DISCIPLINE IN SCHOOL
NYANCHWA BOYS HIGH SCHOOL DISCIPLINE PLAN
2.0 SCHOOL –WIDE RULES
2.1. We care about each other’s welfare
- We are kind to others
- We respect others and ourselves
- We listen to others ad use respectful language through
- We don’t scare, threaten or intimidate others
- We care for other student’s property
2.2 Rules on safety.
- We keep our bodies clean. Safe and to ourselves
- We keep our bodies and voices under control
- We play and work safely
- We don’t hurt others
- We respect and keep personal distance.
2.3Rules on property
- We keep our school environment clean
- We use our equipment appropriately
- We leave other people’s property alone
- We do not damage personal or school property
- We take responsibility for violation of property rules
- We only use uniform and recommended attire in school.
Disciplinary Committee Members
- Mr. Hezron Nyasani –Chair
- Mrs. Joyce Ongaga-Secretary
- Mr. Samson Nyandondi
- Mr. Ezekiel Kubencha
- Mr.Kefa Obwocha
- Mr. Justus Nyaribo.
The mandate of disciplinary committee spans from handling all disciplinary cases involving students to those involving the support staff. It involves identification, documentation investigating, validating, passing verdict and communicating to the concerned parties.
It is satisfying to report that since the split, disciplinary cases involving learners have been on declining trend and that general discipline has improved courtesy of elaborate school rules, strong spiritual nurturing, vibrant guidance and counseling department and foster parenting and mentorship programmes rolled out in school. The major areas that are still a challenge include, illuminati, truancy, drug and substance abuse to a small extent and lacklustre attitude as manifested in non compliance in completion of holiday assignments by some students.
Scope and Resolution Procedure
Disciplinary cases are categorized into two namely minor and major offences as stipulated in the discipline plan. For minor cases, they are handled within school by either class teachers, teachers on duty or any member of staff within whose mandate the case falls. In most of them manual work is meted out and at times it is augmented by guidance and counseling.
Major offences require parental involvement and where exclusion is an option, the parent / guardian is contacted and invited to school and then the student is handed over to the parent. Unless under very special circumstances, all major disciplinary cases are handled on Thursdays as from 3:00 pm. During the hearing, the affected student is given a chance to appear and defend himself over the allegation leveled against him. On the basis of his submissions, the panel members interrogated seek clarifications of the grey areas of the case. The parent/ guardian is also given a chance to seek clarifications, probe further or make his submissions before the verdict is passed. After all that, then the student and parent are whisked out to allow the committee collate, validate and make a ruling on the case. The verdict of the case is then communicated to the student and parent through the disciplinary committee chairman
The outcomes of the case can be;
1) The case can be resolved and end at disciplinary committee level
2) The case can be referred to the staff/ BOM
For cases that are referred, the committee prepares its report that it tables before the next higher office clearly stating its deliberations and proposed recommendations.
Disciplinary cases involving support staff members
The procedure of handling cases involving the support staff unless a gross one demanding immediate action, the procedure is as follows;
- The accused makes a written statement and submits it to the bursar.
- Members of the respective departments together with the departmental head listen and determine the case but if it is beyond them, then it is referred to the disciplinary committee.
- In disciplinary cases involving the support staff, the bursar is incorporated into the disciplinary committee as their representative
- At the disciplinary committee level, there are three outcomes namely,
a) The accused is proved guilty of the offence and warned
b) Proved guilty and surcharged/suspended
c) Proved guilty and recommended to the BOM for further disciplinary action
- For cases that are referred to the BOM, the disciplinary committee compiles a report on the proceedings and recommendations of the case that is submitted to the board as background information on the case.
- For disciplinary cases warranting issuance of warning letters, the procedure is as follows
a) 1st warning letter by the immediate supervisor –bursar
b) 2nd warning letter by the disciplinary committee chairman
c) 3rd and last warning by the principal.
2.4 Rules on personal responsibility
- We take responsibility for our actions.
- We report to school in time and promptly
- We finish our assignments and other academic work
- We observe punctuality in attending to our duties/activities
- We co-operate with others
- We resolve our conflicts amicably
- We apologize and forgive each other and make up for our master
- We worship reverently
- We use common sense and discrete abilities in our judgement
- We follow all set school rules.
3.0 Rules for specific school areas.
- School uniforms have to be worn, pressed and be kept clean at all times
- No inter borrowing or exchange of uniform is allowed
- Uniform must be worn in all school functions.
- Old and worn out uniforms to be replaced as need arise.
- No home clothes are allowed in the school compound
- Students in need of heavy /special clothing owing to sickness to be cleared by the school administration.
3.2: Class attendance and preps.
- Classes and preps are compulsory and must ne conducted in own classrooms.
- Students must be punctual for lessons, preps and all other school functions.
- Silence must be maintained during class and preps time
- All forms electronic gadgets e.g cellphones, radios, sim cards.
- All drugs and alcoholic beverages
- Smoking and narcotic substances
- Weapons that endanger lives of others like penknives.
- Unauthorized foods and food dealers.
3.5 Community service
- be attended to during allocated hours/time
3.6 Restricted areas
- Staff and auxiliary staff house
- Dormitories and school canteen during lessons and preps time
- Staffroom, departmental offices and staff facilities
- Parking bay from staff and schools bus
- No special diet will be provided
- Parents of such parents to make their arrangements and meet the extra costs.
- Minor sickness will be treated in school by the school nurse.
- Serious cases will be referred to the parent/guardian.
- All sickness cases to be promptly reported to authorities.
3.9 Classroom conduct
- Be respectful
- Avoid idleness
- No personal stereos or games
- No food or drinks to class
- No outside study halls
- No unnecessary movements
- Pass mark is C plain
3.10. Pocket money
- No pocket money in the dorm in access of ksh.100
- No borrowing of money amongst students
- No loses of excess money will be listened to.
3.11 Medium of communication
- NO use of mother tongue in school/use if sheng
- no code switching and mixing in school
- English is the medium of communication in all school functions
- Kiswahili is the official language of communication during Friday assembles and is allowed during the weekend.
4.0. Response to student misconduct
4.1 Level 1 behaviour Consequences
- Minor to moderate disruptions - positive reinforcement for task completion and class cooperation
- Inappropriate verbal interactions - cooperation
- non responsive to teacher direction - work completion during free time
-inattention to classroom work - restitution
- unprepared for class loss of privileges/parent notification/involvement
Level 2 behaviours- primary responsibility: school administration
Students behavior consequences
Chronic violation of school/class rules restitution. Home/School coordination and support
Serious verbal aggression/harassment interagency referral and planning
Drugs and alcohol/substance abuse exclusion
Serious damage to school property - replacement an alternative
Serious physical altercations -suspension
Possession of weapons/threat to use of actual use exclusion
Sneaking from school - suspension. Exclusion
Truancy - suspension
Vandalism of school property- replacement /suspension
Mobile phones- suspension/instant destruction
Chronic noisemaking confinement/suspension