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CODE OF CONDUCT

Superior Heights’ guidelines for school culture and conduct are divided into four categories: 1) facilities, 2) positive learning environment, 3) health and safety, and 4) school activities. Amendments for Grade 7/8 students appear in bold print.

1. Facilities

All members of the Superior Heights community are expected to treat facilities with respect and care. The following guidelines are designed to promote positive use of Superior Heights’ facilities and resources. Students who misuse school facilities could lose access to them or face other disciplinary action.

Buses

  • ADSB and Superior Heights discipline policies apply to students riding school buses. Students must behave in a courteous, orderly manner and obey the bus driver.

  • The driver will report unacceptable behaviour (spitting, vandalism, bullying, harassment, etc.) to a vice principal. Students who engage in such behaviour may lose their bus privileges or face detention or suspension.

  • Students may stay for late buses only if they are in an approved, supervised activity. Grade 7/8 students must provide a note from a parent/guardian.


Cafeteria/Food and Beverage Consumption

  • Students may not have food or beverages outside of the cafeteria, bistro, or forum, especially in the computer labs, technical rooms, science rooms, library and theatre/art room.  Students are not permitted to eat their lunch on second floor.

  • Cafeteria food is not available to students during class time unless the student is on a spare or with teacher’s permission or in special circumstances.

  • Students must help keep the cafeteria and forum clean by picking up after themselves and must follow school staff directions in the cafeteria and hallways.

Computer Resources

  • ADSB provides computers and Internet access for educational use only. All students should review the ADSB Acceptable Use Guidelines with a parent/guardian before they use ADSB computer resources.

  • Each student is given a unique username and password for which he or she is responsible. Students must not share their account information with anyone. Each student will be held responsible for anything associated with his/her directory. Students must not access or post any content that is defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, obscene, profane, sexually explicit, threatening, offensive, illegal or intentionally disruptive.

  • Students may not use school computers to play games (unless under a teacher’s supervision) or to send personal e-mails or text messages, including before and after school. Students may use the ADSB email system for school purposes only.

  • Students who misuse school computer resources could face disciplinary action, including loss of computer privileges, suspension, and police contact.


Library

  • The library provides books, magazines, computers, Internet access, copying facilities, and audiovisual equipment for students.

  • The library is a place for working, without being a distraction to others.  Please be respectful of other students working in the library.

  • Each table is to be occupied by the number of chairs that the table is designed for.  Please do not move chairs from table to table.

  • Students must:

○  Have a note from a teacher if they wish to use the library during class

○  Check out materials they wish to use outside the library (renewal period is two weeks; materials can be renewed if not in demand)

○  Return materials on time and pay for unreturned or damaged materials

○  Check out materials only for themselves; any losses are the responsibility of the student who checked out the item

  • If a student fails to return/pay for an item borrowed from the library, his/her timetable could be withheld until the item is returned or paid for. Phone calls will be made home to collect outstanding books.

Locks/lockers

  • Lockers are the property of the school and on loan to students. The vice principals/principal may enter a student’s locker at any time.

  • Homeroom teachers assign lockers and provide locks for $5.00 (all combinations must be kept on file in the office).

  • Students must:

○  Use combination locks approved by the school

○  Keep their lock combination number secret

○  Not share lockers and only use a locker assigned to them

○  Not post anything promoting sex, drugs, alcohol or violence in lockers

○  Keep lockers clean

○  Clean out their locker and remove the lock by the last day of exams

  • The school is not responsible or legally liable for loss, theft or damage to any valuables (cell phone, money, jewellery, laptop, etc.) stored in lockers.

Parking

  • Students may park in the designated student parking area north of the school and in the lot closest to the Junior Football field. The school is not responsible for any theft or damage related to students’ vehicles.

  • Students must not use parked vehicles for socializing, eating or smoking.

  • Students who drive carelessly or recklessly will lose their parking privileges.

  • A vehicle parked illegally may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Phones (office)

  • Students may not use phones in the school office except for legitimate emergency calls with permission of the office staff.

  • See Electronic Devices section for rules related to cell phone use.

2. Positive learning environment


These guidelines are designed to foster a positive learning environment for all students. Students who fail to follow these guidelines could face disciplinary action.


Absences

  • If a student is absent for part or all of a school day, parents/guardians have three reporting options to ensure their child is readmitted quickly to class:

  1. Parent/guardian emails school on the day of the absence, including reason for absence and date student is expected to return to school (recommended option).

Grades 7 to 12 – superiorheightsattendance@adsb.on.ca

  1. Parent/guardian calls school to notify staff about student's absence.
                  (705)-945-7177    Ext. 1 - Grades 9 to 12
                                               Ext. 3 - Grades 7 and 8

  2. Parent/guardian sends a note explaining the absence with the student the day he or she returns to school; the student must report to the office before 8:45 am.

  • Students who are over 18 may self-report on their absences.

  • Students may not have permission to be absent from class and remain in the building (i.e. working in library on outstanding assignments).

  • Students must sign out at the office before leaving school for any reason. Grade 7/8 students must provide a note from a parent/guardian.

  • Students who are ill during the school day must report to the office as soon as possible or send a classmate to report the office for assistance. 

Appropriate Attire

Superior Heights tolerates a variety of personal styles. However, student attire must be appropriate for an educational setting. Attire rules are as follows:

  • Students may not wear the following types of attire on school property or buses:

○   Clothing that has images that are offensive/suggestive or that promotes drinking, drugs, or immoral/illegal conduct

○   Revealing clothing, including see-through fabric, crop tops, tank tops, muscle shirts, low-cut pants/tops, cutoff shirts, beachwear - including swimsuits, short shorts, jeans that are ratty/ripped above the thigh, and clothing that shows undergarments (tops and/or bottoms)

○   Unsafe attire, including hanging chains/ropes and studded collars, armbands, and bracelets

  • Hats, bandanas, hoods and other head gear must be removed in the school, unless doing so is contrary to the student’s religious beliefs. Students’ heads/faces must be visible at all times.

  • Students must remove outside coats, jackets, backpacks, gym bags, purses etc., and store them in their locker.

Class interruptions

  • Students are not to disrupt a class to speak with or get the attention of another student.

  • If a student needs to contact another student about an emergency situation, he or she must report to the office to ask for help.

Detentions

  • If a student is given a detention, it is his/her responsibility to serve detentions on time. Detention starts at 11:35 am and end at noon.  

  • Students are permitted to eat lunch and encouraged to do homework while in detention.  The use of cell phones or social media is not permitted in detention.

  • Students are responsible to check the detention lists that are posted in classrooms.

  • Students who miss a detention will receive an additional detention as a consequence. Students who are disruptive during a detention may be suspended.

  • Students who miss detentions for two consecutive days will receive one day of in-school-suspension.

  • The vice principal will determine detention times for Grade 7/8 students.

Drugs and Alcohol

  • Any student who possesses, is under the influence of, or sells alcohol, other intoxicants, illicit or prescription drugs, or drug paraphernalia on school grounds/buses will be suspended or expelled, with both parent/guardian and police contact.

  • The vice principals/principal will conduct searches of lockers/backpacks.

Electronic devices (cell phones)

  • Use of electronic devices (cell phones, IPODs/MP3 players, cameras, video cameras, etc.) during class time is a major distraction and disrupts learning.   

  • To ensure that students can focus during class time, restrictions on electronic devices are as follows


  • Students may not use electronic devices during class time (8:55-11:30 am/12:25-3 pm) unless it is for instructional purposes as permitted by the teacher.

  • If a student has an urgent need to make a phone call, he or she can go to the office.

  • Students may not use electronic devices at any time in washrooms, change rooms, or any other restricted areas.

  • Students may not use electronic devices to photograph or record other students or staff on school grounds.

  • Laser pointers are not allowed in school or on the bus.


# of offenses to electronic devices

Consequences

1st

Device to remain in the office for the day; parent/guardian will be contacted.

2nd

Device to remain in the office for the da, 1 detention assigned, parent/guardian will be contacted.

3rd

In-school-suspension (1 day); parent/guardian contacted.

4th+

Out-of-school-suspension (2 days) and loss of privilege to bring the electronic device to school

  • The school is not responsible or legally liable for loss, theft or damage to students' electronic devices. Students who bring an electronic device to school do so at their own risk.

  • Grade 7/8 students will be dealt with by the vice principal on an individual basis.

Harassment and bullying

  • Each member of the Superior Heights community is a respected and valued individual. It is unacceptable to abuse another person verbally or physically, including racist, sexist, homophobic, and other slurs/putdowns and behaviours.

  • Students who harass or bully other students could face consequences such as counselling, suspension, parent/guardian/police contact, and expulsion.

  • Students who use social media to harass or bully other students may be subject to disciplinary action at school.

  • Students who are the victims of or witness harassment of any kind should report it to a counselor or a vice principal/principal as soon as possible.

In-school-suspension

  • In-school-suspension is designed to have students serve suspensions at the school so they can receive course material from their teachers and work in a supervised setting for the day.

  • Students serving in-school-suspensions follow a modified schedule: 10 minute morning and afternoon break that is not during classroom change, and a 15 minute lunch break from 11:10 until 11:25 am.

  • Returning late from breaks will result in loss of breaks, possible detention, or extended time in-school-suspension or out-of-school-suspension.

  • Students who are asked to leave the in-school-suspension room will be sent home for their suspension time and could receive additional suspension time.

Late to class

  • If a student is late to class, he or she must report to the office immediately to get a late slip.

# of lates

Consequences

1-3

Normally no detention

4-6

1 half hour detention each

7-9

2 half hour detentions each

10

1 day in-school-suspension

11

2 day in-school-suspension

  • Late slips start over from zero at semester change.

  • Grade 7/8 students who are late to class must bring a note from a       
    parent/guardian.

Not prepared for class

  • Students are to report to class with all necessary materials (gym uniform, binder, paper, textbook, writing utensils, calculator, etc.).

  • Unprepared students will be asked to report to the office for consequences.

# of offenses

Consequences

1 to 3

Warning – normally no detention

4 to 6

One detention each, parents contacted

7 to 9

Two detentions each, parents contacted

  • Not being prepared for class will be reflected in the student’s learning skills and ultimately affect their performance in class.

Out-of-school-suspension

  • Students who are on an out-of-school-suspension may not be on ADSB property, including school buildings, grounds, and school buses.

  • A student who is suspended may not participate in any school-related activities, including sports, clubs or night courses on any ADSB site.

Plagiarism

  • Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s work or ideas as his/her own. It is cheating. It includes:

○   Using part or all of another person’s book, essay, magazine, article, maps, diagrams, computer software, work on the Internet or any other piece of work in an assignment without proper acknowledgement

○   Submitting any classwork done by someone else

○   Copying another student’s work

  • In general, the consequences for plagiarism or any academic dishonesty is a zero on the assignment or test. Progressive discipline will be taken into consideration. The student could also face counseling, removal from the course, suspension, parent/guardian interview, removal from school teams or clubs, and loss of eligibility for awards or scholarships.

Referrals to office

  • If a teacher asks a student to leave the classroom − or sends him/her to the office at lunch, before classes or between classes − the student must report to the office immediately.

  • The student will be asked to fill out an incident report and must wait in the office until a vice principal/principal talks to him/her.

  • Failing to report to the office could result in a suspension.

Required number of courses

  • Students in grades 9-11 must be enrolled in four courses each semester.

  • Grade 12 students who are graduating in the current school year must take at least three courses each semester. Permission to be a part-time student must be approved by a Principal or Vice-Principal.

  • Students taking less than three classes per semester may not be eligible for school-based scholarships.

Smoking and Vaping

  • According to the Tobacco Control Act, it is illegal for anyone to smoke cigarettes, e-cigarettes, or use any tobacco product, including chewing tobacco, anywhere on school property 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. 

  • It is also illegal to sell, give, or offer tobacco products to anyone under the age of 19.

  • No student should smoke, but for safety reasons, those who do must be in the designated smoking area.

  • Students who smoke during a class or out of the designated smoking area will receive a one day suspension.

  • According to city bylaws, students who smoke in bus shelters or on school property could be fined $305 by the Algoma Public Health Unit.

  • There is zero tolerance for Grade 7/8 students smoking at any time on or near school property.

Snowballs

  • For safety reasons, throwing snowballs is not permitted on school property.

  • Any student caught throwing snowballs will be suspended for up to 3 days.

Truancy/skips

  • Good attendance is linked directly to academic success. Students who are truant could face counseling and parent/guardian involvement as well as detentions and suspensions.

# of periods skipped.

Consequences

1st

2 detentions (1/2 hour each)

2nd

4 detentions (1/2 hour each)

3rd

1 day in-school-suspension

4th

1 day in-school-suspension

  • Grade 7/8 students must be in class and supervised at all times. If a  Grade 7/8 student skips class, his/her parent/guardian will be contacted immediately. If a parent/guardian is not available, police will be contacted immediately.

3. Health and safety


The following guidelines are designed to foster the health and safety of all members of the Superior Heights community. Students who fail to follow these guidelines could face disciplinary action.

Fire drills

  • Instructions for evacuating are posted in each classroom and other areas of the school. The signal for evacuation is the continuous ringing of the bell.

  • During fire drills, students must follow school staff instructions and move in an orderly manner to the exits.

  • Students may return to class when the bell rings three times and administration instructs them to return.

Hold and Secure

  • Hold and Secure (armed intruder): All students must remain in their classrooms until further notice. No one may leave class for any reason. Students in the library must stay there. Students in the cafeteria, washrooms, or halls must go to the nearest classroom immediately.

  • Hold and secure (emergency such as trauma, vandalism, unsafe conditions): All students must remain in their classrooms until further notice. No one may leave class for any reason. Students in the library must stay there. Students in the cafeteria, washrooms, or halls must go to the nearest classroom immediately.


4. School activities


Superior Heights offers many club and team activities to enhance students’ education. All rules that apply to the regular school day apply during student activities and practices. Students who do not follow rules for activities/practices may lose the privilege of participating in school activities and could face other disciplinary action. Students who violate any of the culture/conduct guidelines for Superior Heights may lose the privilege of participating in school activities. 

Clubs/sports activities

  • Late buses are provided on activity days. Students who participate in clubs/sports must follow school rules during the activity and on buses.

  • To use the gym, weight room, dance studio, or other area of the school for school activities, students must have proper clothing/footwear and be supervised by a teacher. Food and beverages are not allowed in these areas.

  • Students must be in attendance for 75% of their total classes in order to be eligible for competition.  Students must make every effort to be passing.

  • Spectators are not allowed at team practices.

  • The school is not responsible or legally liable for loss, theft or damage to personal belongings. Students who bring valuables (cell phone, money, jewelry, etc.) into a change room or other area used for activities do so at their own risk.

  • Spectator Code of Behaviour (OFSAA CODE):

1. Cheer in a positive manner.

2. Respect officials’ decisions.

3. Do not interfere with the competition.

4. Keep off the playing area.

5. Be courteous and respectful.

  • Students and parents/guardians attending school events must adhere to the OFSAA Code of Behaviour and the school code of conduct.

  • Students may stay after school only if they are involved in a supervised school activity. Grade 7/8 students must provide a note from a parent/guardian to stay after school.