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Sir Samuel Steele Public School
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Rationale
To ensure that Sir Samuel Steele Public School is a safe, pleasant and productive place for all students, staff and visitors, the following guidelines are essential.
Our primary goal is to develop a sense of responsibility , self-discipline and respect for successful living in today's society.
 
Expectations
Academic Standards
Schoolwork is a priority. All assignments should be completed to the
best of each student's ability and handed in on time.
Respect
Each student is to show respect for self, peers, staff, visitors and the community.
Students are expected to take care of materials whether they are their own or belong
to others. Special care should be taken of the school building and property.
 
Lates and Absences
Students who enter the school after 9:00 a.m. or 12:45 p.m. will be sent to the office for an
admit slip. Habitual lateness could result in detentions to make up time lost.
Parents are requested to phone the school (723-2944) in advance regarding student absence.
Please relay your child's name, teacher's name and reason for absence. The answering machine
is on between 4:30 p.m. -8:00 a.m. Persistent inconsistent attendance could lead to a referral
to the attendance counsellor.
Parents or emergency contacts are telephoned if the school has not been contacted.
Students must have a note from a parent in order to leave school early. They must
report to the office before leaving the building.
 
Accident
If a student requires medical attention for a physical injury, an Incident Report Form will be
completed at the office. Parents will be contacted. If parents cannot be reached, the school
will take the appropriate emergency action to ensure the safety and well being of the student .
 
Medication
Medication is not administered to students by school personnel unless directed by a doctor.
A "Request for Administration of Medication" form must be completed, signed by the parent and be kept on file in the school office. These forms are available from the school office. The form must be signed by your doctor! Students should not bring medication to school without following the above procedures.
 
Lunch Room
We encourage students to go home for lunch or for parents to make alternate arrangements to eat lunch off school property if possible. Staying at school for lunch is a privilege. Students going home for lunch should return no sooner than 15 minutes before t~e entry bell when adequate supervision is available.
Students staying for lunch are expected to behave in an acceptable and appropriate manner. Failure to comply with rules could result in the suspension of lunch privileges.
 
Exclusion from Recess
At times a student's behaviour on the school yard may warrant his/her removal from the yard for some recess detention times. Parents may be notified of these occasions by the office.
 
Exclusion from Class
When a student's class behaviour seriously interferes with the learning of others, he/she may
be sent to the office. The exclusion may be for the remainder of the period or up to the rest of the school day. In the latter case parents will be notified by phone. Repeated exclusions could lead to a formal suspension.
 
Entry and Dismissal
Students are expected to be on time and enter in a quiet orderly manner through their designated doors. Upon dismissal students are to leave the school area unless they are
involved in an after school activity.
 
Out of Bounds Areas
Any unsupervised area is deemed out-of-bounds.
Electrical/Mechanical Rooms, Custodial Areas, Staff Room and Workrooms are such areas in
the school. The parking lot, the bicycle racks and the park area are to be avoided during school hours.
 
Bike Riding
Students in Grades 4 to 7 are permitted to bring bicycles to school. Please be aware of safety rules, including the wearing of helmets. Bikes are to be wheeled on and off school property. They are to be placed in the bicycle rack immediately upon arrival, and locked. Students must then leave the bicycle area and stay away from the bike racks during recess.
 
Miscellaneous Equipment
Skate boards, roller blades, scooters, Indian rubber balls, hard balls and golf balls cannot be brought to school. Baseball, hockey and lacrosse are only to be played in a fully supervised setting. (i.e. a Phys. Ed. Class not recess.)
Students are discouraged from bringing electronic equipment to school including pagers, cell phones, portable tapes, CD and game players. The school cannot be responsible for loss or damage to such items. Students may not use them at school and therefore they are best left at home.
 
Dress Code
Proper attire is to be worn to school at all times. Clothing should be clean and in good repair. Shorts and skirts should at least meet the fingertips when arms are extended at one's side. Undergarments are to be covered completely. T -shirts with inappropriate slogans and/or pictures and tops which expose the midriff, or tops with spaghetti straps are not to be worn
to school. No hats are to be worn in class.
It is recommended that students have footwear at school to be worn in class/gym. This footwear should have non-marking soles. A T -shirt, shorts or track pants are also required for gym.
Code of Conduct
 
Students are expected to:
1) fulfill academic responsibilities
2) conduct themselves in a quiet, orderly and respectful manner
3) handle school equipment and materials responsibly
4) dress appropriately as indicated in the Dress Code section and refrain from wearing anything
that may be deemed as racist or gang related.
 
Students shall refrain from:
1) physical assault
2) intimidation, harassment, bullying
3) verbal, sexual or psychological abuse (i.e. teasing)
4) discrimination based on race, culture, religion, gender, language
or disability
5) abusive language (including swearing) or gestures
6) persistent opposition to authority
7) destroying, defacing or damaging school or personal property
8) theft
9) truancy
10) carrying tobacco, weapons, (including replicas) lighters, drugs, laser pointers or alcohol on
school property
11) throwing stones, snowballs, ice etc.
 
Consequences
Unacceptable behaviour may be dealt with by using any of the following strategies depending on the severity of the act.
1) warning
2) verbal reprimand
3) time out
4) detention
5) phone call home
6) parent interview
7) student contract and/or personal communication book
8) removal of privileges
9) restitution
10) exclusion from class or school activity
11) in-school suspension
12) suspension from school
13) police involvement
14) expulsion

 
Bully-Free Policy
We, the students of Sir Samuel Steele Public School agree to join together to stamp out bullying at our school.
We believe that everybody should enjoy our school equally, and feel safe, secure and accepted
regardless of colour, race, general, popularity, athletic ability, intelligence, religion and nationality.
Bullying can be pushing, shoving, hitting, and spitting, as well as name calling, picking on,
making fun of, laughing at, and excluding someone. Bullying causes pain and stress to victims and is never justified or excusable as "kids being kids," "just teasing" or any other rationalization. The victim is never responsible for being a target of bullying.
By signing this pledge, we the students agree to:
1. Value student differences and treat others with respect.
2. Not become involved in bullying incidents or be a bully.
3. Be aware of the school's policies and support system with regard to bullying.
4. Report honestly and immediately all incidents of bullying to a staff member.
5. Be alert in places around the school where there is less adult supervision such as
bathrooms, corridors, and stairwells.
6. Support students who have been or are subjected to bullying.
7. Talk to teachers and parents about concerns and issues regarding bullying.
8. Work with other students and staff, to help the school deal with bullying effectively.
9. Encourage teachers to discuss bullying issues in the classroom.
10. Provide a good role model for younger students and support them if bullying occurs.
11. Participate fully and contribute to assemblies dealing with bullying.

 
Homework Guidelines
1. Definition of Homework
Homework is a planned and purposeful part of the total program and is linked to The
Ontario Curriculum
learning expectations, learning skills and the Ministry of Education reporting guidelines.
2. Importance of Homework for School Success
Research has shown that students achieve academic success more consistently when
parents/guardians are involved in their child's education. Homework is one vehicle for involving
parents/guardians directly and strengthening the partnership between home and school.
3. The Purpose of Homework
A well designed homework program:
- meets the needs of individual students
- extends and supports learning through related out-of-school activities .encourages the development of self-discipline, good work habits, and positive attitudes towards independent study and lifelong learning
- enables parents/guardians to see for themselves what their children are learning at school
- balances work in school and work at home
4. Suggested Time Guidelines
The amount of time a student spends on homework depends on a number of factors. These include:
- the student's needs
- the student's age and grade
- the specific subject and its difficulty for the student
- the proximity of tests, examinations and due dates
- the opportunities which the student has during the school day to complete homework

PLAGIARISM AND/OR CHEATING
- Plagiarism of print or Internet material is illegal and therefore, forbidden.
- cheating on tests/examinations or submitting assessment tasks copied from another student is
forbidden.
- Plagiarism and1or cheating will result in a mark of zero for the assignment.
- Teachers will notify administration and parent/guardian of student plagiarism/cheating and the
incident will be recorded.
- The use of computerized translator software is forbidden for international language courses.
- The unauthorized use of technology for assessment and evaluation (e.g. programmable
calculators) is forbidden.