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Code of Conduct

Terry Fox Elementary Code of Conduct

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I. Introduction:

School boards and schools are entrusted through the School Act with authority to establish codes of conduct. While recognizing the autonomy of these bodies and acknowledging the efforts they have already undertaken to ensure school climates are as positive as possible, the provincial standards described below are provided to assist them in developing consistent and coherent policies and practices in their communities. Although most schools have codes of conduct in place, it is expected that all British Columbia schools will revisit existing codes and/or develop new codes of conduct reflecting the provincial standards. (Safe, Caring and Orderly Guide, page 15)

II. Statement of Purpose:

At Terry Fox Elementary School, we value maintaining a safe, caring and orderly environment that enables purposeful learning. Students are expected to get along with, be considerate of, and cooperate with all members of our school community. They are expected to display good manners and respect the rights of others. All school community members are also expected to model these behaviours. It is also expected that every individual in our school community will be protected from all forms of discrimination under the The BC Human Rights Code. Responsibility and respect are key values of our school Code of Conduct. It is the basis in which we hope to foster a positive school culture.

III. Acceptable Conduct

While going to and from school and while attending any school function students are expected to:

  • show consideration, courtesy, and respect to our school, to others and their property.
  • help make the school a safe, caring, and orderly place.
  • inform an adult about incidents of bullying, harassment, intimidation or unsafe behaviours.
  • act in ways that bring honour to our school and school community
  • to demonstrate perseverance and determination toward learning and all school activities

IV. Unacceptable Conduct is Behaviour that:

  • interferes with the learning of others
  • physically or verbally harms or threatens people (eg Bullying)
  • creates unsafe conditions
  • includes theft or damage of property
  • discriminates in any way because of the race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation or age of that person or class of persons as outlined by The BC Human Rights Code (section eight)

acts of:

  • retribution against a person who has reported an incident to an adult
  • physical violence

illegal acts such as:

  • having or sharing an illegal or restricted substance such as alcohol, tobacco or drugs
  • having or using any item that can be used as a weapon

V. Rising Expectations

As students mature, it is expected that they:

  • Take increasing responsibility for their own actions
  • Exhibit more socially responsible behaviours
  • Understand that consequences for irresponsible or unsafe behaviour also escalate accordingly.

VI. Consequences

Consequences for Inappropriate Behaviour:

When a student does not act in a respectful or responsible manner, it is necessary for the school to have consequences which will help that student re-establish positive behaviour.

  • The severity, frequency, age, maturity and any physical, emotional and intellectual disabilities of the student will be considered in determining appropriate disciplinary action.
  • Consequences should be meaningful and match the problem behaviour. For example, a student who disregards safety during a P.E. lesson might be asked to sit out the activities for a few moments. A student who calls names or makes hurtful comments to another child might be asked to write a letter of apology.
  • If a problem behaviour is on-going and more serious, the school based team (including the parents) may be consulted to create a behaviour plan that gives the child strategies to better monitor his or her own behaviour.
  • disciplinary action, whenever possible, is preventative and restorative, rather than merely punitive

VII. Notification

Depending on the seriousness and frequency of student conduct, there is an escalation of notification.

The student receives consequences in the following manner:

  • Directly from classroom teacher, or staff members
  • Principal is notified
  • Parents are notified of serious situations, or repeat offences
  • Parents of student who is the instigator and the student victim
  • school district officials as required by board policy

• police and other agencies as required by law

• all parents in a situation deemed by the principal to be important to reassure members of the school community that school officials are aware of a serious situation and are taking appropriate action to address it.

VIII. Retaliation Prevention

  • each student has the right to make a complaint against another student without experiencing retaliation for any breach of the code of conduct

IX. Communication

  • District and school codes of conduct will be published in student daily planners in next year’s student planners.
  • District Code of Conduct/School Code of Conduct will be distributed to all parents for review and signature.
  • School Code of Conduct is also on school website

Abbotsford School District #34

District Student Code of Conduct

1. Purpose:
The Board of Education has a responsibility to establish expectations of student conduct in schools as part of its governance role for the District. The Board believes that the responsibility for student behaviour and conduct in schools is shared among students, staff and parents in order to create a safe, caring and orderly learning environment. To support these aims, the Board has established a District Code of Conduct for Students that shall be followed in all schools.

2. Responsibilities:
School staff are responsible for consistently supporting and applying the District’s and School’s Code of Conduct and establishing a positive climate in which structure, support and encouragement assist students in developing a sense of self-discipline and responsibility. School staff are required to inform volunteers and the school community about the Code of Conduct and its expectations.

Students are responsible for respecting the rights and dignity of others in learning environments free from discrimination as set out in the BC Human Rights Code and becoming actively and productively involved in their own academic learning and social growth.

Parents/Guardians and all other adults working with students are responsible for knowing and supporting the District’s and School’s Code of Conduct, and encouraging students to understand and follow these Codes of Conduct.

3. Conduct Expectations:
The Board believes that acceptable behaviours and conduct are fostered in a positive climate in which:

  • all students feel safe, valued and trusted, and have the opportunity to develop, assume and maintain responsibility and self-motivation;
  • all students feel supported without fear of retaliation in reporting unsafe conditions, actions or potential incidents;
  • there is a joint effort to learn and a feeling of mutual respect among staff, students and parents;
  • appropriate behaviour is taught, encouraged, modeled, practiced, and acknowledged, thereby increasing student self-respect and positive social behaviours;
  • disciplinary action, wherever possible, is preventative and restorative, rather than solely punitive;
  • expectations for student behaviour increase as they become older and more mature;
  • disciplinary action is considerate of students with special needs if these students are unable to fully comply with the code of conduct due to a diagnosed disability of an intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional or behavioural nature.

3.2 The Board believes that acceptable student conduct, based on respect for oneself, respect for others, and respect for property is essential to the development of responsible citizens.
To this end students are expected to:

  • be aware of and obey all school rules;
  • respect the rights of all persons within the school including peers, staff, parents and volunteers;
  • refrain from lying, cheating, stealing;
  • attend classes punctually and regularly;
  • work cooperatively and diligently at their studies and home assignments;
  • respect the legitimate authority of the school staff;
  • respect all school property, including buildings and equipment;
  • respect the diversity of our school community;
  • behave in a safe and responsible manner at all times;
  • refrain from any behaviour that would threaten, harass, bully*, intimidate, assault or discriminate against, in any way, any person within the school community on or off school property; (*Bullying includes but is not limited to physical or verbal intimidation, verbal harassment and cyber bullying).
  • refrain from being in possession of or under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol in all school facilities or on school grounds or at school sponsored functions and activities;
  • refrain from being in possession of weapons of any kind in school or at school activities;
  • refrain from inappropriate computer usage and/or multi-media devices in accordance with Board policies(cell phones, cameras, Blackberries, etc).

The Board believes that any breach of Code of Conduct behaviours or expectations would be considered unacceptable. Students are encouraged to inform a responsible adult when becoming aware of any infraction of the Code of Conduct.

4. Notification:
The Superintendent will ensure that each Principal, in consultation with staff, parents and, when appropriate, students, establishes a code of conduct for his/her school that is consistent with the District Student Code of Conduct and which reflects the provincial standards.

The school’s Code of Conduct and a summary of the district’s policies on Suspension, Re-admittance and Refusal to Offer an Educational Program (11.120), Possession of Weapons and Explosives (11.90), Drugs (11.100), and Cell Phones and Multimedia Devices (9.330) shall be communicated to all students annually.

Under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection Act and/or other relevant legislation, it may be necessary to advise other parties of serious breaches of the District Student Code of Conduct.

5. Consequences:
Students will be disciplined in a timely and fair manner and such discipline shall be in accordance with District Policy 11.120 Suspension, Re-admittance and Refusal to Offer an Educational Program.

Students, while attending school, school sponsored functions and activities, shall be subject to the District Code of Conduct as well as the school's Code of Conduct. Students may be subject to discipline under the school and/or District Code of Conduct for any conduct which has the effect of negatively impacting the school environment, whether that conduct occurs on or off School District property, at a school sponsored function or activity, or elsewhere.

Serious breaches of conduct that threaten the safety and welfare of others will be referred directly to a District Board of Review. (Level Three suspension).