Code of Conduct

 

Statement of Philosophy

We expect all members of our school community (staff, students, parents) to treat others with respect, to promote a safe and positive school learning and working environment, to model courtesy, compassion and respect, to say no to bullying and ask for help when needed. We believe that everyone working and learning at Ècole Cobble Hill needs to follow the Code of Conduct as we interact with one another.

Students and staff are expected to act in a manner that enables everyone to participate effectively in the educational community. Every student shall be subject to the code of conduct while on the school premises, going to and from school and while at school sponsored games and functions whenever and wherever held.  These expectations also apply to behavior beyond these times (including on-line behavior) that negatively impacts the safe, caring or orderly environment of the school, and/or student learning.

Ècole Cobble Hill promotes the values expressed in the BC Human Rights Code respecting the rights of all individuals in accordance with the law “prohibiting discrimination based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation” in respect of discriminatory publication and discrimination in accommodation, service and facility in the school environment.

As a member of our school community I will:

  • Be friendly, caring and respectful
  • Make sensible choices and respect those made by others
  • Set personal goals and help others reach their goals
  • Celebrate my successes and encourage others to do their best.

Students will be expected to:

  • Attend school on a daily basis
  • Be on time and prepared for classes
  • Work to their ability level
  • Demonstrate a respect and acceptance of the rights of others
  • Resolve conflicts in a peaceful way
  • Respect others’ property
  • Clean up their personal space
  • Students will respect and listen to Noon Hour supervisors, secretary, bus drivers, EAs, parent volunteers, teachers-on-call, teachers and principal

Playground Rules:

  1. Students are to take pride in Ècole Cobble Hill and show respect for the property by not littering or vandalizing.
  2. Students will follow the instructions of all supervising adults.
  3. Rough play is not allowed. There will be no games involving tackling or wrestling.
  4. Students will stay within designated play areas. Students will not play in the parking lot, in the forested area, behind the grey wall or off of the school grounds. Students will not climb trees located on or near the grounds.
  5. Students are expected to show respect for others. This includes taking turns and sharing, and inviting others to join in. Bullying, Intimidation, Fighting, Racial Slurs, Gender Slurs, Cruel Teasing (Taunting), Aggressive Play, Swearing and Overt Defiance are not acceptable behaviours at Ècole Cobble Hill.
  6. Students will take turns on equipment.
  7. Students will leave dangerous objects on the ground alone (rocks, bark, branches, sticks, pine cones, broken glass, needles, etc.).
  8. Students will leave unsafe objects at home (toy guns, knives, hard balls, etc.).
  9. There will be no snowballing or face washing.
  10. Students are to line-up quickly and quietly when the bell rings.
  11. Students will use crosswalks when crossing streets to enter or leave school grounds.
  12. During school hours, students will not leave the school or playground for any reason without direct permission, or unless they have a note signed by their parent/guardian and/or a staff member (their teacher/ supervisor and the principal).
  13. If a ball should go out of the school grounds, students will get permission from a supervisor / teacher before going to retrieve it (over the fence, across the road, etc.).

NO STUDENT HAS THE RIGHT TO INTERFERE WITH THE LEARNING OF OTHER STUDENTS

NO STUDENT HAS THE RIGHT TO INTERFERE WITH THE TEACHER’S ABILITY TO TEACH

The following behaviours are considered unacceptable:

  • Interfering with the learning of others
  • Engaging in acts of bullying, harassment, intimidation and/or violence
  • Swearing, willfully disobeying rules, lying, misleading, taunting, teasing, name-calling, and put downs, grabbing, pushing, tripping, wrestling, fighting

WE MAINTAIN A HANDS OFF POLICY

  • Being disrespectful or using threatening language or behaviours
  • Participating in unsafe and/or illegal acts

Note: Bullying is defined as persistent unwelcome behaviour, mostly using unwarranted or invalid criticism, nit-picking, fault-finding, also exclusion, isolation, being singled out and treated differently, being shouted at, or humiliated.

School staff will respect the individual differences of students and respond to each situation according to the student’s age, maturity, capacity and past conduct.

Standards of conduct and behaviour are explained, practiced and reviewed throughout the year.  In case of misconduct or misbehaviour, a procedure similar to the one described below will be followed and documented:

  1. Discuss with students what they have done.
  2. Help them take ownership of the problem.
  3. Help them find ways to solve the problem.
  4. Ensure everybody’s dignity remains intact.
  5. Make restoration and/or apologies when necessary and possible.

Actions and consequences

Every effort to support students and to determine the root causes of disrupting or inappropriate behavior will be made. If the safety or educational program of others is compromised, or if there is an ongoing failure to meet the expectations of the Code of Conduct one or more of the following consequences may be applied. These may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Phone call to parents
  • Letter to parents
  • Meeting to discuss the problem
  • Referral to Counselor
  • Replacement or repair of damaged property
  • Writing about the incident
  • Time-out
  • Referral to School Administrator
  • Temporary loss of playground privileges
  • Walking with Supervisor
  • Go home for lunch
  • Loss of privileges, field trips, school-sponsored extra-curricular events
  • Restricted school hours
  • In-School suspension
  • Out of School Suspension
  • Actions directed by District policy and regulations
  • Actions directed by Criminal Code

Consequences will be based upon the type and frequency of the behavior. If a student is being sent to see the principal or vice-principal, teacher will ensure:

  • students know the reason why this step was taken
  • parents/guardians receive a call or a note

Ready for Respect Behaviour Programme

We believe it is important to provide students with problem solving strategies as well as positive role models.  The Ready for Respect programme supports students in their journey to becoming fully active and responsible citizens. Students will use the colour system in younger grades moving to more comprehensive vocabulary to develop a sense of what responsible behaviour is.

Ready For Respect steps of Responsibility:

  • A “ INDEPENDENT (Green)
  • B “ COOPERATION (Yellow)
  • C “ NON-COOPERATION (Red)
  • D “ DISRUPTIVE (Purple)

These steps will be established, taught, reviewed and reinforced continuously throughout the year.  It is expected that students will meet these expectations at school as well as while going to and from school and while attending any school function at any location.

  • Students are also expected to demonstrate high standards of work habits:
  • Arriving to school and class on time
  • Being prepared with the necessary supplies and materials
  • Completing all in-school and homework assignments.

Every child has the right to learn!

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Additional School Policies

Cell Phones

Students have no need to use cell phones while on school property.  It is also deemed that the use of personal electronics may hinder student education by disrupting instruction or causing unnecessary grief when the these devices are lost or stolen  Therefore, we request that if students need to communicate with parents/guardians, they do so through the use of the office phone.  If for some personal reason, your child needs to take a cell phone to school for after school use, please remind your child that the device needs to be submit to the care of their teacher or principal until the dismissal bell.  Offenders of this policy will have their electronic device held at the office for a minimum of 24 hours, after which the device will be returned to the parent/guardian to pick up in person from the school office.

Games and Toys

Students must leave all toys, including electronics and cards such as Pokemon, at home.  If a student is using any of the above noted items during school time, it will be taken from the student and returned to the student’s parents.