All teachers are responsible to enforce the school rules.
1. Rules relating to common courtesy and respect
- Learners always need to be reprimanded and reminded.
- Many of these rules are similar to the classroom code of practice.
- Often it helps to speak to a learner in private.
- If learners neglect to attend meetings / extra-mural activities they should be excluded from some pleasurable activity that the group does, e.g. play a game.
2. Rules relating to rights and safety of others
- Any serious transgression must be reported to the office immediately.
- Never ignore any of these transgressions.
- Learners roaming the corridors or misbehaving at school events will go on Saturday detention.
3. Rules relating the cleanliness and safety of school property
- Again, take action – refer to the classroom code of conduct.
- Serious transgressions to be reported to the office.
4. Rules relating to absenteeism
- Class teachers have to fill in the registers every day.
- Send absentee slips to office regularly.
- Report absences without apology / patterns of absence / unusually frequent absence to the office.
- All teachers need to be aware of learners “bunking” lessons – always check who is absent in your class and find out why! Report bunking to the office.
5. Drug Policy
One of the growing dangers and terrifying realities in Namibia is the availability of all types of drugs. Peer group pressure, cult heroes, family trauma, social anxiety and lack of self confidence contribute to the illusion that drugs provide an acceptable refuge from the stress, pain and suffering of the real world.
We are committed to providing our learners with a holistic education, one which equips them with the values and skills to face the challenges of life to contribute meaningfully to the community and to become responsible citizens. We believe that the abuse of drugs and alcohol is a danger to the physical and spiritual well-being of our learners and is counterproductive to the values, aims and activities of our school, beliefs and the community at large.
The provisions of this policy document are thus designed to provide learners, parents, teachers and others associated with the school, with a clear guideline to the principles, procedures and educational programmes, which will inform our approach to the problem of drug and alcohol abuse.
We at Namib High School opposes both the inappropriate use of LEGAL drugs and the possession or use of prohibited substances.
Agreement to abide by the spirit and terms of this policy as part of the general Code of Conduct of the school, is a fundamental condition for acceptance into the school and for participation in all its programmes and activities.
5.2 DRUGS, DRUG ABUSE AND CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY
The word ‘drug’ refers to any chemical substance which has the potential of being abused. Cocaine, marijuana, alcohol and tobacco are drugs, as are aspirins, appetite suppressants and most cough mixtures. Other substances which can be abused include glue, Tippex, Thinners, Valium, Wellconal, ,Vesperax, Spray ’n Cook, Mayonnaise and Codis.
Drug abuse refers to the excessive use of a chemical substance which results in the impairment of an individual’s physical, mental or emotional state of well-being. There are three criteria as evidence of drug dependence:
- A loss of control over the use of the substance.
- Impairment in occupational, social, physical or emotional functioning.
- Effective or physical adaptation to the drug.
Drug abuse in the context of this policy refers not only to illegal substances but also those such as alcohol, medicines and household products which are legally available.
5.3 DRUG POLICY
The Namib High School Policy sets out the principles and purpose of education at the school against which its approach to problems such as those of alcohol and drug abuse must be measured. In addition the following principles have specific relevance to the requirements of pastoral care, education and discipline with regard to the problems of abuse and dependency.
5.3.1 Prevention is better than cure.
The concept of development of the whole individual within the context of the community, is inherent in the educational ethos of Namib High School and is crucial in preventing the abuse of drugs and alcohol. Educational programmes which help to raise awareness of the problems of abuse and dependency and which help to build an informed, alert and caring community, involve staff, parents and pupils on an ongoing basis.
5.3.2 Compassion and specialized support are essential to self help and rehabilitation.
Education at Namib High School is as much concerned with the pastoral needs of its students as it is with their academic progress. Students need to be given help and support to deal effectively with their anxieties and problems, no matter what they might be. Pupils with problems relating to abuse and dependency, require special forms of help.
The school, in association with accredited professionals and organizations, will assist pupils with abuse and dependency problems in establishing a programme of self help and rehabilitation. All assistance shall be provided in a manner which is consistent with accepted professional ethics and codes of conduct, which honours the dignity and rights of the child, which recognizes parental responsibility, and which serves the best interest of the school as a whole.
5.3.3 Disciplinary action must be just and fair.
Disciplinary measures can only be consistent with a holistic education if they are administered with justice and fairness. This applies as much to the procedures for investigation as it does for the implementation of punishment. Namib High School will strictly adhere to the requirements of the Namibian Constitution and the Rights of the Child implementation of all disciplinary procedures for dealing with drug abuse and dependency.
The confidentiality of the child and the family will be safeguarded at all times throughout any procedures contemplated in this policy.
5.3.5 The policy applies under the following circumstances:
When drugs are present / found in possession of a learner:
- on school premises;
- at any school functions or excursions;
- when you are in school uniform;
- when the effects, use or abuse are visible or identifiable;
- when the learner’s performance is affected by the use of drugs
5.3.6 The school does not permit learners to indulge in:
- the use of prohibited substances;
- the inappropriate use of either prescribed or non-prescribed medicines;
- the inappropriate use of solvents, inhalants, and / or any chemical agents;
- the smoking of tobacco and other drugs.
- When a learner or parent acknowledges drug use, a learner is exempted from disciplinary measures and confidentiality will be maintained;
- parents will be informed with the consent of the learner;
- counseling and rehabilitation programmes will be initiated in consultation with the parents and the parents will be responsible for payment;
- confidentiality may be breached if no improvement is noted after a reasonable period of rehabilitation and disciplinary action may be ensue;
- When there are reasonable grounds for substance abuse, it must be reported to the Principal immediately;
- the Principal will undertake to investigate the matter;
- parents/guardians will be informed;
- the learner will be referred for counseling and the parents/guardian will pay all expenses
- if a learner fails to honour the terms of the contract, disciplinary actions may be applied;
- when a learner brings drugs onto school property, immediate disciplinary action will be taken against the learner who is found in possession of, or under the influence of drugs on school property;
- each case will be treated individually in accordance with the severity of the situation, the type of drug and the circumstances in which it was discovered.
- when it is evident that a learner is dealing drugs, the Principal will notify the parents immediately of the suspension of the learner, pending a Disciplinary Hearing in accordance with the Ministry of Education’s Disciplinary Code;
- the learner will have to leave the school with immediate effect;
- the Principal will refer the matter to the police for further investigation.
5.5 THE CONTRACT
5.5.1 A contract will be drawn up between all parties involved;
5.5.2 the following measures will be included:
- the treatment options as determined by all relevant parties;
- a screening (urine testing) or a breathalyzer may be carried out;
- student is expected to cooperate;
- the parent/guardian authorizes the treatment and also permits any institution and/or therapists to submit a report to the school about the learner’s progress;
- if the parent/guardian and/or learner decides to stop the treatment the school contract will be considered suspended and the learner may be required to leave the school;
- that the school reserves the right to recommend that, to the best interest of the learner or the school, such learner is referred to another school to complete his education.
- Where any staff member reasonably suspects that a student has prohibited substances in his or her possession, any appointed nominee (Principal, police or representative security organization) may search that learner’s possessions and/or locker.
- Should a search be necessary, it will occur in the presence of the student, a person of his or her choice, and a second witness.
6. SCHOOL CELL PHONE POLICY
6.1. The School acknowledges that cell phones have become an important and useful means of communication. It is also aware of the fact that their use and abuse, especially by children, can pose social, ethical and safety problems.
6.2 Learners may not have a cell phone in their possession while at school or in school uniform, for the following reasons:
- Learners who use cell phones in public can become targets of criminals; Cell phones can get stolen from school bags.
- Students are often careless and leave their phones unattended in bags or blazers;
- Cell phones can be used to cheat in tests and examinations. For this reason, no cell phones or any electronic devices are allowed in examination venues or class rooms;
- Cell phones are multi-functional and have a variety of features to distract or entertain learners. This is not conducive to academics.
- Cell phones allow learners unlimited access to age-inappropriate material;
- Cell phones make learners vulnerable to approaches by undesirable individuals;
- Cell phones may contain age-restricted or personal material which may be sent to other cell phones.
6.3 The Principal and Management do not take responsibility for any theft or loss of any cell phone brought to school for what reason.
6.4 The school will not under any circumstances engage with parents in discussions regarding their children’s use of cell phones during at school.
6.5 If a cell phone is confiscated in class it will be entered into a cell phone register and will be kept in the save for three (3) months.
Class teachers check satchels regularly .Confiscate any equipment / material that is not appropriate to the lesson. Report serious transgressions to the office.