IB - International Baccalaureate
Rules at ssg
General School Rules and regulations at Struer Statsgymnasium
It is the aim of Struer Statsgymnasium to offer students the best possible study environment for the well-being and the academic and personal development of each student, so that they can be sent out in the world as enlightened and curious young people who know how to act competently in the world. The general school rules and regulations have been made to support the realization of this study environment and thus the school’s aims.
Therefore, we expect from our students that they contribute to a positive study and learning environment by:
- Being well prepared and participate in classes
- Thriving from being challenged academically
- Being curious, eager to learn and by being daring
- Showing respect and consideration for others
We also appreciate that the students are active in the school’s other activities, such as councils, committees, school organizations, voluntary and social activities, and we also appreciate when students act as good ambassadors for SSG.
Struer Statsgymnasium is an educational institution with many students and it the working place for teachers as well as technical and administrative staff. We expect, therefore, that everybody respects and each other and take consideration for each other through a friendly and open dialogue.
We believe that pleasant physical and aesthetic surroundings improve the wish to learn and that it makes the school a pleasant place to be. Thus, we expect that we all help each other keep the school and the classrooms clean and tidy, such as a workplace ought to be. In each room there is a poster with our rules for expected behaviour in connection with the use of classrooms and how to keep them clean.
SSG must be a good place to learn and a good place to be.
The general school rules and regulations apply to all the students at the school, all employees and also the boarding school.
The General School Rules apply to you, all the school’s students and the school’s employees. The boarding school is also included in the school rules.
Section 1. General terms and framework
The school provides the students with most books and other teaching material. All students must hand in everything in good condition at the end of term(s).
All students have access to the school’s IT system. Every student has to be familiar with and follow the school’s IT security regulations. At the beginning of the school year, the students are introduced to the school’s IT regulations that can also be found on the school’s homepage.
Note: The school’s policy in different areas can be found on the school’s homepage. This concerns e.g. the school’s policy with regard to drugs, information and smoking. These are also part of the school’s general rules and rules of attendance.
Possible sanctions against students who do not respect the general terms and framework:
- Reminder, interview or verbal warning
- Written warning
- Exclusion from certain events or activities
- Temporary exclusion from classes for up to 10 days of an academic year. The exclusion will be registered as absence.
- Expulsion in serious cases
- The school may claim compensation for things broken by students.
If a student under 18 is given a sanction beyond a reminder or a verbal warning, a letter will be sent recommended to the parents. If a boarding school student is excluded from classes, he or she cannot live or stay at the boarding school during the period of exclusion.
Section 2. Participation in classes
The school expects all students to participate actively in class as this will ensure the best possible learning conditions for all students.
You are obliged to attend classes and to hand in written assignments.
In case of absence you are obliged to inform the school, if you are absent three days in a row or more.
You are obliged to participate actively in classes. This includes being prepared for classes and bringing relevant material/resources. This also includes being dressed at the beginning of the lesson for Physical Education.
Note: If a teacher judges that one or several students have not prepared for class, the teacher can ask the student to leave the room in order to prepare. The student is not to leave the school premises and is to stay in the vicinity of the classroom. If the student leaves the school or is not present at the end of the class, the teacher has to register the student as having been absent. In case a student is not prepared repeatedly, the teacher is obliged to report this to the IB Coordinator.
It is your duty and all the students’ duty to contribute to a positive schooling environment. This includes assuring that everybody can work in peace.
Note: If a student repeatedly disturbs classes, the teacher can report this to the IB Coordinator, who will ask the student to come for an interview and may issue a written warning.
The school will react fast if you are absent. The school can contact the student (and his or her parents in case the student is under 18 years), if the school is worried that the student is about to have increased absence or participates insufficiently in class. This can be done via telephone or letter/mail.
Your teachers register your absence. If you are late for a class (after the teacher has registered absence), you will receive 50% absence for that lesson.
Special regulations during the first months of the school year
- After 5 weeks of classes, the school issues a written warning at ca. 10 % absence.
- After another 5 weeks, the school checks the absence again. If the absence has not decreased for that period, the student will receive a second warning and will not receive SU (the Danish study grant).
- If the student continues to neglect the rules, he/she can be expelled from the school after the autumn holidays.
Note: A written warning can be taken back, if it has been documented that the absence is due to illness.
You are obliged to hand in written assignments on time.
Note: If a student has more than one missing assignment per subject or if a student has missed the deadline by three weeks, the teacher is obliged to inform the IB Coordinator. The student then has to make a plan for handing in the missing assignments and has to hand them in to the IB Coordinator. If the student does not stick to the plan, he/she will usually be given a written warning. All assignments that are handed in late are to be handed in to the IB coordinator. Assignments that have been handed in late may be given a lower grade, as the student has had more time to solve the assignment.
Plagiarism and any other behaviour that gains a candidate an unfair advantage are not accepted. If a student hands in an assignment, parts of which are copied from another source without quoting the source correctly, this is regarded as plagiarism and a written warning is issued. In case of a repetition the student may be expelled.
The teacher is obliged to inform the IB Coordinator in case of suspected plagiarism.
You can see your absence in lectio, which is the school’s IT tool used for the planning and implementation of all courses. All students have access to information about their absence rate through the school network and a personal ‘Lectio’ password. If a student is absent he/she is obliged to give reasons in the so-called ‘Book of Absence’ in ‘Lectio’.
Note: For students under 18 the school may ask parents to sign the ‘Book of Absence’. If the school is worried about a student’s absence and the student is under 18 years, the school can offer parents the pincode for Lectio, so that parents can keep a close eye with the student’s absence.
Students that cannot follow classes for a longer period of time due to illness can be offered extra classes.
Note: In connection with a student’s absence due to illness, the school can demand a doctor’s statement. The student has to cover the expenses for the statement.
General Sanctions against students who do not participate actively in classes or do not hand in written assignments.
There is no ‘legal’ absence rate. The following sanctions will be considered individually in each case of offence:
1) Interview with student counsellor, IB Coordinator or Head of School. A letter of concern may be sent to the parents if the student is under 18.
2) Written warning. The student must talk to the student counsellor in case of a written warning given because of absence.
3) If the student continues to violate the rules, a second warning will be issued, and the student will be called in for an interview with the headmaster or the IB Coordinator. Normally the ‘SU’ (the Danish study grant) will be stopped because the student is no longer considered to be active. The student now gets a chance to improve and must therefore still attend classes and hand in written assignments.
4) Under normal circumstances continued neglect of the rules will result in the student being expelled from the teaching/the school.
If a student under 18 is given one of the sanctions 2 – 4, a letter will be sent to the parents. If a boarding school student is excluded from classes, he or she cannot live or stay at the boarding school during the period of exclusion.
Section 3. Moving from one class to another
By the end of each academic year all students’ work effort and academic achievements are evaluated, and it is decided whether or not a student should be given advice on schooling, i.e. to either stop the programme or retake a year.
At the end of the pre-IB, the Head of School/IB Coordinator decides whether the single student is admitted to the IB Diploma Programme. Admission to the IB programme is normally granted after pre-IB, however a student can be denied admission, if it is decided that he/she has not reached a satisfactory academic level. The decision on admittance is based on an overall judgement. Only students who have participated in the mock exams and completed their Dansk-Historieopgave/Mini Extended Essay can continue in the diploma programme.
Normally IB students are registered for the final exams in the Diploma Programme. At the end of 1i, the school evaluates the students’ work effort and their academic results and decides whether they should be given advice or warned with regard to their further schooling. Only students who have participated in the mock exams can continue in the second year of the diploma programme. The school can decide that a student is admitted to 2i, but is not guaranteed the right to be registered for the IB Diploma. The final decision about registration is based on the student’s academic progress and effort regarding school work. If the student is not registered for the Diploma, he or she is registered for the exam leading to a Course.
If a student under 18 is given a piece of advice on schooling, a letter will be sent to the parents.
Mads Brinkmann Pedersen, Headmaster