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HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMME │ STUDENT RULES DRESS CODE IN SCHOOLS Unless your school has a required uniform (mainly private schools and some public schools), you can wear casual and comfortable clothing. A modest dress code is in effect. NO torn clothing, ball caps, offensive slogans, bare midriff or other inappropriate showing of skin. Most public schools do not impose restrictions on jewelry, makeup, piercings or hair accessories provided they do not interfere with your or other students learning environments. Some schools may restrict perfumes if students or staff have known allergies. The following is representative of most school policies. You may be sent home to change if the school feels you are not abiding by this appropriate dress code. Clothing must have NO inappropriate or offensive logos, phrases and pictures Clothing must be opaque (not see-through) Non-religious headgear must be removed upon entering the school building Shirts must completely cover chest, torso and undergarments Undergarments must be hidden from view. Pants must start around the waist Midriff area and back completely covered Shoes are required No chains or spikes Skirts and shorts must be an appropriate length for a community school www.mliesl.com

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HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMME │ STUDENT RULES Student Discipline We encourage you to take advantage of your Canadian experience, but you must abide by the policies and laws of MLI, your school and Canada. If you violate these rules/policies/laws, you will receive warnings and discipline. Note: Some serious offenses such as use/possession of drugs, overt alcohol use or other criminal activity, may result in immediate suspension from the school and/or the programme, even if this is your first offense. 1. FIRST OFFENSE: VERBAL WARNING Yellow Card You will receive a verbal warning from your MLI coordinator, as well as a discussion either face-to-face or over the phone to ensure that you understand why your actions were inappropriate. Depending on how severe the offense, MLI may skip this step and you receive a written warning immediately. You may also receive an in-school or out-of-school temporary suspension. This action is at the discretion of the school and is outside of MLI policy. 2. SECOND OFFENSE: WRITTEN WARNING / PROBATION (last warning) Yellow Card If you commit a second offense (of the same nature or by violating a different rule/policy/law), you will a written warning outlining the offense. A copy will go to your parents with a request for signature. www.mliesl.com

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HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMME │ STUDENT RULES In addition, you will be placed on a two (2)-week probation. During this time, you are only permitted to leave your host family home for school or other academic reasons. You may NOT attend any extracurricular activities/clubs/sports nor socialize outside the home with friends. We expect you to be on your BEST behaviour during this probationary time. You will receive another discussion either face-to-face or over the phone to ensure that you truly understand why your actions were once again inappropriate. You will be reminded that this is the LAST WARNING. Any further offenses will result in your dismissal from the programme. You may also receive an in-school or out-of-school temporary suspension. This action is at the discretion of the school and is outside of MLI policy. Depending on how severe the offense, MLI may skip this step and you may be dismissed immediately. 3. THIRD OFFENSE: DISMISSAL FROM PROGRAMME Red Card If despite the first two warnings, you commit a third offense (of the same nature or by violating a different rule/policy/law), you will be deemed unable to abide by the policies of the programme and will be dismissed. MLI will communicate immediately with your parents and home agency to arrange for the next available flight home. www.mliesl.com

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HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMME │ STUDENT RULES STUDENT DISCIPLINE - SCHOOL DETENTION / SUSPENSIONS / EXPULSION Schools reserve the right to discipline students who commit offenses that go against school policies - separate from the MLI discipline. Detention: minor inappropriate behaviour (i.e. rudeness to a teacher or fellow student, skipping class or other high absences or late arrivals without valid reason) may result in lunch-time or afterschool detention. During this time, students report to a specified room for the duration specified. Students are supervised and are expected to use this time to work on homework or assignments. Detention durations may be one day to several days. Suspension: continued misbehavior or a serious offense (bullying, use or possession of alcohol, insulting a teacher, uttering threats or bodily harm to a staff or other student, theft, fighting, etc.) will result in a school suspension. This may be an in-school suspension (student must arrive to school daily but is removed from his/her peers. He/she is monitored in a specific room/area for the duration of the school day). In this case, students do not attend classes but are given school work to complete. Alternately, students may receive an out-of-school suspension where the student must remain at home for the day. He/she will be given school work or specialized projects to complete. Suspensions may be one day to several weeks. Depending on the severity of the offense, MLI and the school may determine at this time that dismissal from the international programme is required. Expulsion from school: students who continue to exhibit inappropriate behaviour or commit a crime against Canadian law will be dismissed from the school and from the MLI programme. www.mliesl.com

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HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMME │ STUDENT RULES Understanding Canadian laws and MLI policies To ensure you have the best time possible, please remember the following Canadian laws and MLI policies. These are in addition to any already mentioned in this handbook. Smoking The purchase of cigarettes is regulated in Canada. The legal age to purchase cigarettes is 19 (18 in some provinces). Smoking is also NOT permitted in any public building, including schools and school property, shopping malls, restaurants, movie theatres and public washrooms. Canadians are very strict about enforcing this law. It is also illegal to ask an adult to purchase cigarettes on your behalf if you are a minor. Alcohol It is illegal to purchase or consume alcohol, including beer, if under the age of 19 (18 in some provinces). It is also illegal to ask an adult to purchase alcohol on your behalf if you are a minor or to drink alcohol in a public place including a beach, car, or park. Students caught purchasing, consuming or in possession of alcohol will be sent home immediately. If you find yourself in a situation – at a party, at a friend’s house – where alcohol is present, remove yourself from the situation: call your host family to come bring you home. Do not accept drinks from strangers, even if they tell you there is no alcohol in it. NEVER accept a ride home with a driver you suspect has been drinking alcohol. www.mliesl.com

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HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMME │ STUDENT RULES Drugs Narcotic drugs, including marijuana, are illegal in Canada, and are by law punishable by heavy fines or jail. Students caught purchasing, consuming or in possession of an illegal drug, or abusing a prescription drug, will be sent home immediately, either by MLI or by Canadian police and/or Immigration Canada. Theft & Vandalism Stealing any property from a store or person is illegal in Canada. Willfully defacing or vandalizing public or personal property is also against the law. Students caught shoplifting items from a store, in possession of stolen items, stealing personal possessions from their host family or other students, willfully defacing or vandalizing any property not belonging to them, will be sent home. Harassment / Bullying Bullying or harassment of any kind is not tolerated by MLI or any school. Students caught in this act will be sent home. Harassment includes words, acts or gestures of a malicious or abusive nature directed at a person or group of persons, and directed towards: academic ability, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, economic status, language, race, ethnicity, religion, appearance or colour. Remember: Canada is a diverse and tolerant country. We treat with respect all persons regardless of their race, religion or mental/ physical capabilities. Students involved in acts of harassment or bullying (including cyber-bullying) will be sent home immediately. www.mliesl.com

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HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMME │ STUDENT RULES Violence The use of violence is not tolerated by MLI or by any school. Students must solve differences between themselves and another student or member of their host family in a reasonable and diplomatic manner. Violence is defined as any use of physical force directed at another person with the intent to inflict pain, cause personal damage or coerce the other. Students caught using violence will be sent home immediately. Driving Unless you are enrolled in an approved driver training course in Canada, with permission from MLI, the host family and natural parents, you cannot drive ANY motor vehicle while in Canada, including cars, ATVs, motorbikes, snowmobiles or watercraft. Biking/Cycling Students are permitted to use a bicycle with the permission of the host family and MLI. You MUST:      wear a CSA approved biking helmet exercise caution at all times use bike lanes where available stop at all stop signs and red lights; obey all traffic laws use appropriate hand signals when making turns or lane changes Cyclists are expected to understand and use driving rules of the road. While drivers of vehicles are expected to respect the space of a cyclist on a road, road sharing can be challenging, especially in more urban and congested cities. If the host family or MLI deem your community to be unsafe for cycling, you may be denied permission. www.mliesl.com

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HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMME │ STUDENT RULES Employment / Volunteer work The purpose of this programme is for you to have a successful cultural and academic experience. While Canadian students may find part-time employment at age 16+, your study permit and permissions for entry to Canada prohibit you from obtaining paid employment. Volunteer work or work experience through a co-op school programme is permitted. Travelling MLI Arranged Trips MLI offices in Toronto and North Vancouver organize trips and events for students throughout the school year. A full list of proposed trips (and costs) is included in your welcome package, or you will receive an email about it. Participation is voluntary, and we do need your notice of participation at least 4-weeks prior to the event as most trips will operate only if enough students participate. You are responsible for any fees outlined. Winter and March Break During the Winter Break (mid-end December) and in mid-March, schools close for an extended period of time, usually 1-2 weeks. During these breaks, MLI does permit students to return to their home country to see their families. MLI can assist with transportation reservations to the airport and pick up for transfer back to school. With the assistance of your travel agent back home, you/your parents are responsible for arranging flights that fit within the allotted break time. Students are NOT PERMITTED to take time off school for holiday travel or other travel requests. Personal Travel MLI permits personal travel only if accompanied by your host family www.mliesl.com

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HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMME │ STUDENT RULES or natural family. Overnight travel alone with your friends is not permitted. At no time is overnight travel on your own permitted. Students cannot stay in hotels alone. If a group of students is found to be sharing a room, the group will be asked to leave. Your parents will be advised of your plans for all breaks and will not be pleased if you want to stay in a hotel without MLI' supervision. MLI will not assist with such arrangements. Travel Request Forms Any travel requests must be submitted in writing to your MLI coordinator by use of a TRAVEL REQUEST FORM – at least 2 weeks prior to your trip. A copy is provided with your welcome package. All travel requests are considered by MLI and sent for approval to your natural parents. A few notes: 1. If you plan to travel during Christmas/Winter and March break, please be sure that your visa into Canada accepts multiple entries. If you are not sure, please contact your MLI representative. 2. If you plan to travel to or through the United States of America, even just as a stop-over, you may be required to have a US Travel visa or ESTA (depending on your country of origin). If you do not currently have this document and are from a country that requires one, we highly encourage you to choose an alternate destination or route. The process to apply for and receive a US visa is very difficult and involves a personal interview. You may not be successful or have sufficient time to complete the process. Speak with your MLI coordinator if you have questions about this. www.mliesl.com

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