Code of Conduct

 ADULT STUDENTS

Once a student attains the age of 18, by law we are responsible to them alone.  If parents wish to discuss their child with us, a Consent to Disclose form must be signed by the student.  These forms are available in the main office.  Also, they need to login to their Student Portal and check the parent access box.   Adult students are expected to validate their own absences in a timely fashion (see PCI Attendance Procedures) failure to do so will result in a detention.

 ADVERTISING

Various school events may be advertised in designated areas throughout the school.  Courtyard and doors are to be avoided.  Advertising of events occurring outside the school must be submitted to the administration for approval before posting.  Commercial advertising is not acceptable.

 ALCOHOL, TOBACCO & CANNABIS

Parkside is a smoke-free environment.  In accordance with School Board Policy and the Ontario Tobacco Control Act, the smoking of cigarettes or the use of any tobacco product including chewing tobacco, vapes, and e-cigarettes is prohibited.  Students who use tobacco (smoking, chewing, e-cigarettes, vapes) on school property during both breaks and class time are also subject to a range of school consequences including a warning, detention and/or suspension, and criminal charges.  Students may not possess, distribute, and/or use alcohol, illegal drugs, or unless the pupil is a medical cannabis user, cannabis.

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 is Provincial law that regulates the use and supply of tobacco, vapour products as well as cannabis. This law prohibits the use of tobacco, vapour products as well as cannabis on and within 20 meters from any edge point of the school property. The use of these products carries a $305 fine. In conjunction with this, using these products in a place where it is prohibited to do so can also lead to a Trespass to Property charge which carries a $65 fine. Supplying tobacco or a vapour product which includes any part of the vapour product or e-substance would result in a fine of $490.

Under the Cannabis Control Act, 2017 it is illegal for anyone under the age of 19 to have or consume cannabis. Having or consuming this product could result in a $125 fine. Having access to cannabis in a vehicle could result in Provincial and criminal charges.

Under the Liquor License Act it is illegal for anyone under the age of 19 to have or consume Liquor. Having or consuming this product could result in a $125 dollar fine. Having access to alcohol in a vehicle could result in Provincial and criminal charges.

Public Health Inspector as well as Police conduct regular compliance inspections to enforce these laws.

 ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY

The following guidelines apply to participation in an extracurricular activity:

  • Students must be enrolled full time.  W.O.S.S.A. rules state: “For the first four years of high school, a student must be a full-time equivalent student as defined by the Ministry of Education and Training or be taking at least (3) full day school credit courses per semester.  After the fourth year of high school, a student must be taking at least (2) full credit day school courses per semester.
  • Students must be in regular attendance
  • Students must be present in class on practice/game/performance/activity day if they wish to participate in that event
  • It is the staff advisor’s responsibility and prerogative to select team members and to remove students from the team roster
  • It is the staff advisor’s and school administration’s responsibility to determine when and where students participate as team/club/activity members or as spectators.

 BULLYING

Bullying is a dynamic of unhealthy interactions that can take many forms.  It can be physical (e.g. hitting, pushing, tripping), verbal (e.g. name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist, or homophobic comments), or social (e.g. excluding others from a group, spreading rumours).  It may also occur through the use of e-mail, cell phones, text messaging, Internet websites, twitter or other technology.

A positive school climate exists when all members of the school community feel safe, comfortable and accepted.  To achieve a positive environment, TVDSB and its schools will actively promote and support positive behaviours that reflect their character development initiatives.  TVDSB will endeavour to ensure that parents/guardians and members of the broader community are involved in the school community.

Bullying and/or harassment of any kind will not be tolerated at Parkside.  If you or someone you know is being bullied, report it to your teacher, your guidance counsellor and/or the Principal or Vice-Principal.  Reports may also be done anonymously through the use of I Care cards available in many classrooms, online and in the Guidance Office.  Consequences for bullying may include (but are not limited to) peer mediation, progressive discipline, and suspension.

BUS TRANSPORTATION

Students who ride buses are expected to behave as if in a supervised classroom.  Distractions on the bus are a hazard to safety and will not be tolerated.  Bus drivers are to be treated with the same degree of respect as other adult staff with the school.  All school policies and procedures related to student conduct apply to bus transportation.  Failure to comply with bus transportation requirements may result in suspension, or removal of bus privileges.  For more information, visit www.mybigyellowbus.ca.

CAFETERIA

The cafeteria must accommodate a large number of people during the lunch hour.  Be cooperative and considerate.  Remove your waste paper and food from the tables and place them in the receptacles provided.  Always RECYCLE when possible.  If a request is made by a teacher-supervisor to assist with clean up, students will comply politely and cooperatively.  All food and drink is to be consumed here unless otherwise authorized by a staff member. 

 CELL PHONES< MP3’s, Ipods, Iphones

Cell phones, digital cameras, laptops, netbooks, smartphones, iPads, iPods, etc, are intended to be used as instructional tools. 

The use of such devices to promote academic dishonesty or illegal activities is strictly prohibited. 

The instructional use of any electronic device in the classroom/library will be with the permission of the classroom teacher.

Students will not engage in personal use of electronic devices during instructional time.

No photos, video or audio recordings will be taken of students or staff members without appropriate consent.  Consent forms to be completed online in the parent portal as soon as possible.

All members of the school community must: 

Respect the need of others to work in an environment that is conducive to learning and teaching, including by ensuring that cell phones and other personal mobile devices are used only during instructional time (as directed by an educator), for health and medical purposes and/or to support special education needs.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS OR OTHER CONTACT INFORMATION

Please report any change of address or other information to the Main Office as soon as you know the new information.

 CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS

Students are not to eat or drink in the classrooms except during meetings and when authorized by staff.  Certain classrooms have specific rules regarding backpacks, coats, etc.  Please be aware of the requirements for these courses.

DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announcement forms are available in the Main Office.  A limited number of announcements may be permitted over the P.A. system.  Announcements must be clearly written, signed by a staff advisor and submitted to the Main Office by 8:15 a.m. on the day of the announcement.  The announcements must be approved by a staff member.

DANCE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In order to attend a dance at Parkside, the following conditions must be met:

  1. If a student, the student fee for the current school year must have been paid and a student card shown.
  2. Anyone who has an unexplained absence from any class on the day of the dance will not be admitted.  Parents or guardians must call the school the morning of the dance to explain the student’s absence.
  3. Guests of a student who has paid their student fees, must be with their sponsoring student upon entry or admission will be refused.  Forms for signing in guests  are online.  Only one guest is allowed per student.  Guests must have the signed approval of their school administrator.
  4. All students, guests and their belongings will be searched by professional security hired for school dances.
  5. See School’s Attendance Policy regarding eligibility.

 General Regulations

  1. Student dress code and code of behaviour apply to school dances.
  2. Students will be denied admittance 1 hour after the dance begins.
  3. Anyone leaving the dance will not be readmitted.
  4. Lockers are not to be used during the dance.  A coat check will be available.
  5. Students are not allowed in any halls beyond the courtyard.
  6. Students suspected of being under the influence of alcohol will be requested to take a breathalyzer test.  Students refusing to take the breathalyzer test will be dealt with as if under the influence of alcohol.

Policy on Improper Behaviour

  1. Behaviours inappropriate in school are also inappropriate at dances and will be dealt with accordingly.  Anyone suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be suspended.
  2. An attempt to contact the parents of the student will be made before a student is removed from the dance.
  3. Anyone excluded from a school dance for any reason whatsoever, shall be excluded from all remaining dances for the current school year.
  4. Students are responsible for their signed in guests.  If a guest is behaving improperly, both the guest and student sponsor will be dealt with by the Administration and/or police.

 DEMITS

Students may not be demitted by a parent/guardian for any events that occur during the school day (i.e: sporting events, assemblies, buy outs).  In the event of a school “buyout”, students are expected to attend the event or their scheduled class. Demitted students are not to be on school property.

DRESS

Students are expected to dress in a manner which reflects the EDUCATIONAL nature of the school.  Clothes with offensive language or graphics, or with advertisements for illegal products are unacceptable.  Bare midriffs and backs, see-through fabrics, strapless tops, revealing necklines, masks, and extremely short skirts/shorts are not appropriate for the school environment.  Students are permitted to wear hats in the hallways.

 EMERGENCY ALARMS

Code Red

When a code red is called, all staff & students are to remain in the classroom or move immediately to a safe area.  Doors and windows are to be locked and windows are to be covered.

Fire Alarm

When the fire alarm sounds, please leave the building in an orderly fashion using the exit as indicated on the emergency exit sign located in the classrooms, gyms, and the cafeteria.  Once outside, please move beyond the roadway that circles the building.  Stay in your class groupings so that your teacher can take the attendance.  Smoking is not permitted during this time.

Tornado/Weather Alarm

When a tornado alarm sounds, please move to the inside of the school as per the Tornado Plan located in each classroom.  Students and staff are to remain with their class for supervision.  Remain seated on the floor with your backs against the wall.

EXAMINATIONS

All students must be present to write exams at scheduled times.  It is expected that families will arrange vacations and appointments at times other that when examinations are scheduled.  Students who refuse to write an examination at the scheduled time will receive a mark of “0” for the exam.

Students who are ill during examinations must present a medical doctor’s certificate as verification.  Administration will decide whether the student’s exam will be written at a later time or if alternative arrangements need to be made.  Postponement of Exams: If exams are postponed for one or more days due to weather or any other reason the missed exams will be rescheduled by moving forward one day.  i.e: Blk A exam scheduled for Monday moves to Tuesday, Tuesday to Wednesday, etc

FIELD TRIPS

Field trips are considered an extension of the classroom.  All school rules apply.  Students are expected to travel to and from destinations using the transportation provided.  Some exceptions may be allowed with prior approval from administration.  Students are expected to stay with the group for the duration of the field trip.  See School’s Attendance Policy regarding eligibility.

HALLS & COURTYARD

Students are to refrain from being in the halls during designated class time.  Students on a spare may engage in quiet study in the courtyard. 

INJURIES & ACCIDENTS

If you are injured or involved in an accident in or around the school; report immediately to the nearest teacher and then report to the office.  An accident report must be filed by the school.

LANGUAGE

It is expected that while on school property, in the school, or attending a school sanctioned activity (e.g. field trip, game, etc.), students will use appropriate language for a formal setting.  Making a good impression, presenting one’s self as articulate, and developing appropriate social & vocabulary skills is important.  The use of profanity, spoken or written, is not acceptable, and may result in a suspension.

LASER POINTERS

Students are not allowed to have laser pointers while on school property.  Lasers/pointers can cause serious eye injury.

LOCKERS & LOCKS & VALUABLES

A locker is provided for each student as a safe place to keep books and belongings.  You are to use the locker assigned to you at registration time; no relocating elsewhere or doubling up is allowed.  Only combination locks may be used.  Do not reveal your combination to anyone.  Keep your locker tidy and do not post anything inside that you cannot easily remove at the end of the year.  Lockers are inspected from time to time and remain the property of the school and may be searched at any time.  Material posted in your locker should be appropriate and in keeping with school policy.  Do not bring large sums of money or valuables to school.  The school can assume no responsibility for personal possessions left in lockers or change rooms or washrooms.

PARKING (Student)

The right to park on school property is a privilege dependent on the driver meeting acceptable standards.

Some basic expectations are:

  • to drive with caution
  • to give pedestrians the right-of-way
  • to demonstrate concern for property
  • to park in the designated student parking area only
  • to proceed around the school and through the parking lot following the one way direction
  • at 15 total lates or 10 total truancies parking privileges may be revoked

Violation of these expectations will result in the loss of your parking privileges.

PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE AVAILABLE: 

Fill out form in Guidance.  Cell number is available in Guidance.

SPARE PERIODS

Students on assigned study periods are to choose the cafeteria, library or be off school property at the beginning of the period and remain there for the duration of the class.  Students may use the courtyard to access the wireless internet.  Students must be quiet and respectful at all times.

STUDENT CONCUSSION POLICIES

In response to Ministry of Education requirements and in support of our existing school safety procedures, schools are required to follow certain steps whenever a student suffers a concussion or whenever a concussion is suspected.  Parents can access Concussion Policies and Procedures through the board website or by contacting the school and requesting a copy.  As with any potential injury, our first goal is prevention; concussion awareness and prevention is a big part of ongoing professional training for staff and is integrated into students’ Health and Physical Education curriculum.

Since concussion can affect a student’s ability to learn or to participate in activities, schools will work with parents and medical contacts to assist any students who suffer from concussion.  If an injury occurs on a weekend or after school, parents are asked to inform the school so that appropriate accommodations and support can be provided.  Questions can be directed to the school principal. 

STUDENT FEES

The student fee for Parkside is $20.00.  The collection of this fee is used to support school clubs, teams, assemblies, and student activities.

STUDENT PORTAL

Every student has access to their Student Portal by using their computer login.  Students will be able to see their current timetable, attendance, marks and other valuable resources.  Course selections for the upcoming year will be chosen on the Student Portal.

TEXTBOOKS AND/OR OTHER LEARNING MATERIALS

Textbooks may be provided for some courses.  You are expected to treat these materials with care and return them in the condition that you received them.  You will be expected to pay to replace lost books or materials and/or to pay for the repair or replacement of damaged books or materials.  Students may risk not receiving a textbook in their other courses until the previous text has been returned or paid for. 

TURNITIN

Turnitin is an Internet-based service subscribed to by TVDSB and also by many post-secondary institutions worldwide.  Its primary purpose is to help students learn how to improve their writing and avoid plagiarism through proper research and citation.  Students submit work (e.g., essays, reports, labs, etc.) to the Turnitin website, which in turn checks the documents for plagiarism against sources such as websites, periodicals, and journals, as well as previously uploaded student work.  When students submit their work, it is uploaded to the Turnitin database and is then used in future anti-plagiarism checks.  This prevents one student from falsely using another student’s paper.  Turnitin is provided at no cost to the student.

Your son/daughter’s teacher may ask for projects to be submitted through Turnitin.

WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS

Wireless Internet is available throughout the school.  The school is not responsible for laptops, or other electronic devices brought into the school.

VENDING MACHINES

The vending machines are NOT affiliated with the school and students use at their own risk.  The office will not reimburse students. 

VISITORS

Anyone who is not a student or a staff member is expected to come to the Main Office directly.

YEARBOOKS

Early bird price of $25 runs until Nov. 1, 2019. From Nov. 2, 2019 until April 17th, 2020 yearbooks are $30. The final day to buy a yearbook is April 17th, 2020.

PCI ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES

GOAL: ON TIME!!  ALL THE TIME!!

Our collective goal at Parkside is to promote and reinforce academic and personal success for all students.  To this end, we believe that the best environment for this success occurs in a school that maximizes learning time in our instructional periods.

EXPECTATIONS:  Timely arrival to class for all students who are prepared to learn, contributes to this success and reinforces personal responsibility for learning.  Students are expected to be in their classrooms BEFORE the final bell rings.

If you are

LATE

coming to school

If you are

 ABSENT

from school an automated

message will report the class absence

If you must

LEAVE

school early...

Go to the OFFICE

 

Sign in at the office.

Students are to attend classes DIRECTLY after leaving the office.

Students are expected to serve detentions as assigned for habitual lates.  Students who do not serve detentions risk suspension. 

 

 

Parent/Guardian

MUST TELEPHONE

1-844-305-3756
Wait for confirmation number

OR

Use the app

An automated call will go home daily for students missing from their morning classes who were not reported absent by 9 a.m.

Students are expected to serve detentions as assigned for habitual truancies.

               

 

NOTE?

Yes

Please bring your note to the office before classes begin or on your break.  You will be issued a demit slip to be given to your teacher.

 

No

Report to the office.

If you are under 18, a parent will need to phone

 

 

 

 

**If BUSES are cancelled due to inclement weather, bus students do NOT need a parent/guardian phone call.  All non-bus students require a call.  No calls are required for a school closure.

On Time, All the Time

LATE POLICY

The Education Act states that it is the student’s responsibility to attend classes regularly and punctually. Lateness to class is unacceptable and disrespectful. Every attempt should be made to attend each class on time. Students who are late must obtain an admit slip from a teacher in the hall or the office. The Vice Principal or designate will assign detentions to students when appropriate. Students who do not attend the assigned detention may be suspended for failure to comply with the school’s Attendance Policy.

POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES MAY INCLUDE:

Lates

5 lates = teacher makes parent/guardian contact; teacher to make referral to VP (via email/ verbal/ referral form)

10 lates = teacher to make referral to VP; VP contacts student and parent/guardian and assigns either a detention or alternate consequence; teacher may contact parent/guardian; 10 late list posted to Conference for club/team advisors

15 lates = teacher to make referral to VP; VP may assign a suspension (teacher may provide work for this time)

AT 15 LATES (TOTAL), STUDENT HAS LOST THE PRIVILEGE OF PARTICIPATING IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES (TEAM, CLUB, FIELD TRIP, DANCES, BUY-OUTS, PARKING PASS, ETC.) for the semester.

Truancy

Students who are truant must make up the lost time, as arranged by the VP or designate.

Students who refuse to serve the assigned detention(s) may be suspended from school.

Students who miss an assignment due date/ presentation/quiz or test due to truancy will receive a zero.

 

3 truancies = teacher makes parent/guardian contact

5 truancies = teacher to make referral to VP; VP to contact student and parent/guardian and assign either detentions or alternative consequences; VP may assign a suspension (teacher may provide work during this absence); VP may assign an In-School Suspension (ISS) in which teachers provide work for the student.

8 truancies = teacher to make referral to Principal (verbal); VP referral to Attendance Counsellor; VP may assign a one day suspension or an ISS

 

AT 10 TOTAL TRUANCIES, STUDENT HAS LOST THE PRIVILEGE OF PARTICIPATING IN ANY EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES (AS ABOVE) for the semester.

 

Students who are 18 or older and continue to be absent from class may be removed from the course and/or roll.

As per Ministry policy, students who miss 15 consecutive classes without supporting medical documentation must be immediately removed from the course.

All absence explanations must be provided to the office within 48 hours unless exceptional circumstances apply.

  

Detention Expectations:

-          Detentions are 20 minutes in length starting at 11:15 in room 3

-          There is no food, drink, electronic devices or cell phone use allowed

-          Bring a book or homework to complete

 

SCHOOL COMPUTERS AND ACCEPTABLE USE OF INTERNET

Use of the Internet must be in support of education and educational research and must be consistent with the educational objectives of the Thames Valley District School Board.

Unacceptable use includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Transmission of any material in violation of any federal or provincial regulation, including by not limited to:

-          Copyrighted material

-          Threatening or obscene  material

-          Hateful, racist or discriminatory materials

  1. Breach of security on local and remote sites.
  2. The use of chat rooms, E-commerce, Facebook, MSN or external mail services.

Network Etiquette

You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette which include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Be polite.  Respect the other person.
  2. Use appropriate language.
  3. Use online time wisely.
  4. Distribution of nuisance mail is unacceptable.

Personal Safety

Dangerous people exist everywhere in society, including the Internet.  Safety measures include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Report any unusual or suspicious communication with others.
  2. Do not divulge any personally identifying information.
  3. Never agree to meet with someone you communicated with on the Internet.

 Use of School Computing Facilities

The following use is unacceptable:

  1. Use of offensive, rude or obscene language.
  2. Willful damage, destruction, or unauthorized use of hardware, software or electronically encoded data.
  3. Wasting ink, paper and time by printing large files.
  4. Causing physical damage to hardware.
  5. Illegal copying of software.
  6. Logging into and/or accessing another user’s account

 The use of the Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will be dealt with and may result in suspension or cancellation of those privileges.

 PARENTS/GUARDIANS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO SIGN A PAPER COPY OF COMPUTER USE FORMS.  IF YOU DISAGREE WITH THE PROTOCOL, PLEASE LOG IN TO YOUR PORTAL AND INDICATE SUCH.  THE SYSTEM IS DEFAULTED TO PARENTAL CONSENT OF NETWORK USE AND TURNITIN.

 Parkside Collegiate Institute Code of Conduct

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (From Code of Conduct, Ontario Schools 2001)

 PRINCIPAL - Principals, under the direction of their school board, take a leadership role in the daily operation of a school. They provide this leadership by:

  • demonstrating care and commitment to academic excellence and a safe teaching and learning environment
  • holding everyone, under their authority, accountable for their behaviour and actions
  • communicating regularly and meaningfully with all members of their school community                  

  

TEACHERS - Teachers and school staff, under the leadership of their principals, maintain order in the school and are expected to hold everyone to the highest standard of respectful and responsible behaviour. As role models, staff upholds these high standards when they:

  • help students work to their full potential and develop their self-worth
  • communicate regularly and meaningfully with parents
  • maintain consistent standards of behaviour for all students
  • demonstrate respect for all students, staff and parents
  • prepare students for the full responsibilities of citizenship

 

STUDENTS - Students are to be treated with respect and dignity. In return, they must demonstrate respect for themselves, for others and for the responsibilities of citizenship through acceptable behaviour. Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student:

  • comes to school prepared, on time and ready to learn
  • shows respect for themselves, for others and for those in authority
  • refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others
  • follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his or her own action

  

PARENTS – Parents play an important role in the education of their children and have a responsibility to support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment for all students. Parents fulfil this responsibility when they:

  • show an active interest in their child's school work and progress
  • communicate regularly with the school
  • help their child be neat, appropriately dressed and prepared for school
  • ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time
  • promptly report to the school their child's absence or late arrival
  • become familiar with the Code of Conduct and school rules
  • encourage and assist their child in following the rules of behaviour
  • assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues

 CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

Every student has the right to come to school in peace and safety and has the corresponding responsibility to refrain from any behaviour which threatens the mental and/or physical safety of other students.

This Code of Behaviour represents the behavioural expectations for the students at Parkside Collegiate Institute. This Code has been developed with input from students, parents and staff and with reference to the Ontario Schools Code of Conduct (2000) and The Education Act. These expectations apply to students at all school and school-related activities and board sponsored events. The consequences listed indicate possible action that may be taken. Students who repeatedly act contrary to school rules are dealt with in a progressively stronger manner. In all cases, parent notification is one of the potential consequences if the student is less than 18 years old.

 

EXPECTATIONS

RATIONALE

CONSEQUENCE

ACADEMIC HONESTY

  • Students will practice academic honesty and not cheat or plagiarize, including when taking tests, writing exams, or preparing assignments.

It is the student’s responsibility to provide evidence of their own learning.

 

All sources must be acknowledged in all assignments.

Consequences may include repeating or re-submitting an assignment or receiving a mark of zero.

 

A record of plagiarism offences will be kept in the school library.

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY

  • Students are expected to be in their classrooms BEFORE the final bell rings.
  • Student absence must be validated by parent/guardian, either by phone  on the day absent
  • Absences will not be validated after 48 hours and will be considered truant unless there are extenuating circumstances (bereavement).
  • If a call was not made you MUST bring a note upon your return, signed by your parent/guardian to the main office identifying the date of absence and the reason. 
  • For further details, please refer to PCI Attendance Procedures.

The Education Act states that it is the student’s responsibility to attend classes regularly and punctually.  

 

Our collective goal at Parkside is to promote and reinforce academic and personal success for all students.  To this end, we believe that the best environment for this success occurs in a school that maximizes learning time in our instructional periods.

 

Lateness to class is unacceptable and disrespectful.  Every attempt should be made to attend each class on time. Timely arrival to class for all students who are prepared to learn contributes to this success and reinforces personal responsibility for learning.  

The Vice-Principal may assign detentions to students when appropriate.  Students who do not attend the assigned detentions may be suspended for failure to comply with the school’s attendance policy.

 

Students who miss assignment due dates, presentations and/or quizzes due to truancy may receive a zero.

 

Students who are 18 or older and continue to be absent from class may be removed from the course and/or roll.

CELL PHONES/ELECTRONIC DEVICES

  • Cell phones, digital cameras, laptops, netbooks, smartphones, iPads, iPods etc., are intended to be used as instructional tools.
  • The use of such devices to promote academic dishonesty or illegal activities is strictly prohibited.
  • The instructional use of any electronic device in the classroom/library will be with the permission of the classroom teacher.
  • Students will not engage in personal use of electronic devices during instructional time.
  • No photos, video or audio recordings will be taken of students or staff members without the subject’s permission.

Using an electronic device during lessons distracts from a focused learning environment. 

 

Distribution of photos or video without express permission constitutes a violation of personal privacy and will not be tolerated in our school community. 

 

It is important that our students and staff have their privacy protected at all times in our learning environment.

 

Any student using electronics inappropriately during class time may have the phone confiscated and sent to the office.  It will be returned to the student at the day's end. 

 

A second display of disrespectful behaviour may result in the parent being required to pick up the cell phone from the school.

 

The inappropriate use of the cell phone as a camera/video/audio recorder may result in confiscation and suspension. 

 

 

DRESS

  • Clothing and accessories with offensive language or graphics, or advertisements for illegal products are unacceptable.
  • Bare midriffs and backs, see-through fabrics, revealing necklines and extremely short skirts/shorts are not appropriate for the school environment.
  • Hats or head coverings of any type are not to be worn in classrooms, except where required for religious or medical reasons.

Students are expected to dress in a manner which reflects the EDUCATIONAL nature of the school. 

Students may be asked to change into more appropriate clothes.

DETENTION EXPECTATIONS

  • detentions are 20 minutes long starting at 11:15 or as directed
  • there is to be no food, drink, electronic devices or cell phones
  • bring a book or homework to complete

Students who are late and/or truant must make up the lost time, as arranged by the Vice-Principal.

Students who do not serve the assigned detention time may be suspended from school. 

EXAMINATIONS/SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENTS

  • All students must be present to write exams at scheduled times. 
  • Students who are ill during examinations must present a doctor’s certificate as verification.  Administration will decide whether the student’s exam will be written at a later time or if alternative arrangements need to be made.
  • Major assignments that are late for invalid reasons may be subject to deduction of marks as per late policy.

 

It is expected that families will arrange vacations at times other than when examinations are scheduled. 

Students who refuse to write an examination at the scheduled time may receive a mark of “0" for the exam.

Students who miss assignment due dates, presentations and/or quizzes due to truancy may receive a zero.

For major assignments, mark deductions are 10% of graded mark for 1st day late, 5% of graded mark for each subsequent school day up to an additional 20% for an overall maximum deduction of 30% of the graded mark.

FOOD/CAFETERIA

  • Remove your waste paper and food from the tables and place them in the receptacles provided, recycling when possible.  
  • Students will comply politely and cooperatively if a request is made by a teacher-supervisor to assist with clean up. 
  • Students are not to eat or drink in the classrooms except when authorized by staff. 

Respect for school property includes disposing of waste properly. 

Failure to take responsibility for your eating area may result in loss of privileges.

Opposition to authority may result in consequences such as detention or suspension.

 

 

HALLS &  COURTYARD

  • Students are to refrain from being in the halls during class time.
  • Students are to have a teacher issued hall pass to be in the halls during class time.
  • Students on assigned study periods are to choose to be in the cafeteria, library or off school property.   
  • Students may use the courtyard to access the wireless internet if they are quiet and respectful.

Noise and activity in the hallways is distracting to students in the classroom.

The wise use of study periods leads to academic success.

Persistent non-compliance to requests to vacate the halls may result in detentions and/or loss of privileges.

LANGUAGE

  • The use of profanity, spoken or written, is not acceptable,

It is expected that while on school property, in the school, or attending a school sanctioned activity (e.g., field trip, game, etc.), students will use appropriate language for a formal setting.  Making a good impression, presenting one’s self as articulate, and developing appropriate social & vocabulary skills is important. 

The use of profanity may result in a suspension.

LOCKERS, LOCKS & VALUABLES

  • You are to use the locker assigned to you at registration time. Please be sure your lock is on the assigned locker.  Students in violation of this will have their locks removed at their expense.
  • Only combination locks may be used. 
  • Do not reveal your combination to anyone. 
  • Do not post anything inside that you cannot easily remove at the end of the year
  • Lockers are inspected from time to time and remain the property of the school and may be searched at any time.   
  • Material posted in your locker should be appropriate and in keeping with school policy. 

A locker is provided for each student as a safe place to keep books and belongings If your lock is lost, a new one may be purchased at the Main Office.  Do not bring large sums of money or valuables to school.  The school can assume no responsibility for personal possessions left in lockers.  

If you have a lock on a locker that is not assigned to you, the lock will be removed.

RESPECT FOR AUTHORITY

  • Students are expected to follow the rules of the school and the directions of any staff member in a co-operative manner.
  • Students are expected to give their name when asked by a staff member.
  • Students are expected to follow specific classroom rules as directed by staff members.

Teachers and school staff have been granted authority under the Education Act to require academic diligence and proper behavior from students. They deserve courtesy and respect.

Opposition to authority in the classroom, cafeteria, hallways, other school property, transportation, or field trips may result in detentions, suspension, or other consequences as appropriate.

 

 

RESPECT FOR OTHERS/ BULLYING

 

Bullying and/or harassment of any kind will not be tolerated at Parkside including:

  • Physical, verbal (oral or written), sexual or psychological harassment or abuse.
  • Bullying or intimidation (including cyber-bullying).
  • Discrimination on the basis of race, culture, language, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or any other personal attribute.
  • Horseplay in the hallways, classrooms, and school property.

 

A positive school climate exists when all members of the school community feel safe, comfortable and accepted. To achieve a positive environment, TVDSB and its schools will actively promote and support positive behaviours that reflect their character development initiatives.

If you or someone you know is being bullied or harassed, report it to your teacher, guidance counselor, and/or school Principal or Vice-Principal. Reports may be made anonymously using I-Care Cards found in many classrooms, online and the Guidance Office. Online reporting may be done by visiting www.tvdsb.ca/parkside.

Consequences for bullying may include (but are not limited to) peer mediation, progressive discipline, and suspension.

Threats to inflict serious bodily harm will result in a mandatory suspension and police involvement

Sexual harassment is illegal. Suspension may result and police may be involved if behavior persists.

RESPECT FOR PROPERTY

  • Students are expected to care for school grounds, building, equipment, textbooks, lockers, learning materials, cafeteria, parking areas, buses, other public and private properties and personal property of others.  Please be mindful that we share our property with John Wise Public School.  

Respect for property demonstrates respect for the student body and the appearance of PCI. Respecting property reduces costs paid for by the community, reduces health and safety concerns, and creates a positive learning atmosphere.

Students may be required to pay repair or replacement costs for items which are lost or damaged, including (but not limited to) items on loan such as books, equipment, and athletic uniforms.

Students who have debts from a previous semester may not receive any further loan items.

SCHOOL DANCES

  • Behaviour that is inappropriate in school is also inappropriate at dances and will be dealt with accordingly.
  • Students suspected of being under the influence of alcohol may be asked to take a breathalyzer test.
  • Students are responsible for their signed-in guests.

It is expected that while on school property or attending a school sanctioned activity, students will follow the PCI Code of Conduct. 

Anyone suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be suspended. Students refusing to take the breathalyzer test will be dealt with as if under the influence of alcohol.

Anyone excluded from a school dance for any reason, shall be excluded from all remaining dances for the current school year.

If a guest is behaving improperly, both the guest and student sponsor will be dealt with by the Administration and/or police.

SMOKING, ALCOHOL & DRUGS

  • Smoking is prohibited on school property and at school-sponsored activities. 
  • E-cigarettes and vapes fall under these guidelines.
  • Smoking during a student’s scheduled class time is prohibited.

The possession, distribution, and/or use of alcohol or illicit drugs are NOT permitted on school property, regardless of age.

Students under the age of 19 are forbidden by law to use alcohol and tobacco products

The illegal use of drugs and alcohol is dangerous to health and can lead to behavior which is detrimental to the tone and safety of the school.

Students who smoke or vape on school property will be warned.  They may then face suspension and possible charges under the Ontario Tobacco Act.   

Being under the influence of illicit drugs or alcohol will result in a mandatory suspension. Possession of alcohol or illegal drugs will result in mandatory suspensions.

 

 

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