HIS Code of Conduct

  Introduction

A school is a place that promotes responsibility, respect, civility and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment. All students, parents, teachers and staff have the right to be safe, and feel safe, in their school community. With this right comes the responsibility to be law abiding citizens and to be accountable for actions that put at risk the safety of others or oneself. The Horizon International School Code of Conduct sets clear standards of behavior. It specifies the mandatory consequences for student actions that do not comply with these standards. The clearly set standards of behavior apply not only to students, but also to all individuals involved in the school system – parents or guardians, volunteers, teachers and other staff members – whether they are on school property, on school buses, or at school-authorized events or activities.


 Guiding Principles

  • All participants involved in the school system – students, parents or guardians, volunteers, teachers and other staff members –are included in this Code of Conduct whether they are on school property, on school buses, or at school-authorized events or activities.
  • All members of the school community are to be treated with respect and dignity, especially persons in positions of authority.
  • Responsible school citizenship involves appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community. Active and engaged citizens are aware of their rights, but more importantly, they accept responsibility for protecting their rights and the rights of others.
  • Members of the school community are expected to use non-violent means to resolve conflict. Physically aggressive behavior is not a responsible way to interact with others.
  • The possession, use, or threatened use of any object to injure another person endangers the safety of oneself and others.
  • Alcohol and illegal drugs are addictive and present a health hazard. Horizon International School will work cooperatively with police and drug and alcohol agencies to promote prevention strategies and, where necessary, respond to school members who are in possession of, or under the influence of, alcohol or illegal drugs.
  • Insults, disrespect, and other hurtful acts disrupt learning and teaching in a school community. Members of the school community have a responsibility to maintain an environment where conflict and difference can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and civility.

 

Roles and Responsibilities

  1. School Boards

They provide directions to their schools that ensure opportunity, excellence, and accountability in the education system.

They are to:

  • develop policies that set out how their schools will implement and enforce the  Code of Conduct and all other rules that they develop as related to the standards for respect, civility, responsible citizenship, and physical safety.
  • seek input from school committees and review these policies regularly with students, staff, parents or guardians, volunteers, and the community.
  • establish a process that clearly communicates the Code of Conduct to all parents, students, and staff in a manner that ensures their commitment and support.
  • ensure an effective intervention strategy and response to all infractions related to the standards for respect, civility, responsible citizenship, and physical safety.
  • provide opportunities for all staff to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to develop and maintain academic excellence and safe learning and teaching environments.
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