Atlanta Public Schools embraces progressive discipline as a framework to respond to and resolve student discipline matters. Progressive discipline is designed to aid students in correcting their misconduct, and it encourages students to be responsible citizens of the school community. Progressive discipline should promote positive student behavior, state unacceptable behavior, and establish clear and fair discipline responses for unacceptable behavior. Disciplinary responses are administered in proportion to the severity of the unacceptable behavior, its impact on the school environment, the student’s age and grade level, the student’s previous discipline history, and other relevant factors.
The school discipline process should include appropriate consideration of support processes to help students resolve issues that may be contributing to violations to the student code of conduct. These resources may include, but are not limited to, the student support team, positive behavioral supports, restorative practices, counseling with the school counselor, school social worker intervention, behavior, attendance and academic contracts and plans, peer mediation, and prevention programs.