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Toronto Catholic District School Board

St. Jerome's Code of Conduct

St. Jerome’s is committed to nurturing a caring, healthy and safe school environment that takes pride in fostering Catholic Virtues as part of our school vision. In reflecting the unique character and needs of our school community at St. Jerome, we have a variety of bullying awareness and prevention programs that enable students to feel secure, valued and able to develop to their full potential. Our Cube of Love Project has earned us several TCDSB Exemplary Practice Awards for nurturing kindness and compassion among our students. We are committed to the implementation of a school wide model that builds on current effective practices, identifies needs, prioritizes goals and evaluates progress.  Our bullying awareness and prevention plan includes viewing discipline as assisting students to make decisions to do the right thing and is based on social learning, restorative justice, Gospel values and a progressive discipline approach to the application of consequences.  We shape a safer Catholic school founded on empathy and shared responsibility.
 
The co-operation of home, school and parish will ensure progressive growth towards these goals.  Parent support in assisting students to meet school expectations is an important component in creating a positive school climate.  In most circumstances communication with your child’s classroom teacher is a vital first step in understanding the situation and deciding on next steps.
 
EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS
 
  • To display a positive attitude towards the school.
  • To respect the dignity and rights of all people.
  • To behave appropriately during all school programs, on and off the school premises.
  • To use appropriate language in and around the school buildings.
  • To attend school regularly and punctually.
  • To be prepared for classes with completed assignments and necessary materials.
  • To abide by the general rules of school and classroom decorum.
  • To seek and to accept extra help from teachers when required.
  • To treat all school property and equipment with care.
  • To dress according to the appropriate dress code both for school and activities planned for the day (i.e. gym, liturgies and excursions).
  • To respect community members and their property while coming to or leaving from school and while on school sponsored excursions.
  • To adhere to TCDSB’s acceptable use policy for electronic communication
CONSEQUENCES and INTERVENTIONS

 
Failure to meet the outlined expectations may result in a variety of consequences, issued in a progressive discipline approach, depending upon the individual student and the nature of the issue.  The staff at St. Jerome will deal with each incident in a fair and consistent manner.  Incidents may be minor (e.g. name calling, spreading rumours, put downs, rough play) or major (e.g. malicious hands on, non-compliance, swearing at someone in authority) in nature and each will be dealt with accordingly.  In the event of undesirable behaviour by a pupil the following disciplinary measures may be applied:
 
  • An appropriate detention or loss of privileges
  • Verbal warning, time out or apology
  • Telephone calls or letters home
  • Meeting with Principal
  • Intervention of school/board resource personnel
  • Student dialogue to raise empathy
  • Good deed or other meaningful act as appropriate
  • Use of restorative justice intervention
  • Warning of Suspension letter & phone call
  • Request for parent interviews
  • Persistent, habitual or very serious offences may result in suspension.
 
Individual teachers will deal with breaches of discipline.  The Principal will deal with students whose behaviour is of a serious nature.  Please refer to the explanation of progressive disciple above.  Once again, we appreciate the co-operation of parents in disciplinary matters.

PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE PLAN AT ST. JEROME

 
Minor:  wherein school rules or appropriate behavioural expectations are violated  through single incidents and /or to a minor degree
Academic
Physical
Verbal
Social
Possible Consequences
Neglect of duty
Homework completion
Recklessness (class, stairways, yard)
Throwing objects
Gum chewing
Name calling
Teasing
Putdowns
Insults
Making fun
swearing
To a minor degree:
Gossiping
Spreading rumors
rejection
Isolation
Embarrassing others
Dress code
Verbal warning
Discourse/opportunity to understand actions and make acceptable reparations to victim(Good deed)
Problem solving circle
with peace squad and/or
peer mentors
Reverse role play
Reverse role writing
Detention/time out/
Removal from activity
Community service
 
Major wherein school rules or appropriate behavioural expectations are violated through continued, repeated, persistent and/or to a major degree
Academic
Physical
Verbal
Social
Possible Consequences
Neglect of duty
Cheating
Plagiarism
Chronic absenteeism
Intentional:
Pushing
Shoving
Spitting
Hitting
Fighting
Stealing
Vandalism
Damage to property
Possession of a weapon
Taunting
Threats
Bullying
Cyber bullying
Swearing to authority
Vulgar/obscene body gestures
Dress code
Gossiping
Spreading rumors
rejection
Isolation
Humiliation
Hate motivated violence (race, gender, sexual orientation)
Sexual misconduct:
Indecent touching
Sexual violation
harassment
Loss of privileges
Parental involvement
Exclusion from activity, class or school
Financial reparation
Social reparation
Restorative/reformative practices
Intervention through Guidance, CYW, social worker
Intervention through community partnerships- Hincks Dellcrest, Toronto police programs
Suspension/expulsion
Police Involvement
 
BULLYING  PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION
 
Sometimes students take advantage of other students. This is called bullying. Harassment is defined as unwelcome
comments or conduct that intimidates, demeans or offends an individual. We believe that because we are a Christian community at St. Jerome, everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and feel valued and safe at school.
 
Verbal bullying, physical bullying, cyber bullying, harassment or other threatening behaviour will not be tolerated. St Jerome has a bullying prevention plan in place that involves staff, students, and community agencies.