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Student Responsibilities

Avon Maitland District School Board Code of Conduct

The AMDSB code of conduct governs F.E. Madill policy and procedures.

F.E. Madill is a safe school with responsible students and staff.  The code of conduct helps our school and online community remain a safe place for learning. These standards of behaviour apply not only to students, but to all members of the school and school-related online community. The school community includes parents/guardians, volunteers, support workers, school staff, and all those who contribute to the school. These standards apply on school property, school buses, online, and at school-authorized events and activities. In fact, these standards govern any activity (in school, online or out of school) that will have an impact on the climate of the school.

Rights & Responsibilities of Students and Staff

    It is my responsibility to attend class regularly, arrive on time, be prepared for class, cooperate with others and strive for personal excellence.
    It is my responsibility to respect myself and other people regardless of their race, culture, citizenship, religion, gender, language, sexual orientation, age, appearance, ability, social status, or any other attribute.
    It is my responsibility not to threaten or harm any person or to possess/use any object as a weapon. It is my responsibility to refrain from bringing any object to school that may compromise the safety of others. Teasing, bullying, harassing, physical, verbal (oral or written), sexual or psychological abuse is also unacceptable.
    It is my responsibility not to smoke on school property, or bring illegal and/or mind-influencing drugs or alcohol onto school property, or to be under the influence of illegal and/or mind-influencing drugs or alcohol while at school.
    It is my responsibility to respect school property and equipment, and the personal property of others, including the neighbours of Madill.  Damaging or defacing property in the school (including school grounds, school buses) is unacceptable.
    It is my responsibility to follow established school rules and take responsibility for my own actions.

Consequences for Unacceptable Behaviour

The Education Act of Ontario states that every pupil will attend classes punctually and regularly; accept such discipline as would be exercised by a kind, firm and judicious parent; be clean in person and habits; be diligent in attempting to master such studies as are part of the program in which the pupil is enrolled; be courteous to fellow pupils and obedient and courteous to teachers.

Each person is considered as an individual and consequences for unacceptable behaviour are carefully considered.  Discipline should be a matter of learning. Consequences for misbehavior, shall require consideration for mitigating factors, include a number of progressive options, and will be appropriate to the individual and related to the circumstances.

Unacceptable student behaviour, attendance and/or effort, may include any or all of the following:

  1. Warnings
  2. Assignment of detentions or assignments by teachers and/or school administration. Lunch hour detentions are to be served on the assigned day, in the detention room, at the start of the lunch period. They are 30 minutes long.
  3. Consultation between parents and teachers and/or school administration.
  4. Counseling and/or mediation.
  5. Removal of privileges.
  6. Police Involvement.
  7. Restorative practices including restitution or community service.
  8. Negotiation of a specific contract between the student and the school.
  9. Suspension or removal from a specific class.  
  10. In school suspension.
  11. Out of school suspension.
  12. Expulsion from school.

When deciding to impose a suspension or expulsion, a principal will consider:

  • whether the student has the ability to control his or her behaviour;
  • whether the student has the ability to understand the foreseeable consequences of his or her behaviour; and,
  • whether the student’s continuing presence in the school creates an unacceptable risk to the safety or well-being of any other individual at school.


Infractions for which a suspension may be considered:

  • uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person;
    possessing alcohol or restricted drugs;
    swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority;
  • committing an act of vandalism against any school property or to property located on the school premises;
  • bullying (including cyber bullying);
  • persistent opposition to authority;
  • willful destruction of school property;
  • habitual neglect of duty;
  • the use of profane language or gestures which convey a disrespectful or inappropriate message;
  • any act considered by the principal to be injurious to the moral tone of the school;
  • any act considered by the principal to be injurious to the physical or mental well-being of any member of the school community; or
  • any act considered by the principal to be contrary to the Board or School Code of Conduct.


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 that do not completely cover the bum while sitting, standing or bending.

Students who do not comply may be asked to change their clothing.  Further non-compliance may lead to progressive disciplinary action.

Cell Phones

Cell phones or other such devices may be used in class only as part of a lesson (pedagogical reasons) at the sole discretion of the teacher.  Otherwise, cell phones or other such devices must be stored out of sight and notifications turned off while in class.
Please note that inappropriate use of a cell phone or other such devices may result in the cell phone being taken away by the Vice-Principal or Principal and stored in the office until the end of the day.  Continued misuse could result in a parent being requested to pick up the cell phone and/or the cell phone not being allowed back in the class. A progressive discipline plan will be set for students who choose to continue to use their cell phones inappropriately.
Cell phones are prohibited from use in the school change rooms and washrooms.  All privacy and criminal laws regarding cell phone use must be adhered to by students.  


C.O.P.E. stands for Cooperative Opportunities Providing Employment. Students experiencing difficulty in school for a variety of reasons can be registered in the COPE program to work in an alternative setting on a variety of subjects with a teacher. Emphasis is placed on co-op opportunities in this program. Although the COPE program does allow for an alternative educational setting, there are still expectations for students.
  • Students will be responsible for attending COPE on a daily basis as indicated by the timetable given to them by their guidance counsellor.
  • They will take responsibility for arriving ready to listen, participate, and learn (awake and substance-free).
  • Cell phone use is determined by the specific teacher in the COPE classroom space.
  • During the school day, students will not be on, or near, the main school campus, doing so will result in a ‘trespass notice’.
  • When students take the bus to school in the morning, they will head immediately to COPE. At the end of the day, they will head straight from COPE to the bus.
  • Students will be responsible for communicating any concerns they have to one of the classroom teachers: Mr. MacIntyre, Mr. Moffat, or Ms. Jackson.


F.E. Madill is Smoke-Free and Nicotine Free 

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act is provincial legislation that prohibits smoking (including e-cig, e-cigarette, personal vaporizer or electronic nicotine delivery system),  or holding lit tobacco within 20 meters of the school property as well as prohibiting the supply of related products to anyone under the age of 19.

If a student does not comply with this policy, the school administration may take disciplinary action, up to and including a suspension. School staff will also report incidents of smoking or supplying of tobacco to the Tobacco Enforcement Officer at the Huron County Health Unit.  If you have any questions or concerns, talk to a teacher, Vice-Principal or Principal. The fine can range from $305 – $5000.

As well, students are also prohibited from smoking (including e-cig, e-cigarette, personal vaporizer or electronic nicotine delivery system) or using chewing tobacco on school property or during school events (eg. field trips).

General Agreement with our Neighbours

Our school neighbours have the right of private property owners to enjoy peace and quiet.  Students are expected to show their consideration of these rights by not loitering on or near their properties and the adjacent sidewalks, and by not defacing neighbouring properties in any way.  

Reporting Accidents

All accidents causing personal injury or damage to school equipment or property are to be reported to the teacher in charge of the area and to the main office.  An accident report must be completed and submitted to the Avon Maitland District School Board.


It is the responsibility of the parent to inform the school of any serious allergies which the student may have.  No medication of any sort will be given to a student without parental or guardian permission. Medication required daily should be stored in the office.

Cafeteria Use and Food Consumption

Lunches, whether purchased in the cafeteria or brought to school, are to be eaten in the cafeteria, courtyard or outside the building.  Food or drink is not to be consumed in the halls or stairwells. Students are expected to clean up their area upon leaving the cafeteria.


Dances are primarily for the students of the school.  They are not open to the public and the Administration reserves the right to restrict attendance.  Students attending dances must adhere to the rules of the school. Any students who are truant from classes or have outstanding detentions on the day of the dance, may be refused admission.

Lockers and Locks

Lockers are the property of the school and are provided for the convenience of students. Each student is assigned a locker.  Lockers may NOT be shared. Do not change lockers without prior permission from a Vice-Principal. Dudley combination locks may be purchased in the school office for $6. Students will be held responsible for any damage to their locker.  The school reserves the right to open a locker. It is particularly important that all valuables be kept locked in lockers – especially during physical education periods. Valuables may also be left for safekeeping in the main office.


No student will be given any medication by the office without parental or guardian permission.  Medication required daily should be stored in the office unless the Principal gives permission otherwise.  The main office does not supply any sort of pain medication (i.e. Tylenol).


The school provides a limited amount of assigned parking for student-operated vehicles in the student parking lot off of Carling Terrace on a first come basis.  Students may purchase these parking passes from the office. They will be required to complete the parking form and pay a $20.00 deposit. Students must have an F. E. Madill Parking Pass displayed in their car’s window.  No vehicle may be parked in such a way as to obstruct driveways, fire routes and/or school exits. Students are advised to lock their vehicles. Visitor parking in front of the school is reserved for visitors to the school and may not be used by students. Students and parents may not park in the CKNX or hospital parking lots. No liability is accepted by the Avon Maitland District School Board for damage or theft which may be caused to vehicles including bicycles.  Any damages which do occur should be reported to the school administration and, where warranted, to the police and to the owner’s insurance company.


No petition or poster may be circulated or posted in the school without the prior permission of the Administration.  All fundraising activities also require the approval of the Principal.


Students will be issued necessary texts by their subject teachers.  All texts are to be kept in good condition and are to be returned upon request.  Costs will be assigned for lost or damaged texts. A list of textbooks and other course materials to be used in a course is available upon request to the Principal.  Requests for substitution must be made in writing to the Principal well in advance of the date the textbook is to be used. Course information sheets are provided to students at the beginning of each course.  Parents are advised to review the course content with the student. Concerns should be brought to the attention of the Principal.


The Avon Maitland District School Board, F.E Madill and its staff will not be responsible for any personal property brought to the school.  Included are such items as wallets, calculators, cell phones, laptops, or other personal electronic devices, clothing, watches, etc. held in lockers or given to teachers to be held for students.  Every year we receive reports of students losing valuables from student lockers and Physical Education change rooms. Do not take valuables to this area of the school. In general do not bring valuables or large sums of money to school.