Code of Conduct

The Island Lake Public School Code of Conduct has been developed with Parent Council Support

Our Goal

It is our school’s intent to maintain a safe and inclusive learning and teaching environment through the adoption of a Code of Conduct which promotes responsibility, respect, civility and academic excellence, and sets clear standards of behaviour for all members of the school community. The goal is to establish a positive school climate where all members of the school community feel safe, comfortable and accepted.

Our school Code of Conduct is based upon the Ontario Code of Conduct and the Upper Grand District School Board Code of Conduct (Policy #213), which applies to students, parent(s), guardian(s), volunteers and staff members – whether they are on school property, on school buses or at school authorized events or activities. This Code also applies in other circumstances when behaviour could have a negative impact on the school climate.

SPECIFIC EXPECTATIONS FOR ISLAND LAKE PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS

Students will:

  1. Obey the rules and guidelines
  2. Treat others with dignity, respect and kindness
  3. Report emergencies as well as safety concerns (including witnessing bullying activities) to a supervisor or person of authority immediately
  4. Keep your hands and feet to yourself (no play fighting)
  5. Respect the property of others
  6. Use appropriate, respectful language (no profanity)
  7. Play in designated areas only
  8. Follow the UGDSB guidelines in regards to the use of electronics (e.g. cameras, cell phones, pagers, IPods, MP3 players etc.)
  9. Be aware that the use of personal sports equipment (e.g. roller blades, wheelies, skateboards, scooters, etc.) on school property is not allowed
  10. Be aware that personal toys and games are not to be brought into instructional areas without staff permission

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SCHOOL’S CODE OF CONDUCT

Administration and Staff Members will:

  1. Endeavour to provide students with the opportunity to learn life skills such as conflict resolution, anger management, goal setting and communication skills
  2. Document all incidents requiring disciplinary measures
  3. Be sensitive to unique circumstances that may affect student behaviour
  4. When appropriate, ensure that contact with the parent(s) / guardian(s) of students under the age of eighteen will be made early in the disciplinary process
  5. Maintain contact with parent(s) / guardian(s) and involve them in a plan to improve the student’s behaviour until the behaviour is acceptable

BULLYING

Bullying is typically a form of persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem, or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.

Bullying and other harmful acts such as verbal harassment, hate propaganda and physical violence will not be tolerated. As incidents arise, it is recognized that each situation is unique. Incidents will be managed in a consistent manner to ensure that fairness is integral to the process and that all participants perceive this fairness. Within this process, considerations will be given for:

  1. Student’s age
  2. Frequency of incidents
  3. Severity of incident
  4. Student exceptionalities
  5. Extenuating circumstances
  6. Impact on the school climate

RANGE OF CONSEQUENCES

If a student chooses not to follow the outlined expectations, consequences will occur. A Progressive Discipline Approach is used at Island Lake Public School. This includes a range of early and later interventions, supports and consequences that are developmentally appropriate, and include opportunities for students to learn from mistakes and focus on improving behaviours. These may include but are not limited to:

  1. Reminders
  2. Warnings
  3. Detentions
  4. Telephone calls home
  5. Related written assignments
  6. School rule letter
  7. Parent/guardian, student, teacher conference
  8. Loss of privileges
  9. Referral to Child and Youth Counsellor
  10. Behavioural Resources Team assistance
  11. Repair / restitution of damaged / missing property
  12. Community service
  13. Suspension from bus
  14. Exclusion from classes
  15. Out of school suspension
  16. Police contact
  17. Violent incident report submitted to UGDSB
  18. Limited expulsion from school
  19. Full expulsion from all schools in the province

The Ontario Code of Conduct specifies mandatory consequences for student actions that do not comply with Provincial Standards of Behaviour. The Board has also established discretionary consequences for specific student actions that are contrary to its Code of Conduct. The Police will be involved as outlined in the Police / School Board Protocol and a student will be immediately suspended and proceed to an expulsion hearing for the following actions:

  1.  Possession of weapons
  2. Trafficking in drugs or weapons
  3. Robbery
  4. Use of a weapon to cause bodily harm, or threaten serious harm
  5. Physical assault causing bodily harm requiring professional medical treatment
  6. Sexual assault
  7. Providing alcohol or drugs to minors

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

In order to become good citizens, students will:

  1. Accept responsibility for their personal actions
  2. Demonstrate respect, dignity and fairness toward themselves and others
  3. Fulfill academic obligations
  4. Come to school and classroom punctually each day, prepared and willing to learn
  5. Obey the rules of the school on school property, buses, and at other sites
  6. Dress appropriately in accordance with the Board’s and school’s policies on dress code
  7. Use respectful language, free from profanity
  8. Work cooperatively with staff and other students
  9. Be honest in their academic work (refrain from plagiarism, cheating, etc.)
  10. Use free time responsibly
  11. Demonstrate respect for property of others and school property
  12. Assume a responsible attitude toward their use of computers and the Internet
  13. Act as a role model for other students
  14. Deliver / return school communication to / with parent(s) / guardian(s)
  15. Abide by and uphold the school’s Code of Conduct

STUDENT RIGHTS

Student rights include:

  1. To be treated with dignity, respect and fairness
  2. To be provided with activities that are success oriented and build on individual strengths
  3. To receive a quality education
  4. To work and play in a safe and secure environment
  5. To feel safe when expressing concerns
  6. To have staff and parents uphold and act in accordance with the school’s Code of Conduct

SCHOOL STAFF RESPONSIBILITIES

Administration will:

  1. Take a leadership role in the daily operation of the School by demonstrating care and commitment to academic excellence and a safe teaching and learning environment
  2. Hold those under their authority accountable for their actions and behaviours
  3. Empower students to be positive leaders in their school and community
  4. Communicate meaningfully with all members of the School’s community
  5. Maintain order in the School
  6. Maintain consistent standards of behaviour for all students
  7. Support, uphold and abide by the School’s Code of Conduct
  8. Provide students, staff and volunteers with a safe learning and working environment
  9. Provide appropriate written documentation of behaviour issues

Staff Members will:

  1. Maintain order in the school
  2. Maintain consistent standards of behaviour for all students
  3. Help students work to reach their full potential and develop self-worth
  4. Communicate meaningfully with parents and guardians
  5. Demonstrate respect for themselves and others
  6. Model expected behaviours, appropriate dress and work ethic
  7. Empower students to be positive leaders in their school and community
  8. Maintain a safe environment for all students
  9. Support, uphold and abide by the School’s Code of Conduct

STAFF RIGHTS

Staff rights include:

  1. To be treated with dignity and respect
  2. To expect parents and students to be involved in creating a positive school environment
  3. To work and play in a safe and secure environment
  4. To be supported by others in upholding the school’s Code of Conduct

PARENT(S) / GUARDIAN(S) RESPONSIBILITIES

As partners in the education of their children, Parent(s) / Guardian(s) will:

  1. Demonstrate respect for all students, Administration, Staff Members, Volunteers and Members of the School Community
  2. Support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment
  3. Show an active interest in their child’s progress and school work
  4. Communicate meaningfully with their child’s school
  5. Assist Administration / Staff Members in dealing with disciplinary issues
  6. Help their child be neat and dressed appropriately, well-rested, prepared and ready to learn
  7. Ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time
  8. Support the school’s safe arrival and departure program by reporting their child’s absence or late arrival promptly
  9. Help their child follow the School’s and Board’s Code of Conduct by being a role model themselves
  10. Be aware of the Ontario Code of Conduct
  11. As a parent volunteer, keep observations confidential
  12. Keep children absent from school when they are ill
  13. Monitor their child’s clothing for offensive messages
  14. Ensure that all packed lunches are allergen free
  15. Support, uphold and abide by the school’s Code of Conduct

PARENT(S) / GUARDIAN(S) RIGHTS

Parent / Guardian Rights include:

  1. To be treated with dignity and respect
  2. To be heard, and have concerns addressed in a timely manner
  3. To communicate with the school
  4. To feel confident and secure in the safety of their child
  5. To be kept aware of student progress and potential areas of concern.
  6. To expect that the Administration and Staff Members are upholding the school’s and Board’s Code of Conduct