New Detention Policies Instated This Year

 

A group of students serve Activities Duty.
Mr. Brewer keeps a list of rules for student behavior posted on his projector each Activities Period.

Last year, if a student received a demerit, they would be required to report to a designated teacher during their lunch period, where they would then serve the remainder of the period in the cafeteria, cleaning tables or helping the cafeteria staff.
Now, things are different. When a student gets a demerit, they report to either Mr, Brewer’s room in SL 105, or in Mrs. Anderson’s room in SL 103 if there is a surplus of students on that particular day. Exceptions are given for Wednesdays and days where mandatory events take place during Activities.
Activities Duty, unlike Lunch Duty, allows students to work on class assignments during the period. According to Dean Newman, the administration made this choice to encourage students to continue being productive while serving punishments. “If you get an activities duty, you use that time productively rather than just sit in a chair and do nothing.” Dean Newman said during an interview.

Upon arriving, students are required to put their phone away in a designated phone-holder. After signing in, Mr. Brewer instructs students to take a seat and take all necessary materials for doing schoolwork out of their backpacks.
Students have until 10:45 to use their devices, after which devices must be put away and backpacks must be placed at the back of the room. Any materials not taken from one’s backpack before 10:45 may not be taken out for the rest of the period. Students must then work quietly at their desks until the period ends.
However, this does not mean students should plan on doing their homework during Activities Duty. As mentioned earlier, devices are not allowed during the period, so any electronic schoolwork cannot be worked on, nor can a student use their device to print assignments if needed.
The idea for this policy was first introduced by Mr. Brewer, who thought of the idea during a discussion about the dress code. The idea was then discussed by the deans, and the final decision was a collaborative effort between both the deans and Brewer.
“Originally it came about because I was part of the dress code committee and we were thinking of possibly changing the dress code for the school. But then I just thought that if we changed the punishment for getting a demerit maybe that will help with the dress code issues.” – Mr. Brewer, on his idea for the new policy
Dress code is a consistent reason why students get demerits. Fortunately, demerits given out for disrespect or class disruptions are uncommon. Towards the beginning of the year, an increased number of demerits are given for things like backpacks being placed in No Backpack Zones or inappropriate cell phone usage.
According to Dean Newman, this number decreases as the school year goes on. “As our students develop a better understanding of the rules, we have fewer of those demerits.”. Dean Newman said in an interview.

Day of Reflection

Day of Reflection has existed as a form of punishment for several years, but many faculty members have only recently been aware of it.According to Dean Newman, this is because of the administration’s interest in student privacy. “Student’s discipline is a private matter and we respect the student and the families’ privacy. That’s why some of the people in the community including teachers may not be aware of that as a consequence.” Newman said in an interview.

While this punishment shouldn’t be taken lightly, it’s less severe than an official suspension and was introduced as a way to avoid suspension for lesser offenses. “At school, if you’re suspended then you usually have to report that to warrant that. Day of Reflection is less than suspension, and it doesn’t happen a lot.” – Dean Newman

As the name suggests, the punishment lasts only one day and may be given for a variety of reasons.

Dean Newman defines the type of behavior that warrants this punishment as, “any behavior that as a school we think is serious enough that you need a day away from school to reflect on it.  An example could be a student who has accumulated so many demerits, they don’t seem to be learning from their mistakes. Maybe, they need something in addition to activities duty to help them understand that if you want to remain a member of the community you need to adjust your behavior.”

As Dean Newman explained in an interview, Day of Reflection is served off-campus, and during that any extracurricular activities including athletic events and performances.

Students are still expected to keep up with any missed work and be prepared for any assessments they have upon their return. Depending on the individual student’s offense, one may be required to write an essay reflecting on their behavior.
So far, no students this year have earned the new punishment yet. However, students who earned the punishment last year towards the end of school may be serving it this year.
For some students coming to Bolles from public school, the idea of In-School Suspension comes to mind. Dean Newman iterates that the two are not comparable, since Day of Reflection is always served off-campus.