The following is a general outline of the areas where staff intervention will occur and students will be held accountable for their actions.
Students who are observed not behaving appropriately will be held accountable by our staff. If a change in behavior does not occur, they will be sent to the office. Time will provided for the student to reflect on the incident and speak with an administrator.School administration, in consultation with the teacher, will decide on the next appropriate action. Examples of such action include:Time Out and/or Detention, a written explanation from the student sent home for parent/guardian signature, a phone call to parents, Community Service at school, Suspension from class for a period, Suspension to home (1-5 days), Suspension to the System Suspension Desk (Greater than 5 days).
This is behavior that is deemed by staff to interfere with the learning of others. Because our core mandate is to provide a safe, secure, and productive learning environment, this can be very serious.
Respect for Our Building
Students are asked to assist in keeping our school clean and tidy. Garbage and recycling should be placed in the proper containers. This is expected both inside and outside our school.
Respect for our School Neighborhood and Local Shops
We expect our students to show respect for private property and businesses throughout the entire neighbourhood and to respect others who live in our community. Please use crosswalks, sidewalks and stay off private property at all times.
Violence/bullying is any verbal or physical action taken which threatens or results in the inflicting of physical, emotional or psychological distress or bodily harm to another person. Violence/bullying will be addressed quickly and seriously at Dr. Martha Cohen School. Should you be having trouble with another student, please tell your parents or a staff member in order to resolve the problem.
Weapons are considered to be any item that in the judgment of a staff member may be used to inflict injury. It is important to note that the student does not need to use a weapon to be guilty of possession of a weapon dangerous to the safety of others. Everyday items used in harmful ways such as paper clips and laser pointers will also be classified as weapons.
Serious Situations of Misconduct
The following are considered to be serious examples of misconduct and may result in immediate suspension to home, which requires parents to meet with administration to discuss reinstatement of the student in classes. Serious misconduct includes the following: Use, possession of, or active contact with weapons, threats or harassment, violence/assault/fighting, vandalism, use, possession of, distribution of, or active contact with drugs or alcohol, criminal activity, defiance of authority, obscene or abusive language, smoking on school grounds or in sight of the school.
Smoking and Vaping
Students are not allowed to smoke or vape in the school, on the school grounds, or within sight of the school. It is strictly prohibited and illegal. Students will be subject to discipline up to and including suspension. Students are also asked to not bring to school any item associated with smoking, such as cigarettes, E-cigarettes, lighters or matches – they will be taken away from students permanently.