Rideau Public School Code of Conduct
“ They Can Who Think They Can”
We are committed to the intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of each child.
At École Publique Rideau Public School, we are committed to providing a safe school environment for the students we serve. Schools must be places where children are nurtured to develop their potential, free from intimidation and harm.
At École Publique Rideau Public School, students have the right to expect that their school is safe and free from harassment and violence. They need to feel confident that if difficulties do arise, each issue will be dealt with in a calm, fair and equitable manner. The Limestone District School Board’s Safe Schools Policy clearly outlines students’ rights and responsibilities as well as consequences to inappropriate behaviour. The suspension procedures are implemented province wide.
The expectations detailed in this Code of Conduct apply to all activities taking place while on school/Board property, while on school buses, at school related events or activities (during the school day, after school, in the evening, on weekends) and in any other circumstances that could have an impact on the safety and climate of the school.
We have the responsibility to discipline students for misbehaviour on school property, on bus transportation, on field trips, or at athletic, artistic, or academic events – in short, at any time students are under the supervision (directly or indirectly) of a teacher or principal.
Rights and Responsibilities
Students and staff have the Right to learn and work in an environment that is positive, pleasant and safe.
Students, parents and staff have the Right to be treated with fairness, respect and dignity.
The Administrators, teaching and support staff have the Responsibility to maintain proper order and discipline and to protect the safety and well being of all students.
Parents and students have the Responsibility to understand and support the discipline code of the school.
Code of Behaviour
The staff, students and parents of École Publique Rideau Public School have developed a code of behaviour. This document outlines our expectations regarding acceptable behaviour and provides an overview of possible consequences for unacceptable behaviour. The purpose of the École Publique Rideau Public School Code of Behaviour is to Ensure the welfare and safety of our children while helping students TO attain the greatest possible level of self-discipline. The Code of Behaviour is reviewed at the beginning of each school year with students.
In all cases, students will be treated in a kind, firm, and consistent manner. We realize that all students have rights, but with every right there comes a responsibility.
An environment in which students feel good about themselves is conducive to the development of respect for the rights of others and understanding of shared responsibility. We shall endeavour to instil in all our students respect for themselves, respect for others, and respect for their environment.
Respect for Yourself
As a student at Rideau you are expected to:
- Come to school dressed cleanly and neatly, reflecting personal pride. (Suggestive pictures and slogans promoting profanity, sexual innuendo and or prejudice, alcohol, drugs on clothing are not acceptable),
- Maintain punctual regular attendance,
- Participate in all classes,
- Use appropriate language,
- Be honest at all times,
- Conduct yourself in an appropriate manner,
- Be responsible for recording and completing all homework,
- Strive to achieve your personal best.
As students demonstrate self-discipline in these areas, the student develops self-confidence and a positive feeling of self-worth. When a student develops self-confidence, their self-esteem improves. Children who have high self-esteem are better able to recognize and accept their own strengths and weaknesses. The student is able to identify negative peer pressure and resist it. The student is able to act in the best interest of the group as a whole. School then becomes a happy place to be as relationships with friends and teachers are positive.
Respect for Others
As a student of École Publique Rideau Public School you are expected to:
- Show consideration for and treat all members of the school community in a polite and cooperative manner.
Respect for others creates a co-operative, pleasant climate in which students can achieve their best results. As we respect others, we will gain their respect in turn and our own personal rights and property will be safeguarded. A feeling of self worth and co-operative spirit is fostered throughout the school.
Respect For Your Environment
As a student of Rideau you are expected to:
- Respect the material property of others, the school and the community,
- Participate in anti-litter and clean-up activities to keep our school community clean,
- Reduce waste in lunch foods,
- Wear indoor shoes in the classrooms and gymnasium,
- Participate in the recycling program.
Caring for things will make them last longer and look better. Being neat and clean helps to develop a lifelong habit. Students are required to contribute to maintaining a positive school environment that is healthy, tidy and clean. An environmental awareness at school teaches everyone to share in the responsibility of caring for the world we live in.
Bullying Awareness, Prevention, and Intervention
Bullying will not be accepted on school property, at school-related activities, on school buses, or in any other circumstances (e.g., online) where engaging in bullying will have a negative impact on the school climate.
Staff are teaching students to identify bullying behaviour and giving them tools to respond and to stop it from happening as part of our awareness and prevention strategies. At École Publique Rideau Public School, students use a WITS approach to problem solving. (Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out, Seek help)
Bullying is typically a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at another person that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear, distress and/or harm to that person's body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs when there is a real or perceived imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal, social, or occur through electronic (cyber) communication.
When someone experiences or observes bullying behaviour, he/she is expected to report it to a teacher, teaching assistant or school administrator immediately. Bullying behaviour will be addressed using a progressive discipline approach with a range of interventions and consequences.
Consequences for Misbehaviour
The school encourages, supports, and recognizes acceptable behaviour in our students through a variety of positive practices. Progressive discipline is an approach that makes use of a range of interventions, supports and consequences, building upon strategies which promote positive behaviours. In the majority of the cases, a reminder to the student is sufficient. If further intervention is necessary, the following are some of the consequences that will be considered:
- Interview with the student,
- Sincere apology by the student,
- Time out,
- Making restitution where appropriate, such as full payment for any damage,
- Change of inappropriate clothing,
- Removal of recesses,
- Written assignments,
- Withdrawal of school privileges,
- Phone call home,
- Meeting with student, parent/guardian, principal and classroom teacher,
- Implementation of behaviour management strategies (such as validating positive student behaviour),
- Involvement of school board support services and referral to outside agencies,
- Withdrawal of student from class setting, in-school suspension,
- School suspension.
We recognize that each student is a unique individual and that every situation that requires disciplinary action has its own set of extenuating circumstances. All factors that may have affected the student's behaviour will be considered before progressive discipline is applied. Students who behave inappropriately will receive an age and developmentally appropriate consequence. For a student with special education or disability-related needs, all progressive discipline approaches will be consistent with his or her Individual Education Plan and his or her demonstrated abilities.
Appropriate Dress Policy
École Publique Rideau Public School’s Appropriate Dress Policy follows the minimum standard that must be in place in all of the Limestone District School Board schools. All members of the school community must dress in a manner that reflects personal pride and respect for others.
Members of the school community are required to:
- Be neat, clean and well-groomed in overall appearance (no undershirts or underwear showing),
- Comply with health and safety policies,
- Remove hats upon entering the building,
- Be adequately covered to be consistent with a scholarly school tone (all clothing must cover the midriff, no spaghetti straps on sleeveless tops, no short shorts).
The school community must not wear clothing or accessories which:
- Have content that is offensive to any individual or group,
- Promote unlawful activities or unwholesome life styles,
- Display profanity,
- Are unhygienic or unsafe,
- Are reflective of violent or anti-social culture.
Non-compliance will be addressed by the Administration. The Principal or Vice-Principal may however, make minor variations or exceptions to this policy under certain circumstances.
Electronic Devices, Valuables, and Expensive Equipment
Students should leave all expensive equipment/valuables at home. École Publique Rideau P.S. will not assume responsibility for such items as iPods, MP3 players, digital cameras, jewelry, electronic games, toys, etc. that are lost or stolen. Cell phones are also recommended to stay at home. If, for safety reasons, your child brings a cell phone to school, he /she is required to turn off the phone upon entering the building and not to turn it on again until leaving the school at the end of the day. Failure to follow this direction will result in the student being asked to leave the cell phone at the main office for the day.
Students and parents are expected to sign and return the LDSB Computer Use Agreement at the beginning of each school year. Students are expected to use electrocnic devices with respect and to observe appropriate behaviour.
Eating lunch at Rideau is a privilege. The privilege has responsibilities attached to it. At École Publique Rideau Public School, students who stay for lunch are expected to conduct themselves in an orderly manner throughout the lunch period: remain in their own seat while eating lunch.
When students have finished eating their lunch, students may talk quietly with other students sitting beside them. Students may read, write, or draw quietly at their seat. They may also play a quiet board game. When the bell sounds, the students will ensure that the class is left tidy and neat so that the room is ready for the afternoon classes. Students will only leave the classroom with permission of the supervisor.
Students leaving the school during the Nutrition Breaks:
Students may leave the school during the lunch hour when they are accompanied by their parent or guardian.
Students who need to leave the school during the lunch hour must have a dated signed letter from their parent or guardian permitting the student to leave the school. The letter should be given to the homeroom teacher who will advise the lunch supervisor and the note will be kept on file in the office.