Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct was created with input from students, staff and our School Council.  It outlines the rights, responsibilities and expectations for our school and our community.

1.  Introduction

A school is a place that promotes responsibility, respect and academic excellence in a safe learning environment.  Eagle Heights follows the Ontario Human Rights Code:

2.  Guiding Principles

All participants involved in the school system—students, parents/guardians, volunteers, staff members—are included in this Code of Conduct whether they are on school property, on school buses, bus stops or at school-authorized events or activities.

3.  Roles and Responsibilities

3.1 School Boards 

  • provide direction to their schools
  • develop policies that set out how their schools will implement and enforce the provincial code of conduct

3.2 Principals 

  • take a leadership role in the daily operation of the school
  • commit to academic excellence and a safe teaching and learning environment
  • hold everyone accountable for their behaviour and actions
  • communicate with all members of their school community

3.3 Teachers and School Staff 

  • help students work to their full potential and develop their self-worth
  • communicate regularly and meaningfully with parents or guardians
  • maintain consistent standards of behaviour for all students
  • demonstrate respect for all students, staff and parents or guardians

3.4 Students

Have a right to:

  • a quality education 
  • be treated with respect and dignity 
  • be physically, verbally and emotionally safe 
  • feel comfortable approaching a school staff member with any concern 

Have a responsibility to:

  • come to school on-time and prepared to learn
  • show respect for themselves, staff, students, and school
  • refrain from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others
  • follow the established rules and take responsibility for own actions

3.5 Parents/Guardians

Parents/Guardians play an important role in their child’s education when they:

  • ensure their child arrives at school on time (attendance is vital for student success)
  • show an active interest in their child’s school work and progress
  • communicate with the school
  • help their child be appropriately dressed 
  • promptly report lates or absences to the school attendance line
  • encourage and assist their child in following the Code of Conduct

3.6 Police and Community Members 

  • are essential partners in making our schools and communities safer

4.  Standards of Behaviour

4.1 School Rules

In a safe and positive learning environment, school members: 

  • treat others with respect and avoid threatening, profane or abusive language
  • avoid physical or verbal aggression, bullying, discrimination and harassment 
  • keep hands and feet off others and their property
  • do not throw objects that may be potentially harmful (e.g. rocks or snowballs) 
  • play in designated areas  
  • are not in possession of weapons, illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco, lighters or matches
  • dress appropriately

4.2 Definition of Bullying

Bullying can be defined as repeated and systematic harassment and attacks on others.  Bullying can be perpetrated by individuals or groups and takes many forms including: physical violence, verbal abuse, extortion, and persistent and unwarranted exclusion from the peer group.

4.3 Dress Code 

It is the expectation that everyone at Eagle Heights adhere to a modest dress code.  Common sense and circumstance may require a staff person to provide guidance on clothing issues, from time to time.  

  • no bandanas, hats, or hoods to be worn in buildings unless medically or religiously required
  • no offensive wording or symbols on clothing or jewellery
  • midriffs and backs to be covered; undergarments should not be visible
  • shorts, skirts and dresses to be an appropriate length
  • safe footwear needs to be worn at all times

4.4 Recording Devices

Keeping in line with TVDSB policy, cell phones, cameras or sound recording devices are not to be used during the school day without teacher permission. Use of any device may result in confiscation. The return of such a device would be to a parent only.

All members of the school community must:

Respect the need of others to work in an environment that is conducive to learning and teaching, including by ensuring that cell phones and other personal mobile devices are used only during instructional time (as directed by an educator), for health and medical purposes and/or to support special education needs.

4.5 Consequences for Inappropriate Behaviour

Failure to follow the Code of Conduct will result in teaching of desired behaviours followed by progressive discipline and appropriate consequences.