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1. Rationale
The Ministry of Education requires that all schools develop a code of conduct which communicates to all the members of the school community the standards of behaviour expected from them. Members of the school community include: students, staff, parent(s)/guardian(s) and others such as visitors, volunteers.  The Board recognizes that all students, parents, teachers and staff have the right to be safe, and feel safe in their school community.  This school code of conduct has been developed in accordance with the guiding principles of the Safe Schools Policy in order to create a common philosophy and understanding upon which safe learning and working environments can be maintained for all school community members.

2. Responsibilities
In order to uphold the right of all school members to access a safe school community, there are a number of corresponding responsibilities for which all school members must be accountable to ensure a safe and/or positive learning environment.

2.1 Common School Community Member Responsibilities
Everyone has the responsibility to
2.1.1 contribute to making the school environment safe and conducive to learning/working, free from discrimination, physical and/or psychological abuse;
2.1.2 be a partner in the school community and to work co-operatively with each other; and
2.1.3 model appropriate behaviour and to support the school code of conduct by upholding the standards of behaviour.

2.2. Additional Student Responsibilities
Each student has the additional responsibility to
2.2.1 exercise self-discipline, follow the established rules and accept responsibility for their actions based on age and individual ability;
2.2.2 come to school prepared, on time and ready to learn;
2.2.3 show respect for themselves, for others and for those in authority; and
2.2.4 refrain from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others.

2.3 Additional Teaching Staff Responsibilities
Teaching staff have the additional responsibility to
2.3.1 help students work to their full potential and develop their self-worth;
2.3.2 assess, evaluate and report student progress;
2.3.3 communicate regularly and meaningfully with parents;
2.3.4 discipline fairly and consistently in a manner in keeping with the

Administrative Regulation on Discipline and the school code of conduct;
2.3.5 be on time and prepared for all classes and school activities;
2.3.6 prepare students for the full responsibilities of citizenship; and
2.3.7 safeguard students from persons or conditions which interfere with the learning process.

2.4. Additional Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Responsibilities
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) has/have the additional responsibility to
2.4.1 attend to their child=s physical and emotional well-being;
2.4.2 show an active interest in their child=s school work and progress;
2.4.3 communicate regularly with the school;
2.4.4 help their child be neat, clean, appropriately dressed and prepared for school;
2.4.5 ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time;
2.4.6 promptly report to the school their child=s absence or late arrival;
2.4.7 become familiar with the Code of Conduct and school rules;
2.4.8 encourage and assist their child in following the rules of behaviour; and
2.4.9 assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues.

3. Standards of Behaviour

3.1 Respect, civility and responsible citizenship
All school members must
3.1.1 respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws;
3.1.2 demonstrate honesty and integrity;
3.1.3 respect differences in people, their ideas and opinions;
3.1.4 treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is disagreement;
3.1.5 respect and treat others fairly, regardless of their race, religion, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic orientation, age or disability;
3.1.6 respect the rights of others;
3.1.7 show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others;
3.1.8 take appropriate measures to help those in need;
3.1.9 use non-violent means to resolve conflict;
3.1.10 dress in a manner that is appropriate to school activities with regard to exposure, cleanliness and/or message;
3.1.11 respect persons who are in a position of authority; and
3.1.12 respect the need of others to work in an environment of learning and teaching.

3.2 Physical and Emotional (or Psychological) Safety
3.2.1 Weapons
The following will not be tolerated possession of any weapon or replica weapon, including but not limited to firearms; use of any object to threaten or intimidate another person; and causing injury to any person with an object.
3.2.2 Alcohol and Drugs
The following will not be tolerated possession of, or under the influence of, or providing others with, alcohol or illegal drugs.
3.2.3 Physical Aggression
The following will not be tolerated inflicting or encouraging others to inflict bodily harm on another person; and/or intimidation.
3.2.4 Non-Physical Aggression
The following will not be tolerated emotional, sexual or racial actions that hurt an individual or a group of individuals; threatening physical harm, bullying or harassing others; and use of any form of discrimination.
Further, to all these standards of behaviour, it is expected that all school members will seek staff assistance, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully.

4. School Code of Conduct Rules
The basic rules of conduct at Vincent Massey School are
4.1 students must be allowed to learn without frequent disruptions or interruptions;
4.2 teachers must be allowed to teach without frequent disruptions or interruptions;
4.3 physical, verbal (oral or written), sexual or psychological abuse, bullying, or discrimination on the basis of race, culture, religion, gender, language, sexual orientation, or any other attribute is not permitted; and
4.4 damage to property in the school environment (including school grounds, school buses, on school excursions) is not permitted.
NOTE: The principal may also apply these rules to a pupil when the pupil's conduct outside the school environment negatively impacts on the school.

5. School Code of Conduct Procedures
Common Code of Conduct practices and procedures at Vincent Massey School include
5.1 Signage directs visitor(s) to begin their visit at the office;
5.2 Students do not go home at lunchtime without a note;
5.3 Parent volunteers wear identification tags;
5.4 Police checks are required for all volunteers in the school;
5.5 Teachers wearing orange vests supervise the yard using walkie talkies. Students must have a clothespin from a teacher supervisor to enter the school;
5.6 Most school doors are kept locked during the day;
5.7 Peer helpers are used as recess leaders, office helpers and mentors;
5.8 Safety patrollers are on duty before and after school;
5.9 Students line up to enter the school. Students enter and exit the school at their assigned doors unless reporting to the office for a late slip;
5.10 Teachers meet their classes at the doors;
5.11 Morning announcements update student and staff about safety issues;
5.12 The Safe Arrival program checks for late and absent students;
5.13 Parents waiting for students outside during dismissal time;
5.14 Indoor running shoes are required by students;
5.15 Hats are not worn in the school;
5.16 Skateboards are not permitted on school property;
5.17 Bicycles and scooters must be walked on school property.
5.18 Dogs are not permitted on school property.

6. Strategies to Promote Acceptable Behaviour

6.1 Prevention Strategies
Some preventive strategies used at Vincent Massey include
6.1.1 establishing positive school climate;
6.1.2 maintaining effective classroom management;
6.1.3 using encouragement, reinforcement, and rewarding;
6.1.4 promoting social skills development;
6.1.5 providing anger management programs;
6.1.6 utilizing peer counselling and conflict resolution such as Kelso and Be Cool;
6.1.7 using home-school communication;
6.1.8 using V.I.P. (Values, Influences and Peers), Peer Helpers and Safety Patrollers.

6.2 Supportive Intervention Strategies
Some supportive intervention strategies used at Vincent Massey school include
6.2.1 use the teachable moment;
6.2.2 use verbal redirection, reminders and reinforcement;
6.2.3 use active listening;
6.2.4 use choices;
6.2.5 use problem solving techniques;
6.2.6 use behavioural contracts;
6.2.7 use interviews/discussion;
6.2.8 use school/Board/community resources;
6.2.9 involve outside agencies;
6.2.10 use Kelso, Be Cool, V.I.P.; and
6.2.11 appropriate consequences.

7. Consequences for Unacceptable Behaviour
Consequences shall be appropriate to the individual, related to the circumstances and/or actions and progressive where appropriate. Consequences may include
7.1 discussion;
7.2 warnings;
7.3 time-outs;
7.4 time-owed;
7.5 withdrawal of recess privileges;
7.6 restricted privileges;
7.7 withdrawal from programme;
7.8 behaviour sheets;
7.9 parental involvement;
7.10 restitution, i.e. financial, school and community and school service;
7.11 principal or vice-principal involvement;
7.12 police involvement;
7.13 suspension;
7.14 expulsion.

8. Expectations of Staff
If staff contravene the school code of conduct, consequences will follow the Board's personnel policies, and professional standards. For others unable to follow the school code of conduct, the principal, in consultation with the supervising superintendent, may exclude the individual through Section 265(m) of the Education Act.

Our school follows the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board's policy on use of  personal electronic devices (PEDs) - such as cell phones and MP3 players - in schools.  
The policy states PEDs may be used only during regularly scheduled breaks, such as lunch hour, or in areas designated by principals.  Cell phones and other PEDs must be turned off and stored out of sight in classrooms during instructional time.  PEDs may never be used in washrooms or change rooms.  The policy applies to everyone in a school, and it was approved after extensive consultation with students, parents, school councils, teachers, principals, support staff and community members.

Vincent Massey Cell Phone Policy

At Vincent Massey P.S. there is a school phone located in the office designated for student and community use.  Once on school property, students are to turn off their cell phones and store them in their back packs out of sight.

Last Modified: Sep 17, 2012

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