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Toronto Catholic District School Board

School Handbook


 

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 www.tcdsb.org 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

• Any other incident deemed to be “suspendable” by the school administration, the TCDSB and the Ministry of Education

 

 

Mitigating Factors

• Mitigating factors shall be considered with every incident.  For a complete list of factors consult the TCDSB’s Safe School Policy S.S. 09.

 

DRESS CODE

Students are expected to wear the school uniform (e.g. white/blue shirt with a collar and blue bottoms with no logos larger than the size of a loonie).  The following guidelines are in effect:


· Blue Bottoms Includes: dress pants, casual pants, cargo pants, capris, jogging pants (no stripes), tunic, skort

· Blue/White Shirt Includes: polo shirt, collared shirt, turtle neck, blouse,

· Students will be in complete uniform upon their arrival at school.  No additional sweaters/jackets are permitted in the classrooms, unless it has the school crest or logo or the logo is no larger than the size of a loonie.

· Shirts must be worn tucked in to pants.

· Pants must be worn at the waist and pant legs may not be tucked in to socks.

· Hats are not to be worn in the building unless we are having a special event or day.

· Jewellery, bandanas, hair styles, inappropriate body piercing, body art, tattoos or clothing that do not reflect the school’s Belief Statements and Gospel Values are discouraged.

· Students are asked not to wear makeup to school.

· For physical education, teachers may request students to wear a T-shirt, shorts and running shoes.

· For safety reasons, “open-toed” shoes are discouraged.

· Students are encouraged to keep another pair of shoes at school especially during the winter months to change into.

 

In order to promote the wearing of our school dress code proudly we will be awarding the “Principal’s Pizza” to the classes that consistently dressed in uniform and look neat and tidy.   A maximum of 5 points is awarded to each class who works together as a TEAM look great.  Remember, do not burn the pizza!

 

CELL PHONES/ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Cell phones and other electronic devices such as iPODS , MP3 players and personal computers are best left at home in elementary school. This will ensure that they don’t get lost or stolen.  If these devices are brought to school, they are subject to the TCDSBs Acceptable Use Policy—A.29.  https://www.tcdsb.org/Board/Policies/AUP/Pages/default.aspx

If a personal electronic device (PED) is being  used without a teacher(s) permission and/or it is being used inappropriately or at an inappropriate time (e.g. recess, on the school bus),  the teacher(s) will send the student(s) to the office where the principal will confiscate and securely store the device until the matter is appropriately addressed with parents.

 

STUDENT ATTENDANCE

The Education Act states that students must attend school regularly and be punctual.  In order to track a pupil’s attendance at school, parents and/or guardians are requested to contact the school either by telephone or by note if the student will be absent. Only the initial call is necessary in the case of a stated prolonged absence.  Please call the school office at 416-393-5410. If a child has not arrived at school and a phone call has not been received, the secretary will attempt to contact parents by telephone. 

 

PUNCTUALITY

All students are expected to be punctual and to adhere to school hours. Upon entry, students should be seated quickly and prepare for morning announcements. Attendance is taken daily.  Late students should report to the office. Persistent tardiness may result in a discussion, consultation or other consequence, which may involve parents, school board attendance counsellor and/or other appropriate personnel.

All students are reminded that when they do come to school, they are to enter the halls from the appropriate yard and door (in the case of Junior and Intermediate students from the Junior and Intermediate doors and Primary doors in the case of Primary students). Children are asked to line up quickly and orderly in the school yard and wait for their teacher to let them into the building once the warning bell as rung.

 

ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL and LATE ASSIGNMENTS OR MISSED TESTS

Assignments are due the day after a student returns to school from an absence.  If a student is absent the day of a test, it is to be written immediately upon returning to school.

 

LUNCH

Students staying for lunch will eat lunch in their designated areas.  Students are expected to clean up their own garbage or recycle.  Students are expected to remain on school property, and are under the direct supervision of school personnel.  Students are not to leave the schoolyard during lunch hour without permission from the office.

 

  

PEANUT SAFE SCHOOL

 

St. André School is an allergen aware school.  There are children who suffer from severe and life-threatening allergies to certain foods such as peanuts, nut products, eggs, shellfish,  as well as latex and insect stings.  Anaphylaxis is a severe and life-threatening allergic reaction.  An anaphylactic reaction involves symptoms from two or more body systems.  We would appreciate the co-operation of the whole school community in their vigilance in NOT sending any lunches or snacks that may contain peanut or nuts or by not sending latex products (balloons) which could potentially harm a child.  Do not send food for birthdays or special occasions.  There are many alternatives such as stickers and pencils.  Your child’s classroom teacher will make you aware of any         student(s) in the class who are affected by these severe and life threatening allergies.

 

MEDICATION

For safety reasons, no child should bring any form of medication to school. If prescription medication is determined necessary, there is a form that must be filled out by your doctor to indicate that this must be taken during the school hours.  The container must be clearly labeled with names (child, parent, and doctor), phone numbers and directions for administration of the medication must be clearly outlined. Please contact the school to address individual student needs in this regard. Children who are required to use Epipens and Inhalers must have them both on their person as well as a spare in the office. For more information, contact the main office.

 

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

All students are encouraged to participate in all school activities. Participation is, however, a privilege and students need to remember that their academic responsibilities are the priority.  Participating in sports and cultural activities outside of the classroom promotes the development of social, intellectual and physical skills as well as citizenship skills. The general rules regarding respect for authority, property and peers apply in all of these activities.

It is our aim to foster a healthy respect and appreciation for physical development and well-being, as well as to promote those activities which encourage these attitudes. Students who do not fulfill their responsibilities may be removed from a team.  If a student is absent from school, they will not be permitted to attend a practice, game, or tournament on that day.

 

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY AND BEHAVIOUR

Students will be picked up and discharged at designated stops only. The safety of the student is the responsibility of the parent until pick-up and after drop-off at designated stops.

On entering the bus, students will take a seat promptly and remain seated for the duration of the route. Respectful manners and appropriate language and behavior are expected. There is no eating or drinking on the bus.  The driver’s instructions must be obeyed at all times.

A student guilty of misconduct will be reported to the principal. The principal has the authority to revoke transportation privileges when a pupil fails to adhere to the designated rules of conduct.

The bus is considered an extension of the school.  The same rules of respect and responsibility apply.  (See  Code of Conduct).

 

NOT TAKING THE BUS

Parents are reminded that it is our expectation that children who qualify for transportation will make regular use of the service. Students either take the bus or they don’t. This is not a “fair weather” privilege. Please notify the office in writing if on occasion your child will not be taking the bus home on a particular day.  All children are expected to go home on the bus, unless prior written notification from parents has been received.  This way there can be no confusion about your transportation wishes for your child.

Arrangements for children to go to one another’s homes after school are the responsibility of the family.  Children are asked to go home to their own homes first and then make their way elsewhere.  This ensures that all parties are aware of where their children are after school.

As well if you are planning to pick up your child from school, please send a note with your child informing us of that fact or if it is unexpected, please call the school before 2:45 PM. We will have your child down at the office waiting for you to go home.  Here at St. André we will have 8 busses which will be transporting approximately 350 students to and from school.   Once we begin dismissal procedures and start moving students to their bus areas we cannot be calling individual students.  So please help us to ensure everyone gets home safely.

 

REPORTING TO THE OFFICE

In order to keep the school safe, all parents/guardians and visitors are required to report to the office.  Following this process keeps everyone safe in our school.  Furthermore, if you have an appointment to attend with your child during school hours, please ensure that you send a note to school indicating that fact to school on that day. We want to protect the learning environment and avoid unnecessary calls into the classroom so that all students can maximize their learning.

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