Due Process

Any student observed or reported as having made a Poor Behavior Choice should be informed about the report by his or her advisor. The student should be given appropriate opportunity to provide his or her perspective, and to participate in negotiating consequences.

If one or more students are engaged in Poor Behavior Choices that have been witnessed by others, the Incident Report Protocol should be followed as well.

Incident Report Protocol

  1. Each person involved in an incident should be asked to write his or her account individually, preferably immediately after the incident happens.
  2. If that is not possible, the write up should occur as soon after the incident as possible.
  3. As much as possible, it is important to have accounts from every person involved. This is especially important if someone is being accused of having made a Poor Behavior Choice.
  4. Incident reports should be sent to the advisors of the student(s) involved, as well as to the Director.
  5. Advisors will compile the incident reports before determining follow up steps with recommendations from the rest of the staff.



If the behavior is illegal, dangerous or has been repeated with no improvement over time, a warning may be given by the Director.

  1. Advisors don't give warnings, they recommend warnings. Only the leader (for now, Kim) gives warnings.

  2. In the moment (following the PBC flow chart) the adult first warns the kid that a warning is coming (I did this with Anthony 3 times- Diane, did you do the same today?) A kid should never get a warning without a heads up.

    If the PBC continues, the adult should tell the kid they are going to recommend they get a warning for the behavior.

  3. Next the advisor needs to draft a Warning Letter for Kim to review. This will be the process of recommending/approving warnings. If a warning is not approved, discussion will continue to create a more appropriate consequence.

  4. Once a warning is approved by Kim, the letter goes home to the parents. Parents are also called to let them know it's coming.

With an official warning, a notification letter is sent home. Accumulation of three warnings requires the learning team meet to write a Probationary Plan Contract. The Probationary Plan has specific requirements for the student, with identified supports as appropriate, and attendant consequences if the student does not meet those requirements. A final consequence may be identification of an alternative learning environment where the student can be more successful.

Warnings have a specific duration to them, as defined by Governance Council, April 17, 2006:
  • If the first warning is given during the first two thirds of the quarter, it lasts until the end of that quarter.
  • If the first warning is given during the final third of that quarter, it goes until the end of the following quarter.
  • If a student receives a warning during the last third of the final quarter of the school year, it goes until the end of the first quarter of the next school year.
  • If a student receives a second warning during a quarter, both warnings extend to the end of the following academic quarter.

Use the links below to see sample Warnings.


Students who have received 3 official Warnings will have a meeting with their learning team to develop a contract.
The contract is developed by the CEO and the student’s learning team. The plan specifies what is expected of the student, what the consequences for not meeting those expectations are, and the length of time the probationary plan is in effect. There should also be clear steps for rehabilitation, indicating how a student may re-earn privileges or move themselves off the contract. Use the links below to see sample contracts.

A Learning team may, in the context of an academic review, determine that an academic contract is an appropriate structure for supporting student success. In that case, the learning team may propose a contract, which gets reviewed by the CEO.