Huron Perth Catholic District School Board Code of conduct
Our School Community believes that:
At St. Columban and St. Patrick's schools our staff strives to establish a Christ-Centered Community by developing genuine Christian values, discipline and behaviour. We focus on student/parent/teacher communication to deal directly with most student behaviour issues, prior to major infractions occurring. Students are asked to be Christian Role Models to one another and to support the school code of conduct, understanding their responsibility to others and to act accordingly. Parents are encouraged to contact the classroom teacher first about any concerns regarding the support provided to their child and/or to report incidents of bullying, which is defined as: "Aggressive and typically repeated behaviour that is intended to have the effect of causing harm, fear or distress or creating a negative environment, in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance."
(Huron-Perth Catholic DSB Policy 3D:7)
When infractions do occur within the schools contact home will be made. Additionally, students may be involved in activities that help them understand that energies used in a positive manner will aid in the functioning of the school and their very important role within it. Our hope is that parents will engage in conversations with their children to support school expectations and appropriate student behaviour. Following are a list of possible infractions for which parents will be contacted:
Progressive discipline is a whole-school approach that utilizes a continuum of interventions, supports, and consequence to address inappropriate student behaviour and to build upon strategies that promote positive behaviours. In everything we do at our school we are lead by faith and conscious effort to model Catholic values. We continue to employ and track a range of responses to misbehaviours which foster learning opportunities to reinforce positive behaviours, while helping our students make good choices in the future.
Range of Responses to Behaviour
The components or our progressive discipline continuum include, but are not limited to:
On an annual basis, the principal will review the School Code of Conduct and review it with the Catholic School Advisory Council and with all staff members. This Code of Conduct is communicated to all students, parents and staff. Staff members dealing with incidents of student misbehaviour will act in accordance with the definition of progressive discipline and its range of responses. In addition, when dealing with incidents of misbehaviour by students with special needs, we will respond in a manner consistent with the expectation of the student's Individual Education Plan (IEP).
The following expectations have been formed in consultation and acceptance by the school staff and School Advisory Council. The issues of modesty and safety form the basis of our code. We rely on both the parents and students to support the expectations below to maintain our school dress code. This dress code is also in effect during all school related activities, such as excursions and cocurricular events.
Students will have separate indoor running shoes that are to be kept at the school. Shoes with black soles that may mark the floor are not to be worn. Proper indoor footwear keeps the school and the classroom neat and clean for all and reflects a pride in one's environment. Students who disregard the above code will be asked to change into more suitable clothing. Parents will be contacted if alternate clothing is not available. Any final decision on the suitability of student dress rests with the school administration.
The school requests that parents provide clean running shoes with non-scuff soles in the gym that will be kept at school. Gym shoes, shorts and a T-shirt are required for gym classes and athletic events; a change of gym clothes is mandatory in grades 6 - 8.