Niagara Catholic District School Board
PROGRESSIVE STUDENT DISCIPLINE POLICY
||February 1, 2008
||June 17, 2008
||January 26, 2010
||April 27, 2010
Policy No. 302.6.9
STATEMENT OF POLICY
The Niagara Catholic District School Board endorses the principle of progressive discipline in support of a safe learning and teaching environment in which every student can reach his or her full potential. Appropriate action must consistently be taken by school personnel to address behaviours that are contrary to Provincial and Board Codes of Conduct.
The Provincial Code of Conduct, the Niagara Catholic District School Board Code of Conduct, the Education Act and all applicable laws, statutes and regulations under the Act and all current legislation, together with the Board’s policies create expectations for behaviour for all persons on school property, and outline strategies to be taken to reduce incidents and impose appropriate consequences for pupils.
When dealing with identified exceptional students the Board and School administrators must consider all mitigating and other factors as required by the Education Act and as set out in current legislation. Pursuant to the Education Act, principals are required to maintain proper order and discipline in schools, and pupils are responsible to the principal for their conduct and are required to accept such discipline as would be exercised by a reasonable, kind, firm and judicious parent. This policy does not detract from the duty. A principal may delegate some disciplinary responsibilities to a vice-principal and/or teacher of the school in accordance with the Education Act, Ministry of Education policies and Board procedures.
Before applying disciplinary measures, the Principal/designate and Disciplinary Hearing Committee of the Board shall consider the potentially discriminatory impact of disciplinary decisions on pupils protected by the Human Rights Code, including but not limited to race and disability, and whether or not accommodation is required.
Progressive Student Discipline is a school-wide approach that makes use of a continuum of interventions, supports, and consequences, building upon strategies that promote positive behaviours. Each school is required to develop and implement school wide progressive discipline procedures, consistent with current legislation, relevant board policies and administrative guidelines.
The Director will establish administrative guidelines and procedures for the implementation of this policy.
Bill 157: An Act to amend the Education Act
Regulation 472/07: Behaviour, Discipline and Safety of Pupils
Policy/Program Memorandum145: Progressive Discipline and Promoting Positive Student Behaviour
Human Rights Code