UEIS aims to maximize attendance rates in order to ensure that all students are able to take fullest advantage of the learning experiences available to them.
The school is obliged to differentiate between authorized and unauthorized absences. A letter or telephone message from a parent does not in itself authorize an absence. Only if the school is satisfied as to the validity of the explanation offered by the letter/message will the absence be authorized. Improving attendance at UEIS is the responsibility of everyone in the school community, including pupils, parents and staff.
All pupils are expected to attend school all of their lessons regularly and punctually. Pupils who experience difficulties will be offered prompt and sympathetic support, initially from their form tutor. At the end of each semester, pupils whose attendance is either very good or improved will be presented with awards.
Parents are well equipped for ensuring that their child attends school regularly, punctually, properly dressed, equipped and in a fit condition to learn. If a child is prevented for any reason from attending, or is late, parents are requested to notify the school as soon as possible, either in writing, which is preferred, or by telephone call. A pupil’s absence from school must be considered as unauthorized until a satisfactory explanation is forthcoming from the parents. Parents will be informed promptly of any concerns that may arise over a child’s attendance. At the end of each term the school will write to parents whose child’s attendance is a cause for congratulation or concern. If possible, parents should avoid making medical/dental appointments for their child during school hours. Parents whose first language is not English, or who have literacy difficulties, will be offered appropriate support from the school in matters of communication.
Staff will endeavor to encourage good attendance and punctuality through personal example. Staff will respond to all absenteeism firmly and consistently.
A) CLASSROOM RULES
Each class is responsible for discussing and developing a set of rules. This will enable each member of the class to learn in an environment which is free from disruption. The rules and consequences are displayed in each classroom.
B) SCHOOL RULES
C) SHOW RESPECT FOR YOUR OWN AND OTHER PEOPLE’S RIGHTS, FEELINGS, WORK AND PROPERTY
a) Every child has the right to work within an environment which is conducive to learning b) Every child has the opportunity and responsibility to discuss any inappropriate behavior. c) Be tolerant to views, feelings and appearance of other people. d) Good sportsmanship is expected. e) Demonstrate care for school property and that of other individuals f) Fighting, bullying, verbal abuse, answering back, harassment or disruptive behaviors will not be tolerated.
D) WORK AND PLAY SENSIBLY AND SAFELY AT ALL TIMES
a) Move around the school in a safe and orderly manner. b) Remain inside the building during recess and lunch, unless permission is given. c) Children must play in designated areas. e.g. all running games must be played away from playground equipment, balls to be kicked away from playground equipment
E) TAKE PRIDE IN YOURSELF AND YOUR SCHOOL
a) Be punctual when coming to school and moving to specialist lessons, move quickly and sensibly when the bell rings b) Sit and eat in the designated area and place litter in rubbish bins provided c) Rough play will not be tolerated d) Look after trees and garden e) Children must remain in the school grounds f) School and personal property should be kept neat and tidy g) The toilets and corridors are not a play area h) Climbing trees, buildings or fences is not permitted i) Only balls are permitted to be thrown and they must be thrown safely j) Do not ride bicycle, skateboards, roller blades in the school grounds k) Do not bring expensive items to school including smartphones,tablets,cameras,laptops. l) Chewing gum is not allowed m) Possessing and/or playing with any sharp unsuitable object is not permitted
F) LUNCH TIME BEHAVIOR
a) All students are expected to behave responsibly at the dinner table and in the playgrounds at lunch time b) Enter the hall, collect your lunch and sit down in silence c) Listen to instructions given by adults and respond immediately d) Clear up any mess e) Sit sensibly at the table and do not walk around the dining hall without permission from an adult f) Keep your area tidy g) Talk quietly to table companions only h) Be patient while waiting
Sanctions to be the same as those issues during lesson time. A child whose behavior is a consistent cause for concern will be monitored closely during one week and child will eat the lunch in the staff area.
The following steps and consequences will apply when inappropriate behavior continues; 1. A reminder and explanation is given to the child that behavior is unacceptable. 2. If the behavior continues, a verbal warning is given to the child. 3. Loss of playtime, or part of playtime 4. The child participates in a ‘time out’, i.e. spends time in Principal office, or other teacher’s classroom (with work to carry out). Parents are notified in writing. 5. Pupils put on ‘behavior report’ to i. Class teacher & parents ii. Principal & parents 6. Lunchtime ban for persistent misbehavior at lunchtimes 7. Bus ban for persistent misbehavior at the buses. 8. Suspension 9. As a last resort, exclusion, short term, or even, exceptionally permanent. The Director/Head of School will retain discretionary powers which may necessitate repeating or by-passing any of the stages.
ACADEMIC PROGRESS – COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS
The evaluation and assessment of children’s academic and general progress is an integral part of the child’s life in school. The communication of this information takes the following forms:
A. Parent’s Evenings
During each semester parents will be invited to attend a parent’s evening. Here parents can meet with teachers and discuss their child’s progress and work.
B. Student Reports
Parents will receive a written report of their child’s progress four times during the year. These will be taken home at the end of each semester and just before the end of school year in late May or early June. Reports will outline the pupil’s progress in all areas of the curriculum and are written by the teacher responsible.
C. Individual Appointments
Parents are able to make an appointment to see a member of staff at any time during the school year to discuss the progress of their child if they feel it is necessary.
INFORMATION TO PARENTS
A. Parent’s Handbook
A paper publication containing all relevant information about the school is available to new parents from the school office.
Letters to parents are sent out as need arises by class teacher and the Principal.
C. School Website
Teachers and pupils update the school web site regularly. All information of general interest about the school is included in this site. Personal information such as names and address or photos is not published on the site without the consent of the parents or the teachers concerned.
D. School Calendar
A detailed school calendar listing all planned events and holidays is published each year and given to all pupils of UEIS.
INFORMATION FROM PARENTS
The school should be notified immediately in writing of any change of address, contact numbers or emergency contact person.
PARENT INVOLVEMENT Our school was the result of parental initiative and we therefore warmly welcome parental involvement in our school. Parents can help in a variety of ways, for example, by assisting on a school excursion, helping in the library or running extracurricular activity. If you would like to help we would love to hear from you.
A .Parent / Teacher Association
Parents are also most welcome to become involved in helping the school and the children through the medium of the Parents Teacher Association (PTA).
The health and safety of each child is of paramount importance to the school. However, accidents may occasionally occur or children may be unwell during the school day. In either event every effort will be made to ensure that parents are notified immediately. The emergency contact numbers provided by parents used to notify parents or their nominated representative.
If your child has any allergies or suffers from any condition such as asthma, please ensure you discuss this directly with the class teacher.
School policy does not allow school staff to dispense medicine to pupils without written consent from the parents. Any medicine coming into school must also be clearly labeled with the child’s name and prescribed dosage. No responsibility can be accepted if a dose is missed. Asthma inhalers must be marked with the child’s name and handed to the class teacher for safekeeping.
Pupils who are obviously not well, who have sickness or diarrhea or who have a fever should not be sent to school. In the case of communicable disease the school should be notified immediately, so that other parents can be informed.
FIRST AID AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURE
The school will administer whatever first aid measures seem necessary if a child is sick or injured at school. The school will then telephone the parents to have them proceed with any further treatment needed. If neither parent nor parent’s emergency contact person can be contacted, the school will proceed with whatever measures seem necessary.
A. Fire Drills
There are regular fire drills to ensure safety in the event of a real emergency. Teachers and children are made aware of location of fire extinguisher at the school, the alarm system, the means of evacuating the building and of course the need of calm and quiet at all times. After evacuating the building children will line up with their teacher and the register will be called. Fire drills will be held at least once per semester