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09:40 am: Winter Break: Rules and Regulations
Only a handful of teachers showed up yesterday, so I managed to finish a whole book and still have time to spare. A group of seven of us went out for lunch together to a place called Boulanger that sells sandwiches, pastries, doughnuts, and other bread products for about a dollar apiece. (The sandwiches are each a dollar. The drinks are three dollars and up. That's Japan for you.)

I amused myself by reading the handouts on my desk. These are lists of rules given to the students before winter break. I thought I'd repeat a couple of them here, so you can see how much influence the schools have (or try to have) over students' lives.

As far as student part-time jobs are concerned, this school is not the only one that has rules, it is something that is common among all high schools in the prefecture, and the number of days that students can work is set. Some schools forbid part-time jobs completely so that students can concentrate on preparing for college. Having a part-time job is not something you can do simply because your parents give you permission; you must also obtain permission from the school, and if you are found to be working without permission, you will receive special guidance, and it will become a blemish on your record.

* Part-time jobs that are not during a break are considered "special" jobs. In such a situation, please consult with your homeroom teacher and submit the necessary paperwork for requesting permission. (Every year, some students receive special guidance due to having part-time jobs without permission.)

<Items of Concern>
1. The school does not recommend part-time jobs.
2. Students who have received yellow or red cards (i.e. have bad grades) are, as a rule, not allowed to have part-time jobs.
3. It is possible that you may be refused even if you submit the proper request.
4. The number of days you may work are set. In general, it is about 1/2 the length of the break. In summer this is about 20 days, and in spring and winter breaks this is 7-8 days.
5. Three hours is considered one day's worth of work.
6. You may only work until 5:30pm.
7. You will not be given permission to work at a gasoline stand, a store that sells alcohol, or any other location unsuitable for high school students.
8. You will not be given permission if you intend to use your earnings to dye your hair or purchase jewelry.
9. Days that school attendance is required, such as for summer school, take precedence.
10. Do not continue to work at the part-time job after the break has ended. (Submit a report when you have finished.)

Obey the above and have a proper lifestyle!

In order to make winter break fun and fulfilling, hold firm to your goal to improve yourself, do not falter partway through, and proceed straight toward that goal.

Depending on how this winter break is spent, there are those who grow and mature as they welcome the new year, and there are those who succumb to the feeling of freedom, allowing their lifestyles to be affected and winding up causing problems.

From the above, I am sure you understand how important it is that you spend winter break properly. Have the strength of will to spurn temptation, and please work hard to spend winter break in moderation as a healthy high school student.

1. Try to study on your own
(1) Place your emphasis on the basics and on subjects in which you are struggling. If you have free time above and beyond that, try to work on your hobbies and skills.
(2) Try to read at least one full-length book during the break.
(3) Participate in the student council or club activities.
(4) Seniors, throw all your effort into studying in preparation for graduation.

2. Think about your health and safety
(1) Plan to maintain the rhythm of your lifestyle, and make sure any training you do is appropriate to your body's strength.
(2) When you are on a trip, make sure you are with either your guardian(s) or an adult age 20 or above. Do not plan to do too much, and try to avoid accidents. Also, make certain you have the permission of the school.
(3) Respect traffic laws, and do not cause or be caught up in accidents.
(4) If you have any problems or concerns, consult your homeroom teacher.

3. Have moderation in your actions
(1) Do not do anything that is--or has the potential to be--considered a delinquent action. If your friend recommends shoplifting, smoking, sniffing paint thinner, or any other such unlawful activity, actively warn the person and prevent each other from doing such things.
(2) When interacting with boys, preserve etiquette and act responsibly as well as respecting yourself. Introduce the person to your guardian(s).
(3) Be careful of manners when using a cell phone, and do not apply to dating sites. Do not participate in terekura [perhaps an abbreviation for "telephone club"?] or "two shot dial." [Note: I have no idea what these are.] (Sex crimes are on the increase.)
(4) At home, volunteer to do whatever work you can as a member of the household.

<Items of Concern>
1. Regarding coming to school during break
(1) At school, there are times when an electronic security system activates in the evening, so when you come to school, follow the instructions of your faculty advisor. Enter the building through either the main entrance or the student entrance next to the main entrance. Furthermore, you may not enter the building from December 29 through January 3.
(2) If you have been contacted and told to come to school, follow the instructions of the teacher concerned.
(3) If you come to school (excluding official attendance days or for club activities), tell the staff on duty what your business is. You may only use school equipment if you have submitted the proper request in advance.
(4) If you must be absent on an official attendance day, make certain to contact your homeroom teacher.
(5) When you come to school, you must wear your proper uniform and shoes, and be careful of your attitude while on the way to or from the school. Do not hang out at the supermarket or other such places without a specific errand.

2. Forbidden items
(1) Driving or riding as a passenger on a motorcycle or obtaining a license.
(2) Smoking, drug abuse (e.g. paint thinner), drinking alcohol.
(3) Getting a perm, dyeing or bleaching your hair, wearing makeup.
(4) Working at a part-time job without permission.
(5) Attending any place or event that would be considered inappropriate.
(6) Entering a karaoke box or other place with only other high school students.
(7) Spending the night at a friend's house or other such place.
(8) Being away from home after 10pm.
(9) Doing anything forbidden in the regulations listed in the student handbook.

3. Requesting permission
Plan part-time jobs, mountain climbing, trips, and other such activities early. Submit a request for permission to the school before the closing ceremony. Permission will not be given on the spur of the moment for part-time jobs. Also, you should stay in close contact with your homeroom teacher.

4. Other
Periodic patrols are made by faculty of the school, PTA members, youth guidance agents, and police officers in every city and town. Do not do anything that would lead to being taken into custody. Also, if one of the below occurs, make sure to contact your homeroom teacher or the school.

(1) A change in your personal affairs
(2) Causing or being the victim of an accident
(3) A death in the family
(4) Being taken into custody
(5) An accident involving a friend
(6) Other important incidents

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From:megory
Date:January 7th, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)

Wow...

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it sure seems invasive. Yet, the school also offers support to the family and to the student. Even though it may be seen as a blemish on the record,the support is intended to help get them back on track. So many of our students "slip between the cracks."
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