Policies

Underdale High School is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for all
students and regular attendance and engagement in the learning program will influence
educational and life success. Research shows that regular non-attendance can have a big impact
on students’ academic achievements and affect their relationships with other students, and lead
to social isolation.

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Underdale High School’s Behaviour Support Policy and Procedures outline the behavioural
expectations of students and how staff, parents and caregivers will support positive behaviour
and the safe inclusion of young people in learning. Underdale High School’s policy and
procedures are aligned with the Education Act 1972, Education Regulations 2012, the
Department for Education Behaviour Support Policy and the school values of Resilience,
Optimism, Courage and Knowledge.

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All members of the Underdale school community have the right to feel safe and free from
harassment and bullying. Each person in this school community is responsible for his/her own
behaviour and makes choices as to how they behave.

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This policy provides guidance to the finance team for the recovery of all outstanding debt due to the Governing
Council. Most of these debts will be for the Compulsory Materials & Services charge but this policy will be applied to
other debts, for example, books not returned to the Resource Centre and subject fees.

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The Electronic Devices Policy (including laptops, mobile phones, iPods, MP3 players, gaming devices) provides for
effective management of the learning environment. This Policy will allow for students to give their full attention to their
learning, without the disruption of electronic devices during lesson time.

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Good relationships within the school community give children a greater chance of success. However in the
event of a grievance, the following guidelines may be used. For further detail refer to the Department’s
documents – “Grievance Procedures for Employees” and the “Grievance Resolution Policy”.

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The key aim for the integration of technology into the teaching and learning at Underdale High School is to
ensure that all students have the opportunity to become competent, discriminating and creative users of a
range of technologies. Integration of technologies has the potential to engage students in ways not previously
possible, to enhance their achievement, to create new learning possibilities and to extend students’
interaction with their local and global communities.

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When there is inclement weather, students are provided with an alternative to being in the yard at break
times. This Policy works in conjunction with the UHS SunSmart Policy. Examples of inclement weather
include, but are not limited to the following or any combination thereof:

  • Extreme high temperatures (36C+)
  • Rain
  • Hail
  • Severe dust or electrical storm

An Executive Leader in liaison with the supervising Yard Duty teachers will make the decision on
inclement weather alternatives for any given day.

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The Melbourne Declaration commits ‘to supporting all young Australians to become
successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens’ and
to promoting equity and excellence in education.

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Details about laptop provided by the school:

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Underdale High School expects all students to complete set tasks to the best of their ability and develop skills and
attitudes in time management and effective work practices. The following principles underpin this policy:

  • Realistic expectations and deadlines are set by teachers and negotiated with students
  • All students learn to manage their time effectively and accept responsibility for completing tasks, meeting deadlines and final due dates to ensure that work is submitted
  • Teachers will use a range of strategies to support students to complete work by due dates including contacting
    parents of overdue drafts and summative work.
  • Students are able to negotiate extensions to deadlines for
    • sickness or injury supported be medical certificate or valid note from parents/caregivers
    • social/ emotional issues
    • family crisis at time of due date
    • misadventure – providing sufficient progress is demonstrated
  • In accordance with the SACE guidelines for year 11 and 12
  • If a student is absent on the day of the due date for a summative task, it is expected that the work will be send
    via DAYMAP / email or presented on the day of their return to school

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A balance of ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure is important for health. Too much of the sun’s UV radiation can
cause sunburn, skin and eye damage and skin cancer. Sun exposure in childhood and adolescence is a major
factor in determining future skin cancer risk. Too little UV from the sun can lead to low vitamin D levels. Vitamin D
is essential for healthy bones and muscles, and for general health.

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Underdale High School takes great pride in its uniform, which is also strongly supported by our school
community. Students are expected to wear correct uniform at all times between leaving home in the
morning and arriving home in the afternoon. We seek parental support to ensure that their child is wearing
the correct uniform each morning. Students need to present an explanatory note if they are out of uniform.
Repeated failure to comply with the wearing of school uniform will result in consequences in line with the
Student Code of Conduct.

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