IRWIN MEMORIAL PUBLIC SCHOOL
STUDENT PLANNER AND HANDBOOK
1011 Dwight Beach Road
POA 1HOPhone: (705)635-2232
Parents are asked to please review the information contained in the IMPS Handbook with their child. In particular, parents and students are asked to note the changes and additions to the following sections:
- Dress Code
- Code of Conduct
- Bullying Definition
If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the school for clarification.
I have reviewed the handbook with my son/daughter.
Parent Signature Student Signature
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Welcome back to school! Irwin Memorial Public School staff extends a warm welcome to students and their families as the 2010-2011 school year begins. We all look forward to a year of exploring new and enjoyable areas of learning together. Academic pursuits, the environment, character education and physical education and activity continue to be cornerstones at Irwin.
We are fortunate at Irwin to have strong partnerships among parents, school staff, community members and organizations. Everyone at Irwin is looking forward to a great school year!
Buses Arrive and Supervision Begins
Learning Block #1
Nutrition Break and Recess
Learning Block #2
Nutrition Break and Recess
Learning Block #3
HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
Irwin Memorial has an excellent Home and School Association. They are primarily responsible for fundraising and have made major contributions to the school every year. To note just a few items, during the 2010/2011 school year, the Home and School was responsible for purchasing or cost sharing the following items/activities: snowshoes, high jump pit, Battle of the Books novels, graduation, muffin and juice days, Jump Rope fruit
The Home and School is always seeking new members for various roles. Meetings are held once a month. If you are looking for an opportunity to become involved in the school for as little or as much time as you wish, please contact the school.
SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL
The School Advisory Council is a valuable organization for the benefit of the principal and the school. The School Advisory Council meets between four and six times per year and are greatly involved in advising the principal on areas or governance, decision making and even coordinate special events in the school. During the 2010/2011 school year the SAC was instrumental in the Earth Week and Education Week programs at Irwin. Again, if you are interested in being a part of this organization, feel free to contact the school.
Acceptable Use Of Computers
Students are responsible for good behaviour on school computer networks just as they are in a classroom or a school hallway. The network is provided for students to conduct research and communicate with others, as guidance and restrictions are necessary to protect you from people with illegal or unethical purposes. Access is a privilege, not a right, and it entails acting in a considerate and responsible manner. The integrity of the system must be maintained regarding access, copyright laws, storage, damage and wastage. Users, however, should not expect that files stored on Board servers would always be private. Use of the Internet is also subject to the constraints of legality and convention.
After School Program
The YMCA runs the after school program at Irwin. Please call 788-5040 for further information..
Students in grades 1 – 8 at Irwin all have agendas for the purpose of daily communication and development of organizational skills. We expect the students to bring their agendas home daily and have them checked and/or signed by parents. Agendas are used to record homework, important dates and information and to assist with developing organizational skills. Primary students develop these skills through direct instruction from their teachers. Junior students are working to refine these skills with support from their teachers and families. Intermediate students should be responsible for independently using their agendas. Please take a few minutes each day to ask your child if s/he has any letters, notes, permission forms etc.
Anaphalaxis – “Reduce The Risk”
Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction that can be fatal. It is important to remember that we have some students and adults in our school with identified allergies to food (i.e. nuts/nut products) and perfume or body spray.
In classrooms with anaphylactic students special care must be taken to avoid allergens and parents will be notifies. The risk of accidental exposure to an allergen can be significantly reduced, although it can never be completely removed. Entrances to the school are also posted as reminders.
To further “reduce the risk” all students are encouraged to follow certain guidelines:
- eat only food which they have brought from home unless it is packaged, clearly labelled, and approved by their parents;
- wash hands before and after eating;
- do not share food, utensils, or containers;
- wipe off the desk/table top to ensure a clean food space;
- place food on a napkin or waxed paper rather than in direct contact with a desk or table;
- do not leave food unattended.
Thank you for your assistance in making your school the safest possible environment for all students.
Attendance And Safe Arrival Program
Regular attendance is essential to student success at school. Unexplained and extended absences are referred to the attendance counsellor. At times when illness occurs the best place is in bed getting needed rest under supervision of an adult. A genuinely sick child does not belong at school. Please keep us informed of illness, lateness, appointments and other situations which impact your child’s attendance by:
- Calling the Safe Arrival number and leaving a message at 635-2232 or 635-1661 before 9:00 a.m. to notify us; and
- Sending a signed note when your child returns to school including the date and explaining the circumstances.
Students are expected to remain on school property at all times. Due to safety concerns students are not permitted to cross Highway 60 at lunch. Students must have written parental permission to go to the public library or any another location within walking distance after school. Notes must be signed by the classroom teacher as well and kept on file at the office.
Students who travel to school by bus are expected to return home by bus. Any student not taking his/her bus must bring a note signed by a parent. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the bus driver and the office about the change in routine.
When students travel on the school bus, co-operation and consideration are the keys that make the school bus system work successfully. Serious misconduct is deemed to be an offence that could affect the safe operation of the bus, including use of foul or abusive language. Please remind your children of the following important items:
The driver is responsible for maintaining control over the students on his/her bus. Reports of student misconduct will be sent to the Principal/designate in writing.
Depending on the seriousness of the problems, the following procedure will be used:
1st infraction – driver warns student and notifies school with form; school informs parents with copy of form;
2nd infraction – Driver informs school with form; school notifies parents with form, and reminds that the next step is a suspension from the bus;
3rd infraction – a suspension of school bus riding service; school will determine length; parents will be informed in writing; Further offences may result in the removal of transportation service.
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.
Emergency School Evacuation
In the event that a school wide evacuation is necessary, our emergency evacuation site is the Dwight Community Centre. Parents will be contacted and informed that that the students have been moved to this site.
At all times the safety and well being of your child is foremost in our mind. Students sometimes become ill at school or are involved in accidents of varying seriousness. With all significant incidences, parents will be contacted. If we cannot contact a family by telephone, we attempt to contact the person indicated as the emergency contact. It is essential that we have up to date phone numbers and emergency contacts.
Irwin Memorial Public School’s homework expectations reflect the growing awareness of the need for children to develop as responsible and independent learners while maintaining a balanced, active and healthy lifestyle. Maintaining a routine which supports structured time throughout the week to complete class work, listen to an adult read or enjoy personal reading assists children in developing responsibility and independence. This routine also supports parental involvement in their child’s learning while enabling them to monitor their child’s progress. Additional homework will be designed to support classroom activities and will be assigned at the teachers’ discretion.
Home Help Suggestions:
- Read with/to your child every night
- Support your child’s independence with research and projects
- Review basic math facts
- Encourage diary/journal writing at home
- Visit our local library regularly
- Speak with your child’s teacher regarding specific suggestions
Inclement Weather Procedures
From time to time, weather affects bus transportation. Schools will be open, but you have no obligation to transport the children to school for the day. Bus cancellations will be announced on the Huntsville, Orillia, Barrie and Bracebridge radio stations. If buses are cancelled in the morning, they will not be running in the afternoon. If you do bring your child to school, be aware that early dismissal is a possibility and therefore someone needs to be available for pick-up on short notice.
Lost and Found
We encourage our students to be responsible for their personal items. This includes keeping them tidy and off the floor at school. All clothing, footwear and equipment should be labelled with the students’ names. Unclaimed items are placed in our lost and found. Periodically they are sorted and placed for retrieval for a week. After that they are collected and sent to Salvation Army.
If your child has a particular medical problem, of which the school should be aware, please notify the principal and your child’s classroom teacher. In some situations parents are asked to fill out specific forms to ensure that appropriate staff are aware of medical conditions impacting student well being.
Medication in School
Requests for school personnel to administer prescription and non-prescription medication to students must be made through the principal. A special form is necessary and available from the school office. The form requires a doctor’s authorization of the medication and the dosage to be administered. All medication will be kept at the office. Please notify the office in writing of any changes in the dosage, which your doctor has authorized.
Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy
Because of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, we wish to advise students (and their parents) that the school in these ways may disclose the following information (name and/or photo, reason):
1. Parent/Guardian Newsletters 2. Graduation programme(s)
3. Displays of student work 4. Student project displays
5. Team List 6. Field Trips
7. Art work displays 8. Drama, concert, musical
9. Announcement on P .A. system 10. Academic/Sports Awards/Trophies
11. Elective Programmes 12. All co-curricular activities
Members of the media often take information, photographs and other visuals of co- curricular activities. Participation in any of these activities may result in your name/picture appearing in the newspaper. Likewise television and radio coverage may take place. Because of the nature of off-school grounds and co-curricular activities, staff will be unable to prevent or control such a disclosure of information.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the above, please notify the school Administration within two weeks after receiving this handbook. Where concerns are not expressed, consent will be assumed for your personal information to be released.
The office phone is for emergencies only. We cannot let children use the phone for forgotten work, clothing or last minute arrangements. Please remember that student cell phones must not be used at school.
The entry bell rings at 8:35 am every day. Classes begin at 8:40 am. Please do not drop your child off at school before 8:30 am when supervision begins. School ends at 3:00 pm.
ALL visitors are expected to use the front door, report to the office and sign in before proceeding to other areas of the school. This procedure helps enable us to account for everyone in the building in an emergency situation.
Volunteers at Irwin Memorial are an important aspect of our school. If you would like to be a volunteer in a classroom, the library, or for safe arrival please contact the principal, Kim Goodwin-Myers to discuss the process.Volunteers will be asked to have a criminal check through the OPP.
CODE OF CONDUCT AND BULLYING
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)
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR
IRWIN MEMORIAL PUBLIC SCHOOL
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.
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR IRWIN MEMORIAL PUBLIC 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:
All MEMBERS OF OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY must:
- 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.
All MEMBERS OF OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY must not:
- 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:
Reteaching of appropriate behaviour
Practising of appropriate behaviour
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
- 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