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Toronto Catholic District School Board

School Handbook



St. Jude

Principal: Mrs. R. Tucci
Vice-Principal: Mrs. N.  Makuch
Superintendent: Mrs. F. Cifelli
Trustee: Ms. Ida Li Preti
                                                                                    HOURS OF INSTRUCTIONS
Start Time: 8:30 AM 
(Bell rings at 8:27 am to line up for start of day)
Morning Recess: 10:12 10:27 AM
Lunch: 11:15 – 12:15 PM
Afternoon Recess: 1:40 1:55 PM 
Dismissal: 3:00 PM

As a Catholic Community, we at St Jude believe that our primary responsibility is to live the Good News, enabling each member to learn and work in a nurturing environment. Gospel values are woven into the fabric of our Common Curriculum.
We share a vision of our students as lifelong learners who will aspire to be productive members of our society and present themselves as images of God. In this environment we hope to develop competencies not only in academics, technology and the arts, but also in personal development, social interactions, conflict resolutions and decision making for the common good. We will achieve this, our mission, through a collaborative model that reflects the ethnic and cultural diversity of the community.
VISION OF Toronto Catholic District School Board
To provide students with the qualities they will require, our vision of T.C.D.S.B. is a school system that:
•:•    Is Christ centered
•:•    Is student focused
•:•    Demonstrates a clear sense of purpose
•:•    Is visibly Catholic
•:•     Reflect empowering leadership
•:•     Applies c ol l ab or a t i v e decision making
•:•     Is innovative
•:•     Provides role models among all stakeholders for all these qualities MISSION STATEMENT/GOALS OF T.C.D.S.B.
In a school community formed by Catholic beliefs and traditions, our Mission is to educate students to their full potential by providing:
•:• Leader s hi p in the shared responsibility for education that exists among the school, the students, the family, the parish and the community;
•:• A safe and welcoming learning environment that is an example of Christian community;
•:•    Role models of Gospel Values and Catholic doctrines, teachings and beliefs;
•:•    Guidance in what students need to learn;
•:•    Instruction in the learning process itself;
•:•     Religious, academic and technical instruction;
•:•    Integration of Catholic, Christian beliefs into the total learning experience;
•:•    Feedback on the student's proficiency and progress
We envision students who:
•:•    Are formed in the Catholic faith
•:•     Apply Christian values to life's opportunities, challenges and choices
•:•    Display self-esteem  and self-respect
•:•    Strive to be the best they can be
•:•     Demonstrate skills for nurturing a healthy family life
•:•     Demonstrate  global perspective  and community  responsibility
•:•     Demonstrate  relevant  knowledge and ability

Catholic Expectations of Students
 The fundamental expectation of students in our Catholic Schools will follow the ethic of our Catholic faith, where empathy, care for others, and respect for life are present.  If you are aware that a student or group of students is in a dangerous situation, then you should tell a caring adult in the school community immediately.
This code is written for all members of the St. Jude School community: Students, staff, parents and visitors. It is written to conform to the Ministry of Education, Toronto Catholic District School Board and community directives, and reflects our mission of where we are going and our vision of who we are.
We believe that:
: Intimidation, physical, verbal or written, sexual or psychological abuse, and bullying are unacceptable and will not be tolerated
: Discrimination on the basis of race, culture, religion, gender, language, age, disability, sexual orientation or any other attribute is unacceptable and will not be tolerated
: Deliberate degradation of any individual is unacceptable and will not be tolerated
: Deliberate vandalism of school property and damage to personal property in the school environment is unacceptable and will not be tolerated
We believe that:
: Students are formed in the Catholic faith
: Students apply Christian values to life's opportunities, challenges and choices
: Students demonstrate global perspective and community responsibility
: Students display self-esteem and self-respect as a result of the skills taught
:  Students are prepared to learn academically, socially, physically and religiously
:   Students receive guidance and support where needed PARENT SECTION
We believe that:
: We believe that parents are their child’s first teacher
: Parents are viewed as equal learning partners
: Parent-staff relationships are open, non-threatening, trusting, tolerant and supportive
We believe that:
:  Staff conducts themselves in a manner consistent with the professional code of ethics, board policies and Ministry directives
STUDENT DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES - Under the Education Act of Ontario
A pupil shall:
:  Be diligent in striving to achieve knowledge, skills and concepts in all learning areas
:  Complete homework daily
:  Exercise self-discipline
: Accept such discipline as would be exercised by a kind, firm and judicious parent
:  Attend classes punctually and regularly
: Be courteous to fellow pupils and obedient and respectful to staff members
:  Be clean in person and habits
:  Take such tests and examinations as are required by or under the Act or as may be directed by the Ministry
:   Show respect for school property
Every pupil who attends the school is responsible to the Principal of the school for his or her conduct:
: On the school premises
: On out of school activities that are part of the school program
: While travelling on a school bus that is owned by the Board or school bus that is under contract
to the Board                                                                                 
Under the St. Jude C. S. school code
A pupil shall abide by the stated goals of The Vision - general section
In dealing with concerns arising from the code the following will be emphasized:
•:• Activities and practices that enhance self-concept
•:• Strategies that promote and provide options for the establishment and maintenance of a positive school environment
•:•Early identification
•:•Close liaison with student's parents
•:• Adherence to T.C.D.S.B. policies in serious situations involving suspension
Steps in the Process of Progressive Discipline
Step 1: Incidents of a less serious nature will be dealt with by the teacher. Parents may be notified.
Step 2: The repetition of disruptive behaviour will be dealt with by the teacher and CYW, school based support team as a serious matter.  A Progressive Discipline Incident Log will be filled in and parents will be notified and receive a copy.
Step 3: Any incident that violates the general section of the Vision, or persistent disruptive behaviour must be dealt with as a serious matter.
The degree of severity of the incident will determine the severity of the consequences.
Ø  An in-school detention with a notification to parents regarding the facts and consequences of the situation
Ø  Formal out of school suspension to be filed in O.S.R. as per Board guidelines
Ø  Any violent behaviour that results in a suspension, recommendation for expulsion, or is reported to the Principal on a Violent Incident Form containing a description of the serious violent incident, a reference to the call to the police and reference to the disciplinary response.  Together with any letter to the student and/or parent/guardian regarding suspension or expulsion, it will be filed in the student's O.S.R.
The decision to activate an in-school detention or formal out-of-school suspension will be based on the severity and frequency of the transgression.
Example: For very serious situations where,
i)          the physical and/or emotional safety of students and/or staff has been put at risk
ii)          the student's language and conduct with staff shows an obvious and blatant opposition to authority
ii)         the student is violating the alcohol or drug abuse M.O.E. or T.C.D.S.B. guidelines formal suspension will be initiated and T.C.D.S.B. regulations for suspension followed.
These actions can be followed by expulsion or possible transfer to another school. A transfer is to be considered as a means of enabling a victim of assault to heal from the after- effects of the assault and return to normal. The perpetrator, not the victim, is the one moved. Expulsion is dealt with at the Board level when a "student's conduct is so refractory that his/her presence is injurious to other pupils" (Education Act).
The "New Safe Schools Act", in effect as per Bill 157- Rules & Regulations, will and
must be followed.  Any details not listed in this handbook will be enforced as per the TCDSB Code of Conduct. (For additional information please visit, under Parent section, Safe Schools)

TCDSB Acceptable Use Policy
The TCDSB Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) governs the proper use of technology and electronic communication in our schools.  The purpose of the AUP is to provide students and their parents with a set of guidelines that outline the safe and appropriate use of technology within our Catholic School system.  Included in the AUP is a definition of electronic communication to include social media, website publishing, and the use of personal electronic devices (PED’s).   In addition it addresses expectations surrounding the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy effective as of September 2012.  While these devices are not mandatory for classroom activities, they may be included when there is a clear educational purpose that has been identified by the teacher. 
Electronic communication includes but is not limited to Internet use, e-mail, and social media, browsing, publishing or posting on web sites, downloading, accessing or storing files and use of personal electronic devices.
The use of an electronic communication system within the Board has an educational and professional purpose. The term educational and professional purpose includes classroom activities and limited high quality, self-discovery activities.
 All parents and students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the AUP. For parents, the full text of the TCDSB AUP can be found at:
A summary of the AUP expectations for students in the TCDSB:
Behaviour Expectations:
Ø  It is a privilege, not a right, to use the Board’s network and devices.  Privileges may be restricted or taken away if the AUP is violated.
Ø  Students must use their own student account and keep it private when using the board network or devices. 
Ø  Students must use the network and electronic communication for educational purposes only.
Ø  All students and their parents must sign the "Student Access Agreement" before they will be allowed to use the Board’s network and devices. 
Personal Safety & Privacy:
Ø  A student should tell the school Principal or teacher immediately if they feel uncomfortable or not safe because of a message they received from an electronic communication such as an email, text message or photo.
Ø  Parents should discuss with their children the importance of protecting their personal information and privacy when using any electronic communication such as the internet. 
Password Management:
Ø  TCDSB student logins grant access to WiFi, school computers and devices, and educational third-party services e.g., Google Apps for Education (GAFE). 
Ø  Password management is very important and students must personally create their own password and it must be a strong password.
Ø  Students must keep their password secret, and never disclose or share a password.
Ø  When creating a password we recommend that you make it easy to remember, but hard for others to guess. Avoid using personal information such as your name, email address, or mailing address.
Ø  Password creation checklist:
ü  8-16 characters                               
ü  At least 1 upper-case letter
ü  At least 1 lower-case letter
ü  At least 1 number
ü  No space
ü  No accented characters
Unacceptable Activities:
Ø  Trying to access or “hack” parts of the Board network or any other computer network is prohibited.
Ø  Purposely breaking, destroying and intentionally abusing Board computers, network, hardware, software, or electronic devices.
Ø  Installing, accessing or sharing unauthorized equipment, software or media files such as games.
Ø  Engaging in any bullying or threatening behaviour such as cyberbullying, making threats, or posting inappropriate material about another student to a social media site is unacceptable and will be dealt with according to the Education Act or school codes of conduct.
Ø  Impersonation or using a false identity.
Ø  Any use of inappropriate language (obscene, profane, threatening, harassing, bullying, racist or disrespectful) posted publically, privately, or on any websites.
Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement
Ø  Students must not plagiarize and must obtain permission for any copyright materials they use. 
Bring Your Own Computer / Personal Electronic Device (PED):
Ø  The student use of PEDs is a privilege, not a right and can be removed if it interferes with student learning.
Ø  Students can bring Personal Electronic Device (PED) such as cell phones and laptops to school, but are not allowed to use them during class time unless allowed by the teacher.  Students are responsible for securing their own devices and MUST turn them off and put them away during regular school hours. 
Ø  The teacher may send a student to the office if a PED is used inappropriately during class time.  The administrator may confiscate the device and store it securely until the matter is resolved.
Ø  The school Principal may decide when and where PEDs are allowed in the school.
Ø  Students can use PED’s to connect to the school network for internet access only. PEDs are NOT permitted in examination rooms, unless the teacher has granted permission.
Ø  Board Technical support will be not be provided for any hardware, software or connectivity issues, and users may not install any Board/Ministry licenced software, unless the software has been licensed for home use. 
Ø  All student PEDs must have anti-virus protection on them before they can connect to the Board’s network. 
Ø  Students cannot take pictures or capture video with their PEDs in private areas such as washrooms or change rooms. 
Ø  Any pictures or videos published electronically and taken on school property or at a school event must have the permission of the individual(s), their parents or the principal/designate.
Ø   Any images or video that negatively impact the school climate must not be captured, transmitted or posted under any circumstances.
Accessing TCDSB Wi-Fi Network with a Personal Device
Ø  The TCDSB provides students with Wi-Fi access on their personal devices for educational purposes only. Students must restrict their use of Wi-Fi to this end.
Ø  Access to Wi-Fi with a personal device is restricted to the TCDSB-Guest network.
Ø  Any personal device connected to a Wi-Fi network other than the TCDSB-Guest (including but not limited to TCDSB-Misc) will be identified and banned from all TCDSB Wi-Fi networks.
Disciplinary Consequences:
Ø  In the event that a student violates this policy, the student (and parent, where applicable) will be provided with a notice of violation and will meet with a school administrator/designate.
Ø  A school administrator/designate may deny, restrict or suspend a student’s access to the Board’s network upon any violation of this policy or other rules of the school.  Appropriate legal authorities will be contacted if there is any suspicion of illegal activities.
Ø  The Board will cooperate fully with legal authorities in any investigation relating to illegal activities conducted through the Board’s system.
:  Review the code of behaviour with your child.
:  Let your child know that you have high expectations. Only the best they can do will be accepted by you.
:   Ensure that your child arrives at school on time. Punctuality is a key to success.  Please
note that our school hours are: 8:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. 3:00 p. m.
Please note: morning and afternoon recess is 15 minutes.
:     Parents will be notified if their child has been consistently late 3 times during the week. A parent conference will be scheduled.
:  Ensure that the school has up-to-date, accurate information for you and your child: address, phone number, health card number, your work number and emergency number.
:     Inform the school when your child is ill. A message can be left on our answering machine, 24 hours a day.
:     If you feel that there is a problematic situation arising do not hesitate to contact the school
to discuss the concern.  Phone for an interview so that a mutually convenient time can be set.
:    If you do not understand some part of your child's assessments or evaluations, ask for clarification.
:    School Colours – Solid Red and black. Our current practice is a school dress code: red top, black bottoms (pants/shorts/skirt at knee length). Red  sweaters for when the weather gets cold
:    Appropriate footwear is a must at all time – runners are a must everyday for DPA and being physically active
:     Ensure that your child arrives at school appropriately dressed. Negative slogans, tight bicycle shorts, midriff sweaters/blouses, tights,short shorts are not acceptable.  Modesty is the general rule.
:     You may wish to place your child's name or initials on all clothing which might be misplaced. Coats, boots, hats and gloves in cooler weather are needed by students.
:     Under no circumstances should money or valuables be left in clothing or school bags. Valuable property should not be brought to school without the consent of both the teacher and the parent.
:      Remember to report in at the office when visiting the school. All visitors will identify themselves, while on the school's premises, with a St. Jude's visitor sticker
:             No students are allowed off school premises at lunch, unless a parent picks the child(ren) up and signs them out at the office.
:     Parents are permitted in the school yard in the morning minutes before the bell as a safety measure. We encourage parents to visit the office to become a parent volunteer. This is a safety issue keeping all students in mind.
:             No Pets are allowed in the school yard.   Some of our staff and students have allergies to  pets, and let us also keep in mind the safety of our students.
A parent shall support the stated goals of the general section.  In dealing with the parents, the staff will emphasize:
•:•  An open approach that recognizes that children learn from their mistakes and that parents have the primary role of encouraging positive behaviour
•:•     Communicating in a clear effective manner the information needed. Interpretation will be made available as needed.
Steps in the process
Step 1: The parent or staff member should contact the other regarding the concern. They should set a time to discuss the issue and bring it to resolution.
Step 2: 1f a satisfactory resolution is not forthcoming either one may request the principal or vice-
principal to step in and be part of the process.  
Step 3: A formal meeting chaired by the principal or vice-principal at which time the
points of conflict will be defined, clarified and worked towards a resolution.  A plan of resolution will be written down, with copies given to both parties.
Step 4: In serious matters that could lead to legal recourse for either party, the Superintendent of Schools must be informed and all T.C.D.S.B. policies and procedures followed.
: Follow all rules and guidelines as set forth in Ministry Regulations and T.C.D.S.B. procedures and policies.
: Consistently apply school code of behaviour to all students’ procedures.
:  All staff members shall support and uphold the stated goals of the general section of the school's vision. In dealing with staff the parents and students should recognize that:
:  Staff are operating in what they feel is in the best interest of the child and the school
: When serious incidents occur they must be dealt with.
: Staff will engage in the process of parent-staff conflict resolution as stated previously. Staff will follow the process of student-staff concern as previously outlined.
The Education Act defines a visitor to the school as follows:
"A parent or guardian of a child attending a Separate School and a member of the Board that operates the school may visit such school, and a member of the assembly and a member of the clergy of the Roman Catholic Church may visit a Separate School in his or her constituency or in the area where he or she has pastoral charge as the case may be. It is the duty of any visitor to report to the main office any time they enter the school."
A visitor's actions should not violate the stated goal of the general section of the school's vision. PROCEDURES
Visitors to the school are required to:
•!•  Clearly state the purpose of their visit.
•!•    Sign the log book.
•!•  Abide by the principal's or designates decision regarding the interference of classroom routines.
•!•  All visitors will identify themselves, while on the school's premises, with a St. Jude's visitor’s sticker.
Steps in the process
In response to violations of the duties and responsibilities of visitors to the school:
•!•  A warning letter can be sent to an individual with information about the school code and outlining future consequences available to the school.
•!•  A Trespass to Property letter can be sent if disruptive behaviour continues.
•!•  Police can be involved in cases where the safety and security of people in the school or school building is compromised.
Daily attendance at school is not only required by Ontario Law, but is essential for success at school and the establishment of good work habits.  If your child is ill, or has an appointment, please phone the school. You can leave a message on the answering machine, 24 hours a day. Routine calls will be made to the home of students who are absent for extended periods of time.
Students returning from an absence, due to illness or any other reason, are required to submit a parental note. Students are expected to complete work missed during the period of absence. This promotes a sense of belonging and responsibility and should be a high priority of each student.
If necessary for a student to leave school early, he or she must be signed out at the office, and a note sent in the morning to the teacher so the student will be ready to leave at the appropriate time.
In an emergency a student will only be called down to the office when a parent/guardian arrives at the office.  For safety reasons students will not be called down before a
parent/guardian arrives.

It is extremely important that students arrive to school on time. The Regulation under the Education Act states: "It is a requirement for pupils to attend classes punctually and regularly."
At St. Jude Catholic School, lateness will be monitored regularly. At 8:30 when the students enter with their classes, all doors except the front door will be locked. 
The following steps will be  followed for students  who are repeatedly late:
:  A conversation, reflection paper
: A formal letter home
: A phone call to parents
: Referral to school social worker

Student lateness not only affects your child, but also has an impact on the learning of others. We ask the cooperation of all parents in this regard.
Pupils will be picked up and dropped off at their same stop each day. If the student misses their bus, it is the responsibility of the parent(s) to get the child to school or home as the case may be.
Students are responsible to the Principal for their conduct on the bus. In
interest of safety for all the students on the bus, as well as for keeping proper order and a sense of responsible behaviour, students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that ensures the safe operation of the bus.
Ø  Get on and off the bus in an orderly fashion
Ø  Be reasonably quiet and well behaved
Ø  No consumption of food or beverage on the bus
Ø  Be seated in your seat and remain seated until the bus comes to a full stop.
Ø  Be courteous to the bus driver, obeying his or her requests immediately.
Ø  Students must stay on designated bus for the duration of the year.
Ø  Parents/Guardians please inform the office in writing if your child(ren) is not taking the bus on a particular day.

Consequences: Verbal warning by bus driver, conversation with administration – inform parent, Pink slips from the bus driver.
RIDING THE BUS IS A PRIVILEGE! Bus privileges can be withdrawn for up to ten days in response to incidents in violation with the stated goals and visions of St. Jude Catholic School.
Each child's progress is assessed primarily on the basis of daily work, projects, periodic testing, and student participation.  Official provincial report cards are issued in late November, early March and the end of June.
The staff of St. Jude Catholic School attempts to keep parents informed of their students' achievement as well as areas of concern.  Parents are welcome to call the school office to request for a teacher to call them to make an appointment to discuss their child’s progress. Only by working together (home and school) can we provide the best support system for all students in our care.
This can be achieved through report cards, personal interviews, telephone calls, newsletters, portfolios, and other forms of home and school communications.

Hands-Off Policy
1)   What is the "Hands Off'' Policy?
The "Hands Off'' Policy is a philosophy adopted by the students and staff of St. Jude Catholic School.   The "Hands Off'' Policy states that physical contact and verbal abuse are prohibited at all times.
2)   What does "Hands Off'' mean?
"Hands Off'' means that you keep your hands to yourself at all times. Hitting, fighting, roughing, pushing, tripping, kicking, shoving in line, play fighting, wrestling, pinching, spitting, biting, pulling hair, scratching, throwing objects (rocks, sand gravel, snowballs, ice balls, handful of snow, etc.), are all examples of physical or hurtful contact.  Disrespectful and abusive language, name calling racial remarks, swearing and inappropriate gestures  of  any  kind, etc.  are all examples  of  verbal abuse.
Participating in any of the above activities is considered an offence at St. Jude Catholic School.
3)   Why do we have a "Hands Off'' Policy?
We have a "Hands Off'' Policy to make a safer environment for everyone involved and to prevent anyone from getting hurt physically or emotionally.
4)   Who is responsible for the "Hands Off'' Policy?
Students, teachers, the principal, and parents are all responsible for the "Hands Off'' Policy. Students are responsible for making and obeying the rules. Teachers and the principal are responsible for making the rules and for seeing that the rules are obeyed.  Parents are responsible for reminding their children of the rules and for backing up the rules of the school.
5)            What are the consequences for breaking the rules of the "Hands Off'' Policy? Discipline Process: There will be a progressive set of consequences for students who use inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour beginning at the school bus, on the bus, during the school day, including the afternoon bus stop, and while participating in extracurricular activities. Please refer to Code of Conduct consequences section.
6)   Where do the rules of the "Hands Off'' policy apply?
The rules of the "Hands Off'' Policy apply anywhere in and around the school, before, during, and after school hours. The rules apply while visiting other schools, during school activities, on field trips, and/or on the school bus.
ST. JUDE CATHOLIC SCHOOL            Parent/Student/Teacher