Students are expected to take responsibility and to be accountable for their behaviour in every aspect of school life. Our mission is to provide a safe and caring learning environment which accepts diversity, promotes cooperation and encourages mutual respect. Our goal is to help children grow to become respectful citizens. Learning is a life-long process that requires discipline and respect. Each individual contributes to the well-being and success of everyone at Hampstead. Parents play an essential role in the education of their children and have the responsibility to support the efforts of the school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment for all students.
We have developed rules for appropriate student behavior. Students have a right to receive a proper education. Students and staff have the right to work in a safe, orderly and respectful environment. The following school rules apply to all students, at all times, regardless of whether they are in class, in the schoolyard, in the lunch program, on the school bus, on a school field trip or part of daycare. Parents are asked to review the rules listed below with their children. The purpose of these rules is to promote student safety and to develop habits of self-control and disciplined behaviour. The administration reserves the right to judge the severity of a situation and to issue the appropriate consequences.
The discipline policy of the school is based on the premise that personal freedom is accompanied by the responsibility to respect the rights of others. Common courtesy, good manners and mutual respect are expected. The development of a sense of self-discipline in each of our students is an important aspect of our discipline policy. Discipline is meaningful when it is self-imposed or self-controlled. In order for any policy to be effective, it is necessary that the school have the support and co-operation of the parents or guardians. When it is clear that a child has acted inappropriately, he/she might be asked to stay in at recess, during lunch, or asked to do a written assignment/reflection sheet for homework. A child who is bussed home will not be kept in after school the same day. The child’s parents will be contacted and arrangements made to have the child stay in another day. While the overall approach toward student behavior is positive, we believe in the use of consequences as a deterrent when assignments are overdue, or when inappropriate behavior, in or out of the classroom, has occurred.
1. Respect for others
- Show respect for all adults and students at all times. Respect includes courtesy, good manners, politeness, cooperation, proper tone of voice and facial expressions.
- Listen to and follow the instructions of teachers, lunch supervisors and other adults responsible for you while you are in school.
2. Violence, Aggression and Dangerous Behaviours
- Violence or aggression will NOT BE TOLERATED. Administration will deal directly with anyone engaged in this type of behaviour. It may result in a suspension.
Bullying (to treat others abusively, repeatedly, especially those who are less powerful) will NOT BE TOLERATED. Bullying as defined by Quebec Bill 56 means any direct or indirect behaviour, comment, act or gesture, including through the use of social media, intended to injure, hurt, oppress, intimidate or ostracize, and includes cyberbullying. Regardless of where the bullying takes place (e.g. cyberbullying occurring at home), it will be addressed by the school if the victim of the abuse feels unsafe and threatened while in school. There will be consequences to the bully as per Hampstead’s Anti-Bullying Plan.
Rude = Inadvertently saying or doing something that hurts someone else.
Mean = Purposefully saying or doing something to hurt someone once (or maybe twice).
Bullying = Intentionally aggressive behaviour, repeated over time, that involves an imbalance of power.
- Physical abuse such as yelling, pushing, fighting will not be tolerated and will have consequences. These actions do not solve problems. Instead, discuss the problem with the person or ask an adult for help.
- Emotional abuse such as mocking, humiliating and ridiculing will not be tolerated and will have consequences.
- Dangerous behaviour of any kind is not permitted.
3. Respect for Property
- Show respect for the property of others. You must avoid tearing, breaking, and losing any schoolbooks and materials. You will be charged for damaged property. You will be asked to replace and pay for damaged material.
- Do not invade the privacy of other students. Do not go into the locker or desk of another student or any teacher without permission. Ask permission to borrow another person’s pencil, eraser, etc., and return the borrowed item in good condition. Never take something that does not belong to you, that includes the lunches and snacks of others.
- Gum chewing is not permitted anywhere in the school building, on school property or on the bus.
- Jackets, boots, school bags and other items should be placed neatly in the locker area.
- Help keep the floors of the classrooms, the hallways and the schoolyard clean by putting litter in the garbage cans provided.
- When using hallway sink or the washrooms, do not throw or splash water. Remember to keep the washroom clean!
4. Personal Possessions
- Electronic devices such as electronic games, cell phones, pagers, i-pods, MP3s, etc. must NEVER be used on school grounds. These can easily be misplaced, lost or broken and the school will not assume any responsibility for them. If used on school grounds, these items will be confiscated and will be returned after a period of time to be determined by school administration. If a cell phone is required for safety reasons, the student must, upon arrival, leave the cell phone in the possession of the homeroom teacher who will return it to the student at dismissal time.
- Occasionally, for school excursions or special events, digital cameras may be brought to school.
- Toys and trading cards are not to be brought to school. Exceptions may be made at the school’s discretion for special events such as show and tell, day before Christmas holidays, etc.
5. Students must never open any of the school doors to visitors. Visitors are to come by the front door and the office will buzz them in.
6. Please remember that respect for the school schedule and timetable is a priority for us. Students must be on time for school. If late, they must go to the office to pick up a late slip. Frequent lates will result in a letter from the administration indicating when loss of instruction time needs to be made up.
7. Hats, hoods, head wraps/ extra-wide head bands and caps are not to be worn inside the building. Religious head covering is exempt from this rule. Coloured hair is not permitted.
8. Students must dress according to the Hampstead Uniform Policy.
9. At the sound of the entrance, recess and lunch bells, students must line up and be ready to enter the building in a calm and quiet manner.
10. Shouting at any time or running, (except during the gym period) is prohibited in the school building. Movement from class to class must be done in an orderly manner and quickly.
11. Students registered in the Lunch Program must follow all rules which are clearly communicated to them at the beginning of the year. Failure to follow the rules will result in a suspension from the Lunch Program and parents will be responsible for making alternative arrangements for the student’s lunch hour.
12. Winter Play - For safety reasons throwing snowballs is not permitted. Consequences will follow.
Consequences for Inappropriate Behaviour - It is important that all children behave in an appropriate manner so that everyone is able to learn in an environment conducive to excellence. Personal freedom is accompanied by the responsibility to respect the freedom of others. Common courtesy, good manners and mutual respect are expected towards peers, teachers, staff, lunch monitors and others. The development of self-discipline in each of our pupils is important. Discipline is meaningful when it is self-imposed or self-controlled. In order for any policy to be effective, it is necessary that the school have the support and co-operation of parents.
Expected behaviours are encouraged, taught and reinforced at Hampstead School. Every effort is made to guide students in a fair and consistent manner. In cases where students continue to demonstrate inappropriate behaviour, parents will be informed and involved. Consequences may include time-out, detentions, written assignments, loss of privileges, behaviour contracts, etc. In some situations, the school administration may feel that suspension is warranted and may act accordingly. In the case of a suspension, students are not permitted to return to school until a parent has had a face-to-face meeting at the school with the principal.