Under Section 37.0832 of the Education Code, “bullying” is defined as a single significant act or pattern of acts by one or more students directed at another student that exploits an imbalance of power and involves written or verbal expression, expression through electronic means, or physical conduct, that:
- will physically harm another student, damage a student’s property, or place a student in fear of harm;
- is severe, persistent, or pervasive enough to create an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment for the student;
- disrupts the educational process or orderly operation of a class room or school; or
- infringes on the rights of the victim.
"Cyberbullying" means bullying that is done through the use of any electronic communication device, including through the use of a cellular or other type of telephone, a computer, a camera, electronic mail, instant messaging, text messaging, a social media application, an Internet website, or any other Internet- based communication tool. This section applies to:
- bullying that occurs on or is delivered to school property or to the site of a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off school property;
- bullying that occurs on a publicly or privately owned school bus or vehicle being used for transportation of students to or from school or a school-sponsored or school-related activity; and
- cyberbullying that occurs off school property or outside of a school-sponsored or school-related activity if the cyberbullying interferes with a student’s educational opportunities; or substantially disrupts the orderly operation of a classroom, school, or school-sponsored or school-related
Bullying is prohibited at Vanguard Academy. If a student believes that he or she has experienced bullying or has witnessed bullying it is important for the student or parent to notify the teacher, counselor or principal as soon as possible to obtain assistance. Administration will investigate any allegations of bullying or related misconduct.
The main purpose of a school is the education of its students. For learning to take place, an orderly climate must exist. Effective discipline is an essential ingredient in such a climate. Discipline is the responsibility of teachers, parents/guardians, and students. Please familiarize yourself with the Student Code of Conduct. Items in the Student Code of Conduct are subject to change as needed. Unruly students will not be allowed to disturb the educational process for the many others in our student population. In addition, Vanguard Academy has a zero tolerance policy with respect to drugs, alcohol, firearms or bullying.
Discipline and Rules
Good discipline means that the classroom is relatively free from disruption, disorder, and anti- social behavior. It means that each child and the group as a whole operate freely within a structured framework, which they understand, accept, and incorporate into their behavior without constant reminder or punishment. The goal of discipline is to develop self- discipline and safe learning environment for our children.
Students are expected to be respectful, responsible and obedient. Students should be on task and follow the teacher’s instructions.
Respect for Others – Examples of Infractions
- Playing when student should be on
- Talking at inappropriate
- Abusing others
- Excessive loud or rude
- Bothering another
Respect for Authority - Examples of Infractions
- Put – down
- Pornography/obscene gestures
Respect for Property - Examples of Infractions
- Throwing trash on the floor
- Leaving trash in the cafeteria
- Marking or defacing desks, chairs, or other school property
Diligence to Duty – Examples of Infractions
- Not accomplishing tasks at hand to the best of your ability
- Not staying on task
Detentions are served for 15 minutes during the school day (recess time).