Message from the principals



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Food after the bell: Students will be asked to dispose of the food and go to class.

Food Delivery: The delivery of food to the school campus is not allowed. This can lead to detention on Wednesday after school.

Students out of class: No students are allowed out of class during classes without a pass from their teacher. Students will be accompanied back to their classroom if they do not have a pass.

Smoking: Will result in an out-of-school suspension and parents will be informed.

Out of Uniform: All teachers will send the students to the Principal, who will send the students home to change or have their parents bring their proper uniforms. Students will not be allowed to attend classes without the proper uniform. Repeated offence will result in a detention or suspension. The school uniform is available for sale at school. During cold weather, students are allowed to wear a solid colour jacket over the regular school uniform. Jackets or sweatshirts worn over the uniform should have no patterns or designs on them.

Disrespect in a public assembly: The student will be removed from the assembly, he/she will have an after-school detention and the parents will be called.

Repeated class disruptions: Warnings will be recorded on a spreadsheet and students will have detention.

Student Pranks: Student pranks are banned and will not be tolerated.

Bullying: Mediation and counselling will take place. Parents will be called, if necessary. This can lead to detention or suspension.

Obscene language and gestures (in any language): Students will receive a verbal warning. If repeated, students can face the risk of suspension. Parents will be called, if necessary.

Speaking Arabic in English-speaking classes: A warning will be recorded on the spreadsheet, which can lead to an after school detention. Students should limit themselves to using the language of instruction in class. Teachers should be able understand what a student is saying at all times.

Vandalism: Will result in suspension. The student will have to restore or pay for damaged property.

If a very serious behaviour problem arises, one that cannot wait to be attended to, teachers will call the Principal’s office. Students may not be sent or brought to the office to wait for administrative intervention. An incident report form must be completed and given to the appropriate Principal.

Teachers may not keep students from attending their next class for any reason.

The student will be placed on disciplinary probation for at least a quarter.



  • The parents will receive a letter from the Principal informing them of the reasons for their son/daughter being placed on disciplinary probation.

  • The student cannot participate in any after school activity. This includes clubs, MUN and events happening in the evening, in or out of school.

  • The student cannot go on any field trips. (Visits to testing centres and/or CAS activities may be an exception.)

If a student is on disciplinary probation and his/her behaviour does not improve for the second quarter in a row, then:



  • Another letter will be sent to the parents informing them of their child’s inability to behave in a way that allows him/her to be removed from probation.

  • A meeting will take place between the Principal, Counsellor and parents to discuss the matters in detail, and to inform the parents that their child risks being asked to withdraw from the school.



ATTENDANCE POLICY

Philosophy

Academic success is directly related to attendance and behaviour/attitude.  Administrators, coordinators, counsellors, teachers, students and parents must work together to make sure students are present and on time to each class of the day and exhibit the right attitude. There must be a conscious effort by each person in our community to help students arrive at class on time and be prepared to learn.

It is expected that students will attend every class of every school day. All teachers will record attendance each period on Powerschool, as well as keeping an accurate record for each class. This policy will only work if each person involved participates consistently in its implementation.

Roles and Responsibilities

Administrators: will support teachers by assigning after school detention and supporting all other interventions.

K-3, Boys and Girls Coordinators: will meet with habitually tardy or misbehaving students and make parent contact. 

Teachers: will make every effort to monitor students between classes while greeting students at the door. They will keep the student traffic moving and be a positive adult presence, showing students that teachers do want them to be on time.

Teachers’ responsibilities include:


  • Recording attendance daily in their roll books and on Powerschool.

  • Not allowing students out of class without a proper hall pass.

  • Recording the necessary information on the incident sheet located on the academic drive.

  • Being a positive role model by being prepared and on time for class.

Students: will arrive for every class on time.  They will attend all lunch/after school detentions and participate in the assigned interventions.

Minimum Attendance

  • For grades 9-12, students are required to be in attendance for a minimum of 85% of the periods of a course.

  • For grades K-8, students will risk promotion to the next level if they miss more than 30 school days.

  • All absences from class, with the exception of field trips or school-sponsored activities/sports, are considered as absences for the minimum attendance policy.

  • Every three tardies will be counted by Powerschool as one period absence.

  • Every effort should be made by students and parents/guardians to see that students are in all their classes every day.

  • Extraordinary situations will be reviewed and considered by the administration.

Absence from School

Parents are requested to call the Principal’s office to inform the school if a student is absent. In case of illness, parents are requested to call Principal’s Assistant by 0900 to report the absence. In the event that telephone contact is not made, the student must bring a note to the office on his/her first day back. Students absent for more than three days should bring a doctor’s note. All students following any absence will be given absence slips by the Principal’s office. In order to make up the work missed during an absence, the parents must provide a letter/medical report for approval by the Principal.



Morning Tardy

If students arrive at school late, they are required to go directly to the Principal’s office in order to obtain late slips. The Principal’s Assistant will record every time a student is late for school. The school administration will take the necessary steps to modify the behavior of students who are frequently late.



Tardy to Class

  • Students are expected to be in class on time. All students tardy to any class, including homeroom and assemblies, will be recorded on the incident sheets.

  • In the event a student is late for break detention or entirely misses it, he/she is required to report to the office the same day for an after school detention.

  • If a student’s lateness becomes chronic, the administration will use other measures, such as assigning Thursday school.

Disciplinary Consequences

  1. Break/Lunch detention: This will be assigned by the teachers as part of their classroom rules. Teachers can assign lunch detentions when needed or they can record the incident on the incident sheet on the academic drive.

  2. Teachers have to report students who are late to class on the incident sheet.

  3. Students who come between 0740 and 0800 will be given a lunch detention on the same day.

  4. Students who come after 0800 will be given after school detention and their parents will be notified of the late arrival by letter or phone call. (This will be considered as skipping class.)

  5. Three incidents (behaviour, tardiness between classes, no homework, no book, no uniform, being disrespectful, being disruptive, etc.) will cause the student to serve an after school detention. Parent notification via email or direct telephone call by the respective coordinator is required. The detention is served after school during that week provided there is enough time to notify the parents. The respective coordinators will regularly check and update the incident file on the shared drive every week.

  6. Skipping class results in an after school detention. Students who are 20 minutes late to class will be considered skipping.

  7. If a student’s lateness becomes chronic, the administration will use other measures, such as assigning school on Thursday.

Note to parents: Communication with the school is very important; please make sure you contact the school in the case of inevitable delay.

COMPUTER USE POLICY

All students at ALS are expected to use computers, the school network and facilities, email, and the World Wide Web in an ethical manner, appropriate for a school setting. At all times, ALS students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is cognizant of the rights, feelings and freedoms of others as well as themselves. Due consideration must be given at all times to the effects one's actions have on other members of the ALS community and our global society in general when using technology both at home and at school.



PRIVATE TUTORING POLICY

The purpose of private tutoring is to help students develop specific skill deficiencies and should assist the students’ overall development. It should not be for homework assistance or cramming before exams. Students need to become self-reliant and be able to sit down and complete their homework. Students should study during class time and ask for the teacher’s assistance for homework and exam review and should not have to pay for additional tuition if they have been responsible during the term.

Teaching students is mainly the responsibility of the school. The school encourages students to develop independent thinking and problem-solving skills. Most often it is best to have the student work out misconceptions and non-understanding independently. However, there are cases where tutoring is a substitute for missed learning time and/or lost skills.

Intensive tutoring to complete homework assignments, projects or pass a test usually does not address the underlying weakness of a student. More often than not it offers a short-time solution to long-term problems. Effective tutoring should help remediate the weaknesses of the child.

Parents are encouraged to monitor their children’s work at home and help them to complete their assignments independently.

When they have concerns about their child’s performance in a class, parents are encouraged to call the school to arrange an appointment with the teacher concerned.

Advanced Learning Schools does not encourage private tutoring.

ALS teachers are not allowed to tutor the students they teach at school. In certain cases there might be a need to teach students from other grade levels. This has to be approved by the Superintendent.

GENERAL INFORMATION

After School Activities (ASA)

Students are encouraged to participate in after school activities (ASA). Teachers and other instructors offer a wide variety of extra-curricular activities after school from 1440-1540 on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Activities are offered to all students from grades 1-12 over two sessions during the year. A small fee is applicable to some activities.



Assemblies

ALS holds several assemblies throughout the year. The assemblies provide opportunities for students to demonstrate leadership and celebrate learning and achievement. Guest speakers and parents are invited on specific occasions and/or theme assemblies.



Birthdays

Students are allowed, with prior permission from the classroom teacher, to bring one birthday cake that can be shared only with the whole class during the lunch break. No birthday celebrations will take place during teaching hours. The birthday cake must be brought in the morning with the student. No birthday cakes may be delivered during school hours.



Books and Supplies

Textbooks are issued to each student. Students are asked to return the textbooks at the end of the year. Students are responsible for bringing their own supplies and for the maintenance of the supplies provided by the school and, if necessary, their replacement cost.



Clinic

The school operates an onsite clinic which provides emergency first aid treatment

We encourage parents to have their own medical insurance to cover the costs of extra medical care that may be related to any accident that occurs.

Emergencies

In the event of a major emergency or disaster, the school will be evacuated according to the agreed procedure. Further instructions will be given, depending upon the nature of the emergency.



House System

Each student and each member of faculty is assigned to one of the four school houses, designated by the colours red, blue, green and yellow. During the year, a variety of house competitions take place.



Lockers

Students in grades 6-12 are provided with lockers and locker keys as soon as the school starts. Students have to pay 20 SR to replace a lost key the first time and 40 SR the second time. All keys must be returned at the end of the year as part of the students’ check-out procedure. Students will pay 40 SR at the end of the year if they are unable to return the key. A replacement cost is paid by the students in case of locker damage.



Snacks

In an effort to help your child be prepared to learn, nutritionists advise that children should eat complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables and fatty fish. A nutritious snack and lunch should be made up of foods high in grains, nuts, eggs, salmon, tuna, berries or dried fruits, as well as other fruits and vegetables. Refined sugars and flour are considered “brain drain” foods, so sugary cereals, cookies, cakes, juices and drinks with high fructose corn syrup and even white bread are not good choices for good brain function. A good practice is to read the ingredients list for all the processed foods bought. If sugar is one of the first three ingredients, then we request this product not be sent with your children to school. This product will not benefit them in the classroom with their learning.



Telephone

The school has limited telephone facilities, which are to be used for official calls only.

The main office phone number is 01 207 0926.

Students need written permission from a teacher before they can use the phone. Students may not use their own personal phones in school, unless under adult supervision.



ALS Student & Parent Handbook - 2012 / 2013


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