(links to Code of Conduct, Dress Code, School rules, Computer/internet policy, nutrition policy)

Dress Code

At Irwin Memorial Public School we strive to show respect for self and others. One manner of demonstrating self-respect is to dress in modest, and appropriate attire and practice regular personal hygiene.  Dress code expectations will be taught to students and reviewed throughout year as seasons change.  Students who do not comply with the dress code will be asked to change into appropriate clothing. 

 The following guidelines will be used to determine appropriate dress at Irwin Memorial Public School:

  • Tops and bottoms must cover backs, breasts, torsos, and undergarments (bras and underwear);
  • Shorts or skirts fall below an outstretched hand;
  • “Spaghetti straps” in grades 4 to 8 are not permissible;
  • Hats and hoods are to be removed as soon as possible when entering the school, and shall not be worn in classrooms or in halls during instructional time;
  • Seasonally appropriate clothing is expected to ensure student comfort and safety during recess (raincoats, winter coats, hats, mitts, etc.);
  • All students must have indoor running shoes for participation in gym and other physical activities;
  • Students in grades 4 – 8 are expected to change into a t-shirt and shorts for gym; proper clothing and footwear are essential for hygiene and safety reasons in physical education.
  • Hats and hoods shall be removed as soon as possible when entering the school, and shall not be worn in classrooms;
  • Clothing which depicts beer/liquor, tobacco, illegal drugs or bears offensive language, reflects images, pictures or messages that are inappropriate, derogatory, distasteful, profane, sexist, racist or violent is inappropriate.


Bullying – “typically a form of repeated, persistent, and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem, or reputation.  Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance”  (Definition from the TLDSB Code of Conduct and the Ministry of Education)



At Irwin Memorial Public School, we strive to learn and practice the skills that will make us productive and successful citizens – at school and in our community. We expect that staff and parents will model these skills. 

We know that certain behaviours are never acceptable in a safe and caring school community. 

We know that discipline is a training method that teaches students proper behaviour and corrects behaviour mistakes. 

Use of discipline demonstrates that we value a safe and caring school.



At Irwin Memorial we strive to learn and practice the skills that will make us productive and successful citizens – at school and in our community.

We expect that staff and parents will model these skills.

We are clear that in our school community that these are the skills we need to learn and practice:


o    Be honest and fair

o    Show respect for people’s differences and opinions

o    Treat each other kindly- especially during disagreements

o    Respect the rights of others

o    Care for school property and the property of others

o    Notice and help those in need

o    Seek help from school staff if necessary to resolve conflicts

o    Obey all laws

o    Respect and obey persons in positions of authority

o    Try to make the school a safe and healthy place

o    Keep all  language respectful and courteous

In addition, all STUDENTS must:

o    Attend school on time.

o    Have good personal hygiene.

o    Wear clothes that are appropriate for school.

o    Show verbal and physical self-control.

o    Use courteous and respectful words and actions with everybody.

o    Show respect for all school property

o    Return school property on time and in reasonable condition

o    Pay for school items that were lost or damaged.

o    Behave appropriately and safely on school buses

o    Participate in class and complete assignments. 

o    Complete tests and exams honestly.

o    Obey school staff including supply teachers, educational assistants, secretaries or custodians.

o    Follow all school policies and routines

o    Follow all the classroom policies and routines set by teachers

o    Avoid public arguing with staff about treatment that seems unfair. Instead it is expected that student will ask for a private talk with teacher or school counsellor or administrator

o    Accept discipline from staff -attempts to correct student behavioural mistakes

o    Obey the board policy on use of internet in schools

o    Be responsible for personal electronic devices(including cell phones) and other valuables (money, jewellery) in the event of loss, theft or damage (The school can not and will not assume responsibility for loss or recovery of goods.)

o    Cell phones are not to be on or visible at school

o    Electronic devices may not be used during instructional time except with specific permission from teachers.

o    Be personally responsible for passwords –including internet accessed by their passwords.

o    Be accountable for content of any memory storage devices (i.e. USB memory sticks). (Staff members have the right to request to see the content.)

o    Alert a staff member if they know of harmful or harassment types of behaviours targeting any of their classmates via use of electronic devices or internet sites

o    Be accountable for off-school property use of internet sites or electronic devices which may have a negative impact on the school environment

We know that certain behaviours are never acceptable in a safe and caring school community.

We agree that all of the following are unacceptable and subject to corrective disciplinary attempts by school staff in our school.


o   Use bullying

o   Commit sexual assault

o   Be in possession of any weapon – including firearms

o   Traffic weapons or illegal or restricted drugs

o   Have, be under the influence of or give to others – alcohol or illegal or restricted drugs

o   Give alcohol to a minor

o   Commit robbery

o   Cause injury to anyone or encourage others to do so

o   Use a weapon to threaten or intimidate

o   Cause injury to another with an object of any sort

o   Promote hate propaganda or act in any way motivated by hate or bias

o   Vandalize and cause damage to school property or property located on school grounds

o   Cause a disturbance anywhere on school property which interrupts learning or school operations.

 In addition, all STUDENTS must not:

o   Use swear words or improper rude language.

o   Use threatening words, gestures or physical assault against a person or their belongings

o   Use displays of affection that are inappropriate for school setting (hand holding, kissing, fondling, embracing)

o   Harass by any means (verbal, physical, electronic device/internet) any member of school community

o   Use drugs, alcohol or tobacco on school property or at school events

o   Smoke or use any other tobacco product on school property, busses or events

o   Have, use, sell or give alcohol, illegal drugs or restricted prescription drugs ( sold illegally for non-medicinal purposes) on school buses, field trips, school property.

o   Be on school property when the use of alcohol or illegal drugs is still detectable

o   Steal or vandalize the property of others

o   Use camera capable electronic devices in areas others expect to be private (washrooms, change rooms) or where there is a known objection to taking pictures

o   Connect PDA’s with internet capabilities to TLDSB network

o   Use internet or electronic devices to threaten, harass or demean any other member of the school community especially when  those actions interfere with that member’s ability to function in the school

o   Access inappropriate websites

We know that discipline is a training method that teaches students proper behaviour and corrects behaviour mistakes. 

Use of corrective consequences and discipline demonstrates that we value a safe and caring school.  Progressive discipline supports students in learning the necessary behaviour expectations and social skills to enable them to be successful in school.


In our school, this is the philosophy and plan for positive behaviour supports, corrective consequences and progressive discipline.

At Irwin Memorial the Positive Behaviour Support plan is key to teaching appropriate student behaviour in a variety of contexts over time.   A copy of the plan will be available in the office in the fall of 2008. 

 Three key questions will frame our key behavioural expectations, promote student learning of expected and appropriate behaviours and serve as a prompt for reflection:

  • Is it safe?
  • Is it kind?
  • Does it promote learning?

 At Irwin Memorial the following steps frame our discipline process and are used across the school: 

  • Own It
  • Fix It
  • Learn from It
  • Move on From It

 Irwin Memorial supports discipline procedures that are used progressively over time based on the frequency and severity of misbehaviours. 

 ·  Corrective consequences/Discipline will be used when any classroom or school rules and/or routines are violated.

·  Discipline will be used when student behaviour impacts negatively on the school climate of Irwin Memorial– even if that behaviour does not occur on school property.

·  It is the goal of the staff to take into consideration the individual student and circumstances before making decisions about what type of discipline is most appropriate.

·  While parental input is welcomed and considered, it is the responsibility of school staff and ultimately the school administration to make final decisions about discipline.

 Strategies used with infrequent and minor behaviour issues may include:

Eye contact



Verbal correction

Reteaching of appropriate behaviour

Practising of appropriate behaviour


Private conference


Note in agenda


 For more frequent behaviour issues discipline strategies may include:

Any of the above

Repayment of time



Follow up task or assignment

Withdrawal from class

Referral to office

Loss of privilege

Consultation with parents

 Strategies used when a chronic pattern is identified may include use of restorative practices and further logical consequences:

Analysis of the difficulty + behaviour contract/plan made by teacher/staff /student

Analysis of the difficulty+ behaviour contract/plan made by teacher/parent/student

Analysis of the difficulty +behaviour contract/plan made by teacher/parent/support staff/administrator/student

 Used when severity and frequency identify a need for more long term and targeted intervention:

Significant restrictions/substitutions – (examples:  class or school transfers, revised timetable, reduced levels of freedom/increased allocation for supervision, loss of privilege)

 For specific misbehaviours – suspension may or must be considered.  Except for students for whom the suspend-able behaviour is a first offence – it is expected that evidence of progressive discipline is available.

 Used when severity and type of misbehaviour means consideration of suspension. 

See Boxed list below.

·   Consideration of suspension (Progressive Discipline options may be substituted)  

·   Consideration of suspension pending expulsion (Suspension may be substituted.)

Suspension for the following MAY be considered by Principal.

 ·  Uttering threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person

·  Possessing alcohol or restricted drugs              

·  Being under influence of alcohol

·  Swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority

·  Committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property at the pupil’s school or to property located on the premises of the pupil’s school

·  Bullying

·  Any act considered by principal to be injurious to moral tone of the school        

·  Any act considered by principal to be injurious to physical or mental well-being of any member of school community

·   Any act considered by the principal to be  contrary to Board or School Code of Conduct                             

Suspension pending Expulsion MUST be considered by Principal

 ·  Possession of a weapon, including possessing a firearm

·  Use of weapon to cause or threaten bodily harm to another person

·  Committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment by medical practitioner

·  Committing sexual assault

·  Trafficking in weapons or illegal or restricted drugs 

·  Committing robbery

·  Giving alcohol or illegal/restricted drugs to minor     

·  An act considered by principal to be significantly injurious to moral tone of the school and/or to the physical or mental well-being of others

·  A pattern of behaviour that is so inappropriate that the pupil’s continued  presence  is  injurious to the effective learning and/or working environment of others     

·  Activities engaged in by the pupil on or off school property behaviours that cause the pupil’s continuing present in the school to create unacceptable risk to physical or mental well-being of other person(s) in the school or Board                      

·  Activities engaged in by the pupil on or off property that have caused extensive damage to the property of the Board or to goods that are/were on Board property

·  The pupil has demonstrated through a pattern of behaviour that s/he has not prospered by the instruction available to him or her and s/he is persistently resistant to making changes in behaviour which would enable him or her to prosper.

·  Any act considered by the principal to be a serious violation of the Board or School Code of Conduct        

·  Conduct which is so refractory as to demonstrate that the student is unwilling to respect or respond to authority and/or respect the rights or dignity of other school community members, despite having been given a reasonable opportunity to do so.

This code of conduct is meant to encourage and maintain respect for the integrity of each individual, the rights of people in schools, as well as the responsibilities of each person in our school community.

 For Further Information on the TLDSB Code of Conduct – www.tldsb.on.ca