HONOUR THE PAST AND EMBRACE THE FUTURE
RESPECT & EQUITY FOR ALL
Bullying- Almaguin endeavours to promote a safe and inclusive school.
“bullying” means aggressive and typically repeated behavior by a pupil where,
(a) the behavior is intended by the pupil to have the effect of, or the pupil ought to know that the behavior would be likely to have the effect of,
(i) causing harm, fear or distress to another individual, including physical, psychological, social or academic harm, harm to the individual’s reputation or harm to the individual’s property, or
(ii) creating a negative environment as a school for another individual, and
(b) the behavior occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance between the pupil and the individual based on factors such as size, strength, age, intelligence, peer group power, economic status, social status, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, family circumstances, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, disability or the receipt of special education;
Forms that Bullying/Harassment Might Take
Physical: pushing, tripping, hitting, damaging or stealing someone’s property
Verbal: name-calling, hurtful teasing, insulting, humiliating or threatening someone
Social: excluding someone from “the group” or from an activity, gossiping or spreading rumors about someone, making someone look foolish, making sure others don’t associate with someone, displaying images or materials that are offensive or disrespectful
Electronic: using the Internet or a cell phone to e-mail or send text messages or pictures in order to threaten someone or hurt their feelings; single them out, embarrass them, or make them look bad; or spread rumors or reveal secrets about them.
Types and Examples of Bullying/Harassment
Consequences of Bullying
Progressive discipline will be used in cases of bullying, where persistent bullying is present a suspension and/or expulsion may be used.
Highlanders are Respectful
I am respectful towards all personnel at my school. Personnel include teachers, supply teachers, custodians, secretarial staff, cafeteria staff, educational assistants, bus drivers and invited guests.
I respect the opinions of my classmates and any personal differences my classmates may believe in.
I respect and obey all rules and expectations of school personnel during the following:
|In class||Assemblies||On the bus|
|Dances||On school property||Meetings|
|Extra-curricular activities (in or outside the school setting during or after hours)|
I conduct myself in a civil and respectful manner towards all students, staff and guests.
I do not verbally harass, threaten or bully a fellow student, staff or guest to the school.
I abstain from fighting or physically hurting a fellow student, staff or guest to the school.
I use appropriate language in all areas of the school. Profanity and coarse language are not acceptable.
I will respect the designated hat areas of the school. If there is a NO HAT zone I will remove my hat, bandana or other head gear when I am in that area.
I wear clothing that represents the high standards I have for myself.
Clothing and/or accessories which are not acceptable include but are not limited to:
Clothing or jewellery promoting alcohol & drug use, vulgar language, violence, racial, sexual, sexist or discriminatory ideas;
Shirts exposing stomach/chest/back (i.e. tube tops, backless tops, halter tops, extreme form fitting low cut shirt, see through tops.)
Shorts or skirts shorter than mid-thigh.
Clothing which exposes undergarments or inappropriate areas of the body (i.e. bra straps, boys wearing pants too low.)
Straps MUST be at least TWO FINGER WIDTH.
Student will be asked to change immediately by a staff member or administration-call home, borrow from a friend.
If Student refuses, student will be sent down to administration
Administration will provide appropriate clothing- from lost and found
If spoken to again, student will serve a detention and progressive discipline will then follow.
Plagiarism- (See plagiarism hand out)
the work was done in whole or in part by another individual
the entire work or parts of the work are taken from another source (print material or internet) without proper reference to the original author
I do not consume, possess, distribute and/or sell alcohol and/or drugs on school property or during school activities that take place off of school property. I will not come to school under the influence of drugs or alcohol at any time. Police will be contacted immediately.
I will not smoke on school property. Any student caught smoking on school property will be spoken to immediately by administration and a notice will be sent to the Tobacco Enforcement Officer.
I am expected to use the provided locker.
I abstain from posting any printed materials that promote alcohol & drug use, vulgar language, violence, racial, sexual, sexist or discriminatory ideas.
I am expected to keep my backpack, school bag, and coat in my locker at all times.
I am responsible for the care of school material, computers and other electronic devices. If I borrow school materials I return them in the same condition. When I use school computers and other electronic devices I take good care of them and I follow the Near North District School Board Acceptable Use Policy.
I discard all garbage and/or recycling material in the appropriate containers inside and/or outside the school.
I do not deface desks, walls, washroom stalls, computers, etc., and/or vandalize school property.
B – Late and Truancy Policy- Students will respect class time.
(Travel to class)
|PERIOD 2/ FOSS||10:15-10:20
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(Travel to class)
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C – ATTENDANCE
My parents or guardians advise the school of my absence by calling the school @ 705-472-5563 OR
upon returning to school and prior to the beginning of class I present a dated and signed note from my parent or guardian explaining the reason for my absence to the attendance office. I obtain an admit slip from the attendance secretary which I show to my teachers.
D – LEAVING DURING THE DAY (Students under the age of 18)
I advise the school of my appointment.
2. I present a dated and signed note from my parent or guardian explaining the reason and time of my dismissal to the attendance office before the first period of the day
OR I have my parent/guardian call the school @ 705- 472-5563.
3. I sign out with a note at the attendance secretary desk
OR if I am suddenly ill, I contact the main office and arrangements will be made accordingly.
4. I see my teacher to pick-up my missed assignments.
*NO STUDENT UNDER THE AGE OF 18 IS PERMITTED TO LEAVE SCHOOL PROPERTY WITHOUT PARENT CONSENT*
E – LEAVING DURING THE DAY (Students aged 18 years or older)
I advise the school of my appointment.
I present a note (i.e. medical certificate, etc.) as proof of my whereabouts to the attendance secretary.
I will see my teacher to pick-up my missed assignments.
Sign out privileges may be revoked by administration for misuse.
F – LATES TO SCHOOL
I report to the attendance office for an admit slip.
CELL PHONE USAGE-
Under Near North District School Board Policy for cell phone use, all cell phones are to be turned off during class time. If this is not followed they can be confiscated by the administration and given back at the end of the day.
IMPORTANT– Use of cell phones in class are at the discretion of the teacher. It is important that students respect educational time and that Face Timing, texting, Facebook and chat lines are not APPROPRIATE use of cell phones in class. The above NNDSB policy for cell phones will be strictly enforced if a student does not comply with their teachers expectations in class.
H – STUDY PERIODS (Spares)
1. Scheduled study period:
I go to the library or the cafeteria before the bell rings. I attend all assemblies scheduled during my study period. (Students must have earned 24 credits before they are assigned a Study Period.)
2. When a teacher is absent:
i) Grade 9 & 10
1) I will go to my regular class.
ii) Senior students:
I pick-up my work in the main office.
I go to the library or the cafeteria before the bell sounds.
I attend assemblies if they take place during my study period.
I – SPECIAL EVENTS & ASSEMBLIES – I attend with a positive attitude.
J– SENT FROM CLASS – I report to the main office immediately.
K – ACCIDENTS – I report to the teacher in charge or the Main Office immediately.
L – AUTOMOBILES & MOTORCYCLES
I park my vehicle in the student parking lot. I register my vehicle with main office. I follow the indicated Fire and Safety Regulations.
I will leave my four wheeler and snowmobile at home unless I have permission from the school administration.
M – COMPUTERS
I follow the Near North District School Board Acceptable Use Policy for computers.
I use the computers and technology in the school for educational purposes only.
I do not use the computers for chat lines, Facebook, games or to view offensive material on the internet that promotes discrimination, vulgarity, racial, sexist or discriminatory materials.
I understand that my computer privileges will be revoked if I do not comply with the above expectations.
N – VISITOR(S) – All visitors must obtain a visitor’s pass from the main office during school hours.
O – FIRE ALARM & EMERGENCY EVACUATION
I leave the learning area by following the appropriate escape route.
I move quickly and quietly to the outside of the building to the main parking lot or designated holding area outside
I wait quietly until I am recalled to the school.
P – IPODS/MP3/Audio devices etc.
I do not listen to my IPOD/MP3/audio devices etc in class. Teachers are responsible for their classroom’s learning environment; the use of electronic devices to enhance student learning is left to their discretion.
Q – DANCES
I attend all of my classes during the day the dance is held. If I am truant, I will not be allowed to attend the dance.
Dances will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Fridays. (unless special arrangements are made with the Principal)
To be admitted to a dance each student must be in “good standing” in his/her school. Any AHSS student who is on suspension/expulsion or absent from school the day of a dance is ineligible to attend the dance
All bags and purses are checked prior to entrance to the dance. All coats, pack sacks, and purses must be checked. Any open beverages will be put in the garbage.
Once a person has entered the school, he/she may not leave and re-enter without the express consent of the chief supervisor – no admission after 9:00 p.m. Entrance doors will be locked at this time. No Smoke breaks are allowed.
No student is to go to his/her locker for any purpose.
I obey the school’s rules while at the dance. Breaking these rules may result in dance privileges being revoked.
I will obtain a guest pass from my VP. All guests must be cleared through a VP/P. All guests must present a current HIGH SCHOOL student card.
i) Students from AHSS who forget the student I.D. card will be admitted if their names can be verified against the master list at the door that they have purchased one.
iii) Students from AHSS who bring a guest from another high school must be signed in as a guest and have a valid student’s card
Possible consequences for violations of any of the above EXPECTATIONS:
Meeting with parents
Community Service Work
Restorative Justice work
Repair of damages
Pay for damages
Teacher assigned detentions
Administration assigned detentions
Removal from a class
This “Code of Life” is consistent with the Code of Conduct implemented by the Ministry of Education.
ALMAGUIN HIGHLANDS SECONDARY SCHOOL
ACCIDENT INSURANCE: The usual accident insurance is available soon after school opening. This inexpensive insurance is recommended for all students, especially for students who participate in co-curricular activities. It provides coverage that is not provided under the government health insurance plan; for example, dental costs. The school does not administer nor benefit from this independent insurance. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
BUSES: Bus transportation is provided for school purposes only. If your address changes, bus change forms will be issued by the office staff. The Code of Conduct applies to all circumstances when students are riding school buses. Breaking the rules on the bus can result in suspensions. Administration will not grant permission for any student to change buses for any reason.
CAFETERIA: Students are expected to assist in keeping the cafeteria clean and tidy by disposing of their garbage.
COMMUNICATION: It is essential that regular communication occur between parents/guardians and the school. School staff may communicate with students and parents/guardians at home (or work) by telephone, meetings, parent-teacher interviews, e-mail, fax, newsletter, newspaper ads, radio ads, and through regular report cards. Students, parents/guardians are asked to keep teachers informed of any developments, which might influence performance at school. Almaguin’s telephone number is 705-472-5563 or 1-800-278-4922 Ext. 8018 and the fax number is 705-386-0004.
DETENTIONS (OFFICE): Office detentions must be served at the beginning of the lunch period in the room indicated by the Vice-Principal.
EXAMINATIONS: Students must be present during examination periods. Please do not plan vacations, expect to write exams early or expect to be released before the end of the school year. Please call the school to confirm exam dates prior to making other commitments.
There will be one set of compulsory final exams for all courses. These exams will be held at the end of each semester. All course materials are to be returned to the classroom teacher prior to writing the final exam. The Vice-Principals and Principal will deal with conflicts to the exam schedule on an individual basis.
FIELD TRIPS: School rules apply to all school field trips. Additional expectations are set out on the school’s Field Trip Parental Consent forms. Students under 18 years of age need written consent by a parent or guardian to participate in field trips.
FIRE EMERGENCY: If you discover a fire in the school, pull the nearest alarm and evacuate the building. It is a criminal offence to tamper with fire alarm equipment. Learn the fire exits from each of your classrooms and other areas you frequent.
LATE BUSES: Students involved in co-curricular school activities may take a late bus home. Late bus passes must be obtained in the main office. Students are expected to indicate a valid reason for requesting a late bus pass. Late bus passes will not be issued after 1:35 p.m. from the main office. The school’s Code of Behaviour applies to students traveling on late buses. A student’s failure to obtain a late bus pass may lead to suspension of late bus privileges.
RESOURCE CENTRE: The Resource Center is a critical component of the learning environment at Almaguin. A wide variety of resources are available for student use. There are traditional print reference materials and a large collection of novels, magazines and newspapers – with titles to suit all interests. Also, there are two dozen computers for student word processing needs, and research on the Internet. Communications technology skills are now being taught to students Almaguin to help them be successful in school, in post-secondary education and in the world of work. Library orientation sessions are held for new students. The Resource Center is open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Students are expected to follow the rules in the Resource Center and to cooperate with all library procedures. Student identification cards are required. Library computers are for research and assignments and they are not available for game playing or for accessing e-mail. In general, most library materials may be signed out for two weeks and must be returned on time to allow other students to complete assignments. Volunteers are always welcome. They are taught to perform a variety of essential services, which can be included on a resume or counted as hours towards community service. The Library Technician is eager to assist students and staff.
LOCKERS: Each student will be assigned a locker at the start of the school year. The student must use a Dudley combination lock and the combination must be registered in the Main Office. Lockers are school property and are accessible to school officials. Students may not exchange lockers without permission from a Vice-Principal and are not permitted to share lockers. The person to whom the locker has been assigned is responsible for that locker even if he/she does not use the assigned locker. Students are advised not to give their locker combinations to other students. Junior grades will have lockers on the upper floor for the most part while senior students will have lockers on the lower floors.
LOST AND FOUND: Articles that are found in the school must be turned in at the Main Office. Please report losses to the Main Office and an attempt to recover them will be made. Students are responsible for their property and for school materials, books, etc. that are assigned or loaned to the students.
OUTSIDE ACTIVITY AREAS: Unsupervised games are not permitted in any area in or outside of the school. For insurance reasons, skateboards are not permitted, nor is the playing of tackle football, hacky sack or any contact sport that has not been approved in advance by a Principal.