Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct for Winchester Public School reflects the Ontario Schools Code of Conduct (2001), and policies, regulations and procedures of the Durham District School Board.  It is designed to provide a framework to ensure that school is a safe, productive learning environment for all.  It is a code of behaviour for both the students and staff that respect the integrity of the individual, the rights of persons in the school, and the responsibility of such persons to the school community.  We ask families to review the Code of Conduct so that all parties are familiar with school expectations and procedures.  For more information please see or

Guiding Principles of the Code of Conduct

The Durham District School Board supports the provincial guiding principles of the Ontario Code of Conduct:

• All participants involved in the publicly funded school system – students, parents or guardians, volunteers, teachers and other staff members are included in this Code of Conduct whether they are on school property, on school buses or at school authorized events or activities

• All members of the school community are to be treated with respect and dignity, especially persons in positions of authority (this includes refraining from swearing at, or in the presence of, another individual)

• Recognition and acceptance of, and sensitivity toward, equity and inclusiveness are expectations within the school community

• Maintaining a safe environment is the responsibility of the entire school community including students, staff and parents

• 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

• The Durham District School Board expects that Bias-Free Progressive Discipline will be used to support the Code of Conduct

• Bias-Free Progressive Discipline is an approach that makes use of a continuum of prevention programs, interventions, supports, and consequences, building upon strategies that incorporate skills for healthy relationships and promote positive behaviours

 • The goal of discipline is to support a safe, inclusive, and accepting learning and teaching environment in which every student can reach his or her full potential