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Code of Conduct

"A school is a place that promotes responsibility, respect, civility and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment"

All students, parents, teachers and staff have the right to be safe and feel safe in their school community. With this right comes responsibility to be law-abiding citizens and to be accountable for actions that put at risk the safety of others or oneself. (The Ontario Code of Conduct)

The Victoria Public School community strives every day and in every way to meet this standard through CARE:

Courtesy And Respect for Everyone, Every Day!

With this in mind, the students are expected to play safely and avoid rough play. We have a “hands off” policy which we are vigilant to enforce on the playground. During the winter months the students are expected to abide by the “Throw No Snow” rule at school. All students should feel safe at school. Students who intentionally hurt others will be reprimanded. It must be remembered that each incident is unique and consequences will be determined so that they are the most effective for each individual child. We CARE!


  1. Use language and a tone of voice appropriate to the school setting. Profanity and obscenities are not tolerated at Victoria Public School.
  2. Be punctual and prepared. Arrive on time and enter the classroom in a quiet and orderly fashion. DO NOT RUN in the halls. Students who are late MUST report to the secretary for an admit slip.
  3. Keep organized notebooks and complete homework on time.
  4. Do not chew gum at school and remove hats upon entering the school
  5. Smoking is prohibited at all times on school property under the Tobacco Control Act. Racism and sexism are not tolerated at Victoria Public School
  6. Bullying, name-calling or mean-spirited teasing are inappropriate behaviours. Report these behaviours to teachers immediately.
  7. Cell phones and other technical equipment should remain home. Students will have access to the phone when needed in the office with adult supervision.
  8. Students are responsible for maintaining all school property in an appropriate manner and will be held accountable for any loss or damage resulting from intentional actions.

Dress Code

Victoria students generally display a high standard in their dress. Short shorts, cut-offs, tube tops, bare midriffs, T-shirts with suggestive messages and ripped or torn jeans are not acceptable. All tops need to follow the “three finger” rule. The straps must be the width of three fingers. Students with inappropriate clothing will be asked to change.
In order to keep the school looking clean and tidy, it is requested that students have an indoor and an outdoor pair of footwear.

School Safety

Bus Travel

Some of our students travel daily by bus to school, others travel by bus on school excursions. Whatever the occasion, everyone must obey the rules of the bus in order to maintain a safe mode of transportation. Students must remain quietly seated and facing the front of the bus. Swearing and other disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated.

The bus or taxi is an extension of the school. While on the bus, students are expected to show the same courtesy and respect to the driver as they show to the teachers. The driver is entrusted with the safety of the students and should not be distracted by unacceptable behaviour. This means that students should remain in their seats, talk quietly and not throw things. Riding the bus/taxi is a privilege that can be suspended if a child does not follow the rules. Upon receiving a report from the driver, parents will be contacted. Repeated reports will lead to suspension of riding privileges. Students can not ride on a different bus other than the one they are assigned to. Also, students who do not ride the bus regularly may not ride a bus home to a friend’s house. Any request made for emergency reasons must be approved by the principal and the bus driver.

Parking Lots and Driveways

Students should walk along the sidewalk. Since they would not be entering the front door, which is to be used by staff and guests only, students should never cross the parking lot or walk along the front driveway.


Since it is mandatory, all students who ride bicycles to and from school must wear a helmet. If they do not have a helmet we will be forced to keep their bike at school until a helmet is presented or a parent arrives to take a the bike home. It’s the LAW!! They should also have a lock for their bicycles, as much of the time at school is spent indoors and the bicycles are unguarded. No one should be around the bicycles during recesses. Students should dismount and walk their bikes into the schoolyard.

Skateboards, Rollerblades and Scooters

As with bicycles these are not to be ridden on school property. Students are asked not to bring these to school as storage is difficult and theft always possible.


We welcome and encourage members of the community to join us throughout the school year. You may want to help on a regular basis in the classrooms or occasionally for special events. Please contact the school to indicate how you want to help make our school an enriching environment for the students. We welcome the assistance of the members of our community. Visitors/volunteers must check in at the office upon arrival. This is a safety requirement for all school buildings.


Lunch is from 12:50 p.m. until 1:40 p.m. The first 20 minutes is used to each lunch and then the students get ready for outdoor activities. This time is supervised by two staff members. It is expected that the students will be well behaved, well mannered and use this time wisely. If a student regularly remains at school for lunch, it is imperative that any changes to this routine be communicated to the office by note or a phone call. Primary students will have use of the microwaves on Mondays and Wednesdays. Juniors will have Tuesdays and Thursdays to use the microwaves. Fridays will be Pizza Day. Use of the microwaves is intended only for warming lunches and not for cooking meals, as we have limited time and facilities.

Emergency Closing and Early Dismissal

Please be sure that you have completed and sent in the form with the instructions we are to follow should there be an unexpected closing. Be sure to call the office and update this information should it change during the school year.

Pizza and Milk Program

We will be offering milk, both white and chocolate on a daily basis. This too can be pre-ordered. We will send order forms out once a month. You will need to return these by the specified date with the necessary money. The milk will then be delivered to your son/daughter on the days requested. The individual price for milk is 70¢ but there will be a slight discount if milk is purchased for the entire month. Thank you for your support of this program.

Extra-Curricular Programs

We encourage the students to become involved in the extra-curricular programs offered throughout the year. Watch the newsletter for information on the activities.

Gym Clothing

Although the children do not change for gym class, it is very important that they wear proper footwear in the gym. Running shoes are necessary to prevent slipping. A T-shirt and comfortable pants, shorts or track pants on gym days will allow freedom of movement needed for physical education classes. We also encourage students to have an indoor pair of shoes if possible. This helps keep our classrooms clean in the bad weather.


All students should feel safe at school. They should not feel threatened either physically or verbally. We have a “hands off” policy. They are expected to play safely and avoid rough play. Occasionally play does lead to injury and these incidents are always investigated. Students who intentionally hurt others will be reprimanded and possibly suspended for a period of time. It must be remembered that each incident is unique and consequences will be determined so that they are the most effective for each individual child.

School Newsletter

A newsletter and monthly calendar will be published regularily to keep you informed of school activities. This is useful to make quick references of school events. In additions, individual teachers will send information about activities and studies unique to their class. Please read the information and assist in your child’s education.

Head Lice

Head Lice is a continuing problem in schools. They can be brought into the school by anyone and anyone can get them. They are not an indication of poor hygiene and should not be a cause for embarrassment. They are however, a nuisance and difficult to get rid of. If not treated properly, reinfestation will occur and the problem continues. Special shampoos need to be used and follow-up treatments done. The adult is easy to kill: it is the eggs or nits that cause infestation to continue. They must be removed which is a long tedious task. If head lice is detected in a child in the school, the child will be isolated from the others to prevent spreading and the parents will be called. If time permits, all of the children in that class will be checked. A note will go home if head lice are found in a class. Parents are expected to pick up the child and take him or her home for treatment. Before the child is admitted back into class, his or her head must be inspected by the office.
Children should be encouraged never to share hats, combs or brushes.

Good News Assemblies

We like to celebrate the achievements and positive attitude of the students at Victoria Public School. Many of the teachers have reward programs in their classes, however at a whole school level we will have a assemblies to recognize students for their talents, work and good citizenship. Teachers can give tickets out when they witness good acts. We will then draw names for prizes at our assembly. Certificates will be awarded to others for their various achievements.

Field Trips

There are times that the curriculum being studied can be enhanced by a field trip. You will be signing a permission form for all trips taken during the school year. As each trip approaches you will be informed of the nature and location of the trip. Parents are often welcome to accompany the class in limited numbers. Teachers will send home particulars for each class trip.

Special Events

Watch the newsletters for special events such as Fun Days, Assemblies, Concerts, etc. Parents are always welcome to attend and see the students participate and perform. These are wonderful opportunities for the students to grow academically, physically, culturally and socially.


A parent must complete a permission form available at the office before any medication will be administered by a school staff member. Even a short term medication requires the completion of the form. Students should not have medication on their person or in their backpacks. All medications are kept locked up while in the building. Parents should deliver the medication and then pick up any unused portions. All medications must be in the original prescription bottle.

School Accident Insurance

Each year the students receive information about optional insurance that you may purchase for your child. If you choose this option, all paperwork is submitted by you directly to the insurance company. This is an excellent policy and parents have found the policy very beneficial when an accident has occurred.

School Council

This is a wonderful opportunity for you to become involved in making some of the decisions that affect your child(ren). We look forward to seeing you at the meetings that will be announced in the newsletters.