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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Acceptable Behaviour

 

What Behaviours are Not Permitted.

The following lists are designed to give students an indication of the types of behaviour that are not acceptable.

  1. Physically Inappropriate Behaviour: aggression, punching, kicking, pushing, bullying and intimidation, spitting at or on someone, choking, fighting and/or "play fighting", the possession of items that could be used as "weapons", using items with intent to injure and other behaviours not listed but deemed inappropriate.
  2. Inappropriate Verbal Behaviour: not telling the truth, profane language (swearing),threats, rude responses and gestures, racial/religious comments, screaming at someone, put-downs, inappropriate tone of voice.
  3. Stealing: taking property belonging to another student, school staff members,
    volunteers or the school without the owner's consent.
  4. Vandalism: wilfully destroying or defacing school property or the property of
    other students, staff or volunteers.
  5. Inappropriate Electronic Communication: cyber bullying via MSN, Facebook, Youtube, Myspace, text messaging, and all other forms of social media or technology either at home or at school. Cell-phones must be handed in at the office during school hours. In case of emergency, parents are asked to phone the school if they need to speak with their child during school hours. Inappropriate cell-phone use will result in the phone being confiscated. The school does not encourage use of electronic devices (i-pods, PSP, MP3, etc.) during school hours and as a result will not be responsible for broken, lost or stolen equipment.
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Consequences for Unaccepatble Behaviours. 

The consequences of misbehaviour will include the following strategies:

  1. Contact parents.
  2. Supervised detentions.
  3. Withdrawal of privileges including bus transportation.
  4. Restitution - paying for damages.
  5. Suspension.

 

Log Book.
A log book will be kept in the office which will be used to record any incidents of misbehaviour that occur during the school year and the name of the student involved in it. If a student's name appears in the log book three times, the following will take place:

  1. The student will be given a warning and will write an explanation of proper
    behaviour which the student will sign.
  2. A letter will be sent to the parents to inform them of the behaviour and the
    parents will be requested to sign it as confirmation that communication was received.
  3. If inappropriate behaviour continues, the parents will be called to a meeting with the principal and the teacher.

For further details see TCDSB Policy S.S.09

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Safe Schools Progressive Discipline.

Possible Consequences for Minor Incidences

1st Minor

  • Staff intervention 
    Logged in classroom
    code of conduct notes, or on a Safe School Incident Report

2nd Minor

  • Same as first

3rd Minor

  • Same as 2nd
  • Office to speak to student and phone call home 

4th Minor

  • Office Intervention
  • Suspension
  • Speak to student and parent/guardian upon returning to school
 

Progressive Discipline Continuum

 

 

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Possible Consequences for Major Incidences

1st Major

  • Office Intervention
  • Suspension
  • Speak to student upon returning to school

2nd Major

  • Suspension
  • Speak to student upon returning to school with parents
  • Set up behaviour plan
  • Specialist support

3rd Major

  • Suspension
  • Speak to student upon returning to school with parents
  • Behaviour plan re-explored and alternatives considered

Mitigating factors shall be considered with every incident.
Suspensions/Expulsions can occur with any incident depending on type and severity.

For further details consult TCDSB Policy S.S.09

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Strategies for Recognizing and Encouraging Positive Behaviour.

Our strategies for recognizing and encouraging positive behaviour are based at two levels: in the classroom and in the school as a whole.

 
In the classroom, teachers encourage positive behaviour in a variety of ways.
  • Creating a positive classroom atmosphere which is congenial, relaxed and caring
  • Clear positive expectations about student behaviour
  • Verbal praise and recognition
  • Written praise and recognition
  • Giving students incentives
  • Giving students special privileges
  • Weekly or monthly certificates of merit
  • Report card comments that are made in positive ways to encourage student growth.
 
In the school as a whole, teachers encourage positive behaviour in a variety of ways.
  • Clear positive expectations about student behaviour.
  • Monthly awards assemblies.
  • Written and verbal praise.
  • A consistent focus on student self-respect and self-esteem

 

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