Code of Behaviour     Dress Code     School Routines     Computer/Internet Policy     Nutrition Policy

Code of Behaviour

At Glen Orchard Public School, we strive to learn and practise the skills that will make us productive and successful citizens – at school and in our community.  We expect staff and parents will model these skills.


We are clear that in our school community these are the skills we need to learn and practise:


·         Be honest and fair

·         Show respect for people’s differences and opinions

·         Treat each other kindly – especially during disagreements

·         Respect the rights of others

·         Care for school property and the property of others

·         Notice and help those in need

·         Seek help from school staff if necessary to resolve conflicts

·         Obey all laws

·         Respect and obey persons in positions of authority

·         Try to make the school a safe and healthy place

·         Keep all language respectful and courteous

 In addition, all STUDENTS must:

·         Attend school on time

·         Be responsible for good personal hygiene and wellness

·         Wear clothes that are appropriate for school (See Agenda “Code”)

·         Show verbal and physical self-control

·         Use courteous and respectful words and actions with everybody

·         Show respect for all school property

·         Return school property on time and in reasonable condition

·         Pay for school items that were lost or damaged; for example:  a library book

·         Behave appropriately and safely on school buses

·         Participate in class and complete assignments

·         Complete tests and exams honestly

·         Respect one another and school staff including supply teachers, educational assistants, secretaries and custodians

·         Follow all school policies and routines

·         Follow all the classroom policies and routines set by teachers

·         Avoid public arguing with staff about treatment that seems unfair.  Instead it is expected that the student will ask for a private conversation with the teacher or administrator

·         Obey the board policy on use of internet in schools

·         Avoid bringing cell phones and electronic devices to school.  School is not responsible for the loss, theft or damage of personal belongings

·         Be personally responsible for passwords – including internet accessed by their passwords

·         Be accountable for content of any memory storage devices (i.e. USB memory sticks).  Staff have the right to request to see the content.

·         Alert a staff member if they know of harmful or harassment types of behaviours targeting any of their classmates via use of electronic devices or internet sites

·         Be accountable for off-school property use of internet sites or electronic devices which may have a negative impact on the school environment


We know that certain behaviours are never acceptable in a safe and caring school community.

We agree that all of the following are unacceptable and subject to corrective disciplinary attempts by school staff in our school.


·         Bully under any circumstance

·         Commit sexual assault

·         Be in possession of any weapon – including firearms

·         Traffic weapons or illegal or restricted drugs

·         Have, be under the influence of or give to others – alcohol or illegal or restricted drugs

·         Give alcohol to a minor

·         Commit robbery

·         Cause injury to anyone or encourage others to do so

·         Use a weapon to threaten or intimidate

·         Cause injury to another with an object of any sort

·         Promote hate propaganda or act in any way motivated by hate or bias

·         Vandalize and cause damage to school property or property located on school grounds

·         Cause a disturbance anywhere on school property which interrupts learning or school operations

 In addition, all STUDENTS must not:

·         Use profanity or improper, disrespectful language

·         Use threatening words, gestures or physical assault against a person or their belongings

·         Use displays of affection that are inappropriate for an elementary school setting

·         Harass by any means (verbal, physical, electronic device/internet) any member of school community

·         Use drugs, alcohol or tobacco on school property or at school events

·         Smoke or use any other tobacco product on school property, buses or events

·         Have, use, sell or give alcohol, illegal drugs or restricted prescription drugs (sold illegally for non-medicinal purposes) on school buses, field trips, school property

·         Be on school property when the use of alcohol or illegal drugs is still detectable

·         Steal or vandalize the property of others

·         Use camera capable electronic devices in areas others expect to be private (washrooms, change rooms) or where there is a known objection to taking pictures

·         Connect Personal Electronic Devices with internet capabilities to TLDSB network (cell phone texting, computers)

·         Use internet or electronic devices to threaten, harass or demean any other member of the school community especially when those actions interfere with that member’s ability to function in the school

·         Access inappropriate websites



We know that discipline is a training method that teaches students proper behaviour and corrects behaviour mistakes.  Use of discipline demonstrates that we value a safe and caring school.


In our school, this is the philosophy and plan for corrective and supportive discipline.

 ·         Discipline will be used when any classroom or school rules and/or routines are violated.

·         Discipline will be used when student behaviour impacts negatively on the school climate of Glen Orchard Public School – even if that behaviour does not occur on school property.

·         It is the goal of the staff to take into consideration the individual student and circumstances before making decisions about what type of discipline is most appropriate.

·         While paternal input is welcomed and considered, it is the responsibility of school staff and ultimately the school administration to make final decisions about discipline.


Glen Orchard Public School has developed 4 tiers of discipline that will be used progressively over time based on the frequency and severity of misbehaviours.

 Tier 1Used when student behaviour error is infrequent, minor and not severe


·         Warnings

·         Detentions

·         Logical Consequences (i.e. parent contacts, healing of ruptured relationships, repayment of time, loss of privilege, withdrawal from class, restitution for damages)


Tier 2Used when a chronic pattern is identified.  Use of restorative practices and further logical consequences will be used in behaviour contract/plan.

·         Analysis of the difficulty + behaviour contract/plan made by teacher/staff/student

·         Analysis of the difficulty + behaviour contract/plan made by teacher/parent/student

·         Analysis of the difficulty + behaviour contract/plan made by teacher/parent/support staff/administrator/student


Tier 3 — Used when severity and frequency identify a need for more long term and targeted intervention.

·         Mandated participation in small group sessions (examples:  small group interventions – individual or group, restorative practices/justice circle)

·         Significant restrictions/substitutions – (examples:  class or school transfers, revised timetable, reduced levels of freedom/increased allocation for supervision, loss of privilege)


Tier 4  — Used when severity and type of misbehaviour means consideration of suspension.  See the following boxed list.

·         Consideration of suspension  (Progressive Discipline options from tiers 1, 2 and 3 may be substituted)

·         Consideration of suspension pending expulsion (Suspension may be substituted)



Suspension for the following MAY  be considered by Principal.


·         Uttering threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person

·         Possessing alcohol or restricted drugs

·         Being under influence of alcohol

·         Swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority

·         Committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property at the pupil’s school or to property located on the premises of the pupil’s school

·         Bullying of any form

·         Any act considered by principal to be injurious to moral tone of the school

·         Any act considered by principal to be injurious to physical or mental well-being of any member of school community

·         Any act considered by the principal to be contrary to Board or School Code of Conduct



Suspension pending Expulsion MUST be considered by Principal


·         Possession of a weapon, including possessing a firearm

·         Use of weapon to cause or threaten bodily harm to another person

·         Committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment by medical practitioner

·         Committing sexual assault

·         Trafficking in weapons or illegal or restricted drugs

·         Committing robbery

·         Giving alcohol or illegal/restricted drugs to minor

·         An act considered by principal to be significantly injurious to moral tone of the school and/or to the physical or mental well-being of others

·         A pattern of behaviour that is so inappropriate that the pupil’s continued presence is injurious to the effective learning and/or working environment of others

·         Activities engaged in by the pupil on or off school property and behaviours that cause the pupil’s continuing presence in the school to create unacceptable risk to physical or mental well-being of other person(s) in the school or Board

·         Activities engaged in by the pupil on or off property that have caused extensive damage to the property of the Board or to goods that are/were on Board property

·         The pupil has demonstrated through a pattern of behaviour that s/he has not prospered by the instruction available to him or her and s/he is persistently resistant to making changes in behaviour which would enable him or her to prosper

·         Any act considered by the principal to be a serious violation of the Board of School Code of Conduct

·         Conduct which is so refractory as to demonstrate that the student is unwilling to respect or respond to authority and/or respect the rights or dignity of other school community members, despite having been given a reasonable opportunity to do so.


Routines are designed annually to ensure that the school runs efficiently and remains safe and orderly.  To be effective, it is essential that all of the school community comply with these routines.

 Organization of School Days                                         Hallway Routines

Use of Student Planners                                                    Homework

Office registration forms                                                            Library Books/Videos

Absences/Lates/Mid-Day Appointments                         Lockers

Leaving School Property                                                           Lost and Found

Telephone Calls                                                             Medication

Bus Routines                                                                Personal Property

Cafeteria/Lunch room                                                    Playground routines

Classroom Supplies                                                      Progress Reports

Dress Code                                                                  Physical Education Clothing

Extra-Curricular/House League                                       Smoking

Field Trips                                                                     Textbooks

Internet Access                                                             Transportation

Inclement Weather/School Closure                                 Vending Machines

Nutritional Breaks                                                          Visitors to School



Our school has adopted an acceptable dress code policy where bare midriffs are unacceptable.  Low cut tops, short shorts and micro mini skirts are also not suitable.  Underwear should not be visible beyond outer garments.  Articles of clothing with pictures/phrases that promote alcohol/drug consumption or with sexually suggestive phrases are not acceptable as well as demeaning/racist outerwear.  Hats, hoods, bandanas, visors and other headwear shall be removed when entering the school.

 SCHOOL HOURS (Glen Orchard)

The entry bell in the morning is at 8:40.  Entry to the school before the bell requires the permission of the morning yard duty teacher.  First Nutrition break is from 10:40-11:00 am.  Second Nutrition break is  1:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.  Classes conclude for the day with the 3:00 p.m. bell and bus dismissal.  Please note that teacher outside yard duty supervision does not begin until 8:25 a.m.  Those students not bussed are expected to arrive no earlier than 8:25 a.m. and to be picked up immediately after the last bell at 3:00 p.m.

**Times subject to change


The front office provides a sign-in/out sheet for those students arriving late and for those who must leave school early.  It has been proven that regular attendance is directly related to success in school.  Please ensure that your child arrives on time as teachers give out daily instructions and begin lessons promptly each morning.  If your child is going to be absent for the day or late, we request that you call our Glen Orchard Safe Arrival Programme at 765-6753.


Children are not permitted to be dropped off at any other than their designated stop without a note from a parent.    If parents are picking up children after school please send a note to avoid confusion.  Parking in the south parking lot facilitates pick-up and avoids congestion in our bussing areas.  The buses are boarded at 3:10 p.m.  Items to be transported on a school bus should not be too large to store under the seat and they should be wrapped and secured in order not to become a safety problem.  It is not permissible to transport skis, hockey sticks or any other long pointed objects at any time on the buses.  Bus drivers may refuse to transport items that they believe would cause a safety problem.


Bus rules have been clearly defined for the students.  It is the responsibility of students to:

·         Abide by the bus driver’s instructions

·         Remain in his/her seat while the bus is in motion

·         Respect the safety of others on the bus

·         Speak quietly and use acceptable language

·         Respect the property of others on the bus

·         Refrain from eating, drinking or smoking on the bus

·         Keep all parts of the body inside the bus at all times


Riding a bus is a privilege and the privilege may be suspended to help reinforce the safety requirements.



The following procedures shall be used when dealing with student misconduct on a bus.

1st Infraction      The bus driver warns the student and notifies the principal or designate

on the appropriate form and the appropriate discipline is initiated by the principal or designate.

2nd Infraction      The principal or designate is notified by the bus driver and appropriate

                        discipline is undertaken by the principal or designate.  Parent/guardian

                        will be notified by telephone or in writing.

3rd Infraction      A suspension of bus riding service will be determined by the principal or

                        designate.  Notification in writing will be sent to the parent/guardian, bus

                        driver, and the Transportation Department.  Parent/guardian has the

                        right to appeal the suspension to the appropriate area Superintendent.


Any further offences may result in the removal of transportation service.

Dress Code


Our school has adopted an acceptable dress code policy where bare midriffs are unacceptable.  Low cut tops, short shorts and micro mini skirts are also not suitable.  Underwear should not be visible beyond outer garments.  Articles of clothing with pictures/phrases that promote alcohol/drug consumption or with sexually suggestive phrases are not acceptable as well as demeaning/racist outerwear.  Hats, hoods, bandanas, visors and other headwear shall be removed when entering the school.

School Routines


We request that all visitors to the school check-in at the front office.



Junior and Senior Kindergarten students attend for full days on an alternating schedule.  This necessitates a special schedule, which operates to avoid unusually long breaks because of Friday or Monday holidays.  Families with children in kindergarten will be provided an attendance schedule for the year.  Grades 1 – 8 classes operate on the basis of a daily three-block schedule, which allows three 100 minute blocks of uninterrupted time to address the literacy, mathematics and other related curriculum subjects.



Students are required to stay within the boundaries of the school playground.  Our surrounding bush is out-of-bounds.  The parking lots and driveway are not considered part of the playground; therefore, they are strictly out of bounds for students.  Special areas have been designated for kindergarten and divisional activities.



Correspondence with parents (i.e., newsletters, etc.), will be sent home with the only or youngest member of each family.  Reporting to parents is an ongoing process.  Early in the school year an evening session is held at the school to introduce you to the school community and for you to introduce yourselves to the school personnel.  Formal interviews are held with the first term report card.  Interviews may be conducted at any time at the request of the teacher or parent.  The second term report will be sent home in March and the final report card on the last day of the school year.  Any concern over a child’s progress should be discussed immediately, without waiting for a formal report.  A  telephone call for an appointment or to ask a question is most welcome.


We encourage parents to visit our school.  There are many special occasions during the year when you might want to join in on a class excursion, a special activity, an assembly or other special event.  Please advise us of your interest. 


Teachers send home monthly newsletters and a school newsletter goes home at the beginning of each month with an events calendar.  Visit our Glen Orchard web page at   Student agendas travel between home and school on a daily basis.



This year, more than ever, we need active volunteers at Glen Orchard/Honey Harbour.  We have found that our volunteers greatly enrich our programmes in many ways.  We use our volunteers to provide individual or small group help for students, to assist in the library, to accompany class outings and to help with food preparation or other special events.  We NEED your help.  We will send out a letter early in September requesting your assistance in this area.



Good sense and an understanding of needs must be used in assessing the amount of homework each night.  Pupils are usually given assignments to complete and a certain period of class time is given to work on the assignment.  Many students who settle down quickly to the task complete assignments in school.  Students are requested to take a moment with a parent/guardian to review agendas daily and complete all homework expectations.  All teacher reference notes should be completed on the date of occurrence.


Primary Children

Support with language and math in the primary grades is important.  For short periods each evening, reading and number facts games can be an effective way to be involved in your children’s education.  Occasionally, incomplete daily assignments will require completion.


Junior Grades

Notebook organization and review should occur nightly.  We encourage daily reading for enjoyment.  Incomplete daily assignments require completion.  Students should utilize time management skills to adhere to timelines of research assignments and/or projects.



Teachers are concerned that many students in the higher grades don’t enjoy reading and seldom read at school for pleasure.  Students must read at home for a period of time each evening.  School and public libraries are there to augment books in your home library.  This reading could be done in Quiet Time at home or in bed before the lights are turned out.  Not only can reading each day improve schoolwork, it can also open magical doors for children (and adults) to explore on a lifelong basis.



The school telephone number is (705)765-3144.  Please feel free to call about any of your concerns.  We ask that students avoid using the phone at school in order to keep the lines open for school business and emergencies.  Students will be allowed to use the phone, with permission, for urgent matters.



Excursions are an integral part of the school program and as such, students are encouraged to participate in order to gain optimum benefit from in-school activities organized to support and enrich the learning experience.  Permission slips are necessary for each excursion and these will be sent home in advance of the activity, to be completed and promptly returned to the school.  If there is a charge for the program, appropriate payment should accompany the acknowledgement form.  In order to teach individual responsibility on the part of the student and because of board policy, last minute phone calls for “oral” permission are discouraged and usually denied.  For these students and others who are not able to participate in the excursion, possible alternate in-school arrangements will be determined.  Non-participation in the excursion is not a viable excuse to be absent from school.  Participation in an out-of-school activity is contingent upon suitable behaviour on the buses and at school.  Involvement in an out-of-classroom activity is encouraged, but is not a right.  The school shall determine the criteria for inclusion in any activity and refuse involvement for any student who is under suspension or who fails to meet the criteria.



Fundraising is a necessary task if we are to be able to continue to offer a broad range of experiences to our students.  In previous years the funds have been used to help with elective activity expenses, theatre presentations, bussing expenses to special events, graduation, and field trips.  Our fundraising takes on a number of forms:


On-going services:  milk, water and juice are sold everyday and pizza is sold on Friday.


Occasionally there are a few other fundraising events for specific charitable purposes.  We feel that such concern for others is worth fostering with our students.



From time to time accidents occur.  When an accident occurs, it is reported to the nearest adult.  When the severity of the accident has been ascertained, action is taken.  Each incident requires judgement from the person involved.  Teachers have been instructed to contact the office to report each accident.  In most instances minor first aid (reassurance, ice, bandaid) is applied and the child resumes a normal programme.  In more severe cases, parents are contacted and asked to secure further assistance for their child.  On rare occasions, emergency assistance is summoned, or the child is taken to hospital, at the same time parents are being contacted.


If your child has any special medical conditions, the school should be informed so that we may act in accordance with any special instructions that might be necessary.



At school, articles are often misplaced or forgotten.  All items that are properly labelled are returned immediately.  Anonymous items are placed in the Lost and Found box in hopes that children will recover lost items.  A great majority of lost and found items could be eliminated if children’s belongings were properly labelled.



At Glen Orchard we practice fire drills and “take cover” emergency procedures.  During these procedures we expect an orderly routine to be followed as rehearsed throughout the school year.  Each family should also develop a plan for use at home so that each family member knows what to do in case of emergency.  A crisis-response protocol has been developed in order to address other types of emergencies in a responsible manner.  Staff have specially designated roles to address a variety of crisis situations.  Our fire drills/take cover emergency procedures are always conducted while under the watchful eye of the Fire Department and O.P.P.



From time to time inclement weather creates problems.  Bus cancellations will be announced on the Huntsville, Orillia and Bracebridge radio stations.



Periodically throughout the school year, we will hold school-wide head lice checks by trained parent volunteers who will travel between classes.  It is the Trillium Lakelands DSB policy that any child found to have head lice must be excluded from school until the first shampoo treatment is completed and all nits are removed.  You will be called to the school in the event that nits or active lice are located in your child’s hair.  We have information packages to assist you in the procedures.  We will inform you if anyone in your child’s class gets head lice.  Please help us out by regularly completing random checks of your child’s hair.



The goal of the Glen Orchard School Library Resource Centre is to provide a program that assists children in the discovery of new and exciting information and the encouragement of further inquiry.  For students to become more efficient users of the Resource Centre, we must ensure they become proficient in the following areas:

a)             understanding ORGANIZATION of resources

b)            ability to SELECT appropriate materials

c)             ability to USE resources effectively


e)             become CRITICAL learners

f)             ability to PRESENT material

g)            develop an APPRECIATION of literature and media

Through the partnership of the principal, the classroom teacher and teacher-librarian, we plan activities and provide opportunities and resources for students in all of the grades to become self-motivated, self-directed problem solvers.


Computers in the library are to be used as information sources.  They are equipped with CD-ROM and Internet capability.




The Need:  Regular vigorous activity is crucial for learning movement skills and ensuring normal growth and development.  It also affects fitness and it has a marked influence on healthy attitudes and habits.  More active youths have higher fitness scores and lower body fat levels than their less active peers.  They also have better health practices.  Fewer of them smoke tobacco and more eat a regular breakfast and get sufficient sleep.


The Benefits:  Research shows that active students are less susceptible to stress, are more independent, play better with others, have better health and are less aggressive.  They perform better academically and they have more positive attitudes toward physical activity, school and themselves.


The Responsibility:  The responsibility for quality education has to be shared between enthusiastic, knowledgeable teachers and supportive administrators and parents.  Children must be shown that physical activity is important to all of us.


The Program: The Physical Education program at Glen Orchard provides a myriad of activities for students.  We believe that the development of skills are important and may lead to a lifetime hobby.  


Special interest clubs operate at various times throughout the year and provide a number of opportunities for children to have fun and excel.  These clubs operate at times convenient for the teacher, sponsor and participants, trying to avoid conflict with other activities.


Although the emphasis is not placed on a competitive school team program, there are opportunities for students to participate in various interschool activities throughout the year.  These usually take the form of one-day tournaments in team sports or individual competitions.  Exhibition games between local schools may occur from time to time.


Due to the nature of the program, a pair of running shoes, or very soft white soled shoes is required.  Loose fitting, comfortable clothing (a pair of shorts and T-shirt, for example) are mandatory for Intermediate students.  Our gym is equipped with change rooms.  Junior and Intermediate students are expected to change prior to participating and to change back into regular school clothes after each gym period.


As an extension of our physical education program, teachers hope to take the students from each grade and give them special instruction in outdoor activities.  In this manner, students in our school gain skills in a variety of leisure time activities.  Individual class programs will be determined and may vary from year to year.


Special Education programmes and services are available to meet the needs of the exceptional student at Glen Orchard/Honey Harbour Public Schools.  Recommendations for modifications to the scope, breadth, depth and pace of the student’s learning experience may be necessary to ensure academic success at grade level.


Exceptional students’ needs may be met in several ways and settings:

1)             through arranging accommodations within the regular program

2)             through instruction or a resource/withdrawal basis in the Learning Centre

3)             by a combination of these.


There is limited in-school counselling service to support students with behavioural or emotional concerns.  Liaison with the home and community agencies is maintained in order to assist in the growth of the exceptional student.  In all settings, a co-operative team approach is taken to enhance the opportunities for the exceptional student’s success in the school setting.  The goal is to teach the student skills that will allow them not only to meet the immediate requirements successfully, but also to generalize these skills to other situations over time.



Parlez-vous francais?  By the time Muskoka students complete their elementary and secondary education, not only will they be speaking French, but they will also be reading and writing French.  Trillium Lakelands students begin the French program in grade 4 with 40 minutes of instruction per day.  The emphasis is on oral conversation throughout the program.  Reading and writing are introduced gradually.



You should be aware that when a child reports abuse to a teacher or when a teacher sees indications of possible abuse, the school must report the concern to the appropriate authorities.  This is mandated by law and failure to comply may result in the school staff being liable to a severe fine or other penalties.



The schools enjoy and appreciate the support of the members of these groups.  Regular meetings provide us with a unique opportunity for communication, both in presentation and discussion format.  This type of sharing has a real benefit for our students.  The councils provide a forum for parents and other community volunteers to participate in decisions and recommendations for action.  Elections will be held within the first 30 days of the new school year.  Watch our monthly newsletter for election procedures.



If your child is going to be absent from school or late please telephone 765-6753 and leave a message on the answering machine.  You can call 24 hours per day but messages are only taken off the machine, usually between 9:00 and 9:15 a.m. each day.  If you are calling the school for any other reason than absence please call 765-3144. 



Each morning our students are provided the opportunity to have something to eat in class at mid-morning.  The Snack Program operates through parent volunteerism.  Please call the school at 765-3144 if you can help in any way with this worthwhile endeavour.

Computer/Internet Policy

The computer program at Glen Orchard is a very active aspect of education.  We are generously equipped with 50 Pentium PC’s with current software applications.  We also enjoy supervised Internet access through our network system.  Students and parents are asked to sign an agreement of use before they are introduced to the Internet.  Any breach of this agreement will result in a temporary loss of computer privileges.

 We are fortunate to have a fully equipped Computer Lab within the school.  Within the school there are 50 PC’s, 4 scanners, 2 LDC monitors, 3 digital cameras, a video camera, and two Smart boards.  We have 30 scheduled computer classes each week and students in all grades have access to the wide range of programmes appropriate for each grade level.  Many assignments, projects and presentations in all subject areas incorporate the computer.



Again this year we have students with severe allergies to peanuts.  A severe allergy means that an individual can be adversely affected by even the smell of peanuts.  This extreme situation necessitates that Glen Orchard and Honey Harbour be peanut safe buildings.  We have appreciated your exceptional co-operation in not sending peanuts or peanut products with your children in past years.  We look forward to your support again this year.


Water, milk and juice are available for sale at lunch time.  Pizza is available for lunch on Fridays.  Other hot lunches may become available throughout the year.  Watch the monthly newsletter for this information. 


Each morning our students are provided the opportunity to have something to eat in class at mid-morning.  The Snack Program operates through parent volunteerism.  Please call the school at 765-3144 if you can help in any way with this worthwhile endeavour.