At KP Manson Public School we strive to prepare today’s learners for future challenges by promoting academic success, providing and expecting positive social and cultural experiences and fostering and expecting attitudes of Respect, Resourcefulness and Responsibility. We expect that staff and parents will model these skills.
We are clear that in our school community these are the skills we need to learn and practice:
All MEMBERS OF OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY are expected to learn to:
- be honest and fair
- show respect for people’s differences and opinions
- treat each other kindly- especially during disagreements
- respect the rights of others
- care for school property and the property of others
- notice and help those in need
- seek help from school staff if necessary to resolve conflicts
- obey all laws
- respect and obey persons in positions of authority
- try to make the school a safe and healthy place
- keep all language respectful and courteous
In addition, all STUDENTS are expected to:
- attend school on time.
- have good personal hygiene.
- wear clothes that are appropriate for school.
- show verbal and physical self-control.
- use courteous and respectful words and actions with everybody.
- show respect for all school property
- return school property on time and in reasonable condition
- pay for school items that were lost or damaged.
- behave appropriately and safely on school buses
- participate in class and complete assignments.
- complete tests and exams honestly.
- obey school staff including supply teachers, educational assistants, secretaries or custodians
- follow all school policies and routines
- follow all the classroom policies and routines set by teachers
- avoid public arguing with staff about treatment that seems unfair. Instead it is expected that student will ask for a private talk with teacher or school counsellor or administrator
- accept discipline from staff -attempts to correct student behavioural mistakes
- obey the board policy on use of internet in schools
- be responsible for personal electronic devices in the event of loss, theft or damage
- avoid bringing cell phones and electronic devices to school except with special permission from teachers
- be personally responsible for passwords -including internet accessed by their passwords
- be accountable for content of any memory storage devices (i.e. USB memory sticks). Staff members have the right to request to see the content.
- alert a staff member if they know of harmful or harassment types of behaviours targeting any of their classmates via use of electronic devices or internet sites
- be accountable for off-school property use of internet sites or electronic devices which may have a negative impact on the school environment
We know that certain behaviours are never acceptable in a safe and caring school community.
We agree that all of the following are unacceptable and subject to corrective disciplinary attempts by school staff in our school.
All MEMBERS OF OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY must not:
- use bullying
- commit sexual assault
- be in possession of any weapon – including firearms
- traffic weapons or illegal or restricted drugs
- have, be under the influence of or give to others – alcohol or illegal or restricted drugs
- give alcohol to a minor
- commit robbery
- cause injury to anyone or encourage others to do so
- use a weapon to threaten or intimidate
- cause injury to another with an object of any sort
- promote hate propaganda or act in any way motivated by hate or bias
- vandalize and cause damage to school property or property located on school grounds
- cause a disturbance anywhere on school property which interrupts learning or school operations.
In addition, all STUDENTS must not:
- use swear words or improper rude language.
- use threatening words, gestures or physical assault against a person or their belongings
- use displays of affection that are inappropriate for school setting (kissing, fondling, embracing)
- harass by any means (verbal, physical, electronic device/internet) any member of school community
- use drugs, alcohol or tobacco on school property or at school events
- smoke or use any other tobacco product on school property, buses or events
- have, use, sell or give alcohol, illegal drugs or restricted prescription drugs ( sold illegally for non-medicinal purposes) on school buses, field trips, school property.
- be on school property where the use of alcohol or illegal drugs is still detectable
- steal or vandalize the property of others
- use camera capable electronic devices in areas others expect to be private (washrooms, change rooms) or where there is a known objection to taking pictures
- connect PDA’s with internet capabilities to TLDSB network
- use internet or electronic devices to threaten, harass or demean any other member of the school community especially when those actions interfere with that member’s ability to function in the school
- access inappropriate websites
We know that discipline is a training method that teaches students proper behaviour and corrects behaviour mistakes. Use of discipline demonstrates that we value a safe and caring school.
In our school, this is the philosophy and plan for corrective and supportive discipline.
- Discipline will be used when any classroom or school rules and/or routines are violated.
- Discipline will be used when student behaviour impacts negatively on the school climate of KP Manson Public School- even if that behaviour does not occur on school property.
- It is the goal of the staff to take into consideration the individual student and circumstances before making decisions about what type of discipline is most appropriate.
- While parental input is welcomed and considered, it is the responsibility of school staff and ultimately the school administration to make final decisions about discipline.
KP Manson Public School has 4 tiers of discipline that are used progressively over time based on the frequency and severity of misbehaviours.
Tier 1 – Used when student behaviour error is infrequent, minor and not severe.
- Logical Consequences (i.e.. parent contacts, healing of ruptured relationships, loss of marks, repayment of time, loss of privilege, withdrawal from class, restitution for damages)
Tier 2 – Used when a chronic pattern is identified. Use of restorative practices and further logical consequences will be used in behaviour contract/plan.
- Analysis of the difficulty + behaviour contract/plan made by teacher/staff /student(Think Sheet)
- Analysis of the difficulty+ behaviour contract/plan made by teacher/parent/student(Action Plan)
- Analysis of the difficulty +behaviour contract/plan made by teacher/parent/support staff/administrator/student( Case Conference Plan)
Tier 3 – Used when severity and frequency identify a need for more long term and targeted intervention.
- Mandated participation in small group sessions (examples: small group interventions, guidance counseling-individual or group, restorative practices/justice circle) Based on case by case information and circumstance.
- Significant restrictions/substitutions – (examples: revised timetable, reduced levels of freedom/increased allocation for supervision, loss of privilege)
Tier 4 – Used when severity and type of misbehaviour means consideration of suspension.
See boxed list below.
- Consideration of suspension (Progressive Discipline options from tiers 1, 2, and 3 may be substituted)
- Consideration of suspension pending expulsion (Suspension may be substituted.)
Suspension for the following MAY be considered by Principal.
- uttering threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person
- possessing alcohol or restricted drugs
- being under 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
- any act considered by principal to be injurious to moral tone of the school
- any act considered by principal to be injurious to physical or mental well-being of any member of school community
- any act considered by the principal to be contrary to Board or School Code of Conduct
Suspension Pending Expulsion MUST be considered by Principal.
- possession of a weapon, including possessing a firearm
- use of weapon to cause or threaten bodily harm to another person
- committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment by medical practitioner
- committing sexual assault
- trafficking in weapons or illegal or restricted drugs
- committing robbery
- giving alcohol or illegal/restricted drugs to minor
- an act considered by principal to be significantly injurious to 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 pupil’s continued presence is injurious to the effective learning and/or working environment of others
- activities engaged in by the pupil on or off school property behaviours that cause the pupil’s continuing present in the school to create unacceptable risk to physical or mental well-being of other person(s) in the school or Board
- activities engaged in by the pupil on or off property that have caused extensive damage to the property of the Board or to goods that are/were on Board property
- the pupil has demonstrated through a pattern of behaviour that s/he has not prospered by the instruction available to him or her and s/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
- conduct which is so refractory as to demonstrate that the student is unwilling to respect or respond to authority and/or respect the rights or dignity of other school community members, despite having been given a reasonable opportunity to do so
(links to Code of Conduct, Dress Code, School rules, Computer/internet policy, nutrition policy)
LEAVING SCHOOL PROPERTY
Students are to remain on school property at all times after arriving at school unless they are signed out by a parent/guardian or on a supervised school outing.
TELEPHONE CALLS / CELL PHONES / BLACKBERRIES
A telephone is available in the office to students for important calls to parents/guardians. Cell phones shall not be turned on or in use in school, in class or on the school yard/washrooms/halls. It is strongly recommended that electronic equipment remain at home to deter theft, loss and inappropriate use.
Personal cameras of any sort (including camera cell phones) are not permitted at school unless permission is given by the student’s teacher and parent/guardian for a special event. Cameras permitted at school for special events will be kept in the office or with a teacher before and after the event until the end of the school day.
The hallway at KP Manson is narrow and becomes crowded with winter wear. We expect that all children refrain from running, blocking passage, or playing in the halls. We expect that all students “make way” for others respectfully. We expect that all students speak appropriately in tone, and manner. Hall passes for washroom or drinking fountain breaks are given by teachers of classrooms.
Students from all classes will receive homework from time to time or on a more regular basis as they advance in grade level. Homework for primary students could consist of reading with a parent/guardian or practicing a skill of the week etc. As a student advances more independent homework is assigned. Homework is further practice of a skill taught and practiced in class, or a specific project that needs to be completed at home. Individual students will accomplish homework at various rates of time. If a homework assignment is too difficult please do not hesitate to contact the teacher for guidance regarding the assignment.
Library books are signed out from the library using student numbers. Each student is responsible for returning the book on time or renewing the book if it is still needed. Library books are precious. Failure to return library books by the end of the school year results in a fine comparable to the cost of the book.
Students who bring personal property to school do so at their own risk. Staff will not be responsible for recovering the loss of the personal property of students. It is strongly recommended that students leave personal property items that they value at home.
LOST AND FOUND
The school keeps a lost and found box in the hall of the school. Most of the items in the lost and found have no names on them. To ensure that your child’s clothes come home (eventually!) please label items such as jackets, snow pants, hats, mittens/gloves and shoes. We are constantly amazed at the number of items in our lost and found box not claimed. Please feel free to come in to look for items. Three times a year after displaying items and many requests to check the box we take our unclaimed items to the Salvation Army Thrift Store.
A form must be filled out by a parent/guardian before any medication can be administered to a student at school. The school office must have signed request/authorization forms from parents/guardians and their supervising physician whenever a prescription is initiated or changed that is to be administered at school. The required forms and medication must be delivered to the school by a parent/guardian of the student who is to receive the medication. Please see our administrative assistant for forms. Administration of non-prescription medication to a student at school requires a signed written request from the parents/guardians of the student. Non prescription medication must be delivered to and picked up from the school by a parent/guardian. All medication administered at school is kept in a locked cupboard in the office. A medication log is kept.
KP Manson School has a beautiful playground area. There is primary playground equipment, junior playground equipment and intermediate playground equipment. All students are expected to stay within the boundaries of the playground, to play hands- off activities and to treat each other and the yard supervisors with respect. Students must refrain from any behaviour that is against the KP Manson school code of conduct and /or the TLDSB code of conduct. Each division has an entrance and exit assigned. Students must ask permission from a yard supervisor to enter the school while recess is in session.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLOTHING
Students in junior and intermediate classes must change into gym appropriate clothing to participate in the physical education classes for the purposes of safety and personal hygiene. All students must wear indoor gym shoes.
BICYCLE RIDING / WALKING TO AND FROM SCHOOL
All students who ride bicycles to school must have permission in writing from parent/guardian, must wear a helmet and must obey the rules of the road. Students who would normally ride the bus to and from school must have permission in writing from a parent/guardian if they wish to walk to and/or from school. Students walking must obey the rules of the road.
VISITORS TO SCHOOL
WELCOME! When visiting the school please check and sign in at the office. If you are visiting a class, a visitors tag will be issued to you. If you are picking up your child early please check in at the office to sign your child out.
EXTRA CURRICULAR/HOUSE LEAGUE
There are many extra curricular activities provided to our students. Notification and requirements of the various sports and other events will be given to students before the beginning of the activity sessions. As always students are expected to abide by the same rules when at other schools or venues as they are at KP Manson School.
From time to time during the year class trips are planned. Parents will be notified and informed of the nature of these events in due course. Permission forms will be sent home before each field trip. It is expected that all students on a class trip represent KP Manson School by demonstrating positive respectful and responsible behaviours.
All students are given an internet access code when a consent form for student use is signed. An acceptable use contract is also issued for parent and student signatures.
If a student is absent or will be late for school, please inform the safe arrival team at the school before 8:30 a.m. on that day OR write a note in the student agenda the day before. If an absence is not called in, our team will call your home or place of work, to check on the absence.
All students must come to school appropriately dressed for learning. Skirts and/or shorts must be below finger tip length. Underwear must be concealed. Spaghetti straps, muscle shirts, low riding trousers, low necklines and bare midriffs are not appropriate.
All students who ride the bus to and from school must ride respectfully of each other, of the driver and of the safety rules in place on the bus. Failure to ride respectfully may result in a misconduct report from the driver and if poor behaviour persists, a suspension from riding the bus. Safety is our utmost concern. Buses arrive at the school at 8:30 a.m. and leave the school at 3:20 p.m. Students go to the yard upon arrival at school and are dismissed from their classroom exits at the end of the day. Students may only ride on their assigned bus. Changing buses is not permitted. Please contact the school if there is an emergency situation.
Parents can expect to receive report cards in early December, early March and the end of June each school year.