CODE OF CONDUCT
The G.P.S. Code of Conduct has been successful in maintaining a collegial and productive school atmosphere for a number of years. Although the document remains largely unaltered, some important changes have been made in response to both the new Provincial and Trillium Lakelands District School Board’s Code of Conduct. Most of the changes deal specifically with suspensions and expulsions. It is important to read those sections carefully.
In an atmosphere of mutual respect and appreciation, G.P.S. attempts:
- 1. to help students develop feelings of self-worth and confidence
- 2. to develop compassionate, active, self-motivated problem solvers
- 3. to develop a sense of personal responsibility towards attitudes, academic work, attendance and behaviour.
- 1. To provide students with opportunities to make independent but responsible decisions and to accept the consequences of these decisions.
- 2. To install in our students an awareness of self-respect and respect for the rights of others.
- 3. To create a positive, safe learning environment and to respect school property and others.
- 4. To help students acquire the basic knowledge, problem solving and decision-making skills to comprehend and express ideas effective without interference.
- 5. To encourage students to work to their potential.
In order to provide an atmosphere and environment that is conducive to learning, it is necessary that G.P.S. remain a well-disciplined school where each individual has pride in the school, in one’s self and in one’s accomplishments. We promote a nurturing, safe and supportive environment where the rights and needs of students are accepted and a sense of personal accomplishments, well-being and self-worth is recognized.
In general, clothing, including its length, should be suitable for a place of business (our business is education). In addition there shall be:
- – No headgear, including hats, visors, bandannas inside the school
- – No spaghetti-type straps or “muscle shirts”
- – No bare midsections or backs exposed
- – No offensive or demeaning or otherwise inappropriate language or pictures
- – No undergarments showing or tops too low at the front.
In class, students will:
- Be regular and punctual in attendance
- Be on time for classes
- Show respect and courtesy to all staff and peers
- Follow established rules and routines set by teachers and students
- Complete all assignments and homework to the best of their ability
- Respect the rights of others
- Respect the property of others
- Use appropriate language
- Exercise appropriate self-discipline
- Accept consequences for inappropriate behaviour
- Dress in a manner appropriate for an elementary school setting, according to the school dress code.
On Playground, students will:
- Be courteous and obedient
- Respect the property of school and others
- Exercise self control
- Respect the rights of others
- Use playground equipment in a safe manner
- Encourage others to promote a safe environment
- Not engage in any activity that is potentially or actually harmful to the safety of themselves or other by:
Throwing snowballs, ice, stones or debris
Pushing or shoving
Playing tackle games or wrestling
Kicking or punching
- Walk bicycle, scooters, roller blades oonto the school grounds
- Refrain from harassing or demeaning others
- Refrain from using inappropriate language.
In-hall movement, students will:
- Move quietly in an orderly fashion on the right side of the hallway
- Be considerate of others
- Get permission from classroom teacher to leave the class area
- Be able to explain why they are not in class.
In general, students will:
- Assist and promote a positive and safe learning environment by discouraging put-downs and harassment
- Learn and understand that aggression of any kind will not be tolerated
- Bring a note from home for permission to leave school property during the day and sign-out when leaving and sign-in on their return at the office.
Discipline is the development within an individual of the self-control necessary to function effectively as a contributing member of society. Self-control is a learning process. The responsibility for this learning is shared by SCHOOL, HOME AND COMMUNITY.
Self-discipline grows from an understanding of reasonable expectations and an acceptance of suitable consequences when these expectations are not met. In this regard, the school has a special responsibility to communicate the expectations and initiate the consequences.
New Provincial and School Board policies have mandated a much more prescriptive approach to school behaviours in many cases. The following sections on expulsions and mandatory suspensions are new, while the information on discretionary suspensions is very similar to the suspension process in previous years.
A Principal must suspend a pupil for a fixed period of 1-20 days from his or her school, and from engaging in all school-related activities, if the pupil commits any of the following infractions while at school or engaged in a school-related activity:
- uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person;
- possessing alcohol or illegal drugs;
- being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs;
- swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority;
- committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property at the pupil’s school or to property located on the premises of the pupil’s school.
A Principal is required to suspend a pupil where the Principal believes that the pupil may have committed an infraction for which expulsion is mandatory.
Expulsion is mandatory if the pupil commits any of the following infractions while at school or engaged in a school-related activity:
- possessing a weapon, including possessing a firearm;
- using a weapon to cause or to threaten bodily harm to another person;
- committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment by a medical practitioner;
- committing a sexual assault;
- trafficking in weapons or illegal drugs;
- committing robbery; and
- giving alcohol to a minor.
The Principal may assign an expulsion if at school or on a school-related activity, the pupil:
- a) has used verbal or written communication that is hate-motivated and encourages violence,
in any one of the following areas:
- racism, or intimidation and discrimination based on ethnocultural, religious, or linguistic differences;
- sexual harassment;
- discrimination based on sexual orientation;
- discrimination based on class/income level or occupation; and
- intolerance based on other characteristics, such as appearance.
- b) has caused extensive damage to school property or property located on school premises.
- c) has engaged in conduct which is so refractory as to demonstrate that the pupil is unwilling to respect or respond to authority and/or to respect the rights or dignity of other members of the school community, despite having been given a reasonable opportunity to do so.
- d) has engaged in conduct which is injurious to the moral tone of the school or physical or mental well-being of others.
In such cases, the Principal must suspend and, within five days of the infraction, inform the pupil, parents or guardian of a pending investigation that may result in an expulsion.
A Principal may assign a discretionary suspension to a pupil if he or she engages in an activity which board policy prescribes is subject to a discretionary suspension.
Specifically, a Principal may suspend a pupil for the following:
- persistent truancy;
- opposition to authority;
- habitual neglect of duty;
- the wilful destruction of school property;
- the use of profane or improper language; or
- conduct injurious to the moral tone of the school or the physical or mental well-being of others in the school.
The Principal may suspend the pupil from one or more classes and/or one or more school-related activities, or from the school entirely and all school-related activities. The minimum duration of a discretionary suspension will be one school day. The maximum duration is 20 school days. Different standards may be established for different circumstances or different classes of persons.
Under normal circumstances, school discipline is progressive and the following steps will be chosen as part of the learning behaviour process;
- 1. Teachers let students know what behaviour is not appropriate.
- 2. Teachers deal on a one to one basis with a student who is behaving inappropriately and discuss the problems of disruptive students with their parents.
- 3. Teachers will refer the disruptive students, with an Incident Report Form, to the Vice- Principal/Principal for counselling.
- 4. Vice-Principal/Principal will use discretion by communicating with parents using a Warning Letter Form or will request an interview with the disruptive students, teachers and their parents/guardians.
- 5. Students serve an In-School Suspension in a supervised area isolated from peers, (seminar room/school office). All school privileges are removed. Classroom teacher will monitor academic progress.
- 6. Students serve an Out-of-School Suspension. All school privileges are removed
- 1st time will be for 1-3 days
- 2nd time will be for 3-5 days
- 3rd time will be for 5-10 days
- 4th time will be for 10-20 days
- 7. Members of the school community:
Although the code outlines the expectations specifically for the students at Gravenhurst Public School, it is expected that all community members – students, staff, parents and visitors to the school – will observe the expectation of the code and conduct themselves accordingly. When everyone works together the code will be more effective for our school.
Loss of Bus-Riding Service
A school bus is deemed to be a part of school property while it transports students. All students fall under the jurisdiction of the District School Board and school policies, including attendance and school sign-out policies as soon as they board a school bus in the morning.
- Where a student boards a school bus in the morning and fails to comply with school attendance procedures, the Principal, where advisable, may revoke that student’s bus-riding service during the return afternoon run of the day in question. Before such a bus-riding service is revoked, the Principal shall inform the parents or guardians before the bus leaves the school in the afternoon.
- At such time, the parents/guardians and the Principal shall determine that satisfactory return transportation arrangements have been made. The Principal shall then inform the bus operator.
All other features of the Board Transportation Policy (BU-3025) and the Board Transportation Procedure (BU-3026) shall remain in force.
(links to Code of Conduct, Dress Code, School rules, Computer/internet policy, nutrition policy)