Relationships between Family and School:
The St. Rita School, Dbayeh, educational policies attach great importance to the ongoing relationships with the students’ parents, who trust the school and entrust their children to its staff in totality. Hence, various measures are taken to promote contacts not only between the administration and parents but also between parents and teachers, the secretariat and the school accounting department.
This cooperation aims to:
- Provide parents with accurate information about their children.
- Arrange teacher schedules so that parents can meet each teachers at a set time each week to enquire about their child’s progress, setbacks, or difficulties.
- Ensure ongoing consultation on learning difficulties that hinder a student’s progress.
Relationships between Students and the School:
a) The Rights of the Student:
The student has the right:
- To have his or her character respected at all times to allow him or her to flourish and manifest inherent freedoms, skills, and positive tendencies.
- To have his or her knowledge developed through the appropriate means and under favorable conditions.
- To be guided by the best teachers and educators.
- To have his or her intellectual, spiritual, and physical development supervised by the school.
b) The Duties of the Student:
Every student ought to:
- Fully comply with the guidelines of the school administration.
- Strictly adhere to and respect the school timetable. Any student who is absent for one day or more, or for one lesson or more, can only return to school after his parents contact the administration. Should a student be absent due to illness, the school must be notified on the first day of absence. Upon the student’s return to school, the student must present an endorsed medical report that is also signed by both parents.
- Comply with the school dress code and appearance requirements as well as with the rules governing the students’ relationships with their peers, the administration, and the teachers.
- Refrain from leaving the school premises during mandatory attendance time, unless the parents expressly request their child’s departure for a compelling reason, or in the case of a justified dismissal of the student by the administration and after a written or oral notification of the parents.
- Transmit all information and correspondence to the parents and, at the same time, transmit to the administration any message from the parents.
- Avoid all actions that undermine the set standards, on the individual or collective levels.
- Safeguard the school’s reputation by his or her behavior outside the school, as well as by his or her social behavior in general.
- Avoid any activity of a partisan or ideological nature on school grounds, as well as any grouping that is incompatible with the school objectives, and this under the pain of a sanction going from a blame, to a warning, and probably culminating in the temporary or permanent expulsion of the student, depending on the seriousness of the violation.
The Relationship of the Teachers with the School:
a) Contractual Relationship:
This type of relationship deals with the professional situation of teachers who fall into three categories: Tenured teachers (Cadres), full-time contract employees, and part-time contractual employees. Each teacher enjoys full rights in his or her category and under the laws in force, regarding private tuition-paying schools.
When signing the contract, however, the administration considers each teacher’s qualifications, aptitudes, seniority, and experience.
b) Pedagogical Relationship:
This type of relationship focuses on the mobilization of energies, options, means, development, training, and cooperation among the members of the educational community.
- The school day starts at 7:40 a.m. for all classes. It ends at 2:00 p.m. for pre-school, at 2:25 p.m. for primary 1 and 2, and at 2:30 p.m. for middle and high school. It includes two breaks.
- Students must be present at school by 7:30 a.m.
- Every student’s presence is of paramount importance. In the case of absence, the student must come to school with a written excuse from his parents.