Policies

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ADMISSION POLICY
POLICY : The Australian International School provides quality education for all nationalities, expatriate and local students on a fee paying basis, and subject to admission criteria.
CONTEXT:
» The school operates the world standard Western Australian outcomes based curriculum, with Bangla as the language other than English.
» Enrolment is subject to an assessment by a Coordinating Teacher
» Admission will be made with reference to the student's academic and behavioral performance, and within the context of the school's Special Needs Policy.
» The Principal must ensure classes maintain a balance of abilities, and that every student can experience a meaningful educational program.
PRACTICE:
» Students may be accepted into Early Childhood, Foundation and Pre-Primary following assessment. (Please note: This does not guarantee entry into Grade 1)
» All students entering Year-1 onward are subject to assessment, and the acceptance of enrolment will be at the discretion of the Principal.
» All Early Childhood and Foundation applicants must be toilet trained.
» Students will be subject to ongoing assessment in order to retain their position in the school.
» The school reserves the right to cancel enrollment.
» In enrolling a student, parents accept the conditions indicated in the enrolment package, and also the fees payment and refund structure, which is listed on the webpage.
1. Age levels for consideration of placement are:
» EC – Must turn three years of age by September 15
» Foundations – Must turn four years of age before September 15th
» Pre-Primary – Must turn five years of age before September 15th
» Grade One – Must turn six years of age before December 31st
» Grade Two – Must turn seven years of age before December 31st
» Grade Three – Must turn eight years of age before December 31st
Policy Dated February 2008
For Review August 2008

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FEES POLICY
POLICY: The Board of the Australian International School, Dhaka sets fees and charges for student enrolment and tuition.
CONTEXT:
» Payment can be made in lump sum form, and or in installments.
» If students start or leave mid-term, part payment or refunds may be applicable.
PRACTICE:
Admission: a.  See full Admission Policy        b.  See Fees Schedule
» The Australian International School, Dhaka is an English medium school, delivering the Western Australian Curriculum. Its main purpose is to provide quality education for all nationalities, expatriate and local.
» Enrolling may begin in Early Childhood, Foundation or Pre-Primary, however this does not guarantee the child a place in Year-1 as academic screening is difficult when students are enrolled in preschool. Promotion to Year-1 will depend on whether or not any behavioral or academic problems are evident by the end of Pre-Primary.
» New students enrolling in Year-1 and upwards will be assessed. Consideration will then be given to achievement level, age, physical and emotional maturity before placing in the appropriate class.
INFORMATION FLOW:
» Enrolment enquiry Form to be completed by parents
>> provide last 2 school reports
» If a space is not available the Enquiry Form will be put on our waiting list file.
» If a space is available the Coordinator will assess the student.
» Enrolment package to be completed if the Principal confirms the application
>> complete health & immunization records
>> two photographs of the student
>> one photo of each person nominated to collect the student
>> present Birth Certificate
Once a student has been accepted into the school the following must be paid before class attendance can begin :
-- Application Fee (non-refundable)
-- Annual Fee (non-refundable)
-- Tuition Fee (can be paid annually or per term)
School fees covers tuition, books, basic classroom stationery, equipment and materials used in all subjects and salaries of teaching. Fees vary between year levels based on instructional costs.
FEES STRUCTURE:
>>See the webpage www.ausisdhaka.net
PAYMENT:
Application Fee is paid once. The Annual Fee and Tuition Fee can be paid by choosing one of the options below:
Option 1:Annual Fee and one year Tuition Fee paid in full.
Option 2:Annual Fee paid in full. Tuition Fee can be broken down and paid prior to each term. There are four terms to the academic year.
HOW TO MAKE THE PAYMENT:
>>All fees must be paid in cash.
>>The school will accept USD.
>>All payments in Taka should be deposited at the bank, being:
EXIM Bank Limited, Gulshan Branch
In favour of: International Holdings Limited
Account # 0711100035905

Please note: You will be provided with a Bank and School deposit book and it is your responsibility to ensure receipt of payment is returned to the school reception desk for the Accountant.Please do not forget to fill in the back of the receipt that is returned to school as evidence of payment.
PAYMENT PERIOD:
>>Option 1 : If you have chosen to pay by this option, then all fees must be paid within thirty days of the date due. If an arrangement for payment is not made within these thirty days, your child could be removed from class.
>>Option 2 : If you have chosen to pay by this option, then all fees must be paid within seven days of the date due. If an arrangement is not made within these seven days, your child could be removed from class.

NEW AND CONTINUING STUDENTS ENROLLING DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR:
Students enrolling anytime after the first day of the academic year will be required to pay the full Annual Fee and the full Tuition Fee for the term of enrolment. Continuing students from the preceding year, but starting school late in the current academic year, will be required to pay full Annual Fees as a position was reserved for them. However, enrolment can be terminated if requested, and re-enrolment will be allowed if there is room in that year.
LATE FEES:
Fees not paid within the due dates will incur a late fee penalty.
Option 1:Fees not paid within thirty days of the date due, will incur a late fee of 5% per month until fees are paid. Any portion of the month will be billed as an entire month.
Option 2:Fees not paid within seven days of the date due, will incur a late fee of 5% for the first two weeks and thereafter 10% until fees are paid. Any portion of the week will be billed as an entire week.
NON PAYMENT OF FEES:
If your child has been removed from class and payment of fees has not been made within thirty days from this time your child will be unenroled. Once all payment of outstanding fees are made your child may enroll again as a new student depending on availability of space.
Reports cards and any other school records will not be released until full outstanding payment is made.
REFUND POLICY:
>>The Tuition Fee is refundable only when there is a full term of non-attendance. A written notice of the date of withdrawal should be made to the school as soon as possible.
>>The Application Fee and the Annual Fee are non-refundable.
MISCELLANEOUS:
TRANSPORTATION:Bus transportation to and from school is at an additional cost. This is available to students in Gulshan, Banani and Baridhara areas.
LOST OR DAMAGED BOOKS: You will be billed for any lost or damaged books. This must be paid for immediately. If the lost book is found and is undamaged the money paid will be refunded. Any outstanding amounts will prevent release of student report records.

Policy Dated February 2008
For Review August 2008

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HOMEWORK POLICY


DEFINITION:
Homework is defined as meaningful and quality work assigned to students that is intended to be completed during non-instructional hours.
POLICY:
The School recognizes the importance of assigning meaningful and quality homework to students. Research indicates that schools in which homework is routinely assigned and assessed tend to have higher achieving students. Homework fosters student achievement, independence, and responsibility and serves as a vital link between school and home. Therefore, it is the policy of Ausis that meaningful and quality homework is required at all grade levels in all schools.
PRACTICE:
Homework should:
>> Reinforce principles, skills, concepts, and information taught in the classroom
>> be meaningful, appropriate to the ability and instructional level of students
>> support creative, logical, critical and analytical thinking
>> foster self-discipline, self motivation and the wise and orderly use of time
>> be adequately explained by teachers and clearly understood by parents
A. Types of Homework
Homework may vary according to student needs:
>> Practice assignments strengthen newly acquired skills or knowledge.
>> Preparation assignments provide opportunities for students to read, gather and/or organize background materials and information.
>> Extension assignments allow students to exercise skills of research and application; such assignments encourage student initiative and creativity.
Responsibilities:
Teachers shall:
>> set clear standards and expectations for the quality of work based on the needs of students
>> create an effective system for communicating homework guidelines for parents and students
>> review/correct homework and provide timely and appropriate feedback regarding the completion of assignment as a step toward mastering of the expected standards
>> coordinate projects so that all students have access to research and digital tools including textbooks
>> assign homework that is academically challenging and appropriate to the student’s level of competence
>> design quality homework which is relevant to the curriculum and tied to mastery
>> allow for varied learning styles by including choices in types of assignments when possible
>> provide students with a reasonable estimate of the amount of time necessary to complete each homework assignment
>> provide specific written explanation, rubric or model, of long term assignments so that the requirements, expectations and timelines are clearly understood by the students
>> provide students the opportunity to ask questions to clarify assignments before leaving class
>> evaluate group projects based upon a predefined rubric which includes individual student participation and group process and allow time in class for individuals and groups to work on projects
>> be sensitive regarding the assignment of homework due the day after a religious holiday and assigned school breaks and weekends
>> Collaborate between teachers at the secondary level regarding when homework would be assigned. There should be a balance of projects so they are not assigned at the same time
>> review and grade homework
>> allow ESL students more time to do their homework

Students shall:
>> understand that homework is part of the course requirements
>> ask questions to clarify homework assignments before leaving class
>> complete and submit homework assignments by the due date
>> complete all assignments honestly in accordance with the teacher’s directions
Parents shall:
>> provide a suitable environment for homework
>> remind students that homework is their responsibility
>> guide or assist in homework when unusual difficulties arise but never do the homework for their child
>> encourage students to ask their teacher (s) clarifying questions concerning their homework
>> communicate with the teacher(s)
>> monitor activities so that sufficient time is provided for homework
>> Prohibit cheating, plagiarism and any other dishonest practices in the completion of homework.
Classroom Management
>> Teacher to set up a process to show work has been set, and completed
>> This may be simple as a grid for parents to sign
>> Teachers need to be aware that setting senior students an hour or more homework may generate an additional marking load which may reduce their classroom effectiveness
Suggested Time Allocation
Grade One ------ As Required
Grade Two ------ As Required
Grade Three ------ As Required
Grade Four ------ As Required
Grade Five ------ As Required
Grade Six ------ As Required
Grade Seven to Grade Eight ------ As Required
Grades Nine to Twelve ------ As Required

Policy Dated February 2008
For Review August 2008

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REPORTING TO PARENTS POLICY


POLICY:
Parents shall receive timely and appropriate reports on their child's progress.
CONTEXT:
>> Teachers regularly assess children's social, emotional and academic progress.
>> Parents are to be informed of that progress, and areas of concern in a planned cycle of contact.
>> When a concern arises, the teacher has a responsibility to initiate contact with the parents.
>> In this way a report will be a confirmation of ongoing contact information, and should not contain any new concerns.
PRACTICE:
>> Early in term 1 a class meeting will be held for parents to learn about the operation of their childs class, and meet the class teacher and co-ordinator.
>> At the end of term 1, a parent/teacher interview schedule will be set up in each class.
>> Each contact will only be 10-15 minutes.
>> The meetings will primarily be in the teachers DOTT time, after school, or other times by negotiation.
>> At the end of semester 1, Pre Primary and Years 1-8 parents will receive a Portfolio of their child's work with tagged examples showing the level outcome and assessment criteria.
>> At the end of semester 1, Early Childhood & Foundation parents will receive a formal report in a format appropriate to the phase of development.
>> At the end of semester 2, a formal report will be issued from EC - Year 8.

February 2008
For Revision August 2008

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TUTORING POLICY


POLICY:
Teaching staff may not undertake out-of-hours tutoring of AusIS students

>> Teachers shall fulfill the responsibilities of their assignment prior to involving themselves in other activities such as private tutoring, teaching in other institutions, and other activities for remuneration. A staff member shall not tutor for remuneration students who are assigned to the staff member's classes or area of professional responsibility.
>> According to a ruling of the Dhaka International School Association any staff member that is tutoring a student of another international school must notify the other school.
>> Nothing in this policy shall prevent the CEO or designee from hiring staff members to provide remediation and intervention for students.

Dated February 2008
For Revision August 2008

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SWIMMING POLICY


POLICY:
All AusIS students from Years 1 to 9 will engage in swimming lessons as a compulsory part of the Physical & Health Education learning area.
CONTEXT:
In Bangladesh, like other countries around the world, children are frequently exposed to a variety of aquatic environments. With the abundant beaches, rivers, water playgrounds and swimming pools it is vital that children are provided with the opportunity to develop effective water safety skills. Learning to swim is a central component of this process and also enables children to enjoy the advantages afforded by the climate and natural surroundings in our environment.
PRACTICE:
>> The primary school has its own swimming pool
>> The senior campus relies on local schools and clubs to access their facilities
>> Lessons are held by fully qualified instructors.
>> If a child is not well enough to swim on their scheduled day the parent must send a note to the teacher and the student will be taken care of while the class is in the pool.
>> If a child has a medical or physical condition that will not allow them to participate in swimming classes a doctor has to provide a medical certificate.

Policy February 2008
For Review August 2008

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BANGLA POLICY


POLICY:
The Western Australian School Curriculum and Standards Authority requires all students to learn a language other than English as a compulsory learning area subject. Bangla is the LOTE in AusIS.
CONTEXT:
>> AusIS uses the Western Australian School Curriculum and Standards Authority documents as the structure for all classes
>> One of the 8 compulsory learning areas is LOTE
>> The actual language taught as LOTE is not important in educational terms
>> Any second language provides the educational experience of sound, pitch & language structure which lays the foundation for future language learning success
PRACTICE:
>> Bangla is chosen as AusIS LOTE as a continuous supply of natural speakers can be assured
>> Students who use Bangla in adult life have the school benefit of having learnt the formal structure of the language
>> Those who do not speak Bangla in later life still carry forward the benefit of a childhood LOTE experience
>> LOTE will be assessed in the school report in the same way as are all other learning areas.

Policy Dated February 2008
Revision Date August 2008

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HEAD LICE POLICY


POLICY:
Students who have head lice are to be excluded from school until all traces have been removed.
CONTEXT:
>> Head lice are a fact of life, and are found in all strata of society
>> Having head lice is no reflection on the cleanliness of a child
>> Treatments range from weak homeopathies to chemicals
>> The school has an excellent handout for children who have head lice
PRACTICE:
>> When lice are detected a child will be removed from the class and playground to reduce the prospect of transmission
>> Parents will be called to collect the child
>> If any eggs are detected the student will not be able to return to the classroom
>> DO NOT SHAVE A CHILD'S HEAD as it causes a great deal of embarrassment, and is also unnecessarily drastic

Policy February 2008
For Review August 2008

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