LA SALLE STUDENT CODE OF BEHAVIOUR
The Code of Behaviour is the result of a co-operative effort by students, parents, and teachers. It reflects a philosophy of openness and mutual respect and, if followed in the intended spirit, will ensure the well-being and sense of security of everyone at La Salle. Our policy complies with the current directives of the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training and the Limestone District School Board, and thus, reflects the expectations of society.
As a representative of La Salle, you are expected to observe the La Salle Student Code of Behaviour at all times while on Limestone District School Board property and while attending any school activity, field trip, sporting or cultural event, and while riding a school bus. Incidents that occur off-site during and beyond the instructional day, and which are injurious to the moral tone of the school and/or the safety of students and/or staff, will result in school consequences and, where applicable, a referral to the police.
STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOUR
Respect, civility and responsible citizenship
All school members must:
- respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws;
- demonstrate honesty and integrity;
- respect differences in people, their ideas and opinions;
- treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is disagreement;
- respect and treat others fairly, regardless of their race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability;
- respect the rights of others;
- show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others;
- take appropriate measures to help those in need;
- respect persons who are in a position of authority;
- respect the need of others to work in an environment of learning and teaching.
RESPECT FOR PROPERTY
A pleasant, safe school building makes it possible for a good learning environment. The health and safety of everyone in a school is a shared responsibility. If you lose, damage or destroy school property, including textbooks and library materials, you must pay the cost of repair or replacement. Costs associated with vandalism and theft are an additional financial burden to your parents/guardians and other taxpayers. Take care with all books that will be used by future students. You are expected to treat all school property, including school buses, with care. Willful destruction of school property may result in suspension and possible police action. Theft of personal or school property may result in suspension and a police report.
(Includes but not limited to cell phones, smart phones, iPods, MP3's, hand-held games)
As the use of a range of communications technologies has expanded, so have the complications related to safety, privacy and intrusion in our schools and communities. Integrated digital imaging devices (such as camera capabilities of phones) can be used in a manner that violates the privacy, dignity and safety of others. Expectations for electronic devices are as follows:
1: Cell phones (including text messaging) must not be visible or turned on in the classrooms, except when advance approval has been sought from the Principal
2: Electronic devices may be used during breaks or at the discretion of the classroom teacher during class time.
3: LSS will not be held liable or responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged electronic items
4: Electronic Devices that are seen, heard or used in classrooms or inappropriate use of electronic devices may result in their confiscation and return at the end of the instructional day or return to the parent / guardian.
5: Photos and video are not to be taken at ANY time of others without their explicit permission
Do not store valuable items or cash in change rooms. While theft is not a common occurrence, it is upsetting to lose items in this fashion. Keep track of your personal belongings at all times. Label personal items – including notebooks and textbooks – with your name. If necessary bring valuables to the Main Office for safe keeping. La Salle is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
When the fire alarms sounds, everyone must exit the building. In each room there is a yellow fire exit sign that indicates the primary and alternate exit. Upon exiting the building, students must remain with their teacher so that attendance can be taken. Do not enter the building until directed by a staff member. Vehicles may not enter or leave property during a fire alarm.
IT IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE TO TAMPER WITH THE FIRE ALARM SYSTEM. POLICE CHARGES WILL BE LAID.
Teachers are responsible for your whereabouts during class time. Students must seek permission from the teacher to leave the classroom at any time during the period. During class time, you are not to be in the hallways without permission. If you are sent out of a class, you must report to the main office immediately to see one of the vice-principals. Senior students with a spare period, may use the library or study in the Great Hall, when in the school building. Students moving in MSIP must have a signed MSIP form to be able to move classrooms after the 20min bell.
DRIVING/PARKING LOT and STUDENT DRIVERS
The north-east parking lot is for students. At all times students must drive slowly and in an appropriate manner while on school property. Students that drive inappropriately may lose the privilege of driving to school and parents will be notified. Students are not permitted in the parking lot unless they are leaving the school property in a vehicle or coming into the school from a vehicle. Being in the parking lot during class time or at lunch is not permitted unless you are leaving or arriving from the school. Students are to park in the correct area within the lines. Students are to drive with caution during all times at La Salle. It is a privilege to bring a vehicle to school. The school may tow improperly parked vehicles at the owner’s expense. Handicapped parking is reserved in marked spots. Students park in the north section of the back lot,
staff in the south section. The visitors’ parking lot in the front of the school is not designated for students or staff. The school is not responsible for damage to parked vehicles. MOTORISTS MUST YIELD TO SCHOOL BUSES AT ALL TIMES ON SCHOOL PROPERTY. DANGEROUS DRIVING IN THE PARKING LOT WILL RESULT IN SUSPENSION OF PARKING PRIVILEGES, AND WILL BE REPORTED TO THE POLICE.
SCHOOL DANCES AND SPECIAL EVENTS
School dances and special events (Knights under the Lights etc…) are fun events organized by students for students. They are also a privilege. All components of our code of conduct must be followed. Therefore, drugs and/or alcohol or being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol are not permitted. Students found in possession or being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol will face serious school consequences and potentially police involvement. Guests are not permitted at LSS dances. The planning of further dances will be dependent on conduct at previous dances. Only guests and parents from the rival school at Knights under the Lights are permitted to attend.
PERSONAL SAFETY and VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL
Anyone who is not a current student or staff member of LSS is a visitor, and must report to the office immediately. Students are not permitted to bring friends or relatives to school. If there are unusual, extenuating circumstances where a student needs to bring a visitor, they must see a Vice-Principal 24 hours prior to the visit.
Students are expected to show concern for the personal safety of themselves and others at all times. Students should not engage in potentially harmful activities, in the school, or on school property. This includes play fighting, “rough-housing”, running in the halls, shoving, or engaging in other conduct potentially harmful to themselves or others. Consequences will be administered as appropriate. Persistent misconduct could lead to suspension.
IF YOU SEE SOMEONE YOU RECOGNIZE AS AN OUTSIDER IN THE SCHOOL, PLEASE TELL ANY STAFF MEMBER OR SOMEONE IN THE OFFICE.
Different forms of dress are appropriate in different situations. All members of the school community must dress in a way consistent with a casual workplace tone, which reflects personal pride and respect for others. Expectations for dress are as follows:
- Members of the school community are required to be dressed in a manner which is appropriate for an educational environment.
- Members of the school community must not wear clothing or accessories with images or wording that might be interpreted by some as sexually provocative, demeaning, degrading, rude or promote substances which are prohibited at school.
- For safety purposes, all members of the school community must be easily identifiable.
- As a result, hoods pulled over the head, masks (other than Halloween), or other clothing (not including hats) that covers the head and/or face are not permitted
- If your clothing is found to be inappropriate, you may be reminded of the expectations by a staff member and referred to a Vice-Principal or the Principal.
HARASSMENT AND INTIMIDATION
All students have the right to be treated with respect, courtesy, and fairness. You are expected to treat others in that manner. Specifically, you should not engage in any activity that could be interpreted by others as harassment or intimidation. Do not use language, display pictures or wear clothing (hats and T-shirts) or accessories that show words or images that are sexually suggestive, racially explicit, demeaning, degrading, rude, or promote illegal drugs, or could be seen as being offensive to others in the school. For example, the symbol of the “Confederate Flag” will not be permitted.
IF YOU ARE THE RECIPIENT OF A PHYSICAL THREAT OR PHYSICAL ASSAULT, DO NOT RESPOND TO VIOLENCE WITH VIOLENCE. INFORM ANY STAFF MEMBER IMMEDIATELY.
Conduct which can cause harm or discomfort to the mental and physical well-being of others does not make for a secure learning environment. Harassment is any unwelcome behavior (including physical intimidation, sexual attack – verbal or physical-- and racism) that interferes with the well-being of others, and is not tolerated in work environments or in social situations. If you harass or intimidate others, you can expect your behavior to be addressed by a staff member and you will be referred to a Vice-Principal or the Principal. Your parent/guardian will be notified and you may be suspended.
SMOKING and TOBACCO PRODUCTS
For your health, we hope that you do not smoke. Our curriculum strongly supports a healthy lifestyle. All Ontario schools and their properties, including school buses and parking lots are smoke free zones. You are not permitted to use tobacco or tobacco products like chewing tobacco anywhere on school property. It is a criminal offense to sell or provide cigarettes to students under the age of 19. Smoking on school property will result in a phone call to your parent/guardian, and possible suspension. There will be more extensive suspensions for subsequent occurrences. The Health Unit patrols the school regularly, and will fine students who smoke on school properties. The City of Kingston also prohibits smoking in Park and Recreational Areas. This includes the North side of the school and the skateboard park. Grade 9 & 10 Students are not permitted in the smoking area
to the South of the school.
ALCOHOL AND DRUGS
You are not to come to school under the influence of, or in the possession of, alcohol or drugs or drug paraphernalia. Alcohol or drug use interferes with academic success. Students younger than 19 may not purchase alcohol products. Possession and trafficking in alcohol or illegal drugs in a school is against the law. If you are found under the influence of alcohol or drugs, in possession of either, at school, your parent/ guardian will be contacted, and you may be suspended. You will be referred to a drug counselor. Consequences for additional offences and expectation for readmission are found in the Board Administration Procedures on Alcohol and other Drug Uses. The police may be involved. If you are believed to be engaged in trafficking at school, you will be suspended and possibly expelled.
RESPECT FOR STAFF AUTHORITY
Throughout your life you will have to respect authority. The Principal and members of staff have been given authority under the Education Act to impose requirements for academic perseverance and appropriate behavior. You are expected to be courteous and co-operative with all staff while you are at school. This includes out-of-school activities organized by the school, travel on buses owned by or under contract to the Board, complying with reasonable requests, and completing assigned tasks in class. Staff includes: teachers, office staff, educational assistants, caretakers, bus drivers, and other support staff such as volunteers, teacher candidates, and peer tutors. If your behavior is unacceptable, you may be asked to account for your actions to a staff member. Continued inappropriate behavior will result in suspension. Students must correctly identify themselves with their full name immediately
upon being asked to do so by a member of staff. Students who are sent to the office must comply immediately. Failure to comply with these requests may result in immediate suspension.
Riding on a school bus is a privilege and not a right. Students must exercise extreme caution when entering or exiting a school bus or city bus. Students must obey the bus driver at all times. Remain seated while riding the bus. Disruptive behavior is unsafe and will result in suspension of bus privileges. Persistent unsafe behavior will result in permanent suspension from the bus.
When a student violates the safe bus procedures the driver will deal with the student(s) as soon as it is safe to do so. Students will be placed in front seats and taken to their destination. The driver will complete a student behavior form and will forward a copy to the Vice-Principal. Parents/guardians will be notified. If a student is suspended from riding the school bus, it is the student’s responsibility to find alternate means of transportation. If you wish to ride on another school bus, you must obtain written permission from home and then permission from the Vice-Principal beforehand. Students suspended from La Salle are not permitted to ride on school buses during suspension.