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

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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 them home to change or have their parents bring their proper uniform. 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 their 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 should call the Principals’ 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.


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 keep an accurate record for each class.

Minimum Attendance:

  • For grades 9-12, students are required to be in attendance for a minimum of 85% of the periods of 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 the students and parents/guardians to see that the students are in all their classes every day.

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

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. The third time a student is tardy in the morning; he/she will be placed on lunch detention.

Tardy to Class:

  • Students are expected to be in class on time. All students tardy to any class including homeroom and assemblies will serve a detention during the first break following the tardy.

  • 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.

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 09:00 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.

Computer use at ALS

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 which 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.


The school operates an on site clinic which provides emergency first aid treatment. In the event of a major emergency or disaster, the school will be evacuated. Further instructions will be given, depending upon the nature of the emergency.

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.

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 and/or in the lunch break. Activities are offered to all students from grades 1-12. A small fee is applicable to some activities.

ALS 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. Also, students should study during class time and ask the teacher’s assistance for homework and exam review and 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 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.


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.


Students are allowed, with prior permission from the Principal, to bring one (1) birthday cake which might be shared only with her/his 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 will be delivered during school hours. Classroom teachers or homeroom teachers will arrange to celebrate the birthday of his/her students once a month.

Books and Supplies

Textbooks are issued to each student. Students are responsible for the maintenance of the supplies and, if necessary, their replacement cost.


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 - 2011 / 2012

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