Code of Conduct




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Possible Consequences of Inappropriate Behaviour




  • Students are expected to attend

classes daily unless prevented by illness or other emergency.

  • Under ordinary circumstances, the   school does not approve of absences for such things as haircuts, studying for other courses, early vacation, part-time jobs, etc.         
  • Any unexplained absence is a truancy. It is the student’s responsibility to verify to the teacher and to the office legitimate absences immediately upon returning to school.
    • If a student has to leave during the

school day or if they feel ill, they are to report to the office. A note or phone call from a parent/guardian is required to excuse the student from school.

  • Students will be considered truant

If they leave the school or classroom without permission.



  • Good attendance is essential for

  student success.


  • NOTE:  Under the Education Act,

  the Principal determines the

  legitimacy of a student’s absence.

  The only acceptable reasons for

  absence are illness or unavoidable

  cause (as approved by the principal).

  It is the duty of the parent/guardian

  or independent student to ensure

  regular school attendance as per the

  Education Act, Section 21.



  • detention(s) from teacher
  • parent or guardian is informed
  • attendance counsellor becomes


  • Vice Principal becomes involved
  • suspension for persistent truancy
  • removal from class
  • removal from the school roll
  • missed evaluations will be

    completed immediately upon return.

  • Truancy on a day of a sporting event
  • or dance will make the student
  • ineligible to participate


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Possible Consequences of Inappropriate Behaviour



  • Students are expected to be

courteous and respectful towards presenters and guest speakers during auditoriums or presentations. Hats and electronic devices are not permitted during presentations.



  • Auditoriums and presentations are a wonderful opportunity for you to learn from others with different viewpoints, experiences and specialties. The presenter’s views may not be the same as a student’s, but students must respect their right to speak in a safe and respectful environment.


  • Students will be removed from the

auditorium or presentation and will be required to write a letter of apology to the presenter and organizers.  Further consequences can include detentions, suspensions, a behavioural contract, or removal of auditorium privileges.



  • Students are expected to dress in a

manner which reflects the educational nature of the Oakridge community.

The following provides guidelines for appropriate dress:

  • Clothing with inappropriate

language/graphics, including drug, alcohol or tobacco promotion is not permitted

  • Undergarments must not be visible
  • Muscle shirts, strapless tops, halter

tops, and hoods/bandanas are not permitted

  • Shoulders, chest, back and midriff

 must be covered

  • Backpacks are not permitted in

some classrooms for safety reasons



  • Appearance and behavior reflect

    good judgment and respect for self

    and others

  • School is a learning environment
  • Dress code guidelines are intended

   to  be a reasonable precursor to

   expectations in the work




  • Students will be asked to find
  • suitable clothing before being
  • admitted to class
    • Persistent noncompliance with the

     dress code will result in further

     consequences (detentions or


  • The administration will make all

     decisions about the dress code



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Possible Consequences of Inappropriate Behaviour



  • The possession, distribution, and/or use of alcohol or illicit drugs are NOT permitted on school property, regardless of age.
  • Smoking is not permitted on school property, on the school bus, or at school sponsored activities. This includes chewing tobacco and vapor/electronic cigarettes.




  • Students under the age of 19 are forbidden by law to use alcohol and tobacco products.
  • The illegal use of drugs and alcohol is dangerous to health and can lead to behavior which is detrimental to the tone and safety of the school.
  • To enhance student learning, Oakridge strongly discourages all behavior that is detrimental to the healthy growth and development of its students.
  • · Being under the influence of illicit drugs or alcohol, or in possession of alcohol or illegal drugs will result in a mandatory suspension.
  • · Providing minors with alcohol and/or trafficking in illegal drugs will result in a mandatory suspension or expulsion.
    • · Students who smoke on school property

are subject to a range of consequences such as warnings, in-school disciplinary action, possible suspension, and/or fines levied as per the Ontario Tobacco Control Act and the Compliance Officer.



  • Fighting and/or the possession of weapons will not be tolerated.
  • Weapon replicas will be treated in the same manner as real weapons.
  • Objects used to inflict damage or injury will be treated as weapons.


  • Society expects that conflicts be resolved by peaceful means.  This protects the physical and mental well-being of each individual and promotes a positive and safe school environment.
  • Possession of weapons is restricted by law. Inflicting injury constitutes assault and police will become involved.  Criminal charges may be laid.
  • · All fights will result in suspension.  Police may be contacted depending on the nature of the    altercation.
  • · Committing physical assault that

causes bodily harm may result in  expulsion.

  • · Police will be called to investigate  incidents involving weapons or

suspected possession of weapons.

  • Possessing a weapon may lead to an
  • Using a weapon to cause or threaten

 bodily harm may result in an expulsion.


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Possible Consequences of Inappropriate Behaviour


  • Students who have a study period/spare must be in the library, atrium, or cafeteria.  Students are not permitted to

visit or disrupt other classes.


  • Noise and activity in the hallways are distracting to students in the classroom.
  • The wise use of study periods leads to academic success.


  • Persistent non-compliance to

    requests to vacate the halls will

    result in detentions and/or loss of




  • Students are expected to be courteous and considerate in dealings with other students.

The following behaviours are not acceptable:


  • Ø Physical, verbal, written,

    electronic, sexual, or

    psychological abuse

  • Ø Bullying or intimidation
  • Ø Swearing or other

           inappropriate language

  • Ø Discrimination on the basis of

     race, culture, language,

     religion, gender, disability,

     sexual orientation, or any other

     personal attribute

  • Ø “Horseplay” in the halls,

           classes, and school property;

           throwing snowballs

  • Electronic harassment on or off

     site is prohibited.


  • Every student has the right to a safe and peaceful school environment and has a corresponding responsibility to refrain from any behavior which threatens the mental and/or physical well-being of other students at Oakridge.
  • Harassment is illegal and will not be tolerated.  Uninvited remarks, gestures, sounds or actions that make one feel unsafe, degraded or uncomfortable are unacceptable at all times.
  • Respectful behavior and appropriate language are essential in the resolution of conflicts with others.


  • Threats to inflict serious bodily

harm will result in a mandatory

suspension and  police involvement. Parents of students   under 18 will be involved in all such cases.

  • Sexual harassment is illegal and

will not be condoned at Oakridge. Suspension can result and police will be involved. Sexual assault will result in a mandatory expulsion.

  • Shoving, poking, pushing, throwing snowballs, and other such horseplay can result in detention or suspension.
  • Swearing or objectionable language on school property or at scheduled school activities can result in detention or suspension.
    • Any harassment may result in

suspension and policy involvement.


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Possible Consequences of Inappropriate Behaviour


  • Electronic devices such as, but not

restricted to, cell phones, digital cameras, and video devices are not to be used during classroom and/or scheduled school activities.  These devices must be turned off during all school-related activities.  Audio electronic playing devices may be allowed in the classroom, at the discretion of the teacher, but are prohibited during tests and exams.

  • Cell phones are to be off and not

visible during class time except when teachers give permission for instructional purposes.

  • Electronic devices are not to be

used in the auditorium.


  • Electronic devices compete for students’ attention. To enhance student learning, the use of these devices is restricted to appropriate times.
  • Providing your teacher or a presenter your full attention demonstrates respect
  • Some electronic devices interfere with the electronic devices being used for presentations.
  • Notes can be recorded and/or stored on electronic devices.


  • Possible removal of the device to be returned at a later time.


  • Those who do not abide by this rule are subject to the following consequences:

1st Offence -  cell phone will be

taken away for the remainder of the

day and can be picked up at the end

of day; possible detention

2nd Offence -  parents are contacted

to pick up the cell phone; possible


3rd Offence -   possible suspension



  • Students are expected to be in class and ready to work by the second bell.
  • The first bell rings at 8:10 a.m. and the second bell rings at 8:15
  • Punctuality plays a significant role in student success. Being on time:
  • Ø Maximizes student learning
    • Ø Reduces disruptions to learning for


  • Ø Shows respect for teachers and


  • Ø Helps to develop responsibility and

    establish positive patterns for the


  • In September 2016, a lateness

strategy was introduced to address student lateness – specifically to periods 1 and 3.

  • Students who are not in class on time

are directed to the foyer to receive a late slip.  Without reasonable explanation for lateness, students are assigned a detention to be served during the second half of lunch.


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Possible Consequences of Inappropriate Behaviour



  • Students are expected to treat school property with care and respect.  This includes:  school grounds, buildings, equipment, textbooks, lockers, transportation vehicles, and the possessions of others.
  • Students are expected to dispose of their garbage in the cafeteria.
  • All students are to abide by the regulations established by the school for conduct on school buses and on school field trips.


  • Lockers are the property of the school.  The school has the right to enter/inspect lockers when the safety or welfare of the school is involved.  Use only your assigned locker.  A Dudley lock is recommended.  The lock combinations must be filed with the office.  Lockers must be kept clean and free of graffiti and offensive material.  You are responsible for the contents of your locker.
  • Every student has the right to learn in a clean, orderly school environment and has the responsibility to treat school property with care and respect.  The school building and its contents are private property supported by tax dollars.  The exorbitant cost of vandalism is often assumed by the taxpayer.


  • School custodians are hired to maintain the school building.  They are not responsible for cleaning up messes deliberately made by others.  By working together with the custodian and cafeteria staff, you can maintain a pleasant environment in which to eat lunch.


  • The use of the school bus is a privilege, not a right.  Students are responsible to the principal for their conduct while on the school bus.  Unruly behavior on the bus presents a danger to all passengers.  The school bus driver has the same authority as a teacher to control the behavior of students.
  • Students who destroy school property will be required to pay the cost of repair or replacement.  Destruction of school property will result in a mandatory suspension and police action.
  • Deliberate littering will result in detentions, assigned clean-up duty, or loss of privileges.
  • Offensive material must be removed at the request of a teacher or administrator.  Students will be required to remove graffiti from their lockers or desks.
  • The school cannot guarantee safe keeping of student items of significant value.  Students are encouraged to keep valuables on their person or safely stored.  Theft, robbery, assault and extortion will be dealt with by the police.  Committing a serious crime will result in a mandatory expulsion.
  • Consequences will range from warnings to temporary or permanent removal of bus privileges to detentions or suspensions.


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Possible Consequences of Inappropriate Behaviour



  • Students are expected to follow the rules of the school and the directions of the staff.  When asked to do something by a staff member, students are expected to do it courteously and cooperatively.


  • Students are expected to give their name in a courteous manner when asked by staff members.


  • When asked to leave the classroom by a teacher, students are to report to the office directly or wait by the classroom door for further instructions.



  • The Oakridge community, made up of custodians, cafeteria staff, administrators, secretaries, teachers, educational assistants, students, parents, and volunteers have reasonable expectation for student behavior.


  • Teachers and other school staff have been granted authority under the Education Act to promote academic diligence and proper behavior among students.


  • The Oakridge staff work diligently to make the students’ high school years enjoyable.  They deserve courtesy and respect.


  • Opposition to a person in authority will result in a student being sent to the office.


  • Students are expected to report to the office when sent.  Refusal to go to the office will result in detentions or suspensions.


  • If a student refuses to give his or her name, when asked, he or she will be suspended.


  • Swearing at a teacher, secretary, custodian, volunteer or other employee of the Board will result in a mandatory suspension.



  • All non-student visitors are expected to report to the main office.


  • Parents are visitors.


  • The school must be a safe community for students, staff, parents and guests.


  • All visitors must be approved by the office.



  • The student is responsible for the behavior of their guest.


  • Visitors who are not approved are considered trespassers and can be charged.


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