Each semester a Lock Down drill is rehearsed to ensure there is a safety plan for a potential violent incident. It is the reverse of a fire drill with staff and students keeping quiet in their classrooms.
Progress reports will be distributed early each semester. All students receive Mid-Term Report Cards half way through the semester. Final Report Cards are distributed at the end of each semester. Parent-Teacher Interviews follow Progress Reports. Credit Endangered letters are issued to students whose low marks indicate a potential failure and require a parent's signature. Parents are encouraged to contact teachers regarding a student's progress.
When you attend any school activity, even when away from the school building, you are expected to demonstrate responsible behaviour. All school regulations apply to these functions and some have special regulations attached. Students attending any of these functions may be denied access at any time. This also applies to guests for functions such as dances and the prom. Students who are participating in a school trip or playing on a school team must notify subject teachers of pending absence and will be responsible for all missed academic work. Failure to comply may result in loss of future privileges.
Textbooks are issued by subject teachers, who will record condition and number of each text assigned. ChromeBooks are issued by the Durham District School Board. Students are responsible for textbooks and ChromeBooks. Replacement charges for Textbooks and/or ChromeBooks will be levied if damaged or lost. Students will exercise good Digital Citizenship as school-owned devices are intended for educational use only. While using school-owned ChromeBooks students are accountable to the Safe Acceptable Use Policy and School Code of Conduct, regardless of location, time or date. The school will not be held liable for information distributed or acquired from the use of school-owned Chromebooks.
Durham Student Transportation Services offers an automated bus information system. This system is accessible 24 hours/7 days a week. The automated transportation line provides detailed information regarding the bus number, planned bus stop times, and the location of the bus stop. Parents are urged to contact the automated line at 905-666-6979. Parents will require the following information: The students’ date of birth, and the students’ nine digit Ontario Education Number (OEN). The OEN number can be found on the report card.
1. Keep your locker combination private.
2. Do not bring large sums of money or valuable items.
3. Do not carry electronic devices, wallets, watches, or jewellery to physical education classes. Leave them at home or in locker.
4. Do not carry outerwear to classes within the school.
5. Lock your bicycles to the racks at south end of school.
Visitors will sign in and receive a school visitor tag. Failure to report to the office for approval, and being on the property without approval, may result in a charge of trespassing being laid by the Durham Regional Police. Do not invite friends to visit you at school during the school day. They will not be allowed to attend classes. Students and staff who notice people who do not belong on the property should immediately notify the main office. All of us have a responsibility in keeping Brooklin High School safe.
DURHAM DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD CODE OF CONDUCT AND SAFE SCHOOL REGULATION
The Durham District School Board is committed to providing a safe and secure school environment. The legislation and regulations, as revised, prescribe certain rights, standards, expectations and processes for determining consequences:
• A school is a place that promotes responsibility, respect, civility and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment.
• All students, parents, teachers and staff have the right to be safe, and feel safe, in their school community. With this right comes the responsibility to be law-abiding citizens and to be accountable for actions that put at risk the safety of others or oneself.
• The Ontario Code of Conduct sets clear provincial standards of behaviour. It specifies the consequences for student actions that do not comply with these standards.
• The Provincial standards of behaviour apply not only to students, but also to all individuals involved in the publicly funded school system – parents or guardians, volunteers, teachers and other staff members – whether they are on school property, on school buses or at school-authorized events or activities.
The Code of Conduct for the Durham District School Board reflects the provincial policy. The Durham District School Board encourages and supports the principles of prevention and response in Codes of Conduct developed by schools. A school principal shall establish a local Code of Conduct governing the behaviour of all persons in the school, and the local code shall be consistent with the Ontario and Board Codes of Conduct. When establishing or reviewing a School Code of Conduct, the principal shall consider the views of the School Community Council with respect to its content.
A student may be suspended or expelled from his or her school, expelled from attending any school in the School Board, and/or prohibited from engaging in school-related activities if the student commits an infraction of the Code of Conduct while he or she is at school, engaged in a school-related activity, or engaged in conduct that has a relationship to the school, school community, the reputation of the school or Board, or has an impact on the school climate. Police involvement will be required as outlined in the Police/School Board Protocol and noted in sections 9.2.1 and 9.6.1 below. The purpose of the Provincial Code of Conduct is as follows:
- 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 civility.
- To encourage the use of non-violent means to resolve conflict.
- To promote the safety of people in the schools.
- To discourage the use of alcohol and illegal drugs.
- To prevent bullying in schools.
The Durham District School Board supports the provincial guiding principles of the Ontario Code of Conduct:
All participants involved in the publicly funded school system – students, parents or guardians, volunteers, teachers and other staff members are included in this Code of Conduct whether they are on school property, on school buses or at school authorized events or activities.
All members of the school community are to be treated with respect and dignity, especially persons in positions of authority.
Recognition and acceptance of, and sensitivity toward, equity and inclusiveness are expectations within the school community.
Maintaining a safe environment is the responsibility of the entire school community including students, staff and parents.
Responsible citizenship involves appropriate participation in 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 rights of others.
The Durham District School Board expects that Progressive Discipline will be used as a means to support the Code of Conduct. Progressive Discipline is an approach that makes use of a continuum of prevention programs, interventions, supports, and consequences, building upon strategies that incorporate skills for healthy relationships and promote positive behaviours. The goal of discipline is to support a safe, inclusive, and accepting learning and teaching environment in which every student can reach his or her full potential.
All inappropriate student behaviour, including bullying, will be addressed. Responses to behaviours that are contrary to the School's Code of Conduct must be developmentally appropriate. Insults, disrespect, bullying and other harmful acts disrupt learning and teaching in a school community. Members of the school community have a responsibility to maintain an environment where conflict and difference can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and civility. Members of the school community are expected to use non-violent means to resolve conflict. Physically aggressive behaviour is not a responsible way to interact with others.
The possession, use or threatened use of any object to injure another person endangers the safety of oneself and others. Alcohol and illegal drugs are potentially addictive and present a health hazard. Ontario schools will work cooperatively with police, drug and alcohol agencies to promote prevention strategies and, where necessary, respond to school members who are in possession of, or under the influence of, alcohol or illegal drugs. In addition, smoking or the distribution of tobacco on school property is prohibited by law.
Principles of Prevention
School climate is the tone or prevailing attitude within the school which encompasses the physical environment of a school as well as the behaviour of individuals within that environment. A positive school climate can prevent or reduce discipline problems. The following factors contribute to a positive school climate with increased safety and security and the reduction of discipline problems:
(a) Positive Academic Environment
- Focus on student success, learning for all, student achievement
- Ensure a creative and stimulating learning atmosphere
- Communicate academic expectations clearly
- Ensure students see themselves reflected in the curriculum
(b) Values/Skills Curriculum
- Provide formal and informal instruction to promote concepts of respect, caring for self and others, conflict resolution, concern for the environment, and principles of law and citizenship
- Focus on equity and inclusive education
- Provide for Character Education development
(c) Physical Environment
- Promote an enhanced physical environment that fosters pride and caring about surroundings
- Encourage actions to remodel school areas that are prone to problems
(d) Supportive Climate for Students and Staff
- Promote programs to enhance personal wellness
- Establish peer programs to provide support, encouragement, awareness, and education
- Provide access to counselors, teachers and support personnel to assist with personal problems, school and career issues
(e) Codes of Conduct
- Prepare and annually review codes of conduct in collaboration with students, staff and parents, and communicate them clearly to all involved
- Implement Progressive Discipline in a manner that is fair and equitable
- Encourage staff as role models for effective communication, mutual respect and problem resolution
(f) Parent or Guardian/School Collaboration
- Foster a welcoming school environment to encourage increased participation by parents/guardians in their child's education, school activities and school policy-making
- Involve parents/guardians in activities aimed at creating a home environment compatible with that of the school where non-violent resolution of problems prevails
- Offer access to appropriate supports for parents/guardians
(g) Community Partnerships
- Promote community awareness and participation in the school to enhance cohesiveness, support and effective use of resources
- Increase involvement of students in community service activities to create a climate of caring, respect and trust
(h) Student Participation
- Involve students in establishing a positive school culture and climate through problem solving, and opportunities for input into safe school initiatives to create a sense of ownership of and responsibility for the school community
- Provide leadership opportunities at the school and in the community
(i) Staff Knowledge and Understanding
- Understand and apply Progressive Discipline including mitigating and other factors
- Understand and apply bullying prevention and awareness strategies, and interventions and support strategies
- Understand and apply Character Education initiatives
- Devise school climate enhancement initiatives
Roles and Responsibilities
The Durham District School Board accepts the provincial direction on individual roles and responsibilities. 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
•Establish a process that clearly communicates the provincial Code of Conduct and school board codes of conduct to all parents, students, principals, teachers, other school staff, and members of the school community in order to obtain their commitment and support
•Review these policies regularly with those listed above
•Seek input from school councils, their Parent Involvement Committees, and their Special Education Advisory Committee
•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, inclusive, and accepting 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.
Under the leadership of their principals, teachers and other school staff 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 other 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 other 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, inclusive, accepting, and respectful learning environment for all students. Parents fulfill their role when they:
•Show an active interest in their child's school 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
•Promptly report 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-based service providers and members of the community (e.g., Aboriginal Elders) may also be created. Community-based service providers are resources that boards can use to deliver prevention or intervention programs. Protocols are effective ways of establishing linkages between boards and community-based service providers and of formalizing the relationship between them. These partnerships must respect all applicable collective agreements and adhere to the Code of Conduct.
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 revised in 2011 by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and the Ministry of Education.
Standards of Behaviour
All school Codes of Conduct shall include the Ontario and Durham District School Board Standards of Behaviour and must comply with all federal, provincial and municipal laws and Regulations.
Ontario Standards of Behaviour
Respect, Civility and Responsible Citizenship
All school members must:
•Respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws
•Demonstrate honesty and integrity
•Respect differences in people, their ideas and opinions
•Respect and treat others fairly at all times, regardless of, for example, race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability, and especially when there is disagreement
•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
•Commit sexual assault
•Traffic in weapons or illegal drugs
•Give alcohol to a minor
•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.
The Durham District School Board supports a proactive approach to discipline in schools. Progressive Discipline will be the underlying philosophical approach to determining the consequences for students whose behaviour is deemed to be inappropriate and requires disciplinary action.Positive reinforcement of students, parental involvement, community links, liaising with the community police officers, and modelling behaviours related to non-violence are strategies used in schools to promote acceptable behaviour and maintain a safe school climate creating positive school environments.
Consequences for unacceptable behaviour may range from initial intervention strategies such as counselling and parental communication to detention, behaviour contracts, Restorative Practices, Support and Responsibility Agreements, suspension and expulsion. Peer mediation and conflict resolution programs are important initiatives that support the implementation of the Code of Conduct.
The Durham District School Board supports a restorative approach in our schools to establish positive learning environments and to support discipline issues as they arise. Within the culture of Restorative Practice, there is a continuum of interactions that support positive relationships. When things go wrong, there is a framework for dealing with the issues.
Each school's Code of Conduct shall be the guide for discipline in the school and the determination of consequences for inappropriate behaviour. Mitigating factors must be considered before determining appropriate consequences.
Where behaviour is persistent or the incident is of a serious nature, suspension may result. The purpose of a suspension is to exclude the student from the learning environment. In situations where consideration for expulsion is appropriate the principal, after completing an investigation, may recommend expulsion of the student to the Board. Consequences should be appropriate to the nature of the unacceptable behaviour.
The Durham District School Board expects the use of Progressive Discipline as the means to support the Code of Conduct. Progressive Discipline is a whole-school approach that utilizes a continuum of prevention programs, interventions, supports and consequences to address inappropriate student behavior and to build upon strategies that promote and foster positive behaviours. When inappropriate behavior occurs, disciplinary measures should be applied within a framework that shifts the focus from one that is solely punitive to one that is both corrective and supportive. Schools should utilize a range of interventions, supports, and consequences that are developmentally and socio-emotionally appropriate and include learning opportunities for reinforcing positive behavior while helping students to make better choices.
Schools should focus on prevention and early intervention as the key to maintaining a positive school environment in which students can learn. Early intervention strategies will help prevent unsafe or inappropriate behaviours in a school and in school-related activities. Intervention strategies should provide students with appropriate supports that address inappropriate behavior and that would result in an improved school climate.
Progressively more serious consequences should be considered for inappropriate behavior that is repeated or for progressively more serious inappropriate behavior, taking into account mitigating and other factors. Ongoing interventions may be necessary to address underlying causes of inappropriate behavior. Some examples of ongoing interventions are meeting with the parent(s), requiring the student to perform volunteer service in the school community, conflict mediation, peer mentoring, and/or a referral to counseling.
In considering the most appropriate response to address inappropriate behavior, the following should be taken into consideration:
- the particular student and circumstances
- the nature and severity of the behavior
- the impact on the school climate, including the impact on students or other individuals in the school community.
Schools are expected to actively engage parents in the Progressive Discipline approach. Schools should also recognize and respect the diversity of their parent communities and reach out to parents to partner with them in addressing complex and challenging issues.
Suspensions, Expulsions, Mitigating and Other Factors
Suspension is a consequence imposed upon a student whereby he or she is prohibited from attending at his or her school and from engaging in all school-related activities for a defined period of time. Expulsion is a consequence imposed upon a student, by the Board, for an activity that is determined to warrant that the student be excluded from his or her school, or from all schools in the Board, and from engaging in all school-related activities, for an undefined period of time. In the case of a suspension, the Principal must also conduct an investigation to determine whether to recommend to the Board, in consultation with his or her Area Superintendent, that the pupil be expelled.
Mitigating and Other Factors
The following mitigating and other factors (as specified and as may be amended from time to time by the Education Act and Regulations thereunder) will be considered:
1.student does not have the ability to control his or her behaviour;
2.student does not have the ability to understand the foreseeable consequences of his or her behaviour; or
3.student's continuing presence in the school does not create an unacceptable risk to the safety of any person.
The following criteria shall also be taken into account if they would mitigate the seriousness of the activity for which the pupil may be or is being suspended or expelled:
2.whether a progressive discipline approach has been used with the pupil;
3.whether the activity for which the pupil may be or is being suspended or expelled was related to any harassment of the pupil because of his or her race, ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation or to any other harassment;
4.how the suspension or expulsion would affect the pupil's ongoing education;
5.the age of the pupil; or
6.in the case of a pupil for whom an individual education plan has been developed,
i. whether the behaviour was a manifestation of a disability identified in the pupil's individual education plan,
ii. whether appropriate individualized accommodation has been provided, and
iii. whether the suspension or expulsion is likely to result in an aggravation or worsening of the pupil's behaviour or conduct.
Principals may consider a suspension if there is nexus to the school. Nexus is a direct and causal link between the student's conduct and a definitive impact on the school climate. Nexus may be established when any of the following circumstances exist:
- A student is afraid to come to school
- A student is worried about reprisals or retaliation
- Parents are complaining about disruption to the school environment
- School staff is worried about their physical or emotional well-being and safety.
Activities Leading To Possible Suspension
A Principal shall consider whether to suspend a pupil if he or she believes that the pupil has engaged in any of the following activities 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:
- uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person*;
- possessing alcohol or illegal drugs*;
- being under the influence of alcohol;
- swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority;
- committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property at the pupil's school or to property located on the premises of the pupil's school**;
- bullying; or,
- any other activity that is an activity for which a principal may suspend a pupil under a policy of the Board. Other suspendable infractions including but not limited to:
a) possessing or dispensing controlled or intoxicating substances that are not prescribed for medical purposes;
b) being under the influence of illegal, controlled or intoxicating substances that are not prescribed for medical purposes;
c) smoking on school property;
d) committing vandalism, destruction, damage to school property or to the property of others located on or in school premises;
e) stealing property;
f) engaging in intimidation, extortion*, harassment*, or verbal aggression;
g) misusing or misappropriating school property or services, including computers and other technology systems;
h) engaging in hate motivated incidents*;
i) engaging in gang related activity*;
j) possessing dangerous objects or substances, including for example laser pointers; gloves with studs on knuckles; or any other item deemed by the principal to be unsafe or a hazard to persons or property in the school;
k) committing physical assault on another person**;
l) engaging in or encouraging a fight;
m) engaging in conduct that constitutes opposition to authority;
n) demonstrating poor attendance that warrants disciplinary action;
o) engaging in behaviour that is disruptive to the learning environment of the class or school;
p) engaging in conduct that is detrimental to the moral tone of the school;
q) wearing clothing/apparel that is inappropriate, offensive or violates the school Dress Code;
r) engaging in unauthorized gambling or games of chance;
s) engaging in another activity that, under the Code of Conduct of the school, is one for which a suspension is warranted.
(*require police involvement as outlined in the Police/School Board Protocol **discretionary police involvement as outlined in the Police/School Board Protocol)
A suspension shall be for no less than one school day and no more than 20 school days and, in considering how long the suspension should be, a Principal shall take into account the mitigating factors, as well as the other factors. When a Principal suspends a pupil, the pupil shall be assigned to a program for suspended pupils, as established by the Board in accordance with any policies or guidelines issued by the Minister. A pupil who is suspended is not considered to be engaged in school-related activities by virtue of participating in a program for suspended pupils.
Activities Leading to a Suspension, Investigation, and Possible Expulsion
A Principal shall suspend a pupil if he or she believes that the pupil has engaged in any of the following activities 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:
1.(a) possessing a weapon*;
(b) possessing a firearm*;
2. using a weapon to cause or to threaten bodily harm to another person*;
3. (a) committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment by a medical practitioner*;
(b) assault/physical intimidation of an employee*;
4. committing sexual assault*;
5. trafficking in weapons or in illegal drugs*;
6. committing robbery*;
7. giving alcohol to a minor**;
8. bullying, if,
(a)the pupil has previously been suspended for engaging in bullying, and
(b)the pupil's continuing presence in the school creates an unacceptable risk to the safety of another person.
9. any activity that is motivated by bias, prejudice or hate based on race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other similar factor.
10. committing an act of vandalism which can be regarded as particularly egregious, due to factors such as seriously compromising the learning environment, or posing a significant safety risk to others*;
11. any other activity that, under a policy of a board, is an activity for which a Principal must suspend a pupil and conduct an investigation to determine whether to recommend to the board that the pupil be expelled. Other suspendable infractions including but not limited to:
a)hate motivated violence*;
b) gang related violence*;
c) trafficking controlled or intoxicating substances not prescribed or dispensed for medical purposes*;
d)uttering threats or threatening conduct intended to intimidate**;
e) engaging in harassment*;
f) ongoing conduct that is so refractory (persistent) that the student's presence in the school or classroom is considered by the principal to effect a danger or possibility of harm, physical or emotional, to others in the school or to the reputation of the school.
(* require police involvement as outlined in the Police/School Board Protocol
**discretionary police involvement as outlined in the Police/School Board Protocol)
Notice To Parent/Guardian Of Victims
Education Act requires Principals to inform parents/guardians of students who have been harmed as a result of any incident for which suspension or expulsion must be considered. When notifying the parent/guardian of a victim, requires a principal to disclose the following:
- the nature of the incident that resulted in harm to the student;
- the nature of the harm to the student; and
- the steps taken to protect the student's safety, including the nature of any discipline in response to the incident
Principals must not share the name of the aggressor or any other identifying or personal information with the parents of the victim beyond what is listed above.