Learner Code of Conduct

 

Misconduct

 

Disciplinary Action

 

Level 1: Minor violation of general classroom discipline (discipline performed by class teacher)

 

  • Failing to attend class on time.
  • Leaving class without permission
  • Failing to complete homework.
  • Dishonesty with negligible consequences.
  • Minor plagiarism and/cheating.
  • Forgotten books.
  • Littering
  • Name calling
  • Cell phones
  • Ignoring general instructions
  • Verbal warnings
  • Class detention
  • Menial tasks
  • Confiscating items
  • Time – out
  • Informing parents

 

 

 

Misconduct

 

Disciplinary Action

 

Level 2: Minor violations of school codes and rules (discipline performed by higher authority; HOD’s and or Deputy).

 

  • Frequent repetition of level 1 misconduct where above disciplinary action is considered ineffective.
  • Possession and/use of tobacco and tobacco products.
  • Repeated truancy.
  • Cheating during exams
  • Using abusive or profane language.
  • Verbally threatening the safety of another person.
  • Discriminatory behaviour including racial and sexist intolerance
  • Fighting, pushing, hitting, bullying of any nature.
  • Chewing gum at school.
  • Climbing on or over walls, fences, roofs, trees.
  • Dishonesty with more serious consequences.
  • Any level 1 disciplinary action.
  • Disciplinary talk with learner.
  • Talk to parent or guardian
  • Written warning
  • Behavioural contracts (where the learner promises to behave)
  • Detention
  • Duties that contribute to the improvement of the school environment

       (e.g. gardening, admin tasks)

  • Civil action (reporting to SAPS)

 

Misconduct

 

Disciplinary action

 

Level 3: Serious violations of school codes and rules (discipline performed by a higher authority e.g. Deputy or outside agency for counselling).

 

  • Frequent repetition of level 2 misconduct where above disciplinary action is considered ineffective.
  • Minor injury to another person
  • Possession and or use of alcohol
  • Severely disruptive behaviour
  • Possession (without use) of a dangerous weapon.
  • Possession or use of a narcotic substance or being under the influence of such substances.
  • Theft
  • Vandalism
  • Fireworks at school
  • Forgery
  • Leaving the school grounds during official school hours without the permission of the principal.
  • Any of the previous disciplinary actions.
  • Referral to psychologist/ counsellor/ clinic/ community or social worker.
  • Suspension from school related activities e.g. sport, extra-mural activities
  • Final written warning that may lead to school suspension.

 

Misconduct

 

Disciplinary action

 

Level 4: Very serious violations of school codes and rules (discipline performed by a higher school authority e.g. Principal and/or SGB in conjunction with the WCED.)

 

  • Frequent repetition of level 3 misconduct where above disciplinary action is considered ineffective.
  • Threatening behaviour with a dangerous weapon.
  • Intentionally causing physical injury to another person.
  • Selling narcotic substances (first offence).
  • Limited sexual abuse e.g. groping.
  • Extortion of another person’s property.
  • Any of the previously mentioned disciplinary action.
  • Referral to the relevant outside agency.
  • Application to the WCED for limited suspension from all school activities.

 

Misconduct

 

Disciplinary action

 

Level 5: Criminal violations of school codes and /or rules but also of civil law (disciplinary action performed by higher school authority plus the SGB plus the WCED).

 

  • Repetition of level 4 misconduct.
  • Assault
  • Sexual harassment, sexual abuse, attempted rape or rape
  • Robbery, major theft
  • Intentionally using a dangerous weapon
  • Murder
  • Application to the WCED for expulsion or transfer of the learner from the school after a tribunal hearing.