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Discipline

The 4As

Attire, Attitude, Attendance and Assignment

Attitude

Conduct and Behaviour

Students are to be courteous, respectful and well-behaved at all times.

Use of any electronic gadgets such as I-pod/ MP3/ handphone is not allowed during morning assembly, lessons (unless authorised by teacher), as well as during all formal school activities (e.g. tests, examinations, CCAs etc). Electronic gadgets are expected to be kept in the bag at all times. Students can use these electronic gadgets during their respective recesses only in the canteen and foyer (after school). Any violation of this stipulation will result in confiscation of phone/ electronic gadgets.

Students must keep their handphones on silent mode at all.

The school shall not be responsible for the loss of any personal equipment or possession.

All students are not allowed to have in their possession any weapon. They are also not allowed to bring any weapon-like item which is used or intended to be used to cause harm to others.

Morning Assembly

All students are to report to school by 7.30am sharp.

Students who are Singapore citizens must sing the National Anthem and take the Pledge.
Students will take the Pledge with the right fist over the heart.

Attendance

All students must attend lessons, school events and activities regularly and punctually.

Absence from school as a result of illness must be supported by a Medical Certificate to be given to the Teacher Counsellor promptly when the student returns to school. A letter from the parent/ guardian will only be accepted if it is followed up by the parent/ guardian's call to the office on that day of the student's absence.

A copy of the Medical Certificate is also expected to be given to Subject Teacher(s) if it concerns any assessment (class tests, common test or examination). Students without a medical certificate or valid reason for absence from any assessments will be awarded a zero mark.

Absence from school/lessons/ any activities planned by the school without leave or valid reason is considered truancy.

Assignment

All students are to:

Study diligently and conscientiously and to take pride in their work.

Complete all schoolwork/homework assigned to them and to submit them on time.

The 3Rs

Rules, Respect and Responsibility

All Yio Chu Kang Secondary School students are taught to respect the rights of others through responsible thinking by learning to obey instructions and rules.

RESPONSIBLE THINING PROCESS (RTP)

The Responsible Thinking Process [RTP] is a stern yet gentle and respectful class room management system in place for disruptive students. When students disrupt classroom lesson, they are sent to Responsible Thinking Centre (RTC) to reflect on their behaviour. The illustration below shows the process involved in the Responsible Thinking Programme:


How does RTP work?

Student chooses not to follow the rules and disrupts in the classroom


Teacher asks the RTP questions.


Student stops the disruptive behaviour.


Teacher continues teaching.

 

Student chooses to disrupt a 2nd time during class.


To prevent disruption to the rest of the class, the teacher refers student to the RTC.

 

In the RTC, the student completes a behaviour plan that is reviewed by the school counsellor.

 

Student negotiates plan with teacher and returns to class.



 


Responsible

Thinking Process

[RTP]

A process that teaches respect for others by fostering responsible thinking

 


Responsible

Thinking Process

questions

1.   What are you doing?

2.   What are the rules?

3.   What happens when you break the rules?

 

 

 






 

What happens in the Responsible Thinking Centre (RTC)

The RTC is a quiet room staffed by school counsellors.

Student is assigned to sit at an individual study table.

Student is only in the RTC for the class period where they caused disruption.

While in the RTC, student must write a behaviour plan explaining what he did and his plan for changing their behaviour.

Student must negotiate the plan with the counsellor before student can return to class.

 

Student is responsible for any work he missed while he is in the RTC.

 

If a student is uncooperative or disruptive in the RTC, the parent will be informed and the student will be sent home. Student can only return to school with a parent.

 

Disciplinary Guidelines

Every action has its consequences. Helping students realise this cause and effect relationship is one way we can empower our students to develop self-discipline. Having a set of guidelines on the consequences for not abiding by the rules and regulations is important. Students who break the Code of Conduct will be disciplined.

The following is a list of guidelines for disciplinary offences and violation of the Code of Conduct. The list of offences / violations and disciplinary guidelines is not exhaustive and is subject to changes and considerations may be made on a case-by-case basis.

The school reserves the right to determine the disciplinary guidelines depending on our students’ maturity, severity of the offence and their remorse.

No.

Offence(s)

Actions and Consequence(s)

1

Inappropriate Attire

a.   1st Offence

  • Parents to be informed of consequences for subsequent recurring offence [refer to (b)];
  • Record date of offence in file;
  • Student will be given the excuse slip for returning to class.

For coloured and inappropriate hairstyles, parents to be notified and to pick-up student from school for follow up.

 

b.   Recurring offence

  • Parents to bring uniform/ shoes or pick-up student for haircut.

For parents who are not contactable or available, student will be suspended from lessons for the day.

2

Late-coming

Late for Lesson (1-3x)

  • Student to provide statement;
  • Parents to be informed of consequences for subsequent recurring offence;
  • Student will be given the excuse slip for returning to class;
  • Detention after school.

 

Late for School (1-3x)

  • Parents to be informed of consequences for subsequent recurring offence;
  • Record date of offence in file;
  • Student will be given the excuse slip for returning to class;
  • Detention after school.

 

       Recurring offence (>3x)

·      Parents to meet Level DM;

  • Referral to RTC for mandatory counselling sessions;
  • Suspension from class;
  • Suspension from school.

 

Reporting to School after 8.00 am

  • Parents to be informed.

·       Student will be suspended from school or class if he/ she have no official or valid reason.

 3  Truancy
Truancy from Lesson

  • Student to provide statement;
  • Parents to be informed and student suspended from class for the day;
  • Detention after school (1 hour).

Recurring offence
  • Parents to meet P/ VPs and Level DM;
  • Referral to RTC for mandatory counselling sessions;
  • Suspension from class (1 – 3 days for 2nd offence);
  • Suspension from school (1 – 3 days for 3rd offence);
  • Caning (for 4th and subsequent offences)*.

Truancy from School
  • Parents to be informed and to make appointment to meet P/ VPs and Level DM;
  • Student to provide statement upon return to school;
  • Referral to RTC for mandatory counselling sessions;
  • Suspension from class (1 – 3 days for 1st offence);Caning (for recurring offences)*.
Electronic Gadgets 
  • Student to provide statement;
  • Parents to be informed of consequences for subsequent recurring offence;
  • Electronic gadgets to be confiscated and returned at the end of the day by Level DM.
  • Detention after school.

Recurring offence (>5x)
  • Parents to meet Level DM;
  • Student may be banned from bringing electronic gadgets to school or risk his/ her electronic gadget to be confiscated by school for 1 week
  • Referral to RTC for mandatory counselling sessions (if necessary).
5  Defiance
  • Student to provide statement;
  • Parents to be informed
  • Level DM to determine seriousness of defiance. Punishments may include community service, letter of apology, public apology or mediation between parties involved.
 Smoking
Suspected of Smoking

a. 1st Offence
  • Student to provide statement;
  • Smokerlyser test (Record reading on statement);
  • Parents/ Guardians to be informed and to pick-up student from school for washing up before allowing back to school;
For parents not contactable or available, student will be suspended from lessons for the day.
  • Referral to RTC for mandatory counselling sessions.

b. 2nd Offence
  • As listed above in (a);
  • Parents to meet Level DM;
  • Compulsory Smoking Cessation programme at Health Sciences Authority (HSA) listed clinics (refer to attached list).

c. Recurring Offence
  • As listed above in (a);
  • Parents to meet P/ VPs and Level DM;
  • Caning*.

Smoking or Possession of Cigarettes
a. 1st Offence
  • Student to provide statement;
  • Smokerlyser test (Record reading on statement);
  • Parents/ Guardians to meet Level DM – Offender will be suspended from Class till first clinical session for Smoking Cessation programme at any of the HSA listed clinics;
  • Referral to RTC for mandatory counselling sessions;
  • Update HSA.

b. 2nd Offence
  • Student to provide statement;
  • Smokerlyser test (Record reading on statement);
  • Parents/ Guardians to meet Level DM – Offender will be suspended from School for 1 day;
  • Referral to RTC for mandatory counselling sessions;
  • Update HSA.

c. Recurring offence
  • Student to provide statement;
  • Smokerlyser test (Record reading on statement);
  • Parents to meet P/ VPs and Level DM;
  • Caning*;Update HSA.
7
  •  Vandalism
  • Student to provide statement;
  • Parents to be informed and meet Level DM;
  • Immediate suspension from class till parent’s conference (for serious vandalism cases);
  • Student to replace and pay for damages;
  • Referral to RTC for mandatory counselling sessions (if necessary). 
 Physical Violence
  • Level DM to assess injuries (if any) and report immediately to P/ VPs or DM if immediate medical attention is required;
  • Student to provide statement;
  • Parents to be informed and meet Level DM;
  • Immediate suspension from class till parent’s conference;
  • Referral to RTC for mandatory counselling sessions ;
  • Disciplinary actions taken (Suspension, Caning*, Expulsion). 
9  Body Art
  • Student to provide statement;
  • Parents to meet P/ VPs and DM;
  • Immediate suspension from school till first consultation with specialist. 

* Caning is only applicable to boys. Girls are subjected to other disciplinary actions e.g. suspension.