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Code of Conduct

The District School Board of Niagara is committed to student success by working
together to inspire and empower all learners to reach their full potential.  James
Morden Public School, in accordance with the Board, believes that a school is a
place that promotes responsibility, respect, tolerance and academic excellence
in a safe learning and teaching environment. Our vision is to have our students
learn the key academic skills presented within social contexts that will allow
them to be productive members of society.

All students, parents, teachers, staff and volunteers have the right to be safe, and to feel
safe, in our school environment.  Every student has the right to an education without disruption
and a corresponding responsibility not to deny this right to any other student.  With this right
also comes the responsibility to be law-abiding citizens and to be accountable for actions that
put at risk the safety of others or oneself.  All members of the school community are to be
treated with respect and are expected to use non-violent means to resolve conflicts.

The School Code of Conduct sets clear standards for behaviour in order to promote a positive
educational atmosphere for all.  To this end, the learning environment must be free from abuse,
bullying, discrimination, intimidation, hateful words and deeds, and physical violence in any form. 
The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to ensure that all students and their parents or caregivers
understand students’ rights and responsibilities as well as the school rules and the consequences
of violating school rules. This Code of Conduct is based on the Education Act, the Provincial Code
of Conduct and the D.S.B.N. Code of Conduct for Elementary Schools. The standards of
behaviour in the Code of Conduct apply not only to students, but also to all individuals involved in
the publicly funded system – parents/guardians, volunteers, teachers and other staff members,
whether they are on school property, on school buses or at school-authorized events or activities.


Rules make it possible for people to live and to work together in a safe, organized and
happy place.

RIGHTS and RESPONSIBILITIES

Like members of any community, students, staff and parents have both rights and responsibilities. 
A right is a privilege to which one is justly entitled.  A responsibility is an obligation one has
because it is expected. Responsibilities are things that one should do, without being told.

Student Rights

We believe that students at James Morden Public School have a right to:

  • be respected as an individual.
  • have an equal opportunity in education.
  • a safe, happy environment at school, free from verbal and physical abuse.
  • receive required help in regards to academic, emotional or social assistance.
  • have the opportunity to express their concerns to a trusted adult.

    Student Responsibilities

    We believe that students at James Morden Public School have a responsibility to:
  • show respect, honesty and courtesy to all staff, parents, guests, other students and
    their property
    at school and at all school-related events, both on and off site.
  • respect self and others, including respecting differences in people, their ideas and opinions.
  • work to the best of their ability in all areas of school life.
  • demonstrate self-discipline.
  • be diligent and do their best in their studies.
  • attend class regularly and punctually, bringing all required materials.
  • report incidences of bullying or mistreatment of others.
  • take home and/or return school correspondence (newsletters, permission forms, etc.)
  • take appropriate measures to help those in need.

RIGHTS and RESPONSIBILITIES continued

  • remove hats when entering the building and wear suitable clothing, appropriate to an
    elementary school setting.
  • use appropriate language when on school property and at school events.
  • know and follow the rules of our school, conveying their Mighty Mustang pride!

    Staff Rights

We believe that staff members of James Morden Public School have a right to:

  • receive the support, respect and co-operation of the school community.
  • to work in an environment free from violence, harassment and discrimination in accordance
    with the Board’s Respectful Workplace Policy;
  • expect reasonable behaviour in the classroom, throughout the school, and in all other
    educational settings from both students and parents (e.g., on the bus, trips, etc.) to
    ensure student safety.
  • expect students to complete assignments to the best of their ability.
  • exercise sufficient flexibility to deal with the needs and interests of students, parents and
    fellow staff as individuals.


    Staff Responsibilities

We believe that staff members of James Morden Public School have a responsibility to:

  • help students work to their full potential and develop their self-worth, based on individual
    differences.
  • provide a co-operative, supportive and caring learning environment.
  • inform students of and maintain consistent standards of behaviour for all students by being
    fair, firm and friendly.
  • plan and conduct an effective program based on the Ontario Curriculum.
  • evaluate students and report student progress.
  • promote communication between parents and teachers.
  • ensure that measures of prevention, including progressive discipline practices, or early
    intervention are undertaken to assist all pupils to achieve their full potential and to maintain
    a positive school environment.

    Parent/Guardian Rights

We believe that parents/guardians of students at James Morden Public School have a right to:

  • be welcomed at the school and be encouraged to openly discuss the policy and
    procedures of our school.
  • be welcomed and encouraged to become involved in the wide variety of our school
    activities including: volunteering, fund-raising, and by participating in school events, parent
    workshops and the School Council.
  • know that students are provided with a meaningful educational program that follows the
    Ontario curriculum guidelines.
  • receive regular communications (newsletters, notes in agendas, phone calls, etc.) from
    the school.
  • confer with the school regarding any concerns for their child.

    Parent/Guardian Responsibilities

We believe that parents/guardians of students at James Morden Public School have
a responsibility to:

  • show an active interest in their child’s school work and progress, ensuring that work is
    completed on time.
  • ensure their children attend school regularly and are punctual, as well as notify the school of
    any absences/reasons for lateness (in advance when possible).
  • encourage and assist their child to follow school rules and to meet expectations in the
    Code of Conduct.
  • communicate regularly with the school regarding their child’s progress (i.e. student
    organizers)
  • help their child to be appropriately dressed and prepared for school.

STANDARDS of BEHAVIOUR

“A school is a place that promotes responsibility, respect, civility and academic excellence in a safe
learning and teaching environment.” Ministry of Education for the Province of Ontario

Respect, Civility and Responsible Citizenship

All school members must:

  • show respect for themselves, for others and for those  in authority;
  • address people in a respectful, polite and courteous manner;
  • show respect for themselves and others by avoiding inappropriate public displays of affection;
  • show respect for themselves and others by using acceptable language, avoiding racist,
    profane or offensive comments;
  • show respect for the property of others and of the school, including the local environment;
  • refrain from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others;
  • follow the established rules and take responsibility for their own actions.

School Preparedness

All students are expected to:

  • come to school prepared, having all the necessary supplies as well as all
    homework and assignments completed;
  • come to school on time, being accountable for work or assignments missed due
    to absences or lateness;
  • come to school ready to learn with a positive attitude, participate in activities,
    complete all assignments and strive for excellence.

    clip_image004_000All forms of bullying are unacceptable behaviours.

    Responsibilities of Students, Staff, and Parents

    • Ensure the school environment is one of respect, dignity, and trust
    • Show care and concern for others
    • Refuse to bully others
    • Show responsibility by immediately reporting acts of bullying

      Caring bystanders are the key to stopping bullying!

    Effects of Bullying

    Children may develop long term, serious problems as a result of bullying or victimization. 
    It is critical that appropriate support and intervention strategies be provided to help bullies, and
    all students build positive relationships with their peers.

    Consequences

    Every school must have procedures in place for investigating bullying issues.  Consequences will
    range from apologies to serious sanctions involving parental involvement – depending on the
    frequency, intensity and severity of each situation.

    Forms of Bullying

    Physical

    Verbal

    Social

    * pushing                 

    * shoving

    * kicking                  

    * spitting

    * locking in a confined space

    * physical violence against

      family or friends.         

    * name calling        

    * dirty looks

    * mocking          

    * taking possessions

    * teasing about appearance

    * defacing clothing or property

    * threats of aggression or bodily harm

    * intimidating telephone calls

    * gossiping    

    * embarrassing others

    * graffiti         

    * spreading rumours

    * ethnic slurs          

    * excluding others from
    the group

    * cyberbullying

    ADDITIONAL BEHAVIOURAL EXPECTATIONS

    It is impossible to write a complete list of all behavioural expectations.  However, the list below
    details a number of the most common expectations

    Attendance and Punctuality

    The Education Act/Ontario Regulation states “A pupil shall attend classes
    punctually and regularly.”  This includes moving from class to class.

    • If a child is to be absent (or late), it is essential that the parent call the school
      before the day begins
      (905-358-5011).  This enables us to ensure your child’s
      safety.  If no contact is made, the school will call parents of absent children.
    • Habitual absences will be followed up with a letter from the school and/or a visit from Board
      personnel.
    • Late students must obtain a Late Slip from office staff before entering class.

    Arrival & Departure

    All students must:clip_image018_000Participation in Class/School Trips

    Only those students who consistently adhere to the Code of Conduct will be permitted to
    participate in class and/or school trips outside of the school grounds.

    Use of School Telephone

    Students are expected to make arrangements prior to school regarding club meetings,
    practices, etc.  Use of the school telephone is for emergency purposes only as determined by
    the staff.  Students must obtain a phone pass from a teacher prior to using a school phone.

    Prescriptive & Non-prescriptive Drugs

    clip_image040_000Communication between home and school will facilitate this process.

    Positive Practices include:

    •       program modification / accommodation
    •       positive feedback for desired behaviours
    •       interview between teacher and student
    •       involvement of resource personnel
      (ie.youth counsellor, resource teacher in-school team, Board/community agencies)
    •     formal interview between student, teacher, principal, vice principal
    •       parent/guardian contact or interview

    Corrective Practices include:

    •       warnings
    •       conflict mediation
    •       withdrawal of privileges
    •       time out
    •       think sheets
    •       apology
    •       classroom detention
    •       review of expectations in the Code of Conduct
    •       community service
    •       contract
    •       controlled timetable
    •       supervised study
    •       exclusion from optional activities
    •       restitution of damages
    •       in-school detention
    •       suspension from school for major or repeated offences ranging from 1-20 days
    •       expulsion for extremely serious offences (under Board authority)

    Corrective practices will not be imposed in sequential order but will depend greatly on the
    severity of the behaviour.  It is important to note that parent consultation will take place
    whenever the misbehaviour is of a serious nature.