Rules and Discipline Policy
- Respect your building and don’t run inside!
- Respect others by refraining from personal contact between members (hitting, kicking, pulling hair, biting, kissing, hugging, etc.)
- Respect your staff by speaking appropriately, not talking back and not striking any staff in an aggressive manner.
- No throwing items
- Respect everyone by not calling them names or using profane or inappropriate language of any sort.
- Alcohol, drugs and/ or tobacco use is prohibited; this includes the use of electronic cigarettes/vapes. Weapons of any kind (including toys) are not allowed on the premises. (Violation of this rule will result in automatic termination of membership)
- Ask and receive permission before entering the cubby area***
- Please dispose of all trash appropriately and responsibly.
- Respect others and ask before you borrow something that is not yours
- Absolutely no fighting of any sort!!!!
- Southside Youth Senter is not responsible for any personal items lost, stolen, or damaged at Southside Youth Senter.
- Cellphones and other electronic devices are not allowed. If a family wants their child to have their cell phone with them, it MUST remain turned off and in their backpack at all times while at Southside Youth Senter.
- Toys are not allowed at Southside Youth Senter, with the exception of a “sleep buddy” for quiet time/relaxation station. (“Toys” include cards, games, etc.)
**** Southside Youth Senter provides cubbies for storage of members’ personal items. To prevent lost or stolen articles, members are not allowed in the cubby area without staff approval.
Should a child be found to have intentionally misused or damaged property of Southside Youth Senter, or another child’s personal property, the child’s parent/guardian will be charged for the replacement cost of the damaged property. Charges are due no later than two weeks after the charge is placed on the child’s account. Failure to pay the replacement cost by the due date will result in termination of care from Southside Youth Senter until the costs have been paid.
Discipline is essential to provide a safe, yet fun environment for everyone to enjoy. Without discipline, chaos will ensue and be counterproductive to our goal, which is to aid children in the development of social interaction and life skills.
As no situation is the same as another, discipline will be handled on a case-by-case basis following the below process:
- 1st offense: Verbal Warning
- 2nd Offense: Written warning and Behavior Report. Staff will assign an alternate activity that is determined to be age appropriate and produces a positive outcome. (I.E., trash duty, cleaning a room or area of the center, writing sentences, etc.) Behavior Reports are reviewed by the on-duty director and filed in the child’s file for the remainder of their enrollment.
- 3rd Offense: Child will be sent to the Director’s (Program or Executive) Office at which time members will be counseled and parents will be contacted to discuss the situation. The severity of the offense could lead to a 3-day suspension.
- 4th Offense: If the parent is receiving multiple phone calls regarding his/her child, a meeting will be set to discuss other courses of action for the member. Child could be suspended for a minimum of one week, or terminated from the program.
- STRIKING STAFF OR FIGHTING IS NOT ALLOWED AT ANY TIME! If a member is caught fighting, a parent/guardian will be called and asked to pick up his/her child. A minimum of a 3 days suspension and or program termination may be necessary depending on the severity of the infraction. This will be discussed with the parent on an individual basis when the parent arrives at the facility to pick up the child.
While program staff have authority to discipline a child, Suspensions and Membership Terminations are at the discretion of the Executive Director.
SOUTHSIDE YOUTH SENTER DOES NOT TOLERATE BULLYING OF ANY KIND. Any child found to be bullying will immediately go to the on duty Director’s office, parents will be contacted to pick the child up for a 1 day suspension, and a behavior improvement plan may be imposed. Continuous occurrences of bullying may result in escalation of discipline procedures to suspension and or terminations.