Code of Conduct

Streetsville Secondary School (As of September 3. 2002)  

School Code of Conduct

Mission Statement  

 

  Our school strives for the full development of each student in a community that promotes tolerance, mutual respect and excellence. 

Staff and Student Responsibilities 

·        Respect the rights of fellow students, staff and community.

·        Respect school property and equipment.

·        Be active in the prevention of abuse to people and property.

·        Be accountable for one's own behaviour and realize that there are consequences for breaking rules.

·        Set a positive example for others. . 

School Code of Conduct 

Goals of the School and the Peel District School Board 

Streetsville Secondary School and the Peel District School Board approves the implementation of the Safe Schools Policy to achieve the following goals:  

1. To establish and maintain a positive school climate for all members of the school learning community

  ·        Student learning and school success are built on the foundation of safe, orderly, nurturing, positive and respectful environments

  ·        Students and staff demonstrate behaviours, including language, that promote the well-being of others

  ·        Positive school climate is free from violence, harassment, verbal, physical or sexual abuse, bullying, threatening, unethical use of technology, hate-related graffiti, gang-related activities, vandalism, intimidation, extortion, and discrimination on the basis of race, faith, gender, socio-economic status, ability, age, sexual orientation, or any other attribute

  2. To promote shared responsibility for learning among school staff, students, and parents

  .        Students have the right to learn and experience success in schools where all partners are committed to ensuring safe learning environments

  ·        Students have a responsibility to demonstrate a commitment to the learning process, to honour the School Code of Conduct and to demonstrate age-appropriate social behaviour

  ·        School staff, parents and guardians and school councils have a responsibility to support student success through knowledge of and active support for the Peel District School Board Safe Schools Policy and the school Code of Conduct

  3.           To develop a respect of self, of the rights of others and of the school physical environment

  ·        The development of and support for the self-respect of an individual student or staff member is a prerequisite to the understanding of and respect for the individual differences of others

  ·        All members of the school community need to demonstrate respect for others and appreciate the diversity which enriches our school environment

  ·        Staff, students, parents, and school council members will use language that is inclusive and productive, supporting the Board's commitment to the spirit of mutual, respect for the dignity and worth of all individuals

  4.      To promote the self-esteem and self-worth of all members of the school community (students, staff, parents and school council members)

·       The empowerment of each member of the school community is a critical component of the individual dignity and school success

  .       The recognition of positive student behaviour, academic achievement and participation in co-curricular activities provides a foundation for the social, emotional and physical health and well-being of students

  ·       AM members of the school community deserve recognition

  ·       Opportunities for the development of leadership skills to enable students, staff, parents and school council members to create confidence and experience a sense of ownership of the school environment

  5.           To assist students in the development and practice of honesty and integrity

  ·        Honesty in personal behaviour and in academic activities is critical to the development of a lifelong and enduring value system

  ·        The application of the values must be taught and demonstrated to be understood and internalized

  ·        To promote open and honest communication among all members of the school community

  ·        Open and ongoing communication encourages mutual understanding within the school community and helps identify priorities to be included in the planning for school success

  ·        The Board recognizes that in many school communities, translation into other languages is critical to both school success and a sense of inclusions in the learning community

  7.  To assist in the development of self-control and self-discipline

  It is a shared responsibility among parents, school and community.

  ·        To assist students in managing their lives and relationships in non-violent ways

  ·        To enable students in developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to prevent violence and to deal with violent and potentially violent situations

  Violence, harassment, verbal, physical, or sexual abuse, bullying, threatening, unethical use of technology, hate-related graffiti, gang-related activities, vandalism, intimidation, extortion, and discrimination on the basis of race, faith, gender, socio-economic status, ability, age, sexual orientation, or any other attribute are not tolerated in Peel schools

  ·        Any student who demonstrates behaviour inconsistent with Board policy or the school Code of Conduct will face a range of consequences that may include loss of privileges, detention, community service, making restitution, suspension from school or full expulsion from any school in the province

  ·        Any staff member who violates Board policy may be subject to consequences as per the PDSB Human Resources policies and procedures

Expectations for Staff and Students  

  It is a requirement of this School Code of Conduct that students and staff:

  1. Shall not harass and or/act in a violent manner of any kind, including bullying physical or verbal assault, threatening or intimidation,

  2. Develop and practice the self-control necessary to prevent violence and to deal appropriately with violent and potentially violent situations

  3. Shall not use, possess and or display weapons, replicas of weapons, ammunition or attachments on any Peel District School Board property or in any incident that is in any way related to the school. Weapons include guns, knives, including pocketknives, airguns, slingshots, machetes, clubs, or any other object carried or used with the intent to injure,

  4.  Honour the rights of others by refraining from acts of hatred against identifiable groups defined by race, ethnicity, faith, gender, sexual orientation or socio-economic status such as the wearing of hate or racist symbols, distributing hate information, producing hate-related vandalism including graffiti or uttering discriminatory remarks,

  5. Shall not use, traffic in or possess for the purposes of trafficking, drugs and or alcohol,

  6. Demonstrate, when utilizing electronic resources, appropriate on-line conduct/manners (Netiquette) and refrain from improper/unethical use of technology, including computer hacking. Internet use for any purpose that 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 the staff, students or school. This applies to school, work and home Internet uses.

  7.  Show respect for the property of others by refraining from theft vandalism gang-related activities, including graffiti, and other inappropriate behaviours,

  8.     Demonstrate commitment to the learning process by coming to class prepared to learn and by contributing to a positive, orderly, peaceful learning environment,

  9.  Practice academic honesty and personal integrity by not participating in or encouraging plagiarism, theft,           misrepresentation of original work, lying, cheating, theft of evaluation instruments, use of unauthorised aids or false representation of identity,

  10. Abstain from smoking on school and Board Property,

  11.     Demonstrate respect for the Trespass to Property Act and Access to School Premises Regulation 474/00 by visiting other schools for school-authorized purposes only,

  12.    Use respectful language and refrain from using profanity while in the school building, on school or board property, and at all school-sponsored activities.

  Code of Conduct - Expectations for Staff and Students at Streetsville Secondary School

  At Streetsville Secondary School the student has one bask right over and above all others - the right to an education. We believe that there are responsibilities and expectations for each student and staff member that will continue to promote our school as a safe and comfortable environment as well an excellent place for learning.

  Students, parents, staff members, and teachers who together considered the behaviour expected of students and staff attending Streetsville Secondary School have prepared this Code. Questions about any of the items listed below should be addressed to any member of the teaching staff, school council or the administration.

Academic Honesty          

  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 of ideas exists if a student takes and uses an idea without giving proper annotation (to note the author or source of the information). Plagiarism of design exists if a student paraphrases (to restate a passage or work in other words). Plagiarism also exists if a student copies verbatim (word for word) or almost verbatim.

  Where a group of students are required to hand in a single assignment representing the group's academic effort, all members of the group are responsible for all of the content of the assignment. Each group member must sign the assignment individually to acknowledge responsibility.

  Therefore it is inappropriate for a student(s) to hand in, as their own work:

  ·        Material from computer programs on the Internet (downloaded essays)

  ·        Unauthorized assignments, tests, or exams

  ·        Work done by tutors

  ·        Work with another student partner, when the work is expected individually

  Consequences - Plagiarism may result in the following consequences

  1.    Zero for the assignment

2.    Suspension from school

3.    Loss of credit

Alcohol and Drugs  

  Students must come to school free from the effects of alcohol or illegal drugs. Such substances are forbidden on school property and during all school-sponsored activities. Students found to be in possession of alcohol or illegal drugs (be it on their person or in their locker) or to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs, will be suspended (Safe Schools Act 2000 s 306 (1). Students found to be trafficking illegal drugs will be expelled from school (Safe Schools Act 2000 s 309 (1). Students found to be providing minors with alcohol will be expelled from school (Safe Schools Act 2000 s 309 (1).

Cell Phones and Pagers

  Students are expected not to use their cell phones or pagers while in school. Students may use their cell phone/pager outside of the school. Where the student chooses to use their cell phone while in school, or if the cell phone goes off while in school, or if the pager goes off while in school, the student Is liable to have the cell phone/pager confiscated by a staff member. The cell phone/pager will be returned to the student at the end of the school day.

Damage to Property

   Students are expected to treat the school building, its contents, the school grounds, and school busses with respect Replacement of broken or damaged property is the responsibility of the offender. Restitution is expected from the offender.

Dress 

The learning environment should be free of distractions and a place for preparing students for post secondary school life (world of work, college, and university). It is expected that students will dress appropriately for school. Clothing depicting symbols, slogans, or pictures that discriminate on the basis of race, faith, gender, socio-economic status, ability, age, sexual orientation, or any other attribute will not be tolerated. Clothing such as abbreviated shorts and skirts, backless tops, tube tops, undershirts as the main shirt, and one-shoulder tops are examples of unacceptable clothing. The bottom of one's shirt/sweater should meet the top of the skirt/pants/sweats pants/skirt such that the "midriff" is not showing. Clothing should be worn such that "underwear/undergarments" are not visible. Footwear must be worn at all times. "Spiked" or "studded" neckbands, wristbands, headwear and clothing are not to be worn in school. 

Students found to be wearing inappropriate clothing will be asked to cover up the inappropriate item of clothing. Students will be asked not to wear that item to school again. Non-compliance will make the student liable for suspension. 

Headwear

Streetsville Secondary School has implemented a "No Headwear" policy in the school, effective September 5th, 2000. The policy is implemented to encourage good manners and proper courtesy, create a consistency across all areas within and outside the school, and to make it easier to identify trespassers on school property.

Unfortunately, another element has arisen. Gang-related activity in the larger community sometimes comes into the school. Indicators of gang membership and activity include but are not limited to the displaying of "colours" (about the head, neck or worn about the wrist, foot or draped from a pocket), hand signals, graffiti, and specific body markings. "Colours" include the wearing of bandannas, dew-rags, wave caps, sweatbands, headbands and hair scarves. 

At Streetsville we want the school to be free of any activities associated with gangs. The inadvertent wearing of certain clothing may cause a false association to a gang. 

Hairbands maybe worn for the function of holding the hair off the person's face, and should be worn at or above the hairline. 

Baseball caps are to be kept in the student's locker. 

Students found to wearing "Headwear" will be requested to remove the item. Students found to be wearing "Headwear" are liable to have the item confiscated from them at any time. The item will be returned at a time to be determined. Continued non-compliance will result in suspension. 

Bandannas may not be worn anywhere on school property. This includes displaying of the bandanna anywhere about one's person, 

Food and Drink                                          

All members of Streetsville Secondary School are asked to consume food and drink only in the cafeteria, staff room or department offices. This will make the work of the custodial team a lot easier.

Garbage

All members of Streetsville Secondary School are requested to place their garbage in the garbage receptacles located about the school. Recycling bins are available in the cafeteria and staff room. Locker clean-outs will occur at the end of each semester. When students are requested by a teacher to assist with the cleanup of their table in the cafeteria, the students are expected to comply with the request. 

Identifying oneself to person in Authority 

It is expected that, when a staff member asks a student for their name, that the student will identify themselves correctly. Failure to do so will result in suspension from school. 

Lockdown Procedures

A Lockdown is defined by the Peel Regional Police as the restriction of movement during the time of a potentially serious violent incident. The Principal or Designate will: 

·        Call 911

·        Announce on the P.A. to "Initiate Lockdown Procedure"

·        Ring the Bell Repeatedly.

 Staff and students inside the school: 

·        Go to the closest room and dose the door

·        Lay on the floor away from doors and windows

·        Remain on the floor until further directions are given 

Staff and students outside the school: 

·        All students and staff outside of the building are to move as far away from the building as possible and remain outside until further directions are given.

·        Exercise critical judgment to maximise safety.

·        Administration may direct staff and students to move to the school evacuation site unless otherwise directed. 

Out of Bounds Areas                             

During periods 1/2/5 students are not expected to be the academic hallways. During lunch periods (3/4), students may be in the halls outside the counseling office, the main office, the athlete of the year pictures, the cafeteria servery and room 150. Teachers on duty during lunch will be located at room 101, in the drama/phe hallway, and at the bus loading doors. Students are expected to comply with the teachers’ request to leave the area immediately.

Parking

Parking spaces are limited at Streetsville Secondary School. Both staff and students are expected to register the vehicle with the main office to receive a S.S.S. parking tag. Students are permitted to park in the south parking lot, east of the porta-pak. Overflow student parking is available at the CTS parking lot to the south of the school.

 Staff members and students are expected to display their parking tags in their car at all times while on school property. 

Vehicles found on school property without the appropriate parking tag will be liable for a fine from the Region of Peel By-Law Enforcement Office. 

Pay Telephones 

There are only 2 pay phones in the school. Students are requested to limit their phone calls on these phones to 2 minutes. Students are requested to respect the fact that other students will be in need of the phones also. Students are to use their cell phones outside of the school. 

Personal Stereos/Walkmans/CD Players 

The playing of personal stereos, walkmans, or CD players, all with earphones is permitted in the cafeteria. - In the cafeteria, these sound systems must be used with earphones. This will respect the rights of others, yet allow the user to listen to the music of their choice quietly. Students are not expected to wear, or play their Walkmans in other areas of the school. Students are expected not to display about their person, their Walkman/earphones, or CD player/earphones. 

Smoking

Provincial Law and PDSB policy prohibit smoking on any school property at any time. This includes school field trips. Students and staff are not expected to smoke on school property. Upon being found to be smoking on school property by a teacher/administrator, the student will be suspended for the following day. Where a student is found to be smoking on school property again, the Peel Health Office will be called in to levy a fine (currently $115) against the student and the student will be suspended for the following 2 days. 

Student Photo ID 

To assist in the organization and management of the school, and to ensure the safety and security of everyone in the building, all students shall be prepared to have their photograph taken for registration purposes. A student is also expected to show their student card (with photo ID) to any Streetsville staff member when asked. This is a requirement upon registration at all PDSB schools. The Student card must be presented for entry to school events and may be used for attendance, library, and Internet Use. Students found to not have their picture taken during registration or during photo retake day will be required to have their picture taken. 

Visitors                                   

All visitors to the school must sign in at the office. Students are expected to report to the main office, the existence of any trespassers in the building. Students found to bring trespassers on to school property are liable for suspension. 

Weapons    

Students found to be in possession of, or to use weapons on school property will be suspended/expelled as deemed by the Safe Schools Act 2000 s 306/309 (1). Weapons include, but are not limited to guns, knives, including pocketknives, air guns, slingshots, machetes, clubs, or any other object carried or used with the intent to injure. The use of weapons to intimidate or threaten another student/staff member will result in suspension from school. 

Consequences for Inappropriate Behaviour

For certain forms of inappropriate behaviour, mandatory suspension or expulsion is expected. The following outlines the behaviours for which mandatory suspension or expulsion is expected. 

Mandatory Suspension: Safe School Act, 2000 s. 306(l) 

It is mandatory that a student be suspended from his or her school and from engaging in all school related activities if the Pupil commits any of the following infractions while her or she is at school or is engaged in a school-related activity.

 I . Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person

2. Possessing alcohol or illegal drugs

3. Being under the influence of alcohol

4. Swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority

5. Committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property at the pupils' school or to property located on the premises of the pupils’ school

6. Engaging in another activity that, under a policy of the Board, is one for which suspension is mandatory 

Mandatory Expulsion Safe Schools Act, 200 s.3090) 

It is mandatory that a pupil be expelled if the pupil commits any of the following infractions while he or she is a school or engaged in a school-related activity. 

1 . Possessing a weapon, including possessing a firearm

2.  Using a weapon to cause or threaten bodily harm to another person

3.  Committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment by a medical practitioner

4. Committing sexual assault

5. Trafficking in weapons or in illegal drugs

6. Committing robbery

7. Giving alcohol to a minor

8. Engaging in another activity that, under a policy of the board, is one for which expulsion Is mandatory.

 Other consequences 

Other consequences for inappropriate behaviour may include, but not be limited to: 

·        Detentions

·        Community Service

·        Contact with the Parents

·        Loss of Privileges

·        Referral to Administration

·        Payment for damage or loss

·        Suspension

·        Involvement of Police

·        Laying of criminal charges

·        Changing schools