When students have been absent, the teacher requires a note stating the date and the reason for the absence. However, if there has been parental contact with the school, a note is not necessary. An answering machine will record absences between 4:00 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. at 438-3449.
VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL
Parents and visitors are always welcome at L.M.P.S. Please come to the office first to sign in. For safety reasons and in cases of emergencies, we need to know who is in the school. If students or staff are needed, the office will contact them using the PA. It can be disruptive to a class and the teacher if parents simply drop into a class during the school day. While it may be for only a minute, it may disrupt important lesson time for the entire class. If you wish to speak with a teacher, or visit your child’s class, please arrange a mutually convenient time to do so.
While in the school and/or while on school field trips, all visitors and/or parents will be expected to comply with the school’s behaviour code.
STUDENT PICK-UP AND DROP-OFF
For safety reasons, parents picking up children from the school during the school day must report to the office rather than going directly to the classroom or yard area. The student will be called to the office while the parent completes the sign-out book. Some form of communication is required (note, telephone call, personal request) for a child to be released to anyone other than their legal guardian/parent. A custody list is kept in the office for reference. It is essential that parents keep us informed of any restricted custody or changes in custody.
When a student is being dropped off after the school day has begun, parents are asked to come to the office with their child to sign in. This again will ensure the child’s safety. There are several buses arriving at the school and more than 300 students boarding buses at this time. Parents who are picking up children should meet them at the front of the office and escort them to their vehicle.
Safety is a priority in bussing students. Bussing is a privilege and students riding the buses are expected to behave and follow the rules of the bus (as outlined in the Code of Behaviour). Initially, any student who does not comply with the rules will receive counselling unless the offence is of a more serious nature and requires further action. The second time there is a behaviour problem, the parents will be informed that the third incident may result in a bus suspension. If a student is suspended from the bus, it is the parent’s responsibility to transport the child to school for the duration of the bus suspension. Severe behaviour may result in immediate suspension from the bus.
TEMPORARY BUS CHANGES
If an emergency arises, and it is necessary for a student to ride on a bus other than their regular bus, or to get off at a stop other than their regular stop, the student MUST have a written request from their parent and it must be approved by the school administration. The request must be brought to the office and should contain the student’s regular bus number and the specifics of the request being made.
INCLEMENT WEATHER/SCHOOL CLOSURE
On wet or extremely cold days, students will be allowed to enter the school and go to their classes when their bus arrives. Students who do not travel by bus should time their arrival at school for as close to 8:55 a.m. as possible. On extremely cold days, recesses will be shortened as conditions dictate but it is expected that children will come dressed appropriately, especially during the winter months, for outdoor recesses.
Because we recognize the problems that can arise from school closings, the decision to close a school is made only after careful consideration of all factors and consultation with board officials. When the school is forced to close early because of a failure in systems (water, heating, hydro) or because of weather conditions, a special emergency procedure will be followed at the school to ensure the safety of the children. It is important that parents keep the school informed as to the name and address of an alternate home to which children would be able to go in the event no one will be home, and in the case of such emergency dismissals. Decisions regarding cancellation of buses and school closing due to inclement weather will be made by school board officials and will be announced on the local radio station, Y92(91.9 fm), EZROCK 105.9 and CBC 98.7, prior to 7:30.
A school is a place that promotes responsibility, respect, civility and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment. All students, parents, teachers, staff and visitors 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 and themselves.
We expect that staff, teachers, visitors and parents will model these skills, so that students will be better able to learn them.
We know that certain behaviours are never acceptable in a safe and caring school community.
We know that discipline is training that teaches students proper behaviour and corrects behavioural mistakes. Basic to a discipline policy is the premise that every student has the right to an education without disruption and a corresponding responsibility not to deny this right to any other student.
Use of progressive discipline demonstrates that we value a safe and caring school.
All MEMBERS OF OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY (Students, Teachers, Staff and other Employees, Contractors, Volunteers, Parents, Visitors) MUST:
- For all people, and the rights of others
- For people’s differences and opinions by listening to both sides of an issue in an unbiased manner
- For persons in positions of authority
- For the property of the school and other people by showing proper care
- For ourselves and others by being honest and dignified
- By obeying all laws, by-laws, school rules and routines
- By always speaking courteously, and in an appropriate voice, and avoiding swearing or intimidating language
- By being fair and kind, especially in disagreements
- Those in need
- Make the school a safe and healthy place
- Resolve conflicts peacefully or seek staff assistance if necessary
- By dealing with and/or reporting breaches of the Code of Conduct without fear of repercussion
In addition, all STUDENTS must:
- By coming to school, prepared and on time, attending all classes, and attempting all work assigned
- By taking tests and examinations and completing them honestly
- By wearing clothes appropriate for the business of school, and which follow the dress code
- For others by exercising verbal and physical self-control, speaking respectfully, obeying authority, and following all laws, rules and routines
- For the care and return of school property and the property of others and paying for loss or damage of property
- By obeying the board policy on use of internet in schools, being responsible for the security of passwords and being accountable for all content on memory devices
- By being accountable for behaviour on internet sites that occurs off school property, and by reporting harmful or harassing behaviours by others
- By being clean in person and habits
- By accepting discipline as an attempt to correct behavioural mistakes
- By leaving electronic devices at home, without explicit permission from a teacher
- By behaving appropriately on school buses and during field trips
In our school, this is the philosophy and plan for corrective and supportive discipline:
- 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
Lady Mackenzie Public School has four levels of discipline that are used progressively over time, based on the frequency and severity of misbehaviours.
Discipline will be used:
- when any classroom or school rules and/or routines are violated
- when student behaviour impacts negatively on the school climate, even if that behaviour does not occur on school property
- when any point in the school Code of Conduct is breached (broken) by a student
Level 1 – Used when student behaviour error is infrequent, minor and not severe
- Discussion with student
- Warnings – verbal, written or both
- Logical Consequences (i.e.. parent contacts, healing of relationships (apologies), repayment of time, loss of privileges, withdrawal from class, restitution for damages)
Level 2 – Used when a chronic pattern is identified.
- Use of restorative practices (such as written apologies, restitution, community service within the school, etc.) or further logical consequences will be used, such as a behaviour contract/plan. For example:
- Analysis of the difficulty + behaviour contract/plan made by teacher/staff and student
- Analysis of the difficulty+ behaviour contract/plan made by teacher, parent and student
- Analysis of the difficulty +behaviour contract/plan made by teacher, parent, support staff, administrator and student
Level 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, restorative practices/justice circle)
- Significant restrictions/substitutions – (examples: class or school transfers, revised timetable, reduced levels of freedom/increased allocation for supervision, loss of privilege)
- Referral to outside agencies – (examples: Children’s Aid Society, Children’s Mental Health, Youth Counseling Agencies)
Level 4 – Used when the severity and type of misbehaviour means consideration of suspension. (See Boxed List below).
- Consideration of suspension (Progressive Discipline options from levels 1,2, and 3 may be substituted)
- Consideration of suspension pending expulsion (Suspension may be substituted.)
Suspension MAY be considered by Principal for the following:
- Any act considered by the principal to be contrary to the Board or School Code of Conduct, including but not limited to:
- Uttering threat(s) to inflict serious bodily harm on another person
- Possessing alcohol or restricted drugs
- Being under influence of alcohol or restricted drugs
- 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
- Bullying on a repeated basis
- Any act considered by the principal to be injurious to the moral tone of the school and/or to the physical or mental well-being of any member of the school community
Suspension pending expulsion MUST be considered by Principal for the following:
- Any act considered by the principal to be a serious violation of the Board or School Code of Conduct, including but not limited to:
- Possession of a weapon, including possessing a firearm
- Use of 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 illegal or restricted drugs
- Committing robbery
- Giving alcohol or illegal/restricted drugs to a minor
- 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 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 or behaviours that cause the pupil’s continuing presence in the school to create unacceptable risk to the physical or mental well-being of other person(s) in the school or Board
- Activities engaged in by the pupil 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
- A pattern of behaviour that demonstrates that the pupil 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.
- 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.
The school is a place of professionalism. Everybody is required to dress appropriately for the “business of education” to express self-respect and respect for others.
The dress code applies:
- 1. To all students, faculty, volunteers and visitors alike.
- 2. At all times including school-related events and field trips.
- 3. For safety and hygiene reasons:
Grades 4-8 are expected to have separate clothing available at school and they are also expected to change for Gym class. Change of clothing to include:
- Firmly fastened, non-marking running shoes,
- Gym shorts or sweat pants,
- No loose or dangling jewelry or accessories.
Appropriate Clothing for the Seasons (including sunscreen, sunhats)
Clothing must be free of inappropriate logos, slogans, phrases, pictures and political messages.
Head uncovered upon school entry.
No wearing of outdoor clothing in the classroom (e.g.: sunglasses, coats, boots, gloves…)
Six B Rule: No exposure of breasts, brassieres, bellies,
buttocks, boxers, or backs.
Shoulder straps: Minimum 1 inch wide.
All undergarments hidden from view. No garments intended for sleepwear should be worn at school.
No inappropriate jewelry or gang-related attire.
Garments not too low or revealing or see-through materials.
Mid-thigh length for bottom garments (including slits.)
Clean, non-marking footwear MUST be worn indoors at all times.
(links to Code of Conduct, Dress Code, School rules, Computer/internet policy, nutrition policy)