Code of Conduct

Respect yourself, respect others, and respect the property of Southside.

The Southside Public School CODE OF CONDUCT has been jointly developed and endorsed by the Southside Safe School Committee, composed of two intermediate students, a teacher, a non-teaching staff member, a parent, a community representative and the principal. It was reviewed during the 2016-2017 school year during several meetings as advertised in the monthly school newsletters (available on-line from the school website), and presented to the Community Council during their November 2016 meeting.


I know that learning will help me grow and develop as an individual. I am proud to be a student at Southside Public School. I am the one in charge of what I do, so I will:

  • respect myself;
  • respect others (adults and other students) by being honest, polite and considerate;
  • respect the property of others and of the school;
  • attend school regularly/on time with my school materials and gym shoes ready;
  • follow the Southside Code of Conduct (including the Dress Code, Cell Phone Expectations, Internet Safety, etc.);
  • demonstrate responsible computer and social media use (Internet Expectations);
  • turn off any cell phone upon arrival at school in the morning and leave off until dismissal (unless necessary for classroom work and at the supervising teacher’s request);
  • leave audio/visual transmitting devices (cameras) at home (no students should be taking photographs on their personal devices;
  • dismount from bicycles/scooters at school boundaries, and walk them to the bike rack (it is my responsibility to bring a lock to lock it up);
  • refrain from using a skateboard, or in-line skates on school property;
  • take off my hat, hood, and/or helmet, when indoors;
  • treat everyone respectfully regardless of age, gender, race, religion, physical ability, etc.;
  • understand that harassment will not be tolerated, even if unintentional;
  • leave at home: jack-knives, weapons, toy weapons, lighters/matches, hockey sticks, etc.;
  • refrain from chewing gum in school;
  • know that threatening others, violent behaviour, bullying, inappropriate touching, destroying property, and inappropriate language, teasing, and taunting are not permitted, and should be reported to trusted adults at school and at home.
  • students may not possess “alcohol, illegal drugs, or unless the pupil is a medical cannabis user, cannabis”

The adults in my world are there to help me and from what they say and do I am learning to become a caring and responsible person. I expect staff to:

  • be friendly and encouraging toward me;
  • be fair, firm and consistent in what they expect of my work and my behaviour;
  • help me achieve to the best of my ability;
  • emphasize rules of safety, courtesy, respect, and appropriate behaviour;
  • teach responsibility and effective problem-solving skills;
  • provide meaningful discipline;
  • and celebrate the fact that the vast majority of students at Southside Public School have repeatedly demonstrated that they are well-behaved young people with good intentions!

I know that our community is there to support me. I expect my family will help me to be successful by:

  • encouraging me to attend classes regularly and on time each school day;
  • showing an interest in my daily school work and activities;
  • helping me to understand the appropriate way to learn, dress and behave;
  • modelling good citizenship skills; and
  • supporting positive home and school relationships.


All members of the school community must:


Respect the need of others to work in an environment that is conducive to learning and teaching, including by ensuring that cell phones and other personal mobile devices are used only during instructional time (as directed by an educator), for health and medical purposes and/or to support special education needs.


It is important to note that the above cell phone requirement pertains only to instructional time and does not apply to before and after school, breaks or extra curricular activities.


Several of the projects in which your child will be involved at school this year include the use of the Internet. With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that is not consistent with educational goals. The Thames Valley District School Board focuses on supervision and student awareness, supplemented by Internet filtering of potentially inappropriate materials. On board-owned devices, warning pages appear for potentially inappropriate sites, and these sites are blocked on personal devices using the wireless network. On a global network it is impossible to control all materials, and an industrious, determined student can uncover controversial information. We believe that the value of the information and interaction available on this worldwide network, when combined with supervision and student awareness, makes the Internet a benefit to a student's educational experience. Students are expected to use the school's Internet access in support of educational goals. The school's Code of Conduct outlines expectations for students, including behaviour with respect to use of computers.

Unacceptable use includes, but is not limited to:

(i) activities which may damage equipment;

(ii) downloading, copying or transmitting any material which is in violation of any Federal or Provincial regulation such as copyrighted material; threatening or obscene material; hateful, racist or discriminatory material; and

(iii) any breach of security on local and remote sites including use or attempted use of another user's account; unlawful entry or attempted entry into any network system; any attempt to gain unauthorized access to view, alter, copy, share or destroy data and the creation and/or willful transmission of computer viruses or virus hoaxes.

Inappropriate use by your child could result in denial of computer privileges, suspension and/or legal action. Students may not use personal messaging systems while at school, and may be held responsible for off-site behaviour that impacts the learning environment in class. Inappropriate use by your child could result in denial of computer privileges and/or legal action.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact the principal.

Source: Appendix E, TVDSB Information Technology Appropriate Usage Procedure

Southside Public School is committed to ensuring safety for all students, staff, parents, and community members, while promoting an environment of empathy, acceptance, inclusion and respect. Our Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan is extensive and located on our school website. Please visit the Southside website and read through the many ways we educate, report, respond to, support, follow-up, implement and communicate about our Safe School Action Plan (SSAP) and our Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan (BPIP). If you have a situation to report, please don’t hesitate to use the Anonymous On-Line Reporting Link, or call the principal directly at 519-539-1131 with any questions, comments or concerns.


As a student, I know that rules are good things, not bad things and are meant for everyone. I want to be caring in my treatment of others and I have the right to expect that others show the same care and concern for me.
Accepting consequences for my actions shows that I am maturing, and I expect to be respectfully corrected when I make mistakes. The more mistakes I make, the more I expect to be corrected with:

  • a reminder by staff members involved (with suggestions for improvement);
  • a discussion with the teacher and/or staff member;
  • a warning
  • a “time out”
  • a detention or time in another classroom or quiet space;
  • a phone call or letter/note home
  • fixing or replacing damaged property
  • a special behaviour plan
  • loss of privileges e.g., removal from the playground or climbers for rough play
  • a change in program delivery model
  • an informal or formal discussion with the principal
  • a referral to outside agencies, or police involvement for more serious problems
  • a suspension or expulsion from school

Parents/Guardians or students, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact the principal.