Information

§9a Skolemiljø

All children have the right to enjoy a safe and good school environment that promotes health, well-being and learning. This means that your child should not suffer bullying or harassment from other children or from teachers. If your child is unhappy, he or she is entitled to get help from the adults at the school.

Further information can be found here in Norwegian and here in English.

Anyone in the school community can and should send in a concern using the CONCERN button on the school website and this link. This may be any sort of concern such as parking to bullying or nutrition to friendship.

The concern is then sent directly to the school management and is then placed directly on the agenda for the next leadership team meeting. Those sending in a concern will receive an acknowledgement of the concern.

Absence from school

In accordance with Norwegian legislation, if a child is away from school for 10 consecutive days or more of unauthorized absence they lose their school place. They will be removed from the register and parents will have to reapply. If there is a waiting list, then the next candidate on the list will be offered the school place.

We discourage people from taking their children out of school outside normal holidays.

Should a parent find they need to remove their children temporarily from the school an application for leave for more than 2 days must be submitted using this form.

Leave of up to 2 days may be made by the homeroom teacher on Toddle Family App.

RIS is under the Norwegian Act for schools: FRAVÆR I GRUNNSKOLEN (kilde Udir)

Dokumentert og udokumentert fravær

Fravær i grunnskolen kan deles i dokumentert og udokumentert fravær.

I grunnskolen er det to typer dokumentert fravær. Dette er dokumentert fravær av helsemessige grunner og permisjon innvilget av skolen.Bakgrunnen for at det kun er disse to fraværsgrunnene som godtas i grunnskolen, er elevens opplæringsplikt. Opplæringsplikten medfører at eleven i utgangspunktet skal delta i opplæringen. Dersom eleven skal være borte, skal foreldrene ha søkt om permisjon.

Når eleven er borte på grunn av helsemessige årsaker, er melding fra foreldrene gyldig dokumentasjon. For at fravær i inntil 10 dager som skyldes helsegrunner ikke skal føres på vitnemålet, må eleven legge frem legeerklæring. Dette gjelder dersom fraværet har vart i mer enn tre dager.

Skolen kan kreve legeerklæring for langvarig fravær, og foreldre og elever kan kreve at sykdomsfravær ikke føres på vitnemålet.

Dokumentert fravær

  • fravær i henhold til permisjon gitt av skolen
  • fravær av helsemessige grunner, der foreldrene har meldt fra til skolen
  • fravær der eleven har legeerklæring

Udokumentert fravær

  • fravær som foreldrene ikke har meldt fra om
  • fravær som er av lengre varighet enn det skolen har gitt eleven permisjon for

Change in Address

Parents are obliged to inform the school of any changes in personal contact information, updates in health situations, or permissions through the school’s information platform Open Apply. You can send an email to: admissions@romerikeis.no 

Communication

Effective communication is at the core of a positive relationship between the school, the parents and the children. Please feel free to make an appointment with any teacher should you have a wish to discuss an issue.

We aim to respond to any emails within 48hrs during the working week.

Please consider the order of approaching teachers, first address the teacher concerned, if you wish to pursue the matter contact the Head of Primary or the Head of Middle School as appropriate. If the matter needs to be pursued further please contact the Principal.

Code of Conduct

The school will develop a code of conduct with the students in the opening weeks, this will then appear here.

Corona

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Green Level

  • Wash hands
  • Limit contact

Amber Level

  • Staff to facilitate washing of tables and contact areas at the beginning of all lessons.
  • Staff and children to wash hands before entering class or eating.
  • It is recommended that teachers do not wear facemasks whilst teaching.
  • The class is considered a cohort.
  • Learning materials can be divided between cohorts after cleaning. 
  • Two cohorts can work together.
  • Working cohorts can change over the weekend.
  • Avoid gathering with two or more cohorts.
  • Non-collaborating cohorts can pass each other and be briefly in the same area under 15 minutes
  • Avoid handshake.
  • Teachers to maintain 1m distance with each other and other students if possible.
  • No sharing of teaching spaces without 15-minute wait. 
  • The playground is split into 5 sections with only 2 classes per section.
  • No trips.
  • Students to try not to use the bus to come to school. Wear a face mask over the age of 12. 
  • Marked out areas for waiting, toilets & line up etc.
  • One-way system in corridors. Floors to be marked. 
  • Fixed seating and classes. 
  • Staff meetings online.
  • Parent meetings online.
  • Minimalise parent access to school.
  • No non-school events in school.
  • ENTRANCES:
    • Grade 1: Fire escape C
    • Grade 2: ENTRANCE B
    • Grade 3: ENTRANCE B
    • Grade 4: ENTRANCE C
    • Grade 5: ENTRANCE A
    • Grade 6: ENTRANCE A
    • Grade 7: ENTRANCE B
    • Grade 8: ENTRANCE Fire escape A
    • Grade 9: ENTRANCE Fire escape A
    • SFO: Entrance fire escape B
  • ALL MYP students outside during break time. 

Red level

Both situations will trigger a 24-hour preparation pause.

1. Class Quarantine

  • Deep clean of classroom
  • Students not in the quarantine but in the class will be given the option of remote learning as with the rest of the class, either at home or in school or they will join the class immediately above them.
  • PYP students will be set 3 learning experiences on Toddle, they will have 1 whole class meeting a day and additional 1-2-1 online meetings during the quarantine period as needed.
  • MYP students will have 3 synchronous digital lessons a day through Toddle as defined by the HOS.
  • Both PYP Grades 3+ and MYP classes have access to Century Tech which will only be used for extension activities. Grades 1-3 will have access to Maths Seeds.

2. Red Level

    • No sick person should attend school
    • Good hygiene and enhanced cleaning
    • Teachers can switch between classes
    • One way system to be introduced in corridors
    • Marked out waiting areas with meter gaps outside classrooms and toilets
    • Dedicated class toilets
    • PYP class sizes will be reduced to 11 students. Split into 2 adjacent classrooms
    • Grade 1 into Grade 1 & 3 classrooms – Entrance C
    • Grade 2 into Grade 2 classroom and Library –  Entrance B
    • Grade 3 into Grade 4 and 7 classrooms  – Entrance B
    • Grade 4 into Grade 9 and 8 classrooms  – Entrance A
    • Grade 5 into Grade 5 & 6 classrooms  – Fire Escape A
    • The teacher will stream the lesson into the adjacent classroom which will have a support teacher.
    • Defined and separated playtime areas
    • Classes to meet up in play areas before coming into school
    • MYP students will have 3 synchronous digital lessons a day through Toddle as defined by the HOS.
    • One MYP Grade will come to school per day of the week and have their teaching in school.
    • All teachers will be in school.
    • MYP class sizes will be reduced to 11 students. Split into 2 adjacent classrooms
    • Grade 6 – Monday  Science Room and Grade 10 Classroom
    • Grade 7 – Tuesday  Science Room and Grade 10 Classroom
    • Grade 8 – Wednesday Science Room and Grade 10 Classroom
    • Grade 9 – Thursday Science Room and Grade 10 Classroom
    • MYP Lockers moved upstairs and use Fire Escape B as the entrance in and out of the building
    • MYP student to meet at the bottom of the outside stairs before class

    Dugnad

    Quite possibly one of greatest elements of Norwegain culture is the concept of the Dugnad. The community coming together to support a single cause with a mutual goal in mind.

    The school will offer two Dugnads a year allowing parents and the wider community to meet up and support the school.

    What is our admissions process?

    Romerike International School (RIS) has the following criteria for admission to the school:

    The school is open to all children from grades 1 to 10.

    1. If the number of applicants exceeds the school’s capacity, the following groups of students are given priority :
      • The children of staff
      • Siblings of currently enrolled students.
      • Students who have attended school abroad.
      • Application date.
    2. Once you have applied and filled the form, you will receive an automatic response as a confirmation.
    3. STATUS ON YOUR PROFILE:
      • APPLIED: You are waiting for an answer.
      • WAITING-LIST.
      • ADMITTED: Your child has been offered a space.
        • An administration fee of 2000kr. There will be a non-returnable administration fee of NOK 2000, your details will be entered into the school services system and enrolment finalized and it will be retained and offset against the very last month’s fees once your child’s school attendance is finished. This is non-returnable if you withdraw the space or if your child does not enroll at all.
      • ENROLLED: Your child has started school at RIS. 
      • WITHDRAWAL: 3 months’ written notice is required to terminate the contract. It must be given on the first day of the first month of the notice period. This will even apply if a place has been formally accepted and the child has not yet attended RIS.

    Applications for August 2022 will be accepted on the 1st of April.

    Fees and tuitions

    Financial terms
    The school fees are set by the Governing Board of RIS based on rates set out by the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training. (Independent School Act § 6-2).

    School fees are the fees charged for students’ educational instruction during the regular school day and educational supplies, including exercise books and the loan of textbooks. School fees are invoiced over 11 months from August. Monthly payments must be paid in advance. The fee includes tuition as well as school supplies but not childcare (SFO). Invoices are issued monthly on the 25th, for the following month.

    FEES FOR 2022

    Monthly tuition fees:

    Student in PYP Grades 1 – 7: 3 150 NOK

    Student in MYP Grades 8-10: 3 200 NOK

    RIS offers a 25% discount to a second, third, and so on a child from the same family enrolled in our school to widen access to the international education we offer. The discount is calculated automatically, and parents are not required to apply for it.

    Further terms:

    • The school reserves the right to review the contract and fees each semester and charge additional fees for before- and after-school programs. Any changes to the contract or school fees will be communicated to the school community.
    • Failure to make payments can result in the withdrawal of the offer of a place at the school.
    • Students who join the School mid-year will be invoiced from the first of the month in which they joined, regardless of the actual start date in the month.

    Send us an email if you have any questions regarding payment: invoice@romerikeis.no

    Illness

    Students that are unable to come to school, for example through illness must be reported absent through Toodle.

    Governance

    Romerike International School Foundation was established in 2015. The Foundation was established and currently operates under the Friskoleloven. The objectives of the Foundation are to offer children between 6-16 a ten-year compulsory primary and secondary school education.

    The school is set up as a non profit venture.

     

    Job Descriptions

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    Principal

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    Head of School

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    School Business Manager

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    Programme Coordinator

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    Teacher

    Late Pick-Up

    Students are expected to go home after the end of the school day. Students in Grade 1-4 who are still in the schools care at 14.45 may be placed in the after school care programme, and parents will be charged 200kr per time for the service.

    Lunch and Snacks

    Students will need to bring a healthy snack, lunch and a water bottle to school. Lunch will be eaten in the classrooms.

    Parent Council

    Each grade will have a representative on the parent council. The parent council will have a non voting representative on the school board.

    The council will meet monthly during term time. Parents will be selected at random and will only be allowed to serve a single year.

    The council’s function will be to support the school and provide parents the opportunity to raise issues and highlight opportunities.

    For more information please contact pc@romerikeis.no

    Policies

    Renting Facilities

    Parents of children at the school are welcome to rent the school’s facilities, such as the hall and school kitchen for events. The school’s facilities can be rented for events e.g. the hall or school kitchen.

    The calendar will show activities for the school. Nevertheless, if you need to rent classrooms during the daytime, take contact with us to see if we have spare rooms available. All renting scheduling is entitled to our school’s policies. Aula (festsal) and other facilities are available for rent. Prices might vary from whole days to individual hours. 

    Please fill in the following form for request: RENTING

    SFO (Before and after school services)

    Due to Covid-19 restrictions, SFO will start on August 18th for the school year 2021. From 2022, SFO will start on August 01st. 

    What is SFO?

    SFO is a before and after school program offered to students in grades PYP 1 – PYP 4. The philosophy of the IB and play-based learning is the core of the SFO activities. The children learn through structured and unstructured play and activities. The SFO will be located in the Grade 10 room on the first floor. 

    During SFO, students will also have a chance to play in different areas of school both inside and outside as we value being outdoors. During school holidays, students can be taken off-campus for day trips. 

    SFO opening hours

    SFO in Romerike International School is open to all students enrolled in the SFO program from 07:00 – 17:00. This means that you may not drop your child before 07:00 and you may not pick up your child later than 17:00. You cannot drop your child off before 07:00 even if the school doors are open and staff is present in the school building. Late collection of a child will be subject to a penalty fee of 250 NOK, to cover staff overtime.

    E-mail: sfo@romerikeis.no

    Mob.: +47 9192 0559

    SFO fees

    SFO harmonizes with the fees in public schools, and they are equal for all SFO-students. Prices include food for the afternoon snacks (250NOK). 

    Over 12 hours per week (100% place) = 3450 NOK.

    Under 12 hours per week (50 % place) =  2450 NOK.

    School’s holidays: week 40 and 8: 1200 NOK per week. (It has to be a minimum of 15 children for us to have SFO opened, otherwise our public school at Neskollen (Neskollen skole) will host our students during the break)

    If students would like to bring a snack or breakfast with them in the morning, this must be a healthy option. Afternoon snacks will be provided by RIS each day and we will encourage students to be involved in the snack preparation for the group as well. 

    SFO options

    Full-time spot, over 12 hours per week: The child can be in SFO the whole time it is open. They can be in full days, all days. Parents/carers who opt for a full-time place will be asked to complete a form to indicate the mornings and afternoons they want their child to attend SFO. 

    Half-time spot (50%) under 12 hours per week: Parents/carers who opt for a part-time place will be asked to complete a form to indicate how they want to use their allocated 12 hours within the school week. 

    Link to the signup form: APPLICATION FORM SFO

    SFO contract

    An agreement will be made by the school (SFO staff) and parents who have chosen 50% SFO. The parents will have to make a weekly timetable as to when or how they want to use the 12 hours/week of SFO time. Once the timetable is agreed upon by both parties, it will be binding (permanent) until the end of the semester.

    Parents can choose to change from full-time to part-time or the other way around once in a school year. Parents who choose 50% can change their week timetable only after Christmas.

    The SFO contract may be terminated at any time. Parents are required to write to the school a request for termination of the SFO contract and the notice should be at least 30 days before the contract is ended. This has to be done before the first (1st) day of the next month. 

    SFO Daily activities

    In the morning when the students arrive at SFO, the students will be allowed to have their breakfast or eat their snacks in the kitchen, read books and do activities like coloring, drawing, and other quiet activities in the SFO room. At 8:20, students will make their transition from SFO to their classes and get ready to start their day. 

    In the afternoon when the school is finished for the day, we will collect the students in their classroom and take attendance. They will then have some time outside to play. We will then share a snack, prepared by the students and an SFO teacher. Healthy food (like vegetables, fruits, porridge, eggs, etc.) will then be served to the students. Any (food) allergies must be notified before the start of the child engagement in the SFO program. 

    Students are encouraged to observe proper table manners. They sit down when we eat and they may not be allowed to walk around while eating. We encourage them to use plates and cutlery appropriately. The students will have around 30 minutes to finish eating their food and tidying before activity time. Each week, we will offer a variety of activities led by our teachers from sports to arts & crafts, games, or cooking sessions.

    School Day

    Primary
    08.30 – 14.15

    Middle
    08.30 – 15.10 Monday & Tuesday
    08.30 – 14.15 Wednesday – Friday

    School events

    Intro information evening – Monday night before school starts at 18.00

    Whole school monthly assembly – first school day of each calendar month @ 08.30 – 09.00

    Week 23 PYP Student Led Conferences
    Week 24 Makers Faire
    Week 24 MYP Student Led Conferences II
    Week 38 PYP 3 Way Conferences
    Week 39 MYP 3 Way Conferences
    Week 50 Christmas Market – Thursday
    Week 4 MYP Student Led conferences
    Week 6 MYP Arts Exhibition – Thursday at 18.00
    Week 19 Exhibition & Personal Project Week
    Week 36 International Evening on Thursday
    Week 23 Grade 9 Work Experience
    Week 23 Grade 10 Residential Krakow Trip
    Week 23 All grades 1-8 residential trips

    School Nurse

    Students and parents can book a time with our school nurse, provided by Nes Kommune. Mari Tørnblad Mob. +47 94841426 E-post: nurse@romerikeis.no

    Student Council

    The school council will meet every other week. Meetings will be led by the chair of the council, a student from Grade 10 supported by a teacher. The chair of the student council will be the non voting representative on the school board. Any student in the school is welcome to participate in the student council. The chair and deputy chair will be appointed by the Principal.

    The council’s function is to support the school and provide students the opportunity to raise issues and highlight opportunities.

    For more information please contact sc@romerikeis.no

    Transport to School

    If you are a student at a primary or secondary school in Viken, you are entitled to free school transport if the distance between home and school is more than 2 km (1st grade) or 4 km (2nd-10th grade). You can apply for exemptions for special needs or dangerous school routes.

    It is the shortest walking distance between home and school that determines whether you are entitled to school transport.

    For students with disabilities, there is no distance limit. This also applies to students who have a temporary need for a ride due to illness or injury.
    Pupils in primary school who have a particularly dangerous or difficult school journey may also be entitled to school transport. If you think that your child’s way to school is particularly difficult or dangerous, you can contact the school to apply for school transport in the municipality where you live.

    Application for Bus Cards are made through the Open Apply portal.

     

    Uniform

    The school will provide at the beginning of the year a compulsory uniform to students of Grades 1-9. This will include 2 polo shirts and a sport shirt. These items will be loaned to the students and be returned at the end of the school year.

    Parents will have the possibility to purchase extra items if they wish at our WEBSHOP.

    Grade 10 students are free to wear clothing of their own choice including the school uniform if they prefer.