Discipline is the way we conduct ourselves in all situations. The discipline of any school is a joint effort across the school, involving all adults and covers all situations. A discipline policy informs all, young and old alike, what is acceptable behavior and when we don’t conform to the Schools discipline policy – the consequences thereof.
A Discipline Policy ensures a peaceful and non-disruptive environment which allows the School community to pursue their goal of teaching and learning to the maximum.
Students are normally well behaved and conform to the instructions that are given to them from time to time. However, there are times when their behaviour exceeds the normal pattern and everyday methods do not work. Staff use a variety of classroom and behaviour management strategies to overcome these difficulties. Sometimes, it becomes necessary for additional action to be taken.
In a School with a large number of students and teachers, there are many individual instances of disciplinary action being taken and it is therefore essential that with so many adults involved, it is necessary to develop a broad framework so that everybody is on the same page. The Schools Discipline Policy must put everybody on the same page and the salient features of such a policy must be as follows:
These disciplinary actions would depend on individual situations so that the Schools response to the student is appropriate. The possible consequences could be:
DESCRIPTION OF EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR AND ACCEPTABLE CONDUCT
Students are expected to listen and follow all teacher directions with reference to Classwork, Homework, Class decorum, Discipline within the class.
Students must walk quietly in an orderly fashion through the corridors. This norm will be respected during the normal school day and with consideration for other students who may be working in their respective classes.
Male students must use the Boys washroom/toilets, and Female students must only use the Girls washroom/toilets. Students are expected to respect the rights of others and act responsibly in Washrooms/Toilets. Any misuse of water, soap, defacing of washroom walls, and the like, constitutes destruction of property.
Class text and exercise books or any study material is not to be kept in the washroom.
The Annapurna Dining Hall should be a safe, comfortable, and clean environment where all interactions between students and adults are respectful. Students are expected to follow directions the first time they are given. They must keep voices low while enjoying their meals, keep their eating space clean, practice good eating etiquette/manners and put away their plates and spoons as per established practice. Wastage of food should be consciously avoided. Matters pertaining to the menu/food served may be taken up in the Dining Hall Committee.
The Boarding House is a home away from home and all students are expected to behave cordially and in a supporting manner with each other. Students must follow the Boarding schedule in practice. The Safety, Health and Hygiene of all students is paramount and bathing and regular laundry are daily habits. Students are expected to welcome and take care of all newcomers and make them feel at home. Boarders will adhere to the ‘What to bring List’ and all materials found to this exclusion will be confiscated, reported to Parents and action taken as appropriate.
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful and responsible manner during school activities, programmes, field trips or on medical visits. They must remember that they represent their School and their families.
Students using their own conveyance must ensure that they follow the law strictly in terms of having a valid driving licence where necessary and always wearing a helmet where mandated.
All students are instructed:
Students engaging in any physical confrontation, including – fighting, pushing, wrestling, hitting, punching, shoving, kicking, slapping, spitting or throwing objects, etc. involving two or more people – will not be permitted. Physical aggression and man handling are an extremely serious offence, leading to expulsion.
This includes any overt or implied verbal or physical threat. Examples include, but are not limited to, telling someone that you will hurt them whether in jest or as a serious suggestion, any conversation or discussion where you suggest action that will cause physical harm to someone, suggesting personal or property destruction, and the like.
This includes name-calling, making fun of the way someone talks or walks, making fun of someone’s clothing or customs. Non-verbal examples include making faces, drawing inappropriate pictures, poking or pointing, and inappropriate hand gestures.
This includes any act or substance used to cause disruption, panic, or an unsafe situation. This also includes deliberately misrepresenting substances as something they are not.
This is any act of hate/violence including, but not limited to, verbal abuse, slurs (including ethnic, religious, or gender based), threats, physical violence or conduct, vandalism or destruction of property directed against any person.
This is the use of profanity, obscene language, or gestures, which are not acceptable in School or on the School premises. All students and staff are entitled to an environment free from profane, hateful, racist, prejudice or obscene language and gestures.
This is defined as accessing or using inappropriate materials including copying or transferring copyrighted materials and software without permission, sharing access to one’s personal account, using unauthorized e-mail such as chain letter advertising, instant messaging and chat rooms, cyber bullying, or tampering with any files of another student or staff member. All ID’s must only have a student name with some numeral etc. No other ID’s are permitted. Kindly also refer to The DGS Internet Usage Policy.
This is the possession of Firecrackers, Matches, Lighters, Petrol/Diesel or any inflammatory liquid, Pressure containers such as perfumes, or any other object which has the potential to start a fire.
This is willingly refusing to obey a request of a staff member – e.g., Principal, Teacher, Admin Staff, Security guard, Driver, etc.
This includes breaking, damaging or defacing School property, including graffiti. This also includes misuse of materials or equipment that results in damage to School or personal property. Not only will the student(s) need to pay for any damages caused individually or jointly, but will need to face punitive consequences as well.
Students found in possession of the above substances will be dealt with severely as the possession of these substances can lead to expulsion from the School.
Further, students are not permitted to be found in possession of Knives, Blades or sharp instruments capable of causing bodily harm or injury.