905-835-1186 211 Elgin St, Port Colborne, ON L3K 3K4

Code Of Conduct

Safe Schools
Every student in Port Colborne High School has the right to attend school in an atmosphere that is safe, comfortable, and inviting. Any individual who interferes with this right will be removed from the school until their behaviour is totally acceptable to Port Colborne High School Administration.

As a parent, your child's safety and well-being is important to you. At Port Colborne High School, we firmly believe that a safe learning environment is essential for students to succeed.

In common with the other schools in Niagara, and as part of our Safe Schools Policy, searches may be carried out by school authorities with the assistance of private companies offering drug dog services, or by the Niagara Regional Police, including the Canine Unit, at the direction of school authorities when there are reasonable grounds to suspect a breach of a school rule.The Principal has the authority under the Ontario Education Act to conduct searches which are reasonably related to the maintenance of order and discipline in the school. 

The Principal may retain the services of a private company or invite the Niagara Regional Police, including the Canine Unit, to accompany and assist in conducting a search that may reveal evidence of the breach of a school rule.  The search may be conducted by the Principal, Vice-Principal, or designated teaching staff.  Charges may be laid by the Niagara Regional Police as a result of these searches and students may be disciplined in accordance with the Education Act.  Any drugs or drug paraphernalia that are found as a result of these searches are turned over to the Niagara Regional Police for further investigation and/or disposal.   We appreciate the support of our parents/guardians and School Council in our efforts to maintain a safe school environment.

In June 2007, the provincial government passed Bill 212, the Education Amendment Act, (Progressive Discipline and School Safety), Its provisions took effect on February 1, 2008. The Board's Policy Advisory Committee reviewed existing policies, and either maintained, revised or replaced them.

To fulfill the obligations of the Act, and further its commitment to student success, the District School Board of Niagara has also launched the R.l.S.E. (Reducing Incidences of Suspensions and Expulsions) program. R.l.S.E. provides educational structure and supervision to youth that are suspended or expelled from DSBN schools, ensuring that they have the opportunity to continue their education. The following are highlights of the policies and practices required by the legislation, several of which are already DSBN policy:

  • Bullying is a behaviour for which students can be suspended.
  • Students who are suspended or expelled will have the opportunity to continue learning
  • Homework packages will be made available to students who are suspended for five days or fewer, ensuring they don't fall behind their peers.
  • Students suspended for a period of six or more days are eligible to enter the
    R.I.S.E program and/or continue to receive homework packages.
  • Parents meet with the Principal and school staff to complete an Action Plan to ensure the student's success.
  • Activities that negatively impact the school environment, such as inappropriate online behaviour, including cyber-bullying, may result in suspension or expulsion. A student may face discipline even if the inappropriate behaviour does not occur on school grounds, school sanctioned trips, or during school hours.
  • Expulsions are determined by the Board's Discipline Committee. Individual Principals will no longer be able to expel students.
  • A progressive discipline approach will be taken when determining consequences for inappropriate behaviour.
  • When determining consequences for inappropriate behaviour, Principals must consider mitigating and other factors.

If you have any questions regarding the DSBN Safe Schools Policies, please contact the Principal at the school by calling 905-835-1186.

Thank you for working with us as we continue to nurture a school climate that supports learning and encourages students to achieve to their fullest potential. 

Suspension Policy
District School Board of Niagara School Suspension PolicyIt is the policy of the District School Board of Niagara to deal with suspensions of students in accordance with the Education Act, as amended by the Safe Schoo/s Act 2000, and the Regulations.

MANDATORY SUSPENSION (Section 306)
Circumstances in which a Student Will Be Suspended

It is mandatory that a student be suspended from his/her school by the Principal and from engaging in all school-related activities if the student commits any of the following infractions while he/she is at school or is engaged in school-related activities, subject to the mitigating factors below:

  1. Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person.
  2. Possessing alcohol or illegal drugs.
  3. Being under the influence of alcohol.
  4. Swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority.
  5. Committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property at the student's school or to property located on the premises of the student's school.
  6. Engaging in another activity that under a policy of the Board is one for which a suspension is mandatory
  7. An activity identified as a mandatory expulsion offence under Board policy.

DISCRETIONARY SUSPENSION (Section 307)
Circumstanced in Which a Student May Be Suspended

A student may be suspended by the Principal from his/her school and from engaging in all school-related activities, or from one or more classes or one or more school-related activities or both, if the student commits any of the following infractions: persistent truancy, persistent opposition to authority, habitual neglect of duty, willful destruction of school property, use of profane or improper language, or conduct injurious to the moral tone of the school or to the physical or mental well-being of others in the school.

MITIGATING FACTORS FOR SECTION 306 & 307
In determining whether a student will be suspended on any of these discretionary grounds, the following questions should be considered:

  1. Does the student have the ability to control his or her behaviour?
  2. Does the student have the ability to understand the foreseeable consequences of his/her behaviour?
  3. Does the student's continuing presence in the school create an unacceptable risk to the safety or well-being of any person?