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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Code of Conduct
 
The purpose of the James Culnan Catholic School Code of Conduct is to develop a sense of self-discipline in our students that comes from a healthy respect for themselves and others around them. We teach students that reasonable obedience and conformity to rules lead to productive and harmonious interactions with others. Parents and teachers must work together to ensure that all students learn how to interact and succeed in our society.
 
Our Code of Conduct is intended to make clear to students, parents and staff what will and will not be tolerated. We care deeply about our students and want them to feel comfortable learning in an environment that focuses on academic and extra-curricular pursuits embedded with Gospel values.
Our expectations reflect our commitment to supporting the Toronto Catholic District School Board policies and procedures on Violence Prevention, Race and Ethnic Relations, Sexual Harassment and Inclusive Language.
 
What is discipline?

· It teaches children responsibility.
· It shows children why a particular attitude or behaviour is not acceptable.
· It teaches children the relationship between cause and effect.
· It helps children take corrective measures to solve the problems they have caused.
· It teaches children to make appropriate choices in life.
· It teaches children to learn and grow from their mistakes.
 
Guiding Principles

· Discipline is growth enhancing, not judgmental.
· Discipline requires clear expectations of the children.
· Discipline requires natural and logical consequences, not punishment.
· Discipline is applied fairly with caring and love.
· Discipline is applied consistently - "Say what you mean, mean what you say."
· Discipline is most effective when teachers and parents work together.
 
The establishment of clear expectations for student behaviour will help promote a fair and consistent approach to:

· Classroom management.
· The maintenance of a positive climate within the school.
· Establishing a school environment that enables teaching and learning to occur.
· Ensuring appropriate behaviour at liturgies and school outings.
· Sustaining a school environment in which individual differences are respected.
 
Respect for Self and Others

· Students are expected to treat all staff, fellow students, school volunteers, bus drivers and visitors with respect and courtesy at all times.
· Physical, verbal (spoken, written, implied or gestured), sexual or psychological abuse, harassment, bullying, and expressions of discrimination on the basis of race, culture, religion, gender, language, disability, sexual orientation or any other attribute are unacceptable.
· Care and respect for school property, including school grounds, school buses and learning materials, as well as for other students' belongings is expected at all times.
· These expectations apply on school trips and in travel to and from school.
 
James Culnan Code of Conduct

The purpose of the James Culnan Catholic School Code of Conduct is to develop a sense of self-discipline in our students that comes from a healthy respect for themselves and others around them. Parents and teachers must work together to ensure that all students learn how to interact and succeed in our society.
 
At James Culnan we care deeply for our students and want them to feel comfortable learning in an environment that focuses on academic and extracurricular pursuits embedded with Gospel Values. Our expectations reflect our commitment to supporting the Toronto Catholic District School Board policies and procedures on Violence prevention, Race and Ethnic Relations, Sexual Harassment and Inclusive Language.

Addressing Inappropriate Behaviour

Early and Ongoing Interventions at the Classroom Level may include: Religious Education and Family Life programs; verbal reminders of appropriate behaviour; social skills program; think paper and documentation; restorative justice; referrals to the Guidance teacher, CYW and/or social worker.

When student behaviour does not respond to early and ongoing interventions, strategies and consequences that focus on improving behaviour must be applied. School administrators will provide an additional level of support when behaviours escalate in severity and persistence beyond the classroom level. Interventions must continue to be developmentally appropriate and to align with expectations in the student’s IEP. In serious cases, consequences may include a suspension or an expulsion.

Teacher/School Staff Strategies: Immediate verbal intervention; social/behaviour contract; think paper; parental contact; detention; loss of privileges; parent/teacher/student conferences; consultation with Principal/Guidance Teacher; CYW; SBST; and/or social worker.

Administration Strategies: Parent/teacher/student/administrator conference; think paper; contact with parents; meeting with SBST; referral to community agencies; supervised withdrawal from class; restitution- clean up, repair, replace; school contract; behaviour plan and suspension/expulsion.

Suspension Policy

A student SHALL be immediately suspended for the following infractions:
  • Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person
  • Possessing alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Being under the influence of alcohol
  • Swearing at a teaching or another person in a position of authority
  • Committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property at the student’s school or to property located on the premises of the student’s school.


A student MAY be suspended for the following infractions:

  • Persistent truancy
  • Persistent opposition to authority Habitual neglect of duty
  • The wilful destruction of school property
  • The use of profane or improper language
  • Conduct injurious to the moral tone of the school or the physical well-being of others in the school

The goal of any consequence is to bring about a positive change in behaviour. Consequences at the classroom and school level will be varied and appropriate to the behaviour needing corrections. Mitigating circumstances are also considered when deciding upon consequences for a particular incident.