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Code of Conduct

A school is a place that promotes responsibility, respect, civility and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment. All students, parents, teachers and staff have the right to be safe, and feel safe, in their school community. Since we are preparing our students to become good citizens and to live successfully in the broader environment of society, our code of conduct will reflect that.

Standards of Behaviour

All school members must:

  • respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws
  • demonstrate honesty and integrity
  • respect differences in people, their ideas and opinions
  • treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, especially when there is a disagreement
  • respect and treat others fairly regardless of race, ancestry, origin, colour, ethnicity, citizenship, religion, gender, or ability
  • respect the rights of others
  • show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others
  • take appropriate measures to help those in need
  • respect persons who are in a position of authority
  • respect the need of others to work in an environment of learning and teaching

Student Rights

All rights of the students are theirs in their entirety provided that they do not interfere with the rights of others. Every student has the right to:

  • an equal learning opportunity
  • freedom from verbal or physical abuse or harassment
  • be treated fairly, with dignity, respect and kindness regardless of race, religion, culture, ability or class distinction
  • learn and play in a safe, undisturbed and positive environment which also encourages self-esteem, personal motivation and social awareness
  • have fair and just treatment by staff, administration and volunteers
  • have a clean and pleasant learning environment
  • receive assistance and/or counselling for social, emotional and academic concerns to meet individual needs
  • personal, ethical or religious beliefs

Student Responsibilites

Every student is responsible for:

  • behaving in an appropriate manner so that staff and other students will not be compromised or interrupted in the learning process
  • respecting and being courteous to all staff, volunteers and visitors
  • respecting the feelings of other students
  • following school rules and regulations both in and out of the classroom and during any school sponsored activity
  • participating in learning activities to the best of their ability and meeting deadlines for in class and homework assignments by following directions and listening attentively
  • being on time and prepared for class with all books, materials and assignments completed and ready to learn
  • respecting school property and carefully using and returning all materials, equipment and school books - refrain from doodling in/on notebooks
  • wearing clean, appropriate and inoffensive clothing to school and removing hats in the building
  • attending school daily unless ill or legally excused
  • exercising self-discipline and being accountable and responsible for their own behaviour
  • accepting discipline as would be exercised by a kind, firm and judicious parent and volunteering information and cooperating with school staff in discipline cases
  • taking school correspondence home to parents and guardians
  • appreciating themselves and others
  • proudly representing Diamond Trail School while in the community, and on school trips and sporting events
  • refraining from verbally or physically abusing other students, staff, teachers, volunteers, visitors or parents
  • refraining from use or possession of any contraband or illegal substances such as firecrackers, matches, lighters, weapons, drugs, alcohol and cigarettes or anything that may compromise the safety of others
  • refraining from bringing weapon-like devices, including toys to school
  • walking all bikes and scooters and carry all in-line skates and skateboards while on school property

Parent / Guardian Rights

Every parent/guardian has the right to:

  • expect teachers to act as a kind, but firm, judicious parent
  • receive on-going communication from the school
  • confer with the school regarding any concerns for their child
  • be informed of the academic and social progress of their child
  • expect the school to be operated in an orderly and safe manner
  • expect that his/her student receive an education in a warm, pleasant and secure learning atmosphere
  • attend Diamond Trail School Council meetings

Parent / Guardian Responsibilities

Every parent/guardian is responsible for:

  • building foundations of values related to personal, ethical or religious beliefs and to the common welfare of society
  • cooperating with staff for the development of the students and teachers to further academic and personal growth
  • sending their children to school regularly, on time, well-rested, fed, clean and appropriately dressed to take part in the school program
  • ensuring that their children are in good health to attend school regularly
  • being actively involved in supporting and assisting the education of their children both at home and in school
  • encouraging their children to become involved in the total school program - sports, music, drama, clubs
  • communicating with the classroom teacher regarding the progress of their child attend parent/teacher/child interviews
  • offering assistance and support for homework assignments
  • observing school protocol regarding policies and procedures ie) absenteeism, early dismissal, visitor check-in procedure
  • encouraging and assisting their child in following the School Code of Conduct and assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues

Teacher Rights

Every teacher has the right to:

  • have their students behave in a cooperative and attentive manner, without interference in the learning of others
  • receive support from parents, administration and officials in fulfilling their duties
  • have children prepared in class with homework, assignments and necessary equipment
  • be treated with respect and dignity by students and parents

Teacher Responsibilities

Every teacher is responsible for:

  • encouraging students to appreciate themselves and others regardless of race, religion, culture, ability or class distinction
  • providing an atmosphere conducive to academic growth
  • supporting all students in reaching their academic and personal potential and in developing self-worth
  • maintaining regular and meaningful contact (verbal and/or written) with parents
  • maintain consistent standards of behaviour for all students
  • preparing students for the full responsibilities of citizenship
  • demonstrate respect for all students, staff, volunteers and parents
  • continuing to grow professionally

Dress

We believe that student clothing should be appropriate to an academic setting and contribute to the overall positive image of our school. The following expectations apply to both male and female attire for students of all ages:

  • Tops should cover midriff and should not be provocative or have revealing necklines. No halter tops or tube tops are to be worn at school. Tank top straps must be at least 3 of your fingers in width.
  • Shorts and skirts are to be of a length that is appropriate to a school environment and that do not reveal undergarments in the normal range of movement.
  • Pants should fit so that they will not fall down. Undergarments should not be showing.
  • Hats or other headcoverings are to be removed before entering a building. Headcoverings worn for religious or medical purposes are exempt.
  • Offensive language/pictures or questionable messages on T-shirts are not respectful of others and therefore not acceptable.
  • Metal spike studded collars or bracelets and hardware chains are not permitted.
  • No gang-associated clothing, symbols or paraphernalia is to be worn or displayed on school property or in school related activities

Language

All people, including parents and other visitors to our school, are expected to demonstrate courtesy and self-discipline by using proper and appropriate language. Students are expected to refrain from name-calling, swearing, using foul, offensive, threatening or bullying language or racial slurs.

Bullying and Teasing

Everyone at Diamond Trail has the right to a safe and supportive learning environment. Staff at our school will report all incidents, watch for bullying signs, respond quickly and sensitively, respond to parent concerns and will refuse to tolerate bullying in any form. Bullying can take many forms:

  • Physical Bullying - hitting, kicking, shoving, spitting, beating up, stealing or damaging property
  • Social Bullying - excluding others from groups, gossiping, spreading rumours, damaging friendships
  • Cyber Bullying - use of email, cell phones, text messages, instant messaging to physically threaten, verbally harass or socially exclude others

Students will prevent bullying by treating each other with respect, refusing to bully others, refusing to be bullied, refusing to be a bystander when others are being bullied and immediately reporting bullying to an adult.

Responses to Behaviour

Responses to inappropriate behaviour will be determined by the nature and frequency of the behaviour. Responses may include:

  • Warning
  • Discussion with student/class regarding and encouraging appropriate behaviour
  • Counselling the student
  • Assigning an appropriate detention at recess or after school
  • Participation in an after-school course
  • Time out
  • Community service
  • Discussions with parents/guardians and teachers and/or principal
  • Restitution will be expected if there is destruction or school or personal properties
  • Loss of privileges (ie) school sponsored activities, sports teams, etc.
  • Student behavioural contract
  • Alternative classroom setting
  • Exclusion from school for part of the school day
  • Formal suspension from school
  • Referral to DSBN Youth Counsellor or external agencies
  • Program modifications or accommodations
  • Expulsion from DSBN schools

Studies show that student achievement increases and student self-discipline improves in relation to positive home/school relationships. Should you have any questions or concerns, please begin by contacting your child’s teacher. If you are still not satisfied, contact the principal. We welcome your involvement, cooperation and support.

Student Supervision

  • Limits of Supervision
    The school assumes responsibility for students on school premises, school buses and educational field trips. Supervision extends during school hours; 15 minutes before classes begin and at dismissal time, after classes end.
  • Students who stay for lunch are supervised as long as they remain on school property.
    Please note: The school cannot be held responsible for students outside of school hours or when they are off school property.
  • Parents are asked not to send their child to school prior to the period of supervision in the morning, nor to have them remain after supervision ends for the day.
  • During periods of inclement weather, students should time their arrival just before classes begin. Your co-operation with these issues is greatly appreciated.

Bell Times

Note that this schedule follows the balanced school day timetable.

  8:55 a.m.
10:35 - 11:15
12:55 - 1:45
3:25 p.m.
Morning Entry
Nutrition & Fitness Break
Nutrition & Fitness Break -(go home or out for lunch time)
Afternoon Dismissal

 

Absent Students (905-734-3208)

  • We need to know where our students are. To assist us, please contact the school before 8:30 a.m., if your child is to be absent from school or late. There is an answering machine available 24 hours per day for your convenience. If a student does not arrive at school and we have not been contacted by a parent, we will make every effort to locate the student, including calling all contact numbers given. Your co-operation is appreciated.

Lates

  • If a child is late, he/she should bring a note or have their parent call the school, indicating the reason. He/she must report to the office before going to the classroom.
  • Punctuality is important and it is the responsibility of our students to be on time for school. Students who are late 3 times may be issued a detention.

Lunch at School

  • Many of our students will be able to go home for lunch during the second nutrition & fitness break.
  • If staying at school for this break, students must remain on school property and maintain acceptable behaviour.
  • Students will be allowed to leave school property only with written permission. Unless a parent has given permission for the student to walk home on a regular basis, a note must be sent each time the student leaves the property.
  • Students leaving the school grounds or not following lunchroom rules may lose their lunchroom privileges, and parents will be asked to find an alternative lunch location. It should be noted that eating lunch at school is a privilege.

Clothing & Gym Apparel

  • Students are expected to dress in accordance with the time and place. Outdoor footwear should not be worn indoors. Students must however, have footwear on their feet at all times. Please send slippers or indoor shoes for winter months.
  • Proper clothing for physical education is necessary for both health and safety. Indoor, non-marking soled, running shoes are recommended.
  • Names should be placed on all items of clothing and personal property. At various times throughout the school year, all unclaimed items from the lost and found boxes are sent to local charities.

*** Expensive items such as game boys or mp3 players are not the responsibility of the school. It is, therefore, best that such items be left at home. Cell phones must remain turned off and out of sight during the school day. If a student chooses to bring these items to school, they will remain personally responsible for the care of such items.

Vandalism

Vandalism is an act of disrespect at great cost to all of us. Therefore the following will apply:

  • For minor incidences of vandalism (under $100.00) restitution will be required in addition to possible detention/suspension depending on the intention/severity of the action.
  • For major incidences of vandalism, police involvement will become necessary.

Bicycle Safety

  • It is important that all students observe the basic bicycle safety rules. The school cannot be responsible for bicycles that are brought to school.
  • We strongly recommend that any bicycles brought to school be securely attached to the bicycle racks with a chain and lock.
  • Bicycles must be walked at the crosswalks and on school property.
  • Skateboards and rollerblades are not allowed to be used on school property.
  • STUDENTS MUST WEAR HELMET FOR BICYCLING, SKATEBOARDING AND ROLLERBLADING.

Textbooks

  • Each student will be provided with required textbooks for his/her studies. The care and return of these books is the responsibility of each student. Books are to be returned in good condition. Payment will be made for lost or damaged books. This policy also applies to library books.

Visitors to our School Check-In Procedure

  • ALL VISITORS are welcome in our school. In the interest of care, welfare, safety and security of our students, ALL VISITORS (including parents and guardians) are asked to check in at the office when visiting school. We have a sign-in book and identification badges will be issued.
  • Parents are asked to remain outside while dropping off or picking up their children. If you must enter the building, you must do so at the main security entrance doors.
  • We greatly appreciate your co-operation in this matter as we want to maintain a safe and happy school environment for all of our students.

Parking

  • Parents picking up their children must avoid parking in the bus loading or crossing guard zones in the front of the school. This would be greatly appreciated.
  • Please make sure your children know where they are to meet you to avoid any unnecessary confusion. We want our children to arrive and depart our school happily and safely.

Field Trips

  • Throughout the year, teachers may take their classes on educational field trips approved by the Board.
  • To ensure that parents are kept informed and approve of having their children take part, consent forms are sent home prior to each field trip.

Medication at School

  • At times it is necessary for students to have prescription drugs administered at school. This is done by the principal or his/her designate according to Board policy.
  • No medication will be administered without a physicians signature. Each change in medication will require a new signature. Forms are available at the office and can be faxed at your request.
  • All medications must be kept in the office. Your co-operation is appreciated.

Student Accident Insurance

  • Each year the Board of Education, through the Reliable Life Insurance Company, makes available to parents on an optional basis, insurance for their children.
  • Please read carefully the section regarding coverage to damaged teeth.
  • Experience has shown that this is coverage worth having.

Telephone

  • The office telephone is for emergency student use only. Students must receive a note of permission from their teacher prior to using the phone.

What is Homework?

Any work that a student does at home which is related to a school program and designated to make him/her a better student is HOMEWORK. It does not consist solely of specific exercises assigned by the teacher. Therefore, if a student is completing unfinished work, reviewing work presented previously, studying for a major test or just doing some interest reading it is called homework.

Homework builds on classroom work and it includes the review of previously learned material. Through this process, a child learns to work independently, organize his/her time, use good study skills and develop self-discipline by accepting responsibility for completion of work.

Homework time should be agreed upon by the student and his/her parents, but once agreed upon, it should be the same time each night. In this way it will soon become a habit. During this there should be no distractions from T.V., radio, telephone calls, visits from friends , etc.

Good homework or study requires privacy, however, some students may work better with supervision. There should be a desk or table of proper height and a chair which is comfortable, but not too comfortable.

The Student's Responsibilities

  1. Use this organizer for noting assigned homework including the due dates on a regular basis.
  2. Bring home all the necessary books and materials.
  3. Bring all the necessary materials back to school the next day.
  4. Take good care of any books or materials on loan from the school.
  5. Be aware that failure to do assigned homework may result in a lack of understanding and lower grades. Also, students understand that not handing work in on time results in mandatory attendance at homework club.

The Parents Responsibilities

  1. Parent Involvement. We also see the organizer as an effective communication tool connecting home and school. Our hope is that it will serve as a starting point for conversations about the school curriculum and it will keep parents in tune with their children's homework responsibilities.
  2. Do offer assistance if your son/daughter is having difficulties but don't do the homework for him/her.
  3. Set a regular study schedule and establish firm guidelines. Be consistent.
  4. Keep in touch with the school. If you question the amount or type of homework your child is given, please contact your child's teacher.

STUDY HABITS ARE LIFELONG AND MUST BE LEARNED AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE.