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, 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 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

HCDSB AdministratorCode of Conduct