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Toronto Catholic District School Board

School Handbook

 

Local School Code of Conduct
 
 
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.
 
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
 
The St. Dorothy Safe School Committee has 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 definace 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”
           Utterning 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.
 
Review and Ammendments
 
Once a year, the St. Dorothy Safe School Committee will review and amend the Local Code of Conduct if necessary.  For a complete copy of the St. Dorothy “Code of Conduct and Progressive Discipline Continuum” please go to the main office.
 
Dress Code
 
Students are expected to wear the school uniform (eg. white/maroon shirt with a collar and blue casual pants). The following guidelines should be observed.
 
           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.
           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.
           Hats are not to be worn in the building.
           Jewelry, 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.
 
 
Cell Phones
 
Cell phones and other electronic devices such as IPODS and MP3 players, are best left at home. This will ensure that they don’t get lost or stolen. 
 
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 416-393-5341. 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.
 
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 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. This is for their safety.
 
Absence from School and Late  Assignments/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.
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 
School
 
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.
 
 
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.  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.
 
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.
 
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, 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.