THE DISCIPLINARY COMMITEE

The disciplinary committee should only be called in cases of extreme miss-conduct where the situation has been referred by the Principals office. The disciplinary committee can only make recommendations for the solution to the problem directly to the Director of the school who has final say The committee’s recommendations will be based on written indent reports, witness statements and other factual statements all kept on file. 

The Disciplinary Committee Procedure
The Disciplinary Committee procedure should be as follows (GIS reserve the right to omit steps or not follow the procedure depending the severity of the students offence).
-  A teacher or member of staff reports a serious breach of school discipline to the Principal or disciplinary officer. 
-  The disciplinary officer interviews the student/s concerned and decides that severe punishment is needed and decides to put the student in front of the disciplinary committee. The disciplinary officer/principal/teacher fills in an incident report form. 
-  The Principal informs the chairperson of the decision of the intention to go before the committee. The Principal gives the incident report form to chairperson with their recommendation for punishment.
-  The chairperson informs the committee of the impeding meeting, gathers and prepares the paperwork including interviewing all people concerned.
-  The Chairperson informs the parents in writing that the student is to go before the committee. 
-  The chairperson distributes all relevant paperwork to all concerned parties, including the parents and the date of the meeting.
-  The chairperson holds and directs the meeting where the paperwork is examined and the people involved are interviewed. The student’s parents have a right to be at the meeting and the student has a right to an advocate. 
-  Everyone on the committee votes, in closed session, on the action to be taken except the chairperson. The chairperson only votes in the case of a tie. For the vote to be Quorum there needs to be at least three quarters of the committee present. 
-  The chairperson gathers all paperwork and files it away for the purposes of confidentiality. 
-  The chairperson presents the findings of the committee to the principle and director. The Director has the final decision to  follow the committee’s recommendations or not.
-  Once the final decision has been made the chairperson writes to all parties, including the parents, with the decision.
-  All further documents are then filed by the chairperson in a confidential place.

Penalties Recommended by The Disciplinary Committee
The disciplinary committee can recommend the following but the final decision is made by the director:  Written-up warning, Detention, Probation, Suspension (1 to 7 days) , Expulsion
While we hope that all students will be perfect in their attitude and behavior. We also  recognize that discipline is one of the most important lessons that a student needs to
learn as they strive to be self-disciplined ethical individuals who model goodness , generosity, tolerance, and honesty to others. Our discipline procedure is mainly designed to guide the stu-
dent onto the path of greater goodness which is why suspension or expulsion are only used when all other possibilities have been exhausted. The records of all procedures are available to the parents and parties concerned. After the proceedings have finished one copy of the paperwork is stored in a secure place, all others are destroyed as per the principals of confidentiality. 
Some forms of major misconduct may lead directly to suspensions, bypassing the earlier steps. A student is automatically expelled after three suspensions in a school year. Especially violent or
dangerous behavior may lead directly to expulsion bypassing all earlier steps.

SPECIFIC DISCIPLINARY RULES AND REGULATIONS
 
Though we can not plan for every eventuality there are still some specific rules and areas that can be laid down to ensure that the educational environment is the best we can achieve. The examples below include but are not limited too.
Issues dealt with by the homeroom teacher and subject teacher
Late/missing homework, tardiness, absence, truancy, rudeness, bad manners, uniform, cheating, plagiarizing, exams, chewing gum, swearing, displays of affection, littering, bullying, disruptive behavior, inappropriate behavior
Issues dealt with by the Academic Director or the Principals office.
Teacher-Student conflicts, referrals from homeroom and subject teachers, fighting, drugs or alcohol, smoking, theft, gambling, vandalism, arson, damage to school property, weapons, bringing the name of the school into disrepute,
Issues dealt with by the Disciplinary Committee
Cutting/Missing classes, using narcotics, violent/dangerous behavior, bringing weapons to school, smoking in the school, threats or intimidation against staff, gam-
bling or playing games of chance, fighting against staff, pornographic material, destruction of school property, using alcohol, sexual abuse or harassment, bullying,
theft

Suspension
The following shows some but not all possible examples of suspension days for particular behaviors: 
1 Day: Cutting/Missing classes, Dangerous Behavior
2 Days: Bringing dangerous products to school (e.g. fireworks), smoking, plating cards, gambling, pornographic materials
3 Days: Verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, abusing or destroying school property
5 Days: Fighting
7 Days: Using alcohol or narcotics
Expulsion
The following are some but not all examples of behavior that could cause expulsion: 
Expulsion: Theft, bringing weapons to school, threats against staff, fighting against staff, selling narcotics, inappropriate sexual behavior
 
PHROHIBETED ITEMS
In order to assist in maintaining a safe, healthy and learner friendly environment the following items are prohibited on the school campus. Items that will be Confiscated and then Destroyed
Cigarettes, matches, lighters, alcohol, narcotics, chewing gum, fireworks, dangerous products, knives or weapons of any kind,  playing cards, games of chance, pornography, toy weapons
Items that will be Confiscated and Returned to Parents Personal stereo systems, electronic games, pupil DVD’s, mobile phones, e cigarettes, Jewelry considered to be outside the school guidelines, any other object at the discretion of the school administration is felt to be dangerous or disruptive Indemnity The school  will attempt to keep all confiscated items secure but will not be held responsible if an item is lost.  All confiscated items to be returned to the parents will be at a date decided by the discipline officer on a case by case basis.