Code of Conduct

The school community at J.S. Buchanan is built upon RESPECT.

Everyone, including students, staff and parents are expected to demonstrate:

  • Respect for Self
  • Respect for Others
  • Respect for Property


J.S. Buchanan French Immersion Public School is a place that promotes responsibility, respect, civility and academic excellence in a safe, inclusive, and accepting learning and teaching environment. A positive school climate exists when all members of the school community feel safe, included, and accepted, and actively promote positive behaviours and interactions. All students, parents/guardians, teachers and staff members have the right to be safe, and to feel safe, included, and accepted, in their school community. With this right comes the responsibility to contribute to a positive school climate. The promotion of strategies and initiatives such as Student Success and Character Development, along with the employment of prevention and intervention strategies to address inappropriate behaviour, fosters a positive school climate that supports student achievement and the well-being of all students.

The TVDSB Code of Conduct and our schools’ codes of conduct include the Provincial standards of behaviour. These standards of behaviour apply not only to students, but also to all school members, i.e. individuals involved in the school system – principals, teachers, staff, parents/guardians, volunteers, community groups – whether they are on school property, on school buses or at school-related events or activities, or in other circumstances that could have an impact on the school climate. A whole school approach involving all members of the school community is needed to build and sustain a positive school climate. Responsible citizenship involves appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community. Active and engaged citizens are aware of their rights, but more importantly, they accept responsibility for protecting their rights and the rights of others.

Guiding Principles and Purposes of the Code

The purposes of the code are:

  • to ensure that all members of the school community, especially people in positions of authority, are treated with respect and dignity;
  • to promote responsible citizenship by encouraging appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community;
  • to prevent bullying in schools;
  • to encourage the use of non-violent means to resolve conflict;
  • to promote the safety of people in the schools;
  • to discourage the use of alcohol and illegal drugs; and
  • to maintain an environment where conflict and difference can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and civility.

Roles and Responsibilities

School Boards

School Boards provide direction to schools to ensure opportunity, academic excellence and accountability in the education system. It is the responsibility of School Boards to:

  • develop policies that set out how their schools will implement and enforce the Provincial Code of Conduct and all other rules that they develop that are related to the Provincial standards that promote and support respect, civility, responsible citizenship and safety;
  • hold the Director responsible for ensuring accountability for the behaviour and actions of everyone under their authority
  • establish a process that clearly communicates the Provincial Code of Conduct and School Board Code of Conduct to all parents/guardians, students, staff members, and members of the school community in order to obtain their commitment and support;
  • review these policies regularly with those listed above;
  • seek input from school councils, their Parent Involvement Committee, and their Special Education Advisory Committee;
  • develop effective intervention strategies and respond to all infractions related to the standards for respect, civility, responsible citizenship and safety;
  • provide opportunities for all staff to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to develop and maintain academic excellence in a safe, inclusive, and accepting learning and teaching environment;
  • wherever possible, Boards should collaborate to provide coordinated prevention and intervention programs and services, and endeavour to share effective practices; and
  • include in agreements with a third party that the third party must follow standards that are consistent with the Provincial Code of Conduct (this includes third party rentals of school space).

Principals, under the direction of their School Board, take a leadership role in the daily operation of a school. They provide this leadership by:

  • demonstrating care for the school community and commitment to academic excellence in a safe, inclusive, and accepting teaching and learning environment;
  • holding everyone under their authority accountable for their behaviour and actions;
  • empowering students to be positive leaders in their school and community;
  • communicating regularly and meaningfully with all members of their school community.
Teachers and Other School 

Staff Teachers and school staff, under the leadership of their principals, maintain order in the school and are expected to hold everyone to the highest standard of respectful and responsible behaviour. As role models, staff uphold these high standards when they:

  • help students work to their full potential and develop their sense of self-worth;
  • empower students to be positive leaders in their classroom, school and community;
  • communicate regularly and meaningfully with parents/guardians;
  • maintain consistent standards of behaviour for all students;
  • demonstrate respect for all students, staff, parents/guardians, volunteers and other members of the school community;
  • prepare students for the full responsibilities of citizenship. 

Students are to be treated with respect and dignity. In return, they must demonstrate respect for themselves, for others and for the responsibilities of citizenship through acceptable behaviour. Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when students:

  • come to school prepared, on time and ready to learn;
  • show respect for themselves, for others and for those in authority;
  • refrain from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others;
  • follow the established rules and take responsibility for their own actions.


Parents/guardians play an important role in the education of their children, and can support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe, inclusive, accepting and respectful learning environment for all students.

Parents/guardians fulfill their role when they:

  • show an active interest in their child's school work and progress;
  • communicate regularly with the school;
  • help their child be neat, appropriately dressed and prepared for school;
  • ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time;
  • promptly report to the school their child’s absence or late arrival;
  • show that they are familiar with the Provincial Code of Conduct, the Board’s Code of Conduct, and school rules;
  • encourage and assist their child in following the rules of behaviour;
  • assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues involving their child. 

Community Partners and the Police

Through outreach, partnerships already in place may be enhanced and new partnerships with community-based service providers and members of the community (e.g. Aboriginal Elders) may also be created. Community based service providers are resources that Boards can use to deliver prevention or intervention programs. Protocols are effective ways of establishing linkages between Boards and community-based service providers and of formalizing the relationship between them. These partnerships must respect all applicable collective agreements. The police play an essential role in making our schools and communities safer. Police investigate incidents in accordance with the TVDSB Police/School Board Protocol. This protocol is based on a provincial model that was revised in 2011. 

Standards of Behaviour

Respect, Civility and Responsible Citizenship

All members of the J.S. Buchanan school community must:

  • respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws;
  • demonstrate honesty and integrity;
  • respect differences in people, their ideas and opinions;
  • treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is disagreement;
  • respect and treat others fairly, regardless of, for example, their race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or disability;
  • respect the rights of others;
  • show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others;
  • take appropriate measures to help those in need;
  • respect all members of the school community, especially persons in positions of authority;
  • respect the need of others to work in an environment that is conducive to learning and teaching;
  • seek assistance from a member of the school staff, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully;
  • use respectful language (for example, refrain from swearing) when speaking to a teacher or at another person in a position of authority. 

All members of the J.S. Buchanan school community must not:

  • be in possession of any weapon, including firearms;
  • use any object to threaten or intimidate another person;
  • cause injury to any person with an object;
  • be in possession of, or under the influence of, or provide others with alcohol or illegal drugs;
  • inflict or encourage others to inflict bodily harm on another person;
  • engage in bullying behaviours;
  • commit sexual assault;
  • traffic weapons or illegal drugs;
  • give alcohol to a minor;
  • commit robbery;
  • engage in hate propaganda and other forms of behaviour motivated by hate or bias;
  • commit an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property or to property located on the premises of the school.
School Consequences

We try to use a model of progressive discipline so that students have opportunities to take responsibility for their behaviour and to make desired changes on their own. Our goal is to help students understand that they are responsible for their behaviour and capable of controlling their own actions. The use of fair, logical consequences helps students know when they have chosen behaviour which is inappropriate or unacceptable. In this way, we teach students responsibility and respect for self and others.

Consequences might include:

1. A warning or reminder with suggestions for improvement.

2. Time Out – in the classroom or on the yard

3. Removal of the student from the classroom or yard

4. Loss of specific school privileges

5. Phone calls from the school to a parent to discuss the problem or a request for a parent interview with the teacher and/or Principal

6. Restitution or repair or replacement of damaged or lost property

7. Suspension/expulsion from school Note – Suspension and Expulsion are specific sections of the Education Act.

Behaviours that contravene these sections are clearly defined for the Principal. 


Lunchroom expectations are as follows:

  • Use your manners and be cooperative.
  • Remember the Code of Conduct.
  • Bring a note if you are going to be absent during one of the nutrition breaks.
  • Keep your area neat and tidy.
  • Remain at school during the entire nutrition break time. Do not leave school property.
  • Take your leftover food home.
  • No glass containers are permitted for safety reasons.
  • Stay in your designated area.
  • If a student leaves school premises for lunch, no food or drinks may be brought back onto the school premises.

Use of Computers

Students are expected to use the school's Internet access in support of educational goals. Unacceptable use includes, but is not limited to:

  • activities which may damage equipment;
  • downloading, copying or transmitting any material which is in violation of any Federal or Provincial regulation such as copyrighted material;
  • viewing or downloading any threatening, hateful, racist or obscene material;
  • any breech of security on local and remote sites including use or attempted use of another user's account;
  • unlawful entry or attempted entry into any unauthorized network system;
  • any attempt to gain unauthorized access to view, alter, copy, share or destroy data and the creation and/or willful transmission of computer viruses or virus hoaxes.

Inappropriate use of technology by your child could result in loss of computer privileges, suspension and/or legal action.

Student Use of Personal Electronic Devices 

(Cell Phones, I-pod touch, MP3 players, Cameras, etc.) At J.S. Buchanan, we recognize and support the appropriate use of personal technology. Students may use their personal electronic devices as they travel both to and from school as directed by their parents, however:

  • Electronic devices should be turned off from the time they enter the school property at the beginning of the day until they are dismissed at the end of the day, unless they have teacher permission to do otherwise.
  • All communication between Parent and student should be done through the school office so that staff are aware of the reasons for changes in a student’s demeanor or attendance.
  • Cameras or the photo/video functions of other devices such as phones or tablets should not be used at school without teacher permission and supervision.
  • Electronic devices should be kept in the student’s backpack, or in another secure location. Electronic devices may not be kept on the student’s person until they are dismissed from class at the end of the day. The school will not be held responsible in the case of loss, theft or damage to any personal electronic device brought to school by a student.
  • If a student requires the use of a phone during the school day, they may ask to use the school office phone for such communication or if they need to text a parent, they should only do so at the main office.