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Attendance Process

Students are expected to take an active role in their learning by attending school regularly,  attending all of their classes when at school, as well as being prepared for classes with appropriate materials and having homework and assignments completed.

Absence From School
Students who are absent from school and for whom the Attendance Secretary has not been able to contact a parent on the day of the absence are required to bring a note signed by a parent explaining the absence.  Students over 18 may provide their own signed notes.  Parents are welcome to call the school 24 hours a day to report an absence in the attendance voice mailbox (613-966-2922,  ext. 2123).

Acceptable reasons for absence and lateness include:
• family emergency
• dental, medical or legal appointments
• personal illness
• approved student activities and class excursions

Leaving School During The Day
• If students must leave the school during the day, they must report to the Attendance Secretary in the Main Office during their free time and sign out. 
• A note or a phone call from a parent/guardian will be required before a student is allowed to sign out.  Students are expected to remain in the office until a parent / guardian picks them up. Students who return to school the same day must sign in at the office upon return.
• If a student becomes ill during the day, he/she must report to the Main Office as soon as possible.  Calls home are to be made by the Attendance Secretary.  Ill students are to remain in the Main Office until the arranged ride arrives.

Late for Class
• Students who are late for their period one class without a valid reason will be automatically assigned one detention and will require an admit slip.
• Students who are late for their other classes will deal directly with their teacher.

Detentions
• Detention slips are distributed in period one classes.
• Students who miss a class are automatically assigned two detentions per period and will be contacted in the evening by our automated attendance reporting system.
• If your detention has been assigned in error and needs to be corrected, it is the student's responsibility to see the teacher involved with the detention notice slip to resolve the error.
• Detentions are to be served in the detention room during the first half of the lunch period.  (Period 3 - 10:25 to 10:55 am/Period 4 - 11:25 to 11:55am).  Students are required to serve assigned detentions (30 minutes) each day until complete. Detentions make up for missed class time.
 

Information for Parents

Communication with parents is important to us.  Parents are asked to check their son’s or daughter’s student agendas regularly to see when assignments are due, tests are scheduled and sports teams are playing.  Ask specific questions regarding your student’s day.  Remember assignment completion and attendance are two key components of success.
 
Community Hours
Ontario Students have a community hours obligation to meet prior to graduation wherein they must volunteer 40 hours of their time over the course of their high school experience.  We have made this form available online in order to make this a more convenient and readily accessible document of your's student's activities.  Click HERE for the form. (Right-click the link and choose "Save As...")
 
MSIP
Bayside students have a class called MSIP (Multi Subject Instructional Period). We take fifteen minutes from every class in the day and use that time to create the MSIP class. This class begins with twenty minutes of silent reading or other work, followed by time to get help in or complete assignments for other classes. We find that this is useful for our students because it eases their work load and offers opportunities for additional help when needed.
 
School Calendar
Bayside's school year is divided into two 18-week semesters. Semester I runs from September to the end of January. Semester II runs from February to late June.  The school day runs from approximately 8:10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is comprised of six 60-minute periods.  Students take four classes and have one period for lunch and one Multi-Subject Instruction Period.
 
Announcements
These are read to the students by the home room teacher, and are available on the desktop of the networked computers in the school.

Volunteers
Volunteers must complete the Vulnerable Sector Screening Request.
Please contact your local police service for more information:
  • Belleville Police Services
  • Prince Edward Ontario Provincial Police 476 2151
  • Quinte West Ontario Provincial Police 392 3561
  • Stirling Rawdon Police Services 395 0844

Dress For All Students

Rationale:

Appropriate dress contributes:

  • to a safer and more secure school environment.
  •  to the development of an educational learning environment
  • to creating a positive image of our students in the community when they participate in out of school learning programs and activities.

As per the Hastings Prince Edward District School Board Code of Conduct, dress for students must respect self and others.  Clothing for school and school related activities must be void of, but not limited to, graphics and slogans that portray violence, profanity, restricted substances and are offensive to persons.

Code of Conduct

Fostering a Sense of Community

A positive learning environment is created by all members of the school community treating each other with “Respect, Cooperation, and Courtesy”. Students are to be treated with respect and dignity.  In return, they must demonstrate respect for themselves, for others and for the responsibilities of citizenship through acceptable behaviour.  

Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student:
• comes to school; attends all classes on time,  prepared to work, and ready to learn;
• refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others;
• follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his or her own actions and shows respect for themselves and for others.

Responsible Citzenship
All school members must:
• demonstrate honesty and integrity and respect the rights of others;
• be respectful of others with regards to comments and refrain from using offensive language;
• respect and treat others fairly, with dignity and respect, regardless of their race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability;
• show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others;
• respect persons who are in a position of authority;
• respect the need of others to work in an environment of learning & teaching;
• behave in a manner which will bring credit to the school when participating on field trips or excursions to other schools or institutions for academic or sports activities.

Respect for Authority
• Students are expected to comply with the rules of the school and the requests made by all members of the staff, teachers, educational assistants, office staff, custodians, cafeteria staff and bus drivers.  Failure to comply with the rules of the school will be viewed as “opposition to authority” and will result in consequences ranging from counselling to suspension.  

Respect for Self    
• Students are expected to come to school free from the influence of alcohol or drugs. Their use on school property, during school excursions, at school dances or at school related activities is strictly forbidden.  There is a suspension from school for the use of alcohol, drugs or other illegal substances.

Student Council

We have a large, and dynamic Student Council at Bayside Secondary. Council members, including two Student Senators, attend an annual off-site Leadership Day in each semester. Throughout the year, Student Council works with other school clubs, councils and teams to give students a voice at Bayside. The Council runs many exciting events including Dances, Spirit events, the Reindeer Hunt, a Holiday Extravaganza, our End-of-Year BBQ, guest speakers, and fundraisers. Student Council offers Spirit Wear to students and the school community and keeps the school informed by running morning announcements. 

Activities for this year include:

  • Dances and Semi-formals
  • Spirit Days and Fundraisers
  • BSS Spirit wear
  • Floats in our local community Santa Claus Parades
  • The highly anticipated annual running of the BSS Reindeer Hunt in December
  • Holiday Extravaganza and Winter Carnival Talent Shows
  • Election campaign in May
  • Year-end Barbeque in June