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Policies & Procedures

Full Copy of the  AFNORTH US- Elementary Parent & Student Handbook


Student Conduct and Expectations

Basic discipline is governed by the school's "Code of Safety and Personal Conduct" which is reproduced below. National offices will deal with more serious breaches of conduct.

Code of Safety & Personal Conduct

  1. I will be safe at all times by:
    Walking in the building and to and from the buses
    Using the stairs one step at a time
    Keeping hallways and doors free to traffic
  2. I will show respect for all others and myself in the school by:
    Always being courteous
    Following the directions given by any staff member
    Using a normal voice inside the building
  3. I will show respect for my surroundings by:
    Taking care of my property.
    Treating school property and the property of others as if it were my own.
    Giving consideration to the environment in and around the building.
  4. I will strive to do my best work
    Parents and teachers agree that discipline is important for learning. When teachers spend time correcting behavior, they have less time to teach. Good behavior begins at home. Here are ten ways parents can help improve discipline:
  • Know and support the school rules
  • Show your child you are interested in what he / she does in school. Ask about school activities.
  • Talk to teachers about your child's behavior in school.
  • Stress the importance of good discipline with your child.
  • Be a good role model for your children.
  • Show your children you respect them. Encourage them to respect others.
  • Give your children a chance to take part in making decisions about things that affect them.
  • Be sure your child eats properly. Poor nutrition can cause discipline problems.
  • Watch your child's behavior at home.
  • If discipline problems occur, talk with your child. Ask why she / he is misbehaving and listen to the answer.

Homework

Instruction by a teacher takes place primarily in a classroom and is limited by time and location constraints. In order to extend the learning process, both in time and in place, homework is assigned. Homework is defined as work or activities assigned to students by the teacher to do outside-of-class time in order to extend the instructional program for a class or for individual students. Assigned homework serves both the teacher and the pupils in the following ways:

  • to reinforce skills taught in class
  • to increase understanding and retention
  • to enrich classroom instruction
  • to encourage responsibility

Homework assignments are meant to be reasonable in terms of time and effort requirements placed on students, but they should give students the opportunity to stretch and grow academically. Homework should not be given before the concept or skill has been taught in class and the students have had a chance to practice.
Parents will be contacted if their child is consistently having homework difficulties. By seeing what homework your child is doing, you will be more informed about your child's curriculum at school. Please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher if there are problems.

HOW MUCH HOMEWORK?

The amount of homework will of course be different depending on the age of the child. Listed below is a general guideline for the amount given by each year level. Please bear in mind that these guidelines are not absolutes. The amount will vary nightly. However, if your child seems to be spending a great deal more time doing homework, you should contact the teacher.

  • IY1 and Kindergarten - 10 minutes of daily reading to or with someone
  • First, Second, and Third Grade - 10-30 minutes daily
  • Fourth and Fifth Grade -  30-60 minutes daily
  • There will be some long-range projects to be completed in 2nd to 5th Grades.

Visitors and Volunteers

Visitors and volunteers are always welcome at the school and are actively encouraged to become involved with the school. Your support and participation provides the school and its pupils with a variety of valuable services in the classroom and throughout the school, thus enriching the programs offered to the children. All volunteers are required to be registered and gain a security clearance through their national section office before serving in the classroom or as chaperones on school sponsored trips. If a visitor is not in possession of a NATO ID please contact your national office to receive the relevant paperwork at least one week in advance of your visit.

If you are visiting, or you are coming to volunteer, please sign in with your National Office. When visiting the school, parents may not use the parking lot during bus loading (and unloading). Such actions are extremely hazardous and unsafe for children. The parking lot is closed from 8:35 until 9:00 and from 3:10 to 3:45.

Arrival / Dismissal:

BUSES
The vast majority of students travel to and from school by bus. It is important that they have their bus pass with them on every journey. Should there be any change to your child's routine regarding buses you must notify the teacher and the bus office in writing. Additional information is available from the Bus coordinator.

DROPPING OFF/COLLECTING YOUR CHILD
Parents are urged to pick up and drop off their children along the school side of Ferdinand Bolstraat, observing existing parking regulations. This street is supervised by Dutch Marechaussee. There is also a Meeting Point inside the school gate where students can wait safely.

CAR PARK
For safety reasons the school parking lot is closed to private vehicle traffic from 8:35 to 9:00 - while  buses are arriving and unloading, and from 3:10-3:45 or on early dismissal days from 12:10 to 12:45 and Early Release days from 1:10 to 2:15 while buses are loading and leaving. From 1:40 to 2:15, the last two rows closest to the street may be used for private vehicle traffic because the rest of the parking lot is closed to private vehicle traffic - while buses are loading and leaving. Bus coordinators and traffic wardens are responsible for the arrival, loading and departure of the school buses. Please follow any directions given to ensure the safety of our children.
Private vehicles are permitted to park ONLY in the defined parking spaces on the school ground's parking lot in front of the school. Park between the white lines in designated parking places only.

Concerns

Although it is our aim to promote an open, honest and trusting home-school relationship which supports student learning, there may be the occasional time when a parent feels unhappy about the arrangements that have been made for their child's education. Complaints are usually settled quickly and informally at school level. However, the school has a complaints procedure for those parents who wish to pursue a complaint through more formal channels. Should this be necessary please contact your National Office.

Dress Code

AFNORTH International School (AIS) expects all members of its population to dress in an appropriate manner that reflects the values of home, school and community. The guiding principles upon which this code was developed are:

  • No dress will interfere with the learning process at AIS.
  • Everyone associated with AIS is a valued member of our community and dress is a reflection of a person's pride in herself or himself.

Inappropriate dress includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Headwear worn inside the school buildings
  • Any clothing that exposes midriff, underwear or cleavage, etc.
  • Any garment with profanity, promoting drugs or violating school or host country rules and regulations.
  • For health and safety reasons - rubber shower shoes, untied shoes, or bare feet. Students must wear shoes with a back
  • Jewelry must not be worn during PE lessons

AFNORTH does not have a school uniform but Spirit Wear (Tee-shirts and Sweatshirts) is available for purchase.

Personal Property

The school cannot be held responsible for the loss or damage to items of personal property brought onto the premises. This includes but is not limited to: iPhones, cell phones, iPods, iPads, Kindles, Nooks, and any other electronic device. Please ensure that your child develops the habit of looking after their own belongings. Children should not carry money in school except where required for their lunch and/or school sponsored activities. This should be put in a sealed envelope with the purpose stated on the front.

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