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Code Of Conduct

  

A school is a place that promotes responsibility, respect, civility and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment.

All students, parents, teachers and staff have the right to be safe, and feel safe, in their school community.
 
Monsignor Johnson aims to provide for its students and staff, a safe and welcoming learning and teaching environment that is an example of Christian community. To achieve this, it is expected that all members of the school community will:
  • respect each other in everything that is said and done.
  • contribute positively to the Christian climate and culture of the school.
  • respect the property of the school, and of each other.
  • co-operate in a positive manner by observing the expectations and applying the regulations of the school.
 
Roles And Responsibilities
 
The ONTARIO SCHOOLS CODE OF CONDUCT sets clear provincial standards of behaviour. Students and parents must be aware of their responsibilities in this regard in order to ensure adherence to the provincial Code and to support the efforts of the school and the TCDSB.
 
Principals, under the direction of their school board, take a leadership role in the daily operation of a school. They provide this leadership by:
 
- demonstrating care and commitment to academic excellence and a safe teaching and learning environment;
- holding everyone, under their authority, accountable for their behaviour and actions;
- communicating regularly and meaningfully with all members of their school community.
 
Teachers and school staff, under the leadership of their principals, maintain order in the school and are expected to hold everyone to the highest standard of respectful and responsible behaviour. As role models, staff upholds these high standards when they:
 
- help students work to their full potential and develop their self-worth;
- communicate regularly and meaningfully with parents;
- maintain consistent standards of behaviour for all students;
- demonstrate respect for all students, staff and parents;
- prepare students for the full responsibilities of citizenship.
 
Students are to be treated with respect and dignity. In return, they must demonstrate respect for themselves, for others and for the responsibilities of citizenship through acceptable behaviour. Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student:
 
- comes to school prepared, on time, dressed in compliance with school dress code and ready to learn;
- shows respect for themselves, for others and for those in authority;
- refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others;
- follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his own or her own actions.
 
Parents play an important role in the education of their children and have a responsibility to support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment for all students. Parents fulfill this responsibility when they:
 
- show an active interest in their child’s school work and progress;
- communicate regularly with the school;
- help their child be neat, appropriately dressed and prepared for school;
- ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time;
- promptly report to the school their child’s absence or late arrival;
- become familiar with the Code of Conduct and school rules;
- encourage and assist their child in following the rules of behaviour;
- assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues.
 
Police and community members are essential partners in making our schools and communities safer. Community members need to support and respect the rules of their local schools. Police investigate incidents in accordance with the protocol developed with the local school board. These protocols are based on a provincial model developed by the Ministry of the Solicitor General and the Ministry of Education.
 
Violence Prevention
 
Violence in word or in action will not be tolerated in the TCDSB schools. The Board has a clear policy on the prevention of violence. The policy reflects the regulations of the Ministry of Education and Training and the principles of the Ontario Human Rights Code. Specifically, TCDSB policy provides that:
  • intimidation (physical, sexual, or psychological abuse, and/or any form of bullying, will not be tolerated.
  • discrimination, harassment or bullying on the basis of race, culture, religion, gender, language, disability, sexual orientation, or any other attribute is unacceptable, as is the deliberate degradation of an individual for any reason whatsoever and by any means whatsoever.
 
Standards Of Behaviour
 
Respect, civility and responsible citizenship
All school members must:
 
- respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws;
- demonstrate honesty and integrity;
- respect differences in people, their ideas and opinions;
- treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is disagreement;
- respect and treat others fairly, regardless of their race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability;
- respect the rights of others;
- show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others;
- take appropriate measures to help those in need;
- respect persons who are in a position of authority;
- respect the need of others to work in an environment of learning and teaching.
 
Consequences
 
Students’ actions, which contravene the Criminal Code, will have serious consequences. These include Police involvement, immediate suspension and/or expulsion as per the Safe Schools Act, 2001.
 
Mandatory Consequences:
 
The Ontario Schools’ Code of Conduct outlines the following mandatory consequences:
Immediate Suspension, Police Involvement and proceedings to an expulsion hearing for the following:
  • Possessing a weapon, including possessing a firearm;
  • Trafficking in drugs or weapons
  • Committing robbery
  • Using a weapon to cause, or to threaten bodily harm;
  • Committing physical assault causing bodily harm requiring medical attention
  • Committing sexual assault
  • Providing alcohol to minors
Immediate Suspension and Police Involvement minimum for the following:
  • Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm
  • Possession of illegal drugs
  • Acts of vandalism causing extensive damage to school property or property located on school premises
Immediate Suspension for:
  • Swearing or assaulting a teacher, or other person in authority
  • Being in possession of alcohol or illegal drugs in school
  • Being under the influence of alcohol
  • Bullying
A principal may suspend a student for a fixed period of time, not in excess of twenty days, for the following infractions:
  • Persistent truancy
  • Persistent opposition to authority
  • Habitual neglect of duty
  • The willful destruction of school property
  • The use of profane or improper language
  • Conduct injurious to the moral tone of the school or the physical or mental well being of others in the school.
 
Mitigating Circumstances:
 
a) The pupil does not have the ability to control his or her behaviour;
b) The pupil does not have the ability to understand the foreseeable consequences of his or her behaviour; or
c) The pupil’s continuing presence in the school does not create an unacceptable risk to the safety or well-being of any person.
 

 

Please note that the above consequences may change due to changes in the Education Act and Safe Schools Act.