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Toronto Catholic District School Board

School Handbook 
 
School Hours
9:00 a.m.                            Start
10:42 to 10:57 a.m.            Morning Recess
11:45 to 12:45 p.m.            Lunch Recess
2:10 to 2:25 p.m.                Afternoon Recess
3:30 p.m.                            Dismissal
 
IMPORTANT SCHOOL INFORMATION
Attendance
Regular and punctual attendance of all classes is compulsory. Please assist us by calling the school in regards to your child’s absence as soon as possible.
 
Change In Address, Emergency Numbers, etc
Up to date information is vital if the school is to respond appropriately in the event of an emergency. Therefore, during the school year, please ensure you notify the school of any changes in your home address, phone numbers at home and at work, etc.
 
SERIOUS Nut Allergies Alert!    Parents and Guardians are requested to send only peanut free lunches, snacks and edibles of any kind into the school so as not to cause extreme allergic and possible fatal reactions for our students. Holiday foods , birthday foods and all celebrations must also be peanut free at Holy Angels Catholic School.  Non-edible treats are strongly encouraged.
 
 
TCDSB SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR 2015-2016
Number of school days                                        194
Number of Professional Activity Days                    6
Labour Day                                                         September 7, 2015
First Instructional Day for students                        September 8, 2015
Thanksgiving Day                                                 October 12, 2015
Christmas Break                                                  December 21, 2015–January 1, 2016
Start of second semester for secondary schools    February 1, 2016
Family Day                                                               February 15, 2016
Mid-Winter Break                                                      March 14–18, 2016
Good Friday                                                             March 25, 2016
Easter Monday                                                         March 28, 2016
Victoria Day                                                             May 23, 2016
                Last day of classes for elementary students                    June 29, 2016  

 

Six (6) Professional Activity (PA) Days for ELEMENTARY schools:
 
September 3, 2015                   Provincial Education Priorities/Faith Development
November 13, 2015                 Parent-Teacher Conferences               
January 22, 2016                     Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting
February 12, 2016                   Parent-Teacher Conferences
June 10, 2016                          Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting
June 30, 2016                          Provincial Education Priorities 
 

 
BEHAVIOUR CODE
Holy Angels Catholic School is a Catholic community in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity.  Every individual is encouraged to actively participate in the life of the school community and contribute to and benefit from a safe, welcoming and positive learning environment.
 
DEFINITION OF DISCIPLINE
“… the ability to cooperate with others.  The aim of the school discipline in a democracy should be to teach students that a degree of obedience and conformity is reasonable and necessary to productive and harmonious interaction with others in any social group.  At the same time, it should encourage individuals to internalize the fundamental values that are essential to the well being of both the individual and society, and to accept responsibility for the consequences of their actions.  In this way, young people can develop a self-discipline that arises from a respect for themselves and others rather than a fear of punishment and also develop the ability to distinguish between socially acceptable behavior.”  (TCDSB Policy Register – V.P. 04)
 
Discipline then, is not just rules and regulations that must be followed, but is to be an internalized self-discipline in which all present in the community are as St. Paul says “to be confirmed in the image of God’s Son” (Romans 8.29).
 
PURPOSE OF BEHAVIOUR CODE: 
To communicate to students, staff and parents /guardians what behaviour will and will not be tolerated at Holy Angels Catholic School.
 
v  To ensure student responsibility
v  To encourage the use of non-violent means to resolve conflict
v  To teach students that actions have consequences
v  To promote the safety of people in schools
v  To show respect for people and property
 
ACADEMICS
The primary goal of all staff at Holy Angels is to develop independent, self-motivated and self-disciplined learners.  Students are expected to be in regular attendance at school, arrive punctually and to complete, to the best of their ability, daily assignments.
 
Consequences for lack of cooperation with respect to academic expectations are:
  1. Parental contact
  2. Students will be required to make up missed work, possibly in detention
  3. Case conference involving student, parent(s), teachers, school administration
  4. Follow-up to recommendations of the case conference
 
APPROPRIATE DRESS CODE POLICY
It is the intent of the Toronto Catholic District School Board to revise the Dress Code for Pupils Policy S.S.07 to coincide with the implementation of an Appropriate Dress Code in all of our elementary schools by September 2011.
The Appropriate Dress Code consists of any combination of white and navy blue garments (e.g. plain white top, navy blue bottom or, navy blue top and bottom, no denim). The many advantages for parents, students and schools are outlined at www.tcdsb.org.
The following chart reflects Holy Angels local policy in accordance with the TCDSB policy.
 
 
Clothing
Details
Plain white or navy tops include:
 
Short and long-sleeved shirts with appropriate collar (golf shirts, dress shirts, blouses) or turtle necks
·         Tops with sleeves
·         With collars
·         No written logos (ie brand names such as GAP,  etc,  small polo type symbol logos acceptable)
 
Plain navy bottoms include:
Walking shorts, skorts, skirts,  tunic dress, capri/cargo pants, dress/casual pant , track pant/yoga pant
 
NO LEGGINGS – to be worn exclusively under skirts or dresses
·      Shorts  are to be mid-thigh or longer
·      Skorts are skirts with shorts sewn inside
·      Track pants with  loose open bottoms at the ankle, elastic bottoms not allowed
·      Traditional yoga pant with bootcut leg
·      Skirts and tunic dresses need to be modest, knee or slightly above knee in length
·      Tunic dresses are  plain navy blue and worn with plain white/blue tops underneath
No low rise pants of any type, waistline needs to sit at or just below navel.
Other clothing items include:
 
·   Hosiery (tights, socks)
·   Shoes
Over-garments: sweaters, hoodies/sweatshirts, cardigans and vests MUST BE BLUE OR WHITE
·      Girls tights can be plain white or plain navy blue
·      Socks, that can be seen, can be solid white or solid navy blue
·      Shoes should be suitable for recess, gym and physical activity – running shoes are recommended, secure sandals when weather appropriate
What is not included or What NOT to wear
·   Denim/jeans
·   Clothing with visible labels, logos , contrasting colours
·   Leggings/jeggings
·   Non-collared shirts
 
 
ASSEMBLY:
When the outside bell rings, all students are to proceed immediately to their designated entrance.  Students must enter and exit the building in a safe and reasonably quiet manner.  Students will enter and exit the building by way of their designated entrance.
 
Pupils are not to be in the building before 9:00 a.m. or after 3:30 p.m. unless they are participating in an activity under the direction of a teacher.  Parents are to drop their child off in the school yard.
 
BUS TRANSPORTATION AND CONDUCT
 
Busing is a service provided by the School Board.  As with any service there are specific expectations which are conditional to use.  In the event that the following guidelines are not adhered to, bus riding privileges may be withdrawn.
 
1.       Students taking the bus MUST take the bus at all times.  It is not a student’s decision to walk some days and take the bus on other days.  Written permission from the parent is needed if a child is not to take the bus on a particular day.
 
2.       Students should enter and leave the bus in an orderly fashion.
 
3.       Students must be seated, facing the front, before the bus drive can start the bus and during the operation of the vehicle.
 
4.       Students must maintain a reasonable noice level while the bus is operating to allow the bus driver to drive the bus safely.
 
5.       Students are responsible to the bus driver while they are on the bus.
 
6.       Students are expected to be polite and courteous to the bus driver while they are on the bus.
 
7.       Food is not to be consumed on the bus nor while waiting for the bus inside or out. 
 
8.       Children are expected to board and depart from the bus at their assigned stop.
 
 
Students who wish to continue using the bus service must co-operate with these guidelines or risk having their bus privileges suspended.  In such an event, you will be required to provide alternate transportation.  Three written warnings by the driver and the Principal will be given before privileges are suspended.
 
Bus drivers may pink slip a student for inappropriate behaviour and after 3 pink slips the student will have bus privileges removed.  Transportation privileges may be withdrawn for any student at any time after a first offence, when that students’ behaviour creates a potential threat to the safety of themselves and others.
 
ATHLETIC AND EXTRA CURRICULAR EVENTS:
Participation in extra-curricular activities is a privilege afforded to pupils who fulfill their responsibilities as students and members of the Holy Angels School community.  This privilege may be removed for unacceptable performance and/or conduct which fails to “treat others with courtesy and respect”.
 
LUNCH:
Students are to eat lunch in their designated classroom. 
During lunch or rainy day recess, students are to remain seated and to talk quietly in their own classrooms.  Lunch students are not permitted to leave the school grounds during lunch hour without written permission from a parent.
 
FIRE DRILL/LOCKDOWN PRACTICE:
For important safety reasons, during a fire drill all students are to leave the school in single file as quickly as possible.  Once outside, students are to line up in single file in the designated areas so that attendance may be taken. There will also be at least two mandatory emergency lockdown practices during the school year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring.
 
PLAYGROUND SAFETY:
All students are expected to remain in the supervised play areas, in their own yard, at all times.
Students are expected to co-operate with teachers to resolve playground disputes.
Students are required to obtain permission from the supervising teacher to leave the school property to retrieve misdirected balls.
 
Permission must be obtained to visit the bathroom or to have a drink.  Each student should visit the washrooms with a partner.  Visits will only be given just before and during the lunch hour recess, and visits to the drinking fountain will be given only during the hot weather.  At all other times, visits must be made before leaving the school for recess.  If a particular child has a medical condition that requires them to make more frequent visits to the washrooms during regular school day, please send a note to your child’s teacher and we will accommodate their needs.
 
Students are requested to play safely on the play structure using the prescribed rules of usage. Students should take turns on the play structure, respecting the weekly schedule.
 
BULLYING AND HARASSMENT:
Sometimes individuals such as students, teachers, parents/guardians ,  take “persistent and ongoing” physical/emotional advantage of others because they are physically bigger, mentally stronger or older.  This is called “bullying”.  Harassment is defined as any unwelcome comment or conduct that intimidates, humiliates or offends an individual.  We believe that everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect and feel safe in the school.  Verbal abuse or physical abuse, sarcasm, harassment or other demeaning or threatening behaviour will not be tolerated and consequences will be given relative to the age and maturity of those involved.
 
Cyberbullying is bullying using electronic devices to harm another person. Cyberbullying and harassment will be not be tolerated even when it originates from the students’ home after school hours. Each student must respect their classmates at all times. Electronic devices, such as cell phones, video games, and MP3 players should not be visibly present at school.  If these electronic devices and toys are evident, they will be taken away from the student and the student’s parents will be notified. 
 
CONSEQUENCES FOR INAPPROPRIATE DECISIONS OR ACTIONS:
 
We are extremely proud of the vast majority of the students at Holy Angels Catholic School who work hard to make this a “respectful and loving” community.  However, on those occasions when a student chooses not to respect the rights of others, one or more of the following consequences will be used by staff.  The sequence of consequences is again left to the discretion of school personnel, in consultation with the parent.
Informal interview with the student (teacher/student)
Formal interview with the student (Principal/Vice Principal)
Parental involvement through phone call, letter, or interview
Completion of Think Paper
Detention of student
Involvement of resource personnel
Implementation of individual Student Contract or Daily Student Profile
Removal of privileges to participate in excursions
Removal of student from the classroom to an alternate setting within the school
Restitution for damaged or lost articles
Suspension from the school
Referral to Metro Toronto Police (for illegal acts such as assault, theft, weapons, drugs, etc)
Expulsion of student from the TCDSB
 
Students
Local school codes of conduct shall set out consequences that are consistent with the Education Act and the Board Safe School policies for Suspension (S.S.06) and Expulsions (S.S. 05). Mitigating Factors as stated in The Education Act shall be considered.
 
Suspension
Under subsection 306 (1) of the Education Act, a principal shall consider whether to suspend a pupil if he or she believes that the pupil has engaged in any of the following activities while at school, at a school‑related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school climate:
 
1.                   Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person.
2.                   Possessing alcohol or illegal 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
7.                   Any other activity for which a principal may suspend a pupil under the policy of the board.
If a principal decides to suspend a pupil for engaging in an activity described in subsection (1), the principal will suspend the pupil from his or her school and from engaging in all school‑related activities.
 
The minimum duration of a suspension is one school day and the maximum duration is 20 school days.
 
In considering how long the suspension should be, a principal will take into account any mitigating or other factors prescribed by the regulations.
 
Under clause 306 (1) 7 of the Education Act, a pupil may be suspended if he or she engages in an activity for which a principal may suspend a pupil under a policy of the board.Under Board policy, activities for which a principal may suspend a pupil include:
 
1.                   Persistent opposition to authority;
2.                   Habitual neglect of duty;
3.                   Wilful destruction of school property; vandalism causing damage to school or Board property or property located on school or Board premises;
4.                   Use of profane or improper language;
5.                   Use of tobacco;
6.                   Theft;
7.                   Aid/incite harmful behaviour;
8.                   Physical assault;
9.                   Being under the influence of illegal drugs;
10.                Sexual harassment;
11.                Racial harassment;
12.                Fighting;
13.                Possession or misuse of any harmful substances;
14.                Hate-motivated violence;
15.                Extortion;
16.                Distribution of hate material;
17.                Inappropriate use of electronic communications/media; and/or
18.                Other – defined as any conduct injurious to the moral tone of the school or to the physical or mental well-being of others.
 
Suspension Pending Possible Expulsion
Under subsection 310 (1) of the Education Act, a principal shall suspend a pupil if he or she believes that the pupil has engaged in any of the following activities while at school, at a school‑related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school climate:
 
1.                   Possessing a weapon, including possessing a firearm.
2.                   Using a weapon to cause or to threaten bodily harm to another person.
3.                   Committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment by a medical practitioner.
4.                   Committing a sexual assault.
5.                   Trafficking in weapons or in illegal drugs.
6.                   Committing robbery.
7.                   Giving alcohol to a minor.
8.                   Any other activity that, under a policy of a board, is an activity for which a principal must suspend a pupil and, therefore in accordance with this Part, conduct an investigation to determine whether to recommend to the Board that the pupil be expelled.
 
A pupil who is suspended under this section is suspended from his or her school and from engaging in all school-related activities.
               
The following infractions may result in a suspension pending possible expulsion in accordance with Board policy:
 
1.                   Possession of explosive substance;
2.                   Serious or repeated misconduct;
3.                   Refractory conduct; and/or
 
4.                   Other – defined as any conduct injurious to the moral tone of the school or to the physical or mental well‑being of others.
5.                   Mitigating Factors and Other Factors
6.                   In considering whether to suspend a pupil or whether to recommend to the Board that a pupil be expelled, a principal will take into account any mitigating factors or other factors  prescribed by the regulations.
 
Mitigating Factors
 
Pursuant to the Suspension and Expulsion of Pupils Regulation, the following mitigating factors shall be taken into account:
 
1.                   The pupil does not have the ability to control his or her behaviour.
2.                   The pupil does not have the ability to understand the foreseeable consequences of his or her behaviour.
3.                   The pupil’s continuing presence in the school does not create an unacceptable risk to the safety of any person.
               
Other Factors
 
The following other factors shall be taken into account if they would mitigate the seriousness of the activity for which the pupil may be or is being suspended or expelled:
 
1.                   The pupil’s history.
2.                   Whether a progressive discipline approach has been used with the pupil.
3.                   Whether the activity for which the pupil may be or is being suspended or expelled was related to any harassment of the pupil because of his or her race, ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation or to any other harassment.
4.                   How the suspension or expulsion would affect the pupil’s ongoing education.
5.                   The age of the pupil.
6.                   In the case of a pupil for whom an individual education plan has been developed,
(a)                 whether the behaviour was a manifestation of a disability identified in the pupil’s individual education plan,
(b)                 whether appropriate individualized accommodation has been provided, and
whether the suspension or expulsion is likely to result in an aggravation or worsening of the pupil’s behaviour or conduct
 
VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL
The Toronto Catholic District School Board encourages visits to the schools operated by the Board from those with a statutory right to visit, and from those whose presence will be of benefit to the pupils.
 
Upon arrival at the school, all visitors are required to report to the office, thus giving the principal the opportunity to meet and welcome them. At the office you will be required to sign in and obtain a visitor button which must be displayed while on school property. 
 
ALCOHOL, DRUGS AND WEAPONS
Abuse of alcohol and drugs can have serious consequences, for the individual abusing these substances and for the people who must interact with this person on school grounds. Illegal drugs, alcohol and weapons are prohibited on the school property. Individuals possessing these will receive the following:
 
  1. Parents will be notified immediately
  2. The Police will be called immediately as directed by the Safe Schools Act
TCDSB Acceptable Use Policy- Revised
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: http://www.tcdsb.org/board/policies/aup
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. 
 
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 be 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 PED’s 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 licensed software, unless the software has been be 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.

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.
 
CELL PHONE POLICY
 
The Board of Trustees approved revisions to the Interim Code of Conduct Policy and in particular the addition of the following directive on the use of Electronic Communication and Media Devices in our schools:
‘Schools shall include provisions in their local codes of conduct to ensure that all personal communications devices such as cell phones are powered off and stored out of view in instructional spaces (unless approved by the teacher for program use) and washrooms. Use of these devices in other areas of the school, school property or on school trips shall be determined by the principal following consultation with the CSAC, staff and students and included in the local code of conduct.’
All cell phones that are brought to school(for safety reasons) are to be stored in the student's school bag and not carried with them throughout the day or used before or after school in the school yard or bus. All cell phones are brought to school at the parent's own risk.  Holy Angel's School is not responsible for lost or stolen items.  In cases of emergencies, the school office can be contacted at any time.
.APPLICATION OF STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOUR
               
The Board standards of behaviour apply to all members of the school community, including students, parents or guardians, volunteers, teachers, other staff members, superintendents, senior board staff, board personnel, trustees and others who may be present in schools or at school related events under the jurisdiction of the TCDSB. 
 
The standards of behaviour apply:
 
·                     on school property;
·                     while travelling on a school bus that is owned by the Board or that is under contract to the Board;
·                     in-school sports activities;
·                     in off-site school-sponsored activities; or
·                     in circumstances where engaging in an activity could have a negative impact on the school climate.
 
 
 

 
 
 
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