WCDSB Mission and Vision
WCDSB Code of Conduct:
The Waterloo Catholic District School Board recognizes the inherent dignity and worth of the individual. All individuals concerned with the school system -trustees, staff, students, parents, visitors to schools –are subject to the following code of conduct; a code of conduct that will be implemented within the Catholic faith life experience of each school community and consistent with the Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations, the Safe School’s provisions of the Education Act and Regulations and the constitutional right of Catholic school boards to manage their schools as stated through section 93 of the Constitution Act, 1867. APC 018 Code of Conduct
School Improvement Plan for Student Achievement
Safety of the pupils is a concern that both the home and the school share. We respectfully request that you follow these procedures:
- If a child will be absent in the morning or all day please call the school prior to 8:30 A.M.
- Likewise, if the student will be absent in the afternoon, please telephone the school before 12:20 P.M.
- Please do not expect a brother or sister to deliver the message.
- If a child is absent and the school has not been notified, then the school will attempt to call the parent or guardian as soon as possible after 8:30 A.M. or 12:20 P. M. If you cannot be contacted, please be sure the office has emergency contacts who can verify your child’s location. Please be sure to update these as necessary.
- When your child does return to school, we require a note of explanation for our records even if you had phoned previously.
For your convenience, the school has a telephone answering machine for after-school hours. You may leave your message on the tape. When notifying the school of the absence, include your child’s name, the teacher’s name and the expected duration of the absence.
- If your child will be away for an extended time, please be aware that if the child “Does not provide evidence of expectations addressed during the absence,… evidence of achievement will be considered incomplete, recorded and treated as such at reporting times.” (Administrative Policy Memorandum APC022: “Elementary School Policy Assessment Evaluation, Grading and Reporting”, p.6). When your child returns from a vacation work will be kept for them to complete on their return.
The Waterloo Catholic District School Board sends a Transportation Booklet: Policies and Procedures to all parents of children who ride to school on a bus. All parents are advised to read and discuss the policies with their children. Riding on a school bus is a privilege, and appropriate behaviour on the bus is an expectation that the school and the bus company has for all children. In the event that a child does act inappropriately on the bus, the school will contact home and appropriate action will be taken. Continued misbehaviour will result in withdrawal of riding privileges. Please remind your child if he/she misses the bus to go home, he/she must come to the office. The secretary will call home and request that you come and pick up your child. Inclement weather arrangements will be made in November. Be assured that your child will not leave the school without your prior notification.
Expectations for Student Behaviour
demonstrate honesty, integrity and healthy lifestyle
¨ not be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs
As Christians we believe we are each made in the image and likeness of God, and treat all human life with respect.
¨ respect differences in people, their ideas and opinions
¨ respect the dignity, rights and fair treatment of others, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability; at all times especially when there is a disagreement
¨ respect the sacredness of human life
¨ take appropriate measures to help those in need by witnessing to Catholic social teaching
¨ respect the need of others to work in an environment of learning, teaching and safety
¨ not provide others with alcohol or illegal drugs
¨ Physical aggression – not inflict or encourage others to inflict bodily harm on another person
We build community by working together with cooperation and respect so that each person can grow in a safe and caring community.
Respect for Rules and Authority
¨ respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws
¨ demonstrate citizenship
¨ respect persons who are in a position of authority
¨ demonstrate regular attendance and punctuality
¨ respect and honour the appropriate dress specified by the school community
¨ demonstrate appropriate and ethical use of technology
¨ respect guidelines regarding use of personal items (e.g. cell phones, pagers and personal stereos)
¨ Weapons – not be in possession of any weapon, including but not limited to firearms
¨ Weapons – not use any object to threaten or intimidate another person
¨ Weapons – not cause injury to any person with an object
¨ in the case of physical aggression, seek staff assistance, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully
Working together as a community requires rules, respect and self discipline. We have rules to ensure the safety and well being of students and staff.
Respect for the Environment
¨ show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others
¨ actively participate in maintaining a clean, orderly school environment including extending this respect for the environment beyond the school and while representing our school in the community Reason:
The school and its surrounding environment are gifts of God. It is everyone’s responsibility, and to our benefit, to protect and care for our learning environment.
Respect for Academic Achievement
¨ demonstrate honesty in achieving academic expectations.
¨ come prepared with the necessary materials
¨ demonstrate responsibility for completion of assignments
By developing their talents and abilities at school, students contribute to a positive learning environment.
The education of the students is a shared responsibility of the parents, teachers, and student. To this end, our code of conduct is intended to assist parents and school personnel in the effective guidance of the child. When inappropriate behaviour occurs, it is our intent to deal with it promptly and directly in a spirit of impartiality and fairness. The nature of the misconduct, its seriousness and frequency will determine the consequences that are applied. The following supportive interventions are possible.
- Informal discussion with student
- Completion of incident form
- Formal interview with student
- Loss of privileges
- Detention of student
- Communication with parents
- Parental interview and/or involvement
- Requiring student to make restitution
- iour intervention plan
- In-school time out
- Suspension, Expulsion
- Involvement of Board’s Student Services personnel
- Involvement of outside agencies (i.e. Family & Social Services, Police, etc.)
Student Dress Code
The Waterloo Catholic District School Board believes:
- That equity derives from the respect and dignity due all persons as created in the image of God.
- A responsible citizen is one who contributes to the common good (Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations #4).
- A collaborative contributor is one who respects the rights, responsibilities and contribution of self and others (OCSGE #5).
The provincial Ministry of Education outlines the following guiding principle:
A school is a place that promotes responsibility, respects civility and academic excellence, in a safe learning and teaching environment.
The ‘Dress Code for Students’ is the standard for student dress at St. Agatha School and is consistent with the provincial Education Act, related regulations and Board policies.
The ‘Dress Code” is intended for all students enrolled at the school (Junior Kindergarten – Grade Eight). While the ‘Dress Code’ addresses student dress, it is recognized that the school staff have a moral and professional responsibility to be role models for the pupils. They should dress appropriately and in a manner that is consistent with the expectations for students. It is expected that each student will comply with the ‘Dress Code’ during a regular school day or when attending a school-related activity off campus (e.g. field trip; athletic event, etc.). Exceptions may be allowed when approved differently by the administration of the school (e.g. wearing of hats on “Hat Day”). The ‘Dress Code’ is an extension of the school’s ‘Code of Conduct’ for students and is an important aspect of the maintenance of a safe, respectful learning environment.
- Gang related clothing, colours and paraphernalia is strictly forbidden at all times.
- Clothing with derogatory / disrespectful writing, pictures and/or logos is prohibited. Messages that are racist, profane, promote substance abuse or are sexually suggestive shall not be worn at school or school-related activities.
- The length of machine finished/hemmed shorts skirts and dresses should be no shorter than mid-thigh.
- Wide-strapped (minimum 5 cm), sleeveless tops are permitted.
- Tube tops, see through shirts and blouses, spandex tops, halter tops, low cut tops and midriff tops shall not be worn to school or school-related activities.
- A shirt or top must be worn at all times, even when outside in hot weather.
- Undergarments should not show.
- Caps, hats, visors and toques are not to be worn inside the school or at indoor school-related activities.
Students who violate the ‘Dress Code’ will be given a warning and their parent/guardian will be notified. They will be directed to change into other available clothing. Subsequent violations may result in the student being sent home to change. Repeated offences could also lead to a suspension.
Students and parents are requested to remember the following when choosing clothing and dressing for school:
- Outerwear including boots, jackets, gloves, etc. should not be worn in the classroom.
- Outerwear, knapsacks, lunch bags, etc. should be placed in an appropriate location, as directed by the teacher during class.
- To maintain the cleanliness of the building, each student should have a pair of non-marking running shoes for the classroom and the gymnasium. A second pair of shoes/boots should be worn outside.
- For safety reasons (e.g. emergency dismissal), each pupil should wear shoes at all times.
- Each pupil should dress appropriately for the weather conditions (e.g. warm clothing for outdoor play during the winter months).
- Articles of clothing, lunch bags, knapsacks, etc. should be labeled with the child’s name.
Note: This ‘Dress Code for Students’ will be reviewed at least once every five years with the school community
St. Agatha School Rules
- Treat all staff and students with respect.
- When students arrive at school in the morning, they are to go directly to the playground.
- Before school and during recess students must have a pass to enter the school.
- Walk quietly in the halls.
- Follow the dress code.
- Students are to remain outside of a classroom until their supervising teacher allows them entry.
- All school property is to be respected.
- No body contact.
- Students should play in a peaceful, respectful manner.
- Playground Equipment – no tag or running in this area is permitted. Stones are to be left on the ground at all times.
- On even numbered days, primary students are allowed to use the creative playground equipment. On odd numbered days, junior and intermediate students are allowed to use the creative playground equipment
- Goalposts, fences, stair railings, the gym porch are not part of the playground equipment. The hill beyond the baseball diamond and all treed areas are out of bounds.
- The following areas are to be used only to leave and enter the school and are not to be occupied during recess times:
- the ramp and banister by the Gr. 4 / 5 classrooms
- the stairs and entrance by the Grade 6 / 7 / 8 classrooms
- the concrete pad at the primary entrance