rules of conduct
RULES OF CONDUCT AND SAFETY MEASURES
As a student of the Collegiate, you have the right to learn. No student should disrupt this process. As a result, teachers and administration will hold you responsible for your conduct while in school and while participating in school activities. Proper conduct demands that you respect yourself and others, as well as school property.
Your attitude toward yourself is reflected in the way you talk, dress, and behave both in and out of class, and in and out of school.
Students must treat every member of the faculty with politeness and respect at all times. Students must treat their schoolmates with respect. They must avoid name-calling, threats (including cyber-bullying – via electronic medium such as social media sites or cell phones) and physical as well as psychological intimidation. Bullying is a specific relationship characterized by recurrent abuse of power by a person or group over another person, with the intent to hurt, oppress, intimidate, or ostracize. If you are a target of bullying report the incident to an adult in the building. All Bystanders have a social responsibility to report acts of bullying to an adult in the building. Failure to report incidents may result in disciplinary action. All incidents of bullying must ultimately be reported to the administration to investigate, mediate, and discipline. Perpetrators will face serious disciplinary action including, but not limited to, mediation, suspension, and possible expulsion.
T.H.E. R.A.M.S. Pledge
I believe that everyone at Vincent Massey Collegiate has the right to be part of a tolerant school environment.
I will empower others by taking a stand against bullying.
I pledge to promote inclusion, acceptance, and respect for all.
I think …
Serment T.H.E. R.A.M.S.
Je crois que tout le monde à Vincent Massey Collegiate a le droit de faire partie d’un environnement scolaire tolérant.
J’encouragerai les autres à faire face à l’intimidation.
Je m’engage à promouvoir l’inclusion, l’acceptation et le respect pour tous.
All students at Vincent Massey Collegiate are expected to take proper care of school property. Parents are held financially responsible for damages resulting from carelessness or vandalism caused by their children. This includes:
- Damage to teaching materials including books, gym and lab equipment, uniforms, and audio/visual equipment
- Damage or defacement of desks, lockers, walls, cafeteria tables, or any other school property
- Damage to the property of the faculty as well as that of other students
Also, students may not use or appropriate items that do not belong to them without authorization. Damage to property may result in suspension until the student or his/her parents have paid for the damage.
All students are expected to follow school rules while on field trips. The same sanctions are in effect during all field trips. A minimum overall average of 70% is required of all students wishing to participate in any major field trip. Students who are excessively late throughout the school year will not be permitted to attend major field trips. All students must complete a behavioural contract for all major field trips.
It is important that the school maintain a good relationship with the residents and business people in the area. To this end, we request that students treat our neighbours with respect and that students do not unduly congregate in or around business establishments and lane ways, nor trespass on or litter private property.
Smoking and second-hand smoke have been deemed very hazardous to one’s health. The students and staff of Vincent Massey are entitled to a smoke-free environment. It is prohibited for anyone to smoke on school grounds.
iPods, CELL PHONES, and CAMERAS etc.
The English Montreal School Board supports BYOD. Students are permitted to use iPods, cell phones or cameras in class at the discretion of the teacher. This will be determined on a class by class basis. If the student does not follow the teacher’s rules, he/she will confiscate the device and submit it to administration. Administration will record the infraction. For the first offence the device will be returned at the end of the day. For the second, and all subsequent infractions, parents will have to schedule an appointment to discuss the issue and collect the device. Students are not permitted to photograph or record any student or adult without their permission.
Students are not permitted to play cards anywhere in the school.
The subject teacher will distribute the textbooks required for each course. Once the courses have been completed, students are expected to return all books to the school in relatively the same condition in which they were received. Failure to do so shall result in students being charged for book replacements.
If a library book is lost, damaged, or stolen, the student will be charged for the replacement. When a library book or a new textbook has been lost or damaged, the student must pay the full price of the book. In the case of a damaged or lost textbook that has been used by others in previous years, part of the price of the book will be collected from the student.
The homeroom teacher will assign each student his or her own book locker as well as a clothes locker, which will be shared with another student. For Junior students, the clothes locker will also serve as a book locker for one student. Each student must have locks for the locker he/she is assigned.
- A “Master or Dudley” combination lock is recommended
- Lockers must be kept tidy and free of objectionable materials
- Never leave valuables in your locker
- Lockers are loaned to the students for the year
- It is forbidden to occupy a locker other than the one you have been assigned
- Lockers are subject to search by the administration
- Students must have an extra lock for physical education class. Personal belongings should be locked in the change room lockers during each physical education class. Locks must be removed at the end of the P.E. period.
Students and parents are advised that expensive articles such as cell phones, iPods, etc. should not be brought to school, as the school cannot guarantee the security of its lockers.
N.B. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.
Students will be permitted to enter the school at 7:00 a.m. Students are asked to enter and leave the building by the doors leading from and to the schoolyard. The front doors are not to be used during either lunch period. All visitors must report to the main office.
Attendance at every class, including homeroom, by all students is mandatory. Truancy and skipping of classes call for automatic suspension. The teacher of the first period takes attendance and reports absences to the main office. The secretary prepares a daily absence report, which is distributed to all staff members. The absences are verified by phoning the homes of all students on the absence report. Teachers report all period absences of students not on the absence list.
Parents, you must call to inform the office when your child is going to be absent.
Students are not permitted to leave the school premises at any time during the school day without permission from the school office. If you must leave the building because of illness or any other emergency, you must sign out at the office. If the proper procedure is not followed, the absence will be considered illegal.
Schoolwork takes precedence over medical and dental appointments or other engagements. Please plan these appointments after 3 p.m.
If a student, for a valid serious reason, must leave the school early on a particular day, he/she must bring a note to the secretary before 8:30 a.m. stating the reason.
The note should request an early dismissal and must be signed by a parent. The note must also contain the phone number of the parent whom the secretary can contact to verify the early dismissal.
Students are expected to be on time for all of their classes. Students who are late for the first class in the morning (up until 9:00 a.m.) will be given a detention slip by their first period teacher. Students who arrive after 9:00 a.m. must report to the office. The student will be given a detention slip which must be presented to each teacher during the day. The detention will be served at dismissal on the day on which the student was late.
Failure to serve a detention results in the detention being doubled. Only those students who are late as a result of a medical appointment will be exempt from detention. Such students must present the secretary with a note from the medical office verifying their presence at the doctor’s office.
Detentions for being late will also be given to students who are late for classes following recess and lunch. Subject teachers will deal with students who are late for other classes during the day.
Excessive lateness will be dealt with more severely. Parents will be notified when students have been late four times within a term. A Student who is excessively late will lose the privilege of attending major field trips (Ski trip, Boston, Washington, New York, and Europe).
All students will be given two chances per semester. These chances will be used when students are late without medical justification. It should be noted that lateness due to traffic or weather is covered by this chance system, however, if a student is late more than two times in a semester, despite the circumstances, he/she will serve a detention on the third and each subsequent infraction. On the 4th served detention (6th infraction), the student will be suspended. Each subsequent detention within the semester will result in a suspension. Chances will be reset for all students at the beginning of 2nd semester.
Students may leave the school property at lunch if their parents have given them signed permission to do so. Forms, on which your parents will be asked to indicate whether you have permission to leave the school property at lunch, will be distributed to you on the first day by the homeroom teacher.
Students who do not have authorization to leave the school property at lunch must remain in the cafeteria, the library, or the schoolyard.
Students are not permitted to roam around the building at lunch time as classes at other grade levels are in session and would inevitably be disturbed by the presence of students in the corridors.
The school cafeteria provides a fine nutritious meal for students who remain for lunch. A breakfast program is also available between 7:45 and 8:15 a.m. Your cooperation and politeness toward cafeteria personnel is mandatory. Students are required to clean up after themselves after breakfast, recess, and lunch. Any student failing to do so will be refused the use of the cafeteria. Leaving food and/or garbage on the table or floor is not acceptable. A subsidized lunch program is available for low income families. Please contact the school administration for more information on this program.
The library is open before school, at recess, during lunch, and after school. Students may borrow up to 3 books at one time. The loan period is 3 weeks and can be renewed for an additional 3 weeks, or more, unless another student has reserved that book. Borrowers are charged a fine of 20 cents per day, up to a maximum of $5.00 per overdue book. If a book is lost, stolen, or damaged, the borrower is responsible for the cost of replacing the book. Students are expected to do their part in keeping the library clean, quiet, and safe.
Students who break school rules or do not conform to school policies are subject to a variety of disciplinary sanctions, which include:
- Enforced presence at the general office for a period of time
- Extra work assignments
- Detention after school
- In-school suspension
- Suspension from school
SUSPENSION FROM SCHOOL
Students who develop a chronic pattern of breaking school regulations run the risk of being suspended from school. Any student who commits a serious infraction (e.g. possession of drugs or alcohol, fighting (either in school or travelling to/from school), vandalism, insubordination, truancy, skipping detention, etc.) will be suspended without prior warning.
When a student is suspended from school, one of his/her parents or guardians will be required to come to school to discuss the terms of his/her re-admittance.
HEALTH SERVICES AND INSURANCE
It is the parent’s responsibility to advise the nurse of any medical problems such as asthma, epilepsy, diabetes or serious allergies.
In the event of serious illness or injury, the school will contact the parents. Students are strongly urged to have their Medicare card and the business phone number of their parents in their possession at all times. If the school authorities deem that the illness or injury warrants immediate hospital attention and we are unable to contact anyone responsible for the student, we will send the student by ambulance to the nearest hospital. Ambulance fees are the responsibility of the parents.
Parents are encouraged to subscribe to personal accident insurance in case their child gets hurt while participating in physical education and sports or in any other circumstances. Fees incurred for ambulance services, medical/dental/ocular services and any other services related to an injury will not be assumed by the school. Parents are encouraged to contact their personal insurance company or any other insurer to get advice and information about accident insurance coverage for their child. Any other questions should be addressed to a member of the administration.