Conduct applies not only to students, but also to all individuals involved in the school – students, parents or guardians, volunteers, teachers and other staff members – whether they are on school property, on school buses or at school-authorized events, sporting events or other activities.
At Jack Callaghan 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 practice:
All MEMBERS OF OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY must be partners in establishing a positive school environment by:
- Being honest, fair and consistent
- Maintaining good communication between members of our school community
- Showing respect for people’s differences, opinions, and rights
- Treating each other kindly- especially during disagreements
- Respecting the rights of others
- Caring for school property and the property of others
- Noticing and helping those in need
- Seeking help from school staff if necessary to resolve conflicts
- Obeying all laws
- Show respect for all school property
- Respect and obey persons in positions of authority
- Making the school a safe, caring and healthy place
- Keeping all language respectful and courteous
In addition, all STUDENTS must:
- 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.
- 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
- Remain in supervised areas
- Participate in class and complete assignments.
- Complete tests and exams honestly.
- Follow all school policies and routines
- Use good manners, appropriate social behaviour, be courteous, respectful and considerate of others.
- Improper or demeaning language or swearing is unacceptable.
- Spitting is prohibited.
- Be prepared for class with materials and assignments.
- Maintain regular attendance and punctuality.
- Follow all the classroom policies and routines set by teachers
- 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
- Accept discipline from staff such as attempts to correct student behavioural mistakes
- Obey the board policy on use of internet in schools
- Items such as cell phones, CD players, CDs, tapes, MPs players, DVD and tape players, cameras, electronic toys, hockey sticks, rollerblades, roller skates, skateboards are not to be brought to school
- 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 has 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
- Play safely at all times.
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:
- 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
- Commit robbery
- Cause injury to anyone or encourage others to do so
- Use a weapon to threaten or intimidate
- Cause injury to another with an object of any sort
- Promote hate propaganda or act in any way motivated by hate or bias
- Vandalize and cause damage to school property or property located on school grounds
- Cause a disturbance anywhere on school property which interrupts learning or school operations.
- Use swear words or improper rude language.
- Use threatening words, gestures or physical assault against a person or their belongings
- Use displays of affection that are inappropriate for school setting (kissing, fondling, embracing)
- 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
- Steal or vandalize the property of others
- Use camera or other electronic devices in areas others expect to be private (washrooms, change rooms) or where there is a known objection to taking pictures
- Connect PDA’s with internet capabilities to TLDSB network
- 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 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.
Consequences will focus on helping children to develop appropriate social skills, self-discipline and accepting responsibility for personal actions. Counselling is a regular part of the process of discussing behaviour and assessing appropriate consequences. A student will have the opportunity to explain the reason for behaviours that have been questioned or referred to the principal. School staff will provide a fair process in establishing the credibility of information. The age and grade level, and the previous record of conduct, will be considered when assessing appropriate disciplinary consequences. The usual range of consequences: (not always in this particular order) counselling, reprimand, notification to parents, corrective activity, loss of privilege, detention(s), restitution, involvement of community or school resources, in-school suspension, police contact, reflective time out of school, or discretionary or mandatory suspension/expulsion from school.
- 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 Jack Callaghan Public School – even if that behaviour does not occur on school property.
- 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.
Jack Callaghan has 4 tiers of discipline that are used progressively over time based on the frequency and severity of misbehaviours. Documentation of Progressive Discipline is maintained.
Tier 1 – Used when student behaviour error is infrequent, minor and not severe
- Logical Consequences (i.e.. parent contacts, healing of ruptured relationships, loss of marks for incomplete work, loss of privileges, withdrawal from class, restitution for damages)
Tier 2 – Used 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/parent/support staff/administrator/student as needed
Tier 3 – Used when severity and frequency identify a need for more long term and targeted intervention.
- Opportunity for participation in counseling sessions (examples: small group interventions, 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 and 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 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 presence 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 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