It shall be the policy of the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) to support and encourage the staff, students and parents/guardians in developing a school environment which is conducive to effective learning and to attitudes of mutual respect and trust and one that promotes a safe, inclusive and accepting school climate. This umbrella code of conduct is intended to provide direction to Administrators as they develop a school code of conduct in consultation with parents/guardians, staff and students.
Students have the responsibility to learn and observe the rules of conduct and discipline. Each student is expected to contribute to the development of a positive school community which supports self discipline and a mutual regard for each other and personal property.
Parents/Guardians, as partners in the education of their children, have the responsibility to be aware of and understand the rules governing student behaviour in the school. It is expected that they will assist the school staff through their active participation in reinforcing, supporting and providing input to revisions for the school code of behaviour.
Support Staff have the responsibility to be aware of and understand the rules governing student behaviour in the school. They shall communicate and model the standards of behaviour. Support staff who work directly with students, must respond to incidents that may have a negative impact on school climate.
Teachers have the legal authority and the responsibility granted by the Education Act and Regulations for the supervision and discipline of the students in the classroom and in other places where they are assigned by the Administrator to be in charge of students. Teachers shall communicate, reinforce and model the standards of behaviour and provide input to revisions for the school code of behaviour.
Administrators have the responsibility for maintaining an orderly atmosphere which is conducive to learning. Policies and procedures, in keeping with Ministry and Board Regulations, are to be made known to all teachers, support staff, students and parents/guardians. Such policies must emphasize consistency and fairness and be supported by school staff.
Superintendents of Schools have the responsibility to ensure that the Policies of the DSBN are administered in a fair and reasonable manner in the best interests of all members of the learning community. They must also work with the school in its attempt to maintain a positive learning environment.
DSBN has the responsibility for the effective application of Policy for codes of behaviour and discipline. Such a Policy should recognize the responsibilities and the rights of students, parents/guardians and staff. The Board will support Administrators and staff in the implementation and application of such Policies.
It is the goal of the DSBN that the discipline Policy in each school will assist the students in developing a sense of self-worth and self-control. Students who experience difficulty will be counselled by one or more of their teachers, the support staff and administration. All efforts will be made to resolve issues before they become serious problems. Parents/Guardians will be involved, wherever possible and appropriate, in the school's efforts to guide and counsel their children.
Students, at all times, are expected to pursue their studies diligently, refrain from disruptive behaviour, and comply with the requests of District School Board of Niagara personnel. They are expected to exercise due consideration for the safety of themselves and others, and to exercise self discipline. Students are required to dress in a manner appropriate to the school environment, as outlined in the school's Code of Conduct. These standards of behaviour apply to students whether they are on school property, on school buses or other transportation means supplied by DSBN, at school-related events or activities or in any other circumstance that could have an impact on the school climate.
The DSBN expects all students to observe the Policies and routines of the school they attend, to respect school property and to care adequately for learning materials and other materials issued to them. If school property is lost or damaged, the student and/or parent/guardian may be asked to make restitution.
All students are expected to be courteous, co-operative and respectful in their interactions with other students, with faculty and with school support staff. They shall attend classes punctually and regularly. When a student is absent, the parents/guardians will communicate the reason to the school.
Inability or failure to meet these expectations will be dealt with by the staff, in consultation with the parents/guardians when appropriate. When unacceptable behaviour occurs, the student can expect a variety of corrective actions as listed in the chart below. The intensity of the corrective action will depend upon the severity and chronic nature of the problem. Corrective actions such as those listed below will be utilized by the Administrator in conjunction with the principles in DSBN Policy G-28 (Student Discipline), which principles includes progressive discipline and consideration of mitigating factors (eg. A student’s ability to control his or her behaviour). Each school will expand upon this Policy by developing Codes of Behaviour that include specific examples of unacceptable behaviour and possible corrective actions. The DSBN does not support the use of corporal punishment. Definitions, listed in alphabetical order, of possible corrective actions are outlined below.
|Controlled Supervised Timetable||Is a measure by which a student is assigned to a specified area, under supervision, for a designated period of time.|
|Detention||The student will be asked to compensate through the performance of a specific task or through the serving of a prescribed amount of time.|
|Expulsion||In certain cases, the Administrator, in consultation with the appropriate Supervisory Officer and the Board Lawyer, may recommend to the Board’s Student Discipline Committee that a student be expelled from one or all schools of the DSBN.|
|Interview||With teacher or Administrator. May be informal or formal, depending upon the circumstances. Purpose may be to enlighten, educate or warn the individual concerned.|
|Parent/Guardian Involvement||May take the form of a phone call, an interview or a letter home.|
|Police Involvement||May involve the laying of appropriate charges. May involve police documenting the concerns, speaking with the student(s) and parent(s)/guardian(s) involved, and/or directing the parties to community supports.|
|Removal of Privileges||This consequence involves the removal of services/opportunities provided by the school or DSBN, including cafeteria services, bus transportation, parking and extracurricular activities.|
|Restitution||May take the form of work, remuneration or an apology, depending upon the behavioural problem.|
|Restrictions||May take the form of limitations relating to the use of school equipment, access to specific area(s) of the school premises, interactions with particular students, or participation in school events.|
|Suspension||Is the removal of the student from the school premises for up to twenty (20) days, or as modified upon appeal.|
|Withdrawal from School||Such action is normally taken after consultation with parents/guardians and/or Special Education staff.|
The Administrator shall annually notify all parents/guardians and students, in writing, of the school’s code of student behaviour. These should be written in a direct, concise and easy to understand format.