Rules & Regulations
Attendance and Absence

Good attendance habits are important for academic achievement and the development of good character.

A. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Students will abide by the school hours and the daily schedule.
2. Students will attend all classes at their proper times. This includes regular classes as well as Chapel, supplementary, laboratory, and physical education classes.
3. When entering a room, students must not congregate or stand by the windows. They must proceed immediately to their seats, sit down and quietly get ready for the class.
4. Students may not leave class unless issued a hall pass by the teacher allowing them to do so.
5. Students must leave the school promptly after the last bell unless they are working with a teacher, Students must obtain written permission from their parents and from the attending supervisor in order to remain on school premises after the last bell. Students should keep this permission with them to show school officials when asked.
6. Students are not exempt from physical exercise unless they present a report from a medical doctor clearly stating the reasons for the exemption.
7. Students may not leave the school grounds during school hours for any reason without the written permission of the attending supervisor.

B. SCHOOL HOURS

  7:25   School begins
  7:30   Line-up and report to class
  07:35 - 08:25 First Period
  08:25 - 09:15 Second Period
  09:15 - 10:05 Third Period
  10:05 - 10:35 Recess
  10:35 - 11:25 Fourth Period
  11:25 - 12:15 Fifth Period
  12:15 - 12:35 Recess
  12:35 - 01:25 Sixth Period
  01:25 - 02:15 Seventh Period

C. TARDINESS

  • Students arriving late must report to the supervisor and obtain a written permission slip to enter the classroom.
  • Students who arrive more than 15 minutes after the bell will be denied entrance into the school if not accompanied by their parents. Alternatively, parents may call the Division Head or Supervisor, or send them a note explaining the delay.
  • When a student is late four times in one term, the school will invite the parents to meet with the Division Head and determine ways to resolve the problem.
  • If, after the parent meeting, the student is still late, that student is still late, he or she shall not be allowed onto school property unless accompanied by a parent.


D. ABSENCE

  • In most cases, supervisors call parents before 9:30AM if a student is absent. Alternatively, parents may report the absence of their child by telephone.
  • Students who miss the first three class sessions can not rejoin their class without obtaining the permission of the Division Head.
  • School trips are an obligatory part of the school's program and attendance is mandatory. A student absent without a legitimate excuse will be disciplined according to the policies on unexcused absence.
  • Students, with the teachers' help, are responsible for the lessons and the assigned homework that they missed during their absence. Parents should call the Division Head or the supervisor during the day to ensure their child gets the information needed to complete their assignments.

E. EXCUSED ABSENCE

          Important: Absence does not relieve the student of responsibility for lessons missed and homework assigned. Students remain responsible for all work missed even when their absence is excused.

Circumstances listed below are considered excused absences:

  • Student illness verified by a medical report or confirmed by a telephone call to the parents. The school might also request a written medical report from the student's doctor.
            Note: Students with contagious illnesses shall not return to  school until completely recovered and with a doctor's written permission.
  • Participation in school activities that require absence, if authorized in writing by the Division Head.
  • Medical appointments when such appointments could not have been made after school hours as confirmed in writing by the parents.
  • Death in the family.
  • Any other absence pre-approved in writing by the Division Head. This approval is given after receiving a letter from parents at least one day in advance of the expected absence explaining the reason for the absence.



Behavior

NOTE: STUDENTS SHOULD KNOW THAT ALL TEACHERS, AS WELL AS ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF, HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO INTERVENE IN ANY INCIDENT THEY DEEM TO BE A BEHAVIORAL SITUATION.

A. GENERAL PRINCIPLES

NPC Students will:

1. Respect and obey teachers, supervisors, and administrators.
2. Use courteous and appropriate language. Profanity and abusive language of any kind or form is considered a severe violation that shall not be tolerated. Punishment on the first and each subsequent offense is suspension from school for a time to be determined by the Administration.
3. Refrain from fighting, wrestling, play fighting, rough play, running, and any other behavior that exposes others to physical harm. Fighting of any kind, even when the student did not initiate it, is a severe violation of school policy and will result in suspension or expulsion from school.
4. Respect school property. Students may not write or carve on school equipment, furniture, walls, floor, or ceiling. Students who damage or vandalize school property will be subject to the applicable disciplinary measures.
5. Respect other people's property. Refrain from touching, "hiding," or stealing others' possessions, even if it is a prank.
6. Keep the school clean and dispose of trash in designated wastebaskets.
7. Limit eating or drinking to designated locations and playgrounds. Consumption of food is not allowed in the buildings.
8. Ascend and descend stairs to and from their classrooms in a quiet and orderly manner and without delay.
9. Refrain from participating in demonstrations or other political activity while on school property, in the vicinity of the school, or while wearing the school uniform.
10. Refrain from loitering around the school entrances or within the vicinity of the school, but come from and go home directly. Elsewhere, students shall not loiter while wearing the school uniform.
11. Restrict their internet access to appropriate sites. Students may not access sites containing profanity or sexually explicit materials.
12. Refrain from distributing or selling publications or periodicals and from collecting contributions for any cause or event inside the school.
13. Post announcements only on designated bulletin boards and only after obtaining prior permission from the Division Head.
14. Obtain prior permission from their supervisor to use cameras or video equipment in school.

B. CLOTHING AND APPEARANCE

The following statements apply to all in-school activities.

1. Students will come to school with proper attention to personal cleanliness, grooming, and neatness of dress.
2. Students will wear only school uniforms during school hours and on school trips and activities. Only the administration can exempt students from this requirement during certain occasions.
3. When exempted from wearing school uniforms, students will wear proper attire. Clothing may not contain obscene, drug-related, or inappropriate wording or images. Girls may not wear sleeveless, see-through, or low-cut blouses, tight or short skirts, or clothing that reveals the midriff. Shirts will be tucked in.
4. Students will tag their coats with their name, class, and section for proper identification.
5. Students may not wear any scarves, caps, or head gear. No slippers or flip-flops are allowed at school. Students shall wear socks at all times.
6. Articles of clothing, accessories, pendants, or bracelets with political or religious slogans or statements are not permitted.
7. Boys may not dye their hair, use gel, wear it long, grow beards, or wear earrings. Hairstyles will be appropriate for school.
8. Girls may not wear lipstick, nail polish, or any form of makeup. Except for simple earrings and bracelets, they may not wear jewelry.
9. Tattoos, body piercing and other forms of body art are not allowed.
10. Sunglasses may not be worn indoors.

C. ITEMS BANNED ON SCHOOL PREMISES

The school has the right to search students and their possessions if they are suspected of carrying banned items. The following list of banned items will be confiscated from students and may not be returned:

1. The possession and use of cigarettes, tobacco, alcohol and illegal drugs.

All possession and use of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs must be documented and reported to the Principal as well as the parents.

NOTE: POSSESSION OF THESE ITEMS EVEN IF THEY BELONG TO OTHERS IS CAUSE FOR SEVERE DISCIPLINARY ACTION.

2. Chewing gum and seeds.
3. Guns, knives, blades, and weapons that may threaten general safety.
4. Matches, match boxes and lighters.
5. Fireworks, smoke bombs, stink bombs, explosives, water and rubber guns.
6. Noise makers and noisy games.
7. Radios, tape recorders, electronic games, and laser effects.
8. All CD's with offensive language and symbols.
9. Ordinary and atomized paints and permanent markers.
10. Obscene or pornographic materials.
11. Political publications.
12. Mobile phones.

NOTE: EXCEPTIONS MAY BE PERMITTED BY THE SUPERVISOR BASED ON A WRITTEN REQUEST FROM PARENTS. SUCH PERMISSION IS GIVEN ONLY FOR EMERGENCIES OR IN VERY EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES. ALL MOBILE PHONES ARE TO BE KEPT WITH THE SUPERVISOR FOR SAFE KEEPING DURING THE DAY. THEY MUST ALL BE TURNED OFF.

13. Playing cards.

D. COLLECTIVE DISOBEDIENCE

Students may not engage in disruptive group behavior, such as skipping a class, missing a school day, refusing to take a test or a quiz, or handing in blank answer sheets.
Peer pressure may force some students to participate in disruptive group behavior against their interests. Measures designed to discourage such actions will be taken, and include the following:

1. Students who were collectively absent, late, or collectively skipped class will be refused reentry into their classes unless accompanied by a parent who will be asked to insure that such behavior will not recur.
2. Students who collectively refuse to take a test or hand in blank papers will receive a zero on the test.
3. Students who are collectively engaged in other disruptive behaviors will face double the sanctions stated in this handbook.

E. PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION

Relationships with students of the opposite sex should be courteous, respectful, and within the bounds of classmate friendship and the traditional bounds of the society we live in. Public displays of affection and intimacy with the opposite sex, including kissing, hugging, hand-holding, or other forms of intimate contact are not allowed in the school and its vicinity, on school trips, or during extracurricular activities.

F. DISCIPLINARY MEASURES

NPC applies a cumulative approach in assessing students' behavior. Accumulation of violations results in penalties of increasing severity with expulsion from school as the maximum penalty. Continued improvement in behavior (demonstrated by two months of a clear record) may result in positive points from a teacher or supervisor, after approval of the Division Head.

There are five stages in the Disciplinary process:

1. Oral warning. At 5 points a record with points is placed in the student's file. Appropriate discipline may be applied.
2. Yellow slip, given at 10 points. The supervisor informs the parents with a phone call home. Students may not be allowed to resume regular classes unless the yellow slip is signed and returned. Appropriate punishment commensurate with the infraction is administered to the student.
3. Red slip, given at 20 points. Parents and students will meet with the Division Head to discuss measures needed to contain the disciplinary problem. Students are not permitted to resume classes until this meeting has taken place and appropriate action has been decided upon, regardless of the circumstances. The meeting and the actions decided upon shall be recorded for future reference. Appropriate punishment is also administered.
4. Suspension. At 30 points, the student is suspended from school for a period set by the administration. Parents and students will meet with the Division Head and Principal, prior to the student returning to class, to discuss measures needed to contain the disciplinary problem.

NOTE: SUSPENDED STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ON CAMPUS AND MAY NOT PARTICIPATE IN ANY SCHOOL ACTIVITIES.

5. Expulsion. The school reserves the right to expel any student whose presence disturbs the overall school climate, affects student achievement in class, or interferes with the overall disciplinary climate, reputation, or general principles of the school.

G. DETENTIONS

Breaking school rules will result in disciplinary consequences as determined by the supervisor and commensurate with the number of disciplinary points that the student has accumulated. The school does not permit the use of corporal punishment. Collective punishment is allowed only in limited circumstances and with the knowledge of the school principal. The disciplinary consequences include school detention and/or exclusion from school activities.

Detention is subject to the following terms:

-Students placed on afternoon detention are to report to the detention hall within five minutes of the last bell. If late, they will automatically receive increased time and/or repeated time on the following detention day.
-Eating, talking and group work are not permitted during detention.
-A missed detention will result in the time doubled, and the detention may be moved to the following Saturday.

H. DISCIPLINE RECORDS

All violations are recorded in the student's file. Students receive a grade for conduct on their report card each grading period.

The grading method is as follows:

A Good conduct
B Acceptable conduct
C Conduct needs improvement
D Unacceptable conduct
F Poor conduct

I. DISCIPLINARY PROBATION

Disciplinary probation is a last-chance trial period for students who continue to flaunt school discipline policies during which they are required to prove that they are willing and able to respect and abide by them.

1. Students are placed on disciplinary probation based on the recommendation of the Class Council and the approval of the Principal.
2. The probationary period will not exceed one academic year.
3. Parents and students are required to sign a probation letter by the school.
4. Parents and students are required to meet with the Division Head to discuss practical assistance and follow-up measures.
5. Parents are required to communicate with the relevant Division Head on a weekly basis regarding the progress of the student.
6. Disciplinary probation students are placed under a severe disciplinary regime allowing the school to impose severe penalties, including expulsion without awaiting the accumulation of the otherwise required points, as decided by the Division Head.
7. Disciplinary probation students will be refused re-enrollment for the following year if their behavior does not exhibit marked improvement during the probationary period, as determined by the Class Council.

J. COMMUNITY BEHAVIOR

Student conduct outside the school has a direct bearing on its reputation. All the school's rules of conduct apply to students while present in the school's vicinity. School rules also apply during trips and other extra curricular events.





 

 




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