General Policies and Procedures

Accident and Injury

Students who are injured at school are required to report such injury to the supervising teacher immediately, and an Accident Report shall be completed. Claims on insurance may  be invalid if an accident is not reported the same day it occurs. Accidents which result in damage to school equipment or property must also be reported immediately to the Office.

Accident Insurance

Forms are distributed at the beginning of the year. We encourage all students to purchase this insurance as Board insurance does not cover student accidents, including injuries  sustained while playing sports or while participating in physical education class or field trip activities.

Halls

Student should not loiter or roam the halls/foyer when classes are in session

  1. Students are expected to move promptly to their next class during the change of
  2. Students are to use the library or the cafeteria as a study or group work area during their

Food and Drinking in Class

The consumption of food and drinks in class is strictly up to the discretion of each teacher.

Lockers

  • Every locker must have a combination lock and must be kept secure. Open lockers will be emptied and
  • Students are to use only their assigned locker and are not to share with others. Requests for a change of locker MUST be made through the
  • Locks may be purchased from the Office for $6.00
  • Lockers are the property of the school, on loan to the student, and must be maintained properly by the student. The school administration reserves the right to search lockers without notice. If students have not provided the combination, as required, locks will be cut in order to gain access, at the student’s expense.

Do not give your lock combination to anyone.

Parking

  • The student parking area is located on the east side of the
  • Students are expected to park properly, observe NO PARKING restrictions, and observe all safe and courteous driving
  • All vehicles must have a valid MDHS parking pass displayed. Parking passes can be obtained from the main office. Snowmobiles must also be registered with the main office. At the beginning of winter, there will be a meeting for all students wishing to bring snowmobiles to
  • Student vehicles parked in the staff parking lot or abusing the privilege of parking on AMDSB property will be towed away at the owner’s
  • Parking on school property is a privilege that can be revoked if students fail to observe these rules.
  • Students must use the bike racks provided in the student parking lot. Bike locks are strongly recommended.

Inclement Weather

If the weather forces a cancellation of buses, announcements  will be made on the following radio stations as early as possible: Juice FM 107.1 Stratford, CBC FM 93.5 London, CFPL 980 London, CKNX 920 Wingham. Information may also be accessed on our school website at www.mitchelldhs.com, through twitter: @MitchellDHS, and the AMDSB home page: www.yourschools.ca. Click on “weather related delays and cancellations”. Unless the school is announced as being closed, the building will be open for students to receive additional help from teachers. The school library will usually be open for student use. The cafeteria will not be open for the purchase of food.

Bus Policy

Bus students who occasionally need to ride a different bus must submit a note from a parent/guardian before 8:40 a.m. and pick up the Bus Pass at 3:00 p.m. from the office. Students are reminded  that busing to/from school is a privilege.  If behaviour warrants, this privilege will be revoked for a period of time. Also, all rules applying to school conduct and bus travel also  apply on school trips, field trips, and athletic activities. Non-bused students are not permitted to travel to/from school on a bus.

Dance Policy

Secondary Student Identification Card is required for admission to any dance.  An MDHS student may sign in one guest (in advance) who must present their student card, and accompany the MDHS student to the dance. Students are responsible for their guest’s behaviour. Any individual may be refused admission at the discretion of the staff members on duty. No student may return to the dance once he/she has left.

Smoking

No Smoking or Vaping on School Property

The use of any tobacco products (for example cigarettes and chewing tobacco) are not allowed on school property. Using e-cigarettes and vaping on school grounds or during school events is also prohibited. The Smoke-Free Ontario Act is a law that bans anyone (including visitors) from smoking or holding lit tobacco on school property, 24 hours a day. This also includes smoking in your car on school property. You can be fined $305 for breaking these laws. Supplying anyone under the age of 19 with tobacco is against the law and you may be fined $365. School staff will report cases of tobacco use or supplying tobacco to the Tobacco Enforcement

Officer at the Health Unit. Littering, especially our neighbours’ properties is unacceptable and creates conflict between them and the school community. Do not put cigarette butts on their property.

Responsibility for Values

The Avon Maitland District School Board, Mitchell District High School and its staff will not be responsible for any personal property brought to the school.

Every year we receive reports of students losing valuables from Physical Education change rooms.   Do not take valuables to this area of the school. You are advised to keep all valuables at home and not to share your locker combination with anyone.

Student Fees

Students enrolled in the schools of Avon Maitland DSB can expect to be provided with the basic classroom learning resources that are required in order to complete the course expectations. It is recognized  there  may be optional resources that students may purchase to enhance their programs:

  • field trips, workbooks, art supplies, and technology

Grade 9 to 12 students pay an annual student activity fee of $25 for a student card that helps defray the operational costs of school clubs, teams, events, and activities.

Students involved in teams, groups and clubs will be made aware of any additional fundraising obligations or participation fees prior to making a commitment to participate.

A yearbook may be purchased annually at an additional cost.

Assessment and Evaluation

The primary purpose of assessment, evaluation, and reporting is to improve student learning. We are committed to designing and implementing authentic assessment strategies that promote improved student achievement, encourage students to set goals for learning, help establish plans for teaching, and assist parents/guardians in supporting the learning of the provincial curriculum expectations.

Academic Dishonesty

The Avon Maitland DSB values the highest standards of academic conduct. Research for essays, projects and assignments is an important part of learning. Our students  learn proper procedures  for  citing the work of others and are honest about the work they submit under their own name. A variety of research methods which are appropriate to the subject, grade and course type are  taught to help students avoid plagiarism (the unaccredited use of others’ work, from sources such as the Internet, books, magazines).  Students  are  strongly encouraged to work with their teachers to ensure that the work submitted is honest and reflects the student’s’ best efforts and learning.

When it is clear a student has not been academically honest, teachers, department heads and school administration view the results as a serious matter with progressive consequences. Consequences  for academic dishonesty may include, but are not limited to, any of the following:

  • Discussion with the teacher and/or principal about the importance of academic honesty;
  • Reduction in the student’s learning skills achievement;
  • Resubmission of the assignment or completion of an alternative assignment;
  • Additional testing;
  • A mark penalty on the assignment;
  • Loss of credit

Late or Missed Assignment

The policy on late or missed assignments is outlined in the course of study for each subject. The courses of study are provided to the students at the beginning of the course. It is important to note  the consequence for students who submit an assignment late or do not complete assignments for evaluation, can include:

  • A mark deduction of up to 10% (up to one level) on the assignment;
  • Receive an I (insufficient evidence to evaluate) and/or
  • Learning skills achievement reduction

Honour Roll

To be included on the MDHS Honour Roll:

  • Grade 7 and 8 students require an 5% or greater average
  • Grade 9 and 10 students require an 80% or greater average in their 8
  • Grade 11 students require an 80% or greater average on the best seven credits achieved in the current school
  • Grade 12 students require an 80% or greater average on the best six senior level credits achieved in the current or previous school

Visitors

All visitors to the school MUST report to the office to sign in and speak with an administrator.  Students are expected to inform their visitor-friends of this requirement and are encouraged to report unfamiliar people to the office.

Library

  • The mission of the MDHS library media centre is to support student learning and promote information literacy and a love of reading, which are essential to critical thinking and independent, life-long
  • The library media centre is open daily from 8:30 m. to 3:20 p.m.
  • Books are checked out for a two week
  • A maximum of five books can be signed out at one
  • Late returns will be fined 10¢ per book per day, to a maximum of $15.00.
  • All books must be returned and outstanding fines paid by the last day of
  • A wide variety of ebooks are available to sign out, as are several e-readers.
  • Food and drink are not permitted in the library media
  • Computers in the library must be used responsibly for academic work

Code of Conduct for Use of Technology

Our computer network is a tool for students and staff engaged in academic work, and we depend on it operating reliably. To ensure reliable operation the following rules are in place.

Use of technology will be for curriculum and/or professional development purposes only. There shall be no downloading of music, movies, tv programs, computer programs, executable files, etc. Students are not to change any settings on school computers. Students are given 100 print credits per school year.

Internet access through a Board computer will not be used for:

  • Private commercial purposes unrelated to the Board,
  • Illegal or unauthorized acts,
  • Participation in Internet News conference and/or chat rooms outside of those provided by the Avon Maitland District School Board system without specific approval of a school
  • Software and other information downloaded from the Internet will be used in a business-like manner (no pirating of software and all sources of information must be cited). Do no run programs from flash drives or CD roms or download programs from the internet
  • Virus protection software is to be used on all software or data files received from any sources prior to using the software/files on a school

Read and follow the generally accepted rules of “Network Etiquette” as posted in school.

Protect your password to ensure system security and change your password regularly to protect yourself. Do not share your password with anyone or use another student’s account.

Students are given 100 print credits per year. The charge for additional pages is $5.00 for 100 pages

The Avon Maitland District School Board reserves the right to monitor all traffic in and out of the Board’s Internet access point (through Board owned and operated computers), to review any material on user accounts and to monitor fileserver space in order for the Board to make determinations about whether specific uses of the network are appropriate. Students who fail to abide by this code of conduct are subject to disciplinary measures which include, but are not limited to, temporary or permanent revocation of computer privileges.

Students are responsible for asking permission to photograph or videotape other students. Photos or videos of others may not be disseminated electronically, posted on websites, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other forms of social media without the individual’s expressed consent (and parental consent) and the informed consent of the teacher. The use of technology in private ares such as bathrooms and change-room is prohibited.

Unacceptable and Inappropriate Use of Technology Resources

Students are prohibited from possessing, sending, forwarding, posting, accessing, or displaying electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal. This prohibition also applies to conduct off school property, whether the equipment used to send such messages is district-owned or personally owned, if it results in a substantial disruption to the educational environment. Any person taking, disseminating, transferring, possessing, or sharing obscene, sexually oriented, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or other content, commonly referred to as “sexting,”

Accessing the Wireless Network

  • Search for the “amdsb-guest” wireless network;
  • Open a browser (internet explorer, firefox, or chrome). It will ask you to accept a security certificate; accept it. You should get to a login page;
  • The user name is the same as you use to log in to Novell: first 4 letters of your first name, first 4 letters of your last and a three-digit number (which are the first three digits of your OEN);
  • Password: Your Novell Password;
  • Once you log in you will be redirected to a scan page. This will check that your computer passes. It may require a Java update, and it will look for an acceptable virus scanner. It will also look for programs it doesn’t like, such as if Frostwire (or other file sharing programs) is open (it’s fine to have it installed, just not open). A message will inform you if there is a problem.