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The administrative and teaching staff at D.I.S. recognizes the unique difference in individual capabilities and potential; Hence they feel the urge to implement programs that meet the needs of each and every student. They also believe that the school should be the core of the educational experience with the family acting as part of that experience.
We believe that the teaching process should emphasize the building up of both mental and personal capabilities of the student to enable him/her to cope with situations he/she might encounter in the future. The process should promote intellectual, social, moral, personal, and physical growth as well as self-understanding, self-esteem and a strong foundation for future learning experiences. The school strives to help each student to achieve success in each area to the best of his/her ability.
The school is national in essence, with openness to international perspective. It exists to provide the young with an education that builds on Arab traditions and values pertinent to their religions and everyday life skills as well as on advanced educational programs, all aiming to prepare them for leading roles in the future at both national and international levels.
The school strives to recognize that:
1. students do not learn in the same style, speed, or pattern and that it is the responsibility of the school to take care of them as learners and as individuals. Hence, it should provide programs and opportunities that cater to the needs of the needs of its students and that witness to students' personal, social, and intellectual development.
2. mastery of skills is not the same at all levels and that it is the responsibility of the school to provide structured and progressive experiences to lead students through all levels of the mental activity relevant to their age and ability.
3. basic skills develop sequentially and are integrated and reinforced by their use in a variety of situations during structured learning, independent projects, and informal activities.
4. intellectual development proceeds in the early grades from the physical / tangible to the symbolic operations.
5. it is essential to create and maintain a climate that encourages freedom of thought while stressing personal responsibility.
6. social development is influenced essentially by patterns of social behavior in the children's home environment, school, and society at large rather than through direct teaching. It is the responsibility of the school to create an environment where students experience models of society behavior such as cooperation, teamwork, responsibility, honesty, and commitment.
7. it is consistent with the provisions of the constitution and be committed to the idea of democracy and U.A.E, children rights, and civil laws.
8. social development culminates in its expansion to a global magnitude, where students place themselves and their culture in an international perspective, understand and accept cultural specifics and differences, and assume the individual and national responsibilities towards international cooperation.
9. social development proceeds through the understanding of and the proper interaction with the various systems that operate in the society.
10. physical development proceeds through understanding and acceptance of one's body, its functions and limitations, and the active involvement in its development through exercise, proper nutrition, and care.
11. physical education focuses in the early grades on body awareness and development of motor skills, and moves gradually towards structured games and activities that promote team spirit, leisure-skills, and physical welfare.
1. A student should be in school between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. If a child arrive before the set time, the school will not be responsible for that child, since there will be no supervisor present before 7:30 a.m.
2. If a student is late, he/ she must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian who will report to the office of the supervisor and sign the check-in sheet before the student might attend class.
3. In the case of sickness (more than one day) a note or telephone call is required. Upon returning to school a medical excuse must be presented (i.e. doctor's statement).
4. Unexcused absences may require the parents to come to school to sign an Attendance Probation letter stating that any further absences could subject the child to suspension.
5. Excused absences are defined as follows:
b. death in the family
c. religious holiday
d. other unavoidable reasons
6. When a student is absent the PARENTS are responsible for obtaining the missed materials. The school is not responsible for this.
7. Leaving the school grounds at any time without permission is not allowed.
8. School ends at 1:15 for KG section through six
2:45 for Grade 7 through 12
9. The school supervisors will not supervise students who stay in school after 3: 30.
10. A parent or guardian must grant written permission if the student wishes to leave with a friend or family member at the end of the day.
For more details refer back to the attendance sheet at the end of the booklet.
Health and Safety
Parents are urged to keep their sick children at home to avoid spread of any contagious illnesses. However, if the school has discovered this illness, it will contact the parents and isolate the child immediately. It will also call the parents for an immediate pick up. The school will also call the parents in case an accident happens. The parents are requested to cooperate and respond to the instructions given by the school administrators in relation to the medical follow up. When it is hard to reach the parents, the school will take the initiative to send the injured child to a nearest hospital.
Immediately after the bell rings and students enter the class, they must be seated. They have to prepare themselves with the necessary books, material, and homework to start the lesson.
Teachers in turn will be prompt and ready to start the lesson on time. If the teacher is late, only the monitor can leave the class to inform the supervisor. Students must not leave the class for any reason. When the teacher comes in, he/she will close the door as a sign for beginning the lesson.
A student coming in after the door is closed will be noted as late on the Daily Attendance Sheet. He/She will be given written warning. If this recurs, the student will have detention after school and will be assigned to do graded work.
No student is allowed to leave the class except for urgent cases.
Failure to do homework results in zero credit.
Students should respect their teachers and classmates and take permission when they want to speak in class.
Eating and drinking are forbidden in class.
It is the teacher who signals the end of the lesson.
No student is allowed to stay in class during the break unless for urgent cases and with a written permission from the supervisor.
Students are only allowed to visit lockers during the breaks.
Tippex or white ink is not allowed in school.
Dress and Appearance
What we wear reflects who we are. The school lives in the middle of a larger community, and we have to be aware of and respect its views. Dress and appearance should be decent, simple, and clean, and practical. The school reserves the right not to admit students who do not abide by the school rules for dress and appearance.
1. Students are expected to wear the complete students' uniform during the full school day.
2. Wearing slippers is not allowed in the school premises.
3. Hats or caps are not allowed in the school premises unless the student is in the green field or in the tennis court playing sports.
4. Jewelry and cosmetics are not allowed.
5. Tattoos, patches, henna, or other such markings must not show.
6. PE attire must be worn to PE.
7. Sunglasses and tinted prescription glasses must not be worn in the school building.
8. Shoes must be safe and comfortable.
9. P.E. clothes and plimsolls are to be worn only during days when PE periods are assigned.
Care of Personal Property
Students are responsible for their personal property! It is recommended that valuables be kept at home.
Any student who finds lost property is to notify a teacher or the supervisor's office immediately.
If a theft occurs during school, students are to notify the teacher immediately. Students who are found guilty of committing such a mistake will be suspended from school.
Respecting School Property
Damaging school property is considered a major offence. This includes graffiti.
A student caught damaging school property will be fined and may be suspended from school.
Students are expected to keep school premises clean.
A student caught writing graffiti, littering, or making a mess will be assigned appropriate community service.
Consequences for Rule Infraction
Community Services: this includes tasks that improve the welfare of the school or outer community.
Restitution: repair the damage caused to persons or property.
Detention: During free time (breaks, after school, or Saturday morning), the student is required to report to a specific place and person who will supervise a certain task. Parents will have to be informed at least on day before the detention day. Parents are required to make alternative arrangements for transportation.
Probation: The student is closely monitored for a specific period of time during which progress is expected.
Suspension: A student I s barred from attending school for a certain number of days.
Expulsion: A student is permanently dismissed from school without refund of school fees to parents.
Since the school is not responsible for lost items:
Gadgets like Discmans, walkmans, mp3/4, cell phones, and all similar items must be left at home. The distraction and danger of theft outweigh the convenience.
Such gadgets, if seen at school, will be confiscated, tagged, and stored till the end of the school year, when they can be reclaimed.
Games and sports equipment should be stored in lockers during class hours and used during breaks and after hours in the allocated areas after taking permission from the supervisor.
A locker will be given to each student who requests one. The student must be provided a key. A duplicate of the key is to be kept in the supervisor's office. The student may not keep an extra copy. Students should not give the keys to other students. STUDENTS ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO VISIT THEIR LOCKERS DURING THE BREAKS. They should remember to remove the books and supplies from their lockers during the times set above. Desks and lockers are school properties. Thus they are to be kept clean. Inspection of individual lockers or desks may occur when there is a reasonable cause to do so.
Assemblies are considered an integral part of the curriculum; therefore, all students must attend. Students should conduct themselves in an appropriate manner.
No student is allowed to leave the assembly without an excuse from the class advisor.
School and Personal Cleanliness
The school is responsible for encouraging best habits such as cleanliness, for having a clean school reflects on the school's inhabitants and provides a healthy environment for them all. It is also considered part of one's civil duties that enhance the sense of belonging. Therefore, students must consider this issue very seriously and refrain from littering around and avoid being disorderly in appearance during their school day. In addition, the school will regretfully fine all those who neglect the cleaning issue as a measure to stop this bad habit.
The school emphasizes that all students appear neat and orderly in appearance. It is also the school's policy to give each student an equal opportunity to increase his sense of belonging and feel comfortable. It is important, therefore, that all students follow the directions of the supervisor in relation to the hair cut throughout the whole school year. A student is expected to arrive at school with a short hair cut and avoid using gels or creams on the hair. Students who do not respond verbally will be given a warning letter of suspension until they have their hair cut properly. Students must remember to have their hair cut each time its length exceeds the limit shown in these figures. They must also respond the supervisor's written or verbal requests to have their hair cut as required.
The drills will be held regularly. The signal is the bell. On hearing the signal, the students must line up and leave the building in an orderly manner. Special areas will be designated for each section.
The Emirates Civil Defense will come and drill the students.
Students may use the office telephone in cases of emergency, or when given permission to call home by a teacher or supervisor. Students will not be allowed to use the office phone if they have forgotten books, assignments …etc.
Students on the school bus follow school rules and obey the helper or the bus driver.
Students are required to read the policy of using the school transportation and sign it with their parents. A copy of the signed paper will be kept in the student's file in the supervisor's office. (See the policy at the end of the booklet.)
A student who misbehaves on the bus will be barred from using it.
Students are not allowed to drive cars to school.
During exam weeks at the end if each term, students who have finished their exam may leave with a parent or driver after getting permission from the supervisor.
If a student is ill, it is best for him/her to stay at home. Don't send a sick child to school.
However, if the student is sick at school, then the Supervisor will send him/her to the School Clinic. Students must not leave the section building without written permission from the Supervisor.
The school doctor is available in the school clinic from 9:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. to take care of the sick students.
All students are insured against accidents.
Please note that the school nurse is not a doctor and cannot prescribe medicine.
If a student is under medication, the School Administration must be notified. The child must not keep the medicine with him/her. It should be kept in the office of the supervisor.
Students who are sick can only leave the school after they get a written release from the school's doctor. Parents will be informed about his case from the school clinic.
Students are asked to treat others with politeness and respect as they would like to be treated themselves. This applies to staff, other students, the guards at the gates, canteen staff, janitors, and everybody. If a problem with a teacher occurs, students should refer back to the class advisor or the supervisor for help and to sort it as soon as possible.
A student who disturbs a lesson and makes it difficult for others to learn will be:
1. given a verbal warning recorded by the teacher and the supervisor.
2. given a written warning recorded by the teacher and supervisor.
3. sent out of class to the supervisor's office and in the supervisor's presence followed by a written report describing the student's regular violations. The supervisor will have to call the student's parents and invite them to the school to discuss the student's case and take proper measures against the student. If this measure was not effective, the student will be taken to the general director to look into the matter and initiate appropriate action.
4. parents will be contacted regularly to give feed back about their children when necessary.
The school canteen provides well-balanced food items with reasonable prices. It also provides fresh meals at lunch with reasonable prices. Students are expected to behave properly in the canteen. They must not push or shout. They must keep it clean and tidy. Running in the school canteen is forbidden. Students cannot visit the canteen during the lessons for any reason except with a written permission from the supervisor.
Bullying will not be tolerated in DIS. Bullying is major offence and will be treated as such on a case by case basis.
Inappropriate public displays of affection on campus, on the school bus, and on field trips are not allowed as they may offend others.
Bad language will not be tolerated. Students, who persistently use bad language, after being cautioned by staff, will be dealt with appropriately.
No student is allowed to bring or use cigarettes or abusive substances within school premises, the school parking area, on school trips, or on school buses.
To be caught with one of these items, including lighters and matches, is a major offence and will result in immediate confiscation. The student will be suspended from school for at least three days, and marks will be deducted from his/her general conduct average. If these actions recur, a student will convene the Disciplinary Committee and parents will be informed immediately.
The consequence of continuous possession of cigarettes, abusive substances, or smoking is expulsion.
Knives and sharpened implements are forbidden.
Any item that may be deemed harmful will be confiscated and students concerned are sent to the supervisor's office who may call for a Disciplinary Committee, and parents will be informed immediately.
Anyone caught cheating on a test will receive a zero and his parents will receive a formal letter informing them of the student's violation. This includes the use of an unauthorized calculator in an exam. An incident report will go into the students' file.
The Disciplinary Committee
The Disciplinary Committee headed by the General Director meets to review situations where there has been a major infringement of school rules. A student is sent to the committee accompanied by his/her advisor or supervisor for behavior that might lead to suspension or expulsion. The committee consists of the General Director, the Academic Advisor, the Students' Academic Advisor, the Supervisor, and other chosen teachers. Suggestions and recommendations are made by the attended members about any case to the General Director who gives the final decision.
All students are expected to participate in Physical Education unless they have a medical excuse from a hospital or the school's doctor. This excuse must be handed to the Head of the PE before the lesson.
Students must change in assigned places and not in classrooms.
Roller blades, skateboards, and scooters may only be used after school at the students' own risk.
Rules of Using the School's Transportation
The school's means of transportation is one of the vital services the school offers for its students and which would also help parents save time and effort regardless of the responsibility the school shoulders in safely and punctually transporting all students. Therefore, students must be granted crucial responsibilities through following a set of stated rules else the student's subscription will be automatically cancelled.
Students are requested
to keep the school bus clean and tidy during the trips.
not to write at any place in the bus.
to use the same seat from the beginning of the year till its end and refrain from changing his/her place without permission from the bus driver or his assistant.
to follow the bus driver's directions for safety purposes.
to interact respectfully with the bus driver and his assistant.
6. not to be late for the bus or delay it in both the morning and afternoon
to avoid opening the bus's windows without permission.
not to misbehave or cause disturbance of any kind to avoid confusing the driver and risk students' lives.
not to have any verbal or physical fight inside the bus regardless of the reasons. Students must refer back to his/her section supervisor when necessary to solve any complex case.
not to carry any prohibited objects such as tape recorders, CD players, cell phones…etc. without taking written permission from the section supervisor else such objects will be confiscated.
The student is responsible for his/her seat throughout the whole year, and thus any type of vandalism will be strictly dealt with. The subscriber must immediately inform the bus driver of any vandalism that has previously occurred else the same student will be charged for the damage and his/her subscription will be automatically cancelled.
This service has been created to assist you in your academic life and keeping it efficient is a wise decision.
Students violating rules of items 1- 7 receive a verbal warning first.
Students who continue to violate the above mentioned rules (1- 7) will receive a written warning of canceling their subscription in the school transportation.
Students who receive the first two warnings and continue to violate the above stated rules will automatically receive a cancellation letter of using the school's means of transportation.
Students who violate rules of items 8 - 10 receive written warnings first and cancellation in case of committing the same mistakes.
Students who violate rule 11 will be charged for his violation and their subscription will be automatically cancelled.
Detention at School Campus
The school has decided to implement the detention policy for its students at the school campus as a measure to put an end to the academic carelessness and conduct violations which form a real obstacle to raise the students' academic and conduct level as well as their future career. It is important to point out that students will receive graded work or any suitable work that matches their violations taking into consideration that the detention period will last for one whole hour from 2:45 till 3:45 p.m. Therefore, detention will be inflicted on students who:
arrive to school later than 8:05 a.m. They have to be detained on the same day of their violation.
come more than five minutes late to class after the first or second break regardless of the students' excuses, and thus their detention will have to be on the next day.
spoil their desks with any type of paint, ink, or the like, or try to damage the desks.
cause disturbance of any kind in class or refuse to follow the teacher's instructions. The student will be given graded classwork, quiz, or worksheet to complete.
are negligent to their homework.
forget their books, copybooks, or stationery.
don't wear their school uniform completely.
misbehave inside or outside the classroom.
stand outside the classroom or leave it after the teacher departs to join other classes ( including those who go to bathrooms, the cafeteria, or go to drink water without written permission).
Detention will be doubled in case the students ignore this punishment, and they will not be admitted the next day unless accompanied by their parents in addition to losing marks from the general conduct averages. Moreover, it is important to remind that the detention period is similar to any other period, and students are prohibited from eating, drinking, or wasting time during this time.