem, the personnel of the school observe the following procedure:
- Problems in the classroom will be corrected between the teacher and the student. Individual teacher’s classroom rules will be followed.
- Teachers will consult with the student’s parents if the problem persists. A conference with the teacher and parents may be warranted.
- At the discretion of the teacher, the infraction may be brought to the attention of the Principals for their help in solving the situation.
- The nature and seriousness of the offense may involve the parent in a conference with the
Principals, the student, and the teacher. Disciplinary action may be taken at this time.
The faculty and staff of Charlotte United Christian Academy are trained, caring professionals
who strive for a positive climate of discipline in the classroom. As a result, most behavioral
issues can be managed by the classroom teachers. Character issues on the other hand
(incidences of lying, cheating, stealing, etc.) may require administrative intervention. When
deemed necessary, an administrator may call a parent to assist in the discipline process.
While no member of the faculty or staff of Charlotte United may administer corporal
correction to students within the school, parents certainly have the authority to do so should
it be deemed appropriate and necessary. We find God’s wisdom in this area in Proverbs
23:12 and Proverbs 29:15-17. Biblical discipline is always redemptive and includes
repentance and restoration in a way that reflects Christ. When properly administered, “it
produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
The decision of the Principal may be appealed to the Charlotte United School Board if
controversy persists. The decision of the School Board is final.
Suspension from School
Parents are responsible to God for the discipline of their children.
Should a problem continue with a student or staff member, or should there be an outbreak of some
uncontrollable behavior, a parent will be called and will be expected to come to the school
A conference with the Principal will determine the next course of action. The student will not be
allowed to return to school until the problem has been corrected.
Students may be suspended (or expelled) from the school for any of the following reasons while on
school grounds or during school activities:
1. Creating or attempting to create a classroom disturbance
2. Disobeying a schoolteacher or administrator willfully and openly
3. Using profanity or vulgar language or expressions
4. Defying any school personnel’s authority
5. Assault or battery of another student or person on school property or at a school
6. Possession or use of any dangerous weapons on school property or at a school function
7. Possession of any controlled or uncontrolled dangerous substance: alcohol or drugs on
school property or at a school function
8. Inciting, encouraging, promoting, or participating in attempts to interfere with the
normal educational process
9. Engaging in acts of immorality
10. Vandalism to or defacing of school property
11. Violating the rules and regulations of the school persistently
12. Possession of tobacco products
14. Possession of stolen property
15. Conduct that jeopardizes the safety of others
The principal will contact the Charlotte United school board concerning any suspensions. The
school board and respective pastors may also be involved in ministry to the student and family
during the suspension. Parents may be required to bring the student for a conference before the
student is reinstated. Parents will be notified by telephone and in writing if the student is to be
suspended. A suspension goes on the student’s permanent record. During the period of suspension, the student is excluded from all school activities, including extracurricular activities and field trips. Students must make up all work missed during the suspension within one week of returning to the classroom. Students will take zeroes on any tests or quizzes administered during suspension.
Probation gives a student an opportunity to correct a disciplinary problem. If the student’s behavior
does not improve to a satisfactory level, he will be expelled or asked to withdraw from the school. A
student may be placed on probation for insufficient academic progress including repeated
incomplete homework. A continued bad attitude and negative influence upon the other students can
also result in probation.
When appropriate, because of questionable behavior, Charlotte United reserves the right to search,
without prior notice, the lockers, and belongings of every student as well as the student’s person and car when appropriate.
Matthew 18 Principle
The parents, students, and staff of Charlotte United Christian Academy must work together if
Christian education is to be successful, and we must strive to keep the lines of communication open.
Misunderstandings, misinformation, or any hindrances to Christ-like relationships most often can be solved with open, loving communication. If a problem arises during the school year, the guiding,
Biblical principle in Matthew 18:15-19 must be followed. Whoever recognizes the existence of a
problem should initially go only to the person involved and initiate a discussion designed to come up with a solution that will preserve the relationship and the integrity of the ministry. If after that initial
meeting you still believe that problem has not been resolved, ask to meet with that person and the
Principal or Administrator. If the problem still remains unresolved, you may make a final appeal to
the C.U.C.A. School Board. We strive to promote loving spiritual communication by following the
principles in God’s Word. Remember, go to the party involved first and try to resolve the problem.