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Student Code of Conduct

ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR

Respect / Being Respectful

Key Beliefs:
• We believe we must respect people, property and ideas.

Key Behaviours:
• We treat others as we would like to be treated. We treat each person as valuable
• We show our respect at all times.
• We take care of school property and the environment

Cared For / Being Caring

Key Beliefs:
• We believe everyone has feelings and we take care of each other.

Key Behaviours:
• We treat people equally and include others in our activities; we cooperate.
• We encourage others to do their best.
• We use our words or get help.

Safe / Being Safe

Key Beliefs:
• We believe everyone should feel safe.

Key Behaviours:
• We follow the rules.
• We look out for others.
• We play safely

UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR

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:
• unsafe
• disrespectful
• uncaring
Certain behaviours are totally unacceptable at Gibsons 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. Discrimination as set out in the BC Human Rights Code (defned as the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age or sex).

RISING EXPECTATIONS
As our students become older, more mature, and move through successive grades, our expectations increase. There should be increasing personal responsibility and self-discipline. There will also be increasing consequences for inappropriate behaviour.

CONSEQUENCES
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.
Disciplinary action, whenever possible, is preventive and restorative, rather than merely punitive. Restorative or Circle practices are followed in the office and in many classrooms.
Students and their families, as often as possible, are encouraged to participate in the development of meaningful consequences for violations of the established code of conduct.

Notification: In serious cases of misconduct, the school will notify parents. School district officials, the police and other agencies may be informed and involved where appropriate.

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