Interventions

Learn how to set up scaled consequences for varying infractions. This is a crucial part of the system and should be carefully planned so you will be confident you can handle the outcome of the consequences.

Getting there

You will soon get used to this!

  1. Go to Settings - the gold gear icon - and click it.
  2. Find Interventions in the sub-menu, and click it.
  3. Noe you will see two page tabs. The first is Consequences
  4. The other is Scan Types.
  5. Notice the dropdown for Scan Type also appears in the page header. Here it defaults to Tardy.

A matter of meaning. At one time we simply used the word infraction, and we will continue to do so. Then we realized that not all occasions for scanning are infractions. Scanning a student into detention is not an infraction. Scanning to generate a Hall Pass is not an infraction. So we use a more general term - Scan Type.

Setting up Consequences

Here is a very good example of a progressive scale of consequences for tardy students. Let's look at it carefully.

  1. The green button, + Consequence is used to add consequences. The pop up-panel is very simple.
  2. Edit. Similarly, you may edit any consequence you have already set up.

Plan you consequences carefully because once you start using the system students will get tagged with these consequences. If you then change what you set up you will retrospectively change the consequences for all students who have already been assigned the consequence.

For example: Suppose you define 3 tardies as warranting a half hour detention. Later you decide to change this to 45 minutes. Now all the kids who got 30m minute detentions suddenly find the time pumped up to 45 minutes. That might not be fair! Plan these carefully.

So what does this all mean?

3. Number of Infractions. YOU MUST START WITH 1. On the first time a student is scanned for being Tardy he will just get a warning. We suggest this is fair.
He will continue to get Warnings until the number gets to the next level - in this case, 3. (Note, the second tardy is also a Warning.)
4. Consequences are listed in this column. You can see how they get worse.
At 3 scans for tardy-the student now gets a 30 minute detention - or whatever else you devise. He will continue to get 30 minute detentions until he hits 6, when the consequence
jumps up to 60 minute detention.
In this table, if he gets to 8 tardies he will get On Campus Suspension for the day!

You decide what happens next. Should the student see an administrator (at 9 tardies)? Should parents be called in if he is late yet again(11)?
Perhaps at 12 tardies all school privileges are withdrawn. Call it what you like - we have used No Fun List.
If the student simply does not care, then tardy after tardy will only add to the total number of restrictions. There will always be some like this. But most kids will be getting the point that
being persistently late is tracked by the school and has consequences. They learn.

5. Times and Directions. Each scan generates what we call a Tardy Pass; a printed receipt. The pass displays the number of infractions, the consequence, and the directions from this column.

6. Severity. We need a way to classify the consequences, a way the computer can process the classifications regardless of what words you enter in the Consequence column.
That is the purpose of the Severity setting. These values are locked down in the program. You cannot change them or add to them.
You must choose a Severity for each Consequence you set up. You can already see they are progressive from WARNING to loss of all RESTRICTIONS.
Be careful to make your consequences progressive paying attention to the severity you choose.

7. Call Slips. The Call Slips method we have devised enables you to print and distribute Call Slips to students in the last period of the day - to ensure they go to detention.
You might also want to sweep them up and shepherd them to detention! But you still need a list of who to call or sweep. We will deal with Call Slips in the next step.

Call Slips

By now you understand all about the Number of Infractions, Consequences, Times and Directions - so we will not go over those again.
The Green +Consequence button brings up this panel - empty - for you to complete.
The Edit buttons brings up this panel for you to edit

  1. Severity. Click the drop down to select the classification, or severity, of the consequence. You can see the values displayed in the previous step.
  2. Call Slips. These mostly apply to detentions, so here we have answered YES. This then reveals an extra field...
  3. Call Slip Memo. Enter into this field the standard message you want to print on the Call Slips. Plan it carefully. The field will allow to you to enter more text than you can see here.
  4. Now click OK.

Other infractions

Up to now we have only dealt with tardies. But this system can process other kinds of infractions. On the main Consequences page you say the Scan Type drop down in the header section.

  1. Scan Type was labeled 8 in an earlier lesson. You may scroll up to see that.
  2. Shipped values. Here you get the list of scan types we have shipped all ready for you (except Out of Class). We will show you how to add more of these in the next section. These are all infractions, or consequences assigned by administrators or teachers (Class Detentions).

Each infraction MUST have its own scale of consequences, which you need to set up, or the system will not work.

Scan Types

We have already set up every kind of scan type you need to get started. Fortunately this is all very simple.

  1. Scan types are displayed on the Scan Types tabbed page, as shown above.
  2. + Scan Type. Click the green button to add infractions of your own.
  3. You can see in this column that not all the items are infractions. Notice LOG Detention and Hall Pass.
  4. Sequence number determines the order in which these scan typed are displayed else where in the program
  5. Status. All these items are Active except for Out of Class. Out of Class could be a useful additional infraction for administrators to use with the mobile scanner.

Make sure that when you add new Scan Types they really fit the concept of this application - the oft repeated matters which of themselves may be no big deal,
but cumulatively are a major problem affecting grades and good order.

6. The padlock indicates these scan types are locked and cannot be altered in any way.
7. The Edit button is actually of no value for locked items.

Conclusion

Now you should have a really good idea who this system is going to work. It might be as well to refer new users to this section of the Help to improve their understanding.

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