A pupil or student in every private school who incurs absences of more than twenty (20%) percent of the prescribed number of class or laboratory periods during the school year or term should be given a failing grade and given no credit for the course or subject. However, the school may adopt an attendance policy to govern absences of its pupils or students who belong to the upper half of their respective classes.
Furthermore, the school director may at her discretion and in the individual case exempt a student who exceeds the twenty percent limit for reasons considered valid and acceptable to the school. Such discretion shall not excuse the student concerned from responsibility in keeping up with lesson assignments and taking examinations where indicated. The discretionary authority is vested in the school director and may not be availed of by a student or granted by a faculty member without the school director’s consent.
Habitual tardiness, especially during the first period in the morning and in the afternoon, should not be allowed. Teachers concerned shall call for the parents of the student concerned or visit him at home.
ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY
Regularity of attendance and punctuality are required in all classes. A pupil/student who has been absent or has cut classes is required to present a letter of explanation from his/her parents or guardian or to bring them to school for a short conference with the section adviser or guidance mentor.
Attendance of pupils/students in special holidays, activities relative to their religion, e.g., Ramadan, shall be allowed provided permission of the school director is sought.
A school uniform is prescribed for all pupils/students. Shoes are considered part of the uniform. All students shall be required to wear the official school uniform on the school campus.
The acceptable haircut for boys shall be at least one (1) inch above the ear and three (3) inches above the collar line.
SPECIFIC DISCIPLINARY CASES (From DepEd Order No. 88 s. 2018).
Considering the foregoing, the following are the infractions or violations of the learners that may be subjected to interventions and penalties as warranted:
- Assaulting a teacher, or any other school authority or his agents, or other learner/s
- Smoking inside the school premises and bringing tobacco products, vapes, etc.
- Vandalism – writing on or destroying school property like chairs, tables, windows, books, laboratory equipment and others
- Gambling of any sort
- Drinking intoxicants and liquor or entering the school premises under the influence of liquor, or bringing of alcoholic beverages
- Carrying and concealing deadly weapons or instruments
- Extortion or asking money or in kind from others
- Fighting, causing injury to others
- Hazing in any form or manner whether inside or outside the school premises
- Sexual abuse, immorality, illicit relationships
- Instigating, leading, or participating in concerned activities leading to stoppage of classes
- Preventing, threatening learners or faculty members or school authorities from discharging their duties or from attending classes or entering school premises
- Forging or tampering with school records or transfer forms
- Patronizing suspected prostitution den, gambling, and pornographic places
- Bringing, using, and selling of pornographic materials
- Selling stolen goods in school
- Absenteeism, cutting of classes, and tardiness
- Littering (plastic cups, bottles, candy wrappers or any waste) inside the school campus specially inside the classroom and corridors
- Loitering and staying inside or outside the school campus during class hour
- Bringing in and using gadgets like cellular phones, i-pad, PSP, etc. inside the school campus (R.M. No. 207 s 2018) without the school director’s permission.
- Unruly behavior inside the classroom or school premises, during assemblies, school activities, etc.
- Uttering profanities/swearwords inside the school campus
- Going to restricted places
- Tampering of school ID such as placing stickers and other objects on school ID,
- Not giving letter or notices to parents
- Drug dependency or drug use, possession, and sale of prohibited drugs such as marijuana, ecstasy, shabu, etc. (it shall be subject to the Guidelines prescribed by DO 40 s. 2012 entitled Guidelines for the Conduct of Random Drug Testing in Public and Private Secondary Schools, and RA 9165 and its IRR)
- Joining fraternities, sororities, and gangs.
- Other analogous acts that may endanger/threaten any learner, school personnel, or the school.