Southwold’s Code of Conduct (September 2009)
Guiding Principles - The Ministry of Education
All participants involved in the publicly funded school system - students, parents or guardians, volunteers, teachers and other staff members - are included in this Code of Conduct whether they are on school property, on school buses or at school- authorized events or activities.
All members of the school community are to be treated with respect and dignity, especially persons in positions of authority.
Responsible citizenship involves appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community. Active and engaged citizens are aware of their rights, but more importantly, they accept responsibility for protecting their rights and the rights of others.
Members of the school community are expected to use non-violent means to resolve conflict. Physically aggressive behaviour is not a responsible way to interact with others.
The possession, use or threatened use of any object to injure another person endangers the safety of oneself and others.
Alcohol and illegal drugs are addictive and present a health hazard. Ontario schools will work cooperatively with police, drug and alcohol agencies to promote prevention strategies and, where necessary, respond to school members who are in possession of, or under the influence of, alcohol or illegal drugs.
Insults, disrespect, and other hurtful acts disrupt learning and teaching in a school community. Members of the school community have a responsibility to maintain an environment where conflict and difference can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and civility.
At Southwold Public School we believe:
School learning environments are to be safe, orderly, nurturing, positive and respectful. Such learning environments are to be peaceful and welcoming for all. They must be free of negative factors such as abuse, bullying, discrimination, intimidation, hateful words and deeds and physical violence in any form. They must demonstrate respect for social justice and human rights and promote the values needed to develop responsible members of a democratic society.
The Education Act and Regulation 298 provide the necessary legislative framework for Principals, Vice-Principals and teachers to deal with matters of discipline within the school. However, the provision of education is considered to be a shared responsibility of students, teachers and parents. It is appropriate, then, that the responsibility for discipline should also be shared by these parties, along with the students themselves.
A pupil shall:
be diligent in attempting to master such studies as are part of the program in which the pupil is enrolled; ( Try/work to the best of your ability)
exercise self-discipline; ( Think before you act)
accept such discipline as would be exercised by a kind, firm and judicious parent; (Realize that there will be consequences)
attend classes punctually and regularly;
be courteous to fellow pupils and obedient and courteous to teachers