Incident Levels

LEVEL OF INCIDENT

EXAMPLES OF INCIDENTS

STAFF INVOLVED

LIKELY CONSEQUENCE

LEVEL 1

Isolated, minor infringements of the rules


Typical “minor infringements” would include uncooperative or annoying behaviour which upsets the smooth running of the class or school. It is thoughtless behaviour where there is no intent to cause harm or damage or to “victimise”.

Classroom teacher or yard duty teacher i.e. teacher with immediate supervisory responsibility.

Consequences consist entirely of verbal interaction between a staff member and the student. The aim is for the student to acknowledge that s/he has broken a rule and make a commitment not to do it again.

The interaction may include a reminder or explanation of the rule, discussion of the incident or a reprimand.

LEVEL 2

Minor infringements of the rules on more than one or two occasions, or for an isolated incident where a consequence is appropriate.

An “isolated incident where a consequence is appropriate” is likely to be an incident where a student’s behaviour has caused some damage, harm, disadvantage or unpleasantness for others which can be compensated in some way.

Classroom teacher or yard duty teacher i.e. teacher with immediate supervisory responsibility. Year Level Coordinator or Subschool Leaders may be involved.

Consequences are aimed at compensating (“making up”) for the inappropriate behaviour. Where possible a logical consequence will be used. Parents may be contacted if appropriate.

Consequences may include the student making an apology to the injured party, payment for any damage, the student being required to prepare a written explanation of why the behaviour is unacceptable and show it to their parents, complete unfinished work, completing some community service or a detention or being confined to a specified part of the yard for a short time.

LEVEL 3

Continual minor infringements or an isolated incident of a more serious nature.

“Incidents of a more serious nature” includes incidents where a student has caused distress to another member of the school. It may significantly disrupt the learning environment or prevent a teacher from teaching effectively. Another person or group are likely to have had their rights ignored by the student involved, or the student has intended to not follow a school expectation or rule. Examples would include hurtful teasing, isolated instances of bullying, not heeding safety requirements, creating a potentially dangerous situation.

Year Level Coordinator or Subschool Leaders involved.

The response will consist of logical consequences which also include an element of punishment. Parents may be contacted if appropriate.

Examples of consequences include exclusion from activities, requirement to complete additional work, being placed on an attendance or behaviour report, complete some community service or a detention or be confined to a specified part of the yard for an extended time.

LEVEL 4

Continual, serious breaches of the rules or an incident of a particularly serious nature.

“Incidents of a particularly serious nature” would include incidents of physical violence, overly aggressive behaviour, behaviour which is clearly very offensive to others, isolated theft, or behaviour which undermines the authority of the teacher in charge at the time.

Year Level Coordinator or Subschool Leaders. Principal class may be involved.

Parents and Principal class will be involved. Consequences will be specific to each case but are likely to include contracts, restrictions on the student’s movement or privileges and may include one or more of the consequences from a prior level.

LEVEL 5

Continual, serious breaches of the rules or unacceptable behaviour of a very serious nature.

“Unacceptable behaviour of a very serious nature” would include excessive physical violence, premeditated or repeated theft, behaviour which shows contempt for the wellbeing of others or the school.

Primarily Principal class with possible involvement of Year Level Coordinator or Subschool Leaders

Suspension in line with DET guidelines.

Extreme situations may lead to expulsion in line with DET guidelines.