THE 3 RULES & BEHAVIOUR CODE
Inglenook is a school based upon community involvement and support for individual expression. There is tolerance and latitude for this expression within the written rules of the school and within the behavioural standards which reflect the ethos of the community comprising parents, students, and staff. Before admission to the school, the student is made aware of the following three rules and the TDSB behaviour code:
1. ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY
2. OUTREACH IS MANDATORY
3. RECREATIONAL MIND-ALTERING SUBSTANCES ARE PROHIBITED.
4. BEHAVIOUR CODE
Attendance is mandatory because attendance is important. It is critical to academic success and for developing a sense of community within the school. Courses at Inglenook are structured so as to involve the students and typically include seminars, discussions, and other interactive activities which rely on student participation.
Attendance problems not resolved by discussion between teacher and student may require that letters be sent home, or that further discussions involving teachers, parents, and coordinators be undertaken. In most cases CEASA acts to identify problems and to generate solutions. CEASA may recommend that the student be put on "Attendance Probation" for a semester. This gives that student a clear warning and another chance. In some cases, problems persist to such a degree, that, in the opinion of the staff and CEASA, the student has ceased to profit from the Inglenook experience. Students in this position are advised by letter and offered placement counseling.
NOTIFYING THE SCHOOL OF AN ABSENCE
In the event that a student will be absent, he/she is expected to phone the school BEFORE 9:00 a.m. to notify the staff. Should the student be missing a critical lesson, test, presentation, or other activity, a medical certificate may be required and marks for the assignment may be forfeited.
ARRIVING TO CLASS ON TIME
Students are expected to attend classes on time. There are no smoke breaks between classes.
Field trips are a valuable component of learning, and attendance is mandatory. While away from the school on a field trip, students must behave in a manner consistent with the Inglenook Code of Behaviour. Deviation from the school's rules will automatically lead to a discussion with CEASA. A student may face suspension.
VACATIONS / LEAVING EARLY / RETURNING
Families who arrange trips should notify the school. Students should complete a Trip Form and have it signed by the appropriate teachers. Please be aware that absences may detrimentally affect the student's academic standing.
Outreach is a program unique to Inglenook. It is an integral element of the school and demands full student involvement. Outreach is scheduled for every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until approximately 12:00 p.m. Students take on a voluntary activity for which they may not receive payment. Outreach projects count as half a credit and must be approved by staff. Students who do not successfully complete the program are put on Outreach probation, and possibly directed to participate in a project determined by the staff the following semester. Continued problems in this area are often linked to attendance problems, suggesting a need to examine the student's commitment to the Inglenook Community.
This type of project happens outside the school every week. Students find a sponsor to act as a resource person who will work with them to define and meet their goals. The sponsor must complete the Sponsor Agreement letter and Sponsor Evaluation Form.
IN HOUSE PROJECTS
This type of project is based in the school with a sponsor already determined. The sponsor may be a teacher, another student, or an outside person. No sponsor agreement letter or evaluation form is required.
Each student is connected to 3 other people in the Outreach program:
Although Outreach projects may be chosen from a broad range of activities, there are three categories of projects: Community service, personal enrichment, and career/academic exploration. Students should complete a community service project in their first semester (or, with permission, in their second semester).
Students may not use, be under the influence of, or be in possession of recreational mind-altering substances during school hours, on school property, or on school-related activities. Violation of this rule is considered to be "CONDUCT INJURIOUS TO THE MORAL TONE OF THE SCHOOL" (Education Act), and will not be tolerated.
As of September 1, 1987, Inglenook Community High School became a smoke-free environment. Smoking is not allowed in the school building or on the school grounds.
CODES OF BEHAVIOUR
Together with the three school rules, the following Codes of Behaviour apply:
a) Racial and sexual / gender equality is a fundamental right for every member of the school community. Behaviour, including verbal slurs, contrary to this code, is inappropriate and will have consequences.
b) Responsibility for the physical quality of the school is shared by the community, and vandalism will elicit and appropriate response.
c) The entire school community shares responsibility to maintain a cooperative, safe, and stimulating learning environment. To this end, disruptive behaviour in and out of class, will be considered a serious breach of this code.
Every effort is made to deal with deviation from the Codes of Behaviour in as personal a way as possible. We encourage students to take responsibility and respect cultural and other differences in order to produce a positive academic and social climate.