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THE GUAMANÍ PRIVATE SCHOOL
The Guamaní Private School is a privately owned institution, and, therefore, enrollment and/or registration by the parents or legal guardians signifies their support and approval of all academic, administrative, and student policies adopted by the school. The Guamaní Private School’s acceptance of a student applies only for the academic year in which the child is enrolled. The school in no way guarantees the continued re-enrollment for future years. The Guamaní Private School, as a privately owned educational institution, is entitled and reserves the right to determine the composition of its student body.
Licensed by the Puerto Rico General Council of Education and
Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Accredited by Advanc Ed
Member of the Private School Association of Puerto Rico
Member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals
Member of the National Honor Society
Dear Students:
Welcome to Guamaní School, home of the “Mighty Taínos”. Ours is a proud school. “Enter to learn; go forth to serve.” Many opportunities are available here to develop your interests and abilities if you will apply yourselves. The most important people in your lives during school will be your parents and teachers. Listen to them; they deserve your respect. Our faculty, highly competent and professional, is looking forward to working with each of you and assisting you in every educational adventure.
Read this booklet carefully now. Don’t wait! Be sure you and your parents read it. Be sure you understand everything in it. If you have any questions about anything, see your teachers, guidance counselor, Principal or the faculty members. They will be happy to answer your questions. This booklet has been prepared to tell you about our school. You will find the rules and regulations that govern our lives here at Guamaní School and make it possible for all of us to live, learn, work, and have fun together.
Make your years in Guamaní School the most productive you have had. The decisions you make today will determine the life you live tomorrow. You have the power to determine your successes or failures. Good citizenship and honest endeavor to learn, cooperative attitude with classmates and teachers, punctuality and thoroughness are some of the factors necessary for your success here and in life.
The past and present students and our teachers and administrators are who made what Guamaní School is today. Guamaní School will be whatever you make it today. Be proud of it. Take good care of it. Make this quotation from Abraham Lincoln your motto: “I will study and get ready, and some day my chance will come.”
Sincerely yours,
Eduardo Delgado
Director
THE GUAMANÍ PRIVATE SCHOOL MISSION AND BELIEFS
The Guamaní Private School is a private non-profit, co-educational, non-sectarian school committed in offering an English-based academic program geared in “preparing our students in English based curriculum for higher education and forming knowledgeable and responsible individuals for today’s changing society.”
School Beliefs
1. Every student is a unique person that can learn in different ways, has both an intrinsic and extrinsic worth and a great potential to develop.
2. The right to make one’s own choice carries with it corresponding responsibility.
3. Self-esteem is necessary to promote mutual respect, trust and empathy; likewise, mutual respect and trust empower individual self-esteem.
4. The encouragement to explore and to accept both failure and success is necessary for personal growth.
5. Effective educators understand that students have different needs, abilities and aspirations.
6. Teachers, administrators, parents, and the community share in the responsibility for shaping student’s values.
7. Freedom of thought in a supportive environment is an essential element for human creativity and growth.
8. Excellence in education is enhanced through both internal and external evaluation.
9. A diversified faculty consisting of both Puerto Rican and United States teachers will increase and enrich the school’s community understanding of people and culture.
10. Teaching our students in English as their second language will aid them in functioning in a fast growing multi and bi-cultural society in present day Puerto Rico and abroad.
11. Classes of smaller size, particular in the lower grades (1-6), result in an optimum learning environment
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Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy
The Guamaní Private School is a self-supporting, non-profit, co-educational day school owned and operated by the Guamaní Schools, Inc. The Guamaní Private School admits students of any race, color or national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies and athletic and other school administered programs.
Our curriculum is English-based, as it is our primary language of instruction. Guamaní Private School serves children with average to gifted academic ability. The school seeks students who thrive in a challenging academic environment. The school seeks an appropriate mix of backgrounds in each class. The school encourages applications from families of all income levels.
THE HISTORY OF GUAMANÍ SCHOOLS, INC.
When the Central Aguirre Sugar Company was established, several employees from the United States mainland were hired. At that time, there was no school in Aguirre. So, at the request of those families, the Company established the Aguirre Private School, grades one through eight in January 1914. It started with 15 students in a wooden house. By 1959, it was fully accredited by the Puerto Rico Department of Instruction.
As more industry and professionals came to the Guayama area, the demand for an English-speaking school increased. By 1962, three more buildings had been added. These buildings were not designed for school usage and caused some inconveniences and problems as a result. In 1971, the Puerto Rico Land Authority acquired the Central Aguirre Sugar Company, and, of course, they were not going to operate a private school. It was at this time in the school’s history that Fibers International and other Guayama-based industries began managing the school. As the school grew, the local professionals of Guayama sought to have their children in the school. So, in 1971, Guamaní Schools, Inc. was formed to operate the Aguirre School. Its main task was to administer the school and support it financially by coordinating with companies such as Fibers International, Phillips Puerto Rico Core, Inc., Industrial Control of Puerto Rico, SK&F Laboratory, and others for yearly donations. The demand for quality English education continued growing on the part of the industrial executives, both Continental and Puerto Rican, and the professional residents of Guayama. However, the Aguirre Private School, operated by Guamaní Schools Inc., was located in Aguirre. This posed a great inconvenience to the families whose children attended the school, the majority of whom were from Guayama. There was a strong reluctance to continue bearing the burden of this inconvenience and lack of extra-curricular activities due to the school being located in Aguirre. It was thus with strong community support that the Aguirre Private School was relocated to Guayama in 1983 and became The Guamaní Private School.
ADMINISTRATION
ADMINISTRATION – The administrative organization of Guamani Private School is composed of the following: Administrator, Director, Principals, and various faculty members. However, final authority in all matters in the operation and administration of the school is vested in the Board of Trustees who may at any time veto, revoke, or change any decisions of the rest of the administration.
DIRECTOR – The Director is the chief administrator of the school. He is responsible for the daily administration of the budget, facilities, licensing, accreditation, recruiting teachers, marketing the school program and services, curriculum, academic, faculty and student-related aspects of the entire school.
ADMINISTRATOR – The administrator of the school is the executive officer who assist the Director in the financial affairs, manages the concessionaires accounts payable and receivable and is responsible for the daily economical business and management of the school pertaining to the income.
PRINCIPALS – Each assists the Director in administering and implementing the educational program of the school including faculty management, curriculum development, student and parent management and school-community relations of the division of the school for which she is responsible.
ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF – The administrative staff is made up of the Executive Administrator, Director, and the Principals. The Director, Executive Administrator and the Principals are the major executive officers of the school and have the corresponding authority over teachers, students, and other faculty members.
COUNSELING SERVICE – The goal of the counseling department is to meet the needs of the students in the recognizing their potentials and limitations in all areas of growth, as well as to aid them in developing a self-understanding and their educational plans.
GUAMANÍ SCHOOL EMBLEM
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The Guamaní School emblem is represented by a shield which symbolizes our commitment in preserving the tradition of the school since its foundation in Aguirre, an English based school dedicated to academic excellence in a quality school environment.
Above the shield is the lamp of wisdom. The lamp symbolizes the learning we acquire by everyday experiences, love, and endurance. The year 1914 marks the beginning of the Aguirre/Guamaní School.
At the top left interior of the shield is the crown which represents England and its legacy to us, the Guamaní School’s language of instruction.
Our handshake is below the crown which represents our good citizenship in fostering and promoting responsibility to ourselves and others in school and in our community.
At the top right side is the book which reminds us that we study to attain knowledge so that we may serve mankind in our future professions.
Below the book are the winged athletic feet, which symbolize our determination to fortify our bodies, live healthy and wholesome lives, and practice good sportsmanship in recreation and sports.
Finally, is the Taíno Indian standing proud beside the shield symbolizing our heritage, background, and culture.
Guamaní School students wear this emblem with pride and carry it close to their hearts, for it represents the commitment of living up to the ideals of the Guamaní Private School.
COLORS OF GPS
The Guamaní Private School colors are purple and orange. Together these colors symbolize the Guamaní School students’ respect for one another and their adherence to the goals of our school.
GRADUATION RING
The Guamaní School graduation ring has a unique design approved by the Board of Trustees and the administrative staff. The ring on one side bears the G.P.S. emblem. On the other side is engraved the graduating class emblem, approved by the Director. The type of stone on top of the ring is chosen by the student. No student shall wear this ring unless he is a graduate of G.P.S. The design shall not be copied, altered, or substituted by another design. The ring and the school’s emblem are protected under the laws of copyright of the state of Puerto Rico. There is only one ring type and design for all seniors’ class members.
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PARENTS COMMITMENT AND RESPOSIBILITIES
As a parent, I fully agree with and commit to the following:
1. I understand that my child’s future in the school depends on me; therefore:
a. I will make sure that my child, reads, obeys and follows all the rules and regulations within the handbook. b. I am aware that failure to do so can result in detention, suspension or expulsion. c. I will be a role model for my child as I follow the rules, codes, policies and procedures established by the school. 2. I will ensure my child follows the school rules, codes, policies and procedures so as to protect the safety, interests and rights of all individuals in the classroom. 3. I will adhere to Guamaní Private School attendance policies ensuring the academic success of my child.
4. I will make sure my child arrives at school fifteen (15) minutes before the start of each school day and remains in at school until the conclusion of the school day. 5. I will make arrangements so my child can be at school before or after the school day for tutoring, detention or other after school programs when required or needed. 6. I will require my child to complete all assignments or read with my primary grade child every night, if applicable. 7. I will communicate respectfully with faculty and staff, verbally and physically. 8. I will encourage my child to communicate respectfully with faculty and staff, verbalyl and physically. 9. I will read all bulletins and news on the school’s webpage and communications the school sends home and sign if necessary and return the next day. 10. I will participate in all meetings and conferences concerning my child. 11. I will support the academic expectations and curricular programs of the school. 12. I will pick my child up from school on time or accept the consequences or penalties. 13. I understand daily attendance is essential to student success and will accept the consequences or penalties. 14. I will notify the school if my child is unable to attend school. 15. I will make sure that my child understands and obeys the Anti-Bullying and Anti-Harassment Policies, as well as that my child can be subject to interviews and protocol enforcement regarding those policies. 16. I understand that I cannot contact my child or the teacher and/or enter the classroom, cafeteria or playgrounds without a proper permission; that I will make contact first with the school authorities; and that I will follow visitor’s dress code when visiting the school. 17. I will make sure my child brings to school only the materials and/or equipment allowed by the school. I understand that the school authorities can and will impound any prohibited item until I show up. 18. I understand that I must provide my child at home a tablet or a laptop or a desktop computer with access to the internet for completion of homework tasks of the educational program for which I accept. 19. I will replace or pay for any property damage, demolition or destruction caused by my child. 20. I understand that the school is not responsible for any vehicle damage and/or theft or articles left inside a vehicle. 21. I will not engaged, create, support or follow any false accusation and/or expressions with or without the intention to interfere, torment, cause or provoke shame, offend or that can cause trouble of any kind in the mood or spirit of a student, teacher, staff, authority or school personnel, via newspaper, radio, banner, sign, internet pages, any social media like, but not limited to, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Kik, WhatsApp, Google, Pinterest, Skype, Vimeo, Hangouts or similar media. I understand that by doing so, can and will result in immediate cause for my child’s expulsion. 22. I understand and will make sure that my child understands that the school forbids: smoking; carry or consume alcoholic beverages; controlled substances; bear arms, guns, weapons, or firearms (real or simulated), within the school premises. Failure to adhere to these commitments may cause my child to lose privileges and may lead to my child’s detention, suspension or expulsion from Guamaní Private School.
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OUR EDUCATIONAL ROGRAM
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS- Our curriculum is English-based, as it is our primary language of instruction. Guamaní Private School serves children with average to gifted academic ability. The school seeks students who thrive in a challenging academic environment. The school seeks an appropriate mix of backgrounds in each class. The school encourages applications from families of all income levels.
In order for students to fully take advantage of the academic program as well as to keep abreast with grades, activities, news, and special announcements, grades, it is required to have internet connection at home. Parents also with their own entry code can access their child’s progress at school and be rapidly informed of school news. The site is:
www.guamani.com
Admission is based on the following:
• a personal interview with the applicant and one or both parents
• results of a standardized entrance exam
• previous school records and teacher and director and or principal’s recommendation
Admission – Every person who desires to enroll in GPS for the coming year is a “candidate for admission,” whether or not he is presently enrolled at Guamaní Private School.
For newly applicants:
The first step in the admission process is that the parents of the applicant must pick up a copy of the application at the administration office or return it via email. The application is available in our school’s website. Normally the admission test is given the day after the application has been submitted to the registrar’s office and parents will be informed of the admission decision the day after the test. The administration office will inform the applicant parents the results of the.
Once accepted, a student cannot be considered enrolled until his parents pay the registration fee and return a copy of his admission letter signed by them and thereby acknowledging the conditions of his admission.
The determination of acceptance and/or enrollment is based upon the following principles:
1. As previously indicated, Guamaní Private School, as a private educational institution, reserves the right to determine the composition of its student body.
2. Complying with the above application process does not guarantee acceptance for enrollment.
3. Candidates are informed of the decision of the Administration with respect of their acceptance by Guamaní Private School by means of a letter from the office of the Director. Candidates who are accepted by GPS are to matriculate the next day after receiving
the letter of acceptance. Matriculation is completed by presenting in the office the forms required and by payment of the necessary fees.
4. Candidates who are placed on the waiting list may contact the school at their convenience for further details.
5. All acceptances shall be regarded as conditional pending the final reports of the candidate from his previous school and the successful completion of any required summer studies.
6. The understanding and acceptance of, and willingness and ability to comply with, the philosophy, standards, and rules of GPS as stated clearly in this handbook and other official school publications or documents.
7. All new students will be on academic/disciplinary probation for the first semester of the school year in which the student has been enrolled.
8. Guamaní School reserves it’s right to grant or not the admission or re-enrollment of any student whose conduct does not meet the criteria as stated above and/or if the school does not meet the aspiring students’ special educational needs.
9. Any sibling must apply for enrollment in the same manner as all other students. Admission of a sibling does not guarantee the admission of another.
Once an applicant has been informed of his or her admission, thee following must be completed before final admission:
A. Registration form signed with payment in full must be submitted.
B. Completer and return the following documents with the registration form
a. Parents commitment to adhere to school’s policies contract signed.
b. The GPS official health form,
c. A current P-VAC-3 vaccination form
d. A copy of one’s birth certificate.
e. A copy of the student’s transcripts must be provided for the current school year as well as for the previous year
f. A brief letter, note, or form from the principal or director of the student’s current school indicating the student’s record of behavior
g. Schedule and have an interview with the principal of the division of the school to which the student is applying. An interview cannot take place if the student has not taken the admission test and if the parents have not submitted, or are not prepared to submit at the time of the interview, the student’s transcripts.
Early application for admission – Early application for admission is offered to students presently enrolled at GPS during the second or last week of February. The February application is PROVISIONAL depending on end of the year
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evaluation, when each student’s record is discussed by the Faculty and Administration.
The criteria used by the faculty and administration in the end-of-year evaluation are the following:
1. The overall behavior pattern of the student during the past academic year.
2. The attitude of the student toward GPS and school work.
3. Grades and overall scholarship pattern.
Those students not recommended by the faculty and administration will not be admitted to GPS for the following year. In such cases, the registration fee will be refunded.
REGISTRATION FEE
The Registration fee and all the other applicable fees are to be paid at the time of registration and are non-refundable once the candidate is accepted. In the event a student withdraws from enrollment and then returns for admission, the student must register again and pay the registration fee. Registration is discounted 25% for new students enrolling for the first time during the second semester.
PAYMENT DUE DATE AND LATE FEE CHARGE
– TUITION INSTALLMENT PAYMENTS ARE DUE THE FIRST OF EACH MONTH
– A LATE FEE CHARGE OF $20.00 WILL BE APPLIED TO TUITION PAYMENTS MADE AFTER THE 5TH DAY OF THE MONTH
✓ Students with more than two months in arrears shall not be permitted to return to school until account is paid in full.
✓ Students with accounts pending shall not be permitted to return to school after December 10 and/or May 10, nor will such students be allowed to take semester exams or receive transcripts or any other documents until their accounts are fully cleared.
✓ No deduction shall be made from tuition payments if the student leaves before the school year ends. This payment is non-transferable.
✓ No deduction shall be made for absences or withdrawals of a student within a payment period.
OTHER NORMS PERTAINING TO REGISTRATION AND TUITION
1. Workbooks, locker rental and supplies must be paid for at time of purchase. All students must purchase the GPS official school agenda.
2. The school reserves the right to determine the grade in which the student will be enrolled.
3. Tuition is a yearly fee paid in 10 equal monthly installments.
4. No deductions are made from tuition due to absences or school closing due to weather conditions or emergencies.
ATTENDANCE POLICIES
Attendance – Students are expected to be in school and on time on all days when school is in session. Parents are responsible for the attendance of their children at school. Excused absence from school is allowed for reasons of sickness or family emergency. PARENTS ARE NOT TO SCHEDULE VACATIONS, EXTENDED WEEKEND TRIPS, ETC., FOR THEIR CHILDREN WHICH CONFLICT WITH CLASS DAYS OR EXAMINATION DAYS, ESPECIALLY FINAL EXAMS. Parents should not request authorization from the Administration to excuse their children from school for these trips. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain from his parents or guardians a note explaining his absence and present it to his homeroom teacher the day he returns to school. Any student who fails to present such a note on the day he returns to school following an absence will receive a detention.
Upon the fifth absent of any type, the parent or guardian must make personal contact with the principal. Upon the ninth absence of any type, parents will be notified and an attendance review meeting will be held with the counselor and the principal. A student who has not attended classes 80 percent of the time for the semester becomes ineligible for continued enrollment.
School Hours
Mornings
1. The exact time that morning homeroom begins for all grades vary from year to year; however, the campus is open for students to enter daily by 7:30 a.m.
Afternoons
1. The exact afternoon dismissal times for each grade likewise vary from year to year. Nevertheless, all students cease to be the responsibility of GPS upon dismissal after end-of-the-day homeroom.
2. The school is not responsible for any student who leaves the campus before the first bell in the morning. Once the student enters the campus, it is the responsibility of the student to remain on campus.
3. All students are expected to leave campus immediately upon being dismissed, unless given permission to remain with a member of the faculty or administration in order to participate in a school-sponsored activity or program.
4. Parents and guardians wait outside the premises when students are exiting the school at dismissal hour.
Tardiness – Any student who arrives tardy to school or late to any class without an excuse may serve detention until the next class to avoid class interruptions.
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Any student who fails to attend detention when detention has been issued for tardiness will serve an additional detention. If the student fails to attend detention for the extra day added, the student will be suspended for one day.
After 8:00, gates entering school will be locked. Therefore, any student arriving after the morning bell must report to the administration offices in the East Building for an admission slip. Students with a written excuse from home will be issued an excused admit pass. Students with a record of repetitious written excuses can be denied an excused admit pass.
To address the inconvenience, difficulty, transportation and safety issues for students of the elementary level to serve detention after school, the elementary school principal makes necessary arraignments for the students who arrive late to serve detention during lunch period without depriving them from eating lunch. A student who arrives after 10:30 a.m. will be considered ½ day absent. A student who has perfect attendance but has been late to school 5 (five) times or more during the school year, cannot be eligible for a Perfect Attendance Award.
Students are to be in their rooms for homeroom periods and each class period when the bell rings. If a student is detained at any time by a teacher, that student should request a pass from the teacher. Otherwise, it will be considered unexcused, and the student will receive a detention or probation. Also, repeated tardiness to school or to a particular class will result in detention or probation.
Absences – Repeated absence to school or to a class will result in detention or probation.
Absences for Tests
1. A student who is absent is responsible to bring a written excuse and present it to each teacher. The teacher will sign it. When absent to a test a student is to take the test the day he/she returns. If the student brings the excuse he/she will receive the test; students without an excuse will receive a minus ten points of the grade. An unauthorized absence entails a 10 point deduction from the examination grade.
2. A student might need to be absent more than two consecutive days; if so, the student is responsible to make up all school work to have a grade. A MEDICAL EXCUSE IS ALWAYS NEEDED WHEN RETURNING TO SCHOOL
Absences for Semester Final Exams and Partial Tests
1. If the absence is due to sickness, the student must present an excuse from his doctor on the doctor’s letterhead.
2. Absences from a partial test must be supported with a medical certification. Doctor appointments, trips or personal vacations must not be scheduled during partial or final examinations.
Make-Up Work – Students are required to make up all work missed due to absence. Students have one school day to make up work for each day they are absent. (A student who was absent three days would have three school days, including his or her first day back at school, to complete all missed assignments.) It is the student’s responsibility, not the teacher’s, to obtain makeup work. Any parent who wants to pick up work on the day a student is absent may call the school office. Parents who want to pick up work by noon should call before 9:00A.M. Parents who will pick up work after school should call before noon.
SICKNESS SITUATION, EMERGENCIES AND MEDICATIONS
Sickness and/or Emergencies – The principal’s office is on hand to assist sick students and/or emergencies in contacting their families and arranging for them to leave if the circumstances so warrant. NO STUDENT, SICK OR OTHERWISE, SHOULD TAKE IT UPON HIMSELF TO LEAVE SCHOOL GROUNDS OR CONTACT HIS PARENTS THROUGH HIS PERSONAL CELLULAR PHONE, ONCE HE HAS ARRIVED WITHOUT FIRST REPORTING TO THE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE AND RECEIVING PERMISSION. Parents will be notified through the Principal’s office.
Medication at School
If your child must take medication during school hours, the following policy must be followed:1
Medication to be given in school must have:
• Written order from child’s physician
• Child’s full name on the original container
• Name of drug and dosage
• Time to be given
• Physician’s name
• Parental/Guardian completion of required form (Medical Management Plan)
Medical guidelines:
• Medication will be taken by child at designated time and supervised by authorized personnel.
• Limited quantities of any medication should be kept at school.
• All medication administered at school will be stored in a locked cabinet.
• Parents must notify school if the drug is to be discontinued.
• If the medication dosage or times are changed it should be informed immediately to the school. A new order must be received before it can be administered.
• If the child is given a new medication, a first dose should be given at home. In that way parents can monitor its effect on the child.
1 No aspirin or other over-the-counter medication will be administered unless the all provisions and/or guidelines are complied with.
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• New written permission from the physician and parent must be received annually for students on medication.
• It is the responsibility of the student, not school personnel, to get his/her medication at the designated time.
• Parents will personally bring the medication. Do not send medication with the child.
DO NOT PUT MEDICATION IN THE LUNCH BOX, BOOK BAG, PURSE OR ELSE.
ACCIDENTS – All accidents should be reported immediately to the appropriate Principal’s Office. Parents will be notified by phone when an accident in school has occurred. If necessary the principal may make arrangements to have your child taken to the emergency ward Santa Rosa Hopsital.
Accident Insurance – All students are covered by a school insurance for any accident which may occur in school or while they are in transit to or from school or during related activities.
TRAFFIC – There are two entrances and exits to and from school which alleviates traffic congestion. With parents cooperation, traffic congestion can be minimized at the time when parents are dropping off children and during the afternoon at the time when they are picking them up again. It is therefore necessary that as little time as possible be expended on these operations. We ask parents to please leave and pick up their children in the drop off pick up areas of the school and leave promptly.
Parents on school grounds must leave the premises by the time morning homeroom begins and should not normally return until afternoon dismissal.
CLOSED CAMPUS – GPS maintains a closed campus. Students may not leave the campus at any time without the proper authorization. Once a student enters the campus in the morning, he may not leave again for any reason without the proper authorization. Parents who want to take their children out of school during regular school hours should report to the administration in the East Building to sign out their children. Students not returning to their class directly after lunch will be counted absent or tardy.
AUTHORIZATION TO LEAVE SCHOOL – Authorization to leave school for medical or personal reasons may be granted to the student under the following procedures:
1. The parents must sign at the school’ administration office a PERMIT TO LEAVE CAMPUS form.
2. Present form to the gate guard.
From time to time, the school understands that students will need to leave school early for medical appointments. Students may leave school for this purpose, provided that they leave with the proper authorization. Therefore, due to the class interruptions this creates, no student will be allowed to leave school shortly before dismissal hour. In the event, there’s an emergency for the student to leave school, the parent must report to the administration office and seek for proper authorization.
Authorization to leave school may be granted to high school students with a written letter from the parents stating time to leave, place going and include a statement of accepting full responsibility for their child while out of school.
LEAVING CAMPUS – Once a student enters the campus in the morning, he may not leave again without the permission of the Administration until end-of-the-day dismissal. Students may not leave campus to buy from the trucks on the roads to school during school hours and activities. The school is not responsible for students who are not in the school campus. Parents accept full responsibility for their child while out of school unless the student is participating in a school’s authorized field trip. Any planning or carrying out leaving the campus without such authorization will result in suspension or expulsion.
GOING HOME PROMPTLY – Students should leave the premises of the school once dismissed after school unless otherwise directed by a teacher or principal or participating in an extracurricular school activity. Parents or guardians picking up their children after school shall not enter the school premises. Students are escorted to the exit of the school and their parents shall pick up their child at the drop off pick up areas.
WITHDRAWALS – When withdrawing a student from enrollment the following procedure must be followed:
1. The parents are to fill out a withdrawal form available at the office.
2. A transcript is sent to the student’s new school upon request from the parents or that school.
3. If a student in grade 9 through 12 leaves before the end of the school year, he will not receive credit for subjects, but will receive grades at withdrawal time.
No transcript is sent out unless all financial accounts are settled with the Business Office and the above form has been received by the Director.
UPON THE WITHDRAWAL OF A STUDENT, NO DEDUCTION OR REFUND OF ANY PAYMENT WILL BE MADE.
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COMPULSORY SCHOOL MATERIAL – In addition, to the materials that teachers may require from the students which may include, notebooks, pencils, scissors, ruler, glue, and dictionaries, among others, every student must have the prescribed licenses for the digital learning resource, text books and workbooks when applicable for each subject and the official GPS’s agenda in grades 1-6. And a lap top or tablet for school in grades 1 to 6.
Use of Prescribed Learning Workbooks – GPS educational program is not dictated or guided by textbooks and /or workbooks. These are merely supplementary resources to support instruction based by the curriculum of the subject. Therefore, not necessarily all pages in a book or a workbook need to be covered. Textbook and workbook pages that are covered adhere to the subject’s curriculum adopted by GPS.
Students when choosing an elective in grades 10-12, will be required to purchase the learning resources and or the materials necessary for the elective chosen when applicable.
TEXTBOOKS – Textbooks where used are loaned to the students to use in the classroom and remain in the classroom. This is one of the reasons it is imperative that the student acquires the online access to the textbook to use at home.
Method of Adopting New Textbooks and Other Learning Materials
It is customary for GPS to revise the use of learning textbooks every 5 years for each of the core subjects. GPS does not have any contract with a book distributing company. GPS manages it own sales at school. However, text books are not sold. Textbooks are loaned to the student and remained in the classroom. Work books are sold for only those subjects where they are required. Parents are required to provide for their children at home internet access so that their child can have access at home to the textbook. The school will provide the access code with a fee but significantly less than the cost of textbook. All materials including textbooks for electives must be provided by the students at the distributor of their choice. DACO law regarding the sales of textbooks is available for parents to review in the school’s library and in the school’s webpage.
Care of Books
Each student must have his name written in each of his books. The responsibility for a lost, misplaced, or stolen book is the student’s, and he must pay for the value of the book within 48 hours. Books are to be kept in good condition. Any interference with books of another student is considered a serious offense. Elicit content (sexual content or pornography); covering the textbooks, workbook, notebooks or any other material in school is prohibited. NO BOOKS WILL BE ACCEPTED NOR MAY THEY BE USED THE FOLLOWING YEAR BY ANY STUDENT IF ANSWERS ARE WRITTEN IN THEM.
Reading Textbook Loan
The ReadingTextbook in grades 3 to 6 are loaned to the students. The clear adhesive protection shall not be removed, defaced or damaged. Students are responsible for lost or damaged books and shall pay for lost or damaged books. (See page 13 Care of Books). The amount charged for lost or damaged textbooks will be according to the current value of the book (publisher’s price plus shipping and handling).
ACADEMIC PROGRAM
CURRICULUM IN ALL GRADES, Pre K THROUGH 12, classes are taught in ENGLISH.
(Exceptions to this include the daily Spanish classes. Also, when deemed necessary due to contingencies beyond the control of the administration of the school, other classes may be taught in Spanish.)
Grades Pre K to 6 – A solid foundation is stressed in the basic subjects of Reading, English, Phonics, Spelling, Spanish, Arithmetic, Science, and Social Studies. Physical Education is also required, as well as Penmanship (1-6). Formal instruction in Computer is also offered.
Grades 7 to 8 – Emphasis on good character and sound habits is continued, with encouragement of independent and critical thinking. The basics continue to be stressed, including math, science, P.R. History social studies, geography, and Spanish and English grammar and literature.
Grade 9 – English literature and grammar, Spanish literature and grammar, Algebra I, Physical Science, World History I, and Physical Education/Health form the basic requirements.
Grade 10 – English literature and grammar, Spanish literature and grammar, Geometry, World History II, Biology, and an elective form the basic requirements.
Grade 11- English literature and grammar, Spanish literature and grammar, Algebra II, American History, Chemistry, and an elective form the basic requirements.
Grade 12 – English literature and grammar, Spanish literature and grammar, Puerto Rico History, Calculus, Pre-calculus, and an elective form the basic requirements.
Electives in grades 10-12 – Vary from year to year but typically include Accounting, Computer Science, Science Investigation, Environmental Science, Government and Civics, Physics, Creative Writing, Psychology, CPR and First Aid, Communications and Mass Media, Acting, Journalism, Sociology and French.
Guamaní Private School educational program seeks to challenge the student in a rigorous college prep curriculum, Based by this principle it is compulsory for students who take the advanced course of Calculus to take Physics in the 12th grade.
NOTE: Students who are in the accelerated honors math program may take Calculus in their senior year, thus graduating with 24 credits. All students, except seniors,
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must be enrolled in a course for every class hour of the day. It should be noted that Guamaní Private School has the right to alter its academic program in its offerings at any given time including minimum credits for graduation.
Graduation Credit Requirements
A Minimum of Twenty-Three Credits are required for Graduation
English …………………………….. : 4 credits
Spanish …………………………….. : 4 credits
Mathematics ……………………… : 4 credits
(Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II , Pre-calculus and, for those in
the accelerated math group, Calculus)
Science ……………………………… :3 credits
(Must include Physical Science, Biology, and Chemistry)
Social Studies ……………………. : 4 credits
(Must include World History I and II, American History, and
Puerto Rico History.)
Electives …………………………… :3 credits
One of which must be P.E./Health (see GRADING SYSTEM)
and:
– Community Service: 1 credit for Physics students only. Community service includes 30 hours of service to an assigned area for 1 year in 12th grade.
– Life Skills ½ credit: To be completed during senior year only.
– Proceso Electoral ½ credit
✓ Completion of Community Service, Life Skills and Proceso Electoral are requisites for graduation.
✓ In order to graduate, a senior must successfully complete all required courses and meet the credit requirements.
✓ When deemed necessary, GPS reserves the right to discontinue any course or program that is presently being offered.
GRADING SYSTEM
LOWER SCHOOL ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
I. Grades K-6
A. Any student who earns below 60% in two or more classes for the year must be withdrawn from Guamaní Private School or, with the approval of the principal, repeat the school year.
II. Grades 4-6
A. To pass each class, a minimum average of 60% in each subject must be earned for the year. This average for each subject for the year is determined by adding the averages of all four quarters together and dividing by four.
B. A student who fails to earn a minimum of 60% for the year in any subject must change his average for the year to a passing grade by repeating and passing the course in summer school. After passing the course in summer school, the grade obtained in summer school will be added to the average for the year and divided by two in order to
obtain the student’s new average for the year in that subject. This new subject average must be equal to or greater than 60% in order for the student to be eligible to return to Guamaní Private School for the next school year.
C. Students may repeat no more than two classes during the summer. In order to receive credit for a class taken during the summer, the course must be taken in Guamaní Private School’s summer school program. A student wishing to receive credit for summer classes taken at any other school must request acceptance of credits beforehand from either his principal or the director.
D.In order to begin each school year, students in grades four and five must have cumulative grade point averages (G.P.A.) of at least 1.5. Therefore, if a student has a cumulative G.P.A. of below 1.5, yet has passed all of his classes for the year, he would still have to repeat one or two classes in the summer in order to raise his cumulative G.P.A. to 1.5 or higher by the start of the next school year. For students in grades four through six, the cumulative grade point average is based on the grades beginning in fourth grade.
E. Any student who earns for two consecutive years less than a 1.5 grade point average for the year at the end of the regular school year, regardless of work done in the summer, will be withdrawn from Guamaní Private School.
III. Grade 6
A. Students must, by the end of their sixth grade year which includes summer school, must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 to be eligible to enter the seventh grade.
Note: AGENDA REQUIREMENT FOR GRADES Pre-K TO 6 EXCLUSIVELY
It is the responsibility of the parents to purchase at school for their child/children the official school’s agenda. It is compulsory that all students have in their possession in school and in class this agenda. The student records in the agenda all academic and extracurricular activities including homework assignments, tests dates, school calendar events and activities. The use of the agenda at school and at home develops study habits and organizational skills that help our students academically and in their future. No other agenda shall substitute the Guamaní Private School’s Official Agenda.
UPPER SCHOOL ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
I. Grades 7-12
A. Any student who earns below 60% in three or more classes for the year must be withdrawn from School.
B. In order to pass each class, a minimum average of 60% must be earned for each semester.
The semester final grade for each subject is made up of each quarter grade counting 45% and the comprehensive semester final exam counting 10%. Semester #1 grade is made of Quarter #1, Quarter #2
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and Mid-Term Exam. Semester #2 grade is made of Quarter #3, Quarter #4 and Final Exam.
C. A student who fails the first semester, but passes the second will have his first semester grade changed to the result of dividing both grades by 2.
A student who passes the first semester, but fails the second must change his second semester grade to a passing grade by repeating and passing the course in summer school. After passing the course in summer school, the grade obtained in summer school will be added to the second semester grade and divided by two in order to obtain the new final grade for the second semester. This new semester average must be equal to or greater than 60% in order for the student to be eligible to return to Guamaní Private School for the next school year. The student who needs to acquire the minimum GPA to remain in enrollment may attend summer school.
A student who earns a D in the first semester and passes the second semester, the first semester grade will be averaged with the second semester grade, not passed by taking summer school. The result of this average will be applied to the second semester grade. When receiving a D in the 2nd semester. The student must be in good standing and should not be in probation. This must be authorized by the Principal.
D. Students may repeat no more than two classes during the summer and cannot take more than two years. In order to receive credit for a class taken during the summer, the course must be taken in Guamaní Private School’s summer school program. A student wishing to receive credit for summer classes taken at any other school must request acceptance of credits beforehand from either his principal or the director only when the course is not offered at GPS.
E. In order to begin each school year, students in gra
des seven through twelve must have cumulative grade point averages (G.P.A.) of at least 2.0. Therefore, if a student has a cumulative G.P.A. of below 2.0, yet has passed all of his classes for the year, he would still have to repeat one or two classes in the summer in order to raise his cumulative G.P.A. to 2.0 or higher by the start of the next school year.
F. For students in grades seven through ten, the cumulative grade point average is based on the student’s current school year’s G.P.A. plus his previous year’s G.P.A.
For students in grades eleven and twelve, the cumulative grade point average is based on the student’s current school year’s G.P.A. plus his grade point averages from previous school years beginning with ninth grade.
In order to plan and be prepared for college admission, it is required that the students in GPS at the end of eleventh grade and at the beginning of twelfth grade, have a grade point average of 2.25
G. Any student who earns for two consecutive years less than a 2.0 grade point average for the year at the end of the regular school year, regardless of work done in the summer, will be withdrawn from Guamaní Private School.
H. Any student who earns less than 70% in one or more classes at the end of any quarter is subject to not being allowed to participate in any extracurricular clubs, sports, or organizations of any type until at least a 70% is earned in all subjects for the semester. A student who earns a final grade for the first semester of less than 70% in any class is subject to not being allowed to participate in any extracurricular clubs, sports or organizations during the second semester.
GRADING AND REPORTS
Numerical grades are used to inform the parent and the student of academic progress. Numerical grades have the following equivalencies in Letter grades and Grade Point Averages (GPA).
Numerical Percent
Letter Equivalent
GPA
100-95
A
4.00-3.95
94-90
A
3.94-3.50
89-80
B
3.40-2.50
79-70
C
2.40-1.50
69-60
D
1.4-0.5
59 and below
F
0.00
In some grade levels and in certain academic and extra curricula areas the following grades may be used to inform a student’s progress:
E– Excellent S– Satisfactory NI– Needs improvement
There are about 36 weeks in every school year (not counting recesses). Report cards will be issued about every 9 weeks; October, January, March and May. Report cards can be either being issued in hard copy, or can be sent to electronically through the school’s Electronic Grade system.
It is the parent’s responsibility as well as the student, to frequently visit their assigned page in the school’s website to be informed of student academic progress.
The school year is composed of two semesters, and final examinations are given at the end of each semester for grades designated by the Administration.
Total grading explanation – The first semester final grade is determined by multiplying Q#1 grade by .45, Q#2 grade by .45 and Mid-Term Exam by .10, the sum of each is added. The second semester final grade is obtained in the same way (but it will be Q#3, Q#4 and Final Exam). Note: The final
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grade for the second semester must be a passing grade (60 of higher)
Grade correction – When a student or parent has a claim to make regarding a discrepancy in a quarter or semester grade, the claim must be made first with the teacher within 10 days after issuing the grade. If an error has occurred, the teacher will notify the Principal’s office and with the authorization of the principal the grade will be changed in the system. The student and parent should be certain that the correct grade appears in the next reporting period.
DRESS, APPEARANCE, AND ACCESSORIES CODE
GPS students are characterized for their neatness and good appearance. Students are to dress cleanly and neatly according to the school’s uniform dress code approved by the Board of Trustees. Uniforms shall not be altered from the original design. Girls are not to wear makeup, and boys are to wear their hair neatly trimmed and not excessively long. Boy’s hair cannot reach the collar of their shirt. Boys’ sideburns may not to extend lower than one’s earlobes. Long hair or outlandish hair styles, students with any particular hair style, to name a few: punk, Mohawk, or afro cannot exceed in length of 1 inch (not common hair styles), will not be accepted. Beards and braids on boys are not allowed. Designs on the hair such as lines, stars, shapes, names, etc. will not be allowed. Students (girls and/or boys) may not color their hair in any way or color that would not appear naturally. Girls may wear earrings (one per ear), but should not be any bigger than the size of a quarter. Boys are not allowed to wear earrings. Piercing in other parts of the body are not allowed or any tattoos. Any method used to conceal a piercing or tattoo will not be allowed. This includes, make up, band aids, etc. Students of grades 1-6 won’t be allowed to use artificial nails of any kind. In grades 7-12, extremely long nails won’t be allowed. The appropriate length of the nails will be determined by the Principal. Only one ring per hand shall be worn.
Altering the school uniform or dress code by using any inappropriate accessories will not be allowed. Examples of this include sunglasses, caps, and non uniform sweatshirts. A student will not be permitted to remain in class without the required uniform, unless he has permission from the Office. It should be noted that the clothes store, Tiendas La Esquina Famosa in Ponce, Puerto Rico is has the exclusive right by legal contract to manufacture and sell the Guamaní School Uniform with the Guamaní School’s Emblem. Other identities that manufacture and or sell reproductions of the Guamaní School Uniform are in violation with the law and may face charges imposed by Tiendas La Esquina Famosa.
The following school uniform is available at the Madison Store in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Centro del Sur Shopping Center, Local B, tel. 787-259-8772.
Before school starts, parents will be notified about the official school uniform, either through this manual, by letter or through Edline.
Note: Students who need to wear special shoes must present to the appropriate principal an explanation of a medical doctor who is recognized as a pediatric orthopedic. This certification must be presented for every school year the student needs to wear special shoes.
NOTES:
– Boys may choose to wear a plain white undershirt under their uniform shirts. However, undershirts with any visible design or lettering are not allowed.
– No jacket or sweater shall substitute the school’s official uniform sweater. Boys should wear their pants appropriately to their body. Oversize pants “baggy” or “rap” style will not be allowed.
– Any student who cannot wear any part of the school uniform including the sweater due to a skin condition, must submit a diagnosis description from a dermatologist and must specify what kind of material the student is not allergic to. However, it should be understood that the parents of the student will must defray for the cost of fabricating such a part of the uniform that requires special cloth.
– Each student may wear no more than one bracelet and one necklace. They may not display any offensive or outlandish symbol. Necklaces must be worn inside one’s shirt.
Students are expected to be well groomed and neatly dressed. Clothing or hair styles that distract from the purpose or conduct of the school are not permitted. We respectfully agree to the following dress code guidelines and ask that teachers follow these guidelines as well.
SCHOOL UNIFORM:
Students at GPS are to dress cleanly and neatly according to the school’s uniform dress code. Uniforms should not be altered from the original design. Altering or using inappropriate accessories will not be allowed. A student will not be permitted to remain in class without the required uniform, unless he has a written permission from the principal’s office. Our School uniform is exclusively from Tiendas Madison in Ponce (See below: Exclusive Uniform Deal).
Boys Uniform
Shirts: It is the official GPS shirt with the GPS emblem on its left side
Boys should have their shirts tucked in at all times. Both shirts’ bob tails must be tucked completely in the pants.
Boys may wear a plain white under shirt beneath their uniform shirts.
Undershirts with any visible design or lettering are not allowed.
Pants: It is the official Guamaní School Bermuda pants with the GPS letters embroided.
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A black belt is worn with the Bermuda with a simple buckle, silver or black, nor bigger than 2 inches.
Boys should wear their pants appropriately to their body. . Oversize pants “baggy” or “rap” style will not be allowed.
Shoes: Black school shoes or a shoe that is completely black and appropriate for school.
No tennis shoes or boots.
Socks: White socks no less or more than 3 inches above the ankle.
Girls Uniform
Shirts: It is the official GPS shirt with the GPS emblem on its left side
Girls should have their shirts tucked in at all time. Girls’ shirts bob tails must be tucked completely in the pants.
Pants: It is the official Guamaní School Bermuda pants with the GPS letters embroided.
Shoes: Black school shoes or a shoe that is completely black and appropriate for school.
No tennis shoes or boots.
Socks: White socks no less or more than 3 inches above the ankle.
P.E. Uniform in grades 1-6
Shirt: The Guamaní School official P.E. shirt.
Pants: Boys – The official Guamaní School short pants or long sweat pants.
Pants: Girls – The official Guamaní School P.E. skirt.
Shoes: Sneakers appropriate for exercising may be worn with socks above the ankle.
P.E. Uniform in grades 7-12
Shirt: The Guamaní School official P.E. shirt.
Pants: Boys-The official Guamaní School P.E. long sweat pants.
Pants: Girls- The official Guamaní School P.E. long sweat pants. (No skirts)
Shoes: Sneakers appropriate for exercising may be worn with socks above the ankle.
General Rules:
a. All shirts must be long enough to be tucked in. Shirts may not be worn untucked within the premises. If the shirt becomes untucked or the midriff is exposed when the arms are lifted, the shirt must be changed.
b. All shirts must have the GPS emblem. Shirts with any other emblem or writing on it are not accepted.
c. No vulgar, obscene, or suggestive words, pictures, or graphics should be worn on any clothing or jewelry (includes any kind of bracelet); inappropriate topics include alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs, sexual innuendo or connotation, or profanity (words or pictures).
d. No head wear, such as hats, visors, bandanas, sunglasses, or toboggans may be worn or carried in the building during the school day.
e. Sneakers are only worn for PE class. Student’s shoes must be black school shoes
f. PE uniforms are to be worn only when PE classes are held.
g. Boots are not accepted and shoe heels should not be higher than 1 inch.
h. No chains are to be worn. (This does not include regular jewelry, but does include wallet chains).
i. Jackets or sweaters, other than the official GPS sweater are not to be worn.
j. Girls must wear light color under clothing. NO bright colors are to be worn under the GPS official school shirt.
Uniform Violations:
First Offense: Conference with the faculty member who finds the violation. If the violation can be corrected on the violation cannot be corrected, the student will be sent to the principal and parent notified. Student will remain in the office until parent / guardian brings clothes.
Second Offense: Parent notification and written warning.
Third Offense: Parent conference and written report.
Exclusive Uniform Deal
Tiendas La Esquina Famosa holds the exclusivity of selling and production of our school uniform. The GPS emblem had been officially registered in the State Department of Puerto Rico, therefore, its reproduction in any article with the intention of generating any sales without the consent and authorization of the institution is completely illegal and may result in legal consequences imposed by Tiendas La Esquina Famosa.
REPORTING AFTER SCHOOL
Teachers for academic and/or disciplinary reason may ask students to report after school. Failure to report is a serious offense and will accordingly result in punishment (See “Detention”).
SCHOOL WORK RESPONSIBILITY
Students must complete their homework, come prepared to class and bring required materials to class. Students who habitually fail to complete homework, fail to bring required materials to class, or in any other way fail to come prepared to class are subject to disciplinary action.
SUMMER SCHOOL
Students who seek authorization from GPS to attend summer school must be either candidates for graduation and or have failed a course during the school year. Summer Schools attended by GPS students must be accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in order for credit to be given. Students attending summer school for credit at other recognized and approved school by GPS are allowed to attend for those courses only that GPS cannot offer during the summer. Most courses are offered at GPS summer school. The grade obtained in summer school will be added to the failing grade of the second semester. The sum of these two
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grades will be divided by two to obtain the final grade of the subject.
DISCIPLINARY POLICIES
THE SCHOOL HONOR CODE
Purpose- The honor code seeks to build a community in which people respect and care for each other. People must be responsible for their own actions and protect trust and integrity by not participating in or condoning behavior that undermines that spirit.
School standards – The school believes that all students are to be trusted. Good judgment is rule rather than the exception. The honor code is fundamental to the success of the school and all associated with it, and communication and cooperation will prevail through the school community. The school intends to provide an orderly environment conductive to learning and based on principles of student involvement and participation, personal responsibility, respect for others, and good citizenship. Ongoing disruptive behavior on the part of one student is an infringement on the rights of other students. Basic to understanding school standards, its rules and regulations are kept to a minimum, but the entire school community realizes that the freedom experienced is not to be interpreted as license and, therefore, any verbal or physical abuse between students, the school community, or the community in which the school is located, will not be tolerated.
The Honor Code
In choosing the school as a place to learn and a place to work, each member of the community, student, faculty, staff, and parent agrees to sustain an environment of honesty and integrity. We will, individually and collectively, do our part to create and maintain trust, respect, and care throughout school life by accepting responsibility for our own actions and those of others. We make this commitment to ensure that each of us grows both in knowledge and wisdom and that we may leave this school having enriched it by our presence.
Clear communication and clearly defined limits promote acceptable behavior. To this end, the administration, faculty, and student representatives of the school will develop guidelines for student conduct on school property with attendant regulations and procedures that constitute the school’s disciplinary policy, respect all children’s rights, and treatment of students will be consistent without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, ancestry, national origin, socioeconomic status, or status as classified. It will be the responsibility of each classroom teacher to make sure that students know, from the beginning of school, what the particular rules and regulations of that classroom are and to interact with pupils in a manner that encourages self-discipline.
The honor system is based on the belief that each student has a personal code of integrity and is aware of the possibility of improvement in oneself, the school, and the community. Such an honor system exists only where there is respect and acceptance of responsibility, implying a conscious effort to observe the school rules without supervision. Consideration for others is an integral part of the honor system.
Note: A student whose general conduct demonstrates an unwillingness to follow the principles that govern the school will be expelled from the school.
Disciplinary Issues – Before any of the following discipline measures are applied, it is recommended that school personnel attempt to alter negative behavior through counseling with students and /or parents. Severity of probable actions is recommended when any of the following actions are taken. Students will be responsible for being familiar with and complying with these guidelines.
Discipline – GPS students are expected to maintain a normal grade of conduct at all times, whether on school property or during the schools activities. Good discipline is the establishment of a good relationship between students, teachers, and staff members. The students must respect the teacher as the instructional leader in the classroom; the person who is in charge in leading and directing the activities in the classroom. All students must respect their fellow classmates, the building, other adults, and the equipment and material which have been provided for their use.
Disclaimer: A committee appointed by the Director will review these guidelines, whereupon the administration may ratify them and the school conduct policies in this manual, with which parents and students will be asked to acquaint themselves.
CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINARY MEASURES
DEMERITS
GRADES Pre K -3- Students of grades Pre K-3 can be issued demerit slips for any of the offenses described in this manual. Demerit slips are issued with the authorization of the elementary principal. Parents are to sign the demerit slip acknowledging that they have received it and then return it the following day. 3 demerits may result in a suspension. The duration of the suspension will be determined by the principal.
ADMONITIONS
Admonitions can be issued to students of grades 4-12 by any teacher, administrator, and the school official personnel as a warning to the student for any of the level one offense. Admonitions can result in detention.
WRITTEN REPORT
A written report can be issued by any teacher, principal, or any school administrator when an offense of level 2 or of level 3 has occurred. Three admonitions will result in a written report. Offenses of levels 2 and 3 can result in detention and or suspension. Continuous written report escalates to level 4 which will result in an expulsion.
DETENTION
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Some violations of school rules automatically or may, depending on the discretion of the member of the Faculty or Administration involved, result in a student being assigned an after-school detention. Any of the following will automatically result in a second or more detentions:
1. Failure to report for detention.
2. Arriving late to detention.
3. Not turning in detention form signed by parents on the day of the assigned detention.
Unless a student is absent from school on the assigned day of his detention, he must have received permission beforehand to miss detention. Otherwise, without prior permission, failure to report for detention will result automatically in another detention.
SUSPENSION
1. The student will be responsible for all assignments and tests during the period of the suspension. He may make up any test or quiz missed during suspension but cannot earn higher than 60%. The student may not be permitted to return to class until there is a conference with the principal or director and his parents. After the parental conference, the student will be permitted to remain in Guamaní School only under the conditions of the probation assigned. These conditions must be agreed to by both parents and student.
2. Any student under suspension cannot take part in any cultural, athletic, or social programs sponsored by GPS. Students under disciplinary probation are subject to being barred from GPS cultural, athletic, and social programs.
3. The appropriate principal or director decides on the amount of days a student will serve suspension and whether the suspension is to be served at home or in school.
EXCLUSION
When a student makes application for entrance to GPS, he and his parents thereby understand and agree that the school reserves the right to exclude him at any time if his conduct, attitude, or academic standing is regarded by the administration as undesirable. No further reason need be assigned thereafter. It is understood and agreed that neither GPS nor any members of its administration or faculty shall be liable in any way whatsoever for such exclusion. Examples of the offenses that may result in expulsion are listed on LEVEL 4.
UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIORS
Abandon School
Any student who abandon school or is off campus during school hours must come accompanying with his or her parent the next school day.
Academic Honesty
Plagiarism and cheating are particularly difficult problems. Each teacher discusses with each class early in the year just what is and what is not plagiarism and the importance of academic honesty. The following is an appropriate interpretation:
1. Discussing a problem and its solution or an essay topic with one or more other students is permissible only if so stated by the teacher.
2. Using the words of another student or an author without quotation marks or footnotes is academically dishonest.
3. Even if a few words are changed, a student is guilty of plagiarism if; without giving proper credit, he or she uses specific ideas or material (including formats and methods of organization) not commonly known.
4. Working group assignments or sharing assignment without teachers authorization in the classroom , library, lunchroom, cafeteria, and/or court shows cheating and plagiarism
Prior to each assignment of a reference paper, it is customary for the teacher again to review plagiarism in the class. Students are urged to discuss with the teacher any question that may exist over specific passages before submitting the final paper. Teachers make spot checks of references when correcting papers. Test and examinations are prepared and administered so that any temptation to copy will be at a minimum. The first time plagiarism or cheating is detected by a teacher, the teacher will see that the paper receives a zero; the teacher reports the incident to the principal and keeps the paper.
Parents are to be notified immediately by the principal and the student is given a written report and will be placed on detention probation.
Alcohol/Drugs/Controlled Substances
Anti – Bullying Policy – see Institutional Policies
Anti – Harassment Policy – see Institutional Policies
Arms, Guns, Weapons, or Firearms (real or simulated)
Arms, guns, weapons of any kind, and/or firearms, real or simulated, are strictly prohibited in school facilities. The possession of a dangerous weapon or the use of any object to inflict bodily injury on another person, or to intimidate, or threaten with it are strictly prohibited in school facilities and will result in suspension or expulsion.
Cafeteria Rules
Students are to maintain good order at the lunch counter and to observe the usual forms of etiquette while standing in line. After finishing lunch, the students must deposit all waste in the proper receptacle and place the chairs back in their correct position. Food from out of school campus shall not be delivered to the student. Students will not be allowed to leave school for lunch. This interferes with the school’s daily program.
Chewing Gum
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Chewing gum is a distraction, not conducive to a learning environment and affects property. Those students chewing gum will serve detention. Repeated offenses can result in suspension.
Detention, Arrest or Conviction by Government Authorities
The detention, arrest and/or conviction by any court of any offense in any jurisdiction can and will result in suspension or expulsion.
Distributing Material
No persons whatsoever are to distribute literature, petitions, newspapers, advertisements, or signs without the permission of the appropriate Principal and or School Director.
Forgery or lying
Writing or giving false or misleading information to faculty or school officials is subject to disciplinary action which could result in suspension or expulsion. This behavior is considered against de Honor Code of the School.
Gambling
Bets of any kind, wager, or other gambling venture direct or indirect are strictly prohibited in school grounds and could result in suspension or expulsion.
Groups (non regulated by school)
Create and/or become part of a gang or group with the purpose of disrupt, dislocate, disturb or interrupt the school’s ordinary rules of good conduct is strictly prohibited for students and/or parents. Includes, but is not limited to any contact to do so via cellular phones, text messages, social networks (like blogs, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Kik, WhatsApp, Google, Pinterest, Skype, Vimeo and Hangouts, among others), and/or via email between other groups, students and/or with individuals related or not related to the school. Any form of participation, plan, action, act, event or conduct to harm physically, emotionally and/or the health or well-being of the students, faculty, employees, administration, individuals, or visitors within the premises of the school will result in immediate expulsion from the school premises.
Hallway Behavior
Students are to conduct themselves in an orderly manner in the halls and on stairways at all times. Running, shouting, fighting, and any other form of disturbance, are out of order and are not tolerated.
Falling Asleep
Since falling asleep in the classroom could be as a result of abuse, maltreatment or exploitation of a minor, parent will be contacted by the school immediately. Parent will have to come to the school the next day to the principal’s office, until then, the minor will not be allowed in the school campus. Further action, including but not limited to report the incident to the proper authorities, will be taken depending of the results of the meeting.
Fighting
Engaging in or threatening physical violence with another person with the intent to inflict harm is considered fighting. Fighting is of a particularly disruptive nature in a good setting; therefore, the school will contact the parents of anyone who is involved in a fight and the student will remain in-school suspension until parents can be reached. Fight occurring inside the building will result in immediate suspension of 2 days. Length of suspension for fighting will be determined by the principal.
Play Fighting Games (including jugglery, conjuring tricks or sleight of hand)
Play fighting games, including jugglery, conjuring tricks or sleight of hand, are not considered sports games. Sport is an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc. Not considering fighting games in the “sports” genre is a absolute farce in this gamers’ opinion, but is not considered as such in this school opinion. Regardless of the intensity of the game, play fighting games are NOT allowed within the school premises.
Pregnancy and Causing the Pregnancy
Become pregnant and causing the pregnancy is subject to LEVEL 4 disciplinary actions.
Profanity
Many times the way an individual behaves at school reflects a general attitude. We at the school believe that the use of profanity or vulgar language or gestures by students or faculty members portrays a very negative image. Consequently, profanity on school grounds will not be tolerated. Moreover, it will be treated as a discipline problem and punished accordingly. The use of foul language in a classroom is considered to be disrespectful and the student will be suspended for one day.
Public Display of Affection
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a respectable manner. Inappropriate displays of affection include prolonged kissing and embracing. Violations of these standards will be dealt with on these levels:
1. Warning
2. Counseling
3. Parent notification
Disciplinary action will be taken for persistent offenders. Example: Disciplinary action may include detention and suspension or LEVEL 2 or 3 disciplinary actions.
Respect for Property
All property on the campus, indoors and out, should command the full respect of the student body. This applies to desks, walls, library books and equipment. If any student commits an
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act of vandalism on school property, suspension or expulsion will result and parents will be held financially responsible for all damages.
Sexual Activities
Please refer to Harassment Section.
Theft
The action of taking, giving, or receiving property not belonging to you, suspension or expulsion will result and parents will be held financially responsible for replacement or monetary reimbursement.
Truancy
Truancy is a very serious will result in a discipline action. A second offense makes a student liable to expulsion. Also, unauthorized absence from a classroom or the school grounds may incur a suspension.
NOTE: See also “INSTITUTIONAL POLICIES”. The behaviors or norms are not limited to the ones listed in this handbook, any criminal conduct applicable in Puerto Rico’s jurisdiction will be considered as LEVEL 4 of disciplinary actions. Also, GPS reserved its right to apply at its sole discretion other disciplic
SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
– Students attending related school activities such as athletic events, assemblies, etc., are subject to all school regulations and are expected to conduct themselves properly at all times. Any student involved in disorderly conduct, will be subject to strict discipline and possible suspension. These activities are essential components of school life. GPS will not allow unruly students to spoil these activities for the majority of our students who have the right to enjoy them. All activities must have the approval of the appropriate Principal and be supervised by a teacher or staff member of the administration.
– The official GPS dress/uniform code regulations will be followed during all school activities such as assemblies, graduation, Promotion, Moving Up, Science Fair, Spelling Bee, Game Day, sports tournaments, Geography Bee, field trips, Math Olympics, Game Day, golf outing, community service, conventions, conferences, and /or any other school activity held inside or outside school premises, in which the student represents the school. Any violation to the dress code may result in the not participating in any of the activities listed above.
Assemblies
Students move to all assemblies in an orderly fashion at the direction of their class or homeroom teacher. Students must remain seated with their class during the assembly. Appreciation of the assembly is shown by attention and applause. Return from assemblies is also in an orderly fashion and at the direction of the teacher.
Back to School Night
Traditionally, in the beginning of the school year, GPS offers to the parents an opportunity to meet the teachers and become familiar with teacher, expectations and course content. With the rapid growth of communication through technology the open house will not be necessary since parents will be able to log on www.edline.net/pages/Guamaní_School before school starts to know what materials are needed for the classes, read about the teachers, view course syllabus and much more. It is a wonderful tool for parents and teachers to keep in contact for parents to learn how they can help at home with their children’s studies.
Casual Days
There are ten casual days in the school year. Provided students follow certain dress codes and pay $1.00, students on these days may come to school out of uniform. The fee collected by the students is deposited in one of the student organizations account to defray cost of activities or for charitable identities.
– Dress Code for Casual Days – Students must refrain from using mini or hot pants, short shirts, sweaters or blouses, high heel shoes, sandals or open shoes, see through clothing, skirts with openings on the sides, front or back. This also applies to shirts, blouses with openings on the sides, back or front. Students on casual days should also refrain from low neck shirts, blouses and or sweaters, sleeveless shirts. Boys’ pants must be at waist line. Stomach or belly button cannot be exposed and T-Shirts with indecent messages and or graphics shall not be worn. Any dress that in the opinion of the principal is not appropriate for the school will not be accepted. In the event the student violates the casual dress code, the student will remain in the principal’s office until the parent brings appropriate clothes to the school.
Class Fund-Raising Activities
GPS recognizes that students in their senior year are enthusiastic about graduation. The administration also recognizes that at the same time students have responsibilities to their studies in preparation for admission to college. With this in mind, GPS has implemented a fund-raising system within the school for students so that off-campus fund-raising is not necessary. The fund-raising system allows students to begin raising funds in 7th grade. By the time they are in 11th grade, the students have sufficient funds to cover the cost for the Senior Banquet which they sponsor for the senior class.
GPS does not recognize, support, or encourage class trips. Therefore, funds made at school shall not be used for a class trip.
The funds made by the students also serve to defray the cost of the graduating class activities that they sponsor by tradition at
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GPS. 9th grade sponsors the ring ceremony and 10th grade sponsors the graduation.
No funds shall be distributed among the students’ of a graduating class.
Fund-raising activities are authorized solely by the director. Any collection of money without the proper authorization is strictly prohibited and can result in depriving the class from future fund-raising activities.
Costa Rica Expedition
Students of the Science Investigation and Environmental Science classes visit Costa Rica every year to study fauna, environmental features, and wildlife. Parents of the students assume responsibility and the cost of all expenses related to the trip.
Educational Trips
Guamaní Private School travels with EF Educational Tours. EF has become the world’s largest private educational organization. It is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA-CES). Students can earn high school credit by traveling with EF. You can visit their website eftours.com for more information.
Field Trips
It is the educational belief of GPS that properly planned field trips are an integral part of the program of classroom instruction and are a valuable part of the learning experience. Field studies or trips to various locations for the purpose of curriculum-related field studies are planned by the teacher with the appropriate Principal’s approval. The school also recognizes the practice of having its students participate in field trips that are extra-curricular in nature. Permission from the director must be obtained in advance for such field trips. In order to defray the cost of transportation and entrance fees to some locations, students are charged a fee. Parents and students must understand that paying their share of the cost will constitute a firm commitment since the total expense of the trip is shared by everyone equally. The field trip fee cannot be refunded unless the refund would not impose an additional burden on the other students and/or the school.
Fund Raising
Certain school organizations may conduct sales campaigns only with the approval of the Director and the principal. All other sales are prohibited, including sales for other schools, churches, and for personal profit. Prizes and/or awards are not to be used as incentives for selling.
Game Day
In spring, GPS sponsors for its students a day of track and field events. Parents are welcome to attend the activity FOR GRADES 1-6. Since this event occurs on a school day, friends or visitors of other schools are not allowed to attend. This activity is for the joy and fun of the students. Awards are not given.
Grade School to the Upper Building
Beginning in 7th grade, each grade elects their class officers and a representative of each group to the student council. Students at this grade begin to explore opportunities to serve their student body and assume leadership roles. At 8th grade and for their 8th grade graduation, the students adopt a name, an identity that they will keep and carry with them up to 12th grade. This identifies them as a group and aids them in working together for activities that are important for their high school graduation. With their, “logo” they also adopt a theme and a song. The selection of Class Names is entirely a school matter affair, which will be done only with the administration and 8th grade students. Students will select one out of 3 names submitted by the Principals office. The names can only be approved by the administration taking into consideration that the name is appropriate to the ideals, principals, beliefs and mission of the Guamaní Private School. The school will not seek parents’ opinions or suggestions regarding the class name.
Graduation
GPS holds graduation exercise only for the students completing the requirements of the 8th and 12th grade. Graduation takes place in last month of school. The diplomas and other awards are presented on this occasion. Any student not attending graduation ceremony will be given a certificate of graduation instead of a diploma, except due to medical reasons. The organization and ceremony of both graduations are conducted under the traditional guidelines and code of the Guamaní Private School.
Awards presented to the graduates who qualify are medals for outstanding achievement in subject areas, Valedictorian, Salutatorian, high honor, and honor.
Academic criteria for awards are as follows:
– Valedictorian: Highest grade point average of the graduating class 3.90 or above.
– Salutatorian: The next highest grade point average of the graduating class 3.80 or above.
Note: In the event that there is not a member of the graduating class who qualifies for Valedictorian due to not meeting the grade point average requirement, no Salutatorian is recognized. In cases where there is a tie, based upon the highest cumulative GPA at the end of the eighth semester, the following tiebreaker criteria will be used:
The highest composite College Entrance Examination score will determine who is selected as the class valedictorian. The College Entrance Examination score must be on file in the guidance office by February 1st of the student’s senior year. Other student(s) tied with the highest GPA, but not having the highest
College Entrance Examination composite score, will be designated salutatorian(s) of their class.
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– High Honor 4.00 – 3.75
– Honor 3.74 – 3.50
Graduation Ring
The Guamaní School graduation ring has a unique design approved by the Board of Trustees and the administrative staff. The ring on one side bears the GPS emblem. On the other side is engraved the graduating class emblem, approved by the Director. The type of stone on top of the ring is chosen by the student. No student shall wear this ring unless he or she is a graduate of GPS. The design shall not be copied, altered, or substituted by another design. The ring and the school’s emblem are protected under the laws of copyright. There is only one ring type and design for all seniors’ class members.
Local Newspaper Subscription
In some cases it may be necessary according to the activities in a subject that student need to use a local newspaper. The school always will seek a school discount for the students. The cost of the subscription is equally divided among the students to defray the cost of the subscription. The student is required to pay his or her equal shared cost to the teacher on a weekly basis. The teacher sends the money to the business office for subscription payment to be made. The newspaper is a learning tool in some subjects and therefore student’s participation in the subscription is compulsory.
Open House
Open house is held for parents of GPS students twice yearly, at the end of the first and third quarters. Teachers will remain in their rooms from 7:45 AM until 3:00 P.M. During open house parents may visit with teachers to discuss any matters relating to their children as students. Report cards will also be given out at this time.
Organizations
GPS students are strongly recommended to involve themselves in school activities. Extracurricular clubs and organizations include the school newspaper, sport teams, Math Counts, Student Council, and the National Honor Society. All organizations must have a faculty moderator who is approved by the appropriate principal.
1. Student council – The Guamaní Private School Student Council has as its objective the participation of the student body with the faculty and parents in forwarding the goals of the school: the formation of students who are responsible young citizens in all areas of life, moral, intellectual, social, physical and emotional. To this end, the Student Council organizes civic, entertainment, athletic, and social activities for the student body. Through their activities, members of the Council render a real service to their fellow students, while they themselves experience the maturing demands of responsibility and commitment and develop reliability and competence. All proceedings of the Council are advisory in nature. Therefore, all motions carried in the Council are
subject to the approval of the Director or the Secondary-Level Principal. All students Council meetings are under the general guidance of the appointed faculty moderator or Principal who has consultative voice but does not vote. In order to hold office in the Student Council, a student should have a cumulative grade average of 3.0 or better and may not have more than 2 admonitions either in the year prior to taking office or while in office. Being suspended even once or having excessive detentions or written report/s also eliminates one from eligibility to run for or remain in the Student Council. Furthermore, all candidates for office in the Student Council must be approved by the Administrative Staff.
Election of the Student Council officers is held during the first part of May. Before Election Week, candidates submit to the Director or Principal a statement of position as to how they see their role and responsibilities to the office to which they are seeking election and a written resume of their life and contributions to the life of GPS. A personal interview may be held with each candidate by members of the Administration. The Administration then makes its decision on the eligibility of each candidate and informs the Council of its decision. The Campaign activities are limited to lunch periods or before and after school. All matters related to the campaign, such as posters and campaign speeches, are cleared through the office of the secondary school principal. Election campaign speeches, which must have prior approval of the Administration, are made during a special assembly of the entire student body. The election of the Student Council officers is held during an extended homeroom period or Lunch Period following the campaign speeches. The names of the newly elected Student Council officers are announced as soon as possible.
Elections of the members of the class officers (Presidents of the classes) as well as the other class officers are held during the first week of September.
In order to hold office in the Student Council, a student should have a cumulative grade average of 3.0 or better and have no admonitions or Written Reports in the year prior to taking office or while in office. Being suspended even once or having excessive detentions also eliminates one from eligibility to run for or remain in the Student Council.
2. National Honor Society – The National Honor Society is a group of students selected by a Faculty Council on the basis of scholarship, service, leadership, and character, who represent their school primarily in community-service activities. To be eligible for membership a student must fulfill all the requirements listed below:
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1. Be in sophomore or junior year.
2. Have attended GPS for at least one high school year.
3. Have a 3.00 GPA or higher cumulative average
4. Submit an application. Submitting an application does not guarantee admission to the Society.
5. Have one’s character assessed by members of the Faculty and Administration.
Additionally, in order to gain or maintain membership in the National Honor Society, a student should have and maintain a cumulative grade average of 3.0 or better and may not have more than 2 detentions or any Written Reports. Being suspended even once or having excessive detentions also eliminates one from eligibility to remain in the National Honor Society.
Penny Drive
Four times a year the principal conducts a penny drive with the elementary students. Most of the students cooperate by bringing to school pennies. The principal appoints a group of students to count the pennies. The pennies are deposited in the elementary activity account for student activities.
Promotion
In the last of month of school and after tests have been administered, students are formally promoted from the current grade to the next grade provided they have met the requirements of the grade. Students are expected to attend this activity with the parents. Students who are promoted form grades 1-2 receive a medal in the area in which he or she has excelled the most, which may include academic areas, positive character qualities, such as leadership, citizenship, cooperation, and effort. Students of grades 3-6 who have achieved a final average of 90% or above will receive a medal of honor. Students who achieved a final average from 80-89% will receive an Achievement Certificate. Students who achieved a final average from 70-79% will receive a Merit Certificate. Students who have never been absent during this school year will receive a Perfect Attendance Certificate. Students who has fostered leadership, honesty, responsibility, fairness, courtesy, tolerance, humbleness, and cooperation will be recognized with a Citizenship Award. A student who has perfect attendance but has been late to school 3 (three) times or more during the school year, cannot be eligible for a Perfect Attendance Award.
Students who do not attend the Promotion Ceremony forfeit their right to receive any award if they have qualified.
Raíces
Raíces is a Puerto Rican festival celebrated at school each year. Raíces is part of GPS educational program. Students perform dances of Puerto Rican culture for the community. The participation of students in Raíces is a requirement for their Social studies class and students will be evaluated for a grade. This is an extracurricular activity in which all students grades 7th – 12th must participate in, during the school year.
Recognition and Moving Up Ceremony
The Recognition Ceremony recognizes students form grades 7-12 for taking steps towards that quest for perfection during the present school year. Students will be recognized for scholastic achievement as well for their participation in others areas of school life for the current school year that will include the first semester grades and third quarter grade. It also motivates others so that in the future they can also receive recognition for their efforts.
The Moving Up represents a move to a higher grade. It represents a move from junior high school for the eighth graders. For the 9th graders, it is a move to sophomore year. For the 10th graders, it is a move to junior year and for the 11th graders a move to their final seniors’ year. The Recognition and Moving Up Ceremony is solely sponsored and organized by the administration, which reserves the right to determine the type of recognitions and awards that will be given.
Students who do not attend the Recognition Ceremony forfeit their right to receive any award if they have qualified.
Ring Ceremony
The ring ceremony is an activity organized and sponsored by the freshman class for the senior class. Seniors participating in the ceremony must have the GPS graduation ring. Parents of the senior class are invited.
Senior Banquet
The senior banquet is a dinner activity sponsored and organized by the junior class for the seniors. This banquet is held at school or at the Guayama Convention Center. Only students of the junior and senior class and faculty members of both classes attend the senior banquet.
Student of the Month
Every month a student from each homeroom, is selected as the student of the month in the elementary level. Responsibility, effort in studies, promptness and citizenship are some of the areas that are evaluated for selection. The students are recognized with a Student of the Month certificate; a coupon for a free Casual Day, a coupon for a day free of homework (does not include special projects). Also, their names are posted in the Guamaní Bulletin, the Guamaní Internet Site, and are rewarded with ice cream.
Tournaments
GPS sponsors invitational sports tournaments where other schools are invited to participate. Students are to abide by the rules and regulations of GPS and good sportsmanship at these events.
INSTITUTIONAL POLICIES
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ALCOHOL/DRUGS/CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
GPS is committed to educating our students about the risk of all illegal substances use. It is the full intent of our school to protect the security of all students and to take quick and decisive actions with respect to the use of illegal substances such as alcohol, marihuana, opiates and other drugs.
Using, possessing, selling or being under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicants or possessing drug paraphernalia are strictly prohibit. If any student is discovered possessing, using, selling, and/or distributing illegal substances will face a disciplinary process conducted by the school administration and the Disciplinary Committee which could ultimately result in his/her expulsion from school. This also applies to the sharing, selling or distribution of prescribed medications.
Drug use of any kind is incompatible with the physical, mental, and emotional demands placed upon the positive image of our school. Therefore, any possession, use, sale, or distribution of illegal substances will be handled with great seriousness and confidentiality. Distribution of prescribed medication will also be referred to the administration for the appropriate disciplinary measures. All lockers are property of GPS and as such, are subject to search and inspection by school personnel at any time without permission from students or their parents. Additionally, the administration may ask a student to open his/her book bag and other personal items for search and inspection if there is reasonable grounds for suspecting that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated the law or rules of the school. GPS will meet its responsibility to inform parents of a specific student if in fact information is received that the student is involved with illegal substances. Also, GPS reserved the right to use specialty dogs to detect any illegal substances. The sale, use, possession and/or distribution of alcohol, controlled substance, and/or drugs (prescribed or not) could result in suspension or expulsion.
ANTI-BULLYING POLICY
Guamaní School strives to provide a safe, positive learning climate for its students. Therefore, it is the school’s policy to maintain an educational environment in which bullying and cyber bullying in any form are not tolerated.
1. All forms of bullying and cyber bullying by Guamaní Private School students are hereby prohibited. Anyone who engages in bullying or cyber bullying in violation of this Policy shall be subject to appropriate discipline.
2. Students who have been bullied or cyber bullied shall promptly report such incidents to any faculty member.
3. Complaints of bullying or cyber bullying shall be investigated promptly, and corrective action shall be taken when a complaint is verified. Neither reprisals nor retaliation shall occur as a result of the submission of a complaint.
4. Guamaní Private School will annually inform students that bullying or cyber bullying of students will not be tolerated.
DEFINITIONS:
1. Bullying–shall mean unwelcome verbal, written or physical conduct directed at a student by another student that has the effect of:
a. Physically, emotionally or mentally harming a student;
b. Damaging, extorting or taking a student’s personal property;
c. Placing a student in reasonable fear of physical, emotional or mental harm;
d. Placing a student in reasonable fear of damage to or loss of personal property; or
e. Creating an intimidating or hostile environment that substantially interferes with a student’s educational opportunities.
2. Cyber Bullying – Includes, but is not limited to, the following misuses of technology: harassing, teasing, intimidating, threatening, or terrorizing another student, administrative staff or faculty member by way of any technological tool, such as sending or posting inappropriate or derogatory email messages, instant messages, text messages, digital pictures or images, or website or blogs postings, which has the effect of:
a. Physically, emotionally or mentally harming a student;
b. Placing a student in reasonable fear of physical, emotional or mental harm;
c. Placing a student in reasonable fear of damage to or loss of personal property; or
d. Creating an intimidating or hostile environment that substantially interferes with a student’s educational opportunities.
The following are seven categories of cyber bullying:
I. Text message bullying involves sending unwelcome texts that are threatening or cause discomfort.
II. Picture/video-clip bullying via mobile phone cameras is used to make the person being bullied feel threatened or embarrassed, with images usually sent to other people. ‘Happy slapping’ involves filming and sharing physical attacks.
III. Phone call bullying via mobile phone uses silent calls or abusive messages. Sometimes the bullied person’s phone is stolen and used to harass others, who then think the phone owner is responsible. As with all mobile phone bullying, the perpetrators often disguise their numbers, sometimes using someone else’s phone to avoid being identified.
IV. Email bullying uses email to send bullying or threatening messages, often using a pseudonym for anonymity or using someone else’s name to pin the blame on them.
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V. Chat room bullying involves sending menacing or upsetting responses to children or young people when they are in a web-based chat room.
VI. Bullying through instant messaging (IM) is an Internet-based form of bullying where children and young people are sent unpleasant messages as they conduct real-time conversations online.
VII. Bullying via websites includes the use of defamatory blogs (web logs), personal websites and online personal polling sites. There has also been a significant increase in social networking sites for young people, which can provide new opportunities for cyber bullying.
All forms of bullying are unacceptable and, to the extent that such actions are disruptive of the educational process of the Guamaní Private School, offenders shall be subject to appropriate faculty intervention, which may result in administrative discipline.
The term “bullying” and “cyber bullying” shall not be interpreted to infringe upon a student’s right to engage in legally protected speech or conduct.
– Delegation Of Responsibility:
Each faculty member shall be responsible to maintain an educational environment free of bullying and cyber bullying.
Each student shall be responsible to respect the rights of his/her fellow students and to ensure an atmosphere free from all forms of bullying and cyber bullying.
Students shall be encouraged to report bullying or cyber bullying complaints to any faculty member.
Any faculty member who receives a bullying or cyber bullying complaint shall gather information or seek administrative assistance to determine if bullying or cyber bullying has occurred. If the behavior is found to meet the definition of bullying or cyber bullying, the building principal must complete the appropriate written documentation.
The building principal or his/her designee will inform the parents or guardians of the victim and also the parents or guardians of the accused.
Complaint Procedure
The school believes that a positive relationship between school and parents is essential to fully accomplish our school mission. In general, both parts should give and expect total cooperation and respect. It is understood that differences may arise about what is best for the child in some situations. In such situations, it is imperative, that respect and good sense are maintained at all times. The school reserves its right to discontinue the registration of any student if members of his family are acting in a way that a positive and constructive work relationship may be affected.
A student shall report a complaint of bullying or cyber bullying, orally or in writing, to a faculty member. If a parent initiates the complaint, the appropriate faculty member will follow-up with the student.
The faculty member will either gather the information or seek administrative assistance to determine if the alleged bullying or cyber bullying conduct occurred.
After the information has been gathered, the building principal shall be notified of the complaint. The building principal will determine the need for further investigation or the appropriate intervention, which may result in administrative discipline to ensure that the conduct ceases. If the behavior is found to meet the definition of bullying or cyber bullying, the building principal must complete the appropriate written documentation.
A violation of this Policy shall subject the offending student to appropriate disciplinary action, consistent with the student discipline code, which may include suspension, expulsion or notification to the appropriate authorities.
ANTI – HARASSMENT POLICY
Guamaní School aims to provide a learning environment that is pleasant, healthful, comfortable, and free from intimidation, hostility, hazing or other offenses which might interfere with learning and teaching performance. Harassment of any sort, verbal, physical, visual, and bullying or otherwise will not be tolerated by any student to another student, teacher, or any other personnel nor vice versa.
The school is committed to creating a challenging environment in which young people can develop confidence in their abilities and self-assurance to enable them to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens of the world. Teachers at the school are responsible for fostering this atmosphere in their classrooms and in all school programs and are expected to exhibit the highest degree of professionalism while guiding students in their academic, personal, and physical development.
To support this policy, the school prohibits sexual harassment. Sexual harassment of any kind by school employees toward the school’s students or vice verse, between students, independent contractors or visitors, will not be tolerated by the school under any circumstances and is strictly prohibited by Law No. 3 of January 3, 1998.
Sexual harassment includes sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, acts of verbal or physical aggression, intimidation or hostility based on sex, inappropriate or overly familiar touching, sexual innuendoes, obscene gestures, jokes and remarks of a sexual nature, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
1. Submission to the conduct is made either an explicit or implicit condition of a student’s participation in an education program or a school activity.
2. Submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as the basis of an educational decision affecting the harassed student.
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3. The harassment is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to limit a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an education program or activity or creates a hostile and abusive educational environment.
In accordance with this policy, the school will neither condone nor tolerate.
1. Any display or demonstration of sexual activity between employees and students.
2. Sexual advances or sexual activity of any kind between employees and students.
3. Infliction of sexually abusive behavior upon students, including touching and bodily contact, exhibitionism, voyeurism, and/or involvement of students in pornographic material.
4. Any conduct that has the appearance of or may be interpreted as constituting any of the above, including consensual sexual contact or contact outside of school or school-sponsored social activities.
Grievance Procedure for Students and Faculty
Because the school views any type of harassment, including sexual harassment, as a major offense, it has instituted the following grievance procedure for use when students, employees, or applicants encounter any violations or suspected violations of the above harassment policies.
Any student who feels that he or she has been sexually harassed or any employee aware of teacher/student sexual harassment is strongly encouraged to immediately report the incident to the head of school or his or her designee. If the student feels more comfortable doing so, he or she should report the incident to another teacher.
Any teacher or employee receiving a complaint of any form of harassment, including sexual harassment, must immediately report it to the head of school or designee. Any employee who feels that he or she has been harassed in any way in violation of the above policy is likewise strongly encouraged to immediately report the incident to the head of school.
The head of school or designee will promptly and thoroughly investigate all complaints of harassment. The totality of the circumstances, including the nature of the harassment and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred will be investigated. During the investigation, students’ or employees’ identities will be kept confidential, to the extent reasonably achievable.
Depending on the findings of the investigation, appropriate corrective action, including suspension or discharge, will be taken against the offender.
APPOINTMENTS
Meetings with faculty members are by appointment only. Parent/Guardian call the school between 7:30 A.M. and 2:00 P.M., at least two days in advanced, if possible.
ASTHMA AND DIABETES POLICY
The Guamaní Private School recognizes the right of students who have asthma/diabetes or a related condition that can be self administered drugs in school following the consent of the parents, tutor or guardian. The students will be required:
1. To bring to school a certification that the student with asthma/diabetes received appropriate training by a qualified health care professional about proper and responsible use of medication, including: type of drug, routes procedures for self administration, self-dose administered, time and frequency of self administration, instructions for handling and safe ways to store the medicine.
2. Require the student’s parent or guardian has authorized in writing that the student possessed and used the drug while at school or a sponsored activity.
3. Require that all students who suffer from asthma/diabetes have an action plan for managing asthma in writing prepared by your primary physician and the use of medication needed during school hours.
In addition, at the beginning of each school year will be the responsibility of thee parent, guardian or tutor, submit the updated documents for the student to make use of this right. Any person acting in accordance with the provisions of this policy shall incur no liability in the event of any complications arising from the use of medication the student is given their own account.
BOOK BAGS
Students may choose to use book bags. However, these book bags are subject to inspection at all times with or without the presence or consent of the student. Every book bag must be labeled with the owner’s name, grade, etc.. Accountability for one’s book bag is entirely the responsibility of the student. GPS students are not required to carry book bags and therefore, accept no responsibility for lost or stolen book bags or for their contents. Because there is availability for student book storage at school and given the fact that not all subjects are assigned for homework every day, students do not need to take all their books home every day. Therefore, please cooperate and refrain from using bulky book bags since these create a nuisance and a safety hazard in the classroom.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Parents should inform the school office immediately of any change in address or telephone number at home or work.
COMPLIANCE
Guamaní Private School complies with the following Laws:
1. Law No. 338 of 1998, known as “Carta de los Derechos del Niño”.
2. Law No. 195 of August 22, 2012 known as the Carta de los Derechos del Estudiante de Puerto Rico.
3. Law No. 141 of 2010, which requires all public or private school institutions of any grade level to make visible or of
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easy access all the rights recognized in these laws and be able to make copies of any of the laws if requested by any student, teacher, parent or guardian.
4. Law No. 56 of 2006, known as “Ley de Tratamiento de (sic) Estudiantes que Padecen Asma”. Any student over 10 years of age is able to self medicate for her/his asthma condition. Parents, tutor or person in charge of the student are responsible to notify the school and to comply with the law regarding the student’s asthma condition. Failure to do so discharges the school from any liability. 5. Law No. 199 of 2015, known as “Ley para la Atención de los Estudiantes con Diabetes Tipo 1 y Tipo 2 en las Instituciones Escolares Públicas y Privadas de Puerto Rico”. Parents, tutor or person in charge of the student are responsible to notify the school and to comply with the law regarding the student’s diabetic condition. Failure to do so discharges the school from any liability. 6. Law No. 51 of 1996, known as “”Ley de Servicios Educativos Integrales para Personas con Impedimentos” (Educación Especial). Guamaní Private School does not have a special education program or an individualized education program. Thus, the students must comply with the in force curriculum. Students with special needs must notify the social worker or support personnel and will receive reasonable accommodation up to the school limitations, capability and/or as long as does not affect school curriculum. 7. Law No. 246 of 2003, known as “Ley para la Seguridad, Bienestar y Protección de Menores”. The school is against child abuse or neglect in any form, therefore law abiding.
8. IDEA Act, known as Individual with Disabilities Education Act. Designed to protect individuals with disabilities. Services given under this act is biding only to public schools.
9. No Child Left Behind Act of 2002, applies to schools with federal funding under Title I.
10. Law No. 3 of 1998, “Hostigamiento Sexual en las Instituciones de Enseñanza”. 11. FERPA (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) known as The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records; and gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records.
COMPUTER AND LIBRARY USAGE
Computers and the library use are provided throughout the school for academic purposes. Students who attempt to alter the current configuration of any computer programs are also prohibited. Any inappropriate use of computers in the school setting will be considered an act of vandalism. It will result in any of the following:
A. Losing the privilege to use it
B. Three day suspension
C. Expulsion (depends on the type of damage)
DELIBERATED DESOBIDIENCE, DISRESPECT SCHOOL AUTHORITIES AND/OR TEACHERS
Deliberated disobedience, disrespect school authorities and/or teachers will result in probation or suspension.
FALSE ACCUSATIONS
False accusations of any kind will result in probation or suspension.
FALSE ALARMS
False alarms and/or tampering with fire detection devices will result in immediate expulsion.
FIRE AND EMERGENCIES
The chief purpose of fire drills and procedures in fire emergency is to ensure efficient, safe and orderly exit to prevent panic which is often responsible for the loss of life in fire disasters. Speed in emptying buildings should be made secondary to the maintenance of proper order and discipline. Fire drills will be held at various times throughout the year. The fire drills must be performed with the highest degree of seriousness by the students.
FIRECRACKERS AND/OR INCENDIARY DEVICES
Setting off firecrackers or incendiary devices will result in probation or suspension.
HEAD LICE AND CONJUNCTIVITIS
If a child is diagnosed as having lice he will be excluded from school and not permitted to return to school until his head is free from lice. This is also applicable to children with conjunctivitis.
INDECENT EXPOSURE
Indecent exposure will result in suspension or expulsion.
INTERNET POLICY
This Code of Conduct applies to all users of the School’s network and computers. Each student in the school will have access to a computer which will be on line. Therefore we must have a student/ parent signed form of consent for each student normally included every year in the registration forms. This form is in compliance with the School’s acceptable use policy guidelines.
Students are responsible for good behavior on the school computer network just as they are in a classroom or school hallway. Communications on the network are often public in nature. General school rules for behavior and communications apply. The network is provided so that students may conduct research and communicate with others. Access to network services is given to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner. Parent permission is required. Access is a privilege-not a right. Access entails responsibility. Individual users are responsible for their behavior and communications over the network. It is presumed the users will comply with the School’s standards and will honor the agreements they have signed.
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The following will not be permitted by students and/or parents:
1. Using obscene language
2. Harassing, insulting, or attacking others
3. Damaging computers, computer system, or computer networks
4. Violating copyright laws
5. Using another’s password
6. Trespassing in another’s folders, work, or files
7. Intentionally wasting limited resources
8. Employing the network for commercial purposes.
9. Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures through the Internet
Violations may result in a loss of access as well as other disciplinary or legal action. Violations of this category are considered as a LEVEL III or LEVEL IV of the levels of offenses and repercussions of the school’s honor code.
LOCKERS
The Administrative staff acknowledges its respect for the privacy of the student attending the Guamaní Private School, and provides each student with the opportunity to rent the use of a locker in which he may store clothing, school materials and other personal property. Although each student is responsible for locking the locker assigned to him against incursions by other students, all lockers are and shall remain the property of the Guamaní Schools, Inc., and students shall abide by the rules and policies pertaining to the use of the locker. The rental of the lockers is for the sole use of the renter. It cannot therefore be shared with one or more students. Sharing lockers will result in losing rental privileges.
The lockers are rented with a semester fee as a service to the students. These lockers are made available for student use in storing school supplies and personal items necessary for use at school but the lockers are not to be used to store items which cause, or can reasonably be foreseen to cause, an interference with school purposes or an educational function, or which are forbidden by Puerto Rico Commonwealth laws or school rules. Lockers are subject to inspection at all times with or without the presence or consent of the student.
LOST AND FOUND
GPS is not responsible for the loss of books, uniforms, book bags, or any other piece of personal property. Nonetheless, as a measure to instill responsibility in a student, students retrieving misplaced or lost textbooks that are taken to the principal’s office will be charged a fine of $1.00.
PARKING
The parking area accommodates parking for faculty and staff. Any vehicle operated on school property must have liability and property damage insurance. The Guamaní School Inc. is not responsible for missing items from a parked car nor is it responsible for damages caused by someone else.
PHOTOGRAPHS/VIDEOS POLICY: TAKING, DISPLAYING and PUBLICATION
During the course a student is enrolled in Guamaní Private School the parents acknowledge and agrees that Guamaní Private School will take photographs or videos within school or on school trips, either for our own records or for inclusion in our promotional material such the school prospectus or on our website and the school official Face book promotional and news page. The school may invite an external photographer to the school each year to take photographs and the school may also invite the media to the school to take photographs for publication.
– For students and parents: taking pictures or videos of classes, teachers, activities in or out the school, or incidents going on in school is strictly prohibited; as well as posting pictures, videos of teachers or activities in school, or official documents on any internet social network, including but not limited to blogs, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Kik, WhatsApp, Google, Pinterest, Skype, Vimeo, Hangouts or similar media, is strictly prohibited by law and legal action can and will be taken.
POWER FAILURES
In the event of a power failure the school may authorize students to be dismissed before their regular time. Those that cannot be picked up will remain in school until dismissal.
PROHIBITED ARTICLES
Problems sometimes arise because students bring non educational articles to school. Such items includes, but are not limited to games, knives, fireworks, radios, iPods, digital cameras, boom boxes, portable cell phones, MP3 players, tablets, headphones, laser pointers or any other electronic device. If they are brought to school, they will be taken away. If any article that is confiscated, parents will have one week for to pick the confiscated item. At any time students have weapons or dangerous instruments on their persons, in their lockers, on school grounds, in the school building, or in their possession, the articles will be confiscated and the proper officials and parents notified. It could result in a recommendation for expulsion.2
SALE AND/OR DISTRIBUTION OF GOODS
Soliciting or the sale of goods, raffles, or any other form of collecting money from the students, parents, or teachers is strictly prohibited unless with the authorization of the appropriate Principal. No group, identity or individual (including teachers) promote an activity or organization which is not recognized or sponsored by GPS.
STRIKING a TEACHER
Striking a teacher will result in immediate expulsion.
2 The school is not responsible for any confiscated article.
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TOBACCO PRODUCTS: Use, Possession and/or Distribution
The use of any tobacco product or possession of related paraphernalia including matches or lighters is prohibited in any building owned or operated by Guamaní School. Students shall not possess, smoke, or use tobacco products at school, or at any school related activity on school grounds during regular school hours, nor shall any student possess, smoke, or use tobacco products at any school-sponsored or endorsed activity while said student is a participant in such activity. A student caught with any of these products will result in detention or suspension and product confiscation.*
OTHER POLICIES
Levels of Offenses and Repercussions3
The following lists provide examples of offenses and their consequences. The lists are not necessarily all inclusive and, therefore, teachers and the principal are not limited in application because an item was not on the list, even if the intervention of pertinent authorities is needed or applicable. Because students in primary grades, from Pre K to fourth grade, are in the process to develop and refine values, attitudes, social skills and judgments, is up to the teachers and the Director to select the disciplinary action that encourages the student to learn the skill rather than to punish them for their behavior. Regardless, the school reserves the right to enforce the standards and regulations contained in this handbook. The school classifies the unwanted behaviors in LEVELS with the corresponding disciplinary measure, although suspensions must be authorized by the Director. Recurrent unwanted behaviors, 3 or more offences at the same level, will automatically put the student at the next level of disciplinary measure.4
School Cancellation
Should school be postponed due to inclement weather, the following procedure will be in effect:
Students and parents should listen to the radio stations RADIO VOZ DE CARIBE. WXRF 1540 A.M. Tel (787) 864-2460 OR (787)864-1540 in the morning. During this time an announcement will be made if classes are to be canceled. If the school is NOT mentioned in the announcements, school will go on as usual. The school will also use its website to keep the community informed: www.edline.net/pages/Guamaní_School; www.Guamaní.com Students should not come to school if it is closed because of the weather. School will continue the following day unless otherwise announced on radio or on the school’s website, WWW.GUAMANÍ.COM
Whenever possible, students and/or parents SHOULD NOT CALL the school office to ask if school will be held.
3Be aware that multiple offenses can occur in the same day and that multiple consequences may apply.
4 At LEVELS 3 and 4, the nature of one offense can result in suspension or expulsion, respectively.
School Office Telephone
The school office telephone is to be used for school business ONLY.
We request that parents NOT CALL TO LEAVE TELEPHONE MESSAGES TO STUDENTS UNLESS THERE IS AN EXTREME EMERGENCY.
Security And Traffic Guard
GPS recognizes the need to facilitate a flow of traffic in the morning and to the entrance to school. GPS also is concern for students’ safety and all those working in the school. A security guard is employed to direct traffic in the morning, secure the entrance to the school during school hours and guard the exit of students from school in the afternoon. The guard has the sole purpose of supporting a secured environment. The guard like other personnel is simply following orders and policies set by the school. Parents, visitors and students should adhere to the guard’s directions and show respect.
Tattoos, Facial Piercing
Wearing visible tattoos or facial piercing is strictly prohibited.
Use of Student’s Social Security Number
Adhering to the Commonwealth Law 186 of Puerto Rico of September 1, 2006, the Guamaní Private School does and will not use a student’s social security number in any way to identify the student in enrollment, attendance, health records, transcripts and in any written form or will the school provide this information to anyone or identity without the written authorization of the parents. The Guamaní Private School guarantees the protection and privacy of all its student body social security number.
Visitors
No visitors are permitted at any time without the proper authorization. Graduates who wish to visit teachers in the school must sign in the main office and plan to see teachers when they are not involved with the school duties. To ensure comfort and safety while school is in regular session, students from neighboring schools will not be permitted to visit the school. Visits to our school by parents, other adult residents of this community, and interested educators are welcomed and encouraged. In order to protect the educational programs from undue disturbance, the Administration requires that persons wishing to visit on days other that those designated as visiting days make arrangements in advance through the school office. Visit to the classrooms during class is not permitted. Although some parents and visitors are licensed to bear arms, guns, weapons, and or firearms, these are strictly prohibited in school facilities.
Separability Clause
In case any provision or any part hereof shall be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the validity, legality and enforceability of the remaining provision shall not in any way be affected or impaired thereby.