A school is a place that promotes responsibility, respect, civility and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment. All students, parents, teachers and staff have the right to be safe, and feel safe, in their school community. With this right, comes the responsibility to be law-abiding citizens and to be accountable for actions that put at risk the safety of others and oneself. We expect that staff and parents will model these skills.
We know that certain behaviours are never acceptable in a safe and caring school community. We know that discipline is training that teaches students proper behaviour and corrects behaviour mistakes. Basic to a discipline policy is the premise that every student has the right to an education without disruption and a corresponding responsibility not to deny this right to any other student. Use of discipline demonstrates that we value a safe and caring school.
** This Code of Conduct contains some items which may appear to be more relevant to older students. However, these items, such as the boxes outlining specific misbehaviours for which suspension may or must be considered, are mandatory under both the Provincial and TLDSB Codes of Conduct. Therefore, these items also apply to all members of our school community.
At Lady Eaton Elementary School we strive to learn and practice the skills that will make us productive and successful citizens – at school and in our community. We expect that staff and parents will model these skills.
We are clear that in our school community these are the skills we need to learn and practise:
All MEMBERS OF OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY must:
- Be honest and fair.
- Show respect for people’s differences and opinions.
- Treat each other kindly- especially during disagreements.
- Respect the rights of others.
- Care for school property and the property of others.
- Notice and help those in need.
- Seek help from school staff if necessary to resolve conflicts.
- Obey all laws.
- Respect and obey persons in positions of authority.
- Try to make the school a safe and healthy place.
- Keep all language respectful and courteous.
In addition, all STUDENTS must:
- Attend school on time.
- Have good personal hygiene.
- Wear clothes that are appropriate for school.
- Show verbal and physical self-control.
- Use courteous and respectful words and actions with everybody.
- Show respect for all school property
- Return school property on time and in reasonable condition
- Pay for school items that were lost or damaged.
- Behave appropriately and safely on school buses.
- Participate in class and complete assignments.
- Complete tests and exams honestly.
- Obey school staff including teachers, supply teachers, educational assistants, secretaries or custodians.
- Follow all school policies and routines.
- Follow all the classroom policies and routines set by teachers.
- Accept discipline from staff attempts to correct student behavioural mistakes.
- Obey the board policy on use of internet in schools.
- Be responsible for personal electronic devices in the event of loss, theft or damage.
- Do not bring cell phones and electronic devices to school except with special permission from teachers.
- Be personally responsible for passwords -including internet accessed by their passwords.
- Be accountable for content of any memory storage devices (i.e., USB memory sticks). Staff has the right to request to see the content.
- Alert a staff member if they know of harmful or harassment types of behaviours targeting any of their classmates via use of electronic devices or internet sites.
- Be accountable for off-school property use of internet sites or electronic devices which may have a negative impact on the school environment.
We know that certain behaviours are never acceptable in a safe and caring school community.
We agree that all of the following are unacceptable and subject to corrective disciplinary attempts by school staff in our school.
All MEMBERS OF OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY must not:
- Use bullying.
- Commit sexual assault.
- Be in possession of any weapon – including firearms.
- Traffic weapons or illegal or restricted drugs.
- Have, be under the influence of or give to others – alcohol or illegal or restricted drugs.
- Give alcohol to a minor.
- Commit robbery.
- Cause injury to anyone or encourage others to do so; inflict or encourage others to inflict bodily harm on another person.
- Engage in hate propaganda and other forms of behaviour motivated by hate or bias.
- Commit an act of vandalism that causes damage to school property or to property located on the premises of the school.
- Create a disturbance in a school or on school property which interrupts or disquiets the proceedings of the school or class or otherwise disrupts the operation of a school or the learning environment.
- Engage in any behaviour that would be considered as conduct injurious to the moral tone of the school and to the physical and mental wellbeing of others in the school
In addition, all STUDENTS must not:
- Use swear words or improper rude language.
- Use threatening words, gestures or physical assault against a person or their belongings.
- Use displays of affection that are inappropriate for school setting.
- Harass by any means (verbal, physical, electronic device/internet) any member of school community.
- Use drugs, alcohol or tobacco on school property or at school events.
- Smoke or use any other tobacco product on school property, busses or events.
- Have, use, sell or give alcohol, illegal drugs or restricted prescription drugs (sold illegally for non-medicinal purposes) on school buses, field trips, school property.
- Be on school property where the use of alcohol or illegal drugs is still detectable.
- Steal or vandalize the property of others.
- Use camera capable electronic devices in areas others expect to be private (washrooms, change rooms) or where there is a known objection to taking pictures.
- Connect PDA’s with internet capabilities to TLDSB network.
- Use internet or electronic devices to threaten, harass or demean any other member of the school community especially when those actions interfere with that member’s ability to function in the school.
- Access inappropriate websites.
We know that discipline is training that teaches students proper behaviour and corrects behaviour mistakes. Basic to a discipline policy is the premise that every student has the right to an education without disruption and a corresponding responsibility not to deny this right to any other student. Use of discipline demonstrates that we value a safe and caring school.
In our school, this is the philosophy and plan for corrective and supportive discipline.