SCHOOL RULES / CODE OF CONDUCT


The school rules were drawn up so that the values and principles contained in the Code of Conduct can be realized. Thus the purpose behind the school rules is to:


• Create and maintain a positive educational environment.

• State clearly what is regarded as acceptable/unacceptable conduct.

• Promote educational and learning objectives.


Written and approved subject – and class policies form part of the school rules.


SCHOOL RULES


INTRODUCTION


The maintenance of order in, and the smooth running of the school, depends on the knowledge that learners and parents have of the school rules. On the next few pages all the school rules are set out but amendments and additions to these rules may be made when necessary. In such cases, parents will be notified by means of circulars.


Learners of Silverton High School have to abide by these rules AT ALL TIMES and parents are urgently requested to ensure that their children do so.


DISCIPLINE


1. DISCIPLINARY MEASURES (CORRECTIONAL MEASURES)


INTRODUCTION


The purpose of our disciplinary measures is not merely to correct unacceptable conduct (namely the disobeying of school rules), or to ensure the maintenance of order and discipline in the school, but rather to guide learners to become responsible and mature decision-makers. For this reason especially, it is important that the disciplinary measures comply with the following minimum criteria:


 Fairness


 Reasonableness


 Objectivity


 Legality


 Acknowledging the age, physical – and mental condition of the learner.


The disciplinary process can only be successful if learners, parents and educators co-operate with and support one another.

The school diary contains all the school rules and the applicable disciplinary measures. Learners who disobey these rules will be dealt with according to the stipulated measures. NO EXCUSES will be accepted, as learners and parents know what the rules are.


2. MISCONDUCT


It is the school’s responsibility to lead every learner to adulthood and self-discipline. If a learner transgresses repeatedly, he/she will be summoned to attend an internal disciplinary hearing.


If the transgression is of a more serious nature and if a learner is found guilty he / she can be brought before the Disciplinary committee of the School’s Governing Body.

If the learner is found guilty by the School Governing Body, it could lead to suspension or even expulsion.


2.1 Electronic Disciplinary System


All misdemeanours committed by learners are recorded on the electronic disciplinary system by the teachers, on a daily basis.

Every learner will – upon request – be able to inspect the state of his/her disciplinary record. These records are also regularly sent to parents for signing. The number of transgressions accumulated by a learner during the course of the year shall be indicated on his/her report on a regular basis.

Parents are at any stage welcome to make enquiries at the administrative office, regarding the state of their child’s behaviour.

The school sees it as our responsibility to guide every learner towards maturity and self-discipline. All transgressions are classified into three categories, and a detailed transgressions list is hereby attached. This list is adjusted from time to time as or when deemed necessary.


2.1.1 Category 1 transgressions


These are seen as misdemeanours, which, however, should not and may not be regarded as trifling, as an unacceptable number of these transgressions may push the learner up to Category 2.

Should a learner repeatedly commit misdemeanour transgressions, the parents will be notified either telephonically, or in writing.

If, thereafter, the learner still repeatedly transgresses, he/she will have to appear before an internal disciplinary committee chaired by the grade guardian or Disciplinary Official. The result could be any disciplinary measure, as indicated for Category 1.


2.1.2 Category 2 transgressions (Schedule 1, according to the S.A. Schools Act: Serious misconduct which may lead to suspension)


Examples of such transgressions include class- and school disruption.

The offences could be of such a nature that learners, who transgress, would have to appear in front of an internal disciplinary committee chaired by the grade guardian or Disciplinary Official. The result could be a 1-3 day suspension. If the learner persists, he/she will appear before an SGB Disciplinary Committee.


2.1.3 Category 3 transgressions (Schedule 2, according to the S.A. Schools Act: Serious misconduct which may lead to expulsion).


Examples of such transgressions would be forgery of parents’ signatures, or school documents.

The offences could be of such a nature that learners, who transgress, would have to appear before an SGB Disciplinary Committee. The result could be permanent suspension/expulsion should the learner be found guilty by said committee.


3. DRUG ABUSE/-TESTING


According to the S.A. Schools Act, Article 8A(2), the principal or assigned delegate may search and/or test a learner for prohibited substances, if there is a fair and reasonable suspicion as such.

If either the learner or the parent refuses to co-operate, both the matter and the learner must be handed over to the police so that they can conduct a search according to the Criminal Procedure Act. The result of such a search is linked to a criminal court procedure which might lead to a resulting criminal record.


The SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOLS ACT (SASA) NO. 84 OF 1996 can be viewed here.


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