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School code of conduct

School code of conduct

(Each student and parent have to respect school staff and adhere to school code of conduct)   


At KGS, all the students have the right to attend school in an environment conductive to learning. All students are expected to take pride in being part of KGS community and to behave at all times in ways that will bring credit to themselves and to the school.

All the students are expected to adhere to the individual teacher's classroom rules and procedures. Anyone who keeps the teacher from teaching, or has engaged in disruptive behavior in the classroom, hallways or anywhere on the school premises, will be removed from the classroom immediately and sent to the principal's office. A report will be filled in by the teacher.

1- Attendance

We expect our students to attend school regularly. Participation in class discussions and projects is just as vital to education as completing assigned work. The current limit for absences (excused or unexcused) is 10 % of the class periods in a semester.

a - Excused absences:

Absences for reasons listed below will be excused when accompanied by a written explanation from the parents, submitted in a timely manner. Official justification from a doctor or other relevant professional institution should be provided whenever possible.

  • Illness or injury
  • Medical emergencies
  • Family emergency (death)
  • Medical appointments should be scheduled out of school time in all cases.

Special arrangements can be made in the case of prolonged illness, contagious disease or family emergency. Students are expected to make up all missed work in the case of an excused absence.

b - Unexcused absences:

Absences for any other reason are unexcused, even when accompanied by a parent note. Students will neither receive grades for the work missed nor be given work in advance of an unexcused absence.

  • Single class absences also referred to as skipping class or truancy.
  • Days of suspension for academic or discipline issues.
  • Time off for visiting and travelling.

c - Sanctions for skipping classes are as follows:

  • First offence: An-after school detention and a parent notification.
  • Second offence: Two after-school detentions and a parent notification.
  • Third and subsequent infractions: The principal and the Committee may begin recommendation for withdrawal from KGS.

To return to class, any student who has been absent for any reason must bring a written statement signed by a parent explaining the reason for the absence before he/she is allowed to return to class. This note should accompany the returning student and must be given to the office within 24 hours of the student's return to school. A medical visit receipt or prescription photocopied with the date on it may be used by students returning to school directly from a medical visit. The responsibility to inform the school otherwise rests with the family.

d - Tardies during the school day:  

All students are expected to arrive on time to classes. Once in class, teachers are expected to begin instruction promptly. Whoever is late to school or to class will be checked as tardy. Students who are late to class from another class and who do not have an appropriate written excuse will be marked unexcused tardy by their teacher. Tardiness other than that caused by a late school bus should be notified by a parent via a telephone call or a written note to excuse tardiness. Students arriving after 8:30 a.m are sent to the office.

e - The consequences for tardiness:

  • First tardy: Marked as first unexcused absence.
  • Second tardy: Student serves one after-school detention assigned by the (Person in charge) = Secondary principal.
  • Third tardy: Two after-school detentions assigned by the (person in charge) = Secondary principal. Parents notified
  • Fourth tardy: Full day suspension from school. Parents notified

2 - Dress Code

We expect students to come to school appropriately dressed. Students are expected to be aware of and adhere to the proper standards of dress for a school environment. As a KGS student, you represent your school in the community. So, students are required to come to school in clothing which is neat, clean, in good repair, modest, respectful and safe. Anything which does not comply with these standards is unacceptable. No list of 'forbidden' items can be all inclusive. Students who are deemed to be in breach of the dress code may be refused admittance to class until they have corrected the problem. The following dress code will be followed by all students:

  • No midriff tops, see-through tops, muscle shirts or short shorts are allowed
  • Student clothing should cover cleavage, midriff area and underwear (boys/girls).
  • Clothing must be neat and clean with no rips or tears.
  • Hats, caps or sunglasses may not be worn inside classrooms.
  • Clean dress or casual shoes or clean athletic sneakers must be worn. 'Babouches' or 'Flip-Flops' and other type of beach sandals are not appropriate.
  • Excessive jewelry or piercings are not appropriate for school.  All piercings and jewelry must be removed for P.E and Athletic Practice for safety reasons.
  • First offence, a warning will be given and recorded by the secondary principal. One continued parents will be contacted about further compliance and expected to provide appropriate clothing; an after-school detention served.

3 - Conduct on the buses:

Transportation to and from KGS on a bus should be pleasant and safe.  Students who choose not to abide by the bus rules will be suspended from riding the bus for periods ranging from one week to permanently. Bus fees are refunded for the period of suspension of if the student is excluded permanently from the bus. Students are requested to meet their bus on time. Bus drivers have been requested to allow one minute's grace before moving on. Abuse means loss of the privilege temporarily.

The drivers, the monitors and all teachers are in authority on the buses. The transportation coordinator has the authority to assign seats on the bus, if necessary. The bus rules are as follows:

  • Keep noise to a minimum on the bus as excessive noise may distract the driver.
  • Do not talk to the driver except in an emergency.
  • Remain seated at all times the bus is moving.
  • Do not consume food and beverage on the bus.
  • Use seat belts at all times.
  • Littering will not be tolerated on the bus.

4 - Electronic devices:

We expect students to use electronic equipment appropriately at school. We live in a world of communication so we believe that electronic equipments are tools of education. KGS students who bring their laptops, ipods, ipads, iphones to school are responsible for their own possessions. KGS takes no responsibility for loss or damage. They are not to interfere or interrupt instruction. Earphones must be used with all electronic equipments that use sound outside class. Making or receiving phone calls are prohibited in classes. Violating this rule will result in immediate confiscation of the phone by the teacher/staff member and the student will only get it from the Secondary Principal.

  • First offence: the item returned to the student at the end of the school day.
  • Second offence: Item returned to parents.
  • Third offence: Meeting with parents.

5 - Smoking:

Smoking is not permitted on campus or outside the school gate, or at any school-sponsored functions. Consumption of any tobacco products is strongly discouraged. Students who are found smoking on the school site will receive a two-day-out-of-school suspension. Repeated violations may lead to a recommendation for expulsion.

6 - School property:

We expect all students to respect the property of Khalil Gibran School. The act of writing on desks, walls or any other school property as well as any other damage or destruction is a serious offense. Students who are found causing such damage will pay all costs to repair or replace the damaged property. Fighting, theft, insubordination and possession of alcohol, drugs or cigarettes are all considered serious offenses that will result in suspension and a recommendation to the Board of Directors for expulsion.

The main goal of the code of conduct at KGS is to strengthen each student's character, to teach responsibility and to guide all students toward increased self-awareness. Students who misbehave will, in most cases, be given a choice to fix the problem and will be guided through a process of taking responsibility and make restitution, consequences will be imposed.

Penalties for breaking the school rules will consist of the following:

  1. Discussion or counseling with KGS professional staff: The purpose of such a discussion is to find out the reasons for the behavior and to explain why it is inappropriate.
  2. Detention (break, lunch or after-school): A detention is normally served on the day the misbehavior occurs or on the day immediately following, as determined by the teacher or administrator supervising the detention.
  3. Loss of extracurricular activities: students whose behavior is inappropriate may be barred from specific upcoming extracurricular activities, tournaments, and fieldtrips.
  4. In school suspension: The student spends the day isolated but does his/her regular class work, as far as possible, and receives grades for the work done. The student's lunch periods and breaks are not taken with the other students.
  5. Behavior contract: This is used to specify the behavioral problems of a student and the specific steps the student must take to improve and or to remain in the school.
  6. Conduct probation: Conduct probation can occur for two or more poor conduct grades from classroom teachers or for behavior which is seriously disruptive to the school or class. Conduct probation lasts for 5 weekends, during the period of probation, students may not participate in extracurricular activities and must attend an after school detention 1 day per week.
  7. Saturday detention: The student is required to come to school on an assigned Saturday to do school services work under the direction of a teacher or administrator.
  8. Expulsion: The student is no longer able to attend KGS. Should the incident requiring expulsion occur within the last month of the semester, the administration, at its discretion, may allow a home-school option to allow the student to complete the term.

The penalties are decided upon the following criteria:

  • The severity of the incident
  • The number and severity of prior incidents
  • The timing of previous incidents
  • The age of student
  • The attitude of the student
  • The consequences of the student's action.

Expulsion is at the discretion of the Director as long as the Board has been informed in a timely manner that an expulsion was on the horizon. The Board will be informed when the Director thinks that the progressive discipline approach is not modifying the student's

behavior and expulsion may result.

7 - The Discipline System

KGS's discipline system is a procedure that works on five progressive levels and acts to support the School Rules.

Level 1- Task Card (Green)

For minor infringements of school rules.
Conditions

  1. Students are given various small tasks to perform in school as instructed and supervised by the General Supervisor or the administration.

Level 2- Warning Card (blue)

For minor infringements of school rules.
Conditions

  1. The requirement for the parent/guardian to sign the card on the day of issue.
  2. The requirement for the student to rectify or not repeat the reason for why he/she was given the Warning Card.

Level 3- Detention Card (Yellow)

For more serious infringements of school rules or an accumulation of Warning Cards.
Penalty Incurred

  1. The requirement for the parent/guardian to sign the card on the day of issue.
  2. The student must attend a Detention session the day following the issue of the Card. During the Detention (half hour) the student must complete exercises that have been assigned by the teacher who issued the card.

Level 4- Report Card (Red)

For serious misconduct or an accumulation of Detention Cards.
Penalty Incurred

  1. The behaviour of a student is closely monitored for a period of five school days.
  2. The student must also attend daily Detention for the five day period.
  3. Should a student fail to comply with the requirements of the Report Card he/she will be suspended.

Level 5 – Suspension (Suspension Order)    Duration-determinate/ indeterminate

A Suspension will result:

  1. By the failure of a student who is on a Report Card to complete the requirements of the card.
  2. If a student commits an offence of such a serious nature that the only appropriate punishment is a Suspension period.

The main objective of this discipline procedure is to deter undesirable behaviour. However, should a punishment be necessary we hope that this clear and defined system will be the most effective and fairest method.

Thank you for your cooperation


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