Code of Conduct

Myrtle Philip Community School

Code of Conduct

Myrtle Philip Community School supports and follows the guidelines set out in Howe Sound School Board Policies Section 502 – Student Conduct.

We believe in the core values of:

  • RESPECT
  • RESPONSIBILITY
  • CARING
  • HONESTY

These values are the foundation of our Code of Conduct.  We pride ourselves in providing our school community with a positive, encouraging and safe environment.  We value respect, good manners and honesty and strive to instill a cooperative spirit in all that we do.  Our Code of Conduct has been established to maintain a safe, caring and orderly environment for purposeful learning.  This Code sets our expectations for behaviour of all while at school, going to and from school, using the internet and while attending any school function or activity at any location.

Beliefs in Action

We:

  • respect ourselves, others and our school
  • create a welcoming environment
  • use proper manners in our interactions with others
  • treat each other with respect and dignity at all times
  • respect the need of others to work in an environment of learning and teaching
  • help to make the school a safe, caring and orderly place to learn
  • demonstrate honesty and integrity
  • take appropriate steps to help those in need
  • provide an environment free of bullying, harassment and intimidation
  • promote positive behaviour and communication through day to day interactions

Conduct Expectations

It is expected that adults within the School community will be role models offering leadership and demonstration of skills in this area and acting in a professional manner at all times.

The Principal under the direction of the school board takes a leadership role in the daily operation of a school. He or She provides this leadership by:

  • Demonstrating care and commitment to academic excellence and a safe teaching and learning environment
  • Holding everyone accountable for their behaviour and actions
  • Communicating regularly and meaningfully with all members of the school community – staff, students, parents and the community at large

 Teachers and School Staff, under the leadership of their principal, are expected to hold everyone to the highest standard of respectful and responsible behaviour. As role models, staff upholds these high standards when they:

  • Help students work to their full potential and develop their self-worth
  • Communicate regularly and meaningfully with parents
  • Maintain consistent standards of behaviour for all students
  • Demonstrate respect for all students, staff and parents
  • Prepare students for the full responsibilities for citizenship

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 action

Parents play an important role in the education of their children and have a responsibility to support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment for all students. Parents fulfill this responsibility when they:

  • Show an active interest in their child’s school work and progress
  • Communicate regularly with the school
  •  Help their child be neat, appropriately dressed and prepared for school
  • Ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time
  • Become familiar with the Code of Conduct and school rules
  • Encourage and assist their child in following the rules of behaviour
  • Assist school staff in dealing with discipline issues
  • Demonstrate respect for all students, staff and parents

Community Members are essential partners in making our schools and communities safer. Community members need to support and respect the rules of their local schools. The school community in return needs to respect the rights of the larger community.

 Rising Expectations for the Student Body

As our children advance in our system we believe in a progression of expectations based on maturity and experience.

  • Increasing personal responsibility and self-discipline
  • Increasing consequences for inappropriate behaviour

 Social Responsibility Behaviour Matrix

The following matrix describes what our behaviours look like:

 Unacceptable Conduct

With expectations in place, a safe, caring and positive environment is promoted by everyone.  Should unacceptable behaviours occur, they will be dealt with through disciplinary action.  Whenever possible, consequences must be preventative and restorative rather than merely punitive.  In our school community these actions are unacceptable:

 Behaviours that:

• interfere with the learning of others, including their emotional well-being

• interfere with an orderly environment

• create unsafe conditions

 Actions, such as:

• bullying, harassment or intimidation (including on the internet or through other electronic devices)

• 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

Consequences

Responses to unacceptable conduct will be consistent and fair.  Students as often as possible will participate in the development of meaningful consequences.  School officials have a responsibility to advise other parties of serious breaches of the Code of Conduct as follows:

  • Parents of student offenders (in every instance)
  • Parents of student victims (in every instance)
  • School district officials (as required by school and district policy)
  • Police and other agencies (as required by law)

All parents (when deemed important to reassure members of the school community that school officials are aware of a serious situation or incident and are taking appropriate action to address it)

 Behaviour Expectations

The behaviours cited are examples only and are not to be considered an all inclusive list. Each incident is a unique case and will be reviewed on an individual basis. The following are offered as guidelines. Parents may be contacted at any step in this process depending on the circumstances.

Step 1:  Verbal warning/hand signal/referral form submitted to office

Step 2:  Problem solving discussion with Administrator

Step 3:  Recess/Lunch Restriction/Think Paper

Step 4:  Meeting with Student, Parent and Teacher

Step 5:  In School Suspension/ Suspension of Lunch time Privileges

Step 6:  Out of School Suspension

 Appropriate Behaviours

  • Being respectful, responsible, safe
  • Following school and classroom rules
  • Keeping school environment tidy
  • Being a good sport
  • Celebrating achievements of others
  • Abiding by the Dress Code
  • Playing safely on the playgrounds
  • Keeping my hands to myself
  • Walking safely in the halls
  • Carrying skateboard/roller blades on school grounds
  • Being prepared for school
  • Being well organized
  • Taking responsibility for work
  • Sharing and working cooperatively
  • Showing compassion and empathy
  • Being friendly and kind
  • Removing a hat on entering the school
  • Demonstrating safe and respectful behaviour on the school bus
  • Walking my bicycle/scooter on school grounds

 Unacceptable Behaviours

  • Not following school rules
  • Being unprepared for class
  • Disrespect
  • Rough play
  • Inappropriate language
  • Removing cell phone from back pack during school hours
  • Violation of dress code
  • Not following instructions
  • Unsafe or irresponsible behaviour
  • Chewing gum
  • Classroom disruption
  • Going out of bounds
  • Bringing electronic equipment such as hand held games, cameras and   MP3 players to school
  • Bullying (including the internet) Verbal/physical/relational
  • Theft
  • Vandalism
  • Defiance
  • Fighting
  • Possession of weapons / cigarettes /drugs /alcohol at school

Examples of Consequences/Interventions

  • Verbal apology
  • Written apology
  • Time out
  • Loss of privileges
  • Thought paper
  • Problem solving discussion
  • Supervised community service
  • Direct supervision during breaks
  • Contact parents
  • Restitution
  • Counseling
  • Meeting with parent, teacher, administrator and student
  • Suspension (In or Out of School)

 

 Resources

1.  School District #48 Policy 502 December 2004

2.  BC Ministry of Education, Safe, Caring and Orderly Schools, March 2004

3.  BC Ministry of Education Resource Guide: Developing and Reviewing Codes of         Conduct August 2007

4.  Brooklyn Elementary School (School District 71) Code of Conduct May 2007

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