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SCHOOL HOURS AND SUPERVISION SCHEDULE:

9:10 Start

10:50 – 11:30 – 1st nutrition break

1:10 – 1:50 – 2nd nutrition break

3:30 Dismissal

 

Please note that there is no supervision on the playground after school.  Students must go directly home when dismissed. Supervision begins at 8:55 a.m.  Students are not to be on the school yard or dropped off before that time as there is no supervision.

 

ASSEMBLIES

 

Family members and friends are welcome to attend any of our assemblies to watch our talented Prince Edward students.  Our assemblies take place every Monday morning at 9:10 a.m.  Just watch for announcements in our calendars and newsletters.

 

ATTENDANCE

 

Absence

Students are to arrive at school on time.  If your child will be absent or late, please call the school (519-253-1119) at any time as we have a Call Answer service.  If we do not hear from you and your child is absent, our office staff must attempt to contact you as per the Safe Schools Act.

 

Lates

When students are late to school it is disruptive to the classroom environment.  When this cannot be avoided, they report to the office for an admittance slip before going to class.  This will allow us to correct attendance records and avoid unnecessary calls to parents.  Calls and/or letters will be made to homes of students with excessive lates.

 

Early Dismissal

If you wish to have your child released from school at a time other than regular dismissal, please send a note to your child's teacher.  You will need to come into the school and pick up your child to sign him/her out of the office, in order to ensure their safety and the safety of everyone in the building.  We do not encourage early pick-ups unless it is absolutely necessary, as every minute in the classroom counts.

 

 

Visitors to the School

Visitors are always welcome at Prince Edward.  However, please note that for the safety of all school members, we require careful control of visitors to the school.  All visitors must sign in at the office first. 

 

Dismissal

All exit doors are locked to ensure the safety of everyone in the school.  Students are dismissed through their designated exit.  Please ensure arrangements are made to ensure your child is picked up at this location at dismissal.  The office is a busy location which makes it difficult to ensure the security of children.

 

COMMUNICATION

 

School Newsletters

The Prince Edward Newsletter will be posted monthly on our school website at https://www.publicboard.ca/school/princeedward/School%20Newsletters/Pages/default.aspx#/​

Each teacher also sends home monthly newsletters or uses Edsby to keep parents informed about upcoming events and learning activities.

 

Emergency Procedures

We do our best to be prepared for any emergency.  We request up-to-date health information, work phone numbers, emergency phone numbers and new Ontario Health Card number so that your child can be cared for should he/she become ill or have an accident at school.

 

Reporting Progress to Parents

Communication between home and school is one of the most important aspects in assisting with pupil academic and social growth.  Even though report cards are sent home at regular intervals, more frequent communication between parents and the teacher can assist students before problems occur.  Progress Reports will go home in the fall, and Report Cards will go home in the winter and June.

 

Field Trips

Field trips extend a students' school experience into the community and are related to the daily program.  Board policy requires that signed permission slips be issued and returned for each field trip or excursion.  All field trips require approval by a Supervisory Officer and/or Principal to ensure that supervision is provided for pupils.  Private transportation should be used only with the full appreciation of implications as to liability insurance.  All volunteer drivers must sign a "Volunteer Driver Form" which will be kept on file. 

Please note** Handwritten notes and phone calls are not acceptable forms of granting permission.

 

Prince Edward School Advisory Council

Meetings of the Council are public and all members of the school community are welcome to attend.  Council usually meets once a month on Monday evenings.   

 

 

Agendas

Prince Edward School begins the process of teaching Organizational/Time management skills at a very early age to our students.  Part of that process is for all of our grade one to eight students to purchase from the school a professionally produced planner.  Agenda costs are subsidized by our School.  Parents should check their child's agenda (grade 1 to 6) nightly to help ensure all assignments are complete.  Agendas should be completed daily.

 

HEALTH INFORMATION

 

Medications

The Greater Essex County District School Board Policy prohibits medication being given to children by school staff unless a Medication Form is completed and signed by the child's physician which indicates appropriate dosage.  All medication taken by a student at school must be kept in the office and be in a pharmaceutical container.  This form is available from the school office and is good for only one year from the date of completion.  No over the counter medications can be given by school employees.

 

Head Lice (Pediculosis)

Please note that our Board has a "No Nit Policy".   When an infestation occurs the child will be sent home.  The child will be excluded until all lice, lice eggs and egg cases are removed following the application of a pediculocide shampoo/agent/ if you notice an infestation in your child we would appreciate hearing from you, so that we may advise other parents to check their children.

 

We are Kids

This website was designed by the Student Support Leadership Initiative members:  Greater Essex County District School Board, Windsor Regional Children's Centre, Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board, and John McGivney Children's Center.  The purpose of the website is to provide students, staff and parents with up-to-date information on various mental health conditions, board and community resources, and other pertinent community information.  You may contact:  www.werkidsmenthalhealth.com

 

Smoke Free Ontario Act

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act has been in effect since 2005 05 31.  The act allows health unit enforcers to enforce the rules of the Act.  Staff, students and community members are not to smoke on school property, either indoors or outdoors at any time.

 

Student Accident Insurance

Each September, Student accident Insurance forms are sent home.  The board does not provide accident insurance to cover dental and/or other injuries that occur as a result of accidents during school activities.

 

 

 

 

HOMEWORK GUIDELINES

Parents should be aware of the homework expectations for the grade level that their child is in and be supportive of the school's and teacher's efforts to utilize homework opportunities to enhance student learning.

 

How Much Homework?

Primary (Grades 1, 2, 3)

Routine homework assignments are not considered appropriate for primary grades, Parents may support their child's program by encouraging the reading of books for pleasure.  Reading and number fact games may be an effective way for the home to be involved.

 

Junior (Grades 4, 5, 6)

Students should spend approximately 20 to 30 minutes per day on varying types of homework.

 

Intermediate (Grades 7 and 8)

Students in the intermediate grades should spend approximately 30 to 60 minutes per day on varying types of homework.

At times, pupils in all grade levels may need to go over and above these guidelines in order to study for tests, complete projects, etc.)

 

LUNCHTIME PROCEDURES

At our school, we have many children eating at school.  Students will be eating either in their homeroom or in combined homerooms.

General Procedures:  Students are expected to follow the Lunch Rules as listed below:

  1. Keep your area clean.
  2. Enjoy discussion with friends without disturbing the rights of others.  Stay seated.
  3. Respect the property of others such as lunches, clothing and play equipment.
  4. Use good table manners.  Eat as if your parents were eating with you!
  5. Listen to and respect the adults in charge.
  6. Remain on school property during the lunch period unless there is an exceptional situation.  In this case a note is to be brought to the teacher so that the circumstances can be clarified.  Student safety is important.
  7. We try to discourage the trading of food with others.  Some of our students have serious food allergies.
  8. No card trading at all.
  9. No games are to be played until after you are finished eating.

 

Only students who are going home to be under the supervision of a parent will be allowed to leave at lunchtime. Students are no longer allowed to leave school property to go to local restaurants, stores or public spaces.

 

 

PETS AT SCHOOL

School is not an appropriate place for pets, either in the building or outside of the building.  Although family pets are welcome in our homes, we cannot welcome them in our school.  Allergies and fear put our students at risk.

 

PARKING

Three locations to drop off or pick up your children are:

  • Langlois street near Giles
  • Parent avenue near Giles
  • Our parking lot is very tight and reserved for staff.

The area on Giles directly in front of the school is a designated School Bus Zone.  Parked cars may be ticketed at any time of the day.

Parents are not to use our paved, staff parking lot to drop off/pick up students.  Our paved lot is not an appropriate drop off for students as there are no supervisors there for children and their safety may be compromised.

 

Personal Communication/Computing Devices

The Greater Essex County District School Board recognizes that personal communication and computing devices such as cellular phones, SmartPhones, laptops, Netbooks, or other electronic communication and computing devices have value and can be used effectively to support learning.  However, within the confines of the school environment, their use has the potential to be disruptive when it undermines the integrity of an individual's right to privacy; adversely affects the quality of teaching or learning; and/or interferes with the safe and efficient operation of the school.

Student Use

1)       Use of personal communication and/or computing devices is only permitted in school buildings or on school grounds during instructional time when permitted and supervised by a staff member for educational purposes or in the case of an emergency that requires a 911 call.

2)      Students who choose to bring personal communications and/or computing devices to school do so with the understanding that:

  1. Personal communication and computing devices that are brought to school are the responsibility of the owner. 
  2. Personal communication and computing devices that are brought to school are to be off during instructional time unless use is approved by a staff member;
  3. Personal communication and computing devices may not be used at any time where individual privacy must be protected such as washrooms, locker or change rooms.
  4. Unless expressly permitted by a staff member, personal communication and computing devices are not to be used during a curriculum assessment or evaluation (test or examination).
  5. Student use of personal communication devices during non-instructional time (e.g. lunch, recess, between classes, etc. is not permitted.
  6. We use a 3-strike warning system when dealing with personal communication device infractions.  If a device is confiscated 3 or more times, it must be picked up by a parent/guardian at the office. 

3)      Students will be subject to school discipline, suspension, expulsion and/or police involvement, as per the school and board policy relative to the Code of Conduct, when:

  1. A communication and/or computing device is used in such a way that disrespects another's privacy;
  2. A communication and/or computing device is used to bully or harass;
  3. A communication and/or computing device is used, without staff permission, during a curriculum assessment or evaluation (test or examination).

 

TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY FOR STUDENTS

 

Riding the School Bus

Riding on the bus is a privilege.  Students whose behaviour makes the bus ride unsafe for others will be suspended from the bus.  Transportation during the suspension is the responsibility of the parent(s).  Principals will ensure the safety on the bus by teaching proper conduct by all students and ensure appropriate safety drills for students being transported.  Parents/guardians are responsible for the safety and conduct of their children prior to boarding and after leaving the bus at neighbourhood bus stops.  Early Years and Primary age students must be met at the bus stop by a parent/guardian or a designated responsible guardian.

 

Parents must have their child/children ready for bus pick-up as the drivers are instructed not to wait for students.  Children will be dismissed for bus transportation at regular bell dismissal times.  If, for whatever reason, a student is not taking the bus on a particular day, the school needs to be informed.

 

Adult Crossing Guards

The crossing guard is stationed at the crosswalk directly in front of the school for the safety of our students.  We have two crossing guards situated on the corners of Giles and Parent.  Please assist us by advising your child of this safer route to school.

 

Bicycles, In-Line Skates, etc.

Students may ride their bicycles to school provided the bikes are locked up securely as soon as they arrive at school.  Bikes are not to be ridden on school property to keep all students safe.  It is strongly recommended that pupils have their own lock to secure their bikes and helmets for their safety.  The school cannot be responsible for bicycles which are stolen or damaged.  In-Line skates, skate boards, "wheelie-type" shoes and scooters are not permitted on school property for safety reasons.

 

 

VALUABLES

 

We discourage students from wearing or carrying any valuables to school, as Prince Edward School and the Greater Essex County District School Board are not liable for damage, loss or theft of the device or data that is stored on the device.

 

VOLUNTEERS

 

If you are a parent or community member and wish to become a volunteer on a predictable basis, please call the office and submit your name.  We will pass the information on to the teachers and contact you as soon as possible in order to fill out the appropriate volunteer consent forms and submit your TB Test and Police Clearance.

 

WEATHER ISSUES

 

Rainy or Inclement Weather

 On rainy or very cold days, please help us by having your children come to school as close to the entry bells as possible (9:10 a.m. and 1:50 p.m.).  During indoor recess, students will remain in their classrooms and be supervised by teachers, aides and monitors.

 

Early School Closing – Inclement Weather

On certain occasions throughout the year it may be deemed necessary to close the school early because of adverse weather conditions.  Please have arrangements made for an alternate home to go to should this happen and you are not available.  The Greater Essex County District School Board uses the news media to inform parents if schools are to be opened or closed at any time during the day.  The following terms shall be used:

Closed – When schools are declared "closed", students, teachers and office staff are not required to report to school.

Early Dismissal of Students - When "early" dismissal is necessary for some or all students, the staff shall remain on duty pending further instructions.

Open – When schools are declared "open", each employee is expected to report for work and parents are advised to use discretion in sending children to school.

 

EMERGENCY MEASURES INFORMATION

 

The GECDSB will notify the school of any warning received from the Emergency Measures Organization relative to an impending disaster.  The appropriate procedures will be followed when instructions are sent from the GECDSB office.  We hope we will not have to use these procedures; however, children must be prepared for early dismissal.  If both parents are likely to be away from the home during school hours, arrangements should be made with some nearby neighbour or relative.  Every pupil should know where to go in the event of early dismissal.

 

To help with our Emergency Measures planning, we ask that you fill out the EMERGENCY INFORMATION SHEET that will be sent home to you.  Be sure to include name, address and phone number where students need to go if the school needs an emergency early dismissal.

 

If there is a disaster warning, students and staff are to take cover immediately.  The telephone will be kept clear of all incoming and outgoing calls.

 

 

PRINCE EDWARD SCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT

The Provincial Code of Conduct, the Greater Essex County District School Board Code of Conduct, the Greater Essex County District School Board Safe Schools Policy and the Education Amendment Act (Progressive Discipline and School Safety), 2007 create expectations for behaviour for all persons on school property.

 

All students, parents, teachers, staff, volunteers and community members have the right to be and feel safe.  With this right comes the responsibility to be law-abiding citizens, to be accountable for one's actions, and to protect the rights of others.

 

In keeping with the Provincial Code of Conduct, and the Greater Essex County District School Board Code of Conduct, Prince Edward School adopts as a framework the following guiding principles of the Code:

 

  1. To ensure that all members of the school community, especially people in positions of authority, are treated with respect and dignity.
  2. To promote responsible citizenship by encouraging appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community.
  3. To maintain an environment where conflict and difference can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and civility.
  4. To encourage the use of non-violent means to resolve conflict.
  5. To promote the safety of people in the schools.
  6. To prohibit the use of alcohol, illegal drugs and restricted drugs.

 

Our school is welcoming when…

  • We show we care about other children and we respect their rights.
  • We do our part help everyone feel safer and happier.
  • We earn praise and trust for our kind words and play fair.
  • We help our friends to be successful.

 

 

IT IS REASONABLE TO EXPECT THAT ALL STUDENTS WILL:

  • Show respect for others.  Kind words and actions are always best.
  • Treat others like you would like to be treated.
  • Respect school property and the personal property of others.  You can help by keeping your classroom tidy.
  • Follow school lunch rules.
  • Play fair, respecting the rights of others. 
  • Try your best when completing your school work.
  • Walk in the school in a quiet and orderly manner.
  • Wear clothing that is neat and appropriate for school activities.
  • Be on time for class and be ready to learn.
  • Leave the building through their designated doors at Nutrition Break and dismissal.
  • Follow the 'No Snowballing' rule.
  • Ride bicycles safely (ride off school property).  Always use a helmet (It's the law).
  • Leave skateboards, scooters, shoes with wheels and roller blades at home.
  • Use inside and outside school equipment safely.
  • Use computers only when a teacher or another adult helper is present.

 

Further to the Board's Code, Prince Edward School adopts the following as our Code of Conduct to help promote positive behaviour in our school:

 

Character Education

"We must remember that intelligence alone is not enough.  Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of a true education."  Martin Luther King Jr.

 

We believe each decision we make is based on our value structures and contributes to the quality of life experienced by the individual and society. 

Parents and guardians have the primary responsibility for character development, with the support of others in the community.  Business and faith communities work collaboratively with schools to share this key responsibility.  At Prince Edward, we believe that developing good character is a fundamental component of quality education.  Schools play an active role in organizing, developing and implementing programs that serve to foster and develop character.  We believe that all members of our school community should strive to be:  Caring, Responsible, Fair, Self-Disciplined, Respectful, Diligent and Trustworthy.  Our interest in developing character is derived from the fact that these attributes affirm our human dignity, promote the development and welfare of the individual person, serve the common good and define our rights and responsibilities in society.

 

We have the responsibility to work together to make Prince Edward School an inviting place for all of us, a place that represents our global society, a place that we enjoy coming to and where we feel we belong.  We must ensure that we work towards eliminating threats, physical and verbal abuse, sexual, racial, religious and ethnic harassment, sarcasm, teasing, gossip, harassment and bullying.

 

Harassment:  Unwelcome comments or behaviours that cause a person to feel degraded, embarrassed, offended threatened or hurt in any way are classified as harassment.  These actions are intentional and repetitive, exerting some form of power and control.  Bullying can become assault if there is physical contact.

 

The mission of the Greater Essex County District School Board (the "Board") is success for every student.  The collective goal – in partnership with the community, is to provide learning opportunities which support, challenge and inspire all pupils to achieve their full potential and enable them to participate meaningfully in their communities.

 

The Board values learning environments that are safe, nurturing, positive, inclusive and respectful.  This mission is affirmed in Board policies, including the Safe Schools Policy.  The Board is committed to making each and every one of its schools a caring place that is safe for learning and free from bullying.  Bullying adversely affects a pupil's ability to learn, the development of healthy relationships, school climate, and the school's ability to educate its pupils.  Bullying will not be accepted on school property at school-related activities, on school busses, or in any other circumstances (e.g. online cyber bullying) where engaging in bullying will have a negative impact on the school climate.

 

Types of Harassment/Bullying:

  • 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 Differences:  Negative reference to traits specific to the victim (e.g. size, weight, clothes, etc.)

Forms of Harassment/Bullying:

  • Physical:  Intimidation and threat, property destruction physical contact.
  • Verbal:  Oral or written comments, rumours, graffiti, internet.
  • Non-Verbal:  Exclusion, intimidation, gestures, negative manipulation.

 

Consequences of Harassment/Bullying

  • Harassment is prohibited under the Ontario Human Rights Code.
  • If bullying becomes assault, it is a chargeable offence.
  • Suspension and/or expulsion
  • Referral to the police
  • Removal of school privileges and other consequences.

 

Examples of harassment:

  • Remarks, jokes or stories of a sexual, racial or ethnic nature.
  • Display of sexually suggestive or racially offensive pictures and literature.
  • Refusal to work or converse with a person because of his/her ethnic or racial background, physical appearance, religion, or sexual orientation.
  • Mockery of a student's appearance
  • Persistent, unwelcome social invitations
  • Sexual orientation
  • Suggestive gestures or staring
  • Unwelcome physical contact such as touching, patting, hugging and other unwelcome advances.

If you encounter such a problem, help is available through:  the principal, Vice-Principal, a teacher or a support staff worker.

 

Restorative Justice:  An approach that focusses on repairing the harm caused by offending behaviours while holding the offender accountable for his or her actions.  It provides a voice to the victim – to identify and address their needs that result from the offending behaviour, and seek a resolution that affords reparation, healing and reintegration, and prevents future harm.  (Adapted from Cormier 2002 – Canadian Draft RJ)

 

The Aim of Restorative Practices in School Communities:

To encourage the use of restorative approaches, to manage conflict and tensions, by focussing upon repairing harm and strengthening relationships.  Restorative Practices do not replace Safe School Policies.

 

Restorative Questions:

  1. What happened?
  2. What were you thinking at the time?
  3. What have you thought about since?
  4. Who has been affected by what you have done?  In what way?
  5. What do you think you need to do to make things right?

 

Dress Code

Students should come to school dressed appropriately, both for the weather and for their participation in the school environment.  Students are expected to dress in a manner reflecting pride in themselves, their home and their school.  If students appear at school in clothing that is deemed inappropriate, the student and, if necessary, the home will be spoken to in a private manner to make the necessary changes.  T-shirts and hats with inappropriate slogans and advertisements for alcohol or any illegal substances are never acceptable.  Only religious headwear is permitted to be worn inside the school.  IN warm weather, shorts should be at an acceptable fingertip length.  No underclothing should be showing.  Shirt straps should be at least three finger widths.  School is our place of work, therefore beach wear is not appropriate for school.  If you are in doubt about a piece of clothing, talk to your teacher or principal before wearing it to school.  We want everyone to feel comfortable here.

 

Acceptable Computer Use

Prince Edward and the Greater Essex County District School Board strive to provide students with a supportive environment in which students may best benefit from Computer Networking and Internet activities.  Students will receive instruction dealing with appropriate uses and handling techniques of computers.  Access to the Computer Network installed at our school gives him/her the use of all the resources to which the teacher has selected for the class.  The granting of the computer account and the access given to curricular resources is a privilege, not a right.  It is the intention that every student will use these resources wisely and only for the explicit use of his/her studies during the school year.  An "Acceptable Computer Use Policy" which outlines expectations for student use of internet, computer and printer resources, must be signed by a parent and the student and will be kept on record at the school.  Information and a copy of the policy will be sent home and a signed consent form must be returned to the school.  Inappropriate computer use that impacts the school environment, whether at school or outside of regular school hours, will be subject to the School Progressive Discipline Policy.

 

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the unauthorized use of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own.  To plagiarize means to take and use ideas or works by plagiarism.  Plagiarism is not permitted in any form at Prince Edward.  If a student submits plagiarized work, the assignment will not be evaluated.

 

Leaving School Grounds

Students are dismissed at 1:10 and 3:30 pm.  Any parent who wishes to have their child excused earlier must provide a note from home.  If a student remains for lunch he/she may not leave the school property.

Parents may write a note allowing their son/daughter to leave school grounds at lunchtime.  Prince Edward School can assume no responsibility for the welfare of students if they choose to leave the school grounds.

 

PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE

 

The Human Rights Code of Ontario has primacy over provincial legislation and policies, as well as school board policies and procedures, such that the Education Act, regulations, Ministry of Education Program Policy Memoranda, and Board policies and procedures are subject to, and shall be interpreted and applied in accordance with the Human Rights Code of Ontario.

 

To meet the goal of creating a safe, caring, and accepting school environment, the Greater Essex County District School Board, and prince Edward School support the use of positive practices as well as consequences for inappropriate behaviour, including progressive discipline, which includes suspension and expulsion where necessary.

 

Progressive discipline is a non-punitive, whole-school approach that uses a continuum of corrective and supportive interventions, supports and consequences to address inappropriate behaviour and to build upon strategies that promote positive behaviours.  Consequences include learning opportunities for reinforcing positive behaviour and assisting pupils in making good choices.  Such supports at Prince Edward include, but are not limited to the following:

 

The teacher, in collaboration with administrative staff, as appropriate, may utilize early and/or ongoing intervention strategies to address unsafe or inappropriate behaviours.  These may include:

                Contact with pupil's parents(s)/guardian(s);

                Verbal reminders;

                Use of Incident Report sheets to communicate to the office;

                Review of expectations;

                Written work assignments addressing the behaviour, that has a learning component;

                Conflict mediation and resolution;

                Referral to counselling, as applicable;

                Referral to community agencies;

                Positive Behaviour Management Plans and/or;

 

Suspension Infractions

When a principal's investigation of an incident determines that a student has committed one or more infractions outlined below on school property, during a school-related activity or event and/or in circumstances where the infraction has an impact on the school climate, a principal will consider whether that student should be suspended.

 

The principal will also contact the police consistent with the Police-School Board Protocol if the infraction the student is suspected of committing requires such contact.

 

The infractions for which a suspension may be imposed by the principal include:

 

  1. Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person;
  2. Possessing alcohol, illegal and/or restricted drugs;
  3. Being under the influence of alcohol; illegal and/or restricted drugs;
  4. Swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position or authority;
  5. 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 student's school;
  6. Bullying;
  7. Any act considered by the principal to be injurious to the moral tone of the school;
  8. Any act considered by the principal to be injurious to the physical or mental well-being of any member of the school community; or
  9. Any act considered by the principal to be contrary to the Board or Prince Edward School Code of Conduct.

 

A principal shall suspend a pupil if he or she believes that the pupil has engaged in any of the following activities while at school, at a school-related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in an activity that will have an impact on the school climate:

 

The principal will also contact the police consistent with the Police-School Board Protocol if the infraction the student is suspected of committing requires such contact.

 

  1. Possessing a weapon, including possessing a firearm;
  2. Using a weapon to cause or to threaten bodily harm to another person;
  3. Committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment by a medical practitioner;
  4. Committing sexual assault;
  5. Trafficking in weapons, illegal and/or restricted drugs;
  6. Committing robbery;
  7. Giving alcohol to a minor;
  8. 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;
  9. A pattern or behaviour that is so inappropriate that the student's continued presence is injurious to the effective learning and/or working environment of others;
  10. Activities engaged in by the student on or off school property that case the student's continuing present in the school to create an unacceptable risk to the physical or mental well-being of other person(s) in the school or Board;
  11. 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/wer4e on Board property;
  12. 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 he/she is persistently resistant to making in behaviour  which would enable him or her to prosper; or
  13. Any act considered by the principal to be a serious violation of the Board or school Code of Conduct.

 

Student Searches:

The principal has the duty to carry out an investigation to learn the nature and extent of an alleged wrong-doing.  Desks and lockers are considered school property and their searches are allowed by school staff.  The Principal or designate may conduct a search of a student's possessions or any are of the school where his/her belongings may be stored in the presence of another person, if possible at the time.

 

In cases where a student may have a dangerous weapon or illegal drug, the Police will be contacted immediately.  Parents/guardians will be informed at the earliest convenience.

 

 

The Safe Schools Team:

Bullying adversely affects a student's ability to learn, the development of healthy relationships, school climate and the school's ability to educate its students.  Bullying will not be accepted on school property, at school-related activities, on school busses, or in any other circumstances (e.g. online) where engaging in bullying will have a negative impact on the school climate.  The Board believes that the reduction of bullying behaviours is achieved by engaging in prevention and intervention strategies.

 

Prince Edward School has a Safe Schools team to deal with safe school issues.  Members of this team include:  one parent, one teacher, one support staff member, one community partner and the Principal.  Principals must include bully prevention and intervention plans as part of the school improvement plan.

 

 

Immediately after school the schoolyard is closed as there is no supervision and we want our students to be safe.  If students return after the end of the school day, after they have checked in at home and received permission from their parents, the use of the yard is at their own risk.

 

Make sure that all scarves, mittens, strings and cords are tucked inside snowsuits or coats.  We strongly suggest that long scarves not be used as they can pose a threat to safety.  We remind all children to play safely.  Do not run, push or shove.  Wait your turn in line for the slide or other activities – do not cut in line or "give cuts".   Do not wear bike helmets on the equipment.

 

To avoid litter problems, use the garbage containers provided.  Once students are outside they must ask permission from an adult of duty to go into the school to use the washroom by the office or to get drinks.  Our adult supervisors will wear a fluorescent crossing vest so students and parents can easily see them for assistance.

 

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

 

The staff of Prince Edward recognizes that through teaching and by example, we attempt to instill in our students high ideals of sportsmanship and qualities of cooperation, reliability, self-control, self-discipline and commitment.  We also recognize the importance of responsible student behaviour throughout the school day.  Our staff takes time to support our students.  Their dedication provides enriching experiences for all children.

 

DRESSING FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

Street clothing is neither appropriate nor safe for gym class.  Shorts or track pants and a T-shirt are required.  Running shoes are mandatory.  Jewelry must also be removed.  Store your clean gym clothes in your locker or cubby area, ready for use. 

 

 

 

STUDENT ATHLETICS

 

To represent Prince Edward School on a school team is a privilege that is granted to those students who have earned it.  Only those students, who conduct themselves appropriately, regardless of athletic ability, will be allowed to join school teams.

 

What do we expect from our student-athletes and their parents?

Any student who wishes to be part of a school team or participate in any extra-curricular activity must agree to the following:

The coaches are in charge of the team as well as the players on the team.  Coaches make all of the decisions regarding all teams and student-athletes.  The twenty-four hour rules will apply if there are any concerns regarding any sports-related issue.  This rule states that twenty-four hours must pass before any issue is brought forth to the coach of the team.  Practices are mandatory and missing them may result in a suspension from the team, pending the coach's discretion.  Each student-athlete is expected to be a "team player" and be supportive of all other team members whenever the team plays or practices.

It is important that the student-athlete maintain acceptable levels of academic achievement, effort, behaviour and attitude about Prince Edward.  Failure to meet all of these expectations, as well as quitting a team can disqualify students from awards at the end of the year.  Concerns by any staff member, in any area, about any student may result in that student being suspended from the team.  The teacher-leader-coach reserves the right to make this decision.

 

The ability and judgment of the referee is not to be questioned by any student-athlete or parent.  Any displays of disrespect in this area may result in that athlete's removal, not only from the game, but also from the team.

 

Any student who is injured must have a signed doctor's note before the coach will allow that student back on the team, stating that the student-athlete is able to play on the team again.

 

Potential student-athletes and parents must sign a consent form in order for students to try out for a school team.

 

Implied in this code of conduct is an expected level of conduct for the families of the athletes as they come to watch the competition.  Their conduct as spectators should be exemplary and their involvement with the team should not be, in any way intrusive.  The following code should be understood by all spectators:

  • Cheer in a positive manner.
  • Respect official's decisions.
  • Do not interfere with the competition.
  • Keep off the playing area.
  • Be courteous and respectful.

 

In order to ensure that all are able to enjoy our sporting activities, we must state that failure to comply with this Code of Behaviour will lead to ejection from the game.

 

Spectators are welcome at games with parent/guardian supervision only.  There will be no spectators at team tryouts or practices.

 

 

Have a safe and wonderful school year!