Students who fail to make 90% of their points in every class each Hexter, and students who engage in anti-social behavior, must face Appeals before they return to classes in the next Hexter. The Appeals Board is made up of staff and peers for less severe incidents or staff only for more severe infractions.
Appeals are a collaborative process in which each student and each situation is evaluated individually. Every decision is different and unique with the goal of developing a plan, when possible, that allows students to learn, grow and change negative behaviors and patterns.
At Appeals, the student presents his/her side of the story. The Appeals Board asks questions. Witness statements are reviewed, if necessary. After the discussion, the student is asked to leave the room. The Appeals Board deliberates and determines a plan of action. If the student has faced Points Appeals numerous times with no behavior changes, or has a severe infraction of the school rules, the Board may discuss if the student can remain at Merlo Station High School or should return to his/her home high school.
The student is called back into the room and signs the Appeals form. He/she must meet the conditions of his/her Appeals or he/she may not be allowed back into MSHS. If the student refuses to sign the Appeals form, he/she is not allowed back into the school.
Types of Appeals
Board: Students and Staff
A student did not make 90% of their points in every class at the end of a Hexter (6 week session).
NOTE: If a student has multiple Points Appeals, the Focus teacher may call a Staff Appeals to determine the student's future at Merlo Station High School.
Staff Points Appeal
Board: Staff Only
A student was on a Probation Appeal because he/she did not make 90%. He/she wasn't successful the following Hexter, so he/she repeated Appeals. Then, he/she was not successful while repeating Appeals.
Anti-Social Appeal - Student Initiated
Board: Dependent on the severity, it can be Students and Staff, or Staff Only
A student observes or is the target of anti-social behavior. He/she discusses it with a staff member and witness statements are taken. The student on this Appeal cannot attend classes until he/she has his/her Appeal heard.
Anti-Social Appeal - Staff Initiated
Board: Depending on the severity, it can be Students and Staff, or Staff Only
A staff member, not just teachers, observes or is the target of anti-social behavior. Witness statements are taken. The student on Appeal cannot attend classes until he/she has his/her Appeal heard.