INDIVIDUAL LEARNING PLAN (ILP) POLICY
ILP’s are issued 2X per year; JAN. 21 & June 21.
Optional meeting with the parents/students AS NEEDED in October to review progress/goals.
ILP’s must be submitted 10 days before their due date to a facilitator to review for mistakes, constructive language, accuracy and efficiency.
Each MAIN year/level teacher must ensure ALL part-time staff/counselor have adequately contributed and correct all grammar/spelling mistakes.
In cases where a child may need to remain on their existing level for the following term a meeting needs to be scheduled with the parents and a facilitator in early June to review the situation and suggest options to expedite the possibility of leveling up.
* Each teacher should hold a record book assessing each child’s progress week by week based on the objectives of the main class or the goals set for the child individually
FIRST AID POLICY
Decisions regarding the level of provision/responses should be based on a risk assessment of the first aid needs appropriate to the circumstances. This needs to be done by a certified staff member in first aid.
A report must be written by the staff member first noticing the need or incident and actions taken thereafter.
A qualified first-aid staff member should review the need and make decision regarding further action. Currently certified first aid staff include: Mr. Pambos, Ms. Suzanna, Ms. Androniki.
BREAK/PLAYGROUND DUTY POLICY
Safety is paramount.
The staff member on duty has the FINAL word on what is safe and the responsibility to ENFORCE safety guidelines.
There should be 3 members on duty at any given break (and 2 members at home time). The duty-schedule is currently maintained by the school counselor unless otherwise agreed.
All children should be in-sight at all times unless they have permission to go inside.
No food in the green area for hygiene and cleanliness reasons.
Staff should not talk with each other or use mobiles while on duty. We need to be focused and tuned into what’s happening.
A staff member needs to be outside from 7:30 to 8:05 daily.
The COUNSELOR is responsible for the rotation of staff duties outside. (before and after school as well)
Children who ignore safety guidelines can take a timeout in one place outside or be asked to miss breaks entirely. Please follow through with this. It is the only way staff can feel that the child respects the agreements. Firm but not aggressive.
No football is allowed before and after school (arriving and hometime). No games with any kind of objects.
Supervision: Students should NEVER be left unattended unless they are at least 12 years old and then only for valid reasons. This is especially important before/after school, during breaks, etc
BEHAVIOUR POLICY (Inappropriate Behaviour Management Policy)
ALL BEHAVIOR IS A FORM OF COMMUNICATION. Even violence is a tragic expression of an unmet need! Meet this need in a safe/respectful way and the use of aggression usually vanishes. This FACT is essential to integrate into any behavior management policy. We do this by following the steps below.
Ensure the child takes time to reflect and calm down in a space where they are not disturbed by, nor disturbing others. Let them know they can rejoin the class when they feel ready. The incident can be discussed AFTER the lesson.
2. Once time permits the incident MUST be processed with the child and involved others. Validation is key. It is important you show the child that you understand their feelings and the circumstances upsetting them. Alternative strategies to help them express this need ought to be explored and agreed. (This may need to be reviewed over time if the strategies are not implemented.)
3. PART of this processing is also about ‘clearing up’ the consequences of the inappropriate choice/reaction. Children who continue to choose aggression to solve their problem can lose the trust to be unsupervised (so need to stay next to a staff member during breaks until they can commit to using SAFE ways of expressing frustration, etc.
4. If the behavior persists the following day, the child / children may lose all their break privileges for the whole day, or longer. AVOID labels – let students know they are not making smart / safe choices and explore what might be the smart choice when they have certain feelings. Children can be asked what possible consequences they believe suit will help resolve/atone/make-up for their inappropriate choice.
5. If the inappropriate behavior is still not resolved then ask Mr Costa / Miss Stephanie to assist and inform parents – a more detailed plan together with the parents will be considered (which may or may not involve sending children home with ‘constructive’ consequences to applied at these times).
We all have emotional baggage which influences our behavior. Sometimes we need to look deeper at ‘invisible’ causes and behavior management should not be neither ‘skin’ deep nor judgmental.
RECRUITMENT POLICY – Internships
Generally speaking we prefer to hire new staff form interns. There is no minimum requirement for the period of internship but as a guideline we prefer 2-4 weeks of full-time work. At this point we can fully assess a candidate’s skills as they will have taught (under supervision) a number of classes.
All interns may receive a letter of recommendation and certification of attendance if requested.
Interns are NOT guaranteed employment but a high percentage are usually offered a position as soon as there is an opening.
An internship is a mutual opportunity for an organization (the Lighthouse) & a prospective new member/associate to understand each other and work together.
For the new member the advantages of internship are educational and experiential – it is a chance to work either directly in the field of interest or learn new skills both as a teacher & facilitator (‘εμψυχωτής’) in a student-centered educational center.
For the organization the benefit is having a chance to discover the potential of new members without relying on just interviews & CVs.
The internship period is for approximately 1 month (full or part-time 1-2 days/wk,) which is then assessed.
Depending on the assessment & the current needs of the organization an intern may be offered a paid-position or (if conditions do not permit,) a letter of reference & certification regarding the internee’s quality of work & progress.
Internships are available under the following conditions:
• There is an opening for an intern to do at least 3-4 hours ‘work’ a week for at least 1 month (or 1 week full-time).
• The intern has some background in education or experience with children
• The intern is approved by the Lighthouse committee/team
• The intern is responsible & respectful and follows all school policies.
• The intern accepts that the internship does not automatically lead to a paid position.
• The intern in NOT a volunteer. Volunteers donate time & have no hopes for ‘employment.’ Interns invest time & have time invested in them. Cooperation is a mutual responsibility.
• Interns understand they represent the school to the public & agree with the mission of the school.
Students should be doing their homework alone at least 95% of the time.
Students forgetting or refusing to do their HW need to meet with the teacher and review their needs regarding HW (or may complete it in school the next day during a break).
Any member of the team has the right to question or change the HW policy as long as the team agrees.
We use a case by case approach in terms of expectations/requirements.
Disagreements need to be discussed with teacher/parent/child. If no solution is found, please request facilitator assistance.
LEVEL (Grade) CHANGE POLICY
If students are not ready to level up by early June, parents will be informed in writing exactly what is needed in order to level up so as to have the option of ‘catching up’ over the summer. This will go into the June ILP along with the parent’s signature.
Level changes can be requested any time by anyone (student, parents, staff). The current level teacher needs to do written ‘level’ test/assessment. The child must be at least 90% ready. Assessment are also made upon enrollment.
The new level teacher can either also do another level test (for new level/class) or allow the child a brief adjustment period. If the teacher believes the child is not ‘ready’ for the level she should indicate in writing what needs to be done to ‘level-up’ so child/parents have chance so remedy after school and know when to request new opportunity.
Children with ‘gaps’ after leveling up should be told what the gaps are (learning goals) and can be given extra HW, resources/tutors to help achieve goals within set-time frame. This issue should addressed in next ILP.
New student ASSESSMENT/PLACEMENT tests will be done by the teacher for the year/level the child ‘expects’ to enroll in (according to age). Assessments are located in facilitator’s office.
PARENT RELATED POLICIES
All new parents MUST register to receive our weekly Newsletter in order to be updated of important school news/events /changes. Please confirm via email you get this newsletter.
All required documentation must be provided with 30 days of admission (birth and recent health certificates, previous school reports, etc)
When your child is to ABSENT you are REQUIRED to call the reception (25253045) as required by the Ministry of Education and provide an explanation.
Be punctual both for your child and the smooth learning experience of the rest of the class.
ADMISSION AND FEES POLICIES
Monthly payments paid after the 15th of the month incur a 25 euro processing fee.
Payments than 30 days late pay a 50 euro processing fee.
More than 40 days may result in the cancellation of educational service for your child.
School fees are for the ENTIRE year (unless otherwise AGREED in writing) since your child’s place is also reserved for the entire year. If students withdraw early for ANY reason, the ENTIRE fees are still obligatory for the complete year. Deposits are ONLY refundable when the complete balance has been paid.
125 euros registration fee (one time only).
175 euros insurance and materials (yearly) – this is subject to change as needs/costs change.
500 euros deposit.