PURPOSE OF THE SCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT
The school community functions best when, in a spirit of cooperation, staff, students and parents treat one another with dignity and respect. Further, proactive and preventative strategies are essential to promote appropriate behaviour in schools. Clear guidelines maintain a positive, caring atmosphere and a safe and orderly learning environment.
Responsibilities of Students
As a Catholic school system that teaches the respect, dignity and love of all people, our Board is committed to providing safe, equitable and inclusive school environments. Our Lady of Peace Catholic School encourages acceptance and understanding of all students and it remains our priority to ensure safe and inclusive environments for everyone in our school. 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 the liturgy, Religious Education courses and related activities.
- Develops personal skills and talents to serve God, and thereby his/her neighbour.
- Contributes positively to the Catholic climate of the school and exhibit the responsibilities of citizenship.
- Cooperates with all adults in positions of authority in the school community.
- Complies with all adults in positions of authority in the school community.
- Uses language that is appropriate to their dignity as Catholics.
- Adheres to the school dress code.
- Respects the school property and property of others at all times.
- Comes to school prepared, and on time.
- 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.
Expected Student Behaviour
- You are expected to attend school regularly.
- You are not permitted to leave the school grounds during the day without parental consent.
- Notify school administration before leaving the school grounds.
- You are expected to be on time for school and classes daily. This means being in line with your class and not using the front door after the bell.
- Expect to conduct yourself in such a manner as to promote safe use of property.
- You are expected to avoid out of bounds areas, refrain from rough play and keep your hands and feet to yourself.
- Walk bicycles on the school grounds.
- You are expected not to use skateboards, in-line skates, scooters and “heelys” on the school site. These may be stored in the student’s locker or locked on the bicycle racks.
- Hand-held electronic games, IPods and other electronics are not to be brought to school.
RESPECT FOR PROPERTY
- Take care of personal property and leave personal property of others alone.
- Eat in your classroom and place all litter in garbage and recycling containers provided.
- You are expected to use the school grounds, buildings, lockers furniture, equipment and supplies with care and for their intended purposes.
- School busses, used either for daily travel or for school field trips, are to be treated with the same care as other school property.
RESPECT FOR AUTHORITY
- You are expected to comply with the rules listed in the school Student Code of Conduct.
- You are expected to follow the safety rules established by the school and school bus driver.
- Respect all staff and any other person working in the school or at school sponsored activities and events.
RESPECT FOR SELF & OTHERS
- You are expected to demonstrate Catholic values in helping others in the school community.
- Treat everyone with respect and dignity and value all persons for their gender, race, cultural and religious heritage.
- Use language that is appropriate to the dignity of all persons in the school.
PREPARATION FOR CLASS AND IN-CLASS CONDUCT
- Be prepared for class.
- Have the notebooks, textbooks and materials that your teacher has indicated are necessary.
- Have assigned homework completed on due dates.
- Be prepared to put forth your best effort.
- Conduct yourself according to class rules and teacher instructions and to fully participate.
- You must not plagiarize, cheat, copy or knowingly present the language, ideas or thoughts of another person as your own work.
Aggressive and typically repeated behaviour by a pupil where,
(a) the behaviour is intended by the pupil to have the effect of, or the pupil ought to know that the behaviour would be likely to have the effect of,
- i) causing harm, fear or distress to another individual, including physical, psychological, social or academic harm, harm to the individual’s reputation or harm to the individual’s property, or
- ii) creating a negative environment at a school for another individual, and
- b) the behaviour occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance between the pupil and the individual based on factors such as size, strength, age, intelligence, peer group power, economic status, social status, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, family circumstances, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, disability or receipt of special education; (“intimidation”)
Behaviour includes the use of any physical, verbal, electronic, written or other means. Bullying includes bullying by electronic means (COMMONLY KNOWN AS CYBER-BULLYING), including,
(a) creating a web page or a blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person;
(b) impersonating another person as the author of content or messages posted on the internet; and
(c) communicating material electronically to more than one individual or posting material on a website that may be accessed by one or more individuals.
Progressive discipline is a whole-school approach that makes use of a continuum of interventions, supports, and consequences, building 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 disability 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.
Consequences are meant to help children learn from their mistakes. When applying consequences staff and/or administrators consider the following factors:
- Age of student
- Circumstances surrounding the event
- Effect of the behaviour on other children/individuals
- Nature of incident
- Mitigating factors
All incidents are handled in a firm and consistent way with emphasis on providing a workplace and positive learning environment that is safe, harmonious and sensitive to the needs and well-being of students and staff.
Parents, students, school staff and administrators are strongly encouraged to use collaborative approaches to the resolution of behaviour concerns.
Progressive discipline may also include early and/or on-going intervention strategies, such as:
- Contact with the pupil’s parent/guardian;
- Oral reminders;
- Review of expectations;
- Written work assignment with a learning component;
- Peer mentoring;
- Referral to counselling;
- Conflict mediation and resolution; and/or
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/guardian, pupil and participant;
- Referral to a community agency for anger management or substance abuse counselling;
- Withdrawal of privileges;
- Withdrawal from class;
- Restitution for damages;
- Restorative practices; and/or Transfer with support
- In some cases, suspension may also be considered a useful progressive discipline approach.
The infractions for which a suspension may be imposed by the principal include:
- Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person;
- Possessing alcohol, illegal and/or restricted drugs;
- Being under the influence of alcohol;
- Swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority;
- Committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property at the pupil’s school or to property located on the premises of the pupil’s school;
- Any act considered by the principal to be injurious to the moral tone of the school;
- Any act considered by the principal to be injurious to the physical or mental well-being of members of the school community; or
- Any act considered by the principal to be contrary to the Board or School Code of Conduct including but not limited to the following:
- Academic dishonesty – attempting to deceive by cheating, copying or plagiarizing
- Defiance – refusal to comply with persons in authority
- Disorderly conduct – persistent opposition to authority, conduct injurious to the moral tone of the school or to the physical and mental well-being of others in school
- Explosive devices – use of or possession of explosive devices
- Extortion – to take money, homework or property under threat of harm or duress
- Fire setting, bomb threat, fire alarm – setting a fire or an act that places individuals, property or community at risk
- Harassment – repeated comments or conduct that is known or ought to be known as unwelcome
- Hate Crimes – words or actions considered offensive in reference to a person’s race, religion, culture, gender, age, appearance or disability
- Smoking on school property – violation of the Tobacco Control Act
- Theft – taking, possessing property without the permission of the owner
- Trespass – unauthorized presence on school property
- Truancy – persistent unexplained absence
- Vehicle use – reckless or dangerous use of a vehicle i.e. Car, motorcycle, bicycle etc.
A pupil may be suspended only once for an infraction and may be suspended for a minimum of one (1) school day and a maximum of twenty (20) school days.
Mitigating and Other Factors:
Before imposing a suspension, the principal, as required by the Education Act, must consider any mitigating and other factors as set out in the Student Discipline Procedures. For the purpose of the Student Discipline Procedures, the Board interprets the provisions of the Education Act and Regulations consistent with the Ontario Human Rights Code.
All elementary schools in the HCDSB have implemented the front door buzzer and security camera protocol. In order to gain entry to the school during the regular school day we require that visitors and volunteers enter through the front doors of the school. Visitors are requested to buzz into the office whereupon you will be asked for your name and the reason for your visit. Office staff will then activate the door and permit your access. We would ask that you proceed to the office to sign in and collect a visitor’s badge. Please be aware that all doors will be locked immediately after all students enter the building in the morning. If your child is late they must use the front door to gain entry to the building. Please avoid entering the yard or standing at the yellow gates, to speak to your child during lunch or recess. This can be very disruptive and remember that you are a stranger to the other children in the yard. If you need to visit for any reason, you must sign in at the office and take a visitor’s badge.
Please note that signing in does not provide general admission to visit classrooms or other school locations. Such permission is obtained through a teacher and/or school administration.
Students are considered late if they are not in the school by 8:45. Please establish with your child, routines at home that will assist her/his arriving at school on time. The earlier the child arrives, the safer will be her/his entry since the volume of vehicular traffic increases significantly just prior to the entry bell. Students arriving late should first report to the office for a late slip. Teachers are required to record late arrivals in the Ontario Register of Daily Attendance as well as on the Provincial Report Card. Parents will be notified by phone or in writing in the event that students routinely arrive late for school.
All students should be able to grow in body, soul, mind and community. The school works best when teachers, parents, and students, treat each other with dignity and respect. Clear rules help provide for a positive, caring, safe, and orderly school.
All students are expected to follow the Student Code of Conduct for Our Lady of Peace Catholic Elementary School. The complete Student Code of Conduct is included on this website. Some of the more significant recent changes in legislation include:
- Principals have the authority to issue one-day suspensions.
- Principals may issue limited one-year expulsions.
- There is a list of mandatory suspensions, some of which require police involvement and some of which may lead to an expulsion hearing.
Harassment is unwanted, uninvited, sexual, or other form, of attention. It may involve remarks, gestures, or actions, that make a person feel unsafe or uncomfortable. These remarks, gestures, or actions, may occur over time and in a way that the victim is upset and feels s/he cannot come to school, make use of the school, or learn properly. At Our Lady of Peace Catholic School everyone has worth and should expect understanding and respect. Any inappropriate comment or action that leaves someone fearful or uncomfortable about coming to school will have consequences. Persistent ridicule of any student by an individual or group will be treated as harassment and consequences will be applied.
We believe that all students should enjoy our school equally, and feel safe, secure, and accepted, regardless of colour, race, gender, popularity, athletic ability, intelligence, or national heritage. Bullying can be pushing, shoving, hitting, spitting, name calling, picking on, making fun of, laughing at, excluding someone. Bullying causes pain and stress to victims and is never justified or excusable as “kids being kids,” “just teasing,” or any other rationalization. The victim is not responsible for being a target of bullying.
Bullying or intimidation will not be tolerated!
What can someone do who is being bullied?
- Tell a friend what is happening. It will be harder for the bully to pick on someone who is with a friend for support.
- Say “NO” firmly, then turn and walk away.
- Try not to show that they are upset or angry.
- Do not fight back.
- Think up funny or clever replies in advance.
- Stick with a group.
- Practice “walking tall” in a mirror.
- Tell parents, teachers, or other adults – they can help. The bullied person should not suffer in silence.
Cyberbullying is a relatively new phenomenon that we have experienced and is associated with the internet. The perceived anonymity of the internet, the ease of provocation, and the seemingly unlimited source of targets, means the internet is open to predators targeting children, peers, and other users of the internet. Cyberbullies may get a perverse sense of satisfaction from sending ‘hate’ and ‘flame’ mail (hate mail is hatred and flame mail is designed to inflame and enrage). Cyberbullies are attention seekers and often create conflict by coercing and pooling negative information. The best way to deal with cyberbullies is to refuse to respond to them or engage them; this means not responding, referring, or replying, to their postings on forums, chat rooms, and the like. Bullying, and especially cyberbullying, has also been linked with stalking. This leads us to the serious issue on the dangers of cyber communication. Students are warned to never assume that the person they “meet” in chat rooms or exchange messages with over the internet, are who they claim to be. Under no circumstances should students, or anyone for that matter, agree to meet ‘in person.’ Most important, students should never divulge personal information, such as phone numbers or e-mail addresses in forums such as chat rooms. Parents are urged to be aware of the websites and forums their children are accessing on the internet. While there may be discussions on issues of student privacy, please consider this: it is better to be aware than to regret after a serious incident.
RECESS and RECESS EXPECTATIONS
Recess breaks are an important part of the daily routine and learning. Except in medical circumstances, all students are required to go outside for recess. If a student cannot go outside for fresh air and exercise because of a heavy cough or cold, then that student is likely too ill to be sitting in the classroom with other children and should be cared for at home.
The playground is supervised during all recesses. Supervisors wear bright orange vests to make them more visible. The following behaviour is expected in the yard. Students should:
- play in the designated areas, within bounds.
- stop playing when the bell rings and line up right away.
- keep hands and feet to themselves. Rough play, fighting, pushing, tripping, or bullying will not be tolerated.
- leave snow, sand, dirt, or grass on the ground.
- not loiter inside the school.
- enter the school only with permission from the teacher on duty.
All students are asked to report all injuries to the playground supervisor immediately.
Appropriate behaviour is expected upon entering the building, i.e., walking in the halls, in single file entry. During indoor recesses, students are expected to stay seated in their classroom and to read or play quietly.
Students are expected to be aware of the rights and safety of others on the playground, especially while using the creative playground equipment. Proper use of the equipment, as well as times that the equipment can be used, will be reviewed by the teachers. Students should remember basic safety rules:
- walk, do not run;
- avoid pushing;
- take turns;
- travel down the slides sitting; do not walk up the sides;
- before beginning an activity, be sure no one else is at the bottom;
- jumping off platforms is not permitted;
- tag games are not allowed;
- tie back long hair;
- watch for loose clothing, hoods, scarves, and drawstrings, which can get caught;
- appropriate footwear must be worn (no open toed sandals or ‘flip flops’).
Students are not allowed to use the creative playground equipment without direct teacher supervision. The equipment cannot be used during inclement weather conditions.
LUNCHTIME – Board Policy II – 6S
In keeping with the board’s Policy II – 6S, students may remain at school for lunch, at the Principal’s discretion. Parents/guardians complete a form in September for each child, which permit students to stay for lunch, providing lunchtime rules are followed at all times. If the form indicates that the student stays for lunch, then we will require a note on any day when s/he has been given your permission to go off school site for lunch. The student should not leave the school without such a note. Please understand that this note ensures that home and school are aware of where each child will be during lunch periods. Conversely, children who do not normally stay for lunch may not eat at school without a written request.
If you are dropping off a forgotten lunch for your child, please bring it to the school office. Label the lunch with your child’s name, the office will contact her/him. We thank you for helping us to minimize class disruptions.
The following behaviours are expected from students during lunch periods:
- eat and remain at one’s own desk.
- talk quietly.
- clean up one’s own area.
- put garbage in the garbage can and recyclables in the blue boxes.
- ask permission to go to the washroom.
Students who stay for lunch must stay on school property for the entire lunch hour.
Glass juice/pop bottles and other similar containers can pose a safety hazard on school premises. Please make every effort to send drinks to school in non-glass containers.
IN SCHOOL EXPECTATIONS
Before school and at recesses (including lunch recess), students may not stay in the school unless a teacher has given permission and remains to supervise. At the bell at the conclusion of recesses, students line up quietly, in single file, and wait for their teacher to lead them into the school or portables.
While in the school building, students are expected to:
- 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, with teacher permission.
- students may not go to the washroom after the bell rings, prior to going outside, unless the classroom teacher has given permission and is monitoring the student(s).
- return library books by the due date.
- report a stranger without a visitor’s tag to a teacher or to the office immediately.
In addition to creating unsightly and unsanitary conditions, cleaning problems frequently result from careless disposal of gum on floors, desks, and outdoors. Gum chewing is not permitted on school property.
CARE OF PROPERTY
Students are requested to not bring valuable personal items to school. Walkmans, disc players, game-boys, special pens, etc., are not necessary on school property. They may be broken or misplaced and the school will NOT accept responsibility for these personal items. Students should not have cell phones or pagers in the school or in the schoolyard.
Students should not vandalize, damage or litter any part of the school environment. They are expected to treat the property of the school and that of other students with respect. This includes all textbooks, furniture, walls, other school things and all items of other students.
Students will be loaned textbooks and other materials for use throughout the year and are expected to pay for their replacement should they lose, deface, or damage these materials.
Use of lockers is a privilege. Lockers should be kept clean and well-organized. Lockers are school board property and may be entered by the staff at any time.
- Food must be removed on a daily basis.
- Lockers are not accessible to students during rotary changes without permission.
- Lockers should not be marked with graffiti, stickers, by scratching, or etching.
- Locks of any type, are not permitted on our school lockers.
The Halton Catholic District School Board and the school assume NO responsibility for the safekeeping of any items in lockers. Students should not leave money or valuables in their locker.
LOST AND FOUND
Each year many sweaters, mitts, boots, runners, etc., are lost by students; many of these items are never claimed. Please print your child’s name on the inside of their clothing. Found articles of clothing are placed inside a lost and found box; children and parents are encouraged to seek lost items in that box. At the end of each term, unclaimed items are donated to a charitable group.
On the basis of the potential hazard posed by laser pointers to the unprotected eye, laser pointers are banned from general use and possession in schools of the Halton Catholic District School Board.
OFFICE and PAY TELEPHONE
The telephone in the office is for school business use only. Students will be permitted to use the telephone for emergencies with the permission of a teacher. A pay telephone is available for use during the beginning of the lunch hour (with a permission slip from a teacher or the office), or at the end of a day. The pay telephone is out of bounds during class time or recesses.
ACCEPTABLE USE PROCEDURE FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS
To prepare students for the world in which they will participate and to provide them with resources and skills appropriate to the information age, the Board has established a Wide Area Network (WAN) linking students, through computer stations in our computer lab and classrooms, to a variety of local electronic resources as well as providing access to the Internet. The use of telecommunications and the Internet provides many benefits to students, among them: access to a vast library of information from sources around the world, the ability to interact and collaborate with other students and knowledgeable adults beyond the classroom, knowledge and skills that will be useful to them throughout their lives.
In using these resources, despite the installation of software to filter and monitor internet communication, much of the content accessible is beyond our control. It is important that students and parents be aware of the nature of the resources available and responsibilities of the students who are given such access.
- When students send or publish messages or other information on the Internet, they will be expected to observe standards of courtesy and behaviour consistent with the practices and policies of the Halton Catholic District School Board.
- As students search for information and interact with others beyond their classrooms, they will encounter information that may not always reflect local community standards for a variety of reasons.
- Users will not use the system for any purpose which is in violation of the law.
- Students will understand that the right to use telecommunications will be withdrawn if abused.
Acceptable Use Procedure
Use of the Board’s Wide Area Network (WAN) and its connections to the Internet shall be for the exchange of information in order to support the user’s education and research (not for advertising or personal gain). Failure to observe established rules for use of telecommunications, will result in loss of computer usage and/or consequences consistent with the School Code of Behaviour.
- Users will not post, publish, or display, any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, sexist, or illegal material.
- Sending or receiving offensive messages or pictures from any sources is prohibited.
- Users will not transmit or download information or software in violation of copyright laws.
- Only public domain resources or resources for which the author has given expressed consent for on-line distribution may be up or down loaded.
- Posting messages and attributing them to another user is unacceptable.
- Transmission of software having the purpose of damaging computer systems or files is prohibited.
- Any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data of any person, computer, or network linked to the Board’s WAN is prohibited.
SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION
Students living within a distance of 1.6 km of the school are required to walk to school. The Education Act states that “every pupil is responsible for his\her conduct to the Principal of the school that pupil attends…while travelling on a school bus that is owned by a board or on a bus that is under contract to a board”. Regulation 262, Sec. 23
Parents are responsible for the safety and behaviour of their children prior to bus pick-up and after disembarking from the bus at the end of the day. Riding a school bus\taxi is a privilege which can be terminated for students who cannot abide by the school bus regulation.
Students are expected to:
- arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the designated time at their bus stop;
- act in a safe and appropriate manner on the bus and at their bus stop;
- conduct themselves in such a way as to not create any disturbance to the driver;
- get on and off the bus in an orderly manner;
- obey and take direction from the bus driver;
- respect the property of neighbours at the bus stop, by keeping off yards and driveways;
- keep all of themselves and any belongings inside the bus at all times;
- keep feet, or arms and bags out of the aisle;
- remain seated during the entire trip to school or home;
- use low tones and appropriate language while riding on the bus (no yelling\screaming);
- be held responsible and accountable for any damage they do to the bus;
- not eat and not drink while on the bus.
Students may ride only on the bus to which they have been assigned. The use of an alternate bus may only occur when prior arrangements have been made with the school office, and providing there is space available on the bus. Students are expected to adhere to the behavioural expectations as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.
Students who must cross the street after leaving the bus must go to the right front of the bus and wait for the driver to signal before crossing. The driver must see that the way is clear before signalling pupils to cross. Students must never cross behind the bus. If there is a stoplight at the bus stop, students must cross with the light.
Students who misbehave on the school bus will be dealt with as follows:
- The bus driver will control misbehaviour by informing the student of the danger of her/his actions.
- The bus driver will notify the Principal/Vice Principal/designate about the student’s behaviour in writing.
- The Principal/Vice Principal/designate will discuss the incident with the student.
- The student will receive a copy of the warning to take to her/his parent.
- The parent is asked to sign the letter and return it to the school.
- For any two warnings or for any one serious incident, the Principal/Vice Principal/designate may withdraw transportation privileges. In this case the school will be in contact with the parent.
- A student, who continually misbehaves may have bus transportation privileges withdrawn for the balance of the term or for any period of the school year that the Principal and/or Board may deem necessary.
If your child misses the morning bus, ensure that you have made arrangements for your child to contact you or your emergency contact. If your child misses the homeward bound bus, s/he is to report to the office to call home for instructions.
Parents are asked to write a note when their child changes the usual way of getting home. Last minute use of the office phone to arrange a last minute change in travel routines is not always possible. Students will need to go home as usual and make arrangements from home.
TRANSPORTATION OF STUDENTS IN PRIVATE VEHICLES
The Halton Catholic District School Board requires all authorized volunteer drivers of students to have a minimum third party liability insurance coverage of $1,000,000. The Board does not authorize student drivers to transport other students. For the protection of your child against a minimally insured third party, the Board recommends that the volunteer driver obtain the Family Protection Endorsement SEF Number 44 on their vehicle.
In addition to the above, before driving students, volunteer drivers are required to complete the School Board’s Authorization to Transport Students Participating in School Events form (this form is part of the Volunteer Package and can be obtained from the school office). Please note that current Board policy requiring that all volunteers undergo a Police Criminal Reference Check is also applicable to volunteer drivers.
BICYCLES / SKATEBOARDS / SCOOTERBOARDS / ROLLER SKATES
Remind your children that bicycles are governed by the same traffic rules as drivers. Review safe cycling procedures at home. Be certain that the bicycle is roadworthy and that your child is able to ride it in a safe manner. Students riding their bicycles to and from school are expected to follow these directives:
Helmets must be worn.
- Bicycles are to be walked across the school property.
- Bicycles are to be left in the bicycle racks on the southeast corner of the school.
- Bicycles are to be locked.
- In the event that a student rides a bicycle in an unsafe manner, the bicycle will be taken away and s/he will be expected to find an alternate means of transport.
- The bicycle racks are not supervised regularly and bicycles are left at the owners risk, the school or Board cannot accept responsibility for lost or damaged bicycles.
While teachers review these rules each year, you are more aware than we, of the level of your child’s cycling skills. Take time to discuss with your child proper bicycle safety.
Inline skates must be removed at the sidewalk in front of the building. They may NOT be worn on school property.
Skateboards and scooters are NOT allowed at school.
ANIMALS ON THE SCHOOL SITE
Animals are not permitted on school property; this includes the sidewalks and parking areas. We know that excited children can be unpredictable and impulsive in their movement in the school area. Animal behaviour can also be unpredictable, particularly with many children and much commotion. We wish to ensure that no child is at risk of an accidental bite or an attack from an animal brought onto the school site.
Animals may be brought into the school building with the prior permission of the Principal. Permission for bringing an animal into the school will only be granted under the following conditions:
- that no child in the class or vicinity is allergic to animals;
- that no other risk is posed to students, staff, or volunteers, by the presence of the animal in the school;
- that the animal is secured or contained as appropriate for the safety of students, staff, volunteers, or guests, and for the humane treatment of the animal;
- that the presence of the animal supports an aspect of the curriculum;
- that the animal will be in the school for only as long as is required to serve the purpose.
In the event that a student, parent, or staff member, is served by a guide dog, the person and animal will be accommodated to the fullest extent possible without compromising the safety of anyone else on the school site.Code of Conduct