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CODE OF CONDUCT FOR SCOTT YOUNG PUBLIC SCHOOL

At Scott Young P.S. we strive to learn and practice the skills that will make us productive and successful citizens – at school and in our community. We expect that staff and parents will model these skills

 

 

We know that certain behaviours are never acceptable in a safe and caring school community.

 

 

We know that discipline is training method that teaches students proper behaviour and corrects behaviour mistakes.

Use of discipline demonstrates that we value a safe and caring school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Scott Young P.S. we strive to learn and practice the skills that will make us productive and successful citizens – at school and in our community.

 

We expect that staff and parents will model these skills.

 

 

 

We are clear that in our school community that these are the skills we need to learn and practise:

 

All MEMBERS OF OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY must:

 

o   Be honest and fair

o   Show respect for people’s differences and opinions

o   Treat each other kindly- especially during disagreements

o   Respect the rights of others

o   Care for school property and the property of others

o   Notice and help those in need

o   Seek help from school staff if necessary to resolve conflicts

o   Obey all laws

o   Respect and obey persons in positions of authority

o   Try to make the school a safe and healthy place

o   Keep all language respectful and courteous

 

In addition, all STUDENTS must:

o   Attend school on time.

o   Have good personal hygiene.

o   Wear clothes that are appropriate for school.

o   Show verbal and physical self-control.

o   Use courteous and respectful words and actions with everybody.

o   Show respect for all school property

o   Return school property on time and in reasonable condition

o   Pay for school items that were lost or damaged.

o   Behave appropriately and safely on school buses

o   Participate in class and complete assignments.

o   Complete tests and exams honestly.

o   Obey school staff including supply teachers, educational assistants, secretaries or custodians.

o   Follow all school policies and routines

o   Follow all the classroom policies and routines set by teachers

o   Avoid public arguing with staff about treatment that seems unfair. Instead it is expected that student will ask for a private talk with teacher or school counsellor or administrator

o   Accept discipline from staff -attempts to correct student behavioural mistakes

o   Obey the board policy on use of internet in schools

o   Be responsible for personal electronic devices in the event of loss, theft or damage.

o   Avoid bringing cell phones and electronic devices to school except with special permission from teachers.

o   Be personally responsible for passwords -including internet accessed by their passwords.

o   Be accountable for content of any memory storage devices (i.e. USB memory sticks). (Staff have the right to request to see the content.)

o   Alert a staff member if they know of harmful or harassment types of behaviours targeting any of their classmates via use of electronic devices or internet sites

o   Be accountable for off-school property use of internet sites or electronic devices which may have a negative impact on the school environment

 

We know that certain behaviours are never acceptable in a safe and caring school community.

 

We agree that all of the following are unacceptable and subject to corrective disciplinary attempts by school staff in our school.

 

 

 

All MEMBERS OF OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY must not:

o   Use bullying

o   Commit sexual assault

o   Be in possession of any weapon – including firearms

o   Traffic weapons or illegal or restricted drugs

o   Have, be under the influence of or give to others – alcohol or illegal or restricted drugs

o   Give alcohol to a minor

o   Commit robbery

o   Cause injury to anyone or encourage others to do so

o   Use a weapon to threaten or intimidate

o   Cause injury to another with an object of any sort

o   Promote hate propaganda or act in any way motivated by hate or bias

o   Vandalize and cause damage to school property or property located on school grounds

o   Cause a disturbance anywhere on school property which interrupts learning or school operations.

 

 

In addition, all STUDENTS must not:

o   Use swear words or improper rude language.

o   Use threatening words, gestures or physical assault against a person or their belongings

o   Use displays of affection that are inappropriate for school setting (kissing, fondling, embracing)

o   Harass by any means (verbal, physical, electronic device/internet) any member of school community

o   Use drugs, alcohol or tobacco on school property or at school events

o   Smoke or use any other tobacco product on school property, busses or events

o   Have, use, sell or give alcohol, illegal drugs or restricted prescription drugs (sold illegally for non-medicinal purposes) on school buses, field trips, school property.

o   Be on school property where the use of alcohol or illegal drugs is still detectable

o   Steal or vandalize the property of others

o   Use camera capable electronic devices in areas others expect to be private (washrooms, change rooms) or where there is a known objection to taking pictures

o   Connect PDA’s with internet capabilities to TLDSB network

o   Use internet or electronic devices to threaten, harass or demean any other member of the school community especially when those actions interfere with that member’s ability to function in the school

o   Access inappropriate websites

 

We know that discipline is a training method that teaches students proper behaviour and corrects behaviour mistakes.

Use of discipline demonstrates that we value a safe and caring school.

 

 

In our school, this is the philosophy and plan for corrective and supportive discipline.

 

 

  • Discipline will be used when any classroom or school rules and/or routines are violated.
  • Discipline will be used when student behaviour impacts negatively on the school climate of Scott Young P.S. – even if that behaviour does not occur on school property.
  • It is the goal of the staff to take into consideration the individual student and circumstances before making decisions about what type of discipline is most appropriate.
  • While parental input is welcomed and considered, it is the responsibility of school staff and ultimately the school administration to make final decisions about discipline.

 

Scott Young P.S. has 4 tiers of discipline that are used progressively over time based on the frequency and severity of misbehaviours.

 

Tier 1Used when student behaviour error is infrequent, minor and not severe

Examples:

  • Warnings
  • Detentions
  • Logical Consequences (i.e.. parent contacts, healing of ruptured relationships, loss of marks, repayment of time, loss of privilege, withdrawal from class, restitution for damages)

Tier 2Used when a chronic pattern is identified.  Use of restorative practices and further logical consequences will be used in behaviour contract/plan.

  • Analysis of the difficulty + behaviour contract/plan made by teacher/staff /student
  • Analysis of the difficulty+ behaviour contract/plan made by teacher/parent/student
  • Analysis of the difficulty +behaviour contract/plan made by teacher/parent/support staff/administrator/student

Tier 3Used when severity and frequency identify a need for more long term and targeted intervention.

  • Mandated participation in small group sessions (examples: small group interventions, Guidance counseling -individual or group, restorative practices/justice circle)
  • Significant restrictions/substitutions – (examples: class or school transfers, revised timetable, reduced levels of freedom/increased allocation for supervision, loss of privilege)

 

Tier 4 Used when severity and type of misbehaviour means consideration of suspension.

See Boxed list below.

  • Consideration of suspension (Progressive Discipline options from tiers 1,2, and 3 may be substituted)
  • Consideration of suspension pending expulsion (Suspension may be substituted.)

Suspension for the following MAY be considered by Principal.

  • Uttering threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person
  • Possessing alcohol or restricted drugs
  • Being under influence of alcohol
  • Swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority
  • 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
  • Bullying
  • Any act considered by principal to be injurious to moral tone of the school
  • Any act considered by principal to be injurious to physical or mental well-being of any member of school community
  • Any act considered by the principal to be contrary to Board or School Code of Conduct

Suspension pending Expulsion MUST be considered by Principal

  • Possession of a weapon, including possessing a firearm
  • Use of weapon to cause or threaten bodily harm to another person
  • Committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment by medical practitioner
  • Committing sexual assault
  • Trafficking in weapons or illegal or restricted drugs
  • Committing robbery
  • Giving alcohol or illegal/restricted drugs to minor
  • An act considered by principal to be significantly injurious to moral tone of the school and/or to the physical or mental well-being of others
  • A pattern of behaviour that is so inappropriate that the pupil’s continued presence is injurious to the effective learning and/or working environment of others
  • Activities engaged in by the pupil on or off school property behaviours that cause the pupil’s continuing present in the school to create unacceptable risk to physical or mental well-being of other person(s) in the school or Board
  • Activities engaged in by the pupil on or off property that have caused extensive damage to the property of the Board or to goods that are/were on Board property
  • The pupil has demonstrated through a pattern of behaviour that s/he has not prospered by the instruction available to him or her and s/he is persistently resistant to making changes in behaviour which would enable him or her to prosper.
  • Any act considered by the principal to be a serious violation of the Board or School Code of Conduct
  • Conduct which is so refractory as to demonstrate that the student is unwilling to respect or respond to authority and/or respect the rights or dignity of other school community members, despite having been given a reasonable opportunity to do so.

 


COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE PROCEDURE

4.0 Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) is committed to providing access to the Internet in order to enrich educational opportunities for students and staff. In this regard, the TLDSB Wide Area Network (WAN) may be used for educational purposes only.

All users agree to respect intellectual property rights, including copyright and privacy rights, as well as respecting the right of freedom from harassment, defamation and criminal laws. In addition, users agree to comply with the requirements set out herein.

4.1 BOARD RESPONSIBILITIES

The Board will:

4.1.1 take all reasonable precautions to limit access to inappropriate materials including maintenance of a web blocker subscription for the firewall filter;

4.1.2 provide Internet access to schools through the Board’s Wide Area Network;

4.1.3 provide and update, as necessary, appropriate rules for Internet use as well as permission forms to be signed by students, parents and staff before Internet access is granted;

4.1.4 train staff in the use of the Internet and provide resources to help staff train students for appropriate Internet use;

4.1.5 support schools in taking action against inappropriate use of the Wide Area Network, the use of the Internet, and Computers according to the procedures set out in 8.0 User Responsibilities;

4.1.6 require that school information posted to the Board Web Pages (including www Home Pages) is in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act;

4.1.7 require all school websites to comply with the terms of the Board Computer and Internet Acceptable Use Procedure.

4.2 The Board reserves the right to monitor all information on Trillium Lakelands District School Board’s Networks.

4.3 Trillium Lakelands District School Board recognizes that use of the Wide Area Network, the Internet and Computers is a privilege and not a right.

4.4 SCHOOL RESPONSIBILITIES

The school will:

4.4.1 implement Trillium Lakelands District School Board’s Computer and Internet Acceptable Use Policy/Procedures;

4.4.2 inform students and parents of the “User Responsibilities”;

4.4.3 maintain a record of signed student consent forms (Appendix A). These forms will be signed by parents at Kindergarten registration, during grade 5 and when option sheets are sent home in grade 8. Signed consent forms are to be stored in the student’s O.S.R.;

4.4.4 provide password protected Internet access to all approved students;

4.4.5 Provide reasonable steps to supervise the use of the Internet;

4.4.6 instruct users in the guidance and appropriate use of telecommunications and the internet;

4.4.7 take disciplinary steps where inappropriate use occurs:

(a) Students: action according to the Student Code of Conduct

(b) Staff: action according to the Progressive Disciplinary Policy/Procedure

4.4.8 require that any school information posted to the school web pages comply with the Freedom of Information and the Protection of Privacy Act;

4.4.9 inform students that their activities and files are subject to supervision by staff.

4.5 USER RESPONSIBILITIES

Use of Trillium Lakelands District School Board connections to the Internet shall be for the exchange of information in order to support the user’s education, communication and research.

Users WILL:

4.5.1 observe standards of courtesy and behaviour consistent with the practices and policies of Trillium Lakelands District School Board when sending or publishing messages or other information on the Internet;

4.5.2 refrain from using the system for any purpose which is in violation of the law;

4.5.3 use only the login provided to them;

4.5.4 when transporting board computers, take adequate precautions to ensure the security of equipment and the information on it. Materials containing the personal information of students or staff must be protected as outlined in operating procedures of each department.

Users WILL NOT:

4.5.5 post, publish or display any defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, racially offensive, sexist or illegal material;

4.5.6 send or intentionally receive inappropriate or offensive messages or pictures from any source;

4.5.7 transmit or download information or software in violation of copyright laws;

4.5.8 impersonate other users;

4.5.9 transmit or knowingly receive software having the purpose of damaging computer systems;

4.5.10 maliciously attempt to harm, destroy, alter, or copy data of any person, computer, or network linked to Trillium Lakelands District School Board’s Wide Area Network (WAN);

4.5.11 share their passwords or accounts with others and must make all efforts to safeguard this information from unauthorized users.

4.6 Failure to observe these rules could result in the loss of computer privileges by students and staff and/or other disciplinary actions.