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CODE OF BEHAVOIR

 

GUIDING PRINCIPLES AND OBJECTIVES

  •   Dr. T. L Sullivan Junior High is dedicated to promoting a positive learning environment through responsible interaction among/between staff, students, and parents where teachers are committed to teaching and students are committed to learning.
  •   The school's climate is characterized by openness, cooperation, approachability and fairness.
  •   Misbehavior will carry logical and responsible consequences.
  •   A safe and supportive learning environment will be provided for all students and staff.
  •   The ultimate aim of the code is to develop responsibility for one's actions and to promote a positive personal development in each student.
  •   A change in behavior can only be facilitated through a cooperative approach among staff, students, and home.

 

APPROPRIATE BEHAVIORS WHICH ARE ENCOURAGED

  •   Those which increase the potential for students to achieve in school (attendance, preparedness, use of effective learning skills, positive work habits, etc.)
  •   Those which promote good will, cooperation, and harmony among all members of the school community (tolerance, acceptance, respect, fairness, etc.)
  •   Those which promote student responsibility and civic involvement (participation in civic and social events and co-curricular activities)
  •   Appropriate behavior should be recognized in various ways at differing levels-classroom, school and home.

 

APPROPRIATE BEHAVOIRS/CONSEQUENCES WITHIN THE CLASSROOM

 

Certain types of misbehavior which occurs in the classroom will be handled by the classroom teacher.  However, if these behaviors persist, administration will readily intervene.

Such misconduct could include, but are not exclusive to:

  •   Minor disturbances in and out of classroom
  •   Off-task behaviors in the classroom
  •   Homework infractions
  •   Tardiness
  •   Disrespect for another's property, including theft
  •   Minor instances of refusal to comply with reasonable request(s)

 

Misconduct handled by teacher may include the following:

  •   Late arrival for class
  •   Failure to bring required books, materials and assignments to class
  •   Minor defacement of school property
  •   Minor disruptions (unnecessary talking, joking, etc)
  •   Sarcastic, angry or inappropriate language
  •   Lack of responsiveness, apathy
  •   Occasional class truancy
  •   Obscenity in oral, written or pictorial forms
  •   Consequences for such conduct will include such things as:
  •   Informal interview with the student
  •   Parental contact
  •   Involvement of guidance personnel
  •   Peer counseling
  •   Peer mediation
  •   Detention of student

It is to be understood that when such inappropriate misbehaviors occur, they will be addressed immediately. Consistency and fairness will be two of the leading principles when dealing with such misbehaviors. When referring a student to administration for further action, appropriate documentation would accompany the student.

 

INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOURS

 

Disruptive behavior means behavior that is not frequent or serious enough to significantly interrupt the learning climate of the school, endanger the well-being of others or damage school property.

 

Inappropriate behavior includes, but may not be exclusive to, the following:

  •   Chronic minor offences
  •   Disrespect or insubordination
  •   Failure to obey instructions
  •   Forging notes or excuses
  •   Non-attendance or poor attendance in school or specific classes
  •   Loitering in school areas when asked not to
  •   Petty stealing
  •   Fighting (shoving, pushing, or scuffling)
  •   Others acts of misconduct that are disruptive or which may create a potential safety hazard
  •   Necking/petting
  •   Gambling
  •   Smoking
  •   Hands On

 

CONSEQUENCES

 

The disruptive behaviors noted above must not be ignored. Appropriate action will be taken, designed to stop the behavior in order to create an avenue for a positive behavioral change.

 

The consequences could include one, or a combination, of the following actions:

 

  •   Informal interview/conference with the student
  •   Formal interview with the student
  •   Involvement of guidance personnel
  •   Peer mediation
  •   Detention of student either at noon or after school
  •   Withdrawal of student from the classroom setting and assignment to an in-school suspension room
  •   Requiring student to make restitution where appropriate
  •   Implementation of a behavioral or performance contract
  •   Referral to outside agencies
  •   Out of school suspension
  •   Review of classroom discipline rules
  •   Review of building wide discipline rules

 

SEVERLY DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR

 

Behavior that is frequent or serious enough to significantly disrupt the school learning climate, endangers the well being of others or damages school property is classified as severely disruptive. These types of behaviors impact negatively on the school community. Severely disruptive behaviors, therefore, are not tolerated and must be dealt with as soon as they occur. The following chart indicates the Department of Education's, the School Board's, and our School Policy on these types of behaviors and their consequences.

 

Category

Inappropriate Behavior

Consequences

Compulsory

Optional

Disruptions of the Operation of the School

Committing acts or inciting others to commit acts that are seriously disruptive, or create a safety hazard to students, staff, or school property; such as, but not limited to, making bomb threats, setting fires, pulling fire alarms

Immediate school suspension in accordance with the procedures set out in the Education Act

 

Scheduled conference with parent/guardian and student

Police action where a criminal act has occurred

Payment of costs to rectify disruption

School based community service

 

Illegal Activity

Committing any act or inciting others to commit any act involving a serious civil wrong or such crimes as, but not limited to, possessing or selling stolen property, possessing or selling a controlled substance, stealing expensive items

Immediate school suspension in accordance with the procedures set out in the Education Act

Scheduled conference with parent/guardian and student

Police action where a criminal act has occurred

 

Physical Violence

Using force to injure a member of the school community while on school property or attending a school related activity

Immediate school suspension in accordance with the procedures set out in the Education Act

Scheduled conference with parent/guardian and student

Police action where a criminal act has occurred

 

Racial Misconduct

Using racial slurs, displaying racist behaviors, engaging in racial/ethnic name calling or inciting others to use racial slurs, display racist behavior or engage in racial/ethnic name calling

Immediate school suspension in accordance with the procedures set out in the Education Act

Scheduled conference with parent/guardian and student

Counseling

Police action if there is a chance of riot or serious disturbance

 

Sexual Assault

Touching a sexual part of the body, either directly or indirectly, without consent. For it to be sexual assault, direct or indirect physical touching must occur

Police action where a criminal act has occurred

 

 

Sexual Misconduct or Abuse or Physical Abuse

Committing or inciting others to commit physical or sexual abuse, harassment

Immediate school suspension in accordance with the procedures set out in the Education Act

Reporting according to the Children and Family Services Act

Scheduled conference with parent/guardian and student

Counseling

Depending on the situation:

  Police action where a criminal act has occurred

Reporting according to the Children and Family Services Act

 

Sexual Harassment

This is a sexual touch or comment that is unwanted by the receiver

Immediate school suspension in accordance with the procedures set out in the Education Act

 

Scheduled conference with parent/guardian and student

Counseling

 

Vandalism

Committing or inciting others to commit malicious damage to the personal property of a member of the school community

Immediate school suspension in accordance with the procedures set out in the Education Act

 

Scheduled

conference with parent/guardian and student

Payment of costs to repair damages

School based community services

Police action where a criminal act has occurred

 

Withdrawal from extra-curricular activities

 

Placement of school probation

 

Meetings with school counselor

Verbal Abuse

Using or inciting others to use language intentionally to threaten or intimidate students and teachers

Immediate school suspension in accordance with the procedures set out in the Education Act

Scheduled

conference with parent/guardian and student

 

Police action where a criminal act has occurred

 

Withdrawal from extra-curricular activities

 

Placement of school probation

 

Meetings with school counselor

Weapons

Using any weapon or possessing or inciting others to possess while on school property or while attending a school related activity, any prohibited or restricted weapon as defined by the Criminal Code of Canada.

 

Any object which could be used to inflict harm or be used for illegal activities or intimidation

Immediate school suspension in accordance with the procedures set out in the Education Act

Scheduled

conference with parent/guardian and student

 

Police action where a criminal act has occurred

 

Withdrawal from extra-curricular activities

 

Placement of school probation

 

Meetings with school counselor

 

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