Important Guidelines

 

 
 

SAFE ARRIVAL

To report a late or absence please use one of the below options:
1. Call: 1-833-251-3286 (toll-free)
2. Online: go.schoolmessenger.ca
3. Mobile App: SchoolMessenger

EARLY DISMISSAL

Unless it is an emergency situation, we ask that a written note be provided to your child’s teacher in the morning, notifying him/her of scheduled appointments and changes to end of day procedures. As a safe arrival home requirement, please avoid calling late in the school day to request that your child change his/her regular home procedure. Students can only be dismissed from class when the designated pick up person has reported to the office. Due to confidentiality, we cannot accommodate requests for students to be waiting in the office for pick up.

ALTERNATE PICKUP ARRANGEMENTS

School phones are not available for students to make arrangements for after-school activities or play-dates, such arrangements should be made the day before. Students can obtain permission from their teacher or the office staff to use the school phone for extenuating circumstances or in the case of emergencies only.

VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL

Toronto Catholic District School Board policy states that ALL visitors to the school MUST report to the school’s main office. The safety and security of students is our main concern and we need to know who is in the school at all times. All parents and visitors must enter and exit through the front doors and report immediately to the office. This will ensure that classes are not disrupted and that the school day runs smoothly.

ILLNESS / STAYING IN AT RECESS

If ill, please keep your child at home for his/her own sake and the consideration of others. Our general rule is that if you’re well enough to come to school, you’re well enough to go outside for recess. If your child is required to stay indoors due to medical reasons, please provide a doctor’s note stating the reason and length of time to remain indoors.

IF YOUR CHILD BECOMES ILL/INJURED WHILE AT SCHOOL

Unfortunately, we do not have facilities at school to accommodate children who are ill. It is the policy of the school to make a sick child as comfortable as possible while the parent is being contacted. Please ensure home, work and emergency phone numbers and contact names on file in the office, are accurate and up to date.

MEDICATION

No student is to have any drugs/medication in his/her possession. Staff is not permitted to give out any form of non-prescription medication without appropriate TCDSB forms being completed.

ANAPHYLACTIC PROTOCOL AND ALLERGIES

An anaphylactic reaction is a severe, sudden and possible life threatening allergy to such items as peanuts, nuts, bee stings or shellfish. Parents are required to inform the school if they have a child who is anaphylactic and also ensure that the student comes to school equipped with the proper medication in a pouch or fanny pack (e.g. EpiPen). The school will take precautions to ensure the student’s well-being through awareness programs. We urge all members of the community to do their best to ensure that the school is as allergy aware as possible to support the safety of all students.

PERSONAL PROPERTY

Parents are requested to see that their children’s clothes, boots, gloves, shoes, lunch boxes, etc., are marked with their child’s name. Clothing does get misplaced and many children have identical or similar belongings. It is highly recommended that students keep valuable electronic devices (e.g., cell phones, tablets, electronic games, etc.) at home. Significant distress is caused when these devices are lost, stolen or damaged. The school will not be responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged personal belongings. If these items are brought to school; however, they are to be stored in backpacks/bags for the duration of the school day. Students are reminded to dismount from bikes, skateboards and scooters upon arriving to school. To ensure the safety of all, these are not to be ridden on school property.

CELL PHONE USE

Cell phones are to be powered off and stored out of view on school property (unless approved by the teacher for program use). The use of these devices in other areas of the school, school property or on school trips shall be determined by the staff. All communications during the instructional day must be through the school office. The use of cell phones on school property may result in the removal of personal device.

TECHNOLOGY POLICY

The TCDSB Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) provides students and their parents with a set of guidelines that outline the safe and appropriate use of technology within our Catholic School system. Included in the AUP is a definition of electronic communication to include social media, website publishing and the use of personal electronic devices (PED’s), including the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. A copy of the full policy is posted on the school website.

HOMEWORK

The purpose of homework is to foster effective work and study habits, develop self-discipline, independent thinking and responsible attitudes. Throughout the child's school life, homework should enable the child to practice the skills necessary to succeed in the work place of the future: independent learning, self- motivation and time management. Homework and work completion are essential in meeting curriculum expectations. If homework is consistently incomplete, special privileges may be withheld.

It is the student’s responsibility to complete and bring assigned work to school the following day unless otherwise communicated by the teacher. Please refer to the TCDSB website for homework guidelines:

As part of homework responsibility, students are expected to:

  • Inform parents of work to be completed

  • Check to ensure all assignments are recorded accurately and all materials needed to complete work are taken home

  • Maintaining a homework website/ agenda introduced and supported by the teacher

  • Bring the completed work back to school at the appropriate time

The fundamental expectation of students in our Catholic school will follow the ethics of our Catholic faith, where empathy, care for others, and respect for life are present. If you are aware that a student or group of students is in a dangerous situation, students should tell a caring adult in the school community immediately.

STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOUR: RESPECT, CIVILITY AND RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP

All members of the OLPH School Community must:

  • Respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws

  • Demonstrate honesty and integrity

  • Respect differences in people, their ideas and opinions

  • Treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is a disagreement

  • Respect and treat one another fairly, regardless of race, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, age or disability

GENERAL EXPECTATIONS OF CONDUCT

  • Attend school regularly and punctually

  • During class time, all students are to walk through hallways and stairs in a respectful manner

  • All entries and exits must be quiet and orderly

  • All students are expected to be outside during recess

  • Students are not to leave their classes without staff permission

  • Students must carry longboards, scooters and rollerblades into the schoolyard and not use them during school operational hours (8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). Bicycles must be walked onto the property and locked onto the racks provided

  • Toys are not allowed at school

  • Caps must not to be worn in the school; however, during the winter months, winter hats are permitted in the school as students go to and from recesses and at arrival and dismissal times

  • Chewing gum is not permitted

  • No tattoos or face painting

  • No pop or energy drinks should be brought on property. We strongly discourage parents from bringing ‘fast food’ for student lunches

  • Use appropriate and respectful language at all times

  • Complete all work in a timely manner and to come prepared for school • Accept and develop self-discipline • Solve problems through conflict resolution and mediation

  • Adhere to the school “HANDS OFF” policy

PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE

An optimal learning environment requires a school-wide plan. The TCDSB Code of Conduct also recognizes the importance of progressive discipline which focuses on prevention and early intervention as the key to maintaining a positive school environment. Discipline can be defined as supporting students to make the most appropriate decisions. It refers to instruction, correction, self-control and orderly conduct. Consistent and logical consequences are important in order for students to learn that they can control their own behaviour by making appropriate choices. The interventions and consequences applied to instances of inappropriate behaviour are made after considering each situation.

Consequences are designed to achieve a positive outcome on the student’s journey through reconciliation with the school community and those affected by the person’s behaviour. The responsibility for a safe school and the education of appropriate social behaviour is founded on Gospel values and is everyone’s duty. Staff use the progressive discipline approach when dealing with student infractions of the student expected behaviour.

Examples of the progressive discipline approach are:

  • Discussion between teacher and students (think papers, letters of apology, behaviour log)

  • Contact with parent by telephone or in person

  • Loss of privileges

  • Removal from class

  • Guidance counselling or social work support

  • Progressive Discipline Incident Report

  • Community service

  • Warning of suspension

  • Suspension

Under Bill 212 (Section 306), a principal shall consider whether to suspend a pupil if he/she believes that the pupil has engaged in activities while at school, at a schoolrelated activity or in other circumstances where engaging the activity will have an impact on the school climate.

CODE OF CONDUCT

The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), including staff, students, parents, and trustees, is committed to the TCDSB’s mission of providing a safe and welcoming learning environment that supports academic excellence and is an example of Christian Community. This mission is affirmed in TCDSB policies, including the Violence Prevention Policy. Every member of this community - student, teacher, parent/guardian, support staff, trustee, parish priest, volunteers or others while on TCDSB property, at TCDSB sponsored events and circumstances that could have an impact on the school climate - are governed by the policies of the TCDSB and shares in the responsibility for creating a positive environment that is safe, harmonious, comfortable, inclusive and respectful. We strive to teach our students to be the best they can be. We encourage the development of positive self-esteem and self-respect as students apply Christian values to life’s opportunities, challenges and choices. We model an individual and community responsibility for our actions. The cornerstone upon which all of our standards of discipline is founded can be summarized in a single word: respect. Every person involved in the community is expected to treat another person with dignity, courtesy and respect at all times

ON THE BUSES

The following expectations must be followed by all children who utilize our school buses.

Students are responsible to the school staff for their behaviour on school buses. Students who repeatedly disrespect school bus expectations can have their bus privileges withdrawn.

  • Follow the bus driver’s instructions at all times. Show the driver both courtesy and respect.

  • Remain seated while the bus is in motion.

  • Behave in a safe, orderly manner when boarding and leaving the bus, while waiting for the bus and while riding the bus.

  • Consistent scheduled use

THREAT RESPONSE PROCEDURES

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School has a primary responsibility to ensure the safety of students and staff inside the school building and on school property. Shelter in Place, Hold and Secure and Lockdown represent the three different responses that may be initiated by a school principal in the event of a threat to school safety.

  • A Shelter in Place response is initiated when there is an environmental concern. There is no immediate threat. Students remain in the building and classes continue as usual.

  • A Hold and Secure response is initiated when the threat is proximate to, but not inside the building. The threat poses no immediate danger to students or staff while they remain in the building.

  • A Lockdown response is initiated when imminent danger is present within the school building and the safety of students and staff is threatened.

In the event of a potential threat to school safety, our school will be practising threat response procedures.

APPROPRIATE DRESS CODE

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Students are expected to attend school dressed neatly and appropriately. Pride in one’s appearance reflects itself in pride toward one’s work and achievement and community. All students are expected to adhere to the appropriate dress code policy. Families may purchase from any retailer as long as the clothing is consistent with the solid navy blue and solid white colours as outlined on the policy chart.

CRESTED SCHOOL WEAR is encouraged and can be purchased from In-School Wear (www.inschoolwear.com, 416 423-3032)

All students are also encouraged to have a collared shirt for special events (school masses, assemblies, etc.). In addition, OLPH spirit wear can be proudly worn as part of the dress code. Spirit wear orders are taken periodically.

Acceptable TOPS:

  • Students are expected to wear a solid white or solid navy top

  • Most style tops are acceptable: polo shirt, blouse, turtleneck, collared shirt etc.

  • Over clothing (such as sweaters or vests worn in school) should be solid white or navy blue

  • No logos (except if you opt for the school crest)

  • No extra colours at collar or cuffs. No stripes, dots, decorations, contrasting coloured buttons, ornamentations, etc. that do not align with main colour.

Tops that are NOT ACCEPTABLE:

  • Colours other than solid white or navy

  • Tops with wording, pictures, stripes, ornamentations, etc. (except if you opt for the school crest)

  • Tops with a brand name logo

  • Midriff bearing, revealing, low-cut or tank tops, V-neck

  • “Spaghetti” or thin strap tops

Acceptable BOTTOMS:

  • Students are expected to wear solid navy bottoms (no denim, no jeggings as

  • pants or leggings)

  • Pants, capris, yoga pants, track pants, skirt, skort, tunic, shorts, sports shorts (all bottoms including sports shorts must be solid navy - no stripes of contrasting colour)

  • No logos (except for the school crest)

Bottoms that are NOT ACCEPTABLE:

  • Excessively short shorts/skorts or skirts (fingertip rule: shorts/skorts or skirts must not be shorter than the student’s fingertips when the student’s arms are extended at their side)

  • Leggings may only be worn underneath a skirt/skort/tunic; leggings may not be worn as pants

  • Athletic/sports style shorts with stripes or piping

  • Solid navy denim/jeans/leggings as pants

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During the year, there will be several dressdown days. Students will also have the option of a dress-down day on their birthday. If a student’s birthday falls on a weekend, the Friday before will be the designated dress down day. For students with birthdays outside of the school calendar, a designated day will be communicated through the school calendar. Designated dress down days are optional for students. If they choose not to participate with the designated theme they are expected to follow the blue and white dress code policy.

CSPC: CATHOLIC SCHOOL PARENT COUNCIL

The OLPH Council is a group of parents, working together with school administration, to meet the needs of the entire school community. Among other responsibilities, the Council advocates in the best interests of the school. They also organize many activities that benefit all of the students. All parents are invited to participate in the various council led activities and attend any of the scheduled meetings outlined on the school calendar and posted on the school website.