CODE OF BEHAVIOUR
The following Code of Behaviour is one important component
to help create a safe school. It outlines principles and
behavioural expectations for all so that everyone knows
and understands their rights and responsibilities.
The Code of Behaviour applies to all individuals whether on school property, on the school buses, or at school-sanctioned events in the community. All persons are to be treated with dignity and respect. It is the responsibility of all to know their rights and responsibilities. All school members are expected to use non-violent means to resolve conflict. It is the responsibility of parents, teachers and students to work together to create a safe learning environment for all.
To respect civility and create responsible citizenship, all members must be encouraged to:
- demonstrate gospel values
- treat one another with dignity and respect, especially in disagreements
- to respect and treat others fairly, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, citizenship, religion, gender, age or disability
- give assistance to those in need
- respect the rights of others to work in an environment of learning and teaching
School staff (teachers, educational assistants, student support workers, principal, secretaries, custodians, bus drivers and others in positions of authority) are expected to:
- Promote a Christian community that will involve all partners–staff, students, parents and church.
- Provide students with a program that meets their individual needs.
- Provide help to students when needed.
- Work with students and staff to make our school better.
- Support students to understand homework assignments and skills to be practiced, monitor completion and communicate with parents.
- Communicate student’s progress effectively to the student and parents.
- Check student’s agenda and sign on a daily basis.
- Treat students fairly.
- Act as role models who demonstrate lifelong learning.
- Act as team members and team leaders in the school working with students and staff.
- Establish management strategies that support learning and respect the dignity of students.
- Supervise classroom, halls and playground in accordance with the school’s Code of Behaviour.
- Be prepared and on time.
- Teach/model expectations for a safe, orderly school.
Parents/Guardians are expected to:
- Respect and support the Catholic nature of the school.
- Communicate regularly with school personnel. (Agenda)
- Become familiar with the student expectations and the Code of Behaviour.
- Work with the school staff and their child to resolve any issues that may arise. (3 step policy)1 – Communication with teacher/instructor- concerns in writing. Receive a response within 24 hrs. Concerns addressed and resolved.2 – Communicate with teacher/instructor and request a meeting within one school week if possible.3 –If issue still not resolved, request meeting with teacher, principal and parent, within one week of request if possible.
- Co-operate with the school if the child’s program or performance requires special attention.
- Encourage their child to meet learning expectations and to set goals.
- Show support for their child by attending student conferences/interviews and school events.
- Talk with their child about school work and support their child with a routine and a place for homework.
- Read and sign their child’s agenda on a daily basis.
- Inform the teacher with a note in the agenda if their child is unable to complete homework on any given night or to express any concerns.
- Not send children to school prior to supervision time, since there is no supervisor on the yard.
- Report to the office when visiting the school as per the Visitor Policy (included).
- Give the school current home, work and emergency phone numbers.
- Inform the school when their child is absent as per the Safe Arrival Policy (included).
- Provide children with “nut free” snacks and lunches.
- Agree to sign and return completed permission forms.
- Be familiar with school policies and procedures.
Students are expected to:
- Respect and follow the teachings of our Catholic Faith and be an example to all you meet.
- Treat others in a courteous way.
- Use appropriate language befitting a Christian.
- Respect prayer time and O Canada.
- Respect and maintain the learning environment within the classroom by participating in the formation and maintenance of a “CLASSROOM COVENANT” (discussed in classroom in September).
- Follow the instructions of teachers/support staff.
- Show courtesy and consideration for others.
- Always try your best.
- Accept the consequences of your actions and decisions.
- Be peacemakers and exercise self-discipline.
- Remove hats upon entering the school.
- Walk quietly through the school.
- Wear indoor shoes at all times while in the school
- Remain on school property during the school day unless a note is provided by parent/guardian.
- Respect property and take pride in the school.
- Represent the school favourably in extra-curricular activities (i.e., sports, outings).
- Be punctual and in regular attendance.
- Respond to bell promptly and enter school quietly.
- Be cooperative and attentive in class.
- Remain on task during class time.
- Be attentive and focused during school assemblies/liturgies.
- Complete all assigned work.
- Have school reports/correspondence signed and returned.
- Prepare your supplies for the next school day.
- Keep your work area and lunch area clean and organized.
- Remain at your assigned seat for the lunch period.
- Play cooperatively and take turns.
- HANDS OFF POLICY – “Hands on” – Fighting, rough play, and profane language will not be tolerated and is unacceptable.
- Report any injuries to the duty teacher.
- Ask a teacher for permission to enter the school.
- Walk bicycles/scooters on the school property.
- No food is allowed on the playground.
- Sit on slides. Before sliding, check that no one is at the bottom. Travel down only, walking up is not allowed. Only one person travels on the slide at a time.
- Walk on play structures. Jumping off is not allowed.
- Tag is not allowed on the play structure.
- Loose scarves or strings on clothing must be tied securely or removed.
- Allow students to join in fun activities “you can’t say, you can’t play.”
- Keep sticks, stones and snow on the ground, then we can’t throw them.
- Hard balls of any type are not allowed on the yard.
- Hockey sticks are not allowed on the yard.
BUILDING COMMUNITY & REPAIRING RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH RESTORATIVE PRACTICES
Our school strives to create a truly authentic Catholic culture animated by gospel values and rooted in a belief of the dignity of persons created in God’s image. In our school, we proclaim a view of community that is church centered wherein all community members belong and play a vital role as a member of the Body of Christ. We want our students to think clearly, act wisely, feel deeply and live responsibly by building and creating communities of peace. All staff and students have been introduced to restorative practices with its focus on building, maintaining and repairing relationships. Restorative practices seek to heal and right the wrongs and focuses on the needs of the harmed and the community. By meeting face to face, the restorative process encourages healthy communication, accountability, healing and closure for all.
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Students have the right to be treated with respect and sensitivity, to be given support and to earn trust and privileges in an environment conducive to learning and free from physical and verbal harassment.
Students are responsible to respect, be considerate and show compassion for people and property, by making good choices. Students are accountable for their actions, and are expected to act as responsible members of the Catholic community.
Parents have the right to be respectfully informed and to expect the provision of meaningful and purposeful programs conducted in a safe and caring environment
Parents are responsible for respecting and supporting the students and staff, by cooperating when special attention is required to resolve issues.
Forgiveness and reconciliation are necessary to foster communities of faith. Our practices are restorative, helping children develop empathy through reflection, insight and learning, while repairing and rebuilding relationships. It is a whole school approach that identifies and addresses harms, needs and obligations in order to heal and make things right. Students learn to make good choices, to resolve conflicts and forgive.
A whole community approach that recognizes, promotes and celebrates positive behaviours, while addressing inappropriate behaviours before they become serious. These practices shift the focus from one that is solely punitive, to one that is corrective and supportive. Positive discipline uses a continuum of interventions, supports, and consequences, that focus on caring, acting and rebuilding.
- Called to Care: Educators are called to support a safe teaching and learning environment in which students are led to discover, cherish and develop their personal talents and gifts so that each learner can reach his or her full potential. Students who make inappropriate choices that are considered minor infractions may require action.
- Actions of caring: reminders and reflections.
- Called to Action: Our goal is to create a circle of support around a student to make them feel important, worthwhile, significant and valued. Some students may require additional opportunities and interventions before they are able to engage in learning and relationships in an acceptable manner. It is recognized that consequences for those students who are unable to make appropriate choices with reminders and reflections must be corrective and supportive, in order to reflect the tenets of faith that we share.
- Actions of Faith: resolution and restitution.
- Called to Rebuild: Despite our best efforts, there are times when a serious incident or behavior may warrant an intensive response. It is our responsibility to respond with care and concern, working toward a compassionate solution that teaches the student about the inappropriateness of the behavior, opens the door to reconciliation and leaves the dignity of all parties intact. At this intervention level, more intensive supports will be driven by a school-based team approach, ideally with parent involvement and support.
- Actions of Hope: removal and reconciliation.
MITIGATING AND OTHER FACTORS
Appropriate student behaviours and good choices must be expected and recognized for all students. Progressive discipline requires the school to consider inappropriate behaviours in light of the student’s age, history and level of development. Interventions, support and consequences must be consistent with the IEP.
SAFE ARRIVAL POLICY
If a child is absent and the school has not been informed, the secretary will be calling home/work to check with you. It is essential that the Student Information Form be accurate and up to date. Please ensure the office is kept up to date with current contact numbers formation Form be accurate and up to date. Please ensure the office is kept up to date with current contact numbers.
Transportation by school bus is a privilege and not a right. Behaviour that interferes with the safe operation of the bus or the safety of the other students riding on the bus will not be allowed. The driver of the bus is in charge of the operation of the bus and of the safety and welfare of all students and he/she must be given each student’s cooperation and support. While riding on the bus, students are responsible to their Principal. Students are allowed one stop. They must get on and off at the same destination every day. Students are not allowed to travel on a different bus (i.e. to go to a friend’s house for a sleep-over).
** See Bus Handbook** (available online at STEO)
- Enter the bus quietly.
- Sit down, facing the front of the bus.
- Remain in your seat at all times.
- Speak quietly.
- Once the bus has completely stopped, get out of your seat and exit quietly.
- Food or drink is not allowed on the school bus.In the event of a bus infraction, you will receive a note home. Please fill out your portion and review bus safety with your child.
CODE OF APPEARANCE EXPECTATIONS
Students are expected to use good judgment and dress in a manner appropriate for school. The following guidelines are not a complete list but will help you make safe and healthy choices. Parents and staff will use these to guide children in their choice of clothing:
- Tank tops, tops without backs or tops that do not cover your stomach are not allowed.
- Spaghetti straps are only allowed if worn under a blouse.
- See-through clothes without another shirt under them are not allowed.
- Clothes should not be too tight or too short.
- Hats, caps, make-up, strong perfumes, sunglasses, or other such items will not be worn in the building unless required for a special class event.
- Pants or shorts must fit at the waist and shorts must be fingertip length.
- Soft-soled, non-slip, non-platform shoes designed for safe play must be worn in gym class. All students must have indoor and outdoor shoes.
- A hat and sunscreen are recommended to be worn outside on very sunny days.
EMERGENCY PROCEDURE PRACTICE
During the year, staff and students work diligently on evacuation procedures in case of emergency. The Fire Department may help in this regard. Please ensure that your child has a pair of indoor shoes. This makes gym activities safer and also allows for speedy exit from the building in emergency situations. The school will practice their Lockdown procedures with students and the OPP to ensure the safety of all students twice a year.
As per Board Policy all medication provided to the school for administration to students must be prescribed by a doctor and a “Request for Administration of Medication” form, fully completed and appropriately signed by both the parents/guardians and the doctor, must accompany the medication. Medication should come in its original container. This includes “over the counter” medication. All medication is to be left in the office. Students are not to have medication on their person or in their backpacks, with the exception of EPIPENS for students who suffer anaphylactic reactions.
ILLNESS AND INJURY
When a child is ill, it is often undesirable for him/her to be at school. He/she may regain his/her health more slowly, learn little and spread his/her germs to others in the class. The best place for a sick child is usually at home.
There are cases when a child appears well before leaving for school but becomes ill during the day. When this happens, we will contact you to pick him/her up. In case of injury, in the school or on the school grounds, if it appears minor the appropriate first aid will be used. If it appears more serious, we will contact you or your emergency contact number in order that your child may be taken to a doctor or hospital.
Our school has a number of children who suffer from anaphylaxis, a potentially life threatening allergic reaction to an allergen (primarily nut products). Through education, dialogue and a cooperative spirit, students, teachers and parents can strive to make this a nut safe school. In September of every year, staff review emergency protocols and inform parents regarding classroom procedures. All anaphylactic students must carry an Epi-pen on their person at all times. Please send only nutritious nut free lunches and snacks.
Visitors/Volunteers are always welcome at our school. For student safety, once school begins, all entrances will be locked. To enter the school, please use the Townline Road door and ring the bell. All visitors must sign in at the office. If you are volunteering please tell the secretary which classroom you will be in.
We ask our volunteers to please remember our privacy rule. Parents are not permitted to discuss a student’s – behavior, style of learning, progress etc. with anyone outside of school and only with school staff inside the school. When one volunteers, they will be assigned a specific task. I.E. Our Read with Me program provides students with an opportunity to read with an adult on a one to one basis.
Parents are always welcome into their child’s classroom when the teacher requests volunteers for a special event, outing, etc. Volunteers will not be scheduled to provide additional ongoing support within their child’s classroom. Please remember that you are volunteering to assist all children and programs not just those within your child’s classroom.
We greatly appreciate your time, energy and willingness to support our children and programs. Volunteers will require yearly police checks with vulnerable sector screening.
STUDENT DROP OFF AND PICK UP
The car drop off gate is at the end of the south west parking lot. The gate will be unlocked 15 minutes prior to school start time and locked at the start of our school day, as will the bus entrance gate at the front of school. Students arriving late must be escorted to the office and signed in. For attendance purposes, the student will be given a late slip to enter the class. Parents are expected not to pass by the front office once school is in session. If you are picking up your child, do not go directly to their classroom. Your child will meet you at the office.
End of day Routines
If you are picking up your child by car, the car gate area is the double doors opening onto the southwest parking lot. At dismissal time, the teacher on duty will require that you check in with her. The walker gate exits at the front of the school. This is the exit for all students who are walking. No walking students should exit at the car gate door as we are loading buses out front. Changes to end of day routine should be noted in the child’s agenda. Calls during the day should be for emergency situations only and should be received at the office no later than 12:00 pm.
*Please do not use the parking lot in front of the main school entrance during bus times:
8:50 am – 9:20 am and 3:10 pm – 3:45 pm.
St. Gregory has regular pizza days and also participates in the milk program. These items are available to all students, but families are under no obligation to participate. Should these programs prove to be financially difficult, please contact the office for confidential assistance.
New this year – if pizza day falls on an inclement weather day, pizza will be served to those students who are here only. No make-up day will be scheduled or reimbursement given in the event of absence.
RECYCLING POLICY – ECO SCHOOL PROGRAM
It is our role as members of this community to keep our environment clean, safe and beautiful and each one of us must do our part. Although we do recycle pop cans and paper products at our school, all students and staff members are expected to bring home all waste or uneaten food that he/she brings to school. “Litterless” lunch bags, containers and drinking vessels are ideal solutions in assisting with the three “R’s” – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Students are responsible for the textbooks/library books issued to them. If you lose or damage a book you must pay to replace it.
It is strongly recommended that no item of value be brought to the school. If items are lost, the school staff cannot be held responsible, this includes Nintendo DS, MP3 Players and other electronic gadgets.
LOST AND FOUND
Each year we have a considerable number of items in our lost and found table. It may be possible to minimize this problem if the following steps are taken:
- All belongings should be clearly marked with your child’s name. This makes it easier for him/her to recognize their belongings and possible for others to return found items.
- Emphasize to your child his/her responsibility “to look after” his/her belongings.
- If something is lost, have your child look in the lost and found immediately. A look around in the classroom may also be useful.
- At the end of each month items in the lost and found are washed and donated to charity. Parents are more than welcome to come and look at the lost and found table to see if any items belong to your family.
EVALUATION, REPORTING & PROMOTION
Evaluation: Our school is interested in the academic progress of each student as well as his/her total well being. It is with these points in mind that school evaluation and parental reporting are carried out. This involves continuous record keeping by the teacher as the skills are covered and assessments are completed. Attitude towards learning and towards other people are also monitored and considered to be an important part of the evaluation.
Reporting: In November the 1st term progress report goes home and scheduled interviews are encouraged. The 2nd term reports go home in February with the final report card at the end of June. It is our policy to encourage parents to contact the school at any time regarding concerns. Please do not wait for a formal invitation. The written report card is only one way of giving you an evaluation. This is why we would like to emphasize interviews with your child’s teacher, so that she/he may give you additional information and answer any questions you might have.
Newsletters will be sent home with oldest and only at the school. If you do not receive information from us on a regular basis, please check your child’s school bag or agenda or phone the office to request extra copies. All newsletters are posted on our school website.
CAMERAS AND CELL PHONES
Students are not allowed to bring cameras and cell phones to school. In this time of quick internet access and websites like My Space and You Tube, it has become a safety concern for our students.
ST. GREGORY CATHOLIC SCHOOL WEBSITE
Please visit our school website at www.stgregory.cdsbeo.on.ca for current updates at any time.