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Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

The OSDSS Code of Conduct is derived from the Ontario Code of Conduct, Bill 81  - the Safe Schools Act, 2000, and Bluewater District School Board Policies – Foundations For Learning, and  Safe Schools. It has been developed in collaboration with students, staff, parents/guardians and the community.

Guiding Principles (Provincial Code excerpt)

All participants involved in the publicly funded school system, students, parents or guardians, volunteers, teachers and other staff members, are included in this Code of Conduct whether they are on school property, on school buses or at school, authorized events or activities.
All members of the school community are to be treated with respect and dignity, especially persons in positions of authority.
Responsible citizenship involves appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community. Active and engaged citizens are aware of their rights, but more importantly, they accept responsibil­ity for protecting their rights and the rights of others.
Members of the school community are expected to use non-violent means to resolve conflict. Physically aggressive behaviour is not a responsible way to interact with others.
The possession, use or threatened use of any object to injure another person endangers the safety of oneself and others.
Alcohol and illegal drugs are addictive and present a health hazard. Ontario schools will work cooperatively with police, drug and alcohol agencies to promote prevention strategies and, where necessary, respond to school members who are in possession of, or under the influence of, alcohol or illegal drugs.
Insults, disrespect, and other hurtful acts disrupt learning and teaching in a school community. Members of the school community have a responsibility to maintain an environment where conflict and difference can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and civility.

Roles and Responsibilities (Provincial Code excerpt)

Principals, under the direction of their school board, take a leadership role in the daily operation of a school. They provide this leadership by:

arrow_bullet.jpgdemonstrating care and commitment to academic excellence and a safe teaching and learning environment;

arrow_bullet.jpgholding everyone, under their authority, accountable for their behaviour and actions;

arrow_bullet.jpgcommunicating regularly and meaningfully with all members of their school community.

Teachers and School staff, under the leadership of their principals, maintain order in the school and are expected to hold everyone to the highest standard of respectful and responsible behaviour. As role models, staff uphold these high standards when they:

arrow_bullet.jpghelp students work to their full potential and develop their selfworth;

arrow_bullet.jpgcommunicate regularly and meaningfully with parents;

arrow_bullet.jpgmaintain consistent standards of behaviour for all students;

arrow_bullet.jpgdemonstrate respect for all students, staff and parents;

arrow_bullet.jpg prepare students for the full responsibilities of citizenship.

Students are to be treated with respect and dignity. In return, they must demonstrate respect for themselves, for others and for the resonsibilities of citizenship through acceptable behaviour.  Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student:

arrow_bullet.jpg comes to school prepared, on time and ready to learn;

arrow_bullet.jpg shows respect for themselves, for others and for those in authority;

arrow_bullet.jpg refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others;

arrow_bullet.jpg follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his or her own action.

Parents play an important role in the education of their children and have a responsibility to support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment for all students.  Parents fulfill this responsibility when they:

arrow_bullet.jpg show an active interest in their child's school work and progress;

arrow_bullet.jpg communicate regularly with the school;

arrow_bullet.jpg help their child be neat, dressed and prepared for school;

arrow_bullet.jpg ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time;

arrow_bullet.jpg promptly report to the school their child's absence or late arrival;

arrow_bullet.jpg become familiar wit the Code of Conduct and school rules;

arrow_bullet.jpg encourage and assist their child in following the rules of behaviour;

arrow_bullet.jpg assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues.

Police and community members are essential partners in making our schools and communities safer. Community members need to support and respect the rules of their local schools. Police investigate incidents in accor­dance with the protocol developed with the local school board. These protocols are based on a provincial model developed by the Ministry of the Solicitor General and the Ministry of Education.

Standards of Behaviour (Provincial Code excerpt)

Respect, civility and responsible citizenship

All school members must:

arrow_bullet.jpg respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws;
arrow_bullet.jpgdemonstrate honesty and integrity;
arrow_bullet.jpg respect differences in people, their ideas and opinions;
arrow_bullet.jpg treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is disagreement;
arrow_bullet.jpg respect and treat others fairly, regardless of their race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability;
arrow_bullet.jpg respect the rights of others;
arrow_bullet.jpg show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others;
arrow_bullet.jpg take appropriate measures to help those in need;
arrow_bullet.jpg respect persons who are in a position of authority;
arrow_bullet.jpg respect the need of others to work in an environment of learning and teaching.

Physical safety

All schools members must:

arrow_bullet.jpg not be in possession of any weapon, including but not limited to firearms;
arrow_bullet.jpg not use any object to threaten or intimidate another person;
arrow_bullet.jpg not cause injury to any person with an object.

Alcohol and Drugs
All school members must:

arrow_bullet.jpg not be in possession of, or under the influence of, or provide others with, alcohol or illegal drugs.

Physical Aggression
All school members must:

arrow_bullet.jpg not inflict or encourage others to inflict bodily harm on another person; seek staff assistance, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully.

Mandatory Consequences (Provincial Code excerpt)

Police will be involved, as indicated by the police/school protocol, and the student will be immediately suspended and proceed to an expulsion hearing for the following:
arrow_bullet.jpg possession of a weapon, including, but not limited to firearms;
arrow_bullet.jpg trafficking in drugs or weapons;
arrow_bullet.jpg robbery; use of a weapon to cause bodily harm, or to threaten serious harm; physical assault causing bodily harm requiring professional medical treatment;
arrow_bullet.jpgsexual assault;
arrow_bullet.jpgproviding alcohol to minors.
Immediate Suspension will be the minimum penalty faced by a student for:
arrow_bullet.jpguttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm;
arrow_bullet.jpgpossession of illegal drugs;
arrow_bullet.jpgacts of vandalism causing extensive damage to school property or property located on school premises.

In these instances, police will be involved, as required, and conditions to return to school will be specified in accordance with school board policies. 

Discretionary Consequences
The development of self-discipline is the responsibility of all students with the assistance of all adults with whom they have contact.  Consequences shall be appropriate to the individual and the circumstances, and may include the folllowing actions:

arrow_bullet.jpgcommunication with parents
arrow_bullet.jpgremoval of privileges
arrow_bullet.jpgisolation within the classroom
arrow_bullet.jpgin-school suspension
arrow_bullet.jpgpupil-teacher contract
arrow_bullet.jpginvolvement of outside agencies

Levels of consequences will depend on the severity of the violation and will be progressive in nature.

OSDSS Standards
The following discretionary standards of behaviour are considered important at OSDSS.

arrow_bullet.jpg In order to reach their academic potential, students must bring required materials to class, participate actively and positively in class activities, and complete all assignments. Students can expect that there will be homework and studying that cannot be completed in class time.

[Image:arrow_bullet.jpg]It is a violation of this code to plagiarize, (i.e. to offer as your own work, the work of others without appropriate acknowledgement ) or to cheat on examinations or tests. Consarrow_bullet.jpgsconduct will include assignments of a low grade (including zero), failure in a course, and/or suspension from school.

[Image:arrow_bullet.jpg]End-of-semester evaluations/examinations are compulsory at OSDSS. The examination dates for the school year are set in advance and can be found by referring to the school year calendar. It is expected that vacations and other appointments will be avoided during the examination periods. Generally, failure to write a final examination will result in a mark of zero and possible loss of credit. Deferral or possible excusal from writing an examination iarrow_bullet.jpg medical reason. A medical certificate will be required, clearly indicating that the examination could not be written.

[Image:arrow_bullet.jpg]Students must have signed permission from a parent or guardian before they can participate on a school-sanctioned trip. Students are responsible for all work missed. Arrangements with teachers should be made well in advance of the acarrow_bullet.jpg permitted to drive their own vehicles to or from any excursion or sports event without permission from the Principal.

[Image:arrow_bullet.jpg]Students who work to their individual academic potential are eligible to participate iarrow_bullet.jpgities. Poor academic achievement may result in removal of extra-curricular privileges .

Behaviour Standards


[Image:arrow_bullet.jpg]Here at OSDSS, we have a Zero Tolerance regarding bullying.  Bullying is a conscious and willful act of aggression or manipulation by one or more parrow_bullet.jpgrson or people.   It maybe premeditated or opportunistic and can last for a short period of time or go on for years. 

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Student Expectations:

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[Image:arrow_bullet.jpg]Taarrow_bullet.jpgeir own behaviour

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Consequences for Bularrow_bullet.jpglet.jpg]Specific rearrow_bullet.jpganagement sessions, social skills courses, behaviarrow_bullet.jpgs)

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[Image:arrow_bullet.arrow_bullet.jpgvice assigned by priarrow_bullet.jpgllet.jpg]Counseling

arrow_bullet.jpgIn-school supervarrow_bullet.jpgrow_bullet.jpg]Behaviour contract


[Image:arrow_bullet.jpg]Peer mentoring

[Image:arrow_bullet.jpg]Suspension which could lead to an Expulsion

[Image:arrow_bullet.jpg]Police intervention

Last Modified: May 15, 2018
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