Rules of Conduct 2012-13
Students are expected above all to strive for academic success, the main reason they are in school. All students are expected to work to the best of their ability in order to realize this goal.
They are also expected to develop healthy inter-personal relationships; they must get along with all others with whom they share the school.Students are reminded that their treatment of others, peers, teachers and support staff, influences how they are treated.
All students have the right and responsibility to learn in a secure and positive environment. Therefore each student has the obligation to respect the rules of conduct. Students will be held responsible for any breach to these rules.
In ensuring that Lester B. Pearson High School provides a safe, secure and supportive environment, we will adhere to policies that safeguard the well being and promote the safety and security of all students and staff. As a result, Lester B. Pearson is a school in which there is no tolerance for:
Acts of violence motivated by race, sexual orientation, religion or language
Physical and verbal aggression towards other students and staff members
The consumption and / or possession of illegal and controlled substances.
Failure to comply is a criminal offense and is considered a major breach of discipline resulting in police involvement, suspension from classes or exclusion from the school.
The following breaches of the rules of conduct will result in disciplinary actions which may include suspension from classes and/or the school:
Cheating or Plagarism
Disrespectful towards teacher and/or administration
Use of inappropriate language
Smoking in a "non-smoking area"
Disregarding the dress code
Theft and vandalism (GRAFFITI IS VANDALISM)
Suspended students may not be in or around the school, nor participate in school activities. For any suspensions, parents and guardians are required to meet with the school's administration before a student is readmitted to classes.
ATTENDANCE RULES AND PROCEDURES
Attendance at every class by all students is mandatory. Truancy and skipping of classes will result in disciplinary action.
The Education Act (Bill 107) of the Government of Quebec outlines the legal obligation of the student, the parent, and the school administration concerning SCHOOL ATTENDANCE.
The following excerpt from the EDUCATION ACT (Bill 107) should be noted:
"Article 14: Every child shall attend from the first day of school calendar in the school year following that in which he attains six years of age until the last day of the school calendar in the school year in which he attains 16 years of age or at the end of which he obtains a diploma awarded by the minister, whichever comes first."
The following procedure has been established to monitor and record student attendance on a daily basis.
A list of absences is drawn up during homeroom period and circulated to all teachers.
Every class teacher takes attendance and reports any unexplained absence to the level administrator.
Parents must call in their child's absences, but will be notified by telephone if their child is absent and the parent has not contacted the school.
No student may leave the school grounds prior to the official dismissal time without contacting the office and obtaining permission from a member of the administration. To do otherwise is considered skipping.
All students benefit from being in class, early dismissal will be granted for valid reasons such as medical appointment.Thus, any student who obtains an early dismissal must promptly depart for their appointment / other.Students requesting an early dismissal must have a parent pick up the child at the office or bring a note signed by either parent or guardian, containing the following information:
The reason for early dismissal
A telephone number where either parent or guardian can be contacted
The student's name, level, and homeroom
The note must be presented to the level secretary before 8:10 a.m.Following confirmation with the parent/guardian, an early dismissal slip will be issued to the student at recess.
Students are expected to be in school by 8:00 a.m. so as to be present in their Homeroom period by 8:15 a.m., when the bell rings.Any student who is not in the classroom prior to the sound of the bell is considered late.
All students are required to be on time for each class.
A student who is late for Homeroom or the period after lunch will be required to serve a detention issued by the Office. A student who is late for any other class will be subject to the consequences set by the teacher of that class.
A valid note signed and dated by a parent or guardian presented to the secretary or a parent / guardian accompanying their child to the office justifying a late arrival, will excuse the student from detention.Sleeping in, failed alarm clocks, missed buses, etc., are not justifiable reasons for lateness. Students must leave early enough to allow for these eventualities.
Homework is a necessary part of a student's daily routine. Homework is given on a regular basis and is to be done conscientiously. It should be noted that homework consists of not only written assignments but includes reading, reviewing and studying. Students are expected to complete all assignments on time. Students are responsible for material covered, tests administered, and assignments given during their absences (for whatever reason).
Appropriate clothing and appearance is conducive to better classroom behavior and a wholesome school spirit.
Students and parents are informed that Lester B. Pearson High School has a school uniform. All students must arrive and leave the school in uniform, and are not permitted to change during the school day. Please note that students must be in full uniform in order to board the Express buses. All uniform garments must be purchased from the school's official supplier. No substitutes, alterations or add-ons are allowed. All students are expected to wear the official uniform properly and tastefully, not sloppily, according to the following regulations:
Only the following items will be accepted:
- Navy blue pants (all levels) or Navy blue skirt (Sec. 3 to Sec. 5 only) from Triangulum / or previously purchased from Loft des Enfants
- Royal blue polo shirt short or long sleeved, collar down
- Royal blue dress shirt must be worn buttoned up to within the top button, collar down (Sec. 3 to Sec. 5 only)
- Navy blue V-neck or zip-up sweater worn over the Blue polo
- Low–heeled shoes
- Leggings worn under skirts must be blue or black. (Sec. 3 to Sec. 5 only) Lace, patterned and footless tights are not acceptable.
- Only a plain white T-shirt may be worn under all tops.
- Navy blue pants from Triangulum / or previously purchased from Loft des Enfants
- Royal blue polo shirt short or long sleeved, collar down (Sec. 3 to Sec. 5 only)
- Royal blue dress shirt (with the school crest) must be worn buttoned up to within the top button, collar down
- Navy blue V-neck sweater (with the school crest) worn over the Blue polo
- Low –heeled shoes
- Only a plain white T-shirt may be worn under all tops.
Students are reminded that:
- Caps, bandanas, or any headgear are not permitted in school.
- Non school uniform sweaters, outdoor jackets or coats are not permitted in classes.
- Boots are not permitted.
- Belts must not be visible.
- Sandals are not acceptable.
- Only LBP book bags are acceptable.
Compliance with the uniform regulations is an expectation without compromise. Uniform regulations will be strictly enforced. In short, students who do not have the proper uniform will be sent home and expected to return to school in complete uniform. All other uniform infractions will result in a two (2) hours detention. Neither the rules as stated, nor the spirit of the rules is to be compromised.
NON UNIFORM DAY
On certain days, usually as fundraisers, the students are given the opportunity to come to school without their uniform. The following guidelines must be adhered to on these special days:
- Students who pay may wear tasteful clothes which would be appropriate classroom dress.
- Tops may not expose stomachs or backs. Tank tops are forbidden. All tops are to be at least short sleeved and cannot have unacceptable messages or symbols.
- Girls who choose to wear skirts are reminded that they should be worn at an acceptable length; mid thigh is the guideline.
- Pants must be worn at the waist or hip level; not below.
- Shorts and outerwear (i.e. jackets) are not permitted.
- Headgear (hats, caps, bandanas, etc.) are forbidden.
- Sandals are not permitted.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM / DANCE
Student participation in the Phys. Ed. and Dance program is COMPULSORY. If there is a medical reason that prevents a student from participating in the program, the parent must submit a MEDICAL CERTIFICATE to the attention of the administration and his/her teacher. A copy of this Medical Certificate will also be placed in the student's file.
Wearing the official school gym uniform during the Phys. Ed. and Dance classes is COMPULSORY. Additionally, students must also wear appropriate GYM SHOES for their Phys. Ed. classes. Students are required to change into their gym/dance uniform, including gym shoes, only at the beginning of the period.
The gym/dance uniform, from Triangulum / Lofts des Enfants, for both boys and girls consists of a white T-shirt and Blue Bermuda shorts or joggers.
Compliance with the uniform regulations is an expectation without compromise.
The Tobacco Law, designed to create a smoke-free environment, prohibits anyone from smoking on school grounds.Violators are subject to school suspensions, prosecutions, and fines.
It is against the law to hold a lit cigarette, even if it's not yours.You are also not allowed to offer tobacco to anyone under 18.
Smoking will be permitted only on the sidewalk on Hurteau Street.
RECESS / LUNCH
In the effort to maintain the cleanliness of the school and its grounds, eating / drinking on the school premises is restricted to the cafeteria only.
Students are to eat their lunch in the cafeteria, and are expected to take the time and effort to clean their tables and dispose of their garbage in the proper manner.
Please note that Junior students (Secondary I and II) are not permitted to leave the Lester B. Pearson campus at any time during the recess or lunch period.Junior students are restricted to the Plaza and the P.M. Favier terrace at recess and at lunch.Senior students must use the Hurteau terrace at recess and lunch.
Senior Students who choose to leave the building during recess / lunch are expected to refrain from littering / loitering.
All students are expected to be courteous and respectful towards the cafeteria staff, lunch supervisors and caretaking staff at all times.
Students are advised not to bring any valuables to school.
Students who choose to bring valuables to school are to leave these in their lockers during the school day.
To safeguard against thefts, students are required to have a good quality lock on each one of their lockers in the main locker area as well as the gym area.Each student should have three (3) locks for school use.
Each student is responsible for the safekeeping of his/her property. The school is not responsible for lost and/or stolen items.
Walkmans, iPods, MP3 players and cellular phones will be permitted for personal use in the plaza area and cafeteria during lunch time and recessONLY.
The use of cellular phones are strictly forbidden in the building during the school day. Students are not permitted to listen to iPods, Walkmans, etc. traveling between classes.
Taking pictures with a cell phone or voice recording with an MP3 player is both unacceptable and illegal without the expressed consent of the subject.To do so is a violation of one's personal rights.
Students who contravene the rules regarding the use of electronic equipment will have their equipment confiscated to be returned after detention.
It is important that the school maintain a good relationship with the residents and business people in the area.To this end, students are required to treat all our neighbors with RESPECT. Do not unduly congregate in or around business establishments, nor trespass on or litter private property. Students must behave respectfully on the buses.Failure to do so may result in disciplinary measures and police involvement.
During the drills, students must leave in silence…NEVER RUSH!!Students are to go immediately into the schoolyard and KEEP AWAY FROM THE BUILDING.The use of the elevator during the Fire Drill is FORBIDDEN.
A school lockdown would be necessitated by a life-threatening situation in which it was necessary, for safety and security, for all staff and students to be sheltered in secure and locked locations.A school lockdown implies "no one in, no one out" and increased security, by minimizing access and visibility.
The signal for a school lockdown would be:
This is a school lockdown!"
At the signal, all students must immediately vacate corridors and accessible locations to seek classrooms and safe havens.
Remain calm and follow staff instructions.
No one is to leave the safe havens.
No one is to use a cell phone to call or text message anyone, including parents.
Outside of the police, no one is to have access to the building.
A school lockdown will terminate only by notification of the Principal.
The address of the emergency shelter for Lester B Pearson is:
Lester B. Pearson High School 11575 P.M. Favier, Montreal North, Quebec H1G 6E5
(514) 328-4442 (514) 328-4443 (FAX) email@example.com