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Our School Policies
CODE OF BEHAVIOUR



The staff of Tamworth Elementary Schools believe that it is important to provide top quality, comprehensive programs responsive to the needs of each individual pupil and to promote a spirit of partnership with the staff,  parents, and community. Together our focus is to improve student achievement in literacy and numeracy within a safe, caring, and respectful environment.

This code of behaviour sets out the standards of behaviour which are expected of all members of the school community in order to create a positive climate in the school. Respect, responsibility, courtesy and academic excellence are promoted so that all members of the school community will feel safe, comfortable and accepted.  The purpose of this code of behaviour is:
  • to ensure that all members of the school community, especially people in positions of authority, are treated with respect and dignity
  • to promote responsible citizenship by encouraging appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community
  • to maintain an environment where conflict and difference can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and courtesy
  • to encourage the use of non-violent means to resolve conflict
  • to promote the safety of people in school
  • to discourage the use of alcohol and drugs
Students are to be treated with respect and dignity.  In return, they must demonstrate respect for themselves, for others and for the responsibilities of citizenship through acceptable behaviour.  Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student:

  • comes to school prepared, on time, and ready to learn;
  • shows respect for himself or herself, for others and for those in authority;
  • refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others; and
  • follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his or her own actions.
Students are to comply with the behaviour expectations 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.



Respect


Expected Behaviour
Reasons for Expected Behaviour

  • respect differences in people, their ideas, and their opinions
  • respect all members of the school community, especially persons in positions of authority
  • treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is a disagreement
  • respect and treat others fairly, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability
  • respect the rights of others
  • respect self and others
All members of the school community have the right to:
  • be treated with respect and dignity
  • an environment where conflict and differences can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and civility
  • have a right to the use of non-violent means to resolve conflict
  • a learning environment free from the influences of drugs and alcohol
  • an environment conducive to learning


Courteous and Responsible Citizenship


Expected Behaviour
Reasons for Expected Behaviour

  • seek assistance from a member of the school staff, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully
  • take appropriate measures to help those in need
  • demonstrate honesty and integrity
  • participate appropriately in the civic life of the school community
  • not swear at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority
  • respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial, and municipal laws
  • show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others
Responsible citizenship involves:
  • appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community.  Active and engaged citizens are aware of their rights, but more importantly, they accept responsibility for protecting their rights and the rights of others.
  • taking care of our school buildings, furniture and supplies
  • understanding that the costs associated with vandalism and theft are an additional financial burden to students, their parents/guardians and other taxpayers


                

Academic Excellence


Expected Behaviour
Reasons for Expected Behaviour

Work Habits
Each student is expected to maintain good work habits by:
  • completing all homework, assignments, and projects as directed by the required deadline
  • making up missed work
  • coming to class prepared and ready to participate (with the necessary books, pens, calculators, gym wear etc. as appropriate)
  • participating constructively in class           

  • students who are engaged in the learning process are more successful
  • good work habits learned and practised in school will be valuable throughout life


Attendance
Each student is expected to:
  • maintain regular attendance
  • be punctual
  • notify the school in case of absences and late arrival

  • good attendance helps you achieve goals and benefit from all school activities and services
  • arriving late interrupts the learning of others

Academic Honesty
Each student is expected to:
  • submit work which represents their own efforts
  • acknowledges the source of information used in completing their work.

  • students have the right and responsibility to be assessed and evaluated on their own work
        

Safety


Expected Behaviour
Reasons for Expected Behaviour
        

All members of the school community must not:
  • engage in bullying behaviours
  • commit sexual assault
  • traffic weapons or illegal drugs
  • commit robbery
  • be in possession of any weapon, including firearms
  • use any object to threaten or intimidate another person
  • cause injury to any person with an object
  • be in possession of, be under the influence of, or provide others with alcohol or illegal drugs        
  • inflict or encourage others to inflict bodily harm on another person
  • engage in hate propaganda and other forms of behaviour motivated by hate or bias
  • commit an act of vandalism that causes damage to school property or to property located on the premises of the school
All members of the school community have the right to be safe and to feel safe in their school community.





        

Dress Code
Members of the school community are reminded that an appropriate style of dress that supports student learning is required at school.
This style requires that:
  • Shorts, skirts, straps, and dresses be of appropriate length and width.
  • Halter tops, cut-off shirts, mesh/fishnet shirts, bathing suits, or similar types of shirts not be worn to school and that shirts must remain buttoned with no undergarments visible.
  • Students wear apparel that is free from abusive or profane language or that promote alcohol or drugs in order that the positive moral tone of the school be maintained.
  • Students are expected to remove their caps in the school setting.
  • Outside footwear not to be worn in the classroom and that students wear shoes in the classroom at all times.  Gym shoes may be worn for both the gym and the classroom.
  • Students be prepared and dressed accordingly to take advantage of the outdoor breaks (recesses/noon hour).  On such occasions when rain occurs, when the temperature falls too low, or the wind chill is high, then the children may be kept indoors.
Progressive Discipline and Consequences for Inappropriate Behaviour
Progressive discipline is a whole school approach that utilizes a continuum of interventions, support and consequences that include opportunities for reinforcing positive behaviour while helping students make good choices.  The focus is on a corrective and supportive approach.  
Mitigating and other factors will be taken into consideration prior to assigning a consequence.  
When inappropriate behaviour occurs, a range of interventions, supports, and consequences may be implemented that are developmentally appropriate, that include opportunities for students to learn from their mistakes, and are focussed on improving behaviour.  These may include, but are not limited to, suspensions or expulsions. The frequency, severity and type of behaviour will be taken into consideration.
                                                                        
We R.O.C.K At TAMWORTH



R ...  Respect
showing high regard for authority, other people, self and community
treating others as you would want to be treated
using polite, well-mannered behaviour towards others

    ...  Responsibility
being accountable in word and deed
having a sense of duty to fulfill tasks with reliability, dependability and commitment
telling the truth and admitting wrong doing
being trustworthy and acting with integrity

O ... Optimism
striving to reach your personal best

persisting in efforts to improve yourself or a situation, even when it would be easier to give up
being pleased with the goals that you have accomplished
        
C ... Citizenship
co-operating with one another
recognizing the uniqueness and value of each individual

  ...  Co-operation
working together for a comon purpose
being able to take winning or losing without gloating or complaining

K ... Kindness
showing understanding of others by treating them with kindness, compassion, generosity and a forgiving spirit
showing care, concern and empathy for the needs of other people
being sensitive, supportive and forgiving of others

We believe in the pursuit of learning
while building a strong sense of caring and respect for all.

Volunteers
Each year Tamworth Elementary and Enterprise Public Schools welcomes members from our parent and school community to help our staff enhance the learning experience of our students as school volunteers. Volunteers play an integral role in our learning community and provide services such as working one-to-one and with small groups, providing enrichment activities, and supervising lunchtime activities. Please contact the Vice-Principal or Student Support Teacher for details.  

Visitors
You are always welcome to come and visit the school. When you arrive, please go to the main office and let the secretary know you are in the school. We are pleased to page your child from their classroom to help reduce disruptions. If you are planning on staying for some of the day, please sign the record book in the front entrance and pick up a visitor tag.

Healthy Snacks and Lunches



Food Sharing Project
Enterprise Public and Tamworth Elementary Schools promote healthy eating habits. Through the Food Sharing Project we provide a nutritious snack for those children who may come to school without breakfast or who ate so early they may be hungry before our regular mid-morning snack time. ALL STUDENTS may access this program at anytime. Labelled tubs are delivered each morning to the classrooms.

Snacks Are Inside
We encourage all our students to have a nutritious snack in the morning.  Parents/ guardians are asked to notify their child’s teacher should there be any food allergies of which we should be aware.  The school requests that families send healthy food and drinks from Canada’s Food Guide. To help make our school grounds litter free and to ensure the safety of our students (choking and bee stings) we have garbage free recess outside.

Milk
White and chocolate milk are sold daily at the school. Parents are asked to send the money on MONDAY ONLY (Tuesdays for JK students at Tamworth and kindergarten students at Enterprise) as our milk is delivered early Monday morning and only enough milk is purchased for the week.

Special Lunch Days
Special lunches such as pizza, subs, mac & cheese, and hot dogs will be available again this year.  These special meal days will be on Thursdays at Enterprise and Fridays at Tamworth. Orders must be in on MONDAY (Tuesdays for JK students at Tamworth and kindergarten students at Enterprise). Special lunches will be delivered to the classrooms.

Cheese Sales
Cheese is sold on a regular basis as a school fund raiser.  The profits received by the school is approximately 30%.  The monies help purchase books for the Resource Centre, sports equipment, assist with school trips and other essential school needs.  If your family normally buys cheese, perhaps you could support the school by placing an order.  We would love a volunteer to help us sort and organize these orders each month.   Please contact the school if you would be interested.

Medications
Students may require medication during the year. If parents wish to request that the medication be administered by school personnel, forms must be obtained from the school and completed by both the parents and the family doctor. These forms are kept on file in the school office.  Please see the Principal if you require these forms.

Advance Absence & Transportation Changes
If your son or daughter is going to be absent, we ask that you either send a note or phone and leave a message on the answering machine the night before.  Please do not leave a change of transportation message on the machine.  You should send a note or talk to the secretary directly for messages regarding transportation changes.

Student Accident Insurance
Parents/guardians are encouraged to purchase at least the basic insurance, particularly if their child is active on school teams or in extra curricular activities.  Accidents often result in major dental restorative work being required, which in most cases is expensive.  The basic level of student accident insurance covers the dental work required as well as any future dental work due to the accident. If parents already have insurance to cover the costs of an injury then there is no need to purchase the insurance. If parents are in need of the coverage, they can send in the application form or enrol at www.insuremykids.com.

Scent Awareness and Peanut Safe Schools
The Limestone District School Board values all of its employees, students, care givers and community partners.  Due to health concerns arising from exposure to scented products and peanuts, and in an effort to support a healthy, safe educational environment for all, we have established both schools as being “Peanut Safe” and are implementing a “Scent Awareness Program”. We recognize that exposure to peanuts or strong scents and fragrances in the environment can cause discomfort, as well as directly impact the health of some individuals.  In order to provide an environment that supports teaching and learning, all staff, students, volunteers and visitors need to be mindful that peanuts and scented products are problematic for many individuals and to refrain from wearing/using these products on Board premises, during Board sanctioned activities, and on school buses.

Pediculosis (Head Lice)
Head lice checks occur throughout the year as required.  If a child is found to have head lice the procedures outlined will be followed to prevent further cases developing:

The parent or designate will be contacted, made aware of the situation and expected to make arrangements to pick up the child.
When the parent arrives, a fact sheet will be given which outlines the treatment procedures.
There will be communication between the home and school during the treatment period to confirm its success.
Students must have completed treatment in order to return to school.

Inclement Weather & Bus Cancellations



In case of unsafe road conditions, please listen to local radio and television stations for the announcements of bus cancellations or delays, or sign up for our automatic email notifications of delays at http://www.triboard.on.ca.  

Decisions about canceling transportation services usually occur very early in the morning of a school day, and are based on the latest information about road conditions and weather forecasts.

Due to the large geographic area, many different weather conditions may exist at the same time throughout the district, as a result, some transportation services may be cancelled for one area and not another.  Please note, in the event of bus cancellations, schools will remain open, unless stated otherwise.  If the Board decides to close schools, this information is communicated through local media.  This is an extremely rare occurrence. If buses are cancelled in the morning, they will not run in the afternoon.  Any students who are driven to school on a bus cancellation day MUST be picked up at the end of the day from school.                      

SOUTHERN REGION


Kingston

MYFM
  • 88.7
CKLC
  • 1380 AM
OE FM
  • 96.3 FM
CKWS-TV
  • TV Cable 11
CFLY
  • 98.3 FM
CBC Ottawa
KIX
  • 102.7 FM
CBC Toronto
K-Rock
  • 105.7 FM
The Border
  • 106.7 FM


Belleville

MIX 97
  • 88.7
CBC Radio Canada
  • 107.5 FM
CJBQ
  • 96.3 FM
CBC Ottawa
CJOJ
  • 98.3 FM
CBC Toronto
UCBC
  • 102.7 FM

NORTHERN REGION


MOOSE (Bancroft)
  • 97.7 FM         
STAR (Denbigh)
  • 96.7 FM
CKBY (Ottawa)
  • 101.1 FM

For more information, please contact:

Tri-Board Transportation Services
81 Dairy Avenue
Napanee, Ontario K7R 1M5
613-354-1981 / 1-866-569-6638

Please be sure that you have discussed with your child the appropriate procedure to be followed in emergency weather situations.  It is the parents’ responsibility to determine whether or not it is safe for their children to go to school in inclement or severe weather.

If during the day worsening weather or road conditions, mechanical or electrical breakdown of essential school facilities, or power failure may require early school dismissal. In this event, the school will follow their emergency plan to dismiss students.  Contact your school’s principal for more information about individual school emergency response plans.

Please ensure that your child’s Emergency Contact Information is
complete and up to date.





Indoor Shoes
Students must remove outdoor shoes before entering the classroom. Indoor shoes need to be worn at all times during the day. It is wise to buy indoor shoes that can be worn for physial education as well

Hallway Procedures
  • Always walk
  • Single file - Keep to the right when veling as a class.
  • Be polite and quiet to respect other classes. It is important that students walk quietly through the hallways in order to avoid disrupting gps and classrooms.
  • Students must wear indoor shoes at all timeen in the school.
  • Hats must be removed when ering the building.
  • Students are not to chew gum in school.
Keeping Yor Personal Items Safe
During Physical Education classes or when out of your classes, it is recommended that students bring their personal items and clothes they have changed from into the gym area and place them on the stage so that their clothing and belongings can be kept safe. Students should have some kind of bag to keep their clothes in so that they can be neatly placed on the stage. If students have jewelry that needs to be removed and kept safe, it should be placed in a contaner.

Bikes at School

Students who choose to ride their bikes to school are requested to abide byhe following rules:
  • park bikes along the inside of e parking lot fence
  • maintain safe bicycle habits arriving and aving the bike area
  • bikes must be walked across the parking lot area at arrival and dismissal times
We suggest bikes be secured with a locking device which will help to prevent loss or damage during school hours.

Skateboards, Rollrblades, and Scooters

For safety and storage reasons, we ask that students do not bring roller blades, roller shoes, scooters or skateboards to school.

Leaving School Property During the Day

Students must have a note if they have parental permission to leave school property. These must be given to the teacher at the beginning of the day. If students have standing permission to leave at lunch, please send these notes to the office for photocopying. Students need to sign in and out in the student binder located outside the main office. If they have purchased food, it must be finished before they enter the school. We do not encourage the students to go downtown for lunch, as they are supervised and safe whe they stay at school.

Playground Behaviour

  • Stay in the designated arfor your division.
  • Be pectful of others.
  • Hands are for helping ... Keep your hands
  • feet to yourself.
  • Specified playground equipment is the only thing to be thrown.
  • These simple rules will help to ensure a safe and friendly playground for all.
Bus Behaviour

  • Be seated at all times on the bus. Only get up from your seat after the bus has come to a full stop when leaving the bus.
  • Listen to the bus driver and follow any directions given by the driver.
  • No eating or drinking on the bus.
  • No excessive noise on the bus for safety reasons.
  • Students must be respectful of all other people on the bus.
  • The bus is part of school and so the same behaviour is expected on the bus that is expected at school.
  • Students may not play with toys, games or radios on buses.  
  • Skates must be carried in a canvas type bag for safety reasons.  
Random Acts of Kindness

We will continue to stress the importance of respect, trustworthiness, honesty and friendship among all individuals in the school. To aid in this we are continuing with our incentive program called “Random Acts of Kindness”. In this program, staff and students are awarded a Random Act of Kindness slip when they are “caught” doing or saying good things to each other. Their slip is placed in a box that sits in the front foyer of the school. As part of morning announcements, slips are pulled from the box and students’ names are announced with a description of their act of kindness. They come to the office and choose an incentive prize. Students are recognized on a daily basis to promote character building and provide students with a good feeling which in turn builds self-cofidence.                 

Homework

Homework is an assigned task that students are asked to complete outside of regular class time. It may occur in several forms – unfinished daily work, an assigned homework exercise, long-range projects, review of units or themes studies, as well as reading at home on a daily basis. It is expected that schoolwork not completed in class or during the school day will be completed as homework. As well, an extended period of absence may require that work missed need be completed at home. Setting up a regular time and place to read, study, and complete assignments helps children to devep good study habits.
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Last Modified: May 27, 2010
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