Identification of and responses to of disruptive behaviours
Driving safety, parking
Phones, pagers, Discmans, walkmans
Scent Smart Schools
Skateboards and rollerblades
High School Attendance Policy
Computer and Internet Acceptable Usage Policy
RCH/Sexual Harassment Policy
Scent Smart Policy
Tobacco-Free Schools Policy
In keeping with the Department of Education’s School Code of Conduct, Sir John A. Macdonald High School has reviewed it’s Discipline Policy. The review committee was comprised of students, parents, community members, staff members and school administration. This policy will be reviewed annually in collaboration with stakeholder representatives.
members” include students and adults whose roles or jobs place them in
contact with students in school settings and activities.
– It is expected that school
members will exhibit behaviour that shows respect for the rights, property and
safety of themselves and others.
is expected that school members will accept personal responsibility for their
behaviour in order to maintain a safe and productive learning environment.
is expected that school members will honour the rights of others through the
process of learning and demonstrating appropriate behaviour in the context of
– It is expected that school members will intervene to resolve conflict in a
timely and responsible manner where appropriate.
- School members will:
include, but are not limited to:
of interventions include:
regular attendance is directly related to achievement, the Halifax Regional
School Board has a common policy that deals with the amount of time a student
spends in classes at the high school level.
This policy can be found in the Appendix (b).
Regular communication between the school and parents should be expected
when poor attendance becomes an issue. Consequences
such as calls, letters, attendance reviews, daily monitoring, parent
conferences and contracts will be initiated to prevent loss of credit.
Excerpts from the Board Policy Manual can be found in the Appendix (a) and student misconduct while waiting for or traveling on the school bus will result in:
issued in writing by the administration with copies to the parent/guardian and
the Board office.
misconduct will result in a
five-day suspension of the student’s right to use the bus.
This will be communicated in writing and by phone to the home.
misconduct will result in a
twenty-day suspension of the student’s right to use the bus.
This will be communicated in writing and by phone to the home.
if the bus driver sees a situation that could cause damage to a bus or
danger to passengers, he/she may immediately remove the student from the bus
and subsequently make a complete report to an administrator.
In keeping with our basic respect for the environment of others, we expect that school members will exhibit appropriate behaviour while using the cafeteria and clean up after themselves. We also expect school members to use the appropriate receptacles for waste and recyclable or redeemable materials. Grade ten students are only permitted in the cafeteria during the lunch hour.
All members of the school community are expected to dress in a manner appropriate to the public work environment (e.g. – preferably, jackets, hats and book bags should be stored in lockers, halter tops and string vests should not be worn). Although dress can be an individual statement, it should not be dangerous or offensive to others either by implication, a revealing nature, pictures, symbols or the written word.
Driving Safety & Parking
School members driving vehicles to school are expected to follow safe driving practices and exhibit respect for others’ vehicles. Please be reminded that loitering and smoking is not permitted in vehicles while on school property.
Pagers, Discmans and Walkmans
and pagers may NOT be used during class time.
The use of Walkmans/Discmans in class will be left to the discretion of
the teacher. Improper use of these devices will result in a warning from the
teacher. Subsequent use will
result in a referral to an Administrator.
The student may then be prohibited from bringing the device to school.
Sir John A., “plagiarism” is defined as:
is stealing. The penalties for
plagiarism are in keeping with the school Code of Conduct.
They may range from a “0” on the assignment to a short term
Scent Smart School
School members are asked to respect the rights of people sensitive to chemicals and to refrain from wearing scented products while in the school. The Scent Smart Policy can be found in the Appendix (e).
of liability issues, the use of skateboards and roller blades in school or on
the property is prohibited.
When traveling in the halls, grade eleven and twelve students who are on a study block, are asked to respect the rights of those in classes for quiet. Use of the Library and Cafeteria is provided for independent study.
All members of the school community and visitors to the property are expected to adhere to the provincial and board policies outlined in the Appendix (f).
FROM BOARD POLICY HANDBOOK:
are required to:
following is a list of items not permitted on school buses during regular bus
under conditions listed:
guarded and in a bag
ball bats in a bag
in a bag
sticks in a bag
must remain in a bag
brought on the bus should not be loose.
HRSB recognizes that regular student attendance and punctuality are essential
to student achievement. All
students are expected to report to all classes on time, every school day.
will be recorded on period-by-period basis by classroom teacher and will be
recorded under the following categories:
(student is in class, in the office or student services, on a
school-authorized trip, participating in a school team activity, at a job
placement for co-op credit or on a study block).
has a documented medical condition, a religious observance, death in the
immediate family, on an education opportunity or special activity deemed
appropriate by administration or has documented legal obligations).
due to suspension by school administration)
(Note or call from home with acceptable excuse)
(No acceptable excuse provided by the home).
for a credit will be lost when a student is absent for twelve (12) or
more classes and six (6) or more of a half credit course.
This applies only to excused and unexcused absences.
are responsible for:
are responsible to:
parent/guardian must telephone the school on the day of or prior to the
school must have parental/guardian permission to sign a student out at the
Guidance Department if a student is suddenly taken ill or has an appointment.
late arrivals must sign in at the Guidance Dept.
the bus, sleeping in or late lunch are NOT excusable absences.
medical or legal excuses are required during examination periods.
attendance or punctuality problems will result in exemption from
extra-curricular school functions.
claiming independent status must be 18 years of age and have that status
verified by the Main Office.
are responsible for completing assignments missed due to absence or
at Sir John A will use a variety of information sources including
libraries and computers with approved software and the Internet.
The primary function of these resources will be to support and extend
students’ learning experiences as described in the Public School Program of
line with the previous objective, the following guidelines have been
established to enhance the learning of individual students while maintaining a
safe, functional environment for all to use.
& E-MAIL USE
purpose of the Internet at Sir John A is to facilitate communication and
research in support of the Public School Program objectives from the
Department of Education. With
this in mind, the following guidelines shall apply to Internet and E-Mail use
Students shall only use their school assigned e-mail account.
Other accounts such as Hotmail are prohibited from being accessed on
school premises. This guideline
is in place due to the anonymity factor and the frequency of receiving
unsolicited mail while using these commercial accounts.
E-mail messages must be polite, respectful and never obscene or
Web pages can be created with staff permission.
In line with this, the use of message boards or any other method
soliciting anonymous e-mail is prohibited on school-based web pages.
Students who receive information or messages that make them
uncomfortable will immediately report the occurrence to the supervising staff.
Posting personal information in the public domain such as addresses,
phone numbers, gender, age and unauthorized images is prohibited.
Chat lines are prohibited.
Students can only copy or download material for which they have
supervisor permission. This
includes, but is not limited to online games, gambling, music files, videos,
Students will not attempt to access private or personal materials,
information or files of others without their prior authorization.
Students may view published web pages and site information obtained
from them appropriately.
Student will not vandalize, damage or disable the work of another
individual or organization.
Students will not access, create or distribute harassing, pornographic,
obscene, racist, sexually explicit or threatening material, imagery or
Students will not use school Internet access for illegal purposes or
for non-approved commercial purposes.
OF UNACCEPTABLE USE – SANCTIONS
use of Sir John A’s computer equipment is not a right, but a privilege.
actions related to student access to electronic resources may be determined at
the school and/or classroom level in accordance with provincial, board and
school discipline policies.
of the school policy may result in a loss of access to electronic resources.
Such loss may result in the inability of the student to successfully
complete the curriculum learning outcomes.
deemed necessary, law enforcement agencies may be involved.
is the responsibility of the student to submit a signed copy of the school’s
Acceptable Use Agreement to the school administration or designates. (see
the tear out inside front cover)
this policy has been carefully prepared and reviewed, the Board and Sir John
A assume no liability for any errors, omissions or misinformation.
Use of any information obtained via the internet is at the user’s
own risk. The Board is not
responsible for any damage suffered by a user.
This includes, but is not limited to, loss of data resulting form
delays, non-deliveries, or service interruptions.
Halifax Regional School Board believes that it has a responsibility to develop
life-long learners through a balanced program that fosters intellectual,
physical, emotional and moral development.
The Board’s policy on Race Relations, Cross-Cultural Understanding
and Human Rights represents, in part, the Board’s commitment to this
development. This will be achieved through the provisions of educational
services within an environment that values and celebrates diversity and
generates acceptance and respect among all members of its school community.
goals of education will be most effectively pursued in an environment that
promotes the dignity and self worth of every person.
All of us have a responsibility to create such an environment and to
actively condemn actions that serve to undermine this environment.
Halifax Regional schools bring together students from diverse backgrounds in
an educational and social “community”.
All students must believe that they are an integral part of every facet
of this school life. Schools must
actively promote the principle of “inclusion” and actively discourage
interact with, and are influenced by, a wide variety of learning resources.
These resources and the learning environment must be constantly
evaluated to guarantee students are encountering a positive portrayal of all
persons and groups within our society.
our task is to educate students in the broadest sense, all employees and board
members must act as positive role models.
Furthermore, the composition of our various employee groups must
reflect the diverse nature of our student and community populations.
the school cannot do it all. The
Halifax Regional School Board recognizes that schools must combine with the
total community in the elimination of racism.
This partnership will assist in removing the barriers to full
participation of each individual.
Halifax Regional School Board is committed to the creation of a working and
learning environment, which respects the dignity and basic human rights of all
this environment, any form of harassment is unacceptable and will not be
tolerated. It undermines the
integrity of work relationships, and threatens both personal well-being and
policy includes gender-based and sexual orientation-based forms of harassment.
harassment is a form of discrimination that may be directed to any person.
It is an expression of power, authority, intimidation and/or control
and is usually coercive in nature.
Sexual harassment includes comments, gestures, or physical conduct of a sexual nature where an individual knows or ought reasonably to know that is unwelcome and personally offensive. Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to:
is your responsibility to uphold and not to violate the rights of individuals.
is your responsibility to report any known incidents of sexual harassment.
is your responsibility to be aware of and understand your relationship with
people and respect their feelings.
scents are to be worn or used at school by any student, staff or visitor to
the school. The following
procedures will be used to implement and enforce the policy:
following are suggested products you could purchase:
clean brand (available at bulk barns & health food stores); Tide Free;
President’s Choice Ultra
Clean brand (available at bulk barns & health food stores); Cliniderm
Shampoo; Mary Kay Hair Gel;
Marcelle Shampoo; KMS Puritives
Unscented; Marcelle face cream; Almay Face cream; Clinique; Noxzema (sensitive
skin & fragrance free); Neutrogena face cream
(roll on); Degree (fragrance free); Right Guard Sport (Unscented)
for Men Aftershave Gel