Responsibilities of Students


Students are to be treated with respect and dignity. In return, student behaviour must demonstrate respect for self, others and the responsibilities of citizenship.

Students are responsible citizens when they:

  • Come to school prepared, on time and ready to learn;
  • Show respect for themselves, others and property;
  • Demonstrate consideration and ensure the safety of others;
  • Follow established rules and take responsibility for their own actions; and
  • Comply with the school’s dress code.

All aspects of the Ontario Code of Conduct apply to FE Madill.

The following are examples of the types of behaviours that will lead to follow up.   As part of this follow up, students will meet to discuss their choices with their classroom teacher(s) and/or school administrator.  Students may need to participate in restorative practices, serve detentions, and/or be suspended or expelled.  Police may become involved.  This list is not exhaustive.

  • Academic dishonesty
  • Bullying/harassment
  • Inappropriate bus behaviour
  • Inappropriate clothing
  • Inappropriate computer use (see below)
  • False fire alarms
  • Fighting
  • Open disrespect for staff and fellow students
  • Possession/use of illicit drugs/alcohol
  • Possession/use of weapon
  • Profanity
  • Vandalism
  • Students are expected to participate in the discipline plan.  Refusal to do so may result in a suspension.

Computer technology is a valuable tool for everyone in our school. Please use this technology appropriately at all times by following the Code of Conduct for Computer Use. This is also posted at all computer stations.

The rules which have been established are few in number and are not intended to be difficult for students to follow.  They are grounded on respect for self and others and have been endorsed by  teachers, parents and peers.

All staff members at F.E. Madill will take part in ensuring that this code of behaviour is adhered to.  Teachers and Administrators will make every attempt to notify parents as soon as it appears students are not meeting the standards outlined in the above code.

The teaching, secretarial, custodial and cafeteria staffs all work diligently and conscientiously to make the years spent at F. E. Madill happy and profitable.  They deserve courtesy, consideration and respect.  Safety of others, protection of the rights of others and their property is fundamental in the operation of a school.

Failure to abide by this code will result in parents being notified and in the removal of  computer privileges for a period of time determined by the Principal or designate.

Dress Code

The way that staff and students dress has an impact on the tone of the school.  Therefore, all are expected to dress appropriately for their particular roles in the school and in a way that shows respect for themselves, others and the school.  Our standard of dress and appearance marks our school as a place of dignity and minimizes distractions to learning.

At F.E. Madill, the following will not be accepted:

  • Hoodies pulled up over the head
  • Shirts/tops without straps
  • Clothing that reveals midriff, mid and/or lower back
  • Sheer or lace tops unless a full camisole is worn underneath
  • Underwear showing at waistline or inseam
  • Low and revealing necklines
  • Clothing that advertises school banned substances (alcohol, illicit drugs, tobacco)
  • Inappropriate graphics or expressions
  • Spiked accessories and large metal chains
  • Sunglasses

Shorts and skirts must completely cover the bum while sitting, standing or bending.

Staff members will address students who are dressed inappropriately and may send students to the office where they will be asked to cover up, change or may be sent home.  Students who choose to continue to disregard the dress code will be subject to progressive disciplinary actions.

Responsibilities of Students

Education Act: Regulation 298 (23)

All schools, operating in the Province of Ontario must comply with the various acts and regulations established by the provincial government for the operation of these schools.

A pupil shall,

  • [a] Be diligent in attending to master such studies as are part of the program in which the pupil is enrolled.
  • [b] Exercise self-discipline.
  • [c] Accept such discipline as would be exercised by a kind, firm and judicious parent.
  • [d] Attend classes punctually and regularly.
  • [e] Be courteous to fellow pupils and obedient and courteous to teachers.
  • [f] Be clean in person and habits.
  • [g] Take such tests and examinations as are required by or under the Education Act or as may be directed by the minister of education.
  • [h] Show respect for school property.

It is Expected that the Student:

  • Is dependable,
  • Attends school regularly,
  • Is on time for class with appropriate learning materials,
  • Demonstrates courtesy, honesty and a friendly attitude towards others,
  • Uses language appropriate to the school setting,
  • Exhibits a willingness to undertake assigned learning tasks,
  • Works co-operatively with others,
  • Turns out a quality product to the best of his/her ability, and
  • Attend scheduled assemblies.

When a pupil returns to school after an absence, a parent of the pupil, or the pupil where the pupil is 18 years of age or older, shall give a reason for the absence orally or in writing as the principal requires.

A pupil may be excused by the Principal from attendance at school temporarily at any time at the written request of a parent or the pupil where the pupil is 18 years of age or older.

Every pupil is responsible for his or her conduct to the Principal of the school that the pupil attends,

  • On the school premises.
  • On out-of-school activities that are part of the school program.
  • While travelling on a school bus that is owned by the board or a bus or school bus that is under contract to a board.