Code of Behaviour

Good behaviour is essential for effective teaching and learning to take place in school. This Code provides a just and reasonable system to ensure responsible behaviour by students, staff and parents/guardians.

Affirmation and reward of good behaviour by school and home is a fundamental part of this Code of Behaviour.

The Board of Management of the school is responsible for ensuring that a fair and efficient code of behaviour is applied in the school.

The implementation of the code of behaviour in a just way and the maintenance of good order is the responsibility of all members of the teaching staff.

The Principal has particular responsibility to ensure that the implementation of sanctions is fair, equitable and appropriate.

Parents/Guardians have a duty to support the school in implementing a fair and just code of behaviour. Acceptance of the Code of Behaviour by parents/guardians is required on enrolment of a student in the school.

The school has a responsibility to keep parents/guardians informed of misbehaviour on the part of their children. Parents/Guardians will be informed verbally, by a note on the School Journal, or by letter. These communications are
intended to alert parents/guardians to problems, and to seek their co-operation in correcting the misbehaviour. Co-operation between parents/guardians and the school is enhanced by dialogue with the teacher, Class Tutor, Year Tutor, or with the Deputy Principal or Principal in cases involving
serious misbehaviour. In all cases, the parents/guardians are welcomed to the school to present the student’s case.

The Code of Behaviour and school rules are based on respect for others, a commitment to study and participation in the life of the school.
The Parents Association has been consulted in drawing up this Code.

The teaching staff have been consulted in drawing up this Code.

The student council has been consulted in drawing up this Code.

The Code will be reviewed from time to time. Any of the parties involved in drawing up this code
may request a review of the code.

A copy of the Code is distributed to all parties to the Code.

School Rules

I agree to abide by the following:

  • to treat each person in school with respect
  • to co-operate with my teachers and classmates in doing my work in class
  • to complete all my homework – written and oral – set by my teachers
  • to have all my books, school journal and equipment as required for my lessons
  • to wear my school uniform
  • to attend school punctually on each school day
  • to go directly and punctually from class to class during the school day
  • to respect the property of others and to make good any loss or damage I cause
  • to do nothing inside or outside the school to bring the school community into disrepute
  • to surrender to the school authority any matter likely to be injurious to my welfare or that of others
  • to follow the school regulations for safety and good order.
  • to keep the school environment clean
  • not to loiter or smoke in the vicinity of the school on my way to and from school

Signature:

Student                                                                                                                                                    Parents/Guardians

 

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CODE OF BEHAVIOUR.

TEACHER

Each teacher has responsibility for the maintenance of discipline within his/her class and share, with other teachers, a common responsibility for good order within the school and school grounds.

CLASS TUTOR

The Class Tutor monitors the educational progress and behaviour of each student. He/she intervenes on disciplinary matters when requested to do so by subject teachers. The Class Tutor may meet parents/guardians, and files reports of such meetings.

YEAR TUTOR

The Year Tutor co-ordinates and administers the Class Tutor system and acts in consultation with teachers and Class Tutors in the area of discipline. The Year Tutor meets parents/guardians, and files reports of such meetings.

Pastoral Care

The Pastoral care team of Principal, Deputy Principal, Chaplain, Guidance Counsellor, Pastoral Care Co-ordinator and volunteer teachers act to support students with difficulties and help them overcome any problem behaviours.

DEPUTY PRINCIPAL

The Deputy Principal has responsibility for co-ordinating discipline in the school. He/she will ensure, with the co-operation of all staff, that good order prevails in the school. He/she will be consulted by the Year Tutors and Class Tutors regarding such matters.

In the absence of the Principal he/she acts for the Principal.

PRINCIPAL

The Principal has final responsibilityfor the day-to-day running of the school. He/she ensures that the implementation of sanctions is fair, equitable and appropriate.

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT

The Board of Management gives formal approval to the Code of Behaviour and supports the Principal and teaching staff in the just implementation of the Code.

The Board of Management hears appeals by parents/guardians against the decision of the Principal to suspend a student.

The Board of Management decides on a recommendation from the Principal to expel a student following a hearing at which the Principal gives the reasons for his recommendation and the parents/guardians of the student may give reasons why the recommendation should not be approved.

ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY

A student who is absent from, or late for, school without a written explanation from a parent/guardian will be subject to the normal sanctions. Parents/guardians are obliged by the Education (Welfare) Act (2000) to give a written explanation to the school for each absence. The school is obliged to record and report all absences and reasons for absences and to report on them to the National Educational Welfare Board.

Students who leave school grounds during the school day without permission will be suspended.

SCHOOL UNIFORM

Students who persistently fail to wear the full school uniform will be sent home and be required to return to school in full uniform. In exceptional circumstances at the request of parents/guardians the requirement of full school uniform may be waived for a limited number of days.

SCHOOL JOURNAL

The Douglas Community School Student Journal is an essential part of communication between teachers and parents. All students are issued with a journal by the school and are required to have it in class at all times. Failure to produce the journal when required to do so by a teacher is a breach of the code of behaviour.

Students who deface their school journal will be required to replace it and may be subject to the appropriate sanctions.

MOBILE PHONES AND OTHER ICT DEVICES.

Active mobile phones and personal music systems in class are disruptive of teaching and learning; students found with them will be subject to the appropriate sanctions. Mobile phones and personal music systems brought to school must be switched off and kept in the student’s locker or bag.

SMOKING

Smoking in the school building and grounds is prohibited by law. Students found smoking will be fined and the fines will be donated to a local charity.

SANCTIONS FOR MISBEHAVIOUR

When a student’s behaviour is unsatisfactory disciplinary sanctions will be imposed. These include verbal cautioning, detention, community service (practical constructive tasks within the school), consultation with parents, Report Card, suspension
and expulsion. Sanctions for misbehaviour are usually progressive. The Principal reserves the right to suspend or to recommend expulsion a student without prior notice where serious circumstances warrant such action

Where a student causes malicious damage or loss to the property of another student or of the school full restitution of the property or cost of the property will be required and the student will also be subject to the appropriate sanctions.

SERIOUS MISBEHAVIOUR

Serious or persistent breaches of school discipline will result in suspension/expulsion. These include violence by a student, bullying, serious or persistent disruption of teaching and learning, offensive language to a teacher, vandalising/damaging school property and the personal property of others or other serious cause.

In cases where incidents of serious misbehaviour lead to repeated suspensions a reduced school day may be used over a period of weeks to seek to reintegrate the student into the school community. A parent/guardian will be required to collect the student from school at the end of the reduced school day.

In all cases involving suspension by the Principal, the parents/guardians have the right of appeal to the Board of Management.

In all cases involving suspension by the Board of Management, the parents/guardians have the right of appeal to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Science under section 29 of the Education Act (1998).
OUTLINE OF PROCEDURES FOR DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS

SUBJECT TEACHER IN CLASS

  • VERBAL WARNING
  • WRITTEN NOTE TO PARENTS IN JOURNAL – COUNTERSIGNED BY PARENTS
  • GIVE WRITTEN CONTEMPORANEOUS INCIDENT REPORT TO CLASS TUTOR
  • DETENTION AT LEAST ONE DAY NOTICE NOTED IN STUDENTS JOURNAL

SHORT DELAYS FOR CLEAN UP OF UNTIDY ROOMS, CONSULTATION OR DISCUSSION WITH TEACHER ARE NOT CONSIDERED A DETENTION.

ON REPORT 1 (YELLOW CARD)

  • TEACHER EVALUATION FORM (STUDENT PROFILE) MAY BE COMPILED BY CLASS TUTOR
  • TUTOR MUST STATE CLEARLY REASON FOR REPORT CARD
  • PARENTS WILL BE INVITED TO DISCUSS REASON WITH CLASS TUTOR
  • PARENTS SHOULD BE WARNED OF CONSEQUENCES OF CONTINUED MISBEHAVIOUR – OR2 AND SUSPENSION
  • CLASS TUTOR GIVES COMPLETED OR1 TO YEAR TUTOR TO FILE
    ON REPORT 2 (RED CARD)
  • TEACHER EVALUATION FORM (STUDENT PROFILE) MAY BE COMPILED BY YEAR TUTOR
  • TUTOR MUST STATE CLEARLY REASON FOR REPORT CARD
  • PARENTS WILL BE INVITED TO DISCUSS REASON WITH YEAR TUTOR
  • PARENTS SHOULD BE WARNED OF CONSEQUENCES OF CONTINUED MISBEHAVIOUR – SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION.
  • YEAR TUTOR FILES COMPLETED OR2

SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION

IN ALL CASES OF SUSPENSION

  • THIS IS A DECISION OF THE PRINCIPAL HAVING HEARD ALL SIDES AND CONSIDERED THE CASE.
  • IN ALL CASES OF EXPULSION THE PRINCIPALS RECOMMENDATION TO EXPEL A STUDENT IS SUBJECT TO THE DECISION OF THE BOARD OF MANAGEMENT.
  • SUMMARILY IN CASES OF SERIOUS INCIDENT OF MISCONDUCT
  • GENERALLY ONLY WHEN ALL ELSE HAS BEEN TRIED AND FAILED
  • GENERALLY ONLY IN CASE OF PERSISTENT SERIOUS MISBEHAVIOUR
  • GENERALLY NEEDS CLEARLY DOCUMENTED CASE HISTORY

In all cases involving suspension by the Principal, the parents/guardians have the right of appeal to the Board of Management.

In all cases involving suspension by the Board of Management, the parents/guardians have the right of appeal to the Secretary General of the Department of Education and Science under section 29 of the Education Act (1998).