Morning supervision begins at 8:45 am
9am School begins
Morning supervision begins at
8:45 am. Students arriving prior to this
time are not supervised. Afternoon
supervision ends at 3:30 pm. All
students who are not in the after school program or who do not take the bus
must be picked up at 3:30 pm.
Attendance and Safe Arrival
A Safe Arrival program is in
operation at Holy Rosary Catholic School. This means that when a child is
expected at school and fails to arrive, we will notify the home as soon as
possible to ensure safety. It is also important that you leave a message on the
school answering machine or email the office, informing us if your child will
be absent or late. 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.
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
All students are required to go
outside during recess. 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. **Early Learning Program students will have a
modified recess plan in place.
Uniform Dress Code
Holy Rosary Catholic School has a
navy and white dress code which is in accordance with the TCDSB’s Appropriate
Dress Code Policy. Students are expected to follow the dress code
white top and plain navy blue bottom (pants or skirt)
closed-toe shoes. No flip flops.
denim pants/skirts, graphic tees, black leggings, “short shorts”, mini skirts,
multi-coloured sweaters or hoodies are NOT part of the school dress code.
of clothing worn in the school must be navy or white.
Parents have the flexibility to
purchase uniform pieces from any retailer of their choice. School
‘Spirit Wear’ will also be available for purchase at designated times in the
year and conform to the school dress code.
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.
Textbooks and School Resources
Each student will be supplied
with the required textbooks and other pertinent supplies 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 books.
Cellphones and Electronic Gadgets
are not to use cell phones or electronic gadgets at school outside of the TCDSB
Acceptable Use Policy outlined below. The
school is not responsible for lost, damaged, stolen items.
Homework is a reinforcement and
extension of skills taught in school. Homework should be a regularly scheduled
activity in a child’s day in order that good study habits develop over time and
children become life-long learners. It is also an opportunity for
parents/guardians to become involved in their child’s learning. Students should
be spending approximately ten minutes per grade on homework.
Grade 1 –
Grade 2 –
Grade 3 –
Grade 4 –
Grade 5 –
Grade 6 –
Grade 7 –
Grade 8 –
Types of Homework
Completion: to keep up-to-date with classroom work
Preparation: to prepare for the next day’s
work or for up-coming lessons
Practice and Application: to develop, and
reinforce skills; to transfer skills or concepts to new situation
Extension/Creative: to enrich classroom experiences
and deepen understanding; to provide opportunities for problem solving,
critical thinking and integration of skills
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
drivers 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 on the bus. The
driver is in charge of the bus and must be obeyed 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.
Parking and Bus Zone
Please do not park in the school
parking lot. The bus drop off zone in front of the school is for the
large and mini busses that regularly transport students to and from school and
school activities. It is important that these vehicles move freely in and out
of this zone as they are on tight schedules. Please do not park or leave your
vehicle in this zone during morning arrival or afternoon dismissal times.
Please note we do 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, state their business and pick up a
visitor’s badge which they must wear while in the school. Visitors will sign
out and return their badge at the end of their visit. 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 do not send medicine with your child
without notifying the office. If your child requires medication, we
request that this be administered at home. In extreme situations,
where medication must be administered during the course of the day, we
require written permission
on school board forms.
A “Request and Consent” form from the school must be
completed and signed by your family doctor.
Please make sure that the medication is properly labelled with your
child’s name and proper dosage. We cannot administer over the
counter medications to anyone!!
We are an
allergen aware school. We are a peanut and nut-free
environment. There are students in the
school who suffer from severe and life threatening allergies to certain foods
such as peanuts or nut products. Exposure to the substance can cause
severe life threatening reactions. Anaphylaxis is a severe life
threatening allergic reaction which can be triggered by food, insect stings,
medications, exercise and latex. At Holy Rosary 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. As per board protocol:
MUST inform the office of their child’s condition and fill in the appropriate
are expected to carry the EpiPen on their person at all times.
are to provide back-up medication for safe storage in the school office.
THREATS TO SCHOOL SAFTETY
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 Place, Hold and Secure and Lockdown represent
the three different responses that may be initiated in the event of a threat to
Shelter in Place - Possible Environmental
Danger in the School Neighbourhood
A 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
A 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
A 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 practising 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 by letter or phone out system. Any questions
about procedures should be directed to the School Administration.
SCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT
fundamental expectation of students in our Catholic Schools will follow the
ethic of our Catholic faith, where empathy, care for others, and respect for
life are present. If you are aware that a student or group of students is in a
dangerous situation, then you should tell a caring adult in the school
The Holy Rosary Catholic School
Community believes that all children have a right to a safe environment where
they can learn. No student has the right to choose a behaviour that infringes
upon the rights of others. Any behaviour
which disrupts the teaching-learning process in the classroom, or which
demonstrates disrespect for self, others, property or authority will be dealt
with by the school staff and administration in order to ensure the well-being
and security of everyone in the school.
Students are expected to:
speak to others with care, respect, and kindness
Respect that everyone’s body
belongs to him or her—they determine the boundaries
Follow instructions the first time
At Holy Rosary, 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.
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.
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, such as
recess, may result.
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
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:
TCDSB ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
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.
Electronic communication includes but is not limited to
Internet use, e-mail, and social media, browsing, publishing or posting on web
sites, downloading, accessing or storing files and use of personal electronic
The use of an electronic communication system within the
Board has an educational and professional purpose. The term educational
and professional purpose includes classroom activities and limited high
quality, self-discovery activities.
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:
summary of the AUP expectations for students in the TCDSB:
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
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.
Ø TCDSB student logins grant access to WiFi, school computers and devices,
and educational third-party services e.g., Google Apps for Education
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
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 At least
1 upper-case letter
least 1 lower-case letter
least 1 number
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
Ø The school Principal may decide when and where PEDs are allowed in the
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
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
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
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
Ø The Board will cooperate fully with legal authorities in any investigation
relating to illegal activities conducted through the Board’s system.