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What is a Referral?

Office Discipline Referrals

Office Discipline Referrals

An Office Discipline Referral (ODR) is another component of PBIS communication and is a data collection tool that assists the staff in documenting behavior issues. If a student is having trouble following the SOAR Behavior Expectations, a staff member may write a referral to document the behavior and the consequences that followed. Each month, the PBIS teams look at the data collected to see trends and plan interventions. The referral itself is not a “punishment” but rather a means of collecting information from around the school. Below is an example of some of the behaviors that a referral can be given for and our school guidelines for the steps following a major level referral.
 
(Minor offenses, by definition, are situations that a staff member can address Documentation typically happens after a first warning has been issued without having the desired effect.) 
 
Minor Problem Behavior
Definition
Defiance or
Non-Compliance 
Student engages in brief or low-intensity failure to follow directions or talks back.
Disrespect
Student delivers low-intensity, socially rude or dismissive messages to adults or students.
Disruption
Student engages in low-intensity, but inappropriate disruption.
Dress Code
Violation
Student wears clothing that is near, but not within, the dress code guidelines defined by the school/district.
Forgery/Theft/Plagiarism
Student is involved by being in possession of, having passed on, or being responsible for removing someone else's property; or the student  has signed a person’s name without that person’s permission, or claims someone else’s work as their own.
Inappropriate Language
Student engages in low-intensity instance of inappropriate language.
Other
Student engages in any other minor problem behaviors that do not fall within the above categories.
Physical Contact/ Physical Aggression
Student engages in non-serious, but inappropriate physical contact.
Property Misuse
Student engages in low-intensity misuse of property.
Technology Violation
Student engages in non-serious, but inappropriate (as defined by school) use of cell phone, pager, music/video players, camera, and/or computer.
 
How do I know if my child has a referral?
If your child has a referral, you will be contacted by your child's teacher. Referring staff may call you, email you, or send a referral notification sheet home.