School Policies & Procedures

There are rules at Parkdale designed to promote safety, to protect people and property, and to foster an orderly working atmosphere. The goal is that students become self- disciplined, showing respect for themselves and others.

Students are taught and encouraged to be responsible for their actions, and to take full responsibility for the outcome of their behavior. Parents are consulted in the case of chronic behavior problems. Students who disobey the rules are dealt with by the school staff.

For any serious or continuing discipline problem, a student may be suspended from school. Suspensions may be for a period of up to five days, as provided by Board policy. In such cases, parents are advised both by telephone and by letter.

For the safety and well-being of the school community, the following rules are essential:


  • Students are expected to be courteous.
  • Students are expected to show respect for others and other’s property.
  • Student Traffic

  • Students are expected to walk quietly at all times.
  • Students may not leave class without a teacher’s permission.
  • Students may not leave the school or school grounds without authorization from the office.
  • Students must enter and exit the school by their designated doors.
  • Students may use the front door only when authorized or in case of emergency.
  • Playground and School Guidelines

  • Hockey sticks, hard balls, skate-boards, bicycles, etc. are not permitted in the schoolyard.
  • Throwing snowballs is not permitted.
  • Students remain in the play area until call-in bell.
  • Students line up and stand quietly in the yard when the call-in bell sounds.
  • No weapons of any kind are permitted on school grounds or on the school bus.
  • Vandalism

    Destroying, damaging, writing upon or defacing school books, other children’s personal belongings, or school property is absolutely forbidden.


    What is bullying?

    Bullying is a willful, repeated, aggressive behavior by one or more persons who intend to harm others physically or emotionally over a period of time.

    What does bullying include?

    Bullying includes: Swearing, name calling, verbal taunts, put-downs, aggressive shouting or gossiping, racial or homophobic slurs, and mocking; Threats and intimidation; False statements, distortions of pictures or inappropriate electronic messages in social media at home or at school; Exclusion from a peer group; Taxing, stealing money or possessions, and hiding money or possessions; Physical violence and attacks; A dare pushing the victim to commit a dangerous or illegal act; Action trying to place the blame on the victim; Causing intentional harm by spitting, scratching, biting, pinching or pushing.

    If you feel that an incident of bullying has taken place, it is important to tell someone. You should tell a staff member, tell your parents, tell your friends, and actively participate in the investigation; and the follow up actions.

    Please refer to the agenda for a complete description of the code of conduct, consequences, and more detailed information.

    The school dress code is mandatory for all students in Cycles I-II-III. It is the parents’ responsibility to assure that their child attends school dressed in keeping with the dress code.

    - Navy pants (no jeans)

    - White shirt, polo shirt or turtleneck

    - Shoes must be worn at all times.

    In the wintertime, outdoor boots and clothing must be left in lockers and are not to be worn in class. It is strongly suggested that all students bring an extra pair of indoor shoes that will stay in the classroom for the entire year.

    Physical Education

    As physical education is an integral part of the curriculum, pupils are not excused from the lesson unless the school receives a medical note. Parents are requested to be sure their children have the gym uniform at school on gym days.

    Students are required to change clothes for physical education classes.

    It is important that gym clothing be laundered on a regular basis and returned to school for use in the next class.

    If the school is to be closed for inclement weather, announcements will be made on CJAD (AM 800), and the EMSB website ( Please do not call the school.

    In case the students need to be evacuated from the school for reasons other than weather, they will be taken to the YMCA on Decarie Blvd., next to the school. An official agreement exists between Parkdale School and the YMCA.

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

    Rules of Conduct and Behaviour:

    Pupils are expected to

  • Line up, embark and disembark in an orderly fashion.
  • Remain seated at all times.
  • Have their bus pass always be visible on their schoolbag.
  • Bus drivers have the authority to report offenders to the school administrators. They will enforce the disciplinary actions outlined in the EMSB Transportation Manual. Depending on the severity of a bus report, the principal reserves the right to notify the parents that transportation has been suspended for an appropriate period of time.
  • Playground and School Guidelines

  • Hockey sticks, hard balls, skate-boards, bicycles, etc. are not permitted in the schoolyard.
  • Throwing snowballs is not permitted.
  • Students remain in the play area until call-in bell.
  • Students line up and stand quietly in the yard when the call-in bell sounds.
  • No weapons of any kind are permitted on school grounds or on the school bus.
  • Please refer to the Daycare page (under School Services) for more information.

    There is a supervising monitor and a team of monitors who are responsible for the program. All fees are payable in September, however, a payment plan is possible if needed. Please contact the school administrator.

    Children who are enrolled in the lunch program must bring their own lunch. Glass bottles and knives are not permitted. The program is not intended for occasional or “emergency use.” Registration sheets placed in Student Information Booklet plus rules for the lunch program are issued on the first day of school and must be returned with payment, in cash, certified cheque or money order, payable to Parkdale School.

    The successful operation of our school depends on the cooperation and understanding of staff, parents and children. We, in partnership with parents, must respect and accept the strengths and weaknesses of ourselves and others, communicate effectively, and carry out our responsibilities to the best of our abilities. To that end, parents or guardians are required to provide the school administration with relevant information relating to their child (any handicap, allergy, special needs, medicare card number, etc.), with the current and valid phone number of a person who can be reached at all times, in the case of an emergency. When applicable, any assessments and/or report cards should be forwarded to the school office. When a student is hurt or sick, parents must, in all circumstances, do whatever is necessary to pick up the child as soon as possible. If the parents cannot come to get their child, they must authorize the school to send the student home. Parents are encouraged to subscribe to personal insurance particularly as this relates to your child’s participation in physical education and sports. Fees incurred for ambulance services, medical/dental/ocular services and any other services related to injury will not be assumed by the school. Any questions should be addressed to a member of the administration.

    Reporting to Parents

    A system of both formal and informal written report as well as parent-teacher interviews has been established. Parkdale has made it a practice to invite all parents for interviews at the end of the first term and in subsequent terms at the request of either the teacher or the parent (see important school dates). As the need arises, the staff and the principal are available by appointment only for consultation at mutually convenient times.

    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.