Effective Date: February 2008
Revised: June 20, 2017
Responsibility: Superintendent of Safe Schools
The purpose of the Near North District School Board’s Code of Conduct is:
- To ensure that all members of the school community, are treated with respect and dignity.
- To promote responsible citizenship by encouraging appropriate participation in the school community.
- To maintain an environment where conflict and difference can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and civility.
- To encourage the use of non-violent means to resolve conflict.
- To promote the safety and well-being of people in the schools.
- To prevent bullying in schools.
The Near North District School Board will continue to take steps and enact procedures that build resiliency, enhance the safety and well-being of all individuals in its schools and promote clear standards of behaviour. The School Board’s Code of Conduct and individual School Codes of Conduct will reflect the requirements outlined in Policy/Program Memorandum No. 128 (December 5, 2012). The Ontario standards of behaviour apply to all individuals (principals, teachers, other school staff, students, parents/guardians, volunteers, community groups, partners, etc.) involved in the schools and activities of the Near North District School Board. These standards of behaviour apply to students whether they are on school property, on school buses, travelling to and from school, at school-authorized events or activities, or in other circumstances that could have an impact on the school climate.
Boards should note that subsection 301(2) of Part XIII of the Education Act, which outlines the purposes of the provincial Code of Conduct, has been revised to include prevention of bullying in schools. If a school board enters into agreement with a third party to rent school space, the board must include in the agreement a requirement that such third parties follow standards that are consistent with the provincial Code of Conduct, in accordance with subsection 301 (3.1).
School Boards are required to:
- revise their board Code of Conduct and require principals to engage in reviews of school Codes of Conduct to incorporate changes in the provincial Code of Conduct, as outlined in this memorandum;
- inform students, parents, teachers and other school staff, and other members of the school community of the terms of the revised provincial Code of Conduct and school board Codes of Conduct.
- consult with staff, School Council, and students as appropriate; • establish a school Code of Conduct that reflects the provincial and board Code of Conduct;
- involve the School Council and other members of the school community in an annual review of the contents of the school Code of Conduct;
- share the school Code of Conduct with staff, parents and students at the beginning of each school year;
- bring the Code of Conduct to the attention of students, parents/guardians and others who may be present in their school.
STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOUR
Respect, Civility, and Responsible Citizenship
All members of the school community must:
- respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial, and municipal laws;
- demonstrate honesty and integrity;
- respect differences in people, their ideas, and their opinions;
- treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is disagreement;
- respect and treat others fairly, regardless of, for example, race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, identification, age, or disability;
- respect the rights of others;
- show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others;
- take appropriate measures to help those in need;
- seek assistance from a member of the school staff, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully;
- respect all members of the school community;
- respect the need of others to learn and work in an environment that is conducive to learning and working;
- not swear at another person
All members of the school community must not:
- engage in bullying behaviours;
- commit assault, including sexual assault;
- traffic in weapons or drugs;
- give alcohol to a minor;
- commit robbery;
- be in possession of any weapon, including firearms;
- use any object to threaten or intimidate another person;
- cause injury to any person with an object;
- be in possession of, or be under the influence of, or provide others with alcohol or drugs;
- 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 extensive damage to school property or to property located on the premise of the school.
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR ALL PERSONS IN SCHOOLS
Roles and Responsibilities Near North District School Board The Near North District School Board will provide direction to schools to ensure opportunity, academic excellence, and accountability in the education system. The Near North District School Board will:
- develop policies that set out how their schools will implement and enforce the provincial Code of Conduct and all other rules that they develop that are related to the provincial standards that promote and support respect, civility, responsible citizenship, and safety;
- establish a process that clearly communicates the provincial Code of Conduct and school board codes of conduct to all parents, students, principals, teachers, other school staff, and members of the school community in order to obtain their commitment and support;
- update this Administrative Guideline as required by pertinent legislation;
- seek input from school councils, their Parent Involvement Committees, and their Special Education Advisory Committee;
- develop effective intervention strategies and respond to all infractions related to the standards for respect, civility, responsible citizenship, and safety;
- provide opportunities for all of the staff to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to develop and maintain academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment. Wherever possible, boards should collaborate to provide coordinated prevention and intervention programs and services, and should endeavour to share effective practices.
Under the direction of the Near North District School Board, principals take a leadership role in the daily operation of a school. They provide this leadership by:
- demonstrating care for the school community and a commitment to academic excellence in a safe, inclusive and accepting teaching and learning environment;
- holding everyone under their authority accountable for his or her behaviour and actions;
- empowering students and staff to be positive leaders in their school and community;
- communicating regularly and meaningfully with all members of their school community;
- reviewing the Code of Conduct on an annual basis with School Council, Safe Schools Committee and staff and students where appropriate;
- at the beginning of each school year the Code of Conduct must be communicated to all members of the elementary and secondary school communities (e.g., paper copy, school website, parent council, synrevoice, staff meetings, assemblies, review sections during daily announcements, teacher/student review, posted in the school, etc.);
- ensuring that progressive discipline procedures are maintained.
Teachers and Other School Staff
Under the leadership of their principals, teachers and other school staff members maintain order in the school and are expected to hold everyone to the highest standard of respectful and responsible behaviour. As role models, teachers and school staff uphold these high standards when they:
- come to school prepared, on time, and ready to learn;
- shows respect for themselves and for others;
- refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety and well-being of others;
- follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his or her own actions;
- the principal communicates the Code of Conduct to the students with the expectation of the students following the Code of Conduct.
Parents play an important role in the education of their children, and can support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe, inclusive, accepting and respectful learning environment for all students. Parents fulfill their role when they:
- show an active interest in their child's school work and progress;
- communicate regularly with the school;
- help their child be neat, appropriately dressed, and prepared for school;
- ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time;
- promptly report to the school their child's absence or late arrival;
- show that they are familiar with the provincial Code of Conduct, the board's code of conduct, and school rules;
- encourage and assist their child in following the rules of behaviour;
- assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues involving their child.
Community Partners and the Police
Through outreach, partnerships already in place may be enhanced and new partnerships with community agencies and members of the community may also be created. Community agencies are resources that boards can use to deliver prevention or intervention programs. Protocols are effective ways of establishing linkages between boards and community agencies and of formalizing the relationships between them. These partnerships must respect all applicable collective agreements.
The police play an essential role in making our schools and communities safer. The police investigate incidents in accordance with the protocol developed with the local school board. These protocols are based on a provincial model that was revised in 2016 by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Ministry of Education.