• Discipline Policy

    Discipline plans have been developed for all four Othello elementary schools.  These plans are frequently reviewed and modified to fit the changing needs of our students.  The discipline philosophy of the elementary schools can be best summarized by saying that high expectations are maintained for student behavior, and that staff members work closely with students and parents to develop problem solving and behavior management expectations with students and parents.

    The most important aspect of discipline is good home-school communication.  The Othello elementary schools’ administration feels that it is important to contact parents in a timely manner if a problem exists with a student.  We also encourage parents to contact the school when there is a question concerning the discipline being used with their child.  Many times with a conference, a more effective approach can be worked out together.  Our ultimate goal is to help our children become responsible, independent citizens and effective students.

    Incident Reports

    Incident Reports summarize inappropriate behavior and resulting consequences.  They may be issued by any staff member to any student who violates our school rules and has exhausted other interventions.  The Incident Report will be sent to the homeroom teacher who will send a copy home to the parents/guardians.  This form must be signed by a parent/guardian and returned to the homeroom teacher.

    Disciplinary Referrals

    Disciplinary Referrals summarize inappropriate behavior and resulting consequences for more serious behavior problems, including those resulting in being placed on the Discipline Matrix.  When a student has an accumulation of five (5) Incident Reports or the teacher detects a pattern, the teacher may fill out a Discipline Referral and send it to the principal/assistant principal for consultation or action.  The teacher and/or the principal will also notify the child’s parents(s)/guardian(s) and the referral will be sent home.

    Discipline for Students with I.E.P.’s

    In some special cases, state regulations require that adaptations in disciplinary procedures be made to accommodate students being served under an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  Consequently, discipline for these students may be individualized and unique.  The following procedures will take place if a student on an IEP is referred for a long-term suspension (more than 10 days) or has a series of suspensions creating a pattern of exclusion:

    • An IEP team, including Parents, Teachers, and Principal/Assistant Principal will meet to determine whether the misconduct is a manifestation of the disability or due to an inappropriate placement.
    • If it is agreed upon by the IEP Team that the misconduct is a manifestation of the disability or due to an inappropriate placement, the proposed disciplinary action will not take place, and an IEP meeting will be convened to develop an appropriate placement. 

    If the IEP Team agrees that the misconduct is neither a manifestation of the disability nor due to an inappropriate placement, the proposed disciplinary action may be implemented.  An IEP meeting will be convened to determine procedures for serving the IEP during the long-term suspension/expulsion period.

    Othello School District - Elementary Discipline Matrix (Grades K-6)



    Intervention Ideas






    Refusal to cooperate

    Inappropriate language, gestures, drawings, use of computers, etc.


    Reteach Skill/Lesson with Counselor




    Gang Related Activities



    Restituion, as appropriate

    Parent Conference

    Campus Clean-Up



    In School Suspension (1-2 days) and assign a restorative action: 

    In School Suspension (2-3 days) and assign a restorative action: 


    Public Endangerment (pulling a fire alarm)

    Physical/Verbal Abuse of a Staff Member

    Possession/Use of Illegal Substance

    Meeting w/Guardians

    In School Suspension (.5-3 days)

    Short Term Suspension (1-5 days)

    In School Suspension (1-2 days)

    Resorative Action:


    In School Suspension (2-3 days)

    Restorative Action:

    Out of School Suspension (1-5 days)

    Restorative Action:


    Long-Term Suspension (rest of term)

    Restorative Action:


    Distributing drugs and/or paraphernalia

    Any action deemed life threatening

    Possession/Use of Dangerous Weapon w/Intent





    To view full copy of the OSD Elementary Discipline Matrix (Grades K-6), please go to the main page of the parent resources tab and download the student handbook, or visit the Wahitis main office to recieve a hard copy.

    • Administrators can use discretion to provide any level or step of discipline, based on individual circumstances.
    • Cell phones are not allowed to be in student’s possession during the school day.  If seen they will be confiscated.
    • Cell phones or any other electronic devices confiscated by staff must be retrieved by parents/guardian from office.
    • Any serious disruptions of the educational process will be dealt with at the discretion of the building administrator in accordance with district and building policies and procedures.
    • Students that have a pattern of being disruptive, defiant, or disrespectful will be placed on a behavior contract at a meeting with teachers, parents, student, and a principal.
    • If a student encourages another to fight, it will be considered a level two violation of the discipline policy.  Watching a fight as a spectator or encouraging others to fight will not be tolerated at any elementary school.  Students are to leave the scene of a fight.  
    • Proper authorities may be called for any offense at any level.  Any Level 3 or 4 offenses will be reported to the School Resource Officer.
    • Suspended students may not be on any school property or participate in any school activity or sporting event during the time (day or evening) of the suspension.
    • Expulsion for a dangerous weapon is mandatory and for at least one academic term. Readmission process required. Parents/Guardians and Police will be notified.
    District Graffiti Policy


    1. Provide a safe and orderly environment for all individuals throughout the Othello Schools.
    2. Protect personal and public property.
    3. Maintain a non-disruptive educational process for students and staff.


    1. We will maintain a ZERO tolerance policy.
    2. Imprinting or marking on any surface belonging to Othello School District is not acceptable.
    3. Individuals are not permitted to disrupt the educational process by exhibiting any form of graffiti, or gang related inscriptions on school materials, papers, book covers, notebooks, assignments, clothing, or marking of their person.

    Violation of this policy will result in an immediate application of the school disciplinary policy approved by the Othello School District Board of Directors.

    Weapons Policy – No Tolerance

    The Othello School District has a no tolerance policy toward students who are in any way involved with a weapon on school property or at a school activity. The penalty for possession or involvement with a weapon on school property or at a school activity is expulsion. Expulsion is a state requirement if the weapon is a firearm. Weapons have no place and will not be tolerated in the school environment.

    We have had some instances of students being at school or on school property with toy weapons or with other items that could be considered weapons. These include toys that look like guns or other weapons, pellet guns, paint ball guns, and variations of knives. These items are considered weapons and can result in severe penalties including expulsion.

    The Othello School District also has a no tolerance policy towards students who make threats to do severe bodily harm. The types of threats will be taken seriously and may also result in expulsion.

    School property related to this policy includes school buildings, play fields, athletic fields, buses, and parking lots. This also includes any school related event (i.e. fieldtrips, etc.)