Code of Conduct          4 Tiers of Discipline      Routines

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR KING ALBERT

PUBLIC SCHOOL

A school is a place that promotes responsibility, respect, civility and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment.  All students, parents, teachers and staff have the right to be safe, and feel safe, in their school community.  With this right, comes the responsibility to be law-abiding citizens and to be accountable for actions that put at risk the safety of others and oneself.

We expect that staff and parents will model these skills.

We know that certain behaviours are never acceptable in a safe and caring school community.We know that discipline is training that teaches students proper behaviour and corrects behaviour mistakes. 

Basic to a discipline policy is the premise that every student has the right to an education without disruption and a corresponding responsibility not to deny this right to any other student.

Use of discipline demonstrates that we value a safe and caring school.

At King Albert Public School we strive to learn and practice the skills that will make us productive and successful citizens – at school and in our community.

 We expect that staff and parents will model these skills.

We are clear that in our school community that these are the skills we need to learn and practice:

All MEMBERS OF OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY must:

  •     Be honest and fair.
  •     Show respect for people’s differences and opinions.
  •     Treat each other kindly- especially during disagreements.
  •     Respect the rights of others.
  •     Care for school property and the property of others.
  •     Notice and help those in need.
  •     Seek help from school staff if necessary to resolve conflicts.
  •     Obey all laws.
  •     Respect and obey persons in positions of authority.
  •    Try to make the school a safe and healthy place.
  •    Keep all language respectful and courteous.

 In addition, all STUDENTS must:

  •    Attend school on time.
  •     Have good personal hygiene.
  •     Wear clothes that are appropriate for school.
  •     Show verbal and physical self-control.
  •     Use courteous and respectful words and actions with everybody.
  •     Show respect for all school property
  •     Return school property on time and in reasonable condition
  •     Pay for school items that were lost or damaged.
  •    Behave appropriately and safely on school buses.
  •     Participate in class and complete assignments. 
  •     Complete tests and exams honestly.
  •     Obey school staff including supply teachers, educational assistants, secretaries or custodians.
  •     Follow all school policies and routines.
  •    Follow all the classroom policies and routines set by teachers.
  •    Accept discipline from staff attempts to correct student behavioural mistakes.
  •    Obey the board policy on use of internet in schools.
  •    Be responsible for personal electronic devices in the event of loss, theft or damage.
  •    Do not bring cell phones and electronic devices to school except with special permission from teachers.
  •    Be personally responsible for passwords –including internet accessed by their passwords.
  •   Be accountable for content of any memory storage devices (i.e., USB memory sticks). Staff have the right to    request to see the content
  •  Alert a staff member if they know of harmful or harassment types of behaviours targeting any of their classmates via use of electronic devices or internet sites.
  • Be accountable for off-school property use of internet sites or electronic devices which may have a negative impact on the school environment.

 

We know that certain behaviours are never acceptable in a safe and caring school community.

We agree that all of the following are unacceptable and subject to corrective disciplinary attempts by school staff in our school:

 

All MEMBERS OF OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY must not:

  •   Use bullying.
  •   Commit sexual assault.
  •   Be in possession of any weapon – including firearms.
  •   Traffic weapons or illegal or restricted drugs.
  •   Have, be under the influence of or give to others – alcohol or illegal or restricted drugs.
  •   Give alcohol to a minor.
  •   Commit robbery.
  •   Cause injury to anyone or encourage others to do so; inflict or encourage others to inflict bodily harm on another person.
  •   Engage in hate propaganda and other forms of behaviour motivated by hate or bias.
  •  Commit an act of vandalism that causes damage to school property or to property located on the premises of the school.
  •  Create a disturbance in a school or on school property which interrupts or disquiets the proceedings of the school or class  or otherwise disrupts the operation of a school or the learning environment.
  • Engage in any behaviour that would be considered as conduct injurious to the moral tone of the school and to the physical and mental wellbeing of others in the school

In addition, all STUDENTS must not:

  •     Use swear words or improper rude language.
  •     Use threatening words, gestures or physical assault against a person or their belongings.
  •     Use displays of affection that are inappropriate for school setting.
  •     Harass by any means (verbal, physical, electronic device/internet) any member of school community.
  •     Use drugs, alcohol or tobacco on school property or at school events.
  •     Smoke or use any other tobacco product on school property, busses or events.
  •     Have, use, sell or give alcohol, illegal drugs or restricted prescription drugs ( sold illegally for non-medicinal purposes) on school buses, field trips, school property.
  •     Be on school property where the use of alcohol or illegal drugs is still detectable.
  •     Steal or vandalize the property of others.
  •     Use camera capable electronic devices in areas others expect to be private (washrooms, change rooms) or where there is a known objection to taking pictures.
  •     Connect PDA’s with internet capabilities to TLDSB network.
  •     Use internet or electronic devices to threaten, harass or demean any other member of the school community especially when  those actions interfere with that member’s ability to function in the school.
  •    Access inappropriate websites.

 

We know that discipline is training that teaches students proper behaviour and corrects behaviour mistakes. 

Basic to a discipline policy is the premise that every student has the right to an education without disruption and a corresponding responsibility not to deny this right to any other student. 

Use of discipline demonstrates that we value a safe and caring school.

 

In our school, this is the philosophy and plan for corrective and supportive discipline.

·   Discipline will be used when any classroom or school rules and/or routines are violated.

·   Discipline will be used when student behaviour impacts negatively on the school climate of King Albert Public School – even if that behaviour does not occur on school property.

·   It is the goal of the staff to take into consideration the individual student and circumstances before making decisions about what type of discipline is most appropriate.

·  While parental input is welcomed and considered, it is the responsibility of school staff and ultimately the school administration to make final decisions about discipline

4 Tiers of Discipline 

King Albert Public School has 4 tiers of discipline that are used progressively over time based on the frequency and severity of misbehaviours.

 

Tier 1Used when student behaviour error is infrequent, minor and not severe

Examples:  

·         Warnings

·         Corrective Plan or Think Paper

·         Detentions

·         Logical Consequences (i.e.. parent contacts,  healing of ruptured relationships, loss of marks, repayment of time, loss of privilege, withdrawal from class, restitution for damages

 

Tier 2Used when a chronic pattern is identified.  Use of restorative practices and/or further logical consequences will be used in the corrective plan

·         Analysis of the difficulty + corrective plan (think paper) made by teacher/staff /student

·         Analysis of the difficulty+ corrective plan (think paper) made by teacher/parent/student

·         Analysis of the difficulty +corrective plan(think paper) made by  teacher/parent/support staff/administrator/student

 

·   NOTE:  For specific misbehaviours – suspension may or must be considered.  Except for students for whom the suspend-able behaviour is a first offence – it is expected that documentation of Progressive Discipline levels 1, 2, and 3 is available.

 

Tier 3Used when severity and frequency identify a need for more long term and targeted intervention. 

·   Withdrawal of privilege(withdrawal from class)

·   Significant restrictions/substitutions – (examples:  class or school transfers, revised timetable, reduced levels of freedom/increased allocation for supervision, loss of privilege)

 

Tier 4 –Used when severity and type of misbehaviour means consideration of suspension.  See Boxed list below.

·  Consideration of suspension (Progressive Discipline options from tiers 1,2, and 3 may be substituted)   

·   Consideration of suspension pending expulsion (Suspension may be substituted.)

Suspension for the following MAY be considered by Principal.

·   Uttering threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person

·   Possessing alcohol or restricted drugs                       

·   Being under 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

·   Bullying

·   Any act considered by principal to be injurious to moral tone of the school      

·   Any act considered by principal to be injurious to physical or mental well-being of any member of school community

·   Any act considered by the principal to be  contrary to Board or School Code of Conduct                                 

 

Suspension pending Expulsion MUST be considered by Principal

·   Possession of a weapon, including possessing a firearm

·   Use of weapon to cause or threaten bodily harm to another person

·   Committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment by medical practitioner

·   Committing sexual assault

·   Trafficking in weapons or illegal or restricted drugs     

·   Committing robbery

·   Giving alcohol or illegal/restricted drugs to minor        

·   An act considered by principal to be significantly injurious to moral tone of the school and/or to the physical or mental well-being of others

·   A pattern of behaviour that is so inappropriate that the pupil’s continued  presence  is  injurious to the effective learning and/or working environment of others 

·   Activities engaged in by the pupil on or off school property behaviours that cause the pupil’s continuing present in the school to create unacceptable risk to physical or mental well-being of other person(s) in the school or Board                

·   Activities engaged in by the pupil on or off property that have caused extensive damage to the property of the Board or to goods that are/were on Board property

·   The pupil has demonstrated through a pattern of behaviour that s/he has not prospered by the instruction available to him or her and s/he is persistently resistant to making changes in behaviour which would enable him or her to prosper.

·   Any act considered by the principal to be a serious violation of the Board or School Code of Conduct 

·   Conduct which is so refractory as to demonstrate that the student is unwilling to respect or respond to authority and/or respect the rights or dignity of other school community members, despite having been given a reasonable opportunity to do so.

Routines

 

Routines are designed annually to ensure that the school runs efficiently and remains safe and orderly.

To be effective, it is essential that all of the school community comply with these routines. 

ORGANIZATION OF SCHOOL DAY

Use of Student Planners

Students are expected to take the planners with them each evening, share their homework responsibilities with you, complete their work and have you sign, acknowledging its completion.

 

Absences/ Lates/Mid-Day appointments

Students are expected to attend school unless they are ill or have a medical, dental or legal appointment.  In addition, “a pupil may be excused by the Principal from attendance at school temporarily at any time at the written request of a parent of the pupil (Ontario Regulation 262:Sec.23.3)

 

Leaving School Property

Under no circumstances may a student leave the school without parental consent.  A note must be sent each time a student is excused from school property.  Students sign out and back in at the office.

 

Telephone Calls

Students may use the classroom phone with permission from the teacher or the office phone with permission from office staff.

 

Classroom Supplies

All students in possession of school property, including text books, library books, and other equipment, are responsible for their return at the proper time and in reasonable condition, as established by the school.

 

Clothing and Hygiene

Students shall be clean in person and in habits.

Students shall observe reasonable standards of dress such as:

Ø  No outdoor clothing to be worn in the classroom and caps shall be removed upon entry

Ø  Clean shoes are to be worn in the classroom at all times

Ø  Examples of unacceptable dress are slogan T shirts which have a sexual, racial, or otherwise offensive connotation

Ø  Students shall have midriffs and shoulder covered, and shorts should cover the wearer’s buttocks.  Remember the Six B Rule.  There should be no exposure of breasts, brassieres, bellies, buttocks, boxers, or backs.

 

Extra-Curricular/House League

Students must be considered to be in “good standing” to participate in extra-curricular activities at King Albert Public School.

 

Smoking

Schools in Trillium Lakelands District School Board have been designated as smoke free environments.  Therefore, students, staff, and visitors are not permitted to smoke on school property. 

 

Internet Access

Each year parents are requested to sign a permission sheet for their child to have access to the internet.  Students who do not comply with the Board’s policy and procedures regarding internet us, will lose their internet access at school.

 

 Inclement Weather/School Closure

Since all of our students walk to school, the school remains open during inclement weather days.  It is left to the best judgement of parents as to whether they believe it is safe for their children to walk to school.

 

Hallway Routines

Students walk in the hallways at all time and hold the railing while walking on the stairs.

 

Homework

Homework, as assigned by the teacher, shall be completed and returned to the school at the appropriate time.

 

Medication

No student may be in possession of, use, or sell any drugs, alcohol, or tobacco at school.  No one shall attend school or any school function while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.

 

Personal Property

Electronic devices such as cell phones, MP3 players, game boys, etc., are not allowed at school.  If these items are brought to school they will be stored in the school office until the end of the day.  In the event that personal property is lost or stolen at school, it is the responsibility of the student and not the school staff to attempt to retrieve the property.

 

Playground routines

Inappropriate expressions of affection are considered to be unacceptable (e.g., kissing, holding hands).  Throwing snow balls is considered to be an unsafe practice and, as such, will be prohibited.

danger to students such as matches, knives, sling.

 

Progress Reports

Pupil progress will be reported and discussed with the parent or guardian.  Report cards go home in November, before March Break and at the end of June.  It is important that contact between a child’s home and school occur on a regular basis.  Parent-teacher interviews are held early in December. Teachers may contact you about concerns at various times of the year.  Likewise, parents are encouraged to contact the teacher if they have concerns about their child’s progress.

 

Physical Education Clothing

Students are expected to have a change of running shoes to be worn in the gymnasium.  Running shoes should have soles that do not leave skid marks on the floor.

For hygienic reasons students from grade 4 through 6 are expected to bring a change of gym shorts, t-shirt and running shoes

 

Crossing Guard

Good conduct is very important while walking to or from school or on any school events. All students should cross Glenelg or Cambridge Street with the assistance of the crossing guard.  Students should walk their bicycles through the intersection with the direction of the crossing guard. 

 

Visitors to School

All schools are deemed to be private property under the authority of the Trillium Lakelands District School Board.  IN the interest of maintaining a safe and secure environment for our students, all persons, school or Board of Education staff, parents, volunteers and all visitors to the school will come through the main doors on Glenelg St. and go to sign in at the office. Volunteers and visitors who will be in the school for part of the day will be given a VOLUNTEER or VISITOR badge to wear so that they can be easily identified by staff.  The badge will indicate two things: 1) that the visitor/volunteer has reported to the office.  2) that the visitor/volunteer is welcome in the school. 

Parents who come to the school to pick up their children before the regular dismissal time will report to the office. 

The secretary will call the student to the office ready to go with his/her parent.  Parents who have a message or something to deliver to a student will come to the office and the secretary will inform the student.

Parents who come to pick up their children at the regular dismissal time should wait outside the school. 

At the end of the day the teachers, will monitor their classes until they exit the side doors to meet their parents.  If a parent wishes to pick up his/her student inside the school, the parent will report to the office and the secretary will call the student to the office.