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Toronto Catholic District School Board

SCHOOL INFORMATION

 
School Hours
Morning supervision begins at 8:45 am
9am                                     School begins
10:42am-10:57am               Recess
11:45pm-12:45pm               Lunch
2:10pm-2:25pm                   Recess
3:30pm                                Dismissal
 
Morning supervision begins at 8:45 am.  Students arriving prior to this time, who are not in a before care program, 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.
 
Building Security
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.  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.
 
Illness
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. 
  
Medications
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 “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.  All other prescription medications must be administered by a parent or guardian.  We cannot administer over the counter medications to anyone!!
 
Recess and Outdoor Play
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.
  
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 daily: 
·        Plain white or navy top and plain navy blue bottom (pants 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.
 
Parents have the flexibility to purchase uniform pieces from any retailer of their choice.  School ‘Spirit Wear’ and crested uniform items will also be available for purchase at designated times in the year and conform to the school dress code. 
 
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.
 
Textbooks and School Resources
Each student will be supplied with the required textbooks 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 textbook and library books. 
 
Cellphones and Electronic Gadgets
Students 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
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 – 10 minutes            
·        Grade 2 – 20 minutes               
·        Grade 3 – 30 minutes               
·        Grade 4 – 40 minutes               
·        Grade 5 – 50 minutes               
·        Grade 6 – 60 minutes                
·        Grade 7 – 70 minutes    
·        Grade 8 – 80 minutes
 
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 developand 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
  
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 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. 
 
Anaphylactic Protocol
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.  Outside food is not permitted for class celebrations.  If you would like to recognize a birthday at school, please consider a gift to the class, such as a book for the class library.  You may also bring non-food items to share with peers, such as loot bags etc.  No food items will be permitted for birthday celebrations in school.
As per board protocol: 
·        Parents MUST inform the office of their child’s condition and fill in the appropriate medical forms.
·        Students are expected to carry the EpiPen on their person at all times.
·        Parents 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 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 by letter or phone out system. Any questions about procedures should be directed to the School Administration.
 
SCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT
 
The 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 community immediately.
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:
 
·        Treat and 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 given
 
Progressive Discipline
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.
 
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, such as recess, 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: https://www.tcdsb.org/Board/Policies/Pages/Default.aspx
 
 
TCDSB ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
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. 
 
Definition:
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 devices.
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: 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. 
 
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 (GAFE). 
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  8-16 characters                                
ü  At least 1 upper-case letter
ü  At least 1 lower-case letter
ü  At least 1 number
ü  No space
ü  No accented characters
 
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 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 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.