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AFNORTH US- Elementary Parent & Student Handbook
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Inappropriate dress includes but is not limited to the following:
AFNORTH does not have a school uniform but Spirit Wear (Tee-shirts and Sweatshirts) is available for purchase.
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.