School Policies

Classroom Akhlaq Policy

“Treat others similar to the way you would like for them to treat you”

[Imam Hasan (as): Bihar al-Anwar]

  • Each week you are expected to bring: your manual; pens; pencils; rulers and erasers
  • An Islamic dress code should be observed by all [see below]
  • Food, drink, chewing gum etc are only to be consumed during break time.
  • Classrooms must be left as clean as they were at the beginning of the day
  • Valuable items (mobile phones, iPods etc) are to be kept switched off and stored at the bottom of your bag. All items are brought in at your own risk. Confiscated items can only be collected by parents/guardians from the IdaraSunday school office.

Idara Sunday School fully expects all its students to ensure that these rules are observed at all times and in all situations.

What is the Islamic dress code for the Idara Sunday School

Girls: Loose black closed abaya, head scarf covering the neck part with no makeup or nail varnish and minimal or discrete jewellery.

Boys: No shorts, jewellery (i.e. Earrings) or hats (aside from Muslim prayer hats) / hoods.Julba

 

Personal Akhlaq Policy

Whoever joins himself (to another) in a good cause shall have a share of it, and whoever joins himself (to another) in an evil cause shall have the responsibility of it, and Allah controls all things.” [4:85]

At the Idara Sunday school we expect all our students to have the best Akhlaq! Remember you are always responsible for your own Akhlaq!

In accordance with the above, students are expected to display the following Akhlaq in all classes and all situations:

  • Always be your best and do your best
  • Treat all others and their property with courtesy & respect
  • Listen to your teacher and to your classroom colleagues when they are speaking
  • Follow all the instructions given by your teacher
  • Make sure you bring all appropriate materials to class
  • Be on time for all lessons and activities

Akhlaq around Idara Sunday School (including Bullying)

At Idara Sunday School we expect all our students to behave appropriately with the best Akhlaq at all times. Remember you are responsible for your own behaviour!

“There is no personal merit more useful than good manners”
[Imam Ali (as): Bihar al-Anwar]

Unacceptable Akhlaq is as follows:

  • Running in masjid area
  • Stealing
  • Shouting
  • Possessing an offensive weapon
  • Swearing
  • Damaging property
  • Bullying [see below
  • Selling goods
  • Smoking
  • Possessing, distributing or using illegal drugs

What is Bullying?

  • Bullying is UNACCEPTABLE
  • Bullying is ANY ACTION that which HURTS or THREATENS another person physically, mentally or emotionally
  • Bullying is being UNFRIENDLY, EXCLUDING PEOPLE or TEASING
  • Bullying is PUSHING, HITTING, NAME CALLING or SPREADING RUMOURS
  • Bullying is MISUSING THE INTERNET, EMAILS, SMS, MEDIA MESSAGING, SOCIAL MEDIA or any other electronic interface

What to do if you are or you know someone who is being bullied:

  • You must always speak to an adult – either a teacher, parent or member of the Idara Sunday School administration, who will be willing to help.
  • Know that any bullying incident is treated in the strictest of confidence and will be dealt with both quickly and appropriately.

Image & Video Usage Policy

Purpose of policy
This policy will ensure the safety and welfare of children, young people and/or vulnerable adults in our care when making photos/images of them.

Policy Application
Our policy applies to all staff and volunteers working at our institution as well as visitors.

Introduction
The Idara Sunday School needs and welcomes publicity. Student’s photographs add colour, life and interest to articles promoting activities and initiatives. Making use of photographs for publicity materials and to promote the Idara Sunday School in the press can increase student motivation and staff morale, and help parents and the local community identify and celebrate the Idara Sunday School achievements.

However, photographs must be used in a responsible way. The Idara Sunday School recognises the need to respect children’s and parents’ rights of privacy and is aware of potential child protection issues.

Child Protection
There may be a risk when individual pupils can be identified in photographs. For that reason the Idara Sunday School has developed this policy to make every effort to minimise risk.

In the event of the inappropriate use of children’s photographs the Principal will inform the local Child Protection Officer and Social Services and / or the Police.

Data Protection Act 1998
Photographs and video images of pupils and staff are classed as personal data under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998. Therefore, using such images for school publicity purposes requires the consent of either the individual concerned or in the case of pupils, their legal guardians.

The Idara Sunday school will not display images of pupils or staff on websites, in publications or in a public place without such consent. The definition of a public place includes areas where visitors to the school have access.

Where photographs are taken at an event attended by large crowds, this is regarded as a public area so it is not necessary to get permission of everyone in a crowd shot. The Data Protection Act does not apply to photographs or films taken for personal use by family and friends.

‘Images’ in the below context refers to both still images and moving images (i.e. videos).

Images taking by parents, legal guardians or family members at aIdara Sunday School event:

  • Parents, legal guardians, family members and friends can take images of their child participating in Madressa activities for family and personal use.
  • If images which are taken on Madressa premises also have captured other Madressa students, they are not to be shared with other individuals nor are they to be uploaded onto social networks.
  • Before the above are allowed to take images during Madressa activities, parents or legal guardians have to sign an agreement that any images they take will not be used inappropriately.
  • Photography and video filming will be limited to designated areas.
  • The Madressa will ensure that children are appropriately dressed.
  • The Madressa will ensure that children who should not be photographed, for example those whose parents/legal guardians have refused consent, are not included in any images.
  • Use of cameras and other equipment will be monitored.

Images for Madressa publications:

  • The Madressa will only take and use images that are appropriate and are considered to not be open to misuse.
  • If an image of a child is used, the child’s name will not be published. If a name is published, no image will be used without specific consent.
  • Children and their parents/legal guardians will be made aware of why their picture is being taken and how it will be used.
  • The Madressa will ensure that images of a single child with no surrounding context of what they are learning or doing will be avoided.
  • Children and parents should be encouraged to recognise the value of group photographs or recordings of Madressa events.
  • The Madressa recognises that images must not be used to cause distress, upset or embarrassment.
  • The Madressa will use photographs that represent the diversity of the children/young people participating.
  • Images will be kept securely and held by the Madressa for the duration of the student’s time there, after which, they will be destroyed.
  • Images of student’s from the Madressa will not be used to illustrate controversial subjects.

Images for the Madressa website:

  • The Madressa website is part of the internet and is more easily accessible than paper based publications. The Madressa will make sure that only appropriate images are used. Image filenames will avoid using student’s names.
  • The storage of electronic images will be regularly reviewed by a senior member of staff.

Use of Camera Phones:

  • Staff will only use mobile phones in office areas or areas away from the children while the Madressa is in session
  • Visitors will be advised of the ban on the use of camera phones in school and, wherever possible, will be accompanied by a member of staff during the duration of the visit
  • Staff will supervise and maintain control over any photographing pupils do during on-Madressa or off-site activities.
  • Camera phones are less visible and can be used to bully or take inappropriate images. If it is Madressa policy to allow pupils to bring camera phones on site, their use should not be permitted in toilets or in other areas with a heightened expectation of privacy.
  • If it is found that cameras or camera phones have been misused, the Madressa will follow its disciplinary procedures. In some cases it may be necessary for the Madressa to contact student’s social care and/or the police.

The Press

The use of photographs in newspapers and magazines is already subject to strict guidelines. The Press Complaints Commission’s Code of Practice states that:

  • Journalists must not interview or photograph a child under the age of 16 on subjects involving the welfare of the child in the absence of or without the consent of a parent or other adult who is responsible for the children.
  • Pupils must not be approached or photographed while at school without the permission of the school authorities.
  • There is no breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 in passing on a child’s name to a journalist as long as parental consent has been secured.