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The Peel District School Board is committed to providing school learning environments that are safe, orderly, nurturing, positive and respectful. Such learning environments must be free of negative factors such as abuse, bullying, discrimination, intimidation, hateful words and deeds and physical violence in any form. They must clearly demonstrate respect of social justice and human rights and promote the values needed to develop responsible members of a democratic society. This shall be achieved by establishing and maintaining high expectations for behaviour and at the same time offering a program with the strong emphasis on early intervention, conflict prevention and the inclusion of social skills in the curriculum.


The Ontario Code of Conduct sets clear provincial standards of behaviour. It specifies the mandatory consequences for student actions that do not comply with these standards. Reference to the Ontario Code of Conduct is made in the Safe Schools Act, 2000 in section 301. As stipulated in the Ministry document PPM 128, certain parts of the Ontario Code of Conduct have been included in the Board's Code of Conduct.


Guiding Principles:

         Students, parents or guardians, volunteers, teachers and other staff members are included in the Code of Conduct whether they are on school property, or on school buses or at school-authorized events or activities.

         All members of the school community are to be treated with respect and dignity, especially persons in positions of authority.

         Responsible citizenship involves appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community.  Active and engaged citizens are aware of their rights, but more importantly, they accept responsibility for protecting their rights and the rights of others.

         Members of the school community are expected to use non-violent means to resolve conflict.  Physically aggressive behaviour is not a responsible way to interact with others

         The possession, use or threatened use of any object to injure another person endangers the safety of oneself and others.

         Alcohol and illegal drugs are addictive and present a health hazard. Schools will work cooperatively with police, drug and alcohol agencies to promote prevention strategies and, where necessary, respond to school members who are in possession of or under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.

         Insults, disrespect and other hurtful acts disrupt learning and teaching in a school community.  Members of the school community have a responsibility to maintain an environment where conflict and differences can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and civility.

         Each school has a responsibility to promote and maintain positive self-esteem in students through their programs and practices.

         Each behavioural situation which requires disciplinary action has its own unique and varying set of extenuating circumstances and must be handled in a fair and dignified manner.

The Peel District School Board is committed to recruiting and retaining staff who are willing and able to operate within Board policy and within the authority of the Education Act. The purpose is to educate youth who will become responsible for and know the consequences of their actions.

Standards of Behaviour


Respect, Civility and Responsible Citizenship


All school members 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 disagreement.

         Respect and treat others fairly, regardless of their race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability

         Respect the rights of others.

         Show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others.

         Take appropriate measures to help those in need.

         Respect persons who are in a position of authority.

         Respect the need of others to work in an environment conducive to learning and teaching.


Physical Safety


Weapons:  All school members must:

         Not be in possession of any weapon, including but not limited to firearms

         Not use any object to threaten or intimidate another person

         Not cause injury to any person with an object

Alcohol and Drugs:  All school members must:

         Not be in possession of, or under the influence of, or provide others with, alcohol or illegal drugs

Physical Aggression:  All school members must:

         Not inflict or encourage others to inflict bodily harm on another person

         Seek staff assistance, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully

Mandatory Suspension-Safe Schools Act, 2000, S.306(1)

      (while at school or involved in a school-related activity)


It is mandatory that a student be suspended from school and from engaging in all  school-related activities if the student commits any of the following infractions while he or she is at school or is engaged in a school-related activity:

1.      Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person.

2.      Possessing alcohol or illegal drugs.

3.      Being under the influence of alcohol.

4.      Swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority.

5.      Committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property or to property located on the premises of the student's school.

6.      Engaging in another activity that, under a policy of the Board, is one for which a suspension is mandatory.


Mandatory Expulsion-Safe Schools Act, 2000, S. 309(1)

      (while at school or involved in a school-related activity)


It is mandatory that a student be expelled if the student commits any of the following infractions while he or she is at school or is engaged in a school-related activity:

1.      Possession of a weapon, including possessing a firearm.

2.      Using a weapon to cause or to threaten bodily harm to another person.

3.      Committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment by a medical practitioner.

4.      Committing sexual assault.

5.      Trafficking in weapons or in illegal drugs.

6.      Committing robbery.

7.      Giving alcohol to a minor.

8.      Engaging in another activity that, under a Policy of the Board, is one for which expulsion is mandatory.


E-Mail Guidelines for Students


The Peel District School Board recognizes that e-mail is a valuable communication tool that is widely used across our society.  As a result, the board encourages staff and students to use e-mail to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of communication both within the organization and within the broader community.


The following guidelines should be adhered to when using e-mail:

         Parental consent for student use of E-mail must be provided in addition to consent for student use of the Internet.

         E-mail written by students for school purposes should be treated as any other student writing, i.e., appropriate attention must be paid to spelling, grammar, presentation and plagiarism.

         E-mail cannot contain identifying information about the sender or any other student.  This       includes addresses, pictures and other personal information.

         Students are responsible for all e-mail from their account and must take care to protect access to the account by keeping their password secret and by logging off when they are not at the workstation.

         The board has the right to access and disclose the contents of  a student's e-mail messages.


The following is unacceptable student to staff member e-mail communications:

         Any discussion related to other students.

         Personal information about other students.

         Discussion about the personal life of the staff member or student (home life, vacations, relationships).






1.      Please read the Guideline for Student Use of the Internet published by the Peel District School Board

2.      Please read the following Thornwood Acceptable Use Policy and sign the parent consent form.



1.      When using the Internet, teachers will provide appropriate supervision.  All computer screens should be visible so teachers can monitor computer access.

2.      Internet resources are limited to:

               "kid safe" search engines, i.e.,  Yahooligans;

               vetted sites bookmarked for student use;

3.      Teachers are responsible for reviewing and maintaining their student bookmarks.

4.      E-mail access is only provided through a classroom account.

5.      The network administrator reserves the right to review the students' files to maintain system integrity.



1.      General school rules for behaviour and communications apply when using the Internet.

2.      Internet access is a privilege.  The following rules apply:

               Never give out personal information;

               Never use bad language or send mean messages;

               No downloading, subscribing or clicking on ads on our school network;

               Avoid plagiarizing works found on the Internet, cite sources.

3.      If students mistakenly access inappropriate information,( i.e., obscene, pornographic, violent , hate filled, racist) or anything that makes them feel uncomfortable, they should immediately turn off the monitor and tell a teacher so that appropriate action can be taken.

4.      Misuse of Internet privileges will result in loss privileges or in other sanctions consistent with the discipline code.




Internet use for any purpose, which is contrary to the intent of your school's code of behaviour, is strictly prohibited. 
This includes all forms of violence, threats and harassment directed at the staff, students or school. 
This rule applies to school, work and home Internet use.

Student Support Services, Peel District School Board





To support student success, it is expected that homework will:

         supplement and support in-school program and ensure a balance in homework: practice, preparation, extension

         encourage the development of self-discipline and good work habits;

         help to develop positive and enthusiastic attitudes towards independent study and lifelong learning;

         assist students in preparing for subsequent, planned learning activities;

         acquaint parents with the student's in-school learning experiences and strengthen the essential links between home and school;

         not be used for punishment


The quantity, type and the frequency of homework for each grade level will be communicated in the programme letter that you will be receiving in September of every year. Homework will be communicated to parents by the classroom teacher on an on-going basis


Consistently incomplete homework will be reflected and reported in the "Learning Skills" section of your child's achievement report card.


Student Responsibility

"I agree to complete my homework on time and with care and to return it to school as assigned by my teacher".



Parent Responsibility:

"I agree to support Thornwood's Homework Policy and will encourage, support and check to ensure that all assigned homework is completed on time".






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