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School Handbook

Local School Code of Conduct



All students are expected to come to school prepared, be prompt and in attendance to minimize learning gaps. At St. Dorothy, students are expected to be respectful of others and follow school procedures to the best of their ability. Students are encouraged to participate in school extra curricular activities, while also striving to achieve excellence.


Bell Schedule

Morning entry

8:30 am


10:12am -10:27am


11:15am – 12:15pm

Afternoon Recess

1:40 pm – 1:55pm




Supervision is provided at 8:00am. Please do not drop off your child at school prior to 8:00am or leave your child on school property following the dismissal bell. Children may not play unattended on school property following dismissal.



Students are expected to wear the full school uniform, which consists of a white or maroon shirt with a collar and blue (not black) casual pants. The following guidelines are in place:

  • Students will be in complete uniform upon their arrival at school. No additional sweaters/jackets are permitted in the classrooms, only the school sweater/vest or a blue or maroon sweater.
  • Shirts must be worn tucked in to pants.
  • Pants must be worn on the waist and pant legs may not be tucked in to socks.
  • Socks/tights are to be solid white, solid navy blue or maroon. No patterns or colours are permitted.
  • Student may choose to wear running shoes or black or navy shoes.
  • Hats, tank tops, extra colors, wording, pictures or brand name logos [except school crest] are not to be worn in the building.
  • Jewellery, bandanas, inappropriate body piercing, body art, tattoos or clothing that does not reflect the school’s Belief Statements and Gospel Values are not allowed.
  • Students are asked not to wear makeup to school.
  • For physical education, teachers may request students to wear a T-shirt, shorts and must wear running shoes.
  • For safety reasons, “open-toed” shoes/sandals are highly discouraged.
  • Indoor shoes are required during the winter months. 

Dress Code in TCDSB Schools

All Elementary schools within the jurisdiction of the Board shall adopt an Appropriate Dress Code or Uniform Dress Code.

All Secondary schools within the jurisdiction of the Board shall adopt a Uniform Dress Code.
Parents are encouraged to review the local dress code at their child’s school and to direct their questions to the principal of the school.


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 416-393-5341. 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.



All students are expected to be punctual and to adhere to school hours. Late students must report to the office. Persistent tardiness may result in a discussion, consultation or other consequence, which may involve parents, school board attendance counselor 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 (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 quietly outside the classroom door and wait for the teacher to let them in. Students are asked not to enter the classroom without the teacher present, as a safety precaution. 



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.



In order to keep the school safe, all parents/guardians and visitors are required to report to the office and enter from the front entrance. Following this process keeps everyone safe in our school. Furthermore, if you have an appointment to attend with your child, 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.



Students staying for lunch will eat lunch in their designated areas. Students are expected to bring a litter-less lunch to school and clean up their own garbage (if any) as well as 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.



Parents are encouraged to enjoy lunch with their child if possible.  However, if parents wish to drop off a healthy lunch, they re asked to leave the food items in designated area in the Main Office before the start of lunch (11:10am). Please label lunch with child’s name and teacher’s name. Parents are asked not to walk through the hallways as this may interrupt classroom instruction for a lunch delivery.



Please inform your child’s teacher/school office of any medical problems or conditions. The Toronto District School Board Policy on the Administration of Medication clearly asks that principals, teachers and support staff not administer any type of prescription medication during the school day, unless written authorization by the parent and attending physician has been obtained. The forms to dispense any medication must be updated on a regular basis and are available from the school principal. Children should not bring any form of medication to school.

Children who are required to use Epipens and Inhalers must have them both on their person as well as a spare in the Office.




Cell phones and other electronic devices are best left at home. This will ensure that they do not get lost or stolen. Cell phones are not to be used during the school day. Cell phones will be given to the Principal to be returned at the end of the day should a student be found using one during the school day.



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 wellbeing, 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.



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. Eating or drinking are not permitted on the bus. The driver’s instructions must be obeyed at all times. A student culpable of misconduct will be reported to the principal. The principal has the authority to revoke transportation privileges when a pupil puts the safety of others at risk  and 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. We ask that families help reinforce/discuss bus expectations with students.




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. 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. 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.



To ensure everyone’s safety, parents and caregivers must walk their children to the playground. Parents dropping off children are asked to use the bus loop or park their car in the parking lot and subsequently escort children.




The success of Progressive Discipline is highly dependent on the collaboration of teacher, student, and parents. Central to the our core values at St. Dorothy, is the belief that each person in our school community and beyond has great dignity and is deserving of the highest respect.  It is a fundamental expectation that students in our school will follow the ethic of our Catholic faith, where empathy, care for others, and respect for life dominate. If a student or a group of students is in a dangerous situation, then they should tell a caring adult in the school community immediately.

The following is a clear Code of Student Behaviour, with the ultimate goal to assist each child towards self-worth and self-discipline. The first step towards self-discipline in students is providing a clear outline of realistic and effective consequences when students struggle to meet St. Dorothy’s Catholic School standards. Additional information can be found at the TCDSB website at, “Safe Schools Policy S.S. 09”.


As a staff, we have addressed and identified the underlying causes of inappropriate behavior in our classrooms, washrooms, hallways, playground and lunchroom. We ask all staff to follow the acceptable approaches below:

  • related to the nature of the behavior, logical consequences will be used by the classroom teacher/supply teacher whenever possible; the consequences should be clearly  understood by the student. Student should be fully aware of the misbehavior that resulted in the discipline /consequences.
  • consequence should be appropriate to the developmental level of the child;
  • consequence administered as soon as possible after the undesirable behavior has occurred;
  • observant of all safety regulations;
  • appropriate to and mindful of the specific child’s emotional and cognitive functioning.​
  • With this in mind, St. Dorothy’s Progressive Discipline addresses three categories of “inappropriate behaviours” as follows:  Minor, Major, Suspendable incidents.


Minor Incidents may include:

  • Disrupting a class (all teaching staff including supply teachers);
  • Teasing;
  • Failure to come to school on time and prepared (homework completion and any other materials required to learn);
  • Pushing;
  • Disregard for school yard rules (boundaries for each division); boundaries set on the field/portables);
  • Unfair play;
  • Spreading rumours;
  • Name calling;
  • Disregarding our “RESPECT Classroom Code of Conduct,
  • Any other inappropriate behaviour/incident   deemed by the TCDSB, Ministry of Education, School Administration and Staff of St. Dorothy. Mitigating circumstances shall be taken into consideration.


Major Incidents may include:

  • Habitual neglect of duty given several verbal and written warnings;
  • Habitual defiance or non-compliance given previous warnings (includes riding school buses);
  • Cyber Bullying and/or offensive messaging (any violation of the TCDSB’s Surf Right Policy);
  • Subtle and overt bullying(physical/verbal);
  • Discrimination;
  • Leaving school property without permission;
  • Vandalism –The willful destruction of school property causing damage to the school or Board property or property on school or Board premises;
  • Use of electronic equipment on school property (iPODS, cell phones, laser lights, handheld games etc); media;
  • Use of profane or improper language;
  • Hate-motivated violence;
  • Extortion;
  • Theft;
  • Malicious physical fighting causing bodily harm;
  • Affecting the moral tone of our school with inappropriate language such as profanity (verbal/written) in any language as well as hand  gestures; 
  • Harassment. ​


Any other inappropriate incidents other than the ones deemed “Minor or Suspendable” by the School Administration/Staff, the TCDSB and the Ministry of Education. Any conduct that is injurious to the moral tone of the school on or off school Board property; any conduct injurious to the physical or mental well-being of other. Mitigating circumstances (see next page) shall be taken into consideration.


Suspendable Incidents may include:

  • Repeated Major Incidence, misconduct;
  • Fighting (committing a physical assault of any kind on another person requiring medical attention);
  • Using a weapon to threaten/cause bodily harm;
  • Bullying (subtle and overt);
  • Cyber bullying;
  • Opposition to authority;
  • Swearing at authority (teachers, supply teachers, guests in the school);
  • Inappropriate/offensive hand gestures;
  • Uttering a death threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person;
  • Committing an act of vandalism that causes damage to school property;
  • Extortion;
  • Theft;
  • Distribution of hate material;
  • Harassment;
  • Other-defined as any conduct injurious to the moral tone of the school or to the physical or mental well-being of others.
  • Any other incident deemed to be “Suspendable” by Administration, TCDSB and the Ministry of Education. 

Mitigating circumstances shall be considered with every student. The following outlines a few mitigating factors as outlined by the TCDSB’s Safe School Policy S.S. 09.

  • Pupil does not have the ability to control his or her behaviour;
  • The pupil does not have the ability to understand the foreseeable consequences of his /her behaviour;
  • The pupil’s continuing presence in the school does not create an unacceptable risk to  the safety of any person.