STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT HANDBOOK
Clarkson Secondary School
2524 Bromsgrove Road
Office Hours: 7:30 – 3:30
CLARKSON SECONDARY SCHOOL
CODE OF CONDUCT
Clarkson Secondary School recognizes that students achieve their best when they feel safe, nurtured, welcomed, respected and included. We are committed to providing a healthy learning and working environment to support student success by promoting responsibility, respect, civility, academic excellence and good citizenship. For learning to be successful, schools must be free of negative factors such as bullying, discrimination, intimidation, hateful words and actions as well as physical violence in any form.
One of the Peel Board's projects is the implementation of six core character attributes. The attributes are taught in school, but they are also the basis of the board's working relationships – they help to create a positive climate for learning and working.
We want our staff and students to be:
- Caring – showing compassion and kindness towards others
- Cooperative – working collaboratively with others for a common purpose
- Honest – being truthful, trustworthy and sincere in your speech and actions
- Inclusive – treating everyone fairly and equitably
- Respectful – treating others, yourself and the environment with high regard and value
- Responsible – being accountable and reliable in your actions and commitments
We believe that parents, the school and community must all work together to help students learn to become responsible members of society, being sensitive to the diversity, cultural and special needs of individual students. We must clearly demonstrate respect for social justice and human rights, and promote the values needed to develop responsible members of a democratic society.
The Code of Conduct for Clarkson Secondary School is aligned with and supports the principles and expectations of the Board's Human Rights policy (Policy #51) and the Equity and Inclusive Education policy (Policy #54). At all times, this Code should be interpreted to be consistent with the Board's policies and the Human Rights Code.
OUR CODE OF CONDUCT
The Clarkson Secondary School Code of Conduct applies to all members of the school community including students, parents, guardians, volunteers, visitors and school staff, whether they are on school property, on school buses, at school-authorized events or activities, or in any other situation that may impact the school climate.
All members of the school community have a responsibility to respect and honour the school Code of Conduct, to demonstrate age and developmentally appropriate social behaviour and to take responsibility for their own actions.
4 C'S OF CLARKSON
Commitment to learning
Communication amongst all partners
Consideration of others
Courtesy for all
All members of the school community are expected to:
- demonstrate honesty and integrity.
- treat one another with dignity, respect and fairness, regardless of their race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnicity, citizenship, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, socio-economic status, or any other attribute.
- take appropriate action to help those in need, seeking assistance to resolve conflict constructively and respectfully.
- show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others.
Parent and guardian responsibilities include:
- taking an active role in their son/daughter's education by ensuring that he/she is prepared for learning, including punctual and regular attendance, promptly reporting authorized absences and late arrivals, and ongoing communication with the school.
- reviewing the school's Code of Conduct with their son/daughter and helping him/her follow school rules.
- helping their child understand that it is not appropriate to tease or bully others.
- monitoring their child's internet use and taking responsibility for his/her behaviour when accessing electronic resources from home.
Student responsibilities include:
- demonstrating a commitment to learning through punctual and regular attendance, being prepared and ready to learn.
- practicing honesty and integrity including, but not limited to, not participating in or encouraging plagiarism, misrepresentation of original work, use of unauthorized aids, theft of evaluation instruments, or false representation of identity.
- following school rules and taking responsibility for his/her own actions.
- refraining from bringing anything to school, or using anything inappropriately, that may risk the safety of themselves or others.
- showing proper care and regard for school and community property, as well as only visiting other schools for school-related and authorized activities.
Staff responsibilities include:
- helping students achieve to the best of their ability, developing self-worth, and being responsible citizens.
- maintaining order in the school and holding everyone to the highest standard of respectful and responsible behavior.
- communicating regularly and meaningfully with parents/guardians.
- establishing an array of extensive, clear, fair and developmentally appropriate interventions, supports, direct skill instruction and consequences for unacceptable behaviour.
Regular attendance and punctuality is vital to good academic performance. Students are expected to attend all classes for which they are registered and be on time every day.
The school is required by law to maintain an accurate attendance record for all students.
- attendance is taken at the beginning of each class period and updated on line
- students are required to provide a note from their parent/guardian when absent from school. The note is to be given to the office immediately upon the student's return to school
- alternatively, parents can call on the day of their child's absence at 905 – 822 - 6700. This will ensure that our automated phone system does not call home to report a missed class.
Email Notification for Parents/Guardians – if you would like to arrange for email communication, please contact the school's main office and make arrangements to complete the consent form.
Changes to Telephone Number(s) and Address – please notify the guidance office if you have made a change to your telephone number and/or address. Please call extension 417.
Our automated call home system will contact all parents/guardians regarding student absence on a daily basis. This system contacts the homes of students absent from one or more classes on any given day. Please ensure that any changes to your main contact telephone number are shared with the school.
Excused During the Day
Students who must leave before the end of the day must sign out through the main office. This obligation applies to all students even if they are leaving only for a short time and will be returning. They must sign out when leaving.
To facilitate sign out procedures for appointments, students who know they will be leaving during the day should bring a note to the main office at the beginning of the day.
Extended Absences During the School Year
Students who have been absent for 15 consecutive school days without appropriate supporting medical documentation must notify the school via the Vice Principal, the reasons for the absence and discuss a plan to re-engage in school.
In the event that parents choose to take their child out of school at times other than school holidays, families must:
1. contact the appropriate Vice Principal well in advance of the expected absence (2 weeks minimum).
2. complete the Extended Absence Form in consultation with each classroom teacher and submit it to the office, to help facilitate the continuation of school programming.
3. fulfill all academic obligations as outlined on the form.
4. final evaluation periods will not be considered for approval for vacation (missed finals require medical notes).
Sign up For Parent Web
Parents/Guardians can track attendance and other student information by signing up for Parent Web. Student attendance in any course can be viewed live online by parents. To sign up, please visit our school website at: http://schools.peelschools.org//sec/erindale and click on the PARENT WEB icon. The student's Ontario Education Number will be required for signing up. This OEN appears on the student's report card and student I.D. (Identification) Card. For assistance, please contact the Main Office.
Communication with adult students (age 18 and older):
Please be advised that Peel District School Board staff, including teachers and administrators, will communicate with the parent(s)/guardian(s) of an adult student (age 18 or older) regarding educational matters unless and until that adult student provides direction in writing that all further communication by school staff regarding education matters must be with that student only. Students who have any questions regarding this practice who wish to provide written direction to the school, needs to see the Vice-Principal.
BULLYING PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION
We are teaching students to identify bullying behaviour and giving them strategies to deal with, and stop it from happening.
Bullying is typically a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear, distress and/or harm to another person's body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.
Bullying can be based on factors such as size, strength, age, intelligence, peer group power, economic status, social status, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, family circumstances, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, disability or the receipt of special education. Bullying may include the use of any physical, verbal, electronic (cyber-bullying), written or others means.
When someone experiences or observes bullying behaviour, he/she is expected to report it to a teacher, teaching assistant or school administrator immediately. Bullying behaviour will be dealt with using a progressive discipline approach.
Clarkson Secondary School encourages, supports and recognizes acceptable behaviour in our students through a variety of positive practices. Progressive discipline is an approach that makes use of a continuum of interventions, supports and consequences, building upon strategies that promote positive behaviours.
We encourage students to take responsibility for their behaviour and to accept the consequences of their actions. A progressive discipline approach will be used to deal with inappropriate behaviour. This may include: oral reminders, review of expectations, contact with parent(s)/guardian(s), written reflection, volunteer services to the school community, conflict mediation and resolution, peer mentoring, and/or referral for support services.
We recognize that each student is a unique individual and that every situation that requires disciplinary action has its own set of extenuating circumstances. All factors that may have affected the student's behaviour will be considered before progressive discipline is applied. Students who behave inappropriately will receive an age and developmentally appropriate consequence. For a student with special education or disability-related needs, all progressive discipline approaches will be consistent with his/her Individual Education Plan and his/her demonstrated abilities.
Suspension and expulsion
Clarkson Secondary School also supports the use of suspension and expulsion for serious incidents as outlined in the Peel District School Board's Safe Schools Policy.
Before considering whether to impose a suspension or make a recommendation for an expulsion, a principal must consider mitigating and other factors.
The behaviours for which a principal may consider suspending a student include:
- swearing (written or verbal) at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority
- refusal to identify self when requested
- uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person
- Include fighting, play fighting, rough play?
- damaging or destroying school property
- possessing alcohol or restricted drugs
- being under the influence of alcohol or restricted drugs
- committing any act, considered by the principal to:
- have a negative impact on the moral tone of the school
- have a negative impact on the physical or mental well-being of one or more school community members
- be contrary to the school or Peel Board Codes of Conduct
Incidents for which a principal will consider recommending to the board's Discipline Committee that a student be expelled include:
- physically assaulting another person causing bodily harm that requires medical treatment
- possessing a weapon or using a weapon to threaten or frighten another person
- trafficking in restricted drugs or weapons
- giving alcohol or restricted drugs to a minor
- committing robbery
- committing sexual assault
- behaviour that:
- is significantly detrimental to the school climate and/or to the physical or mental well-being of others
- causes extensive damage to school property
- causes his/her continued presence at the school to pose an unacceptable risk to other members of the school community
- is so inappropriate that the student's continued presence is detrimental to the effective learning or working environment of others
- demonstrates a persistent resistance to changes in behaviour that would enable him/her to be successful
- is a serious violation of the school or Peel Board Codes of Conduct
Students who are suspended or expelled will be given an opportunity to continue their education through educational programs offered by the school board.
NO SCENT POLICY
Clarkson and the Peel District School Board have a NO SCENT POLICY. Students and staff are not to wear scents in the building.
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL AND SMOKING
The school recognizes the benefits of a smoke-free environment for all persons. By law, smoking including use of vaporizers, e-cigarettes etc. is not permitted at Clarkson Secondary School, on any other board property, on school buses or while attending any school-related event or activity. School property includes cars that are on school grounds and all lands to the edge of the sidewalk or street. The no smoking rule will be enforced within these areas.
Any person smoking tobacco or holding lighted tobacco on school property will be referred to the Principal/Vice Principal, and progressive discipline will apply up to and including a referral to the Peel Health Department.
Providing tobacco products to anyone under 19 years of age is illegal.
Alcohol and restricted drugs may be addictive and represent a health hazard. Possessing, using, trafficking in, or providing others with restricted drugs and/or alcohol will not be condoned at Clarkson Secondary School, on Peel board property or at any school-related event or activity at any time. Drug-related paraphernalia that can be used for substance abuse are not permitted on school property.
Possessing or displaying weapons of any kind, real, toy or replica, and all other objects that could inflict or threaten bodily harm will not be condoned at Clarkson Secondary School, on any Peel board property, or at any school-related event or activity at any time.
The standards for school dress at Clarkson Secondary School are based on common sense and are intended to support the comfort, safety and modesty of all students. There is a strong relationship between neat, clean and appropriate clothing and a positive learning environment.
The following are inappropriate for school wear at Clarkson:
- hoods, sunglasses, coats and other outerwear
- bandannas and other gang insignia
- inappropriate exposure of visible undergarments
- excessive exposure of cleavage, bare back and bare midriff
- Insulting language, profanity, racist, sexist and demeaning symbols or slogans including insignia referring to drugs, alcohol or violence
Inappropriate items may be confiscated and/or the student may be required to return home to change. Subsequent offences will result in the escalation of consequences.
USE OF TECHNOLOGY
Clarkson Secondary School recognizes the value of using Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) to enhance 21st Century learning to support curriculum delivery. As such, we embrace the use of PEDs in a respectful and responsible manner, in keeping with the school's Code of Conduct and the PEEL District School Board's Digital Citizenship Policy #78. The Code of Conduct and academic integrity apply to the use of technology whether students are accessing information from school, home or from a PED.
Students are able to use Board technology and the PEDs for educational purposes in classrooms, libraries, cafeterias/lunchrooms and other areas students gather to do their work, as outlined in the expectations below:
- PEDs may be used in the classroom only with permission of a teacher or other staff member.
- PEDs may be used outside the classroom as long as these devices do not distract from a school activities.
- As a result of bandwidth limitations, downloading or streaming of video content for non-educational purposes is not permitted.
- PEDs may only be used to make and/or receive phone calls or texts in the cafeteria or outside the building unless a teacher or staff member provides permission to do so elsewhere.
- Students need to be diligent about safely storing their PEDs. Clarkson Secondary School is not responsible for lost, stolen and/or damaged PEDs.
- Keep personal information private (e.g. age, address, phone numbers, usernames, passwords) unless approved by a teacher and/or a parent.
- Use good judgment in accessing material on the Internet, and report suspicious concerns to a teacher immediately.
- Create, display, use and store messages, images and videos appropriately while demonstrating respect, e.g. no cyber-bullying or using others' passwords.
- PEDs may not be used for any communication or for taking photographs/video unless permission is granted by a teacher or other staff member.
- Posting photographs and/or images on the Internet (including social network sites) without teacher and/or parent permission violates the Code of Conduct.
- With respect to Board technology, never download or install any software without the permission of your teacher.
- Do not use Board technology resources to store materials not relevant to educational purposes.
- Users should not expect privacy with respect to any of their activities when using the Board's technology resources.
We have clear expectations around the appropriate, respectful use of technology. Inappropriate use of Board technology and/or PEDs may result in discipline or having the use of these services suspended or removed.
Consequences for failure to comply will include a caution, temporary confiscation of the electronic equipment with a note in the student's file and on subsequent occasions, the electronic equipment will be returned only to a parent or guardian. A student unwilling to comply could ultimately be suspended.
Students are responsible for the care, maintenance and security of their personal devices. The Peel board is not responsible for the replacement of lost, stolen or damaged items.
Technology Sign Out
Clarkson offers the opportunity for students to sign out devices for use throughout the day. Students who sign technology out from the library can do so for the day ONLY. Students are responsible for:
- Returning devices at the end of the school day. Devices are not to leave the building or be taken home overnight.
- Students are responsible for maintaining the devices in good condition while in their care
- Paying for replacement or repair of devices when necessary
To ensure students stay safe on the Internet, students must never:
- give out personal information such as their addresses, telephone number, age, school name or address
- agree to meet with someone they meet online
- respond in any form to messages which make them uncomfortable or are deemed inappropriate according to the school's Code of Conduct
- share their personal student network login and password with anyone other than a parent/guardian
- use other individuals' accounts
- take and/or post photos, videos or images of an individual/group unless consent from the individual(s) (over the age of 18) or parental consent (for those under the age of 18) has been obtained
BUS TRAVEL & EXPECTATIONS
Students are expected to follow the standards of behaviour outlined in the Code of Conduct while they are on the school bus.
If you ride the school bus to and from school you must:
- Show your bus pass to the driver EACH TIME you board the bus. In addition you must show the driver your photo ID if requested to do so. Ride only on the bus to which you have been assigned.
- Refrain from eating, drinking, or creating/leaving garbage on the bus.
- Follow the driver's instructions regarding seating, opening/closing of windows, noisy/rude behaviour, and any other discipline issues which may arise.
- Students who lend/borrow bus passes will be suspended from bus privileges.
- Be at your bus stop 10 min. early. If a bus does not show up or is late, please inform the main office.
- If you lose your bus pass, there will be a $2 charge for a replacement.
- Buses leave the school at 2:44 p.m. Students must not attempt to board a bus once the driver has closed the doors, either at school or at a bus stop. This is meant for the safety of all students.
There is further information on the back of your bus pass. There are safety and legal issues present regarding student behaviour on busses; students who do not follow the bus rules may lose their bus privileges.
C:\Documents and Settings\PeelUser\Desktop\2017-2018 Code of conduct.docx