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Sir John A. Macdonald High School

CODE OF CONDUCT

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

1.                  Introduction                                                                                              P3

 

2.                  Identification of and responses to of disruptive behaviours               P4

 

3.                  School Regulations:                                                                                P5

a.      Attendance

b.      Bus conduct

c.      Cafeteria

d.      Dance regulations

e.      Dress code

f.        Driving safety, parking

g.      Phones, pagers, Discmans, walkmans

h.      Plagiarism

i.        Scent Smart Schools

j.         Skateboards and rollerblades

k.      Study blocks

l.         Tobacco-free schools

 

4.                  Appendices:

a.      Bus Policy                                                                                          P8

b.      High School Attendance Policy                                                       P9

c.      Computer and Internet Acceptable Usage Policy                         P10

d.      RCH/Sexual Harassment Policy                                                     P12

e.      Scent Smart Policy                                                                           P14

f.        Tobacco-Free Schools Policy                                                         P15

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

 

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.

 

“School members” include students and adults whose roles or jobs place them in contact with students in school settings and activities.

 

RESPECT – It is expected that school members will exhibit behaviour that shows respect for the rights, property and safety of themselves and others.

 

RESPONSIBILITY It is expected that school members will accept personal responsibility for their behaviour in order to maintain a safe and productive learning environment.

 

RIGHTS It is expected that school members will honour the rights of others through the process of learning and demonstrating appropriate behaviour in the context of social responsibility.

 

RESOLUTION – It is expected that school members will intervene to resolve conflict in a timely and responsible manner where appropriate.

 

STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOUR  - School members will:

 

INDENTIFICATION OF DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOURS

 

Examples of disruptive behaviour may include, but are not limited to:

 

Examples of severely disruptive behaviour may include, but are not limited to:

 

RESPONSES TO BEHAVIOIUR

 

Examples of interventions include:

 

 

 

SCHOOL REGULATIONS

 

Attendance

Because 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.

 

Bus Conduct

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:

Warning issued in writing by the administration with copies to the parent/guardian and the Board office.

Second 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.

Third 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.

 

Note:  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.

 

Cafeteria

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.

Dance Regulations

  1. Tickets must be purchased in advance.  No ticket - no admittance unless otherwise indicated.
  2. One guest is permitted per student.  The guest must be signed in two days before the dance.  If students do not accompany their guest when entering the dance, the guest will not be permitted.  Students are responsible for their guest’s behavior at all times.
  3. Students arriving over 1 hour late will not be admitted unless previously arranged with administration.  Students must show school I.D.  Guests must show two pieces of I.D., one of which must be a picture I.D.  Once the doors open, no refunds will be given.
  4. All schools rules and regulations are in force for all dances.
  5. Once admitted to the dance, students may not go outside.  If you leave, you will not be readmitted.
  6. Other than the gym, or other specified areas, all parts of the school are out of bounds.  Students may not go to their lockers.
  7. No coats in the gym; no drinks in the gym.
  8. Students found under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be dealt with by administration, parents and the RCMP on an individual basis.
  9. Failure to follow dance regulations may result in removal from the dance and non-admittance for future dances.  No refunds will be given.

 

Dress Code

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.

 

Phones, Pagers, Discmans and Walkmans

Phones 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.

Plagiarism

At Sir John A., “plagiarism” is defined as:

Plagiarism 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 suspension.

 

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).

 

Skateboards and Roller blades

Because of liability issues, the use of skateboards and roller blades in school or on the property is prohibited.

 

Study Blocks

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.

 

Tobacco-free Schools

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).

 

BUS POLICY

 

EXCERPT FROM BOARD POLICY HANDBOOK:

Students are required to:

 

The following is a list of items not permitted on school buses during regular bus runs:

 

Permitted under conditions listed:

·         Skates guarded and in a bag

·         Base ball bats in a bag

·         Balls in a bag

·         Lacrosse sticks in a bag

·         Marbles must remain in a bag

·         Toys brought on the bus should not be loose.

 

HIGH SCHOOL ATTENDANCE POLICY

 

The 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.

 

Attendance will be recorded on period-by-period basis by classroom teacher and will be recorded under the following categories:

 

PRESENT – (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).

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCE ABSENCE  - (Student 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).

SUSPENSION (Absence due to suspension by school administration)

EXCUSED ABSENCE – (Note or call from home with acceptable excuse)

UNEXCUSED ABSENCE – (No acceptable excuse provided by the home).

 

Eligibility 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.

 

Procedures:

Students are responsible for:

  1. Attending school and arriving punctually.
  2. Abiding by the Board’s attendance policy.
  3. Participating fully in learning opportunities.
  4. Completing all work missed during excused and unexcused absences.

 

Parents/Guardians are responsible to:

  1. Ensure that their children attend school and arrive punctually every school day.
  2. Phone or provide the school with a dated and signed written excuse in the event that their child is absent or late.
  3. Communicate with their children about the importance of daily attendance and punctuality and their effect on learning and achievement.
  4. Inform school administrators of any special circumstances that may have an effect on their child’s attendance.

 

Note: 

§         A parent/guardian must telephone the school on the day of or prior to the absence (876-3216).

§         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.

§         All late arrivals must sign in at the Guidance Dept.

§         Missing the bus, sleeping in or late lunch are NOT excusable absences.

§         Official medical or legal excuses are required during examination periods.

§         Chronic attendance or punctuality problems will result in exemption from extra-curricular school functions.

§         Students claiming independent status must be 18 years of age and have that status verified by the Main Office.

§         Students are responsible for completing assignments missed due to absence or suspension.

 

 

 

 

COMPUTERS & INTERNET – ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

 

COMPUTER USE

Students 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 Nova Scotia.

 

In 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.

  1. Students are permitted to use computer related equipment when supervised or given permission by a staff member.
  2. Only authorized users may have access to computer equipment.
  3. No food or drink is permitted in a computer work area.
  4. When using a computer, students are directly responsible to any staff member.
  5. The use of computers for any illegal activity including the violation of copyright laws is prohibited.
  6. Developing or using programs that harass other users, attempt to infiltrate a computer system or alter the software or hardware of a system is prohibited.
  7. Using someone else’s account or sharing passwords is not permitted.
  8. Using a computer or network in such a way that may disrupt or lead to the disruption of the system services, traffic or equipment is forbidden.  Disruption includes, but is not limited to, propagation of computer viruses and using the network to make unauthorized entry to any other computer or accessories.
  9. Game playing online is not permitted unless approved by a subject teacher.
  10. If possible, one lab will be made available during lunch and after school for student use with appropriate supervision.  The library will also be available during lunch and after school.
  11. Students must obtain permission before printing.  Each student will be given a specific allocation of paper to be determined each semester.  Additional allocation blocks will be available for a small fee.
  12. Each student will be given 3MB of storage space that can be adjusted based on curriculum needs.

 

INTERNET & E-MAIL USE

The 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 at SJA:

 

1.       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.

2.       E-mail messages must be polite, respectful and never obscene or obtrusive.

3.       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.

4.       Students who receive information or messages that make them uncomfortable will immediately report the occurrence to the supervising staff.

5.       Posting personal information in the public domain such as addresses, phone numbers, gender, age and unauthorized images is prohibited.

6.       Chat lines are prohibited.

7.       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, and programs.

8.       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.

9.       Student will not vandalize, damage or disable the work of another individual or organization.

10.   Students will not access, create or distribute harassing, pornographic, obscene, racist, sexually explicit or threatening material, imagery or language.

11.   Students will not use school Internet access for illegal purposes or for non-approved commercial purposes.

 

CONSEQUENCE OF UNACCEPTABLE USE – SANCTIONS

The use of Sir John A’s computer equipment is not a right, but a privilege.

 

Disciplinary 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.

Violations 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.

When deemed necessary, law enforcement agencies may be involved.

It 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)

 

Disclaimer

Although 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

POLICY ON RACE RELATIONS,

CROSS-CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING

AND HUMAN RIGHTS

 

The 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.

 

UNDERLYING ASSUMPTIONS

Our 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.

 

The 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 “exclusion”.

 

Students 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.

 

Whereas 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.

 

Finally, 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.

 

EXCERPTS FROM THE BOARD POLICY ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT

 

The 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 individuals.

 

Within 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 performance.

 

This policy includes gender-based and sexual orientation-based forms of harassment.

 

Sexual 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:

2.1.1          Inappropriate or derogatory comments, humor or   behavior based upon gender and/or sexual orientation.

2.1.2          Inappropriate, lewd or sexually offensive written, graphic or behavioural display on school board property.

2.1.1          Inappropriate lewd or sexually offensive slogan or graphic displayed on clothing worn on school board property or during school-related activities.

2.1.2          Inappropriate physical touching or leering that could be construed to be a sexual advance.

2.1.3          Inappropriate personal or telephone conversation regarding an individual’s sexual behaviour or communication about sexual advances.

2.1.4          Unsolicited and/or unwanted requests to engage in sexual activities.

2.1.5          Gender-based insults, sexist or homophobic remarks.  Understanding your rights and responsibilities can help you to prevent sexual harassment. 

 

RIGHTS:

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

·               It is your responsibility to uphold and not to violate the rights of individuals.

·               It is your responsibility to report any known incidents of sexual harassment.

·               It is your responsibility to be aware of and understand your relationship with people and respect their feelings.

 

 

 

SCENT SMART POLICY

 

No 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:

 

 

 

 

 

The following are suggested products you could purchase:

Laundry products                    Nature clean brand (available at bulk barns & health food stores); Tide Free; President’s Choice Ultra

 

Hair Care/Soaps                      Nature Clean brand (available at bulk barns & health food stores); Cliniderm Shampoo; Mary Kay Hair Gel;                Marcelle Shampoo; KMS Puritives

 

Lotions/Creams                       Lubriderm Unscented; Marcelle face cream; Almay Face cream; Clinique; Noxzema (sensitive skin & fragrance free); Neutrogena face cream

 

Deodorants                             Marcelle (roll on); Degree (fragrance free); Right Guard Sport (Unscented)

 

Shaving Products                    Body Shop for Men Aftershave Gel