In order for J.M. Young School to provide a quality educational community in which all can develop to their fullest potential, parents, staff and students must all accept their various responsibilities. Furthermore, to develop a safe and caring learning environment, the roles and responsibilities of each in the area of discipline needs to be defined.
Parents are expected to co-operate fully with their child’s teachers and other employees of the school division, and ensure that the child complies with school policies. Parents are expected to support the school policies, and where required, tender their support towards a joint solution.
General responsibilities of teachers related to discipline are to provide an effective classroom learning environment, maintain order and discipline among pupils at school activities, and advise pupils as to what is expected of them in school. Additional goals of teachers at J.M. Young School, not related to discipline, can be found on Page 2 of the school policy handbook.
Discipline, especially self discipline, is an integral part of every student’s educational experience. Our goal is to have students control their own behavior (to a standard acceptable to the school), to the greatest extent possible.
It is assumed that student behavior is promoted by having a clearly defined and understood set of expectations, along with an appropriate range of consequences. This range of consequences will allow staff to use their professional judgment in assessing each situation, and is subject to revision, as in no case is it acceptable that a student accept a punishment as a trade off for non-compliance with a school rule.
The following code of conduct is designed as a guide for acceptable student conduct at J.M. Young School.
Students are expected to:
1) show respect for all individuals, 2) show respect for personal, school and public property, 3) obey school and public authority, 4) complete homework assignments as part of their educational experience, 5) be positively occupied at recess and noon hour whether inside or outside the school, 6) be punctual when going to class, 7) remain on the school grounds, unless given permission to leave by a teacher, 8) wear appropriate clothing for school. This includes proper clothing for playing outside at recess and noon hour. 9) abide by the general playground rules (see page 5 of the policy handbook).
Examples of unacceptable behavior would include, but not be limited to, the following:
i) the use of foul language, ii) fighting or wrestling (this includes play fighting, as it can escalate), iii) all aspects of bullying, whether it be
physical (hitting, pushing, etc.)
social (excluding, etc.)
verbal (gossiping, mocking, teasing, etc.)
Student Misconduct Procedure
Minor disciplinary action will be handled by the home room teacher or teacher on duty.
Disciplinary action of a more serious nature will be handled by the principal (in consultation with the staff).
In all cases, disciplinary action will involve counseling, and depending on the severity of the case, students may lose student activities, free time, sports activities, or the right to attend school, i.e., in school or out of school suspension.
Parents will be informed whenever the principal or teacher feel it is warranted.
In cases where damage is done to the school or school materials, (eg., equipment, texts, library books, etc.) the student may be required to provide the labor to repair the damage, and in all cases where damage requires replacement, students doing the damage will be responsible for payment.
Misbehavior on a bus or while walking to and from school will be treated like any other misbehavior, as students are under the supervision of the school during those times as well.
Minor ViolationsResponse Range
- failure to bring materials to class - warning, detention, writing assignment
Major ViolationsResponse Range
- fighting - counseling by principal, in school suspension
Illegal ActivitiesResponse Range
- drugs or weapons in school - confiscation, incarceration, calling authorities