Code of Conduct

R. H. Cornish Public School is committed to maintaining a positive school environment.   All students are expected to uphold the values and expectations of our school’s code of conduct.

We promote the behaviours outlined in the R.H. Cornish Public School Code of Conduct.

The Durham District School Board and R.H. Cornish Public School support the provincial standards of behaviour which include respect, civility, responsible citizenship and physical safety.  All participants involved in the publicly funded school system – students, parents, or guardians, volunteers, teachers and other staff members – are included in this Code of Conduct whether they are on school property, in the community, on school buses or at school-authorized events or activities.  Recognition and acceptance of, and sensitivity toward, ethnocultural diversity are expectations of and within the school community.  Finally, the Durham District School Board and R.H. Cornish Public School, do not tolerate the use or abuse of alcohol, illegal drugs and/or intoxicants within its jurisdiction and will respond accordingly as per Board Policy and Regulation.


Respect, Civility and Responsible Citizenship

All school members must:

  • Respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws;
  • Demonstrate honesty and integrity;
  • Respect differences in people, their ideas and opinions;
  • Treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is disagreement;
  • Respect and treat others fairly, regardless of their race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability;
  • Respect the rights of others;
  • Show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others;
  • Take appropriate measures to help those in need;
  • Respect persons who are in a position of authority;
  • Respect the need of others to work in an environment of learning and teaching

Student Responsibilities

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 prepared, on time and ready to learn
  • Shows respect for themselves, others and those in authority
  • Refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others
  • Follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his/her own actions