Code of Conduct

Roles and Responsibilities of the Student

Students are to be treated with respect and dignity.  Students have the right to learn in a safe, orderly and stimulating Catholic environment and to be conscientiously instructed by the teaching staff.  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:

  • Participates fully in the religious life of the school, including the celebration of liturgy, Religious Education courses and related activities;
  • Develops personal skills and talents to serve God, and thereby his/her neighbor;
  • Contributes positively to the Catholic climate of the school and exhibits the responsibilities of citizenship;
  • Co-operates with all adults in positions of authority in the school community;
  • Complies with all school expectations and regulations respecting student behavior;
  • Uses language that is appropriate to their dignity as Catholics;
  • Adheres to the school uniform/dress code policy;
  • Respects the school property and property of others at all times;
  • Comes to school prepared, on time and ready to learn;
  • Refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others;
  • Exercises self-discipline and accountability for their actions based on age and individual ability.

Teachers and other school staff members, under the leadership of administrators, maintain order in the school and are expected to hold everyone to high standards of respectful and responsible behavior.  As Catholic role models, staff uphold these high standards when they:

  • Help students work to their full potential and develop their self-worth;
  • Empower students to be positive leaders in their classroom, school and community;
  • Communicate regularly and meaningfully with parents;
  • Maintain consistent standards of behavior for all students;
  • Demonstrate respect for all students, parents, volunteers and other members of the school community;
  • Prepare students for the full responsibility of citizenship as outlined in the Catholic Graduate Expectations.

Parents play an important role in the education of their children, and can support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment for all students.  Parents fulfill their role when they:

  • Show an active interest in the child’s school work and progress;
  • Communicate regularly with the school;
  • Help their child to be neat, appropriately dressed and prepared for school;
  • Ensure that their children attend school regularly and on time;
  • Promptly report to the school their child’s absence or late arrival;
  • Show that they are familiar with the provincial Code of Conduct, the Board’s code of conduct and the school rules;
  • Encourage and assist their child in following the rules of behaviour;
  • Assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues involving their children.

Progressive Discipline

Progressive discipline is a whole-school approach that makes use of a continuum of interventions, supports, and consequences that build upon strategies that promote positive behaviours. The range of interventions, supports, and consequences used by the Board and all schools must be clear and developmentally appropriate, and must include learning opportunities for pupils in order to reinforce positive behaviours and help pupils make good choices.  For pupils with special education and/or ability-related needs, interventions, supports and consequences must be consistent with the expectations in the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) and/or his/her demonstrated abilities.

The Board, and school administrators, must consider all mitigating and other factors, as required by the Education Act and as set out in Ontario Regulation 472/07.

Progressive discipline may include early and/or ongoing intervention strategies, such as:

  • Contact with the pupil’s parent(s)/guardian(s);
  • Verbal reminders;
  • Review of expectations;
  • Written work assignment with a learning component;
  • Volunteer service to the school community;
  • Peer mentoring;
  • Referral to counseling;
  • Conflict mediation and resolution; and/or
  • Consultation.

Progressive discipline may also include a range of interventions, supports and consequences when inappropriate behaviours have occurred, with a focus on improving behaviour, such as one or more of the following:

  • Meeting with the pupil’s parent(s)/guardian(s), pupil and principal;
  • Referral to a community agency for anger management or substance abuse counseling;
  • Detentions;
  • Withdrawal of privileges;
  • Withdrawal from class;
  • Restitution for damages;
  • Restorative practices;
  • Transfer with support

In some cases, short-term suspension may also be considered as a useful progressive discipline approach.

Expectations around School

  • At the bell, line up quietly, in single file, and wait for your teacher to lead you into the school.
  • Move quietly through the halls to ensure the uninterrupted learning of others.
  • Stay to the right, in single file, when moving through the halls.
  • Washrooms are to be used during class time, or during recess, only with teacher permission, after obtaining a “pass” or completing the sign out book.
  • Return library books by the due date.
  • To avoid problems resulting from the disposal of gum on floors, desks, and outdoor grounds, gum chewing is not permitted at school.
  • Report all strangers without a visitor’s tag to a teacher or to the office.
  • Before school, at recess, and during noon hour, you may not stay in the school unless a teacher has given permission and remains to supervise.
  • Show respect by holding doors for others when possible.

Classroom Expectations

You are expected to:

  • work to your full potential and to be courteous, cooperative, and attentive during class;
  • complete all homework and prepare and study for tests;
  • permit others to work in an undisturbed class environment, and;
  • demonstrate cooperation with and respect for all members of our school community.
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