Student Attendance, Conduct and Behaviour
This handbook provides you with information that will help you become acquainted with the aims and objectives of the school, a brief overview of the curriculum as well as practical day-to-day information.
- Parental Absences
- Absence in Cases of Illness
- Late Arrival
- Early Departure
- Departure Due to Illness
- Behaviour Expectations
- Values to Support “Respect for Others and Respect for Self”
- Student Dress Code
- Disciplinary Action
When your child is in school or on a school trip ISZL operates in loco parentis. In order to fulfil this role, we need the full cooperation of parents and students in observing the rules that ISZL views as beneficial and essential for all involved.
Should all parents and/or normally nominated caregivers need to be away from an ISZL student for repeated and consecutive days and nights during the school week, ISZL requires the contact details of the temporary caregivers of the student so that we may contact them if the need arises.
This contact information should be provided using the Parental Absence Report Form, which can be found in the Child Protection section of the ISZL Parent Portal (www.iszl.ch). The completed form should either emailed or delivered to the school office. Please be sure to submit the Form to both school offices if you have children attending the Zug and Riverside Campuses.
During the absence period, if an emergency arises at ISZL that requires a whole community emergency text message, the message will go the mobile number of the temporary caregivers as well as your mobile numbers.
Class attendance is an integral part of the learning process and the school believes that students with a full record of attendance will benefit most from their academic programme. Students are expected to attend school at all times when classes are in session and to arrive punctually. To this end, the school maintains a register of attendance and lateness for each student. Attendance and lateness are noted on a class-by-class basis and reported each time when student report cards are sent home. Attendance is also expected at assemblies, tutor groups, field trips, Personal Development Week, sports trips and activities.
Absences due to illness or for medical treatment should be reported directly to the School Office by a parent or guardian. Only a parent or guardian can excuse a student from school.
A request to be absent for other reasons during the school year, such as a family problem abroad or when observing a religious day or holiday, should be made to the Principal of the division. Parents who choose to take their children out of school for reasons other than illness must ultimately take responsibility for this choice and the consequences thereof.
In cases when students are taken from school for an extended holiday, the school will not provide supplementary tuition in order to help students make up missed work. Parents are urged to plan their holidays in such a way that students do not miss any school.
Students and parents must bear in mind that the accumulation of excessive absences for any circumstances may lead to a student being required to repeat a school year or at High School, being denied credit for a course. Indeed, persistent absence or deliberate failure to attend classes without adequate reason, may lead to disciplinary probation or suspension, and excessive and unexplained absences can be grounds for a student not being allowed to return to the school for the following academic year. Whilst it is recognised that international families must, by necessity, travel more than most, please remember that our students have a significant amount of course material to master during the year and any absence from school could jeopardise their chances of success.
Absences/illness should be reported to the school office by the parents on each day that the student is away from, preferably between 08:00 and 08:45 in the morning, before classes start. This allows the class teacher and the subject teachers to be informed before class attendance is taken. If applicable, please notify the school bus driver by 07:45. This also applies to dental and medical appointments scheduled during school hours.
Students arriving late to school should go to the School Office to sign in. The Receptionist will mark them late. Students late due to transport, unforeseen circumstances or other valid reasons should contact the office as soon as possible and the next day bring a written acknowledgement of this fact by a parent/guardian to the School Office. Students arriving late, even if only by a few minutes, must report directly to the School Office.
Students who need to leave school early for a doctor or dentist’s appointment must bring a signed note from home, send an email or call (but please try to limit requests by phone to emergencies). The student must bring the note to the lesson they need to leave early and then meet their parent or guardian in the School Office to “sign out” before leaving the campus. Students must "sign in" again if they return the same day. Under no circumstances may a student leave campus without first reporting to the office.
If a student becomes ill during the school day, a parent or guardian will be contacted and requested to pick up their child as soon as possible. Under no circumstances should a student leave without seeing the school nurse and receiving permission to leave school. Failure to do this can pose serious health risks and cause great and undue concern for parents and the school.
As part of our international school ethos, the school believes that effective self-discipline is a prerequisite for productive education and is based upon “respect for others and respect for self.”
Academic and social success for all students can best be accomplished in a safe climate of respect, responsibility and cooperation.
In partnership with parents we help children to increase their self-discipline, which is essential for acquiring independent and group study habits. Our purpose is to teach children direction and limits, to take responsibility for themselves and to learn the skills of conflict resolution. This is an integral part of the teaching and learning in our school.
All students and parents are expected to be familiar with the expectations outlined in the ISZL Code of Conduct and to uphold these expectations.
ISZL seeks to promote a learning environment in which:
- All children and adults are respected, listened to, treated fairly, involved and trusted
- Honesty and openness in communication are central to respecting ourselves and others
- Caring, empathy and kindness for each other are behaviours we promote;
- Cooperation with people around us is an important skill
- Name-calling, rudeness, threats and rough behaviour are not used because they may hurt someone’s feelings or cause injury
- Property and our environment are respected
- The teachers facilitate the development of self-control/conflict resolution by using guiding techniques that:
- Involve the students in setting clear, consistent and fair limits for behaviour in the classroom and around the school
- Value mistakes as learning opportunities
- Listen when students talk about their frustrations
- Redirect inappropriate behaviour
- Teach responsibility for behaviours
- Help children through the processes to resolve conflicts effectively
Due to the international nature of ISZL, we strive for a community that is inclusive and accepting of a diverse range of identities. Students have their own perspectives, morals and beliefs, sometimes due to their religion, gender, and nationality. The dress code is applied equally and dispassionately to all.
The school is also responsible for seeing that student attire does not interfere with the health and safety of any student, and does not contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for anyone--teachers, parents, and students alike.
- Declares that all school staff is responsible for holding students accountable for their dress choices--with no regard for, or discrimination against, their identity.
- Prevents students from wearing clothing and accessories, such as, but not limited to:
- clothing that can be interpreted as racist, lewd, vulgar or obscene;
- clothing that contains fighting words, speech that incites others to imminent lawless action, defamatory speech, or threats to others;
- clothing that references drugs, alcohol, and other illegal activities.
- Instructs that clothing must be worn in a way such that genitals, buttocks, breasts (cleavage), and nipples are fully covered with opaque fabric, ensuring all underwear is not visible. Bra straps may be visible as long as it is accompanied by another material on the shoulder. Tube tops are not permitted.
- Instructs students not to reveal the skin of their stomach and midriff in the space between their shirts and trousers/skirts while in a standing position.
- Allows the wearing of hats and hoodies with the hood up and other outdoor clothing (i.e jackets) indoors, except in classrooms when lessons are in progress, unless permission is granted from the teacher.
- Instructs students to wear shoes that are appropriate for the activities throughout the school day. This prevents the use of flip flops, plastic slides and heels above 5 cm.
- Declares any item that obscures the face in its entirety is not allowed, unless for religious observance or for some other mitigating circumstance approved by the administration.
- Declares that if these conditions are not met students will be required to put on alternative clothing that will be provided by the school for the remainder of the day, and after multiple warnings, be sent home.
- Emphasises that students should not be shamed or required to display their body in front of others (students, parents, or staff) in school. “Shaming” includes, but is not limited to:
- kneeling or bending over to check attire fit;
- measuring straps or skirt length;
- asking students to account for their attire in the classroom or in hallways in front of others;
- calling out students about perceived dress code violations in front of others.
- Encourages students who feel they have been subject to discriminatory enforcement of the dress code (as a result of gender, race, religion, etc.) to contact the school’s administration.
- Declares that these dress code guidelines shall apply to regular school days, as well as any school-related events, in or out of school hours, unless otherwise specified.
For safety reasons the wearing of earrings (including studs) string bracelets, or other jewellery is not permitted during sporting activities, PE or swimming. These items are safety hazards not only to the wearer but also to other pupils and staff. If ears are newly pierced studs may remain in place for a period of six weeks only. During this period they must be taped for all physical activities.
In most cases of disciplinary incidence the emphasis falls on responses that are most likely to further a student’s growth; counselling, encouragement, explanation, and obligations to improve often work. However, as much as we wish to nurture individual growth, we also have a responsibility to the wider school community. Therefore, any disciplinary measure is informed by a standard of high expectations and a commitment to send a clear message to the school community at large on the kind of behaviour that will, and will not be tolerated at school.
Students who break major school rules or who persist in violating other school rules may be sent to the Principal. At his/her discretion, the Principal may take one or more of the following actions:
- Verbal reprimand
- Assigning of consequences
- Notification of the student’s parents
- Suspension of the student pending a conference with parents
- Referral the matter to the Director
- In serious circumstances recommend expulsion of a student to the Director.
Our expectations of students and the disciplinary system of ISZL are detailed in the ISZL Code of Conduct. When on a trip, a student may be sent home at the expense of their parents if he or she violates a major school rule or is deemed to act in a way that causes harm to themselves or others.