TDSB Code of Online Conduct

 

Code of Conduct

The Mission of William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute is to provide, in collaboration which staff, students, parents and community, challenging programs and a high standard of excellence that meet the needs of all students. As a step towards the fulfillment of this mission, our staff is determined to provide a safe, harmonious school where all people – students, teachers, support staff and the community – can work and learn.

We believe that meaningful and challenging programs are essential to providing a clear focus for all members of the school community. We also believe that any social organization benefits by having a set of explicit common principles and understandings which help to define appropriate behaviour of individual members in order to enhance peaceful co-existence within the organization.

Such a set of common understandings can help support students to become responsible, self-directed lifelong learners. The information contained in Mackenzie’s Code of Behaviour outlines a set of common understandings. They are the result of thoughtful discussion among staff, students and parents and are intended to safeguard the positive, healthy learning environment for which Mackenzie is known.

Absences and Lates

It is expected that all students will attend all classes and arrive in a punctual manner ready to actively participate. Repeated studies of student performance and attendance have demonstrated that student attendance is directly related to his or her achievement. The school’s attendance policy is created in accordance with The Education Act.

It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to ensure their children attend school regularly. Absence from, or late admission to, any class during the school day will be considered truant unless absence is due to a school-authorized activity, a call or a note from a parent/guardian.

If a student will be absent from school, the parent/guardian is to call 395-3330 (press 1) before 8:30 a.m. each day to report the absence. Upon the first day of return to school a note must be taken to the attendance office. All students leaving school before the end of the day must sign out in the attendance office with a note. If a student is leaving a class to sign out, s/he must show the classroom teacher a note. This note must be presented in the office before the student signs out.

If a student is absent from school for religious reasons, it is the student’s responsibility to inform his/her teachers and to arrange for access to the material taught in class that day. There will be no one-time-only activities (i.e. major tests) on designated religious holydays as this would exclude students from participation.

Students arriving after 8:45 a.m. are to report directly to their period 1 class where they will be marked late by their teacher. Students who arrive after 9:00 a.m. must report to the attendance office for an admit slip. Students arriving late for periods 2, 3, and 4 will report directly to class and will be marked late.

Responsibilities:

School:

  • Phone home through synervoice if a student is absent from a class.
  • Student’s cumulative lates and absences will be on all six report cards sent home.

 

Teacher:

  • Phone home if the student is absent for five or more classes.

 

Student:

  • Arrive in a punctual manner to all classes.
  • To arrange with her or his teacher for any work missed.

 

Parent/guardian:

  • Ensure their children are punctual and present to all classes.
  • Call in each day for absences (416) 395-3330 (press 1) and to send a note following the absence.
  • Provide a note prior to any early dismissal.

 

Progressive consequences for truant behaviour per class:

  • 5 absences/lates – Teacher phones home and makes referral to attendance counsellor
  • 7- 10 absences/lates – Meeting with attendance counsellor
  • 10 – 15 absences/lates – Meeting with administrator

 

Possible consequences: counselling / detentions / withdrawal from extra-curricular activities / suspension / parental/guardian intervention / Provincial court intervention Habitual truancy/lates will result in administrative intervention.

The school reserves the right to use its discretion in determining the appropriate consequences for truant/late behaviour.

Expectations

1. National Anthem: Everyone is expected to stop and show respect for the National Anthem.

2. Announcements: It is expected that all members of the Mackenzie community will be quiet and attentive during PA announcements. If in the hallway, students are expected to stop and listen.

3. Co-curricular Activities: Participation in clubs and team activities requires a Student Activity Card (SAC Card).

4. Course Load: Every student is required to carry a full course load of four subjects each semester. Only those students who have achieved a minimum of 23 credits and are in Grade 12 may take three courses. Students who have an authorized spare will be issued a badge that they may be asked to show to a staff member. Senior students on an authorized spare will be allowed to study in the library, caf, or in front of their own locker only.

5. Community Service: Reporting Forty (40) Hours of Community Service Forty hours of community service is a secondary school diploma requirement. You will not graduate without it. All students must choose TDSB approved volunteer activities and must keep track of their volunteer hours. Volunteer passports are available in the guidance office. Students who have completed their approved forty hours must submit their signed and dated documents (eg. Community Involvement Passport or a letter stating time and place of the activity) to the guidance office. This will ensure that the hours are recorded on the students’ transcripts to meet the diploma requirements. Students are responsible for keeping duplicate copies of these documents.

6. Telephone Messages: Pay telephones are located outside the student cafeteria and are for student use. Office phones are for school business only. Students are to advise their parents or guardians, that except in emergencies, messages will not be relayed during the school day.

Dress Code

The school reserves the right to use its discretion in determining the type of clothing appropriate for the school setting. Proper attire, suitable to a learning environment is expected.

 

HATS & ACCESSORIES

Acceptable: Religious header wear

Unacceptable: Baseball caps, Hats, Bandanas, Hoods, Sunglasses, Gloves

 

TOPS

Acceptable: Tops that cover the naval and meet the top of the pants/skirt

Unacceptable: Barebacks, Undergarments showing, See through shirts, Cleavage showing, Bikini tops, Muscle shirts, Outdoor Coats, Offensive language on clothing, Offensive depictions on clothing

 

SHORTS

Acceptable: Halfway between hip and knee

Unacceptable: Short shorts

 

PANTS

Acceptable: Worn at waist level

Unacceptable: Undergarments showing, Chains

 

SKIRTS

Acceptable: Half way between the hip and knee

Unacceptable: Revealing above mid thigh

 

CONSEQUENCES

Students will replace or remove unacceptable dress. Parents will be notified and suspension from classes may occur.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism, which comes from the Latin word for “kidnapper”, (TDSB Library and Learning Resources Independent Study Guide, 3rd Edition) is a form of academic cheating and is a very serious matter.

It occurs when a writer, presenter or performer uses the major ideas, interpretations, analysis, statistics, findings, or conclusions of others in his/her work without acknowledging their source.

Whether the work of others is copied verbatim (word for word) or paraphrased without the sources being acknowledged, plagiarism has occurred.

Students must submit only their original work. It is inappropriate to copy other people’s work and submit it as your own.

It is also inappropriate to submit the same work in two courses without the prior consultation and agreement of the teachers involved.

Consequences of Plagiarism: A register of all students who are found to plagiarize will be maintained in the main office. Any name that is placed in that register will remain there until the student graduates or transfers to another school. An assignment in which plagiarism is identified will receive a mark of zero. There will be no opportunity to resubmit or make up the assignment in which the offence occurred.

Parents will be notified and the student’s name will be entered into the Plagiarism Register. A subsequent offence will incur the additional risk of removal from the course in which the offence occurred and/or suspension from school.

The following scenario is unacceptable and will lead to the consequences determined by our plagiarism policy:

  • Student A completes an assignment, project essay, etc.;
  • Student A lends student B his/her work to use as a “Guide” or “To Get Ideas”;
  • Student B copies student A’s work;
  • Students A and B submit portions of work that are identical/very similar;
  • Student A may or may not know Student B copied his/her work prior to submission. Both students in the above scenario may receive a mark of “0″ and be guilty of plagiarism.