Code of Conduct

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 St. Gabriel Catholic Elementary School.

SCHOOL PROPERTY

Recognizing that community property is everyone’s responsibility, students are expected to help to enhance the school environment by contributing to and valuing the appearance and maintenance of all school property – both inside and on school grounds.

The students and/or his/her family will make restitution of damaged, stolen or lost property if circumstances warrant. Please review Respect for Property in our Code of Conduct.

STUDENT PROPERTY

Students are expected to be responsible for their own possessions, i.e., to store clothing and gym supplies neatly in assigned areas. Students are expected to respect their own property and the property of other students and of staff. (e.g., textbooks, notebooks, etc.)

Students are not permitted to bring to school items that could cause damage or personal injury. Such items will be confiscated and parents may be informed depending on the severity of the infraction. Please review the Code of Conduct: Respect for Property.

STUDENT TO STUDENT RELATIONS

Students are expected to act in a co-operative, courteous, respectful, understanding and responsible manner when dealing with fellow students. Proper, orderly conduct is expected at all times. Use of inappropriate language and fighting is not allowed on school property. Please review Respect for Self and Others in our Code of Conduct.

STUDENT TO ADULT RELATIONS

As ambassadors of St. Gabriel School, students are expected to act in a co-operative, courteous and respectful manner toward all adults in the school and during school organized activities. Please review Respect for Authority in our Code of Conduct.

BUS EXPECTATIONS

Parents are responsible for the safety and behaviours of their children prior to bus pick-up and after disembarking from the bus at the end of the day. School bus transportation is a privilege, not a right.  Students may be denied bus privileges for misconduct as outlined in our Code of Conduct..

Students are expected to:

  • arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the designated time at their bus stop.
  • students who miss their bus are not permitted to ride on another bus.
  • 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
  • obey and take direction from the bus driver
  • respect the property of neighbours at the bus stop, by keeping off yards and driveways
  • 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
  • get on and off the bus in an orderly manner.
  • keep all of themselves and any belongings inside the bus at all times

Fighting, profanity, spitting and disrespect to the driver are forbidden and subject to immediate disciplinary action. Students may ride only on the bus to which they have been assigned and only if they are a bus student. The use of an alternate bus is NOT permitted. Students are expected to adhere to the behavioural expectations as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

RECESS EXPECTATIONS

Recess breaks are an important part of the daily routine and learning. ALL students are required to go outside for recess. 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.

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 read or play quietly.

LUNCHTIME EXPECTATIONS

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.

IN SCHOOL EXPECTATIONS

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).
  • report a stranger without a visitor’s tag to a teacher or to the office immediately.

 LOCKERS

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.

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.

ACCEPTABLE USE of ELECTRONIC ASSETS (computers)

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.

Student Responsibilities

  • 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 Computer Network 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 Conduct.

Network Etiquette/Citizenship

  • 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

Vandalism

  • 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 computer network is prohibited

Security

  • Users shall not share their passwords or accounts with others and must make all efforts to safeguard this information from unauthorized users

Users shall not give out personal information such as their full name, home address, telephone number or credit card numbers

 

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, for others and for the responsibilities of citizenship through acceptable behaviour.

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.

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

Progressive Discipline

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 inOntario 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.

Suspension

The infractions for which a suspension may be imposed by the principal include:

  1. Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person;
  2. Possessing alcohol, illegal and/or restricted drugs;
  3. Being under the influence of alcohol;
  4. Swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority;
  5. 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;
  6. Bullying;
    • Aggressive and typically repeated behaviour causing harm to another through physical, verbal, electronic (“cyber-bullying”), written or other means
  7. Any act considered by the principal to be injurious to the moral tone of the school;
  8. Any act considered by the principal to be injurious to the physical or mental well-being of members of the school community;
  9. 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

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 theEducation Act and Regulations consistent with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

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