CODE OF BEHAVIOUR
Students have a right to an education free from interference and violence. The Odessa Public School community will do its best to ensure this right for all. Students, staff, volunteers and visitors work together to ensure a high level of safety and security for everyone at Odessa Public School. Odessa Public School expects each person to be responsible for his or her behaviour. Through ‘Character Education’ the school will promote long-term prevention of violence by teaching students proactive behaviour, enabling them to manage their lives and relationships in nonviolent ways. The revised Code of Behaviour clearly defines expectations for positive behaviour. This will assist the school community in understanding what constitutes acceptable behaviour in the school and society, to behave appropriately, and to be aware of progressive discipline and the consequences of not doing so.
Odessa Public School will not tolerate physical, verbal (oral or written), sexual or psychological abuse, bullying, or discrimination on the basis of race, culture, religion, gender language, disability or sexual orientation. Weapons will not be allowed on school property and damage to property in the school environment is unacceptable. Our goal is to create a vibrant dynamic environment for learning which prepares students to face a changing world as life long learners and informed responsible citizens. The school community is composed of students, staff, volunteers, parents, and visitors to the school, or any other individual or group that has an educational relationship with the school regardless of their race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or social economic status.The Code of Behaviour sets out the standards expected and
govern the behaviour demonstrated by all members of the school community while on school property, on school buses, at school-related events, field trips or activities, or in any other circumstances that could have an impact on the climate of our school.
The Code of Behaviour has been broken down into two major sections. The first section outlines our core values and has been divided into four fundamental areas:
Safety and Responsibility - Respect and Civility - Academic Achievement - Building School Community
The second section of the Code of Behaviour outlines the “Progressive Discipline” process which will be employed whenever transgressions of the Code of Behaviour occur.
PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE & CONSEQUENCES FOR INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR
Progressive Discipline is a whole school approach that utilizes a continuum of interventions, supports and consequences. When an inappropriate behaviour has occurred, the assigned consequences will be developmentally appropriate, provide students with skills and strategies to improve, and focus upon responsibility and accountability. The continuum allows students the opportunity to establish goals for improvement, reinforce positive behaviours, and teach students the value of choosing to use good judgement. Prior to assigning a consequence, consideration will be given to both mitigating and other circumstances. Factors such as severity and type of inappropriate behaviour will be taken into consideration. The range of consequences include, but are not limited to, a reminder, a caution, counselling, time-outs, detentions, parent-teacher (student) conferences, formal administration ie. suspension, expulsion.
It should be duly noted that “fairness is not always sameness.”
The Code of Behaviour was developed in accordance with the Ministry of Education’s Policy/Memorandum No. 128. www.edu.gov.on.ca
Limestone District School Board Policy and Procedures.
Participation in Extra-Curricular Activities
During school-related activities such as sports, dances and field trips all relevant school rules apply. Ongoing co-operative school behaviour is a prerequisite for participation in these activities. Students should always remember that they represent our school and appropriate behaviour is expected.