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Provincial and School Board Code of Conduct

The Greater Essex County District School Board’s Safe Schools Policy is based on the provincial Education Act and the Ontario Code of Conduct which set clear standards of behaviour for students, staff, parents, volunteers and any other individuals involved in public education.  Progressive Discipline is a whole-school approach that utilizes a continuum of interventions, supports and consequences to address inappropriate student behaviour. Progressive Discipline builds on strategies that promote positive behaviours. 

General Amherst High School is a place that promotes responsibility, respect, civility and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment.  All students, parents/guardians, teachers and staff have the right to be safe, and feel safe, in their school community.  With this right comes the responsibility to be law-abiding citizens and to be accountable for actions that put at risk the safety of others or oneself.  At General Amherst High School, we believe that 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, especially when there

          is disagreement.

·         Respect and treat others fairly, regardless of their race, ancestry, place of 

          origin, colour, ethnicity, culture, citizenship, religion/creed, gender, gender

          identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, family status, marital status,

          age, disability and/or any other immutable characteristic or ground protected

          by the Human Rights Code.

·         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.

          Any form of bullying, harassment and/or intimidation will not be   

          tolerated at General Amherst High School.  

          Students who witness these incidents or hear about them must

          report them to the nearest teacher or the Main Office so that they may be 

          dealt with swiftly and appropriately.  Forms of bullying, harassment and/or   

           intimidation include:

           Physical intimidation, property destruction, physical contact, verbal threat, 

           oral or written comments, rumours, graffiti, internet bullying, exclusion,

           gestures and negative manipulation.

           Types of bullying, harassment and/or intimidation include:

           Sexual/Gender:  Negative reference to gender-specific traits, unwanted

           comments, jokes and nicknames of a sexual nature.

           Racial/Ethnic/Cultural/Religious:  Negative reference with respect to any of

           these areas including derogatory comments, stereotyping and generalizations

           that promote negative characteristics.

           Individual Difference:  Negative reference to traits specific to the victim such

           as weight, size, clothing etc.

ACTIVITIES LEADING TO POSSIBLE SUSPENSION

A Principal shall consider whether to suspend a student if he or she believes that the student has engaged in any of the following activities while at school, at a school-related activity, or in any other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on school climate.  Under section 306 of the Education Act, a pupil may be suspended, up to a maximum of 20 school days, for committing any of the following infractions:

·         Uttering a threat with an intent to inflict serious bodily harm on another 

          person;

·         Possession of alcohol, illegal drugs and/or restricted drugs;

·         Being under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs and/or restricted drugs;

·         Swearing at a teacher or any other person in a position of authority;

·         Committing an act of vandalism causing extensive damage to the school

          property at the student’s school or to property located on the premises of 

          the student’s school;

·         Bullying;

·         Any act considered by the Principal to be injurious to the moral tone of the 

          school;

·         Any act considered by the Principal to be injurious to the physical or mental

          well-being of any member of the school community;

·         Any act considered by the Principal to be contrary to the Board or school

          Code of Conduct.

ACTIVITIES LEADING TO SUSPENSION AND POSSIBLE EXPULSION

A Principal shall suspend a student if he or she believes that the student has engaged in any of the following activities while at school, at a school-related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school climate.  An investigation will ensue.  Under section 310 of the Education Act, the following activities may lead to a suspension pending expulsion: 

·      Possession of a weapon, including possession of 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 sexual assault;

·      Trafficking in weapons or restricted drugs;

·      Committing robbery;

·      Giving alcohol to a minor;

·      Bullying, if,

       i.   the student has previously been suspended for engaging in bullying, and

       ii.   the student's continuing presence in the school creates an unacceptable risk

            to the safety of another person.

·      Any activity listed under "Activities leading to possible suspension" above, that is

       motivated by bias, prejudice or hate based on race, national or ethnic origin,

       language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual

       orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other similar factor.

·      An act considered by the principal to be significantly injurious to the moral tone

       of the school and or to the physical or mental well-being of others;

·      A pattern of behaviour that is so inappropriate that the student’s continued

       presence is injurious to the effective learning and or working environment of

       others;

·      Activities engaged in by the student on or off school property that cause the

       student’s continuing presence in the school to create an unacceptable risk to

       the physical or mental well-being of other person(s) in the school or Board;

·      Activities engaged in by the student on or off school property that have caused

       extensive damage to the property of the Board or to goods that are/were on

       Board property;

·      The student has demonstrated through a pattern of behaviour that she/he has

       not prospered by the instruction available to him or her and that she/he is

       persistently resistant to making changes in behaviour which would enable him or

       her to prosper;

·      Any act considered by the Principal to be a serious violation of the Board or

       school Code of Conduct.

EXCLUSION

A Principal can exclude students from attending school and all school related activities.  Under section 265 (m) of the Education Act, it is the duty of the principal of a school, in addition to the principal’s duties as a teacher:

·         Subject to an appeal to the Board to refuse to admit to the school or

          classroom a person whose presence in the school or classroom would in the

          Principal’s judgment be detrimental to the physical or mental well-being of the

          pupils.

STUDENT SEARCH POLICY

To maintain proper order and discipline and safety in the school, the Principal and/or Vice Principal, who has reasonable grounds to do so, may conduct a search of a student’s  possessions or any area (desk, locker, backpack etc.) where his/her possessions may be stored.

Where there are reasonable grounds to believe that a student is carrying a gun or some other dangerous weapon or is in possession of or is distributing an illegal or restricted drug (including marijuana) OR where there are reasonable grounds to believe that a student is in possession of stolen property, pornographic material or hate literature the Principal and/or Vice Principal may decide to: 

·         Search lockers and personal property.

·         Have the student empty and turn out pockets, remove outer clothing and

          remove shoes and socks.

·         Call in the proper authorities if they deem a more intrusive search is deemed

          necessary.

·         Notify their immediate supervisor and parent/guardian in a timely fashion of

          the action they have taken.

STUDENT’S EMERGENCY RESPONSE

ACCIDENTS AT SCHOOL:

If a student is injured at school, or on school board property, the student is expected to report the injury immediately to the teacher in charge or to the Main Office.  An ACCIDENT FORM must be completed by the supervising teacher.  If the Main Office is closed, witnesses are to call 911 and give the name of the school and the location of the injured or ill person.

FIRE DRILL PROCEDURES:

A fire evacuation route is posted in each room. When the fire alarm sounds, students are to leave the building immediately by the designated exit. All doors and windows must be closed by the last person leaving the room.  All occupants of the building must evacuate the premises. Once out of the building, students are to report to their designated area where their teacher will take attendance.  Students are instructed to stay with their teacher until instructed to re-enter the building.

INCLEMENT WEATHER AND EMERGENCY CLOSING:

On occasion, severe weather during the winter months may interrupt busing schedules and/or force a school closing.  Any decision made that would affect either the bus schedule or the operation of the school is made at the Board level.  Do not contact the school. Please listen to the following radio or TV stations for direction or check the board’s web page at http://www.publicboard.ca

AM Stations:  CBE - 1550,   CBEF - 540,   CFCO - 630,   CKWW - 580,   CKLW - 800 

FM Stations:  CHYR - 96.7,   CKLW - 93.9,   CIMX - 88.7,   CKSY - 95.1

TV Stations:  CBC TV - Ch. 9,   A Channel News - Ch. 16

LOCKDOWN: 

When a lockdown warning has been issued, all students and staff are to move from high traffic common areas to classrooms or enclosed rooms.  All students and staff are to hide out of line of sight.  Doors should be closed and locked and lights should be left on.  The use of cell phones is strictly prohibited.  Should the fire alarm be activated, staff and students are to remain in their classroom or enclosed room.  An announcement over the PA system will signal “all clear” and/or provide additional information. 

TORNADO WARNING: 

When a tornado warning has been issued, all students and staff  are required to immediately move from external classrooms, portables and locations in an orderly fashion to their designated area.  Staff and students are to sit on the floor with their backs to the walls.  All internal and external doors and windows are to be closed.  Staff and students are to sit a minimum of 6 to 10 feet away from external corridor doors or windows.  An announcement over the PA system will signal “all clear” and/or provide additional information.