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Code of Conduct

In compliance with the Ministry of Education Violence-Free Schools Policy, the District School Board of Niagara and Grapeview Public School, we promote a safe environment for the school community. Our Code of Conduct has been adopted by all members of the school community, staff, students and parents in order to promote an environment that is safe, encourages learning and gives all students an equal opportunity to learn. Contents of the document are reviewed annually. It is supportive of the direction provided by the Ministry in their publication Ontario Schools Code of Conduct. The DSBN encourages the whole community to play an active role in ensuring safe and secure conditions within our school. Revisions may be made annually.

It is recognized that the District School Board of Niagara has a legal and moral obligation to ensure that an effective learning environment exists for all students and to assist students to know their rights and to carry out their responsibilities in developing as mature and responsible citizens. However, it is the function of the family and the student to be responsible for appropriate behaviour. Individuals have a right to be educated in an environment where the qualities of mutual respect and commitment to purpose are important. Students who behave inappropriately and impede the rights of others shall accept the consequences of their unacceptable behaviour.

Board Policy on Philosophy and Approach on Discipline
In light of the foregoing Board Policy and in an attempt to develop in children a sense of personal responsibility and self discipline, our expectations regarding appropriate behaviour are based on the following basic values:
1) We believe that everyone at Grapeview Public School has the right to be safe and to feel safe.
2) We believe that everyone at Grapeview Public School has the right to be respected and to have their property respected.
3) We believe that everyone at Grapeview has the right to learn.

Individuals who behave in such a way as to contravene these values will be expected to take responsibility for their actions by accepting the natural and logical consequences which ensue.

We recognize that all rights carry with them certain responsibilities (expectations) for all the partners involved - students, teachers, parents.

1. Rights of Students
That a safe, supportive environment conducive to learning be provided. That she/he will be treated courteously as an individual who is entitled to honest, open interaction during which privacy and confidentiality will be respected.

- make a sincere effort to master subject matter
- exercise self discipline in the classroom and on and off school premises during the course of activities that have been arranged by the school or are part of the school program
- attend school punctually and regularly
- be courteous to fellow students and obedient and courteous to teachers
- show respect for school property
- dress appropriately and be neat in appearance

2. Rights of Teachers
That they be treated by parents and students with courtesy and recognized as responsible professionals who have been assigned the tasks of instruction and management of the class. That they be approached first hand for clarification and/or for resolution should a problem in the classroom occur between teacher and pupil.
- Teachers are responsible for effective instruction and are to create within their classrooms, atmospheres conducive to learning.
- Teachers are to be fair and consistent in all interactions with children in the classroom and in the school.
3. Rights of Parents/Guardians
That their children have the right to be respected, taught and treated by the teachers in a wise judicious caring manner. Teachers should inform parents of any concerns they might have regarding their child.

- Parents are expected to support the values of the school and support in a co-operative spirit, the efforts of all to create a harmonious environment.
- Parents are to ensure that their child attends school regularly, punctually, clean and well rested, prepared for the day's session. Parents are expected to follow the Safe Arrival Procedure if their child's absence is necessary.
- Parents should attempt to provide for their children an area conducive to appropriate home study and homework.


Our school is a community of people who work and play together. We have developed a set of expectations to help us operate in a safe and pleasant environment.
The three guiding principles are:
- work and play safely to protect yourself
- be considerate of the well-being of others
- respect your environment
1. Show consideration and respect towards staff members, other students and visitors to the school.
2. Use language and a tone of voice appropriate to a school setting. Profanity and obscenities are not tolerated at Grapeview.
3. Use all equipment, including the Internet, computer modems and printers in a responsible manner. Refer to the Grapeview netiquette contract which specifically outlines expectations and guidelines.
4. Be punctual and prepared. Arrive on time, plan your day and then enter the classroom in a quiet and orderly fashion. Students who arrive late must report to the school secretary before going to class.
5. Keep organized notebooks and complete homework on time.
6. Wear the appropriate physical education uniform and footwear in gym classes. For students in grades 4 to 8 this would be a Grapeview T-shirt, running shoes and shorts.
7. Do not chew gum in the school or on the school grounds.
8. Hats shall be removed upon entering the school.
9. Take pride in Grapeview by keeping the school clean. Put litter in the appropriate containers.
10. Smoking is prohibited at all times on school property under the Tobacco Control Act.
11. Practice good anger management and conflict resolution skills. Settle arguments without violence. Seek help from teachers as needed. (Keep your hands to yourself).
12. Racism and sexism are not tolerated at Grapeview.
13. Bullying, name-calling or mean-spirited teasing are inappropriate behaviours. Report these behaviours to teachers immediately.
14. Dress Code: Grapeview students generally display a high standard in their dress. Short shorts, cut-offs, tube tops, bare midriffs, T-shirts with suggestive messages and ripped or torn jeans are not acceptable. Always be neat, tidy and clean. Please leave your jacket in your locker. Students with inappropriate clothing will be asked to change.
15. All electronic equipment, including cell phones, I-pods, cameras etc..., should be kept at home.

The positive consequences for always doing what one is supposed to do are not always immediately obvious. However, displaying both good citizenship and appropriate behaviour are acknowledged and reinforced in a number of ways. These include:

- a pleasant and co-operative learning environment
- the respect of peers and staff
- personal satisfaction in doing one's best
- special activities in the class and in the school
- an increased level of achievement may be possible when one knows what is expected.
When children do not behave as expected, the following partners may interact in an attempt to address specific problems: Teacher-Student: Teacher-Parent (with student as required): Teacher-Principal: Principal-Pupil (with teacher as required): Principal-Parent (with teacher and/or student as required).

During these interactions attempts will be made to analyse and remedy the presenting problem while taking into consideration the specific needs of individual students. Some approaches may be the following:

- to identify causes of the misbehaviour
- to identify the effect of this act on the individual and on others
- to determine the extent that this behaviour is different from the student's normal behaviour and the conduct expected from the age group
- to establish specific behavioural goals to be negotiated between the student and the appropriate school staff members. Time lines will be set out and enforced.
The following is a list of possible or sample consequences/interventions. This is neither an exhaustive list nor are the interventions necessarily listed in the order in which they may be executed. The selection of any number of consequences will be based on the severity of the behaviour as determined by the school staff.

Sample Consequences include:

- verbal reprimand
- warning
- interview with student
- phone call home
- interview with parents
- detention after school (if possible)
- removal of student from class for a portion of the day (student remains in school building)
- assigning extra duties such as yard clean up on student's own time
- setting up a behaviour contract
- daily report/book, homework/book to be checked by parents
- removal of privileges - pupil may not be allowed to participate in the group, sports team, choir, bus, in-school lunch privileges, field trips, etc.
- restitution - student must pay for or repair damaged property or clean up a mess
- in-school suspension - the student must work in an area away from the other students for a determined period of time
- formal suspension in keeping with Board Policy