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Code of Behaviour
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Safe Schools:  In Diverse and Inclusive Communities

Ensuring the safety of all students and staff is of utmost concern. A positive school climate is necessary to support an inclusive, responsive learning environment for all students and to maximize student success. A positive school climate exists when all members of the school community feel safe, included, and accepted, and actively promote positive behaviours and interactions.  The Whole School Approach including parents, students, staff, and community partners is critical to promote a positive school climate and acceptance for all.  


CODE OF BEHAVIOUR


This code of behaviour sets out the standards of behaviour which are expected of all members of the school community in order
to create a positive climate in the school.  Respect, responsibility, civility and academic excellence are promoted so that all
members of the school community will feel safe, comfortable and accepted.  The purpose of this code of behaviour is:

to ensure that all members of the school community, especially people in positions of authority, are treated with respect and dignity
to promote responsible citizenship by encouraging appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community
to maintain an environment where conflict and difference can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and civility
to encourage the use of non-violent means to resolve conflict
to promote the safety of people in school
to discourage the use of alcohol and drugs

Students are to be treated with respect and dignity.  In return, they must demonstrate respect for themselves, for others and for the responsibilities of citizenship through acceptable behaviour.  Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student: comes to school prepared, on time, and ready to learn; shows respect for himself or herself, for others and for those in authority; refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others; and follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his or her own actions.

Students are to comply with the behaviour expectations while at school, at a school-related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school climate.

Respect

Expected Behaviour
Reasons for Expected Be
  • respect differences in people, their ideas, and their opinions
  • respect all members of the school community, especially persons in positions of authority
  • treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is a disagreement
  • respect and treat others fairly, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability
  • respect the rights of others
  • respect self and others         
All members of the school community have the right to:
  • be treated with respect and dignity
  • a an environment where conflict and differences can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and civility
  • have a right to the use of non-violent means to resolve conflict
  • a learning environment free from the influences of drugs and alcohol
  • an environment conducive to learning




        

Civility and Responsible Citizenship

Expected Behaviour
Reasons for Expected Be


  • seek assistance from a member of the school staff, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully
  • treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is a disagreement
  • respect and treat others fairly, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability
  • respect the rights of others
  • respect self and others
  • take appropriate measures to help those in need
  • demonstrate honesty and integrity
  • participate appropriately in the civic life of the school community
  • not swear at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority
  • respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial, and municipal laws
  • show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others
All members of the school community have the right to:
  • be treated with respect and dignity
  • a an environment where conflict and differences can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and civility
  • have a right to the use of non-violent means to resolve conflict
  • a learning environment free from the influences of drugs and alcohol
  • an environment conducive to learning






Responsible citizenship involves appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community.  Active and engaged citizen are aware of their rights, but more importantly, they accept responsibility for protecting their rights and the rights of others, taking care of our school buildings, furniture and supplies and understanding that the costs associated with vandalism and theft are an additional financial burden to students, their parents/guardians and other taxpayers.

Academic Excellence

Expected Behaviour
        Reasons for Expected Behaviour
Each student is expected to maintain good work habits by:
  • completing all homework, assignments, and projects as directed by the required deadline
  • making up missed work
  • coming to class prepared and ready to participate (with the necessary books, pens, calculators, gym wear etc. as appropriate)
  • participating constructively in class                   

Each student is expected to maintain regular attendance,
be punctual and notify the school in case of absences and late arrivals.                


Each student is expected to demonstrate academic honesty,
  • to submit work which represents
-your own best efforts
- acknowledges the source of information used in completing
   your work

  • Students who are engaged in the learning process are more successful
  • good work habits learned and practised in school will be valuable throughout life






  • good attendance helps you achieve goals and benefit from all school activities and services
  • arriving late interrupts the learning of others

  • students have the right and responsibility to be assessed and evaluated on their own work

Safety

Expected Behaviour      
Reasons for expected behaviour
All members of the school community must not:
  • engage in bullying behaviours
  • commit sexual assault
  • traffic weapons or illegal drugs
  • give alcohol to a minor
  • commit robbery
  • be in possession of any weapon, including firearms
  • use any object to threaten or intimidate another person
  • cause injury to any person with an object
  • be in possession of, or be under the influence of, or provide others with alcohol or illegal
  • inflict or encourage others to inflict bodily harm on another person
  • engage in hate propaganda and other forms of behaviour motivated by hate or bias
  • commit an act of vandalism that causes damage to school property or to property located on the premises of the school   



  • All members of the school community have the right to be safe and to feel safe in their school community.
                                        
Bullying Awareness, Prevention, and Intervention
Bullying will not be accepted on school property, at school-related activities, on school buses, or in any other circumstances (e.g., online) where engaging in bullying will have a negative impact on the school climate.

Staff are teaching students to identify bullying behaviour and giving them tools to respond and to stop it from happening as part of our awareness and prevention strategies. WITS, LEADS and the FOURTH R are the bullying prevention programs that are used at our school.

Bullying is typically a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at another person that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear, distress and/or harm to that person's body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation.  Bullying occurs when there is a real or perceived imbalance of power.  Bullying can be physical, verbal, social, or occur through electronic (cyber) communication. Cyber bullying can generally be defined as sending or posting harmful or malicious messages or images through e-mail, instant messages, cell phones and websites.  Parents and students should be aware that cyber bullying is behaviour that can result in school suspension or expulsion.

When someone experiences or observes bullying behaviour, he/she is expected to report it to a teacher, teaching assistant or school administrator immediately.  Bullying behaviour will be addressed using a progressive discipline approach with a range of interventions and consequences.

Progressive Discipline
Progressive discipline is a whole school approach that utilizes a continuum of interventions, support and consequences that include opportunities for reinforcing positive behaviour while helping students make good choices.  The focus is on a corrective and supportive approach providing opportunities for students to learn from their mistakes.

We recognize that each student is a unique individual and that every situation that requires disciplinary action has its own set of extenuating circumstances.  All factors that may have affected the student's behaviour will be considered before progressive discipline is applied.  Students who behave inappropriately will receive an age and developmentally appropriate consequence.  For a student with special education or disability-related needs, all progressive discipline approaches will be consistent with his or her Individual Education Plan and his or her demonstrated abilities.

We encourage students to take responsibility for their behaviour and to accept the consequences of their actions.  A progressive discipline approach will be used to deal with inappropriate behaviour.  This may include:  oral reminders, review of expectations, contact with parent(s)/guardians(s), written reflection, changing clothing to meet the dress code, implementation of behaviour/safety plans, volunteer services in the school community, conflict mediation and resolution, peer mentoring, referral for support services, suspension, expulsion, referral to police as outlined in the LDSB Safe Schools policy.

Administrators do have jurisdiction for investigations and potential consequences when incidents occur outside of school and adversely impact the safety of people at the school or the school climate.  In some circumstances, short-term suspension may be a useful tool.  In the case of a serious incident, long-term suspension or expulsion may be the consequence.


Last Modified: Mar 07, 2014
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