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;
- respect the need of others to learn and work in an environment that is conducive to learning and teaching; including by ensuring that personal mobile devices are only used during instructional time for the educational and other permitted purposes
- 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 behavior 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 provincialCode 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 ParentInvolvement Committees, and their Special EducationAdvisory 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, school messenger, 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:
· help students work to their full potential and develop their sense of self-worth;
· empower students to be positive leaders in their classroom, school, and community;
· communicate regularly and meaningfully with parents;
· maintain consistent standards of behaviour for all students;
· demonstrate respect for all students, staff, parents, volunteers, and other members of the school community;
· Prepare students for the full responsibilities of citizenship by expecting them to adhere to the standards of behaviour of respect, civility, and responsible citizenship.
Students are to be treated with respect and dignity. In return, they must demonstrate respect for themselves, for others, and for the responsibilities of citizenship through acceptable behaviour. Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student:
· comes 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 CommunitySafety and Correctional Services and the Ministry of Education.