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School Policies


Code of Behaviour

Eastside Secondary School is committed to providing a safe, positive learning environment for all students which allows students to thrive in an atmosphere which emphasizes respect for learning, self, others, authority, property and the environment. We actively promote acceptance of all students and we teach understanding, tolerance and communication.  There is no place for violence, intimidation or foul language at Eastside Secondary School. In-school and or out-of-school progressive discipline will be used to address any such issues.

This commitment to a safe, positive environment extends outside the regular class day to extracurricular school activities such as dances.  Students may lose their privilege of attending school dances or other extracurricular activities for an extended period of time along with other school consequences if student expectations are not met.

Eastside students, staff, parents and visitors are expected to demonstrate respect for themselves and others, for learning, property and the environment.


Dress Code

Eastside Secondary promotes and supports a positive, safe learning atmosphere in the school.

a) As per the HPEDSB Code of Conduct, dress for students must respect self and others.

b) 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.

c)  Where there are areas of disagreement, the judgement call of school administration will assist in clarifying policy.


Extracurricular Eligibility: Attend, Pass, Play

This policy (Pdf) is in place for all students who would be participating in an extra- curricular activity (eg. Sports, arts performances, trips, buy-ins, etc).



Eastside operates on a two semester timetable. Students are offered four courses each semester. Semester 1 is from September to January, and Semester 2 is from February to June.



If you have questions or concerns regarding your student’s school transportation, please contact the Tri-Board Student Transportation Services at (613) 354-1981 or 1-866-569-6638, 81 Dairy Avenue, Napanee, ON, K7P 1M5.

School Council

Eastside Secondary School has an active School Council that consists of parents, staff, students, and community members. They meet on a regular basis and work together to maintain excellent programming and to foster ongoing school improvement. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate.



Remember that regular attendance and daily effort are needed for success! Attendance is taken in each class and a phone call goes home for unexplained absences. When the student returns, a note is required from the parent or guardian. If a student misses a test or exam they may be asked to supply a medical certificate for the absence.

If a student has an appointment or needs to be picked up, please notify the staff in the main office. Students may only be signed out of class if they are leaving school.

 Students who are absent from class without permission may be assigned detentions, which are served at lunch time. Attendance for final culminating activities is compulsory. If a student is absent for a final exam or culminating activity, a medical note is required to explain the absence.


Learing to Age 18

Students are required to continue to attend school until age 18 or graduation.


Assessment & Evaluation

Assessment and evaluation are ongoing aspects of the teaching and learning process. Evaluation is designed to be equitable and allow for alternate methods for identified students.
At the beginning of each course the teacher will provide for the students a clear statement of the course content and course requirements, an explanation of evaluation methods and a marks breakdown, along with a description of the policy for tests and assignments. Students are expected to be active participants in their own learning by assuming responsibility for keeping work up to date and by regular communication with teachers and parents. The final examination or the culminating activity is an important part of every course. A student must provide a medical certificate for an absence from the final evaluation unless prior arrangements have been made and approved by the school administration.

At the beginning of each semester students are given a course outline which includes specific information on the evaluation guidelines for each course. Evaluation is based on a term mark and an examination mark. Performance is measured throughout the semester on a number of criteria depending on the nature of the course. Reports are issued to all students three times in each semester.

Semester 1 Early Progress Report – mid October

Mid-term Report – mid November

Final Report mid February

Semester 2 Early Progress Report mid March

Mid-term Report mid April

Final Report end of June

Credit Alert reports are issued to those students who may be in danger of failing a course. These reports are mailed one month before the end of the semester. We encourage parents to contact teachers at any time for up-to-date information. All subjects will have a final examination. If a student is absent from a final examination, a medical certificate must be presented to the Principal within two weeks after each exam. Students who miss an exam for any other reason must make arrangements with the Principal.

Parent / Teacher Interview Nights

Parent / Teacher Interview nights occur each semester after the Early Progress report is sent home.  Appointments to speak with each teacher can be arranged. As well, parents are encouraged to call the school at any time to speak to a teacher or to set up an appointment.  At ESS, we believe that communication between the home and the school is an important ingredient for student success.


Academic Honesty

All students are expected to demonstrate academic honesty.  Plagiarism involves using ideas or thoughts of another person without the proper acknowledgement.  Sources for plagiarism may include work from written texts, the Internet, a CD ROM or another student.  If plagiarism is suspected, the student must provide rough notes, including sources and drafts, in order to demonstrate that the work is his/her own.  Students must keep their rough work until the assignment has been returned.

The following are examples of academic dishonesty that will result in consequences:

  • Buying, selling or giving of essays, examinations or test questions
  • Submitting the same piece of work for more than one course without the teachers’ authorization
  • Submitting an assignment prepared by someone other than the stated writer
  • Allowing another student to copy work and hand it in
  • The unauthorized giving or receiving of information during an examination


Credit Recovery

Credit-recovery programs help students earn the credits they have previously failed to achieve, as they develop the learning skills needed for academic success. These programs:

  • Focus on improving learning skills
  • May target particular curriculum expectations that students have failed to achieve
  • May include behavioural or other supports
  • May involve the recovery of more than one credit
  • Can involve both independent and group learning


Course Selection & Changes

It is the responsibility of all students to make certain they earn credits in courses which will enable them to meet their long-term goals. Students are urged to consult with teachers, counsellors and parents to determine the proper course destination for their success. All students are expected to register for a FULL timetable.

Courses are offered when selected by a reasonable number of students and at the discretion of the Principal. Some courses, therefore may not be offered even though they appear in the calendar’s description. A list of cancelled courses will be available as early as possible. Students originally selecting  these courses will be asked to make new selections.

Full Disclosure – The Ministry of Education and Training has stated that full disclosure of all results must be included on the student’s official transcript of marks. This ruling represents a change from the past when only marks over 50% were reported on the official record of student achievement.

Please note: Students must have 24 credits before taking a study period. Grade 12 students who drop a course after the official drop date (five days after mid term reports) will find that course recorded on their transcripts as a withdrawal. Students wishing to discuss course changes must see a guidance teacher.


Student Activities

Students choose their courses for the following school year in late winter/early spring; when the scheduling for the upcoming school year has been completed, students can view their individual timetable through Connect Ed. The Guidance team reviews all timetable conflicts before school finishes for the summer.

Beginning the last week of August, students are encouraged to pay their Student Fee ($20) and to purchase printing credits ($10 is recommended to start -- that's 100 pages). The Student Fee provides access school activities (e.g. dances) and the student ID card. This is also required to play on all school teams (there may be additional fees for sports). Dudley locks are available at the office for $8.00 and are the only locks approved for use at ESS.

Student photos are taken early in September. These photos can be purchased from Lifetouch and are printed on the student cards that arrive a few weeks later. Graduation photos are taken later in the year; students need to make their own appointment for graduation photos.


ESS Electronic Communication

Our website is another excellent way for the community to keep up with activities at ESS.  
On the home page, current events overview the week’s activities and upcoming events.  Throughout the rest of the site, there is additional information to inform students, parents and the community on life at ESS.  

We are active on social media where you can follow our Twitter Feed and Facebook Posts.