ACADEMIC FRAUD & PLAGIARISM
Academic fraud occurs when a student uses someone else’s ideas or words in an assignment and does not give credit to the person who originally came up with those ideas or words or when a student accesses unauthorized information on a test or exam. Academic fraud is a serious offence that is punished severely at the college and university level. If you commit academic fraud at post-secondary school, you may be expelled for the rest of the year, you lose all your credits and you lose all of the money already invested in your year. At Bear Creek, possible consequences could include a mark of 0 on the assignment, test or exam, as well as a suspension.
Students wishing to complete their education through an Alternative Program have three options; the Angus Alternative Program (offered through Bear Creek Secondary School) located at 211 Mill St. Unit #3, Angus, the Barrie Alternative Program (offered through Barrie Central Collegiate) located at 80 Bradford Street, Barrie, and the North Barrie Alternative Program (offered through Barrie north Collegiate) located at 130 Bell Farm Road, Unit #1. Alternative Programs are designed for students having difficulty coping in a large secondary school setting, and who may benefit from small class sizes, one-on-one assistance, flexibility and close relationships with teachers. Students wishing to enrol in these programs should contact the respective schools for more information.
ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION
The Simcoe County District School Board and Bear Creek Secondary School both believe that the evaluation of student achievement is an integral and ongoing part of the learning process. Teachers will use a variety of assessment tools to provide students with multiple opportunities to demonstrate their learning.
Assessment can be divided into three types; diagnostic, formative and summative. Diagnostic assessment allows teachers to determine prior knowledge. This is important in the design of program. Formative assessment is used by teachers to monitor student learning and to provide feedback for students. Summative assessment provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of the curriculum. It is these summative activities that determine a student’s final grade. Teachers will grade student work based upon the achievement chart in the curriculum documents and the exemplars provided to them by the Ministry of Education.
It is important that students complete all activities presented in their courses. Although they may not be graded, formative activities provide students with the opportunity to practice their skills and apply their knowledge. The feedback that is provided is an integral part of the learning process and allows students to improve their performance prior to the summative assessment taking place. Students who fail to complete formative tasks frequently do not perform well on the summative tasks which follow.
Students who are not in line with the dress code will be asked to modify their attire such that it does comply (changing or adding additional clothing). If it is impossible to adjust clothing in order to comply with the dress code a student may be required to return home. Persistent violation of the dress code may lead to suspension from school.
Should buses be cancelled on a final evaluation day, that day and all remaining days in the evaluation period will move back one day. This will not affect the beginning of semester two. Each additional bus cancellation day will result in the start of semester two being delayed by one day.
BEFORE AN EXAM
1. It is the student’s responsibility to read the evaluation timetable carefully and to be at the correct evaluation room at least five minutes before the appointed time.
2. Late for Evaluations – A student who is late for an evaluation should report to the main office.
3. Missed Evaluations – if a student misses an evaluation due to:
I. Illness – medical certificate required
II. Bereavement – immediate family
III. Other – approved by the administration, eg. Court
The student may write the exam at another prearranged time or the final mark will be an estimated mark. In either situation, the necessary documentation must be submitted to the appropriate Vice-Principal. All other students missing evaluations will receive an evaluation mark of zero.
4. Be sure to bring all pencils and other equipment you will need for the evaluation.
5. * VERY IMPORTANT* Bring your textbooks to the evaluation room as they will be collected by the supervising teacher. Students failing to submit textbooks will not be issued their report card until cleared by a Vice-Principal.
6. During the evaluation schedule, students are required to be in school at the times when their evaluations are being written. In general, a student should study at home when not required to be here. If this is not possible, the cafeteria will be available for independent quiet study during the evaluation schedule. Extra help may be arranged with your teachers when students are not writing and the teacher is not supervising an evaluation.
7. Students are expected to be in the evaluation room, in the library, the cafetorium or out of the school building during evaluations. No one will be allowed in the halls during evaluations.
DURING AN EXAM
1. Proceed quietly into the evaluation room at least 5 minutes before the start of your evaluation.
2. The supervising teacher will assign you a seat. During the evaluation you will be asked to sign an attendance sheet.
3. Place your pencils, pen, eraser, etc. that you will need on your desk. No paper or books, etc. are to be taken into the evaluation room except by instruction of the subject teacher as indicated on the evaluation paper.
4. Read the instructions on the evaluation carefully, check that your evaluation has the correct number of pages as shown in the upper right corner, and then answer the questions neatly to the best of your ability.
5. Write your name on the top of all pieces of all your papers.
Field trips will be organized from time to time as part of the curriculum and extra curricular activities. It is the student’s responsibility prior to the trip to contact the subject teacher of each class for which he/she will be absent, to obtain homework instructions, etc. from the teacher. Students are to travel to and from activities on transportation provided, unless other arrangements are pre-arranged with school administration.
Field trips are a privilege, not a right. A student may be excluded from a field trip if it is felt that the students would have difficulty maintaining appropriate behaviour. Where a student’s conduct on a field trip is so refractory as to be injurious to the welfare or moral tone of the group, arrangements may be made for his/her immediate and safe return to the school or student’s home. In such cases, legal custodians shall be notified of the travel arrangements and the cost to them of the supervised return of the student. The student may also face additional consequences.
As a result of ongoing classes adjacent to the forum during lunch times it is not considered part of the cafeteria. Therefore eating food is not permitted in the forum. Students are still allowed in the forum during lunchtime but must be quiet. Classes are in session nearby. This privilege can be revoked if rules are not followed.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND PROTECTION OF PRIVACY
Personal information collected about the student by the Simcoe County District School board is used to further the instruction of the student and for the provision of educational services in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Education Act. We wish to advise parents, guardians and adult students that personal information about students may also be used as follows:
• School & Board newsletters
• Graduation program
• Displays of student work in the school
• Team lists
• Field trips
• Drama and music productions
• School web site pages and videos
• Announcements on P.A. system
• Academic/sports awards/trophies
• Elective programs
• Co-curricular activities
• Media news coverage in print and electronic formats (such as newspapers, radio and television).
Additionally parents, guardians and adult students should be aware that when students participate in extra-curricular, non-compulsory activities off school grounds, the school principal is unable to control or prevent any media exposure which may occur. Specific concerns should be discussed with the school principal.
Adult students who do not state in writing their desire to not have parent/guardian will have their parent or guardian notified.
Parents with concerns about freedom of information should contact the school
Gambling is an unacceptable activity in the school environment. Students caught gambling on school property may face suspension of up to 20 days.
The counsellors at Bear Creek can give information and support in areas related to careers, education and personal issues. Guidance is based on the premise that all individuals are unique and can make valuable contributions to society if given the opportunity to develop their own potentials and abilities.
Good guidance services are most effective when supported by the home, school and community. There are many resources in the guidance office, including videos, Internet access, university and college calendars, community resource materials, and career and vocational information. They are available to all students and their parents/guardians. Both students and parents/guardians are invited to make appointments with the counsellors to discuss issues of importance. You can be assured that, except in certain situations, our conversations are confidential.
Report Cards and Transcripts
The report card informs students and parents of the student’s achievement in the courses the student is currently taking. The Ontario Student Transcript (OST) is an official document that records all the credits that a student has earned in Grades 9 and 10, all credits attempted and completed in Grades 11 and 12, as well as other diploma requirements completed to date. Upon completion of all diploma requirements, the transcript also records the diploma earned and areas of specialization, if appropriate. The transcript is the official record of achievement. Transcripts are most commonly used for transfers to other secondary schools, admittance to post-secondary institutions and employment purposes.
The Full Disclosure Policy began September 1, 1999 for all secondary school students in Ontario:
1. In Grades 9 and 10, only courses, which have been successfully completed and passed, will appear on a transcript.
2. If a student withdraws from a Grade 11 or 12 course ON OR BEFORE 5 school days after mid-semester reports have been issued, the course will not be recorded on the transcript.
3. If a student withdraws from a Grade 11 or 12 course AFTER 5 school days after mid-semester reports have been issued the course will be listed on the transcript showing the student’s mark at that time, as well as an indicator that the student withdrew from the course.
Students are reminded that:
• All first, second and third year students must carry a full program (four subjects each semester). They will not be permitted to have spare periods in their timetables.
• Fourth year students must carry a minimum of 6 credits. WHEN STUDENTS HAVE ACHIEVED 24 CREDITS, A SPARE MAY BE POSSIBLE.
• A student who starts a subject may not discontinue that subject without completing the proper documentation in the Guidance Office.
Because of the new Full Disclosure Policy, students who decide to drop a course and are eligible to do so, are strongly encouraged to complete all the proper documentation in Guidance. It is suggested that students drop the course in the first term of a semester.
Students who require a change of level in a course, primarily in Grades 9 and 10 courses, must first discuss their reasons for the level change with their teacher, teacher-advisor and parent/guardian. If the level change is recommended, the student must complete the proper documentation in the Guidance office. Level changes are usually only done until the end of October (Semester I) or end of March (Semester II) or at the discretion of the teacher.
Here at Bear Creek we are very proud of our wonderful gymnasium. In order to protect the gym floor, non-marking athletic footwear is required at all times in the gymnasium. Please ensure that you enter the gym via the change rooms and are wearing the proper footwear and uniform.
HALLS & STAIRWELLS
The hallways are to be kept clean, quiet and safe. No food or drink (except water) is to be consumed in any hallway. Any open food items will be deposited in the garbage or recycling bins at the request of faculty or students. The custodial staff (they are only two during the day) work very diligently to keep our school clean and we must respect them and the building.
Classes will be held during all lunch periods. It is important that all areas where classes are occurring be free of distractions and noise. Students will have a 10-minute movement time at the beginning of lunch and a 5-minute movement time at the end of lunch to go to lockers and pick-up/drop-off any items they might require. Students are not to be in any hallway for any reason during their lunch period (with the exception of movement time). Students are to spend their lunch in the cafeteria, the library or out of the school away from all classrooms. The Forum will be available as a quiet area during lunch however the consumption of food should take place in the cafetorium or outside of the school.
At all times the safety and well being of your child is our main priority. Students sometimes become ill at school or are involved in an accident. Depending on the nature of the injury, parents will be called. Emergency contact numbers will be used in the event parents cannot be contacted. It is important to keep the school informed of any changes to contact numbers and other relevant health information.
Medication in School
Requests for school personnel to administer medication to students must be made through the principal. A special form is needed and is available at the school office. You must take the form to your doctor for authorization of the medication and the dosage to be administered. You are required to sign the form and bring it to the principal to discuss the procedure. Administration of short-term medications such as cold remedies, antibiotics, and pain relievers is also governed by this procedure. All medication will be kept locked in the office. Medication must be in its original labeled container. Please notify the office of any changes in the dosage, which your doctor has authorized.
Notify the school when your child is absent due to a communicable disease. Some of these illnesses must be reported to the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. Related fact sheets and brochures are available at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/resources.
To ensure a safe environment for all students, we ask that you do not send peanut/nut products in lunches and/or snacks. Please read ingredients and check with supervising teachers before sending edible treats for any special occasions. Bear Creek has implemented a “Reduce the Risk” program to support students with potentially life threatening food allergies. Your co-operation is essential.
Use of Scented Products
All staff and students want their workplace, the school, to be a safe and healthy environment. As there are some staff and students who have heightened sensitivity to chemical odours, it is necessary to limit the use of scented products.
? No one should wear a scent or scented product that is detectable at more than an arm’s length from the individual.
? Scented produces that are applied as a spray or in any airborne manner are not to be used at school.
? Scented products are not to be applied in public areas of the school, for example, in hallways or classrooms.
? No one should apply a scent to another person.
Special situations: Anyone who is in regular contact with specific students or staff members who have been medically identified as suffering ill effects from exposure to chemical odours may be required to further limit their use of scented products. Expectations for use of scented products in these situations would depend on the needs of the individual identified as having chemical sensitivities.
Here at Bear Creek we stress the importance of homework.
Please ensure that your child is completing homework on a regular basis. If you find that your child is continually telling you that they have no homework, please contact the teacher.
Students who have completed a full time school year (8 courses for grades 9, 10 & 11; 6 or more courses for grade 12) and achieve an average for that year of 80% or above will be placed on the honour role. Honour role students will be invited to our Night Of Excellence.
Every reasonable effort will be made by the school and the school staff to keep the school open each day for those students who are able to attend.
The school will arrange for suitable and appropriate learning activities for those students who are present. An appropriate school plan will provide a meaningful program for those students who are able to attend under these inclement weather conditions.
For students who walk to school, it is the responsibility of parents/guardians to decide whether or not it is safe for a student to leave for school during severe weather conditions.
In cases where buses have been cancelled, it is the responsibility of parents/guardians of bused students to decide whether or not students should set out for school or be driven to school.
If buses are cancelled in the morning, they are cancelled for the entire day and will not run at a later time that day.
Parents/guardians are reminded that when they have driven their child(ren) to school it is their responsibility to ensure that appropriate arrangements have been made to provide for this child’s(rens’) safe return home at the end of the regular school day or during the school day if conditions worsen and it is necessary to close the school at any time before the end of the regular school day.
Where schools are open, students have the right to attend even though buses may not be running.
School closures and bus cancellations will be announced on local radio stations Rock 95, B101 and Star 107.5.
LIBRARY RESOURCE CENTRE
Teacher-Librarian: Ms. J .Phillips
The Library Resource Centre (LRC) at Bear Creek is the hub of the school’s information access and sharing network. The school library program provides rich learning opportunities and a wide variety of resources for all learners. Our collection includes extensive subject specific resources, magazine and newspaper subscriptions, on-line databases, new edition encyclopedias, videos, and multiple copies of exciting new and classic fiction.
Kodiaks using the library must show respect for library staff, their fellow students, and the wonderful resources at their disposal. Student learning is our top priority, and all students should behave in a way that demonstrates their respect for the learning environment at the LRC or risk losing their privileges here.
Circulation of resources in the library is dependent on our students’ ability to return or renew library materials. Late charges for overdue library materials is set at ten cents a day or students can return their overdue material and pay off any fine with the donation of a non-perishable food item for the Barrie Food Bank. If you fail to return overdue materials, you will forfeit your library privileges. Failure to respond to overdue notices can result in the matter being turned over to the Principal or Vice-Principals.
Students will be assigned lockers within designated areas for each homeroom. Since the lockers are the property of the S.C.D.S.B., the school reserves the right to enter any locker and reveal the contents to the police or any other agencies deemed necessary. THE SCHOOL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE TO THE CONTENTS OF THE LOCKERS. The student who is assigned the locker is responsible for what is in the locker and for keeping it secure. Students are required to use a Dudley combination lock with a serial number; these locks can be purchased at the school. If a lock is lost, stolen or broken, it is the student’s responsibility and expense to replace it and inform the office of the new combination and serial number. Students are expected to keep their lockers in good condition and may be asked to scrub their lockers of graffiti; in some cases, students will be charged for any cost of repairs or cleaning by school staff.
Guidelines for Use of Lockers
The locker should be:
• Clean and tidy inside and out – clean up spills and clean out old food and drink containers!
• Free of graffiti and inappropriate pictures – post pictures with masking tape only!
DO NOT use any locker other than the one assigned to you
DO NOT give your combination to anyone other than school staff
DO NOT allow other students to leave their belongings in your locker
Students who are assigned to share a locker with another student must be careful of the belongings of their locker partner and work co-operatively with him or her.
LOST AND FOUND
THE SCHOOL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR MONEY OR PERSONAL BELONGINGS BROUGHT TO THE SCHOOL. For this reason, students are strongly discouraged from bringing sums of money or valuables to school.
If articles are found on school property they should be turned in to the main office. Check at the main office to see if your lost items have been left for safekeeping.
Students are expected to be in the cafetorium, the library, the forum, lower hallways, or outside during the lunch hour. Students can visit their lockers quietly to get materials needed during the first ten minutes of lunch, but should not loiter in the hallways. All eating should take place in the cafetorium.
Parking Permits will be issued to students who have had their completed parking registration forms accepted and have paid their $2 parking fee (this covers cost of permits, paint, etc.). All student vehicles parked on school property must be registered and display a current parking permit. Unregistered or illegally parked vehicles will be ticketed and/or towed away at the owner’s expense.
Students driving to school are to park their vehicles in the parking lot located on the west side of the school in spots not designated for staff. Students must exercise extreme care when entering and exiting this parking lot. Improper driving may lead to removal of parking privileges. Please note that the school is not responsible for the vehicles or their contents.
Loitering in the parking lot and sitting in vehicles during the lunch period and timetable spares is not permitted.
ATHLETICS USER FEES
Current economic realities have forced us to take the necessary measures that will allow us to continue making sport activities available to students at Bear Creek as part of their overall education.
Here at Bear Creek, along with other schools in Simcoe County, we are asking that each student participating in the athletic program pay a user fee that will help defray costs such as transportation, officiating, facility costs, etc.
A student will be asked to pay according to the sport being played.
It must be made very clear at this time that no student at Bear Creek will be denied the opportunity to participate as a result of legitimate financial limitation. If such a situation exists, please feel free to contact the school at any time.
CODE OF ETHICS INTER-SCHOOL ATHLETICS
• Maintain academics and class attendance as a first priorities;
• Display good sportsmanship and self-control at all times, both on and off the field or court;
• Treat officials and opponents with respect;
• Be familiar with the rules of their sport and accept the spirit or intent;
• Display modesty in victory and graciousness in defeat.
The Police/School Protocol was developed by the Joint Safe Schools Task Force representing local school boards, community members, school councils, and municipal and provincial police services. This Protocol strengthens existing practices and applies a consistent approach to policies throughout all jurisdictions.
The Protocol follows guidelines provided by the Ministry of Education and includes information about the roles of school boards and police services, prevention programs and investigative procedures. The document is available in every school. The Protocol also outlines a Violent Incident Emergency Response Plan. School administrators and police have customized this plan for every school and regularly oversee emergency response drills to ensure high levels of preparedness in the unlikely event that a violent incident occurs. Our schools continue to be safe environments for students and staff. Practicing a prepared plan is one more component of a proactive, preventative and thoughtful approach to enhancing safe schools.
The Emergency Response Plan emphasizes that students have a responsibility to respond quickly to the direction of staff during a crisis situation and requires that any student with information or knowledge prior to or during a crisis situation must come forward with that information immediately. Parents and guardians are expected to reinforce these responsibility expectations with their children.
REPORTING CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT
The Ontario Child and Family Services Act (CFSA) provides for a broad range of services for families and children, including children who are or may be victims of child abuse or neglect. The paramount purpose of the Act is to promote the best interests, protection and well being of children. The Act states clearly that members of the public, including professionals who work with children, have an obligation to report promptly to a Children’s Aid Society if they suspect that a child is or may be in need of protection. For further information contact your local Children’s Aid Society or Family and Children’s Services.
RESTRICTED USE ITEMS
(See also Use of Scented Produces in the Health section.)
We acknowledge that cell phones and pagers are, at times, necessary items for certain students in unique circumstances outside of school hours. However, their disruptive nature must not be allowed to interfere with the academic environment. Therefore, cell phones and pagers will be allowed on Bear Creek property, but must be turned off and not visible inside the building. Messages may be left with the office staff in emergency situations only. The office will contact students at the earliest appropriate time. We strongly urge students not to bring these items to school, and the school will not be responsible for loss, theft, or damage to these items.
Use of digital or photographic imagery equipment including, but not limited to, cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and cameras is expressly forbidden at school. Use of audio recording equipment including, but not limited to, cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), MP3s, tape recorders and digital audio recorders on school premises is expressly forbidden unless audio recording is conducted for purposes related to the administration of the school program and is expressly authorized by school teaching or administrative staff prior to the recording being made. Failure to observe this directive will result in the immediate confiscation of the equipment. Confiscated equipment may be returned to the parent or legal guardian or in the event of suspected illegal or inappropriate activity will be forwarded to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
The availability and use of laser pointers has become more widespread. These pointers are a useful tool for educators and for students when supervised in the classroom. However, laser pointers are now being used by students in ways not intended by the manufacturer. As a result, serious concerns have surfaced about the hazards of laser pointers, particularly with respect to the potential damage they may cause to eyes. Since lasers may compromise the safety of others, students are not permitted to bring laser pointers on to school property.
Skateboards, roller blades, and scooters are not to be used while on the school grounds.
SCIENCE SAFETY RULES
Students are expected to:
1. become familiar with the general safety precautions early in the course;
2. adopt appropriate safety measures during all student activities;
3. know the location and correct use of safety equipment;
4. use protective eye wear and other safety devices when required;
5. understand procedures and instructions before proceeding with any experiment;
6. stand up while performing experiments unless directed otherwise by the teacher. When students are performing experiments stools and chairs should be removed from the area in which the lab is being performed;
7. wash their hands after working with chemicals, biological specimens and microorganisms;
8. maintain a clean work area;
9. leave outside jackets in the students locker;
10. tie back loose clothing and long hair when working near open flames or machinery;
11. wear shoes. Bare feet or open toed shoes are not allowed;
12. refrain from leaving lighted burners unattended. Butane lighters are not to be brought into the lab;
13. refrain from consuming food or drink in the lab;
14. refrain from tasting any chemicals in the lab and use the appropriate safety precautions when smelling chemicals;
15. unknown, unlabeled or suspicious-looking chemicals;
16. add acid to water slowly and with stirring; never the reverse;
17. check with the teacher before pouring any chemicals down the sink.
18. report all accidents to the teacher, no matter how minor- broken equipment, damaged or defective facilities and any.
Smoking anywhere on school property is a violation of the Tobacco Act and Board Policy. Students who are guilty of this violation will be dealt with by the Administration. If you are guilty be prepared to face the consequences – clean-up duty, suspension, charges, etc. If a teacher or an administrator finds you smoking on school property, you are expected to comply with the instructions of this person. Failure to do so will lead to further consequences.
For information about Special Education programming and the Special Education Advisory Committee, please visit our web site at www.scdsb.on.ca and click on Programs and Services, or call 705-734-6363, ext. 1264. Our Special Education Plan (available on our web site) provides information about the Identification, Placement and Review Committee process, Individual Education Plans, programs and services for exceptional pupils, and contact numbers for members of the Special Education Advisory Committee.
STUDENT PATHWAYS FOR SUCCESS
The SCDSB has established strategies in grades 7-12 that focus on the acquisition of literacy and numeracy skills and enhance learning opportunities for all students. The Student Success initiative addresses the underlying purpose that motivates students in their choices. It is designed to enable students to work towards a career destination. Job related career -awareness activities are explored in Grades 7-10 and opportunities for exploration through Co-operative Education Programs are built into the program in Grades 11 and 12. Well planned and focused pathways enable students to develop the skills required for the workplace while they are still in school.
Student Success focuses on success for all students. It develops literacy, numeracy and workplace skills and gives all students hope for the future.
(See Standards of Behaviour on page p17)
Students should not be phoned at school. IN AN EMERGENCY ONLY, a message can be left by a parent/guardian at the school office. The office telephone is a business phone. Pay phones are available at the main entrance for students’ private use.
Textbooks are provided for students in all grades. Books and supplies issued to you are on loan. Please look after them, enter your name in the place provided, and return them in good condition. You will be expected to pay for lost or damaged books. Students who fail to make financial compensation for lost or damaged texts could loose their privileges of taking textbooks outside the classroom during the next year. Every student shall sign a textbook inventory form that acknowledges receipt and responsibility for loaned textbooks.
Changes in Subject Selection
After students make their initial subject selections in February for the following year, they will be given a verification sheet listing the courses chosen. Once August arrives, changes in timetables will be allowed for specific reasons only. The last day for students to begin a new course is usually 10 days into the new semester.
Semester II Upgrading or Repeating of Courses Taken in Semester I
Students who take a course in the first semester and need to repeat or upgrade the course, can only be placed in the course for Semester II if space permits. Normally, these students will not be considered until at least two weeks into the semester. We recommend that once you are registered in a course, you do your best to complete the course successfully the first time.
TRANSFERRING TO ANOTHER SCHOOL
Students leaving Bear Creek Secondary School to enroll in another school should ask Guidance for a copy of their transcript. They must complete a “transfer” form and hand it in to the Attendance Secretary. Please return all your textbooks before you leave.
The school principal has a responsibility to provide a safe environment and to maintain proper order and discipline. Out of concern for the safety of staff and students and the security of the school, Bear Creek Secondary School, video cameras have been installed in areas inside and outside the building.
All visitors to our schools, including parents, caregivers, Board staff, and external agencies, must sign in at the office and wear a visitor’s badge. Generally we do not encourage visitors to attend classes with students due to space limitations. Unregistered and suspended students must not be on the school property or they may be charged with trespassing.
WITHDRAWING FROM SCHOOL
Students who are withdrawing from school must first visit the Guidance Office. This will provide an opportunity to discuss future plans with a counselor as well as enabling the Guidance Office to collect information, which the Ministry of Education requires of all students leaving school. Students must complete the appropriate form and return it to Guidance.
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 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, their race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, 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;
• Dress in a manner that is appropriate to school activities with regard to exposure, cleanliness and/or message;
• Respect all members of the school community, especially persons in positions of authority;
• Respect the need of others to work in an environment that is conducive to learning and teaching;
• Not swear at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority.
All members of the school community must not:
• Possess any weapon, including firearms;
• Use any object to threaten or intimidate another person;
• Cause injury to any person with an object;
• Possess or be under the influence of alcohol and/or illegal drugs;
• Provide others with alcohol or illegal drugs;
• Be under the influence of a noxious substance, such as glue or gasoline;
• Contravene the Tobacco Control Act;
• Inflict or encourage others to inflict bodily harm on another person;
• Engage in bullying behaviours;
• Commit sexual assault;
• Traffic weapons or illegal drugs;
• Give alcohol to a minor;
• Commit robbery;
• 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 premises of the school.
CONSEQUENCES FOR UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR
In the enforcement of consequences, attention must be given to avoid bias, to ensure that procedures are fair, informed, and impartial.
Prevention and Early Intervention
Prevention and early intervention strategies help students achieve their potential and support a positive school environment. School programs and activities focus on building healthy relationships, character development, and civic responsibility and encourage positive participation of the school community in the life of the school.
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. Consequences include learning opportunities for reinforcing positive behaviour and assisting pupils to make good choices
A suspension of up to twenty days may be assigned. Students on suspension are not allowed on school property, including on school buses, and are not able to attend any school functions. Students on suspension will be provided homework as possible and will have the opportunity to complete all summative assessment pieces or be provided and alternative assessment opportunity. Students on suspension from school for longer than 5 days may attend the SCDSB’s Right Turn Program for Lengthy Suspensions to receive supervision, counseling and assistance with assigned work.
In severe cases students may be expelled from school for a period of time longer than 20 days. Students on expulsion from school may continue their studies through the SCDSB’s Right Turn Program for Expelled Students.
Mitigating circumstances will be taken into account in the determination of all school consequences. These can include the ability of the student to control their behaviour, the ability of the student to understand the foreseeable consequences of his/her behaviour, or the whether the students continuing presence in the school poses and unacceptable risk to the safety or well-being of any other person.
Police contact can occur if a student’s behaviour contravenes the criminal code.