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Our School Policies
Dress Code
The standards for dress at the school are based on common sense and are intended to support the comfort, safety and modesty of all students.  There is a strong relationship between neat, clean and appropriate clothing and a positive learning environment.  We recognize that different forms of dress are appropriate in different situations.  Clothing that may be appropriate at home, at the beach, or for an evening out may not be appropriate for school.  Therefore, all members of the school community must dress in a way that is consistent with a scholarly tone, reflecting personal pride and respect for others.

Members of the school community are required to:
  • be neat, clean and well-groomed in overall appearance
  • appropriate foot wear is to be worn at all times- please ensure that students have both indoor and outdoor footwear
  • comply with specific program, and health and safety policies
  • Recommended gym attire includes indoor running shoes, loose clothing and a change of clothes (top and bottom)
  • Labs and kitchens to include safety glasses, oven mitts and aprons
  • Be adequately covered to be consistent with a modest scholarly school tone
Members of the school community must refrain from:
  • Wearing clothing displaying offensive language and/or profanity
  • Wearing clothing displaying content that is offensive to any individual or group (i.e. Racist, sexist, or homophobic)
  • Wearing clothing that promotes unlawful activities or unwholesome life styles
  • Wearing clothing reflective of violent or anti-social culture, including but not limited to steel toe caps, gang related symbols or insignias
  • Wearing clothing that is unduly distracting including but not limited to dress that is sexually provocative, torn or ragged
  • Wearing clothing that is unhealthy or unsafe (i.e. Bare feet, metal or other sharp accessories)
Desks and Coat Hooks
  • If you are assigned a coat hook and/or desk they are school property and should be kept clean and in good condition. The desks are being loaned to you, and the school has the right to access all desks if necessary.  
  • Remember that items such as alcohol, drugs, weapons, or substances which threaten health or safety are prohibited on school property.  If there is suspicion that a desk contains any of these items, it will be searched. Consequences will apply if a prohibited substance or weapon is found and police will be contacted.  
  • We hope that you will take pride in keeping your coat hook and/or desk in good condition. When lockers are open, their contents are on display to everyone.  Graffiti which is written or scratched into desks are acts of vandalism and will be treated accordingly.  
  • The school is not responsible for lost or stolen goods.  We recommend that you do not bring valuable items or money to school.  
Safe Schools Building Positive Places to Grow and Learn Together- What You Need to Know
As part of the Safe Schools requirements for schools and the amended Threat Assessment Protocols for the Limestone District School Board, this is information in a condensed form to give you an overview of the efforts made to provide the safe and inclusive education opportunities our students deserve. Its important for all students and parents to be aware of these school safety procedures.

Visitors
We continue to strive to make Perth Road Public School a welcoming and friendly school.  At the same time we need to ensure that it is safe and secure for all students.  In order to ensure this safe environment, we ask that all visitors enter the school through the front doors and report to the office to sign in.  All visitors must wear a visitor’s pass while in the school.  If you are not wearing a visitor’s pass and a staff member approaches you, please remember that they are doing so out of concern for the security of the children.  We also ask that all visitors sign out when they are finished their business at the school.  If you are picking up your child during school hours, please sign them out and wait at the office for them.  The office co-coordinator will call the classroom and your child will meet you at the office.

Threats to School Safety
All schools have established procedures for Shelter in Place, Hold & Secure, Lockdown, and Evacuation.  Staff and students will be trained in how to implement the procedures.  As with fire drills, lockdown drills will be held without the prior awareness of students and/or staff.  

In order to facilitate common understanding among all community partners, school boards across Ontario, police services, Emergency Medical Services, and fire safety officials are using the following terminology:

  • Shelter in Place - used for an environmental or weather-related situation where it is necessary to keep all occupants within the school (protecting them from an external situation) Examples:  chemical spills, blackouts, explosions or extreme weather.
  • Hold and Secure - used when it is desirable to secure the school due to an ongoing situation outside but not related to the school Example: Bank robbery occurring near a school but not on property.  School functions normally with exterior doors locked until the situation is resolved.
  • Lockdown - used only when there is a major incident or threat of school violence within the school.  Overuse or misuse of this high level might result in not taking the lockdown seriously, so please note that two lockdown drills for each school year will occur.
  • Evacuation used in the event that students and staff must leave a school building due to some environmental concern in the school.  Example:  gas leak in the school or fire.
Medical Alerts
        We ask that caregivers provide us with pertinent information concerning specific allergies and other important health information.  Staff are not permitted, by law, to administer medication without proper parent authorization.  Please contact the office for more information and forms.

Volunteers
        Community members who wish to become involved with students on a regular basis are invited to become volunteers.  Volunteers provide the school with additional human resources for improving instruction and increasing understanding and interaction between school and the community.  In order to become a volunteer, individuals are asked to provide a recent police background check.  If you would like to become a volunteer, please contact the school.  We would love to hear from you!

Bus Protocol
Student Responsibilities:
  • Get to the bus on time
  • Get on and off the bus in single file
  • Be reasonably quiet on the trip to and from school
  • Refrain from eating, drinking or chewing gum on the bus
  • Refrain from throwing anything inside or outside the bus
  • Treat the bus driver and student patrollers with respect
  • Stay seated until the bus is completely stopped
  • Use appropriate language (refrain from using profanity or offensive remarks)
  • Open windows only with the driver’s permission
  • Bring a note from home and have it signed by the principal or secretary, if travelling on a different bus.  Permission will depend upon availability of seats
  • Follow the bus driver’s instructions, including sitting in an assigned seat
        Please note that misbehaving on the bus could result in a school suspension or removal of bus riding privileges.

Children in Need of Protection
In April 2000, the amended Child and Family Services Act came into effect.  This legislation has an impact on everyone in our community.  For Children's Aid Societies, the definition of a child in need of protection because of suspected child abuse or neglect has been expanded.  For the school system, every person who has reason to believe that a child is or may be abused or neglected must report his/her suspicions immediately to the Children's Aid Society.  The Limestone District School Board is fully committed to supporting staff in meeting the legal requirements of the act.

This law means that:
School staff do not have a choice if they suspect that a student is or may be in need of protection.  They MUST report their suspicions to the Children's Aid Society.
When staff report concerns to Children's Aid, they must also share with Children's Aid any information about the concern which might otherwise be confidential.
It is not the school's responsibility to investigate suspicions, evaluate the situation, or assign blame.


Safe Schools:  In Diverse and Inclusive Communities
Ensuring the safety of all students and staff is of utmost concern.  A safe environment is required for students and for school staff.

Bullying Awareness, Prevention, and Intervention
Staff are teaching students to identify bullying behaviour and giving them tools to respond and to stop it from happening as part of our awareness and prevention strategies.  

Bullying is typically a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at another person that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear, distress and/or harm to that person's body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation.  Bullying occurs when there is a real or perceived imbalance of power.

When someone experiences or observes bullying behaviour, he/she is expected to report it to a teacher, teaching assistant or school administrator immediately.  Bullying behaviour will be addressed using a progressive discipline approach with a range of interventions and consequences.

KEEPING PERTH ROAD P.S. CARING AND SAFE
Peer abuse stops within 10 seconds if a bystander intercedes in a constructive manner on
behalf of the person being abused.

Difference Between Reporting and Ratting
Everyone has the right to live, learn, work and play in a safe, caring, welcoming and respectful environment free from fear. Reporting unsafe, dangerous, mean and nasty behaviours to an adult is the right thing
to do, because it could;
  • Save your life
  • Save Someone else’s life
  • Protect your feelings and your body
  • Keep Perth Road PS safe  
  • Prevent injury or harm
  • Stop someone from doing something they would regret later.
To Report or Not to Report


  • Is the behaviour cruel, mean and nasty?
  • Is someone scared?
  • Is someone in danger of being hurt?
  • Is it against the law?
  • If you don't report, how might you feel,
if someone is seriously injured or harms his
or herself?



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Progressive Discipline
The school encourages, supports and recognizes acceptable behaviour in our students through a variety of positive practices. Progressive discipline is an approach that makes use of a continuum of interventions, supports and consequences, building upon strategies which promote positive behaviours.  

We encourage students to take responsibility for their behaviour and to accept the consequences of their actions.  A progressive discipline approach will be used to deal with inappropriate behaviour.  This may include:  oral reminders, review of expectations, contact with parent(s)/guardians(s), written reflection, volunteer services in the school community, conflict mediation and resolution, peer mentoring, and/or referral for support services.

We recognize that each student is a unique individual and that every situation that requires disciplinary action has its own set of extenuating circumstances.  All factors that may have affected the student's behaviour will be considered before progressive discipline is applied.  Students who behave inappropriately will receive an age and developmentally appropriate consequence.  For a student with special education or disability-related needs, all progressive discipline approaches will be consistent with his or her Individual Education Plan and his or her demonstrated abilities.

Suspension and Expulsion
As part of progressive discipline, the school may also use suspension and/or expulsion for serious incidents as outlined in the Limestone District School Board's Safe Schools Policy.  

Before considering whether to impose a suspension or make a recommendation for an expulsion, a principal must consider mitigating and other factors.

A principal or vice principal shall consider whether to 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 the activity will have an impact on the school climate:
  • swearing (written or verbal) at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority
  • bullying
  • uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person
  • committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property
  • possessing alcohol or restricted drugs
  • being under the influence of alcohol or restricted drugs
  • committing any act considered by the principal to:
  • have a negative impact on the moral tone of the school
  • have a negative impact on the physical or mental well-being of one or more school community members
  • be contrary to the school or Limestone Board Codes 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 the activity will have an impact on the school climate.  For the following incidents the principal will also consider recommending to the Board’s Discipline Committee that a student be expelled:
  •                 physically assaulting another person causing bodily harm that requires medical treatment
  •                 possessing a weapon or using a weapon to threaten or frighten another person
  •                 trafficking in restricted drugs or weapons
  •                 giving alcohol to a minor
  •                 committing robbery
  •                 committing sexual assault
  •                 behaviour that:
is significantly detrimental to the school climate and/or to the physical or mental wellbeing of others, whether the incident occurred at school or outside of the school
causes extensive damage to school property
causes his/her continued presence at the school to pose an unacceptable risk to other members of the school community
a pattern of behaviour so inappropriate the student's continued presence is detrimental to the effective learning or working environment of others
demonstrates a persistent resistance to changes in behaviour that would enable him or her to be successful
is a serious violation of the school or the Limestone Board Codes of Conduct.

Tobacco Products
The school recognizes the benefits of a tobacco-free environment to all persons.  By law, smoking is not permitted at the school, on Board property, on school buses or while attending any school-related activity.  School property includes cars that are on school grounds and all lands to the edge of the street.  The no smoking rule will be enforced within these areas.  Other tobacco products also may not be used on school property.

Weapons
Possessing or displaying weapons of any kind, including real, toy or replica, and all other objects that could inflict or threaten bodily harm are not permitted at the school, on any Limestone Board property, or at any school-related event or activity at any time.



Last Modified: Oct 02, 2012
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