ZIS Student Conduct Policy

Introduction

ZIS students, teachers, and other staff members have the right to study and work in a safe, orderly and respectful school environment. It is expected that students will be composed, courteous and caring towards other students, staff members, and visitors to the school. Cooperation with and respect for teachers and other school staff members is expected. Students are encouraged to utilize self-control, develop a sense of regard for fellow students, and take pride in their school and community.  One of the goals of education is self-discipline, so parents, teachers, and administrators work with students to establish and reinforce guidelines for acceptable behavior.

Parents and students are required to be familiar with this policy and to share the responsibility for maintaining a healthy educational environment. Appropriate action will be taken by the school administration, in consultation with parents, when inappropriate behavior of a student continues to disrupt the educational program. Where necessary, the school may also consult with other professionals and appropriate authorities.

Although rare, persistent conduct issues and/or dangerous, unsafe or illegal actions may necessitate expulsion.

In considering students’ conduct, the school day begins the moment a student leaves their home to come to school and ends when they return.

In all cases the school’s administration reserves the right to determine the appropriate course of action.

What happens when students’ conduct themselves poorly or inappropriately?

Learning is the key reason that children come to our school. The IB’s Learner Profile describes the attributes of a successful learner, and provides a positive framework of shared ideas and language with which ZIS teachers and students can consider and discuss conduct.

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The attributes of being Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Balanced, effective Communicators and able to Reflect are readily involved when considering students’ conduct. The Learner Profile will also be used at ZIS to praise and reinforce good and appropriate student conduct.

ZIS understands that Primary and Secondary students, whilst being considered maturing children and emerging young adults, will make mistakes, behave thoughtlessly at times, and not always conduct themselves in a composed, consistent and caring way. Much of this behaviour can be readily resolved and improved by the intervention of a responsible adult (teacher). The learning relationship between teachers and students is critical, and poor conduct can create distraction and conflict to this relationship.

Teachers and students are expected to make a serious and consistent effort to develop and maintain this learning relationship. Teacher intervention in student conduct should be

  • positive
  • constructive
  • as private as is possible
  • based upon developing and maintaining a respectful and effective learning relationship
  • of a counseling nature.

Student Conduct Review Process

The following Student Conduct Review Process is for both Primary and Secondary students. A Homeroom teacher is the Secondary equivalent of a Classroom teacher in Primary. Where a Principal is referred to this will be the relevant Primary or Secondary Principal.

 Each arrow indicates no change in the student’s conduct and therefore means the process moves to the next phase.

Stage 1

Stage 1 intervention should include:

  • A discussion between the relevant teacher and student, whereby the teacher describes the conduct they have observed.
  • A reflective question put to the student regarding what is appropriate and expected conduct.
  • A confirmation from the teacher of what is appropriate and expected conduct.

Stage 2

If classroom or home-group teachers observe repeated poor conduct they may:

  1. Liaise with parents.
  2. Counsel students further outside of class time. The aims of these discussions is to prompt students to reflect upon their conduct and make a statement about future conduct that they wish to be held to.
  3. Communicate with Homegroup teachers.
  4. Make a pastoral care note and add to student file.

Stage 3

If a student’s conduct is considered to be serious nature, or if the student significantly breaches the verbal agreement they made in Stage 2, the classroom and/or homegroup teacher will meet with the student out of class time. Parents will be consulted prior to this meeting and may be invited to participate in it.  The outcomes of this meetings should include:

  1. The student’s conduct is reflected upon and understood.
  2. Appropriate and expected conduct is described and understood.
  3. Students make a statement/s about future conduct that they wish to be held to. These statements will be recorded by the Homeroom/classroom teacher, who will then email them to the parents and student. All parties must confirm that they agree with the distributed statement/s.

A pastoral care note will added to the student’s file.

Stage 4

If a student’s conduct is of a particularly serious or unchanging nature (they have not been able to live up to their commitments as documented in Stage 3), they and their parents will need to meet with the Principal.

The outcomes of this meeting should be:

  1. That the student and parents have a clear understanding of the significance of this stage of the Student Conduct Review Process – the conduct at issue is serious and/or unchanging.
  2. Students make a statement/s about future conduct that they wish to be held to. These statements will be recorded by the Principal, emailed to parents and student, and must be confirmed by all parties.

Suspension may be appropriate at this stage. A meeting with parents and the student may precede or follow this meeting.

A pastoral care note will added to the student’s file.

Stage 5

Stage 5 is for unchanging/repeated conduct at issue and addressed in Stage 4, or for particularly serious misconduct. At this stage students and parents negotiate a Conduct Contract with the Principal.

The outcomes of this meeting should be:

  1. The student and parents have a clear understanding of the significance of this stage of the conduct policy – a repeat of the conduct at issue will lead to the final stage.
  2. The student, Principal and parents agree on written statement/s about future conduct that the student will be held to. These statements will be noted as a Conduct Contract and signed by the student, parents and the Principal.

Suspension may be appropriate at this stage. A meeting with parents and the student may precede or follow this meeting.

Copies of the Conduct Contract will be kept by the student and parents, and will be placed on the student’s file.

Stage 6

Stage 6 is for unchanging/repeated conduct at issue and addressed in Stage 5, or for very serious misconduct. At this stage students and parents negotiate a Conduct Contract with the Head of School.

The outcomes of this meeting are:

  1. The student and parents have a clear understanding of the significance of this stage of the conduct policy – the student’s place at ZIS is at stake and a repeat of the conduct at issue will likely lead to expulsion.
  2. The student, Head of School and parents agree on written statement/s about future conduct that the student will be held to. These statements will be noted as a Conduct Contract and signed by the student, parents and the Head of School.

Suspension may be appropriate at this stage. A meeting with parents and the student may precede or follow this meeting.

Copies of the Conduct Contract will be kept by the student and parents, and will be placed on the student’s file.

School Rules and Expectations, in detail

Common Areas

Students will conduct themselves in an orderly and safe manner. Pushing, shoving and/or shouting is not acceptable. Running is not permitted within the school building. Students will not use vulgar or profane language on school grounds. Moving through hallways will be done quietly with respect for classes which remain in session. Students should always give way to adults in doorways and corridors.

Assemblies

Students will listen attentively; respect the feelings of others; behave courteously toward speakers, performers, and guests.

General Conduct

School policies and procedures for student conduct apply in the school, on school grounds, in all bus loading and offloading areas, on route to and from school, and in areas near the school grounds. This includes any time students are on campus before and after school, while students are participating in or observing school sponsored activities, and on all school sponsored trips. Maintaining and supporting a positive learning environment is everyone’s responsibility.

Code of Conduct

As an IB School, ZIS’s code of conduct is essentially the IB Learner Profile. Teachers will discuss the Learner Profile and what this means in terms of student expectations and responsibilities at various times throughout the year.

School-wide Rules

In line with the IB Learner Profile and the expectations of making ZIS a happy and safe learning environment, students, faculty, and office staff members will abide by the following rules.
1. Be prepared for class.
2. Treat others as you want to be treated.
3. Keep hands and feet to yourself.
4. Obey the instructions of all adults in the school.

 Attendance Violations/Truancy

Students cannot learn effectively if they do not attend class. Parents are expected to inform the school of all absences, by email to the classroom or homeroom teacher, or by calling the school office.

Tardiness

Students should move promptly and directly to each class.

Excessive Absences

Being absent more than 10% of school days during a semester (9 days or more) is considered excessive. Principals will contact parents to discuss this issue.

Active participation

Students have a responsibility to be active participants in the learning process. Sleeping or napping in class is not acceptable. Classroom or homeroom teachers will contact parents to discuss this issue.

Alcohol and/or tobacco use/possession

Students may not consume, nor be in possession of alcohol or tobacco products at school or at any school event. A breach of this rule will likely result in suspension.

Inappropriate Clothing

On free dress days, or on school activities where the school uniform is not required, students should be modestly and appropriately clothed for the activity. Clothing that promotes alcohol, tobacco, illicit substances, firearms and inappropriate activities, or has inappropriate messages, is not permitted.

Bullying

Bullying is when someone keeps doing or saying things to have power over another person. 
Some of the ways they bully other people are by: calling them names, saying or writing nasty things about them, leaving them out of activities, not talking to them, threatening them, making them feel uncomfortable or scared, taking or damaging their things, hitting or kicking them, or making them do things they don’t want to do. It is typically repeated, often enjoyed by the bully or bullies, never justified. It is experienced as oppression.

School bullying is: Psychological, emotional, cyber, social or physical harassment of one student by another at school or within the school community. This includes at school and within its grounds, in transit between school and home, local shopping and sporting centres, at parties or local parks and in cyberspace. The playground is the most common place for bullying to occur.

ZIS does not tolerate bullying in any form. Students who engage in bullying others may face serious consequences, such as suspension or expulsion.

Cheating

Secondary school: Refer to the Academic Honesty and Plagiarism policy.

Primary school: Cutting information and pasting it into personal work without giving credit to the source is plagiarism. Developing research skills and thinking skills enable students to formulate their own ideas and express their own understandings. Students are expected to show integrity when presenting work on their own behalf.

Cheating and plagiarizing include:

  • Copying and pasting information from a book, magazine, encyclopedia, CD-ROM, or the Internet ?without giving credit to the resource.
  • Sharing information or answers for a quiz, test, or other individual assignment with other students who are taking or who will take the assessment at a later time or date.
  • Copying another person’s homework, notebook or assignment.
  • Providing homework, notebooks, or assignments to others who hand in such work as their own.
  • Copying another person’s homework, notebook, or assignment that has been graded and ?returned, and then using such as one’s own work.
  • Creating or using any unauthorized materials during any type of assessment.
  • Talking during tests, quizzes, and other assessments.

Computer Use

Although Secondary students use their own laptops at school, how they are used whilst involved with school and school activities is ZIS’ concern. Students must be aware that the internet network they use at school belongs to the school and therefore all online content they access must be relevant and appropriate for school.

1/ Students are to use the Internet for instructional, school approved activities. Students are not allowed to use the ZIS internet for:

  • viewing pornography
  • gaming or viewing gaming sites
  • gambling or viewing gambling sites
  • personal business
  • viewing sites that promote illegal activity (according to the laws of P.R.China)
  • checking and writing personal emails

2/ Students may only download files with a teacher’s permission.

3/ Students are expected to keep the network secure and not share their passwords (or those of other people) or accounts ?with anyone else.

4/ Students are not to publish their photo, name or address or that of any other person.

Altering or damaging the school’s network in any way is considered vandalism. Altering or damaging another student’s laptop in any way is considered vandalism.

Students are permitted to use their laptops, mobile phones and other electronic devices on school buses as long as headphones are used so as to not disturb the driver or other students.

Parents are responsible for the content stored on their own child’s device.

Dress Code

Students and parents are responsible for ensuring that the ZIS school uniform, including black school shoes, is worn appropriately and at all times other than free dress days or as directed.

  • Clothes must fit properly and be worn correctly.
  • Girls’ school dresses should be no higher than just above the knee
  • Inappropriate dress may result in parents being asked to bring appropriate clothes to school. Additional dress requirements are specified for special activities such as school dances, awards assemblies, and some camps and excursions.
  • Secondary students must only wear their PE uniform during PE classes unless they 1/ have PE in first period, in which case they may wear their PE uniform to school and then change into their normal uniform after PE, or 2/ have PE in the last period of the day in which cae they may wear their PE uniform home from school.
  • Uniforms are to be worn on excursions and field trips unless otherwise directed.

Jewellery:  Girls may wear up to 2 earrings in each ear. Earrings should be sleepers or studs. No facial piercings are permitted.

Tattoos: Tattoos on students are not permitted.

Hair: Must be worn off the face. Unnatural hair colour/hues are not permitted.

Facial hair: Faces should be clean shaven.

Fighting

Fighting is an unacceptable means of resolving conflict. Students engaged in physical fighting can expect serious consequences, such as suspension, or even expulsion, depending upon severity, provocation, and previous conduct (so not all students involved in a fight will receive the same consequences).

Food

In order to maintain a clean, attractive campus students are expected to maintain clean corridors and classrooms. Students will not be allowed to eat in the corridors during lunch, but may eat snacks as directed by their teacher. Generally, no food is permitted outside the cafeteria unless an activity has designated a specific location where eating is allowed. Food sales are not allowed during class time or in the cafeteria during lunch unless prior arrangements made and permission given from the Principal.

Forgery

Students who forge permission notes and parent signatures will be referred to the Principal.

Graffiti

Graffiti is considered vandalism and damaging property, in any form will not be tolerated. A person or persons who utilize any type of marking device, including aerosol paint or biological material, to intentionally or knowingly make markings, including inscriptions, slogans, drawings, or paintings may be suspended based upon the nature and severity of the offense.

Items inappropriate at school (nuisance items)

Students are not permitted to bring to school any personal items or nuisance items that interfere with the classroom atmosphere or endanger the health and safety of other students. Students are responsible for their personal property and should be mindful that such items can be easily stolen.

Cell phones are not to be visible or used in the school building. Skateboards and roller blades may not be ridden anywhere on school property, regardless of the time of day.

Electronic music players and cell phones can be used on the bus to and from school as long as headphones are used and it does not disturb the driver or other students. Parents are responsible for the content stored on their own child’s device.

Misconduct in the classroom

Each teacher will establish classroom rules and expectations, and will follow the Student Conduct Review Process.

Other prohibited items

There are many items that have no place in school and should not be in the possession of students. Other than those already mentioned, matches, lighters, BB or pellet guns, as well as any real or look-alike weapons are strictly prohibited.

Physically dangerous behaviour

Running, wrestling, rough-housing, and throwing objects in the halls or classrooms are dangerous and are not acceptable behaviors. In addition, any behavior that has the potential to harm another person is not acceptable at school.

Profanity and innappropriate langauge

The use of profanity, vulgarity, and inappropriate verbal or written language or gestures is unacceptable at ZIS. This includes any racial, ethnic, or sexual slur. Students are encouraged to use appropriate communication in all settings at all times.

Public displays of affection

Kissing or embracing on campus, during school, or at school functions is not allowed.

Sexual harrassment

Sexual harassment is: Unsolicited and unwelcome sexual behavior by any individual that interferes with the learning and everyday life of another, and that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

Sexual harassment can be verbal (comments about your body, spreading sexual rumors, sexual remarks or accusations, dirty jokes or stories), physical (grabbing, rubbing, flashing or mooning, touching, pinching in a sexual way, sexual assault) or visual (display of naked pictures or sex-related objects, obscene gestures). Sexual harassment can happen to girls and boys.

Although similar to bullying, sexual harrassment differs in 2 ways:

  • it is sexual in nature
  • It may happen once (rather than being repeated)
Sexual harassment, like bullying, will not be tolerated. It will be handled with sensitivity for all involved. Students initiating/performing such harassment should expect, along with counseling, serious consequences, such as suspension or expulsion.

Spreading rumors

It is unacceptable for students spread rumours, and students engaged in such activities will follow the Student Conduct Review Process.

Student property

Students are responsible for their own property. Staff will take care to help all students in this regard.

Students damaging school property, or another student’s property will be asked to pay for repairs and associated costs.

Theft

A student guilty of theft will be referred directly to the Principal and restitution of the stolen property, or replacement costs if this is not possible, must be made immediately. Other consequences, such as suspension or expulsion, may also be deemed appropriate.

Zhuhai International School is an authorized school for the IB Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme.