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Code of Conduct

Statement of Purpose

Students have the right to attend West Sechelt Elementary School without being harassed, or intimidated, by anyone.

As a school community, we establish and maintain appropriate balances among individual and collective rights, freedoms and responsibilities.

As a school community, we establish and maintain safe, caring and orderly environments for purposeful learning.

The Code of Conduct clarifies expectations for student behaviour while at school, while going to and from school, and while attending any school function or activity at any location.

Acceptable Conduct:

It is the expectation at West Sechelt Elementary that all persons will at all times use the Key Words, which follow, to guide their choices of behaviour:

¸ respectful
¸ responsible
¸ safe
¸ kind

To show respect is…
to treat with deference, esteem, or honour; to avoid degrading or insulting or injuring or interfering with or interrupting behaviour;  to treat with consideration, and refrain from offending or corrupting or tempting others

Examples of what this would look like:
Be a good listener
Respect school, personal, and borrowed property
Use respectful and polite language at all times
Be honest
Allow differences
Hold the door for those in need
Treat yourself and others well
Be polite (please, thank-you, excuse me etc.)
Use appropriate voice level for working and playing
No play fighting or horseplay

Responsibility is…
to be morally accountable for your decisions;  to be reputable, respectable, and evidently trustworthy;
to see oneself as the primary cause in the result

Examples of what this would look like:
Keep the school and grounds clean
Walk in the school
Be on time
Be responsible for your actions, words, and belongings
Report problems to an adult
Use planners daily / complete assignments
Dress appropriately for the weather
Giving your best effort

To be safe is…
to act in such a way as to keep from harming self or others; to be cautious;

This would look like:   
Follow the reasonable directions of adults
Sit properly
Move slowly through the hallways
Keep hands and feet to self
Use materials and equipment in an appropriate manner

To be kind is…
to be friendly, generous, or warm-hearted; to show sympathy or understanding; to be charitable; to be humane; considerate

        Examples of what this would look like:  
Help others
Do random acts of kindness
Be forgiving
Speak kindly at all times
Give encouragement
Give others the benefit of the doubt
Smile and share
Invite others to join in games

Unacceptable Conduct
We define misbehaviour as an error in judgment (i.e. the student has made an inappropriate choice of behaviour).
Misbehaviour then is behaviour that is:

¸ disrespectful
¸ irresponsible
¸ unsafe
¸ unkind

Certain behaviours are totally unacceptable at West Sechelt Elementary School and will result in immediate discipline, which may include an in-school or at-home suspension.

These behaviours are:

¸ fighting and violence against other students or staff members,
¸ bullying, harassment and intimidation, defiance,
¸ retribution against a person who has reported incidents,
¸ possession, use, or distribution of illegal or restricted substances,
¸ possession or use of weapons,
¸ theft or damage to property.

In the case of serious breaches of the code of conduct, we have a responsibility to advise parents. School district officials, the police and other agencies may be informed and involved where appropriate.

Rising Expectations
We believe that as our students become older, more mature, and move through successive grades, our expectations of them should rise.  There should be increasing personal responsibility and self-discipline.  There will also be increasing consequences for inappropriate behaviour.


Guiding Principles and Considerations

The severity and frequency of unacceptable conduct as well as the age and maturity of students is considered in determining appropriate disciplinary action.

Reponses to unacceptable conduct are preplanned, consistent (within the principle ofrising expectations) and fair.

Disciplinary action, whenever possible, is preventive and restorative, rather than merely punitive.

Students, as often as possible, are encouraged to participate in the development of meaningful consequences for violations of the established code of conduct and are given the opportunity to provide restitution in a form they are responsible for creating.

At West Sechelt Elementary, discipline takes the form of positive action in that students participate in finding and carrying out solutions for the problems created by their misbehaviour. Students do so by problem solving with other students and/or staff members.

Problem solving will form the basis of some or all of the following steps:

¸ Each teacher attempts to deal with the discipline problems in his/her classroom using the problem solving steps.
¸ A record is kept of all behaviour that has the potential to involve the safety of that child and/or others.
¸ If the behaviour is serious in nature or is repeating itself, or the child is unwilling to participate in the problem solving process, the parent is called by the teacher/principal. A conference may be arranged to develop a means of solving the problem. The student will also be invited to attend.
¸ If the plan of action does not result in a change of behaviour, a conference is arranged to devise further strategies and to involve outside support services (psychological testing etc.).
¸ A recommendation for suspension of the student may be warranted especially if the student is not able to correct a repetitious and unsafe behaviour pattern or if the behaviour is deemed serious.

Last Modified: Aug 30, 2012