Code of Conduct & Behaviour

Code of Conduct

At Humbercrest, every person is entitled to work, play and learn in a co-operative, safe and respectful environment. Our code of conduct is in line with the TDSB Code of Conduct, and is intended to help our students become productive and responsible members of society.  Students are expected to respect the rights of others, to attend school on time every day, to prepare for and participate actively and positively in the learning process.

The Code of Behaviour has been established by Humbercrest Public School to ensure:

  • that all members of this school community are treated with respect, courtesy and dignity,
  • that teachers will have the opportunity to teach and that students will have the opportunity to learn,
  • that the expectations for appropriate behaviour are identified and taught,
  • that the process for ensuring that these expectations are followed is consistent and familiar,
  • that all students will have the opportunity to participate fully in school, whether it be in the classroom, the school yard, special events, sports, extracurricular activities or school trips.

Responsibilities

Everyone has responsibility for ensuring the success of Humbercrest’s Code of Conduct.  The general expectations are outlined below:

Students:

  • treat everyone with courtesy, respect and dignity,
  • learn the rules,
  • complete assigned work,
  • act in a safe manner,
  • accept and follow the rules and regulations of the school,
  • accept responsibility for their actions,
  • use acceptable strategies, which are taught to them, to resolve conflict,
  • promptly respond to the instructions of supervising staff.

 Staff:

  • treat everyone with courtesy, respect and dignity,
  • ensure that students and parents are aware of the policies and expectations of the school,
  • communicate with parents,
  • ensure that they address inappropriate behaviours
  • maintain a consistent approach, as determined by the Behaviour Code, for acknowledging positive behaviours and addressing negative behaviours,
  • teach the students alternatives to negative behaviours,
  • provide a safe and welcoming environment for all students.

 Parents:

  • Treat everyone with courtesy, respect and dignity,
  • Discuss and reinforce the expectations with their child(ren).

General School Rules/Guidelines

  • Students are to follow the School Code of Conduct
  • During transition, students are expected to go quietly and directly to their next class
  • In the halls and stairways, students stay in line and keep to the right
  • Students come to school prepared for learning with a positive attitude and required materials (e.g., pens/pencils, erasers, books, gym equipment)
  • Leave large bags and backpacks in the locker
  • Gum chewing is not permitted
  • Respectful language is expected
  • For safety reasons, the throwing of snowballs is not permitted
  • Students found to be responsible for vandalism will be required to make restitution
  • Washrooms will always be left clean and tidy
  • Students will play safely in the yard
  • Fighting, play fighting and violence are not tolerated

Dress Code

To promote a respectful, inclusive and a safe environment students are expected to come to school in appropriate dress.

That means:

  • All hats, hoods, head coverings should be removed indoors except for religious head coverings
  • Clothing with inappropriate slogans, images or foul language are not permitted at school
  • Tops meet bottoms
  • No visible under garments
  • Shoes are required at all times – during the winter months students must bring indoor shoes
  • Proper athletic footwear is required for gym.

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. When inappropriate behaviour occurs, disciplinary measures should be applied within a framework that shifts the focus from one that is solely punitive to a focus that is both corrective and supportive.

Progressive discipline is a process designed to create the expectation that the degree of discipline will be in proportion to the severity of the behaviour leading to the discipline and that the previous disciplinary history of the student and all other relevant factors will be taken into account.

Progressive discipline must take into account the needs of individual student by showing sensitivity to diversity, to cultural needs, and to special education needs. In addition progressive discipline must be in keeping with Ministry of Education and Board policies on antiracism, ethno cultural equity and antidiscrimination education (TDSB Policy PR 702).

Cell Phones & Electronics

 TDSB Electronics Policy for Students:

The school is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items. Personal use of cell phones/electronics is not permitted during school hours. Electronics are turned off and secured in their lockers. Students who wish to use the phone may do so at the Office. Parents can contact their child through the Office.

Internet Use

The Toronto District School Board and Humbercrest are committed to providing students with access to the Internet through the Board’s computer network.

The Toronto District School Board has a “Code of On-Line Conduct” which applies to students, staff, and all other users of electronic resources accessed through the facilities of the TDSB including the Internet. The Code of Conduct includes sections covering Personal Safety Rules, Unacceptable Sites and Materials, Use Guidelines, Prohibited Uses and Activities, On-Line Publishing, and Liability. It is available at:

http://www.tdsb.on.ca/communications/code_of_online_conduct/occ.html

The Board expects that students will be responsible in their use of the Internet through the facilities provided by the Board.

Students have class time to use laptops, iPads and the computer lab. We expect our students to use technology with respect and notify our teacher librarian if there is a problem.

Lost Items

Lost and found boxes are located in the basement.  At the end of each term, all lost and found clothes are put on display in the front hallway. Unclaimed articles will be donated to charity.

Please label all clothing, lunch bags and backpacks with your child’s name.

Please do not bring valuable items to school (e.g., large amounts of money, electronics, games, toys). The school cannot assume responsibility for lost, stolen or damage items.TDSB Electronics Policy for Students:

The school is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items. Personal use of cell phones/electronics is not permitted during school hours. Electronics are turned off and secured in their lockers. Students who wish to use the phone may do so at the Office. Parents can contact their child through the Office.