Behavior is a matter of choice. Students are expected to behave in an orderly and appropriate manner with regard to respecting the rights of others, the rules and regulations of the school district, the directives of school personnel, and all existing laws. Any conduct that prevents teaching, hinders learning, causes a disruption to the educational environment, or endangers the safety/well-being of others will be subject to disciplinary action. In all matters relating to the discipline and conduct of the school and its students, school personnel stand in relation with parents and guardians to the students. This relationship extends at all times while students are on school property, traveling to and/or from school, and engaged in school-related activities.
Several degrees of disciplinary intervention exist at OLHMS. Consequences will vary depending on the infraction and frequency of occurrences. The purpose of assigning consequences is to change problematic behavior for the better. Consequences may include, but are not limited to conferences, written misconduct referrals, classroom removals, loss of privileges, behavioral reflections, after school and lunch detentions, or internal/external suspensions for one to ten days.
A Mustang Pride Behavior Matrix has been developed to further assist students in understanding school-wide behavioral expectations. Copies of the behavior matrix are posted through out the school in common areas, and available to students in classrooms and the main office.
Generally, when a student follows directions, accepts adult decisions, and is compliant to school rules there is little need to extend further disciplinary intervention. Please refer to the Oak Lawn Hometown School District 123 Disciplinary Policy Handbook for more specific information regarding school district disciplinary expectations.