School is a special place, intended above all for learning. We expect students to dress in a manner appropriate for school and we reserve the right to be very specific concerning this. Coats, jackets, and hats should not be worn during class time. Hats and caps are to be taken off the head at the building entrance. In addition, clothing which promotes or displays alcohol or drugs, or that contains sexist, racist, obscene and/or violent slogans or images must never be worn in our school.
To ensure the safety of our students before school hours, teachers and paraprofessionals provide outdoor supervision. The supervisors are on yard duty as of 8:40 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Students should not be left unattended in the school yard at times earlier than indicated. Adult supervision is also provided during recess.
All students have the right to receive instruction in an atmosphere that is conducive to learning. With students behaving appropriately, the classroom teacher can carry out educational duties to the greater benefit of all.
The classroom teacher sets the tone for his or her class. Students can expect that the teacher will outline, emphasize, and monitor classroom rules. Teachers should need to use only minimal and discreet control statements and actions.
Students who choose to behave inappropriately, i.e., excessive talking or noise-making, wandering about the classroom or corridors, shirking tasks, arguing, disrupting others at work, not complying with reasonable requests, and who cannot resolve the difficulty despite intervention by the teacher, will be referred to school administrators. An incident slip, describing the behaviour(s) or event will be completed for future reference. Behaviour issues that come to the attention of the office are considered serious, as it is understood that the teacher has already attempted to resolve the matter, with limited or no behavioural change.
Consequences vary for inappropriate behaviours, depending on circumstances of the incident, such as the severity of the problem or the number of office referrals for any given individual. Consequences can include reprimands, warnings, detentions, withdrawal of privileges, temporary in-school relocation, restitution, written work (such as a formal apology), and suspension from school. A discipline-profile record is maintained for those students referred to the office for behavioural incidents, and in most cases, the parents/guardians are contacted.
Some serious behaviours which may result in automatic suspensions are as follow:
- fighting (on school property, or to and from school)
- inappropriate language or comments directed towards a staff member
- willful damage (vandalism)
- leaving the school without permission
- conduct which endangers students or staff.
Any student whose conduct does not improve following a suspension may be referred to the RETSD superintendents department.
Salisbury Morse Place School is a special place, where certain behaviours are both promoted and expected. We expect all students to follow
three basic guidelines:
- be safe,
- be respectful,
- be responsible.
Behaviours which will
not be accepted at our school include the following:
- verbal and/or physical aggression
- insolence and rudeness toward others (peers and adults alike)
- use of "put downs", harassment, intimidation, and/or threats
- use of offensive or profane language, including sexist or racist comments, ethnic slurs, etc.
- the wearing of the following, indoors: caps, toques, hats, hoods, and bandanas
- attending class in outdoor apparel or in clothing that is immodest or excessively distracting
- wearing clothing that displays offensive or profane language or images
- bringing electronic equipment or toys into the classroom
For the safety of all students, certain potentially dangerous areas are out-of-bounds. As well, students must always remain in areas where there is adult supervision.
NOTE: All areas outside the chain link fence are considered unsupervised, and therefore are off-limits to the children when in school. Outside areas include the south side of the school, facing Prince Rupert Ave. Climbing on the school’s playground fence is not allowed. It is also not permitted for children to climb on or play near the electrical transformers .
Attendance and Lates
Students are expected to be at school every day, arrive on time, be prepared (all supplies at hand, homework complete), and apply themselves to assigned tasks to the best of their ability. If a student must be absent or late, parents are requested to telephone the school, or provide a note in advance. A 24-hour voice message line is available (668-9390) for parents/guardians to notify the school office of absences and late arrivals. Students are considered late when they fail to arrive in the classroom by 9:00 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. There are consequences for being late. Classroom teachers will be responsible for follow-up. Chronic late-comers will be referred to the administration if needed.
Call Back System
For the safety and protection of your children, it is of utmost importace that both family and school know the whereabouts of students
at all times during the school day.
If your child is to be late or absent, please call the school call-back line (668-9304) to notify the office before 8:50 a.m. and 12:55 p.m. In the case of an unexplained absence, office staff will call home and attempt to trace the missing child's whereabouts.
It may happen that because of power failure, watermain break, or other unforeseeable events, the school will have to be closed and the children sent home early. Each family is requested to make before-hand arrangements for such emergency situations.
The school asks that all families provide the name and phone number of someone to contact in case of emergency. This information must be kept up-to-date. Please advise us of any changes to previously recorded contact information.
A child with a minor injury (such as a scrape, bruise, or superficial cut) will be attended to by SMP staff. In the event a child sustains a more serious injury, the following procedures will apply:
- Every attempt will be made to notify a parent or guardian at their home or workplace. Failing to contact immediate family, the emergency contact person then will be called.
- In the event that the School is unable to reach any of the contacts provided for an injured or seriously ill child, we then will transport that child to the nearest hospital for necessary medical attention (at the parents’ expense).
- If required, the school will call for an ambulance to transport the child.
Most accidents occurring in school can be readily handled by our staff. However, we do want parents to know that we will act without delay to ensure speedy medical attention, should an accident of a more serious nature happen at school.
Insurance: Parents are encouraged to subscribe to the student accident insurance plan offered each September through RETSD.
Permission to Leave
For early dismissal to attend necessary appointments (medical, dental), students must provide a note signed by a parent/guardian. Students needing to return home for forgotten supplies, items, or assignments must have permission from the principal or vice-principal. Students must go to the office to sign out, if leaving the building at other than regular dismissal times. Parents/guardians are asked to please contact the principal or vice-principal of the school if a student is to be absent for other than medical reasons during the regular school term.