It is our aim to provide a safe, caring and supportive learning environment that recognizes the uniqueness, self-worth, dignity and diversity of each student. The parents, teachers and community will strive to work cooperatively to provide opportunities for our students to acquire the basic skills, knowledge and attitudes for life-long learning.
We are a community of life-long learners who work together for excellence in education at our school.
Wight Coach Lines have the responsibility for Dawn-Euphemia School and may be contacted at 519-882-0710.
Student Transportation Services: Toll Free #1-877-330-4287
Dawn-Euphemia School is in ZONE 6.
We also have students living in Zone 4 and 5.
SCHOOL BUS REGULATIONS
Every student riding this bus is responsible to the Principal for his or her conduct. Unsatisfactory behaviour will be reported. Above approved by the Lambton Kent District School Board.
- Students must obey the driver at all times.
- Bus will not wait for late students.
- Remain seated at all times.
- Do not litter or throw articles in or from the bus.
- No smoking/eating or drinking beverages of any kind.
- No obscene or profane language permitted.
- No fighting or scuffling allowed.
- Excessive noise will not be allowed.
- Stay back from moving bus before loading.
- Any damage to bus caused by students will be charged to them.
TOBACCO, ALCOHOL AND DRUGS
It is illegal for anyone to use tobacco, alcohol or drugs on school property and is prohibited at school related activities. If students are suspected of using, or are in possession of these substances, disciplinary action will be taken.
ACCESS TO SCHOOLS
All persons, including visitors, must report to the school office. Anyone visiting the school for any reason is asked to sign in at the office and obtain a visitor's badge. Despite being an authorized person to be on school premises (e.g. a parent or student), access to the school may be denied if the presence of a person is considered detrimental to the safety or well being of others at school.
EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING OR DISMISSAL
Any decision about school closing or buses not operating is made by the Director or Alternate at the LKDSB. If the school is to be closed or children dismissed early due to severe weather or other emergency circumstances, announcements will be made on local radio stations. An announcement will be made prior to 6:30 a.m. indicating whether buses are cancelled. The following stations will carry this news: AM CHOK (1070); CFCO (630), THE FOX (99.9), CKSY (94.3 or CHKS - 106.3 FM), CBC Windsor (1550 AM); CBC Sarnia (90.3 FM); CBC London (93.5 FM); CBC Chatham (88.1 FM); The Rock (95.1 FM); CHYR (96.7 FM); CJBK (1290 AM); UCB Canada (89.3). In addition to the local radio stations listed information is also available at www.schoolbusinfo.com, on the board's website www.lkdsb.net or on the LKDSB OnThe Go app. Our school is located in zone 6. However, we service zones 4, 5 and 6. If circumstances dictate early dismissal from school, we will telephone all families to make alternate arrangements. If parents or emergency personnel are not contacted, children will remain at the school with the principal.
SCHOOL ITEMS ON LOAN
Most items necessary for school programs are supplied by the school. These items are loaned to students with the understanding that they will be returned in good condition. Students may also have the opportunity to borrow school equipment, including uniforms. Replacement costs may be charged for any school articles or equipment lost or unnecessarily damaged. Students are also assigned desks and sometimes lockers. These are Board property and are subject to search under the direction of school administration. Students are not to leave valuables in their desks or unlocked lockers.
SAFE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT
It is the goal of the Lambton Kent District School Board to provide a safe learning and working environment for all students, staff and visitors to our schools. Every member of the school community has a responsibility to assist in creating and maintaining safe schools. We must all encourage and model respectful behaviour at all times.
The Safe Schools Act and LKDSB policies and regulations address the following areas:
Code of Conduct
Behaviour, Discipline and Safety
The LKDSB's Code of Conduct is established in keeping with the requirements of the provincial Code of Conduct and the standards of behaviour as set forth by the province of Ontario. For detailed information see LKDSB Regulations at www.lkdsb.net. Code of Conduct R-AD-111, Bullying P-AD-137, Progressive Discipline P-AD-110.
A school should be a place that promotes responsibility, respect, civility, and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment. A positive school climate exists when all members of the school community feel safe, comfortable, and accepted. All students, parents, teachers and staff members have the right to be safe, and to feel safe, in their school community. With this right comes the responsibility to contribute to a positive school climate, and to be accountable for actions that put the safety of others or oneself at risk.
This Code of Conduct applies to all individuals who participate in the school community whether they are on school property, on school buses, or at school-authorized events or activities. All participants in the school community are to be treated with respect and dignity, especially those in positions of authority, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.
All participants in the school community share responsibility for maintaining an environment where conflict and difference can be addressed through non-violent means in a manner characterized by respect and civility. Behaviour which is aggressive or threatening in any way has no place in our school communities.
Student achievement depends upon the provision of safe and caring learning environments. All participants in the school community share responsibility for ensuring that their decisions and actions contribute rather than detract from the sanctity of these environments.
Personal health and well-being are enhanced through awareness and appropriate choices. They are further safeguarded through the application of prevention and intervention strategies and the involvement of community agencies including the police in responding to situations involving but not limited to those who are in possession of, or under the influence of alcohol or restricted drugs.
Responsible citizenship involves appropriate participation in the 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.
STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOUR
The Standards of Behaviour apply to all individuals who participate in the school community including students, parents and guardians, teachers and other staff members, volunteers and visitors.
RESPECT, CIVILITY, AND RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP
All members of the school community must:
- respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial, and municipal laws;
- demonstrate honesty and integrity;
- respect differences in people, their ideas, and their opinions;
- treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is 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;
- show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others;
- take appropriate measures to help those in need;
- seek assistance from a member of the school staff, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully;
- respect all members of the school community, especially persons in positions of authority;
- respect the need of others to work in an environment that is conducive to learning and teaching;
- not swear at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority;
All members of the school community must not:
- engage in bullying behaviours; Bullying is typically a form of repeated, persistent, aggressive behaviour directed at an individual/s which is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear, distress and/or harm to another person's body, feelings, self-esteem, or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.
- commit sexual assault;
- traffic weapons or illegal drugs;
- give alcohol to a minor;
- 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, or 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 extensive damage to school property or to property located on the premises of the school.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES -SCHOOL BOARDS
School boards provide direction to their schools to ensure opportunity, academic excellence, and accountability in the education system. It is the responsibility of school boards to:
- develop policies that set out how their schools will implement and enforce the provincial Code of Conduct and all other rules that they develop that are related to the provincial standards that promote and support respect, civility, responsible citizenship, and safety;
- review these policies regularly with students, staff, parents, volunteers, and the community;
- establish a process that clearly communicates the provincial Code of Conduct and school board codes of conduct to all parents, students, staff members, and members of the school community in order to obtain their commitment and support;
- develop effective intervention strategies and respond to all infractions related to the standards for respect, civility, responsible citizenship, and safety;
- provide opportunities for all of the staff to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to develop and maintain academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment.
Under the direction of their school boards, principals take a leadership role in the daily operation of a school. They provide this leadership by:
- demonstrating care for the school community and a commitment to academic excellence in a safe teaching and learning environment;
- holding everyone under their authority accountable for his or her behaviour and actions;
- empowering students to be positive leaders in their school and community;
- communicating regularly and meaningfully with all members of their school community
Teachers and Other School Staff Members
Under the leadership of their principals, teachers and other school staff members maintain order in the school and are expected to hold everyone to the highest standard of respectful and responsible behaviour. As role models, teachers and school staff uphold these high standards when they:
- help students work to their full potential and develop their sense of self-worth;
- empower students to be positive leaders in their classroom, school, and community;
- communicate regularly and meaningfully with parents;
- maintain consistent standards of behaviour for all students;
- demonstrate respect for all students, staff, parents, volunteers, and the members of the school community;
- prepare students for the full responsibilities of citizenship
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;
- follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his or her own actions.
Parents play an important role in the education of their children, and can support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment for all students. Parents fulfill their role when they:
- show an active interest in their child's work and progress;
- communicate regularly with the school;
- help their child be neat, appropriately dressed, and prepared for school;
- ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time;
- report promptly to the school their child's absence or late arrival;
- show that they are familiar with the provincial Code of Conduct, the Board's 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 involving their child.
COMMUNITY PARTNERS AND THE POLICE
Through outreach, partnerships already in place may be enhanced and new partnerships with community agencies and members of the community may also be created. Community agencies are resources that Boards can use to deliver prevention or intervention programs. Protocols are effective ways of establishing linkages between boards and community agencies, and of formalizing the relationship between them. These partnerships must respect all applicable collective agreements. The police play an essential role in making our schools and communities safer. The police investigate incidents in accordance with the protocol developed with the local school board. These protocols are based on a provincial model that was developed by the Ministry of the Solicitor General and the Ministry of Education.
Our school and the Board strongly support the use of voluntary assistance. However, the Ministry of Education now insists that all school volunteers obtain a vulnerable sector check to volunteer regularly or act as a volunteer driver. The O.P.P. office in Petrolia will assist you with this process. The aims of the Voluntary Assistance Program are:
- to strengthen school and community relations through positive participation
- to provide an opportunity for interested community members to participate in our school's program
- to assist teachers in providing more in-depth assistance for individual students
- to enable the teachers to broaden the regular program and enrich the children's experiences
This group of dedicated parents, staff and community representatives meet approximately 5 times per year to provide:
- advice to the principal
- leadership and direction for the school community
- a forum for debate on educational issues
- planning events
- support for fundraising
- assisting with special school activities such as Play Day and Track & Field Day.
Parents are encouraged to attend all meetings of the School Council and consider running for a seat on School Council.