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School Handbook

 

Playground Supervision:
Supervision of the school yard begins at 8:45 am
Supervision of the school yard ends at 3:45 pm – all children must be picked up by 3:30 pm
 
School Routines and Practices
Reporting Absences
If your child is going to be absent, please contact the school at (416) 393-5328 before 9:00 AM.  Voicemail is available 24 hours per day so feel free to leave a message regarding absences.  Students who arrive late need to sign-in at the office and receive a late slip.

Illness/Injury
Should your child become injured or sick at school, you will be notified as soon as possible.  Students with colds and flu that are serious enough to prevent them from participating in physical education classes, recess and outdoor activities should remain at home until their condition improves.  We all need to do our part to prevent the spread of illness at our school.

Bus Transportation (Regular and During Excursions)
- Only students who are registered to be on the bus are allowed access to the bus
- Students are to wait in an orderly fashion for the bus in their designated gathering spot
- Students are to sit quietly on the school bus while being transported to school or home
- Standing or moving around on a moving bus is never permitted
- No food or drink is to be consumed on a school bus
- Students must obey the bus driver at all times
- Students must travel only on their designated bus to and from school. If they are picked up, the office needs to know prior to leaving so that we can record the pickup on our bus attendance lists

Administration of Medication
School staff is not permitted to administer any type of medication during the school day without prior written consent on the appropriate TCDSB Permission for the Administration of Medication form. These forms must be updated on a regular basis and are available at the school. Please be advised that TCDSB staff will not administer non-prescription medication to students.

Lunchtime Routines for Students
St. Augustine Catholic School is an allergen-aware school, as some students may suffer severe (if not fatal) allergic reactions when in contact with certain food items.  Details about necessary food restrictions are communicated to parents, students and staff on a regular basis via the school newsletter and other forms of communication.  All members of the school community are asked to strictly adhere to these restrictions.


Lunch Time Routines:
1. Students who stay for lunch are expected to demonstrate good manners and are responsible for keeping and leaving their lunch area clean.
2. All students going home for lunch must be picked up by an adult, signed out and leave by 11:45pm. No student is permitted to leave the school premises at any time unless accompanied by an adult.  All food/drink must be eaten at home prior to returning to school.  Students are not to bring any food back to school for themselves or for others, and are not to return to the schoolyard until 12:45pm.  No food/drink is permitted in the yard at any time.
3. Possible consequences for students who leave school for lunch without permission will include: (a) a phone call home made by administration; (b) community service to be completed during lunch recess; (c) detention and/or suspension; (d) students and their parents having to make alternative arrangements for lunch.
4. Unless there is a real emergency, students should be seated at all times; they should get up from their chairs only once at 5 minutes before the bell to throw away any garbage and to prepare for recess or class.
5. Washrooms or water fountains are to be used during lunch with the permission of the supervising adult.
6. Computers (and any other electronic equipment) are out of bounds during lunch.
7. All students must leave the building quietly in single file through their designated exits at the recess bell.

Visitors to the School
All doors to the school are kept locked throughout the day.  People wishing to enter the building must enter through the front door at the discretion of administration, office staff or other staff members; this includes people wishing to enter/remain in the schoolyard.  All visitors – parents, guardians, babysitters, volunteers, guests, etc. – must adhere to the following Safe School procedures:

1. Visitors are required to begin their visit at the main office.  This includes visits during class, recess, or lunch, whether in the building or in the schoolyard.
2. While at the main office, visitors are required to:
(a) inform office staff of their presence; (b) identify themselves; (c) sign the Visitor’s Book
3. Visitors are not permitted in student washrooms under any circumstances as they are for student use only.
4. Parents and guardians are requested to schedule appointments in advance to meet with teachers.
5. Any children who need to leave the school for whatever reason need to be picked up by a parent or another adult appointed by the parent after communicating who that adult is with the school
6. Parents, guardians, and babysitters are asked to drop students off at entrance gates in the yard.  School yard supervision begins at 8:45am each morning prior to entry.
7. Parents and guardians are asked to leave lunches or other items for students at the designated area in the main office.  These items are NOT to be delivered to the classroom directly.  Parents are discouraged to bring a late lunch.
8. Parents, guardians, and other trusted adults are to wait outside in the yard to receive students at dismissal.

Appropriate Dress Code (Blue and White)
Students are to dress according to the TCDSB’s Appropriate Dress Code, which consists of the following:
- a navy blue pant, kilt or short – pants must be worn around the waist and kilts/shorts must be knee-length;
-  a white collared polo-shirt, oxford dress shirt, or blouse, tucked in – with or without the school crest
- a blue cardigan or pullover or sweater free of graphics

Inappropriate attire includes:
- short shorts/skirts, bare midriffs, halter tops, cut-off tops, low cut tops or tops that are buttoned too low, shorts/pants and tops that do not meet, tank tops, spaghetti straps, sleeveless shirts that are baggy/revealing;
- hoodies/hats/caps/bandanas/gloves/sunglasses worn inside school
- language and/or representations on attire that indicates gang affiliation (e.g., gang colours/bandanas), that depicts violence, profanity, racial or gender discrimination or discrimination of any kind whatsoever, or that otherwise demeans an identifiable individual or group;
- clothing with objectionable slogans that promote attitudes and behaviours that contravene the “Guiding Principles” of the St. Augustine Catholic School, the TCDSB and the Provincial Codes of Conduct;
- oversized jewellery such as earrings or necklaces;
- Make-up and/or body art/markings, fragrances and/or scented lotions, hair products, etc.Make-up and/or body art/markings, fragrances and/or scented lotions, hair products, etc.

The TCDSB Policy concerning dress code for pupils can be found here: http://www.tcdsb.org/Board/Policies/Pages/SS07.aspx

Students are required to bring a second change of clothing for physical education classes that are appropriate for physical activity (i.e. t-shirts, shorts, running shoes).  In addition, during the winter months, students will be required to keep a set of indoor shoes at school.  Also, it is prudent for children in Kindergarten and the younger primary classes to have an extra change of clothes in their backpacks in the case of a bathroom accident or other such needs.

Excursions and Co-Curricular Activities
From time to time, teachers will involve students in excursions and co-curricular activities to enhance the education of students.  In order for students to participate in and excursion and/or co-curricular activity, a parental permission form needs to be completed and signed by the parent.  Students without signed permission will not be permitted to participate in an excursion or co-curricular activity.

Expectations and Standards of Behaviour

Teachers and School Staff
Under the leadership of the principal and vice principal, teachers and staff shall maintain order in the school and are expected to hold everyone to the highest standard of respectful and responsible behaviour. As role models and instructional leaders, staff members work hard to deliver instruction that is based on the Ontario Curriculum and mold their class using the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

Parents and  Guardians
Parents and guardians 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 and guardians fulfill this responsibility by showing an active interest in their child's school work and progress and by collaborating in a respectful manner with school staff to support student needs. 

Students
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 and ready to learn;
- shows respect for themselves, for others, for property and for those in authority;
- refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others;

- follows the established rules, policies and local Code of Conduct and takes responsibility for his or her own action.
- complies with all school expectations, procedures and codes of behaviour;
If you are aware that a student or group of students is in a dangerous situation, then you should tell a caring adult in the school community immediately.


Police and Community Members
Police and community members are essential partners in making our school and community safe. Community members need to support and respect the rules of the school. Police will investigate and respond to incidents in accordance with the Police/School Board Protocol. Community agencies are resources that boards can use to deliver prevention and intervention programs.

Kids Safety and Traffic
The safety of students, staff, parents and community members is of upmost importance. For everyone’s safety, we urge all community members to please follow all traffic signs around the school.  In particular, we ask that no one parks in our bus loading zone at any time before school begins, during the school day and at dismissal time.  In order to decrease traffic congestion around the school, we recommend that parents/guardians walk to the school to pick up children if you are able.  If you are not able, please park your car away from the school zone.  One option is to park your car along Kamloops Drive or in Salinger Court and walk to the school to pick up children.
At St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic School, we have one basic expectation for our school community:


EVERYONE IS TO BE TREATED WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT AT ALL TIMES.
This is the Gospel Message that we are all called upon to follow.

Respect for Peers
1. In order to provide an environment that is as safe as possible, the following are prohibited:
- rough play and rough games or contact sports including body checking or tackling;
- snowballs are prohibited under any circumstances;
- hockey sticks, baseball bats, racquets, hardballs/softballs, skateboards, bicycles, roller skates/blades and any other equipment judged by the principal to be a safety hazard;hockey sticks, baseball bats, racquets, hardballs/softballs, skateboards, bicycles, roller skates/blades and any other equipment judged by the principal to be a safety hazard;
- real or simulated weapons have no place at school.  Items such as these will be confiscated.  Parents and/or police will be notified.

2. Only NERF-type balls are permitted during recess games, as standard balls can cause serious injury.  Tennis balls are permitted for certain games.  Basketballs are also permitted for use solely with the basketball nets/hoops.
3. Personal body space must be respected at all times.  Inappropriate touching or closeness is unacceptable.
4. Violence of any kind will not be tolerated at St. Augustine Catholic School.  This includes both verbal and physical such as kicking and hitting.  Fighting – including “play fighting” – is unacceptable at any time.  Members of the school community must keep their hands and feet to themselves.
5. Students who encourage a fight are as culpable as those participating directly and will receive consequences.
6. Physical and/or emotional abuse, intimidation, bullying or threatening of any type – including cyber bullying – is very serious and may result in suspension from school.
7. Profane, abusive, racist, sexist, gross or demeaning language or gestures are unacceptable and may result in suspension from school.

Respect for Authority
1. Students are expected to comply with established rules when in classrooms, corridors, library, playground, school buses, and trips.  Compliance includes courtesy toward all school staff, school bus drivers and volunteers.

Respect for Property
1. We strongly discourage the practice of bringing expensive jewellery, toys, handheld games, etc. to school. We cannot accept responsibility for such items.  Items that prove to be a distraction to students may also be confiscated.
2. Under no circumstances are students to have matches, lighters, firecrackers, or any other inflammable materials on school property.
3. Every student must respect the property of others; this includes school-provided equipment as well as personal belongings.  Students/parents may be asked to pay for lost or damaged school books.

Respect for Self and Established Rules
1. Gum, candies or other foods/drinks are not allowed during teaching periods and at recess – children are provided with ample time to eat snacks/lunch in the school building
2. Students are expected to complete all assigned work neatly and accurately and come prepared for class with their homework done.
3. Students are expected to be on time for school so they do not disrupt their own learning or the learning of others by entering the classroom after the bell. 
4. While in the schoolyard before the start of school and during recesses, students must remain within the boundaries of the yard.  Students are not allowed in unsupervised areas such as parking lots, driveways, laneways, etc.  Students are also not permitted on any steps leading to any entrances to the main building.
5. Students are expected to respond immediately to the first bell and to line up in single file in silence awaiting the instruction of the teachers.  Students are expected to walk appropriately along hallways.
6. Students must go straight home when dismissed.  They should not remain in the schoolyard unsupervised.
7. Students are expected to enter and leave the school by their designated exit leading into the schoolyard.  The front door is for visitors/parents only. 
8. All students are expected to dress in a manner that is acceptable to the school setting and that adheres to the St. Augustine Catholic School Dress Code outlined below.

Respect, Civility, Responsible Citizenship
All members of the St. Augustine Catholic School community are required to:
- Be in compliance with the TCDSB Safe Schools protocol
- 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 all members of the school community, especially persons who are in a position of authority;
- respect the need of others to work in an environment of learning and teaching;
- seek assistance from a member of the school staff, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully;
- not swear at a teacher or at another person in position of authority or at any other person.
- not engage in bullying behaviours
- not inflict or encourage others to inflict bodily harm on another person
- not commit acts of vandalism that causes damage to school property or to property located on the premises of the school


All members of the St. Augustine Catholic School community must seek assistance from a member of the school staff, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully.


TCDSB Acceptable Use Policy
The TCDSB Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) governs the proper use of technology and electronic communication in our schools.  The purpose of the AUP is to provide students and their parents with a set of guidelines that outline the safe and appropriate use of technology within our Catholic School system.  Included in the AUP is a definition of electronic communication to include social media, website publishing, and the use of personal electronic devices (PED’s).   In addition it addresses expectations surrounding the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy effective as of September 2012.  While these devices are not mandatory for classroom activities, they may be included when there is a clear educational purpose that has been identified by the teacher. 

All parents and students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the AUP. For parents, the full text of the TCDSB AUP can be found at: http://www.tcdsb.org/board/policies/aup


A summary of the AUP expectations for students in the TCDSB:
Behaviour Expectations:
- It is a privilege, not a right, to use the Board’s network and devices.  Privileges may be restricted or taken away if the AUP is violated.
- Students must use their own student account and keep it private when using the board network or devices. 
- Students must use the network and electronic communication for educational purposes only.
- All students and their parents must sign the "Student Access Agreement" before they will be allowed to use the Board’s network and devices. 

Personal Safety & Privacy:
- A student should tell the school Principal or teacher immediately if they feel uncomfortable or not safe because of a message they received from an electronic communication such as an email, text message or photo.
- Parents should discuss with their children the importance of protecting their personal information and privacy when using any electronic communication such as the internet. 
- All parents and students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with resources that support Digital Citizenship. For parents and students, resources can be found at: https://www.tcdsb.org/ProgramsServices/SchoolProgramsK12/AcademicICT/DigitalCitizenship


Use of School Phones, Electronic Communication and Media Devices
1. School phones are used for business purposes and are not available for students to make alternate arrangements for after school activities; arrangements should be made the day before.  Students can obtain permission from their teacher to use the phone for if they wish to communicate with family members.  In any emergency situation, students are to report directly to the office. 

2. Mobile Phones: As many parents want to be able to communicate with children before and after school, mobile phones are permitted to be at school with parents’ permission but must be turned off during the school day and kept out of view (unless approved by the teacher for program use as per school board policy). Please note that if parent(s)/guardian(s) choose to send a mobile phone with their child, the school cannot be held responsible for lost, stolen or broken mobile phones.

3. All handheld games, electronic communications, media devices etc. are not permitted on school property unless requested by the teacher for educational purposes or during school sanctioned events. Please note that the school cannot be held responsible for lost, stolen or broken electronic communication devices that are brought to school. 

4. Password Management: TCDSB student logins grant access to WiFi, school computers and devices, and educational third-party services e.g., Google Apps for Education (GAFE). 
• Password management is very important and students must personally create their own password and it must be a strong password.
• Students must keep their password secret, and never disclose or share a password.
• When creating a password we recommend that you make it easy to remember, but hard for others to guess. Avoid using personal information such as your name, email address, or mailing address.

Password creation checklist:
• Minimum 8 characters  
• Need to meet three of the following criteria:
• At least 1 upper-case letter
• At least 1 lower-case letter
• At least 1 number
• At least 1 special character

Consequences for Inappropriate Behaviour

Consequences shall be set out that are consistent with the Education Act and the TCDSB Safe School policies for Suspension (S.S.06) and Expulsions (S.S.05).  Mitigating factors, as stated in the Education Act, shall be considered.

Developing Self-Discipline through Progressive Consistency of Approach

Our philosophy of discipline should encourage our students to develop an internal discipline in order to allow them to focus their mind and energy on schoolwork and self-betterment.  Discipline or the development of self-discipline is a positive goal to work towards, as a child learns to internalize a high standard of the ethical behaviour.

Failure to meet the “Expectations and Standards of Student Behaviour”, as outlined in the St. Augustine Catholic School Code of Conduct, will result in one or more of the following consequences.  Please note that the seriousness and frequency of the offence, including consideration of any mitigating or other factors, will determine the severity of the consequence imposed.

- The student will be spoken to by a staff member.
- The student will be asked to apologize either verbally or in writing, with assurances that the incident will not happen again.
- The student may be assigned a “time out” with supervision.
- The student may be required to complete schoolwork elsewhere other than in the regular classroom with supervision.
- A Progressive Discipline Incident Form may be completed; the student may be asked to complete a reflection paper signed by his or her parent(s)/guardian(s).
- Parents may be contacted by telephone, in writing, or in person, depending on the circumstances.
- The student may be required to make restitution.
- In serious matters that clearly contravene the “Safe Schools Act”, 2000 and the “Progressive Discipline and Safety in Schools Act”, 2007, a suspension or a suspension pending possible expulsion from school may result.  Length of suspensions varies according to the situation.  Parents will be kept informed.  The student loses his/her right to attend any school in the province during suspension and may not enter Board premises.  In accordance with Toronto Police Service/TCDSB Protocol, police may also be involved in serious matters of the law.

Suspension
Under subsection 306 (1) of the Education Act, a principal SHALL CONSIDER whether to suspend a pupil if he or she believes that the pupil has engaged in any of the following activities while at school, at a school-related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school climate:

(1) Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person. (2) Possessing alcohol or illegal drugs. (3) Being under the influence of alcohol. (4) Swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority. (5) Committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property at the pupil’s school or to property located on the premises of the pupil’s school. (6) Bullying. (7) Any other activity that is an activity for which a principal may suspend a pupil under the policy of the board.

Under clause 306 (1) 7 of the Education Act, a pupil MAY be suspended if he or she engages in an activity that is an activity for which a principal may suspend a pupil under policy of the board.  Under TCDSB policy, activities for which a principal MAY suspend a pupil include:

(1) Persistent opposition to authority;

(2) Habitual neglect of duty;

(3) Wilful destruction of school property;
(4) Vandalism causing damage to school or Board property or property located on school or Board premises;

(5) Use of profane or improper language;

(6) Use of tobacco;

(7) Theft;

(8) Aid/incite harmful behaviour;

(9) Physical assault;
(10) Being under the influence of illegal drugs;

(11) Sexual harassment;

(12) Racial harassment;

(13) Fighting;
(14) Possession or misuse of any harmful substances;

(15) Hate-motivated violence;

(16) Extortion;

(17) Distribution of hate material;

(18) Inappropriate use of electronic communications/media;

(19) Other – defined as any conduct injurious to the moral tone of the school or to the physical or mental well-being of others.

If a principal decides to suspend a pupil for engaging in an activity described in subsection 306 (1), the principal will suspend the pupil from his or her school and from engaging in all school-related activities.
The minimum duration of a suspension is one school day and the maximum is twenty school days. In considering whether or not to suspend, or the duration of the suspension, a principal will take into account any mitigating or other factors prescribed by the regulations.

Suspension Pending Possible Expulsion

Under subsection 310 (1) of the Education Act, a principal SHALL suspend a pupil pending possible expulsion if he or she believes that the pupil has engaged in any of the following activities while at school, at a school-related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school climate:


(1) Possessing a weapon, including possessing a firearm.

(2) Using a weapon to cause or to threaten bodily harm to another person.

(3) Committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment by a medical practitioner.

(4) Committing a sexual assault.

(5) Trafficking in weapons or in illegal drugs.

(6) Committing robbery.

(7) Giving alcohol to a minor.

(8) Any other activity that, under policy of the board, is an activity for which a principal must suspend a pupil and, therefore in accordance with this Part, conduct an investigation to determine whether to recommend to the Board that the pupil be expelled.

The following infractions may result in a suspension pending possible expulsion in accordance with TCDSB policy:
(1) Possession of explosive substance;

(2) Serious or repeated misconduct;

(3) Refractory conduct;

(4) Other – defined as any conduct injurious to the moral tone of the school or to the physical or mental well-being of others.

A pupil who is suspended under subsection 310 (1) is suspended from his or her school and from engaging in all school-related activities.

Mitigating Factors and Other Factors
In considering whether to suspend a pupil or whether to recommend to the Board that a pupil be expelled, a principal will take into account any mitigating factors or other factors prescribed by regulations.

Mitigating Factors
Pursuant to the Suspension and Expulsion of Pupils regulation, the following mitigating factors shall be taken in to account:
1. The pupil does not have the ability to control his or her behaviour.
2. The pupil does not have the ability to understand the foreseeable consequences of his or her behaviour.
3. The pupil’s continuing presence in the school does not create an unacceptable risk to the safety of any person.
4. In the case of a pupil for whom an Individual Education Plan (IEP) has been developed,
a. whether the behaviour was a manifestation of a disability identified in the pupil’s Individual Education Plan (IEP),
b. whether appropriate individualized accommodation has been provided, and
c. whether the suspension or expulsion is likely to result in an aggravation of the pupil’s behaviour or conduct.

Application of Standards of Behaviour

The TCDSB and school standards of behaviour apply to all members of the school community, including students, parent or guardians, volunteers, teachers, other staff members, superintendents, senior board staff, board personnel, trustees and others who may be present in the school or at school related events under the jurisdiction of the TCDSB.

The standards of behaviour apply:
- on school property;
- while traveling on a school bus that is owned by the TCDSB or that is under contract with the TCDSB;
- in-school sports activities;
- in off-site school sponsored activities; or
- in circumstances where engaging in an activity could have a negative impact on the school climate.

At St. Augustine, we use a social skills program called the I-Care Rules to help guide students in what good behaviour looks like:


I-Care Rules
(1) We Listen to Each Other;

(2) Hands are for Helping not Hurting;

(3) We Use I-Care Language;

(4) We Care About Each Other’s Feelings;

(5) We are Responsible for What We Say and Do