CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

At Macaulay Public School 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 so that students will learn from listening, watching and practicing.

We are clear that in our school community, consisting of parents, students, staff, volunteers and community members, that these are the skills we need to learn and practice:

All MEMBERS OF OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY are responsible for:

  •  Being honest and fair
  •  Showing respect for people’s differences and opinions
  •  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
  •  Respecting and obeying persons in positions of authority
  •  Trying to make the school a safe and healthy place
  •  Keeping all language respectful and courteous

 

In addition, all STUDENTS are responsible for:

  •  Attending school on time.
  •  Wearing clothes that are appropriate for school as described in the school’s dress code.
  •  Showing verbal and physical self-control.
  •  Using courteous and respectful words and actions with everybody.
  •  Showing respect for all school property
  •  Returning school property on time and in reasonable condition
  •  Paying for school items that were lost or damaged.
  •  Behaving appropriately and safely on school buses
  •  Participating in class and complete assignments.
  •  Completing tests and exams honestly.
  •  Respecting and following directions of all school staff including supply teachers, educational assistants, secretaries or custodians.
  •  Following all school rules and routines
  •  Following all the classroom rules and routines set by teachers
  •  Avoiding public arguing with staff about treatment that seems unfair. Speak with teacher or school counsellor or administrator privately.
  •  Accepting guidance and discipline from all staff.
  •  Following the board policy on use of internet in schools
  •  Avoiding bringing personal electronic devices and cell phones to school. (The school is not responsible in the event of loss, theft or damage.)
  •  Being personally responsible for passwords -including internet accessed by their passwords.
  •  Being accountable for content of any memory storage devices (i.e. USB memory sticks). (Staff have the right to request to see the content.)
  •  Alerting a staff member if they know of harmful or harassment types of behaviours targeting any of their classmates including use of electronic devices or internet sites.
  •  Being accountable for off-school property use of internet sites or electronic devices which may have a negative impact on the school environment

 

While good behaviours are always welcome and celebrated, 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 actions by school staff in our school:

 

MEMBERS OF OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY are not permitted to:

  •  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
  •  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.

 

In addition, STUDENTS AND MEMBERS OF OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY are not permitted to:

  •  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
  •  Smoke or use any other tobacco product on school property, busses or events
  •  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.
  •  Be on school property where the use of alcohol or illegal drugs is still detectable
  •  Steal or vandalize the property of others
  •  Use cameras or camera capable 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
  •  Any other activity that negatively impacts school climate or school culture

 

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 Macaulay Public – 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.
  • As part of our philosophy that discipline is a learning opportunity, we strive to ensure that each day is a new beginning for all students.
  • 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.

 

Macaulay Public School  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, repayment of time, loss of privilege, 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/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 3 – Used 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: loss of privilege, reduced levels of freedom/increased allocation for supervision, revised timetable, class transfers)

NOTE: For specific misbehaviours – suspension may or must be considered. Except for students for whom the suspend-able behaviour is a first offence – it is expected that documentation of Progressive Discipline levels 1, 2, and 3 is available.

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 for the following, 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.