The Durham Catholic District School Board focuses on prevention, early intervention and progressive discipline as the key to maintaining a positive school environment in which students can learn and teachers can teach. When inappropriate behaviour occurs, schools in the Board will be required to utilize a range of interventions, supports and consequences that are developmentally appropriate, that include opportunities for students to learn from mistakes, and focus on improving behaviour. In some circumstances, a short term suspension may be a useful tool. In the case of a serious incident, a long-term suspension or expulsion, which are further along the continuum of progressive discipline, may be the response that is required.
In Continuing Education, we expect our students to conduct themselves honourably at all times, both on campus and off campus.
The following guidelines are essential for educational success and harmonious community life:
We are committed to providing safe learning environments for all students, staff, school visitors and community members. When student behaviours pose a potential threat to safety or serious harm to self or others, our school follows the Community Threat Assessment and Intervention Protocol (C-TAIP), which outlines how a school responds immediately to threatening behaviour. This protocol involves supports from various partners, including community agencies, hospitals and police services. Personal information shared throughout this process will always respect and balance each individual's right to privacy while ensuring the safety of all. For more information, visit our Board's website for "Safe School" information or speak to your principal.
Regular attendance is vital to the process of learning. It is the responsibility of each student to be in attendance at all times with the proper materials required for full participation. Persistent late to class and/or unexplained absences will be dealt with by the school office and may lead to withholding of a course credit or withdrawal from a program.
Punctuality is essential for success as new material is introduced daily. The teacher can monitor student's progress and provide help immediately if required. Punctuality is a courtesy to teacher and fellow students and student should arrive on time for classes.
Our students are expected to wear clothing which is neat, clean and in good taste. Inappropriate attire is any clothing that disrupts the educational process, threatens the learning environment, or endangers the health or safety of students or any other persons.
Students are expected to maintain a personal cleanliness which is not offensive or a nuisance to other people as to interfere with their learning.
Insults, disrespect and other hurtful acts disrupt learning and teaching in a school community is strictly prohibited. Sexual harassment in any form will not be tolerated. If violations occur, disciplinary action will be taken. A serious offense may lead to expulsion or criminal prosecution.
Students are expected to refrain from using offensive or vulgar language. Verbal abuse of any person or conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person will lead to suspension or expulsion.
Possession of, usage of, under the influence of or providing others with any alcoholic beverage, narcotic, controlled drugs or intoxicants in school and/or at any school activity is prohibited.
Smoking and/or processing chewing tobacco in the school building, on school grounds, or at school events is prohibited.
Students who cheat, copy, plagiarize, or forge in connection with academic endeavor and/or school procedures are subject to disciplinary action.
Students should seek staff assistance, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully and in a manner which reflects the teaching of Christ.
Students involved in violence of any kind, either before, during or after school on school property, or in an area that will reflect negatively on the school - may be suspended or expelled.
Students are expected to:
Failure to meet these expectations may result in a variety of consequences, one of which could include a mark of zero.
Disruption or obstruction of teaching, administration, school activities, co-op placement will be dealt with disciplinary procedures and consequences.
Portable stereos, cassettes, CD players, mp3 players, iPod, DVD players may not be played in classrooms while school is in session without the explicit approval of the classroom teacher or school administration. Pagers and cellular phones may not be used while inside the school and must be turned off while school is in session.
You should not bring valuables or large sums of money to school or placement locations. The school cannot be responsible for any lost or stolen items. Stealing or attempt to steal school or personal properties will be reported to the authorities
A school is a place that promotes responsibility, respect, civility and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment. Students may not possess the following items on school property or at school events without the explicit permission of a teacher or administrator,
The privilege of driving motor vehicles on school property will be denied if it becomes detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare of the school community. All provincial motor vehicle laws apply on school property. Students should not park in reserved area, fire exit and main entrance. Use the North/East parking lot at back.
We strives to achieve educational excellence and enhance learning and work-related experiences using Information Technology to share resources, access information, communicate, and collaborate. The following are the use of computer rules:
Improper use of Information Technology will result in loss of access and/or restricted and/or monitored use. More serious action may be taken by administration in the form of restitution, suspension, expulsion, termination or criminal prosecution, where appropriate.