CODE OF CONDUCT
The following Code of Conduct is referenced from the following HCDSB policies:
- Policy No: II-39 – Progressive Discipline and Safety in Schools/Code of Conduct Suspension & Expulsions
- Policy No: II-40 – Bullying Prevention Intervention
Please refer to these policies online at the Board website, or in the Student Agenda, for a more detailed description of each protocol.
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 and others 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 neighbour;
- 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 and respectful;
- Adheres to the school dress code;
- Respects school property and the 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 behaviour. 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 behaviour for all students;
- Demonstrate respect for all students, parents/guardians, 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 their children’s school work and progress;
- Communicate regularly with the school;
- Help their children 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 children in following the rules of behaviour;
- Assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues involving their children.
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.
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.
In some cases, short-term suspension may also be considered as a useful progressive discipline approach. The Board supports the use of suspension and expulsion as outlined in Part XIII of the Education Act where a pupil has committed one or more of the infractions outlined below on school property, during a school-related activity or event, and/or in circumstances where the infraction has an impact on the school climate.
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;
- Aggressive and typically repeated behaviour causing harm to another through physical, verbal, electronic (“cyber-bullying”), written or other means
- 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;
- Any act considered by the principal to be contrary to the Board or School Code of Conduct
A student may be suspended once for an infraction and may be suspended for a minimum of one (1) school day and a maximum of twenty (20) school days.
Expulsion is a possible consequence in extreme circumstances. Refer to page 6 & 7 of Policy No: II-39 Progressive Discipline and Safety in Schools/Code of Conduct Suspension & Expulsions.
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.
Code of Conduct