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Toronto Catholic District School Board

The St. Conrad Code of Conduct and Progressive Discipline Policy

 

He loves righteousness and justice;
   the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.
Psalm 33:5

 

Our progressive discipline policy does not focus on a punitive response to wrong doing.  Rather, we seek to address our personal wrongs in relation to the effects on our community life.  When we wrong others, we undermine our relationships with our community.  As members of a common school family, each of us is responsible for each other, each in community is due our respect (as others constructed in the image and likeness of God), and each of us must continually demonstrate that we are reliable and can be counted on to hold the interests of the community. 

 As parents and educators we expect our children and students to make mistakes.  Our first task is to educate them concerning the ways of living a good, Christian life.  When students make mistakes, we seek to deal with their “discipline” within the context of our shared community life in the halls, yards, and classrooms of St. Conrad.

Being RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, and RELIABLE are the three broad aims of our code of conduct.
Generally, we expect students as members of our school community to:
  • exercise self-discipline and self-control;
  • be accepting of and attentive to conversations intended to discuss inappropriate behaviours;
  • be courteous to fellow pupils and responsive and courteous of teachers;
  • show respect for school property;
  • comply with all school expectations, procedures and codes of behaviour; and
  • give respect and co-operation to all persons entrusted with authority in the school.
We believe that the expectations above are achievable and aligned with three broad character traits – that is, being respectful, responsible, and reliable. To this end, we provide a code that attempts to encourage and promote the positive growth within community life. The three character traits present a simple yet comprehensive way of promoting a set of reasonable rules and regulations for student conduct. This code of conduct applies to all school related activities as well as on transportation to and from school.

 

Respectful

  • Students are not to participate in any form of bullying behaviour, be it physical, verbal, emotional, or cyber-bullying.
  • Students are to be polite with staff, students, and parents – using the key words to success: Thank-you, excuse me, pardon me, please, and you’re welcome.
  • Students are to use positive and affirming language with their peers.
  • Students are to acknowledge the personal space and belongings of students and adults by refraining from inappropriate contact.
  • Students are to dress in an appropriate manner for school activities, including gym or excursions. Offensive language or logos on clothing is not permitted. Students should not wear such inappropriate clothing as overly short skirts or shorts, and tank tops.
  • Students are to follow the lunch rules, sitting where assigned and speaking in a reasonable tone and manner.

 

Responsible

  • Students are expected to take responsibility for their actions and be honest in assuming ownership for their part in disputes or mistakes.
  • Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds during recess or lunchtime. Parents must pick up their children at school if they wish to take them out for lunch. We discourage bringing fast food lunches to the school on a regular basis.
  • Students are expected to keep their classroom space neat and clean and to take an active role in ensuring the school environment is kept organized and clean.
  • No walkman, iPod’s, or electronic games are to be brought to the school. Cell phones must be turned off and placed away during the school day. Cell phones may not be used on school property.
  • Students are responsible for keeping their textbooks neat and tidy. Students will be held accountable for purposely defacing any book.
  • Students are required to report any vandalism to the school office.

Reliable

  • Students are to arrive on time for school at 8:40 a.m. and head directly to their lines when the bell rings. Students arriving late must receive a late slip from the school office.
  • If a student is absent from school, their parents are requested to call the school and provide a reason for the absence. This is key to the effectiveness of our “Safe Arrival Program”.
  • Students are responsible for providing all communication and correspondence from the school to their parents.
  • Students are to arrive prepared for the school day with all their homework completed and supplies ready for the day.
  • Students are encouraged to participate fully in all school liturgies, classroom prayers, and masses.