The Code of Conduct for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board has as its
foundation the Board’s mission statement which states, “As
disciples of Christ, we educate and nurture hope in all learners to realize
their full potential to transform God’s world.”
The Waterloo Catholic District School Board recognizes the inherent dignity
and worth of the individual. All individuals concerned with the school system –
trustees, staff, student, parents, and visitors to schools – are subject to the
following code of conduct.
The Code of Conduct for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board is
predicated on certain belief statements.
- Parents are the primary educators of their children.
- We have a responsibility of care for our neighbours, our environment, and
- All staff is morally and legally responsible to help students become mature
Christians and good Canadian citizens.
- Everyone has the right to a safe and secure environment, free from
deliberate insult and injury.
- We will live in peace and promote means of solving conflict, which promote
repair, reconciliation, and reassurance.
Each person is responsible for his/her conduct. If the conduct is positive
and life giving, the response will have encouragement, praise and thankfulness.
If the conduct is negative, demeaning, degrading or disrespectful of self/others
and their surroundings, one can expect a consequence. The consequence may
include some or all of the following: an informal talk, a detention, parental
involvement, loss of privileges, community service, restitution, administration
involvement, suspension or expulsion.
A consequence is dependent on many
- The act itself
- Previous behaviour
- Degree of effect on others and property
- Mitigating circumstances
The Code of Conduct for the W.C.D.S.B. High Schools is broadly
divided into four categories:
- Caring / Citizenship
Each Catholic secondary school will also have specific requirements for
FOR OTHERS AND
As a member of a Catholic Secondary School Community based
on Christian values, a student is expected to demonstrate respect:
- By valuing their body, mind, and spirit as a whole person. (The use,
possession or sale of alcohol or prohibited drugs will not be tolerated.)
- By courteous, considerate and compassionate actions to all people.
[Harassment (verbal, sexual or physical), intimidating behaviour, or malicious
ridicule will not be permitted. The school will not tolerate any form of
prejudice, discrimination or stereotyping (e.g. racial slurs, jokes, innuendoes,
Students are expected to show respect for
- Following school rules and regulations
- Questioning in a dignified manner
- Acting in an appropriate manner
- Speaking in a positive manner
Students are expected to show respect for
the school environment by:
- Not damaging, defacing, destroying or vandalizing any school or personal
- Properly disposing of trash and waste (recycling and reusing)
- Eating food in designated areas
Mistakes are part of
learning and growing. Knowledge and growth cannot be achieved without
experiencing the consequence of our actions. Therefore, if we behave in such a
way that someone else is negatively impacted we will act to rectify the
situation. This may include such things as verbal apology, and replacement of
property, fixing property or environment or some other appropriate activity.
This includes all members of the school community and will be achieved with
preservation of dignity for all.
All students have
rights. However, with rights come responsibilities. The following are general
responsibilities that students are expected to observe:
- Respect and obey all the laws of Canada, Ontario and the local community
- Be honest and act responsibly
- Respect the differences in people and their rights – with no exceptions
- Treat everyone and everything with respect at all times
- Do whatever you think is right to help those in need
- Ask a school staff member for help if you need to settle a disagreement
- Others as listed in the Student Handbook and in your specific classrooms
CARING / CITIZENSHIP
Citizenship encompasses a wide responsibility that extends outside of the school
campus to the community at large. Some considerations are the following:
- A feeling of concern for others
- Guardianship of others/things
- Willing to help others
- Giving of oneself
- Forgiving Spirit
- Not to encourage or support behaviour contrary to the code of conduct or
- Be a positive representative of the school in the community
- Assist members of the school community when and where one is able
- Welcome visitors to the school in a positive manner (including visiting
teams and clubs)