ALLERGIES AND ASTHMA
Schools within the LKDSB promote safe environments for all students and
staff. Due to life threatening reactions to such allergens as latex, bee
stings, scented products, nut products etc. specific restrictions and
procedures will be in place. A number of children are required to have
puffers or Epi-pens available for emergencies. Parents are required to have
the authorization of medication form completed by the family doctor each
school year. In consultation with parents, students will be permitted to
carry their puffers or Epi-pens with them.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
Students will be directed indoors by
staff no earlier than 8:35 am. There are designated doors for the students to enter and exit.
Once at school, students may not leave the property without parental
permission. At the end of the day, students are to leave the school property
as soon as they are dismissed.
ATTENDANCE AND SAFE ARRIVAL
Regular attendance is necessary for student success. It is the policy of
LKDSB to follow the Safe Arrival Procedures to enable the school and
parents/guardians to account for any student’s unexplained failure to arrive
at school. It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to inform the
school on a timely basis if their child is going to be late or absent. An
answering machine is available to assist with this requirement.
Your message should state:
- the full name of your child
- your relationship to the student (eg. father, mother)
- the name of the classroom teacher
- the reason for the absence
If no notification is given, the school office will contact the home or a
parent's and/or guardian's place of employment to confirm the whereabouts of
AUDIO TAPING, FILMING, Photographing, and Videotaping of Students
During the school year, your child(ren) will be involved in a variety of
school related activities consistent with the purpose of educating students
in accordance with the Education Act. Examples may include but are not
- School Yearbook
- School Plays
- Field Days/Athletic Functions
- Science Fairs
- Annual Report of the Director
- School/Board Curriculum Presentations or Teaching Aids School and
- Public Speaking Contests
- Education Week events
- School/Board memorabilia
In addition, public media organizations, upon notification, may be present
to cover these events by photographing, audio taping or videotaping students
involved in the above-mentioned routine in-school activities.
wish your child to be excluded from photographing, audio taping, or
videotaping as a part of activities such as outlined above, please notify
the Principal of the school in writing
as soon as possible. Otherwise
the school will assume your consent. Special Event Student Release Form is
required for the imaging or audio recording of specific programs or
activities of the School or Board which are not considered part of routine
activities and which may be shared outside of the jurisdiction of the School
Special Event Student Release forms will be sent home for
students participating in these types of out of school/special
Board-sponsored activities, or special projects, as they occur.
A signed release is also required for images or audio recordings to be
included on School or Board websites. Consent will be obtained each year on
student profile sheets for elementary students and through the grade 8 to 9
and subsequent years’ option sheet process for secondary students.
These procedures are designed to ensure the privacy of students in the
school and for students within the jurisdiction of the Lambton Kent District
School Board, and are in
accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of
BICYCLES AND ROLLER BLADES
The school cannot accept any responsibility for loss or damage to
bicycles. When bicycles are brought to school, they must be walked, not
ridden on school premises, and must be parked (preferably locked) in the
bicycle stands. It is necessary that all students wear appropriate safety
helmets and follow the same laws as vehicles. Rollerblades and “Heelies”
(roller shoes) are to be removed and regular outdoor shoes put on before
entering the playground. Skateboards are not to be used on school property.
BULLYING AND PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE - CODE OF CONDUCT Introduction
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. 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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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.
Wherever possible, boards should collaborate to provide coordinated
prevention and intervention programs and services, and should endeavour to
share effective practices.
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
- communicating regularly and meaningfully with all members of their
Teachers and Other School Staff Members
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
- empower students to be positive leaders in their classroom, school,
- communicate regularly and meaningfully with parents;
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
- 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 fulfil 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
- encourage and assist their child in following the rules of
- 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 (e.g.,
Aboriginal Elders) 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.
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
Riding the school bus is a privilege not a right. This privilege is
extended to students whose behaviour is appropriate while riding the bus.
Students must behave on the bus in a way that ensures that the driver can
concentrate on driving and all passengers are safe and comfortable.
responsible for the safety and conduct of their children while waiting for
the bus, riding a bus and returning home.
Students must take their place on the bus as directed by the driver and
remain in their seats.
Students are not to eat or drink on the bus.
Students and parents will be financially responsible for any damage done to
the bus resulting from inappropriate behaviour.
Students must follow the
instructions of the bus driver.
Students must use polite language only.
Improper conduct may result in the withdrawal of this privilege
Bus Cancellation Policy
Buses cancelled due to fog in the morning will run in the afternoon to
transport students who have been dropped off.
Buses cancelled due to snow conditions in the morning will not run in the
afternoon. Bused students who receive a ride to school must also be picked
up at the end of classes on a day buses have been cancelled due to snow. In
the event that students are at school, we will call home, and then the
emergency contact or a neighbour or friend, to notify that children are
being dismissed early. Please be sure that your child has a place to go
should this occur. When feasible, radio stations will make
If the safety of your child is of concern, it is ultimately your decision
as to school attendance during inclement weather. Listen to the local radio
stations (FOX 99 FM or CHOK 1070 AM) for accurate information. Our school is
in ZONE 2 as indicated on the first page of this planner. For up-to-date
information please log onto:
CELL PHONES &
All electronic devices, such as cell phones, media players, digital game
devices and cameras, etc. are not to be used while the student is on school
property before, during, or after school without the permission of school
personnel. If a student carries a cell phone for safety reasons, he/she is
responsible for the cell phone at all times. It must remain “off” and in a
locker or backpack.
The school is not responsible for lost or stolen property.
BETWEEN HOME & SCHOOL
Open communication between home and school is essential for student
success. The first point of contact should always be the classroom teacher.
There will be a number of occasions when you will be invited to the school
for special events. We hope that you will attend if at all possible. We will
keep you informed of upcoming events and activities. Staff members will
contact you if they have concerns about your child’s progress. Please feel
free to contact the school when you have questions.
So that the Public Health Unit can keep track of communicable diseases
like mumps, chicken pox and measles, parents are asked to contact the school
as soon as they know about such health problems. This helps the Health Unit
in protecting us all from general outbreaks of illness.
While at school, students are expected to be dressed in a tasteful,
age-appropriate manner. Students who, in the opinion of the school staff,
are inappropriately dressed will be required to correct the problem before
returning to class. Inappropriate dress includes: bandanas, hats, or hoods
worn in the school short shorts and short skirts (hemline should extend
below fingertips) clothing or jewelry with profanity, symbols or pictures of
alcohol, drugs, sex, violence and/or display cultural and racial
insensitivity halter tops, tube tops, tank tops, muscle shirts, or clothing
that reveals bare backs and midriffs (shirt straps should be 5 cm or width
or three fingers both front and back). sheer tops visible undergarments
clothing that is full of holes detachable chains (whistle straps, chokers,
neck key-chain holders, etc.)
Jackets and coats are not to be worn in the classrooms.
Footwear must be worn at all times while at school. Running shoes are
required for the gym.
EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING
Any decisions about school closing or buses not operating are made by the
Director or alternate at the Lambton Kent District School Board. Closing due
to adverse weather conditions or other specified reasons will be broadcast
on FOX 99 FM and CHOK 1070 AM Stations by 7:00 a.m. PLEASE BE AWARE OF OUR
SCHOOL IS ZONE 2. BUSES WILL BE CANCELLED BY ZONE.
When the long ring of the fire bell sounds everyone in the school is
required to leave quietly and in an orderly, single file fashion. Each room
in the school has a plan for exit during a fire alarm. Teachers will explain
this plan to students early in the year. After leaving the school, students
must wait with their teacher until a signal indicates that all is clear for
re-entry. Fire drills are practiced in the Fall and Spring. Tornado drills
are usually practiced in the Spring.
Chewing gum inside the school sets a casual tone that undermines our
aspirations for excellence. Gum is a problem around the school because if
finds its way onto the soles or shoes, on the underside of desks and tables
and, occasionally, in hair. Students may not chew gum in the school, on the
playground or on the buses.
Homework is useful in reinforcing what has been learned in class, preparing
students for upcoming lessons, extending and generalizing concepts, teaching
responsibility and helping students develop positive habits.
effective when it is actively supported in the home and when it represents
an ongoing, three-way communication that involves student, teacher, and
parent. Homework is not necessarily assigned by a teacher. In general, the
amount of time spent doing homework:
JK/SK - Grade 3 15 minutes
Grade 4 - 6 30 minutes
Grade 7 - 8 45 minutes
Homework at our school is for all students and could
Suggestions on how parents might assist their child with
- Quality daily reading & writing
- Work completion (daily assigned work, missed work, projects,
- Weekly review of math concepts
- Ongoing review of notes and materials for evaluation
- Teacher assigned homework will be appropriate to age, ability,
special needs, and grade level of the students. It will also support
the expectations of the Ontario Curriculum.
- Provide a quiet work place
- Prioritize activities to do in the evening
- Provide appropriate materials and supplies
- Be sure lighting is adequate
- Be consistent in checking for notes, permission slips, notices, and
other school communication
- Check student planner on a regular basis
- Help your child to write lists, schedules, reminder notes
- Have a consistent routine for homework, activities, bedtime
- Reward good organizational skills at home
HOMEWORK FOR ABSENT STUDENTS
When the student is absent due to illness for more than one day, homework
for the previous day will be provided upon parental request and will be
available for pick up at the end of the day.
ILLNESS AND MEDICATION
For the health of the entire school community, parents are encouraged to
keep their child at home when they are not well enough to participate in all
school activities. When a student is ill, a parent will be contacted to take
the child home as soon as possible.
The LKDSB has a policy concerning the administration of medication to
students by school personnel. Administration of medication at school
requires parents to annually complete an authorization of medication and/or
an individual medical emergency plan. These forms are available at the
school office and require a doctor’s signature. All medication is the
responsibility of the parents and must be delivered to school in the
original container, including the student’s name and the prescribed dosage
and frequency. All medication is stored in a secure location.
Any pills, ventilators, or other medications are to be brought to the
school office by parents.
Lice spread very quickly and require much work to eliminate. Parents must
call the school if their child has lice. Parents must keep the child home
for a minimum of 24 hours, ensuring the child’s hair is nit free.
Classes may be checked to prevent further spread of the lice. Letters
will be sent home to affected classes asking parents to check their children
for signs of lice or nits.
DANGER OF STRANGULATION
Each year in Canada, thousands of children get hurt on playgrounds playing
on slides, monkey bars or swings. Some children have died when their
clothing or drawstrings have become caught on playground equipment or fences
or when they have become entangled in ropes or skipping ropes attached to
playground equipment. Loose clothing, hoods, scarves, drawstrings, mitten
cords, ropes and skipping ropes can strangle a child!
- Remove cords and drawstrings from children's hoods, hats and
- Tuck in all clothing that can get caught on playground equipment.
- Wear a neck warmer instead of a scarf.
- Take off bicycle helmets before using playground equipment. Bicycle
helmets can get trapped on equipment and strangle a child.
- Make sure children do not tie ropes or skipping ropes to slides and
other playground equipment.
- Supervise children on the playground.
- Teach children how to use playground equipment and play safely
Governing Acceptable Use of Computers:
- Users are responsible for knowing and following the rules and
etiquette of computer use.
- Students will only use computers and the Internet under direct
- Users will use only their assigned, personal network accounts and
- Sharing of accounts and passwords is never permitted.
- Users may not use the network for anything but school-related
- Students will not use Internet sites or software that is offensive
at any time.
- User should always respect the privacy and personal information of
- Users are responsible for knowing and respecting all school rules
and laws (including laws about copyright, profanity, prejudice and
- Users will never copy or steal the work of other people.
- Users will not purposefully damage the computer network or hardware.
- Users should avoid wasting time, supplies, and space (e.g., hard
drive, network, bandwidth).
- Students will NEVER give out personal information over the Internet,
such as first and last name, home address, and phone number.
- Students should NEVER agree to meet with keypals unless supervised
by a teacher or parent.
- When users discover sites containing unacceptable information, they
must report the incident immediately.
- The LKDSB reserves the right to monitor the system to ensure
adherence to the above rules.
Students who break any of these rules will be subject to school
Ontario law does not permit School Boards to insure students for
accidents or injury. Instead, the school sends home a package with
information on how to purchase student insurance by mail from a major
insurance company. The school keeps a supply of claim forms in the office.
Please call the school office for more information.
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
Students are expected to be responsible for their planner at all times. If
it is lost, a replacement may be purchased at the school office.
Teachers will direct the students in the use of the planner. Parents are
encouraged to check the planner with the student on a regular basis. Parents
may be asked to sign the planner.
Students and staff should review
the planner daily to make sure the planner is up-to-date and that they have
the necessary materials for homework.
Changes of address, telephone number, custody status, job, emergency
contact person, doctor, etc. must be reported to the school secretary so
that records are accurate and current.
TOBACCO, ALCOHOL AND DRUGS
It is illegal for anyone to use tobacco, alcohol or drugs on school
property and prohibited at school related activities. If students are
suspected of using, or are in possession of these substances, disciplinary
action will be taken. When appropriate, police will be involved.
USE OF SCHOOL TELEPHONE
The school telephones are used for school business. Students are not
permitted to use the school telephone, except in an emergency, or with the
permission of school personnel.
VISITING THE SCHOOL
All parents, visitors and guests must sign in at the school office. To
ensure a safe environment for all students, access is restricted to the
front door. At dismissal, parents are asked to meet their children outside
the appropriate exit door. When picking students up during the school day,
please report to the office and staff will page your child to meet you.
Our goal is to have many volunteers in the school while still maintaining
the safety of the students in our care as well as the safety of our
volunteers. Volunteers assist with hot lunch days, excursions, one-on-one or
small group remediation, sports, graduation, fundraising and School Council
business. The Safe Schools Act mandates police check protocols to be
completed for volunteers. Please see the principal if you are interested in
volunteering at our school.
Students should use their breaks to go to the washroom. Teachers will be
understanding of students who need to be excused more often; however, it is
important to keep classes free of interruption in order to make the best use
of our time.
While in the washroom, students are expected to respect the right of
privacy of other students. Playing, loitering and consuming food should
never take place in washrooms.