Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct
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applicable to all Students of the Deutsche Internationale Schule Kapstadt (“DSK”)

The School should – according to its Mission Statement – “promote ethical behaviour, independent thought and mutual respect”, and “encourage our students to become critical and independent adults, who are capable of accepting responsibility for themselves and others and thus of making a worthwhile contribution towards an integrated society.”
This code contributes to a partnership between the DSK, the legal guardians and the students.

This code is applicable whilst students are on the school's premises, at school functions or similar occasions. It is also applicable to students in the public domain where they are identifiable as DSK students.

For “Regulations for Religious and Cultural Tolerance at the DSK” see attachment 3.

1. Expected behaviour from students

1.1 General behaviour
We expect our students to:
- at all times conduct themselves in a dignified manner, respecting teachers, fellow students and all members of the school community and set a positive example for others
- be courteous and well-mannered
- not disrupt the school routine
- not bring the school into disrepute
- greet teachers and visitors
- always be punctual
- refrain from unruly behaviour and rough play
- not use foul language
- not chew gum
- adhere to the dress code on the school grounds and on excursions
- adhere to the school, computer and sports disciplinary codes
- not crib or cheat in tests, examinations or other schoolwork.

1.2 House rules
1.2.1 School building
Running and shouting are not allowed in the school building.

1.2.2 Breaks
During the longer breaks (10 minutes and longer) all students must leave their classrooms and stay on their designated playgrounds. After announcement because of rain they have to stay inside the school building. The rooms stay locked, unless there is a teacher inside the room.

Students may only use the door to leave the classroom. For security reasons, windows and windowsills may not be used as seats.
Likewise, climbing trees, sliding down and playing on the slopes, and climbing through or over the fence are forbidden.

The students may only use the following playground areas:
Grades 1 – 4: Primary school playground, jungle gym at sports ground, and Soccer Cages in inner yard D block (see special regulations)
Grades 5 – 6: Jungle gym, Bolzplatz, and Soccer Cages in inner yard D block (see special regulations)
Grades 7 – 8: Bolzplatz
Grade 8 - 9: Amphitheatre main building, Inner yard in front of H-Block, basket ball basket at upper tarred area in front of Von Holten Hall
Grades 10 – 12: Upper tarred area in front of Von Holten Hall and Amphitheatre Library Building (and alternatively amphitheatre main building), as well as Von Holten Hall (only during lunch break)

On the sports ground and Bolzplatz pupils may play ball if a supervising teacher is present and the pupils behave in a considerate manner. On the primary school play ground, near the jungle gym, and at the jungle gym at sports ground only play with soft balls is allowed.

1.2.3 Leaving the school grounds
The school grounds may strictly not be left during school hours or breaks. School Management will deal with exceptional cases individually.

1.2.4 Rubbish disposal
Rubbish must be placed in the available containers.
Students may be requested to participate in rubbish disposal actions.

1.2.5 Sick room
The sick room is only available to serious cases of illness and may only be opened by the responsible person. After a lesson the student should return to class or be fetched from school.

1.3 Electronic devices and cell phones
See attachment 1

2. Undesirable behaviour of students:

2.1 Lack of respect
A vital aspect of the DSK mission statement is the principle of mutual respect. For this reason we do not tolerate any

- insults and name calling/ verbal abuse
- intimidation or victimization
- mobbing or bullying
- religious discrimination
- racism

2.2 Absence without an excuse
Absence from school or a lesson without permission is unacceptable.
The procedure of excusing in case of illness or leave of absence is regulated separately.

2.3 Dishonesty / Fraud
No form of dishonesty will be tolerated.

2.4 Vandalism
This includes the defacing and damaging of school and/or private property. All damage caused by vandalism will be to the account of the perpetrator.

2.5 Theft
Theft is a criminal offence and can be filed with the police. Any student found to be involved in, or an accomplice to, an act of theft, will be severely disciplined.
See also attachment 2

2.6 Pornography

It is prohibited for students to access pornographic material or be in possession of such material.
See also attachment 2

2.7 Alcohol and smoking

It is prohibited for students to smoke or to drink alcohol, either on the school premises or at any occasion where they are identifiable as students of the DSK.
See also attachment 2

2.8 Drugs
It is forbidden for students to be associated with drugs in any way. Possession of and dealing with drugs may lead to criminal prosecution.
See also attachment 2

2.9 Violence and dangerous objects
Fighting or bodily assault will not be tolerated and will be punished. It is a punishable offence for students to be in possession of any kind of weapons or dangerous objects, or to bring such objects onto the school grounds or any kind of school event.
See also attachment 2

Consequences arising from a transgression of this code

3. Educational measures
3.1 Discipline in the school
When conflicts arise among students or between students and teachers, either in or outside the classroom, they should lead to discussions on the causes of the conflict and on appropriate responses aimed at resolving them. The most effective methods involve encouragement and praise, as well as face-to-face or small-group discussions. If necessary, a guidance teacher or school psychologist may be called upon to assist. Parents are to be involved at the earliest possible stage.

Insulting, cynical or demeaning statements and responses as well as collective and corporal punishment are inappropriate and to be avoided.

3.2 Educational methods
Should a student's behaviour present an obstacle to the teaching and educational process, the teacher may resort to the disciplinary measures he/she deems appropriate to induce the student to remedy his/her behaviour. The following educational measures can be implemented by the individual teacher:

3.2.1 Verbal warning

3.2.2 Expulsion from the classroom
The teacher may temporarily send a student from the classroom if he continues to disrupt the class after having been warned. This measure should only be taken in exceptional cases and only after all other measures for restoring order in the classroom have been exhausted. The teacher continues to be responsible for the supervision of the student.

3.2.3 Phone call to parents / Discussion with parents

3.2.4 Written warning
The written warning is a formal letter of notification on the pre-printed form, which is sent to the parents. The signed notification remains in the student's file.

3.2.5 Catching up on incomplete work

3.2.6 Additional homework
This should have an educational function and the additional work should not exceed acceptable workload limits.

3.2.7 Extra period under supervision (detention)
After informing the parents, a student may be required to attend extra periods outside the normal timetable, e.g. in the case of repeated failure to complete work. If this exceeds two periods, the principal’s consent has to be sought.

3.2.8 Reparation of damage
Any reparation must fit the misdemeanour and must be realistic in terms of the student's resources and abilities. The school's right to claim compensation from parents remains unaffected.

3.2.9 Performance of specified tasks
These tasks should be related to the misdemeanour or be social service to the community. The principles applying to reparation also apply here.

3.2.10 Exclusion from extra-curricular activities
The student may be excluded for up to half a year from extra-curricular activities. The decision about the length of the exclusion will be taken in conjunction with the relevant extra-curricular teacher.

4. Corrective measures

4.1 General
The corrective measures are to be distinguished from the disciplinary measures. They are to be implemented when a student is guilty of gross or repeated neglect of his/her responsibilities, particularly when showing undesirable behavioural traits in relation to point 2.

As a rule the corrective measures are implemented successively; in severe cases one or more measures can be skipped.

4.2 Stages of the corrective measures
1. = Written reprimand
2. = Exclusion from school events
3. = Warning of exclusion from class for up to 10 days
4. = Exclusion from class for up to 10 days
5. = Warning of expulsion from the school
6. = Expulsion from the school

Additional to 1: The written reprimand is an individually formulated letter which is sent to the parents. A copy of the reprimand remains in the student’s file.
Additional to 4: Any tests written during the period of exclusion will be evaluated as 0%. The student will receive work for this period. Any work that has been missed must be caught up by the student himself.
Additional to 3 and 5: The duration of the warning will be determined in each case individually.

4.3 Implementation of the corrective measures
Corrective measures are proposed to the deputy principal. In consultation with the class teacher, and depending on the severity of the violation, he decides who will deal with the case.

- Class teacher: He/She deals with measure 1.

- Class conference: comprises all subject teachers of the class. They may implement measures 1 to 3. In the primary school the primary head chairs the conference, for Unter-, Mittel-, or Oberstufe the respective grade head.

- Disciplinary committee: comprises the deputy principal, the grade head, the class teacher, and one student relation teacher. This committee can implement measures 1 to 5. The parents of the student are notified at least three days before the conference. The student and his parents may be invited to attend the hearing. The deputy principal chairs the committee meeting.

- Full teachers' conference: comprises all teachers of the school together with the chairperson of the School Management Board or a representative of his choice. This conference may implement measures 1 to 6. The student's parents are notified at least one week before the conference and are invited to attend the hearing with their child. The principal chairs the conference.

The results of the relevant discussion must be minuted and entered into the student's file. The final decision will be sent to the parents together with reasons and the signature of the respective chairperson.

4.4 Right of appeal
In the case of disciplinary measure 6, the right exists to contest the decision. The written appeal, containing reasons pointing out mistakes in the substance of the decision or the procedure, must be received by the principal within 48 hours after the announcement of the decision.
The School Management Board chooses a person from the Board, who will decide on the appeal.

4.5 Immediate action by the principal
The principal retains the right as householder to expel a student from the school grounds. In severe cases, if there is danger to the school community, or if evidence might be compromised, the principal may suspend a student with immediate effect. The case will then be investigated immediately.
In cases of drug abuse, the “Guidelines on drug abuse and prevention” (attachment 4) will apply.

5. List of measures
The following measures relate to specific misdemeanours. They are intended to provide teachers with guidelines to ensure educationally equal treatment of all students. Each teacher or conference is to act in accordance with their own sense of pedagogical responsibility, taking account of the specific case at hand. These measures are listed in order of severity, so that repeated misdemeanours can be treated with increased severity. Individual stages can be skipped or combined if the degree of the misdemeanour requires it.

5.1 Repeated violation of the dress code
- Corrective measures 1 to 6
- The school reserves the right to not allow learners to remain on the premises unless proper school dress is worn.

5.2 Gross lack of respect / intimidation / mobbing / intolerance / racism / bodily harm
- Homework /essay
- Corrective measures 1 to 6

5.3 Truancy (for legal and insurance reasons, truancy, where the student leaves the school grounds, is treated with severity)
- Written reprimand and detention with specific exercise(s)
- Corrective measures 1 to 6

5.4 Attempted dishonesty and other forms of dishonesty and fraud
- Work marked 0%
- Corrective measures 1 to 6

5.5 Wilful damage to another person's property or theft
- Repair/Payment of the damage
- Corrective measures 1 to 6

5.6 Possession of pornography / drugs / alcohol / weapons and dangerous objects
- Homework/essay
- Corrective measures 1 to 6

Cape Town, 20 August 2014
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