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Board Policy II-20 Child Abuse & Protection of Students
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Cyber-Bullying is the use of inappropriate language, innuendo, reference or challenge with the use of any electronic devise, i.e. MSN Messenger, Face Book, Youtube, Twitter, student Blogs, text messaging, etc.
If Administration believes that this behaviour is contrary to the moral tone or physical or mental well-being of others in the school, the student(s) in question may be suspended from 1 – 20 days with the possibility of an expulsion with police involvement.
During the 1979-1980 school year, a new law was passed which requires all educators, as well as the general public, to report issues related to child endangerment or face substantial fines. Please visit the link for Board Policy II-20 Child Abuse & Protection of Students.
It is the role of the Children’s Aid Society, to whom we report, to investigate such a report. If your child is bruised or marked from an accident, you may wish to let the teacher know the circumstances. Should a report be made to the Children’s Aid Society, you should understand that we are complying with the law and have the best interest of your child in mind.
CUSTODY OF CHILDREN
Single-parent families are increasingly common. On rare occasions, we are faced with difficult situations when a non-custodial parent arrives at school asking to visit with, or take home a child. We are best able to serve and protect the child when we are made aware of:
- Visitation rights
- Special instructions
If these circumstances apply to your family, please ensure that the school office and classroom teachers are aware of current legal agreements between parents. Proof will be kept on file stating joint or single custody.
FIRE DRILLS AND EVACUATION
Fire drills will be held at regular intervals throughout the year. Students will be instructed as to the proper procedures for evacuation. Should the fire alarm sound, the students must exit immediately.
First Aid on our school site is provided by trained and certified First Aid providers. A First Aid Action Plan has been developed to manage emergencies with immediate contact to medical aid when appropriate. Students are informed as to who the First Aid providers are, the location of the First Aid station and procedures to follow when injured or ill.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
In compliance with the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act, we cannot give out the names, addresses, or phone numbers, of students.
Lockdown drills will be held at regular intervals throughout the school year, to prepare students should an emergency require that students move into a safe environment within the school.
KEEPING OUR STUDENTS SAFE AT SCHOOL
Legislation effective Febraury 1st, 2010 requires all school staff to report incidents that occur at school and who work directly with students must respond, to incidents that happen in school. This new legislation continues Notre Dame’s efforts to make school safer to students and staff. These changes require:
- all school staff to report to the Principal incidents that can lead to suspension or expulsion
- Principals to contact the parents of victims of these types of incidents
- staff who work directly with students to respond to incidents that have a negative impact on the school climate
MEDICAL INFORMATION UPDATE
Please be advised that parent/guardians are obligated to notify the school of any potential risk of injury to their child(ren). Please help us care for your child(ren) by keeping us informed of any of the following conditions:
- Severe allergic reaction(s)
- Previous concussion(s)
- Other conditions which might affect safe participation in school programs
- Any other conditions which might affect the provision of first aid
We cannot dispense medication of any kind unless we have signed authorization by the physician and parents, directions to be followed given and medication provided in a properly labeled container. For safety reasons, students should not have any medication at school whether prescription or non-prescription.
Even if your child requires medication occasionally, you are required to fill out a form indicating the same and we must supervise the administration of the same if it is being taken during the school day. This would include non-prescription medication for headaches and/or other discomforts.
Should your child require medication to be administered at school, please contact the office for the appropriate forms. The only exception to this requirement at this time is for children who must carry medication, because of life threatening conditions and/or allergies.
These products are almost identical in colour, consistency, smell and taste to peanut butter. Schools cannot be expected to monitor for student safety when it is impossible to differentiate between the two. Therefore, the Board is requesting that parents do not send their children to school with look alike products to peanut butter, until the products are available in a colour other than tan.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT, THE LAW, AND THE ONTARIO HUMAN RIGHTS CODE
Sexual harassment including harassment based on sexual orientation is illegal. It will not be tolerated in educational settings. Furthermore, people in positions of authority are required to exercise that authority to prevent harassment and/or penalize the repetition of it.
WHAT IS SEXUAL HARASSMENT?
Sexual harassment is unwanted, uninvited sexual attention. It may involve remarks, gestures or actions of a sexual nature that make a person feel unsafe or uncomfortable. It creates an intimidating, hostile or
offensive learning environment. Sexual harassment is illegal. It may include (but is not limited to):
- unwanted, unwelcome physical contact like touching, grabbing or patting
- rude jokes or suggestive remarks of a sexual nature
- demeaning nicknames like “chick”, “sexy”, “stud” or “babe”
- cat calls, rating or embarrassing whistles
- insulting remarks about sexual orientation
- sexually insulting remarks about race, gender, ability or class
- bragging about sexual prowess for others to hear
- intimidating hallway behaviour
- names written on walls or desks – for a good time, call ____
It is not:
- a hug between friends
- mutual flirtation
- sincere and personal compliments
Degrading jokes, insistent requests for dates, catcalls that cause embarrassment rather than pleasure, pictures scratched on bathroom doors, rating, intimidating remarks or gestures – all of these can be harassing.
When Sexual Harassment Escalates to Sexual Assault
It is important to note that sexual harassment is part of the continuum of violence and some harassing actions can and do escalate to sexualassault. The latter is covered by the Criminal Code and the police must be involved.
Smoking is a serious health hazard. The Halton Catholic District School Board has a strict no smoking policy in all schools and administrative buildings. Students are prohibited from smoking on school buses, in school buildings and on school ground, including in cars parked on school property, during the school day and at student activities. Smoking and/or loitering in front of the school property, including bus shelters, is strictly forbidden.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION PROGRAMMES
Substance abuse is a concern for all members of our community. We recognize that the consumption of alcohol and drugs can impair a student’s well-being, can interfere with his or her ability to learn, and can impact adversely on the legitimate academic and extra-curricular interests of other students and staff.
Accordingly, it is our school’s and the Board’s policy that the possession and/or use of alcohol or drugs on Board property and during school supervised activities will not be tolerated. Consequences for substance abuse infractions are outlined in the Student Code of Conduct as well as in the Board’s Substance Use/Abuse Policy (II-28).
We acknowledge that as a result of concerted efforts of parents, teachers, students, and the Police Department, there has been an ongoing endeavour to educate our students to the realities of substance abuse.
The Board’s Substance Use/Abuse Policy includes a programme-based prevention component, an intervention and counselling component, and a discipline component. Our substance prevention program has been effective due to the efforts of all stakeholders and in particular the support of the Police Department.
Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School currently has a resident school liaison officer who works at our school on a regular basis. The visibility of a uniformed police officer, working in co-operation with our school’s administration and staff, has produced a very positive situation for our school community.
Parents and students are reminded that lockers are school property and on reasonable and probable grounds, a student’s locker may be searched. The intent of this drug search initiative is to support our drug free school mandate and to clearly demonstrate that this police-initiated activity has the support and co-operation of our school. When all stakeholders work together, a drug-free school can indeed be maintained.
STUDENT ACCIDENT/LIFE INSURANCE
Student Accident Insurance is available to each student from an Insurance Company approved by the School Board. The school will send home one form per family when they arrive at the school. If insurance is desired the enrollment card is to be completed and mailed with the correct premium directly to the company. Please note that this insurance covers your child 24 hours a day 365 days a year and is the only Board approved plan offered.
The Youth Counsellor is a support staff member at Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School who encourages the healthy development of our students through confidential, individual counselling or group work. The Youth Counsellor’s goal is to provide assistance with social and emotional issues. Through the support and guidance that we offer, we believe this will foster the student’s personal development to help with academic success.