To create a safe and caring school environment for our students, our staff, and our community. We strive to ensure students understand what is being taught and reach high levels of academic achievement.
Our Mission is to enable all students to reach high levels of achievement and to acquire the knowledge, skills and values they need to become responsible members of a democratic society.
Every student will be respected and treated fairly in a positive school climate that is inclusive and accepting of all pupils, including of any race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status or disability.
Every student will learn in a positive school climate that includes a safe and clean environment where they will experience success, and develop to their full potential.
The TDSB has a detailed policy called The Parent Concern Protocol. Its main objective is to outline the steps for addressing educational concerns. Parents/Guardians/Caregivers are encouraged to speak directly with your child(ren)’s teacher, should you have a concern. Appropriate flexibility will be exercised in implementing these procedures to suit individual circumstances.
Regular, punctual attendance is expected of all students. Students must be in line by 8:20 am and at the end of their lunch recess. Teachers will begin their instructional time promptly at these times.
There are students and staff in our school who have life-threatening allergies to many allergens including dairy, nuts, heavy scents, among others. While these are the most common allergens, others might include shellﬁsh, berries, seeds, and insect bites. If these students or staff smell or come in contact with these allergens, they may have an anaphylactic reaction.
In order to decrease the risk of allergens for our students and staff, please do not send any food to school that is not specifically and solely for your child(ren). Please do not send snacks or lunches to school that contain peanuts or nut products.
All allergies need to be communicated to your child's teacher and/or the school.
Each school has its own guidelines about electronic devices. At a minimum, cell phones and other personal communication devices must be turned off and kept out of sight during all instructional periods, except with the clear permission of the Principal or the Teacher.
Discussions in our classrooms are ongoing throughout the year about the impact of our digital footprints and how a positive attitude towards using technology supports collaboration, learning and productivity. Camera and/or video functions on mobile devices are not permitted for use on school property without clear permission from the Principal or Teacher.
Students are responsible for the care and security of their personal devices. The school is not responsible for any damage, loss or theft of these electronic devices.
The TDSB and Duke of Connaught each have a code of conduct which have been established to ensure a caring and safe, inclusive, and accepting school climate that is kind, supportive, nurturing, positive and respectful to enable students to reach their full potential.
Duke's Code of Conduct shall apply to all members of the school community, including students, parents and guardians, teachers or other school staff members, volunteers, permit holders and visitors: on school property; while traveling on a school bus that is owned by the Board or that is under contract to the Board; in-school sports activities; in off-site school-sponsored activities.
To respond to inappropriate student behaviour, Duke uses a system of progressive discipline which is developed to support students in making appropriate, well-informed choices. Some examples of progressive discipline may include:
Major incidents of a serious nature will be dealt with in accordance to the Board and Ministry guidelines and policies and may involve Toronto Police Services.
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Code of Conduct
At the beginning of each school year, our students and staff prepare for the year ahead by establishing the foundations for a successful year. One of the ways we know we can help students be successful is to create a safe environment in which to learn. Though no one ever wants to see an emergency happen at a school, it's important for school staff to be equipped to deal with those situations, should these occur.
The safety of students and staff is a top priority at Duke and to that end, as with all emergency drills, it is essential that we are prepared and understand the importance of procedures that will help ensure the safety of everyone in our school.
The TDSB has taken steps to ensure your child's safety while in school. Each school has developed emergency preparedness plans that include steps staff will take in the event of an emergency, how staff will get students away from possible dangers, and how students' families will be contacted.
One aspect of emergency preparedness is the lockdown and fire drill. All schools are required to conduct a minimum of two lockdown drills and six fire drills each school year. Lockdown drills, like fire drills, are an essential component to ensuring student and staff safety. It is important that all staff and students are prepared and know how to respond in cases of emergencies. The drills last approximately 5 minutes and ensure plans are effective and can also systematically identify any safety concerns.
Communication is also very important in any emergency situation. The emergency contact information kept on file is important in helping this happen. It lists the people who can pick up a student from the school. If you have not yet provided this information to the office or have updates to the information on file, please make sure our office staff have that information as soon as possible.
School Grounds & Winter Weather
Under regular winter conditions, here is our ongoing practice:
Cold weather alerts and reminders:
When very cold temperatures are expected the following is the TDSB’s operational procedure for severe weather.