Centreville Public School is the home to 117 students in Junior Kindergarten to grade eight. It can be found in the quaint village of Centreville in eastern Ontario.
Goals of our Safe School Protocol
- to develop and maintain a safe, welcoming, violence-free school environment;
- to help students to understand what constitutes acceptable behaviour at Centreville P.S. and community; to behave appropriately; and to be aware of the consequences of not doing so;
- to encourage the whole Newburgh community to support violence-prevention initiatives and to play an active role in promoting violence prevention;
- to assist students in managing their own anger, frustration, and conflicts without resorting to aggression.
- positive behaviour is acknowledged, rewarded and modeled by staff;
- discipline strategies are fair and non-violent and focus on teaching students about appropriate behaviours while maintaining their self-respect
- achievement and wellness are fostered for all students;
- wide participation in extra-curricular activities by all students is encouraged.
Routines for Adults
- all adults must report to the main Office, sign the Visitors Log, and wear a school Visitor Pass;
- the principal will make the decision to allow the visitor to remain on the school property;
- when students leave during school hours, including when picked up by an adult, they must sign out at the office;
- staff and students will report adults without passes to the office immediately;
- adults will respect the NO PARKING zones especially during bus times.
Code of Student Behaviour
- to ensure that all members of the school community, especially people in positions of authority, are treated with respect and dignity;
- to promote responsible citizenship by encouraging appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community;
- to maintain an environment where conflict and differences can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and civility;
- to encourage the use of non-violent means to resolve conflict;
- to promote the safety of people in the schools and on buses;
- to discourage the use of alcohol and illegal drugs.
Rights and Responsibilities
- to be responsible for actions and to accept logical consequences of behaviour;
- to attend school everyday and arrive on time;
- to come to school dressed appropriately - hats are to be removed before entering school;
- to exercise self-discipline, work diligently, stay focused, and complete homework and assignments;
- to be honest, respectful, and courteous;
- to use appropriate language;
- to remain on school property in designated areas. Students must have permission from the yard duty teacher to enter the school except in an emergency;
- to keep nature on the ground (sticks, stones, snow, etc);
- to keep hands and feet to self. Differences will be settled in a non-violent way;
- there will be no bullying, harassment, or any form of verbal or physical intimidation and/or discrimination;
- to respect school and community property and the personal property of others;
- no food or drink on the yards;
- to not possess or display weapons or imitations of weapons on school property;
- when on school trips to behave in a manner which is consistent with classroom and school expectations;
- to not use alcohol or illegal drugs.
Bus Security and Student Safety
- riding the bus is a privilege, not a right
- be honest, respectful, and courteous to the bus driver;
- the school bus driver is a member of the Boards staff and the school bus is considered to be school property;
- students who do not regularly travel on a school bus shall be admitted only when accompanied by a signed and dated note from the school principal;
- the Student Code of Behaviour for the bus will be reviewed each year, including the consequences;
- students may be given assigned seats on school buses;
- when a bus driver becomes aware that a weapon is or has been in the possession of a passenger, the driver shall report the incident to the police;
- when a violent, physical incident occurs on the bus and the driver is unable to control the incident, the police shall be called;
- if in the opinion of the principal and driver, a student poses a serious risk to the safety of other students on the bus, the principal has the right to withdraw bus privileges until those safety issues are addressed satisfactorily;
- when a bus driver is threatened physically or verbally by a student, the bus driver shall report this incident to the principal and to the police;
- bus drivers must report all violent behaviour seen at the school bus stop, that involves students, to the principal.
- Students who fail to follow the Code of Student Behaviour & Discipline may expect the following consequences
- hat taken away for 24 hours to one week;
- appropriate clothing selected from the lost and found;
- suspension from the bus on the third report;
- an interview with the student may be conducted by an appropriate school personnel. Parents will be notified of problem behaviours on the Student Responsibility Form;
- making restitution where appropriate, such as full payment for damage done;
- detention/removal of recesses;
- withdrawal of school privileges;
- involvement of Limestone Board Support Services;
- Activities leading to possible suspension
- A principal shall consider whether to suspend a pupil if he or she believes that the pupil has engaged in any of the following activities while at school, at a school-related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school climate:
- uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person.
- possessing alcohol or illegal drugs
- being under the influence of alcohol
- swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority
- committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property at the pupils school or to property located on the premises of the pupils school
- any other activity that is an activity for which a principal may suspend a pupil under a policy of the board
Factors principal must consider
- In considering whether to suspend a pupil for engaging in an activity described in subsection (1), a principal shall take into account any mitigating or other factors prescribed by the regulations.
Duration of suspension
- A suspension under this section shall be for no less than one school day and no more that 20 school days and, in considering how long the suspension should be, a principal shall take into account any mitigating or other factors prescribed by the regulations.
- All suspensions are appealable.
Appropriate Dress Code
- All members of our school communities including students, staff, parents, and volunteers must dress in a way consistent with a scholarly tone of dress that reflects personal pride and respect for others. Clothing that may be appropriate at home, at the beach, or at a nightclub may not be appropriate at our schools.
- Members of our school community are required to be neat, clean and well-groomed in overall appearance; remove hats when entering our schools; change from outdoor to indoor shoes to comply with the Health and Safety Policies for the classrooms and the gymnasia; and be adequately covered to be consistent with a scholarly school tone.
- To set the appropriate tone for our schools, please ensure that mid-riffs are covered, that shoulders are at least covered by wide straps (two finger widths), and that shorts and skirts come to the tips of the fingers when arms are extended down.
- Members of our school communities must not display, in any way, or wear clothing or accessories which: displays profanity; is unhealthy, unhygienic or unsafe, e.g., bare feet, metal or other sharp adornments; promotes unlawful activities or unwholesome life styles, e.g., material which features drugs, is unduly distracting dress which is sexually provocative, torn or ragged; is reflective of violent or anti-social culture, e.g., steel toe caps, gang related symbols or insignia; and/or has content which is deemed by the Principal/Vice Principal as being offensive to any individual or group, e.g. material which is racist, sexist, or homophobic.
- Exceptions to this code are appropriate under certain circumstances, such as dress-up or spirit days, extra-curricular activities, or dances. Expectations on those occasions will be made clear by the school administration. Exceptions may also be granted on compassionate grounds (one such example might be classmates wearing hats when a fellow student is losing hair due to medical reasons).
- For non-compliance within our schools the normal expectation will be a requirement for the individual to immediately comply with the dress code, by changing into more appropriate dress from Lost and Found/School Team Shirt, turning shirt inside out or removing an inappropriate or unsafe accessory. Consequences will escalate if the individual refuses to comply or is repeatedly non-compliant.
- withdrawal of student from class setting;
- school suspension; expulsion.