Kaumeya Language School is committed to maintaining high standards of education for students in the school. Because the school believes that order and discipline are essential to being educated effectively, the school is also committed to creating and maintaining high behavioral standards and expectations. An orderly educational environment requires that everyone in the school play a role in contributing to an effective environment. It also requires the development and implementation of a code of discipline that clearly defines individual responsibilities and provides appropriate disciplinary options and responses. The school believes that order and discipline must be a shared responsibility between school and home. Finally it is our belief that, to be effective, such a code must;
Identify, recognize and emphasize acceptable behavior;
Identify, recognize and prevent unacceptable behavior;
Consider the welfare of the individual as well as that of the school as a whole;
Promote a close working relationship between parents / guardians and the school staff;
Distinguish between minor and serious offenses as well as between first time and
Outline procedures to ensure that it is fair, firm, reasonable, and consistent.
The school’s primary concern in establishing a code of discipline is to enable our young people to become responsible, respectful, and caring citizens within the school and community settings that give him/her the knowledge, skills and abilities that enable each student to make informed, responsible choices. The school is responsible for ensuring that essential regulations are established and adequate discipline is maintained in the operation of the school to effectively promote safety, as well as the social and educational growth of the students. The parent/ guardian is expected to assume primary responsibility for control of his or her child. The parent/ guardian may be called upon to actively cooperate with the school in providing the necessary structure to promote his or her child’s educational growth. To this end, the school will encourage a high degree of parent-school communication.
Rights of students
Education in a free society demands that students be aware of their rights and learn to exercise their responsibility. To this end, students have a right;
To be provided with an education that is intellectually challenging and relevant to demands of the 21st century;
To learn in an environment free from interruption, harassment, discrimination, intimidation and fear;
To participate in activities on an equal basis;
To be informed of all school rules;
To be guided by a discipline policy which is fairly and consistently implemented.
Responsibilities of students
Students attend school so that they may develop to their fullest potential. With this in mind, each student is expected:
To accept responsibility for his/ her actions;
To respect the rights of others, including his / her right to secure an education in an environment that is orderly and disciplined;
To attend school on a regular and punctual basis;
To complete class assignments and other school responsibilities by established deadlines;
To show evidence of appropriate progress towards meeting education requirements;
To respect school property (e.g. Desks) and help to keep it free from damage;
To obey school regulations and rules made by school authorities and by the student governing body;
To recognize that teachers assume the role of a surrogate parent in matters of behavior and discipline when at school, as well as during any school – sponsored activities;
To contribute towards establishing and maintaining an atmosphere that generates mutual respect and dignity for all;
To become familiar with this code and seek interpretation of parts not understood;
To actively discourage in appropriate behavior of other students (including bullying but not limited to) and report the incidents to the administration.
The role of parents
A cooperative relationship between home and school is essential to each student’s successful development and achievements. To achieve this wholesome relationship, parents are urged;
To show enthusiastic and supportive attitude towards school and education;
To build a working relationship between themselves and their child;
To teach their child self-respect, respect for the law, respect for others and for public property;
To insist on prompt and regular attendance;
To insist on prompt and regular attendance;
To listen to the views and observations of all parties concerned;
To recognize that teachers merit the same consideration and respect that parents expect from their child;
To encourage their child to take pride in his/her appearance;
To insist that their child promptly brings home all communication from school;
To cooperate with the school in jointly resolving any school – related problems;
To set realistic standards of behavior for their child and resolve to remain firm and consistent;
To help their child learn to deal effectively with negative peer pressure;
To provide a place conductive for study and completion of homework assignments;
To demonstrate desirable standards of behavior through personal example;
To foster a feeling of pride in their child for their school;
To provide support and positive reinforcement to their child.
Parents should be aware that they are responsible for any financial obligations incurred by their child in school. This includes lost books, damage to property, etc.
the role of school personnel:
School personnel play an important role in the education of students. In view of this responsibility school personnel must:
Promote a climate of mutual respect and dignity which will strengthen each student’s positive self- image;
Teach the common courtesies by percept and example;
Treat students in an ethical and responsible manner;
Help students to reach their maximum potential;
Demonstrate desirable standards of behavior through personal example;
Report violations of code of conduct to the principal
Immediately report and refer violent students to the principal
The role of teachers:
Every teacher knows that she/he works everyday with Egypt’s most precious
commodity- the future generation. In view of this responsibility, the teacher must;
Promote a climate of mutual respect and dignity which will strengthen each student’s
positive self image;
Plan and conduct a product of instruction that will make learning challenging and stimulating;
Recognize that some disciplinary problems are caused by a student’s personal and academic frustrations;
Utilize classroom routines which contribute to the total instructional program and to the student’s development of civic responsibility;
Seek to develop close cooperative relationships with parents for the educational benefit of the student;
Distinguish between minor student misconduct best handled by the teacher and major problems requiring the assistance of the administration;
Teach the common courtesies by precept and example;
Handle individual infractions privately and avoid punishing the group for the misbehavior of one or two;
Help students cope with negative peer pressure;
Identify changing student behavior pattern and notify the appropriate personnel;
Enable students to discuss their problems with them;
Send communications home promptly;
Report to the Principle any student who jeopardizes his/her own safety, the safety of others or of the teacher, or who seriously interferes with the instructional program of the classroom;
Treat students in an ethical and responsible manner;
Help students reach their maximum potential;
Explain and interpret the discipline code to students;
Enforce the code in all areas of the school;
Demonstrate desirable standards of behavior through personal example;
In the event of removal from class, inform the student and the Principal of the reason for removal;
Immediately report and refer violent students to the Principal.
Parents should be aware that they are responsible for any financial obligations
incurred by their child in school. This includes lost books, damage to property, etc.
The Role Of Building Administrators:
As the educational leaders of the school, the Principal and his/her assistant(s) set the disciplinary climate for the school, not only for the students, but for the staff as well.
Therefore, they must:
Seek to develop a sound and healthful atmosphere of mutual respect;
Evaluate the program of instruction in their school to achieve a meaningful educational program;
Help their staff self-evaluate their procedures and attitudes in relation to interaction within their classrooms;
Develop procedures which reduce the likelihood of student misconduct;
Provide the opportunity for students and staff to approach the Principal directly for redress of grievances;
Work with students and staff to formulate school regulations;
Assist staff members to resolve problems which may occur;
Work closely with parents to establish a wholesome relationship between home and school;
Utilize all appropriate support staff to help parents and students identify problems and seek solutions;
Establish necessary building security;
Ensure that students are provided with fair, reasonable, and consistent discipline;
Demonstrate desirable standards of behavior through personal example.
Conduct Of Visitors:
In an effort to maintain a safe and healthy educational environment, all visitors to the school must sign-in at the secretary’s office. Visitors should be prepared to show picture ID if asked. Any visitor to the building must have a clear educational purpose and must confine their visit to the area for which they have approval. Visitors are expected to comport themselves in a manner that does not disrupt the academic process and in accordance with this code of conduct. Visitors are not allowed in the classrooms during the school day. If she/he needs to meet with class teachers, she/he has to make an appointment with the school secretary.
Leaving School Grounds Without Permission:
Upon arrival at school, students may NOT leave the school grounds during the day under any circumstances without prior administrative authorization.
High School Disciplinary Measures:
Warnings (oral or written)
Lunch detention or loss of part of recess period or temporary removal from classroom to alternative setting.
Lunch detention or loss of all recess for one or more days or temporary removal from classroom to alternative setting.
Suspension from school for up to five school days.
Suspension from school in excess of five school days.
Permanent suspension (expulsion)
High School Code Of Conduct Violations With Penalty References
(Number refer to the elementary discipline measures):
Acts which disrupt instruction (1,2,3,4)
Repeated or serious acts that interfere with the teacher’s authority in class (4,5)
Using foul language and / or indecent gestures (1,2,3,4)
Failure to follow school rules and staff directions (1,2,3)
Dress or grooming which is not appropriate as describe in this code (1,2)
Cheating in any activity(1,2,3,4,5)
Using foul language and/or gestures which provokes a fight
(2, 3, 4)
Choosing not to obey the directions of school staff ( insubordination), including directives not to engage in poor conduct as described in this code (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5)
Fighting between students where no dangerous instruments are involved and no person is injured in the event (2, 3, and 4)
Fighting between students where harm is caused to one or more of the students present (3, 4, 5, and 6)
Any violent act against a teacher or other staff members, as described in this code (4, 5, 6)
Any violent act against another as described in this code (4, 5, and 6)
Possession and/or use of fireworks on school property or at school function (4, 5, and 6)
Intentional destruction of school property (3, 4, 5, 6)
Theft of school property (4, 5, 6)
Possession or use of beepers, mobile phones, lighters, light or laser pointers or any electronic devices during the school day ( confiscation 2,3)
Eating or drinking outside of lunch periods (1, 2, 3)
Leaving school grounds without permission (3, 4)
Theft of personal property (2, 3, 4, 5)
Bullying (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Possession of illegal drugs to be such drugs or alcohols, at School or while attending school function (4, 5&6)
Sale or distribution of illegal drugs, alcohol or counterfeit, dangerous drugs, counterfeit drugs or alcohols or substance which the individual believes or represents to be such drugs or alcohols at school or while at school functions (4,5&6)
Possession of dangerous or deadly weapons on school property
Possession and/ or use of fireworks on school property or at school property or at school function (4, 5&6)
Gambling (3, 4)
Lewd behavior (3, 4, 5)
Plagiarism (3, 4)
Public displays of affection beyond hand holding (1, 2, and 3)
Suspension From Transportation Service:
Every attempt is made to ensure that the child is moved quickly and safely to and from school. Therefore the parent/guardian is urged to assist the school in speeding up the service the school provides by ensuring that the child is waiting for the bus at the agreed upon place and time, and is collected punctually. Bus supervisors will NOT enter building to collect children from their homes.
Children are expected to behave in an appropriate manner to ensure the safety of all passengers on the bus. Children who repeatedly endanger the safety of all of the passengers on the bus WILL NOT be allowed to ride the bus.
Children on the school bus WILL NOT be allowed to
travel home by any other means except with a prior written
letter from the parent/guardian to notify the school,
as this matter delays the busses and causes a lot of confusion.
Honor Code Violations:
A healthy learning environment can exist only if a commitment is made by all to live in the most ethical way possible. Those who refuse to make this commitment hurt not only themselves but also those in the entire school community.
A student with an unauthorized absence from school is considered truant and insubordinate.
First referral- any child arriving to school late will not be allowed to attend the first lesson.
Second referral- after three days of absence/tardy (i.e., three in a ten week period) a letter will be sent to the parent with a copy placed in the student’s cumulative file and a doctor’s medical certificate will be required upon return to school.
Third referral – after ten days of absence/ tardy,
a parent conference will be made. A follow up letter
will be sent to the parent and a copy placed in the cumulative file.
Vandalism is the intentional damage to the property of the school or of any other person, which results in the cleaning, repair or replacement of the property.
The following are example of vandalism:
Defacing of walls, desks, furniture, books or other school equipment and materials.
Damage to floor, walls, ceiling, doors, windows and bulletin.
Insubordination occurs when a student willfully disregards a reasonable directive issued by a staff member.
The following are examples of insubordination:
Refusal to give his/her name upon request.
Refusal to follow directives from teachers and/or administrators.
Refusal to report to an administrator upon directive.
Disciplinary measures: one-day restriction and
a parent conference to a five day suspension.
Depending on the severity and repetition of insubordinate acts.
Bullying is physical or psychological harassment of one student/teacher by another student. Bullying shall be deemed to have occurred when specific student is the subject, over periods of short or longer duration, of targeted negative actions including threats, harassments or intimidation by another person, physically, verbally or in writing. Bullying is an act of intimidation intended to achieve forced compliance and may include engaging in action or statements that put an individual in fear of bodily harm. Bullying is a very serious matter and those who engage in such conduct will be subject to discipline to the fullest extent of this code of conduct.
Theft is the intentional stealing of the property of others. Disciplinary measures will include parent/administrative conference and long term suspension.
Disruptive Noise/Disruptive Objects/Distracting Items:
Disruptive noise is any noise that is excessive, intolerable or interferes with the learning experiences of others. Radios, tape players, electronic devices including games, light or laser pointers, cameras and video cameras, except as specifically authorized, as well as other non-curricular items used for play and/or entertainment during the school day. These items may be confiscated for the day. The school is not responsible for the safety of the confiscated items. Confiscated property may be returned only to parents, or to students following a phone call or letter from the parent/ guardian to the administrator. If a student is observed having a mobile phone during the school day or if a student is actually using a mobile phone during the school day, it will be confiscated. Use of mobiles in any manner during examinations will result in the student’s exam being immediately invalidated and the additional potential of no credit awarded for the assessed work. Disciplinary measures: detention and suspension.
Unauthorized Sale Of Merchandize On School Grounds:
The unauthorized sale of any merchandise (including candy) to other students is not permitted on school grounds or on buses. Disciplinary measures will include: warning, parent conference, detention and suspension. Unauthorized merchandise will be confiscated by the administration.
Distribution Of Written Materials On School Grounds:
Prior to its distribution on school grounds, written material must first be presented to the head teacher for approval. Disciplinary measures will include warning and parent conference.
Possession And Use Of Tobacco Products:
Smoking or the use of tobacco-related products by students in the school building, on school property or at school activities and the possession pf tobacco product is prohibited.
Disciplinary measures for possession of tobacco-related products may include a one day suspension.
Disciplinary measures for smoking on campus- outside: may include a two day external suspension.
Disciplinary measures for smoking on campus-inside the building
First offense- may include a three day external suspension.
Second offense-may include a four day suspension.
Additional offenses- may include a five day external suspension.
A grade of zero will be given to any student who gives or receives information on any form of a test or quiz. Any person falsifying a grade or a test or related material, with goal of increasing that grade shall take the penalty of cheating.
Discarding things such as paper, chewing gum, lunch bags, food, etc. in the hallways, classrooms and other areas, both inside and outside the building, school buses, is prohibited. Disciplinary measures will range from an appropriate clean up assignment to loss of break for a period of time.
Plagiarism is defined as the act of stealing and passing off as one’s own the ideas or words of another, or using a created production without giving credit to the source. Any student who plagiarizes will receive a zero on the plagiarized work.
Abuse Of Library Services
Textbooks are provided to students for all classes. Students may check out books. Library books are loaned at no cost. Because it is very expensive to bring books to Egypt, students are charged the replacement fee for lost or damaged library materials or text books. The replacement cost is the price of the item plus 30% shipping, customs and processing.
Abuse Of Computer And Internet Use:
The following prohibited use of school-owned computer drives, network facilities and internet links may give rise to disciplinary action against users of such equipment and/or facilities:
E-mail originating from the school premises or received at the school premises that a student user creates that:
Is lewd, vulgar, obscene, indecent or inappropriate for student recipient of certain ages;
Conveys an imminent threat of violence including sexual violence, to a specific individual or individuals;
Computer and / or internet use that is not school related or is unauthorized.
Misuse of hardware.
Disciplinary measures: warning, detention and suspension of computer privileges.
Contraband/Weapons/Dangerous Instruments/Nuisance Devices::
Students shall not possess on themselves, in their desks, or on school property dangerous and/or illegal items that will include, but not limited to the following:
Weapons/dangerous instruments such as pen-knife, or knife of any kind, cane sword, metal knuckles, light or laser pointers, pepper spray, box cutter, slingshot, razor, imitation handgun.
Tobacco products, lighters, or matches.
Fireworks of any kind.
Any item which to be illegal
by the penal law of the country.
Any item which a member of the
staff may consider dangerous.
warning, detention, suspension for five days and permanent suspension.