A school is a place that promotes responsibility, respect, civility and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment.
The ALCDSB acknowledges the rights and responsibilities for its students and staff, including:
· to be respected by all members of the school community;
· to work and learn in a safe, orderly and positive environment;
· to access facilities and to participate in programs offered by the school without fear of violence;
· to respect all members of the school community;
· to contribute positively to the Christian climate of the school;
· to respect the property of the school and of all members of the school community;
· to respond positively to the educational environment provided by the school community.
The ALCDSB will not tolerate behaviour that jeopardizes the emotional well-being or physical safety of members of the school community.
It is a basic tenet of our Catholic faith that all people are created in the image of God. As members of God’s family, we are all deserving of respect and love. We should be secure in the knowledge that we work and live in a community which fosters love and abhors violence directed at any member. We accept the Gospel’s challenge to foster healing, offer forgiveness and work toward the restoration of relationships whenever any member of the body of Christ is hurting
Roles and Responsibilities
Students share with school staff, parents, and parish the responsibility of maintaining the special spirit and character of the Catholic school within our community. This environment depends upon the cooperation and commitment of all involved.
Students have the right:
· to be treated with respect and dignity. In return, they must demonstrate respect for themselves, for others and for the responsibilities of citizenship through acceptable behaviour. Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student:
· comes to school prepared, on time and ready to learn;
· shows respect for self, for others and for those in authority;
· refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others;
· follows the established rules, policies and local codes of conduct and takes responsibility for his or her own action.
Students have the responsibility to fulfill the
· exercising self-discipline
· accepting such discipline as would be exercised by a kind, firm and judicious parent
· being courteous to fellow pupils;
· showing respect for school property;
· complying with all school expectations, procedures and codes of behaviour, and
· giving respect and co-operation to all persons in positions of authority.
· Of Self – students should show respect for themselves as creations of God, appreciate their special gifts, and make an effort to contribute to their school.
· For Others – students are expected to treat all members of the school community in a polite and cooperative manner. Playground equipment is to be shared with a particular concern to safety and courtesy. All games are to be non-contact. We encourage all children to be inclusive of one another in their play.
· For Authority – students are to be respectful and honest when dealing with school staff and to follow rules of the school and the expectations of the staff. Students should inform school staff of problems in a controlled manner.
· For Property – students are expected to treat their own property, school property and the property of others respectfully. Supplies, equipment and textbooks should be handled with respect, keeping conservation in mind. Students have a responsibility to maintain the school yard, desks and washrooms, in a neat and tidy manner. Damaged property must be replaced by the student.
Storage and Dispensing of Medication
School personnel are not authorized to dispense non-prescribed medication,. Any student bringing medication to school must report it to the principal and it must be stored to ensure safety.
On occasion we have been asked by a parent to ensure their child received a prescribed medication. Please be aware that in order to do so, we require the completion of a Medical Information and Consent Form signed by the parent and the physician prescribing the medication. All such medication should be clearly labeled, dated, and stored in the office.
Appropriate Behaviour / Consequences
The recognition for appropriate behaviour is varied. First and foremost, however, is self-satisfaction and a sense of contribution.
The school’s pleasant, safe and orderly atmosphere results from everyone accepting responsibilities and acting accordingly. Young people have a need for positive reinforcement. For example:
· private / public recognition (verbal and written eg. newsletter);
· alternate desirable activity;
· certificates and awards;
· classroom incentives;
· parental encouragement;
· student announcements;
· reinforcement for academic, artistic/athletic achievement i.e. medallions, ribbons;
· school activities and field trips;
· leadership opportunities.
Progressive discipline is a whole-school approach that utilizes a continuum of interventions, supports, and consequences to address inappropriate student behaviour and to build upon strategies that promote positive attitudes and behaviours. When inappropriate behaviour occurs, disciplinary measures should be applied within a framework that shifts the focus from one that is solely punitive to a focus that is corrective, supportive and restorative.
The progressive discipline continuum is a stepped approach to support a positive change in behaviour. However, as indicated above, if an incident is serious in nature and after a full consideration of circumstances affecting a student’s behaviour, it is recognized that a step, such as a suspension or expulsion, which is further along in the progressive discipline continuum, may be necessary.
“a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour that is directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem, or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.”
Bullying will not be accepted on school property, at school-related activities, on school buses, or in any other circumstances (e.g. online) where engaging in bullying will have a negative impact on the school climate.
A student’s role is to treat others with dignity, respect, equity, forgiveness and compassion. They are entrusted to report bullying incidents witnessed. Victims are highly encouraged to report bullying incidents to an adult.
· help another student in need;
· include others who are left out;
· challenge “by-stander” behaviour;
· express concern and caring when someone appears to be hurting;
· recognize feelings and perspectives of others.
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School community is dedicated to working with home, school and parish to meet the needs of all students. We provide each student with the opportunity to develop to his/her full potential within the Catholic community. Children have unique strengths and needs. Our goal is to celebrate the strengths of the students and to nurture their needs in an empowering Catholic environment.
The complete School Code of Conduct is available at
the school office or online at