Institutional Policies

Craighouse School Life Guide

The presentation of the School Life Guide to teachers and parents in 2011 was an important milestone in the development of values. This official document replaces our Discipline Document, and its objective is to guide the Craighouse School Community in the creation of a positive school culture and environment, promoting the development of values.
The main changes of this guide have to do with moving from a heteronomous to an autonomous type of education from the point of view of values, as well as emphasising positive behaviours and promoting values that will allow our pupils to reach their full potential.


Coordinator of 'Convivencia Escolar' Mrs María Paz Saumann Molina

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Policy on emotional development and sexuality education

Regarding emotional development and sexuality education, Craighouse School has created an internal policy that defines the fundamentals and central values in this matter, and that clarifies the school’s position regarding “sensitive” issues; i.e. those that can be harder to discuss and reflect upon with our children or pupils, due to the values that underpin them.
This policy has served as an institutional foundation that teachers can use when working on the contents regarding emotional development and sexuality, in classrooms between Play Group and Year 12.

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Prevention of drug use and alcohol policy

At Craighouse School we have built our own approach in the creation and implementation of prevention strategies for drug and alcohol abuse. This approach considers prevention as part of our Educational Project, defining an institutional policy around the issue and also developing specific actions within our prevention programme.
This policy describes the school’s position and how we deal with drug and alcohol abuse prevention, stating the following:

  • The school considers it essential to promote values and attitudes that favour the personal development of its students in an environment free from drug use and alcohol abuse.
  • The school considers the prevention of drug consumption a top priority task for the family, and one that must be shared with the school.
  • The school expects a personal commitment from each pupil and member of the educational community to help maintain an educational environment free from drug consumption and alcohol abuse.
  • The school does not permit the consumption of illegal drugs and alcohol on its premises nor during school-related activities. Likewise, the sale of these substances is not permitted on the premises.

The school believes that the problem of drug and/or alcohol dependence can be remedied, in as far as each pupil makes a personal commitment to help achieve it.
In a context of strict confidentiality, the school will make special efforts to help those pupils who are found using drugs and/or abusing alcohol, and who together with their families, express their willingness to overcome the problem.
The school reserves the right to request evaluations by independent specialists when a pupil is found to be using drugs or abusing alcohol, and to adopt all relevant disciplinary actions for students that violate the regulations established in this Policy.

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Inclusion Policy

In 2005, Craighouse School declared in its Educational Project that we accept all members of a family. Consequently, we developed an Inclusion Programme for the children of the families in our community who have special needs so that the Educational Project can benefit the development of their skills.
As a school we respect and value differences, and we seek to offer each of our pupils the best significant learning opportunities and possibilities for development as individuals, and we hope to contribute so that in the future each pupil can support their local reality or the global society.

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Air Quality

We would like to provide the following information to all members of our community, taking into consideration air quality, reports, suggestions and measures from the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Education, the school has decided the following:
* At present the Ministry of the Environment issues daily reports about air quality in the various stations located in the Metropolitan Region.
* The Las Condes  station usually registers low levels of pollution, while in the western sectors of the capital levels are very high. This leads to the declaration of state of pre-emergency, alert or emergency.

Given the altitude of the area where the school is located, where pollution levels are frequently low, so it has been decided that physical and sports activities in the school will be carried out as long as the Las Condes station registers levels under 100, which is considered good air quality by the Ministry of Health.

These are the procedures that the school will follow in the different environmental situations reported for the Metropolitan Region:

Alert – Alerta ambiental

All activities will be carried out normally.

Pre-emergency– Preemergencia ambiental

Physical and sports activities will be carried out normally, both on weekdays and at weekends, as long as the Las Condes station registers pollution levels of 100 or less, which is considered by SINCA (National System of Information of air quality) as good air quality.

Emergency– Emergencia ambiental

All sports activities in the school will be suspended, regardless of the levels registered in the Las Condes station, either on weekdays or at weekends.

If you would like to receive further information regarding air quality in the Metropolitan Region, and in the Las Condes station in particular, please visit http://airesantiago.gob.cl/calidad-del-aire/.

We would also  like to remind you that the restricción vehicular  begins at 7.30 a.m. and ends at 9 p.m. (https://www.uoct.cl/)

Entrance and Exit Protocol

In order to ensure that there is both a formal and safe educational environment, once the general access gates have been closed, entry to Craighouse School will be through the reception area at the main entrance of the school.

Pupils

Entrance and exit

Classes begin at 8.20 a.m. The clock in the reception area shows the official school time, and arrivals will be determined by this standard.
Once the bell has rung, all access gates to the school will be closed (main gate, Primary Section door and Middle Section parking area gate), except for the door in the reception area. Pupils arriving late must come in through this entrance, where they will be met by the inspector of the corresponding section.

Primary pupils will be taken to the inspectors’ office, where the late arrival will be recorded. Then, Preschool pupils (Playgroup to Kinder) will be accompanied to their classrooms and Years 1 to 4 pupils will go to their classrooms on their own.

Pupils in Years 5 to 12 who arrive after 8.20 a.m. will be met at the reception area by the inspector of their section, who will record the late arrival and authorise them to go to their classrooms. 

Each pupil will take a late pass and hand it to their teacher.

Pupils arriving late with no previous authorization must be accompanied by their parents to the reception desk and wait for receptionist to contact the section’s assistant.

Middle Section gate will close at 8.15 a.m.

Attendance

Parents are requested to make all appointments such as doctors’ appointments, visits to the dentist, medical exams, etc., after school hours so as not to interfere with their children’s educational process. Pupils who do not attend school during the day are not allowed to come to school after hours to collect books, hand in work, talk to teachers or attend extracurricular or sports activities.

All absences from school must be excused in writing to the tutor, as soon as the pupil returns to school.

 Absences for more than three days due to medical reasons must be justified with a medical certificate, which must be given to the form teacher or tutor, as soon as the morning the day the pupil returns to school. Medical certificates will not be accepted after that day.

All absences, including those endorsed by a medical certificate, have an impact on the percentage of pupils’ yearly attendance. Pupils must have a minimum attendance of 85% during the year in order to be promoted to the following academic year. Medical certificates do not annul students’ absences, they only explain them.

Special considerations

Special situations will be considered as long as they have been previously authorised  by the corresponding Head of Section. To do so, an e-mail must be sent at least 24 hours in advance in order to assess the situation..

If authorisation is given, pupils may arrive at school not later than 10 a.m. Please note that pupils will not be allowed to enter school after 10 a.m. If they arrive before 10
a.m. they must go to the reception area together with their parents to verify the authorisation, and then go to the corresponding section assistant or the inspectors’ office, where they will be given a pass allowing them to go to class. Pupils will only be authorised to leave the school before the end of the school day in case of an emergency occurred inside the school, in which case they will receive an authorisation slip signed by the nurse, or the corresponding Deputy Head or Head of Section.

Responsibility

We expect all our pupils to come to school with all their belongings every day, which reinforces the value of responsibility and ensures the safety of our pupils by  preventing them from receiving strange objects. Neither the guards nor our receptionist are authorised to receive items from home. This includes exercise books, textbooks, homework, written work, backpacks and sports equipment, among others.

Pupils leaving times

Pupils who have not been picked up at their leaving time will have to wait –for their own safety- inside the school (either in reception or in the adjacent playground). In these cases, parents will have to pick them up.

Please note that:

  • From Monday to Friday there is no adult supervision before 7.30 a.m.
  • There is no adult supervision after 5.00 p.m. from Monday to Thursday.
  • On Fridays there is no adult supervision after 4.25 p.m.
  • Extra training and extracurricular activities finish at 5.50 p.m. from Monday to Thursday.
  • There are no extracurricular activities on Fridays.

Parents

Entrance and exit

Parents may not enter school during class time, except if called in for a parents’ meetings or class presentation.

Craighouse School promotes independence and autonomy in all our pupils from a young age. Therefore, in the morning parents are encouraged to use our drop off procedure (stop and drop), organised by the Traffic Brigade. All entrances to the school are supervised by members or our staff until the gates close.

Only parents from Playgroup to Year 2 may take their children to their classrooms, but must leave promptly. In case of late arrivals, they must leave their children in the reception area, where they will be met by an inspector.

Parents and guardians from Playgroup, Pre-Kinder, Kinder, Year 1 and Year 2 who pick up their children must sign the withdrawal list provided by the Class Form Tutor/Teacher.

Parents collecting pupils from the Primary Section at 12.35 or 3.05 p.m. are not authorised to go to other sections of the school  as classes are still in progress.

We remind our parents who park in the Primary Section parking zone that the gate is closed every morning at 08.20 a.m. If they need to stay longer, the inspector must be informed.

Interviews with teachers

Parents who have an interview with a teacher must go to the reception area, where the receptionist will inform the corresponding section. They will only be allowed inside the school once the receptionist has located the person who is going to interview them.

Interviews with Headmaster and/or members of administrative staff, Sports Department, Parents’ Association or Cobs&Cogs:

Parents or visitors who have scheduled an interview with any of the staff mentioned above must go to reception, where the receptionist will ask for their names, ID  number will give them an identification badge and announce their arrival. This is valid for parents and the general public.

CARE, Centro de Padres and COBS & COGS

Parents working on these committees will receive an identification card. The activities of these groups will be registered and included in the calendars and schedules of the different sections. The receptionist will be aware of these meetings and activities, and will therefore authorise entry to the school.

Craighouse School Former Pupils

Former pupils visiting the school and are not parents and / or guardians, will have to identify themselves at the reception stating the reason for their visit and the section they will go to. The receptionist will inform the Section Assistant or corresponding area to authorise entry.

Visiting hours are from 08.30 a.m. to 4.20 p.m.

General Public

Entrance and exit

On entering the school, all visitors must inform the receptionist who they have an appointment with (except for pupils and members of staff). They will be required to register in the reception area, where their names, I.D. numbers will be registered and they will be given and identification badge.

Please note that any visitor to the school must wear the identification badge at all times.

Entry to the school will also be allowed once the staff member who will receive the visitor has been located; otherwise they will have to remain in the reception area until they can be received.

These norms uphold and promote the values of respect, responsibility, honesty and effort, described in our School Life Guide and in our Educational Project.

We thank you for your support and commitment with our Entry and Exit Protocol, which helps us to promote a learning environment of respect and organisation. This updated protocol will come into effect as of, March, 2021.

Note: This policy may be subject to change or revision due to national contingencies beyond the control of the school.

Updated September 2020

Infirmary Regulations

The objective of the infirmary is to provide timely professional medical attention for any accidents and/or health problems that pupils may have during school hours, including during extracurricular activities. The purpose is to ensure pupils’ wellbeing and the continuity of academic activities.
In case of emergency, pupils will be taken, by either road or air transport, directly to Clínica Alemana.
The infirmary is currently attended by three professional nurses working full time Monday to Thursday from 8.05 a.m. to 6.05 p.m. and Friday from 8.05 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is also a paramedic on duty at the playing fields and at all sporting events.

Protocols for cases of accusations of agressions and or violation of pupil's rights

In coherence with our Educational Project, one of our aims at Craighouse School is to provide all members of our community with a safe environment where their integrity is protected. Our School Life Guide, together with our Formative and Academic Curricula, promote a culture of respect among all members of the school community.
However, we must be alert to any possible situations within this community, and which transgress its rules and values, put the safety of one of the members at risk, and physically or psychologically harm our pupils.
In this document we describe the procedures that the school will follow through a series of protocols, whose purpose is to protect the integrity and privacy of each pupil, without revealing their situation to the community, nor any possible sanctions, if applicable, as per the School Life Guide. Information regarding sanctions or formative measures will only be given to the families involved, and only with respect to their own child.

School Uniform and Personal Appearance Policy

For Craighouse School the uniform faithfully reflects our history and traditions; therefore, in 2012 we decided to renew our image so as to highlight the attributes of formality, British traditions and respect in the new garments. This information was shared in due course with the whole community.