Rotherglen promotes responsibility, respect, civility and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment. A positive school climate exists when all members of the school community feel safe, comfortable and accepted. All students, parents, teachers and staff members have the right to be safe, and feel safe, in the school community. With this right comes the responsibility to contribute to a positive school climate. The promotion of strategies and initiatives, such as character development, along with the employment of prevention and intervention strategies to address inappropriate behaviour, fosters a positive school climate that supports academic achievement for all students.
Responsible citizenship involves appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community. Active and engaged citizens are aware of their rights, but more importantly, they accept responsibility for protecting their rights and the rights of others.
Code of Conduct
Standards of behaviour apply not only to students, but also to all individuals involved in the Rotherglen community – parents, volunteers, teachers, and other staff members – whether they are on school property, on school buses, at school-related events or activities or in other circumstances that could have an impact on the school climate.
The purpose of our Code of Conduct is to provide a learning environment that is: safe, inclusive and accepting of all students; to encourage a positive school climate and prevent inappropriate behaviour. Bullying or harassment in any form will not be tolerated by the school and we are committed to addressing inappropriate student behaviour and promote early intervention and support.
Creating a safe and inclusive school environment involves the support from all members of our community. As a school we are committed to preventing and intervening in situations of bullying. School Administration, faculty members, parents and students all play a role in creating a safe learning environment.
In addressing bullying prevention and intervention, Rotherglen School administrators take a leadership role in the school by:
- Actively addressing bullying situations;
- Demonstrating care for the school community and a commitment to academic excellence in a safe teaching and learning environment;
- Holding everyone under their authority accountable for his or her behaviour and actions;
- Empowering students to be positive leaders in their school and community;
- Communicating regularly and meaningfully with all members of their school community;
- Ensuring the communication of bullying policies;
- Providing an example of respect and civility for all members of the school community.
Safety as a Priority
Although we hope that an incident that requires response from emergency personnel never occurs in our schools, we must be prepared to respond quickly and effectively in such a case. The goal of emergency preparedness is to ensure a rapid, coordinated and effective response is possible when an emergency occurs.
Rotherglen School, in partnership with the Regional Police Services, has established emergency response plans, which include the steps the school and staff will take in the event of an emergency at a school, a parent communication plan and an evacuation plan. Lockdown and Fire Drills are practiced throughout the year to ensure our practices are sound.
Rotherglen School recognizes that there are a number of students attending the school who have life threatening allergies, known medically as anaphylaxis. In accordance with Bill 3, Sabrina’s Law, preventative measures are required on the part of both the parent/guardian and the school, together with the support of school’s parent and student community. This includes information and awareness for the entire Rotherglen community; strategies to reduce the risk of exposure to the allergen; and a communication and emergency response procedure in case of accidental exposure.
Given the severity of these student allergies, foods containing nuts are not permitted at Rotherglen School. Although we are an Allergy Aware school, we do not and cannot guarantee a nut-free environment. Parents of students with anaphylaxis must also take responsibility for their child’s safety.