School Policy and Procedures

The following policies and procedures have been created by Administration of G.D.C.I. and follow a Board-wide Code of Conduct based on the Ontario Code of Student Behaviour.

Accidents

Accidents, of any nature, must be reported promptly to the office by the student and the teacher in charge of a class or activity. An accident report must be completed. Accident insurance is made available to every student in September.

Alcohol and Drugs

The possession and/or consumption of alcohol and drugs on school property is strictly forbidden. Failure to comply with this policy will result in police involvement, suspension and/or expulsion from school. This policy applies to all field trips, all dances and all other school-related activities.

BYOD Norms

bring your own devices [byod]

  • [a] I know the specific expectations of technology use within each of my classes. When in doubt, I ask the teacher.
  • [b] I will only film or take pictures for school related purposes, and only permission from a teacher.
  • [c] I will ask for permission before contacting my parents/guardians.
  • [d] I will use my device in an open and transparent manner.
  • [e] I will take responsibility for keeping my device safe and secure at times.
  • [f] I will ask for permission before using another’s device.
  • [g] I will mute my device so that the sounds do not distract the learning of my peers or I will use earbuds.

Cafeteria

Each student is entitled to a neat and clean cafeteria. Please show concern for others by clearing your table when you have finished eating. Please use the waste containers provided in the cafeteria. The kitchen opens at approximately 7:30 a.m.

Dance

Dances for Grade 7-12 students are organized for the benefit of students of the school administration. Dances are restricted to students of G.D.C.I.;  students may be permitted to sponsor ONE guest, who is a student of another school with the permission of the Vice-Principal. In such cases, a guest must be signed in prior to the dance.  Doors will close to entrance usually 1 1/2 hours before the end of the dance.   Dances are a school-sponsored activity, and, as such, will be conducted according to the policies and procedures of the school.

Dress Code

According to the Education Act students and staff are expected to be clean in person, habit and dress.

  • No wearing hoods on sweaters, etc.
  • Hats may be worn in common areas only. It is at the teacher’s discretion if wearing hats is acceptable in class.
  • No bare midriffs, low necklines or strapless shirts.
  • Shorts and skirts will be of reasonable length.
  • Clothing that depicts vulgarity, sexism, racism, profanity, alcohol, illegal drugs and/or violence is prohibited.

Full-Time Student and School Team Participation

Students must be registered in a minimum of 3 full day school credit courses per semester in order to participate be registered and also to play on a school team. Students, Coaches and Teachers should stay in contact with each other when academic success is being affected by continued team involvement.

Halls

Students are expected to be quiet in the halls during class times. Students on spares who remain in the school should be in the cafeteria or library.

Harassment – Sexual, Racial, Ethno Cultural Bullying

  •  [a] Students are expected to treat others with respect and without harassment of any sort. Threats, unwanted phone calls, e-mails, or texts, damage to personal property, or any behaviour unwanted by another, are all considered harassment. Every member of the school community has the same rights, regardless of sex, race or ethno cultural background.
  • [b] Sexual harassment involves remarks, gestures or actions of a sexual nature that are known or thought reasonably to be known as unwelcome. Such behaviour is illegal.
  • [c] Harassment will result in an interview with the Principal and/or Vice-Principal. [d] Students will be suspended for persistent harassment and the police will be called.

Inclement Weather

In the event that buses are not able to make their usual routes due to severe weather conditions, the standard procedure is the school will remain open for those who can make it to the school safely. Every effort is made to have this information distributed to local news media and posted on the G.D.C.I. website before 7:00 a.m. or shortly thereafter. Refer to www.ourschoolbuses.ca, twitter: G.D.C.I._Vikings and the school website

Lockers and Lock

Lockers will be assigned, and students must maintain their assigned locker. Students are not to change lockers or share lockers. Students who violate these rules may lose locker privileges altogether. Note that the school does not accept responsibility for lost or stolen items from lockers. Lockers remain the property of the school and may be opened or requested to be opened by administration at any time, and without notice. Dudley combination locks may be purchased in the school office.

Lost, Stolen or Broken Personal Property

The school will not be held responsible for lost, stolen or broken personal property, including personal electronics devices, money and jewellery. Students bring their personal property to school at their own risk.

Medication

Students who require medication to be administered at school during the school day are required to complete Form 3158 “Administration of Prescription Medication” and return it signed by a parent/guardian.

Parking

Due to limited space in our parking lot, drive to school only when absolutely necessary and park on the west side of the west parking lot only in the white lined section. Parking in the Bennett Street parking lot is reserved for Administration staff only. Please drive and park courteously.