CODE OF CONDUCT
It is the policy of the Halton Catholic District School Board to provide a safe working and learning environment for staff and students. The Progressive Discipline and Safety in Schools Policy and the Ontario Code of Conduct apply to students, teachers, staff members, parents or guardians, and volunteers, whether they are on school property, on school buses, at school-related events or activities, or in other circumstances that could have an impact on the school climate.
- To be respected in both person and conscience as a child of God;
- To learn in a safe, orderly and stimulating environment;
- To have appropriate access to the facilities and equipment of the school;
- To participate in appropriate programs offered by the school;
- To be conscientiously instructed by the teaching staff.
- To participate fully in the religious life of the school, including the celebration of liturgy, Religious Education courses, and related activities;
- To develop personal skills and talents to serve God, and thereby his/her neighbour;
- To contribute positively to the Catholic climate of the school;
- To respect the person and rights of all members of the school community;
- To respect, obey and co-operate with all adults in positions of responsibility in the school community;
- To comply with all school expectations and regulations regarding student behaviour;
- To use language that is appropriate to their dignity as Catholics;
- To adhere to the school dress code;
- To respect the property of the school at all times: building, grounds, equipment and materials;
- To be in attendance and punctual at all classes and scheduled activities, with the materials required for full participation
- To maintain a sense of responsibility toward all academic expectations including homework, study assignments, and test/examination preparation.
It is expected that students will accept the direction of all staff in matters of behaviour in the school, on school property, and during school activities. Students must report to the office when directed by staff members or risk further consequences and/or suspensions.
- If a student partakes in a fight with another student, whether on school property or elsewhere, you will automatically be suspended. Other students who participated in the fight, by either encouraging students to fight, pushing them in a fight or videotaping a fight will also be suspended.
- Smoking/Vaping on school property is a violation of municipal by-laws. Two-day suspensions will be issued for breaking this law, and students caught re offending will be suspended and referred to the Health Department by-law officer where a fine of $300.00 or more may be issued.
DRUGS & ALCOHOL
- There is zero tolerance for this type of behavior be it on school property or not, and this would also include school trips, sporting events or any other school related function. Possession or under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will result in a lengthy suspension and perhaps expulsion. If you are having issues with alcohol and/or drugs, you can confidently access help from our school’s Child Youth Counselor or Social Worker
RANGE OF CONSEQUENCES
The Student Code of Conduct includes a clear outline of realistic and effective consequences for failure to meet expectations. Interventions, which are restorative in nature, are utilized to help students develop self-discipline will be administered to meet individual and school needs.
Parents, students, school staff and administrators are strongly encouraged to invest themselves in collaborative approaches to the resolution of the behaviour concerns.
The following are basic interventions and strategies that may be initiated by a teacher and/or administrator. This list is not inclusive nor does it imply that each consequence must be exercised before moving to subsequent consequences.
- informal interview with the student;
- verbal or written explanation of behaviour by the student;
- formal interview with the student;
- parental involvement: phone call, correspondence, interview;
- involvement of school support staff;
- peer counselling;
- detention of student;
- removal of student from the classroom to an alternate setting within the school with supervision;
- referral to Student Services;
- removal of privileges to attend school-related activities or programs;
- removal of bussing privileges;
- utilization of a behavioural, attendance or performance contract;
- expectation that the student make restitution;
- involvement of, or referral to, outside agencies (e.g. Children’s Aid Society, Police);
- suspension in accordance with the Education Act and Board Policy and Procedure;
- expulsion in accordance with the Education Act and Board Policy and Procedure
Notwithstanding the above, the Principal and/or Vice-Principals will take immediate and appropriate action in any situation involving the welfare of students and staff.
KEEPING OUR STUDENTS SAFE AT SCHOOL
All board employees must report to the School Administration any student who may have engaged in a school activity which the student must be considered for suspension or expulsion.
The legislation continues Jean Vanier’s efforts to make school safer for students and staff. For incidents that have a negative impact on school climate:
- staff who work directly with students are required to respond
- Principal/Vice Principal to contact the parent(s) of victims of these types of incidents
SUSPENSION OF STUDENTS
The School also supports the use of suspension and expulsion where a student has committed one or more of the infractions outlined below on school property, during school-related activity or event, and/or in circumstances where the infraction has an impact of the school climate. The infractions for which a suspension may be imposed include:
- Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person;
- Possessing alcohol, illegal and/or restricted drugs;
- Being under the influence of alcohol or restricted drugs;
- 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 student’s school or to property located on the premises of the student’s school;
- Any act considered by the principal to be injurious to the physical or mental well-being of members of the school community or;
- Any act considered by the principal to be contrary to the Board or School Code of Conduct including but limited to the following:
- Academic dishonesty – attempting to deceive by cheating, copying or plagiarizing
- Defiance – refusal to comply with persons in authority
- Disorderly conduct – persistent opposition to authority
- Explosive devices – use of or possession of explosive devices
- Extortion – to take money, h9omework, or property under threat or harm or duress
- Fire setting, bomb threat, fire alarm
- Harassment – repeated comments or conduct that is known or aught to be known as unwelcome
- Hate crimes – words or actions considered offensive in reference to a person’s race, religion, culture, age, gender, appearance or disability
- Smoking and or vaping on school property
- Theft-taking, possessing property without permission of the owner
- Trespass – unauthorized presence on school property
- Truancy – persistent unexplained absence
- Vehicle use – reckless or dangerous use of a vehicle e.g. car, motorcycle, bicycle, etc.
EXPLUSION OF STUDENTS
The School also supports the use of expulsion where a student has committed one or more of the infractions outlined below on school property, during a school-related activity or event, and/or in circumstances where the infraction has an impact on the school climate. The activities leading to suspension pending possible expulsion must be reported to the Principal. The activities include:
- Possessing a weapon, including possessing a firearm;
- Using a weapon to cause or to threaten bodily harm on to another person
- Committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment by a medical practitioner;
- Committing sexual assault;
- Trafficking in weapons or illegal drugs;
- Committing robbery;
- Giving alcohol to a minor;
- Threatening with a replica of a prohibited weapon;
- A pattern of behaviour that is so inappropriate that the student’s continued presence is injurious to the effective learning and/or working environment of others;
- Activities engaged in by the student on or off school property that cause the student’s continuing presence in the school to create an unacceptable risk to the physical or mental well-being of other person(s) in the school or Board;
- Any act considered by the principal to be a serious violation of the Board or School Code of Conduct;
- Any act considered by the principal to be significantly injurious to the moral tone of the school and/or to the physical or mental well-being of others.
NOTE: In accordance with the Police and School Response Protocol, Police will be contacted for but not limited to the above noted infractions. Consequences resulting from criminal charges related to school incidents are independent of those imposed under the Education Act.
VIOLENT THREAT RISK ASSESSMENT (VTRA)
It is recognized by the Halton Catholic District School Board, the Halton Police Services Board and other community stakeholders that incidents of violence in schools are often preventable through early intervention in response to threatening behaviour or non-threatening but worrisome behaviour. Taking steps to identify at risk students through early and ongoing assessment and intervention strategies may reduce the need for disciplinary action and police interventions. School teams may carry out a Violent Threat Risk Assessment in such situations and will act accordingly to support the student(s).