Judith Nyman Secondary School recognizes that students achieve their best
when they feel safe, nurtured, welcomed, respected and included. We are
committed to providing a healthy climate for learning and working to support
student success. For learning to be successful, schools must be free of negative
factors such as bullying, discrimination and other harmful behaviours including
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
– 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 Judith Nyman Secondary School aligns with and
supports Ontario's Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy, the Peel Board's
Human Rights policy and the Equity and Inclusive Education policy.
OUR CODE OF CONDUCT
The Judith Nyman 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
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, creed, citizenship, religion, gender, gender
identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, socioeconomic status, or any other
• 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 communicating regularly with the
• 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
• demonstrating a commitment to learning through punctual
and regular attendance, being prepared and ready to learn
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
• following school rules and taking responsibility for his/her own
• refraining from bringing anything to school, or using anything
inappropriately, that may risk the safety of themselves or others
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
• maintaining order in the school and holding everyone
to the highest standard of respectful and responsible
• communicating regularly and meaningfully with
• establishing a range of clear, fair and developmentally
appropriate interventions, supports, direct skill instruction and consequences
for unacceptable behaviour including but not limited to homophobia, gender-based
violence, sexual harassment and inappropriate sexual behaviour
to and reporting behaviours which may have a negative impact on school
BULLYING PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION
Judith Nyman S.S. teaches students to identify and deal with bullying
behaviour and to stop this behaviour from happening.
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
Judith Nyman 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
We encourage students to take responsibility for their behaviour and to
accept the consequences of their actions. A progressive discipline approach is
used to deal with inappropriate behaviour. This may include: verbal reminders,
review of expectations, contact with parent(s) guardian(s), written reflection,
volunteer services to the school community, conflict mediation and resolution,
peer mentoring, referral for support services and/or an opportunity for
restoration and repair.
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
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
Judith Nyman Secondary School also supports the use of suspension and
expulsion for serious incidents as outlined 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 considers mitigating and other factors.
The behaviours for which a principal will consider suspending a student
• swearing (written or verbal) at a teacher or at another person in
a position of authority
• bullying, including cyber-bullying
• uttering a
threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person
• committing an act
of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property
alcohol or restricted drugs
• being under the influence of
• 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
- be contrary to the school or Peel Board Code of Conduct
Incidents for which a principal will consider recommending to the Board’s
Discipline Committee that a student be expelled include:
assaulting another person causing bodily harm that requires medical
• possessing a weapon or using a weapon to cause or to threaten
bodily harm to another person
• trafficking in restricted drugs or
• giving alcohol to a minor
• committing robbery
• 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
- is a pattern of behaviour 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 Code of Conduct.
Students who are suspended or expelled will be given an opportunity to
continue their education through educational programs offered by the school
ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY
As a Judith Nyman student,
you are expected to:
• be on time for all classes. Regular attendance and
punctuality reflects self-discipline, responsibility and consideration for other
people. In addition, it is essential to your success in class and in the
• carry a hall pass when in the halls during class time. Note:
students are not permitted to leave their class during the first or last 20
minutes of class.
When you have been absent, you
• bring a note, signed by a parent/guardian, explaining the reason for
your absence. Parents/guardians may choose to call the school directly to
report an absence.
If you arrive late, you must:
directly to your Period 1 class before 8:30.
• SIGN IN at the main office
after 8:30. If you do not have a note from a parent/guardian, the main office
will contact a parent/guardian.
• report directly to your period 2, 3, or 4
class. Students who are repeatedly late will be referred to the office to be
seen by a Vice-Principal.
If you leave early, you
• SIGN OUT at the office. If you do not have a note you STILL NEED TO
SIGN-OUT. The office will call your parent or guardian to receive permission
for you to sign-out.
If you leave early WITHOUT signing out:
• You will be considered to be
The school recognizes the benefits of a smoke-free environment for all
persons. By law, smoking is not permitted at Judith Nyman 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.
Providing tobacco products to anyone under 19 years of age is
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 Judith Nyman 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 accepted at
Judith Nyman Secondary School, on any Peel board property, or at any
school-related event or activity at any time.
The standards for school dress at Judith Nyman 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.
It is your right to express your individual taste and style through your
clothing. It is your responsibility to dress in a manner that is appropriate for
a student in an education / work environment and in a manner which is not
offensive to others.
• Clothing that is revealing or distracting is not acceptable.
Clothing such as abbreviated shorts and skirts, backless tops, tube tops,
undershirts as the main shirts, and one-shoulder tops are some examples of
unacceptable clothing. The bottom of one's shirt/sweater must meet the top of
the skirt/pants such that the midriff is not showing. In addition, it is not
acceptable in a school or business setting to have cleavage showing. Clothing
must be worn so that underwear is not visible.
• Clothing that is offensive is not permitted. Clothing displaying
offensive words, pictures or symbols / sayings, and clothing associated with
gangs or drug use or camouflage clothing is not acceptable.
• Special dress codes may be in place in some classes for safety reasons.
Students who do not comply with these dress codes will be removed from the
• Bandanas cannot be worn or seen anywhere on school
• Coats cannot be worn in shop classes. Students are expected
• put their coats and knapsacks in their locker.
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 Judith Nyman Secondary School Code of Conduct.
This applies to school, work and home internet use.
Posting school-related photographs or images on the internet (including
social network sites) without permission of a school official violates the
Judith Nyman Secondary School’s Code of Conduct.
Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) including smart phones, Ipads and
tablets, will be permitted in the classroom at the teacher’s discretion. The
use of the PEDs is to support learning and classroom activities.
Please note the following:
• Personal Electronic Devices are valuable. When not being used in class,
students are asked to secure their devices in their locker as the school cannot
be responsible for lost or stolen items.
• Laser pointers/laser pens:
These items are not permitted on
• Computer Use:
Access of inappropriate Internet sites may result in loss of computer privileges
and possible disciplinary action.
• Posting school-related photographs or
images on the internet (including social network sites) without permission of a
school official violates the Judith Nyman Secondary School’s Code of
Students are expected to follow the standards of behaviour outlined in the
Code of Conduct while they are on the school bus.
Students are required to:
• be at their bus stop at least five minutes
before their pick-up time
• go directly to their seats and stay
• follow the bus driver’s instructions and behave appropriately at all
Students may not:
• consume food and drinks on the bus
• fight, swear
or cause excessive noise on the bus
• engage in activities that may endanger
the safety of themselves or others.
Transportation by school bus is a privilege and not a right. Students are
expected to behave appropriately on all school buses. Students who create an
unsafe environment and / or vandalize the bus will be seen by a Vice-Principal,
will be held financially responsible and may even lose their bus
GAMES /STUDENT INTERACTION
Playing cards, dominos or other interactive games is permitted to take
place in the cafeteria during the lunch period. However loud disruptive games
and gambling are not allowed.
In terms of student interactions, all expressions of affection involving
Judith Nyman students must be kept within the bounds of good taste.
During the second half of a student's lunch period, students are welcome to
participate in a variety of supervised drop-in programs as well as organized
clubs. Both the gymnasium and weight room are open to students for a variety of
activities. To participate in these programs, students must show their School
Photo I.D. card.
LOCKS AND LOCKERS
School locks and lockers are school property on loan to individual
students. All students will be issued a school lock and locker at the beginning
of the school year. The serial number and combinations for all locks must be on
file in the main office. For security purposes, students are to use only the
lock and locker which is assigned to them and are advised not to give their
locker combination to any other person.
Students are expected to leave all valuables such as cell phones, MP3
Players, Digital Cameras at home. The school is not responsible for any lost or
stolen goods from anywhere inside the school building or on school
BICYCLES / IN-LINE SKATES / SKATEBOARDS
Bicycles, in line skates and skateboards are brought to school at the
student's own risk. In the interest of safety, in line skates and skateboards
are to be stored in the student's locker and are not to be used inside the
school building or transported to class. Bikes are to be stored in the bike
Students are expected to proceed to class
at 8:00 a.m. and be in class by the 8:05 bell. Classes end at 2:25 p.m. and
students are expected to leave the school property unless under the supervision
of a staff member. All students not under the direct supervision of a staff
member must wait in the front foyer and depart no later than 3:00 p.m.
Student athletes are governed by both
the Judith Nyman "Code of Behaviour" and the "Athletic Association's Code for
Athletes" which establishes ideals for fair play, positive values, respect and
sportsmanship. The purchase of a Student Photo I.D. Card is required for
participation in school sports. A small number of sports will require a minimal
fee to cover the costs of buses, referees and tournaments. Each sports team will
recognize an MVP and Leadership Award at the end of the school year to be
presented at the annual Athletic Awards Assembly.
The Intramural Program is designed for students who may not have the time
or the skill required to be a member of a school team. This program is
supervised by staff who are often assisted by seni or students at lunch
time. The activities offered change periodically and have recently included
floor hockey, co-ed volleyball, "21", basketball, and three on three
Students must have proper athletic shoes and must have their School Photo
I.D. Card in order to participate.
There are three full time
counsellors at Judith Nyman. A student can obtain information on school
matters, careers or community resources.
Students whose last name begins with the letters
A – C are to see Ms. O'Donohue
D - K are to see Ms. Greene
L - P are to see Ms. Kelman
Q - Z are to see Ms. McCloskey
Appointments are to be made through the Counselling Secretary, before
school, at lunch time and after school. Appointments are not to be made during
Library Resource Centre
Students may borrow materials by presenting their School Photo I.D. Card.
Each student is responsible for all materials that are signed out on their
School Photo I.D. Card.
Students are expected to work quietly in the Library Resource Centre.
No food or drink is permitted. Internet access, electronic research databases,
word processors are available for students who have School Photo I.D.
Cards. Classes are scheduled to come to the Library Resource Centre so that all
students can receive instruction in research skills.
TIPS ON COMPLETING THE
MANDATORY 40 HOURS OF
REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION
Students in Ontario must complete 40 hours of volunteer community
service in order to qualify for their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Here
are a few tips to help you to meet your 40 hour commitment:
• Don't wait another day….but start now! It is highly recommended that all
students complete their volunteer hours by the end of grade 10.
forget to ask your parents and / or your guidance counsellor for
• For suggestions on what to do, check out the board's web site
"Student Stuff" section.
• Contact the Volunteer Centre of Peel at 905-306-0668
for help in finding a volunteer opportunity that interests you.
• Find a
way to link your interests with an eligible volunteer activity; for example, if
you like working with animals, try volunteering at an animal shelter.
• Finally, drop into the Guidance Department at Judith Nyman to pick up a
helpful pamphlet entitled "Your Time Counts".