SCHOOL RULES AND POLICIES
Secondary School Version - With Effect from August 15th, 2013
OVERVIEW: RULES AND EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS
Listed below are the school rules that all students in Year 7 to 13 are expected to follow at Korean International School [KIS]. Each student will be supplied with two copies of this document, one for their own record, and a second that must be returned to the school signed by the parent and student. The teachers and school administration will assume that all parties are aware of the rules and agree to follow them.
1. General Behaviour
a) Students should, at all times, in and out of school, act with consideration and courtesy towards others.
b) Behaviour in classrooms must be displayed in a way that promotes the learning of other students. Disruptive behaviour in class will not be tolerated.
Students who do not follow instructions by their classroom teachers can expect the following sequence of discipline:
c) Students must follow directions given by all teachers. During Physical Education and Science classes students should work sensibly and must not carry out actions that could endanger the safety of themselves or others. Students who violate this rule may be restricted from activities in future.
- a first warning by the teacher;
- a final warning by the teacher;
- a detention issued by the classroom teacher;
- a dismissal from class and being sent to the Principal.
d) Failure to meet the behaviour requirements is treated very seriously. Parents may be expected to attend a mandatory meeting where serious disciplinary action may be taken by the Principal.
a) Abuse – in any form – towards others 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, staff or students who bully or harass others will be dealt with promptly and seriously.
b) This also applies to the use of social media, for example Facebook: Students using the internet to communicate with other students must follow the same rules of conduct that apply while at school.
c) Parents are expected to report any instances of cyberbullying or other abuse of social media.
d) Students and parents must take particular note that the posting of inappropriate pictures or text of another student online in any form will be taken very seriously.
The language of communication in the International Section is in English and students are required to use this at all times. During class this rule is enforced by the teachers.
4. Reward System
Students have the opportunity to gain merits, achieve certificates and subject awards for excellence.
5. Absence Procedure
a) When a student is absent the General Office should be informed by telephone on 2569 5500 as soon as possible. A letter from the parents must be brought on the day they return to their Form Teacher after any period of absence with an explanation and evidence if available (e.g. a doctor’s note.)
b) Where parents know in advance that a student will be missing time from school, they should submit an absence request form to the Principal for her approval. Holidays within the school term time are generally discouraged.
6. Punctuality & Lateness
Punctuality must be observed at all times. Any student arriving after 8:30am must report to the General Office and sign in.
a) All students must be in regular attendance to be eligible for progression and or graduation. Regular attendance is defined as not being absent or late for more than 20% of the school days. A student cannot be late or absent for more than 37 days out of 184 school days regardless of the nature of the absence.
b) Absences include both those excused and unexcused. Regular attendance also is defined as not arriving regularly late to school or late for a subject class during the day.
c) Students who are at risk of not progressing or graduating will be informed and warned in writing. Parents and students should ask the General Office for their attendance data.
a) Students are expected to bring equipment and materials required for lessons e.g. exercise books, pens, pencils etc. All personal equipment must be clearly marked.
b) All library books and borrowed equipment remain school property on loan to students.
9. Mobile Phones and other Electronic Devices
a) All students are responsible for locking their mobile phones and all other electronic devices in their lockers during the full school day. Electronic devices include items such as MP3 players, handheld electronic gameplayers – PSPs and ipads.
b) 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.
c) KIS is not responsible for loss of property although we would take this seriously and assist fully in finding the lost property.
d) Students are discouraged from bringing expensive personal property or large sums of money to school.
If these items must be brought, they should be kept in lockers or entrusted to a member of staff for safe keeping.
10. Dress and Appearance
a) KIS has a school uniform that all students will be expected to purchase and wear. Uniform should be cleaned and maintained regularly. Students are encouraged to look smart and wear their uniform correctly.
b) Secondary students must wear plain black shoes.
c) Plain white undershirts only are permitted. Coloured undershirts or ones that display visible graphics on them are not acceptable as part of the uniform.
d) Hairstyles should be smart and tidy and not boldly coloured.
e) A single pair of plain stud earrings only may be worn by students.
f) Make-up should not be worn. This includes coloured nail polish.
g) All students should be conservatively dressed, as specified by the Principal and teachers. Students who are unsure of what is accepted should consult with the Principal before making any changes that may not be permitted. The school reserves the right to require students to have specified clothing or appearance. Students should not expect to attend school until a required change in clothing or appearance has been made.
a) The school places a high value on honesty and expects all students to be truthful.
b) Students found to be cheating, plagiarising or being untruthful will be dealt with seriously. Repeatedly dishonest actions will necessitate in serious disciplinary action.
c) Theft of school property or things belonging to other students is considered a serious violation of school rules.
12. Substance Abuse
a) Students are strictly prohibited from using alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs on school property or while on any school trips. The school has a zero tolerance for drugs: any student caught possessing or using drugs at school or away from school at any school event will be expelled from the school.
b) Students and parents should clearly note that the distribution or selling of illegal drugs to other students will be reported to the police.
c) If it is suspected a student is taking illegal substances, the school reserves the right to demand that the student undergo a drug test. Failure to agree to undergo a drug test will result in immediate suspension until the required test is taken. If the results of a test prove positive, it is school policy to immediately expel the student. Parents should understand that under such circumstances there will be no refund of school fees.
d) Students must not be in possession of cigarettes on school property. 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. Repeated violations will result in suspension.
a) The school has a zero tolerance stance on pornography – students found to be in possession of pornographic materials as hard copy or digital format will be suspended from the school immediately.
b) School computers must not be used to view or download pornographic material at any time. School computer use by students is carefully monitored by our staff.
c) Distributing pornography to students, who are minors, will be regarded as a criminal offence. The matter will be reported to the police and the student suspended.
a) All students at the school have the right to privacy. Students should not obtain personal information, for example, 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 steps to protect their privacy as well.
b) Parents should also take note that the school strictly follows the HK Government’s Privacy Ordinance. It dictates that 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 permit 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.
15. Damage to Property
a) All students are expected to take pride in maintaining a high standard of tidiness and cleanliness in and around the school premises.
b) They should show respect for the school buildings, property and equipment. Any vandalism will be treated as a serious offence and appropriate action be taken. Those who damage property will be expected to pay the current replacement costs of any school property. If the property of other students is damaged the same rule applies.
16. Demerit System
Teachers will use a demerit system to assist students in following school rules. As more demerits are accumulated, the student will face increasingly serious consequences including: verbal warning, detention and parental notification. The demerit system is for minor, repeated behavioural problems and more serious offences will be dealt with the Principal directly.
a) Break/Lunch Detentions: students will be given the opportunity to collect and eat their break or lunch meals/snacks.
b) Detentions after 3:00pm: students may be held up to 30 minutes on any day after school. Students may be detained for longer than 30 minutes but no later than 4:30pm, subject to 24 hours written notice which is given to students, and it is their responsibility to inform parents that they will be home late.
18. Mandatory Counselling
Parents should understand that the school reserves the right to require parents to obtain counselling for students. KIS currently provides counseling services. It maintains the right to suspend a student until it is assured the student is receiving the necessary help and is not a risk to others in the school, as determined by a trained professional.
No member of staff administers or supervises medication. Any student who needs to bring medicines to school must report to the Nurse providing a written explanation from their parents. The medicine for that day only, must be in an appropriate container as issued by the dispensing pharmacist and clearly labelled with the name of the medication, the student's name and form.
20. Streaming, Placement Levels and Options
a) The school rule is to place students in classes based on their past performance and the school’s evaluation of their ability.
b) All students are tested when entering the school to determine whether they need English as a Second Language or regular English classes.
c) The school reserves the right to determine the form or group the student is placed in. The final decision is that of the Principal and that decision is binding on parent and student.
d) Mathematics, English, Science, Social Studies and Mandarin in Year 7-11 will be offered at different levels. The school will use past performance and assessment to determine the placement level of each student. Based on subsequent performance, the placement level of a student may change though at the end of a term or year only.
e) Students in Year 10 to 13 are offered a choice of optional subjects. It must be understood that where student choice results in highly disproportionate numbers in classes, options may be changed or discontinued.
21. Progression and Graduation
a) Students and parents need to understand that progress in the school is based generally on academic results. Social progress alone is not accepted as a reason for advancement to the next year or for graduating from the school. Parents need to closely monitor the progress of their child and contact teachers when concerns arise.
b) 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 progresses unconditionally, progresses with conditions, failed but allowed to repeat the year in the school, or failed and not permitted to return to the school. Parents will be clearly informed about all decisions made by the committee and the Principal.
c) For progression to the next year group, generally, a student must pass the core subjects of Math, Science, English and Social. Passing is defined as a grade equal to or greater than 50% in a subject over the whole year. There are two terms in the school year and they are combined equally to determine the year grade in a subject. The distribution of marks by category within a subject will be clearly outlined in a course outline that each teacher gives the student at the beginning of the year.
d) For students of Year 13 to graduate, they must pass the year and meet all the conditions for graduation. Each of the students in Year 13 will be issued a transcript that outlines the subjects they passed at the school or transferred from other schools.
As a private institution, Korean International School maintains its right to determine which students are accepted and permitted to continue studying at the school. At the end of each term, the progress of every student will be reviewed and if a student has serious behaviour issues or has not made effort to improve after repeated warnings, the school reserves the right not to offer the student a place in the school. Where the special needs of a student cannot be provided by the school, the school also reserves the right to disallow the continuation of study.
23. Parent and Guardian Contact
Students must have a parent or guardian that can be contacted in the case of emergency or any other school-related problem. Please understand that students will not remain at the school or be offered future places in the school if there is no responsible adult that can be contacted for the student. If a problem should arise and the school cannot contact a parent or guardian, the student will be suspended until a responsible adult can meet to discuss and resolve the issues.
CONFIRMATION AND ACCEPTANCE
Please sign in the space below to indicate that you have read, understood and agree to follow all rules and accept the consequences for any violations. You should keep a copy of the rules for your reference and return the signed copy to the school. Students are not permitted to continue studying at the school unless these rules have been signed by parents and students.
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