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Code of Conduct

Introduction

Students of Woodland School, like members of any community, have both rights and responsibilities. It is the obligation of the school to protect these rights and insist upon these responsibilities. In addition, to ensure that the members of our school are happy and safe, to ensure that our school is maintained in a clean and healthy way and to ensure that our mission and goals are achieved, there must be expectations regarding appropriate behaviour.

It is important that people:
-understand what they can do,
-understand what they cannot do,
-understand how to live and work together in harmony.

The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to ensure that all students and their parents understand the rights, responsibilities and consequences for students and the rights and responsibilities of teachers, support staff and parents. This Code of Conduct is based on the Education Act,

Regulation 262, the District School Board of Niagara Code of Conduct for Elementary Schools and the Ontario Code of Conduct.

The ultimate goal of this Code of Conduct is to assist our Woodland School students in becoming outstanding citizens and to treat others as we would like to be treated.

EXPECTATIONS AND CONDUCT:

All members of the Woodland School community are expected to uphold the Woodland Honour Code. Members of the Woodland community will exhibit:
1. Personal honesty and truthfulness, therefore, lying and deceit are unacceptable.
2. Intellectual honesty, therefore cheating, and helping others to cheat is unacceptable.
3. Respect for the property and person of others, therefore, stealing, vandalism and inflicting physical or psychological harm to others is unacceptable.

Student Rights

In order to achieve their maximum potential, students have the right to:
1. receive equal educational opportunities
2. learn in a safe and positive environment
3. be free from verbal, sexual, physical, ethnic and racial harassment
4. be disciplined in a fair and appropriate manner
5. receive required help in regards to academic, emotional or social assistance
6. be respected
7. have the opportunity to express their concerns to a trusted adult

Student Responsibilities

Students have the responsibility to:
1. observe the Code of Conduct
2. attend classes regularly and punctually
3. come to class with necessary books and materials
4. complete in-school and homework assignments on time, and to the best of their ability
5. develop and exercise self-discipline
6. play safely
7. show respect and courtesy to all staff, parents, guests, other students and their property at all times.
8. care for school property and equipment
9. be honest with staff and peers
10. be clean in personal hygiene and habits
11. be sure that all school correspondence to parents reaches home
12. be willing to volunteer information and co-operate with staff in disciplinary cases.
13. use acceptable language and comments in and around the school.
14. sit quietly and exhibit self-discipline while travelling on school buses to and from school, or on class trips
15. make arrangements prior to coming to school, regarding club meetings, practices, etc., since the phone is for emergency use only, at the discretion of staff.

Parent/Guardian Rights

Parents/guardians have the right to expect that:
1. their children will be safe at school
2. their children will be provided with meaningful programs.
3. their children will be taught in orderly classes
4. their concerns and opinions will be respected
5. they will be informed of programs, events and issues at school
6. they will be informed of student behaviour problems
7. they will be welcomed and encouraged to become involved in the wide variety of school activities, including the School Council

Parent/Guardian Responsibilities

Parents/guardians have the responsibility to:
1. observe the Code of Conduct
2. ensure that their children attend school regularly and punctually and to notify the school if a child is going to be late or absent (Regulation 298, Section 23 (2), Education Act 1993)
3. support the school through an awareness of and a positive attitude towards its policies, procedures, property, staff, students and other parents
4. make every effort to attend parent-teacher conferences and school events
5. keep their child’s teacher informed of any situation which might affect the child’s learning or behaviour
6. notify the school if their child has to leave early and understand that their child should be met at the office when leaving school early (Regulation 298, Section 23 (3), Education Act 1993)
7. notify the school, in writing or by phone, in the event that transportation or lunch time arrangements have changed
8. notify DSBN Transportation Dept. (641-1550ext. 4225) each time a change is required in bus service
9. be aware that some toys and other potentially dangerous materials are not appropriate for school, for example, weapons (real or replica), matches, lighters, etc.
10. complete and return, on time, permission or other forms as needed by the school
11. send their children to school with the proper nutrition, personal hygiene, sleep, clothing and equipment, so that they can participate fully in school activities
12. ensure that time is allotted at home for the completion of school work

Teacher/Support Staff Rights

Teachers and support staff have the right to:
1. expect respect, co-operation and effort from all students
2. expect respect, co-operation support from parents and colleagues
3. expect open communication with parents
4. be free from verbal and physical harassment

Teacher/Support Staff Responsibilities

Teacher and support staff have the responsibility to:
1. observe the Code of Conduct
2. develop and conduct programmes designed to meet students’ needs, realizing that well planned programmes help to focus on self-discipline
3. provide a pleasant and positive climate for learning by communicating the belief that each child is valued and is capable of self-discipline
4. teach and use strategies such as problem solving processes and hold group meetings to develop responsibility and self-discipline
5. communicate and work in partnership with parents and guardians on issues related to student progress and conduct
6. maintain, under the direction of the principal, proper order and discipline in all areas of the school day and school events
7. use acceptable language and comments in and around the school

Expected Behaviour

General Rules, Routines and Manners

Students are expected to:
1. abide by the Golden Rule-Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
2. abide by the ‘Hands Off’ Rule: - do not touch other people or their things in any manner without their permission
3. interrupt others with discretion and manners
4. remove baseball caps and hats when entering the building
5. be polite, display good citizenship and good sportsmanship
6. respect and maintain property, equipment and supplies
7. respect self and others at all times
8. use acceptable language at all times
9. do their best with all school work
10. always show “Woodland” pride
11. refrain from chewing gum on school property
12. wear suitable clothing that is:
* clean
* free of drug, alcohol and tobacco advertising
* free of inappropriate language
* covering upper body from shoulders to waist
* covering lower body from waist to an acceptable height above the knees or lower
13. behave in a manner appropriate with the moral tone of the school, by avoiding inappropriate contact in their relationships with peers

Prohibited Items

Students should refrain from bringing the following items to school:
1. hard balls, golf balls, India rubber balls, hockey pucks and frisbee
2. skateboards , roller blades, and scooters
3. matches and lighters
4. drugs, tobacco products and alcohol
5. radios, Mp3 players, phones
6. weapons of any type, real or replica
7. pets
8. chewing gum

Attendance and Punctuality

Students are expected to:
1. be on time for class
2. attend school regularly
3. remain on the school property at all times during the school day
4. present to the principal a note showing a date, a destination and a parent signature requesting permission to leave the school property each time such a situation might occur

Parents are expected to call the school prior to the beginning of the school day, if their child will be late or absent. If the school has not been notified of a child’s absence each day, then a note will be necessary.

Hallways

When passing through the hallways, students are expected to:
1. walk quietly along the right hand side
2. move single file when moving to another class
3. refrain from touching fire alarms, posters and bulletin boards
4. follow the “hands off rule”

Classroom

During class sessions, students are expected to:
1. stand up and sing the national anthem each morning during announcements, unless exempted for religious
purposes
2. talk quietly with other students while working collaboratively
3. refrain from chewing gum and eating in class
4. walk in the room and refrain from running
5. speak respectfully and appropriately to others
6. work to their highest ability
7. use materials wisely
8. keep their work organized with their agenda books
9. follow the “hands off rule”

During lunch sessions, students are expected to:
1. sit and talk quietly to neighbours while eating lunch
2. display appropriate table manners
3. clean up their eating area when finished eating
4. deposit garbage and recyclable material in appropriate containers
5. remain in their classrooms until 12:00 p.m. when outdoor supervision begins
6. be outside by 12:05 p.m.
7. remain outside unless permission by a yard supervisor to enter the building

Assemblies

When attending assemblies, students are expected to:

1. enter and leave the assembly area quietly
2. sit down in an orderly fashion
3. remain seated and be ready to listen immediately when the proceedings begin
4. pay attention to the activities taking place during the assembly
5. applaud respectfully and appropriately.


Off School Property Activities

When participating in off school property activities, students are expected to:

1. listen to and obey the instructions of the supervisor in charge
2. listen while others are talking
3. be on their best behaviour
4. follow the “hands off rule”
5. stay with the class or the group
6. request permission from a supervisor if needing to leave the group for any reason
7. be courteous
8. remember to leave a good impression of Woodland School

Playground

When on the playground, students are expected to:

1. play in their designated areas of the playground
2. stay on the playground area
3. play safely on the playground equipment
4. stay outside unless permission is given by a playground supervisor or there is an emergency situation
5. use assigned doors for entry and dismissal
6. refrain from climbing in trees or on any part of the building
7. follow the rules on leaving sticks, stones, ice and snow on the ground
8. place their garbage in the outside containers
9. refrain from spitting
10. use acceptable language at all times
11. refrain from destroying trees, playground equipment or any other school property
12. follow the “hands off rule”
13. receive permission from a supervisor to retrieve a ball that has gone over the fence or into the parking lot
14. report unsafe situations to the supervisor

Verbal and Physical Assault

In their interactions, directly or indirectly, with other school members, students are expected to:
1. refrain from name calling, put downs, swearing and bullying
2. refrain from using bodily contact or physical aggression such as fighting, using weapons, kicking, hitting, slapping and bullying
3. refrain from making innuendoes of verbal and personal harm, including nonverbal gestures.


__________________________

“First keep the peace within yourself,

then you can also bring peace to others”

-Thomas A. Kepis, 1420
__________________________

Gender, Racial and Ethnic Harassment

In their interactions, directly or indirectly, students are expected to:
1. refrain from making remarks, jokes and innuendoes about gender, racial or ethnic background, colour of skin, place of birth, citizenship and ancestry
2. refrain from displaying or circulating material that is degrading, demeaning or offensive to any racial ethnic or gender group
3. refrain from refusing to work with another student or staff member because of gender, race or ethnic background
4. refrain from using insulting gestures or practical jokes based on gender, race or ethnic background.

__________________________

“So much is a man worth as he esteems himself”

-Frances Rabelais, 1532
__________________________

Drugs, Tobacco Products and Alcohol

Students are expected to refrain from any possession or use of illicit drugs, tobacco products or alcohol.

Parents are requested to submit a medical form, signed by a doctor, for children who require any form of medication and all medication must be kept in the main office or alternate secure location.

Transportation - Bus

When riding the bus, students are expected to:

1. understand that the bus driver is in full charge of the bus
2. respect the bus driver
3. get on and off the bus in a safe and organized manner
4. stay in their seats unless getting on or off the bus
5. refrain from throwing objects inside the bus or from the bus
6. talk quietly without swearing while on the bus and refrain from shouting out the bus windows
7. keep their hands and arms inside the bus
8. leave other students’ possessions alone
9. follow the “hands off rule”
10. place garbage in garbage containers at the front of the bus
11. submit written notice, from a parent/guardian, if bus arrangements are to be changed.

PLEASE NOTE: DanNel Bus Service has the authority to allow or refuse service.

Transportation - Bicycle

Students in grades 3-8 may ride bicycles to school. Please provide one note per year to let the school know that your son/daughter has your permission to walk or ride home from school.

When riding bicycles, students are expected to:

1. follow the same rules of the road as other vehicles
2. walk bikes on and off school property
3. park bikes in the bike racks
4. stay away from the bike rack area during the school day
5. understand that the school has no responsibility for accidents, damage or theft relating to bikes.
6. understand that the school strongly recommends bike locks
7. wear a helmet as required by law

Consequences and Courses of Action

It is essential that all students understand the consequences of unacceptable behaviour. Failure to comply with the Code of Conduct could result in one or more consequences.

Below is a summary of consequences that are intended to protect the rights of all students and to enhance the educational, social and moral tone of Woodland Public School.

Since each case is different, school personnel will use their professional judgment to determine which procedures to follow.

- warning
- detention
- behaviour contract
- informal discussion
- temporary removal from class
- program change
- formal discussion
- behaviour modification
- permanent removal from class
- parent contact
- community service
- parent interview
- in-school suspension
- policy or agency referral
- loss of privileges
- out-of-school suspension
- controlled timetable with
supervised study
- restitution
- performance review
- time out
- attendance contract
- expulsion