School Policies

St. Joseph-Scollard Hall Catholic Secondary School

RATIONALE

Our code of behaviour exists to ensure that all members of our school community can participate in a positive and meaningful way in the mission of the school, and to foster a safe school environment that recognizes the self worth and dignity of each individual by ensuring accountability for actions and behaviour.

EXPECTATIONS

All students at St. Joseph-Scollard Hall are expected to observe the policies and procedures of the school as outlined in the Education Act and Regulations, Board Policy, and this Student Handbook. In particular, students are expected to:

  • demonstrate behaviours and attitudes that reflect Christian values and beliefs.
  • regard all members and guests of the school community with due respect and to value each person's uniqueness.
  • be diligent in both school attendance and punctuality.
  • fulfill the obligation to work to the best of their ability.
  • affirm each student's right to learn and each teacher's right to teach.
  • be willing to participate in school life by sharing in a positive spirit that develops cooperation, concern, acknowledgement, fairness, pride and good sportsmanship.
  • uphold high standards of grooming and appearance and to willingly comply with the Letter, the Intent and The Spirit of the established dress code.
  • support a healthy and positive school environment free from inappropriate expressions of sexuality and the influence of alcohol, drugs, and violence.
  • comply with all school procedures and expectations in courteous cooperation with everyone authorized to provide educational programs and services.

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES

As with students, parents have a responsibility to ensure that their children of compulsory school age attend school. Section 30 (I) of the Education Act provides:

30 (I) A parent or guardian of a child of compulsory school age who neglects or refuses to cause the child to attend school is, unless the child is legally excused from attendance, guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine of not more than $200.

With the new implementation of Bill 52, Learning to Age 18, "all students under 18 years of age are required to be in attendance at school unless they have already graduated or are otherwise excused from attendance at school." Legal sanctions in addition to the above fine for non-compliance with school attendance regulations are not yet in force.

Beyond this relatively basic requirement, parents do not have any formal legal responsibilities with respect to the education fo their children. In addition, there is little if any judicial commentary on the obligations of parents. At least one Ontario court has suggested that parents should assist their children with making reasonable efforts to comply with the disciplinary and academic requirements of a school but has stopped short of turning this into a legally enforceable obligation. For educators, this creates a sometimes perplexing anomaly. While education statutes create numerous obligations and responsibilities for students, teachers and principals, parents are not held to the same level of accountability. Yet, at the same time, parents are an integral part of the school community.

The Ontario Schools Code of Conduct goes some way to address this anomaly, indicating that parents have a "responsibility to support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment for all students". The Code of Conduct expressly provides that parents fulfil this responsibility when they:

  • show an active interest in their child's school work and progress;
  •  communicate regularly with school;
  • help their child be neat, appropriately dressed and prepared for school;
  • ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time;
  • promptly report to the school their child's absence or late arrival;
  • become familiar with the Code of Conduct and school rules;
  • encourage and assist their child in following the rules of behaviour;
  • assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues.

The Code of Conduct creates a framework for acceptable interaction between parents and school staff. The Code of Conduct makes it clear that, as a matter of government policy, educators in Ontario need not tolerate parental harassment. In this respect, the Code creates a valuable and, some would suggest, a long-needed standard of conduct for parents.


ASSESSMENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

STUDENTS (Rights)

  • to know how they are performing
  • to receive timely marking/grading
  • to have opportunities to improve their work
  • to get feedback which is formative
  • to understand how they are being evaluated prior to the evaluation
  • to be fully prepared for all assessment and evaluation experiences

TEACHERS (Rights)

  • to have students take charge of their own learning as active partners
  • to receive student submissions on time
  • to receive student submissions that reflect a student's best work
  • to reasonably expect students and parents to accept a teacher's professional judgment regarding assessment and evaluation
  • to have adequate training and in-service to implement sound assessment and evaluation practices

PARENTS (Rights)

  • to know on a regular and frequent basis how their child is performing
  • to know how their child is being assessed
  • to be able to contact teachers for advice or information regarding their child's progress
  • to be informed through their child about subject requirements, assessment and evaluation, and due dates for submission of work

STUDENTS (Responsibilities)

  • to complete all work to the best fo their ability
  • to submit work to teachers on time
  • to be active partners in the learning process
  • to take all opportunities to improve work after receiving feedback
  • to assist other students
  • to learn by providing focused feedback to them

TEACHERS (Responsibilities)

  • to prepare all students fully for assessment and evaluation
  • to grade and return student work in a timely manner
  • to be familiar with, and implement, assessment and evaluation practices that are consistent with Ministry and Board policies
  • to implement assessment and evaluation practices that are fair to all students
  • to keep parents fully informed regarding the progress of their child to report to parents as required

PARENTS (Responsibilities)

  • to initiate contact with teachers if and when difficulties arise
  • to ensure that their child completes all work assigned for homework
  • to monitor the progress of their child
  • to act as partner in the learning process
  • to take advantage of interview opportunities provided at parent interview nights
  • to ensure that students spend time at home preparing for evaluation
  • to know about, and monitor, due dates for submission of work

* adapted from page 18 of Consistency in Classroom Assessment - CODE May 2006 for the Ministry of Education