Building safe, supportive and positive learning environments
We commit to character in the SCDSB!
The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) recognizes that all members of the school community have the right to be safe and to feel safe in their school community. With this right comes the responsibility to contribute to a positive school climate.
The SCDSB Code of Conduct supports and enhances the Ontario Code of Conduct by setting clear standards of behaviour. It is recognized that discipline works best when viewed as a positive learning process and when integrated with effective teaching practices. Read more in Policy 4250 - Progressive Discipline and Promoting Positive Student Behaviour.
The Code of Conduct is one of a number of initiatives designed to create and maintain inviting and supportive school environments. It sets clear standards and specifies consequences for student actions that do not comply with these standards. These standards apply on school property, on school buses and at all school-related activities.
The SCDSB Code of Conduct has been developed in accordance with the guiding principles of the Education Act, Part XIII in order to create a common philosophy and understanding upon which safe learning and working environments can be maintained for all school community members.
Student Accident Insurance
The SCDSB does not provide accident insurance coverage for student injuries that occur on school premises or during school extra-curricular activities (athletics, clubs, field trips), however, accidents can and do happen. Injuries can result in substantial expenses that are not covered by provincial health care or employer group insurance plans.
The SCDSB has selected Reliable Life Insurance Company as an option for students/parents/guardians to consider for Student Accident Insurance coverage for the school year. This program offers a variety of plans and benefits at affordable annual prices.
Letter to Students, Parents & Guardians
Acknowledgement Form (Secondary students)
Permission and Acknowledgement Form (Elementary students)
For more information and to purchase student accident insurance, visit the Reliable Life website.
Allergies and asthma
On May 16, 2005, the Ontario Legislature passed Bill 3, which requires school boards to have policies that include:
training for school staff on dealing with life-threatening allergies on a regular basis
creating individual plans for students who have anaphylaxis allergy
having emergency procedures in place for anaphylactic pupils
Sabrina's Law took effect on January 1, 2006. This law ensures all school boards have policies or procedures in place to address anaphylaxis in schools, which includes providing instruction to staff and guidance on the administration of medication.
Ryan's Law took effect in 2015, which requires all schools boards to have an asthma policy in place to support students with asthma.
APM 1420 - Administration of Medication and Medical Emergency Response in School Settings
Restorative Practices for Respectful Relationships
Restorative Practices is an approach focused on building community, strengthening relationships and repairing harm through open dialogue, problem solving and accountability. It enhances teaching and learning and creates a safe school environment.
As a symbol of community, circles are one of the most distinctive and flexible forms of restorative practices. Circles can be used to check in with students at the beginning of the day or before certain classes to help students with planning, to set ground rules for projects and activities and to deal with more serious problems in a class.
SCDSB Vandalism Project Team
The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) has taken a unique approach to dealing with vandalism which has resulted in a reduction of more than a quarter-million dollars in annual vandalism costs and a beneficial partnership with Crime Stoppers.
In an effort to reduce the incidence and cost of vandalism, which were nearing the $1-million mark in 2006, the SCDSB formed a Vandalism Project Team. This team, which is comprised of school administrators and board staff, was tasked with collecting and analyzing data on the when, where and how of vandalism to SCDSB property. Using this data, the team implemented strategies designed to diminish the occurrence and impact of vandalism on local school communities.
The SCDSB partnered with Crime Stoppers to create a strong anti-vandalism awareness campaign which will include posters, signage, newsletters, presentations, training of school liaison officers and participation in National Crime Stoppers Month.
View an anti-vandalism video produced by Viking TV at Barrie North Collegiate.