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Attendance and Safe Arrival
The SafeArrival program is in operation at Bishop Macdonell Catholic School. This means that when a child is expected at school and fails to arrive, families will be notified as soon as possible to ensure safety. 
Please report student absences using any of the following methods:
1.       SchoolMessenger App available on the Apple Store or Google Play
2.       Use the SafeArrival website
3.       Call the toll free number 1 (833) 251-3286
Any unexplained lates or absences will be recorded and an automated call will be initialized.  Please follow the prompts in the message to confirm your child’s attendance.
Where a child will be absent for an extended time please communicate this information in writing to the office.   Punctuality will be expected of every student.  Students arriving late for school at any time through the day must sign in at the office and get a late slip to present to their teacher.
Building Security
Please note we have Video Surveillance monitoring the front door.  All visitors must buzz in at the front door before entering.  All visitors to the school must report to the office upon entering the school to sign in. Visitors will sign out at the end of their visit.  Parents and caregivers are not permitted to escort students to class or be in the school without first checking in at the main office. The doors to the school will remain locked during instructional time and visitors must enter and exit the school through the main school entrance.  Please note that parents/guardians are not permitted on the school playground from 8:45 am to 3:30 pm.
In order to prevent the spread of infections in school, children suspected of having a communicable disease should not be sent to school.  If you notice in the morning that your child has a fever, flushed face, red eyes or sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, cough, skin rash, sores, upset stomach or vomiting, please keep the child home from school and contact your doctor. It is important to inform the school if your child has a communicable disease, such as chicken pox, pinkeye or measles to name a few. 
Please do not send medicine to school with your child.  If your child requires life-saving medication, such as an EpiPen or inhaler, we require written permission on school board forms. A “Student Plan of Care” from the school must be completed and signed by your family doctor.  Please make sure that all life-saving medication is properly labelled with your child’s name and proper dosage.  All other prescription medications must be administered by a parent or guardian.  We cannot administer over the counter medications to anyone.
Allergy Awareness
We are an allergen aware school.  There are students in the school who suffer from severe and life threatening allergies to certain foods such as peanuts or nut products.  At Bishop Macdonell we expect the cooperation of the entire school community in NOT sending any lunches or snacks that contain peanuts or nuts which could cause potential harm to a child. Families will be made aware of any specific food considerations within their child’s classroom. Outside food is not permitted for class celebrations.  You may bring non-food items to share with peers, such as loot bags, a book for the class etc.  No food items will be permitted for birthday celebrations in school.
Recess and Outdoor Play
Bishop Macdonell is an all-weather school. All students are required to go outside during recess in all conditions. In the event of severe weather conditions, school personnel may decide to keep the students indoors. Please ensure that your child is always dressed appropriately for the weather conditions.
Uniform Dress Code
Bishop Macdonell Catholic School has a navy and white dress code which is in accordance with the TCDSB’s Dress Code for Pupils  (S.S. 07).  Students are expected to follow the dress code daily: 
·        Plain white or navy top and plain navy blue bottom (pants, shorts or skirt) 
·        Comfortable, closed-toe shoes.  No flip flops.
·        Jeans or denim pants/skirts, graphic tees, black leggings, “short shorts”, mini-skirts, multi-coloured sweaters or hoodies are NOT part of the school dress code.
·        Any item of clothing worn in the school must be navy or white.
School ‘Spirit Wear’ and crested uniform items will also be available for purchase at designated times through the year and conform to the school dress code. 
School Cash Online
All school related payments are now available to be made online at School Cash Online, including field trips, hot lunches, pizza lunch etc. Please register to make payments and receive important notifications and updates: 
Personal Property
Families are requested to see that their children’s clothes, boots, gloves, scarves, running shoes, lunch kits, etc. are marked with the child’s name. Clothing does get misplaced and many children have identical or similar clothing. If a child has lost or misplaced an article of clothing, there is a good chance it will be in the Lost and Found box. Please check here regularly to reclaim lost items.
Learning Materials and School Resources
Each student will be supplied with the required learning materials according to grade. Students also have access to materials in the school library.   It is the student’s responsibility to take care of the books, plus other borrowed school materials and ensure that they are returned in good condition.  Students will be required to replace lost or damaged school learning materials and library books. 
Bus Policy       
Eligible students must be registered to one of the busses in order to be on the bus.  For safety and insurance purposes we will not allow students to switch buses or board buses for which they are not registered.
While on the school bus, students are responsible to the Principal or designated staff member for their conduct. They are expected to remain seated at all times.  They are to use indoor voices and speak to others with respect and caring. The windows are to be opened only with the driver’s consent. All belongings are to be kept on the child’s lap or under the seat so aisles can be kept clear. No food or drinks should be consumed on the bus.  The driver is responsible for student safety on the bus and must be respected at all times.
Transportation privileges may be revoked if a student behaves in an inappropriate or unsafe manner. Parents/guardians are responsible to transport their child to and from school in the result of a suspension of privilege.
For all transportation related inquiries, please call 416-394-4287 or visit
The Toronto Catholic District School Board has a primary responsibility to ensure the safety of students and staff inside Board buildings and on Board property.  Central administrative policies and procedures provide direct support to school principals and vice-principals in the management of a crisis situation.  These supports have been developed through community consultation and through collaboration with the Toronto Police Service.
Shelter in PlaceHold and Secure and Lockdown represent the three different responses that may be initiated in the event of a threat to school safety.
Shelter in Place - Possible Environmental Danger in the School Neighbourhood
Shelter in Place response is generally initiated by the Toronto Police Service or other agencies, including Toronto Fire Services, having jurisdiction over the incident.  The threat poses no immediate danger to students or staff unless they leave the building.
Hold and Secure - Possible Danger in the School Neighbourhood
Hold and Secure response is initiated when the threat is proximate to, but not inside the building.  The threat poses no immediate danger to students or staff unless they leave the building.
Lockdown  - Danger on the School Site
Lockdown response is initiated when imminent danger is present on the school site and the safety of students and staff is threatened.
In order for all students and staff to become familiar with expectations during a threat to school safety, our school will be practicing threat response procedures as we have normally done with fire drills.  During these drills, signs will be posted on the entrance doors indicating that the school is in Shelter in Place, Hold and Secure or Lockdown. The doors may be locked and no one will be allowed to enter or exit the school.
Should a real threat to school safety procedure be initiated, the school will inform parents of the event that led to the particular response through School Messenger. Any questions about procedures should be directed to the School Administration.
The Toronto Catholic District School Board is committed to ensuring that schools be an example of Christian Community that promote, maintain, and encourage responsibility, civility, equity, inclusivity, academic excellence and wellbeing in a safe learning and teaching environment. A positive school climate exists when all members of the school community respect and treat others fairly at all times, regardless of personal characteristics of any kind. All members of school communities and Board worksites will value and respect the teachings of the Catholic Church, including the teaching that all people are created in the image and likeness of God and have infinite dignity and worth.
The TCDSB Code of Conduct Policy (S.S. 09) is consistent with the provincial Code of Conduct and clearly sets out the standards of behaviour for all members of the school community and worksites including, but not limited to: students, parents, volunteers, teachers and other staff members, board staff, trustees, visitors, third- party service providers and permit holders while on board premises or at school- related activities. The TCDSB code of conduct is also applicable to all members of the school community for behaviour occurring off school premises or outside of school hours that negatively impacts school climate.
The Toronto Catholic District School Board is an inclusive community rooted in the love of Christ. We educate students to grow in grace and knowledge and to lead lives of faith, hope and charity. Through our Catholic values, we believe in the worth and dignity of every person, and that people thrive in a safe, healthy and compassionate environment. One of the goals of the Board’s Multi-Year Strategic Plan requires that, in order to create equitable learning environments for all students, students will be provided with safe, healthy learning environments by promoting a positive school climate, inclusive and accepting of all students. This policy is interpreted through the lens of the Catholic faith as articulated by the teachings of the Church, having due regard for the following:
· Teachings of the Catholic Church, as expressed through various documents of the Universal Church, the Bishops of Canada, the Bishops of Ontario, and the Archdiocese of Toronto.
· Education Act, Sections 1 (4); 169.1; 301
· Program Policy Memorandum (PPM) 128 Provincial Code of Conduct and School Board Codes of Conducts, August 29, 2019.
· Ontario Human Rights Code, Sections 1; 19.
All members of the school community must respect and treat others fairly, regardless of, for example, race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status or disability.
Progressive Discipline
At Bishop Macdonell, we follow the TCDSB Progressive Discipline Policy (S.S. 10), which “is a whole-school approach that utilizes a continuum of prevention programs, interventions, supports and consequences to address inappropriate student behavior and to build upon strategies that promote and foster positive behaviours.”  Student behaviours are recorded and monitored so that a progressive discipline approach may be individually considered when taking corrective action.
Classroom Expectations
Each teacher will develop a classroom code of behaviour in accordance with the Progressive Discipline model, and in consultation with students, that will help to ensure a positive learning environment for all. Expectations and consequences will be clear and consistent. This code of behaviour will be communicated to, and discussed with, each student in the first weeks of school and with parents during Curriculum Night.  Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher at any time to discuss these expectations.
Minor Offences
Staff members will handle minor offences as they arise and will report to the office as necessary.  Interventions and supports may include communication with parents, verbal reminders, review of expectations, written assignments with a learning component, etc.  Where appropriate, loss of privilege may result.
Major Offences
Major offences are those that threaten the safety and/or well-being of others in the school community, and may include, but are not limited to open defiance of authority, physical or mental abuse of others and/or continuous disruptive behavior.  More serious corrective behavior may result, including suspension or expulsion from school, however each case will be considered individually and will take into account the severity of the behavior, individual student history and any mitigating and other factors.
Full details on the TCDSB Progressive Discipline (S.S. 10) and Suspension and Expulsion (S.S. 01) policies can be found on the Board website at:
The TCDSB Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) governs the proper use of technology and electronic communication in our schools.  The purpose of the AUP is to provide students and their parents with a set of guidelines that outline the safe and appropriate use of technology within our Catholic School system.  Included in the AUP is a definition of electronic communication to include social media, website publishing, and the use of personal electronic devices (PED’s).   In addition it addresses expectations surrounding the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy effective as of September 2012.  While these devices are not mandatory for classroom activities, they may be included when there is a clear educational purpose that has been identified by the teacher. 
All parents and students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the AUP. For parents, the full text of the TCDSB AUP can be found at:
A summary of the AUP expectations for students in the TCDSB:
Behaviour Expectations:
Ø  It is a privilege, not a right, to use the Board’s network and devices.  Privileges may be restricted or taken away if the AUP is violated.
Ø  Students must use their own student account and keep it private when using the board network or devices. 
Ø  Students must use the network and electronic communication for educational purposes only.
Ø  All students and their parents must sign the "Student Access Agreement" before they will be allowed to use the Board’s network and devices. 
Personal Safety & Privacy:
Ø  A student should tell the school Principal or teacher immediately if they feel uncomfortable or not safe because of a message they received from an electronic communication such as an email, text message or photo.
Ø  Parents should discuss with their children the importance of protecting their personal information and privacy when using any electronic communication such as the internet. 
All parents and students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with resources that support Digital Citizenship. For parents and students, resources can be found at:
Password Management:
Ø  TCDSB student logins grant access to WiFi, school computers and devices, and educational third-party services e.g., Google Apps for Education (GSuite). 
Ø  Password management is very important and students must personally create their own password and it must be a strong password.
Ø  Students must keep their password secret, and never disclose or share a password.
Ø  When creating a password we recommend that you make it easy to remember, but hard for others to guess. Avoid using personal information such as your name, email address, or mailing address.
Ø  Password creation checklist:
ü  Minimum 8 characters                
ü  Need to meet three of the following criteria:
§  At least 1 upper-case letter
§  At least 1 lower-case letter
§  At least 1 number
§  At least 1 special character
Unacceptable Activities:
Ø  Trying to access or “hack” parts of the Board network or any other computer network is prohibited.
Ø  Purposely breaking, destroying and intentionally abusing Board computers, network, hardware, software, or electronic devices.
Ø  Installing, accessing or sharing unauthorized equipment, software or media files such as games.
Ø  Engaging in any bullying or threatening behaviour such as cyberbullying, making threats, or posting inappropriate material about another student to a social media site is unacceptable and will be dealt with according to the Education Act or school codes of conduct.
Ø  Impersonation or using a false identity.
Ø  Any use of inappropriate language (obscene, profane, threatening, harassing, bullying, racist or disrespectful) posted publically, privately, or on any websites.

Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement

Ø  Students must not plagiarize and must obtain permission for any copyright materials they use. 
Bring Your Own Computer / Personal Electronic Device (PED):
Ø  The student use of PEDs is a privilege, not a right and can be removed if it interferes with student learning.
Ø  Students can bring Personal Electronic Device (PED) such as cell phones and laptops to school, but are not allowed to use them during class time unless allowed by the teacher.  Students are responsible for securing their own devices and MUST turn them off and put them away during regular school hours. 
Ø  The teacher may send a student to the office if a PED is used inappropriately during class time.  The administrator may confiscate the device and store it securely until the matter is resolved.
Ø  The school Principal may decide when and where PEDs are allowed in the school.
Ø  Students can use PEDs to connect to the school network for internet access only. PEDs are NOT permitted in examination rooms, unless the teacher has granted permission.
Ø  Board Technical support will be not be provided for any hardware, software or connectivity issues, and users may not install any Board/Ministry licenced software, unless the software has been licensed for home use. 
Ø  All student PEDs must have anti-virus protection on them before they can connect to the Board’s network. 
Ø  Students cannot take pictures or capture video with their PEDs in private areas such as washrooms or change rooms. 
Ø  Any pictures or videos published electronically and taken on school property or at a school event must have the permission of the individual(s), their parents or the principal/designate.
Ø   Any images or video that negatively impact the school climate must not be captured, transmitted or posted under any circumstances.
Accessing TCDSB Wi-Fi Network with a Personal Device
Ø   The TCDSB provides students with Wi-Fi access on their personal devices for educational purposes only. Students must restrict their use of Wi-Fi to this end.
Ø   Access to Wi-Fi with a personal device is restricted to the TCDSB-Guest network.
Ø   Any personal device connected to a Wi-Fi network other than the TCDSB-Guest (including but not limited to TCDSB-Misc) will be identified and banned from all TCDSB Wi-Fi networks.

Disciplinary Consequences:

Ø   In the event that a student violates this policy, the student (and parent, where applicable) will be provided with a notice of violation and will meet with a school administrator/designate.
Ø   A school administrator/designate may deny, restrict or suspend a student’s access to the Board’s network upon any violation of this policy or other rules of the school.  Appropriate legal authorities will be contacted if there is any suspicion of illegal activities.
Ø   The Board will cooperate fully with legal authorities in any investigation relating to illegal activities conducted through the Board’s system.