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Discipline

School Rules & Code Of Conduct

The school’s School Rules and Code of Conduct are set up to inculcate good habits and internalise our school values of Respect, Compassion, Commitment, Integrity and Perseverance . As students apply themselves to the Code of Conduct, they will grow to be Unitians who can Lead Self, Serve Others, Actualise Self and Inspire Others .

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1. Pride and Respect for Nation and School
    1.1    All students must attend the daily morning assembly for the flag-raising and pledge-taking ceremony.
    1.2    At the Morning Assembly, all students who are Singapore Citizens must sing the national anthem and                         recite the pledge. Non-citizens must stand at attention during the entire ceremony.
    1.3    All students must sing the school song with pride on mornings when the school song is played and                             school flag is raised.
    1.4    Pride in the school takes the form of each student's support at competitions and all organized                                     school activities.

2. Integrity for Self and Respect for Other
    2.1    All students must be on their best behaviour both in and out of school at all times.
    2.2    Students should behave in a respectful manner and be courteous to the Principal, Vice-Principals, teachers,              staff members, vendors, and all visitors to the school.
    2.3    All students should also be respectful and kind towards their peers.
    2.4    All students are ambassadors of Unity Secondary School and should carry themselves in a manner                            appropriate to the occasion when they are in and out of school.

3. Personal Decorum
    The school uniform is a representation of the school and its tradition and heritage. The way the uniform is worn         shall not reflect an individual's preferences. All students must wear the Unity school uniform as prescribed. Please     see the accompanying table and images for how the school uniform must be worn in school.

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    3.1    School Uniform
             The full school uniform should be worn on all days when students do not have PE lessons or official                         sport activities during curriculum time. It consists of: 
                a. School collared shirt and pants,
                b. School blouse and skirt,
                c. School collar badge,
                d. Unity socks and black shoes.

    3.2     PE Attire 
              The PE attire should be worn during PE lessons and when students are taking part in various official school               events, as prescribed by a teacher. It consists of: 
                a. School PE shirt, 
                b. School PE shorts.
                c. Please note the following for wearing the PE attire: 
                Students having PE lessons before recess are allowed to wear their PE attire to school. However, they
                must change into their full school uniform during recess. If PE lessons are held after recess, students are
                to wear their full school uniform to school. They are only allowed to change into their PE attire during                        recess. 
    
    3.3     Putting on the School Uniform and PE Attire
                a. No modification of the school uniform and PE attire is allowed. 
                b. The school uniform and PE attire  must be worn in a dignified manner. 
                c. All students must wear the school collar badge on the left side of the collar. 
                d. All students are to wear black shoes with black laces and Unity socks. 
                e. Socks must cover the ankles.
                f. Slippers are not to be worn in the school premises at any time. 
                g. Students with medical conditions must seek special permission to wear special footwear. 
                h. During cold / rainy weather, only plain and simple sweaters are allowed. 

    3.4     Class T-Shirt (Optional Attire) 
                a. The use of Class T-shirts can be a good way to promote class identity and help foster strong bonds
                        among classmates. The Class T-shirt is highly visible and easily identifiable when worn in the
                        school or in public.
                b. It is recommended that class T-shirt designs do not include individual students’ names for safety                                reasons. They may include students’ index numbers instead.
                c. No offensive words or graphics are allowed. The use of slang words should be avoided.
                d. Class slogans are permitted but these should be phrased in proper, grammatical form. 
                e. Design must include ‘Unity Secondary School’ or ‘USS’. 
                f. Design must be vetted and approved by the Discipline Committee. 

    3.5     Accessories and Make-up 
              Students are not allowed to wear unnecessary accessories to school. 
                a. No earrings, chokers, neck/wrist chains, fancy watch straps, other forms of jewellery and accessories                         are allowed.
                b. Boys are not allowed to wear any forms of ear studs or ear sticks. Girls are allowed only 1 pair of                                simple ear studs that should not be more than 2mm in diameter. 
                c. Fanciful spectacles and coloured contact lenses are not allowed.
                d. Makeup on the face or body; tattoos and/or any form of body art is not allowed.

    3.6      Hairstyle and Personal Hygiene
               Students must adhere to hair guidelines at all times. Students may be sent for a haircut by a barber                           appointed by the School if hair guidelines are not adhered to.

                Guidelines for boys 
                a. Boys’ hair must be short, neat and tidy with natural colour. 
                b. There must be no tinting, dyeing, highlighting or perming of hair.
                c. Hair must not fall across cheeks or cover the eyebrow.
                d. Hair at the back should not touch the collar. There should be a distinctive and gradual slope.
                        The slope should not be stepped or undercut.
                e. Hair at the crown must not be too thick or bushy.
                f. Hair at the sides must not touch the ears. Side-burns are not allowed.
                g. Hair should not incorporate undercuts or any other inappropriate styles.
                h. Hair products are to be used only to keep the hair neat and in place. They are not meant to create                            fancy designs.
                i. Boys must be clean shaven at all times. Beard and moustache are not allowed.
                j. Fingernails must be short and unvarnished. 
    
                
Guidelines for girls
                k. Girls’ hair must be neat and tidy with natural colour. 
                l. Girls should not have any inappropriate or outlandish hairstyle.
                m. No tinting, dyeing, highlighting or perming of hair.
                n. Hair must not fall across cheeks or cover the eyes.
                o. Long hair must be tied up neatly with simple hair accessories that are black in colour.
                p. Fingernails must be short and unvarnished. 

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Hairstyles
Boys
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Sideburn should not exceed mid-ear level
Hair at the front must be above both eyebrows
Hair at the back must be sloped and should not touch the collar
Fringe should be above the eyebrows.
Long hair must be tied up
Only black hair accessories with simple designs are allowed

4. School Properties and Cleanliness
    School property should be handled with pride and care. There must be no misuse or act of vandalism of school        property. Students should report any damaged property to the Operations Manager immediately.

    4.1    Students must return all furniture, equipment, or instruments to their respective places/classrooms after use.
    4.2    No students is allowed to enter the Staff Room, Staff Lounge, Staff Toilets, and Special Rooms such as                     the science and computer laboratories, and technical workshops without the presence of a teacher or                         school staff.
    4.3    Students are not allowed to stay in the classrooms during recess or lunch breaks, or when there is no                         lesson being conducted unless permission has been granted by a teacher.
    4.4    All students are to refrain from taking food and/or drinks to premises beyond the school canteen. All                         food and drinks are to be consumed in the school canteen only.
    4.5    Disposable cutlery and plastic bottles are not allowed outside the school canteen.


Leading Self, Serving Others


5. Punctuality and Attendance
    Punctuality is an important habit to be cultivated among students.

    5.1   All students are to attend the morning assembly, scheduled lessons, talks, CCA sessions and school events             punctually.

    5.2   A student is considered to be late for school when he/she fails to be with his/her class at the point of                        assembly (parade square/hall/classrooms) at 8.25am on Monday and 7.25am on Tuesday, Wednesday,                    Thursday, Friday.
    5.3   Students who are absent from school must inform their parents to call up the school to inform the General                Office staff on the morning of their absence.

    
5.4   Students who are absent will be marked as "Absent with Medical Certificate" if their absence is accompanied             by a Medical Certificate(MC)
    5.5   Students who are absent maybe marked or "Absent with Valid Reason" on a case-by-case basis if their                    absence is accompanied by a letter of excuse from parents/guardians.

            a.   The School may seek clarification with parent/guardian and reserve the right not to accept letters.
           
b.   Letters of Excuse from parents/guardians are not valid for absence from a class test or examinations.
    5.6   Students must submit their MC or parents' letter on the day they return to school. Students will be                             considered to be playing truant if no supporting documents are submitted within 3 days of a student's return             from absence.

    5.7   Students who are late must take responsibility of his/her attendance by:
            a.   Proceeding to the General Office to obtain a late-coming slip for his/her attendance to be taken before                      returning to class.
            b.   Submitting the late-coming slip to the form teacher/subject teacher for permission to join the class.

    5.8   Students who arrive more than 30 minutes late for school without valid reason will be internally suspended                with parent notification.
    5.9   Regular late-comers will have to serve detention in school after their regular lessons end and/or maybe                    suspended from school.
    5.10 Students who do not achieve 75% attendance within a school year may be deemed ineligible to take the                    school's promotional examinations.

6. Safety and Personal Belongings
    Students are discouraged from bringing expensive items/gadgets, or large amounts of cash to school. To help        ensure students' personal safety and protection, students should practice vigilance at all times.

     6.1   Students are to keep their valuables with them at all times. Personal valuables should not be left in a                         class rooms or open space unattended.
     6.2   It is students' individual responsibility to ensure that their belongings are kept safe or in-sight at all                             times.
     6.3   Students may opt to make use of school lockers to safe keep their belongings.

7. Cyber Wellness
    All students must be responsible for their actions and words online. Respect and compassion should be                    demonstrated in students' use of social media platforms or any online applications. Inappropriate usage of online     platforms and tools will not be tolerated.

     7.1   Students should protect themselves from cyber crimes by observing good and safe practices online; should              report any inappropriate activities to the school.

8. Electronics Devices
    While in school, the use of electronic devices such as mobile phones, smart watches , tablets etc. should primarily     serve as tools of communication in times of emergency. Electronic devices should not be serve as distractions        during official school activities.

    8.1   Students are not to use their mobile phones in any venues deployed for teaching and learning. These                        venues includes all classrooms, laboratories, library, special rooms, school hall etc.
    8.2   The use of electronic devices is not allowed during official school activities unless sanctioned by the                            teacher-in-charge.
    8.3   Electronic devices must be kept in the school bag and not to be left on or under the desk.
    8.4   Students must ensure that their mobile phones are on silent at all times.
    8.5   Charging of electronic devices in school is not allowed or else they will be confiscated.
    8.6   Students shall be responsible and accountable for the safe-keeping of their personal devices. The school is             not responsible for the loss of any personal devices.
    8.7   Students who infringe rules of the usage of mobile phones and other personal electronic devices may have                their devices confiscated for one month(1st confiscation), one year(2nd confiscation) and upon                                graduation(3rd confiscation). Students may only collect their devices from the school's discipline                                mistress/master.

9. Unauthorised items
    Unauthorised items such as dangerous tools, weapons, any weapon-like item which is used or intended to be           used to cause harm to others, illegal substances, cigarettes or lighters found on any student, concealed or
    otherwise are not allowed.

    9.1   All such items will be confiscated permanently.
    9.2   Students in possession of such items are deemed to have committed a major offence.
    9.3   Disciplinary action will be taken accordingly to ensure the safety of the school community.

10. Major Offences 
      The School reserves the right to take actions deemed appropriate for the best interest of the students, staff,              school, and community at large. The School also reserves the right to review the School Rules and Code of              Conduct and make amendments where necessary.

    10.1  Consequences for these offences include: detention, caning and/or suspension from school,  a change in                 conduct rating, corrective work order, students’ work being awarded a zero mark (for test- and                                 examination-related offences) and counselling. These will be meted out on a case-by-case basis.

    10.2  Parent/Guardian-Teacher conferences will also be conducted as part of our efforts to partner with parents                  and guardians in the discipline and support of students.

    10.3  Students who have committed major offences will not be allowed to represent Unity Secondary School for                 any events. They will not be eligible for any awards, incentives and/ or go on overseas trips.


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Major Offences

The school takes a serious view of student committing major offences.
Major offences refer to but are not limited to those listed below.
The school reserves the right to regard any offences not listed as a major offence.

 

Attendance

Ø  Leaving school grounds without permission

Ø  Truancy from any school activity / event

Ø  Poor attendance in CCA

Ø  Wilful absenteeism (reflects poor attitude or defiance)

Ø  Frequent late coming for school and/or class

 

Theft / Damage of School Property

Ø  Theft

Ø  Vandalism

Ø  Arson

Ø  Failure to return library books or other school property upon deadline

 

Others

Ø  Assault/ Fighting

Ø  Gambling

Ø   Smoking / Substance abuse

Ø  Possession of unauthorised items

Ø  Gangsterism

Ø  Pornography

Misconduct

Ø  Cheating or copying in assessments / tests / examinations

Ø  Plagiarism

Ø  Forgery

Ø  Amending test mark / answer after return of paper

Ø  Open defiance and / or rudeness

Ø  Bullying / Cyber-bullying / Cyber-baiting

Ø  Repeatedly failing to meet curriculum expectations

Ø  Disruptive behaviour

Ø  Abuse of technology

Ø  Defamatory blog / Facebook, etc

Ø  Persistent late-coming and repeated offence (reflects poor attitude or defiance)

Ø  Non-compliance with  personal decorum

Ø  Non-adherence of Code of Conduct

Ø  Rash acts causing hurt to others

Ø  Any act that tarnishes image of school


The School reserves the right to review the School Rules and Code of Conduct and make amendments where necessary.

 



Discipline Referral Process

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