Kipling Collegiate strives to provide a caring and safe learning environment for everyone at all items. Our school is based on the principles Respect, Responsibility, and Role-modeling by staff and students. We are also dedicated to the promotion of a Peaceful Community as indicated by our commitment to and our membership in the Peaceful Schools International Movement. The school policies listed below outline your responsibilities to the school and our expectations of appropriate behaviour.
Students are expected to attend school regularly and to be on time and present in all classes while at school. Attendance is a major factor in students being successful at school. Parents are asked to call the Kipling Attendance Office at 394-6474, ext. 20003 if their son/daughter will not be present in classes that day. When a student returns to school after an absence, a parent or guardian of the student (or the student where the student is 18 years of age or older) will be asked to provide a note stating the reason for the absence.
SIGN IN AND SIGN OUT
Sign-In. All students must go directly to class if arriving after the official opening of the school day.
Sign-Out. Students under the age of 18 must provide signed documentation from their parent/guardian or school personnel must get verbal permission from the parent/guardian before the student is allowed to sign out or leave the school premises. At the time of leaving show the note to the teacher and then take note to the attendance office or main office to sign out.
Sign-Out. Students 18 years or over must provide a signed note before allowed to sign out. It is the student's responsibility to provide documentation for their absence(s) to their teacher and/or Vice-Principal. Students who do not sign-in or sign-out it will be marked as skipping class and SynreVoice will call home.
LATE FOR CLASS
When a student is late for class he/she will have to get a late slip from the office. The student must then proceed directly to the classroom teacher who will change his/her attendance from absent to late. If a student is late with a note from a parent/guardian, the note must be given to the classroom teacher. The classroom teacher will carry out appropriate consequences for being late. If the student is frequently late for class, the student will be referred to the Principal or Vice-Principal.
SUSPENDED FROM SCHOOL
Students may not be or near school property for the duration of the suspension. Suspended students may not participate in any school-sponsored activities.
ON A STUDY PERIOD
If students wish to remain inside the school building, they may go to the Resource Centre or the Cafeteria. Please do not wander through teaching areas of the building. Do not loiter in stairwells or washrooms.
STUDENTS ASKED TO LEAVE CLASS
Students sent to the office or sent out of class by any staff member must go directly to the main office.
ILLNESS, INJURY OR EMERGENCY
If a student becomes ill or is injured at school he or she should report to the main office immediately. If necessary, parents/or guardian will be notified by phone. For this reason it is very important that a parent emergency number be on file at school. In the event the parents cannot be reached, the school will take appropriate action deemed necessary to protect and assist the student in question.
Students are reminded that only emergency phone messages will be taken for students during school hours.
Definition - "Dress Code" is the appropriate dress policy established by each school in consultation with parents through their school councils. "Inappropriate Dress" refers to a standard of attire that does not meet the community standards of decency. This shall include language and/or representations on attire that indicate gang affiliation, depict violence, profanity, racial or gender discrimination or that demean an identifiable individual or group. Statement of Principles - Dress Code policies shall be based on principles such as respect, safety, and diversity. In keeping with the Board's Equity Foundation Policy, and school dress code policy must integrate the principles of fairness, equity and inclusion. Student Dress Code Requirements Wear appropriate clothing that is clean and not offensive, vulgar or distracting to others. All students must wear a top and a bottom that meet. Leave all coats in student locker during school hours. Leave all bandannas, inappropriate symbols or designs and other group-related item (including chains and large necklaces that may be used as weapons) off school property. Remove al headgear (hats, toques, dew rags, wave caps, head bands, etc.) on arrival in the school building. Excluding that worn for religious observance. All headgear must be kept in your locker or backpack and out of sight.
Upon request, for any reason, while on school premises, a student must provide promptly and politely his/her name to any teacher or to a member of the support staff.
We encourage all students for all library materials, textbooks and equipment issued to them. They must be returned in a good condition when requested. Lost, stolen or damaged items must be paid for or hours worked by the student until the debt is paid. Non-returning students with outstanding materials or debts will not be issued any documents until materials are returned or compensation is made.
LOCKERS / LOCKS
Students are permitted to use only lockers assigned to them and are responsible for their cleanliness. Dudley combination locks are the only acceptable looks for use on lockers in this school. The school is not responsible for the contents for lockers. Students are cautioned not to bring large sums of money or valuables to school. If necessary, arrangements can be made to leave valuables in the office vault for safe-keeping in exceptional circumstances. No unlawful items are permitted to be stored in lockers. Note - The Toronto District School Board and Kipling Collegiate Institute accepts no responsibility for money or valuables that are lost or stolen from lockers or dressing rooms.
HALLS & CAFETERIA Halls
Students are not to loiter in the halls during class time. All students are expected to vacate the building within fifteen minutes of their last class, unless involved in a staff supervised activity. Behaviour in the halls must be considerate, quiet and respectful at all times. Students out of class require a hall pass and should move quickly between their class and destination without unauthorized side trips. Cafeteria - The cafeteria is kept open until the end of fourth period each day, for student use. Students who have a spare period may use the cafeteria rather than being in the halls or exits. Appropriate behaviour is expected by all students. Food or Beverage Consumption Outside the Cafeteria - Each student is required to deposit garbage in the containers provided. Littering is unacceptable.
Students must not be involved in an activity in the gymnasium without teacher supervision. Students should be dressed appropriately for all gym activities.
The auditorium is an extension of the classroom. Student behaviour must reflect courtesy and consideration for both performers and spectators. Enter and leave in an orderly manner under their teacher's supervision Remain in their assigned seat Show appreciation for the programs with appropriate applause Listen attentively do not drop litter Remain silent during a performance Behave courteously towards speakers, performers and guests to the school
Students are encouraged to speak only English while in the school building (language classes excepted.) This will help facilitate the learning of English and will also help avoid a misinterpretation of that was said by other students or members of staff.
KEEP THE OFFICE UP TO DATE
Please report any changes of information (address, phone, citizenship, etc.) to the Student Services office so we can keep our files to date.
PROPERTY DAMAGE / GRAFFITI / VANDALISM
Defacing or damaging school property is unacceptable. This includes writing messages on desks, lockers, and walls. Property damage must be reported to the main office immediately. Consequences - Can range from clean-up duty and school service to restitution for damage, or possible suspension, and police involvement.
Laser pointers pose a risk to the health and safety of others. They are strictly forbidden on school property.
PERSONAL STEREOS / RADIOS
Radios and tape players (other than the Walkman-style personal stereo,) beepers and cellular phones are not permitted in the school. Walkman-style (I-pod, MP3, CD) personal stereo players should be turned off while in the school and all earphones removed.
CELL PHONES & PAGERS
In-School Cell Phone and Pager Requirements: Turn off cell phones and pagers at all times while in the school building including study periods (library and cafeteria), washroom breaks, and changes between classes. Use cell phones only during lunchtime outside of the school. Direct outside emergency calls to the Main Office. The Main Office will contact the student and relay the message. Those who fail to comply may have these items confiscated.
FIRE ALARM / EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
When the alarm sounds, all persons must proceed quickly and quietly, without delay, to the proper exit as posted in each classroom. All persons are required to leave the building immediately and move well away from the exits. All students must remain with their teachers while outside the building. No one is to return until the "all clear", three bell rings, is sounded. Consequences - Any student who wilfully sounds a false alarm will be a) suspended and b) prosecuted under the law.
Visitors must sign in at the office and carry a letter of permission from the office, if granted. Students' personal or family friends should not be brought to the school to visit. Parents/guardians are welcome at any time but may find making a prior appointment worthwhile. Unauthorized visitors will be asked to leave the building and trespassers will be charged.