Code of Conduct

The code of behaviour has been developed by the Springbank School Advisory Council and is consistent with the legislative framework of the Education Act and Regulation 298 and the TVDSB Safe Schools Policy. It includes the provincial standards of behaviour and the mandatory consequences for student actions that do not comply with these standards.

Rationale

As members of the student body, staff and community of Springbank Public School, we wish the atmosphere throughout our school to be conducive to learning and to promote student growth and development. We expect it to be cheerful, friendly and characterized by consideration for others and respect for the rights of the individual so as to create a safe environment.

Parents and guardians are their children’s first and most influential teachers. They have the right and the responsibility to participate in the education of their children. Families are encouraged to learn more about their children’s program and to become a partner in helping the school and the student achieve their goals.

It takes a whole community to educate a child. We welcome an interested community and need its support.

Consequences

Our goal is to help students see that they are responsible for their behaviour and in control of their own actions. The use of fair and logical consequences helps students know they have chosen inappropriate or unacceptable behaviour. In this way, students are taught responsibility and respect for self and others.

Such consequences might include:

  • Warning
  • Time out
  • Withdrawal of the student from the classroom situation
  • Requiring a student to make restitution where appropriate
  • Parent/guardian conferences; phone call home or letter home
  • Interview with the teacher or principal
  • Behavioural contracts
  • Change in program delivery location
  • Referral to outside agencies
  • Suspension from school
  • Expulsion
  • Denial of computer privileges and/or police involvement on unacceptable use of the school’s internet

It is expected that the above will be understood through communication, practice and review by all parties.

Expectations

Students are expected to:

  • Familiarize themselves with the Code of Behaviour
  • Respect the authority of school staff
  • Abide by the established school rules
  • Respect civility and responsible citizenship
  • Treat others with consideration, courtesy and respect
  • Attend class regularly and on time
  • Be attentive and actively participate in class
  • Respect the property of others and of the school – damage and vandalism to properties is unacceptable
  • Dress appropriately for the learning environment. Apparel and accessories displaying vulgarity, violence, illegal or controlled substances are unacceptable
  • Use the school’s Internet access in support of educational goals
  • Be respectful of ethnic, racial, religious and sexual differences
  • Leave at home weapons or potentially dangerous items (i.e. jack knives, or any replicas of weapons, lighters, matches, etc.)
  • Be aware that the following behaviours will not be tolerated:
    • Possession or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs
    • Threats of a physical harm
    • Violence of a physical nature
    • Bullying
    • Inappropriate touching
    • Verbal harassment
    • Inappropriate language
    • Encouragement of others to inflict harm on another person

Parents are expected to:

  • Familiarize themselves with the Code of Behaviour
  • Be aware of and abide by the school rules and routines
  • Assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues
  • Promptly notify the school in case of their child’s absence
  • Encourage regular, punctual attendance
  • Foster educational values by showing an interest in their child’s progress
  • Support the school administration and School Advisory Council

Staff are expected to:

  • Familiarize students with rules and Code of Behaviour
  • Be friendly, encouraging and considerate
  • Be fair and firm in their expectations of responsible behaviour
  • Promote good work habits
  • Model appropriate behaviours for the students of the school

Violence has the effect or potential of hurting the health and welfare of an individual. It can be physical, verbal (oral or written), emotional, sexual, or racial and can be directed against one individual or a group of individuals. Violence works against our ability to create an atmosphere conducive to learning and development.

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