Detention Slip Template

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Using detention slips can be an effective way of keeping track of who is getting detention and making sure all parties involved understand the parameters of the practice in a school. This lesson offers a template you can use for detention slips.

Purpose of a Detention Slip

Are you a teacher or an administrator in a school where detentions are used as a disciplinary strategy? If so, then you probably understand the importance of all parties involved understanding exactly why detentions are taking place. If students do not have a clear understanding of why they are in detention, then they are unlikely to learn very much from the experience. Similarly, teachers and families cannot properly support students in improving their performance and behavior if they do not understand what the problem is in the first place.

Signing and Filing Slips

One effective way of making sure that the detention procedures in your school are clear to everyone is by using detention slips. A detention slip is usually just a small piece of paper that is used to keep track of who gets detention, when, and why. Sometimes, teachers and parents will be asked to sign off on detention slips for accountability purposes. Filing detention slips in a central place in your school is also a useful way of staying organized while collecting data about which students are getting detention the most, or which disciplinary issues feel most pressing.

The template in this lesson gives you a starting point for creating detention slips for your school. Each section is followed by a brief explanation and an example of how it might be filled out.

Detention Slip Template

Date and Time

It is very important to include the date and time of the infraction on the detention slip. Writing the date and time will help you keep track of when things are happening and answer any future questions about a particular disciplinary action. If the date of detention is not the same as the date of the misbehavior, you might want to use separate lines for those two dates on the detention slip.

Student's Name, Grade, and Homeroom

A student's name, grade and homeroom allows you to keep track of exactly who is getting detention at your school. Writing down the grade and homeroom can also help to avoid confusion if you have multiple students with the same name at the school.

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