OAKWOOD COLLEGIATE INSTITUTE SCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT

The Oakwood Collegiate school community aims to educate students in an atmosphere which fosters academic excellence and maximizes the development of the whole student as an individual.All members of the Oakwood Community – students, parents/guardians, teaching and non-teaching staff are expected to work together in the spirit of mutual respect and cooperation.The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to communicate clearly what is expected of all.

Students are responsible for being familiar with and observing Oakwood’s Code of Conduct and for following all instructions given by staff. Oakwood C.I. is an educational institution and students have a responsibility to participate in and be prepared for the learning process. Students are expected to demonstrate respect for themselves, others, the authority of all staff and property.

Teachers have authority and responsibility for the control and discipline of students in classrooms, in the halls, on field trips, school buses and all co-curricular activities.All staff have the responsibility to report student behaviour likely to have a negative impact on school climate.

Parents/Guardians are partners in the education of their children. They have the responsibility to be aware of and to understand the rules governing student behaviour. It is expected that they will assist the school by reinforcing these rules as partners in their child’s education.

Principals and Vice-Principals have the responsibility for maintaining an orderly and positive atmosphere, which is necessary for learning. Their actions must emphasize consistency and fairness and be supported by school staff.

 

Under the Provincial Code of Conduct, all members of the school community must:

  • respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial, and municipal laws;
  • demonstrate honesty and integrity;
  • respect differences in people, their ideas, and their opinions;
  • treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is disagreement;
  • respect and treat others fairly and promote a positive school climate that is inclusive and accepting of all pupils, including of any race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status 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;
  • seek assistance from a member of the school staff, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully;
  • respect all members of the school community, especially persons in positions of authority;
  • respect the need of others to work in an environment that is conducive to learning and teaching; and
  • not swear at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority.


PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE

If students breach the code of conduct, consequences will be consistent with progressive discipline techniques. Progressive discipline is a whole-school approach that utilizes a continuum of interventions, supports, and consequences to address inappropriate student behaviour and to build on strategies that promote positive behaviours.

Students must comply with all board policies including, but not limited, to the Online Code of Conduct, the TDSB Dress Code and all policies outlined in the Student Agenda.

 

RESPECT FOR SELF

Respect yourself by being the best student you can be at all times

  • Being on time, in class every day and come prepared for class and actively participate
  • Take responsibility for all assignments & assessments / evaluations
  • Submit work on time and being responsible for missed work
  • Respect the need of others to work in an environment that is conducive to learning and teaching, including by ensuring that personal mobile devices are only used during instructional time for education purposes, as directed by an educator, for health and medical reasons and to support special education needs.
  • Do not use drugs and alcohol


RESPECT FOR OTHERS

Promote positive interactions

  • Work together to create a positive learning environment in each classroom
  • Respect the cultural diversity of all members of the school community in actions and words; harassment that violates a person’s human rights is not tolerated (race, gender, culture, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, ability/disability, socio-economic status, language)
  • Cyberbullying is using electronic means (email, instant messaging, text, digital imaging on cell phones, web pages, blogs, chat rooms, Instagram, and Snapchat, etc.) to intimidate, harm, exclude or ruin a reputation and will not be tolerated
  • Be scent aware -do not spray or wear heavy scents
  • Smoking, including e-cigarettes or vapes, is not permitted anywhere within 20 metres of school property, including the school grounds according to the Smoke Free Ontario Act, 2017

Promote good relationships with our community

  • Represent Oakwood CI as school ambassadors on all school field trips, athletic events, excursions and other events in the community including over the lunch break
  • Act safe when in the school community and travelling on the TTC

 

RESPECT FOR THE SCHOOL

Maintain a positive learning environment

  • Respect the classroom rules/expectations set by teachers
  • Respect the public nature of the school environment; public displays of explicit intimacy are inappropriate
  • Conduct themselves at all school events (assemblies, athletic events and special events) with order and dignity
  • Listen for announcements regarding appropriate decorum for each unique assembly
  • Stand for the Land Acknowledgement and National anthem. Remain standing for announcements if in the halls

Keep our school clean

  • Keep the school clean by disposing of litter in garbage cans
  • Respect all school spaces by not vandalizing or marking spaces in any way
  • Do not eat in the stairwells or main foyer

Maintain a Caring and Safe School

  • Students must, upon request, provide their name to any member of staff
  • Students must follow the directions of staff members
  • Fire drills, lockdown and hold & secure drills must be followed precisely
  • Running, rough-housing and play fighting are unacceptable
  • Do not sit or loiter on stairs or in main foyer
  • Rollerblades, bikes or skateboards are not to be used in school
  • Students should not be in the school after 4:00 p.m. unless they are participating in a supervised activity
  • Snow remains on the ground and is not to be thrown at people or vehicles
  • The presence of dangerous items at school is unacceptable and illegal.Items include weapons (incl. replica/imitation), laser pointers, lighters or other ignitable items, etc.