MAC Rose City Elementary School
EXPECTATIONS AND CODE OF CONDUCT
MAC Rose City Elementary School aims to operate a positive school climate and a safe learning environment by applying a combination of Islamic values and Ontario’s new approach of progressive discipline. The focus and ultimate goal of our Student Code of Conduct is to empower students to develop a sense of care and respect for themselves and for others and for the property of others. Islam provides the children with the foundation to guide their interactions with others in a positive and caring way for it allows them to build trust and respect; a sense of respect for themselves and for others and for the property of others; self-discipline; positive self-esteem and independent problem-solving skills. The progressive discipline policy focuses on:
- Promoting positive student behavior
- Preventing inappropriate behavior
- Providing early and ongoing intervention
- Practicing progressive discipline by addressing inappropriate behavior with appropriate consequences
This process has several important elements, including engaging parents, helping students learn, and offering more supports.
At MAC Rose City Elementary School we encourage positive student behavior by having a strong character education and leadership program. We prevent inappropriate behavior by having a bullying prevention program and having clear rules and expectations, including the Bullying Prevention and Intervention Policy. We provide early and ongoing intervention by providing opportunities for students, such as volunteer activities and extracurricular activities that encourage positive behavior, and engage and motivate them. We also have a guidance counselor/social worker who can work with students on a one-to-one basis to deal with any issues, such as anger management, conflict resolution, anxiety, etc. We practice progressive discipline by having a clear code of conduct and appropriate consequences laid out (attached below).
Abu Hurairah (RA) said, “I heard Abu al Qasim (Rasulullah (SAW)), say: ‘The best among you in Islam are those with the best manners, so long as they develop a sense of understanding.” (Al-Bukhari)
Every student is expected to uphold and demonstrate proper Islamic behavior at all times to meet MAC Rose City Elementary School expectations:
- We take responsibility for learning
- We arrive at school on time
- We are prepared for class
- We demonstrate a serious and responsible attitude in daily work in all subjects
- Homework is carefully and thoughtfully completed and on time in all classes
- We try to settle our differences in a peaceful manner
- We respect other people’s property and personal space
- We do not physically or verbally fight with other students
- We do not take anything that does not belong to us
- We follow the directions of the adults in charge, the first time they are given
- We look at the speaker
- We do not talk back to teachers or adults in charge, including substitutes, volunteers, and lunchtime supervisors
- We are sensitive to the needs and feelings of others
- We use appropriate language at all times
- We do not bully or tease other children
- We never boo or whistle in the hallway or in the gym during prayer, assemblies and presentations
- We are willing to help each other
- We are friendly and courteous
- We are expected to move safely through the school
- We do not play around in the bathrooms or hallways
- We keep to the right when walking in the hallways
- We do not run in the hallways, or up and down the stairs
- We use our soft voices when we move inside the school building
- We come to the gym for prayer quietly, we pray quietly and we leave the gym quietly
- We stand quietly in a single file line with our class and do not push others
- The Playgrounds:
- We remain at all times on the school grounds unless otherwise permitted by a teacher
- We play in the assigned play areas only
- We ask the permission of one of the teachers on duty if you need to re-enter the building
- We do not throw any injurious objects such as rocks, snowballs, pebbles, sand, etc.
- We do not bring hard balls, frisbees, or skateboards to school
- We line up with our class outside the correct door as soon as the bell goes off at the end of recess
- Girls and boys play only with same gender group (Grades 5-8)
- We observe safety rules all the time
- We do not play with hockey sticks and baseball bats
- The Classrooms:
- We are on time for all our classes fully prepared for the subject taught
- We greet our teachers and classmates with “Assalamu Alaikum “
- We keep our hands to ourself
- We are allowed to enter the classroom only when there is a teacher there
- We treat others with kindness & respect
- We follow the rules and routines established by our teachers
- We listen carefully when others are talking
- We get a note from our parents if we are unable to do/complete assigned work or if there is an urgent need to leave the school early
- We refrain from eating, drinking, and chewing during instruction periods
- We keep a neat and clean desk
- We show extra care for all school property
- We leave everything in order at the end of the day
- The Gym:
- We enter the gym only with the permission and with the presence of a teacher
- We leave the gym only with permission
- We do not push or trip
- We keep the noise level down
- We follow carefully all the instructions of our teacher
- We do not get any equipment out of the equipment room without the permission of the teacher
- We return all equipment to its spot at the end of the gym session.
- During Prayer Time:
- We enter the Musallah quietly, remove our shoes, leave them in an organized way next to the wall, and proceed to the spot designated for our grade
- We pray two Rak’ah Sunnah and then sit quietly
- We listen and cooperate with the teachers and students on duty
- We repeat after the Adhan after each call and read the Du’a after the Aadhan
- We concentrate on our prayer
- At the end of prayer, we read our athkaar and pray two Rak’ah Sunnah
- We do not leave the Musallah until we are dismissed by the teacher/student on duty
- We leave and proceed to our class quietly only when permitted
- The Washroom:
- We enter with our left foot
- We read the Du’a silently
- We remain silent all the time
- We use tissues & water to clean ourself
- We do not waste water or paper
- We leave with our right foot
- We read the Du’a when we leave
OBJECTS NOT ALLOWED IN THE SCHOOL
- Skateboards or roller blades, water guns, fire-crackers
- Live animals (unless for educational purposes with the permission of a teacher)
- Magazines/Books/stories (unless for educational purposes with permission of the teachers)
- Printed material containing indecent language or pictures.
- Cell phones (phone calls to and from the parents should be made at the school office).
- CD or tape-Players, MP3 Players, iPods, video games, pagers, radios, recorders electronic games/devices, cell phones, laptops, iPads… etc.
- Sharp objects
- Dangerous items of any size or type
- Weapons of any type.
- Students also should note that exchanging any of their personal things (toys, clothes, books, etc.) is not allowed.
* Cell Phones: A permission form (Form CoC_6) must be filled in by the parents if a cell phone is to be brought to school to be used ONLY before/after school in order for students to reach their parents. The cell phone should not be used inappropriately and NO pictures are allowed to be taken on school grounds. The cell phone must remain off in the student’s bag for the duration of the school day (8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.). If the cell phone is brought out or used, it will be confiscated.
* Laptops/Tablets: Teachers may request for students to bring in their laptops/tablets for school purposes. A permission form (From CoC_7) must be filled in by the parents, which will indicate which classes the students may use the laptop/tablet and under which teacher’s supervision. The laptop/tablet will be confiscated if the student is using it outside of the designated periods and/or using it inappropriately.
Any student caught carrying any of the above-mentioned items may face consequences. The item will be confiscated for up to a week and submitted to the school office. It will be returned to parents only.
SERIOUS VIOLATIONS OF THE SCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT:
- Any activity that is considered Islamically immoral.
- Showing disrespect towards teachers and staff.
- Making racist comments or calling names.
- Harassment, all kinds of bullying or fighting.
- Dishonesty and lying.
- Threatening the safety of self or others.
- Physical confrontations
- Profane language, racist remarks, threats, and rudeness towards school authority
- Vandalizing school property or other students’ property
- Persistent truancy
- Habitual neglect of duty
- Starting false fire alarms
- Cheating and plagiarism*
- Intimidating and bullying other students
- Smoking or possession of drugs
- Possession of sharp objects.
- Any kind of illegal conduct and activities.
Any student committing any of the above-mentioned offenses will be referred to the Principal’s office.
Cheating is considered a major offense to the school and the Muslim community that it represents. All incidents of cheating are to be considered serious breaches of the school code of conduct and will be dealt with promptly and appropriately.
The following are the categories of cheating as defined by MAC Rose City Elementary School:
– Soliciting: help during a quiz, a test, or an assigned school project. This would include the use of information brought into the class, sharing information during a test, or sharing information with students who have not yet taken the test or the quiz.
– Plagiarism: occurs when someone reproduces a work without the permission of the copyright owner or takes the ideas, writings or images of others and presents them as if they were the creativity of the copier. Students making use of information from the Internet for projects, assignments or essays must acknowledge the source of the information either in a footnote or bibliography. MAC Rose City Elementary School has zero tolerance for plagiarism. Consequences will range from a mark of zero to suspension/expulsion from school. All incidents of cheating must be reported to the principal.
COMPUTER / INTERNET USAGE
Computers and Internet access through MAC Rose City Elementary School has been established solely for educational purposes. The term “educational purposes” includes classroom activities, career development, and research.
Students may have access to Internet resources through the school library or the school computer lab in the presence of the teachers only. Students and parents/guardians must sign a Student Computer/Internet Agreement to be granted Internet access in the school.
Responsible and ethical use of the Internet includes the following:
- Respect for the rights of others
- Respect for the right of privacy in the use of e-mail accounts
- Adherence to rules governing the use of computers, e-mail accounts, networks, and other computer facilities in the school
- Adherence to codes of conduct, such as the school code of Behaviour, Ontario Human Rights Code, the Criminal Code of Canada, and other laws.
Do not reveal personal information about yourself or other people without checking with your teacher first. Personal information includes your full name, home address, telephone number, e-mail address, etc.
Never agree to telephone or meet with someone you have met online.
Promptly report to your teacher any message you receive that is inappropriate or makes you feel uncomfortable.
Inappropriate Language and Activities
Never use obscene, threatening, or disrespectful language over the Internet.
Never post information that may cause damage or endanger persons or properties.
(Violations may result in serious consequences that could involve police and or removal from school)
Access to Controversial Materials
Do not use your Internet privileges to access material that is profane or obscene, that advocates illegal acts, or that advocates violence or discrimination towards other people.
Cyber Bullying (refer to Bullying Prevention and Intervention Policy)
- Parents should note that there is a lot of cyberbullying on the Internet and that it is becoming even more serious and harmful than bullying in schools.
- Parents must know how to use the Internet before their children go online.
- Parents must be aware of what their children do online, in chat rooms, and with Instant
- Parents should gain the trust of their children so that they feel comfortable letting them know if something bad happens online. While children enjoy the benefits of the Internet, they must be protected from its dangers.
- Always remember that what is not good offline is not good online either.
Consequences will be applied for unacceptable Computer/Internet use
Students are required to be at the school no later than 8:40 a.m. Once they come, they should proceed straight away to the supervision area. Please note that supervision starts at 8:10 am, and students are not to arrive earlier than this time. If a student arrives after the morning announcements, he/she will be required to get a late slip from the school office. If the student is going to be absent, parents should call the school no later than 9 a.m.
If the student is late three times per month, the homeroom teacher will send a letter
(Form CoC_5) home notifying the parents of the importance of getting their kids to school on time. If the situation does not improve (10 times per month), the matter will be referred to the Principal who will contact the parents to discuss the situation and to look for different options to improve the situation.
Consequences for inappropriate behavior are imposed by staff in an effort to help individual students take responsibility for their own actions and provide deterrents. Every action taken is to be carried out with regard for the dignity and self-worth of the student and in consideration of the student’s age and the nature of the misdemeanor. In keeping with the expectations of the school, each incident will be treated in a fair and consistent manner and will be utilized as an opportunity for the student to learn from and grow.
|Levels||Infractions/ Offences||Examples & Details||Recommended Disciplinary Measures|
|Classroom Related Infractions||Examples: Disruptive behavior, missing or incomplete homework, general disobedience, lack of cooperation, and breaking the general class rules, etc.||
– Verbal and written warnings
– Keeping a record in the teacher’s discipline binder
– Loss of privileges (recess, playtime)
– Private Counselling
– Read and/or summarize the code of conduct
– Write a reflection
– Sending messages home in the agenda book or on separate notes.
– Calling Parents
|School rules Related Infractions||Examples: Running in the hallway, causing disruption during prayer time, playing roughly during recess time, etc.||
– Verbal warning
– Referral to the homeroom teacher
– Loss of privileges
– In school service (Helping young students, community service)
|Excessive Disruption During Class Time||Examples: Continuous talking or laughing, disrupting others from doing their work, continuously ignoring the teacher’s instructions, etc.||The student will be sent to the remedial room/’Thinking’ room, if there is no teacher there, then to the principal’s office. He/she will fill in an Incident Behavioural Report (Form CoC-1), for students in grades 2-8, and a copy of which will be sent home to be signed by parents. The incident may be followed by a student/teacher conference during the next available recess time. It is at the discretion of the teacher to apply the relevant consequences.|
|School rules Related Infractions||Examples: Continuous disruption during prayer time, playing roughly during recess time, etc.|
|If the situation has not improved||If in spite of all the measures taken, the student is still displaying the same inappropriate behavior.||
– The student will be put on daily report (folder) using the Daily Report Form (Form CoC_3), after filling in the Report (Form CoC_2) with the teacher/administrator.
– A contract (Form CoC_4) for improvement will be made between the student, the teacher, and the parents.
– A further plan may be made with the involvement of the principal
|Serious Violations of the school code of conduct||Please see the list above (pg. 5)||
The principal and/or principal gets involved and one of the following measures will be considered:
– Student is subjected to one half-day in-school suspension
– Student is suspended for 1-3 days from school
– Under serious circumstances or repeat offenses, expulsion may occur.
What does it mean to be on a ‘folder’?
- Teachers will be required to comment on the student’s behavior for every period.
- Homeroom teachers will have to comment on behavior during recess, lunch, salah, and transitions.
- Parents will be required to sign it on a daily basis to indicate that they are aware of their child’s behavior.
- An administrator must sign it every two weeks and will discuss it with the teacher to decide whether or not the student should no longer continue the daily report folder.
The Principal shall have the authority to suspend any student who seriously violates the School Code of Conduct. In the event of a suspension, the parents will be called to take the child home and be informed of the reason of the suspension. It is expected that the parents will take appropriate measures in support of the school. Please do not provide a comfortable environment for your child if he/she has been suspended, as this can lead to children enjoying being away from school! The child will be given homework to do to avoid falling behind. The parents are responsible for the completion and return of the work.
Upon return to school, a conference may be arranged between the child, the parents, the teacher, and the Principal to ensure that the inappropriate behavior will not reoccur. The students may also be put on a student contract.
Parents will be called to come for a conference to implement suspension or expulsion. Once expelled, a student may not enroll again at MAC Rose City Elementary School.