Code of Conduct

Expectations for Students

 

Acceptable Conduct Expectations

While at school (including online behavior), travelling to and from school or while attending any school organized or sponsored activities at any location, students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects our values and expectations for behavior.  Examples include but are not limited to:

  • respecting self, others and the school
  • helping to make the school a safe, caring and orderly place
  • informing an adult, in a timely manner (in advance, if possible) of incidents of bullying, harassment or intimidation
  • engaging in purposeful learning activities in a timely manner
  • attending school and classes
  • being punctual
  • being polite, respectful and cooperative at all times
  • acting in a manner that brings credit to the school

Unacceptable Conduct Expectations

A list of unacceptable behaviours is presented below.  This is a general list and should not be considered an all-inclusive list:

  • behaviours that:
  • interfere with the learning of others
  • interfere with an orderly environment
  • create unsafe conditions
  • discriminate based on colour, race, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation
  • acts of:
  • bullying, harassment or intimidation
  • physical violence
  • retribution against a person who has reported incidents
  • illegal acts, such as:
  • possession, use or distribution of illegal or restricted substances
  • possession or use of weapons
  • theft of or damage to property

Classroom Conduct and Expectations for Students

Students are expected to behave in an appropriate manner in all classes at all times.  The key to successfully altering a student’s negative behavior is early recognition of the problem and the development of an effective change strategy.  It is expected that contact be made with parents and the counsellors so that the most effective plan can evolve.  In general, the following steps will be used:

  1. Warning/discussion between the teacher and student regarding the issue. Parent contact may occur.
  2. Parent contact and possible counsellor referral.
  3. Parents notified and meeting to be set up with counsellor. (Student/counsellor/teacher and/or parent.  Referral slips outlining the behaviours exhibited and actions taken should be used.)
  4. Administrative involvement.

It is essential that teachers document the contact made and the strategies used.

Rising expectations

Increasingly greater behavioural and academic expectations are held for students as they become older and more mature.  While moving through successive grades there will be an increasing expectation on personal responsibility and self-discipline as well as increased consequences for inappropriate behavior.

General Tone

  • Be visible, help set the tone wherever possible, especially at the beginning of the year
  • Attend all assemblies with the class assigned, review expectations with the class, and be seated in the bleachers
  • Review the contents of the School Calendar and promote the use of the calendar
  • Expect respect and compliance/Give respect to our students
  • Intervene regarding:
  • litter – ask students to pick up and help you to pick up
  • loitering – please ask students to not block exits, etc.
  • disruption of classes – ask for quiet/move out of the area
  • inappropriate language – judgment needed regarding intent: remind students of our expectations regarding language:  if language is threatening or repetitive, refer to the Vice Principal
  • non-compliance – refer directly to the administration