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Local School Code of Conduct

The St. André Local School Code of Conduct  is rooted in the philosophy of progressive discipline.  Discipline can be defined as supporting students to make the right decisions.  It refers to instruction, correction, self-control and orderly conduct. Consistent and logical consequences, rather than punitive measures, are important in order for students to learn that they can control their own behaviour by making appropriate choices.

The interventions and consequences applied to instances of inappropriate behaviour must be made after consideration of a student’s history, age, level of remorse and any other mitigating factors that apply.  In a progressive discipline approach, consequences are designed to support the prosocial development and future behaviour of the person responsible for the action.

Consequences must have a positive effect on the student’s journey through reconciliation, either formally or informally, with the school community and those affected by the person’s behaviour.  Interventions, therefore, should be selected in direct response to individual skill development needs. The responsibility for a safe school and the education of appropriate social behaviour that is founded on Gospel values is everyone’s duty.

The following outlines the steps/interventions that will be followed when a student exhibits an “inappropriate behaviour”.  Additional information can be found at the TCDSB web site at under Safe Schools Policy S.S.09.

Minor/Major/Suspendable Incidents

We have classified “inappropriate behaviours” in the following three categories:  minor, major and suspendable incidents.

Although the following lists are not exhaustive, they provide a sampling of inappropriate and unacceptable behaviours that are sometimes exhibited by students.

Minor Incidents

• Hands on (e.g. pushing)

• Spreading rumors

• Teasing

• Being disruptive in class

• Not completing homework

• Rough play

• Any other inappropriate incident(s) other than the ones deemed to be 

“Major or Suspendable” by School Administration, the TCDSB and the

Ministry of Education.


Major Incidents

• Malicious/intentional hands on (e.g fighting)

• Swearing/Inappropriate language (verbal, gesture)

• Habitual defiance or non-compliance

· Bullying (including cyber/internet)

· Weapons

· Vandalism

· Any other inappropriate incident(s) other than the ones deemed to be

“Minor or Suspendable” by School Administration, the TCDSB and the

Ministry of Education.


Suspendable Incidents

• All behaviours that are classified as being “Major”

• Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person

• Swearing at a teacher or another person in authority

• Bullying (including cyber/internet)

• Committing an act of vandalism that causes damage to school property

• Possessing a weapon or a firearm

• Using a weapon to threat bodily harm

• Committing a physical assault on another person requiring medical attention

• Trafficking illegal drugs or weapons

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