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Toronto Catholic District School Board

SAFE SCHOOL ARRIVALS PROGRAM/ STUDENT ABSENCE AND ILLNESS

Your child’s safety is very important to us.  Please call the school (416) 393-5338 to report your child’s absence.  Calling this number before 8:00 a.m. will connect you with the auto attendant in order to leave a message.  When reporting an absence, include your child’s name, grade, teacher’s name, and the reason for the absence.   

 

SUPERVISION OF STUDENTS

Supervision is provided TWENTY minutes prior to the start of the school day(8:10 a.m.) and during the recess periods of the regular school day. 
PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF YOUR CHILD(REN) INTO THE SCHOOL YARD BEFORE 8:10 a.m. AS THERE IS NO TEACHER SUPERVISION PRIOR TO THIS TIME.
 
Students and parents are kindly requested to use the sidewalk entries into the school yard. A reminder that the playground is for staff and students only. 
 
 

STUDENT INFORMATION AND FORMS

Any information pertaining to your child(ren) should be current.  If there has been a change in home or work phone numbers, address, or emergency contact name, please inform the school immediately.
At the beginning of every school year, letters and consent forms regarding various activities (e.g. staying at school for lunch, local excursion permission form, medical information, etc.) are forwarded home.  Please complete these promptly and return to the school.   
 
 

APPOINTMENTS/FAMILY EMERGENCIES

 In the event of an appointment or a family emergency, parents are directed to the office where they will sign out their child(ren).  If your child is attending a scheduled appointment, please provide a note to be presented to the teacher at the start of the school day.
 
 

SCHOOL DISMISSAL PROTOCOL

Parents and guardians are reminded that SCHOOL DISMISSAL TIME IS 3:00 p.m.   AS THERE IS NO SUPERVISION AFTER THIS TIME, ARRANGEMENTS MUST BE MADE FOR YOUR CHILD(REN) TO BE PICKED UP PROMPTLY.   UNFORTUNATELY,  THERE IS NO AFTERCARE PROVIDED BY THE SCHOOL OR THE STAFF.
 
Students are dismissed into the school yard at the end of the school day.  Please wait for your child(ren) at the appropriate exit or yard. 
Parents and caregivers of Kindergarten students are to use the front doors to the school to meet their child(ren) at the end of the day.
Students who walk home are reminded that they are to safely make their way home at the end of the school day. 
 
 

VISITORS TO OUR SCHOOL

Your child’s safety is very important to us.  Our goal is to promote a warm and welcoming atmosphere while at the same time providing the safest school environment possible.  The following measures are in place to help with matters of security:
·        The doors are locked during school hours.
·        To enter the school building, press the buzzer and identify yourself. 
·        All visitors must report directly to the office.
·        Parents bringing lunches to school for their child(ren) are to drop the lunches at the lunch table.  Your child will be called to the office at the appropriate time.         
 
 

ANAPHYLAXIS

Anaphylaxis is a rapid, severe life threatening allergic reaction caused by exposure to a trigger (allergen).  We remind you that there are children in our school with severe, life threatening food allergies to peanuts/nuts and products that may contain these allergens.  It is the responsibility of our entire school community to be vigilant.  We are requesting that you not send foods to school with your child that may contain the allergen.  It is imperative that our students and parents check labels on snacks to ensure that they are peanut free. 
 
If your child has been diagnosed with this medical condition, please inform the school immediately so that we can plan for their safe integration at school.  Also, medical consent forms, allowing us to administer the appropriate medication if necessary, are provided at the start of every school year and must be completed by parent and doctor.  Consent forms are to be submitted to the school promptly.
 
Students are not to be sharing their snacks at school.  Also, please do not send food to school for birthday celebrations.  Teachers do recognize special occasions such as birthdays in a variety of different ways which do not include food.  If you have any questions, please contact the school.  We sincerely thank you for your cooperation and understanding. 
 
 

ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATION

Principals, teachers, and support staff of the TCDSB are not permitted to administer any type of prescription medication during the school day, unless we have written authorization signed by you the parent and the prescribing physician.  The forms to dispense any medication must be updated on a regular basis and are available from the main office.  Please be advised that staff will not dispense non-prescription medications to students. 
 
 

LUNCH RULES

Students remain in their classrooms to eat their lunch.  The lunch period is 20 minutes in length from 11:15 - 11:35a.m.  Students are requested to remain seated and use quiet tones when talking.  Permission must be obtained from the teacher on duty to leave the classroom for the washroom or to take a drink.  In the event of inclement weather, the students remain in the classroom and may engage in quiet activities.  Parents delivering lunches to school are asked to drop them at the main office lunch table prior to 11:15 a.m. Your child will be called to the office to collect the lunch. 
A very few of our students go home for lunch on a regular basis.  Parents indicate this at the beginning  of the school year and give signed consent.  For safety reasons, those are the only students who will be permitted to leave the school grounds unaccompanied by an adult at lunch time.
 
 

HOME AND SCHOOL COMMUNICATION

Communication between home and school is very important for student well-being and success.  Academic achievement is reported three times a year in the report card.  Parents are asked to comment on each report card by completing and returning Page 3.  Also, you are invited to attend parent-teacher interviews.  School newsletters are published monthly and include a calendar of events. 
 
Parents are welcome to contact teachers and may do so by using the school agenda or contacting the school by phone.  Teachers will not be called out of class to take a phone call.    If a note is sent to school, please remind your child to present it to the teacher at the start of the school day. 
The TCDSB home page can be accessed at:  www.tcdsb.org.  For homework assistance, log onto the home page, click on STUDENTS, click on HOMEWORK WEBSITES.
 
 

BUS SAFETY

Many of our students take the bus to and from school.  Students and parents must understand that bus safety is a foremost concern.  While riding the school bus, it is imperative that the following bus rules be obeyed:
·        Students are to remain seated while the bus is moving
·        Students are to remain seated until the bus has come to a full stop before preparing to disembark.
·        No food or drink is permitted on the bus.
·        Students are expected to talk in quiet tones.
·        Students are to be respectful of the bus driver and his/her instructions.
 
Upon arriving at school, students will be escorted from the bus into the school yard.  At the end of the day, students are asked to move to their bus lines as quickly and safely as possible for attendance and boarding purposes. 
 
Without exception, students are required to go home on the school bus assigned to them.  If you need to pick up your child at the end of the day, please contact the office.  Your child and his/her  teacher will be informed of the change.  We request that you do not pick up your child from the school bus loading area.
 
Students who jeopardize their own safety and the safety of others, will be suspended from using the school bus.  In such cases, the parents will be informed of the situation and asked to make alternate arrangements for transporting children to school during the period of suspension.
 
 

ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA DEVICES

Students sometimes carry cell phones to school for safety reasons.  While at school, cell phones are expected to be powered off and stored in school bags until the end of the school day.  Students are not permitted to use cell phones during the school day.  Students doing so will have their cell phones forwarded to the office for the remainder of the school day.  Please note that in the event of an emergency at school, the office will contact parents/guardians. 
 
Staff and students sometimes take pictures of school teams and events/activities.  In the interest of privacy, these images are the property of the school.  Under no circumstances can these images be distributed without school permission or uploaded onto internet sites.                                          
 
Media devices such as MP3 players, IPODS, and gaming systems are not permitted on school property.   These are expensive items which are expected to remain at home.  The school is not responsible for damage or loss of these items. 
 
The updated TCDSB Acceptable Use Policy will be forwarded home at the beginning of the school year.
 
 

DRESS CODE

The Dress Code for Pupils Policy of the TCDSB reflects the mission of the Board to integrate Catholic Christian beliefs into the total learning experience. 
 
All students at St. Victor wear a full uniform consisting of navy blue and white with our school logo embroidered on the tops, i.e. shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts.  The pants and skirts do not have the logo, but must be navy and have no writing, logos or markings. (Denim pants are not part of the uniform.)  Blue, black, or white running or dress shoes must be worn.  We encourage our students to wear their uniforms with pride!
We will schedule one “non-uniform” day each month that will assist families with uniform upkeep.
Parents will be contacted when their child is out of uniform.  Arrangements will be made for proper uniform clothing to be dropped off at the school.  Unfortunately, this will cause inconveniences, therefore your full cooperation is requested to ensure that our students are dressed in appropriate uniform attire.  Please see the St. Victor Uniform Policy attached.
 
 

CATHOLIC SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL

The function of the Catholic School Advisory Council (CSAC) is to serve as a vehicle in helping to make decisions which affect the school and to reflect the diverse needs and interests of those within the school community.  We invite all parents to come and join our school council.  Elections for the executive are held at the first CSAC meeting in September.  Whether holding executive positions or not, all parents are welcome to attend those monthly meetings to support our school and students.  All CSAC meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.  (Minutes of the monthly meetings are available upon request.)
 
 

VOLUNTEERS

At St. Victor Catholic School, we are blessed with the support and assistance of many members of our community, including the members of the Catholic School Advisory Council.  Should you wish to share your time and skills, please contact the Principal for a volunteer package.
 

CODE OF CONDUCT

REFERENCE MATERIALS

 

TCDSB Policy Document:

 

Ministry Document:

(Please refer to the Safe Schools Act 5.16)
 

RESPECT, CIVILITY, & RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP

St. Victor Catholic School does not tolerate any anti-social or violent behavior that impacts on the learning environment.  All local school codes of conduct must set out standards of behavior consistent with standards established in the TCDSB Violence Prevention Policy.  Standards of behavior must promote respect, civility, responsible citizenship and Catholic values.  The purposes of the Provincial Code of Conduct are:
·        To ensure that all members of the school community, especially people in positions of authority, are treated with respect and dignity.
·        To promote responsible citizenship by encouraging appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community.
·        To maintain an environment where conflict and difference can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and civility.
·        To encourage the use of non-violent means to resolve conflict.
·        To promote the safety of people in the schools.
·        To discourage the use of alcohol and illegal drugs.
 
All members of the school community must: 
·        Respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws;
·        Demonstrate honesty and integrity
·        Respect differences in people, their ideas and opinions;
·        Treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is a disagreement;
·        Respect and treat others fairly, regardless of their race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability;
·        Respect the rights of others;
·        Show proper care and regards for school property and the property of others within the school community;
·        Take appropriate measures to help others in need;
·        Respect all members of the school community, especially persons who are in a position of authority;
·        Respect the need of others to work in an environment of learning and teaching;
·        Seek assistance from a member of the school staff, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully;
·        Respect the need of others to work in an environment that is conducive to learning and teaching;
·        Not swear at a student or teacher or at another person in a position of authority;
 

SAFETY

All members of the school community must not:
            Engage in bullying behaviours;
            Commit sexual assault;
            Traffic weapons or illegal drugs;
            Give alcohol to a minor;
            Commit robbery;
            Be in possession of any weapon, including firearms;
            Use any object to threaten or intimidate another person;
            Cause injury to any person with an object;
            Be in possession of, or be under the influence of, or provide others with alcohol or illegal drugs;
            Inflict or encourage others to inflict bodily harm on another person;
            Engage in hate propaganda and other forms of behaviour motivated by hate or bias;
            Commit an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property or to property located on the premises of the school.
 

PRINCIPALS

Under the direction of their school boards, principals take a leadership role in the daily operation of a school. They provide this leadership by:
            Demonstrating care for the school community and a commitment to academic excellence in a safe teaching and learning environment;
            Holding everyone under their authority accountable for his or her behaviour and actions;
            Empowering students to be positive leaders in their school and community;
            Communicating regularly and meaningfully with all members of their school community.
 

TEACHERS AND OTHER SCHOOL STAFF MEMBERS

Under the leadership of their principals, teachers and other school staff members maintain order in the school and are expected to hold everyone to the highest standard of respectful and responsible behaviour. As role models, teachers and school staff uphold these high standards when they:
·        Help students work to their full potential and develop their sense of self-worth;
·        Empower students to be positive leaders in their classroom, school, and community;
·        Communicate regularly and meaningfully with parents;
·        Maintain consistent standards of behaviour for all students;
·        Demonstrate respect for all students, staff, parents, volunteers, and the members of the school community;
·        Prepare students for the full responsibilities of citizenship.
 

STUDENTS

Students are to be treated with respect and dignity. In return, they must demonstrate respect for themselves, for others, and for the responsibilities of citizenship through acceptable behaviour. Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student:
            Comes to school prepared, on time, and ready to learn;
            Shows respect for himself or herself, for others, and for those in authority;
            Refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others;
            Follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his or her own actions.
 

PARENTS

Parents play an important role in the education of their children, and can support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment for all students. Parents fulfill their role 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;
            Show that they are familiar with the provincial Code of Conduct, the board's code of conduct, 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.
 

COMMUNITY PARTNERS AND THE POLICE                                     

Through outreach, partnerships already in place may be enhanced and new partnerships with community agencies and members of the community (e.g., Aboriginal Elders) may also be created. Community agencies are resources that boards can use to deliver prevention or intervention programs. Protocols are effective ways of establishing linkages between boards and community agencies and of formalizing the relationship between them. These partnerships must respect all applicable collective agreements.   The police play an essential role in making our schools and communities safer.  The police investigate incidents in accordance with the protocol developed with the local school board.
 

PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE

The TCDSB is committed to making each and every one of its schools a caring place that is safe for one’s faith development and learning.  Progressive discipline is the framework for all discipline at St. Victor Catholic School in order to maintain a positive school climate that enhances safety and focuses on prevention and early intervention with opportunities for reconciliation, forgiveness, and restoration of the community.   Outlined below are possible consequences available for staff to use at their discretion when intervening in a situation that involves student misbehaviour:
 
·        An informal or formal discussion with the student;
·        Parental involvement, phone call, correspondence, interview;
·        Withdrawal of a recess period, detention of the student;
·        Meeting with the principal;
·        Removal of the student from a classroom to an alternate supervised setting within the school;
·        Referral to the School Based Support Team;
·        Loss of privileges to attend/participate in school related functions or extra curricular activities;
·        Utilization of behavioural, attendance, or performance contract;
·        Payment for repair or replacement of damaged property;
·        Involvement of, or referral to, an outside agency;
·        Supervised withdrawal from the regular classroom;
·        Suspension as set out in the Education Act and TCDSB policy;
·        Expulsion under the Education Act and TCDSB policy;
 
 

CONSEQUENCES

There may be times when students do not conduct themselves appropriately.  Effective consequences are a means to assist the student’s understanding of unacceptable behaviour and to facilitate positive changes in behaviour and the development of self-discipline and social responsibility.
 
 

 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 that is an activity for which a principal may suspend a pupil under the policy of the Board.
 
If a principal decides to suspend a pupil for engaging in an activity described in subsection (1), the principal will suspend the pupil from his or her school and from engaging in all school-related activities.
 
The minimum duration of a suspension is one school day and the maximum duration is 20 school days.
 
In considering how long the suspension should be, the principal will take into account any mitigating or other factors prescribed by the regulations.
 
Under clause 306(1) 7 of the Education Act, a pupil may be suspended if he or she engages in an activity that is an activity for which a principal may suspend a pupil under a policy of the Board.  Please refer to TCDSB Policy Register, “Safe Schools Suspensions S.S. 06” at http://www.tcdsb.org/policyregister/ss06.html
 
 

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.
 

MITIGATING FACTORS AND OTHER FACTORS

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 Suspension and Expulsion of Pupils Regulation, the following mitigating factors shall be taken in 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 any
     other harassment.
4.  How the suspension or expulsion will 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.
 
 

APPLICATION OF STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOUR

 
The Standards of Behaviour apply:
·        On school property;
·        While traveling on a school bus that is owned by the Board or that is under contract to the Board;
·        In-school sports activity;
·        In off-site school-sponsored activities;
·        In circumstances where engaging in an activity could have a negative impact on the school climate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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