Code of Conduct
According to the South African Schools Act 84 of 1996, the school must have a Code of Conduct and it is legally binding on all learners/parents. The Code is strictly enforceable by the Governing Body via the Principal and its major aims are to ensure learner safety, effective teaching and learning and the optimum functioning of the school. The Code includes the “school rules” which are to be observed by all learners/parents. It is also expected that parents and learners will take cognisance of the directives issued in this information brochure.
The South African Schools Act, No. 34, 1996, 8(1) states “… a Governing Body of a public school must adopt a Code of Conduct for the learners…”. Clause 8(4) continues “Nothing contained in this Act exempts a learner from the obligation to comply with the Code of Conduct…”
The Governing Body of Rand Park Primary School has discharged its duty in terms of the above mandate and all parents and learners, prospective and present must ensure full compliance with all aspects of the Code as outlined below.
The Code of Conduct defines a set of behaviours that are acceptable or unacceptable within our school. The Code includes rules that govern the conduct of learners and relations between learners, educators, parents and the Governing Body.
The aim of our Code of Conduct is to establish a disciplined and purposeful school environment dedicated to the maintenance and improvement of the quality of the learning process through effective teaching and learning.
4. THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF LEARNERS
4.1 Learners undertake the responsibility to learn;
4.2 to attend all classes daily and on time;
4.3 to do all academic assignments and activities including homework;
4.4 to be in possession of appropriate working/learning materials;
4.5 to have the homework diary signed by a parent, on a daily basis;
4.6 to have the formal Friday test signed by a parent, each week (grades 4 – 7);
4.7 to respect all persons and property;
4.8 to refrain from abusive language and inflammatory actions;
4.9 to conduct themselves in a safe and responsible manner;
4.10 to conform to normal, acceptable standards of personal cleanliness and neatness;
4.11 to be responsible for their own work;
4.12 to protect school property;
4.13 to refrain from and report acts of vandalism or any other damage to or misuse of school property;
4.14 to refrain from and report any unauthorized removals of school property from the school premises;
4.15 to refrain from disruptive, undisciplined or uncooperative behavior both within and outside the classroom;
4.16 to abide by the internal rules, regulations and procedures of the school and the individual class educator;
4.17 to practice tolerance within the context of interpersonal relationships in the school, particularly racial, cultural and religious tolerance and to respect the deep personal convictions of all;
4.18 to refrain from use of drugs, assault, carrying of dangerous weapons, criminal or illegal activities, intimidation, bullying, sexual harassment, rape, victimization, drunkenness, smoking or being in possession of pornographic material.
5. SCHOOL RULES
5.1 Learners will at all times be correctly dressed in the official school and sports uniform;
5.2 learners must never do anything to jeopardize the fine name of the school, by word or deed;
5.3 no running on corridors or on the stairs;
5.4 no riding of bicycles or skateboards/roller blades within the school boundaries;
5.5 no learner enters the pool area except in the company of an educator;
5.6 the bicycle sheds are out of bounds to all learners who do not bring bicycles to school;
5.7 rough play/games are not permitted on the fields; the educator on playground duty will use his/her discretion in this regard;
5.8 the hall is out of bounds except when accompanied by an educator or other adult involved in extra-mural activities;
5.9 prefects are to be treated with respect and courtesy by all learners and their legitimate/reasonable instructions must be obeyed;
5.10 learners must leave the school promptly at the end of the day or after extramural activities. When leaving the grounds, learners must be dressed in full school uniform or in their practice outfits. Learners may not leave the grounds in swimming costumes;
5.11 when learners arrange to leave the school during school hours, they are to wait in the foyer of the Admin block for the responsible adult to collect them;
5.12 keep off all banks and out of the flowerbeds;
5.13 treat the toilet facilities with respect;
5.14 do not litter;
5.15 chewing of gum is not permitted;
5.16 do not interfere with the possessions of others;
5.17 courtesy, respect, good manners and kindness are expected from all learners;
5.18 learners must attend detention if so required;
5.19 learners who represent the school in official school sports teams may only compete in their specific age group or category. This also applies to the sport practice sessions;
5.20 classrooms are out of bounds unless the educator is present or has given learners permission to be in the classroom;
5.21 learners are not permitted to buy or sell (trade) at the school;
5.22 learners must take the Newsletter home each Friday and hand it to their parent(s);
5.23 learners must ensure that the homework diary is by a parent every day;
5.24 learners (grades 4 – 7) must ensure that the formal Friday test is signed by a parent each week;
5.25 misuse of computers/internet facilities will result in the immediate12 month suspension of the learner from the computer and media centres;
5.26 girls may not wear jewellery, nail varnish or make-up. Girls with pierced ears may wear one small stud or simple sleeper per ear. Boys are not permitted to wear earrings;
5.27 hair regulations must be strictly adhered to:
Hair that is shoulder length or longer must be plaited or tied up. The fringe must be above the eyebrows and should not obscure vision. Hair extensions/artificial braids are not acceptable and girls are not permitted to color/tint their hair. Only simple, blue or white clips, bands, scrunches, ribbons or elastics may be worn. Gel, mousse, etc. is not permitted. Clips or a band may be worn to keep back the hair;
Hair must be neatly trimmed. No hair is to extend below the natural hairline in the neck. The fringe must be short and not obscure vision. Gel, mousse, etc. is not permitted. Hair may not be tinted/dyed. Outlandish cult (flavour of the month) hairstyles are not permitted, e.g. step cut, undercut, wedge, shaved head, Afro, Rastafarian, dreadlocks, Mohawk, spiky, high tops, etc.
6.28 Cell Phones
Learners may not use cell phones to send or receive calls or SMSs during class time or when moving between classes. Phones must be switched to silent during these times. Cell phones may only be used before and after school or during breaks. Afirst offence will result in the phone being confiscated till the end of the Term. A further offence will result in a full disciplinary hearing.
Serious and/or repeated transgressions could result in learner suspension and/or expulsion (refer to 10.1 for list of serious transgressions.)
6. INFRINGEMENT OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT
The following behaviours are regarded as unacceptable and constitute a very serious infringement of the Code of Conduct: abusive language, inflammatory actions; arson; malicious damage to educators’ property; irregular or sustained non-attendance (truancy) of school or class; theft (possession of stolen property); lying; bullying; intimidation; assault; fighting; cheating; carrying of dangerous weapons; use, selling or distribution of drugs or alcohol (drunkenness); sexual harassment, abuse or rape, or any other inappropriate sexual behaviour; defiance of school authority (e.g. breaking of school rules, etc.); disruption of the educational process within and outside the classroom; extortion; gambling; leaving school property without permission; use, selling or distribution of tobacco products; involvement in bomb threats; gross neglect of schoolwork; gross disrespect; proven criminal activity outside the school situation; possession or distribution of pornographic material; racial discrimination.
Sanctions may embrace the range from a quiet, private talk, through to suspension and, ultimately, expulsion. Sanctions within the range include:
7.1.1 verbal and/or written reprimands issued by the educator/Principal/Governing Body;
7.1.2 limited ‘time out’ of the classroom;
7.1.3 additional and meaningful academic work;
7.1.4 community service within the school (e.g. cleaning, gardening, administrative tasks);
7.1.5 detention (remaining after school);
7.1.6 replacement of or reimbursement for damage or loss;
7.1.7 contacting of parents to enlist their aid and support in dealing with problematic learners;
7.1.8 suspension or exclusion from specific school activities (sports, cultural, field trips, excursions, etc.)
7.1.10 expulsion after due process. Expulsion is the prerogative of the Head of Education;
7.1.9 emergency removal and/or suspension pending a disciplinary hearing;
7.1.11 referral to GDE support services for assessment and suggestions recorrective measures.
8. THE JURISDICTION/SCOPE OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT
The Code of Conduct is in force:
8.1 on school property prior to, during and following regula school hours;
8.2 at all bona fide (official) school events, both within and outside the regular school hours, where said school events are held under the auspices of the school management structures;
8.3 at all bona fide (official) school events being held off campus;
8.4 at all times when the learner is dressed in the official school uniform and is recognisable as such both within the school property or in public view outside the school.