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Code of Conduct

The vast majority of students in St. Mary’s School are well disciplined, responsible and self-directed.  However, as with any large group of people, there are a few students who, from time to time do not abide by the guidelines established for the benefit of all.

The Catholic Code of Conduct clearly reflects the need to provide a safe, effective learning environment for all students and staff based on a set of behavioural expectations, disciplinary procedures, and consequences which are both fair and consistent.

“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.   Bear with one another and if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other just as the Lord has forgiven you” 1 Thessalonians 5:14

Purpose:

    • to establish and maintain safe, caring and orderly environments for purposeful learning and character building.
    • To clarify and publish expectations for behaviour of all members of our community while at school, going to and from school, while attending any school function or activity at any location.

Conduct Expectations:

Acceptable Conduct

  • Respect for Self: students are to recognize God given talents and use them to their full potential.  Students are expected to do their best work at all times and to seek help when necessary. Taking care of one’s appearance – clean uniform and neat books.
  • Respect for others: Students are to be inclusive of everyone in the classroom and on the playground.  Report problems to an adult in a timely manner.  All communication between staff, parents and students must be respectful.  Students will follow the directions of staff members.
  • Respect for property: Care for the property of the school, other students and self.  Everyone should cooperate to maintain a safe and orderly environment.

Unacceptable Conduct

  • Lack of respect for self: using inappropriate language.  Not learning to the best of one’s ability.  Behaviors which interfere with the learning of self or others.  Incorrect wearing of uniform.
  • Lack of respect for others: defying authority, bullying, acts of aggression, name calling, intimidation or threats.
  • Lack of respect for school property: destroying school property such as desks, walls or textbooks.  Playing out of bounds

Discipline Policy

There is a general expectation that as children mature, more responsible behavior is expected of them.  Children are to accept personal responsibility for their actions and belongings and are expected to exercise self discipline to various degrees, based on maturity. Treatment of individual cases will be at the discretion of the principal and/or the classroom teacher.

“Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger… and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ has forgiven you” Ephesians 4:3132

Consequences:

Level 1:

    • In response to unacceptable behaviour, staff will initially attempt to correct the child gently and firmly, in a consistent and fair way.
    • The unacceptable behaviour will be explained to the child and
    • he/she will be given at least 2 opportunities to improve behaviour.
    • Should behaviour continue, then Level 2 action will be taken.
    • Examples of behaviours that may be described as Level 1 may include, but are not limited to, inappropriate language, homework consistently not done; noise in hallways, breaking classroom rules. If any of these behaviours are recurring then the behaviour is considered a major incidence.

Level 2:

For recurring minor misbehaviours, or for more serious behaviours, listed below,

    • staff will file a behaviour form with the principal,
    • child will be asked to write an account of what happened, why, and what they plan to do to improve behaviour.
    • This will be sent home for parent signature.
    • If the behaviours continue, then Level 3 action will be taken.

Examples of behaviours that may be described as Level 2 may include, but are not limited to:  lying, swearing, name calling; leaving school grounds, defiance, aggressive behaviour.

Level 3:

For serious and recurring problems

    • the teacher will first deal with the child,
    • then send to the principal’s office.
    • Parents will be called and a meeting will be set up with the parent, child, teacher and principal. During this meeting, expectations will once more be clarified and possible consequences set out. A child may be suspended until this meeting takes place.
    • The student faces an escalating suspension policy: one day in-school, one day at home, then 3 days at home and for very serious offences – expulsion.

Examples of behaviours that may be described as Level 3 may include, but are not limited to: theft, forgery, cheating, bullying, sexual harassment; causing physical harm.

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:34

Rising Expectations:

It is expected that students in the intermediate grades will show example to the primary students and lead by their actions. It is also expected that the older the student, the more he/she should be aware of the rules and acceptable behaviour. Therefore older students should expect and accept harsher consequences for their actions.

CONSEQUENCES

School administration and staff will review each incident and consider the child, the intervention which is appropriate and progress from that point. The age of the child, the circumstances of the incident and the seriousness of the incident will be considered. Following are some of the possible follow up strategies which will be used:

_ review of the rule that has been broken
_ verbal warning
_ conference with teacher
_ conference with the principal/vice principal
_ school contact with parents
_ loss of privileges
_ in-school suspension
_ out of school suspension (up to 3 days)
_ involvement of outside resources