Parents/guardians must notify the school before 8:00 am if their child is going to be absent. Regular attendance is mandatory by law and is essential to achieving academic success. Parents/guardians who call the administrative office to justify why their child is absent will not automatically excuse him/her from receiving a consequence.
All absences must be recorded by the classroom teacher and documented by the office. Parents/guardians are asked to plan their appointments and vacation/holiday outside of regular school days in order to prevent absences. Extensions of vacation/holiday periods are highly discouraged.
The school is not required to provide work to students who vacation during regular school days.
Absences and School Work
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all missed work is completed. This includes notes, readings, assignments, homework, class work, and evaluations. Students should contact their teacher on the day of their absence to inform themselves of any missed work.
If a student has an appointment which requires them to leave before the end of the school day:
- The parent/guardian must call the school prior to 8:00 am to provide verbal permission for the early
- The student is to report to the office at the beginning of the day to collect their Early Dismissal Form which is to be given to the teacher from whose class they need to leave
- The student must report to the office before they leave the school to sign out
Students are expected to be on time for every period throughout the day, including morning and afternoon entry. This is essential in order to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment. Students who are absent from class/school without permission will be considered truant and will serve a 1-day suspension at home.
Parents/guardians who call the administrative office to justify why their child is absent will not automatically excuse him/her from receiving a consequence.
Lates to Period 1
Students arriving late to period 1 must sign in at the main office to obtain a slip to gain entry to class.
Consequences will be applied as follows:
- 3 late arrivals = letter of warning sent home
- 4 late arrivals or more = next day AM detention
- *skipped detention = 1 day at-home suspension
Lates to Period 3
Students arriving late to period 3 must come to the office to obtain a slip to get into class. This late will result in an automatic LUNCHTIME detention for the following day.
Lates to Periods 2 and 4
These lates will be recorded by the classroom teacher and do not require the student to get a note from the office.
A student’s late record will be calculated on a per term basis.
Homework allows students to practice, study, reinforce and consolidate concepts learned in class. If specific homework was not assigned, then that time should be for reading, reviewing, studying or working on projects.
It is the student’s responsibility to record their homework in the student’s agenda. Parents are asked to review the agenda with their child on a regular basis to keep up with what is going on at school.
Evaluation: In-class Assignments, Projects, Tests, Exams
The MEES, EMSB and the school will continue to schedule and administer formal examination periods throughout the year; mid-year examinations in January and end-of-year summative exams in the months of May and June. These sessions will include uniform examinations produced by the MEES, complimentary examinations produced by the EMSB and local examinations produced at the school level.
In addition to formal examination periods, students will be assessed regularly within the timetable. These will often take the form of in-class assignments, essays, quizzes, tests, learning evaluation situations (LES) or extended learning projects generally completed over a series of classes; they are applied across the curriculum in all subject areas.
If a child is absent when an evaluation has taken place or a deadline was to be met, arrangements must be made with the teacher.
Please note that exam attendance rules are governed by the MEES. Students with unjustified or invalid absences from formal examinations will receive a grade of 0%. An absence can only be excused for the following reasons:
- Serious illness or accident confirmed by a medical report or certificate
- Death of a close relative
- A court summons
- Personal or immediate family crisis confirmed through meeting with school administration
Every teacher holds recuperation sessions each cycle. This is an excellent opportunity to catchup on missed assignments, tests, class work, or get extra help. We also highly recommend a student attends a recuperation session after an evaluation has taken place to go over their mistakes with the teacher.
Communication between Home & School
To ensure student success, a good rapport needs to be established between the home and the school. As such, members of the Laurier Macdonald staff will communicate with the parents/guardians in the following ways:
- By written communication and/or forms
- By telephone
- By email
- By progress report and term report cards
- In-person appointments and parent/teacher interviews
General information may also be found on the official school website, social media pages and teacher webpages.
Teachers will communicate when a student is absent from an evaluation or has failed to meet the curriculum standards.
It is a parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to communicate with the teacher regarding notes, assignments, projects, tests or to get a status update on how their child is performing.
Discipline is essential to ensure a safe and secure environment for all. Rules and policies have been put in place to this effect. If a child is not meeting the standards set by the school, the following interventions may occur:
- Warning letters are given to the student and a copy placed in their discipline file
- Detentions are assigned for the following day
- Email notifications are sent to the parents/guardians
- Detention notices are recorded on file
- Failure to report to an assigned detention will result in a suspension
- A copy of the suspension letter will be kept in the discipline file
- Parents/guardians may be asked to accompany a student upon reintegration
- Case conference
- Involve student, parent/guardian, administration and/or other essential personnel
- Repeat or very serious offences may result in permanent relocation
Any classroom misconduct is not tolerated. It is disruptive to the teacher as well as the other students in the class. In such cases, when a teacher finds it necessary to discipline a student, he/she may choose to apply their own classroom policies and consequences. If a student does not comply, the teacher may involve the administration and then the administration will deal with the situation accordingly.
Forgeries, truancies, smoking/vaping and extreme cases of misconduct (such as insubordination, disrespect, theft and violence) will warrant an automatic suspension.
Please note that during the term, students who have been suspended will not be allowed to attend any school functions (outings, dances, trips, etc.).
The following are also sanctionable under the Discipline Policy:
Inappropriate materials/objects will be confiscated, and immediate disciplinary measures will be taken. Examples of articles not permitted on school grounds are; knives, chains, matches, lighters, sharp or pointed instruments, lasers and fireworks. Skateboards are not to be used on school grounds.
Any act of insubordination (defiance of authority) by a student will result in immediate suspension.
Students may not put up posters and other printed materials without having obtained permission from a member of the administration.
Cell Phones & ICT
The EMSB encourages a BYOD (bring your own device) model to keep up with today’s ever- changing digital world. Students may use a laptop or tablet to take notes or complete assignments in accordance with the school board’s ICT policy (included in the registration package). Please be advised that students bring these devices to school at their own risk. The school will not be held accountable if these items are lost, stolen or damaged.
Cell phones have been found to be a distraction in the classroom and are not permitted. Cell phones are to be turned off upon entering the building and remain out of site at all times, with the exception of senior students who leave the building at lunchtime or after school. Headphones, earphones, air pods and/or earbuds are not permitted and must not be visible at any time.
Parents are asked to refrain from calling or messaging their child during class time and to call the school in case of emergency. In this way, parents are assured that there is a responsible adult available to assist the child if need be. Students may use a phone at the office to call home during the day.
Students are not to use their phones to; check time, text, call, watch videos, listen to music, play games, check social media, take pictures/videos, etc. during class, passing time, or in the hallways. Cell phones are to be left in the locker or may be withheld by the classroom teacher in hanging pocket holders purchased for this purpose.
Students who are found to be using their phones during unauthorized times will be dealt with as follows:
- 1st & 2nd offence = the phone will be confiscated and given to the office; phone returned to the student at the end of the day
- 3rd offence = a detention will be assigned, and the phone will be confiscated and given to the office; phone returned at the end of the day
- 4th offence = the phone will be confiscated and given to the office; phone returned to the parent/guardian at the end of the day
- 5 or more offences = suspension from school
Students may borrow ICT equipment from the library.
The school may exercise its right to monitor the use of the school’s computer systems, including access to websites, email and the deletion of inappropriate materials where it believes unauthorized use of the school’s computer system is taking place.
It is illegal to take unauthorized pictures, videos and/or sound clips of another person without their consent. Posting pictures or videos on the internet that were obtained without consent is also illegal. This is considered an invasion of privacy by both the Federal and Provincial Governments. Severe consequences may follow any such act.
Students should be aware that the use of electronic equipment for self/peer exploitation (sexting, photographing or filming) may be considered a criminal act.
Safe School Policy
The English Montreal School Board and by extension Laurier Macdonald High School believes that every member in our community is entitled to learn and work in a safe, secure, and respectful environment free from all forms of harassment and violent behavior. We are committed to providing a healthy and secure learning environment which allows every student to develop his or her full potential, free from any form of bullying or violence. Furthermore, through the power of Bill 56 (An act to prevent and stop bullying in schools) we will take all the necessary measures to ensure that any form of harassment, bullying or violence is stopped immediately.
Bullying: Physical, Verbal, and/or Cyber Bullying
Harassment, which in some cases may be described as bullying, can be psychological or physical. Specific examples include but are not limited to:
- unwelcome leering or staring
- unwelcome racial slurs, epithets, threats, verbal abuse, derogatory comments, or degrading descriptions;
- unwelcome communication about an individual’s body, attire, cultural background or overly personal comments;
- unwelcome invasion of an individual’s privacy;
- unwelcome jokes, stories, drawings, pictures, or gestures;
- the spreading of malicious rumors;
- suggestions or demands for payment accompanied by implied or explicit threats (taxing);
- cornering or blocking normal movements;
- misuse of power or position;
Generally, harassment consists of repeated acts. However, a single action may be considered as harassment when it includes but is not limited to the following:
- any action, intentional or not, including action of a sexual nature, directed at an individual or group by another individual or group who knows or should know that this action is unwanted;
- any implied or explicit bribe, and/or threat of reprisal;
- any behavior, verbal or physical, which creates an intimidating or hostile atmosphere;
- any action, intentional or not, that demeans an individual or group;
- any perceived threat to or abuse of personal or physical property
There is a strict harassment policy in effect at Laurier Macdonald. Taxing and harassment are punishable by law as such infractions are criminal acts. Severe disciplinary measures will be applied.
Everyone has the right to learn, teach and work in a safe, secure, and welcoming environment. Repeat offenders will be seriously dealt with, i.e. indefinite suspension, change of school.
Students who use social networking sites to harass other students and/or school staff will be subject to disciplinary consequences. This may include an extended suspension pending a decision from the Regional Director/Director General, even if this harassment takes place outside of regular school hours.
To protect themselves and those around them, students need to be aware that the following are examples of harassment. These actions, if done repetitively and against someone’s request to stop, are considered bullying.
- Racial comments
- Comments on sexual orientation
- Comments on gender identity
- Verbal abuse
- Swearing at an individual
- Invasion of personal privacy
- Sexual harassment
- Offensive jokes, stories, drawings, pictures or gestures
- Spreading rumors
- Threats against an individual’s person or belongings
- Cornering or blocking normal movements
- Verbal or physical intimidation
- Cyber-bullying (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, )
- Identity theft
- Taking pictures without consent
- Electronic threats (Inappropriate texting or e-mail)
- Prank calls
If you believe that you or someone else is being harassed speak to a teacher, administrator, guidance counsellor or childcare worker (CCW). You should do something right away. Be responsible! Stand up for yourself by getting help!
Emergency Procedures: Evacuations & Lockdown procedures
When an alarm sounds, it is important that students immediately react and listen to the instructions given by the staff.
In the event of an evacuation, students must:
- Leave all belongings in the classroom
- Are not permitted to access their lockers
- Follow the group and teacher to the designated assembly area where attendance will be taken
- Remain in the assembly area with their teacher until the all-clear is given and can return in the building
- Conduct themselves properly at all times
In the event of a lockdown, students must:
- Remain absolutely silent
- Not use cell phones
- Follow the instructions given by the teacher
- Restrict movement, restrict noises and sounds which may give away location
- If outside the class, find the closest room in which to barricade themselves
- Never open a closed door to any banging or calling out
- Wait for the all-clear to be given or a police officer to open the door