​​​​Code of Conduct and Handbook

​Purposes of the Code of Conduct:

St. Joseph's Catholic Elementary School is committed to working with families, parishes, and community partners in maintaining safe and orderly Christ-centered learning environments. We believe that safe schools are a prerequisite for student achievement and that students should feel safe in school and on school grounds. St. Joseph's Catholic School promotes a positive school climate where all members of the school community feel safe, included and accepted, and actively promote positive behaviours and appropriate interactions among all members of the school community. A whole school approach, which involves all members of the home-school-parish community, is necessary to ensure that schools are safe, inclusive and accepting. Building and sustaining a positive school climate is a complex challenge requiring evidence-informed education, interventions and solutions. We embrace the diversity of our school which includes, but is not limited to: staff or pupil of any race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, physical and intellectual ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, and/or marital status.

With this right to feel and be safe comes the responsibility to contribute to a positive school climate and:

• to ensure that all members of the school community, especially people in positions of authority, are treated with dignity and respect;

• to promote responsible citizenship by encouraging appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community and the community beyond the school;

• to maintain an environment where conflict and difference can be addressed respectfully and civilly, based on the teaching of Jesus;

• to encourage the use of non-violent means to address conflict;

• to promote the safety of all people in the school;

• to discourage the use of alcohol and illegal drugs;

• to prevent bullying.

Promoting and Supporting Positive School Behaviour:

St. Joseph's Catholic School realizes the non-negotiable need to provide a safe, caring and inclusive school environment. A faith-filled positive school climate will ensure that the dignity of every person is honoured and respected. Maximizing students' learning potential and ensuring a positive school climate for all members of the school community can only occur through the implementation of proactive and positive practices, and program modification or accommodations. These may include, but are not limited to families, parishes, and community partners assisting in maintaining safe and orderly Christ-centered learning environments. We believe that safe schools are a prerequisite for student achievement and that students should feel and be safe in school and on school grounds.

Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when any student:

• comes to school prepared, on time and ready to learn;

• shows respect for him/herself, for others and for those in authority;

• refrains from bringing anything to school that may put the safety of others at risk;

• follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his/her own actions;

• uses technology according to the expectations and rules of the Board (Policy 3B:5), specifically, the electronic transmission or posting of photographic images of a person or persons on school property, at school events and during school activities / hours is prohibited;

• uses communication technology according to the expectations and rules of the Board (Policy 3D:7); specifically, deliberate behaviour by an individual or group that is intended to (or should be known to) harm others or has a negative impact on the school climate is prohibited.

Parents play an important role in the education of their children and can support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment for all students. Parents fulfill this responsibility when they:

• show an active interest in their child's school work and progress;

• communicate regularly with the school;

• make sure their child is neat, properly dressed and prepared for school;

• ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time;

• inform the school promptly about their child's absence or late arrival;

• become familiar with the provincial code of conduct, the Board code of conduct and school rules;

• encourage and help their child follow the school's rules of behaviour;

• assist school staff with disciplinary issues involving their child.

Definition of Progressive Discipline:

Progressive discipline is a whole-school approach that utilizes a continuum of interventions, supports and consequences to address inappropriate student behaviour and to build upon strategies that promote positive behaviours. In everything we do in our school, we are led by our faith and a conscious effort to model the Beatitudes while responding as a caring Catholic community. This includes a response to misbehaviour that shifts the focus from punitive to corrective and supportive. It also includes a range of responses that include learning opportunities to reinforce positive behaviour and help students make positive choices in the future.

Range of Responses:

The components of an in-school progressive discipline continuum include, but are not limited to:

• verbal or non-verbal messages from teacher or other adult in authority;

• re-location within the classroom or learning environment;

• private consultation with the student to cause the student to reflect (orally or in writing), to develop alternative behaviours and to reprimand as necessary;

• collaboration with parent or guardian;

• referral to other school personnel;

• assistance through out-of-school agencies;

• peer mediation;

• restitution, restorative justice and/or community service;

• detention;

• in-school suspension;

• at-home suspension (principal must consider mitigating circumstances as per Board Policy 3D:1);

• expulsion (principal must consider mitigating circumstances as per Board Policy 3D:1).

On an annual basis, the principal will review the School Code of Conduct with the Catholic School Advisory Council and with all staff members. Annually, the School Code of Conduct will be communicated with all students, parents, and staff. All staff, in dealing with incidents of misbehaviour, will act in accordance with the definition of progressive discipline and its range of responses. As a staff, we believe that the home and school must share the responsibility for teaching our youth appropriate behaviour.​



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