CLIMATE FOR LEARNING
It is your right to learn in a safe, orderly and healthy environment. It is your responsibility to refrain from any behaviour which endangers the safety and well-being of yourself or anyone else in the school. It is your responsibility to report any behaviour which may result in harm to yourself or others. It is your responsibility to seek advice or help before a situation becomes unsafe or unhealthy. It is your right to have any such reports or consultations treated with strict confidence.
BULLYING PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION
We are teaching students to identify bullying behaviour and giving them strategies to deal with it, and stop it from happening.
Bullying is typically a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear, distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance. Bullying may include verbal or physical confrontations, harassment, intimidation or discrimination. This applies particularly in respect to discrimination based on race, faith, gender, socioeconomic status, ability, age, or sexual orientation.
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.
T.L. Kennedy S.S. 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, community service, conflict mediation and resolution, peer mentoring, referral for support services, suspension or expulsion. 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.
The minimum rules for a safe, orderly, healthy school are as follows:
Alcohol/Restricted 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 T.L. Kennedy S.S., 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 - The school recognizes the benefits of a smoke-free environment for all persons. By law, smoking is not permitted at T.L. Kennedy S.S., 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. We are required by law to adhere to and abide by The Smoke-Free Ontario Act, which states that:
· smoking on school property is prohibited 24 hours a day/7 days a week
· all students, parents, visitors and staff as well as “after hours” groups who use the property must comply
· the minimum fine is $305 for smoking on school property. Repeat offences result in a higher fine
· it is illegal to sell or supply tobacco to any person under the age of 19
· the minimum fine for selling, supplying or sharing cigarettes to anyone under 19 is $365.
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 T.L. Kennedy S.S., on any Peel board property, or at any school-related event or activity at any time.
SUSPENSION / EXPULSION
T.L. Kennedy S.S. also supports the use of suspension and expulsion for serious incidents as outlined in the Peel District School Board's Safe Schools Policy.
Suspension means that a student is excluded from classes and school events and must not be on school property for the time period stated in the suspension letter.
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
· 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 of alcohol
· 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
Expulsion means that a student is excluded from all schools in Peel. The action is forever unless the student satisfies the requirements of a formal re-admission process.
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.