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Toronto Catholic District School Board

School Handbook

Safe Arrival Program
If your child is going to be away from school, please call the school as soon as possible.  You can call at any time and leave a message on the school’s answering machine.  If the school does not hear from you, we will call home or work to ensure the safety of your child.  Also, please make sure that the school has current home, work, cell and emergency phone numbers.  This is very important if we need to contact you for any reason.
 
· Supervision in the morning begins at 8:15 a.m., and supervision after school ends
   at 3:45 p.m.  
· Students leaving early, or coming in late, must be signed in/out at the office.
· Students who must leave before dismissal time may do so only with written
  permission from a parent.
· Students who normally stay at school for lunch must be accompanied by an adult to leave school property.
 
Parents/ Visitors to the School
 
For the safety of all the students, all visitors must first report to the office and sign in the Visitor Binder.  Permission from the secretary or the principal is needed before visitors proceed into any other part of the school.
Lunch drop offs are to be made to the office only; no classroom visits.
Parents are to wait in the front foyer or the school yard for children being picked up.
 
Change In Contact information
 
If during the year you change your address, phone numbers, emergency contact, place of employment, babysitter, etc., please contact the school so that appropriate changes can be made on our records.  This information must be up-to-date in the event that a parent needs to be contacted.
 
School closures and bus cancellations
 
Any school closures, cancellation of classes or cancellation of school bus transportation will be reported through the Board’s 24 hour recorded telephone information line (416-222-8282, ext. 2873), through the Board’s website (www.tcdsb.org), as well as through local television and radio broadcasts.  If school buses are not running in the morning, they will not run in the afternoon.  If students are driven to school when buses are cancelled, parents must make arrangements for their children to be picked up at dismissal time or earlier if schools must close due to the inclement weather.
 
Food and Drink
 
We have students who have a severe and life threatening allergy to nuts/peanuts.  We ask that no food be sent to school containing nuts.  Please be extra careful when shopping for school snacks.  Some healthy choices like granola bars may still contain nuts.  Please check the packaging to be sure the product is nut-free. We also ask that you review with your child, the importance of not sharing food with other students.  Each student must only eat what they have brought from home.  Thank you for your cooperation with these very important items.
 
CODE OF CONDUCT
 
At St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic School students are expected to comply with the rules of the school and the expectations of their teachers.  These rules and expectations are based on respect for self and others.  All students are expected to contribute to a positive school environment.
Local codes of conduct apply to all members of the school community:
·   On school premises;
·   On school-related trips or activities;
·   While travelling to or from school; and
·   Off school premises where the conduct has an impact on the safety, security or physical and mental well-being of any member of the school community.
 
At St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic School there is an emphasis on actively promoting and sustaining positive student behaviour.   Progressive Discipline Intervention results in a continuum of interventions, supports and consequences when dealing with inappropriate behaviour.  Every student infraction will be examined on an individual basis and mitigating factors will be considered in determining the appropriate disciplinary action.
 
Parents support a safe and respectful learning environment when they:
·   Show an active interest in their child’s school work and progress
·   Communicate regularly with the school
·   Help their child be neat, appropriately dressed and prepared for school
·   Ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time
·   Promptly report to the school their child’s absence or late arrival
·   Become familiar with the Code and school rules

 

·   Encourage and assist their child in following the rules of behaviour

 

·   Assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues involving their child.
                                                                                 (Provincial Code of Conduct)
 
Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student comes to school prepared, on time and ready to learn.  (Provincial Code of Conduct)
 
PUNCTUALITY
 
Punctual and regular attendance will enhance a student’s chances of success.

 

All students are expected to be punctual and to adhere to school hours.  Attendance is taken daily.  Persistent tardiness may result in a discussion, consultation or other consequence, which may involve parents or a school board attendance counselor.

 

Students arriving late for class or at an irregular hour, must first sign-in at the office.
 
WORK HABITS
 
Each year many new concepts and skills will be presented, taught, practiced and developed.  It is important that students consistently complete their assignments and learn the material, skills and concepts presented.  To accomplish this, a regular daily study or review time at home is important and beneficial for all children.
 
Students are expected to work to the best of their ability and to display a sense of pride in their efforts and accomplishments by presenting neat work, completing daily assignments and preparing for major projects.  Homework may include the following:
·   work assignments by the teacher to be completed for the next day
·   completion of classroom assignments or review of daily lessons
·   project work
·   studying for quizzes and/or tests
·   independent reading.
 
Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student shows respect for themselves, others and those in authority , refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others and follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his or her own actions.  (Provincial Code of Conduct)
 
DRESS CODE
 
Students are required to adhere to the TCDSB Appropriate Dress Code for Pupils policy.  The school’s appropriate dress code consists of navy blue bottoms and a white or navy blue top.  A navy blue sweater or sweatshirt may be worn on top during colder weather.   Students are not permitted to wear jeans, leggings, jeggings, yoga pants, short shorts or spandex.  Clothing cannot have logos larger than the size of a toonie.
When not wearing the Appropriate Dress Code (i.e. designated non-uniform days), students are expected to dress in a manner and attire suitable for the occasion and appropriate to a Catholic School environment.  The following guidelines should be followed:
·   Clothing is to be free from offensive and questionable language and pictures
·   Clothing and accessories should not interfere with the child’s learning or the learning of others
·   Appropriate indoor and outdoor footwear must be worn at all times
·   Hats/caps are considered outdoor wear only
·   Halter tops, mesh shirts, tank tops, cut-off T-shirts, tops exposing midriff, spandex bicycle wear, short shorts and bandanas are inappropriate attire
·   Undergarments should not be exposed.
 
RESPECTFUL COMMUNICATION
 
To maintain a Christian and positive atmosphere in the school, students will:
·   Engage in respectful dialogue when speaking with staff, peers and other students, and when resolving disagreements
·   Refrain from using aggressive, disrespectful or inappropriate body language or gestures
·   Respect the personal space of others.

 

SCHOOL BUS – STANDARD RULES OF BEHAVIOUR
 
Students taking the school bus must take the school bus at all times.  It is not a student’s decision to walk some days and take the bus on other days.  Written permission from the parent is needed if a child is not to take the bus on a particular day.
 
On boarding the bus the students will:
·   obey driver instructions at all times
·   be respectful to others on the bus and outside of the bus
·   remain seated while the bus is in motion
·   not switch seats after being seated
·   keep hands, arms and other body parts inside the bus
·   refrain from opening or closing windows
·   speak quietly and refrain from making loud noises
·   refrain from eating or drinking on the bus
·   wait for the bus in an orderly and safe manner.
 
The principal has the authority to revoke bus privileges for a short or indefinite period of time when a pupil repeatedly fails to follow the designated rules of behaviour/conduct.
  
RECESS
 
All children are required to take advantage of outdoor recess.  Students function best in school if they have fresh air and exercise.  Students are kept indoors on severe inclement weather days.  If children are not well, we respectfully request that they be kept at home for the day.
 
GENERAL RULES FOR SCHOOL PLAYGROUND BEHAVIOUR
·   Be courteous and show respect for the rights of others
·   Listen to and follow the instructions of staff members
·   Adhere to designated boundaries
·   Refrain from rough play -  keep your hands and feet to yourself
·   Keep skateboards, scooters, in-line skates, hard balls of any kind and dangerous materials or objects at home
·   Refrain from throwing snow, sticks or stones
·   Refrain from sliding on or climbing hills when they are snowy and ice covered
·   Refrain from using inappropriate language
·   Use garbage containers for all refuse
·   Obtain permission before entering the school during recess and lunch breaks
·   Stop when the school bell rings and line up promptly.

 

INDOOR RECESS
·   students are to stay in their own classroom
·   work on school work or a quiet activity
·   permission from the staff member on duty is needed before leaving the classroom for any reason
·   computers are not to be used without the direct supervision of a staff member
 
LUNCH TIME
 
Students who normally stay at school for lunch must have written permission from a parent if they will be leaving the school for lunch at any time.
 
Students who stay at school for lunch will remain in their classrooms monitored by a staff member and classroom monitors.  In the classroom, the students will follow these rules for proper conduct:
·   follow the instructions of staff and monitors
·   sit quietly while eating lunch
·   maintain a neat and tidy area
·   eat food in the classroom and not bring it outdoors or to other rooms
·   place garbage in the appropriate waste containers
·   make every effort to pack a litter-less lunch
·   avoid bringing glass bottles or containers
·   computers are not to be used without the direct supervision of a staff member
·   ask for permission from the staff member on duty before leaving the classroom

 

·   wait to be dismissed the staff member on duty before leaving for recess

 

It is a privilege to remain at school for lunch.  In the event these rules cannot be followed, alternate arrangements will be discussed for lunch, and parents/guardians will be contacted.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION
 
Physical Education is an important part of the curriculum.  All students are required to participate in Physical Education classes and dress appropriately.  If, for a medical or other reason, a child is not able to participate in Physical Education classes, a parental note is required for a short-term basis.  A medical certificate is requested for a long-term withdrawal from Physical Education classes.

 

EXTRA-CURRICULAR AND CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
 
All students are encouraged to participate in all school activities.  Participating in sports, clubs and other 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.  In addition, habitual neglect of school work may result in a student not being allowed to participate.

 

CELL PHONES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES
 
We recommend that students do not bring cell phones to school.  If a student brings a cell phone to school, it is to be powered off, put away in the student’s school bag, and not be taken out or used on school property, on school buses or during school trips.
 
To ensure the safety and well-being of all students, any phone calls to or from students during the school day must be directed through the office.  Students require the permission of a staff member prior to making any phone calls.
 
It is strongly recommended that students do not bring portable CD players, iPods, MP3 players, gaming devices, cameras or other costly electronic devices to school.   If they are brought to school, they are not to be used on school property, on school buses or during school trips without the permission of a teacher in consultation with the principal.
 
Students are responsible for the safe keeping of any personal items brought to school.
 
Students who do not comply with the guidelines listed above will have the electronic device temporarily taken from them and a parent/guardian will be notified.  Repeated violations may lead to a suspension.

 

INTERNET – ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

 

A brochure outlining the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s Acceptable Use Policy will be distributed in September.  Students are expected to support the rules of the board’s policy, and are encouraged to take these online rules and etiquette home and discuss them with their parents.  A form in the policy must be signed before students can use our electronic communication system.  A parent or guardian must also sign this form if the student is under 18 years of age.
 
·   Parents and students should recognize that the policy for the acceptable use of the Internet includes a disciplinary process should there be a failure to comply.
·   Home computer use is subject to disciplinary measures when the conduct has an impact on the safety, security or physical and mental well-being of any member of the school community.
 
It is important for young people to be reminded of the dangers of posting personal information and photographs on public websites, which are accessible to anyone with a computer.  Although often an innocent attempt at sharing information and pictures with friends, these websites may invite negative attention and unintended consequences.
 
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 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 for which a principal may suspend a pupil under a policy of the board.  Under Board policy, activities for which a principal may suspend a pupil include:
1. Persistent opposition to authority;
2. Habitual neglect of duty;

 

3. Willful destruction of school property; vandalism causing damage to school or

 

    Board property or property located on school or Board premises;
4. Use of profane or improper language;
5. Use of tobacco;
6. Theft;
7. Aid/incite harmful behaviour;
8. Physical assault;
9. Being under the influence of illegal drugs;
10. Sexual harassment;
11. Racial harassment;
12. Fighting;
13. Possession or misuse of any harmful substances;
14. Hate-motivated violence;
15. Extortion;
16. Distribution of hate material;
17. Inappropriate use of electronic communications/media; and/or

 

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

 

Suspension Pending Possible Expulsion
Under subsection 310 (1) of the Education Act, a principal shall 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. 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 a policy of a 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.
 
A pupil who is suspended under this section is suspended from his or her school and from engaging in all school-related activities.
 
 
The following infractions may result in a suspension pending possible expulsion in accordance with Board policy:

 

1. Possession of explosive substance;

 

2. Serious or repeated misconduct;
3. Refractory conduct; and/or

 

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

 

5. Mitigating Factors and Other Factors
6. 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 the regulations.
 
Mitigating Factors
Pursuant to the Suspension and Expulsion of Pupils Regulation, the following mitigating factors shall be taken into 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.
 
Other Factors
The following other factors shall be taken into account if they would mitigate the seriousness of the activity for which the pupil may be or is being suspended or expelled:
1. The pupil’s history.
2. Whether a progressive discipline approach has been used with the pupil.
3. Whether the activity for which the pupil may be or is being suspended or expelled
    was related to any harassment of the pupil because of his or her race, ethnic
    origin, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation or to any other
    harassment.
4. How the suspension or expulsion would affect the pupil’s ongoing education.
5. The age of the pupil.
6. In the case of a pupil for whom an individual education plan has been developed,
a) whether the behaviour was a manifestation of a disability identified in the pupil’s
    individual education plan,
b) whether appropriate individualized accommodation has been provided, and
c) whether the suspension or expulsion is likely to result in an aggravation or
    worsening of the pupil’s behaviour or conduct.
 
Riding the Bus Safely
Information you and your child need to know:
 
Getting on the bus:
• Be at the bus stop on time. Never run to or from the bus
• Wait at the designated stop in a safe place well back from traffic
Respect private property. It is inappropriate for students to play or trespass on private
property near the bus stop. Please supervise your child at the stop.
• Line up in single file. Do not push or rush at the bus. There are enough seats for
everyone.
• Hold the handrail when boarding the bus.
 
Riding the bus:
• Get in the bus promptly and sit properly, facing forward at all times
• Hold school bags on laps and do not stick feet or heads into the aisles
• Keep your head and arms inside the bus. Do not throw anything out of the window or
inside the bus
• Talk quietly. The driver needs to concentrate on driving the bus safely.
• There is no eating or drinking on the bus. This is to prevent choking or the allergic
reactions of others
• No fighting, shouting or playing in or around the bus
• Follow the bus driver’s instructions
 
Leaving the bus:
• Hold the handrail and take two large steps away from the bus
• If you must cross the street, walk at least 3 metres ahead of the bus. Cross only when the
driver gives a signal it is clear. Cross in single file so the driver can see everyone.
• If your child drops something near the bus, tell them not to pick it up. Have them tell the
driver or another adult and they will assist him/her to retrieve the item.
• Allow the passengers in front of you to leave first. Do not push.
 
Parents!
• Encourage your child to look for you or their caregiver at the stop before
they get off the bus.
• If they do not see you or their caregiver they should stay on the bus and
tell the driver no one is there to meet them.
• The driver will then keep your child on the bus and return him/her to
school.
 
Does your child have special medical problems or carry an Epipen?
• Please ensure that children with special medical problems are identified to the school
and the Transportation Department so that the driver can be made aware and
appropriate seating is arranged on the bus to permit the driver easy access in the
event of a medical emergency.
• The school can assign a Bus Buddy for these children to help notify the driver when
an emergency arises.
 
Do you know these phone numbers?
• the morning bus company
• the afternoon bus company
• the school office – 416-393-5365
• the Board’s Transportation Department – 416-229-5313