Policy & FAQs
Attendance at all classes is expected at the Lahore American School and students are expected to be in class on time. It is the belief of the LAS Board of Directors, administrators and faculty thatattendance is an important aspect of student learning and should be reflected in student assessment.
The process of education includes a combination of instruction, classroom participation, learning experiences and study in order to achieve the maximum educational benefit for each individual student. The regular contact of students with one another in the classroom and their participation in learning activities under the tutelage of a competent teacher are vital to this purpose. Regular attendance is essential for learning, asking questions, receiving course material, developing social skills, participating in extracurricular activities and to increase student responsibility and accountability.
Responsibility for contacting teachers, collecting assignments, completing coursework and submitting completed assignments rests with the students themselves. Other than for absences due to extended illness, SAISA travel and other legitimate reasons, students are expected to make up missed work the next time they return to class. If the absence is deemed to be unexcused, students will not receive a credit for incomplete or missing work.
Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to arrange all non emergency appointments during free blocks, after school, on weekends or during the summer or school holidays in order to minimize the loss of time for learning. Extended holidays are considered unexcused absences. If it is necessary for a student to be absent, their parent or guardian must call the school after 7.30 am or send a note to notify the school of the absence.
- A student may miss up to five (5) school days in a quarter provided that the absence is supported by a parent’s or guardian’s note providing adequate reasons for the absence. Absences are not cumulative from quarter to quarter.
- The Superintendent may excuse any absence when good cause is shown and may ask for the provision of any appropriate supporting documentation.
- A student’s quarterly grade in each course will be reduced by 1% for every absence above the five (5) allowed in a quarter.
- All coursework and assignments missed by a student due to an absence must be completed with one week of their return to school or at such time as the relevant teacher directs.
- Any student who is late to class by more than 15 minutes will be marked as absent for that class.
Lahore American School recognises the value of technology as a powerful learning tool in a world that is rapidly becoming dependent on electronic communication. All students at LAS from pre-kindergartento grade 12 have access to computer technology within their classrooms, the library and three (3) independent computer labs.
In order to prevent the misuse of these facilities, LAS has set up guidelines for the use of computer technology within the school. Penalties and disciplinary actions will be applicable to students who violate the terms of the Appropriate Use Policy.
Students are expected to follow the guidelines, work for the entire class period in a productive manner that is not disruptive to others and use the school materials with care. They will be required to replace any items that are improperly handled or broken intentionally.
All students are required to follow these guidelines and the following activities are not permitted. Failure to comply with the guidelines will result in penalties ranging from the revoking of all computer privileges to suspension and expulsion.
- Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures.
- Using obscene language.
- Giving personal information to any persons such as complete name, phone number, address or identifiable photographs without permission from the teacher and/or guardian.
- Harassing, insulting, attaching others or cyber bullying.
- Downloading unauthorized files or information of any type and storing on the school network or computer hard drive.
- Damaging or modifying technology equipment, computers, computer systems or networks.
- Violating copyright laws (plagiarism) by using material from the internet and other sources directly in school work without fully documenting sources.
- Copying another student’s work.
- Using another person’s passwords or sharing passwords with others.
- Trespassing in another person’s folders, files or coursework.
- Intentionally wasting limited resources.
- Employing the network for commercial purposes, politics, gaming, financial gain or fraud.
- Playing computer games or using computer resources unless it is a teacher authorized activity.
- Taking flash drives, disks or textbooks out of the computer lab at any time without teacher permission.
- Making unauthorized copies of software found on school computers or the internet.
- Introducing a virus that may destroy files or disrupt service to other users.
- Wasting class time visiting chat rooms or sending emails without permission.
The quality of an educational institution is determined primarily by the quality of its instructional program. To keep instruction at a high level, policies must be formulated and administered for the bestinterests of all students.
Attendance at Lahore American School is a privilege not a right. In order to safeguard its ideals of scholarship and character, the school board reserves the right to require the withdrawal of a student at any time when there is sufficient cause.
Students are expected to follow the school rules, regulations and behavioral expectations during regular school hours and at school sponsored events. Specific rules and regulations in effect for off campus events are considered as additional to the regular rules and expectations.
In general, students are expected to practice good citizenship. This includes courtesy and respect towards others, respect for authority, school property and the property of others and taking responsibility for personal actions.
Elementary students are taught to follow the classroom and playground rules. Teachers can use a variety of techniques in modifying a student’s behavior. Physical punishment is not used.
Personal Conduct Guidelines
- Neatness and cleanliness in personal attire and hygiene.
- Respect for the property of others including keeping all books, facilities and materials used in school in good condition.
- Refrain from fighting, creating disturbances, denying others the use of school facilities, intentionally injuring another person, behaving in such a manner as to risk harm or injury or using threats or intimidation against any other person.
- Concern for the health and safety of others by refraining from using, possessing, transmitting or being under the influence of any alcoholic beverage, controlled substance or by engaging in excessive noise, theft or any unlawful activity.
- Respect for the educational process and learning environment of others by refraining from intentional or habitual tardiness, unexcused absences or other activities such as inappropriate classroom behavior which diminishes the rights and opportunities of others to receive an education.
- Respect for the ethnicity and gender of all persons by refraining from teasing, harassing or discriminating against anyone based on their race, ethnic background or gender.