T. L. Kennedy Secondary School Student Code of Conduct
T. L. Kennedy Secondary
School is committed to providing a safe, inclusive and accepting learning and
working environment that supports student well-being and success where every
student can reach their full potential. 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
with staff, students, parents, community members and faith groups, the board
developed a common language and commitment to model, teach and reinforce
character attributes through the selection of six core 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
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
that parents, the school and community must all work together to help students
learn to become responsible members of society, being responsive to the
diversity, cultural and special needs and well-being of individual students. We
support the goals of anti-oppression, equity and inclusion in all aspects of
teaching and learning. We must clearly demonstrate a commitment to social
justice and human rights, and promote the values needed to develop responsible
members of a diverse, democratic and inclusive society.
The Code of
Conduct for the 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 Ontario Human
OUR CODE OF
The school Code
of Conduct applies to all members of the school community including students,
parents or guardians, school bus drivers, volunteers, school staff and community
groups are included in the Code of Conduct, whether they are on Peel District
School Board property, in a virtual learning environment, on school buses, at
school-authorized events or activities, in before- and after-school programs
including co-curricular activities and field trips, and may be applied to any
other circumstances connected to the school that may have an impact on the
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 and take appropriate action to help those in need;
seeking assistance from a member of the school staff, if necessary, to resolve
All members of the school community must:
- respect the
needs of others to work in an environment that is conducive to learning and
working, including by ensuring that personal mobile devices are only used
during instructional time for educational purposes as directed by an educator,
for health and medical purposes, or to support special education needs.
- share a
responsibility to create a climate that seeks to eliminate inappropriate
behaviour, including harassment and physical, verbal (oral or written), sexual
or psychological abuse; threatening; intimidation; extortion; gang-related
activities; vandalism; behaviour motivated by hate or bias; unethical use of
technology; bullying or discrimination on the basis of size, strength, age,
peer group power, or race, place of origin, ethnicity, language, ancestry,
colour, creed, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual
orientation, socioeconomic status, family circumstances, ability, intelligence,
receipt of special education or any other similar factor and/or any other
immutable characteristic or ground protected by the Ontario Human Rights Code.
- respect all
other members of the school community, especially persons in positions of
authority. They must respect differences
in people, their ideas, and their opinions, and must treat one another with
respect and dignity at all times, and especially where there is disagreement,
this includes not swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of
- honour the
rights of others by refraining from actions motivated by bias, prejudice and
hate against identifiable groups (defined by race, place of origin, ethnicity,
language, ancestry, colour, creed, religion, gender, gender identity, gender
expression, sexual orientation, size, strength, age, peer-group power,
socioeconomic status, family circumstances, ability, intelligence, receipt of
special education or any other similar factor), such as the wearing of hate or
racist symbols, distributing hate information, producing hate-related vandalism
(including graffiti) or uttering discriminatory remarks
(e.g. the N-word and other racist phrases, homophobic insults, Islamophobic
comments, ability-based slurs, etc.).
- respect and
comply with all applicable federal, provincial, and municipal laws; demonstrate
honesty and integrity, respect the rights of others, respect differences in
people, their ideas, and their opinions; show proper care and regard for school
property and the property of others.
All members of the school community must not:
- engage in
bullying behaviours (including cyberbullying), commit sexual assault; traffic
in weapons or illegal drugs or cannabis; give alcohol or cannabis to a minor;
commit robbery; be in possession of any weapon, including firearms; use any
object to threaten or intimidate another person; cause injury to any person
with an object; be in possession of, or be under the influence of alcohol,
cannabis (unless the individual has been authorized to use cannabis for medical
purposes) and illegal drugs; provide others with alcohol, illegal drugs, or
cannabis (unless the recipient is an individual who has been authorized to use
cannabis for medical purposes); inflict or encourage others to inflict bodily
harm on another person; engage in hate propaganda and other forms of behaviour
motivated by hate, prejudice or bias;
commit an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property or
to property located on the premises of the school.
Parents and guardians fulfill their role when they:
- are engaged in their child’s schoolwork and progress;
communicate regularly with the school; help their child be appropriately
dressed and prepared for school; ensure that their child attends school
regularly and on time.
- promptly report to the school their child’s absence or
late arrival; become familiar with the provincial Code of Conduct, the board’s
Code of Conduct, and the school’s Code of Conduct; encourage and assist their
child in following the rules of behavior.
- assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues
involving their child; including helping their child understand that it is not
appropriate to tease or bully others and
monitoring their child’s internet use and taking responsibility for their
behaviour when accessing electronic resources from home.
- demonstrate a
commitment to the learning process through punctual and regular attendance,
being prepared and ready to learn, given the individual’s circumstances, and by
contributing to a safe, nurturing, welcoming, respectful and inclusive climate.
- show respect
for themselves, and for others, and for those in positions of authority,
refrain from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of
others; follow the established rules and take responsibility for their own
honesty and integrity including but not limited to: not participating in or
encouraging plagiarism, misrepresentation of original work, lying, cheating,
theft of evaluation instruments, use of unauthorized aids or false
representation of identity.
- comply with
the school’s dress code or school uniform dress code.
- show proper
care and regard for school property and visit other schools for school
related-and authorized purposes only.
Staff fulfill their responsibilities
- help students
to work to their full potential and develop their sense of self-worth; empower
students to be positive leaders in their classroom, school, and community;
communicate regularly and meaningfully with parents/guardians; maintain
consistent and fair standards of behavior for all students; demonstrate respect
for one another, all students, parents volunteers, and other members of the
school community; prepare students for the full responsibilities of
- establish a
range of clear, fair and developmentally appropriate interventions, supports,
direct skill instruction and learning consequences in response to inappropriate
- respond to and
report behaviours which may have a negative impact on school climate.
ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY
It is your responsibility to attend all classes on time, every day. Authorized
absences from school must be confirmed by a signed note or phone call from your
parent/guardian. Students who arrive late or leave early because of an
appointment must sign in/out with a signed note through the attendance
Frequent absences / lates will affect your
progress in school and may jeopardize your academic success. Repeated unauthorized
lates / absences will result in school consequences. It is your responsibility to apply for a
leave of absence if you know that you will be away for an extended period of
time. The form and instructions are available in the main office. You are
responsible for all missed work. It is also mandatory for you to be in school
for all in-class summative days and formal examination days.
TEXTBOOKS / RESOURCES
It is your responsibility to keep curriculum materials and resources in good
order and to pay for any that are lost or damaged. This includes books on loan
from the school library.
The library is usually open before and after
school at the discretion of the Teacher-Librarian. Students are welcome to use the Library
before and after school, on their Study Period, or with permission from their
classroom teacher. Students must have a Student Card in order to use the computers in the
Print Credit of $5 will be added to each
student’s account at the beginning of the year (provided their student fee has
been paid). Additional money can be
added to a student’s account throughout the year by seeing the Teacher
Librarian. Black and white printing
costs 5 cents/page and colour printing costs 50 cents/page.
Each student will be provided a locker during
the academic year. The following
expectations apply to the use of the school lockers:
- All lockers
are the property of T. L. Kennedy Secondary School and the Peel District School
combinations must be given to the homeroom teacher. Locker combinations should
not be given to others.
lockers may not be changed without the permission of the administration.
administration may reassign a student’s locker and lock if necessary.
administration or designate may open a student’s locker at any time without
notice to the student.
- Lockers are to
store clothing, gym equipment, books and lunches.
- Valuables such
as electronic equipment, jewelry, money, expensive clothing or any items of
significant value to others should not be brought to school. Students assume full responsibility for items
stored in their assigned locker.
problems should be brought to the attention of the Vice-Principals or your
- The locker and
its contents should be kept clean.
- Students will
be responsible for acts of vandalism/graffiti to the locker.
- All lockers are to be emptied by the last day of classes
in June. Any
items left in the locker will be donated to charity.
It is your responsibility as a driver to obey the direction signs and to use
care and caution when operating a vehicle in the parking lot. In order not to disturb classes or our
neighbours, sitting in cars and socializing is not permitted. Failure to comply with these rules may result
in school consequences.
PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION
All members of the
school community have a responsibility to maintain a school environment where
conflict and differences can be addressed with respect and dignity. Bullying
will not be accepted on Peel District School Board property, school buses, at
school-related activities, in virtual learning environments and through
electronic media (cyber-bullying), or in any other circumstances where engaging
in bullying will have a negative impact on the school climate.
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
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 other means.
experiences or observes bullying behaviour, they are expected to report it to a
teacher, teaching assistant or school administrator immediately. Bullying behaviour will be dealt with using a
progressive discipline approach.
The 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 learning consequences, building upon strategies that promote
positive behaviours. When inappropriate behaviour occurs, disciplinary measures
are to be applied within a framework that shifts the focus from one that is
solely punitive to one that is both corrective and supportive.
We encourage students
to reflect upon, take responsibility for their behaviour, and to restore and
repair incidents which cause hurt and harm. A progressive discipline approach will be used
to deal with inappropriate behaviour. This may include, but is not limited to: oral reminders, review
of expectations, co-constructed behaviour commitments &
parent(s)/guardian(s); loss of privilege(s); conflict mediation and
practices; peer mentoring,
differentiated instruction, social emotional learning interventions to promote
positive student behavior; restitution for damages and actions to repair hurt
and harm; and/or referral to a community agency or support services.
We recognize that each
student is a unique individual and that every situation requires an
individualized and personalized response. When determining supports to promote
positive student behaviour, consideration will be given to the mitigating and
other factors in determining the learning consequences that will best support
the student’s success consistent with the student’s strengths and needs,
including the information contained in the Individual Education Plan, where
The school also supports the use of suspension and
expulsion for serious incidents as outlined in the Peel District School Board's
Safe Schools Policy.
whether to impose a suspension or make a recommendation for an expulsion, a
principal must consider mitigating and other factors related
to the individual before determining whether to suspend a student for engaging
in any activity below.
shall consider whether to suspend a student if they believe that the student
has engaged in any of the following activities while at school, at a
school-related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the
activity may have an impact on the school climate:
- Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm
on another person;
- Possessing alcohol, illegal, controlled and/or
restricted drugs or unless the pupil is a medical cannabis user, cannabis*;
- Being under the influence of alcohol, illegal,
controlled and/or restricted drugs or unless the pupil is a medical cannabis
- 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 pupil’s school or to property
located on the premises of the pupil’s school;
- Bullying, including cyber-bullying;
- Any act considered by the principal to be
injurious to the moral tone of the school or injurious to the physical or
mental well-being of members of the school community; or
- Any act considered by the principal to be
contrary to the Board or school Codes of Conduct.
*As defined in the Education Act, a medical cannabis
user is a person who is authorized to possess cannabis for the person’s own
medical purposes in accordance with federal law.
shall suspend and consider recommending for expulsion in consultation with the
Superintendent of Education, if they believe that a student has engaged in any
of the following activities while at school, in a virtual learning environment,
at a school-related activity or in any other circumstances where engaging in
the activity may have an impact on the school climate (subject to consideration
of the mitigation and other factors):
a weapon, including possessing a firearm or knife;
a weapon to cause or to threaten bodily harm to another person;
physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment
by a medical practitioner;
in weapons, illegal, controlled and/or restricted drugs;
alcohol, cannabis, or illegal/controlled and/or restricted to a minor;
– if the student has previously been suspended for engaging in bullying and the
student’s continuing presence in the school creates an unacceptable risk to the
safety of another person;
activity for which a student can be suspended that is motivated by bias,
prejudice or hate based on race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour,
religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender
identity, gender expression, or any other similar factor;
act (on or off school property) considered by the Principal to be a serious
breach of the Board’s or School’s Code of Conduct or significantly injurious to
the physical or mental well-being of others;
engaged in by the pupil on or off school property that have caused extensive
damage to the property of the Board or to goods that are/were on Board property.
Students who are
suspended or expelled will be given an opportunity to continue their education
through educational programs offered by the school board.
The school recognizes the benefits of a smoke-free
environment for all persons. By law, all members of the school community must abstain
from smoking or holding of lighted tobacco, cannabis or lighted herbal material
(e.g. Shisha) or any combustible material. Smoking and vaping is not allowed on
Peel District School Board property, including the grounds associated with the
school, on school buses, at school-related events or activities and public
areas within 20 metres of any point of the perimeter of the grounds of the
school, in accordance with the Smoke Free Ontario Act, 2017. School property
includes cars that are on school grounds. The no smoking, no vaping rule will be enforced within these areas.
products, vapour products or any other restricted substance to anyone under 19
years of age is illegal.
Alcohol and controlled
and/or restricted drugs may be addictive and represents a health hazard.
Possessing, using, trafficking in, or providing others with controlled and/or restricted
drugs or alcohol will not be condoned at the 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.
of the school community shall not use, possess, display and/or traffic in
weapons, replicas of weapons, ammunition or attachments on Peel District School
Board property, school buses, at school-authorized events or activities, or in circumstances
where engaging in such activities will have a negative impact on the school
climate. Weapons include guns, knives (including pocket knives), air guns,
slingshots, machetes, clubs, or any other object carried or used with the
intent to injure.
FIRE AND OTHER EMERGENCIES
It is your responsibility to know the fire drill, lock down procedures and
emergency school inspection procedures.
When an alarm sounds you must follow the directions given from the
office and teachers.
Students have a responsibility to follow the
directions of staff during a Lockdown, Hold & Secure, Shelter in Place or
Emergency School Inspection drill or incident and to be familiar with the
safety guidelines in the absence of a directing staff member. Students possessing cell phones are expected
to turn off their phones
during an emergency measure.
Any student with information, which may result in a
violent incident must report that information to a staff member as soon
Procedures for a Lockdown:
If inside the school:
If outside the school:
- Go to the
closest room and close the door. If
safety permits, lock the door.
- Turn off
- Lie on the
floor away from doors and windows.
- Remain on
the floor, quietly until further directions are given.
- Move as far
away from the building as possible.
outside until the bell is rung once to signal re-entry or until further
directions are given.
The standards for
school dress at the school require
that students shall at all times wear appropriate dress that is representative
of a safe, respectful and inclusive, learning and teaching environment, in
accordance with the Peel District School Board’s Code of Conduct.
includes any clothing or personal possession that has representations and/or
language that depict violence, profanity, discriminatory, hateful, or sexually
explicit images or sentiments. In addition, dress or logos that demean or
threaten an identifiable individual or group are prohibited.
Inappropriate Clothing includes, but is not restricted to, logos,
saying and pictures that address/display (in any language);
- sexual content
- substance abuse,
including alcohol, illegal, controlled or restricted drugs
references to nationality, race or gender, or any other grounds protected
under the Ontario Human Rights Code, and/or
- dress or logos
that demean or threaten an identifiable individual or group
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 at a Peel District School
Board high school and that is not offensive to others.
clean, comfortable and covered.
T. L. Kennedy Secondary School recognizes the value of using digital tools and
devices to enhance Peel’s Empowering Modern Learners focus in supporting curriculum
delivery. As such, we embrace the use of
digital tools and devices in a respectful and responsible manner, in keeping
with the school’s Code of Conduct, the Peel District School Board’s Digital
Citizenship policy (Policy 78), and the Board’s Equity and Inclusive Education
policy (Policy 54). The Code of Conduct and academic integrity apply to the use
of technology whether students are accessing information from school, home or
from a personal digital tool or device.
Students are able to
use Board technology and their personal digital tools or devices for
educational purposes in classrooms as directed by an educator, libraries,
cafeterias/lunchrooms and other areas students gather to do their work.
The Peel District
School Board has clear expectations around the appropriate, respectful use of
technology. Inappropriate use of Board technology and/or personal digital tools
and devices may result in discipline or having the use of these services
suspended or removed.
Students will demonstrate appropriate online
conduct/manners and refrain from improper/unethical use of technology,
including computer hacking and cyber-bullying. Internet use for any purpose which is contrary to the
intent of a school’s Code of Conduct is strictly prohibited. This includes all forms of violence, threats
and harassment directed at staff members, students or any member of the school
community. This applies to school, work
and personal Internet use.
expected to follow the standards of behaviour outlined in the Code of Conduct
while they are on the school bus.
are required to:
- be at their bus stop at least five minutes
before their pick-up time
- go directly to their seats and stay seated
- follow the
bus driver’s instructions and behave appropriately at all times
- consume food and drinks on the bus
- fight, swear or cause excessive noise on the
- engage in
activities that may endanger the safety of themselves or others
behavior on the school bus may result in discipline or having the use of these
services suspended or removed.
STUDENT IDENTIFICATION / INFORMATION
To maintain a safe environment, it is your responsibility to promptly identify
yourself with your first and last name to any
staff member who asks you for your name. This is an issue of safety and allows the
staff to identify intruders in the school.
Should you refuse to identify yourself, or if you give a false
identification you may be faced with school consequences.
Please ensure that you have a current student photo I.D. card and carry this card with you at all times. You must show this card to access the
computer lab, to sign out library materials, and when signing in or out of the
It is your responsibility to maintain
up-to-date personal information; this ensures that a parent / relative /
guardian can be contacted, especially in the event of an emergency. Please report all changes to the guidance
secretary. Membership in clubs, teams
and activities requires that you hold a valid student I.D. card.
Students who are registered in classes at T. L. Kennedy
Secondary School and staff assigned to T. L. Secondary School are permitted to
be on the premises of the school. All other persons are considered visitors to
the school. All visitors must report to, and register (if given permission by
the Principal or designate) at, the main office immediately after entering the school.
Visitors must return to the office before leaving the school to confirm their
departure. Persons attending T. L.
Kennedy Secondary School without the permission of the Principal, or designate,
are subject to the Trespass to Property Act.
As demonstrated by our Character Attributes in Action, we expect all those in our T. L.
Kennedy learning community to act in an honest
manner. Academic dishonesty includes
plagiarism and cheating.
- Plagiarism is
the action of taking and using as one’s own, the thoughts, writings or
inventions of another. It could be an
idea, design, passage, or work.
Plagiarism also exists if a student copies word for word. Plagiarism also exists if a student takes and
uses an idea without giving proper annotation (i.e. to note the author or
source of the information including the Internet). For proper documenting and acknowledging of
sources, consult with the subject teacher and/or Library.
- Cheating in any form is
unacceptable. Cheating may include: asking another student for information from a
previous test, glancing at another student’s test paper, copying homework, and
using information from the Internet without quoting sources.
Academic dishonesty will result in school