Code of Conduct

At VK Greer PS we strive to learn and practice the skills that will make us productive and successful citizens – at school and in our community. We expect that staff and parents will model these skills. We know that certain behaviours are never acceptable in a safe and caring school community. We know that discipline is a training method that teaches students proper behaviour and corrects behaviour mistakes. The use of discipline demonstrates that we value a safe and caring school.

Safe and Caring Schools

Our purpose in providing progressive discipline and a code of conduct is to foster individual growth in all of our students. We aim to provide a safe and caring, restorative culture in our schools where all members of our school community are held accountable for their actions while at the same time developing character traits such as empathy. When harm is done, we seek to repair that harm, so that all students can feel comfortable in a safe and caring school community.

Progressive Discipline

Discipline is a training method that teaches students proper behaviour and corrects behaviour mistakes.

The process of progressive discipline provides opportunities for students to change their behaviour before it becomes a significant concern. Typically, behaviour requiring correction falls into four categories of discipline that are used progressively over time based on the frequency and severity of misbehaviours. Depending on the nature of the incident, students may enter the discipline cycle at different levels.

1. Student behaviour error is infrequent, minor, and not severe
2. Chronic pattern is identified
3. Severity and frequency identify a need for more long term and targeted intervention
4. Severity and type of misbehavior means consideration of suspension

Consequences will focus on helping children to develop appropriate social skills, self-discipline and learn to accept responsibility for personal actions.

Counselling is a regular part of the process of discussing behaviour and assessing appropriate consequences. A student will have the opportunity to explain the reason for behaviours that have been questioned or referred to the principal. School staff will provide a fair process in establishing the credibility of information. The age and grade level, and the previous record of conduct, will be considered when assessing appropriate disciplinary consequences.

The range of consequences includes:

  • counselling
  • reprimand
  • notification to parents
  • corrective activity
  • loss of privilege
  • detention(s)
  • restitution
  • involvement of community or school resources
  • in-school suspension
  • police contact
  • reflective time out of school
  • discretionary or mandatory suspension/expulsion from school

 

All members of our school community must:

  • Be honest and fair
  • Show respect for people’s differences and opinions
  • Treat each other kindly – especially during disagreements
  • Respect the rights of others
  • Care for school property and the property of others
  • Notice and help those in need
  • Obey all laws
  • Respect and obey persons in positions of authority
  • Try to make the school a safe and healthy place
  • Keep all language respectful and courteous
  • Attend school on time
  • Wear clothes that are appropriate for school
  • Have good personal hygiene
  • Show verbal and physical self-control
  • Use courteous and respectful words and actions with everybody
  • Show respect for school property
  • Obey the Board policy on use of internet in schools
  • Seek help from school staff if necessary to resolve conflicts
  • Return school property on time and in reasonable condition
  • Pay for school items that were lost or damaged
  • Behave appropriately and safely on school buses
  • Participate in class and complete assignments
  • Complete tests and exams honestly
  • Obey school staff including supply teachers, educational assistants, secretaries or custodians
  • Follow all school policies and routines
  • Follow all classroom policies and routines
  • Avoid public arguing with staff about treatment that seems unfair; it is expected that a student will ask for a private talk with teacher or school counsellor or administrator
  • Accept discipline from staff
  • Be responsible for personal electronic devices
  • Receive teacher permission to bring cell phones and electronic devices to school
  • Be personally responsible for passwords
  • Be accountable for content of memory storage devices (i.e. USB memory sticks); staff members may request to see the content
  • Alert a staff member if they know of harmful or harassment types of behaviours targeting any of their classmates via use of electronic devices or internet sites
  • Be accountable for off-school use of internet sites or electronic devices which may have a negative impact on the school environment

All members of our school community must not:

  • Bully others
  • Commit sexual assault
  • Be in possession of any weapon
  • Traffic weapons or illegal/restricted drugs
  • Have, be under the influence of, or give to others alcohol or illegal/restricted drugs
  • Give alcohol to a minor
  • Commit robbery
  • Cause injury to anyone or encourage others to do so
  • Use a weapon to threaten or intimidate
  • Cause injury to another with any object
  • Promote hate propaganda or act in any way motivated by hate or bias
  • Vandalize and cause damage to school property or property located on school grounds
  • Cause a disturbance anywhere on school property which interrupts learning or school operations
  • Use swear words or improper rude language
  • Use threatening words, gestures or physical assault against a person or their belongings
  • Use displays of affection that are inappropriate for school (kissing, fondling, embracing)
  • Harass by any means any member of school community
  • Use drugs, alcohol or tobacco on school property or at school events or on busses to and from such events
  • Have, use, sell, or give alcohol, illegal drugs or restricted prescription drugs on school busses, field trips, school property
  • Be on school property when the use of alcohol or illegal drugs is detectable
  • Steal or vandalize the property of others
  • Use camera capable electronic devices in areas others expect to be private (washrooms, change rooms) or where there is a known objection to taking pictures
  • Use internet or electronic devices to threaten, harass or demean any other member of the school community especially when those actions interfere with that member’s ability to function in the school
  • Access inappropriate websites through the school or Board server

Suspensions and Expulsions

Suspensions
Principals may consider suspension for the following:

 Threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person
 Possessing alcohol or restricted drugs
 Being under influence of alcohol
 Swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority
 Committing an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property or property located at the pupil’s school
 Bullying (repetitive behaviour injurious to the mental or physical wellbeing of another person)
 Any act considered by the principal to be contrary to the Board or School Code of Conduct
 Giving alcohol or illegal/restricted drugs to minor
 An act considered by the principal to be injurious to the moral tone of the school and/or to the physical or mental well-being of others
 A pattern of behaviour that is so inappropriate that the pupil’s continued presence is injurious to the effective learning and/or working environment of others
 Activities engaged in by the pupil, on or off school property, that cause the pupil’s continuing presence in the school to create an unacceptable risk to the physical or mental well-being of other person(s) in the school or Board
 Activities engaged in by the pupil on or off property that have caused extensive damage to the property of the Board or to goods that are/were on Board property
 The pupil has demonstrated that s/he has not prospered by the instruction available and is persistently resistant to changing behaviour
 Any act considered by the principal to be a serious violation of the Board or School Code of Conduct
 Conduct which demonstrates that the student is unwilling to respect or respond to authority and/or respect the rights or dignity of other school community members

Suspensions Pending Expulsion

Suspension pending expulsion must be considered in the following cases:

 Possession of a weapon
 Use of weapon to cause or threaten bodily harm to another person
 Physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring treatment by a doctor
 Sexual assault
 Trafficking – weapons or illegal/restricted drugs
 Robbery

Mitigating factors

Mitigating factors will be considered in reaching a decision regarding consequences for student behaviours. Mitigating factors are:

 The student does not have the ability to control his or her behaviour;
 The student does not have the ability to understand the foreseeable consequences of his or her behaviour;
 Despite either of the above being true, the student’s continued presence in the school does not create an unacceptable risk to the safety of any person;
 The student’s history;
 Whether a progressive discipline approach has been used with the student;
 Whether the activity for which the student may be or is being suspended or expelled was related to any harassment of the student because of his or her race, ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender or sexual orientation or to any other harassment;
 How the suspension or expulsion would affect the student’s ongoing education.