W. J. FRICKER PUBLIC SCHOOL
Code of Conduct and Progressive Discipline
The W.J. Fricker Public School Code of Conduct has been established by the staff and School Council to reflect the provincial and board codes of conduct. W.J. Fricker Public School is committed to:
- Ensuring that all members of the school community, especially people in positions of authority, are treated with respect and dignity;
- Promoting responsible citizenship;
- Maintaining environments where conflict and difference can be addressed through respect and non-violent means;
- Promoting the safety of all persons in the school;
- Discouraging the use of alcohol and illegal drugs;
- Prevent bullying in our school.
Every student has the right to learn in an environment in which they feel safe, welcomed and are free from disruption. It is every student’s responsibility to ensure that these rights are preserved everyday at all times. All stakeholders involved in our educational community must be aware of the responsibilities that they have in maintaining the Integrity, Spirit and Pride of the Firebird family.
Standards of Behaviour
Respect, Civility, and Responsible Citizenship
All members of the WJ Fricker 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 WJ Fricker 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.
Roles and Responsibilites
School Staff Members:
- support the leadership of the principal in maintaining the order and consistent disciplinary practices in the school;
- hold everyone to the highest standard of respectful and responsible behaviour and model such behaviour;
- demonstrate care and commitment to academic excellence and a safe learning/teaching environment;
- help students work to their full potential and develop their self-worth;
- communicate regularly and meaningfully with parents and seek feedback and suggestions from parents for achieving and maintaining good communications;
- demonstrate respect for all students, staff and parents;
- prepare students for the full responsibility of citizenship by expecting them to comply with the Code of Conduct
- come to school prepared, on time and ready to learn;
- become familiar with the Code of Conduct and school rules,
- exercise self-discipline, are courteous and accept such discipline as would be exercised by a kind, firm and judicious parent;
- exhibit cleanliness in person and habits;
- show respect for school property;
- show self-respect and respect for all others including those in authority;
- refrain from bringing anything to school that, in the judgment of the principal, may compromise the safety of others;
- refrain from using profane language and dress in accordance with school policy and;
- follow the established rules and take responsibility for personal actions.
- show an active interest in the child’s school work and progress;
- communicate regularly with the school;
- help the child be neat, appropriately dressed, and prepared for school;
- ensure that the child attends school regularly and on time;
- work with the school and/or attendance counselor as appropriate to address the child’s attendance problems;
- report promptly to the school, the child’s absence or late arrival;
- become familiar with the Code of Conduct and school rules posted on the school website, and review them with their child at home.
- encourage and assist the child in following the rules of behaviour and;
- assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues.
- treat all school staff with respect and dignity.
ACCESS TO SCHOOL PREMISES
Persons who are on school premises without being authorized by the provincial regulation “Access to School Premises” have committed an offence and can be charged under the Education Act (s. 305). Persons who are permitted on school premises include:
- pupils enrolled in the school
- parents/guardians of enrolled pupils
- persons employed or retained by the Board
- persons engaged in lawful purposes (e.g. deliveries, voting, other Board-authorized purposes)
- persons invited by the principal/designate for a purpose or an event
Authority to be on school premises does not entitle a person to have access to all areas of the school premises. Boards have the authority to lock the school premises when the premises are not being used for a purpose authorized by the Board. If in the judgment of the principal/designate, that authorized person’s presence is considered to be detrimental to the safety of another person on the premises, the authorized person may be asked to leave the premises. School visitors, including parents, must report their presence to the office. A person is not permitted to remain on school premises if he/she fails to report as required.
Progressive discipline is a non-punitive, whole-school approach that uses a continuum of preventative, corrective and supportive interventions, supports and consequences to address inappropriate behaviour and to build upon strategies that promote positive behaviours. Consequences include learning opportunities for reinforcing positive behaviour and assisting students to make good choices.
Prevention and early intervention are important for assisting students to achieve their potential and for maintaining a positive school environment. A positive school environment is effected through programs and activities that focus on building healthy relationships, character development, and civic responsibility, which encourage positive participation of the school community in the life of the school.
Progressive discipline is most effective when dialogue between the school and home regarding student achievement, behaviour and expectations is open, courteous and focused on student success. It is an expectation of the Board that principals, and teachers consult with parents prior to imposing any student specific progressive discipline preventative measures, positive behaviour management strategies or progressive discipline consequences.
Early and Ongoing Intervention Strategies – Progressive Discipline Consequences
A teacher or the principal- as appropriate, shall utilize early and/or ongoing intervention strategies that are developmentally appropriate to stop and prevent future unsafe or disrespectful or inappropriate behaviours.
Intervention Strategies may include:
- Oral reminders;
- Review of expectations;
- Written work assignment addressing the behaviour, that have a learning component;
- Volunteer services to the school community;
- Conflict mediation and resolution;
- Peer mentoring;
- Consultation between two (2) or more of the parties;
- Referral to a community agency for anger management or substance abuse, counselling/intervention;
- Withdrawal of privileges;
- Withdrawal from class;
- Restitution for damages;
- Restorative practices;
SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION POLICY
The Near North District School Board’s policies and related administrative guidelines addressing suspensions and expulsions provide direction for its schools and take into consideration consistency, clarity and procedural fairness, while treating suspensions and expulsions as necessary options on a continuum of progressive discipline procedures. The primary purpose underlying the implementation of all disciplinary measures is to achieve a positive consequence for the student and the school. Please see the Administrative Guideline regarding Student Conduct Management for more information. Progressive Discipline is a non-punitive, whole school approach that uses a continuum of corrective and supportive interventions, supports and consequences to address inappropriate behaviour and to build upon strategies that promote positive behaviours. Numerous strategies are outlined above and in the Administrative Guideline. To review these guidelines as well as specific information regarding suspensions and expulsions please visit the following link: http://www.nearnorthschools.ca/board/administrative-guidelines then search typing in the word suspensions.