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Secondary School
Grade 7 to 12 School
90 Niven St, PO Box 4050, New Liskeard, ON P0J 1P0
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  POLICIES & FEES

This section outlines the rules of the school, consequences for improper behaviour, school routines, the student evaluation policy, school dress code, iPad Code of Conduct.  All the sections are linked below. Please browse them at your leisure.

DSBONE Secondary Code of Behaviour
TDSS Code of Behaviour
Student Behaviour
       (General Consequence and Due Process)
Interventions For Disruptive Behaviour 
Dress Code
iPad Code of Conduct for Students

General Guidelines Established by
District School Board Ontario North East

"The code of behaviour established in each secondary school shall foster a sense of self-esteem and self-discipline in students by establishing clear, fair, non-discriminatory expectations which are consistent with provincial and federal legislation and with the educational goals of the Province of Ontario. The code shall outline realistic, appropriate and effective consequences. It shall be consistently enforced and contain sufficient flexibility to accommodate specific situations or particular individuals. It shall include student rights and responsibilities, a rationale for its contents, a procedure for periodic review, and shall attempt to create a positive school climate which reflects the needs of the local community."

Our aim is for each of our students to acquire a sense of "self-discipline" with the ability to make one's own decisions about the appropriate course of action and to be responsible for one's own behaviour.

A clear concise written code of behaviour allows students, teachers, administrators, and parents to know what is expected in terms of school behaviour. Young people have the right to an education, but they also have the responsibility to respect the rights of other students and staff in establishing a positive climate for learning in our school.

Parents, in partnership with the school, play a key role in this aim. The influence of home and the family environment cannot be minimized as our students grow towards adulthood. We will be contacting homes and certainly encourage the home to contact the school should any situation arise that requires clarification.

The ultimate responsibility for acceptable behaviour, however, lies with you the students. Teenagers are aware of what constitutes acceptable behaviour in or around the school, on our buses or on school activities. We are confident that you will accept responsibility for your actions and make appropriate choices as to what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour.


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Student Achievement and Success Rests with the following broad Goals At TDSS

Arrive prepared, leave prepared

Aim high, always do your best

Be part of the solution

RESPECT yourself, your peers, the staff and property at TDSS


Preparation for Class
Expectation Reasons Consequences
To be prepared for each class; to have notebooks, texts and materials that are necessary; to have homework completed; to hand in assignments when due and to be prepared for tests and exams. All members of the class will gain if every student is prepared and all attention is directed toward the objectives of the lesson.

Meeting deadlines is a preparation for life.

You cannot review if all your work is not completed.
These will vary according to the severity of the situation. The worst result would be that the student falls behind and low grades or even loss of credit may result. Individual counselling will be required and if necessary general consequences will be brought into play.
To be available until 3:40 P.M. if required, for additional help, completion of work, counselling or detention. This time of the school day is set aside for activities and extra help for students. It is considered part of the school day and students are to be available when required.  
Punctuality
Expectation Reasons Consequences
To be on time for homeroom, class and appointments. Being on time is a habit that will benefit you in your future occupation and personal relationships. Punctuality shows consideration for others. Tardy students interrupt lessons and cause unnecessary office work. Sometimes lateness, if infrequent or unavoidable can be excused. Students who are repeatedly late will be required to make up the time. Parents are asked to help us achieve a habit of punctuality.
Attendance
Expectation Reasons Consequences
To attend school and classes regularly. If you know beforehand that you will be leaving during the day, you will need a note to be excused. If you are ill during the day your parents will be notified to pick you up or you may be assigned to the Nurse's Room. If you are absent you will be required to bring a note signed by a parent/guardian, to your homeroom teacher explaining your absence. Regular attendance is vital to the process of learning. You have made the commitment to attend school; you must see it through.

Research shows how significant regular attendance can be to student progress. Absenteeism effects the progress of the whole class.

Future employers are very interested in your attendance pattern.
Students who habitually miss class suffer in the evaluation process because their participation and achievement cannot be fully assessed. Where a student, with his/her parents, has been appropriately counselled and provided with support and direction to promote regular attendance and where the student is unwilling to attend regularly such a student will loose a grade or fail to achieve a credit.
Respect for Self
Expectation Reasons Consequences
To be free from the influence of alcohol and drugs when involved in any school activity. You are also forbidden by law to be in possession of such substances on school property or during any school activity. The use of alcohol and drugs have been proven to be incompatible with academic success. These offences will be treated most seriously from the outset. Suspension and involvement of the police are likely. Charges will be laid in appropriate cases.

Counselling is always available to help students with problems.
To be neat, clean and appropriately dressed for school. Students can do their best work only if they are prepared for the day.

The focus in school is on learning.
Students should make changes to inappropriate clothing.
Respect for Others
Expectation Reasons Consequences
To behave in a manner which will bring credit to your school whether in the building, downtown at noon, at 3:00 P.M. on a school bus, or participating in a school activity. The reputation of a school is only as good as the reputation of its students. Counselling and/or parent involvement should be sufficient in these situations.
To be courteous and considerate of fellow students. No student is to be harassed verbally or physically by another student. We live in a very pleasant society in Canada and individual opinions and differences must be respected. Students who behave in a violent manner (abuse others or fight) will be suspended from school immediately.

All incidents of violence must be filed in the student's Ontario Student Record File according to Board Policy.
To be respectful and considerate of teachers, secretaries, custodians and visitors to the school. Staff members will work to make school rewarding and enjoyable. They deserve your respect and consideration.

Students who find themselves in difficulty in this area will be asked to report to the teacher after school or the vice-principals. If you are asked to leave a class or are sent to the office, you are to report immediately to the front office.

Respect for T.D.S.S.
Expectation Reasons Consequences
T.D.S.S. is an educational institution which prepares our students for the future. Commitment to this goal requires that certain rules and expectation must govern our operation. Students are expected to comply with the requirements established by the Ministry, Board and our school. Rules and policies will be kept to a minimum and applied only to achieve our goals. All societies, including our school environment, must have certain expectations to guide their operation. Those established for T.D.S.S. have evolved over the years to provide the best possible learning environments for our students. The code of behaviour outlines clear expectations for students at T.D.S.S.

Should they choose to behave in a manner not in keeping with the code then the general consequence will be brought into play.
Respect for Property
Expectation Reasons Consequences
To treat the grounds, buses, building, lockers and everything in the school with the same respect that you would give to your own personal property. The school is your personal property. Unnecessary repairs and cleaning are a waste of everyone's time and money. Outside routine consequences, students may be required to pay for the cost of damage. Lockers are school property and subject to searches.
To eat all food in the cafeteria between 8:30 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. After 3:00 P.M. food purchased from the school store may be consumed in the hall adjacent to the store. Food may be consumed outside of the school. Keeping the environment clean begins right in our school.  
To be responsible for textbooks and equipment loaned to you. The cost for some texts has reached $50.00 and more. Please don't waste this money. Thank you. Textbooks and school equipment that are lost or damaged beyond normal use will require the payment of replacement cost. NOTE: Report cards will be withheld at year's end to assist in the retrieval of school equipment (library books, text books etc.).
SMOKING
Expectation Reasons Consequences
According to the Tobacco Control Act, smoking is not permitted anywhere on school property. Areas to smoke off the school property during school hours will be designated. We hope that you would try not to smoke, but if you cannot quit please use the appropriate area. Students caught smoking on school property will be suspended. For repeat offenders, the proper authorities will be notified and charges may be laid under the Tobacco Control Act.


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Student Behaviour: General Consequences and Due Process

The ultimate responsibility for a student's behaviour lies with you the student. As with life, you must learn to make choices. At this time you are aware of what is expected in an educational institution and should you choose a pattern of behaviour in violation of our "Code of Behaviour", as with life, certain consequences should be expected.

The General Consequences for T.D.S.S. are listed below:

a)  an interview with the teacher and/or vice-principal and/or guidance counsellor
b)  detention
c)  parental contact
d)  behavioural contract
e)  daily monitor sheet
f)  withdrawal from class
g)  loss of privileges
h)  restitution
i)  assistance of other agencies
j)  suspension from school

As it is important that students take responsibility for their actions, it is also important that the student's right be protected by due process. However, it must be noted, that should serious situations arise, students will be removed from the school environment immediately. The following steps will be taken:

a)  Informal couselling with a teacher, guidance counsellor and/or vice-principal.
b)  A formal interview between the student and school officials.
c)  Parental involvement and agreement on a solution.
d)  Removal from class or suspension from school for a fixed period of time as       governed by Ministry and Board regulations.


It is our belief that working together, we can solve the vast majority of difficulties that develop as our teenagers grow.



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Interventions for Disruptive Behaviour

The intent of this plan is to provide awareness of expectations/consequences on a school-wide basis and encourage consistent adherence.

Keys to this plan include:

  • clearly established expectations
  • misbehaviour leads to logical consequences
  • CHOICES

MINOR OFFENSES

Examples of minor offenses may include violations of:

  • following directions and classroom rules.
  • coming to class on time and prepared to work.
  • treating others and property with respect
  • repetitive talking, disrupting the class.

n.b. These are examples, not an exclusive list.


MAJOR OFFENSES

Examples of major offenses may include:

  • open opposition to authority
  • wilful disobedience
  • habitual neglect of duty
  • use of abusive or profane language
  • distruction of property/vandelism
  • conduct that is injurious to the moral tone or well-being of the students or the school
  • irregular attendance without justification
  • uses tobacco in non-designated area
  • possesses or uses a controlled substance or alcohol in school or on school property or during a school sponsored activity or trip.

CONSEQUENCES FOR MINOR OFFENSES

INITIAL STEPS

Initial steps will be dealt with in class by the classroom teacher.

Classroom detention(s) may result.

The student has the choice of behaving acceptably or being referred to the office.

INTERMEDIATE STEPS

Following the teacher efforts and supporting teacher efforts, the Administration will involve student, parents and teacher (as necessary).

Office detentions, suspended if missed (SIM) detentions or suspension may result.

Choices of behaving in an acceptable fashion are the student's responsibility.

TERTIARY STEPS

If the student continues to misbehave, this will lead to suspension from class and/or school. The duration of the suspension is dependant on the repetitive nature of the misbehaviour (2-5-10-20 days).

At all times the student has the choice of behaving properly.

CONSEQUENCES OF MAJOR OFFENSES

Immediate referral to Administration.


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TDSS Dress Code

District School Board Ontario North East Regulations state that a student should be neatly and cleanly dressed. Students are expected to dress appropriately for serious classroom work.  Dress should be attractive but not distracting.  Certain clothing could be unsafe in shop areas.  Proper footwear is essential. 

  • Clothing must be clean, neat and proper fitting.  No ripped or torn clothing will be permitted.
  • No spaghetti straps, tube tops and/or visible undergarments will be permitted.
  • Shorts, skirts and dresses must be an appropriate length for a school setting.
  • No bare midriffs or inappropriate cleavage will be permitted.
  • Slogans and/or pictures, which are suggestive or offensive and which promote unhealthy lifestyles are prohibited.
  • No coats/jackets/windbreakers may be worn in the classroom.
  • Hats are permitted in school but not in classrooms.
  • Bandanas not visible

Dress Code


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iPad Code of Conduct for Students

Student Responsibility:                                                                       

  1. My iPad is my responsibility and I will not leave it in unsupervised areas or loan the iPad to another student.
  2. I will strictly adhere to the DSB Ontario North East Appropriate Use of Technology Policy 1.2.10.  The regulation can be viewed at http://DSB1.ca/boardinfo/policymanual.php
  3. I will treat the iPad appropriately and will report any mechanical or technical issues to the teacher immediately.
  4. I will keep all passwords confidential. I will take all reasonable precautions to prevent others from being able to access and use them.
  5. I agree to use the iPad for appropriate, legitimate and responsible communication.
  6. I will not record, take a picture or video tape anyone, without prior knowledge and consent of all involved, including, but not limited to, my teacher and fellow students.
  7. Students will be provided a case for the iPad.  It is a protective case and the iPad must remain in it at all times.

Home Use:

  1. All terms and responsibilities for care and use of the iPad apply while on and off school property.
  2. Students must bring the iPad to school every day.  It must be charged, and ready to use.  It is not to be left at home or anywhere else.

Risk Management for Students and Parents/Guardians:

  1. In the event of damage or loss, each consequence will be on a case by case basis.  DSB Ontario North East reserves the right to charge Parents/Guardians/Students for repair/replacement if the damage was caused maliciously.
  2. Parents/Guardians can explore home or other insurance to cover any future loss or damage costs.
  3. Student iPads will be subject to routine monitoring by teachers, administrators and technology staff and/or Police if deemed necessary by administration. Users shall have no expectation of privacy from these groups while using DSB Ontario North East electronic resources.  Teachers and/or administration may conduct an individual search of a student’s iPad contents including but not limited to contents of files, music, videos, communication undertaken by way of the iPads or other related items if there is suspicion that DSB Ontario North East policies or guidelines have been violated. Students are instructed to keep personal information about themselves and others off the iPad.

General:

  1. Students will leave the iPad at the school in the assigned location and at the assigned date/time for updating when required.
  2. Failure to sign or adhere to the policy items noted in this document will result in the loss of board equipment.
  3. The iPad and adaptor/charger are the property of DSB Ontario North East and will be returned in good working condition at the end of the school year on or before the date provided by school staff.  If a student transfers to another school, the iPad and adaptor will be returned to their school one week prior to the last attended school day.  
  4. To ensure safe, responsible use of the iPad, students are expected to complete Digital Citizenship assignments as determined by their school administration before they are allowed to use the DSB Ontario North East iPad.

Accounts

  1. DSB Ontario North East will create an iTunes account for each student receiving an iPad. This is required for managing the iPad, and applications that will be placed on the iPad.
  2. DSB Ontario North East will create a Google Apps for Education account for each student. Students will have access to applications (Apps) that allow them to create and edit documents, spreadsheets, drawings, and presentations. It provides students a place to store all their files. Google Drive allows teachers and students to collaborate and share documents with each other, and can be accessed anywhere there is an Internet connection. In addition to Google Drive and Gmail, students will also have access to other services such as a personal calendar, website creation tools, and blogging.
  3. From time to time, teachers and students may need to create additional accounts to use other educational apps like Showbie, Nearpod, and Socrative.
  4. Access to these accounts is considered a privilege. DSB Ontario North East reserves the right to revoke access to these services if there is a reason to believe the user has violated DSB Ontario North East’s Appropriate Use of Technology Policy 1.2.10.

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