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Code of Conduct

At Cobden District Public School, our approach to discipline is a positive one in which we strive to develop student's self-esteem, confidence, and a sense of personal responsibility. We wish to create in each student a feeling of "belonging" and pride in attending our school.

We are committed to developing a positive school climate within the school and on the playground. Good, positive behaviour is encouraged by stressing respect for the rights and safety of others. Our goal is to help children learn to work and play in a peaceful, cooperative manner.

We believe strongly that building good behaviour and respect for others is a cooperative effort shared by the school, the home and the community. We look forward to working closely with you to teach your children to be productive and socially responsible members of society.

Renfrew County District School Board Code of Conduct

All students, staff members, parents and school councils in Renfrew County District School Board are engaged in character education, initiatives such as Student Success and prevention and intervention strategies to promote safe, caring and respectful learning environments.

When inappropriate behaviour occurs, schools use a range of interventions, supports, and consequences that are developmentally appropriate, that include opportunities for students to learn from mistakes, and that focus on improving behaviour. Please see the Ministry of Education's bulletin, Progressive Discipline: A New Approach to Help Make Schools Safer for further information.

Standards of Behaviour

All members of the school community must:

  • Respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws;
  • Demonstrate honesty and integrity (e.g. avoidance of plagiarism);
  • Respect differences in people, their ideas and opinions;
  • Treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is disagreement;
  • Respect and treat others fairly, regardless of their race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or physical characteristics;
  • Respect the rights of others;
  • Employ non-violent means to resolve conflicts;
  • Show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others;
  • Adhere to administrative procedures with regard to the use of technology;
  • Take appropriate measures to help those in need;
  • 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; and
  • Attend to responsibilities in a punctual manner.

Safety

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;
  • 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 under the influence of, or provide others with, alcohol or illegal drugs;
  • Smoke on school premises; on school buses or in taxis; or on school outings, trips or excursions;
  • 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.

See our board's Administrative Procedure 140- Code of Conduct for additional information or visit school safety.