Student Guidelines

Student Guidelines

Student Guidelines

At LDSS we have established procedures and guidelines for appropriate behaviour.  They are intended to ensure the well-being and security of everyone in our school community.
Please note: This code of conduct has been updated in accordance with Bill 212, legislative amendments to the safe schools provisions of the Education Act.

Preparation for Class

Students are expected to be prepared for class.  They must have the materials that teachers have directed them to bring with them each day.

Students are expected to hand in assignments on time and to be prepared for tests and examinations.  Parents will be notified if students are not prepared for class.  Neglect of duty (i.e. not doing homework, not submitting assignments) can lead to referral to the Student Success Team, and the student’s removal to another course or co-op placement  to ensure their successful completion of credits toward graduation.

The better prepared students are for classes,
the better their chances will be for success!

Smoking Policy

The Province of Ontario has deemed it unlawful to smoke anywhere at any time on school or public property.  Violations result in a fine in excess of $300 by a tobacco enforcement officer.

There is to be no smoking in the building or anywhere on  school property including the roadway leading out from the school’s back parking lot to the street along Gaetano’s.  Smoking is only permitted on city sidewalks at a distance of 9 meters from the door of any public place.
There is to be no smoking on school buses in the bus loading zone or our neighbours’ property.

Graduates

Watch for scholarship opportunities throughout the year.  Begin applying for scholarships in September.  It is the responsibility of each student to research and apply for scholarships.

Each year graduates have the opportunity to have formal grad photos taken.  Whether you choose to purchase a photo package or not, if you want your photo to be included in the graduate composite, you must have your grad picture taken.  Pictures taken elsewhere or during previous years are unable to be incorporated into the composite.
In order to participate in the graduation ceremony, a cap and gown must be worn.  The school will not order a cap and gown unless the rental fee is paid in advance. Generally, ordering takes place near the end of May.  If a cap and gown package is ordered on behalf of a student, there will be no refund if the student decides not to attend convocation.

Study Hall

On occasions where teachers are away due to coaching, professional activities and illness students are provided with opportunities for some self-directed study under the supervision of staff who provide the work assignment, take attendance and receive completed work assignments for delivery to the absent teacher.  Students in courses with grade 9 or 10 sections in them must remain to complete assigned work after moving to the location indicated on their classroom door. Only those in grade 11 or 12 classes that have no grade 9 or 10 sections included with them may leave the library after they have received their work and signed in with the study hall supervisor.  They must then leave property or settle into the library or other supervised area for the duration of the period to avoid circulation in the halls during class time.  Attendance is taken and detentions issued for unauthorized absence as it is for any regularly scheduled class if the above procedures are not followed.

Attendance Policy

Regular school attendance is essential to success in a secondary school.  Students are expected to attend school each day and to go to all of their classes.  Late arrival or early departure must occur through a Sign-In or Sign-Out with the attendance secretary or detention will be issued.

Students who must be absent from school will be required to be excused in advance of their absence as they would for their employer. Parents are asked to please call the school and leave a voicemail message prior to 8:15 am on the day of absence.  Detentions will be issued for all who do not have a call excusing them the day of their absence. Any notes (phone call is preferred) should be brought to the attendance secretary before period 1 on the day the student returns to school.

The school has adopted an automated phone procedure for notifying parents of an absence from school if the reason for absence is not known by the end of the day. These calls can be password protected.

Parents must contact the school before 8:20 a.m. on the day of any appointment.  Note:  Please make a sincere attempt to schedule appointments outside of school hours whenever possible as it is impossible to determine long in advance that there will not be a guest speaker, laboratory experiment, test or group activity that cannot be replicated at a later date.

Students who become ill while they are at school and wish to go home must report to the main office.  School officials will contact the student’s parent/guardian and make the necessary arrangements.

Students who are truant from classes or from school will be referred to the Vice-Principal. Detentions will be assigned for skipped classes. Parents will be contacted regarding truancy and students will be required to serve missed detentions at 7:55 am the following morning before they will be admitted to school.  Persistent truancy could result in referral for attendance counselling and truancy charges.

Educational research shows that there is a very high correlation between doing well in school and not missing many classes.

Late or Missing Assignment Policy

In order to promote the development of disciplined time management skills and to give everyone an equal opportunity of completing assigned tasks the Rainbow District School Board has devised a policy for all missing or late assignments.  The policy will be posted in all homerooms and will be discussed by teachers in homerooms commencing the first day of classes. Lockers and Locks

All students will be assigned a locker in the first week of classes.  Lockers are loaned to students for storage of clothing, books, and other items.  Locks are provided by the school.  Any others will be cut from the locker.  LOCKERS ARE NOT TO BE SHARED.  The assigned student is responsible for the content of their locker and all are encouraged to come to the office for a new lock if they suspect that someone has learned their combination.

Valuables

If it is necessary to bring large sums of money (or other valuables) to school please check with the office.  In addition, it is wise to put wallets, watches, electronic devices etc. in your locker before changing into athletic uniforms. DO NOT LEAVE VALUABLES IN THE GYM CHANGEROOMS. The school is not responsible for any lost valuables.

School Visitors

Visitors in the school must report to the main office, where they will receive assistance.  Visitors are not allowed to attend classes without the prior written approval of the Principal.

Internet and Electronic Devices

The Internet and electronic devices have changed our world.  As the technology has expanded, so have the implications related to the safety and privacy of students and staff.  We remind students and parents/guardians that cell phones, digital cameras, personal digital and other electronic devices can be disruptive and must not be activated in class without the permission of school staff.  They must not be used in a manner that violates the privacy or dignity of others.  This includes the use of cell phones with cameras, and similar devices, in washrooms, change-rooms and any other areas where privacy prevails, taking photographs of a person or persons on school property and/or at school events without the permission of the person being photographed, and posting photographs on the Internet and/or electronically transmitting photographs of a person or persons without permission.  Using the Internet and electronic devices with care will protect the safety and privacy of students.

Student Activity Fees

Student activity fees are used to assist with the costs associated with co-curricular activities such as motivational speakers, performers, field trips, athletics, awards ceremonies, school clubs and student council activities.   All of these activities are designed to enhance and enrich the overall learning environment of the school.

Detailed information about student activity fee plans is provided in Homeroom on the first day of school.

Please contact the school principal if financial assistance is required or if you require further information.

All students are encouraged to pay an activity fee to make Lively District Secondary all it has been to our students and community in years past.  All graduating students will be required to pay a graduates fee which includes graduation fees, cap and gown fees.  Cash or Money Orders payable to Lively District Secondary School will be accepted, personal cheques will not.

Dress Code

Students are expected to present themselves appropriately for a place of learning.  They are also expected to learn appearance and dress standards suitable at institutes of higher learning as well as in the workplace. The following are examples of unacceptable attire in school:

•    hats
•    beach attire of any type, tank tops with straps less that 2.5 cm (1 inch) wide, tops with spaghetti straps, exposure of the midriff
•    clothing with offensive logos or comments
•    inappropriate jewellery
•    pyjamas

Walking shorts and skirts of acceptable length may be worn in season. Certain accessories may not be approved at the discretion of the school staff.  Students will be advised of any attire deemed by the administration of the school to be inappropriate and given the opportunity to contact home for a change of clothes.  For safety reasons, coats and jackets should be kept in the students’ lockers and not worn to class.

Hall Passes

To ensure student safety, students excused from class to go to the washroom or main office must sign out on the clip board and carry the lanyard hall pass available in each class.  Food is only permitted in the cafeteria, it is not allowed into computer labs, science labs, classrooms labelled as Food Allergen Restricted or any other area indicated by staff.

Parking

Proof of insurance and a valid driver’s license must be submitted to the Vice-Principal upon request. Student parking is situated in the designated area at the back of the school.  Staff parking is situated at the front of the school and a designated area at the back of the school.

Student Schedules / Course Selection Process

Students select their courses for the following year in early February.  It is important that students choose wisely.  Their choices will determine what courses will be offered the next year and how often.  Also, the courses and levels chosen will influence the students’ future educational opportunities.  Teachers and Guidance Counsellors can assist students and their parents to make the best choices.

Course Conflicts

Unfortunately, some students will not be able to obtain their original course selections because one or more of these selections is in conflict with another one.  Students with “conflicts”  will be interviewed by a counsellor and asked to select alternate courses that will suit their own individual timetables.

Student Services

Student Services, through one-on-one counselling and group counselling, provides opportunities for students to acquire the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to:
-expand their knowledge and understanding of the self and develop an appreciation of their individual potential to contribute to society.
-relate effectively to others
-make appropriate post-secondary decisions and to cope with the transition from secondary school to post-secondary studies and the world of work.
-explore potential careers in relation to themselves, educational alternatives and their desired lifestyles.

Need Extra Help?

You are encouraged to seek extra help from your teachers if you do not understand an assignment, if the work is difficult or if you have been absent and have missed assignments and class discussions.  Arrange a conference with your teacher before or after school or at a time convenient to both of you during the day.  A teacher may request a student to stay after school if it is apparent that the student is having difficulty with their work.  This is not to be thought of as a punishment, but rather as the desire of the teacher to help you.

Peer Tutor Program

The Peer Tutor program is available to assist students experiencing difficulty with one or more school subjects.  With good attendance, a positive attitude and good work habits, students seeking assistance may apply for a peer tutor.

Students who have a solid understanding of course material and a desire to help others may apply to become peer tutors.  Besides the benefits acquired through helping another student, tutors qualify for community service hours toward the 40 hour requirement for their diploma.
Interested students or parents should contact the peer tutor facilitator or a counsellor.

Special Needs Services

The Special Needs Centre at Lively provides exceptional learners with programming to meet their needs, abilities, interests and aspirations. Students are provided the opportunity to take a Learning Strategies, credit course each year, up to four years. Exceptional learners are identified by an Identification Placement and Review Committee (I.P.R.C.). Placement and programming of each student with Special Needs must be reviewed annually for students.  Exceptional Grade 8 students entering LDSS are reviewed prior to entering Grade 9.

Library Services

The Library offers students and staff the opportunity to use or borrow materials from a collection of books, magazines, vertical files, film catalogues and paperbacks.  Students may use the computers for word processing or to access information from our CD-ROM collection and the INTERNET.

Academic Honesty Policy

Unauthorized use of resources or copying from another person’s work and claiming it as your own is completely unacceptable.  This includes improper use of information form the Internet, print, video or film.  A student found plagiarizing or cheating will be subject to a range of consequences that may include re-submission, an alternate assignment  or a loss of credit for lack of evidence of having met the course requirement. The policy will be posted in homeroom.

Awards, Scholarships, Bursaries

Lively District Secondary School is fortunate in having a strong and active relationship with our community.  Many individuals, organizations and companies have generously donated prizes/awards for LDSS students.  If you strive to achieve your best you may be a recipient of one of them.  Information on awards, scholarships, and bursaries is available through Student Services.

Our Annual Convocation Ceremony will be held in June.  The evening will honour the academic achievement of our graduates.  Students in Grade 9, 10, 11 are recognized for their achievements at our annual Afternoon of Excellence in the fall.

Students’ Council

The Students’ Council consists of 8 executive positions along with the student class representatives.  The Council arranges a variety of activities, dances, and socials throughout the school year to meet the requests of the student body.

Academic Requirements Co-Curricular Activities

Before a student can participate in athletics at Lively District Secondary School, s/he must have, as a minimum, the timetable of a full-time student. Grade 9, 10, 11 students must take 8 courses.  Grade 12   students must take 6 courses (3 each semester).  It is also important that the student understand that there are certain expectations of an athlete within the classroom.  In particular regular attendance, consistent effort and a positive attitude in the class can form the basis of a decision made regarding whether or not an athlete is to continue playing sports and verification of the day’s attendance is a requirement to practice or play a school sport.

Participating in co-curricular activities is not a right but rather a privilege – a privilege that has to be earned.

Athletics

Lively District Secondary School believes in advancing the educational benefits of participation in sports to all students who are able to participate in co-curricular activities.  We attempt to encourage our athletes to work towards their potential, teaching them proper skill techniques and giving them an understanding of the game.  Through teaching and by example, we will try to instil in our athletes high ideals of sportsmanship and qualities of reliability, co-operation, self-control, self-discipline and commitment.  It is an accepted fact that participation in athletics (as well as other co-curricular activities) can go a long way to compliment a student’s education at the secondary school level.

Fees associated with athletics include a $25 cost per school team to cover the cost of uniforms, officiating, equipment, and Sudbury District Secondary School Athletic Association fees to a maximum of $100.  Some teams may have additional fees associated with them to cover additional costs to run that sport.  Please consult with your child’s coach for more details.

Athletic Association

The Athletic Association is comprised of eight executive members and other student representatives.  These students run special events and hold major fundraising activities throughout the year so that they can help fund teams and improve the sports facilities at the school.  Students interested in becoming a member of the Athletic Association should talk to the staff advisor or drop by the Athletic office.

Athletic Awards

The athletic year culminates with an Athletic Awards Banquet in early June.  At this time athletes are recognized for their contribution to athletics. A system of points enables students to work toward a school Athletic letter including: Junior L, Senior L, L & Hawk, Grade 12 Award.  Other awards include the Merit award for NOSSA and OFSAA winners and a MVP award for each major sport.  The most prestigious awards are the Male and Female Athlete of the Year presented to the most outstanding Midget, Junior and Senior athletes.  Get yourself involved in our athletic program.  All types of involvement will help you earn these awards and make your life at Lively District Secondary School more rewarding.

Acceptable Use of Computers Policy for Students

RDSB schools have provided students with access to software packages and related technologies that will support their programs of study. Every student has been provided with an “Information and Communication technology Acceptance Use form” to be signed by both student and parent/guardian and returned to the school.  This policy details specific terms and conditions for proper use of computer technology and software and any disciplinary actions that may occur as a result of unacceptable use. The policy will be posted in all homerooms.

Video Surveillance

Video security surveillance equipment is used at Lively District Secondary School and on buses used by the Rainbow District School Board for the following purposes:

• to enhance the safety of students and staff
• to protect property against theft and vandalism
• to help identify intruders and persons breaking the law

Personal information is being collected under the authority of The Education Act and used in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA).  For more information, please contact the Principal.

Staff E-Mail Addresses

If you so desire, you can communicate directly with all teachers via e-mail.  By using the first 6 digits of their last name and their first initial you are able to be in touch individually with all of your son or daughter’s teachers. All addresses are followed by @rainbowschools.ca