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Welcome to Raha International School Primary Family Handbook 2012/2013


TABLE OF CONTENTS

OUR SCHOOL ......................................................................................................................................... 5 WHO IS WHO .......................................................................................................................................... 5 Senior Leadership Team (SLT) .................................................................................................................................................. 5 Pedagogical Leadership Team (PLT) ........................................................................................................................................ 5 Primary Leadership Team ......................................................................................................................................................... 5 Arabic Team.............................................................................................................................................................................. 7 Islamic Team ............................................................................................................................................................................. 7 Learning Support Team ............................................................................................................................................................. 7 RIS Mission Statement ............................................................................................................................................................... 7 Vision ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 7 Core Values .............................................................................................................................................................................. 8 An Environmentally Friendly School ......................................................................................................................................... 8 An Empowering School ............................................................................................................................................................. 8 Aims of the School ..................................................................................................................................................................... 8 TAALEEM ............................................................................................................................................... 9 TAALEEM MISSION AND VISION.................................................................................................................................................... 9 Responsibilities of Parents ...................................................................................................................................................... 10 SPECIAL EVENTS ......................................................................................................................................................................... 10 IB LEARNER PROFILE ....................................................................................................................... 11 ACADEMIC PROGRAMME GENERAL INFORMATION .............................................................. 12 RIS Programme Overview ....................................................................................................................................................... 12 The International Baccalaureate (IB) ...................................................................................................................................... 12 IB MISSION STATEMENT ............................................................................................................................................................... 12 The PYP, MYP and DP Programmes ....................................................................................................................................... 13 COMMUNICATION ............................................................................................................................. 16 Contacting Faculty .................................................................................................................................................................. 16 The Student Agenda................................................................................................................................................................. 16 The RIS Website (www.ris.ae) ................................................................................................................................................. 16 Raptor Mail............................................................................................................................................................................. 17 Managebac ............................................................................................................................................................................. 17 Open Forums & Information Sessions ..................................................................................................................................... 17 6 Delta .................................................................................................................................................................................... 17 THE SCHOOL DAY .............................................................................................................................. 17 Morning Drop Off ................................................................................................................................................................... 17 Dismissal – (NEW ARRANGEMENT)...................................................................................................................................... 17 Prompt Collection (NEW ARRANGEMENT) ........................................................................................................................... 18 ABSENCES AND LATE ARRIVALS ................................................................................................................................................. 18 Security Arrangements ............................................................................................................................................................ 20 REPORTING TO PARENTS ABOUT STUDENT PROGRESS ......................................................... 20 Probationary Reports .............................................................................................................................................................. 20 Homework (homework expectations and the policy are under review) ................................................................................... 20 EXCURSIONS ........................................................................................................................................ 22 EXTENDED PROGRAMMES .............................................................................................................. 23 Extracurricular Activities Program 2012 - 13 ......................................................................................................................... 23 Athletic Programme 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Prayer Room ........................................................................................................................................................................... 25 Library .................................................................................................................................................................................... 25 School Materials ..................................................................................................................................................................... 26 Lost and Found ....................................................................................................................................................................... 26 School Buses ........................................................................................................................................................................... 26 Leadership & Service .............................................................................................................................................................. 28 Birthdays................................................................................................................................................................................. 28 Valuables ................................................................................................................................................................................ 28 Students Guests ....................................................................................................................................................................... 28 Food Services and Policy ........................................................................................................................................................ 28 Nutrition Break (New Procedure) ............................................................................................................................................ 29 The Health Centre ................................................................................................................................................................... 30 RIS-PT - RAHA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL - PARENT TEAM ................................................... 33 EXPECTATIONS FOR CONDUCT ..................................................................................................... 34 The RIS Honour Code: ............................................................................................................................................................ 34 Bullying................................................................................................................................................................................... 34 Cyber Bullying ........................................................................................................................................................................ 35 Fighting and Harassment ........................................................................................................................................................ 35 Stealing ................................................................................................................................................................................... 35 Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for Information Technology ...................................................................................................... 35 Student use of mobile phones/ ipods/ electronic games ............................................................................................................ 35 Cameras and Photography ...................................................................................................................................................... 35 Uniform (NEW ARRANGEMENTS)......................................................................................................................................... 35 Academic Integrity and Honesty .............................................................................................................................................. 36 ADDENDUM # 1 RIS STUDENT BEHAVIOUR CODE .................................................................... 37 ADDENDUM # 2: ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.......................................................................... 42 ADDENDUM # 3 UNIFORM POLICY ................................................................................................ 44 ADDENDUM # 4 – IPAD POLICY ................................................................................................................................................. 45 Raha’s iPads ........................................................................................................................................................................... 45 BORROWING THE SCHOOL IPADS .................................................................................................................................................. 45 School Responsibilities are to .................................................................................................................................................. 48 Students are Responsibilities for.............................................................................................................................................. 48 RAHA IPAD AGREEMENT FORM .................................................................................................................................................... 52 IPAD BORROWING FORM. ............................................................................................................................................................. 53 Raha BYOD Agreement ........................................................................................................................................................... 54

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Dear Parents,

First of all I would like to thank my colleagues for putting together this handbook that serves to provide you with pretty much all you need to know to successfully support your child while he or she attends our school. Take the time to read through carefully and please raise any questions you may have with administration. Secondly I would like to thank you for choosing Raha International School. RIS has developed a fine reputation in a relatively short period of time. This is largely due to the hard work of our staff and our commitment to the philosophies and objectives of the International Baccalaureate. Our efforts are focused on the development of young people who think deeply and act wisely, who care about others and the environment, who are skilled communicators and who demonstrate empathy and understanding for other cultures. We believe that these traits will serve our students well in the anticipated world of tomorrow. Finally I would like to convey to you that, as a valued client, you have the right to expect certain things. You have the right to expect reasonably frequent updates on the progress of your child to eliminate the possibility of surprises as the year unfolds. You should expect that the amount of homework given is in line with what is stipulated and also that the assignments reinforce and extend what is being taught in the classroom. You should expect your child to be challenged by the level of work through extensions in cases where the child is advanced or through remediation for those not yet performing at the class standard. Your first point of contact for concerns in these areas should be your child’s classroom teacher. For those who wish to speak with me directly, my doors are always open. If you require an extended period of time please contact the Executive Assistant, Alwina Van Dyk, for an appointment.

Sincerely,

Wayne MacInnis Principal

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Our School Mailing Address: Raha International School PO Box 34150 Abu Dhabi UAE Telephone Fax

Location: Al Raha Gardens Khalifa City A Abu Dhabi

+9712 556 1567 +9712 556 1568

www.ris.ae

Who is Who Senior Leadership Team (SLT) Principal

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Wayne MacInnis

Head of Senior School

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Marian Rositter

Head of Primary School

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Steven Thompson

Diploma Coordinator

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Tony Hickling

Middle Years Programme Coordinator

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Sharon Thompson

Primary Years Programme Coordinator

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David Taylor

Pedagogical Leadership Team (PLT) Head of Primary School

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Steven Thompson

PYP Coordinator

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David Taylor

Primary Leadership Team Head of Primary School

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Steven Thompson

PYP Coordinator

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David Taylor

Grade 5 Coordinator

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Mary Kay Polly

Grade 4 Coordinator

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Michelle King

Grade 3 Coordinator

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Emily Costello

Grade 2 Coordinator

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Aideen Butler

Grade 1 Coordinator

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Lee Sullivan

Kindergarten Coordinator

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MaryAnne Bassin

PreK Coordinator

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Vanessa Keenan

Specialist Coordinator

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Buzzy Impey

Arabic Coordinator

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Nemeh Abdul Aziz

Sports Coordinator

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Language B Coordinator

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Ruba Abu-Hijab

Primary Secretary

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Catherine De Jong

PreK V

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Vanessa Keenan

PreK L

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Lucy Currie

PreK E

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Eva Hu

PreK T

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Tracy Kilgannon

Kindergarten MA

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Mary Anne Bassin

Kindergarten MC

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Michelle Currey

Kindergarten K

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Kristina Dossett

Kindergarten R

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Rose Fursden

Grade 1 L

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Lee Sullivan

Grade 1 Y

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Yvonne Boyce

Grade 1 B

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Eileen Butler

Grade 1 M

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Mairi Ogilvie

Grade 2 J

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Janette Morrow

Grade 2 A

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Aideen Butler

Grade 2 R

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Richard Knyn

Grade 2 T

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Trisha Etchison

Grade 2 D

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Debbie Mann

Grade 3 E

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Emily Costello

Grade 3 H

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Haley Maine

Grade 3 G

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Genevieve Perreault

Grade 3 N

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Nigel Woods

Grade 3 B

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Wendy Blithe

Grade 4 K

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Michelle King

Grade 4 U

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Wendy Urquhart

Grade 4 R

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Rebecca Harris

Grade 4 GT

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Grant Ogilvie

Grade 4 C

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Caroline Allan

Grade 5 PT

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Mary Kay Polly

Grade 5 T

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Christina McAuliffe

Grade 5 C

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Catherine Whitney

Grade 5 L

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Lachlan McLellan

Grade 5 S

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Nick Schultz

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Teacher Librarian

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Ryan Dempsey

Visual Arts Teacher

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Buzzy Impey

Visual Arts Teacher

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Peter Wood

Music Teacher

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Lauren Owens

Music Teacher

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Karen Page

PE Teachers

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Aaron Sutherland Clendon Pene

Arabic Team Arabic A Arabic A Arabic B Arabic B Arabic B Arabic B Arabic Social Studies

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Nemeh Abdul Aziz Reem Faheem Abdul Rahman Ismail Mohammed Ruba Abu-Hijab Rawya Wehbe Asma Salhab Wafa Marwan

Islamic Team Islamic A Islamic A

- Lina Aidewik - Hana Ahmed El Komy

Learning Support Team Coordinator

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Steven Thompson

PYP coordinator

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David Taylor

Gifted and Talented Teacher

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Colin Mann

SEN

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Corinne Codjoe

ESL

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Natalie Cantini

Counsellor

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Armandee Drew

RIS Mission Statement As a leading IB World School, Raha International School 

Inspires compassion, confidence and international mindedness

Challenges individuals to excel

Provides a safe, happy and nurturing learning community

Empowers thoughtful action locally and globally

Vision We aspire to: 

be the school of choice for parents and students in Abu Dhabi.

be a school of excellence for teaching and learning in the worldwide IB community. -7-

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attract the world’s finest educators.

Core Values Respect

Honesty

Justice

Sincerity

Trust

Integrity

The RIS community is comprised of people of diverse beliefs and backgrounds. Individually and collectively, members of the RIS community recognize and respect the inherent dignity of every individual. We recognize that each of us shares the responsibility for creating a safe, nurturing and encouraging environment for all of us. We shall recognize and celebrate our strengths and, at the same time, we shall help others to overcome tasks they find challenging.

An Environmentally Friendly School We recognize the importance of environmental sustainability. We expect members of the RIS community to model environmental responsibility and to take every opportunity to help students develop an awareness and understanding of environmental issues. Part of our initiatives to be an Environmentally Friendly School includes recycling and encouraging students to use refillable water bottles instead of plastic cups. We also have also limited the amount of paper we send home. All communication and homework is done online.

An Empowering School As an authorized PYP, MYP and DP school we adopt a student-centered approach in the broadest sense, seeking out and offering opportunities for students to develop their sense of personal worth and to discover aptitudes and capabilities that they have not previously recognized within themselves. In the classroom our teaching strategies will reflect and reinforce this approach. Beyond the classroom our students will be provided with opportunities for participation and responsible action. In learning how to make an impact upon the quality of their own education at the school, our students will acquire invaluable insights into leadership, critical self-awareness and team-building skills.

Aims of the School At Raha International School we will: 

Identify, celebrate and nurture the diverse talents and intelligences of all our students.

Engage staff who are expert managers of learning, able to promote excellence in academic, creative, social, spiritual, physical and emotional development.

Teach students to learn by questioning, problem-solving and creative, critical thinking rather than by the mere retention of facts.

Enthuse, motivate and inspire students with our innovative approaches and high expectations.

Enable our students to achieve beyond their previous limits and expectations.

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Welcome parents as equal partners in their children’s education.

Enrich students’ learning by making effective use of the abundant resources and linguistic opportunities in Abu Dhabi and the surrounding region.

Nurture in our students a sense of personal accomplishment, self-confidence and an enduring appreciation for learning.

Encourage empathy and understanding of other cultures and international mindedness.

Develop global awareness to promote sustainability and protection of our planet and environment.

Taaleem Taaleem Mission and Vision The Taaleem vision is to be the most respected provider of high quality education in the Middle East. The Taaleem mission is to inspire our students to identify and develop their passions and talents. We will encourage them to develop holistic skills, knowledge and character so that they can compete successfully on the global stage and become responsible world citizens. . Taaleem’s main activity remains the development and management of early childhood, primary and secondary schools. With quality at the forefront, each project is tailored to meet the specific educational requirements of different communities by offering a range of top international curricula; currently British, American, the International Baccalaureate and our own early childhood programme. We only recruit the best international teachers who are capable of delivering our international curricula in a creative and engaging manner. It is the skills and dedication of our teachers that have brought us such a great reputation so quickly and which will form the cornerstone of our future success. Taaleem is seeking to raise the educational standards in the region. The combined experience of its core team of senior education leaders in international education policy, operations and global management best practices means Taaleem is well positioned to deliver truly exceptional schools that comprehensively satisfy the most exacting educational requirements. Currently in the Taaleem family are the following schools: 

Raha International School

Al Mizhar American Academy for Girls

The Children’s Garden

Dubai British School

Greenfield Community School

Uptown School

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Taaleem’s website:

www.taaleem.ae

Responsibilities of Parents Parents play an important role at RIS in the education of their children and have a responsibility to support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment for all students. Parents fulfill this responsibility when they: 

Show an active interest in their child’s school work and progress.

Communicate regularly with the school.

Regularly check Managebac

Install the 6 Delta application on their smart phones and computers

Help their child be neat, appropriately dressed and prepared for school in the correct school uniform

Promptly report to the school their child’s absence or late arrival.

Become familiar with the Honour Code, Student Behaviour Code and school rules.

Encourage and assist their child in following the rules of behaviour.

Assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues.

Source: Code of Conduct Ontario School, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, 2001.

Special Events Throughout the year special events are arranged to acknowledge our multi-cultural community along with local and global issues. These are organized by teachers with assistance from students, student council, RIS Parent Team and other parent volunteers. Parent support and attendance is welcomed and appreciated as it adds to the success and involvement of our community. Parents are notified of our RIS Special Events through the Raptor Mail and RIS Website (www.ris.ae) and Managebac.

National & Religious Holidays Eid El Fitr is the festival of breaking the fast. It marks the end of Ramadan. You should say “Eid Mubarak” to greet. The holiday lasts for 3 days. Eid Al Adha commemorates the time when Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of devotion to God. You should say “Eid Mubarak” to greet. The holiday lasts for 4 days. Isra and Miraj commemorate the vision of Mohammad’s journey from Mecca to Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and then to Heaven. The holiday lasts for 1 day. - 10 Raha Primary Family Handbook 2012 - 2013


The Birthday of Prophet Mohammed: The holiday lasts for one day. Al Hijra New Year marks the time of Mohammad’s migration from Mecca to Medina, which is the beginning of the Islamic calendar. The holiday lasts for 1 day. The National Day: On this day the UAE celebrates the union of the seven emirates. The holiday lasts for two days (Dec 2nd & 3rd).

IB Learner Profile The IB Learner Profile promotes education of the whole person for a life of active, responsible citizenship emphasizing intellectual, personal, emotional and social growth. The attributes and descriptions of the Learner Profile define the type of learner RIS hopes to develop through its programmes. All members of the RIS Community including students, teachers, administration, support staff and parents strive to develop these qualities.

Attribute Inquirers

Descriptor They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Knowledgeable

They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

Thinkers

They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators

Principled

Open–minded

Risk–takers

Balanced

They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others. They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them. They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience. They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment. They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their - 11 -

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beliefs. Caring Reflective

They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others. They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

Academic Programme General Information RIS Programme Overview At RIS we believe in providing innovative and enriching programmes for all our students. Skilled and experienced teachers make effective use of our resources to create authentic and relevant learning opportunities. Our homeroom, advisor and specialist teachers coordinate and collaborate to create meaningful, challenging and holistic programmes at each grade level that build experience and competence in all subjects.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) The IB is a non-profit educational foundation based in Geneva Switzerland. The IB offers three curricular programmes - the Diploma Programme (DP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Primary Years Programme (PYP). The PYP, MYP and Diploma programmes are more than just curriculum; they bring with them a clear educational philosophy and a methodology for young learners. They draw upon best practice from many national systems and research in the fields of teaching and learning. The PYP, MYP and Diploma programmes were developed by member schools around the world, and are administered by the International Baccalaureate Organization: The RIS mission and values are closely aligned with the IB educational philosophy as it emphasizes comprehensive balanced curricula and challenging assessments that develop individual talents and that focus on educating the whole person. It also endeavors to relate classroom experience to the realities of the outside world. IB Mission Statement The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right . Š International Baccalaureate - 12 Raha Primary Family Handbook 2012 - 2013


RIS is an IB World School authorized to offer the IB Diploma Programme (DP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Primary Years Programme (PYP). IB World schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to high quality and challenging international education that Raha believes is important for our students.

The PYP, MYP and DP Programmes The PYP, MYP and Diploma programmes are more than just curriculum; they bring with them a clear educational philosophy and a methodology for young learners. They draw upon best practice from many national systems. The IB PYP, MYP and Diploma programmes were developed by member schools around the world, and are administered by the International Baccalaureate Organization:

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) PreK – Grade 5 Raha International School offers a balanced and academically challenging education which is designed to develop individuals who are both independent learners and international citizens. Our curriculum is based on the International Baccalaureate Organization Primary Years Programme. The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is an international framework which focuses on the development of the whole child addressing social, physical, emotional, cultural and academic needs for learners in the 3-12 age range (RIS offers the PYP for students aged 4 onwards). The PYP endeavours to combine the best research and practice from a variety of national systems with the wealth of knowledge and experience in international schools to create a trans-disciplinary curriculum which is relevant, challenging and engaging. The focus of the PYP is on student learning and developing an internationally educated person. The framework offers a comprehensive, inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning. This program provides an opportunity for learners to construct meaning, principally through concept-driven inquiry. At RIS we focus on the development of skills and attitudes we would hope to find in a balanced, selfmotivated, caring and ethical individual. The PYP classroom is an exciting and busy place. Students are engaged in meaningful and challenging activities using a range of resources and materials. Learning goes beyond the classroom walls, such as field trips into the community and inviting guest speakers to share their expertise. Through an inquiry based approach teachers help students to make connections with previous learning and construct new understandings. The PYP framework is made up of five essential elements: knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes and action. These elements are integrated into the trans-disciplinary Units of Inquiry studied from Kindergarten to Grade 5. Knowledge The PYP identifies a body of knowledge for all students in all cultures: 

LANGUAGES – the language of instruction and other languages

MATHEMATICS- number, pattern and function, measurement, shape and space, data handling

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SOCIAL STUDIES – human systems and economic activities, social organization and culture, continuity and change through time, human and natural environments & resources and the environment

SCIENCE – living things, earth and space, materials and matter, forces and energy

THE ARTS – Drama, Music and Visual Art – creating and responding

PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION – identity, active living, interactions,

Concepts In order to develop a holistic approach to learning the PYP identifies key concepts that have relevance within and across subjects. These concepts often form the basis of questions that are used to drive children’s inquiry and lead to a deeper understanding of what is being learned. These concepts include: 

Form - observing, identifying, describing and categorizing.

Function - analyse the function, role, behaviour and the ways in which things work.

Causation - Prompting students to ask “Why?” and of helping them to recognize that actions and events have reasons and consequences.

Change – realization that we are growing up in a world in which the pace of change, both local and global, is accelerating.

Connection – helps focus on the relationships within and among systems are often complex, and that changes in one aspect of a system will have consequences, even though these may not be immediately apparent; that we must consider the impact of our actions on others, whether at the immediate, personal level or at the level of far-reaching decisions affecting environments and communities.

Perspective - helping students reject simplistic, biased interpretations, towards seeking and considering the points of view of others, and towards developing defensible interpretations.

Responsibility - This concept was selected because of the need to develop in students the disposition towards identifying and assuming responsibility, and towards taking socially responsible action. This concept is directly linked to the action component, one of the essential elements in the PYP curriculum.

Reflection - challenges the students to examine their evidence, methods and conclusions for potential bias or other inaccuracy.

Skills In order to conduct purposeful inquiry and be prepared for life-long learning, students need to master a whole range of skills. The PYP framework identifies some skills which transcend the disciplines and are therefore called trans-disciplinary skills. They are: 

Social Skills - accepting responsibility, respecting others, cooperating, resolving conflict, group decision making, adopting a variety of group roles

Research Skills – formulating questions, observing, planning, collecting data, recording data, organizing data, interpreting data, presenting research findings

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Communication Skills – listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, presenting, non-verbal communication.

Self-Management Skills - gross motor skills, fine motor skills, spatial awareness, organization, time management, safety, healthy lifestyle, codes of behavior, informed choices

Attitudes The IB recognizes that it is essential to develop positive attitudes towards people, the environment and learning if the students are to be successful global citizens. These attitudes are fostered through the learning activities planned by the teachers and considered when assessing student progress. The attitudes are:  appreciation,  commitment,  confidence,  co-operation,  creativity,  curiosity,  empathy,  enthusiasm,  independence,  integrity,  respect,  tolerance. Action In the PYP program, the students are challenged to take action and reflect on how they can make a difference to the world. In the PYP such action is student initiated and results from a genuine concern for and commitment to others. Programme of Inquiry (POI) The PYP curriculum model is built from a framework of transdisciplinary themes that help teachers and students to explore and acquire essential knowledge and skills and to take socially responsible action. The PYP sets out six themes to offer continuity and progression of learning. All grade levels study one Unit of Inquiry under each theme (PreK do four of the six themes). The six transdisciplinary themes are: 

Who we are,

Where we are in place and time,

How we express ourselves,

How the world works,

How we organize ourselves,

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All the ‘Units of Inquiry’ in the primary school together constitute our ‘Programme of Inquiry’ (POI) which provides a balanced programme of concepts, knowledge, skills, attitudes and action in Social Studies and Science. A time line for the ‘Programme of Inquiry’ is produced each year to show the order in which Units of Inquiry at each grade level will be taught. ‘PYP Curriculum Overviews’ will be provided for parents at the beginning of the school year. The overviews contain grade specific information about all the subject areas as well as the topics and lines of inquiry for the units.

PYP in the PreK In our dynamic and nurturing PreK programme, children are given opportunities to construct and expand their knowledge and understanding through shared experiences in an organised, safe and stimulating environment. Our children learn through discovery and student led inquiry with specialist teachers complementing the PreK philosophy of learning through play and discovery. More information about the PreK programme (4 and 5 year olds) is available in the ‘PreK Family Handbook’.

Communication Contacting Faculty Parents can contact the teachers through email or through the Primary School Secretary (cjonge@ris.ae). Our faculty members check their email daily and are expected to respond within 1 working day of receiving your message. Primary Homeroom teachers are a parent’s first point of contact in the event of an issue or concern. Our teachers’ email addresses follow the format of their first initial, followed by their last name, @ris.ae e.g. jsmith@ris.ae for John Smith. Teachers are advised against sharing their cell phone numbers with parents.

The Student Agenda Students in Grades 1 to 5 are provided with student agendas and are responsible for writing down their homework assignments on a daily basis. Parents and teachers also use the agenda for communication purposes. However, please note that important messages should be sent by email. You are encouraged to check your child’s agenda regularly; at some grade levels you may be asked to check and/or initial your child’s agenda daily to ensure any issues, support or other information is being addressed promptly. Please note the Student Agenda is not used by either 4GT or 5PT. Primary Grades 1 - 5 parents should check their child’s agenda daily.

The RIS Website (www.ris.ae) The school website is designed to keep parents, students, staff and the community informed of what is happening in and around RIS. The website contains a section for recent news. Each programme has a separate page that will be updated with curriculum information, recent news, events and articles. The news section will be updated bi-weekly (on a Wednesday). - 16 Raha Primary Family Handbook 2012 - 2013


Raptor Mail The Raptor Mail is a short weekly news flash that is e-mailed to our families every Wednesday. It includes important dates, announcements and reminders for the upcoming week. The Raptor Mail is sent out to all parents every Wednesday, although this is under review.

Managebac Managebac provides the main source of information about all aspects of your child’s education. It is updated each week (end of day Monday) by homeroom teachers and specialists twice a month. Curriculum information, special events, news, help required, homework details, calendar of events are all found on Managebac. As parents you will be given the login details for your children’s Managebac pages, you can access all your children’s pages using the one login. We expect that parents will regularly check Managebac.

Open Forums & Information Sessions The Head of Primary and the PYP coordinator will meet with parents periodically during the school year to discuss matters and answer questions of a general nature on all aspects of the school operation. Parents will be informed of Open Forum dates in the Raptor Mail and through Managebac.

6 Delta RIS uses the 6 Delta system to notify parents of special events, reminders or emergencies. Parents are required to install the 6 Delta application on either their computer and/or smart phone.

Please ensure the school has your current phone number and email address at all times. The School Day Morning Drop Off Parents are welcome to drop their children at school from 7:40am onwards. We ask that parents and children in Grade 1 – 5 not to enter the building until the bell rings at 7:50am. PreK and Kindergarten parents should enter and leave the Early Years Learning Centre via the playground side gate. The school day begins at 8:00am. All students are expected to arrive on time; students who arrive after 8:00 am are considered late and must sign in at Reception upon arrival.

Dismissal – (NEW ARRANGEMENT) Waiting Area Parents waiting to collect their children may wait in the Senior Dining Hall (to escape the heat) or you may choose to wait in the piazza. We ask parents in Grade 1 to Grade 5 not to enter the building until 2.50pm (1:00pm on a Tuesday). - 17 Raha Primary Family Handbook 2012 - 2013


We ask parents waiting in the piazza to please keep the entrance to the building clear.

Prompt Collection (NEW ARRANGEMENT) Students in PreK to Grade 2 will only be released to parents, caregiver or to an older sibling (unless special permission is given in writing for an alternative e.g. leave by themselves). If children are not collected after 10 mins they will be taken to the front office. It is important for young children to be collected on time; late collection can cause children anxiety. If a child is consistently being left for late collection a parent conference will be called with the Head of Primary. In the event of a family emergency or change of plan, please try to contact the school office as soon as possible so that your child and the teacher can be informed of your new arrangements. Parents should notify their child’s Homeroom Teacher if another adult is picking up their child to avoid any issues. PLEASE NOTE THAT CHILDREN CANNOT BE COLLECT BETWEEN 2.20pm AND 2.50pm.

Absences and Late Arrivals Late Arrivals Students arriving after 8:00 a.m. will be considered late and will be recorded as such by their homeroom/advisory teacher. Students arriving after 8:10 a.m. will be required to sign in at Reception, before going to class, to collect a late slip or they will be marked absent. School gates close at 8:05 a.m. Early Dismissals (NEW PROCEDURE) All children who need to be dismissed early at any time before 1:00 p.m. (PreK), 2:00 p.m. (Kindergarten) or 2:45 p.m. (Grade 1-5) must report to the Front Desk Administrator at Reception to be signed out by their parent/guardian in person or the parent/guardian must be able to be reached by phone to verify the early dismissal. The student will be given an Early Dismissal Pass that must be given to Security (please note children may not be released between 2.20pm and 3.00pm). Attendance We recognize that the expatriate lifestyle presents great opportunities for travel and we are pleased to encourage families to take advantage of the many rich experiences that can provide lifelong memories. However, we ask parents to do everything they can to ensure that such trips do not conflict with school days. We do not expect teachers to make exceptional lesson planning arrangements for students who miss school because of holidays taken during school days. The school year includes a generous amount of vacation time and therefore an extension of this time is not encouraged. Attendance Procedures: 1. All days that students miss from school for any reason will be reported on the report card as an absence. The procedures listed below will be followed each term for all accumulated absences (with the exception of verified medical absences, approved pre-arranged absences, or absences due to suspensions). (a) Parents/Guardians are asked to inform the Head of Primary or Principal, in writing, if they are planning extended holidays. - 18 Raha Primary Family Handbook 2012 - 2013


(b) When your child is absent from school for two (2) consecutive days or more, you need to provide a letter explaining their absence or provide a note from the doctor upon return to school. (c) If a student has six (6) absences a letter of notification will be sent to parents/guardians along with a copy of the attendance policy. (d) On the twelfth (12th) absence a letter will be sent requesting a conference with the student and parent/guardian to reiterate the adverse effects of the student’s absences and to devise a plan to rectify the problem. (e) On the fifteenth (15th) absence the student/parents may be required to participate in a school conference. Disciplinary actions may occur. (f) After 21 consecutive absences a student may be withdrawn from school. 2. Absence Notification: When a child is absent from school parents/guardians are asked to call the Front Desk Administrator before 9:00 a.m. or send a note explaining the reason for the absence (appointments, etc.) When the Front Desk Administrator begins recording the attendance, if she has not heard from the parent/guardian, she will then call to find out the reason for the absence. If your child has an illness or is recovering from an illness and is unable to participate in physical education or swimming activities a medical certificate should be issued by the child’s physician. The certificate should indicate the period of time that the child should be excluded from certain activities. 3. Two types of recognized absences. Excused and Unexcused (Truancy): a. EXCUSED ABSENCE: The term “absence” is defined as non-attendance with permission of parent/guardian and school administrator. Excused absences are as follows:  Sickness  Death in family  Religious Observance  Medical Appointment  Field Trip  Travel for school athletics or activities b. UNEXCUSED ABSENCE (Truancy): The term “truancy” shall be defined as nonattendance in one class or more without permission of parent/guardian or school administrator. The school may take one or more of the following actions as a result of an unexcused absence:  Telephone/written notification to parent/guardian - 19 Raha Primary Family Handbook 2012 - 2013


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Conference scheduled with parent/guardian Disciplinary action

Absenteeism disrupts learning and it is not possible to “make up” in full the learning lost during a period of absence. We understand that emergency situations happen, however, the nature of our programme is designed for students to learn within their community of peers. It is not always possible to send class work home or for students to complete the equivalent work at home. It is the responsibility of students to complete/submit any summative assessment tasks before the absence or within three (3) school days of the students return.

Security Arrangements Parents and visitors are to enter the school through the main entrance. Visitors to the school are required to wear a RIS visitor badge during their time in the school. If you are arriving during the school day, please check in at the Reception desk. Parents are not permitted to enter school buildings, hallways or instructional areas during the school day. Should you need to drop off an item for a student or need to talk to your child or leave early with your child please always make sure you contact our Front Office Administrator at Reception.

REPORTING TO PARENTS about Student Progress RIS uses a variety of reporting practices to inform parents about the progress of their children. 

Within the first few weeks of school parents will be invited to make an appointment with their child’s teacher to discuss the way they have settled into school (First Impression Meeting).

End of Semester Report Cards are sent home twice a year (February and June).

Parent, Teacher Meetings, the Three Way Conference and Student Led Conferences will be scheduled throughout the year. Additional parent teacher interviews may be held at parent or teacher request. Please do not hesitate to contact a teacher if you have a concern about your child’s progress.

Parents can confirm these dates by referring to M, Raptor Mail and the RIS Website.

Probationary Reports Students may be placed on probation as a result of academic and/or behaviour difficulties at any time. In these cases a letter will be sent home informing parents of the reasons for the change of status, the corrective measures to be taken and possible consequences in the event that improvement is not achieved.

Homework (homework expectations and the policy are under review) Whenever homework crowds out social experience, outdoor recreation and creative activities and whenever it usurps time devoted to sleep, it is not meeting the basic needs of children. P.R. Wildman

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RIS believes homework, carefully administered, can have a positive effect on student in the following ways:     

Facilitates retention and understanding of material covered Improves students’ study skills and attitudes towards school Fosters independent learning and responsibility Teaches students that learning can happen anywhere Involves parents in schooling process

The amount and type of homework assigned to students will depend on their developmental level and the classroom programme. Homework serves different purposes at different grade levels and should reflect the unique needs and circumstances of individual students. If at any time your child is experiencing difficulty with any aspect of homework completion, please use the agenda, email or telephone to communicate with the teacher. What Parents can do at home to support their children 

Check your child’s agenda and Managebac

Establish a quiet space for your child to do homework away from the computer, television and other distractions

Encourage good time management.

Regularly read Managebac homeroom teacher and specialist pages.

Post a large weekly calendar to help your child plan and use time effectively.

Encourage your child to take responsibility for starting and completing homework on his/her own. Show interest and concern, providing help only when needed.

Read to/with your child. Promote reading as a leisure activity. Reading daily will help him/her become a better reader. Discuss the stories and books you read together.

Encourage writing at home. Some ideas include: writing thank you notes, writing letters to friends or keeping a personal journal.

Encourage your child to pack up their own school bag each evening. This will help with organizational skills at school.

Get actively involved in discussions about our world and how it works. Encourage your child to ask and answer questions as they try to make sense of the world.

Ask to see your child’s homework, their notebooks, and outlines of assignments. Although your child may not have homework due the next day they often will have projects that require on-going homework over the course of a few days or even weeks for older students.

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Homework in the Kindergarten and the Primary Grades (Grades 1, 2 and 3) Young children should be read to every night. Parents can engage their children in the reading process by having them anticipate endings, retell parts, and, when ready, share the reading. Always, the goal is to enjoy the story and the time together. Homework will be set on Managebac Teachers in Grades 1 to 3 may assign follow-up tasks for the students to do at home. Other possible activities might include practicing of math facts through reinforcement games, writing in journals or collecting news. Students in Grade 1 & 2 can expect between 10 - 15 minutes of homework some nights and Grade 3 between 15 - 30 minutes some nights.

Homework in the Grades 4 - 5 Please keep reading aloud to your children! Older students benefit from being read to as much as younger children. Parents can select more advanced texts that students might not read on their own, and literature offers many opportunities to deal with themes of interest to children at this stage. As students move up through the grades, homework becomes more important to success in school. A parent’s goal should be to have their children move towards independence in completing homework tasks. Teachers need to know the extent to which homework is completed independently or with guidance. Some homework is structured to include parent participation and parents will receive hints on how to help their child in these situations. Students can expect between 30 - 45 minutes of homework most nights working independently.

Excursions Our philosophy at RIS is that enriched learning takes place both inside and outside of the classroom. Excursions at RIS are planned and chosen to enhance classroom learning. Students participate in a wide variety of opportunities in the larger community. These may include visits to places such as the Cultural Foundation, Dubai and Sharjah Museums, the Heritage Village, as well as a host of other venues. Overnight stays may be arranged at outdoor education centres and international trips are also organized. All parents must sign the RIS consent form for a student to participate in excursions and major athletic activities. The letter that accompanies the consent form should provide sufficient detail about the excursion or activity. It must be signed and returned before the excursion occurs. A student will not be able to go on an excursion without signed consent. The following information will be included in a letter to the parents: 

The nature and purpose of the activity or excursion.

Where the activity or excursion will take place, including relevant departure and arrival dates and times.

Supervision provided.

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Cost for parents.

Potential risks to which students may be exposed.

Media release permission acknowledgement from parent.

Any other information that could have a bearing on whether a parent would give or withhold permission.

A reminder that parents should let the teacher know of any relevant medical conditions in case there has been a change which is not reflected on the medical forms or is not known by the organizer, and any special food requirements.

Please note that parents are asked to provide sunscreen, water bottle, a hat, and other appropriate attire if the excursion is outdoors. Some of the excursions will involve a cost although we try to avoid excursions that have a cost factor; this however is not always possible. We aim to have one unit related trip every 6 weeks although this may vary from grade to grade.

Extended Programmes Extracurricular Activities Program 2012 - 13 Do you like to try new things? Experience activities that you never thought you would try? Meet different people and make new friends? Then Raha International School’s Extracurricular Programme is perfect for you! Right from the beginning, RIS has placed a huge emphasis on its EC programme. It is often shared activities outside of regularly scheduled school hours that create the strongest memories, and the activities offered by the school are many and varied. In the past two years alone, the programme has offered over 100 clubs to be involved in for students of all ages, from Grade 1 upwards. Some of these activities have included: Sports

Cultural

Visual/Performing Arts

General Interest

Junior Golf Hockey Badminton American Football Eco-Kayaking Senior Golf Tennis Football Training Adventure Challenge Beginning Sailing Intermediate Sailing

Cold Cooking Rascals Reading Club Crafty Stories Arabesque Tajweed Knit to Fit Rangers Reading

Raha International Choir Super Variety Dance Club Photography Club Arts and Crafts Club Interactive Stories Shakin’ Shakespeare! Fun with Music The Splattered Palette

Chess Challenge Intermediate Chess Model United Nations Games Club Freedom Writers Club Cinema Club Educational Games Club

The EC programme runs in different blocks of time (3 per year), which gives students and teachers alike chances to try new activities. Some programmes run in each block, while some are offered at certain times of the year. Participation, while strongly encouraged, is completely voluntary. - 23 Raha Primary Family Handbook 2012 - 2013


Approximately 80% of eligible students try at least one ECP activity in any given year. Some activities involve a cost while others are free. The EC programme also coordinates with the Athletics Programme and External Clubs, to provide as many quality experiences for Raha International School students as possible. Activities are organized and offered by teachers, each of whom has their own interests and areas of expertise. A number of parent volunteers and senior students also actively participate and help out, to the benefit of everybody! The programme is constantly evolving, ensuring new and interesting opportunities for the students. Extracurricular Programme offers a great way to take new risks, try and learn new things, and make new friends! Encourage your child to join one this year! This year Mr. Colin Mann cmann@ris.ae is your contact at school regarding all ECPs. Mr Colin can be found in his office at the rear of Block E.

Athletic Programme As part of our commitment to the education of the whole child, RIS offers a top quality athletics programme. RIS recognises the values students gain from participation in a well organised, high quality athletics programme, and is dedicated to excellence in this pursuit. RIS endeavours to offer its students the best in coaching, facilities and equipment. The values of sportsmanship, fair play, self-discipline and dedication are highly stressed. The participation of all interested students is encouraged. However, because of some restrictions on the number of participants on a team by the rules of the game or association regulations, some limitations are made. RIS offers a number of competitive sports for the students including, but not limited to - basketball, cricket, football (soccer), netball, rugby, swimming, track and field and volleyball. The RIS extra-curricular activity programme is an extension of this athletic programme and offers important services to the athletic programme. All parents of RIS athletes, as well as other interested parents, are welcomed and encouraged to become actively involved with the RIS extra-curricular and competitive sports programme. Teams generally practice from 3pm – 4pm or 4pm – 5pm. Occasional practice sessions may be held outside of these times. A schedule of practice sessions and fixtures/tournaments will be announced at the beginning of each season and any changes to the general plan will be announced to students and their families as soon as it is known. The RIS Athletic Department maintains a philosophy that all players will be given meaningful (though not necessarily equal) playing time in all regular season games. Our coaches recognise that playing time in competition greatly enhances the total development of athletes. At higher levels of competition playing time should be earned by athletes through their skills, attitude and effort. At these higher levels, athletes should begin developing an understanding of individual roles within their respective teams. The RIS students are responsible for maintaining their academic level while participating in the athletic programme. The students must organise their time to meet the combined demands of after school practices and games and still meet the demands of the RIS academic programme. - 24 Raha Primary Family Handbook 2012 - 2013


Student athletes are expected to meet academic and behavioural expectations in order to represent a RIS sports team. Consideration will be given to students having academic difficulties but who are making positive progress and working to the best of their ability. Students are responsible for making up any work that they may miss while away from school representing their team and RIS at an athletic competition. More details will be made available to those students who are selected for the RIS sports team. This year Ms Andrea McKinnon is your contact at school amckinnon@ris.ae Ms Andrea can be found in her office at the back of Block E.

Community General Expectations Members of our community are expected to show pride in the RIS campus. Classrooms, dining hall, hallways, bulletin boards, grounds, fields and other shared areas should be kept neat and clear of rubbish and personal belongings. Showing pride in our campus sometimes requires one to pick up after others and return found items to the office. To maintain a safe environment for learning, students are required to keep their cubbies/hook area tidy and clean, inside and out.

Prayer Room We encourage our Muslim students to perform their prayers during their lunch break under the supervision of their Islamic teachers. Students are expected to respect the fact that it is a sacred place that is used for worship by the Muslim members of the school community.

Library Our Primary Library provides a welcoming environment in which students may read, study, and work on school projects or hobbies. Students may use any of the resources in the Library. A Librarian is available to assist with finding materials, to instruct students in library skills and to recommend books. Our collection provides both print and non-print resources that meet the needs of the school community. Books, magazines, videos, DVDs, iPads and on-line resources are carefully selected to ensure a high-quality collection that is appropriate for school projects and recreational reading. Students visit the Library during regularly scheduled classes and the library is also open during break times and after school. Please note that lost materials will be charged to parents. If a material is not returned by the due date there will be two requests to produce the lost book, one written and one by phone. If the item is not returned after six weeks the parents are charged with the replacement cost. At the end of the school year, students need to have returned all library materials or made a payment for lost materials in order to receive their progress report. - 25 Raha Primary Family Handbook 2012 - 2013


Parents are actively encouraged to be a Friend of the Library. Basically a friend of the library devotes time either in the library or at home to support the smooth running of the library. In the library tasks might be helping reshelf books, at home it might be covering books. Please leave your name and contact details with the librarian if you are interested.

School Materials Non-Consumable Resources: In some classes students will be assigned non-consumable resources (e.g. text book, novel) for extended use. At the end of the year students will be expected to return the item(s) in good condition or to have paid for its replacement in order to receive school documents e.g. school reports.

Consumables: (NEW ARRANGEMENT) Students will be provided with consumable materials such as an agenda, notebooks. In the event of students losing these materials they will need to pay for a replacement. For some of the older grades there is an expectation that some items are also provided by families.

Lost and Found The School Lost & Found section is located in the Main Office. Students and parents are free to look for the lost articles at any time, provided it does not disrupt the classroom routine. All unnamed articles are given to charity or second hand uniform collection after being unclaimed at the end of each term. Please ensure all clothing items are clearly labeled.

School Buses Raha International School hires buses from an outside company to provide a bus service for students. Parents can organize and pay for the bus service for their child through the Front Office. Homeroom/advisory teachers will be notified which students will be using the bus service at the beginning of each semester. All buses meet the safety requirements as dictated by UAE law. Every day the drivers and their assistants will collect and drop off children from all over the area. Of primary concern is the safety of each child. All buses are equipped with video cameras so that we can monitor the behavior on the bus and also track its progress. Students are expected to follow the bus rules and behave appropriately on the bus at all times. Parents are required to sign the bus rules and guidelines in the School Bus form.

Bus Rules and Guidelines for Students and Parents 1)

All buses will be equipped with seat belts. There will be a monitor on each bus to ensure that all students wear their seat belts and assist them in boarding and exiting the bus. Contact numbers for bus monitors will be provided at the beginning of the school year.

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Parents will be informed of the exact pick up and drop off timings by the bus company before the start of the school year.

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Please do not keep the bus waiting, as it causes inconvenience to other students on the route. The bus will wait for 3 minutes and then continue on the route.

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If parents meeting a particular student are not waiting at the drop off point at the said timing, then the students will be brought back to school. Parents will then be required to collect the students from school. Due to safety concerns, handing over students on the way is prohibited.

6)

Parents will have to wait for the students as per the transportation route. For safety reasons, no student will be dropped anywhere other than their agreed drop off point.

7)

If for some reason the student will not be taking the bus home on any given day, please communicate with the school’s Front Desk Administrator by midday at the latest.

8)

Students should remain seated while bus is moving.

9)

Seat belts must be worn at all times.

10) Noise level should not disturb others. No shouting, yelling or talking loudly. 11) Behaviour should not annoy others. 12) Students who misbehave on the bus will not be allowed to continue using the transportation. 13) No offensive, profane or insulting language should be used. 14) Physical abuse and bullying are unacceptable. 15) Ipods, mobile phones and electronic games are allowed on the bus but are the responsibility of the student. 16) Food and drink are allowed on the bus. 17) All garbage must be removed from the bus. The bus must be kept clean. 18) Damage or vandalism to the buses will result in repair costs being invoiced to parents and consequences to students. 19) Students are responsible for getting to the bus on time after school; buses will not wait or be called back for students. PreK-Grade 2 students will be escorted by the bus monitors. 20) Students are not allowed to switch buses. 21) Non-bus students will not be allowed on the buses at any time. 22) The bus monitor is in charge of students on the bus. The bus driver and the monitor are to be treated respectfully and their instructions must be followed. 23) While on the bus, students must represent the school with pride. 24) The RIS behaviour code and its consequences will apply. - 27 Raha Primary Family Handbook 2012 - 2013


25) Students who violate bus rules may lose the privilege of the bus service. Only students who pay for the bus service are allowed to use the buses and students must only travel on the bus assigned to them. i.e. students cannot switch buses because they are playing at their friend’s house.

Leadership & Service All students have leadership opportunities, and within each classroom there is a myriad of responsibilities, such as leading a literature circle, caring for the environment or promoting the Honour Code. Assemblies, Student Council, and sports activities provide further opportunities. Service opportunities in the school include in-class programmes, such as learning/reading buddies, and school-wide activities are undertaken to support our community service initiatives.

Birthdays Since respect for others and their feelings is an important part of our Honour Code, we ask that invitations not be sent to school for distribution unless you are inviting ALL the children in the class. Birthday cakes may be sent into the school but they must not contain nuts or nut oil because of the dangers to those students with severe food allergies. Birthday cake celebrations must be cocoordinated with the Homeroom teacher ahead of time. Please only supply a cake for distribution drinks. Party favors are not to be brought to school for birthday celebrations.

Valuables Students are not permitted to bring unnecessary valuables, such as toys and electronic entertainment items to school. In the event of valuables being brought to school for learning experiences, parents are encouraged to coordinate with the homeroom teacher. We discourage students bringing large amounts of cash to school. Any deposits for payment should be paid directly to the Accountant by parents.

Students Guests Due to being an International school with a large expatriate population we are often asked to accommodate overseas guests of our students in our classrooms during the school day. Unfortunately this disrupts the learning and continuity of our programmes and therefore we do not allow non-RIS children to attend classes. Furthermore, we do not expect nor want RIS teachers to take responsibility and care for students not officially enrolled at our school.

Food Services and Policy If a child has allergies to certain foods or is on a restricted diet they must bring food from home. If you have any concerns about your child’s diet with regard to allergies, please call the School Nurse.

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In order to support effective learning throughout the day and to promote a well-balanced lifestyle, we ask parents to provide healthy lunches and snacks for their child/ren. Students have the option of bringing food from home. Otherwise, well-balanced snacks and lunches are available for students. If a child has allergies to certain foods or is on a restricted diet they must bring food from home. If you have any concerns about your child’s diet with regard to allergies, please call the School Nurse. There are different systems for students who are using the food services depending on their grades

PreK- Grade 1 A pre-paid system is followed for students in PreK- Grade 1. If you would like your child to be included in the food plan, please register his/ her name with our catering supervisor. The first month of school will be a trial month to help our parents make a decision as to whether they will continue with the food service for the rest of the term.

Grade 2- 5 Students in Grades 2-5 use the coupons system to purchase food from the dining hall.

Nut Policy Due to the high number of students who have severe life-threatening food allergies, we ask that you strictly adhere to our ‘Nut Free’ policy.

Healthy Food Expectations In order to support effective learning throughout the day and to promote a well-balanced lifestyle we ask for your support in providing healthy lunches and snacks for your child. Maintaining our healthy eating, the following items are banned for individual’s lunches:  energy drinks,  pop drinks,  large servings of junk food including crisps/potato chips Occasionally a class party will be held to celebrate an event we acknowledge at this time of sharing there may be exceptions however we encourage healthy choices and emphasize our nut free policy. Encouragement for students to have lunchbox contents which are: 1. Nutritious and well balanced (including low saturated fat, low processed sugar) 2. Child friendly and appealing to eat at school (no need to use knife ) 3. Environmentally friendly (reduce pre-packaged foods and costs) If you are willing to share any healthy lunchbox recipes with other parents, please drop by the Health Centre with your ideas. Personal re-fillable water bottles are to be used at school. Please provide a spare labeled water bottle to be kept in the class, to use in case the usual bottle has been forgotten or misplaced. The water bottle should go home at the end of each week so it can be cleaned.

Nutrition Break (New Procedure) Students have the option of having fruit or vegetables during this break (around 9am). The fruit or vegetable (preferably cut up) should be sent to school in a zip lock bag so it can be left on the table ready for use. Our growing bodies and learning minds need optimal fuel… and fruit-n-vegetables have it!

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The Health Centre The Health Centre is a licensed Medical Facility via the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi. It is located between the Senior Gym and the Senior Dining Hall on campus and is staffed by the School Nurse from 07:30 am to 3:30pm. The hours of operation are under review with plans to extend the hours. Health Promotion and Illness Prevention The Centre has a holistic approach to care for the physical, emotional and social well-being of the students. Consider the Health Centre as a resource and visit or call to discuss issues related to the positive health of students and the school community. Health promotion activities are conducted throughout the school and information is available at the Health Centre on a variety of holistic topics. The nurse is also available to provide individual or group student health information. Health promotion messages are routinely sent out via the Health and Safety Column in the Raptor Mail and on Managebac. Immunizations In the interest of safety for all children, immunizations are to be conducted by the student’s general practitioner or pediatrician. Reminders are sent out to students and please keep your child’s immunization record in their Medical file up to date. Health Authority Recommended School Health Checks The Health Authority of Abu Dhabi have recommended a range of regular checks for school age children. These may be undertaken by the students own medical practitioner or pediatrician or through the school. If you have any questions please speak to the school nurse. Health and Safety throughout the School A health and safety committee has been established at the school to have a regular forum to register, respond and develop preventative strategies for health and safety issues. Risk registers are utilized and our regularly updated strategic action plans are available for parents to view via our website. Parents are always welcome to make constructive suggestions to help us make RAHA a safe and healthy teaching and learning environment. Hygiene A high standard of independent hygiene is encouraged and promoted at this school for every class. Some of the topics addressed at the school include:  Promoting regular hand washing,  Covering coughs,  Keeping teeth clean  Appropriate toilet use  Keeping clean to prevent body odours  Keeping hair tidy and tied up  Keeping nails short and clean. Protection from Solar Ultra Violet (UV) Radiation To prevent the dangers of excess ultraviolet radiation from the sun, we ask that all parents, promote, role model and praise children who wear appropriate hats or head cover and/or sunscreen in the sun. Remember too, we have a strict No Hat, No Play policy. There are many choices of hats and emergency sunscreen is available through the Health Centre. Encouragement to seek shade and stay well hydrated is also a priority. Remember that some children’s skin can burn in as little as 5 minutes in the UAE sun. - 30 Raha Primary Family Handbook 2012 - 2013


Bike Safety If your child rides a bike to school, please ensure that they wear an appropriately fitted helmet and are very clear on the safety rules. Children may ride on the footpath to school. The gate from Raha Gardens is open in the morning and afternoon for pedestrians and bike riders. In the interest of all children, please ensure your child does not ride their bike on school grounds. Bike racks are located near each of the entrances. Car Park Safety The speed limit is 10 kilometres per hour. Please take extra care when reversing or driving in the car park. Take care to ensure that all children abide by the United Arab Emirates law that all children under 10 must wear a safety belt and sit in the rear of the car. Please also let pedestrians, buses and bikes have priority in the car park and refrain from parking on the footpath so that pedestrians and bike riders can use it safely. Swimming Pool Safety All pool users will be provided with safety rules verbally and swim rules will also be available for all to review on the wall near the pool.

For the safety of others using the swimming facilities please advise the swim teacher or home room teacher if your child has:        

Presence of fever, known virus or communicable disease. Otitis Media (external ear infection with pus) or perforated ear drum Open wounds, or ulceration of wound with signs of infection (eg. Deeper than 2mm) Impetigo with pus Weeping Molluscum Contagisum (may need to cover and have separate towels) Warts or Verrucas (may need to cover and have separate towels or wear flip flops in change room)) Conjunctivitis with pus/crust Onset of exacerbation of bronchial asthma which is exercise induced

Each student with any of these conditions will be assessed individually. Health Service Continuous Improvement Please feel free to help the Health Centre improve its services for your children. We welcome the anonymous use of our suggestion box in our front reception or feel free to contact or call by to arrange a chat with the school nurse at any time. Medication and other treatments. If your child is prescribed a medication that is given during the school day, it should be brought to the Health Centre by a parent or caregiver. A note, dated, with instructions and signed by a parent should accompany the medication. The container for the medication should also be properly labeled with the student’s name, the name of the medication contained, the dosage, the prescriber’s name and the schedule for its administration to your child. The same also applies if your child is required to take herbal, homeopathic, alternative therapies or over the counter medicines. If your child requires medication like Epi-Pen, Glucogon, Ventolin for any potential emergency, it is the parents responsibility to replace expired medication. Please visit the Health Centre on the first day of school to check expiry dates and check administration instructions.

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If your child has a medical condition of any type, i.e. allergies, asthma, epilepsy, or diabetes, please ensure this is indicated on the medial health form. The Health Centre welcomes opportunities to discuss/ consult with you or your child’s doctor. If your child requires first aide or develops an acute illness during school hours, the child will be taken to the School’s Health Centre. If necessary, you will be contacted and may be expected to pick your child up or make the necessary arrangements for your child to be seen by his/her doctor. All children who are well enough to come to school are expected to participate in normal class activities. The school health service is not expected to check on injuries that happen outside of school hours. Parents are contacted in cases of serious illness, injury or to request your permission for administration of medication. We call you to check if any medication had been taken previously on the day, for any allergies or administration. There are limited resting facilities at the school, so we ask that if you need to pick up your child that this is done at your earliest possible convenience. On most occasions a medical slip will be written and given to the child to exit from the front gate with an adult. The child will usually wait in front reception for their parents unless unable to do so. We stress the importance of up-to-date contact and medical information in your child’s medical forms. It is required that we have current telephone numbers and an alternative contact number for a care giver who is available, in the case of emergency, other than parents/ guardians. In the event of a medical emergency, if we are unable to contact the parent, the child may be If a student has an illness or is recovering from an illness, and/or is unable to participate in physical education or swimming activities the parents need to provide a medical certificate or note from the parent indicating the period of time that the child should be excluded from certain activities. For the safety of your child and other children and staff, it is essential to keep your child at home if they have any of the following:  Severe conjunctivitis  Severe bronchitis or continuous cough  Severe gastroenteritis, vomiting or diarrhea  High fever or any serious illness, -especially with drowsiness/lethargy  Presence of Lice/Eggs  Any contagious /communicable disease like Chicken pox or Measles Please be sure to inform the School if your child has been exposed to any communicable disease or condition, such as:  Chicken Pox,  Measles,  Lice.

Head Lice Policy The purpose of this policy is to provide Raha International School a universal guide to follow on management of head lice cases. Recognising that head lice can be a sensitive topic, it is worthy to know that head lice is not uncommon to be found in some school children and it should not be a surprise to us. Sometimes the big challenge is treating our culture's response to head lice rather than the condition itself. This policy was done in the best interest of children and others impacted by head lice. - 32 Raha Primary Family Handbook 2012 - 2013


Recommendation: Raha International School recommends a policy that focuses on the exclusion of active infestations. 1. Any student with lice will be sent home as soon as possible. Immediate treatment at home is recommended. 2. The student will be re-admitted to school if upon examination all lice and eggs have been removed. 3. The usual process is to then send a note to all parents and undertake an all class check. Procedures: When a member of school staff suspects a child is infested with head lice, the following procedure should be followed: 1. The student will be sent immediately to the school clinic for further evaluation. 2. If the child has infestation, the parents will be contacted (by phone). 3. Parents should come to pick up their child as soon as possible. Information can be given on effective treatment for head lice if required. 4. Upon returning to school, the child must first see the nurse for follow up check.

RIS-PT - Raha International School - Parent Team Parents are invited to take an active role in their child’s education through the RIS Parent Team. This organization came into being in September 2007 with the expressed intent of building a sense of identity to benefit the school, the students and the wider Raha community. The Parent Team aims to organize volunteer groups to work with teachers in the classroom and other areas such as the library, to welcome new parents to RIS, build awareness of activities and opportunities for further involvement. "Let us be there for your child" There are so many distractions that can lead children away from achieving their potential. The entire community must pull together in a common bond to support and nurture them. A founding principle of Raha International School is the absolute commitment to partnering with our parents to surround each student with caring, consistent support. Basic policies 1. RISPT shall abstain from encroaching on administrative functions (including financial) of the school. 2. RISPT shall refuse discussions pertaining to personal grievances. 3. RISPT shall refrain from all political activities, and work together as a group towards the common good of the school community. 4. All programmes, activities and expenditure involving RISPT shall have the approval / vote of the Committee. 5. The Constitution may be amended at a determined meeting. Written notification of amendment/s must be given to the members prior to the meeting. (The Constitution is a living document.) 6. All activities shall be entered into with “mutual respect for religious and cultural diversity and individuality�. - 33 Raha Primary Family Handbook 2012 - 2013


7. The RISPT shall be non-commercial.

Expectations for Conduct The RIS Honour Code articulates the responsibilities of all members of the RIS community. The RIS Student Behaviour Code outlines the specific consequences for students who act outside the expectations for conduct. For complete details see the RIS Student Behaviour Code (Addendum # 1)

The RIS Honour Code: Responsibilities to Myself  Take responsibility for my actions.  Maintain a sustained and committed effort towards learning, academic achievement, and personal growth.  Be punctual and prepared for every RIS event on or off site.  Dress in a manner that is appropriate to the RIS school setting.  Be a positive ambassador of RIS on and off site.  Demonstrate self-respect through cleanliness and grooming.  Recognize and learn to appreciate both my strengths and my weaknesses.  Address each opportunity at RIS with honesty and thoughtfulness.  Refrain from bringing anything to school that may compromise my safety, or the safety of others.

Responsibilities to Others  Respect the rights of others to be heard and appreciated, both within and beyond the classroom.  Respect all persons regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, or mental or physical ability.  When visiting other schools respect and honour their codes of conduct.  Use only language and gestures that are appropriate in a school setting, and in keeping with an attitude of respect for all individuals.  Welcome and support all members of the RIS community and visitors.  Keep halls and entrances quiet while classes are in session.  Honour scheduled commitments and give appropriate notice if unable to attend.

Responsibilities to Property  Keep personal and common areas in the school clean and neat  Show care and regard for school and personal property  Actively care for the environment.

Bullying At Raha International School, we strive to ensure a safe environment for all members of the school community and to promote healthy relationships. Bullying - physical, verbal or indirect acts committed against someone or a group of people in a position of less power; a child or children intending to cause harm to another child or group of children; these behaviors repeated over time are not tolerated, in any form, and all members of the community are expected to enforce the policy. Students are encouraged to approach a supervising adult to intervene in the case of bullying.

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Cyber Bullying Cyber bullying is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. (Definition taken from www.stopcyberbullying.org 2007 ) RIS students are expected to act with respect and concern for others both inside and outside school hours. RIS treats any form of bullying as a serious offence. In addition to incidences at school, cyber bullying may also occur off-campus or outside of school time. If the cyber bullying action is intended to have an effect on a student or it adversely affects the safety and wellbeing of a student while in school, RIS will discipline students involved. RIS students who commit cyber bullying will be subject to the consequences for bullying in the RIS Student Behaviour Code.

Fighting and Harassment RIS supports student in managing their anger and in resolving their conflicts in a timely and constructive manner. The school prohibits any form of fighting or harassment.

Stealing Students are expected to take steps to protect their personal property. We encourage students to leave valuables at home. Any student caught stealing will face serious consequences, as determined by the Principal. RIS has the right to search rooms, lockers, bags, etc., if there is reason to do so.

Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for Information Technology The Acceptable Use Policy for Information Technology applies to all members of RIS community. This policy covers the use and procedures of all students or faculty and staff for RIS owned information technology used for the purpose of education at RIS. For specific expectations, please refer to Addendum 2.

Student use of mobile phones/ ipods/ electronic games Personal electronic devices have become an almost ubiquitous appendage of modern life. Raha International School understands the importance of mobile phones for communication and to ensure the safety of students who travel to and from the school. However, students and parents should understand that in a school environment, use of personal electronic devices demonstrates disrespect, lack of courtesy and is distracting. All electronic devices, including mobile phones must remain turned off and out of sight during the school day. If a student is found using these items during the school day they will be confiscated and turned over to the Head of Primary. Parents will be contacted; the item will be returned to parents only.

Cameras and Photography Cameras can only be used for education purposes. Students should take care to respect the privacy of others.

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Raha International School expects student to wear the RIS uniform properly and with pride. Students who do not follow the Uniform Policy will face consequences as outlined in the RIS Student Behaviour Code (please note this document is currently under review). For specific expectations, please refer to Addendum 3.

Academic Integrity and Honesty Integrity and honesty are critical to creating an environment of academic excellence and authentic learning. Students are encouraged to use outside sources, as appropriate, and are expected to seek extra help where needed. However, they must accept the responsibility for creating and submitting their own, original work. A student who is in doubt about any aspect of the principles and practices of academic honesty should consult his/her teacher or the librarian.

Plagiarism Definition: presentation of someone else’s ideas words or phrases as if they were one’s own. Plagiarism is wrong in both creative and academic writing. Often in writing projects, and always in research papers, you are asked to support your ideas with evidence from others, but you must make it very clear which of your words or ideas were originally written by someone else. (For consequences see RIS Student Behaviour Code).

Cheating Definition: giving or receiving unauthorized assistance on assessments and assignments. consequences see RIS Student Behaviour Code).

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(For


ADDENDUM # 1 RIS STUDENT BEHAVIOUR CODE (UNDER REVIEW) The creation of the RIS Student Behavior Code is supported by several fundamental beliefs and principles as follows: 

Positive reinforcement is the most effective strategy in reducing incidents of inappropriate student behaviour.

Initially it is the teacher in the classroom who intervenes and takes action to address a situation when students behave inappropriately.

Student behaviour will improve when effective partnerships are developed between parent, child and teacher. Regular contact with parents is encouraged.

Respect for individuals and their diversity is essential for the well being of our community.

People are responsible for their choices and actions to themselves, society and their environment.

Preamble Teachers are expected to maintain appropriate student behaviour in the classroom and on the playground. When incidents of a minor nature occur they should be dealt with by the teacher on the spot through the application of logical consequences to encourage an improvement. However when interventions over time by the teacher prove ineffective, they should refer the student to the Principal, Heads of School for further action at the administrative level. The administrators will then apply appropriate consequences in line with the recommendations detailed below. For serious breaches of the Behaviour Code the student or students should be referred to the office immediately. Serious infractions would include physical or verbal abuse, theft, bullying, bringing drugs onto the campus etc. Levels of Disciplinary Action: 1) Warning: For the first and /or second incident of inappropriate behaviour of a minor nature a verbal warning may be issued. It is important that these incidents be documented and that follow-up action be taken should the same problem reoccur. Documentation relating to the behaviour of a particular student will remain on file in the main office for the calendar year. Students with more serious offences may have documentation retained in their files at the discretion of the Principal. 2) Detention: The Principal or Heads of Schools may require that students remain in detention during the lunch break or after school. Detentions will be served in an office or the meeting room. Failure to serve the detention will result in doubling the detention the first time; on the second failure to serve the - 37 Raha Primary Family Handbook 2012 - 2013


detention the student may serve a Thursday afternoon detention. The detentions will be supervised by an administrator. Detention takes priority over other activities. Students must bring school work to perform independently. Students are not allowed to talk to each other during detention. Students will remain in the office area until dismissed by the supervisor. 3) Thursday Afternoon Detentions: These detentions may be assigned for major violations of the code and for accumulated minor violations that result in an incident report being issued. Normally Thursday afternoon detentions are for two hours from 3:00 until 5:00 pm. In cases where a student is assigned a Thursday afternoon detention the Principal or Heads of School will contact the parent. Failure to serve a Thursday afternoon detention will result in a suspension. 4) Conference: The Principal or Heads of School will confer with the student and may contact parents by phone. In addition, a meeting may be required with a teacher, pupil, parent, administrator and other appropriate persons. 5) Temporary Removal from Class: A student, for cause, may be removed temporarily from a given class for a period not to exceed three days. Removal exceeding one day can occur only after consultation between the teacher and the administrator. The student removed from class will report to the school office. Students referred to the office for discipline from a class will not return to that class on that day. 6) In-School Suspension: Students placed in In-School Suspension will report to reception for attendance and then report directly to the meeting room or designated office. Students placed in In-School Suspension will not leave the assigned location without administrative permission. Students will spend the day doing assigned schoolwork and bring a bag of lunch from home to eat in the room. A student on suspension will not be allowed to participate in any school functions, activities or sports during the period of suspension. 7) Out-of School Suspension: For serious disciplinary violations the penalty will include an “Out-of- School Suspension”. The Principal or Heads of School may suspend a student for up to three days. The student will be given notice of the reasons for the suspension, an explanation of the evidence, and an opportunity to explain his or her side of the story. When students are suspended they must depart the campus immediately and be under parent’s supervision during the period of the suspension. Conditions:

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During the suspension the students are expected to keep up with all academic work as assigned by the teacher. They must return to school with all assignments as complete as possible. Failure to turn in the work for the day of return will be recorded as incomplete work. Any assessment tasks, written or oral, that are missed must be made up at the teacher’s convenience within three school days of the student’s return to school. “It is the responsibility of the parents and the student to see that all academic obligations are fulfilled promptly.” Students who are suspended from school may not participate in any school-sponsored activity and are not permitted on school grounds during the period of suspension. The student and parent(s) will return to school at the end of the suspension and meet with the Principal to discuss the conditions under which he or she will be allowed to return and remain at Raha International School. 8) Exclusion The Principal may recommend that a student be permanently removed from a particular class. 9) Expulsion: A student can be expelled from Raha International School permanently. 10) Financial Reimbursement: A student may be required, to reimburse individuals or Raha International School for damage to or destruction of property. SUMMARY OF LEVELS OF DISCIPLINARY ACTION

1)

Warning

2)

Detention

3)

Thursday afternoon detention

4)

Conference

5)

Temporary Removal from Class

6)

In-School suspension

7)

Out-of-School Suspension

8)

Exclusion

9)

Expulsion

10)

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Consequences (Primary): Violation

Definition/Description Physical assault of a staff member or another student on school grounds. Intimidation or insult of staff member or student; language that demeans one’s color, race or sex. Using someone else’s work and passing it off as one’s own, copying from forbidden notes, materials, or other student’s papers during a test, talking during a test. Any behaviour, which disturbs or interrupts the normal teaching-learning process. This includes playground behaviour.

Optional Consequence

5. Inappropriate Dress

See school dress code.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

6. Bullying

Intimidating or threatening another person.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

7. Fighting

Exchange of blows between students. Failure to serve doubles the number of detentions on the first offense. Penalty listed at right is for second offense. The signing of a note for parent or staff member, which excuse a student’s absence from school or class.

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

No gum chewing on campus Unauthorized storing, possessing, or carrying weapons or any other implement, which could be used in a lethal way are not allowed.

1, 2, 4, 5

1. Physical abuse

2. Verbal abuse

3. Cheating

4. Disturbance or Disruption.

8. Failure to serve detention

9. Forgery

10. Gum chewing

11. Weapons

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2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

3, 6, 7

1, 2, 4, 5

5, 7, 9 (confiscation and possible police referral)

1, 2, 3, 4 5, 6, 7.


13. Leaving school grounds 14. Profanity / Obscenity

15. Endangering the safety of others

16. Tardiness 17. Theft

18. Vandalism

19. Unacceptable use of IT

oneself, to move, or to report to designated area by any school staff member. Departure from school grounds without permission during school hours. Written or oral language or drawing that offends the senses or the standards of morality of the school or community. Student behaviour which violates safety regulations and which may cause or does cause injury to others or to themselves. Arriving in class after the prescribed time. Taking another person’s property or school property while on school grounds. Destroying or damaging property. Violate the acceptable use policy

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2, 3, 4, 6.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

1, 2, 3, 4, 6. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9.

3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10


ADDENDUM # 2: Acceptable Use Policy for Information Technology In order to provide a secure and effective education environment, RIS retains the right to peruse, read, copy, reproduce, print, use, communicate, keep, move, store or destroy – the information, messages, files, web sites or data located on the RIS network. If necessary RIS may monitor, intercept or record any transmission, communication or work session, whether or not the student is aware such interception or recording is taking place. Acceptable use of technology includes ethical and legal use of technology that is respectful of the privacy of others and adheres to the standards of behaviour outlined in the RIS Honour Code / Conduct Expectations. Consequences of Violating the Policy Serious infractions and issues of security will result in one of the consequences listed in the Honour Code. Responsibility of all members of RIS community is to: -

At all times demonstrate appropriate on-line conduct and manners.

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Forward unsolicited messages of a harassing or offensive nature to the Principal.

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Use RIS hardware and software only for school related work.

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Take responsibility for the care of RIS owned equipment, such as laptops and cameras.

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Take responsibility to ensure all applications and settings installed by the school remain intact.

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Take responsibility to ensure the school-provided virus scanner is installed and functional and to report any viruses immediately to IT Support Executive

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Forward messages with suspicious attachments to IT Support Executive

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Follow the “5-minute rule”. That is, if a laptop is not working and cannot be fixed in 5 minutes, the student will revert to pen and paper for the remainder of the class

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Take responsibility in printing to the appropriate location. Please check with a teacher if not sure of appropriate locations

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Use or change another student/ faculty or staff login/ password- or share their own login/ password with another student, faulty or staff or external user.

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Send or display any unlawful, harassing, bullying, threatening, harmful, obscene or otherwise objectionable material of any kind through electronic media.

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Use network resources which results in denying access for others, for example downloading large files such as music and movies.

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Peer to peer wireless communications in class and peer to peer file sharing in general- unless it is part of the lesson.

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Reply to unsolicited messages of a harassing or offensive nature.

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Knowingly infect a laptop or desktop with a virus. Do not open attachments of unknown sources due to possible exposure to viruses.

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Connect any computer to RIS network that is not a member of the network, unless approved by IT Support Executive or Teacher.

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Compromise safety or security of anyone in RIS community, through the use of electronic media, for example displaying pictures which could identify students, or giving out personal information of any kind

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Eat or drink near laptop, desktop or printing equipment. Food and drink spilled onto this equipment could cause extensive damage which will not be covered under warranty

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Drop laptops or jam books against laptops. The screen of each laptop is extremely fragile and not covered under warranty repair

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ADDENDUM # 3 Uniform Policy Uniform Expectation and General Appearance (NEW )

The school uniform is to be worn during each school day unless special activity days are announced. It is requested that every article of clothing worn to school be plainly labeled with the student’s name (shoes included) to facilitate the prompt return of lost items. Children are expected to wear the uniform to and from school. We encourage our students to take pride in their uniforms as a reflection of their pride in the School. Uniform Expectation and General Appearance PreK – Grade 5 

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES  Clothes worn underneath the shirts must be plain white or natural coloured.  Socks must be solid black, white, brown or navy blue  Hair accessories must be dark green, white, navy or black  Jewelry should be minimal and plain (no dangling earrings)  Items such as shaylas, belts and hair clips should be plain and compliment the uniform colours (black, green, white or navy)  Girls’ swim suit must be one piece only  Swim-shorts with a waist drawstring or “speedo” style for boys.  School issue swimsuits are not compulsory but are available from ZAKS clothing store  Make up/ nail polish are not permitted.  Tights worn by girls must be plain black or green  All students must wear a hat when outside or walking between buildings.  Shirts. o White polo shirt with school emblem (worn untucked) o White button down shirts with school emblem (worn untucked) Option Two  Sweater o Green sweater/jumper/cardigan/jersey with school emblem o Green fleecy lined jumper/sweater with school emblem  Shorts o Green tailored trousers or shorts or sports shorts (boy). o Green trousers, skort or skirt (girl).  Shoes o PreK & Kindergarten - runners/ sport shoes may be worn every day. o Grade 1 to Grade 5 – plain black shoes are preferred otherwise a plain color (no patterns, designs, or bright/ fluorescent colors) 

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ADDENDUM # 4 – iPad Policy Raha’s iPads

The Rationale The focus of the iPad program at Raha international School is to provide tools and resources to the 21st Century Learner. Excellence in education requires that technology is seamlessly integrated throughout the educational program. Increasing access to technology is essential for that future, and one of the learning tools of these twenty-first century students is the iPad tablet. The individual use of iPads is a way to empower students to maximize their full potential and to prepare them for college and the workplace. Learning results will improve from the continuous dynamic interaction among students, educators, parents and the extended community. Technology immersion does not diminish the vital role of the teacher. To the contrary, it transforms the teacher from a director of learning to a facilitator of learning. Effective teaching and learning with iPads integrates technology into the curriculum anytime, anyplace. The policies, procedures and information within this document apply to all iPads used at Raha International School, including any other device considered by the Administration to come under this policy. Teachers may set additional requirements for use in their classroom. Borrowing the School iPads School iPads may be borrowed individually or in sets from either of the school libraries for a single period or for multiple periods by children (from grade 4 up) and by teachers (children below grade 4 may not individually borrow the iPad, only the teacher can on their behalf – this is a safety issue). Children may only borrow an IPad if they have completed the Raha iPad Agreement Form (see appendix 1). All iPads must be borrowed out through the library system. All iPads must be returned to the respective library by the end of each day. A student may only borrow an iPad, with a iPad borrowing slip signed by the responsible teacher (see appendix 2).

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) iPads BYOD iPads, while not school property, also fall under the Acceptable Use Policy whilst on school property or whilst on school related activities. However, the school is not responsible for the repairs or any damage resulting from their use on school property or during school related activities. In proper use of BYOD will lead to confiscation and the iPad will only be returned the parents or legal guardians of the student owning the iPad (see appendix 3)

Taking Care of the iPad Students are responsible for the general care of the iPad they have been borrowed in their name or by a teacher. School iPads that are broken or fail to work properly must be taken to the Library for an evaluation of the equipment.

General Precautions 

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        

Only use a clean, soft cloth to clean the screen, no cleansers of any type. Cords and cables must be inserted carefully into the iPad to prevent damage. School iPads must remain free of any writing, drawing, stickers, or labels. School iPads must never be left in an unlocked locker, unlocked car or any unsupervised area. The teacher librarian is responsible for keeping the iPad’s battery charged ready for each school day. Parents must ensure their child’s iPad comes to school fully charged and loaded with Apps requested by the school. iPads must only be charged once they reach a battery life below 10% except for the nightly recharge. iPads must not be allowed to have an empty battery. iPads should never be left where they may be accidently sat on/stood on e.g. chair, floor

Carrying iPads The protective cases provided with iPads have sufficient padding to protect the iPad from normal treatment and provide a suitable means for carrying the device within the school. The guidelines below should be followed:  School iPads must always remain within the protective case when carried.  Only one iPad should be carried at any one time.  Class sets of iPads must be carried in the iPad trolley.

Screen Care The iPad screens can be damaged if subjected to rough treatment. The screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure on the screen.  Do not lean on the top of the iPad when it is closed.  Do not place anything near the iPad that could put pressure on the screen.  Do not place anything in the carrying case that will press against the cover.  Clean the screen with a soft, dry cloth or anti-static cloth.  Do not “bump” the iPad against lockers, walls, car doors, floors, etc as it will eventually break the screen

Using the iPad at School (for both school and BYOD tablets) iPads are intended for use at school each day. In addition to teacher expectations for iPad use, school messages, announcements, calendars and schedules may be accessed using the iPad tablet. The iPad cannot be used unless a teacher has given permission for its use.

Screensavers/Background photos The screensaver or background photo may not be changed for any reason on any school iPads. Any changes to the display of the school iPad will be deemed a violation of this policy. Passwords are not to be used on school iPads. Inappropriate material or photos are not to be stored on school or BYOD iPads. BYOD containing inappropriate material will be confiscated.

Sound, Music, Games, or Programs    

Sound must be muted at all times unless permission is obtained from the teacher for instructional purposes. Music is allowed on the iPad and can be used at the discretion of the teacher Internet Games are not allowed on the school iPads. If game apps are installed on school iPads, it will be by Raha staff only. All software/Apps must be school provided. (school iPads only) - 46 -

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All Apps on BYOD are the financial responsibility of the student’s family. School required Apps must be reloaded at home.

Printing Printing will be available with the iPad. Students should talk to their teachers about which printer to print to. Students will be given information and instruction on printing with the iPad.

Saving to the iPad/Home Directory Students may save work to the home directory on the iPad - BUT it will NOT be backed up in case of re-imaging. It is recommended students e-mail documents to themselves for storage on a flash drive. However, it is recommended that data storage will be via a third party e.g. iCloud, Box etc. The accounts set up will be completed by Raha Staff. Please note that the school reserves the right to access these accounts. BYOD owners must not store personal information on the school acquired third party storage area to avoid any privacy issue violation. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that work is not lost due to mechanical failure or accidental deletion. iPad malfunctions are not an acceptable excuse for not submitting work.

Network Connectivity Raha makes no guarantee that their network will be up and running 100% of the time. In the rare case that the network is down, the school will not be responsible for lost or missing data.

Originally Installed Software The software/Apps originally installed by Raha must remain on the school iPad in usable condition and be easily accessible at all times. From time to time the school may add software applications for use in a particular course. The licenses for this software require that the software be deleted from iPads at the completion of the course. Periodic checks of school iPads will be made to ensure that students have not removed required apps. Parents assume the responsibility for all software stored on BYOD tablets. The school will not install any App or software onto BYOD devices.

Additional Software Students are not allowed to load extra software/Apps on the School iPads. Raha will synchronize the school iPads so that they contain the necessary apps for school work. Students will not synchronize iPads or add apps to any borrowed iPad. BYOD tablets will have their software installed at home at the family’s expense.

Inspection Students may be selected at random to provide their iPad for inspection including BYOD tablets to ensure that there are not any violation to this policy.

Procedure for re-loading software If technical difficulties occur and illegal software or non Raha installed apps are discovered, the school iPad will be restored from backup. The school does not accept responsibility for the loss of any software or documents deleted due to a re-format and re-image.

Software upgrades Upgrade versions of licensed software/apps are available from time to time. iPads may be removed from circulation for periodic updates and Synching. All BYOD tablets are expected to update software at home and not during the school day. - 47 Raha Primary Family Handbook 2012 - 2013


iTunes Account The school has an iTunes account which it uses to purchase apps under Apple Volume Purchasing program. Only apps purchased through this account will be loaded onto the school iPads.

Acceptable Use The use of Raha technology resources is a privilege, not a right. The privilege of using the technology resources provided by the Raha International School (RIS) is not transferable or extendible by students to people or groups outside the school. This policy is provided to make all users aware of the responsibilities associated with efficient, ethical, and lawful use of technology resources. If a person violates any of the User Terms and Conditions named in this policy, privileges may be terminated, access to the school’s technology resources may be denied, and the appropriate disciplinary action shall be applied. The Raha International School Behaviour Management Policy and Procedures shall be applied to student infractions. Violations may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension/ expulsion for students. When applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved after ADEC consultation

Parent/Guardian Responsibilities Parents have a responsibility to talk to their children about values and the standards that their children should follow regarding the use of the Internet as they would in relation to the use of all media information sources such as television, telephones, movies, and radio. Parents may opt out of allowing their child to use the iPad. To opt out parents must sign a form indicating this and acknowledging that their child is still responsible for meeting the course requirements (which may take longer).

School Responsibilities are to:    

Provide Internet and Email access to its students. Provide Internet Blocking of inappropriate materials where possible. Provide data storage areas. These will be treated similar to school lockers. RIS reserves the right to review, monitors, and restrict information stored on or transmitted via Raha owned equipment and BYOD devises and to investigate inappropriate use of resources. Provide staff guidance to aid students in doing research and help assure student compliance of the acceptable use policy.

Students are Responsibilities for:   

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Using computers/tablets in a responsible and ethical manner. Obeying general school rules concerning behavior and communication that apply to iPad/computer use. Using all technology resources in an appropriate manner so as to not damage school equipment. This “damage” includes, but is not limited to, the loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries or service interruptions caused by the students own negligence, errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via Raha’s designated Internet System is at your own risk. Raha specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services. Helping Raha protect our computer system/device by contacting an administrator about any security problems they may encounter. Monitoring all activity on their account(s). - 48 -

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Students should always turn off and secure the iPad after they are done working to protect their work and information. If a student should receive an email containing inappropriate or abusive language or if the subject matter is questionable, he/she is asked to print a copy and turn it in to the office. Returning the school iPad to the Library at the end of each period/s or day. Ensuring all BYOD tablets are fully charged to start the school day. Their BYOD tablet is brought to school each day unless otherwise informed. Ensure their BYOD tablet has the Apps installed as requested by the school and maintain software upgrades.

Student Activities Strictly Prohibited:                

Illegal installation or transmission of copyrighted materials Any action that violates existing Board policy or public law Sending, accessing, uploading, downloading, or distributing offensive, profane, threatening, pornographic, obscene, religious or sexually explicit materials Use of chat rooms, sites selling term papers, book reports and other forms of student work Messaging services-EX: MSN Messenger, ICQ, etc Internet/Computer Games Use of outside data disks or external attachments without prior approval from the administration Changing of school iPad settings (exceptions include personal settings such as font size, brightness, etc) Downloading apps at school Spamming-Sending mass or inappropriate emails Gaining access to other student’s accounts, files, and/or data Use of the school’s internet/E-mail accounts for financial or commercial gain or for any illegal activity Use of anonymous and/or false communications such as MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger Students are not allowed to give out personal information, for any reason, over the Internet. This includes, but is not limited to, setting up internet accounts including those necessary for chat rooms, Ebay, email, etc. Participation in credit card fraud, electronic forgery or other forms of illegal behavior. Vandalism (any malicious attempt to harm or destroy hardware, software or data, including, but not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses or computer programs that can infiltrate computer systems and/or damage software components) of school equipment will not be allowed Transmission or accessing materials that are obscene, offensive, threatening or otherwise intended to harass or demean recipients. Bypassing the GFW web filter through a web proxy

iPad Care   

Students will be held responsible for maintaining the individual iPads and keeping them in good working order whilst in their possession. BYOD iPads batteries must be charged and ready for school each day. iPads that malfunction or are damaged must be reported to the library. The school will be responsible for repairing only school owned iPads that malfunction. IPads that have been damaged from student misuse, neglect or are accidentally damaged will be repaired with cost being borne by the student. Students will be responsible for the entire cost of repairs to iPads that are damaged intentionally. iPads should not be used on the school bus or during breaks. - 49 -

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iPad damage: Students are responsible for any and all damage. 

iPads that are stolen must be reported immediately to the Office and the Police Department.

Legal Propriety   

Comply with trademark and copyright laws and all license agreements. Ignorance of the law is not immunity. Plagiarism is a violation of the Raha Behaviour Management Policy. Give credit to all sources used, whether quoted or summarized. This includes all forms of media on the Internet, such as graphics, movies, music, and text. Use or possession of hacking software is strictly prohibited and violators will be subject to consequence as stipulated in the Raha Family Handbook. Violation of applicable law will result in criminal prosecution or disciplinary action by the school.

Protecting & Storing Of The iPad iPads will be labeled in the manner specified by the school. IPads can be identified in the following ways:  Record of serial number  Raha Identification label All school iPads shall be stored in the iPad trolley and locked. When a iPad has been borrowed and is no longer required it must be immediately returned to the library. All BYOD iPads must be clearly labeled with the owners name and grade/class. All BYOD iPads must be taken home each night.

iPads Left in Unsupervised Areas Under no circumstances should iPads be left in unsupervised areas. Unsupervised areas include the school grounds and campus, the dining hall, computer lab, locker rooms, library, unlocked classrooms, dressing rooms and hallways. Any iPad left in these areas is in danger of being stolen. If an iPad is found in an unsupervised area, it will be taken to the Library. If a student has borrowed the iPad and it is found unsupervised, the student will have their borrowing privileges revoked for the remainder of the academic year. If a staff member leaves a iPad unsupervised they will immediately receive a warning letter. Any subsequent violation may also result in their borrowing privileges also being revoked. Any BYOD iPad found unsupervised will be confiscated and parents contacted.

Cost of Repairs Students will be held responsible for ALL damage to any iPad that is borrowed including, but not limited to: broken screens, cracked plastic pieces, inoperability, etc. Should the cost to repair exceed the cost of purchasing a new device, the student will pay for full replacement value. Lost items such as sleeves and cables will be charged the actual replacement cost.

Raha iPad Student Use Pledge Student Pledge for iPad Use 1. I will take good care of my iPad. 2. I will never leave the iPad unattended. 3. I will never loan out an iPad I borrow to other individuals. - 50 Raha Primary Family Handbook 2012 - 2013


4. I will keep food and beverages away from the iPad since they may cause damage to the device. 5. I will not disassemble any part of the iPad or attempt any repairs. 6. I will use the iPad in ways that are appropriate, meeting Raha expectations and for educational purposes only. 7. I will not place decorations (such as stickers, markers, etc.) on the school iPads. I will not deface the serial number iPad sticker on any iPad. 8. I understand that my iPad is subject to inspection at any time without notice. 9. I understand the school iPad remains the property of the Raha International School. 10. I will follow the policies outlined in the Raha International School iPad Acceptable Use Policy. 11. I will be responsible for all damage or loss caused by neglect or abuse. 12. I agree to return the school iPad, case and power cords as it was borrowed when my allotted borrowing time has expired.

- 51 Raha Primary Family Handbook 2012 - 2013


Appendix One

Raha iPad Agreement Form I agree to the stipulations set forth in the above document.

Student Name (Please Print):________________________________________________________ Student Signature: __________________________________________ Date: _______________ Parent Name (Please Print): ________________________________________________________

Parent Signature: _____________________________________________ Date: _______________ Individual school iPad’s and accessories must be returned to the Raha Library at the end of each period, the stipulated period or end of each day.

N.B. iPads may not be borrowed or used by individual students until this form is signed by both parents and students.

- 52 Raha Primary Family Handbook 2012 - 2013


Appendix Two

iPad Borrowing Form.

iPad Borrowing Form Name: Grade/Class:

Has permission to borrow an iPad Period: Date: Time: Staff Signature

- 53 Raha Primary Family Handbook 2012 - 2013


Appendix 3

Raha BYOD Agreement We the parents of ____________________________ agree to supply for our child an iPad 2/iPad 3 for the duration of the academic year 2012/2013. I hereby also agree to: 1. Ensure the iPad is fully charged at the beginning of each day 2. Pay for and install any Apps required by the school (maximum amount 500AED per year) 3. Ensure the iPad is in good working order 4. Supply a stylus for the iPad 5. Take full responsibility for any loss or damage of the iPad whilst at school or during school related activities 6. Repair the iPad in a timely manner should the iPad be damaged 7. Replace the iPad should it be lost or stolen 8. Ensure that any App loaded onto the iPad or videos, movies or any other content is not in violation of the Raha iPad Acceptable Use Policy 9. Read and agree to the Raha Acceptable Use Policy 10. Permit the school to take possession of the iPad should the Raha Acceptable Use Policy be violated. I agree that an adult member of my family must collect the iPad from school should a violation occur. 11. Permit the school at any time to view the content of the iPad to ensure the Raha Acceptable Use Policy has not been violated. 12. Ensure my child’s iPad is clearly identifiable and comes to school in a protective cover.

Parent Signature

Date

- 54 Raha Primary Family Handbook 2012 - 2013


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