DGH CODE OF CONDUCT
A school is a place that promotes responsibility, respect, civility and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment. All students, parents, teachers and staff have the right to be safe, and feel safe, in their school community. With this right, comes the responsibility to be law-abiding citizens and to be accountable for actions that put at risk the safety of others and oneself. We know that certain behaviours are never acceptable in a safe and caring school community.
We know that discipline is training that teaches students proper behaviour and corrects inappropriate actions. Basic to a discipline policy is the premise that every student has the right to an education without disruption and a corresponding responsibility not to deny this right to any other student. Use of discipline demonstrates that we value a safe and caring school.
At Dr. George Hall 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.
ALL MEMBERS OF OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY must:
- Be honest and fair
- Show respect for peoples’ differences and opinions
- Treat each other kindly-especially during disagreements
- Respect the rights of others
- Care for school property and the property of others
- Notice and help those in need
- Seek help from school staff if necessary to resolve conflicts
- Obey all laws
- Respect and obey persons in positions of authority
- Try to make the school a safe and healthy place
- Keep all language respectful and courteous
In addition, all STUDENTS must:
- Attend school on time.
- Have good personal hygiene.
- Wear clothes that are appropriate for school.
- Show verbal and physical self-control.
- Use courteous and respectful words and actions with everybody.
- Show respect for all school property
- Return school property on time and in reasonable condition
- Pay for school items that were lost or damaged.
- Behave appropriately and safely on school buses
- Participate in class and complete assignments.
- Complete tests and exams honestly.
- Obey school staff including teachers, supply teachers, educational assistants, secretaries and custodians.
- Follow all school policies and routines.
- Follow all the classroom policies and routines set by teachers.
- Accept discipline from staff attempts to correct student behavioural mistakes.
- Obey the board policy on use of internet in schools.
- Not bring cell phones and electronic devices to school except with special permission from administration.
- Understand that the school will not be responsible for personal electronic devices in the event of loss, theft or damage.
- Be personally responsible for passwords including internet accessed by their passwords.
- Be accountable for content of any memory storage devices (i.e. USB memory sticks). (Staff have the right to request to see the content.)
- 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
- Be accountable for off-school property use of internet sites or electronic devices which may have a negative impact on the school environment
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:
- Use bullying
- Commit sexual assault
- Be in possession of any weapon – including firearms
- Traffic weapons or illegal or restricted drugs
- Have, be under the influence of or give to others – alcohol or illegal or restricted drugs
- Give alcohol to a minor
- Commit robbery
- Cause injury to anyone or encourage others to do so 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 damage to school property or to property located on the premises of the school;
- Create a disturbance in a school or on school property which interrupts or disquiets the proceedings of the school or class or otherwise disrupts the operation of a school or the learning environment.
- Engage in any behaviour that would be considered as conduct injurious to the moral tone of the school and to the physical and mental wellbeing of others in the school
- Use swear words or improper rude language including any racist, sexist or hate language.
- Use threatening words, gestures or physical assault against a person or their belongings
- Use displays of affection that are inappropriate for school setting (e.g. hugging, kissing, holding hands)
- Harass by any means (verbal, physical, electronic device/internet) any member of school community
- Use drugs, alcohol or tobacco on school property or at school events
- Smoke or use any other tobacco product on school property, busses or events
- Have, use, sell or give alcohol, tobacco products, illegal drugs or restricted prescription drugs ( sold illegally for non-medicinal purposes) on school buses, field trips, school property.
- Be on school property where the use of alcohol or illegal drugs is still detectable
- Steal or vandalize the property of others
- 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
- 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
- Access inappropriate websites
We know that discipline is training that teaches students proper behaviour and corrects behaviour mistakes. Basic to a discipline policy is the premise that every student has the right to an education without disruption and a corresponding responsibility not to deny this right to any other student. 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 Dr. George Hall – 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.
Dr. George Hall P.S. has 4 levels of discipline that are used progressively over time based on the frequency and severity of misbehaviours. The degree of severity of the behaviour may warrant entry into a different level. It should also be noted that levels apply to all areas (e.g. yard/bus, etc.).
Level 1 – Used when student behaviour error is infrequent, minor and not severe
- Corrective Plan or Think Paper
- Logical Consequences (i.e.. parent contacts, healing of ruptured relationships, repayment of time, loss of privilege, withdrawal from class, restitution for damages)
Level 2 – Used when a chronic pattern is identified. Use of restorative practices and/or further logical consequences will be used in the corrective plan
- Analysis of the difficulty + corrective plan made by teacher/staff /student or
- Analysis of the difficulty+ corrective plan(think paper) made by teacher/parent/student or
- Analysis of the difficulty +corrective plan(think paper) made by teacher/parent/support staff/administrator/student
- NOTE: For some behaviours suspension may be considered while for other specific misbehaviours a suspension must be considered.
Level 3 – Used when severity and frequency identify a need for more long term and targeted intervention.
- Withdrawal of privilege(withdrawal from class)
Significant restrictions/substitutions – (examples: class or school transfers, revised timetable, reduced levels of
- freedom/increased allocation for supervision, loss of privilege)
Level 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.
- 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.
Regular and punctual attendance by students is expected. Students who are late are required to report to the office for a late slip. Explanation of an absence may be made over the phone (preferably through the Safe Arrival Program) or in writing. Please be sure that all notes are dated and signed.
SAFE ARRIVAL PROGRAM
A safe-arrival program is in place at Dr. George Hall P.S. This program allows a mechanism for parents to advise us of an absence. It also provides the school with the information we require to determine each child’s whereabouts. When you call the school, please indicate the reason for your child’s absence so that the classroom teacher can complete the attendance report. More information about this program will be sent home in September.
LATE ARRIVAL/EARLY DEPARTURE
A sign in/out book is located in the front office. If a student arrives late (after 9:00 a.m.) he/she must sign in and obtain an admit slip. Similarly, if a student leaves early (before 3:30 p.m.) he/she must sign out.
We love to have you visit, but please report to the office as soon as you enter the school. If you have come to pick up a student for an appointment during the school day, we ask that you sign out the student in the log in the office. Similarly, if you are bringing your child in late, please report to the office to sign your child in. Due to safety issues with all our students, parents or guardians should not go directly to the playground to visit with their children. We want to make sure all our students are safe at all times and need to know who they are in contact with at all times while here at school. We are trying to be particularly cautious these days as to the whereabouts of our students. I am sure that you will appreciate this and co-operate.
ADULT CROSSING GUARDS
Adult crossing guards will be on duty at the four corners of Little Britain and at Eldon Road, just north of the school driveway, thirty minutes before and after school as well as during the second nutritional break. Children who are walking to and from school are asked to cross Eldon Road and the four corners only at these locations and they are to follow the directions of the crossing guard.
ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE TIMES FOR STUDENTS NOT RIDING A BUS
Students who walk to school should not arrive at school before 8:45 a.m. or stay at school past 3:35 p.m. because there is no teacher supervision on the playground at these times.
Students who ride bicycles to school are asked to carefully observe safety rules. All bicycle riders are required by law to wear a helmet. Students may not have bikes on school property if they do not have a helmet. Students will be required to walk beside their bicycle while on school property and to walk their bicycle while crossing with the crossing guards. Bicycle racks are located beside the north driveway of the school.
Students who live outside the school’s walking area or who are participating in a nutrition break activity, usually stay for the break. They eat in their own classroom under staff supervision for the first twenty minutes of the break.
Students who live in Little Britain may choose to go home for the second nutrition break. Parents are asked to please send a note to the classroom teacher to indicate the normal procedure for that break (e.g. home for the break every day or at school for the break every day). Exceptions to the normal routine must be communicated to the classroom teacher or the school office by written note or phone.
Students leaving school property during the second nutrition break on an occasional basis must have a dated, signed note for each occasion. They must sign out as they leave and sign in before returning to the classroom or playground.
Students who leave the property for the second nutrition break may not return until twenty minutes into the nutrition break when supervision of the playground begins. Any food or drinks bought in Little Britain must be consumed before returning to the school property. Students are not allowed to buy candy etc. and bring it back to school. Students must have their nutrition break and return directly to school. They should not be in other areas of the village such as the Community Centre, ball diamond or forest areas.
All School Code of Conduct rules are in effect while students are downtown.
NUTRITION BREAK PROGRAMS
As a convenience, white milk and chocolate milk will be provided for sale by the middle of September. Drinks must be ordered by the month. Orders and money will be collected on the first Monday of each month. Drinks are $0.75 each.
We will also be offering hot nutritional break food during the second nutritional break each week on Thursdays. More information on this program will be sent home in September.
Vending machines are provided during recess and lunch times for students to purchase juice and water. The plastic bottles are to be kept in lockers during class time and are not allowed outside. The money earned from sales are used for sport costs such as school uniforms, referee fees, and sports equipment as needed.
Students may only use the phone when they have a phone pass from a teacher. Requests will be screened so that use of the phone is reserved for essential communications only. Students are asked to make social arrangements and ride arrangements before coming to school.
Students in Grades 6, 7 & 8 will be assigned individual lockers. Most students in Grades 4 – 5 will share a locker with one other student. Students are not charged for assigned lockers. Students in Grades 6 – 8 will rent combination locks from the school at a cost of $3.00. Only locks provided by the school will be allowed on lockers as combinations are pre-registered on a computer program. Rented locks must be returned during the third week of June. There will be a $5.00 charge for locks which are not returned.
Lockers are school property and as such may be opened by school personnel at any time. Use of a secure locker may be denied if proper care is not being demonstrated.
Grooming, dress and appearance will reflect respect for the business of education. Application of the expectation stated below will occur without gender bias and with consideration for cultural practices.
Clothing: Students shall avoid wearing any clothing, which, in the opinion of the school staff has inappropriate messages or graphics. The display of bare stomachs or undergarments will not be permitted. Shoulder straps are to be at least three fingers in width and shorts or skirts no shorter than the length of arms and longest fingers extended down. Hats are not to be worn in the building.
Shoes: Students must wear clean, dry footwear (non-marking soles) in all areas of the school including the gym. All students in Grade 4 through 8 will be expected to wear proper physical education clothing during their scheduled gym classes. Regular shorts and t-shirts or suitable tops, sweat socks and running shoes are recommended. This will enable our students to take part in physical education activities in a safe, clean and comfortable manner.
Students are asked not to bring valuables to school (e.g. money, jewellery & expensive sporting equipment)
Backpacks: Students will not be able to take backpacks to classrooms under normal circumstances. Backpacks should be secured in personal lockers during class time.
LOST AND FOUND
Our lost and found box, located in the front of the foyer, overrunneth several times a year. If articles of clothing and sports items are clearly labelled, we are able to return these to the owners. From time to time we spread out these lost items and classes parade past them but many are still left unclaimed and are given to a charity. Please visit our lost and found box when you are in the school and claim items which your children have lost.
Regular supervision is provided by staff members. Our school is divided into two main areas: K-4 and 5-8. Children are expected to spend recess outdoors and should dress accordingly. Indoor recesses occur when the weather is unsuitable. All children are required to obtain permission from a teacher supervisor before entering the building during recess. Children are encouraged to bring soft balls and skipping ropes to play with at recess. Students are not allowed to leave their playground areas (e.g. in the forest area).
STUDENT HEALTH AND SAFETY
If a child is injured at school, a staff member will ensure that he/she is attended to immediately. Based on the judgment made at that time, one of the following is likely to occur:
- In the case of a serious injury, an ambulance will be called and the student will go to the hospital accompanied by a staff member. The parent/guardian will be called immediately and asked to meet the child at the hospital.
- If it is felt that the child should see a doctor or go home, the parents/guardian will be called.
- If the injury is less serious (e.g. bleeding nose), the child will be attended to and will return to class. In most cases, the parents/guardians will be informed of the incident.
THE ACCURACY OF THE STUDENT DATA SHEET IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT. IF THERE ARE ANY CHANGES (e.g. change in phone numbers or health card number), PLEASE NOTIFY THE SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY.
Should a child become ill at school, the parent will be called and he/she will be kept comfortable until the parent/guardian arrives. The school should have an alternate contact in case the parent/guardian cannot be reached.
If a child is ill and will not be attending school, parents are asked to please contact the school’s Safe Arrival Program. If a child has a communicable disease, the school needs to be notified so that the Health Unit can be informed.
In general, the practice of staying in for recess is strongly discouraged. If a child is too ill to go out for recess, he/she is generally too ill to be at school.
If a student needs to have medication administered to him/her on a regular basis, the parents/guardians must complete a form and have it signed by the prescribing doctor. Medication must be in its original container. All medication is kept and administered at the office.
A copy of each child’s immunization must be attached to the school registration form upon school entry.
In an effort to expand on classroom instruction, teachers, at times, offer a chance for students to partake in educational field trips. These trips are truly worthwhile trips for the youngsters, as they receive first-hand experiences that relate to concepts they have been learning about in school.
Parents will be notified in advance of any trip, and will be asked to complete permission slips in order for their child to go on the trip. Children not permitted to go on field trips, for whatever reason, should still report to school. These children will be sent, with assignments, to another classroom in the school.
Occasionally, parents may also be asked to chaperone field trips. If you are asked, your cooperation will be appreciated so that we can have a better adult/child ratio on the trip. Field trips provide enrichment and extension activities for the classroom. Students must maintain both academic and behavioural standards to be able to participate in the field trips. Teachers will communicate with both students and parents if there is a concern about a student not being able to participate in a field trip.
It is the policy of Trillium Lakelands District School Board to provide a transportation service in accordance with the Education Act to eligible students that reflects a partnership with the home, which is consistent and ensures the most efficient use of available resources. The Board provides transportation for eligible students during the traditional school year from home to school and back again in a way that ensures that students arrive safe and ready to learn. The conduct of students on school buses conforms to that expected on other school property. The Board considers transportation to be a privilege.
The Board shares with the home a responsibility for the safety of its students and considers this to be of paramount importance. The Board’s responsibility for the supervision of students who are transported on a school bus will commence with the student’s entrance to the bus and will terminate with the student’s exit from the bus at the designated stop.
The following bus rules must be followed at all times:
- Obey your school bus driver’s instructions.
- Remain seated while the bus is in motion.
- Do not use profane language or make loud noises.
- No eating, drinking or smoking on the bus.
- Do not put anything outside the windows.
- Keep the aisle clear.
- Always think safety first.
Failure to comply with these safety rules may result in a suspension of bus riding privileges from one day to permanent.
Alternate transportation can only be granted to a designated stop that is on the same bus route, provided a written request by the parent(s)/guardian(s) is approved by the principal or designate. Any bus student not returning home on the bus must provide the office with a signed, dated parental note stating alternate arrangements.
In the event of inclement weather, school bus cancellations:
Radio Y92 (91.9FM), The Wolf (101.5FM), CBC (98.7FM), Country 105 (105.1FM) and EZ Rock (105.9FM) will announce bus cancellations or delays. Please listen to any of these stations between 6:20 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. on mornings when inclement weather exists. At times, a bus may only travel certain roads due to poor weather conditions. Please call the school to let us know if your child is not attending when a partial bus run has been announced by the radio station. If your child is walking to school and you feel it is unsafe please contact the school as well.
SCHOOL BOOKS & SUPPLIES
All textbooks and library books provided by the school for the student’s use are considered to be on loan to the student. Normal wear is expected. However, if a student loses, defaces, or destroys such materials, the parents will be responsible for the replacement of the same. No records or final report cards will be issued to the students or parents unless all such outstanding debts have been paid. Parents must purchase some school supplies for children. Teachers will tell their students if they need to purchase any additional school supplies.
The Trillium Lakelands District School board “recognizes that homework is a necessary part of the learning process, teaching students to be responsible and independent learners. The assignment of purposeful homework is an effective means of extending student learning time”. Assigned homework is assessed and homework completion is rated under “learning skills” on the report card. Students learn best when they, their parents and the school work together – homework is one way in which families and schools can collaborate in order to improve student learning.
What is the purpose of homework?
- To teach children responsibility by completing assignments that require organization and planning
- To complete work that has been started at school
- To remediate areas of weakness
- To review for tests
- To review and reinforce learning
- To involve parents in their child’s education
How much time should be spent on homework?
K-Gr. 2 20 – 45 minutes/per week
Gr. 3-4 30 – 60 minutes/per week
Gr. 5-6 30 – 60 minutes/5 days per week
Gr. 7-8 60 – 90 minutes/5 days per week
Making good use of class time reduces homework demands. If a child is having difficulty with homework, then he/she is probably having difficulty at school.
What homework should be done?
The following is intended as a guideline. Generally, assigned homework should be completed before unassigned homework.
- Complete and/or correct daily classroom work
- Complete assigned homework:
short term (daily work)
longer term (project, report, speech, etc.)
- Prepare for tests
- Review notes
- Read (newspapers, novels, storybooks, articles related to school topics)
- Write (lists, letters, diaries)
- Review and practise math skills and facts
- Extend classroom work (e.g. reading or computer internet research on current topics of study in the classroom)
- Incidental learning (baking, telling time, counting money, crafts)
What are the consequences for incomplete assigned homework?
a) K – Gr. 6:
Teacher monitoring with age-appropriate
consequences (e.g. missing recess) or contact home as necessary
b) Gr. 7 – 8:
Referral to homework room for the lunch hour period
- Contact home and further interventions if
pattern is evident (3 or more referrals in one
- Age-appropriate consequences (loss of
privileges such as dance, recess)
Students assigned to the homework room are required to report at the beginning of the lunch hour. Students signed inot homework room will not be permitted to go out for lunch on that day. Students who fail to report or report late mayhave their downtown lunch privileges removed.
What if my child has too much homework?
If this happens on occasion and you feel your child has done a reasonable amount of work, contact the teacher by note or by phone. If this happens often, it is very important to contact the teacher to discuss the problem. (Often there are reasons for excessive homework that become apparent during the discussion such as inappropriate or inefficient use of class time.)
What if my child consistently spends less than the suggested time on homework?
Ensure that your expectation is that a minimum amount of time is spent each night (as per the guideline) on homework. If your child does not bring home assigned homework, choose tasks from the list of “unassigned homework”. If a pattern of “no assigned homework” emerges, contact the teacher and check the planner regularly.
- Set a regular time and place for homework (quiet, good lighting)
- Monitor activity to be sure that homework is being completed
- Offer to assist as necessary, but ensure that homework completion is your child’s responsibility
- Encourage and support your child by emphasizing your belief in the importance of putting forth a good effort when completing school work.
REPORTING PUPIL PROGRESS
Formal report cards are issued to parents three times per year. Reports of good progress or poor progress are sent to parents anytime during the year when a teacher or administrator feels that the parent should be informed. Informal notes and phone calls are often used between teacher and parent to keep abreast of the student’s efforts. A formal parent-teacher conference is held in the late Fall. The school considers this conference important for the parent to attend. Parents may request a conference at any time by contacting the school.
Dr. George Hall P.S. welcomes the assistance and support of many volunteers. Programs in which volunteers choose to participate include:
- School Council
- Classroom Helper/library helper/reading coach
- Hot dogs/lunch programs
- Head Checks
- Office Helper/Fundraising/Safe Arrival
- Field Trips
- Coaching Sport Teams
Our volunteer program is operated in compliance with the Trillium Lakelands Board Policy: “Volunteer Helpers in the School.” All volunteers must submit a current Criminal Reference Check (CRC) to the office to be eligible. Volunteer badges are to be worn while volunteering at the school.
Staff members provide a variety of activities for students during and beyond the regular school day. These activities vary depending on availability and interest of individual teachers. These activities may included: track & field, cross country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, choir, skipping club, Battle of the Books, Historica, and other similar kinds of activities. If parents would like to help with coaching, please let us know.