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St. Dorothy

Resolution of Conflict 
The Toronto Catholic District Schools strive to have their students realize that physical and verbal aggression is not a socially acceptable method of resolving conflicts. The schools will develop social skills in our students that will promote a secure learning environment free from physical or mental intimidation.
BULLYING--Definition of Bullying
Bullying behavior is defined as any repeated verbal, physical or psychological action or implied action intended to cause harm, fear or distress to another person.   A victim of bullying has a difficult time defending him or herself.   Bullying may be carried out directly through physical or verbal means, or indirectly through relational bullying.
All forms of bullying are unacceptable behaviors.
Responsibilities of Students, Staff, and Parents
·         Ensure the school environment is one of respect, dignity, and trust, consistent with the Gospel Values
·         Show care and concern for others
·         Refuse to bully others
·         Show responsibility by immediately reporting acts of bullying
Caring bystanders are the key to stopping bullying!
Effects of Bullying
Children may develop long term, serious problems as a result of bullying or victimization.   It is critical that appropriate support and intervention strategies be provided to help bullies, victims, and all students to build positive relationships with their peers.
Respect for Peers
Students are expected to show respect for the rights of others at all times. Physical and/or verbal harassment will not be tolerated, allowing each student the right to an education free of fear and discrimination.
Students who are being harassed are encouraged to seek assistance. Harassment will be handled by the teacher and will involve contact with the home.
·         Be courteous and show respect for the rights of others.
·         Play in your designated areas of the school playground.
·         Refrain from rough play. Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
·         Skateboards, scooters, in-line skates, bats, hard ball of any kind and dangerous materials or objects are not permitted to be used on school property.
·         Report any injuries or incidents of harassment to the teachers or person in charge on supervision duty.
·         Obtain permission before entering the school during recess breaks and lunch.
·         The throwing of snow, sticks or stones is not allowed.
·         Use of inappropriate language will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Minor infractions will be dealt with by the teachers or persons assigned to supervision duty.  Any serious or repeated infractions will be reported to the office, which may result in loss of student privileges. Parents may also have to be contacted.
We use conflict resolution strategies and negotiating skills to help students take responsibility for their own actions.  These are encouraged at school, which is a safe, supportive environment for everyone. Practicing these skills and strategies provides an awareness of options and the confidence to approach a dispute from the perspective of a Catholic student. 
The school buildings, contents, (i.e. desks, texts, library books, gym equipment, etc.) and grounds deserve the same respect as one’s personal property. If students vandalize school property or lose school materials, they will be subject to making restitution for the cost of repair or replacement.  
Students are encouraged not to bring valuables or other forms of private property to school.
The St. Dorothy Local School Code of Conduct was developed in collaboration with the community of St. Dorothy Catholic School which 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.
Minor/Major/Suspendable Incidents
The St. Dorothy Safe School Committee has identified “inappropriate incidents” in the following categories: 
·        Minor
·        Major
·        Suspendable
Although these lists are not exhaustive, they provide a sampling of inappropriate and unacceptable behaviours that are sometimes exhibited by students:
·        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/Suspendable” by School Administration, the TCDSB and the Ministry of Education.
·        Malicious/intentional hands on (e.g. fighting)
·        Swearing/Inappropriate language  (Verbal/gesture)
·        Habitual defiance/non-compliance
·        Bullying
·        Weapons
·        Vandalism
·        Any other inappropriate incident(s) deemed to be “Major” ” by School Administration, the TCDSB and the Ministry of Education.
·        All behaviours that are classified as being “major”
·        Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person
·        Possession or under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs
·        Swearing at a teacher or another person in a position of authority
·        Bullying
·        Committing an act of vandalism that causes damage to school property
·        Any other incident deemed to be suspendable by School Administration, the TCDSB and the Ministry of Education.
The St. Dorothy Safe Schools Committee has developed a progressive discipline continuum which outlines the steps/interventions that will be followed when a student exhibits an “inappropriate behaviour.  (Appendix A)
The school administration will suspend a student if it is believed that they have engaged in any of the following activities below:

-          Possessing a weapon or a firearm

-          Using a weapon to threaten bodily harm

-          Committing a physical assault on another person requiring medical attention

-          Committing sexual assault

-          Trafficking illegal drugs/weapons

-          Giving alcohol to a minor

It must be noted that these behaviours may lead to expulsion of the student from either the school or the TCDSB.  More information on suspensions and expulsions can be located in the TCDSB policy documents.
Mitigating Factors
·        Mitigating factors shall be considered with every incident. 
Conducting an Investigation
If the school administration team needs to conduct an investigation to determine the appropriate consequence for a student(s) inappropriate behaviour(s) then he/she may invoke section 265 1 (m) of the Education Act which states:
subject to an appeal to the board, to refuse to admit to the school or classroom a person whose presence in the school or classroom would in the principal’s judgment be detrimental to the physical or mental well-being of the pupils.”
If inappropriate behaviour by the student(s) is such that the Toronto Police needs to be informed and the Police initiate an investigation, the principal will follow the TCDSB Police Protocol as stated in the “Safe Schools” section of the TCDSB Policy Manual
Review and Amendments

Once a year the St. Dorothy Safe Schools Committed will review and amend if necessary the school’s code of conduct.  This meeting will be called by the principal during the month of October.


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.
Parents are reminded that it is our expectation that children who qualify for transportation will make regular use of the service. Please notify the office in writing if on occasion your child will not be taking the bus home.  All children are expected to go home on the bus unless prior written notification from parents has been received. 
Too often children get confusing verbal messages about which days they are going to be picked up by parents. For safety reasons, we require a note since we cannot necessarily verify that a telephone caller is indeed legitimate. We, at school, are stressing bus safety and appropriate behavior, and we ask that you reinforce this for the well being of your children. 



Safe Schools Program

The Toronto Catholic District School Board (the “TCDSB”), including staff, students, parents, and trustees is committed to the TCDSB’s mission of providing a safe and welcoming learning environment that supports academic excellence and is an example of Christian Community.  This mission is affirmed in TCDSB policies, including the Violence Prevention Policy.  Every member of this community - student, teacher, parent/guardian, support staff, trustee, parish priest, volunteers or others while on TCDSB property, at TCDSB sponsored events and circumstances that could have an impact on the school climate - is governed by the policies of the TCDSB and shares in the responsibility for creating a positive environment that is safe, harmonious, comfortable, inclusive and respectful.


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