What makes a school cool and legal?

Legal is, once again, a word like so many others in the Portuguese language that has more than one meaning.

The adjective of legal has its origin in Latin, in the word Legalis. This, in turn, is related to the Law, in the Latin Lex. This term corresponds to what has been regulated and established by the legislators, and that is part of the set of norms of the Law.

In the 1980s the word legal became popular in Brazil and eventually entered effectively into national dictionaries. The new meaning came to be used as a slang or a compliment.

Asking the students, for example, if the Swiss School is legal, would probably get the answer that would imply approval. It would correspond to saying whether the college is nice, fun, good, cool among other attributes, without using formality. The use of the word in this sense is the colloquial form.

If we ask an adult, the answer would likely be associated with the fact that the school is within the law, or always seeking to adjust to it. The use of this word has a meaning in the formal form.

The word is also used in the sense of a minor expression: “okay.” This expression is used a lot in the school environment, for example: could you put the work on google drive? The answer could be an idea that corresponds to a confirmation, such as: “okay,” I’ll put it in the requested folder.

In Brazil, it is still often the case that educational institutions are started without having all the documentation in order, i.e., LEGAL. Usually, this occurs because the involved bureaucracy is tremendous and people sometimes do not care about being with ILLEGAL status.

On the other hand, the fact that these schools are sheltering the most precious asset of families, in this case, the children, justifies the demand and importance of actually seeking a school that is properly recognized and approved.

The public schools in Brazil also need to comply with the steps to be able to start operating and are later guided by the Municipal Councils.

In this country, every school, even of foreign origin, religious, small or large, needs to have a Brazilian citizen representative. They must be duly recognized through an administrative act, registered in the official gazette of the union. This person will be justly appointed to assume responsibility for the legal life of the teaching establishment. This person assumes responsibility for each citizen who makes up the school, and thus, the person is expected to be honest, have integrity and be transparent towards the school community, as well as with the responsible bodies to which that person refers or sends the documents.

In Brazil, this designation receives the title of school management or pedagogical direction.

The primary documents that must be observed when verifying if the school is LEGAL are the following:
– Fire Brigade Inspection Certificate
– License and Operation Permit
– Sanitary Surveillance Certificate
– Operating Permit
– Renewal of Operation at each of the levels of the school. In this are analyzed all the diplomas of the collaborators and the other legal documents of registries, registers, assembly…
– National Accreditation of the School

Schools affiliated to SINEPE, Union of Private Schools may submit annually to obtain the Legal Seal. This seal is an emblem that must be affixed to the entrance of the Establishment and is represented by a positive sign.

The school also needs to send to the Education Center / SEED Secretariat of Education all documents that govern the school year such as:
– School calendar
– Curricular Matrix of all levels
– Educational Policy Proposal
– School Rules

Therefore, in line with the quality of teaching, comes the security of parents in being part of a school certified by other regulatory bodies that confer this reliability. The Swiss Brazilian School – should always be legal and LEGAL. The school invests unwaveringly to guarantee this aspect of legality for its school community.

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