Contents

1.  Code of Conduct for learners

2.  Preamble

3.  Mission Statement and Objectives

4.  Legal Authority

5.  Responsibilities of Parents to the Code of Conduct

6.  Guardianship

7.  Empowerment of Staff

8.  School and Discipline Rules

8.1.  Pupils undertaking – Respect myself – Respect others – My approach

8.2.  General Behaviour

8.3.  Behaviour of learners towards other learners

8.4.  Bullying

8.5.  Behaviour in the classroom

8.6.  Behaviour during breaks

8.7.  Behaviour during changing of classrooms

8.8.  Text Books

8.9.  School Bags

8.10.  Homework

8.11. Respect for the environment

8.12. Communications

8.13.  Absenteeism

8.14.  Accepting of Responsibility

8.15.  School uniforms and appearance

8.16.  Body markings and piercing

8.17.  Uniforms for girls

8.18.  Winter uniform

8.19.  Hair for girls.

8.20.  Uniforms for boys

8.21. Hair for boys

8.22. School uniform control and neatness control

8.23.  ITC code of Conduct

8.24.  Physical Computer Security

8.25.  Attempting, Abiding and Abetting

8.26.  ICT Incident Reporting

EXAMINATIONS AND TESTS

8.27.  Cheating in examination

6.28.  Dishonesty

8.29.  Absenteeism from Tests and Examinations

8.30.  Theft

8.31.  Drugs and / or banned substances

9.  Random search and seizure  and drug testing

10.  Prevention, Pro-active advice, counsellling, penalties and

Corrective measures

11.  Categories of offences and Disciplinary action

12.  Offences that may lead to suspension

13.  Suspension and expulsion

14.  Serious misconduct and the law

15.  Disciplinary procedures

16.  Due process

17.  Disciplinary procedure

18.  Emergency procedures

19.  Interpretation of the rules

20.  Pledge –  ICT Code Of Conduct

21.  Acknowledgement and acceptance of Code of Conduct

Greyville Primary school code of Conduct

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR LEARNERS

While it is a pupil’s right to receive an education and while Greyville Primary School will strive to provide the top quality educational opportunities this community has come to expect, it is important that pupils acknowledge their responsibilities to themselves, their fellow pupils, their Educators, other staff members and the School.

2 PREAMBLE

1.1  A Code of Conduct is necessary in our school community to realize the

educational objectives of the school.

2.1 The Code of Conduct must inform the learners of the way in which they should conduct themselves at a school in preparation for their conduct and safety in civil society. It must set a standard of moral behaviour for learners and equip them with the expertise, knowledge and skills they would be expected to evince as worthy and responsible citizens. It must promote the civic responsibilities of the school and it must develop leadership. The main focus of the Code of Conduct must be positive discipline. It must be punitive and punishment oriented, but it must facilitate constructive learning.

2.2 The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to promote positive discipline, self-discipline and exemplary conduct, as learners learn by observation and experience.

2.3 School rules will be obeyed.

2.4 The Code of Conduct aims at establishing a disciplined and purposeful environment to facilitate effective education and learning in school.

2.5 This Code of Conduct acknowledges the following: The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, the South African Schools Act and Provincial Legislation.

3.         MISSION STATEMENT.

Our School aims to provide a warm, supportive environment,
conducive to the attainment of academic excellence, high moral
standards, spiritual growth, social and cultural awareness and good
physical health. We will provide a vibrant academic atmosphere, in
which every learner is valued as an individual, challenged as a
learner and inspired to contribute to society.

OBJECTIVES.

3.1  To provide the opportunity for each learner to develop his/her abilities and skills optimally in an educational area in which the school is involved.

3.1  To provide each learner, as a unique individual, with the opportunity to prepare himself/herself fully so that he/she may play a meaningful role in society as an adult.

3.2 To provide each learner with a safe and secure learning environment which acknowledges that each learner is a unique individual with his/her own special traits and needs.

3.3  To teach learners the principle of caring for one another in a spirit of co-operation and support.

3.4  To ensure a safe environment so as to limit physical injuries as far as possible.

3.5  To offer, in a school-parent partnership, the best for the child through effective communication.

4        LEGAL AUTHORITY

According to the South African Schools Act:

4.1  Nothing shall exempt a learner from complying with the Code of Conduct of the school.

4.2  An educator at a school shall have the same rights as a parent to control

and discipline the learner according to the Code of Conduct during the time the learner is in attendance at the school, in any classroom, at school functions, at school excursion or at any school related activities.

4.3  The principal or an educator, upon reasonable suspicion (sufficient information), has the legal authority to conduct a search of any learner or property in possession of the learner for a dangerous weapon, firearm, drugs or any harmful, dangerous substance, stolen property, or pornographic material brought onto the school property. (A search may be
performed in terms of the following Acts of general application: Control of
Access to Public Premisesand Vehicles Act 53 of 1985; Drugs and DrugTrafficking Act 140 of 1992; Arms and Ammunition Act 75 of 1969, South African School’s ACT-[ Insertion of section 8A in Act of 1996 and  Amendment of section 8  of Act 84 of 1996 as amended by section 4 of Act 50 0f 2002.] During a search, human dignity shall be observed and learners shall be searched in private by persons of their own gender, preferably in the presence of at least one other person. A record must be kept of the search proceedings and the outcome.

5 RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PARENTS TO THE CODE OF CONDUCT

5.1 The ultimate responsibility for learners’ behaviour rests with their parents or guardians. It is expected that parents will:

5.2. Support the school, and require learners to observe all school rules and regulations and accept responsibility for any misbehaviour on their part; and take an active interest in their children’s schoolwork and make it possible for the children to complete assigned homework.

5.3. Transgressions committed against The Code of Conduct.-  Parent/ Guardians and /or the legal authorities may be  immediately called to school for the relevant matter.

6 GUARDIANSHIP

To reach these objectives, a guardianship is necessary. It consists of the following:

6.1.  Educators.

6.2.  Heads of Departments.

6.3.  Deputy Principals.

6.4.  Principal.

6.5.  School Governing Body.

6.6.  Parents.

6.7.  Prefects

6.8.  Administration and Support Staff.

7 EMPOWERMENT OF STAFF

7.1. The South African Schools Act, 1996, empowers the school authorities to discipline learners, but it is beyond the law to delegate this authority to learners. Learners are partners with other members of the school and are not in charge of the school.

7.2. Every educator is responsible for discipline at all times at the school and at school related activities. Educators have full authority and responsibility to correct the behaviour of the learners whenever such correction is necessary at the school. Serious misconduct must be referred to the principal of the school. However, a mechanism must be created at school to handle disciplinary problems to reduce the load of the principal.

7.3. Any corrective measures or disciplinary action must be commensurate with the offence/infraction. Corrective measures may become more severe with subsequent repeated infractions. Suspension or expulsion may follow. Learners should not think that they cannot be suspended or expelled simply because it is their first offence or infraction of a rule or policy, but such a decision should be taken by the right authority.

7.4. In cases where a learner cannot adjust to the school and where his/her behaviour is objectionable in that it violates the rights of others, he/she will be referred to the principal. Through consultation with his/her educators, and the site of learning based team in consultation with the parents or guardians every effort should be made to assist him/her to adjust. This will include referral to the education support services for treatment. If all these efforts fail, the principal will refer the matter to the governing body, which may make a decision in the best interest of the learner and the other learners at the school.

7.5. Offences will be recorded in a Record of Behaviour book/chart. The Record of Behaviour will be reviewed quarterly, and parents, learners, staff and SGB will have the opportunity to make contributions and recommendations regarding the content of the Record of Behaviour. Disciplinary procedures will be followed as stipulated in the policy which will be discussed if requested with learners and parents. Parents will regularly receive disciplinary reports from the school.

7.6. Warnings will be given to learners either verbally or in writing.

7.7. Learners will complete work in arrears within one day.

8. PUPIL’S UNDERTAKING

I, as a pupil of Greyville  Primary School, undertake to:

8.1. RESPECT MYSELF – by doing my best at all times and by taking  pride in my  dress, actions and thoughts.

8.1.2. RESPECT OTHERS – by being polite, considerate and helpful always and by giving  others  the opportunity to reach their full

8.1.3.  My approach: Accept responsibility for my actions

8.1.4.  Practice safety at all times. I will carry my safety identification card at all times I will not endanger others or myself

8.2. GENERAL BEHAVIOUR:

Learners are to be at all times ambassadors for their school. Learners are expected to conform to the normal rules of courtesy, and dignified behaviour in and out of school. Avoid arrogance always. Humility in victory and grace in defeat should be shown.

Support the school by attending school functions.

It is expected of learners to be courteous, friendly and respectable towards  Educators, other learners, General Staff, Administration Staff and the members of the general public.

8.2.1. Academic staff, administrative staff, ground staff, parents, visitors and fellow learners are  to  be accorded the utmost courtesy. If a learner is seated when an adult approach he/she should stand and greet the adult, and offer assistance where necessary. Learners should greet staff members when meeting or passing each other during the day. Adults are to greeted by surname (e.g. Mr Smith) or as “Sir or “Ma’am”,
whichever is applicable.

8.2.2 The manner in which pupils communicate with other learners, staff and parents should  be  of  an unquestionable standard at all times. No slang, bad language, shouting or  answering  back is acceptable. Verbal defiance is a serious offence.

8.2.3. At sports events the learners are reminded not to walk in front of the spectators. They are not to play near the area while matches are in progress.

8.2.4. Learners are expected to behave appropriately at all functions. Pupils are to remain silent  when entering venues for formal occasions, e.g. Assembly.

8.2.5. Learners waiting for transport before or after school should do so in an orderly manner.

8.2.6. Orderly queuing at the Tuck-shop is essential to facilitate efficient service. No “pushing” is permitted. Littering outside the Tuck-shop is not allowed.

8.2.7. Order and quiet are to prevail in the school buildings.

8.2.8. All items, including school uniforms and personal items should be clearly marked. Any article found in the school buildings or grounds should be handed in to Lost Property.

8.2.9. To avoid accidental injury or damage to property, learners are not allowed  to  stones or other objects.

8.2.10 Learners may not enter the staffroom without permission. It is out of bounds for learners.

8.2.11. The possession or distribution of pornographic material or other offensive material (e.g. racist or sexist propaganda publications) is not allowed.

8.2.12. Malicious damage to property and vandalism will not be tolerated.

8.2.13. Bad language and swearing will not be accepted.

8.2.14. The toilets must be kept clean and neat.

8.2.15. Stone-throwing, water-throwing, rough/rowdy games, fighting, assault, sexual  harassment or dishonest behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated.

8.2.16. No learner may be in possession of tobacco, cigarettes, alcohol, drugs or any other unacceptable habit-forming or intoxicating substance.

8.2.17. No learner is allowed to use any of the above.

8.2.18. No learner may be in possession of pornographic or erotic material or any  material  portraying nudity.

8.2.19. Unacceptable intimate behaviour by learners is not allowed.

8.2.20. Any dangerous object is not allowed to be brought and / or used in school.

‘Dangerous object’ mean

(a) any explosive  material or device;

(b) any firearm or gas weapon

(c) any article , or object or instrument that may be employed  to cause bodily harm  to a person or damage to property , or render a person  temporarily paralyzed  or unconscious.

8.2.21. It is compulsory that learners must wear their safety identification cards during school hours, at all times, at school functions and at all school activities

8.2.22. Learners who transgress school and class rules will be banned from functions organized by the school.

8.3. Behaviour of learners towards other learners.

8.3.1. It is expected of learners to display the necessary respect towards the prefects.

8.3.2. All learners are expected to honour the positive order and spirit of the school.

8.3.3. It is expected of learners to be friendly, courteous and tolerant towards one another.

8.4. Bullying.

8.4.1. The community of Greyville Primary School will not tolerate unkind remarks or actions, even when these are not intended to hurt. To stand by when  someone else is being bullied is to support bullying. Learners should support  one another by reporting all instances of bullying to a staff member or prefect.

8.4.2. Verbal harassment shall be defined as threats, gestures or verbal attacks on persons including attacks at one’s racial, ethnic or religious background,  physical or mental ability, appearance as well as any form of teasing.

8.4.3. Physical harassment shall be defined as any conduct, which threatens or harms  a person physically, or conduct that causes physical distress. Acts of physical aggression will be viewed in a very serious light.

8.5 Behaviour in the classrooms.

8.5.1. Each learner has to do his/her utmost to maintain order in the classes.

8.5.2. Each learner must contribute towards an effective and efficient work pace and the completion of work.

8.5.3. Learners may not bring any toys to school, e.g. water pistols, walkman, fireworks, electronic games, cellular phones, etc.

8.5.4. It is expected from learners to react upon orders and requirements from educators. Neatness and order are prerequisites in the class situation.

8.5.5. No learner may be outside the classroom during school hours without  permission.

8.5.6. Furniture and other material or apparatus, e.g. computers, radios, TVs, may not be used by learners without permission and/or supervision.

8.5.7. No learner may leave the school premises during school hours.

8.5.8. The computer room may only be used under supervision of an educator.

8.5.9. No learner/s may be inside a classroom, unless under supervision of an educator.

8.5.10. Only one learner at a time is allowed to leave the classroom to go to the toilet.

8.6. Behaviour during breaks.

8.6.1. Pupils are to remain in the designated areas during breaks.

8.6.2. The school buildings are out of bounds before and after school and during breaks unless  official school activities have been organized and approved of, by a member of staff.

8.6.3. Learners may not meet visitors at school without permission. All visitors  are asked to report to Reception when they arrive. No learner may  eave the school grounds during  school hours without permission.

8.7. Behaviour during changing of classes.

8.7.1. During changing of classes, learners must walk in rows to the next classroom. Nobody is allowed to visit the toilets or leave the row without permission, during changing of classes. No unruly behaviour will be tolerated during changing of classes and no exuberance is allowed.

8.7.2 Learners are to stand back and allow adults to pass along corridors, or  on approaching an entrance/exit. The rule of “keep to the left” applies on all passages. Running and unnecessary loitering is to be avoided. Suitcases should  be  placed against the wall and not in the middle of the passages.

8.8. Text Books

8.8.1. Learners must look after books received. Learners have to replace/pay  for books which have been lost.

8.9. School bags.

8.9.1. Learners must carry bags that will protect their books. Bags with offensive words/slogans are not allowed.

8.10. Homework

8.10.1. Homework is the learner’s opportunity to work independently.

8.10.2. Study and learning are equally important. A learner with a high sense of duty will never say that he/she has no homework. They should use all opportunities in the class to do homework.

8.10.3. Homework plays an important role in a learner’s ultimate success.

8.11. RESPECT ENVIRONMENT – By taking care of and protecting myself and the Environment around me.

8.11.1. To preserve our beautiful grounds, pupils are asked to keep to the footpaths or corridor  when moving around the school.

8.11.2. No ball games may be played in any area except on the bottom field, where it will be allowed.

8.11.3. In the case of accidental breakages, these must be reported. If school

8.11.4. property is  damaged in defiance of the school rules, the repair thereof will be for the account of the responsible party.

8.11.5. No pupil may enter the school hall without adult supervision. School equipment may not  be used without permission.

8.11.6. Bathrooms should be left in a manner in which you would like to find to them.

8.11.7. Vandalism or willful destruction of property or tampering with equipment will be viewed a most serious light. Graffiti is forbidden.

8.12. COMMUNICATIONS:

Newsletters and Circulars.

8.12.1. Notices and newsletters are an essential method of communication between the school  and home. Learners are to ensure that notices handed out at school are given to parents  or guardians. All newsletters and circulars sent to the parents by the school must be treated as important and must be read by the parents When reply slips are attached, these must be signed by the parents or  guardian and returned promptly to the class teacher.

8.12.2. Cell phones may not be brought to school for use after school hours. A fine of R300. 00 will be paid for its release.

8.12.3. The public phones may be used during breaks and after school. Office phones may only be used for emergencies, with the permission of a staff  member.

Announcements

8.12.4. When announcements are made over the intercom, all learners must be quiet and  must listen and react if expected from them.

8.13. ABSENTEEISM:

8.13.1. If a pupil has been absent, a letter from the parent/guardian must be handed to the  Teacher on the day that he/she returns to school. Generally, Medical Certificates are required when cycle tests or examinations are missed, or when a child has been absent for three or more days.

8.13.2. Requests for a learner to miss school must be submitted in writing to the Principal. Where possible, medical and dental appointments should be made out of school hours. Permission is not automatically given for these.

8.13.3.  Truancy will not be tolerated. Pupils may not miss any lessons or be absent from school for a full day without a teacher’s consent. Pupils are to carry out instructions given to them by any person in authority.

8.13.4. The learners concerned must carry out any disciplinary measures decided on, by the given  time. Failure to do so will be viewed in a serious light.

8.13.5. No holidays may scheduled by parents/guardians during the school teaching terms. Permission will not be granted for these.

8.13.6. A learner who is continuously absent for 10 days may be taken off the school register.

8.14. I ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY – By completing the tasks that I have been given to do  and by  realising that I am accountable for what I have done. Every learner should strive to give of his best academically and this should be reflected in his/her classroom behaviour and attitudes.

Academic tasks – homework, project preparation are to be properly completed by the due date.

8.14.1. Failure, without a valid reason, to do homework, class work, tests or any academic task, is unacceptable  and offenders will be punished.

8.14.2. A learner’s behaviour will be regarded as unacceptable if he if he/she deliberately disrupt classes, thereby hampering the learning process of fellow learners.

8.14.3. During the course of the year, a number of school functions and sports events are  compulsory. Learners are given these dates in advance and they may only miss these  with the permission of the Principal.

8.15. SCHOOL UNIFORM AND APPEARANCE

Uniform: All learners must wear the prescribed uniform at all times. This applies, not only, to uniform worn from day to day, but also to uniform worn during extramural activities. Learners found wearing partial or incorrect uniform, whether at school or not, will be subject to disciplinary action. Failure to adhere to the school’s dress code will result in the item of clothing, footwear or jewellery being confiscated. A fine of R300.00 will be paid for the release of the item.

8.15.1. Dirty clothing, broken zips or missing buttons will not be tolerated.

8.15.2. No ornamental jewellery, including earrings, beads, studs or chains may be worn. Girls may wear plain, small gold or silver studs or simple sleepers. Only one earring may be  worn in each ear. Religious symbols may be worn under their clothing  and these should  be small and unobtrusive.

8.15.3. Only plain black lace-up or T-bar shoes may be worn. Boots, suede-type shoes and track  shoes are unacceptable. Shoes must be in good repair and polished.

8.15.4. Full tracksuits may be worn for sport activities and in winter only. Tracksuit tops may be used in conjunction with the normal school uniform in place of a jersey or blazer.

8.15.5. On extremely cold mornings Greyville Primary Regulation Green Beanies, scarves and   gloves may be worn.

8.15.6. Greyville Primary school Regulation summer caps may worn during outdoor activities. Only regulation green “Dry Macs” may be worn.

8.15.7 No jewellery, except ear studs or sleepers (15mm in diameter), may be worn. No fancy watches may be worn.

8.15.8. No makeup is allowed.

8.15.9. Nail polish and tattoos are forbidden. Nails must be clean and short. This applies to toenails as well. Toenails must be clean and cut short. When participating in sports  barefoot,  toenails may not be polished

8.16. Body markings and piercing.

8.16.1. No body piercing will be allowed.

8.16.2. Body markings and tattoos is not allowed.

8.15.3. Henna and ‘mendhi’ decorations is not allowed.

8.16.4. Henna on the nails may not be used as a substitute for nail polish

Any deviations and exceptions for uniforms and dressing from the CODE of CONDUCT for cultural/religious reasons must be submitted in writing to the Principal.

8.17. Uniforms for girls.

Prescribed uniform:

8.17.1. Green Check Tunic and white shirt/  Green Check Dress/Green  Pants and white  shirt/ Green School Jersey

8.17.2. The length of the tunic /dress must be knee-length or below the knee.

8.17.3. Black shoes and socks.

8.17.4. No takkies or fancy shoes.

No skirts or grey pants are allowed.

8.18. Winter Uniform for girls:

8.18.1. School Track Suit (green)

8.19. Hair for girls:

8.19.1. No gel, dying or perking of hair is permitted.

8.19.2. Braiding of hair is permitted and pupils may not have “spiky, bushy” styles.

8.19.3. Any learner whose hair is longer than her collar must tie it up in one or two   ponytails, or plaited(only one or two plaits), unless it is too short to plait.

8.19.4. The hair must be the natural colour. It may not be dyed or streaked.

8.19.5 Dreadlocks and/or extensions are not allowed.

8.19.6. Excessive and colourful hair accessories are not allowed.

8.20. Uniforms for boys:

The school  uniform must be worn to all school activities, unless stated otherwise.

Prescribed uniform:

8.20.1 School Grey Pants/White Shirt/ School Tie/School Jersey/School Shoes/socks. No Takkies and coloured laces are allowed.

8.20.2. No jewellery may be worn.

Winter Uniform for boys:

8.20.3 School Track Suit. (Green)

8.21. Hair for boys.

8.21.1. “Number 2” cut is acceptable. No steps, “Mohican style”, no hair in eyes,  spikes, over the eyes or over collar is permitted. Hair must be of an even- length over the entire surface of the head.

8.21.2. No gel or dying of hair is allowed. No dreadlocks are allowed.

8.21.3. Only one week’s grace will be given to remedy transgressions of the above.

8.21.4 . More serious infringements will result in a pupil being asked to leave school immediately in order to ensure that his hair is returned to its natural colour.

8.21.5. Boys whose hair has been shaved/styled for cultural/religious reasons must  submit a letter in this regard to the Principal.

8.21.6. Hair must be the natural colour. It may not be dyed or streaked.

8.22 UNIFORM AND NEATNESS CONTROL.

Random checks will take place to control uniform and neatness. This will be done by   the educators and management.

8.23. ICT CODE OF CONDUCT.
All users of the Schools computer system do so under the following rules and conditions:

All pupils must be accompanied by a teacher if they are to make use of any computer systems.

8.23.1. ICT equipment, fixtures and furniture must be treated with care and respect at all times.

8.23.2. NO FOOD, NO DRINK AND NO MOBILE TELEPHONES AT ANY TIME IN ANY ICT ROOM.

8.23.3 Conduct must be quiet and orderly at all times, both when using the ICT facilities and   whilst waiting for a computer to become available.

8.23.4. Users will be liable for the cost of remedying any damage they cause to the ICT facilities or to remote systems.

8.23.5. The ICT facilities are provided for SCHOOL WORK ONLY.

8.23.6. Any pupil seeking to gain access to, modify or delete files belonging to another user will be  regarded as guilty of theft, and punished accordingly. Any pupil found to be logging or  attempting to log on using a different pupil’s username will be similarly punished.

8.23.7. Under no circumstances is any pupil to interfere or tamper with system settings and files   or physically interfere with computers or other equipment in any way. Any such behaviour  will be regarded as vandalism and punished accordingly.

8.23.8. Non-schoolwork material is not permitted to be stored or viewed on any computer at any time. Any non-schoolwork files found will be deleted without warning and the user in question will be banned from ICT Open Access for a considerable period of time. Repeat offenders will be subject to further punishment. Students who are banned from using ICT facilities must not attempt to use those facilities whilst the ban is in effect. Other staff or students must not give access, nor assist with the giving of access, to facilities from which they know a person is banned.

8.23.9. It is forbidden to research objectionable items on the Internet, to download these onto the school network, or to send offensive material to any person’s e-mail address box.

8.23.10. Email Usage:

Greyville Primary School does not provide email facilities for pupils.

8.23.11. Any cases of disorderly conduct in the ICT Room or non-schoolwork activities will result in  the PC of the pupil being shut down without warning and the  immediate banning from  ICT. Respect the rights of others and conduct themselves in a manner that does not interfere with or cause offence to others and not engage in any activity which denies reasonable services to others.

8.24.     PHYSICAL COMPUTER SECURITY.

8.24.1. To ensure the safety of GPS computer assets, no computer equipment may be moved or  removed.

8.25. ATTEMPTING, AIDING AND ABETTING.

8.25.1. Any person who aids and abets someone to commit any of the  offences referred to in the sections above is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction.

8.26. ICT INCIDENT REPORTING.

8.26.1. Incidents in breach of the ICT policy should be reported to the ICT portfolio manager or to  any  ICT portfolio member, where necessary information will be obtained and, if deemed necessary, will then be taken to the heads of the School where disciplinary action could be  instituted.

Any breach of any of these regulations will result in disciplinary action and banning from usage of ICT facilities outside of scheduled lesson times.

EXAMINATION AND TESTS:

8.27. CHEATING IN THE EXAMINATION:

8.27.1. Any form of cheating in test or examinations is forbidden. A learner caught  cheating will receive zero for the test/examination. Other  disciplinary  measures will be  taken as well.

8.28. DISHONESTY:

The degree and circumstances will be taken into account; nevertheless, Dishonesty is considered a serious offence.

8.29. ABSENTISM FROM TESTS AND EXAMINATION.

8.29.1 A Zero will be recorded if a learner is absent without a valid reason from examinations and tests.

8.29.2 Permission will not be granted  for a learner to write  eaaminations and tests earlier than the dates.

8.30. THEFT:

8.30.1. Each member of the Greyville community has a role to play in minimizing theft:

8.30.2. Expensive items of clothing and footwear should not be brought to school.

8.30.3. Electronic games and equipment should not be brought to school. These will be confiscated and a fine of R250.00 must be paid for its release.

8.30.4. Large amounts of money should not be carried around at school.

8.30.5. Regulation purses worn around the learners’ necks are compulsory.

8.30.6. Pupils may not leave their bags lying around unattended during school hours or after school.

8.30.7. If a learner witnesses a theft, this should be reported to a member of staff.

8.30.8. Learners may not “borrow” things like books, pens, calculators, clothes etc. without the owner’s permission, even as a “joke”. “Hiding” property that does not belong to you will be viewed in as serious a light as theft

PLANNED, PREMEDITATED THEFT IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE.

8.31. DRUGS AND/OR BANNED SUBSTANCES: ALCOHOL AND

TOBACCO:

Illegal drugs mean:

(a)Any unlawful substance  that has a psychological  or physiological effect; or

(b)Any substance having such effect that is possessed unlawfully.

8.31.1. Learners on the school premises, or in uniform are not allowed to smoke, or drink liquor at any time or  place. It is a punishable offence to  be  found in possession of cigarettes, lighters, matches or alcohol or to be  found in  company of learners who are smoking or drinking. This rule applies to all social functions at which the name of Greyville Primary School could be detrimentally affected. Learners on the school premises or in uniform may not be in possession  of, use or distribute any form of drug or banned substance. nor may learners be in the company of any such learner

8.31.2. No learner may be in possession of any illegal drug.

8.31.3. If a learner is suspected of using alcohol or   any other prohibited substance, the necessary action will be taken.

8.32. Any substance  that has a psychological  or physiological effect is not allowed to be used or brought onto the premises or in the classroom or at school functions.

9. Random Search And Seizure And Alcohol Drug

Testing At School.

No person may bring a dangerous object illegal  drug onto the  school premises or during any school  activity. The principal or his delegate may, at random, search any  learner/s  (body  search) or the  property of  learner/s for any dangerous object  or illegal drug.

Tests  Urine tests and drug testing may be undertaken by the school.

Any dangerous object or illegal drug seizure or / and testing will  be conducted in accordance  to the Code of Conduct as contemplated in the South African Schools Act.

10. PREVENTION, PRO-ACTIVE ADVICE, COUNSELLING,

PENALITIES AND CORRECTIVE MEASURES.

10.1. In case of minor offences, corrective measures may be applied.

These measures could include one or more of the following:

10.2. Verbal warning or written reprimand by an educator or the principal.

10.3. Supervised school work that will contribute to the learner’s progress at school, the improvement of the school environment, provided that the parents are timeously informed and the security of the learner is assured.

10.4. Performing tasks that would assist the offended person.

10.5. Replacement of damaged property;

10.6. Suspension from some school activities, e.g. sport, cultural activities.

10.7. Suspension should only be considered after every effort has been made to correct the behaviour of the learner.

DETENTION CLASSES

Detention classes after school hours will be enforced.

Transport problems cannot be an excuse for non attendance. Parents will be informed in writing of the detention prior to the date allocated for the detention and must make necessary arrangements.

1. A learner will be made aware of the misconduct when the educator enters the misconduct in the defaulter’s file.

2. Verbal warnings are given and occasionally an educator may write a note in the learner’s diary. Due to the frequency and large numbers of misconduct, educators cannot possibly write notes or letters all the time.

3. The onus is on the learner to inform the parent of the daily misconduct.

4. Parents will be informed of serious misconduct through a letter or phone call and a meeting will be set up to discuss the issue.

5. Detention will be given regardless of the level of misconduct.

6. Learners will be detained for consecutive recordings of misconduct.

7. A detention letter will be sent to parents for misconducts, Parents need to accept that the letter indicates a problem with the learner and assist  in solving the problem.

8. A detention letter will indicate the date, time of detention as well as the reason for detention. Details of the misconduct will be available on request.

9. Parents are required to sign the acknowledgement slip on the detention letter and arrange transport for their child.

10. Learners who fail to bring in return slips will still be detained.

11. Misconduct viewed as serious or learners who do not reform through the detention process will be requested to bring their parents in for a discussion.

12. Learners who fail to attend detention, will be made to do menial tasks the next detention after school hours e.g. picking up papers, cleaning windows, classrooms etc. In addition, they have to serve 2 more detentions.

13. Immediate suspension will be given in very serious cases as in level 3 violations, a disciplinary hearing will be held with parents, educators and the SGB. Decision taken at this meeting must adhered to

14. Each educator keeps a list for each class.

15. The detention administrator has a composite record of all classes.

16. The detention administrator draws up a detention register.

17. Meaningful disciplinary activities will be carried out in the detention class.

18. The educator in charge will determine this activity.

19. Repeat offenders parents will be called in for a meeting. Serious cases will be referred to SGB.

  1. The composite defaulters file will be kept with the detention administrator

and will be made available to parents when requested.

11.  CATEGORIES OF OFFENCES

The offences are categorised according to the seriousness of  the

offence.

Category A: General Offences

11.1.  Failure to observe school rules.

11.2.  Arriving late for school/class.

11.3.  Misuse of school property.

11.4.  Using insulting or offensive language.

11.5.  Insolence.

Disciplinary Action:

11.6.  Verbal warning.

11.7.  Detention.

11.8.  Small menial tasks, e.g. cleaning the classroom.

11.9.  Extra (constructive) work.

Category B: Serious Offences, including Criminal Offences.

11.10.  Truancy

11.12.  Smoking.

11.13.  Bullying or intimidation.

11.14.  Fighting or behaving in a violent manner.

11.15.  Being in possession of dangerous weapons.

11.16.  Malicious damage to school property.

11.17.  Assault or attempted assault.

11.18.  Being in possession of, using or selling drugs or any other illegal substance.

11.19.  Being in possession of and drinking alcohol on the school  premises.

11.20.  Theft.

11.21.  Sexual harassment.

11.22.  Being in possession of pornographic material.

Disciplinary Action:

11.23.  Written warning.

11.24.  Discussion with parents.

11.25.  Detention.

11.26.  Referral to School Based Support Team.

11.27.  Suspension from school activities/functions.

11.28.  Written final warning to parents.

11.29.  Referral to relevant outside agency.

11.30.  Reports to the Department.

11.31  Disciplinary hearing.

11.32.  Expulsion.

12. OFFENCES THAT MAY LEAD TO SUSPENSION:

Provincial regulations must be consulted in the compilation of a list of offences which may lead to suspension of a learner. Offences that may lead to such suspension include, but are not limited to the following:

12.1. Conduct that endangers the safety and violates the rights of others.

12.2. Possession, threat or use of a dangerous weapon.

12.3. Possession, use, transmission or visible evidence of narcotic or unauthorized drugs, alcohol or intoxicants of any kind.

12.4. Fighting, assault or battery.

12.5. Immoral behaviour or profanity.

12.6. Falsely identifying one.

12.7. Harmful graffiti, hate speech, sexism, racism.

12.8. Theft or possession of stolen property including test or examination papers prior to the writing of tests or examinations.

12.9. Unlawful action, vandalism or destroying or defacing school property.

1210. Disrespect, objectionable behaviour and verbal abuse directed at educators or other school employees or learners.

12.11. Repeated violations of school rules or the Code of Conduct.

12.12. Criminal and oppressive behaviour such as rape and gender based harassment.

12.13. Victimisation, bullying and intimidating of other learners.

12.14. Infringement of examination rules.

12.15. Knowingly and willfully supplying false information or falsifying documentation to gain unfair advantage at school.

13. SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION:

A governing body may, after a fair hearing, suspend any learner who has been found guilty of contravening stipulations of the Code of Conduct:

13.1. For a period of one (1) week.

13.2. For a reasonable period not exceeding one week, pending a decision by the   Head of Department on the recommendation of the governing body as to whether or not the learner is to be expelled from the school.

13.3. A learner who has been expelled, or his/her parent, may appeal against the decision of the Head of Department to the Member of the Executive Council within seven days of the decision so to expel him/her.

13.4. In the case of disciplinary transfer, the Head of Department must find a school place for a learner until the learner is beyond compulsory school-going age, as the right of a learner to basic education cannot be violated.

13.5. All decisions leading to suspension or expulsion must take cognisance of applicable laws, e.g. a learner whose parent is unable to pay the school fees determined by the school governing body may not be suspended from classes or expelled from the school.

14. SERIOUS MISCONDUCT AND THE LAW:

14.1. Serious misconduct which may include offences according to the law, must be investigated by the police and referred to the Court if necessary.

Serious misconduct must be handled in terms of the government notice and regulations promulgated by the Member of the Executive Council in the Provincial Gazette of the province concerned.

15. DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE:

The disciplinary procedure involves three stages of disciplinary action, combined with the various forms of permissible sanctions.

Level 1: Verbal warning.

Level 2: Written warning.

Level 3: Disciplinary Hearing.

16. DUE PROCESS

16.1.    Any learner alleged to have violated any rule that may require suspension or expulsion, must be brought to the principal. The principal shall hear the evidence and then decide on the action to be taken. Such action must include that the principal must inform the parents in writing of the proposed action and arrange for a fair hearing by a small disciplinary
committee (tribunal) consisting of members designated by the governing body. This tribunal must not be intimidating to the learner. In the case of very young learners, special arrangements must be made for the hearing, and the parents or guardians could represent the learner.

16.2. The disciplinary committee, so appointed, must conduct the hearing in accordance with the provincial regulations laid down by the Member of the Executive Council.

16.3. For the hearing the learner must:

16.3.1. be informed of and understand the charges of which written notice should be given at least five days before the time, also indicating the date, time and place of the hearing;  

16.3.2. receive such particulars on the charges as he/she may be entitled to according to law, if he/she so requests;

16.3.3. get the opportunity to be heard and tell his/her story and to present  the relevant facts;

16.3.4. not to be prohibited from being represented by legal council, in which case written explanation of the charges must be given;

16.3.5. be heard by an impartial person(s);

16.3.6. be treated with dignity during the process;

16.3.7. be informed in writing of the decision of the governing body on whether or not he/she is guilty of misconduct, and the penalty to be imposed in the case of suspension or expulsion; and

16.3.8. have the right to appeal to the MEC if he/she is aggrieved by the decision of the governing body.

16.4 The governing body must keep a record of the proceedings of the hearing, and

16.4.1. may inform, in writing, the Head of Department of its decision to suspend a learner; or

16.4.2. must inform the Head of Department within twenty-four hours of its recommendation for expulsion of the learner.

16.4.3. Subject to any provincial law a learner may only be expelled by the Head  of Department.

17. DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE (ALCOHOL AND DRUGS):

17.1. If there are reasonable grounds to believe that a learner is in   possession of drugs on or about the school or during official   school activities, the learner must be reported to the principal.

17.2. The principal shall inform the learner of the allegation and provide the learner with an opportunity to respond to the allegation and to  present his/her side of the story.

17.3. Depending on the circumstances and the need for haste, the  principal may authorise a search to be conducted of the learner and/or his/her  property, and school property.

17.4. The principal shall inform the parent/guardian by telephone (wherever possible), confirmed by a letter, and a meeting shall be arranged with the parent/guardian to discuss the matter.

17.5. If a learner is found in possession of drugs, a disciplinary hearing shall be arranged to hear the matter.

17.6. After due process, if a learner is found guilty of using, possessing or selling drugs on or about the school or during official school activities, the learner shall be suspended for the maximum period of one week or given an alternative punishment.

17.7. If a learner is suspended for possessing, using or selling drugs on or about the school or during official school activities, the principal shall notify the parents/guardians in writing of the suspension and its duration.

A copy of the letter shall be sent to the provincial Head of Department.

17.8. Should it be necessary to suspend a learner more than twice during a school year for possessing, using or selling drugs, the principal shall inform the parents/guardians that the matter has been referred to the provincial Head of Department who will decide whether or not to expel the learner.

17.9. Any learner who is found guilty of possessing, using or selling drugs on or about the school or during official school activities, shall be required to participate in a drug counselling and rehabilitation programme.

17.10. Detailed records shall be kept of all cases of drugs in the school showing the name of the learner concerned, the date, the nature of the offence, the procedures that were followed and, in the case of a search, the manner in which a search was conducted.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES:

18.1. If a learner is under the influence of drugs, the following procedures must be followed:

18.1.1. The parent/guardian will be informed and consulted on what action the school will take

18.1.2. The relevant legal authorities ( the Police and the Department of Education) will be notified

18.2. If time does not permit or the parent/guardian is not available, medical assistance shall be obtained.

18.3. If a learner must be admitted to hospital:

a.  an ambulance will be called,

b.  If an ambulance is not available, the learner shall be taken to hospital by an authorised member of the staff.

18.4. A detailed record of the action taken by the school shall be kept.

18.5. The school will not be liable for costs incurred.

19. INTERPRETATION OF RULES:

19.1. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein or not herein, the decision as to whether any rule in the Code of Conduct has been transgressed, lies with the School Governing Body or the Principal according to the specific case.

19.2. The decision as to whether a learner was under the authority of the principal or nor during the supposed or affirmed transgression, rests with the principal.

19.3. All references in this document to the male form, includes the female form, unless it is clear from the totality that this is not the case.

Pledge - ICT Code of Conduct

This ICT Code of Conduct will explain how you will use ICT safely in school.  You and your parents will be asked to sign this.

I agree to be responsible and follow the rules set out below whilst using the internet or email

I will not bring food or drink into any ICT  classroom where computers are in use

I will only access sites that are appropriate for use in a school environment.

I will not do anything that may cause damage to computers or to the information stored on computers.

I will respect the ICT rooms and equipment that are provided by the school for my use. I will report any problems to a member of staff.

I must not install any software unless permitted by my teacher.

I must not copy or change any software or settings on the school’s computers unless I am asked to do so by a teacher.

I understand that I must not copy work from the Internet and hand it in as my own and I will not copy or download anything that belongs to someone else without their permission.

I will respect copyright and trademarks. I will not use words and pictures I see on the internet without giving credit to the person that owns the copyright or trademark.

Be aware that the information on internet sites may be inaccurate or biased and such information should be verified by using other sources, if possible, before using it.

I will only print at school if given permission by a teacher.

I will not use someone else’s user accounts.

I will not log on to the network for anybody else

I will not give out any personal details, or the details of any other person on the internet.

• Never communicate my own or any other pupils personal details via E-mail or on any internet sites, for example

- name

- home address or school address

- telephone number

- password

- photographs of myself or anyone else

- any information about the school

I will not arrange to meet anyone I have been in contact with via the internet and I will inform my teacher immediately should anyone contact me and suggest I that I contact them.

I will not use the internet or email to bully or cause upset to others, or make disrespectful remarks about the school, its staff or other pupils.

I will not use or send bad, threatening or annoying language nor any language that might cause hatred against any individual, ethnic, religious or other minority groups. I will not send, access or display offensive messages, pictures or audio/video files.

I will not use chat rooms, news groups or instant messaging or use games sites, forward chain mails, download music and/or video clips

I will not play or download games.

I will not use other external web-based servers (such as Hotmail and MSN) to access email accounts

I will not search for inappropriate materials

I will only open or send email and/or attachments when I am being supervised by a teacher

I understand that the school may track and monitor all work I do on the computer.

I am aware that others can see my actions on the network, when using the Internet or E-mail.

I will not waste resources, this includes paper, ink, internet access and lesson time by misusing ICT resources.

I will be held responsible for my actions, and if I do not follow these rules my parents will be informed and there may be serious consequences which may include non-access to the network, and in extreme cases, exclusion (either for a fixed term or permanently)

GLOSSARY

Member of the Executive Council: The Member of the Executive Council of a province who is responsible for education in that province.

Head of Department: The head of the education department.

Principal: An educator appointed as the head of the school.

Deputy Principal: An educator appointed to assist the principal in managing the school.

Head of Department(school): An educator appointed as the head of a department in a school.

Educator: Any person, who teaches, educates or trains other persons at an education institution.

SGB: A group of parents elected by the parents to govern the school.

Parent: The parent of a learner. The person legally entitled to custody of a learner.

Guardian: The person having legal custody of a child.

Learner: A pupil who is taught or trained by an educator as defined above.

Support Staff: A person appointed at the school to assist with the general maintenance of the school.

Constitution: The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND ACCEPTANCE OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT:

I, ___________________________________ , acknowledge receipt of the Code of Conduct of Greyville Primary School.

I have read and understood the Code of Conduct of Greyville Primary School. I also understand that my child’s/ward’s behaviour rests with me. I will ensure that my child/ward will observe all the school rules and regulations as stipulated in the Code of Conduct and I accept responsibility for any misbehaviour on his/her part.

If my child/ward contravenes any of the rules and regulations, I will accept any corrective or disciplinary measures meted out to him/her, provided that they are commensurate with the infraction/offence and subject to the Constitution of the country, the South African Schools Act and provincial legislation.

Signed at: ___________________________

Date:        ___________________________

Signature: __________________________ (parent/guardian)

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