School Policies

School Policies

Fisherville Senior Public School Code of Conduct
Our Commitment
Fisherville Senior Public School is committed to providing a healthy learning and working environment by promoting respect, civility, safety, responsible citizenship and academic excellence. A positive school climate exists when all members of the school community feel safe, comfortable and ac-cepted.

The Code of Conduct is developed in accordance with the Toronto District School Board’s Code of Conduct, the Board’s policies and operational procedures, the Education Act and the Provincial Code of Conduct . The Code of Conduct also reflects the values and expectations of the community.
The standards of behaviour outlined in the Code of Conduct shall apply to all members of the school community, including students, parents and guardians, teachers and other school staff, Board members, volunteers and visitors:

  • on school property;
  • while traveling on a school bus that is owed by the Board or that is under contract to the Board;
  • in-school sports activities;
  • in off-site school-sponsored activities; or
  • in circumstances where engaging in an activity will have an impact on the school climate

Standards of Behaviour

  • All members of the school community are expected to:
  • 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 and other with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is a disagreement;
  • respect and treat other fairly, regardless of their race, ancestry, place of origin, col-our, ethnic origin, citizenship, gender, gender identity, family status, marital status, sexual orientation, creed (faith), socio-economic status, same sex partnership status, 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.

Progressive Discipline

When students breach the code of conduct, consequences will be consistent with pro-gressive discipline techniques. Progressive discipline is a whole-school approach that utilizes a continuum of interventions, supports, and consequences to address inap-propriate student behaviour and to build on strategies that promote positive behav-iours. When inappropriate behaviour occurs, disciplinary measures should be ap-plied within a framework that shifts the focus from one that is solely punitive to one that is both corrective and supportive. Schools should utilize a range of interventions, supports, and consequences that include learning opportunities for reinforcing posi-tive behaviour while helping students to make good choices.

Interventions (in no particular order) may include:

  • Discussion with a teacher, member of the support staff, vice-principal or principal
  • Attendance / performance/ behaviour contracts
  • Time Out
  • Reflection Sheet
  • Parental contact and involvement in applying an appropriate remedy
  • Loss of privilege to participate in specified school activities
  • Peer mediation
  • Individual or group counselling
  • Written or oral apology
  • Essay / poster campaign
  • Detention
  • Restitution for damage or stolen property
  • Community service
  • Restorative justice practices

Student breaches of the Board’s Code of Conduct and [name of school]’s Code of Conduct will be dealt with in accordance with Operational Procedure PR697 – Consequences of Inappropriate Student Behaviour.
Cell phones and electronic devices

All personal communication devices are to be powered off and stored out of view during an instructional class and other areas in the school, unless otherwise authorized by the principal.

The behaviours for which a principal may consider suspending a student include:

  • Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another perso
  • Possessing alcohol or illegal drugs;
  • Being under the influence of alcohol;
  • Swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority;
  • Committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property at the pupil’s school or to property located on the premises of the pupil’s school;
  • Bullying;
  • Wilful destruction of school property; vandalism causing damage to school or Board property or property located on school or Board premises;
  • Use of profane or improper language;
  • Use of tobacco;
  • Theft;
  • Aid/incite harmful behaviour;
  • Physical assault;
  • Being under the influence of illegal drugs;
  • Sexual harassment;
  • Racial harassment;
  • Fighting;
  • Possession or misuse of any harmful substances;
  • Hate-motivated violence;
  • Extortion;
  • Distribution of hate material;
  • Inappropriate use of electronic communications/media; and/or
  • An act considered by the principal to be a breach of the Board’s or School’s Code of Conduct.

The behaviours for which a principal will consider recommending to a Committee of the Board that a student be expelled include:
Possessing a weapon, including possessing a firearm

  • Using a weapon to cause or to threaten bodily harm to another person;
  • Committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment by a medical practitioner;
  • Committing a sexual assault;
  • Trafficking in weapons or in illegal drugs;
  • Committing robbery;
  • Giving alcohol to a minor;
  • Possession of explosive substance; and/or
  • An act considered by the principal to be a serious breach of the Board’s or School’s Code of Conduct.

[NOTE: Individual schools may insert specific expectations and requirements provided they are consistent with the Board’s and the Provincial Code of Conduct]

For Example:Attendance and late policies

Student will be on time for classes and will attend classes regularly. Students are responsible for the work missed due to absence. Students who skip classes or repeatedly arrive late may receive conse-quences based on the principle of progressive discipline and in accordance with Operation Procedure PR.697 Consequences of Inappropriate Student Behaviour.School Dress Code

The TDSB has adopted a new Student Dress Policy that applies to all schools across the Board, effective September 2019. The Student Dress Policy, formerly the Appropriate Dress Policy, has been revised and approved by the Board. The policy will apply to all TDSB schools to establish fair and equitable standards and practices for student dress across the Board.

The new policy was developed to provide students with learning environments that are safe, equitable, welcoming and inclusive and recognizes that decisions about dress reflect individual expression of identity, socio-cultural norms, and economic factors and are personal and important factors to a person’s well-being and health.

Some of the key changes in the policy include:

  • Renaming the policy to Student Dress Policy (formerly the Appropriate Dress Policy)
  • Creating a system-wide dress policy to establish fair and equitable standards in all schools
  • Ensuring the student dress code is based on the equity-centred standard and framework consistent with the Board’s commitments
  • Focusing on student voice, impact and engagement in development, review and revisions
  • Ensuring student engagement in any uniform policy development as well as an equal right to vote in any uniform policy decision
  • Enhancing knowledge and awareness of assumptions or stereotypes that are based on or reinforce bias, prejudice and discrimination and may lead to discriminatory application of dress codes
  • Providing a continuum of choices for enforcement to remedy any inappropriate dress

The policy was approved by the Board of Trustees on May 22, 2019, however its effective date is in force effective Sept 2019.

Dress Code

Lockers are the property of the Board and are subject to inspection by the Administration at any time.