Code of Conduct

You are a unique individual, and your education is very important to us. We encourage you to be energetic, enthusiastic, and committed to learning. The MDHS Code of Conduct is based on the AMDSB Code of Conduct (see link above) and the Ontario Human Rights Code.

To create the conditions for your success, our school must have a safe, positive, orderly and nurturing school and online environment. We share the responsibility to promote respect, civility, and responsible citizenship, and to treat others fairly, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, and physical or intellectual ability.

We will assist you in solving problems and protect your right to learn. While recognizing the wide range of ages and stages of maturity and development of the students in our school, expectations will be clearly communicated, and if required, discipline will be progressive, fair and consistent.

Be Punctual and in Regular Attendance

MDHS Absence Policy:

The school is required by law to account for all students each day. Students who are aware of an upcoming absence (for tournaments, medical appointments, family vacations, etc.) are required to have a parent/guardian telephone the school or bring a note to the office prior to the absence. A message can be left 7 days
a week 24 hours a day at 519-348-8495, ext. 210.

Students who are absent due to illness or family emergencies are to have a parent/ guardian telephone the school the day of their absence (519-348-8495, ext. 210). Failure to provide a note or telephone call within two days will result in the student being declared truant and detentions will be assigned during which time they can catch up on missed work.

Students are not to leave the building during class time without notifying the office. Students who must leave school during the day must bring a note from their parent/guardian to the office before 8:40 a.m. to obtain an Excuse Slip. Upon return to school, students must check in with the office before going to class.
Students who are ill during the day must report to the office. If necessary, a parent or guardian will be called to pick up the student or give permission for the student to return home. In the case of an emergency, it is essential that the school knows who is in the building. Failure to sign out through the main office will result in assigned detention. Additional detentions are assigned for any truancy.

If a student is deemed truant they will make up the time they missed. For example, if a secondary student misses an entire period, 4 detentions will be assigned. It is also noted that in the case of lateness, the minimum consequence is one 20-minute detention.

Attendance at school assemblies is mandatory. Assemblies often provide essential school information and are designed to be educational, build positive citizenship qualities and promote school spirit.

Reminders regarding missed work …

  • Work and assignments missed due to absence must be completed to the teacher’s satisfaction within a reasonable length of time. It is the responsibility of the student to consult his/her teacher concerning deadlines.
  • Students absent due to authorized school activity participation (Huron-Perth league games, field trips, etc.) should consult their teachers in advance of their absence concerning class work, homework assignments and/or tests they will miss. Failure to make prior arrangements may result in an “incomplete” for the work missed.
  • Absences from tests:
    When a student misses a test, upon returning, he/she will be required to provide to the office and teacher a valid reason for the absence and will write a make-up test.
    When a student will be missing an announced test due to an absence to participate in an authorized school activity (e.g. Huron-Perth league games, Science Fair, Concert Choir trips), or for some other valid reason, he/she is required to discuss alternative arrangements with the teacher, WELL IN ADVANCE.Missed Tests and Assignments: It is the responsibility of a student who misses a test or assignment to discuss his/her absence with the teacher before the absence, when possible, or immediately upon return. Assignments not submitted will receive an “incomplete”. Missed or late culminating (year end) activities will result in a “0″ (zero) being assigned. Culminating activities count for 30% of the final course mark. Term work counts for 70% of the final course mark.
    Assignments should be submitted directly to the classroom teacher; however, when assignments are handed in to the office they must be given to an office staff member and include the date and time submitted.Absence from exams: Please contact the school principal as soon as possible. Absence from an examination usually requires a medical or legal certificate. Unauthorized absences from final
  • Assessments or exams will result in a mark of “0” and this mark will be used in the calculation of the final course mark.
  • Students are not permitted to miss class to complete assignments or study.

MDHS Late Policy:

Punctuality shows respect for the teacher, your fellow students, and the learning environment. At MDHS we expect you to arrive on time, ready to learn.  Students are considered late for class if they are not in their seats when the bell rings.

Grade 9-12 students who are late to period 1 shall report directly to the office before going to class. The office will issue an admit  slip.  Teachers will not admit students who arrive late to period 1 unless they have an admit slip. Students who are late to period 2, 3, and 4 shall report directly to class.

Grade 7 and 8 students who are late to class after breaks will report directly to the office.

Students who are habitually late for class will receive consequences.

On the 5th cumulative late, students will be given a warning by a vice-principal. One detention will be served for each subsequent late.

Refusal to serve a detention will result in suspension from school.

Be Prepared, Attentive and Hard-Working

You are expected to go to each class prepared to learn, with all books, pens/pencils needed, to pay attention to all classroom activities, and work to the best of your ability. The better prepared, more attentive and hardworking you are, the greater the contribution you will make to the learning of all involved, most importantly, your own.

MDHS Electronic Device Policy:

Cell phones and other electronic devices may only be used before school, between classes, at lunch and after school. The use of cell phones should never cause students to be late for class. If cell phones or other electronic devices are brought into the classroom, they should be off and put away in a secure place unless permitted for use by the teacher.

Cell phones, iPads, iPods, etc. are prohibited from use in the change rooms, and washrooms. Students must adhere to all privacy and criminal laws regarding electronics use. Phones and other electronic devices that are used inappropriately will be taken to the main office by staff and securely stored for the remainder of the day. In some cases, a parent will be required to pick up the device.

Be Respectful of and Cooperative with Others

At MDHS we believe that the school learning environments must be safe, orderly positive and respectful. They must be free from abuse, bullying, discrimination, intimidation hateful words and deeds, and physical violence in any form. Every person who comes to MDHS has the right to be treated in a respectful way and should feel safe in the school community. Individuals are expected to be courteous and considerate of everyone and compassionate to those in need. This is expected at ALL TIMES.

MDHS is a Community Partner

We are working together to create a culture in our school that is built on values, goodwill and the community-accepted character traits found below.

  • FAIRNESS –  Treating everyone in a just and accepting manner.
  • HONESTY – Being trustworthy, sincere and truthful.
  • EMPATHY – Understanding how someone else feels.
  • RESPECT – Valuing self, others and our world.
  • INTEGRITY – Doing what is right and honourable.
  • OPTIMISM – Choosing to be positive.
  • COMPASSION – Showing care and consideration.
  • PERSEVERANCE – Staying purposeful and committed.
  • COURAGE – Facing the challenges.
  • RESPONSIBILITY – Being reliable and accountable.

Staff

Teachers and school staff, under the leadership of school administration, are expected to adhere to the highest standard of respectful and responsible behaviour.

As role models, staff uphold these high standards when they:

  • demonstrate and model respect for all students and colleagues;
  • model inclusive behaviours and actions;
  • help students maximize their outcomes;
  • communicate regularly and meaningfully with parents;
  • maintain high expectations and consistent standards of behavior for all students; and,
  • prepare students for the full responsibilities of citizenship, both locally and globally

Parents/Guardians have a responsibility to support the school community.

Parents/Guardians fulfil this responsibility when they:

  • communicate regularly with teachers and promptly report to the school children’s absence or late arrival;
  • encourage inclusive and respectful behavior for all;
  • ensure that children attend school regularly, on time and prepared to learn;
  • encourage and assist children to follow the Code of Conduct, school and online
  • work in partnership with school staff to address student concerns and disciplinary issues; and
  • promote good hygiene and appropriate clothing

Be Respectful of the Other People and Their Property

You are expected to treat the school grounds, the school property, and the personal property of others with respect. This respect extends to our textbooks, library books, lockers, iPads, computers, and other school property on loan to students for use during the school year. It must be maintained in good order.

General Agreement with our Neighbours:

Our school neighbours have the right as private property owners to enjoy peace and quiet. Students are expected to show their consideration of these rights by not loitering on or near their properties and the adjacent sidewalks, and by not defacing or littering neighbouring properties in any way.

Textbooks

Students are issued texts by the subject teacher. The student’s name is to be placed in the space provided in each book. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure the safe return of these books. The student must pay the replacement cost of a book that is lost or damaged.

Fighting and Harassment

Verbal abuse, threats, intimidation and fighting on or off school property is unacceptable. Engaging in these activities may result in suspension and/or police involvement.

Bullying

Bullying is a form of repeated, persistent, aggressive behaviour that is directed
at an individual or individuals and is intended to cause (or could be known to cause) fear, distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying adversely affects students’ ability to learn and undermines healthy relationships and the school culture. Bullying will not be accepted on school property, at school-related activities, on school buses, or in any other circumstances (e.g. online) where engaging in bullying will have a negative impact on the school climate. Consequences can range from a discussion with a staff member, to restitution, to expulsion, depending on the situation and mitigating factors.

Standards of Behaviour

The following standards apply to all school communities in the Avon Maitland District School Board.

Resect, Civility and Responsible Global and Digital Citizenship

All school community members:

  • respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws;
  • demonstrate honesty and integrity;
  • treat each other with dignity;
  • respect differences in people and treat others fairly, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical or intellectual ability;
  • respect the rights of others in school and online;
  • seek assistance, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully;
  • show proper care and regard for school property and for the property of others; and,
  • assist those in

Consequences for Unacceptable Behaviour

Students are at various stages of learning acceptable behaviours. Consequences for misbehavior, shall require consideration for mitigating factors, include a number of progressive options, and will be appropriate to the individual and related to the circumstances.

Consequences may include:

  • warnings;
  • notification of parents/guardians;
  • time-outs;
  • restricted privileges;
  • withdrawal from classes;
  • restorative practices including restitution or community service;
  • detentions;
  • conflict mediation and resolution;
  • peer mentoring;
  • referral to counseling and/or consultation;
  • suspension; and/or explusion

Principals and teachers take into account the student’s age, level of maturity, and other mitigating factors when considering appropriate consequences. The goal of any consequence is to help the student learn acceptable behaviour. Principals will access the Board’s support services when required.

Suspension is the denial of a student’s privilege to attend school and/or school activities for a specified period of time

Expulsion is the full-time withdrawal of a student’s right to attend a particular school or every school in the board.

Special Circumstances

When deciding to impose a suspension or expulsion, a principal will consider:

  • whether the student has the ability to control his or her behaviour;
  • whether the student has the ability to understand the foreseeable consequences of his or her behaviour; and,
  • whether the student’s continuing presence in the school creates an unacceptable risk to the safety or well-being of any other individual at school

Infractions for which a suspension may be considered:

  • uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person;
  • possessing alcohol or restricted drugs;
  • swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority;
  • committing an act of vandalism against any school property or to property located on the school premises;
  • bullying (including cyber bullying);
  • persistent opposition to authority;
  • willful destruction of school property;
  • habitual neglect of duty;
  • the use of profane language or gestures which convey a disrespectful or inappropriate message;
  • any act considered by the principal to be injurious to the moral tone of the school;
  • any act considered by the principal to be injurious to the physical or mental well-being of any member of the school community; or
  • any act considered by the principal to be contrary to the Board or School Code of

Long Term Suspensions

  • Where a student is suspended for six (6) or more days, the student will be assigned an alternative program (Alternative Suspension Program, ASP). A Student Action Plan (SAP) will be developed for every pupil who agrees to participate in an Alternative Suspension
  • The principal/designate will hold a planning meeting to develop the
  • A student suspended for eleven (11) or more school days will be provided with educational and social supports where appropriate and

All students, parents and guardians, teachers and staff have the right to be safe, and to 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 or oneself. There is a code for all the schools in the Avon Maitland District School Board developed from the standards of behaviour and consequences are outlined in The Provincial Code of Conduct, legislated by the provincial government.

These standards of behaviour apply not only to students, but also to all members of the school community including parents/guardians, volunteers, support workers, school staff, and all those who contribute to the school environment. These standards apply on school property, school buses, and at school-authorized events and activities. This also includes any activity that will have an impact on the climate of the school such as cyber bullying done at home.

Respect Yourself

Students should dress appropriately for school to ensure a safe and respectful learning and teaching environment.

MDHS Dress Code Policy:

Hats may be worn in the halls. Taking your hat off as you enter a room shows respect for the environment. Other forms of headgear, including sunglasses, bandanas and sweater hoods, are not to be worn inside the school.

Clothing  which  depicts  vulgarity,  profanity,  drugs,  alcohol,  violence,  racism  or  sexism  is not appropriate.

Midriffs and undergarments should not be showing. Tops must have two straps. Low necklines are inappropriate. Shorts and skirts must be of reasonable length.

Students are expected to be clean in person, habit and dress. Students who do not comply may be asked to go home to change their clothing. Further non-compliance may lead to disciplinary action.