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RHSS CODE OF CONDUCT

 3.1 Safe Schools policy

Peel District School Board Code of Conduct

The Education Amendment Act (Progressive Discipline and School Safety), 2007 repeals sections 306 to 311 of the Education Act and replaces them with new provisions that substantially alter Part XIII of the Act with respect to the suspension and expulsion of pupils. The amendments support the progressive discipline approach to choosing the appropriate course of action to address inappropriate behaviour. The amendments combine discipline with provisions for pupils to continue their education.

Guiding principles

 The Peel District School Board is committed to developing a culture of non-violence in all schools and work locations. Every effort will be made to:

eliminate the incidence of violence;

prepare students to manage their lives and relationships in constructive and respectful ways;

provide a prompt and appropriate response to violent and other inappropriate actions that threaten the safety and security of the school community; and

ensure that there are serious consequences for any student who commits a violent act.

 All members of the school community (including people in positions of authority), are to be treated with respect and dignity.

 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 encourage the use of constructive and respectful means to resolve conflict. Physically aggressive behaviour is not a responsible way to interact with others.

 Members of the school community are not to be in possession of, or are not to use or threaten the use of any object to injure another person as this endangers the safety of oneself and others.

 Schools will work cooperatively with police and community agencies to promote prevention strategies. The school will respond to school members who are in possession of, or under the influence of, alcohol or restricted 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 differences can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and civility.

 Schools have a responsibility to promote and enhance positive self-esteem in students through their programs and practices.

 Each behavioural situation that requires disciplinary action has its own unique and varying set of extenuating circumstances. These situations must be handled in a fair and dignified manner that takes into consideration the individual student, the nature and severity of the behaviour, the safety and dignity of all students, the impact on school climate, any mitigating and other factors, and is sensitive to the diversity, cultural and special needs of the individuals involved.

 The Peel District School Board promotes student success by providing all students, including suspended and expelled students, access to continuous learning opportunities and, where appropriate, to the support they need to meet their learning objectives.

 The Peel District School Board is committed to recruiting and retaining staff members who are willing and able to operate within Board policy and within the authority of the Education Act.

 The Peel District School Board is committed to staff development and training to achieve the goals of this policy.

 

Standards of behaviour

Respect, civility and responsible citizenship. All school members 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, ethnicity, citizenship, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or ability

 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 staff assistance, if necessary, to resolve conflict constructively and respectfully

 respect all members of the school community, especially people in positions of authority

 respect the need of others to work in an environment conducive to teaching and learning and working

 

 

 not use abusive or inappropriate language or swear at a teacher or another person in a position of authority

 

Safety

All school members must not:

 engage in bullying behaviours

 commit sexual misconduct, including assault

 commit robbery

 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 extensive damage to school property or to property located on school premises

 

Weapons

All school members must not:

 be in possession of, or traffic in, any weapon, including, but not limited to, firearms, pepper spray, or other gas or devices designed to injure, incapacitate or immobilize

 use any object to threaten or intimidate another person

 cause injury to any person with an object

 

Alcohol and drugs

All school members must not:

 be in possession of, or under the influence of, or provide others with, or traffic in alcohol or restricted drugs

 give alcohol or restricted drugs to a minor

 

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 another person that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear, distress and/or harm to that person's body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.

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.

Progressive discipline

The Provincial Code of Conduct, the Peel District School Board Code of Conduct and the Education Act create expectations for behaviour for all persons on school property.

It is essential that all students have a safe, nurturing and accepting school environment in order to maximize their learning potential and to ensure a positive school climate for all members of the school community.

Pursuant to the Education Act, principals are required to maintain proper order and discipline in schools, and students are responsible to the principal for their conduct and are required to accept such discipline as would be exercised by a reasonable, kind, firm and judicious parent.

To meet the goal of creating a safe, nurturing, and accepting school environment, the Peel District School Board supports the use of early, ongoing and proactive positive and restorative practices, as well as consequences for inappropriate behaviour, including progressive discipline, which includes suspension and expulsion, where necessary.

The Peel District School Board does not support discipline measures that are punitive. Schools are encouraged to implement early, ongoing and proactive positive and restorative practices, and corrective supportive practices, when necessary.

In circumstances where a student will receive a consequence for his/her behaviour, it is the expectation of the Peel board that progressive discipline practices, consistent with Ministry of Education direction and PPM 145, will be applied, if appropriate.

Progressive discipline is an approach that makes use of a continuum of interventions, supports and consequences, building upon strategies that promote positive behaviours. The range of interventions, supports, and consequences used by the Peel board and all schools must be clear and developmentally appropriate, and must include learning opportunities for students in order to reinforce positive behaviours and help students succeed. For students with special education and/or disability related needs, interventions, supports and consequences must be consistent with the

expectations in the student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and/or his/her demonstrated abilities.

The Peel board and school administrators must consider all mitigating and other factors, as required by the Education Act and as set out in Ontario Regulation 472/07 before imposing progressive discipline.

Progressive discipline practices may also include a range of interventions, supports and consequences when inappropriate behaviours have occurred, with a focus on improving behaviour, such as one or more of the following:

 withdrawal of privileges;

 detentions;

 withdrawal from class;

 meeting with the student, the student's parent(s)/guardian(s) and the principal;

 restorative practices;

 restitution for damages;

 referral to a community agency for counselling, such as conflict resolution, anger management or substance abuse; and/or

 the use of suspension and expulsion as outlined in Part XIII of the Education Act, where a student has committed one or more of the infractions outlined below on school property, school buses, during a school-related activity or event, and/or in circumstances where the infraction will have a negative impact on the school climate.

 

When addressing inappropriate behaviour, school staff should consider the particular student and circumstances, including any mitigating and other factors as set out Regulation 472/07, the nature and severity of the behaviour, and the impact on the school climate.

Suspension The infractions for which a suspension may be considered by the principal include:

 uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person;

 possessing alcohol or restricted drugs;

 being under the influence of alcohol;

 swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority;

 committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property at the student's school or to property located on the premises of the student's school;

 bullying;

 

 

 any act considered by the principal to be detrimental to the moral tone of the school;

 any act considered by the principal to be detrimental to the physical or mental well-being of members of the school community; or

 any act considered by the principal to be contrary to Peel District School Board or school Codes of Conduct.

 

A student may be suspended only once for each instance of an infraction and may be suspended for a minimum of one (1) school day to a maximum of twenty (20) school days. Suspensions between six (6) and twenty (20) days in length are deemed long-term suspensions.

Mitigating and other factors

Before imposing a suspension, the principal, as required by the Education Act, must consider any mitigating and other factors outlined in Regulation 472/07 and as set out in the Safe Schools Procedures. For the purpose of the Safe Schools Procedures, the Peel District School Board interprets the provisions of the Education Act and Regulations in a broad and liberal manner consistent with the Human Rights Code.

Expulsion The infractions for which a principal may consider recommending to the Peel District School Board that a student be expelled include:

 possessing a weapon, including possessing a firearm;

 using a weapon to cause or to threaten bodily harm to another person;

 committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment by a medical practitioner;

 committing sexual assault;

 trafficking in weapons or restricted drugs;

 committing robbery;

 giving alcohol to a minor;

 an act considered by the principal to be significantly detrimental to the moral tone of the school and/or to the physical or mental well-being of others;

 a pattern of behaviour that is so inappropriate that the student's continued presence is detrimental to the effective learning and/or working environment of others;

 activities engaged in by the student on or off school property that cause the student's continuing presence in the school to create an unacceptable risk to the physical or mental well-being of other person(s) in the school or Peel District School Board;

 

 

 activities engaged in by the student on or off school property that have caused extensive damage to the property of the Peel District School Board or to goods that are/were on Board property;

 any act considered by the principal to be a serious violation of the Peel District School Board or school Codes of Conduct.

 

Mitigating factors and other factors

Before imposing a suspension pending an investigation to determine whether to recommend expulsion, the principal must consider any mitigating and other factors as set out in Regulation 472/07 and the Safe Schools Procedures.

If the principal imposes a suspension pending an investigation to determine whether to recommend expulsion, the principal must consider any mitigating and other factors as set out in Regulation 472/07 and the Safe Schools Procedures, as required by the Education Act. If the principal determines it is not appropriate to recommend an expulsion, the principal must consider mitigating and other factors in deciding whether to shorten the length of the suspension.

For the purpose of the Safe Schools Policy and Procedures, the Peel District School Board interprets the provisions of the Education Act and Regulations in a broad and liberal manner consistent with the Human Rights Code.

Access to school premises

The Safe Schools Act, 2000 requires that school boards are in compliance with the Act and its regulations.

Statement of policy

The Peel board is committed to providing a safe learning and working environment and preserving the integrity of the instructional day for students and staff members. The Peel board recognizes that control of access to school premises under its jurisdiction shall be in accordance with the provisions of s.212, s.265(1)(m) and s.305 of the Education Act and Ontario Regulation 474/00 (revised 2007). The Peel board further authorizes principals or their designate to exercise rights as occupiers under the provisions of the Trespass to Property Act. Access to school premises during after school hours shall be governed by Policy 42, Use of Facilities.

Requirements:

 The Peel board recognizes that the following persons are permitted to be on school premises at any time authorized by the Board:

a person enrolled as a student

 

 

a parent or guardian of such a student

a person employed or retained by the Peel District School Board

a person who is otherwise on the premises for a lawful purpose (e.g. trustee, voting)

a person who is invited to attend an event, a class or a meeting on school premises provided the person is on the premises for that purpose

a person who is invited onto school premises for a particular purpose by the principal, vice-principal, teacher or another person authorized by the Peel District School Board policy, provided the person is on the premise for that purpose

 Persons authorized to be on school premises are not entitled to have access to all areas of the school premises.

 The Peel District School Board has the right to lock the school premises when the premises are not being used for a purpose authorized by the Board.

 An authorized person is not allowed to remain on school premises if, in the judgment of the principal or designate, his or her presence is considered detrimental to the safety or well being of a person on the premises.

 An authorized person is not permitted to remain on school premises if he or she fails to report their presence on the premises in the manner specified in the school's Code of Conduct.

 A student registered in a school, or attending a program for suspended or expelled students cannot be denied access to the premises of that school, under the provisions of Ontario Regulation 474/00 (revised 2007).

 The principal or designate shall exercise the rights of the Peel District School Board as an occupier under the provisions of the Trespass to Property Act, the Education Act s.212, s.265(1)(m),s.305(4)(5) and Regulation 474/00 (revised 2007) s.3, with respect to an individual determined to be in non-compliance with provisions of the policy.

 

3.2 Code of Conduct

The school code of conduct is created by school staff, with input from school council. It reflects provincial and Peel board policies and guidelines. It includes a list of acts, issues and reasons for which a suspension and/or expulsion may be imposed by the principal.

It is important to form realistic expectations and firm guidelines for students, while at the same time respecting students' maturing individuality. Staff, students and parents/guardians need to collaborate and accept responsibility for establishing and

upholding a positive school climate. Schools often build codes of conduct around universal values, such as respect, effort and responsibility.

Rick Hansen S.S. 2016-2017 CODE OF CONDUCT

Our Commitment

Rick Hansen 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 that supports 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.

In the Peel District School Board, we understand that equity and excellence go hand-in-hand. One of the core goals in our strategic plan, the Report Card for Student Success, is the following:

"Achieve equity for students and staff—we provide equity of access and opportunity for students and staff to learn, work and develop in an environment that is nurturing, engaging, respectful and inclusive."

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.

Our Code of Conduct

The Rick Hansen 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.

The Code of Conduct for Rick Hansen S.S. aligns with and supports Ontario's Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy, the Peel Board's Human Rights policy and Antiracism and Ethnocultural Equity policy.

Our Responsibilities

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, socioeconomic 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 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 behaviour

 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

 

Police Community Liaison Officers

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.

Each year an officer is appointed to liaise with Rick Hansen S.S. The officer is regularly in school to assist administration with keeping Rick Hansen S.S. a safe place for all students. The police officer will be introduced to the students each September.

Please visit the link from the school website to the Peel Regional Police website to learn more about strategies to help make Rick Hansen S.S. an even safer place. This link will introduce you to the community police officer which will allow you to contact him anonymously and ask any questions you need answers to. Go to http://www.peelpolice.on.ca

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.

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.

Improper & Intimidating Behaviour

…that affects the rights of students and staff to work in a safe and comfortable learning environment will not be tolerated. Harassment and physical, verbal (oral and written), electronic (i.e. texting, Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, SnapChat), sexual or

psychological abuse; bullying: initiation; gang or hate-related activities; or discrimination on the basis of race, faith, gender, socio-economic status, ability, age, sexual orientation, or any other attribute is unacceptable. Racial discrimination includes exclusion, insults, ethnic jokes, stereotyping, assault, graffiti, name calling and intimidation. Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to: sexist jokes; comments or gestures; leering; display of sexually offensive material; unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances or propositions; unwanted gifts; persistent, unwanted contact or attention after the end of a consensual relationship; unwanted touching; verbal abuse or threats of a sexual nature and sexual assault.

 rude, profane, improper, intimidating, racist or sexist language or behaviour is a form of violence or assault and will result in suspension. Such comments are never "a joke"! Profanity (swearing) directed at individuals while in the school building, on school or board property and at all school-sponsored activities is unacceptable.

 gang-related activities including visible identifiers such as items of clothing, colours worn, tagging and graffiti are intimidating to others and are therefore prohibited.

 when using electronic resources, students must demonstrate appropriate on-line conduct/manners and refrain from improper/unethical use of technology, including computer hacking.

 Internet use for any purpose which is contrary to the intent of our school's code of conduct is strictly prohibited. This includes all forms of violence, threats and harassment directed at the staff, students or school. This rule applies to school, work and home Internet use. Inappropriate use may result in suspension and police involvement as required.

 other conduct injurious to the moral tone of the school may result in suspension.

 

Theft, Robbery & Vandalism

…negatively impact the safety and security felt by a school community.

 the Peel District School Board does not carry insurance covering student loss of personal valuable from lockers or elsewhere on school property.

 students are advised not to bring excessive cash or expensive belongings to school in order to minimize the opportunity for theft.

 stealing with the use of violence or the threat of violence or assault is considered robbery and extortion and will result in consequences.

 vandalism, including tagging, graffiti and willful destruction/defacing of school property will result in consequences, repayment, clean up, and possible police charges.

 

Access to School Property

…both building and property are restricted to the students and staff of Rick Hansen S.S. and to parent/guardians, family members, community members willing to observe the school's rules regarding access. These procedures are in accordance with the Trespass to Property Act and the Access to School Premises Regulation 474/00.

 all students will carry their Student Card with Photo I.D. with them at all times and show it to any staff member when asked.

 all visitors are required to enter through the school's front doors and immediately report to the office.

 students and staff should at all times be treated by visitors with courtesy and respect.

 visitors, including parents, must refrain from interrupting class-time.

 packages for students should be left at the student counter in the main office.

 visitors attending school events or meetings are to refrain from entering parts of the school not being used for that purpose.

 student visitors who have not pre-arranged a visit will not be welcomed on school property.

 school approved student and adult visitors, guest speakers/artists, contractors will carry and display a School Visitor I.D. Pass at all times.

 presence of strangers or intruders (unknown cars, adults or students) should be reported immediately to a staff member and to the office.

 students entertaining trespassers or intruders will be disciplined.

 students must demonstrate respect for the Trespass to Property Act by visiting other schools for school related and authorized purposes only. Rick Hansen students are not to make unauthorized visits to other schools. Failure to comply could result in a charge of trespassing.

 

Building Security

…is achieved through an integrated system of electronic cameras and alarms.

 each exterior door is equipped with a camera which records the entry and exit of individuals 24 hours a day. Additional cameras are found throughout the school. The primary purpose of these cameras is the risk management of equipment in the building.

 posted notices at each exit indicate to visitors that they are being videotaped on entry.

 

 

 the materials and equipment housed in the Library are protected from loss by an electronic circulation security system.

 the building has a complete security system which is armed once teaching and custodial staff leave the premises for the day. Again, this system assists with loss prevention.

 

After Hours Policy

Students are welcome to remain in the building after hours if they are participating in a school sponsored event such as team, club, house activity or rehearsal.

 let your parents/guardians know in advance that you will be remaining at school and your anticipated time of return home. The office will be closed at 4:00 p.m. and parents/guardians will be unable to confirm that you are at an after-school activity past this time.

 students who are not part of these supervised and/or approved activities are to leave the building by 3:25 p.m. There is no supervision of students not in sponsored activities past this time.

 students waiting for the bus or rides from parents must wait in the front foyer and are not to roam through the building.

 students should wait with a friend to ensure mutual safety.

 

Accidents

Students who are injured at school are to come to the Main Office and report the injury. For insurance purposes, a student accident report will be filled out and filed.

 when an accident occurs, determine the situation and refer the student immediately to a staff member.

 give assistance and first aid as quickly as possible.

 There are Band-Aids available at the student counter for minor cuts and scrapes.

 

Cars/Vans/Motorcycles

…are to be used for transportation to and from school only. Once on school property, they are to be parked, locked and are off limits for sitting, eating, socializing and playing music.

 safe driving on the property is a must; campus speed limit is 10 km/h.

 vehicles parked in a fire route will be ticketed by the City of Mississauga.

 drop-offs and pick-ups should not occur in the bus loading area i.e.: the first lane in front of the school. Students are to be dropped off in the "Kiss and Ride" lane which is the lane around the outside edge of the parking lot. DO NOT use the inside/bus lane. DO NOT stop in the driveway. That lane is reserved for those students requiring specialized transport.

 student vehicles are not to be parked across two parking spots or in areas that have been cross-hatched for bus turning or marked "visitor" or "reserved".

 violators are at risk of having their vehicle tagged or towed, and may lose school parking privileges.

 

Skateboards/Roller Blades/ Bicycles

…are to be used for transportation to and from school only. Once at school, they are to be secured for the day. We want to ensure that the building is cared for by all members of our community.

 skateboards and rollers blades are not to be used in or around the building at any time of day and will result in confiscation of the equipment.

 for insurance reasons, skateboards and roller blades are for use off school property only.

 students are to treat school property with the same care and respect they would give their own personal property.

 bicycles are to be locked only on bicycle racks, locks will be cut off if bikes are looked on trees or other school structures.

 

Progressive Discipline

Rick Hansen 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

Rick Hansen 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

 bullying

 uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person

 damaging or destroying school property

 possessing alcohol or restricted drugs

 being under the influence

 committing any act, considered by the principal to:

o have a negative impact on the moral tone of the school

o have a negative impact on the physical or mental well-being of one or more school community members

o 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 to a minor

 committing robbery

 committing sexual assault

 behaviour that:

o is significantly detrimental to the school climate and/or to the physical or mental well-being of others

o causes extensive damage to school property

o causes his/her continued presence at the school to pose an unacceptable risk to other members of the school community

o a pattern of behaviour so inappropriate the student's continued presence is detrimental to the effective learning or working environment of others

o demonstrates a persistent resistance to changes in behaviour that would enable him/her to be successful

o 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.

Safety and Security

Everyone in the Rick Hansen community deserves the opportunity to learn and work in an affirming environment. No student or outsider should be permitted to intimidate or disrupt the work of others. Staff have a special responsibility to insure the safety of students. Students are expected to cooperate with staff by identifying themselves and others when asked. We must all be on guard for unwanted intruders, distractions and behaviours that can interfere with our learning environment. To keep our school safe, students are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or 905-455-TIPS (8477) to anonymously report any criminal activity.

Weapons

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 Rick Hansen Secondary School, on any Peel board property, or at any school-related event or activity at any time.

Weapons are illegal and are banned from school property. All school members must not be in possession of any weapon or replica.

 "weapons" include guns including real, replica or toy, knives including pocket knives or machetes, air guns, sling shots, clubs or any other object carried or used to threaten or intimidate or cause bodily injury.

 even a rumor about a weapon should be reported immediately to a staff member and the office.

 props for an authorized learning activity that could be perceived as weapons must be pre-approved, discretely carried and subsequently secured with a vice-principal or teacher until they are needed in class or on stage. They will again be secured after use.

 

Drugs

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 Rick Hansen 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.

Smoking/Vaping on School Property

The school recognizes the benefits of a smoke-free environment for all persons. By law, smoking and vaping are not permitted at Rick Hansen 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/vaping rule will be enforced within these areas.

Providing tobacco products to anyone under 19 years of age is illegal.

Smoking is a habit which is hazardous to the health of the individual smoker and to the health of those exposed to second-hand smoke. Each school and workplace in the Peel District School Board is smoke free. In addition, the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (2006) makes it illegal for those under the age of 16 to be smoking and bans smoking by anyone on all school properties at all times, including inside the building and on the grounds. We will strongly support Board policy and the legislation of the province at Rick Hansen Secondary School. Students who choose to disregard the health evidence and the legislation will face escalating consequences for repeat offences that include: school service projects; a suspension from school; a $305.00 fine by the City Bylaw Enforcement Officer.

Dress Code

The standards for school dress at Rick Hansen 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 dress code is seen as a good way to encourage respect, responsibility and safety in our schools. Rick Hansen's dress code strikes a balance for both staff and students between individual expression and the expectation of society for appropriate attire in a shared workplace such as a school. It is understood that students who do not follow the dress code will be asked by a teacher or vice-principal to change, borrow a T-shirt or other clothing from a friend or reverse/remove the offensive item. In these cases a phone call will be placed by the staff member to the parent to explain the school's concern. It is the professional judgment of staff that will determine the appropriateness or lack or appropriateness of student dress.

 student dress should always project a positive image of the individual and should be appropriate to a school setting at all times.

 gang-related, hate-related, racist, sexist or homophobic statements, symbols or overtones are not permitted on clothing or accessories i.e.: jewellery, bandanas, do-rags, visors, etc.

 clothing with sexual content, substance abuse, violence, profanity, or other inappropriate images or references to nationality, race and gender is not permitted.

 

 

 footwear must be worn as a matter of safety.

 dress restrictions may be applied in certain classes as determined by staff.

 Uniform is required for P.H.E. classes

 

Use of Technology

Students will demonstrate appropriate online conduct and manners and refrain from improper/unethical use of technology, including computer hacking and cyber-bullying. The internet must not be used for any purpose that is contrary to the intent of the Rick Hansen Secondary School Code of Conduct. This applies to school, work and home internet use.

Learning & Instructional Technology Plan

The Peel District School Board's Learning and Instructional Technology Plan will ensure Peel schools are increasingly connected and relevant in the 21st Century. The board expects students in all Peel schools to be able to access educational resources online and engage in 21st Century learning through wireless networks.

As wireless becomes available in schools, students will begin to see teachers incorporate more digital resources into their lessons. Once online resources are able to be accessed wirelessly, students will be encouraged to BYOD—bring your own device. The plan will also improve equity of access to technology for all students through classroom technology in schools, and a process to ensure schools across the system have similar standards of technology so that no child feels excluded.

Digital citizenship

Students are going to live and work in a world where people use their devices 24/7 so they need to learn to use technology effectively and respectfully. Digital responsibility is an important part of what we help students learn in school, and appropriate use will continue to be an expectation in each school's Code of Conduct as it is now.

As we begin to move forward with the plan, principals, staff and School Council members will work together to develop school policies and practices that support the effective use of technology in the classroom.

Students will use technology for educational purposes only. By accessing the Internet while on Peel board property or by logging in with a board login, students

accept all terms and conditions of the Peel board network and Internet use, as well as Policy #78 – Appropriate Use of Technology.

Students will demonstrate appropriate online conduct and manners. Students must follow Peel board security procedures and use Peel board virus scanning software. Although Peel board uses a content filter, students may encounter inappropriate material.

Students are also required to report any inappropriate use of email, data, or unauthorized technology or data to a teacher or administrator immediately. Information created on Peel board networks may be accessed and is subject to review. Personally owned devices used inappropriately to access/produce or share unlawful materials will result in full investigation and necessary action will be taken.

Users will refrain from improper/unethical use of technology, including computer hacking, cyber-bullying, and sending or receiving offensive pictures or materials. The Internet must not be used for any purpose that violates the school's Code of Conduct or the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Consequences

All users are expected to comply with all federal and provincial laws and regulations—Ontario Human Rights Code, Criminal Code, Education Act and Copyright Act.

Students accept full responsibility for their use of technology. Any inappropriate use such as harassment, plagiarism, financial gain, accessing or vandalizing other users' information, providing access to other accounts or posting private information will result in loss of technology privileges and/or other consequences consistent with the school's Code of Conduct, progressive discipline and safe schools legislation. When appropriate, offences may be reported to the police.

Personal electronic devices (PEDs)

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.

Online safety

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

Students are expected to follow the standards of behaviour outlined in the Code of Conduct while they are on the school bus.

Field Trips

Field Trips relating to the curriculum may be arranged by subject teachers with administrative approval. Information regarding the specifics of the trip and a permission form will be sent home on school letterhead to parents. Students share the cost of the field trip. The behaviour expectations are the same as those in our Code of Conduct. There may be additional expectations depending on the nature of the trip. These will be outlined, in advance to students. You must inform teachers whose classes you will miss and take responsibility for any work missed. Please note: for any overnight field trip, there will always be a Parent Meeting at the school.

Codes of Conduct apply when visiting other schools for school authorized events including extra-curricular activities and field trips. Codes of Conduct may be applied to any other incident connected to the school.

Failure to comply with all applicable school rules while on a field trip will result in consequences such as detentions, suspension, loss of bus privileges and loss of the right to go on future field trips for a period of time.

 

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