SCHOOL RULES AND POLICIES
Primary School Version 2013/2014 - With Effect from August 21st 2013
OVERVIEW: RULES AND EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS
Listed below are the school rules that all primary students (Reception through Year 6) are expected to follow at the Korean International School [KIS]. These must be signed by a parent and returned to the school. Students and parents have the responsibility for knowing the rules and should ask for clarification where necessary. With the signature of the parent, the teachers and school administration will assume that parents and students know the rules and, most importantly, agree to follow them. It is the responsibility of parents and students to regularly browse the school website where revisions to the rules will be made and printed in red text. so that they are informed.
All students must be in regular attendance to be eligible for promotion and or graduation. Regular attendance is defined as not being absent more than 10 school days. Records will be kept on absences and lates and parents should feel free to ask the school secretary for the attendance status for their child.
On a day that the student is absent, parents are expected to contact the school secretary Ms. Margaret Sin on 2569 5500 to inform her that the student will be absent and to give a reason for the absence. This should be followed by a written note that is signed by the parent and brought to the homeroom teacher the next day the student returns to school.
In the case where parents know beforehand that a student will be missing time from school, a form requesting a leave of absence should be obtained from the school secretary, completed, and then passed to the Principal for his approval and information. Travel plans should not be made until approval is granted.
2.0 PROMOTION AND GRADUATION
Students and parents need to understand that KIS bases progress in the school generally on academic results and that social promotion alone is not accepted as a reason for moving to the next grade or for graduating from the school.
Parents need to closely monitor the progress of the student and should feel free to contact teachers when they are worried or unclear about the progress of a student. At the end of each school year, teachers of a student will form an evaluation committee which will recommend to the Principal whether the student is promoted unconditionally, promoted with conditions, failed but allowed to repeat the grade in the school, or failed and not allowed to return to the school. Parents will be clearly informed about all decisions made by the committee and the Principal.
3.0 EXTERNAL EXAMINATIONS
If a course has an external examination linked to it – which occurs with courses in Years 6, 9, 11 and 12, students are required to write that examination. The school will clearly inform parents of all the costs of the exam, its supervision and its forwarding to the examining body and parents will be required to meet those expenses. Failure to write the examination in such a course will result in no final term or year grade being entered for the course and a possible consequence of not receiving a final grade may be that the student is not promoted to the next grade or does not graduate from the school. To be absolutely clear about this rule: all students in a class that has an external examination linked to it must write the exam and parents should budget to be able to meet the expenses of the exam and its administration in the school.
The language of communication in the International Section is English and students are required to use this at all times. During class, this rule is enforced by the teachers.
5.0 DRESS POLICY
KIS has a school uniform that all students will be expected to purchase and wear according to the season. All primary students should wear black shoes. For PE and sports day students should wear the school PE kit with white trainers. On the day students have PE; they should attend school wearing their regular uniform and change for the PE lesson. However, if the PE lesson takes place before the morning recess the students may come to school dressed for the lesson and then change into their regular uniform after the lesson. Please note that Reception to Year 2 are not required to change, they may come to school dressed for PE and stay in their PE kit.
6.0 STUDENT BEHAVIOR
Students are expected to treat everyone with courtesy and respect
Students at KIS pay fees and thus have the right to expect to be able to hear the teacher and other classmates who are participating in the lesson. Students must behave in classrooms in a way that promotes the learning of other students. This means that there should be no disruptive behaviour in the classroom.
Abuse towards others, in any form will not be tolerated in the school. Any form of communication that insults another student personally or as a member of a minority will not be tolerated in the school. In particular, students who bully others will be dealt with promptly and seriously. This applies to the use of social media like Facebook: KIS students using the internet to communicate with other KIS students must follow the same rules of conduct that apply while at school. Parents are expected to report any instances of cyber bullying or other abuse of social media.
Students who do not follow clear and realistic instructions by their classroom teachers can expect the following sequence of discipline:
Parents can expect to be involved at any time during this process.
- a first warning by the Teacher
- a final warning by the Teacher
- a detention issued by the Homeroom Teacher
- a meeting with the Assistant Principal
- a final meeting with the Principal
Students taking Physical Education and Science classes especially should be very careful in what they do and should never do anything that puts the safety of themselves or others at risk. Students who violate this rule may be restricted from activities where they can endanger the health of others.
Students are expected to show respect for the school building, school property, materials and the belongings of others.
Students should take careful note that they will be expected to pay the current replacement costs of any school property that they damage. If the property of other students is damaged the same policy applies.
KIS places a high value on honesty and expects all students to be truthful. Students found to be cheating, plagiarizing or being untruthful will be dealt with seriously, and students found to be repeatedly dishonest will find that serious disciplinary action will be taken. Theft of school property or things belonging to other students is considered a serious violation of school rules.
Students are discouraged from bringing expensive personal property or large sums of money to school.
There is a risk that such property may be stolen. Though all cases of theft will be investigated thoroughly, parents need to understand the school will not be held responsible for any loss that occurs on school property or during school activities held away from school, like trips for example. Students will be held responsible for their own property.
Students at the school have the right to privacy.
This means that students should not try to obtain personal information like phone numbers, grades and other information without the consent of the other person. Photos and other recordings should not be taken without the consent of the person involved. Students should take care to protect their privacy as well.
Parents should also take note that KIS strictly follows the Privacy Ordinance that the Hong Kong Government has put in place and for that reason, the school will not release the personal data of one parent or student to another parent or student. To prevent violations of the Privacy Ordinance the school will not allow the creation of internet groups of students or parents where personal information can be available. School clients (i.e., parents and students) must go through the teacher or principal when communicating with other school clients.
Students and parents should also understand that the distribution of pornography to students who are minors will be regarded as a potentially criminal offence and as well as suspension, the matter will be reported to the police.
Also, school computers should not be used to view or download pornographic material at any time. School computer use by students is carefully monitored by our staff. Personal computers brought to school will be regarded as needing to meet the same policy on pornography as school computers.
7.0 SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Students at KIS are strictly prohibited from using alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs on school property or while on any school trips. KIS has a zero tolerance for drugs: This means that any student caught possessing or using drugs at school or away from school at any school event will be expelled from the school.
Students and parents should clearly note that the distribution or selling of illegal drugs to other students will be regarded as a very serious matter and will be reported to the police.
In the event that the school suspects a student is taking illegal substances, the school reserves the right to demand that the student undergo a drug test with a school-designated doctor. Failure to agree to undergo a drug test will result in immediate suspension until such time as the required test is taken. Should the results of a test prove positive it is school policy to immediately expel the student. Parents/Guardians should understand that under such circumstances there will be no refund of school fees.
Students are not allowed to be in possession of cigarettes on school property and the school reserves the right to search a student and/or his belongings to determine if cigarettes are being brought into the school by the student. Cigarettes that are found will be confiscated and destroyed. A record will be kept of students violating this rule and repeated violations will result in suspension.
8.0 MOBILE PHONES AND OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES
All students are responsible for locking their phones and all other electronic devices in their lockers during the full school day. Electronic devices include items such as MP3 players, handheld electronic game players – PSPs and iPads.
Parents and students should understand that failing to follow this rule will result in confiscation of the mobile phone or electronic device by the teacher. These items will be kept in the Principal’s office and can be collected no earlier than 3:00pm.
9.0 PARENTS AND GUARDIANS
All students at the school must have a parent or guardian that can be contacted in the case of emergency or any other school-related problem. Please clearly understand that students will not be kept at the school nor would they be offered future places in the school if there is no responsible adult that can be contacted for the student. Students and parents must clearly understand that if a problem should arise and the school cannot contact a parent or guardian, the student will be suspended until such time as a responsible adult can come into school to discuss and resolve the problem.
10.0 MANDATORY COUNSELLING
Parents should clearly understand that the school reserves the right to require parents to obtain counselling for students with serious behavioural or learning problems. Korean International School does currently provide such services and parents of these students should understand that the school maintains the right to suspend a student until it is assured that the student is receiving the necessary help and – as determined by a trained professional – is not a risk to others in the school.
The school will make every attempt to provide for the special needs of an individual student where this can be done without seriously compromising the needs of the class as a whole. Parents need to clearly understand that students who have serious special needs for which the school does not have the trained staff may not be offered future placement in the school. As a small school KIS has limited resources and can generally provide mainstream resources only.
11.0 DISCONTINUATION OF STUDIES
As a private institution, Korean International School maintains its right to determine which students are accepted and, of those who have been accepted, which are allowed to continue studying at the school. When the school identifies a student that should not continue, unless there has been very serious misbehaviour requiring immediate action, the normal process will be to issue a warning to the student and his parent(s) and if the problem continues to put the student on probation. A letter will be issued to parents informing them of the warning and the probationary letter will be presented and explained to the parent in an interview with the Principal. Should there still be no improvement in the student a final warning of last chance will be issued as a letter also during an interview with the Principal and subsequent to that the student will be discontinued. Parents should understand fully that KIS is not a public school and that as a private school we are well within our rights to discontinue students who misbehave in spite of the disciplinary sequence of actions outlined here.
In the case where the special needs of a student cannot be provided by the school, the school also reserves the right to discontinue the student. If a needed special service cannot be provided it is school policy to state this openly and not to allow the student to continue at the school.
12.0 FUTURE RULE REVISION
Periodically rules may need to be revised to deal with unanticipated situations and such revisions to the rules that are made to this document will be made to the copy that is posted on the school webpage. The revision will appear in red text and the first page of the rules will have the date of the last revision stated in red text as well. It is important that parents be informed that it is their responsibility to regularly browse the school website for such changes as when such revisions are made and uploaded to the webpage, the school will assume that the parent has been informed and act accordingly.
CONFIRMATION AND ACCEPTANCE
Please sign in the space below to indicate that you have read, understood and agree to follow all rules and policies and accept the consequences for any violations. You should keep a copy of the rules and policies for your reference and return the signed copy to the school.
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