Code Of Conduct

1. INTRODUCTION:

 

The Code of Conduct for RAHMANIYEH Primary School has been established by the Governing Body and School Management team after consultation with     learners, parents and educators.

 

1.1 The aim and importance of the Code of Conduct:

1.1.1. The Code of Conduct is aimed at establishing a disciplined and goal-orientated environment which is dedicated to the promotion and maintenance of the quality of the educational process.

1.1.2. There are no provisions of the South African Schools Act No. 84 of 1996 to exempt a learner from the obligation to adhere to the Code of Conduct of the     School which he/she attends.

1.1.3. The Code of Conduct must contain provisions for proper legal proceedings to protect the interests of the learner and any party who may be involved in disciplinary actions.

1.1.4. A Disciplinary Sub-Committee of the RAHMANIYEH Governing Body will be chosen in order to deal with all disciplinary matters. An Internal     Disciplinary Committee will investigate disciplinary matters at school level.

1.1.5. To promote leadership among the pupils.

1.1.6. The Code of Conduct must result in the learners accepting responsibility for their actions.

 

2. TO RIGHT TO LEGAL PROTECTION AND PROCEDURES FOR DISCIPLINARY INVESTIGATIONS

 

2.1. Learners, parents and guardians have the right to be fully informed with regard to infringements or misconduct of learners and to have the opportunity to react to accusations and/or allegations.

2.2. The Governing Body nominates people to serve on the Disciplinary Committee of the Governing Body under the Chairmanship of a member of the Governing Body.

2.3. Misconduct of learners is divided into Level 1 infringements, Level 2 infringements and level 3 infringements.

2.4. Level 1 infringements may be dealt with by a teacher, Head of Department or Principal, the Internal Disciplinary Committee or a combination of these or they may be referred to the SGB Disciplinary Committee for a hearing should the learner or parent/guardian, or educator, or principal, or the wronged person request it.  The SGB Disciplinary Committee is the only body permitted to punish any infringement with suspension as punishment.

2.5. Level 2 and Level 3 infringements must be all in cases be referred to the Internal Disciplinary Committee for an investigation.  The Internal Disciplinary Committee may refer the case to the SGB Disciplinary Committee for a further hearing and application of punishment when guilt has been established.

2.6. When a case is referred to the SGB Disciplinary Committee for a hearing, the following procedure must be followed, namely:

2.6.1. The learner concerned and his/her parent(s) or guardian must be informed in writing about the complaint(s) which is/are being investigated against the learner and given full details regarding the complaint(s).  The written notice must also give the date, time and place for the disciplinary investigation.

2.6.2. The SGB Disciplinary Committee will instruct a member of the Committee to act as prosecutor, who will then present evidence and have the right to call witnesses and/or present documentary evidence.   

2.6.3. The learner and/or parent(s) will have the right to give evidence, call witnesses to give evidence on behalf of the learner, present documentary evidence and to cross-examine any witnesses called by the prosecutor.  The prosecutor will in turn have the right to cross-examine any witnesses called to speak on behalf of the learner.

2.6.4. After presentation of the evidence, the learners, parent(s), guardian and prosecutor may present argument(s) for acquittal or conviction in accordance with the incident based upon the evidence as presented, after which the finding(s) of the SGB Disciplinary Committee will be announced.

2.6.5. Should the SGB Disciplinary Committee find the learner guilty of the offence(s) for which he/she has appeared before the SGB Disciplinary Committee, the learner, parent(s) or guardian will be entitled to present evidence or information in mitigation of punishment before the Disciplinary Committee announces the punishment.

2.6.6. Imposition of punishment and the hearing of information in mitigation of punishment will take place at the SGB Disciplinary Committee's discretion.

2.6.7. Minutes will be kept of the proceedings before the SGB Disciplinary Committee, after which the minutes and any other documentary evidence  presented will be placed in safekeeping by the school for a period of 6 months after the completion of the  of the disciplinary hearing and/or appeal, after which their minutes may be destroyed.

  

ALL LEVEL INFRINGEMENTS

 

LEVEL 1 INFRINGEMENTS

(Infringements which hamper the orderly functioning of a classroom, school and public transport)

 

Truancy - A lack of school attendance - being absent without permission.

 

Absconding - Absence from individual classes without permission as well as leaving the school grounds without permission during school hours.

 

Lateness - Arriving late for school or classes.

 

Dishonesty - The use of, or attempt ed use of information in a dishonest manner.  Providing information in a dishonest matter is also an offence.

 

Disorderly behaviour (on/in vehicles) - Actions which threaten the orderly and safe environment of school buses / taxis or public transport.

 

School uniform infringements - Pupils whose appearance (hair, clothes, shoes, etc) does not conform to school rules.

 

Electronic devices - Illegal possession of equipment such as computer games, "walkmans", radios, cd-players, televisions, etc.

 

Littering - Littering paper, rubbish and other material on the school grounds, in the classrooms or in the buses.

 

Swearing - Swearing, cursing and using obscene gestures during school hours or when the learner can be identified as a learner of the school.

 

Abusive language - Involvement in insults or making belittling comments about other learners, whether on the school grounds, sport field, buses, trains or in any place where the learner represents the school.

 

Cell phones - No cell phones are allowed at school. 

OTHER LEVEL 1 INFRINGEMENTS


 - Learners may not talk while leading into and out of the hall.

 - Learners may not run or play in the passages.

 - Learners must keep to the left and walk in a single file.

 - Learners may not be in the passages before school, after school or during breaks, unless it is raining or with permission.

 - Learners must stand in their class lines after the bell is sounded.

 - No eating, drinking or pushing is allowed in lines.

 - No talking.

 - The following areas are OUT OF BOUNDS: - The Staffroom and passage are out of bounds, unless there is an emergency.

 - Learners must conform to the official dress code for Summer, Winter and Sports Uniforms as stipulated by the Governing Body.

 - Learners must have a letter of excuse for absenteeism (doctor's certificate for 3 or more days) or when needing to be excused from extra-mural activities or Physical Education.

- Learners who are not involved in extra-mural activities may not loiter in the school grounds after school. 

 

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

For Level 1 infringements, the following punishments may be applied - although they are not limited to these: Verbal discipline, special tasks, informing parents of bad behaviour, learner mediation, discussion(s) with learners and parent(s), referral to principal, detention - 3 types of detention:- Interval, After school, Saturday, transfer to another class, temporary separation from class friends, withdrawal of certain privileges, etc.

 

 


LEVEL 2 INFRINGEMENTS

(Serious infringements)


Coercion - Forcing a fellow pupil to do something by using violence or intimidation.

 

 

 

Extortion - Obtaining money or any item of value from an unwilling learner, or attempting to obtain it.

 

 

 

Fighting/Threats - Physical conflict, threats and/or challenges between pupils during school hours and/or in any place where learners may be identified as learners from this school.

 

 

 

Gang behaviour - Specific gang behaviour, whether by a member or imitator, for example clothing, use of signs, graffiti, literature, names, "rap" and other forms of identification as a member or where the learner may be identified as a learner from this school.

 

 

 

Insubordination - Refusal by the learner to obey school rules, to identify him/herself, or to obey instructions given by staff members.

 

 

 

Disrespect - Disrespect or foul language or unacceptable writing expressed towards a staff member.  This includes obscene gestures.

 

 

 

Repeated offences - In spite of the application of Level 1 punishments, infringements are repeated.

 

 

 

Misconduct - vehicles - Behaviour which interferes with orderly operation of school buses / taxis as well as public transport.  This includes spitting, throwing

objects, unsuitable exposure of private body parts and the use of an emergency exit when there is no emergency.

 

 

 

Sexual harassment - Statements made with an implicit sexual connotation or harassment.  Unsuitable touching of and/or exposure of private body parts by any person.

 

 

 

Smoking - The use of, as well as possession of any tobacco product on the school grounds or where learners are dressed in school uniform.

 

 

 

Theft - Stealing or trying to steal the private property of another person.

 

 

 

Threats: Staff member - Threats, verbal or written, directed towards a staff member.

 

 

 

Vandalism - The destruction of or damage to school, staff or learner's property. Writing on walls, throwing toilet paper on ceilings or walls etc.

 

 

 

Throwing of dangerous objects - Stones, bricks or any other item which can cause harm or damage. 

 

 

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

Methods of punishment which can be applied such as (among others) suspension and the recommendation to expel, may be used along with the punishment methods as discussed in Level 1 infringements.  The seriousness of the offence will once again indicate the punishment.

 

 

LEVEL 3 INFRINGEMENTS

(Illegal or very serious offences)

 

 

Alcohol and drug connection - The possession, distribution, concealment, use of, display of alcohol and/or drugs during school hours or when the learner can be recognised as a learner from this school, or when the learner represents the school.  The attendance AT school or school activities under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  The sale or possession of drug substitutes.

 

 

 

Assault - An offensive assault, physically or the use of a weapon, directed at a person who did not confront the infringer.  It may also be an attack on a fellow learner or educator with the intention of causing injury.  The infringement includes the school grounds but may not be restricted to them.

 

 

 

Bomb threats/false alarms - Possession of any explosives or causing a false alarm regarding the presence of explosives in the school or in the buses.  A false fire alarm.

 

 

 

Gang activities - Any behaviour in terms of threats, recruitment, initiation or intimidation which may be linked to gang activities.

 

 

 

Illegal activities - This includes criminal activities which are reported to the police.

 

 

 

Sexual infringements - Any sexual deed or attempted deed taking place on school property either under school supervision or where the learner  may be identified as a learner of the school, including indecent assault.

 

 

 

Theft - Theft of school property and/or property belonging to educators and/or learners.

 

 

 

Possession of dangerous weapons on school property - "Dangerous weapons" including all knives, firearms and articles which can therefore be classified as such.

 

 

 

Throwing of dangerous objects - Stones, bricks or any other item which can cause harm or damage.

 

 

 

Defamation - Defaming of staff/learner - spreading rumours e.g. Mxit, Twitter, Facebook etc. 

 

 

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

A pupil who is guilty of Level 3 infringements can be asked to leave the school immediately for a maximum period of 1 week.  Recommendation for expulsion will be the only alternative in most cases if there has been serious misconduct.