BELIZE HIGH SCHOOL – M.T.H.S  POLICY

Disciplinary Committee

At this Belize High School any serious misconduct by any student of Mopan Technical High School, whether on or off campus, is referred to the Disciplinary Committee, which is charged with the enforcement of school rules and regulations.  After receiving a complaint against any student, the Disciplinary Committee declares itself in session.  It then investigates the matter and makes recommendations to the Principal.  The Principal then communicates in writing to the student’s parent/guardian the Committee’s decision, which may be mandatory counseling, suspension or even withdrawal. 

The Disciplinary Committee is comprised of members of the Board and any other member co-opted with specific skills.   

Disciplinary Policy

Our school is mindful of a student’s right to an education, as well as of his responsibility to abide by the school rules, regulations and policies.  Our school’s administration and faculty are also aware of the importance of following due process when enforcing school rules.

              Needless to say, the school will make every effort to ensure that assistance is provided in a timely manner to students with behavioral issues.  Counseling services and parental involvement will play a crucial part in this endeavor. The school’s Disciplinary Committee and professional service referrals will also be deeply and decisively involved in our intervention plans.

To  address these behavioral issues, the school has formulated a disciplinary policy described below. Offenses or infractions are divided into two categories: minor and major offences. Minor offences are to be addressed immediately by the teachers, while major offences will be addressed by the administration and/or the Disciplinary Committee. Measures may range from verbal warnings to automatic jug, to detention, to demerits, to suspension and even to withdrawal .

Before proceeding with any measure, the teacher will warn the student three times, which he/she will record in a log book. After the third warning, the teacher will advise the student and his/her parent/guardian that on the next offense he/she will proceed to give the child a detention. On the next offence , the child will receive a jug. Thereafter, the teacher may continue giving jug or may begin to issue demerit or refer the matter to the administration.

Extreme cases of behavior are to be reported to the school’s administration, using the Student Incident Report Form. Repeat offenders are to be referred to the Counselor for guidance and assistance. 

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Minor Offences # of Demerits
1. Chewing or eating in class 1
2. Reaching late to class 1
3. Leaving class without permission 2
4. Skipping Class 3
5. Refusing to do class work 2
6. Copying in class 2
7. Disrupting class 2
8. Staying in class during break or lunch 1
9. Not staying for class duties 2
10. Littering 1
11. Loitering 2
12. Using obscene language 2
13. Making disrespectful remarks to teacher 3
14. Lying to teacher 2
15. Not doing homework 1
16. Not having textbook or instruments 1
17. Not having badge or student ID 1
18. Not having bow tie (girls) 1
19. Using loose bow tie (girls) 1
20. Using ankle socks (girls) 1
21. Using make-up (girls) 1
22. Using skirt above the knee 2
23. Using color footwear or color laces 2
24. Using skinny or saggy pants (boys) 2
25. Being un-tucked in class or on the compound 2
26. Writing graffiti on the wall, furniture or in the bathroom 2
27. Possession of electronic device, such as cell phone, Tablet, laptop, etc. Rule 24,  Page38
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Major Offences

Major Offences # of demerits
1. Displaying affection in public 10 demerits on the first offence / 15 demerits on the 2nd  offence
2. Bullying 15 – 10 Demerits
3. Mischievous act (making false report or giving false testimony) 10 to 15 demerits plus 3—5 day
4. Sexual harassment 10 — 15
5. Fighting  10 — 15
6. Verbal assault/ profanity against another student/ teacher      10 — 15
7. Theft 10 plus return of stolen item
8. Vandalism        15 plus payment of damages
9. Destruction of school property               15 plus payment of damages
10. Use or possession of firecrackers               10 — 15
11. Possession of knife, penknife or pointed object 15
used as weapon
15
12. Possession of gun 30
13. Use, possession or distribution of alcohol
10 on the first offence / 15 on the 2nd offence
14. Use, possession or distribution of drugs 15
15. Peddling drugs 30
16. Leaving school without permission 15
17. Truancy (playing hooky) 15
18. Using school premises without permission 10
19. Not having school uniform 5
20. Living in common law relationship 30
21. Cohabiting with another man/ woman 15
22. Profanity directed against a teacher
10 — 15
23. Bringing the school into disrepute 10 — 15
24. Bleaching/ dyeing hair
5 — 10
25. Refusing to take orders from those duly authorized to give orders                  15 — 30
26. Conviction in a court of law  30
27. Use of violence against student/ teacher by another student on or off campus 30
28. Unjustified absences (18 days) Conference with parents Or withdrawal
29. Pregnancy Withdrawal from school until the following year
30. Body piercing (tongue. Nose, lips),eyebrow design or tattoos
10
31. Vertical shaving of eyebrows 30

Suspensions

A letter informing parents of their child’s suspension will be issued to the parent/ guardian.  A phone call will also be made to the parent/ guardian to inform him/her of the child’s suspension. The suspension may either be a home suspension (to be served at home) or a school suspension (to be done at school during normal school hours). If the suspension is served at school, the child will not wear school uniform. The student will be assigned physical tasks.  The parent/guardian will be required to meet with administration before the student is readmitted to class. Uniforms may not be worn during suspension 

The following violations may result in expulsion:

  1. Verbal abuse or physical assault of teachers
  2. Use of deadly violence against another student on or off campus
  3. Profanity directed toward a teacher
  4. Conviction of criminal offences in a court of law. These include, but are not limited to: theft, assault, drugs, weapons and/or gang related activity.
  5. Refusal or failure to obey legal orders given by those duly authorized to give such orders.
  6. Repeated neglect of requirements or failure to observe duly constituted school regulations
  7. Accumulation of demerits.

The following violations may result in expulsion:

a. Verbal abuse or physical assault of teachers

b. Use of deadly violence against another student on or off campus

c. Profanity directed toward a teacher

d. Conviction of criminal offences in a court of law. These include, but are not limited to: theft, assault, drugs, weapons and/or gang related activity.

e. Refusal or failure to obey legal orders given by those duly authorized to give such orders.

f. Repeated neglect of requirements or failure to observe duly constituted school regulations

g. Accumulation of demerits.

Violations that merit suspension:

  1. Gambling: a student should not gamble or possess gambling devices, such as cards or dice on school grounds.
  2. Theft: A student shall not take or attempt to take without the prior consent and knowledge of the rightful owner, any possession or property belonging to another person or to the school.
  3. Harassment: A student shall not touch anyone in an unfriendly manner, harass, use words, pictures, objects or sounds relating to sexual activity that may cause embarrassment to another student.
  4. Obscene language and/or gestures: A student shall not use obscene language, either verbal or written.
  5. Destruction of school property: A student shall not cause damage or defacement to school property, including buildings, walls, chalkboards, equipment or furniture, pipelines, plants, trees, crops or domestic animals.
  6. Behavior: A student shall not engage in any inappropriate behavior
    A. a student shall not conduct himself in a manner, whether at school or not, inconsistent with the expressed or implied values and principles of the school;
    B. A student shall not commit moral turpitude or bring the school into disrepute;
    C. A student shall not engage in behavior which may be physically, mentally, or psychologically harmful or threatening to other students or teachers or to himself.
  7. Any other misconduct not listed that are, however, as serious in nature as the above, may be grounds for the same disciplinary actions.

ATTENDANCE

  1. It shall be the responsibility of parents or guardians to ensure that students attend school and arrive on time. A student who is absent from school for one or more sessions shall, upon return to school, present a note form his parent or guardian acknowledging and explaining such absence.
  2. Students should be present at school and accounted for at all sessions. They should attend school at least 90% of the academic year. A maximum of 18 unjustified absences is allowed for the academic year.
  3. After six absences at any point during the school year, a letter will be sent to the parent/guardian to notify him or her of such absences. After ten absences the Parent/ Guardian will be required to attend a conference with the homeroom teacher and Principal to discuss the child’s situation and the possible consequences of his/her absences.
  4. Any student who is absent from school for a significant number of days (20 days) for the school year due to illness, may be required to withdraw for the remainder of the school year with the option of returning the following year.
  5. Excused absences are only those that fall into the categories listed below:

i) Death in the immediate family (parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents);

ii) Medical or dental appointment for a student which cannot be taken care of after school or on weekends—only after the student has presented a medical excuse signed by the doctor

V) Personal illness.

iii) Obligation to church, family, or friends to attend or carry out a part of a funeral  service.

IV) Serious illness of a member of the immediate family requiring a student’s presence at Home;

TARDINESS

  1. A student is considered late if he/she is not in his/her homeroom by 7:55 a.m.
  1. Arriving in homeroom on time is a courtesy expected of all students. Parents must make arrangements to send their child early.  Homeroom begins promptly at 7:55a.m. Any student arriving past the bell will  be marked as late.  Students arriving late create an unacceptable disruption to the teacher and other  students.  All students are to be on campus by 7:55a.m.
  1. Excessive lateness (10 times or more) in any one semester may result in a two-day suspension.
  1. After ten lateness, parent/guardians will be asked to have an audience with the administration.
  1. Failure to report for late slip will result in one demerit.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

In accordance with our mission statement, we are committed to providing “a learning environment where students are challenged to achieve their full potential”.  To this end, we have developed a Community Service Program spearheaded by the Counselor’s Office. 

This program requires first, second and third form students to offer fifteen hours of Community Service on Saturdays or Sundays for the school year, five of which must be dedicated to providing maintenance to classroom furniture, chalkboard, walls, windows, ceiling and school campus.  The remaining ten hours of service must benefit the students’ native communities.  The projects, planned out at the beginning of the school year, may be done in groups or as a class, with the participation of the homeroom teachers and other staff members, wherever possible.

Fourth formers are to carry out individually their fifteen-hour Community Service in Semester I.  This is a requirement for graduation.  The Counselor’s Office is tasked with providing the necessary guidance.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

The administration and staff shall not tolerate academic dishonesty.  It will be considered as an action intended to obtain or assist in obtaining credit for work which is not one’s own.  The first violation shall earn a zero and repeated offenses could result in a suspension.  Copying and plagiarism are included in this definition.