School Policies

At St. Gabriel School, we strive for the social and acedemic success of all our students. Our goal is to provide them with a safe and healthy learning environment in which they can develop into responsible and respectful citizens.

Consequently our behaviour policy is based on the principles of consistency and fairness and on empowering students to make positive choices as well as respecting the consequences of inapropriate actions.

St. Gabriel School Policies and Procedures:

Students who do not adhere to Lunch, daycare and bus transportation rules of conduct and safety will be subject to sanctions:

First Offence

At the principal’s discretion, the student will be reprimanded and if deemed necessary, a letter of warning will be sent to parents, notifying them that should a second offense occur, transportation will be suspended for a period of a days. The letter must be signed by the parents and returned to the principal before the student returns to his/her class on the next regular school day.

Second Offence

The principal will notify the parents in writing that he/she has been suspended from said program for a period of three days and that a further offence will result in suspension for five days. The letter must be signed by the parents and returned to the principal as above.

Third Offence

The principal will notify the parents in writing that the student has been suspended from said program for a period of five days.

Fourth Offence

The principal will notify the parents in writing that the student has been suspended temporarily for reasons of safety and security.

As per a resolution passed at Governing Board, a mandatory dress code is in effect for Kindergarten to Cycle III. (Dress code is optional for Pre-Kindergarten students.)

School Uniform

The school uniform is a light blue T-shirt or long-sleeved shirt with the St. Gabriel Logo which can be purchased only through the school. In addition, students must wear solid navy or black pants or skirt (with no logos or designs) which parents can purchase independently.

  • The crested t-shirts or long-sleeved shirts must be worn at all outings and school events.
  • Dark blue (not faded) jeans are acceptable.
  • During the warm months shorts can be worn only with school colors, that is, dark blue or black.

Parents must assume their responsibility in this process and must play a pivotal role in ensuring that their children are dressed daily in conformity with the school dress code and will be contacted if a child is not abiding by the dress code.

Clothing not Permitted

The following items are not considered proper dress and are not permitted:

  • Jogging pants, or tights.
  • Boots of any kind are not to be worn in class.
  • Sweatshirts and sweatpants.
  • In gym class, Jewellery or accessories should not be removed for the duration of the class.

As providing a safe environment for our students is a major concern, we have procedures in place to ensure that students remain safe and accounted for during emergencies.

Fire Drills

Students practice on a regular basis how to evacuate the school in a quick and orderly manner. The School Evacuation Plan is well-known by every staff member and a copy is posted near the door of every local. The fire drills are carried out in conjunction with the Fire Department.

Emergency School Closure

Should the school have to close because of an emergency such as power failure, snow storm, lack of water, etc., then the students will be taken to Share the Warmth Building.

Only in exceptional circumstances will they be sent home. Parents must make plans so that their child will know where to go (home, relative, a neighbor). In such circumstances, it will not be possible for your child to call home before being dismissed.

Students who do not know what to do or where to go should report to the office (for further instructions) if such circumstances arise.

Up-to-date information on school closings will be announced on CJAD, Virgin 96 and Q92. When listening to the radio for school closings, please remember that we are part of the English Montreal School Board. Information will also be posted on the EMSB website and Facebook, and Twitter feeds.

Homework is an integral part of the educational process. Homework includes written work, reading books, studying of notes, practicing your instruments, etc.

What is the purpose of homework?

  • To develop regular independent work habits and skills
  • To reinforce skills and concepts acquired during the day through practice
  • To provide the student feedback on topics learned

What amount of homework is necessary?

The amount of homework given by a teacher will vary. Generally speaking, the amount of homework assigned will also very depending on the grade level. Students should be spending on the average the following daily amount of time on their homework:

Grades 1 and 2 30 to 40 minutes
Grades 3 and 4 45 to 50 minutes
Grades 4 and 5 45 to 60 minutes

Supporting your child with her/his homework

Parents are expeted to play a supervisory and supportive role. As such they should be familiar with the homework policy of the school.

  • Students will have the opportunity to write their homework in the school agenda.
  • We strongly encourage parents to monitor homework on a daily basis in order to help develop good organization and directed study habits.
  • Never do the child's homework for her/him.
  • Provide and interesting, quiet, and well-lit study area.
  • Have the child study at the same place and time every day.
  • Provide the child with resource reading materials

What are the procedures for homework not done?

Parents will be notified when any homework or assignment is not completed and the student will have to complete the work during "homework period" which maybe during lunch-time or before the end of the school day. The student will not be allowed to participate in any lunch-time or after-school activities until the work is completed. We ask for your cooperation.

St. Gabriel School Rules of Conduct:

Students must follow the rules set by the bus driver, the bus company and the School Board. Students who misbehave on the school bus may be given a written notices or even suspended. In case of suspension, a student must be transported to school. The following Bus Safety Rules must be followed:

It is the responsibility of the student when waiting for the school bus:

  • To always be at the bus stop ten minutes prior to the pickup time.
  • To wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching the bus.
  • To stay in line and board the bus one at a time while holding onto the handrail.
  • At dismissal students are to report to the designated area in the school yard, to line up and proceed to the bus when instructed to do so.

It is the responsibility of the student when riding the school bus:

  • To choose a seat quickly and remain seated for the duration of the ride.
  • To talk quietly and not eat, drink or leave trash in the bus.
  • To always listen to the bus driver.
  • To demonstrate courteous and respectful behavior.
  • To keep head and arms inside the bus at all times.
  • To know where the emergency exits are located and use them only when necessary.
  • To never throw anything in the bus or out the windows.

It is the responsibility of the student when getting off the school bus:

  • To wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before leaving seat.
  • To exit in single file without pushing or shoving.
  • To hold onto the handrail.
  • To walk a safe distance away from the bus once off so the driver can see the student and know that he/she is out of the danger
  • To keep the same safe distance when crossing in front of the bus and wait for the driver’s signal to cross.
  • To avoid running and to proceed with caution.

It is the responsibility of the student when arriving at school:

  • To proceed directly to the school yard.
  • Report any problems or dangerous situations to a responsible adult.

Students are expected to follow the rules set forth by each of their teachers which are reviewed at the beginning of each school year in September.

Students are expcted to be attentive in class, behave in a respectful and cooperative manner toward their teachers and classmates.

Inappropriate Language

All students must be respectful towards teachers, other adults and as well to their fellow students. Students are encouraged to be polite. Answering back to a teacher or another adult or using inappropriate language towards teachers, students and others will not be accepted.

There is a zero tolerance policy for verbal and/or physical aggression at school. Any act of physical and/or verbal aggression from students towards their peers, administration, faculty, and other school staff will result in a suspension.

The decision as to whether it will be an in-school suspension or an at home suspension is at the discretion of the principal and/or childcare worker, and will depend upon the severity of the infraction. Parents may be asked to meet with the principal prior to readmission.

Respect for the Environment

  • All students are expected to follow proper rules of hygiene.
  • Students are to keep the school grounds clean.
  • Chewing gum is not permitted on school grounds.
  • Defacing personal or school property is a serious offence.

Behaviour during Recess

  • Students are to play in a spirit of friendship and good sportsmanship.
  • Students are to avoid creating situations which will pose a danger to both themselves and their fellow students.
  • They must remain in the school grounds at all times. If a ball leaves the school yard they must ask permission from a supervisor to retrieve it.
  • Should the weather prove to be inclement, then recess is held indoors.

Forbidden Items

The following items are not permitted in school:

  • Cellular phones, smartphones, or any other handheld electronic device that can connect to a Wi-Fi or a cellular network
  • All sports equipment involving sticks, any ball not supplied by the school, pocket knives, water pistols, cap guns, bicycles, skateboards in the school yard or in school.
  • Immediately upon dismissal, students must proceed directly to the daycare local.
  • Students must bring their school bags, boots and coats to the daycare local.
  • Students are expected to be respectful and follow the instructions of the daycare supervisor.
  • Students cannot leave the room without permission.
  • When they go to the washroom, they cannot linger in the hallways. They must immediately return to the daycare local.
  • Students are to participate in personal work or the structured activities in a calm and orderly manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others.
  • Once the parents arrive, the student is then under the jurisdiction of the parent.
  • Personal toys are not allowed in the daycare.
  • A student cannot leave the daycare alone, unless he/she has written authorization from a parent.

All students participating in the Lunch Program must be registered at the appropriate time and parents must pay the fee that is determined by the Governing Board at the beginning of each school year.

  • Upon dismissal at lunch time, students are to use the washroom facilities and to wash their hands before entering the lunch room.
  • Once in the lunch room, students are to remain in their assigned seats.
  • Foul and excessive bad language is not permitted.
  • Throwing food is not permitted.
  • If a student will not be staying for lunch on any given day, then he/she must bring a note signed by a parent.
  • Under no circumstances is a student to leave school grounds without authorization from school personnel.
  • Students may not bring personal games, toys or balls unless authorized.
  • Students should avoid lunches and snacks that contain peanuts and peanut by-products (peanut butter, nutella) as some students are extremely allergic to these products.
  • All students have the right to eat in a peaceful and healthy environment.
  • All students are expected to observe the rules of the particular sport being practiced as outlined by the instructor.
  • Students are not permitted to touch equipment without the permission of the instructor. All students should be dressed appropriately for the sport being practiced.
  • Normally this would include running shoes, shorts and t-shirt or sweat suit.
  • Any student not in control of himself/herself or interfering with other students will be required to sit on the bench.
  • No jewellery or accessories (i.e. earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets, and hair pins).

Parent - Child - School

We can best serve the children by supporting one another and working together on any misunderstanding might arise. Parents are encouraged to call for an appointment to talk things over. We can surely come to some understanding which will safeguard the child's respect for all.

The role of the parent:

The moral obligation for the training of children rests first and foremost with the parents. The rules of conduct promoted in the school are meaningless without the parent's participation. For students to accept them, it is essential that these rules be consistent with those enforced at home. Parents will be kept regularly informed of these rules in order to ensure such consistency.

It is also extremely important that a child be thoroughly convinced that his parents stand behind the school and that they will demand an accounting of what the child does in school. Without such an understanding a child can come to think that home and school are unrelated areas of authority and he/she soon learns to play one against the other.

The role of the school:

The responsibility of the school is to give extension and broadening to parental training. School staff are dedicated to finding the best means of guidance and teaching your children and in this way helping you, the parents.

Teachers and educators have a particular role to play in the supervision of student conduct. It is imperative that the child realizes that the supervision of student conduct is part and parcel of their daily workload.

Teachers and educators are the first line of intervention. They will assess what strategies or consequences that will be used for inappropriate behaviours. Each and every teacher and educator will exercise a certain amount of understanding, good judgement, impartiality, an absence of discrimination and a good example.

Complaint Procedures

If a parent or guardian is unhappy with the school's effort to solve a discipline or bullying issue, there are avenues in which the parent or guardian may file an official complaint with the School Board.