Code of Behaviour
At CDDHS staff and students are expected to work together to maintain the good reputation of the school in the community.
By giving everyone the opportunity to take responsibility, develop self-worth and prepare for the future we will truly be "Partners Learning Together Creating Successful Tomorrows".
All members of the CDDHS community are responsible for creating an inviting, safe, orderly school environment where everyone is treated fairly and can learn, grow and achieve success.
Centre Dufferin is a community dedicated to learning. All expectations, rules, policies and procedures must support this central purpose.
Since there is a direct relationship between attendance and academic success, students are expected to attend classes regularly. Since arriving late is disruptive to classes and is unacceptable, it is expected that staff and students will be on time and prepared for classes. Late to Class policy.
SMOKE - FREE ENVIRONMENT
Centre Dufferin is a smoke-free environment. Smoking is not permitted on school property. As well, please respect the privacy of our neighbour's property.
Staff and student conduct is based on mutual respect and consideration. Violent behaviour (physical, verbal, sexual, or psychological abuse or bullying), illegal acts, harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, culture, religion, gender, language, disability, or sexual orientation are not tolerated at Centre Dufferin. The SAFE SCHOOLS ACT & THE ONTARIO CODE OF CONDUCT clearly describes what is meant by violent behaviour and spells out the consequences of such behaviour. As well, any behaviour punishable by law will be addressed by school authorities and the police. Possession or use of alcohol or illegal drugs is not tolerated. It is understood that school conduct includes all school activities (clubs, dances, school bus transportation or any extracurricular activity).
Note: If sent from class, students must report to the office. If a student is ill, the student must report to the office so that the appropriate action can be taken by administration.
All school property (including lockers) and the private property of students and staff are treated with care and respect at Centre Dufferin. Neighbour's property is private and should be treated as such.
School is a public place. Displays of affection should not be excessive nor offend others.
VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL
Visitors are welcome to our school as long as proper check - in procedures are followed. Permission must be obtained from a student's teachers and administration at least the day before. Visitors to the school are expected to behave according to our Code of Behaviour. Students inviting a visitor to the school are responsible for that person.
Lockers are loaned to students but remain at all times the property of the school and accessible to the school. Use a Dudley combination lock (sold in the office for $5.00). Locks purchased elsewhere are cut at the owner's expense if the locker must be opened by the school and the student is not easily available. Students are accountable for the condition, contents and repair of the locker loaned to them. Lockers are not absolutely secure. Valuables should not be brought to school or placed in lockers. Students are responsible for the contents of their lockers. Locker Rules
Dress is a form of expressing individuality, however, staff and students at Centre Dufferin must dress in a manner which neither offends nor distracts others because of immodesty or offensive logos or language.
Therefore the following applies:
- No clothing or hats illustrating alcohol, drugs, racial or religious slurs, inappropriate language or slogans.
- Shorts and skirts must be appropriate length (eg. end of fingertips with arms extended)
- Tops and bottoms must meet
- No inappropriate top exposure
- No underwear showing
- Hats or other forms of head gear are not to be worn in the school during the normal school day.
Because of concerns for space and safety, backpacks must be stored in your locker. Backpacks are not allowed in classrooms.
Students with cell phones in classes can disrupt their own learning and the learning of others. Therefore, cellphones are to be powered off in the school and are not to be visible. Use of cellphones is restricted to outside of the school.
Dances are organized for the enjoyment of CDDHS Students. If you wish to bring an outside guest, you must:
- Complete a sign-in sheet in the office by noon two days before the dance.
- Accompany the guest
- Be responsible for his/her behaviour on school property.
Acceptable school behaviour is expected. Moshing or slam dancing is not permitted. Students are not permitted to leave and re-enter a dance.