Got a Problem at School?
Here's What To Do ...
|"Involvement with people in their needs and frustrations is an expression of love getting its hands dirty." (L.J. Oglivie)
|One of the Learner-Centered Principles of LMCS is "Collaborative Climate", meaning that we all need to work together. But what do we do when we have a conflict between the learners in our school?
The following flow-chart shows how to work with problems at LMCS. (NOTE: Parents and the LMCS Equity Coordinator may be used as resources at any point in this process. Also, people involved may ask for further conflict resolution opportunities at any time.)
(1) Students Attempt to Solve Problems On Their Own.
(2) Students Ask A Teacher For Help.
(3) Students and/or Teacher Ask Counselor For Help.
(4) Students and/or Counselor Ask Principal For Help.
(5) Counselor and Principal Ask Parents For Help.
(6) Principal and/or Parents Ask Superintendent For Help.
(7) Superintendent Informs School Board of Conflict.
(8) Problem Formally Goes To LMCS Equity Coordinator for Legal Action if Continued Harassment is the Issue.
Of course, we all hope that problems will not escalate to the later stages of this flow chart. If at any time you or your child feel that you need to have this process clarified, the Equity Coordinator for the Lake Mills Community School District is Kari Wagner. You are welcome to call or visit her, Superintendent Daryl Sherman, and/or Principal James Scholbrock at any time with any concerns you may have. (The LMCS Central Office number if 641-592-0881.)
This LMCS problem-solving process reflects the Character Traits to Be Taught and Reinforced in the Lake Mills Community Schools as identified by the Lake Mills Area Ministerial Association. Conflict Resolution is one of nine identified character traits; other traits include Honesty, Appropriate Sexual Behaviors, Respect for Authority, Attitudes Valuing Life, Citizenship, Tolerance and Respect, Equity and Multicultural Understanding, Responsibility with Freedom.
Thank you for your help in meeting the effective school correlate of a safe and orderly environment. By helping our learners to resolve conflicts responsibly, we are empowering them to face the future with confidence in their own abilities to get along with others - even when they may disagree.
Good Conduct Policy
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Good Conduct Policy
Handling Threats at School
of Threats - Any verbal, written, or body
language communication that makes others feel unsafe.
LMCS Procedure for Handling Threats at School
(1) Teachers, staff, and students immediately report threats to
(2) Administration contacts outside resources for help (police,
fire marshal, other public safety experts as needed).
(3) Administration/safety experts check facilities for safety.
(4) If unsafe, public is immediately notified and safety precautions
(5) If facilities are safe, no public notification is given. (Remember,
we must make up any school days we miss; we dont want to start
overreacting to false rumors!)
What happens to people who make serious threats?
They are immediately turned over to law enforcement.
They may also be suspended or expelled from school.
What is my responsibility for keeping my school safe?
(1) Never make false threats, even in fun.
(2) Immediately tell parents, teachers, staff, and/or administration
if you see, hear, or witness threats against our safety. Action
will be taken.
(3) Remember that public schools are among the safest places in
America. The media often makes it seem otherwise, so be a wise consumer
of the news.
(4) Take care of yourself, take care of others, take care of this
place! Were all in this together, and we need you to make
LMCS a safe place!
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