CODE OF DISCIPLINE

Code of Discipline

 

A school can only function effectively if there is discipline and order among the members of the school community.  To attain this, students are expected to behave in a manner that shows respect and consideration for others, as well as to display the ability to follow rules and regulations set by the school.

 

School officials and academic personnel have the right to impose appropriate and reasonable disciplinary measures in cases of minor offenses or infractions of good discipline committed in their presence.  However, no cruel or physically harmful punishments shall be imposed or applied against any student (Manual of Regulations for Private Schools, 2010).

 

Attendance and Punctuality

1. Students are expected to arrive on time for the morning assembly.

2. Students are expected to say the prayers reverently and participate in the flag ceremony.

 

Responsibility and Discipline

1. After the assembly, students are expected to proceed to their classroom in silence and in single file.

2. Silence should be maintained in the corridors and stairs at all times.  When passing along the corridors and using the stairs, the students should always stay on the right side.

3. Prayers before and after classes should be said in reverence.

4. Unnecessary talking, giggling and other ways of distracting or disturbing the class should be avoided.

5. A permanent seat is assigned to the student for the year.  Unless otherwise instructed, the student should stay in the seat assigned to him/her.

6. The student should bring all the required books/materials to the class.  Borrowing these materials is discouraged.

7. The student is expected to be in the assigned classroom during class hours, unless given permission to be elsewhere.  Students who are not in the classroom and who are not given permission to leave may incur a class cut.

8. Students who get sick and who need to go to the clinic should get a clinic slip from the class secretary.  The clinic slip, together with the admit-to-class slip, should be returned to the class secretary with the signature of the nurse.

9. Students are discouraged from leaving the classroom during class hours.  If a student has official business to attend to, he/she must secure an admit-to-class slip  before returning to his/her classroom.  The CR pass is necessary when a student needs to go to the bathroom.

10. Students (Grade 4 to Grade 12) are not allowed to eat inside the classroom.

11. Students are expected to  maintain order and discipline (i.e., avoiding very loud conversations,  rough horseplay, unnecessary running, pushing, shoving and similar    behavior) in the library, canteen, and other within the campus.

12. The class is responsible for keeping the classroom attractive, neat, clean and orderly.

13.  Students are responsible for the chairs assigned to them in the beginning of the year.  They should be kept free from writings, etchings, or damage.

14. Students are expected to come in neat and complete uniform. Failure to comply with this is a minor offense.

 

Integrity and Honesty

Honesty and integrity are the two most important values the school wishes to cultivate in the students.  Thus, cheating is a violation of these values and is heavily penalized.  The following are examples of cheating: possession and/or use of codigo or crib notes, copying or looking at another’s paper, allowing another to copy from one’s paper, giving signals during tests which may be construed as asking for answers, plagiarism and other acts analogous to the above.

Other actions/behaviors before, during and after examinations may be interpreted as cheating, and are therefore, not allowed: getting and/or giving a copy of the test, giving and/or receiving vital information about the test, looking around even without copying, talking without the proctor’s permission, and talking while the test papers are being passed or collected.

As a rule, students should take care of their things, money and other valuables so they do not get lost.  In the same manner, students are also expected to show honesty with things that do not belong to them.  Any student who is found to have been stealing or in possession of items taken from another will be subject to strict disciplinary action.

 

Courtesy and Respect

Students are expected to show courtesy and respect to fellow students, teachers and other school authorities.  Disrespectful behaviors towards teachers and school authorities, insubordination or instigating others to insubordination are considered serious offenses.

Moreover, respect and understanding for others should be a rule of one’s deportment.  Disagreements or conflicts among students can always be resolved peacefully and reasonably.  Physical assault, fighting, injuring fellow student or instigating a fight shows disregard for the other.  Name calling, teasing, and the like are affronts to one’s person and may lead to fights and other misunderstanding.

Writing on the walls, defacing school property such as bulletin boards, damaging school facilities and the like are acts of vandalism that are considered serious offenses.  They show lack of courtesy and respect for the property of others.   Any vandalism committed inside the school premises should be reported to the class adviser.

 

Merit and Demerit Point System for Student Deportment:

The merit and demerit point system will be implemented at Infant Jesus Academy to assist students in attaining the high standard of discipline expected of them. This is a system for monitoring individual deportment, and is based on the belief that students need to be clear about the school’s expectations of their deportment, the consequences of unacceptable behavior and the importance of exercising self-discipline.

Each student will be given 100 points every quarter which can qualify them to receive an award. When a student has committed an offense, points will be deducted (number of deducted points or demerits depending on the severity of the infraction). Students may also receive additional consequences such as formal reprimand or violation report, community service, suspension, exclusion and expulsion.

Erring students may make-up for demerits once during a  quarter  by applying to earn a five-point merit, which may be granted  for  volunteering to perform a desirable and productive task.  Students who are placed on suspension for that quarter are not qualified for a five point merit.

Allowing students to earn merits encourages desirable behavior and contribution to the school; while undesirable behavior is discouraged by giving demerits or deduction of points.

The points awarded/deducted may be reviewed by the Discipline Committee on a case to case basis.

The merit/demerit point system is used as one of the sources in determining the deportment grade for each quarter. Please take note that the merit /demerit points are used only as reference when determining deportment grade. The teacher reserves the right to assign grade or rating based on the progress and achievement of the student for the quarter.

Besides using the merit/demerit points to determine the deportment grades of the students, the following guidelines and descriptors will also be used:

 

Excellent

No major disciplinary infractions

Shows initiative and leadership skills

Maintains exemplary attendance records

Outstanding contribution and performance in IJA

Exemplary involvement in school activities

Fulfills all the required tasks

Received awards or formal recognition of commendable acts

Merit/Demerit points: 95 – 100

Highly Satisfactory

No major disciplinary infractions

Shows initiative

Maintains good attendance records

Positive involvement in school activities

Fulfills some of the required tasks

Merit/Demerit points: 90 – 94

Satisfactory

No major disciplinary infractions

Maintains satisfactory attendance records

Satisfactory participation in school  activities

Merit/Demerit points: 85 – 89

Fairly Satisfactory

Committed minor offenses

Maintains satisfactory attendance records

Minimal participation/ involvement  in school  activities

Merit/Demerit points: 80 – 84

Needs Improvement

Committed a major offense

Poor attendance

Poor participation in school  activities

Merit/Demerit points: 75 – 79

Unsatisfactory

Committed more than1 major offense

Poor attendance

No participation in school  activities

Merit/Demerit points: below 75