Code of Conduct
Registration at school indicates a commitment to learn and attend all scheduled classes. PHS offers every student the opportunity to learn; it is your responsibility to take advantage of this opportunity. This includes seeking extra help. In situations where you are in difficulty and you do not seek extra help, the teacher may inform your home and the Vice-Principal. Both will be involved in remedying the situation. Everyone at PHS has the right and the obligation to learn.
All members of PrestonHigh School have rights. However, with rights come responsibilities. At all times students are expected to be courteous and co-operative. Respect for teaching and support staff (educational assistants, supervision monitors, secretaries, custodians) by all students is expected. When requested, students must immediately identify themselves.
No person will be permitted to interfere with the basic right of others to learn. Respect for others will be shown in speech and actions. Neither verbal nor physical abuse will be tolerated. Because this is a public institution overt displays of affection are not allowed. Vulgar and profane language is unacceptable.
Statement of Non-Tolerance
The following behaviour will not be tolerated within Waterloo Region District School Board schools, on school property or at school-sponsored or related activities, and will be subject to disciplinary action:
- The use, being under the influence, possession, or distribution of alcohol or illicit drugs.
- The possession or use of weapons or items that are intended to be used as weapons.
- Any physical assault, threats of assault, intimidation or bullying.
- Participation in any gang/youth group displaying a pattern of delinquent or disruptive activities.
- Any sexual, religious, ethnocultural, and/or racial abuse, jokes, slurs and harassment.
- Any non-physical abuse including emotional and psychological abuse, verbal violence, social exclusion.
- Vandalism to school property and property visited during school activities.
- Hate-motivated violence.
Safe Schools Act
The Provincial Government has instituted the Safe Schools Act. This Act outlines the consequences for students who do not meet behaviour expectations. The consequences apply to students in every grade.
A student will be suspended (up to 20 days) for the following activities:
- Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm to another person.
- Possessing alcohol or illegal drugs.
- Being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
- Swearing at a teacher or at another person in the position of authority.
- Committing an act of vandalism that causes damage to school property at the student’s school or to property located on the premises of the student’s school.
- Any other infractions established by Board Policy.
- Persistent truancy, opposition to authority, habitual neglect of duty, willful destruction of school property, use of profane or improper language, or conduct injurious to the moral tone of the school or to the physical or mental well-being of others in the school.
- Any other infractions established by Board Policy.
A student may be expelled for the following infractions:
- Possession of a weapon, including a firearm. Using a weapon to cause or to threaten to cause bodily harm to another person.
- Committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment by a medical practitioner, or sexual assault.
- Trafficking in weapons or in illegal drugs.
- Committing robbery.
- Providing alcohol to a minor.
- The student’s pattern of behaviour is so refractory that the pupil’s presence is injurious to the effective learning and/or working environment of others.
- The student has engaged in activities:
- That cause the student’s continuing presence in the school to be injurious to the physical or mental well-being of other students or persons in the school, or
- That cause extensive damage to the property of the Board or to goods that are on School Board property.
- The student has demonstrated through a pattern of behaviour (e.g. neglected duty, truancy or opposition to authority) that the student has not been able to succeed through instruction available and is persistently resistant to making the changes in behaviour which would enable success at school.
Teachers will establish appropriate and clear guidelines and expectations for behaviour, work ethic, homework and evaluation in their classes. If a student has difficulty following these guidelines, the teacher will refer the student to the appropriate Vice-Principal.
Missed Tests As A Result Of A Suspension
Students missing tests as a result of a suspension will be given an opportunity to write them when they return. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange this with the teacher upon return to school.
Assignments Due During A Suspension
Students are expected to hand in all assignments that were assigned prior to, or during, the suspension on time either through a parent or a friend. The student will be responsible for all work assigned during the suspension period. Suspended students are to call their Vice-Principal on the morning after the suspension is issued to make arrangements to pick up work. A satisfactory effort to complete this work must be evident. All work must be shown to the subject teacher upon return.
All participants (band/choir, drama, clubs, dances, trips, sports) are representatives of Preston High School. They have special responsibilities, and their behaviour will be exemplary both within and outside the school. Actions that reflect badly on the school will result in withdrawal from school-sponsored activities, either as participant or spectator.
In view of well-known medical information, we urge students not to smoke. There is no smoking or use of tobacco products on WRDSB property as per the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. These restrictions also apply to electronic cigarettes or vaping products as the provincial laws for the sale of electronic cigarettes and component parts (battery, atomizer) are similar to tobacco products. A first offence for smoking, or being in possession of electronic cigarettes or vaping products, on school property will result in the school recording the name of the offender with the Region of Waterloo – Public Health Department’s Tobacco Enforcement Unit. This is done by sending a fax with all pertinent information to the Health Department. This may result in two possibilities:
- A letter of concern will be sent to the offender by the Tobacco Enforcement Unit of the Public Health Department
- The Tobacco Enforcement Unit may decide to fine the offender
A second offence will result in a second fax being sent to the Tobacco Control Unit. This will result in a fine.
Fire regulations and safety precautions necessitate a three-day suspension for anyone smoking inside the building.
Smoking or using vaping products in parked cars is considered smoking on school property and in addition to normal consequences may lead to the removal of parking privileges.
Smokers off property should NOT block the loading and unloading of our school buses, use our neighbours’ property, or block the driveways.
Our school is part of this community and therefore any smoking off school property must consider the rights of our neighbours. Therefore, stay off all private property and do not litter.