Korea International School Middle School - Parent-Student Handbook 2019-2020

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Korea International School Middle School - Parent-Student Handbook 2019-2020
Korea International School
     Middle School

 Parent-Student Handbook
                Korea International School Mission:
The mission of Korea International School is to inspire students with
a passion for learning and cultivate the competence, self-assurance,
initiative, and creativity necessary for success in the global

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Korea International School Middle School - Parent-Student Handbook 2019-2020
Korea International School
                                        Middle School

       Welcome to the 2019-20 school year for the Korea International School Middle School Program.
The Middle School Program is a rigorous three-year transitional program supporting students as they move
from the elementary level into the exceptional Korea International School High School.
       Our middle-level program is based on developing the strong foundation each student needs to
succeed academically and socially. We strive to build long-lasting relationships with all students while
staying focused on the following five Core Values of KIS. During the middle-level years these five
foundational areas guide both the work undertaken in our classrooms and the overall KIS system:

The Five Core Values of KIS

    Global Citizenship
      By developing an appreciation and understanding of world cultures, communities and
       By educating our school community to become ethical, fair, honest and responsible citizens.
      By providing a variety of challenging experiences that promote success and the ability to see
      change in a positive light.
    Balance in Life
      By nurturing physical, social-emotional, creative, and intellectual wellness, leading to healthy
      By providing opportunities to apply knowledge and skills to real-world situations, fostering
      confidence, leadership, and responsible risk-taking.
        Through the five Core Values of Global Citizenship, Integrity, Adaptability, Balance in Life, and
Empowerment, we strive to build the skills necessary for the success of each student. We develop these
skills through a comprehensive educational approach making use of conventional and unconventional
classroom instruction methods. We believe our students need to learn in a variety of different
environments while maintaining the appropriate academic rigor. The teaching faculty at Korea
International School is dedicated to this philosophy and they use differentiated lessons to support the
development of well-rounded learners. Along with this, as parents, guardians and teachers, we must
promote positive communication in order to best support these educational philosophies. As such, please
feel free to contact the school if you have specific questions, comments, or concerns.
        Lastly, we take pride in being part of the KIS family and we strive to build the emotional,
academic, and social skills needed to be successful in a global society. Throughout the year your student
will have multiple opportunities to develop different aspects of these skills, ultimately laying the critical
foundation for well-rounded success. The new school year brings opportunities for growth and
understanding- a platform that allows all members of KIS to excel. Again, we would like to welcome all
students, parents, and guardians to another exciting school year and thank you for your support and
dedication to our school.

                                                              Mr. Jim Slaid
                                                              Middle School Principal
                                                              Korea International School

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Korea International School Middle School - Parent-Student Handbook 2019-2020
Letter from the Principal                ii              Parent Volunteers                     10
Table of Contents                       iii              Parent Communication                  10
MS Philosophy & ESLRs                   iv               Powerschool Resources                 10
Contact Information                     v             Student Expectations
2019-2020 School Calendar               vi               Student Rights and Responsibilities   10
General Information                                      Student Discipline Definitions        10
  Schedule                               1               Student Conduct Rules                 11
  School Lunch                           1               Academic Honesty                      12
   Bell Schedule                         1               Aggressive Behavior                   14
  Closed Campus-Off Campus Areas         2               Alcoholic Beverages/Drugs             14
  Gifts                                  2               Attendance                            14
  ID Cards                               2               Cell Phone/Electronic Device Use      17
  Inclement Weather                      2               Disrupting the Educational Process    17
  Lost and Found                         2               Elevator Use                          17
  Textbooks                              2               Emergency Procedures                  17
  Surprise Parties/Events                2               Explosive Devices                     17
  Telephone calls                        3               False Alarms/False Allegations        17
  Visitor Policy                         3               Fire/Arson                            17
Academics                                                Firearms/weapons                      17
    Grades and grading scale             3               Forgery and Gambling                  18
    Honor Roll                           3               Freedom of Expression                 18
    Homework                             3               Harassment and Bullying               19
    Homework Support                     4               Inappropriate Language                20
    Student Trips                        4               Insubordination                       20
    Withdrawal Policy                    4               Insults or Abuse                      21
    Schedule Changes                     4               Language at KIS                       21
    Academic Probation/Suspension        4               Littering                             21
    Staying after School                 5               Lockers                               21
    Extra-Curricular Activities          5               Matches                               21
    Library Procedures                   5               Misconduct/General Behavior           21
    Awards                               5               Personal Grooming/Attire              22
Health and Safety                                        Public Displays of Affection          22
    Safety Drills                        6               School Bus Use                        23
    School Nurse                         6               School Property/Vandalism             23
    Physical Examinations                6               Skates, Skateboards, etc.             23
   Emergency Info/Required immunizations 6               Student Leadership                    23
   Exclusion from school                 7               Theft/possession of stolen property   24
   Outdoor Air Quality Policy            8               Tobacco Use/Possession                24
Parental Involvement at KIS                              Valuables at School                   24
    Parent Expectations                  9            Acceptable Use Agreement                 25
    Parent-Teacher Conferences           9            Acknowledgement Form                     27
    Parent-Teacher Organization          9

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KIS Middle School Philosophy

We believe that the Middle School should effectively meet the needs of the early adolescent learner. We
will achieve this by providing:
    • A structured learning environment where teachers can provide for student’ individual needs.
    • A balanced curriculum of skill development and content information using a variety of approaches.
    • Support and encouragement to achieve academic excellence through maximum effort.
    • Experiences designed to enhance each student's self-esteem.
    • Opportunities for students to assume increasing amounts of responsibility.
    • A program that promotes positive interaction between students of different ages and grade levels.
    • Counseling, support, and guidance to assist students.
    • Regular communication with parents on matters relating to their child and to the school program.
    • An extra-curricular activities program which complements the overall school, designed to cover a
      full range of student.

                                  Korea International School
                             Expected School-wide Learning Results

Students will Exhibit Citizenship by:
• Modeling ethical, fair, honest, and responsible behaviors.
• Demonstrating a positive understanding of self, community and the world.
• Proactively contributing to civic, environmental and social issues.
Students will Communicate Effectively by:
• Practicing active listening skills.
• Processing information and presenting concrete and abstract ideas.
• Demonstrating participation skills and the ability to work collaboratively.
Students will Think Creatively and Reason Critically by:
• Exploring and understanding issues from multiple viewpoints.
• Applying knowledge to real world situations.
• Creating, implementing and self-assessing original ideas.
Students will Utilize Information & Technology Effectively by:
• Accessing information and evaluating its validity and usefulness.
• Demonstrating a sound understanding and use of various technologies.
• Selecting appropriate technologies and resources to plan and produce authentic products.
• Understanding and practicing safe, ethical and legal behaviors related to information and technology.

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Korea International School
    27 Daewangpangyo-ro, 385 beon-gil, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, 13543
Telephone: (82)-31-789-0509 MS Office: (82)-31-724-5701 Fax: (82)-31-724-5702 www.kis.or.kr

                                  School Director
                               Ms. Michelle Quirin

                            Middle School Principal
                                    Mr. Jim Slaid

                     Middle School Associate Principal
                                  Mr. Eric Majors

                           Middle School Counselor
                                  Ms. Jennifer Yoo

              Associate Principal of Activities and Athletics
                              Mr. Will Vreugdenhil

                   Principal of Teaching and Learning
                                     Ms. Liz Cho

                              Ms. Monica Williams

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Korea International School – General Information
Middle School Daily Schedule
The school day begins at 8:00am for all grades. Unless otherwise noted, students are dismissed
from school at 3:00pm. Parents who drive their children to school, please make every effort to arrive on
time. On time arrival is particularly important to set a positive learning tone for the rest of the
school day. Equally important, please arrive on time to pick your child up from school at the end of the
school day. Students should not enter the school beyond B3 in the Elementary School until 7:45am.

Block Scheduling
An important feature of our Middle School is the eight-period rotating schedule. This schedule
provides blocks of time that enable students to delve more deeply into content. Because of this rotating
schedule good attendance is essential. A single absence can and will have a negative impact on your
child’s learning.

This schedule has the following characteristics:
• Long blocks of time which alternate between morning and afternoon depending on the rotation
• A specific set of required classes for each grade level

School Lunch
A hot lunch is served daily with food choices of Korean, international, vegetarian, halal, or deli. Each
month's lunch menu is posted in the cafeteria and on our KIS website. A Korean lunch and other options
are available daily at varying prices. Meals are charged using student ID cards and money must be
deposited on the card in advance. Students are not allowed to order food from an off-campus
vendor without Administrative permission.

          2019-20 KIS Middle School Bell Schedule

               PERIOD 1                                   8:00 - 9:21
               PERIOD 2                                  9:28 – 10:48
         Club/Advisory Period                           10:53 – 11:25
                  Lunch                                 11:30 – 12:08
               PERIOD 3                                 12:13 – 13:33
               PERIOD 4                                 13:40 – 15:00

Closed Campus – Off Campus Areas
Only school administrators may grant formal permission for a student to leave campus for any reason.
Students may not travel in areas of the school that are considered “off-limits.” These areas vary according
to time of day and types of school events that occur. Students will be well informed of the areas identified
as “off-limits.”

Gifts, Cash, and Gift Certificates from Parents, Students, or Other Parties
Per the improper solicitation and graft act (Kim Young Ran Law), any gifts or food items of monetary
value provided by a student or parent to the teacher are prohibited. Any questions about this prohibition
should be addressed to your administrator for clarification.

ID Cards
Every student is required to carry his or her ID card at all times. These cards are used to purchase student
lunches, check out library books and textbooks, and to access printers located throughout the building.
If a student loses an ID card, he/she should report the loss to the MS Principal’s office and contact
the cafeteria to freeze the lunch balance. If a replacement card is needed, the student must contact
the business office to request a replacement. The cost of a replacement card is 10,000 KRW. If a student
has been enrolled at KIS for more than three consecutive years, an updated ID card can be obtained
from the business office (at no extra expense to the student) only during the first week of school.
If it is determined that a student deliberately defaces the “ID Card” by removing or replacing the
photo, he/she will be disciplined accordingly. Each student must have his/her ID card on campus each

Inclement Weather
A school day may be cancelled in the event of extraordinary environmental conditions. Examples include,
but are not limited to rain, snow, and yellow dust. Such events rarely occur, but should they occur, the
school will make every reasonable effort to contact parents by 6:30am that morning.

Lost and Found
KIS is not responsible for lost or stolen items. In order to keep losses to a minimum, students are advised
to bring only education-essential items to school. Valuable items that are found should be immediately
taken to the Lost and Found Office on the first floor of the Middle School building.

Throughout the year students will be required to check out textbooks and other classroom materials
from the Instructional Resource Center. Students will check out these items by using the student
identification cards. Each student is responsible for the safe care and handling of these materials and
for personally returning them to the textbook room. If a student loses a textbook or other classroom
material, he or she will be charged a fee for the lost item. The charge for the lost item will be
based on the current replacement cost of the item plus an additional cost to cover shipping fees.
Students must return or pay for the lost item before report cards will be released.

Surprise Parties/Events
KIS does not permit unannounced or unanticipated parties for students at any time during the school
day. As well-intentioned as such events might be, they disrupt the educational process. Parents wishing to
stage special events during school hours must first contact the teacher or an administrator for
permission to do so at least one full school week prior to the proposed event. Plans cannot go forward
unless the Principal determines that the event will not disrupt the educational process. Students
wishing to stage a special event must receive permission from the teacher at least one full school day
prior to the proposed event. If the event is to occur during lunch, the Principal must give permission at
least one full school day prior to the proposed event.
Telephone Calls
Telephones are located in each administrator’s office. In emergency situations, students may request to
use these phones. Students are not allowed to use the telephones in the Business Office.

Visitor Policy
Parents and adult community members may visit the school with permission of an
administrator. Students from other schools, or minors not enrolled at KIS may not visit the school at any
time during the school day. Parents, graduates, and adult community members wishing to visit must
contact the appropriate building principal prior to arrival. Upon arrival at school, visitors must present
themselves at the guard’s office to receive a Visitor Pass. The pass must be displayed at all times.

Middle School Grading Scale

      Grade               Percentage                    Grade Point
      A                     93-100                         4.00
      A-                    90-92                          3.67
      B+                    87-89                          3.33
      B                     83-86                          3.00
      B-                    80-82                          2.67
      C+                    77-79                          2.33
      C                     73-76                          2.00
      C-                    70-72                          1.67
      D+                    67-69                          1.33
      D                     60-66                          1.00
      F                     59 and below                   0.00

Honor Roll GPA Requirements
Principal’s List 3.67 - 4.00
Honor Roll       3.34 - 3.66

The purpose of homework is to:
 • Provide further reinforcement of concepts and practice of skills learned in class;
 • Extend and enrich concepts presented in class;
 • Develop effective study habits and time management skills; and
 • Promote independent learning skills which foster successful life-long learning. Teachers develop
   a variety of homework assignments, which may include daily practice, long-term projects, completion
   of class work and preparation for class activities, tests and quizzes.

Responsibilities for Homework

Teacher’s Role
 • Provide further reinforcement of concepts and practice of skills learned in class in a relevant and
   meaningful way
 • Extend and enrich concepts presented in class

• Develop effective study habits and time management skills
• Promote independent learning skills which foster successful life-long learning
• Design assignments that show sensitivity to and reflect the realities of students‟ grade level
  and academic schedule

Student’s Role
 • Complete assigned homework on time and to the best of his/her ability
 • To turn in assignments that reflects their own work
 • Seek extra help from teachers if an assignment is unclear or difficult to understand
 • Complete make-up assignments and submit them in the required time frame when work is missed
   due to an excused absence

Parent’s Role
• Allow and arrange time for your child to effectively complete his/her homework assignments
• Set up a “homework spot” that is quiet, free from distractions, has study materials readily
  available, provides good lighting, and is easily monitored by the parent
• Support your child by showing interest in his/her work
• Encourage your child to ask the teacher for help before a question becomes a problem or a
  problem becomes a crisis
• Monitor your child’s work while fostering independence and responsibility for their own education

Homework Support
Teachers are available by appointment before school each day, from 7:45am - 8:00am and from 3:00pm -
3:15pm after school, to assist students. Teachers are ready and willing to support and assist our students
as needed. Students are encouraged to contact individual teachers for appointments.

Student Trips
Students will take educational field trips to nearby locations and surrounding areas. The trips
strengthen the social-emotional bonding that takes place in middle school. Each class will participate in
an overnight experiential education trip at a site to be determined during the school year.

Withdrawal Policy
Parents need t o make a good faith effort to contact KIS within two weeks (minimum) of
intention to withdraw their child. This allows reasonable time to prepare a student’s transcript and other
records. The student is required to submit a completed check out form as a condition of withdrawal.
All obligations including, but not necessarily limited to, full payment of outstanding tuition, library
fees, textbook fees, and key returns must be met before school records will be released.

Schedule Changes
Student schedules will not be changed unless there is a legitimate academic reason to do so.
Course changes must be approved by the Principal or Associate Principal.

Academic Probation and Suspension
A student will be placed on academic probation if a student earns a mid-term grade point average of
1.70 or lower and/or is failing two or more classes. Parents will be formally notified in the event this
should happen. A student who remains on academic probation for two consecutive grading periods
may be required to withdraw from KIS. Expectations for students steadily increase as the students
advance from grade to grade at Korea International School. This is especially true for students in Grade
8, as they must be ready to achieve at high levels when they reach High School the following year.

To ensure that all students are prepared to succeed in High School, Korea International School
has established academic and behavioral transition standards that all Grade 8 students must reach in
order to be accepted into the High School. Students who reach Grade 8 who are at risk of not
meeting these standards must work closely with their teachers, support personnel, and the
administration to try and correct the academic deficiency or behavior problem before the end of the
school year. Students who do not succeed in meeting the academic and behavioral transition standards
will not be allowed to enroll in KIS High School.

Staying after School
Students involved in any sponsored after-school activity are entitled to remain on campus after
school. Students should be working on school work if they are staying after school and only in areas
designated allowable by administration. No students are allowed on campus after school on Mondays as
this time is designated for teacher meetings.

Extra-Curricular Activities
KIS offers a variety of extra-curricular enrichments for all students including but not limited to
table tennis, volleyball, basketball, cross-country, drama, music, soccer, and swimming.

Library Procedures
Parents are welcome to borrow books from the High School/Middle School Library. A KIS ID card is
required and is available from the Business Office. Parents may borrow up to five books, and the
loan period is two weeks. The Secondary Library hours are 7:30am – 5:00pm, Tuesday- Friday,
with the exception of student early-release days when the library closes at 12:30pm and
Mondays when the library closes at 3:15pm. During class time, students may use the library if
they bring a library pass from the classroom teacher. The library is closed during the passing time
between classes, but students may request a pass to use the library from the teacher of their next
scheduled class. This will prevent unnecessary tardy to class.

The following awards are presented annually with regards to the following criteria:

Outstanding Student Department Award
• Develops an appreciation and understanding for the subject outside of the classroom. (Global
• Is ethical, fair, honest and responsible in class (Integrity)
• Accepts challenges in the classroom and is a positive member of the class (Adaptability)
• Takes responsibility to apply knowledge and skills to real world situations (Empowerment)
• Communicates effectively through active listening, participation skills and collaborative work

Scholar Athlete of the Year Award
• Excels at leadership both in the classroom and on the field of competition;
• Demonstrates academic success;
• Has made significant contributions to his team's success; and
• Models a commitment to sportsmanship at all times.

Phoenix Pillar Scholarship
• Awarded to the student who has most exemplified the 10 Phoenix Pillars (courage, gratitude, grit,
  humility, integrity, kindness, respect, responsibility, self-advocacy, service) throughout the year.

Health and Safety
Fire Drills and Lockdown/Lockout Drills
Directions for evacuations are posted in each classroom. Teachers will guide students quickly and
quietly to assigned exits. Safety drills will be conducted throughout the school year.

School Nurse
KIS offers the service of a full-time resident nurse. Any student who is injured or becomes ill during
the school day will be accompanied or directed to the school nurse. The nurse is available to
respond to health–related questions. Should the need arise for health-related care external to KIS, the
student will be transported to a nearby medical facility such as Seoul National University Bundang
Hospital or other clinics.

Physical Examination and Medical History Requirements
All newly enrolled students are required to have a physical examination and medical history taken with
results on file in the Administrative Office prior to the student’s first day of enrollment. A
physical examination must be repeated every two years. As with the original examination, results must
be signed and dated by the attending physician and kept on file in the Nurse’s Office. A new
student’s medical examination must have taken place within six months of the student’s first
enrollment day at KIS. Medical history will be provided directly by the parents using the KIS standard
Medical History Form.

Emergency Information
KIS requires current emergency medical and contact information for every student. KIS maintains
an Emergency Medical Card on file for this purpose. Required up-to-date information includes the name
and contact telephone numbers (home and workplace) of both parents and telephone numbers (home
and workplace) of two persons responsible for the student when neither parent can be reached.

Sports / Physical Evaluation
Students on sports teams must obtain annual sports/physical evaluations from a physician within
the current calendar year.

Required Immunizations
Prior to the first day of enrollment as a KIS student, the student must be fully immunized against
the following: diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, chicken pox,
and any immunizations required by law.

Tuberculosis (TB) Testing Requirements
In addition to the immunizations above, a TB test (Mantoux or PPD) is required of each student prior
to the first day of enrollment. If the TB test is positive, certification by a physician of a negative chest x-
ray is required.

Students may not self-medicate while on school property. Each student who is required to take
medications during school hours on a regular basis or whenever needed must have a written
statement from the physician or written slip from parent, whether medication be over-the-counter or
prescription. The medication(s) with accompanying written statement must be clearly marked with
student’s name, name of medication(s), instructions, reason for medication, and parent’s signature. Only
the school nurse or another person designated by the principal is permitted to administer medication.
The nurse will not administer any medication at school without parental permission.

Exclusion from School
A student who is diagnosed with a communicable disease should be kept at home until fully recovered.
A doctor's certificate is needed in order to return to school. Students will be excluded from school for
the following conditions: lice, chickenpox, conjunctivitis (Not allergic), diphtheria, measles,
meningococcal disease, mumps, pertussis, scabies, tuberculosis, streptococcus infections, hemophiliac
influenza, gastrointestinal infections with diarrhea and fever, SARS, and any contagious disease by
the law. A student will be sent home and can't take a school bus if he/she exhibits any of the following
symptoms at school:

•   Fever of over 100.4°F (38°C)
•   Diarrhea
•   Severe respiratory distress, wheezing, coughing causing "croupy" "whooping" sounds
•   Yellowish tint to the skin or eyes (jaundice)
•   Tearing, irritation, and redness of eyelid lining, followed by swelling and discharge of pus
•   Unusual spots or rashes of unknown origin or infected areas of skin with yellow crusty areas
•   Severe headache, stomach ache, and/or vomiting

Parental Involvement at KIS
Parent Expectations
 • The parent acknowledges that the information contained in the school's Student/Parent
   Handbooks, delivered to each student, is known by the parents/guardian and is by this means
 • The parent will support the student in order to help him/her meet the school's academic and
   behavioral standards.
 • The parent agrees with the payment of all fees as established by the school and in accordance
   with authorized payment plans must be paid in full by the date established. In the case of non-
   payment, the School may restrict students from attending classes, withhold report cards, and/or
   refuse re-enrollment for the following semester.
 • The parent will ensure that the student attends all regularly scheduled classes. In the event of
   an absence, the parent understands that supporting documents of explanation for absence must be
 • The parents agree to cooperate and follow the directions of teachers and administrators in order
   to support the progress of the student.
 • The parent agrees to use proper channels of communication established by the school when
   seeking resolution to a problem or concern (i.e., initial contact with the teacher or person closest to
   the problem and then, if necessary, forwarding the matter to the Principal and then to the Director).
 • The parent understands that transportation services are provided to the student by a 3 party
   contractor. The parent agrees to comply with the policies and financial obligations set forth by the
   company. For detailed explanation of the busing policy consult the bussing contract. Korea
   International School is considered only an intermediary between the two parties.
 • The parent understands that cafeteria services are provided by a 3 party contractor. It is the
   responsibility of the parents to comply with the payment scheduling set forth by said company
   along with its policies. In instance of conflict, the policies set forth by the 3rd party shall be
   followed for resolution. Korea International School is considered only an intermediary between the
   two parties.
 • The parent understands their responsibility to contribute to a positive school environment and
   avoid conduct which creates or promotes intolerance or disharmony between and/or among the
   members of our school community and avoid making unfounded comments that may damage
   the image of the School or the staff.

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-Teacher conferences are held once per semester. Parents are encouraged to attend and meet
with each of their child’s classroom teachers.

Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)
The PTO has the mission to enhance the KIS community and to support students, faculty, and
parents. The PTO achieves this goal through annually-selected activities chosen by the organization and
supported by parent volunteers. The PTO actively supports athletic tournaments and raises funds to
assist students in different projects such as school socials and other school wide events. The PTO, in
partnership with the school, has supported community service programs that help students achieve
personal growth as well as learning to give back to the surrounding community. Members of the
PTO will serve in an advisory capacity to the school administration and provide valuable input into
educational programs and the future of the school. The PTO meeting schedule will be posted and any
parent is welcome.

Parent Volunteers
One recurring theme throughout all quality schools is active parent involvement. Volunteers may assist
in the classroom, in the library, on field trips, and help supervise activities before and after school.
Parents with unique talents are invited to contact the Principal to discuss how such talent might benefit
the KIS community. Parents wishing to explore volunteer opportunities are invited to contact the

Parent Communication
Students are most successful when a positive partnership exists between home and school. We
make every effort to communicate each student’s progress and to keep parents informed about school
activities through a variety of sources:

PTO meetings: Parent organization to help support the programs at the school
Phoenix Flyer: A digital resource highlighting important happenings at KIS. Published online at
Back to School Night: An evening at the beginning of the school year where the parents can visit with
all of their child’s teachers
PowerSchool Parent Resources: PowerSchool is an online administrative software service that Korea
International School uses for school and class organization. The service provides hosting and
database support for the middle school. PowerSchool will enhance communication between parents,
students, and teachers when used properly. Notable features of PowerSchool include the ability for
students and parents to check itemized grade reports, report cards, classroom attendance, homework
assignments, and class calendars. Parents and students will have the ability to access documents and
presentations that may be used in the classroom. These features are dependent on the teacher
uploading and updating this information on a regular basis, and our Middle School teachers will
update grades and other classroom related information approximately every two weeks.
Parent Portal: A link in PowerSchool with weekly announcements and events for the middle school
Direct Contact: Parents are encouraged to discuss any student-related issues with teachers.
KIS Website: The school website has a variety of information and the school calendar updates

Student Expectations
Student Rights and Responsibilities
This section explains the rights and responsibilities of middle school students regarding student conduct
and student discipline actions.

Student Discipline Terms and Definitions
Discipline/Detentions: all forms of corrective action or consequences other than suspension
and expulsion. A student may be excluded from a class or activity by a teacher or administrator
for an appropriate period of time. The student shall be under the supervision of a school employee
for the remainder of such period and may be placed in a semi-private space that can be observed
by staff. Discipline also includes the exclusion of a student from any activity conducted by or on
behalf of the school, such as athletics, dances, or other non-credit programs.

Suspension : a denial of attendance (other than for the balance of the immediate class, subject or
activity period for discipline purposes) at any single subject, class, activity; or full schedule of classes,
subjects, or activities; and any combination of the aforementioned for a stated period of time. The
building administrator may elect to suspend a student "in school." In such cases, the student shall be
placed in a semi-private alternative space that can be observed by staff. Suspension also may include
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a denial of admission or entry to real and personal property that is owned, leased, rented, or controlled
by the school. Students will have the opportunity to complete class work missed while under
suspension. Students who are suspended may be required to sign a behavior contract in order to return to

Expulsion means a denial of attendance to school. An expulsion also may include a denial of
admission or entry to real and personal property that is owned, leased, rented, or controlled by the school.

Exceptional Misconduct means misconduct other than absenteeism that is so serious in nature
and/or serious in terms of the disruptive effect upon the operation of the school as to warrant an
immediate suspension or expulsion. (Example: misconduct judged by the school to be the same or the
same nature as a violation of Korean/International law). In this handbook, any student conduct rule
marked with an asterisk (*) has been determined to be an exceptional misconduct offense.

Discipline Procedures
Students have the responsibility to follow the applicable policies and the conduct rules of
Korea International School. Students are subject to the discipline authority of the school officials
while on campus, at school-sponsored events (on or off-campus), and while under the supervision
of school employees. Students and parent/guardians have certain due process and other rights to
have student discipline and other corrective action reviewed. The Associate Principal will investigate
discipline issues, contact parents with relevant discoveries when appropriate, and administer
appropriate discipline if required. If parents are dissatisfied with these results they are encouraged
to discuss them with the Associate Principal. If, after speaking with the Associate Principal,
parents are still concerned about decisions and/or disciplinary consequences they may contact the
Principal. If the Principal concurs with the decisions and/or disciplinary consequences, and parents
remain dissatisfied they may appeal decisions to the School Director. The School Director’s decisions
will be final. Disciplinary authority shall be exercised with fairness and every effort shall be made by
administrators and faculty members to resolve problems through effective utilization of school
resources in cooperation with the student and his/her parent/guardian.

Student Conduct Expectations and Rules

A. General Expectations of Student Conduct
   1. The school’s student conduct rules and discipline procedures must be enforced to insure
      an optimum learning atmosphere in the classroom. An optimum learning atmosphere is a
      climate in which each student has the maximum opportunity to learn and the conduct of
      students that interfere with that climate is kept at an absolute minimum as determined by the
      classroom teacher.
   2. Students must comply with rules established for the governing of schools.
   3. Students must pursue their course of study and make reasonable progress.
   4. Students must respect the authority of teachers and the school’s authority to impose
      disciplinary action.
   5. Students who damage property at school or while under school jurisdiction may be
      suspended and/or disciplined accordingly. The student and parent/guardian shall be liable for
      any and all damages.
   6. Teachers may temporarily exclude students from the classroom instructional or activity area
      for disrupting the educational process in violation of the school’s disciplinary standards.
   7. Students shall be disciplined for bullying, intimidation, or harassment on the basis of
      race, national origin, gender, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or other

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B. Student Conduct Rules
The following conduct rules apply to students while they are in school, on school grounds, at
school- sponsored events, or in other circumstances that have a real and substantial relationship to
the lawful maintenance and operation of the school. Any student who violates the conduct rules
listed below is, depending upon the individual circumstances involved, subject to discipline,
suspension, or expulsion. Students are also subject to expulsion for violations of these rules or in
any other situation when the student’s presence poses an immediate and continuing danger to the
student, other students or school personnel, or an immediate and continuing threat of substantial
disruption of the educational process. Unless otherwise specified, violations of these rules are
cumulative throughout the student’s secondary school years. In addition, the school
reserves the right to discontinue a student’s enrollment based on student disciplinary history,
for either an individual occurrence or multiple infractions.

* Offenses marked with an asterisk (*) are exceptional misconduct offenses that allow a
suspension or expulsion to be imposed regardless of a student’s past disciplinary record.

B-1: Academic Honesty Policy
Korea International School expects and requires that students will uphold the highest standards of ethics
and academic excellence. The Academic Honesty Policy represents our effort to guarantee that students
are committed to building and maintaining a learning community of the highest integrity by carrying out
academic tasks with honesty in all situations.

Definition: “Academic dishonesty” includes, but is not limited to, the following:
  • Plagiarism (i.e., using someone else’s ideas or words without giving credit to that person,
     including direct quotes, paraphrasing without citing the source, summarizing, using or submitting
     work from previous years.).
  • Copying by any means other students’ homework (students who are observed in common
     areas looking at their own and another student’s lab notebook, worksheet, or any other
     homework assignment would be assumed to be in violation of this rule regardless of the exact
     wording of their work. Equally, students submitting assignments with identical phrases in free-
     response sections would be assumed to have violated the policy.).
  • Allowing one’s homework to be copied. In this regard, all homework is considered individual
     work unless otherwise stated by the teacher. As such, no student should physically give his/her
     homework to another student. If copying occurs, it will be presumed that the student who gave
     his/her homework to the copying student allowed the homework to be copied.
  • Using written formulas, hidden reference sheets, notes, codes, or key words on one’s person
     or objects for use on any test, quiz, presentation, or assignment without prior permission from
     the teacher; also, carrying such materials with the intention of using them on a test or exam.
  • Looking at another student’s test or quiz during its administration or using programmed material
     in watches, calculators, phones, MP3 players, or computer programs without permission from
     the teacher.
  • Giving answers or questions to another student during or after a test or quiz; receiving answers
     or questions from a student who is or has already taken a test or quiz (students engaged in any
     form of unauthorized communication while in the possession of a test or quiz may be presumed
     to be in violation of this rule).
  • Using the Internet, laptop computers, text messaging, phone cameras, MP3 players, or other
     modern technology to plagiarize, copy, or share work with another student (including but not
     limited to copying and pasting in whole or in part material from the Internet, purchasing
     material from the Internet to be submitted as one’s own work, using a translation program for a
     world language class, presenting lab data found on the Internet as one’s original work, using e-
     mail to share individual homework assignments).
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• Taking credit for work done by someone else (e.g., family members or tutors) including
    submitting rough drafts or similar created by another person.
  • Presenting invented data (e.g., lab results for lab activities that have not actually been
    conducted), information, or cited sources (in a bibliography) as authentic.
  • Any deceitful means used on a test, quiz, or assignment, including but not limited to
    stealing electronic or paper copies of tests from teachers‟ classrooms or computers; receiving
    copies of tests, quizzes, or assignments from students who took the class in previous years;
    possessing unauthorized teachers‟ materials; taking credit for work not completed (as in group
    assignments); submitting the same assignment for credit in multiple classes without teachers‟
  • Any other behavior that could be reasonably construed as academic dishonesty, including
    class- specific expectations explained in teachers‟ syllabi.

Note on cooperative work: all written work is individual work unless otherwise stated by the
classroom teacher. Although it is acceptable to talk with classmates, friends, and family members
about what you are studying and thinking, do not compose written work collaboratively, and make sure
that written work you submit for credit is presented entirely in your own words when quotation marks are
not used.

Consequences for Acts of Academic Dishonesty
All academic honesty violations will be reported to the Associate Principal who may then report
the incident to the principal and counseling office. A record of the violation will be put in the
student’s permanent file. In cases of significant or repeated offenses, Korea International School will
report acts of Academic Dishonesty to college admission officers.

First offense at KIS
   1. Student may receive a failing grade for the assignment, test, quiz, project, or exam (or
        other classroom consequence determined by the teacher).
   2. Student will be required to meet with the Associate Principal and/or school counselor to
        discuss the importance of academic integrity.
   3. Student’s parents will be informed of the violation.
   4. Student may receive an after-school detention.

Second offense at KIS
   1. Student will receive a zero or failing grade for the assignment, test, quiz, project, or exam.
   2. Student’s parents will be informed of the violation.
   3. Student will be required to meet with the Associate Principal and/or school counselor to
      discuss the importance of academic integrity.
   4. Student may be suspended from all sports and extra-curricular activities for a portion of
      the remaining season.
   5. Student will receive 2 after-school detentions.

Third offense at KIS
   1. Student will receive a zero or failing grade for the assignment, test, quiz, project, or exam. If it
       is a repeated offense in the same class, students may lose credit for the course.
   2. Student’s parents will be informed of the violation.
   3. Student will be required to meet with the Principal and their parents to discuss the importance
       of academic integrity.
   4. Student may be suspended from all sports and extra-curricular activities for a portion of or the
       rest of the season.
   5. Student       will    receive    a     1     day    out-of-school      suspension   from     school.
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Additional offenses at KIS
Additional offenses may result in expulsion from Korea International School.

B-2: Aggressive or Dangerous Behaviors
These rules prohibit behavior that causes or threatens physical harm to others.
   1. (*) AGGRESSIVE OR RECKLESS BEHAVIOR: Behavior, including disruptive behavior,
       that disregards a risk of harm to others or property.
   2. (*) ASSAULT: Intentionally injuring another or attempting to or threatening to do so. An
       assault may be committed without actually striking or injuring another person if a threat
       or action reasonably places the other person in fear of harm. An assault may be considered
       more serious misconduct than fighting and normally warrants a long-term suspension or more
       serious consequences for a first offense.
   3. (*) FIGHTING: Any physical altercation with another, or promoting or encouraging an
       altercation between others.
       First offense: Suspension (1-3 days)
       Second offense: Suspension or Expulsion (4 or more days)
       Third offense: Expulsion
   4. (*) THREATS: Communicating to another with the intent to cause them harm.
       First offense: Suspension (1-3 days)
       Second offense: Suspension or Expulsion (4 or more days)
       Third offense: Expulsion

B-3: Alcoholic Beverages and Drugs
Student use or possession of alcohol and other illegal, prohibited, or harmful drugs is prohibited. Out
of concern for student health, no pills or other medication are allowed at school unless supervised
under the direction of the school nurse. The use and/or possession of alcoholic beverages or
dangerous drugs by students is prohibited. Students involved with these substances will be subject to
suspension or expulsion.

B-4: Attendance
All students are expected to attend school regularly and be at school on time. Absenteeism may affect
the final grades received in all classes. A pattern of habitual absenteeism is cause for disciplinary
action. Parents are expected to inform the middle school office (031-724-5701) before 8:30am each
day that a student is absent or late. Students who are late must check in at the middle school office upon

i. Excused Absences:
Permission to be absent from school for reason(s) other than illness may be granted when requested
by the parent/guardian and agreed upon by the school authorities.
Absences will be excused if they are for:

   •   Illness, medical/dental appointments/services, bereavement, religious observance, family
       emergency, court appearances, or if the student has received approval by the school for a
       personal planned absence. School related activities, which require a student to miss class, count
       as excused absences.

Upon returning to school following an absence, students must clear the absence with either a note
or phone call by a parent/guardian stating the time and reason for the absence. Failure to clear this
absence may result in the appropriate level of discipline. These excuses become a part of the student's
attendance record. School officials may request additional verification for an absence whenever they
have reasonable grounds to believe the reasons stated in an excuse are not legitimate. A student must
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arrange for all make- up work following an excused absence. After a student has been absent for three
(3) days due to illness, the school office will assist in obtaining assignments. If this service is
necessary, a request should be made to the office. Also, students should email all of his/her
teachers to request makeup work and schedule time during or afterschool to catch up with each
teacher. Please allow 24 hours for teachers to prepare materials.

ii. Excessive Excused Absences:
A pattern of absenteeism, whether excused or not, can be very detrimental to a child’s learning. If
a student reaches 10 EXCUSED absences for any course or whole days in any one semester, parents
and students will be contacted and a conference with the administration will be convened to
discuss the negative impact the absences are having on coursework. A PATTERN OF LATE

iii. Unexcused Absences:
A student is considered unexcused when he/she misses all or part of a class period without teacher
or office permission or fails to report to where he/she is directed. Unexcused absences will result
in disciplinary action. Students missing their bus must make every effort to get to school by their
own means. A missed bus, missed ride, waking up late, or car problems is not a valid excuse for an
absence or tardy. Transportation to and from school is a student's responsibility.

   •   If a student is absent due to illness during an exam or when a project is being completed,
       he/she must provide an official doctor’s verification that they have visited a doctor on that
       day. This documentation must be provided as soon as the student returns to school.
   •   If a student arrives late with a verified excuse he/she will be required to make-up assignments
       or tests at a time determined by the teacher.
   •   Students who are feeling ill should report to the nurse office and should not contact parents, first.
       School nurses will determine whether the student should remain in school. The parents will
       be contacted by the school nurse who may excuse the student from school, if necessary.
   •   Any student whose absence is determined to be “unexcused,” may not have the option to make
       up missed work.

iv. Leaving the School Grounds:
Students must receive permission in writing from the office in order to leave the campus at any time
after arriving on school grounds. No student may leave during the day or at the lunch periods without
parental permission and office approval. Students who fail to check out through the office will be
disciplined and will be considered absent and unexcused.

v. Consequences for Unexcused absences:
For unexcused absences of one period or more during a school day, the following consequences
shall occur:
    • First violation:
        The student will receive an after school detention. (If it is an instance of “skipping,” go to
        the second violation.)
    • Second violation:
        The parent/guardian will be notified and the student will receive a ½ day in school detention.
    • Third violation:
        The parent/guardian will be notified and the student will receive a full day in school detention.
    • Additional violation:
        The parent/guardian will be notified and the student will receive out of school suspension. If a
        student receives more than 3 unexcused absences in a single class they may be required to
        repeat the course.

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vi. Tardy:
Any student who is late to school at the beginning of the day or classes throughout the day without
legitimate reason as determined by the principal/associate principal is considered to have an unexcused
tardy. The only excuse accepted for tardiness to school will be an emergency situation. Oversleeping,
missing the bus, or car problems do not constitute an emergency circumstance. The school must be
notified by the parent/guardian if a student is late to school. Any student who misses thirty (30) minutes
or more of the class period without legitimate reason as determined by the principal/designee is
considered to have not only an unexcused tardy but also an unexcused absence.

Consequences for Excessive Unexcused Tardies: (by each course, by semester)
   • Third Tardy:
      The student will receive a teacher detention.
   • Fourth Tardy:
      The parent/guardian will be notified by the teacher and invited to attend an intervention meeting
      with the student and the teacher. The teacher will make Middle School Administration and
      College Counselor aware of attendance concerns.
   • Fifth Tardy:
      The parent/guardian will be notified and the student will be referred to the Middle School Office
      for additional interventions.
   • Additional Tardies:
      The student will be referred to the Middle School office for additional interventions. If a student
      receives more than 6 unexcused tardies in a single class he/she may be required to complete
      additional and/or alternative tasks to demonstrate understanding and knowledge required in the

vii. Activities, Athletics and Attendance:
Any student participating in or attending an extracurricular activity/contest shall be expected to attend
and participate in all classes on the day of the scheduled activity/contest. In cases of weekday
scheduled activities, attendance in all classes the following day shall also be expected. In cases of
weekend scheduled activities, attendance in all classes the previous Friday shall be expected. Failure
to comply with these attendance regulations may result in a student being declared ineligible and not
allowed to participate in the next scheduled activity. Any student attending an extracurricular
activity/contest who has not been in attendance at least one-half (1/2) day will be given an after
school detention. On any school day a student must be in attendance at least one-half (1/2) day to be
eligible to participate in a practice. Exceptions to these rules may be made by the building

viii. Early Dismissal:
Students will be excused for early dismissal if there is a legitimate reason such as: illness,
medical/dental appointments/services, bereavement, family emergency, court appearances, or if the
student has received approval by the school for a personal planned absence. Verification by a licensed
physician may be required. The parent/guardian is asked to make a written request for early dismissal
of students and an early dismissal slip will be issued. Students must come to the office to check out and
will be expected to make-up all missed class work and assignments.

ix. Planned Absence:
Students who are aware that they will be absent from school due to non-school related activities,
religious observances, or at the request of parent/guardians are asked to complete an Extended
Absence Form, which is available in the Middle School Principal’s office. This should be completed
by the end of the school day, prior to the student’s absence. Any student excused for an extended
absence, must make up all work missed as determined by his/her teacher.

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B-5: Cell Phone and other Electronic Device Use
Students are permitted to have cell phones on the middle school campus. KIS expects students to use
genuine responsibility and care for this opportunity. During class time, the student's cell phone should
not be visible or used within the classroom unless directed by the classroom teacher for instructional
purposes. If for any reason a teacher deems a cell phone to be a distraction while on campus, the student
must immediately surrender the cell phone to be picked up at the end of the day, either from the teacher
or the high school office.

B-6: (*) Disruption of the Educational Process
Students must comply with reasonable instructions of the school personnel. Conduct of any type
that interferes with or threatens to interfere with the educational process is prohibited and may
result in disciplinary action. Multiple offenses of a less serious nature by themselves often have a
greater impact on the educational process than a single major offense.

B-7: Elevator Use
Elevators are not to be used by students. In the case of an injury, a student can request an elevator
pass from the Principal or nurse for a limited period of time. A temporary elevator pass may be
obtained by providing the MS Office with a doctor’s note stating that the student needs to avoid using
the stairs for a certain period. Unauthorized use of the elevator will result in disciplinary action.

B-8: Emergency Procedures
A plan has been developed which will insure the maximum efficiency and safety for evacuating
the building during drills or any real emergency. Emergency drills are to be taken seriously. Students
are expected to maintain classroom conduct throughout the entire drill and to be informed of the exit
route for each of their classrooms. In the event of an actual emergency, students must comply with
all administrative directives.

B-9: (*) Explosive Devices
Students who possess or detonate any explosive device or incendiary components (such as
explosive materials, blasting caps, fireworks, gasoline, other flammable liquids, ammunition or any
combination of these items – generally referred to as a bomb or look-alike explosive device), which by
themselves or in conjunction with other items can result in an explosion or fire on school property or at
school sponsored activities, will be subject to suspension or expulsion. Students who are involved with
or threaten to use a look-alike explosive device will be subject to suspension or expulsion.

B-10: (*) False Alarms
Triggering a fire alarm or reporting a fire or other emergency without reasonable grounds for such
action is prohibited.

B-11: False Allegations
Knowingly reporting or causing the reporting of false facts regarding misconduct or other information
to school officials that are likely to cause an official response, or corroborating of such
information, is prohibited. Disciplinary consequences will range from after school detention to out of
school suspension.

B-23: (*) Fire/Arson
Setting a fire on school premises or while under the authority of the school is prohibited. Police
and/or fire department may be notified for which the student is responsible.

B-13: (*) Firearms and Dangerous Weapons on School Grounds
School policy prohibits any person to carry the following on to school premises, school-
provided transportation, or other facilities being used for school activities:
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