GSF International School
- Daily Schedule
- Attendance/Sick Policy
- Dress Code
- Teacher Electronics Use
- Achievement Testing
- Discipline Procedure
- Parent/Teacher Conferences
- Abuse Prevention/Student Relationships
- Distance Learning
- Student Privacy on Social Media
We exist to provide a Christ-centered education for the children who attend our school so that they are prepared to passionately serve God in whatever He has planned for their life after high school graduation. Because of this, we call ourselves a “Kingdom Preparatory” school, not simply a “college preparatory” school. Our ultimate goal is to bring honor and glory to the Lord through our teaching and discipleship of the students we serve.
With this in mind, we ask that if you are sick, that you please stay home until you are certain you are not contagious. Generally speaking, the guidelines for many illnesses are 24 hours fever-free without fever-reducing medicine and 24 hours without vomiting and/or diarrhea, again, without medicine aiding in this.
For an illness such as a cold, we understand that it can be long-lasting, and we certainly do not expect you to stay home that entire duration. We also recognize that certain illnesses, including malaria and bilharzia, are not contagious even with the above symptoms present. Please use your discretion in these circumstances.
If you are going to be absent due to illness or otherwise, please contact your administrator as soon as possible to inform them and provide lesson plans. If your administrator is not reachable, please contact one of the other administrators.
Personal days / days off will be allotted according to individual contracts.
N: Needs improvement
In the middle and high school, we will use the following grading scale:
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All teachers are expected to keep accurate records of student grades and student attendance. These records should be kept current and, if kept digitally, should be backed-up regularly to prevent their being lost due to computer failure.
Late Policy: If student work is turned in after it is due, there will be a 10% reduction in grade for each school day that it is late. For example, if an assignment is due on Monday but is turned in on Tuesday, the maximum grade the student can receive is an 90%. If it is due on Monday but turned in on Thursday, the maximum grade possible is a 60%. If not turned in by the fifth day, the grade will automatically become a 0%. Extenuating circumstances will be handled on a case-by-case basis, given communication with parents.
If you become aware of any violation of the following policy please let an administrator or teacher know immediately.
Abuse of any kind is not permitted. This would include verbal, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. We are to treat one another with kindness as we would want to be treated. Conversations should avoid gossip, vulgar or profane language, sexual joking or other inappropriate ways of speaking. Students and teachers should avoid inappropriate physical contact. Students and teachers are asked to treat one another with respect and dignity as each student is an image bearer of God. Abuse takes many shapes and forms. For the purpose of this document, abuse is identified as the maltreatment of any child, often in the context of a relationship of responsibility, trust, or power, which endangers or impairs the health or welfare of that child. Child abuse can occur with or without the consent of the victim. In the context of this policy, definitions include sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect.
GSFIS does not tolerate bullying of any kind. Students engaged in any form of bullying will be subject to disciplinary action as laid out in the Discipline Procedure section above.
“Bullying occurs when a person or group is intimidated, frightened, excluded or hurt by a pattern of reoccurring behaviors directed at them by others.” “Bullying in Schools – The Hidden Curriculum” Greg Griffiths 2003
Some actions when present in an ongoing form that constitute bullying are:
- Physical aggression (including hitting, punching, kicking)
- Teasing or verbal abuse (including insults, name calling, racial remarks)
- Discrimination based on characteristics such as age, race, ethnicity, religion, sex, family status, physical or mental abilities
- Intentional exclusion from activities or friendship groups
- Setting up humiliating or insulting experiences
- Damaging a person’s property/possessions or taking them without permission
- Threatening gestures, actions or words to a person or his/her belongings
- Written/verbal/electronic messages that contain threats, putdowns, gossip or slander
- Cyberbullying through social media sites, instant messages, email or other electronic means. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. Cyberbullying also includes using electronic means to harass, threaten, or intimidate someone.
GSFIS has adopted the following definition of sexual harassment:
“Sexual harassment means any conduct, comment, gesture or contact of a sexual nature, whether on a one-time basis or in a continuous series of incidents, that might reasonably: (a) be expected to cause offense or humiliation to any individual; or (b) be perceived by the individual as placing a condition of a sexual nature on employment or on any opportunity for training or promotion, academic status or academic accreditation; (c) interfere with an individual’s work or academic performance or create an intimidating, hostile or offensive working, academic or residence environment.” Federal Govt. Policy on Harassment in the Work Place, 1991, Canada
If behavior is identified that raises concerns regarding the treatment and social interactions of a child, but does not meet GSFIS’s definition of sexual harassment, a conclusion of inappropriate behavior will be reached.
Please do not share student information, such as student name(s), history, or grades on social media.