STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
At Saseenos Elementary School, we believe that all children have the right to learn in a safe, caring and orderly environment where everyone has the best possible opportunity to do his/her best. Our expectations are that students will maintain an attitude that is cooperative, courteous and respectful. As students gain maturity and move through the grades, we expect increasing responsibility and self-discipline.
Be Respectful to Yourself – Be on time. Attend regularly. Always try to do your best work. Make good choices. Follow school rules.
Be Respectful to Others – This means we will show people kindness, courtesy and cooperation. We will help others; we will include others in activities; we will listen to and follow directions of the adults employed by the school district. We will respect the rights of others to learn.
Be Respectful to Property – We will work to see that the property of other individuals or of the school district is not damaged.
Be Safe –We will remind each other of ways to stay safe. We will keep our environment clean. We will be aware of emergency procedures and follow directions. We will promote a climate of understanding and mutual respect. We will inform a “tellable” adult in a timely fashion of incidents of bullying or harassment or intimidation.
Our Code of Conduct is designed to provide guidelines for appropriate student behaviour while under the jurisdiction of the school or at any school-sponsored function.
Actions and Support
Consequences for purposeful misbehaviour will be applied in a fair and consistent manner, respecting individual rights, responsibilities, capacity, age and maturity; and be restorative rather than punitive in nature. The principal will keep a record of the details of the incident. Depending upon the severity (some behaviors are “bottom line”) and/or frequency of the inappropriate conduct, one or more of the following may occur:
- Warning – verbal or written
- Review of expectations
- Mediation or meeting
- Suitable consequence such as writing a letter of apology
- Serving a detention
- Loss of privileges: playground, lunch hour and field trips
- Notify parents, notify administration
- Referral to School Based Team or in-school support program
- Counseling referral
- In-school suspension
- Referral to other agencies
- Out-of-school suspension (up to 5 days)
- Referral to District Discipline Committee
- Consultation with R.C.M.P. and/or fire department
- The school may have to advise other parties of serious breaches of conduct such as parents of victims, parents of offender, school district officials, other agencies, or all parents.
Safe and caring school environments are free of
- Bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, threat and intimidation;
- Violence or abuse in any form;
- Verbal, physical or sexual abuse;
Students at Saseenos Elementary will not discriminate against others based on:
race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or
mental disability, sex or sexual orientation and age.
Inappropriate behaviour can consist of, but is not limited to:
- Rudeness, swearing
- Fighting or play fighting
- Lack of respect for others, teasing
- Throwing objects (rocks, sticks, snowballs, pine cones)
- Defiant behaviour, insolence
- Running, shoving in the halls
- Unauthorized leaving of school grounds
Students should be aware that they may be subject to discipline for misuse of technology or cyberspace or electronic devices if it negatively impacts the school environment.
*Forms of unacceptable conduct cited above are only some examples and not an all-inclusive list.
We do not tolerate the presence of
- Intoxicating or banned substances;
- Weapons or explosives,
- Intruders or trespassers. All visitors to the school must report to the office.
As circumstances warrant, administrators have a responsibility to advise other parties following a behaviour incident, including the parent/guardian of the student exhibiting major behaviours, the parent of student on the receiving end of behaviours, or the assistant superintendent or other district staff, Ministerial agencies and/or police dictates
Saseenos Elementary School Code of Conduct has been structured to align with and adhere to the standards outlined in these documents:
School Act 85 (1.1) 168 (2) (s.1)
BC Human Rights Code
BC Ministry of Education: Safe, Caring and Orderly Schools
A Guide (2008)
Developing and Reviewing codes of conduct: A Companion (2007)