Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct for Maple Ridge Elementary

Statement of Purpose

Maple Ridge Elementary’s Code of Conduct has been created to maintain a safe, caring and orderly school environment.  The purposes of the Code of Conduct are:

  1. To encourage the development of socially responsible behavior resulting in a positive reputation for students and the school community.
  2. To foster a safe, respectful and welcoming learning environment for all students, staff and parents.
  3. To clearly communicate behavioural expectations to the school community.

The Code of Conduct applies to all members of the school community at school, traveling to and from the school, at any school-related activity at any location, or any circumstance/activity that will have an impact on the school environment.

Responses to Conduct Issues

Responses to unacceptable conduct will be thoughtful, consistent and fair.

Respect for Human Rights: In fostering a community of respect, inclusion, fairness and equity, we expect students to not be discriminatory towards others because of race, color, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or age.

The following Human Rights Codes [RSBC 1996, c. 210] will be respected:

Excerpt from Section 7 • Discriminatory Publication

  1. A person must not publish or display, or cause to be published or displayed, any statement, sign, or other representation that
    1. indicates discrimination or an intention to discriminate against a person,
    2. is likely to expose a person to hatred or contempt

Excerpt from Section 8 • Discrimination in accommodation, service and facility

  • A person must not, without a bona fide and reasonable justification,
    1. deny to a person any accommodation, service or facility customarily available to the public, or
    2. discriminate against a person or class of persons regarding any accommodation, service or facility customarily available to the public

Using WITS: We expect students to strive to apply problem-solving strategies, that maintain the dignity of every person and resolve disagreements in a peaceful manner.  To help students understand respectful behavior and appropriate problem-solving staff actively teach students to use WITS and reinforce what respectful behavior looks, sounds, and feels like on an ongoing basis.

  • Walk Away – students are encouraged to avoid problems before they have a chance to develop.
  • Ignore – students can defuse situations by not responding to the inappropriate behavior of others.
  • Talk It Out – students state how others’ behaviors are making them feel and ask them to stop.
  • Seek Help – students tell an adult at any stage and can get assistance for any problem.

As members of the school community, we believe that:

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Be Respectful to Yourself – caring about your learning and yourself, including safety.

Some examples include:

  • Always do your best
  • Make good choices
  • Be on time and ready to work
  • Do your homework and use your planner

Be Respectful to Others – considerate of others’ personal feelings and properties.

Some examples include:

  • Be polite and wait your turn
  • Treat others with respect
  • Use good listening skills
  • Be honest and tell the truth

Be Respectful to Property – caring about your school and your environment.

Some examples include:

  • Clean up after yourself
  • Take good care of materials
  • Ask before borrowing

Be Safe – learn and follow rules.

Some examples include:

  • Walk calmly – no running in the hallways
  • Stay in designated areas
  • Report dangerous situations to staff

Our Code of Conduct is designed to provide guidelines for appropriate student behavior while under the jurisdiction of the school or any school-sponsored function.

Inappropriate Behaviour:

Inappropriate behavior can consist of, but is not limited to:

  • Rudeness, swearing
  • Fighting (or play fighting)
  • Lack of respect to others, teasing
  • Throwing objects (rocks, sticks, snowballs, etc.)
  • Defiant behavior, insolence
  • Running in the halls
  • Unauthorized leaving of school grounds
  • Littering

Responses to Conduct Issues

Consequences will be applied in a fair and consistent manner, respecting individual rights, responsibilities, age, maturity and past conduct; and be restorative rather than punitive in nature.

  • Wherever possible, students will be encouraged to participate in the development of meaningful interventions through discussion and mediation.
  • Interventions will not discriminate against a student who cannot meet an expectation because of a disability.
  • Reasonable steps will be taken to prevent retaliation against the person who reported a code of conduct issue.
  • Every effort will be made to support students.  However, if there are ongoing conduct issues after having implemented interventions, progressive discipline may include, but is not limited to, referral to an intervention committee, suspension, change of program, change of school, referral to an intervention committee, or involvement of the police when behavior includes a criminal code violation.
  • When responding to breaches in the Code of Conduct, school officials may inform a student’s parent(s), the parents of other students who were involved, school district officials, the police or other agencies or the parents of all students when the whole school community needs to be reassured that a serious situation is being addressed.

Safe and Caring Environments:

Are Free From Acts Of:

  • Bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment and marginalization
  • Threat and intimidation
  • Violence in any form
  • Abuse in any form
  • Any language (oral or written) or behavior that deliberately degrades, denigrates, labels, stereotypes or incites hatred, prejudice, discrimination or harassment towards students or employee on the basis of their real and or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, appearance, capacity, disability, colour, ethnicity, or religion.
  • Retribution against a person who has reported incidents

Or Misuse Of:

  • Cyberspace / Cell Phones / Electronic Devices / Computers – students are to be aware that they may be subject to discipline (or if applicable, confiscation of personal property) for misuse of technology if it negatively impacts on the school environment.

Forms of unacceptable conduct cited above are only some examples and not an all-inclusive list.

Do Not Tolerate the Presence Of

  • Theft and vandalism
  • Intoxicating or banned substances
  • Weapons or replica (toy) weapons and explosives
  • Intruders or trespassers – All visitors to the school must first report to the office

Notification

As circumstances warrant, administrators have a responsibility to advice other parties following a behavior incident:

  • Parent of student exhibiting major behaviours (in every instance)
  • Parent of student on the receiving end (in every instance)
  • Assistant Superintendent, Safe Schools team member and/or other District Staff
  • Ministerial agencies and/or School Liaison Officer (Police)

The Maple Ridge Elementary Code of Conduct has been structured to align with and adhere to the standards outlined in:

The School Act 85(1.1) 168 (2) (s.1) Provincial Standards Ministerial Order 276/07, effective October 17, 2007

B.C. Human Rights Code, (SD42 Policy No. 10900 and Regulation No. 10900.1)

B.C. Ministry of Education: Safe, Caring and Orderly Schools A Guide (Nov. 2008) and Developing and Reviewing Codes of Conduct: A Companion (Aug. 2007), both found at http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sco/