The Monroe Street Art Center strives to maintain a classroom environment that is pleasant, safe, fun, and conducive to learning. Students are expected to participate in the class and treat their teacher and classmates with respect. Students who do not follow this model, or who create an unsafe environment (such as not listening to the teacher, being unwilling to participate in activities, being physically or verbally abusive, or disrupting the class), are disruptive to the learning process and create a negative and potentially dangerous classroom environment.
MSAC responds to instances of non-compliant or unsafe behavior in the following ways:
1. Three Strikes: The teacher will ask the student to behave and will tell him/her the potential consequences if the student does not behave. Verbal warnings will be issued three times before the next step is taken. If the disruption is serious, or dangerous, then immediate action will be taken. After three warnings, the student will be given a five-minute break away from the class, either in the MSAC lobby or in another part of the classroom. The parent will be informed after class.
Examples of disruptive behavior that will result in verbal warnings are:
Inappropriate language (screaming, yelling, talking out of turn, verbal abuse).
Disrespect of property of MSAC or other students.
Refusing to comply with the teacher's directions.
Choosing to be disruptive during lesson/work time.
2. Returning to Class: After a five-minute break, the student will return to the class. If the disruptive behavior persists, or new behavior is considered by staff to be overly disruptive or unsafe, the teacher may call the parent/caregiver immediately to remove the student from class for the day. If the student is signed up for additional classes or camps that day they may not come back until the following day.
Examples of behavior that will result in removal for the day are:
Continual disruption after a five-minute break is given.
Visible disruption of a fellow classmate's work time.
Using direct inappropriate language when interacting with staff and or classmates.
Permanent damage to property of MSAC or other students.
Refusing to comply resulting in a disruption of other students' participation.
3. Removal: In extreme cases, the student may be removed from the camp or class, and may not return. Examples of behavior that will result in removal are:
Severe or sustained threats of violence.
Violence in any manner (hitting, kicking, punching, etc).
Harassing, taunting making other students feel unsafe.
Extreme verbal aggression to staff or classmates.
Total non-compliance with the class projects, resulting in severe disruption of the class, or requiring the teacher to make several breaks in the lesson.
In the event of removal the student would be refunded for subsequent classes left in the camp week or class series. If the student is registered for more than one camp or class, MSAC staff will work with the families on an individual basis.