School Policies

In order to create a positive learning environment for your child, we have instituted a number of policies governing dress, behaviour, cellphone use bullying.

Code of Conduct

With the code of Conduct for learners we aim to promote orderly and effective teaching and also guide the learner towards the development / acquisition of self-discipline.

  • The aim is to establish a disciplined school environment, committed to the improvement and maintenance of the quality of learning.
  • The code of conduct has been approved by the Governing Body and has been discussed with the learners.
  • Learners wearing the incorrect school uniform and without an ID card and school diary may be asked to leave the school premises.
  • Repeated offence of the code of conduct can lead to a disciplinary hearing.
CODE OF CONDUCT

All learners are bound and will adhere to the code of conduct as set out below:

  • Article 1
    I shall abide by all the school rules as laid out in the school prospectus.
  • Article 2
    I shall be neat and presentable and it will be my endeavour to maintain the honour of the school at all times.
  • Article 3
    I shall endeavour always to be loyal, helpful, honest, reliable, sincere, humble and gracious in my conduct.
  • Article 4
    I shall never deny the right of my fellow learners to an effective learning environment by my manner of conduct.
  • Article 5
    I shall contribute to the expansion of the school’s cultural and sporting programmes and will conduct myself in an exemplary manner when doing so.
  • Article 6
    I shall contribute to the maintenance and refinement of the school’s traditions.
  • Article 7
    I shall apply myself diligently to my studies and endeavour to promote a culture of learning in the class.

SCHOOL RULES

SCHOOL UNIFORM AND PERSONAL APPEARANCE

All learners are expected to be in full uniform as from the first day of school. School identity and school loyalty is vital. Parents are asked to assist the school to achieve these qualities by seeing to it that learners observe these regulations.

  • Learners and their clothing must be neat and clean at all times.
  • No learner may leave the school premises unless they are correctly dressed, either in their school uniform or sportswear.
  • The school uniform must be worn at all school functions, unless otherwise specified by the Principal.
  • School rules apply at all school functions, as well as after school when the learners are still dressed in uniform.
  • A supporter shirt and long blue denim jeans with shoes may be worn on days indicated by the Principal.

Blazer

  • All learners are required to wear a blazer.
  • The blazer must be worn at all times.
  • It may only be removed in class.
  • It is also compulsory to wear the blazer during assembly.
  • The ordinary blazer for boys and girls is navy blue with the school badge on the pocket.
  • Councillors wear an Alberton High blue blazer and those learners who receive colours awards wear the same colour with a laurel wreath around the badge and the scroll for the particular activity under the badge. This blazer may only be worn once the learner is in grade 11.
  • No blazers, jackets or jerseys other than those specified by the school regulations may ever be worn to school.
  • Incorrect clothing will be confiscated.

Girls

  • School blazer with badge on pocket (compulsory).
  • Regulation school uniform (length 7cm above knee). No pins are allowed in dresses.
  • White ankle socks in summer (turned down at all times). If the socks are not turned down, they will be confiscated until the end of the school day.
  • Ankle socks must cover the ankle bone (not longer or shorter).
  • Navy blue tights in winter.
  • White shirt, school tie, grey flannels and grey socks (winter only).
  • School jersey or pull over (winter).
  • Plain black, low heeled buckle or lace-up school shoes. (No other shoes will be allowed).

Boys

  • White shirt.
  • School tie.
  • Grey flannels of regulation width as supplied by school stockists.
  • Grey shorts (summer if desired) Please note no Bermuda shorts.
  • Plain black lace up shoes (No sued shoes or slip on shoes, platform or pointed shoes will be allowed)
  • Grey socks.
  • Grey socks with school colours must be worn at all times if shorts are worn with trousers. No white or any other coloured socks are permitted.
  • No shirts may hang out.
  • Only a black belt with a small black buckle must be worn.
  • Pants have to be tied with a belt above the hips.
  • School jersey or pullover (winter).

Note: Winter uniform starts from the 2nd term until the end of August. No winter uniform after the end of August. Navy tights for girls will be permitted on very cold days.

Grade 12 learners

Only grade 12 learners may wear the following:

  • Plain white jersey or pullover.
  • Girls wear a matric skirt and white shirt (winter – long sleeve shirt and tie)

Sport

  • School track suit for sport only (no other tracksuit may be worn).
  • Official sportswear as arranged by the coaches and sport coordinator.
  • Only first team members have the sole right to wear a white scarf in the winter months.
  • First team jackets may be worn under the blazer on Fridays only.

Appearance: Girls

  • Clips must be white, blue, black or silver.
  • White, blue, black, brown or silver bobbles/hair ties.
  • Hair must be tied up when it is long enough to reach the collar.
  • All hair to be tied up and worn away from the face. No loose strands will be allowed.
  • No dyed or fancy hairstyles are permitted.
  • No gel or hairspray is permitted.
  • Nails are to be clipped neatly to the end of the finger.
  • No french manicures are allowed.
  • Only clear colourless nail varnish may be worn, otherwise girls will be requested to remove it immediately.
  • No make-up (including base, mascara) may be worn, otherwise the learner will be sent home.
  • Only jewellery allowed is a watch and Medic Alert bracelet, signet-ring and one pair of earrings (sleeper or stud) that will be worn in the bottom pierced hole only.
  • No studs or rings may be worn in the mouth, nose, face or tongue.
  • No permanent make-up is allowed.
  • No coloured/shiny lip ice is permitted.
  • No tattoos allowed, and if you have, it may not be visible.
  • No “dreadlocks”, “pineapple ponies”, spikes, “plaits” or any other style, which causes the hair to stand up unnaturally, and/or appear long, is permitted.

Appearance: Boys

  • Hair to be cut neatly and short (clear of the ears, neck and forehead).
  • No fancy or wild styles, gel, grease or hair sprays permitted.
  • No “steps” or definite line is permitted.
  • No “undercuts” are permitted.
  • When the hair is pulled straight it may not hang over the eyebrows or the ears.
  • Boys are to be clean-shaven. If they haven’t shaved, parents will be contacted to come and fetch them immediately.
  • “Sidies” may not be longer than the middle of the ear.
  • Hair may not be dyed – no “highlights” or “low lights”. If this is done, hair must be shaved with a No.2 blade and be kept that way until it is according to the rules.
  • No hair extensions may be worn.
  • No “dreadlocks”, “pineapple ponies”, spikes, “plaits” or any other style, which causes the hair to stand up unnaturally, and/or appear long, is permitted.
  • No “mohawk” / “mullet” allowed. ? No “patterns” may be cut into the hair.
  • Only jewellery allowed is a watch and a medic alert bracelet. No studs or rings may be worn in the ear, mouth, nose, face or tongue.

NOTE: Any transgressions of these rules may lead to the learner being sent home.

Please note:

  • Regular uniform inspections are held by the staff as well as the councillors, who assist with these inspections and are well versed in the rules.
  • Infringements will be punished by scanning the infringement followed by detention (if the learner persists in transgressing the rules) or immediate corrective action; i.e. where hems are too short, the girls being asked to let out the stitching and lengthen the dress, or where trousers have been tapered, the boy being obliged to let out the stitching. Alternatively the boy may be given a pair of grey shorts to wear for the day and have his trousers returned at two o’ clock to take home for alteration.
  • Where the learner persists in the uniform infringement, he/she will be sent home with the prior consent of the Principal and this will continue until the matter is rectified.
  • Learners are required to be fully and correctly dressed on their way to and from school and before and after sport matches.
  • Learners are aware of the rules and should not wait to be told that they are incorrectly dressed. It is a matter of pride and responsibility to ensure that the correct dress is worn.

Uniforms are obtainable from the authorised school stockists.

It should be pointed out that the parents are not obliged to buy from a particular shop. However the school cannot accept as an excuse the purchase of incorrect uniform items on the grounds that they were the more suitable items available from the supplier.

  • Lala Brothers
    4 Van Riebeeck Avenue, Alberton North
  • Select Centre
    Randhart Shopping Centre, Randhart, Alberton
  • Bracken Shoe City Centre
    Bracken City Shopping Centre, Brackenhurst, Alberton

BEFORE SCHOOL

  • All learners must enter the school on arrival through the bottom gate.
  • No learner may then leave the school grounds until the end of the school day unless a deputy has granted permission to leave by signing their diary.
  • When the bell rings at 7:30 all learners must be lined up in the quad for assembly.
  • All learners must line up in alphabetical order in their own form class.
  • If a learner is not standing in his/her form class, they will be marked absent on the register and an SMS will be sent to the parents/guardians
  • All learners must be quiet while lining up in the quad.

ASSEMBLY

  • All learners will assemble in the brick quad, followed by a short form period. On Wednesdays, learners must enter the hall for assembly. If time permits, a short form period will follow.
  • All learners have to be present at assembly every day, as important announcements are being made.

LATECOMERS

  • The school opens at 07:00 and the gates will be locked at 07:30. Scholar patrol will come in at the front gate.
  • All learners must be on time to attend assembly at 07:30.
  • Any learner who enters after the scholar patrol or enters through the office foyer will be late.
  • Late coming will be entered on the system.
  • An educator will always be on duty if there are any problems. Learners arriving late are to remain in the front foyer. Mrs Kroukamp and Mr Mojapelo will scan the latecomers who will, after the third occasion of arriving late, be placed on detention on a Friday afternoon.
  • Grade 12 learners arriving late for the first time will be placed immediately on detention.
  • Arriving late for school will be dealt with as follows:
    • 3rd Time Referral to Discipline officer: Detention 1
    • 4th Time: Detention 2 and phone call to parents
    • 5th Time Detention 3 and phone call to parents
    • 6th Time Internal Disciplinary Hearing / suspension
    • 7th Time Tribunal Hearing (Governing body)
  • A parent must accompany the learner in the event of an emergency resulting in the learner being late for school.
  • Detention letters will be issued according to the Late Comers Policy.
  • A learner will be reported to Mr Badenhorst if he/she refuses to attend detention.
  • Late for class will be dealt with in the same manner as late for school.

Note: If a learner is constantly late, the parents will be requested to enroll their child in a school closer to home.

HANDLING OF SUITCASES

  • All suitcases will be placed in the brick quad before assembly in the morning.
  • Suitcases must be placed neatly in rows to enable free movement to and on the quad.
  • Before break suitcases must be placed in neat rows in front of the classroom if it is locked. Otherwise suitcases must be placed in the class during break.
  • School bags must be placed in a class or locker during practice
  • The school does not accept responsibility for any suit case that is lost or stolen or damaged.
  • The school does not accept responsibility for any sport bag/equipment that is lost or stolen or damaged.

THE SCHOOL BUILDING / PROPERTY

  • No learner is allowed in classrooms before school or during breaks without the permission of the educator.
  • No learner is allowed to roam around the school building without being signed out by an educator.
  • No littering is allowed.
  • No learner may write on walls, desks or any other part of the building/furniture.
  • No property may be removed from the school premises without the permission of the principal.
  • Any vandalism must be reported to the office immediately.
  • No learner is allowed to roam around the school after school hours, unless involved with an extra-mural activity.
  • No learner is allowed to be at the lockers during class time.
  • No Primary School siblings of learners are allowed to wait on Alberton High School grounds or roam around at the school after school hours.

INJURIES AND ILLNESS

  • Any of the above must be reported to the office personnel immediately.
  • Any contact with parents regarding the above will be done by the office personnel only.
  • Parents must give permission at the front office for the learner to leave the school grounds.

DURING SCHOOL HOURS

  • Changing of classes must be done orderly and quickly.
  • Learners must line up outside classes. (Boys and girls separately)
  • No learner may enter the class without the permission of an educator.
  • Learners must be quiet during announcements.
  • Only councillors on duty may leave classes earlier at the end of day.
  • No learner may report to the front office during class time without first being signed out by the relevant educator (unless accompanied by an educator or councilor)
  • No learner except councillors may use the stairs in the foyer. These are for staff use only. Learners may only use the stairs if they are accompanied by an educator.

ATTENDANCE

  • If a learner is absent, their parents will be notified via an SMS.
  • Learners may only be absent in the case of sickness or a valid written reason given by parent.
  • All absenteeism must be acknowledged in writing by parents.
  • A reason for absenteeism must be given by parents.
  • After an absence a learner is required to hand in a note/medical certificate explaining the reason for absence on the first day of their return to school.
  • Should an absence occur during a test or exam, a medical certificate must be provided or the learner will be given no marks.
  • Attendance is controlled on a regular basis.
  • Persistent truants run the risk of expulsion in terms of the Educational Affairs Act.
  • Should a grade 12 learner be absent more than 5 days without a medical certificate he/she will forfeit the opportunity to attend the matric farewell.
  • Study leave does not exist. Learners are not permitted to stay away from school because they are preparing for an examination. If they do so, they could likely be regarded as playing truant, with the appropriate steps being taken against them.
  • Bunking periods during the day will eliminate a learner from qualifying for 100% attendance.
  • If a learner is late for school nine times and more – that learner will be eliminated from qualifying for 100% attendance.

Note: Where it does happen that learners are allowed to stay away during sessions when they are not writing an examination, it should be borne in mind that this is a concession – privilege – not a right.

LEAVING THE SCHOOL GROUNDS

  • Urgent permission to leave the school ground can only be granted in writing (by signing the diary) by the Principal or a Deputy Principal. (e.g. sickness/ funeral or death)
  • The learner must ensure that the educators are notified of the learner’s departure.
  • In cases of funeral/death/ or doctor’s appointments – the learner must have a written letter from the parents.
  • Only the parent or guardian may request permission for their child to leave the school and only with parental consent will a learner travel with someone else.
  • No learner may contact his parents/guardian him-/herself to fetch them from school. Only the office may phone the parent.
  • A register must be signed by the parent/guardian upon fetching the learner from school. This register is located at the front office. Proof of identity must be given.
  • If a learner is fetched from school by someone other than the parent or guardian, a letter of consent of the parent/guardian and a copy of the person’s ID collecting the learner, must be shown at the front office.

SAFETY

  • No learner may be in the possession of a weapon of any nature.
  • Any object that may result in any kind of injury e.g. Crackers, etc are prohibited.
  • Dangerous games are not allowed.
  • No learner may tamper with any switch board, light switches, electrical appliances or any electrical installations, fire hoses etc.
  • Running or pushing on the passages or stairways is not allowed.
  • No learner will be allowed to sell any food, cold drinks etc on the school premises or directly outside the school premises. Any articles for sale will be confiscated.
  • Learners will be required to carry a standard identification card at all times, including at functions like dances and sporting events. No learner may visit the bathrooms during classes without a signed diary or write exams without an I.D. card.
  • A learner who assaults another learner or a staff member of Alberton High will be guilty of an offence. Steps will be taken against such a learner to ensure that a sentence is imposed for assault.
  • The school adopts a zero tolerance approach to bullying in accordance with the Bill of Rights to protect children from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation.
  • At the first suspicion of gangsterism or gang related activities, the relevant school officials will inform the District Office and police about suspected gang related activities on or near the school property.

THE SCHOOL TAKES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY ITEMS BEING LOST OR STOLEN. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE LEARNER TO LOOK AFTER HIS/HER OWN PROPERTY.

TUCK SHOP AND EATING

  • No learner may eat or drink in the class rooms.
  • Chewing gum is not allowed.
  • No learner may leave the classroom before break/end of day to visit the tuck shop/or on behalf of an educator.
  • Purchases at the tuck shop will stop when the bell rings at the end of break.

BEHAVIOUR

The school has an enviable reputation for the good behaviour of its learners. It is a reputation of which we are justly proud and one that we seek to guard jealously.

Although we do not impose regimentation on our learners, preferring that they should accept responsibility for their own behaviour, we do take action against those who clearly demonstrate that they are unwilling or unable to conduct themselves in a seemly or proper fashion. 

  • Learners should always behave in such a manner both at school, on tour, on school busses and in public that their behaviour will in no way bring discredit upon themselves, their friends and their school.
  • All learners should treat staff courteously and with respect.
  • Any reasonable requests by staff must be obeyed.
  • No learner may harass, threaten, harm or belittle a councillor in any way. (Verbal or physical actions).
  • Examples of unacceptable behaviour against which action will be taken whether they occur in school or out of it are: fighting, loud and rowdy behaviour, discourtesy, insolence, vandalism, consumption of alcohol or any other substance abuse, smoking or any other misdemeanor which, in the opinion of the Principal or the Governing Body, brings discredit upon the good name and reputation of the school.
  • No bunking of school or classes is allowed.
  • No learner may climb over fences or gates of the school.
  • No sexual harassment or sexual activities of any nature are allowed and will be severely punished.
  • Inappropriate relationships with educators will not be tolerated.
  • No theft will be allowed.
  • No cheating in tests or exams.
  • No learner may play cards, gamble or listen to music on the school premises.
  • No boys are to stand or walk with their hands in the pockets.
  • No software may be copied on to school equipment.
  • Only learners with a valid drivers license and the necessary permission from Mr Coston are allowed to park on the school premises (next to the pavilion) These learners must at least have 150 positive points.

PROHIBITED ITEMS AND AREAS

  • Alcohol, drugs, hubbly bubbly or any form thereof and pornographic material are strictly prohibited for all learners and visitors to the school.
  • If any learner is caught with any of the above-mentioned in his/her possession, disciplinary action will be taken.
  • According to legislation, no smoking is permitted in a public place. Persons (learners) who are found guilty of such an offence will be liable to pay a fine of R200. Further more it should be noted that should a learner be caught with cigarettes in their possession, the same fine of R200 will apply. The use of any of the above outside school hours, in school uniform, is also an offence. If a learner is caught standing along with smoking learners, he/she will too be liable to pay a fine of R100 for being associated with smokers.
  • The use or possession or sale of drugs, alcohol or any item that may have an intoxicating effect are prohibited.
  • Learners caught smoking on the school premises will be fined.
  • Radios, iPods, etc. (These items will be confiscated until the end of the year.)
  • Cell phones may NOT be brought to school. Should a learner need to have his/her cell phone, the phones must be handed in at the office in the morning for safekeeping and collected at the end of the day. Transgression of the rule regarding use of cell phones will lead to the confiscation of the cell phones with the SIM card. Cell phones may only be collected from the office at 14:00 after one week at a fine of R100. If a cell phone is collected the same afternoon, the fine will be R200. All monies collected will be allocated to our Welfare fund.
  • Learners are not allowed to record / video any learners or staff at school. Learners are not allowed to record any fights at school during or after school hours. Transgression of this rule will lead to the cell phone / iPad or any other device being confiscated. The learner guilty of such an offence can be charged with instigating violence of being part thereof.
  • The foyer may not be used by learners to leave or enter school.
  • The toilets in the foyer are for use of visitors only.
  • No eating is allowed in the foyer.
  • Only one learner at a time may be sent to the foyer to hand in forms, registers, etc. and must be signed out by the educator.

SERIOUS MISCONDUCT

The following transgressions can lead to immediate suspension/expulsion if they are committed during the Grade 10 – 12 year. (This also applies to the councillor body)

  • Guilty of theft
  • Guilty of smoking, either in school uniform or on the school grounds.
  • The use of alcoholic beverages on school grounds or in school uniform.
  • The use of drugs.
  • Guilty of dishonesty during a test or exam.
  • Absent without permission (bunking)
  • Any learner guilty of schedule 1 or schedule 2 transgressions as contained in the SA Schools’ Act.
  • Cyber Infringement: Any harmful video / statement / comment / message relating to the school, staff and or learners of the school can lead to criminal charges.

Parents and learners are to take cognisance of the Policy on the Code of conduct of learners and the Policy for dealing with substance abuse.

Punishment lies with the discretion of the Principal. It may be written punishment, detention or in the case of a reprehensible single occurrence, suspension and ultimately expulsion, once the Governing Body has considered the matter.

SCHOOL FEES

  • School fees are revised annually.
  • The registration fee will be deducted from school fees. This is compulsory for all learners.
  • All learners pay the same amount of school fees, even if there is more than one child from the same family.
  • Where parents find that they may have difficulty in meeting the fees they should write to: The Chairman – Governing Body, Alberton High School, P.O. Box 1460, Alberton, 1450.
  • Learners may only make payments at the financial office before school, during break or after school.

CARE OF SCHOOL BOOKS

  • All books must be carefully looked after and returned at the end of the year otherwise the school may refuse to supply a learner with books again the following year/or pay R200 per book. Engineering Graphic books cost R300.
  • It is essential that learners have a supported suitcase or briefcase. No other type of bag is permitted. Should a learner bring a non-regulation bag to school, it will be confiscated and returned at the end of day. If the learner persists in ignoring this rule, the school reserves the right to confiscate the bag permanently and/or send the learner home to obtain a suitable case/bag in which to carry the books.
  • Any books or items of equipment that go missing must be replaced or paid for.
  • No tippex is allowed.

ACADEMIC ATTITUDE AND RESPONSIBILITY OF THE LEARNER

  • The primary aim of every learner is to obtain a Secondary School Certificate (Matric). A parent’s duty is to cooperate with and support the school so that the learner is enabled to achieve this efficiently and will avail himself/herself of all the opportunities the school makes available throughout his/her career.
  • It is well established that no successful study can take place in an atmosphere of chaos and disorganization. For that reason every learner should accept responsibility for his/her own behaviour as well as the compilation of an individual study and homework program which will make allowance for leisure activities.
  • A medical note is required if a test/exam is missed.
  • Parents’ evenings are held from time to time to afford parents the opportunity of meeting with the subject teachers of their children in order to discuss progress or problems. Parents are free to arrange interviews with teachers after school time with the permission of the Principal.

Homework diaries

  • One of the school’s aims is the orderly and systematic approach to studies. For this reason the School Homework diary is compulsory for all learners. They are designed to last for a full year. Diaries are issued at no cost for grade 9 - 12. Should a learner lose the diary an additional amount of R20 will be charged. If a learner uses the diary properly, it becomes an invaluable aid to planning good study habits and it becomes an integral part of successful study.
  • Parents are obliged to look at the diary at least once a week and to sign it.
  • Form educators will check diaries on a regular basis.
  • Excuses for failing to have a diary or not having one at school, or a diary being unsigned, are viewed in a poor light and will result in action being taken against any learner who chooses to ignore this important part of his/her academic responsibility.
  • The diary makes provision for teacher/parent communication where questions / problems, etc can be addressed.
  • No learner may move around on the school grounds during class time without his diary being signed by the applicable teacher.

ID cards

  • All learners receive an ID card at the beginning of the year at no cost; however it remains the school’s property.
  • Should the card be lost a replacement fee of R200 will be charged.
  • Should the card be defaced in any way, the card will be confiscated and a replacement fee of R200 will be charged.

EXAMINATIONS / TESTS

  • The cycle test timetable will be printed in the learner’s diary for the whole year.
  • Learners will receive an exam timetable at least two weeks in advance with the weekly newsletter / school communicator.
  • Learners must make sure that they are in time for their exam session. If they write the first session they must be at school at 7:25 as assembly starts at 7:30. If they write second session they must be at school at least 30 minutes before the start of the session.
  • Learners who arrive late for an exam session will forfeit the first ½ hour of the exam time.
  • Disruptive learners write either second session or after 13:00.
  • Should a learner be allowed to write after being late due to unforeseen circumstances no additional time will be allowed.
  • No learner will be allowed to write an exam without the official ID card issued by the school. Temporary ID cards can be issued at a cost of R20.
  • Learners must have a pass-out letter signed by their parents if they stay at home during the exam period.

Revised: DATE: 29 OCTOBER 2012

The code of conduct shall be enforced by the disciplinary committee following due process.

It must be borne in mind that the parent has the primary responsibility for the education of their child and assumes responsibility for the child’s behaviour at all times.

Children who transgress the code will be treated with due process and it must be acknowledge that the teacher has the right to refuse to teach the child who does not adhere to the code until such time as the child modifies his/her behaviour and fulfills the articles of the code.

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Discipline Policy

1. INTRODUCTION

Every educator is responsible for discipline and has the full authority and responsibility to correct behaviour of learners whenever such a correction is necessary. Any corrective measure of disciplinary action will correspond with and be appropriate to the offence.

2. PREAMBLE

The following issues will be outlined in the discipline policy:

  • Grading of offences
  • Discipline Interventions
  • Suspension/Expulsion of learners
  • Discipline and Tribunal Hearings

The policy was compiled in accordance with the following legislation, circulars and guidelines:

  • National Education Act
  • SA Schools Act 84 of 1996
  • Departmental circulars
  • Department of Education: Procedures of Handling Learner Misconduct
  • Protocol and Procedures Manual: The Proactive Education Group

3. PURPOSE OF THE POLICY

To create a school environment that will promote the academic development and performance of every learner in and organized structure.

The discipline system will emphasize that the self-discipline of every learner in not only the responsibility of the school but it is a partnership between the school, the parent and the community.

The demerit/and merit system and the procedures put in place to take disciplinary measures is a fair system to take action towards learners that transgress the Code of Conduct for Learners of Alberton High and to make sure that learners that want to learn, receive quality education.

The policy is also to make sure that the learner and the parent, that has to provide guidance to the learner, support the system to ensure that the learners’ right will be respected and protected. Every learner and parent will sign a Learner Commitment in the beginning of the year and this will be kept in a file in the office of the Discipline Officer. (Annexure A)

4. POLICY REGULATIONS

4.1 Grading of offences

  • Grade 1 Offences: A written warning, followed by a final warning, then a disciplinary hearing
  • Grade 2 Offences: A final warning, followed by a disciplinary hearing, then a tribunal hearing
  • Grade 3 Offences: A disciplinary hearing, then a tribunal hearing (depending on the severity of the particular offence)
  • Grade 4 Offences: Offence to be immediately reported to the South African Police Services (SAPS) and a tribunal hearing

4.1.1 Grade 1 Offences

  • All grade 1 offences will be dealt with by educators who must keep a written record of the offence and disciplinary measures taken.
  • Councillor members will immediately scan the offence.
  • When a grade 1 offence occurs the third time, the educator will scan the learners and issue him with a warning.
  • Should the particular grade 1 offence recur after the warning issued, the educator will refer the learner to the Discipline Officer with a record of the offences.
  • The Discipline Officer will enter the offence on the system, take disciplinary measures and communicate the problem to the parents/guardian.
  • Should the particular grade 1 offence reoccur after referral to the Discipline Officer, it will be treated as a grade 2 offence.

4.1.2 Grade 2 Offences

  • All grade 2 offences will be referred immediately to the Discipline Officer. A Final warning will be issued and discipline action applied.
  • When a second grade 2 offence occurs after the final warning has been issued the matter will be referred to the Discipline Committee for a disciplinary hearing.
  • The parent/guardian will be advised in writing within a period of five (5) days before the designated date, that an internal disciplinary hearing has been convened.
  • Should the particular offence reoccur after the issuing of a final warning and a disciplinary hearing has occurred, the matter will be referred to a tribunal hearing.
  • The parent/guardian will be advised in writing within a period of five (5) days before the designated date, that a tribunal hearing has been convened.

4.1.3 Grade 3 Offences

  • All grade 3 offences will be reported immediately to the Disciplinary Officer who will, depending on the severity of the offence, determine whether to convene a disciplinary hearing or a Tribunal hearing.
  • The parent/guardian will be advised in writing within a period of five (5) days before the designated date, that a hearing has been convened.

4.1.4 Grade 4 Offences

  • All grade 4 offences will be reported immediately to the Discipline Officer who will, immediately file a report with SAPS and convene a tribunal hearing.
  • The parent/guardian will be advised in writing within a period of five (5) days before the designated date, that a tribunal hearing has been convened.

4.2 List of offences per grade of offence

  • Refer to Annexure B

4.3 Assistance to Educators

  • All newly appointed staff will receive in-service training on how to deal with discipline
  • Frequent class visits to help/guide/lead educators with classroom discipline.
  • Group meetings to find innovative ways to manage discipline will take place.
  • Educators are encouraged to use a positive behaviour reward system for learners.

5. DISCIPLINE INTERVENTIONS

5.1 Interventions and corrective measures aimed at correcting the behavior before suspension and expulsion

  • A verbal warning/reprimand to express disapproval
  • Written warning
  • Final written warning
  • Written punishment
  • Community service to improve the physical environment within and around the school property
  • Homework detention
  • Supervised schoolwork
  • De-merit detention
  • Referral for counseling
  • Fines to compensate for damages, to cover the cost of repair or replacement of the lost or damaged item, smoking, prohibited items of clothing and/or accumulated fine
  • Temporary suspension of any school related privileges
  • Exclusion from school activities and functions
  • Temporary suspension from class/school, pending disciplinary hearing
  • Disciplinary Hearing
  • Tribunal Hearing

5.2 Failure to comply with interventions and corrective measures

  • Failure to comply with interventions and corrective measures will lead to further interventions and may lead to the offence being categorized at a higher grade.
  • Expulsion may be recommended for a grade 3 and 4 offence.
  • High demerit points will lead to disciplinary hearing or tribunal hearing (depending on the amount of minus points)
  • Learner will be placed on detention in the case of continuous late coming or high demerits (-80)
  • Learner with high demerits might not be allowed to become a member of the Representative Council of Learners
  • A Grade 12 learner with - 25 or more will not be allowed to attend the Matric Farewell function at the end of the year.
  • A Grade 10 - 11 learner with -80 or more will not be allowed to attend the grade 10 or 11 camps or any excursion during the year
  • Depending on the type of infringement, a learner with very high demerits will be excluded from receiving colours for sport, academic etc. Should the demerit points decrease the Principal may decide to award the colours at another time.
  • A bursary awarded to a learner with more than -70 will lose the bursary during the academic year it was awarded.
  • Learners with more than -70 will be excluded from taking part in any school activity until such time that the points decrease again.

5.3 Conduct that may lead to suspension/expulsion

  • Conduct that violated the rights and safety of others
  • Criminal behavior of any kind
  • Defacing or destroying school property
  • Disrespectful or objectionable conduct and verbal abuse directed at educators, other school employees or fellow learners
  • Outright defiance of lawful requests or instructions issued by persons in authority
  • Indulging in harmful graffiti, racism or “hate speech”
  • Sexual harassment or sexual assault
  • Immoral behavior or profanity
  • Processing, using or displaying evidence of use of any narcotics, unauthorized drugs, alcohol or any other intoxicant
  • Repeated infringement after grade 1 offence has been dealt with
  • Possession of dangerous weapons (guns, knives and other objects which may threaten the life of learners/educators
  • Also refer to schedule 1 and schedule 2 as published under General Notice 2591 of 2001 (PG 72 of 9 May 1996)

5.4 List of possible disciplinary sanctions to be applied for Grade 1 – Grade 4 offences respectively.

  • Refer to Annexure C

5.5 Daily Report

  • A learner may be placed on a daily report, either requested by an educator or parent.
  • The Discipline Officer, Deputy Principals or Principal will be the only persons that can put a person on daily report.
  • The Grade Tutor must just control, sign and report any problems on daily report to the Discipline Officer to follow up.
  • All subject related problems must be referred to the School Based Support Team.

5.6 Demerit System

  • Detention will be awarded for minus 80
  • If a learner attended detention a merit of 20 will be awarded
  • If a learner miss detention a demerit of -20 will be awarded
  • A disciplinary hearing will be held in the case of -130
  • A tribunal hearing will be held in the case of -150

5.7 Smoking

  • According to legislation, no smoking is permitted in a public place. Learners who are found guilty of such an offence will be liable to pay a fine of R200. Further it should be noted that should a learner be caught with cigarettes in their possession, the same fine of R200 will apply. All monies received will go towards the welfare fund. If a learner is caught standing along with smokers, he/she will too be liable to pay a fine of R100 for being Associated with Smokers. Procedures to be followed: ? If a learner is caught Smoking (-30) or Associated with Smokers (-20) the councillor or educators who caught him / her will inform them about the offence. ? The name(s) of the learners caught will be given to the Principal who will then enter it onto the Disciplinary System and issue the learner with a fine. ? Should the learner involved have a dispute regarding the matter he/she needs to appeal the fine within three (3) days by bringing the councillor or educator to the Principal who will make a decision. ? The fine has to be paid within two (2) weeks from the date issued unless other arrangements have been made with the responsible HOD. ? If the fine has not been paid by the due date, the learner has to attend Break Detention until the fine has been paid. If the learner cannot pay the fine, the learner may do community service until the value of the fine has been worked off. ? Once the fine has been paid, the Principal will enter it on the Disciplinary System. (+30) ? The money collected from the fines will be paid into the Welfare Fund of the school.

5.8 Late comers to school/class

  • Late comers to school will enter via the front gate and assemble in the bottom foyer to be scanned and sent to class/assembly.
  • Record is kept and late coming to school will be dealt with as a grade 1 offence. (Procedures for grade 1 offence to be followed.)
  • Learners arriving very late, after responsible HOD’s have left the foyer, must report to the front office where the information will be recorded and handed to the responsible HOD for further action.
  • Grade 12 learners that arrive late for school will be placed on detention after the second time being late for school.

5.9 General

  • The Executive members of the Representative Councillor Body may hold disciplinary hearing for members of the councillor body that does not abide by the Code of Conduct for councillor body members or any learner that is constantly disobeying the councillors.
  • Should a learner be found guilty by a court of law for breaking the law of the Republic of South Africa the school has the right, after a fair hearing through the Governing Body, to recommend expulsion to the Provincial Department of Education.
  • A tribunal hearing will be convened with a view to recommend expulsion. In such instances the recommendation for expulsion will be submitted to the Provincial Head of Education to approve the decision.
  • Where approval for expulsion is not granted, learners will attend counseling or the relevant life skills program before they may return to class. Homework must be collected by parents and tests must still be written otherwise a “0” mark will be given to the learner.

5.10 Detention Procedures to be followed:

  • The learner will receive notice at least two days before the detention that he/she must attend detention.
  • Detention time will be from 14:15 to 16:15 on a Tuesday, 13:45 to 15:45 on a Wednesday and 13:15 to 15:15 on a Friday.
  • Learners will either write out the school rules, times table etc.
  • Learners that miss detention will attend detention for two days the Monday and Wednesday immediately following the Friday detention.
  • Should the learner persist in not attending detention, a disciplinary hearing may follow.
  • Detention takes preference above any other school activity.

5.11 Merit System

  • Learner can earn positive points according to the merit/demerit table (Annexure D)

6. SUSPENSION OF A LEARNER BY THE PRINCIPAL OR DEPUTY PRINCIPAL AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE

The Governing Body authorises the Principal or Deputy Principal to institute suspension, as a precautionary measure, with regard to a learner who is charged with serious misconduct offence as contemplated in section 8 of the Schools Act.

  • Before a learner is suspended, the learner and his/her parents must be given an opportunity to indicate why the suspension should be considered.
  • The disciplinary proceeding must commence within one (1) week after the suspension. If the proceedings do not commence within one (1) week, approval for the continuation of the suspension must be obtained from the Head of Department.
  • The suspension will be applicable until a finding of not guilty is made or, in the case of a finding of guilty, until the appropriate sanction is announced.

7. DISCIPLINARY AND TRIBUNAL HEARINGS

7.1 Composition of different Hearing Commissions

7.1.1 RCL Executive Hearing Commission Consist of the following members:

  • The two (2) Presidents of the RCL
  • The eight (8) Deputy Presidents of the RCL
  • A Deputy(s) that act as the liaison educators

7.1.2 Disciplinary Hearing Commission Consists of the following members:

  • A Governing Body Representative
  • The School Principal or Discipline Officer
  • The Grade Tutor
  • Secretary to take minutes

7.1.3 The Tribunal Hearing Commission Consists of the following members:

  • The Governing Body Chairperson
  • Two (2) parent representatives from the Governing Body
  • The School Principal or Discipline Officer
  • Secretary to take minutes

7.2 The following official forms will be used for misconduct and disciplinary hearings

  • Notice of disciplinary Hearing (Annexure E)
  • Review form (lodging an appeal) (Annexure F)
  • Record of offences (Annexure G)
  • Written Warning (Annexure H)
  • Daily Report Form (Annexure I)

7.3 Written notice of disciplinary hearing

  • Notice must be given at least five (5) school days before the hearing, which could provide for temporary suspension from classes. Formal tests and/or exams will still be written.
  • When a notice is issued to a learner the learner must acknowledge receipt of notice by signing it. This is not an admission of guilt.
  • If a learner does not appear at a hearing, the hearing will be conducted in his/her absence.
  • The written finding of the hearing will be issued to the offender. The offender will acknowledge contents by signing the document.
  • A learner has the right to request a review of the disciplinary action taken against him/her if sufficient grounds exist.
  • All hearings may be attended by an educator witness, and any other learner(s) he/she may need for his/her defence.
  • The Principal/ Discipline Officer will keep on record copies of all documentation relating to the offence, the conducting and findings of the hearing, and the disciplinary measures imposed. Secretary to keep file with minutes.

7.4 Disciplinary measures that a Disciplinary hearing Committee may impose

  • Suspension from school for a minimum of two (2) days to a maximum of five (5) days, ratified by the Governing Body, to be effective immediately.
  • Recommendation with respect to counseling/attendance of a life skill program
  • Progress monitoring process initiated for a minimum of two (2) weeks, followed up by a progress report.
  • A written conduct and behavior warning issued, a signed copy of acknowledgement will be kept on record.
  • Community Service

7.5 Procedure during hearings

7.5.1 The Chairperson of the Committee must lead the proceedings and:

Introduce those present and state their function ? Ensure that the witnesses are present only while giving evidence

7.5.2 The Chairperson must inform the learner of his/her rights:

  • The right to a formal hearing
  • The right to be present at the hearing
  • The right to be given time to prepare for the hearing
  • The right to be given advance notice of the charges
  • The right to be represented at the hearing by (1) internal representative
  • The right to be accompanied at the hearing by parent(s)/guardian if the learner is a minor
  • The right to ask questions on any evidence, or on statements of witnesses
  • The right to call witnesses to testify on his/her behalf
  • The right to an interpreter, to be requested 24 hours prior to the hearing
  • The right to an appeal within five (5) days against any penalty imposed by the Disciplinary / Tribunal Committee
  • If a learner does not attend, the hearing will be conducted in his/her absence

7.5.3 The Chairperson is to explain the nature of the alleged breach or misconduct to those present at the hearing

7.5.4 The procedure of enquiry is that the complainant and his/her witnesses will be heard first. The learner and panel may ask questions to them. The learner and his/her witnesses may then give evidence and the complainant and Committee may ask them questions.

7.5.5 When all evidence has been heard, the Chairperson must close the enquiry, dismiss the complainant, the learner, their representatives, the parent(s)/guardians and all the witnesses

7.5.6 The Disciplinary / Tribunal Committee must discuss and weigh the evidence and come to a decision

7.5.7 The Chairperson must reconvene all interested parties

7.5.8 The Chairperson is to communicate the decision to all the interested parties

7.5.9 The Chairperson must explain the decision of the Committee and the reasons for the penalty (if any) that has been imposed

7.5.10 The learner must be advised to his right to appeal (Annexure F)

7.5.11 The complainant and learner must sign the disciplinary form and a copy must be handed to the learner. (If the learner refuses, a witness must sign in the presence of the learner)

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Cellphone Policy

1. INTRODUCTION

Social Networking has become an intricate part of children’s lives. Educators should be using the internet as an effective tool. There are many benefits of social media, the danger however often outweighs the benefits.

2. PREAMBLE

The following issues will be outlined in the policy:

  • Use of cell phones
  • Disciplinary measures
  • Dealing with pornographic downloads
  • Protocols and Procedures

The policy was compiled in accordance with the following legislation: 

Relevant GDE circulars ? Sexual Offences Act 32 of 2007 ? Protocols and Procedures by The Proactive Education Group

3. CELL PHONES

3.1 The use of cell phones

Cell phones may NOT be brought to school. Should a learner need to have his/her cell phone, the phones must be handed in at the office in the morning for safekeeping and collected at the end of the day.

3.2 Disciplinary measures

Transgression of the rule regarding use of cell phones will lead to the confiscation of the cell phones with the SIM card.

Cell phones may only be collected from the office at 14:00 after one week at a fine of R100.

If a cell phone is collected the same afternoon, the fine will be R200.

All monies collected will be allocated to our Welfare fund.

3.3 Confiscated phones

The disciplinary measures are incorporated in the Code of Conduct for Learners and acknowledgment thereof is signed by both the parents and the learner.

The learners are asked to switch the phone off in the presence of the educator and must then hand it to the educator.

The Educator will hand the phone to one of the ladies in the finance office that will enter it in a register and place it in a sealed envelope with the name of the learner, date and the name of the educator that confiscated the phone.

The phone will be kept in the strong room until fine is paid and phone collected.

4. PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL

4.1 Pornographic downloads

Both the cinema and Publications Act and the Sexual Offences Act make it an offence for a person under the age of 18 to: 

  • View pornography
  • Be in procession of pornography
  • Download pornography from the internet
  • Trade in pornography
  • Enter a licensed premises where pornography is legally sold
  • Expose another person under the age of 18 to pornography

It is a criminal offence to expose a minor under the age of 18 to pornography

4.2 Disciplinary Measures

Distribution of pornography at school is a grade 3 offence and such material will be confiscated, a warning letter issued community service and/or detention given.

If material shows minor under the age of 18 – the police have to be notified.

Should learner have intercourse on the school premises and one or both is under age of 18, it will be classified as statutory rape. Should they also record the act, it will be seen as manufacturing and distribution of child pornography.

There is an obligation to report the incident to the police. Failure to report this matter, is an offence under the sexual offences act.

Intercourse on school premises is a grade 4 offence that will lead to criminal charges, suspension from school, disciplinary hearing and possible expulsion.

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