Safe Schools: Code of Conduct

Parents Guide to the Ontario Code of Conduct

Standards of Behaviour

Respect, civility and responsible citizenship

All school members must:

  • respect and follow all applicable laws
  • demonstrate honesty and integrity
  • respect differences in people
  • treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, especially when there is disagreement
  • respect and treat others fairly, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability
  • respect the rights of others
  • show care and respect for school property and the property of others
  • take the proper steps to help those in need
  • respect all members of the school community, especially those in a position of authority
  • respect the need of others to work in an environment that encourages learning and teaching.
  • seek help from school staff, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully
  • not swear at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority.


School community members must not:

  • engage in any form of bullying, whether it is in person or through technology, like email or cell phones
  • commit sexual assault
  • traffic weapons or illegal drugs
  • commit robbery
  • give alcohol to anyone under the legal drinking age
  • be in possession of a weapon, including firearms
  • use any object to threaten or intimidate another person
  • injure anyone with an object
  • be in possession or under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs, or give them to anyone else
  • inflict or encourage others to inflict bodily harm
  • engage in hate propaganda or other types of behaviour caused by hate or bias
  • commit an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property at the student's school or to property on the school premises.