Internal Rulebook for Secondary School

SCHOOL REGULATIONS

Elected at the School Board on June 17, 2017

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

The school regulations determine the principles and rules for the general functioning of the school, according to the rules and instructions of the Agency for Education in the French Language Abroad (AEFE) and the French Ministry of Education, adapted to the specifics of the institution.

Enrollment in the school is conditioned by signing the registration form, which confirms that the signatory is familiar with all the terms and conditions of this regulation, with the conditions for paying the tuition fee and accepts these conditions.Enrollment will be considered final after the legal guardians have submitted the complete documentation required at the enrollment to the school secretariat, and not later than two months after the school has registered the enrollment.

 

 

  1. GENERAL RULES

 

The French School of Belgrade is an institution for directing, upbringing and educating children, its goal is to make them become independent and responsible individuals, within the values, principles and rules of AEFE and the French Ministry of Education.

French is the official language of the school. Students and employees are expected to speak French during the whole day in school. The rights and obligations of students are defined and implemented through respect for the principle of secularism (freedom from religious influence). The exercise of these rights, whether personal or collective, does not allow any propaganda or proselytism (an attempt to impose one’s religion, political opinions, etc.) must not endanger dignity, freedom, or violate other rights of members of the school community, nor must it endanger their health or safety. It is not permissible for publicly discriminating expression, action, wearing marks, especially if they relate to religion, nationality or gender.

Students exercise the rights listed in the legal documents, in particular the right to express, gather, associate, under the supervision of the principal and possibly with the approval of the School Board.

They are obliged to carry out their duties, to attend all classes, to do and hand in all the required homework or other types of tasks, to do all the tests and to take exams. They are also obliged to respect the general rules of conduct and all administrative instructions, which are not specified in this text. They are obliged to undergo a school systematic examination.

They are obliged to record every useful information and, without delay, submit to their families every document which the school sends.

Respect for others is expressed above all by constant kindness, solidarity, appropriate dressing and behavior. Of each student is required personal discipline, thus contributing to good living conditions and living and working together. Everyone is obliged to respect the common good and the environment. Discriminatory, racist, xenophobic or sexist remarks and behavior are not acceptable in the French school and they bring with them sanctions that can lead to definitive expulsion. Students commit themselves to self-discipline necessary for the well-being, respect and safety of each student.

 

  1. SAFETY

 

2.1 Safety: Entering school premises

The entry into the rooms of the lower grades of elementary school and kindergarten is strictly limited, it is allowed in special cases, if previously announced, exclusively to teaching staff.

 

2.1.1 Parents

It is required from parents to drive very carefully around the school for the safe movement of children. Whenever entering the rooms of upper grades of elementary and secondary school, parents are obliged to report to the Pedagogical Service (vie scolaire) – the Cuban building in advance. Entering the staff room and classrooms is strictly forbidden for parents.

 

 

 

2.1.2 Students

Students must always have with them their correspondence notebook (carnet de correspondance – it is a link between school and parents) which any of the employees can ask for. Students must strictly adhere to school rules and prohibitions.

 

2.2 Moving through the school, self-discipline

Moving through the school should be as quick and careful as possible, respecting the security of each individual. It is not allowed to stay in the corridors except on small breaks.

 

During a big break and a lunch break, students are obliged to leave the building. Students can leave the classroom only after the professor has allowed it, and with his/her escort. School bags must be arranged in front of the classrooms so as not to block the passage.

 

2.3 General safety

General safety is regulated by constant surveilance around and inside the school. Everyone is required to understand instructions and advice issued by the administration and to forward them to those to whom they are intended.

Also, each person should actively participate and give their maximum in preserving safety.

The presence of any suspicious person or object must be reported immediately.

 

 

  1. SCHOOL LIFE AND WORK

 

3.1 Use of mobile digital devices

The use of mobile digital devices (phones, smart watches, tablets …) is strictly prohibited in classrooms and during the classes. These devices must be turned off during each pedagogical activity (activités pédagogiques) unless their use is approved by a teacher or a professor. They can be used exclusively outside the school buildings, and beyond school activities.

 

3.2 Use of tobacco

Smoking is strictly forbidden in the school premises.

 

3.3 Musical instruments

The use of musical instruments is not permitted, except in the case of organized school activities in the cabinet for music, or in places reserved for breaks, with the approval of the pedagogical service (vie scolaire).

 

3.4 Cards and other social games

Playing cards and all other social games is not permitted, except in the places for the breaks determined by the pedagogical service, while playing games in money is strictly forbidden.

 

3.5. Students’ clothing

The way of dressing is an integral part of the upbringing and the clothing must be decent and tasteful, adapted to the weather (great heat and cold weather). Wearing a hood, cap or any type of head covering is strictly prohibited inside the school. Wearing shorts is allowed only during the classes of physical education. If a student does not follow the abovementioned rules, he/she may be denied access to classes and will be retained in the pedagogical service (vie scolaire) or in the secretariat. Legal guardians will be notified immediately of this in order to correct the error. Any repeated violations of these rules of conduct entails fines or sanctions.

 

3.6 Unauthorized photography

The applicable law protects the right to privacy; this law prohibits the recording and taking photos of people without their explicit consent, and the exploitation of images or videos. Applied to the work of school as an institution, this law prohibits anyone, student or employee, from being photographed or filmed (by camera or mobile device …), and in particular prohibits the use, broadcasting or spreading these images in any way (paper, digital devices, blog, website …) without the knowledge and consent of the person concerned. Those who violate this prohibition may be sanctioned, which can lead to a final expulsion by a decision of the Disciplinary Board, and then addressed to the competent judicial authorities.

 

3.7 Internet access

Parents, students and employees commit themselves to respect and sign the Basic IT Rules (see Annex 1) which are related to the Internet, network, and business emails.

Internet access is allowed only under certain conditions and/or if it is controlled by the school.

The legal rules relating to the use of the Internet and the sending of messages have for their aim to alert the user to respect them and to strengthen them in the prevention of illegal actions.

The user agrees to respect the basic values ​​of French education, the principles of religious, political and commercial neutrality (advertising is prohibited) and to use the services that are allowed in accordance with the law.

It is not desirable to use electronic messages as a form of communication between students and teachers. It is advisable to use the section “electronic classroom” (classe virtuelle) for this purpose on the school site.

 

3.8 Theft prevention

It is advisable for students not to bring large sums of money in the school or valuable items.

 

  1. COMMUNICATION, SCHOOL AND PEDAGOGICAL DOCUMENTATION

 

4.1 Communication between parents and teaching staff

Any form of communication between the parents and the teaching team is possible throughout the school year (parental meetings, open doors, individual meetings), except for two weeks prior to sessions of the class council (conseils de classe).

The correspondence notebook (carnet de correspondance), which students should always carry with them, is a link between the family and the teaching team. It contains the school regulations and all information necessary for monitoring the education of the child. Parents are required to check it regularly. Any notice of retention after classes or expulsion from classes will be sent to the family for signature and should be returned as soon as possible to the pedagogical service (vie scolaire). In addition, parents have access to an electronic register book where they can get all information regarding their child’s education (timetable, results, regular attendance in classes, discipline …) and should visit the site regularly.

In addition to parental meetings scheduled by the school, parents have the opportunity to meet with professors by scheduling a meeting (except for the last two weeks prior to sessions of the class council and during sessions) using the correspondence notebook.

Meetings between parents and professors may take place exclusively in school premises defined for that purpose by the pedagogical service (vie scolaire).

 

4.2 Students’ Electronic Register book (cahier de textes de l’eleve)

The electronic register book is an essential tool and a guide to schoolwork which allows students to plan their duties and parents to monitor the work of their children. Students should consult it and monitor it regularly. This does not relieve them of the obligation to regularly record what they have for homework in classes.

 

4.3 Internet section for work, electronic register book for monitoring school obligations and monitoring work:

Each student has a personal access to an online section for working on the school website: www.efb.rs. A personal approach involves a section of their own, a class electronic register book, and a section for communication with professors.

A class electronic register book, which describes the program and content of class pedagogical activities, is available to students and their parents on the site: www.efb.rs

The teaching team, pupils and their families can use this section as a guideline.

It is recommended for parents to follow it regularly together with their children.

Here, parents and students can see grades, absences, lates … (each student, each parent must have their own username and password for access). A regular input of grades is expected from the professors.

 

4.4 Three-month certificate

A quarterly certificate is an important official document that the family needs to save with utmost care. This document shows the grades, with the professors’ opinions and explanations about the work and the results of the students, and the absences. It represents official guidelines at the end of the third quarter.

It is given to the family at the open doors at the end of each quarter, except at the end of the third, when it is given to students.

Parents will be notified of this by an e-mail.

 

4.5 Forwarding information and administrative documents

Everyday information is transmitted through students. Additionally, it is recommended for families to check the school website regularly. Some information may be sent by an e-mail twice as a precaution. Notifications concerning the Parents’ Council will generally be bilingual (as far as possible); other notices will be exclusively in French.

Members of any official school body (School Council, Class Council, Disciplinary Board, etc.) must take into account the confidentiality of information exchange.

 

 

  1. ATTENDING CLASSES

 

5.1. The absences and delays

Attending classes is an essential condition for students’ success.

Frequent absences invoke the calling of students and their parents.

Any absence must be justified in the heading reserved for absences in the correspondence notebook (carnet de corespondance), the justification must be completed and signed by the parent or an authorized person. In order to be able to attend classes, the student must submit this justification to the pedagogical service (vie scolaire). Acceptance of reasons for absence from school is approved by the principal of the institution, who, in certain cases, may request additional explanation.

In the event of a planned absence, families are expected to notify the school timely in order to take appropriate measures.

Frequent, deliberate or unjustified absences can lead to the sanctioning of a student.

Accuracy is one of the most essential obligations.

Any student who comes late may be denied access to classes. Frequent delays are subject to disciplinary measures.

 

5.2 Absences from the test

A student who missed the day before the test or the classes preceding the test may be disabled from doing a test or the results of the test can be annulled.

A student who is absent from a test or an oral interrogation is obliged to accept an afterward evaluation, if the professor requires it, and under the conditions determined by the professor.

If a student does not justify his/her absence, or if the justification is not accepted by the principal of the institution, the student will be sanctioned.

Any work that a student does not hand in to a teacher after a test will be treated as if the student handed in a blank sheet and can be evaluated with the zero grade.

The number of completed tests will be entered in the quarterly certificate, in order to show the right value of the average grade.

 

 

  1. STUDENTS’ ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL AND THEIR LEAVING IT

 

6.1 Timetable from Monday to Saturday

Saturday afternoon applies only to students 1ère and Terminale (final grade of high school) when they have tests, or to possible penalty tasks – retenue.

The school is open from Monday to Friday from 07:45 to 18:20.

It is necessary to accurately respect the school timetable, which is shown in details in the table below:

 

MORNING AFTERNOON
07:45 – Opening of school  

Beginning of the class

 

End of the class

Beginning of the class End of the class
08:05 09:00 13:15 14:10
09:05 10:00 14:15 15:10
Big break: 10:00 – 10:20 Afternoon break: 15:10 – 15:20
10:20 11:15 15:20 16:15
11:20 12:15 16:20 17:15
Lunch break: 12:15 – 13:15 18:20 – Closing of the school (end of working day)

* It is advisable for students to come to school 10 minutes before classes (at 7:55)

 

6.2 Mandatory attendance

The attendance is mandatory at all classes scheduled by the timetable. Students are obliged to come to school before the start of the first class; they should stay there until the end of the morning lessons, after which, during the lunch break, they have to leave the school premises (which applies to students with an exit permit-externe), while those who have lunch in the canteen (demi-pensionnaires) leave the school after completing their afternoon classes. Students can stay in school before or after classes if they have additional or extra-curricular school activities. During classes and school breaks, students must not leave school under any circumstances, except in exceptional cases, with the approval of a school pedagogue (CPE).

 

6.3 Leaving the school for higher grades of elementary school (collège)

Students are obliged to stay in school between classes, too. Any unjustified absence will be treated as a serious offense.

In case of an unplanned absence of a professor, the students should wait for the next class in the room for work and stay (salle de permanence) in the “Cuba” building. If this absence occurs at the end of the morning classes or afternoon classes, students who have parents’ permission can go home. Others are obliged to stay.

In classes of physical education, students of higher grades of primary school go with their professor and they return with him/her.

 

6.4 Leaving school for high school students

Leaving school is allowed during breaks, lunch breaks or if students lose classes. In that case, the school is free from any responsibility. High school students come themselves to the place of a certain school activity and go home or elsewhere within the school. In this case, the student bears responsibility, in accordance with applicable regulations, for each teaching activity individually (physical education, preparation of graduation work – TPE, etc.).

 

6.5 Traffic and safety around the school

Families and students must be aware of issues related to security in the school environment. It is essential for everyone to do everything in their power to reduce the risk of unwanted consequences.

The school cannot be legally responsible for what is happening outside the school because it is not within its jurisdiction.

The moral responsibility of the school, of course, relates to security concerns in its immediate surroundings, as well as commitment to its improvement. It is moral responsibility that can lead to the punishment of students in the event of their unacceptable behavior in the immediate vicinity of the school.

 

6.6. Safety during extracurricular activities

Animators of extracurricular activities and students are obliged to respect the usual safety rules within extra-curricular activities, too.

Animators will receive the necessary phone numbers so that they can call responsible persons at any time, they will also receive information regarding a clinic or a doctor who is authorized to intervene urgently in case of need.

 

6.7 Break between 12:15 and 13:15:

Higher grades of primary school (collège): students who do not have the parents’ official permission (demi-pensionnaires) must in no case leave the school during the break from 12:15 to 13:15 – at the end of the morning classes or after lunch. Staying in classrooms and in school halls is prohibited (except with the special permission of the Pedagogical Service (vie scolaire) that can be issued in special circumstances), the exception is the room intended for student residence. Surveillance in this room is provided, but students are explicitly required to have self-discipline (decent behavior, maintaining room clean, not bothering others and not behaving in a way that will endanger their own or other students’ security). Any student’s failure to comply with these rules during a stay in a residence room may lead to a disciplinary punishment.

 

 

  1. PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

Physical education is subject to a special rulebook (see Annex 2).

The student comes with sports equipment in classes of physical education.

Students cannot be “liberated” from physical education. In the event of a problem, the professor should be notified through a correspondence notebook (carnet de correspondence) to enable the student to participate unfailingly in the class, adapted to his/her current state.

Adapting the class of physical education to the student due to medical reasons can only be achieved after the student has brought to the professor a medical certificate for the partial release from physical education (the copy is in the correspondence notebook), which should state whether it is a complete or partial release, and at what period of time.

 

 

  1. THE CENTER OF KNOWLEDGE AND CULTURE (abbreviated hereinafter – Library)

 

The library is available to students for pleasure reading and cultural upbringing, as well as individual or collective work and research.

The functioning of the Library is determined by the detailed internal rules (Annex 3) visibly displayed in the Library’s premises, and binding to all users in order to ensure unhindered work for the benefit of the whole community.

A place for reading, working, developing creativity and its encouraging, Library is not a place for spending a break and waiting between classes.

Also, the Library lets you borrow documents (books, DVDs, CDs, journals), and the borrowing mode is governed by a separate rulebook.

 

 

 

  1. PENALTIES AND DISCIPLINARY MEASURES

(In accordance with the text no: 2014-059 of 27/05/2014)

The main goal, prior to the application of disciplinary measures, whether it is a disciplinary measure imposed by the principal of the institution or disciplinary panel, is to give priority to preventive measures and dialogue.

Failure in the students’ behavior in most cases can be resolved in a direct dialogue between students and school staff.

The principal of the institution and the teaching staff (professors responsible in the pedagogical service-vie scolaire, administration) always act from the perspective of education and upbringing. Educational measures are introduced to develop student responsibility, to respect the rules of life in the community and the attitude towards school obligations. Also, as a form of disciplinary measure, students can be assigned a school companion (l’accompagnement scolaire) if there is a need for that.

The school will give priority to measures that encourage responsibility, alternative measures, conditional penalties, in order to improve student behavior.

Discipline in school is the responsibility of all employees, united by the care of respecting moral principles, values, rules and policies.

In the event of repeated failures in behavior or repeated serious offenses, the disciplinary panel may impose a measure of temporary exclusion of students – longer than eight days – or a measure of definitive exclusion.

This procedure remains the ultimate solution, priority is given to remedial measures and improvement, thanks to the role of the Disciplinary Board.

Intentional damage to property (such as scrawling and engraving tables) constitutes a serious offense involving punishing and/or bearing charges for the repair of damaged property.

Active or passiv copying as well as an attempt to copy or collaborate in it is contrary to the values ​​of the French education system and without exception is punished with a zero grade and a certain disciplinary measure. The Disciplinary Panel may be summoned for the most serious offenses. A mobile phone or any other electronic device that a student has on his/her desk during a written assignment may be considered an attempt to copy.

Expulsion from the class: a disciplinary measure justified in the event of behavior which endangers the normal flow of classes. The expulsion from the class should be an exception and the principal of the school institution must be notified in writing about it under the auspices of the school pedagogue/deputy administrator. Expulsion should be accompanied by at least one penalty. In this case, a student, accompanied by another student, goes into the pedagogical service where he/she brings a form with a declared punishment (billet de sanction), which is filled in and signed by the professor.

The professor is obliged to assign a task to the student while the student is expelled from the class.

 

9.1 School penalties

Before penalties are applied, it is advisable to notify parents of any unwanted behavior through the correspondence notebook.

Disciplinary measures are mainly related to minor violations of students’ obligations, interrupting a class and order at school. These measures can be imposed by members of the board, teaching staff, employees in pedagogical service (vie scolaire) and professors, as well as other members of the school community.

1 / Additional homework: the required work must be related to the lecture and may be assessed.

2 / Incident Report: it is made up by one of the teachers or employees in the pedagogical service in writing, and it is delivered to the family for signature.

3 / Penalty work – retention at school after classes: any additional penalty school work will be conducted outside the classes, according to the schedule determined by the pedagogical service. This additional work should not be longer than two hours. Postponing additional school work is possible only with a written request which the family delivers to the pedagogical service, but only if the school approves it.

 

9.2 Disciplinary measures

These measures relate to endangering people and destroying property, as well as to serious violations of students’ obligations. They are pronounced by the principal of the institution. Each disciplinary measure is written into the student’s file.

1) A note: it is signed by the principal of the institution, it is delivered to the family.

2) Reprimand: it is signed by the principal of the institution, it is delivered to the family.

3) The measure of taking responsibility: its aim is to enable the student to show willingness to think carefully about his/her actions towards his/her victim and the school community. Namely, it is about encouraging students to participate voluntarily, out of classes, in actions of solidarity, cultural actions and various trainings or perform tasks of educational character.

4) Temporary expulsion from classes: it must not be for more than eight days, either on probation or not. This measure is pronounced by the principal of the institution and it is delivered to the family. The student is allowed to access the school.

5) Temporary expulsion from the school or canteen: it must not be for more than eight days in order not to jeopardize further education of students, regardless of whether the measure is pronounced by the principal of the institution or disciplinary board.

6) Definitive expulsion from the school or canteen: this measure can be pronounced solely by the disciplinary board.

 

The method of implementing disciplinary measures

All disciplinary measures may be instantly enforced or suspended, but their execution may not exceed the school year in which the incident occurred. Only the institution determining the disciplinary measure can pronounce it conditional or not.

 

 

9.3 Disciplinary bodies

1 / Disciplinary Panel (advisory body whose composition is determined by the School Board): the principal of the institution can convene it without delay. As a regulatory body, it contributes to the clarification of individual cases and makes it easier for the principal of the institution to make decisions about them. This panel should be consulted in as many cases as possible.

2 / Disciplinary Board: The Disciplinary Board is convened at the request of the administrator or if he/she is prevented, at the request of one of his/her assistants. The administrator convenes the members of the disciplinary board at the earliest seven days prior to the scheduled date for the decision. Documents relating to the examination of the event should be submitted to the school as soon as possible and made available to the adult student, to the family of the minor student or their representatives. The composition and functioning of the disciplinary board are determined by applicable regulations. The Disciplinary Board has a regulatory role and decides on all penalties pronounced by the internal rules, including definitive expulsion,too.

In case of need, the school administrator or his/her representative can preventively remove the student from school and deliver him/her to his/her family in anticipation of the final decision of the administrator or disciplinary board.