Code of Conduct & Dress Code

 Mamquam Elementary School

Code of Conduct

We promote diversity in a safe, encouraging, healthy, drug free environment.

A)  Purpose

1)  To offer the students the right to learn
2)  To ensure that each member of the school community creates a school climate that is safe, caring, and orderly for learning and working.
3)  To set clear expectations for both students and adults that is founded on the five tenants of our mission:

  •       Responsibility
  •       Respect
  •       Caring
  •       Cooperation
  •       Kindness

4) To guide students towards accepting responsibility for their actions, applying self-control, and developing conflict resolution skills.
5) To establish a school-wide approach to discipline that is founded on our beliefs that:

  1.   We are responsible for our actions and that behavior is a matter of choice not   chance.
  2.   Any behavior that is disruptive is unacceptable.
  3.   Discipline builds upon students’ strengths, improves self-confidence, and encourages independence.

6)  To enable both staff and students to meet their needs in a way that not only
works for them, but also respects the needs of others and addresses
prohibited grounds of discrimination as set out in the B.C. Human rights
Code.  The Human Rights Code states the following:  “The prohibition of
discrimination on the basis of an individual’s or a group’s race, colour,
ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or
mental disability, sex or sexual orientation, or age.”

B)  Conduct Expectations

Application:  Conduct expectations apply at school, at school-related activities, while attending any school function at any location and in other circumstances where conduct impacts the school environment.

Acceptable Conduct

1)      Respect yourself and the learning rights of others
2)      Be kind and caring to others
3)      Treat others, their belongings and our school property with care
4)      Walk quietly, safely and orderly to and from all activities
5)      Play safely and obey playground supervisors
6)      Be cooperative; listen and follow directions
7)      Be honest about mistakes and take responsibility for your actions
8)      Take initiative to make our school clean, safe and inviting
9)      Keep your electronic devices at home or in a backpack

Incident and Resolution

1)  Tell the other student to stop the specific behaviour. ensure the other student knows exactly what you find unpleasant
2)  Say, “I have asked you not to bother me.  If you don’t stop now, I will have to report you.”
3)  Walk away.  Find an adult and report what steps you took to resolve the problem.  The adult will then take the lead.

Unacceptable Behavior

1)  Interference with the learning of others
2)  Interference with an orderly environment
3)  Littering
4)  Actions that are unsafe or create unsafe conditions
5)  Name calling, bullying, harassment or intimidation
6)  Inappropriate language
7)  Challenging authority and/or showing disrespect
8)  Physical violence
9)  Retribution against an individual who has reported incidents
10) Illegal acts including but not limited to:

  • Possession, use, distribution of illegal or restricted substances
  • Possession or use of  firecrackers
  • Possession or use of a weapon
  • Theft
  • Vandalism or damage to property

C)  Violation of the School Code of Conduct

Application:  The severity and frequency of unacceptable conduct, as well as the age, maturity and special needs of a student, will be considered in determining the appropriate disciplinary action.  The principal or his/her designee may immediately apply School Board Policy #5135 and the student may be suspended from school for 1 to 5 days, or beyond that, suspended pending a School Board hearing.
The teaching and reinforcement of social responsibility and pro-social behaviours are more effective in establishing and maintaining high discipline standards than punishing students for inappropriate behaviour.  The school will make every effort to support the student by determining the root cause of the behaviour and respond accordingly.
Whenever possible incidents will be resolved by restorative and supportive practices such as:

  • Class conference/meeting
  • Mentoring program/asset building
  • Mediation/conflict resolution
  • Family Group conference/Elder Circles/Circle process
  • School-based team involvement
  • Counseling (in school or referral)
  • Collaborative Problem Solving
  • Restitution
  • Social Skills training
  • Reflection time

In some serious situations, in-school or out-of-school suspensions may be necessary

D) Use of Electronic Devices

Application:  Conduct expectations apply at school, at school-related activities, while attending any school function at any location and in other circumstances where conduct impacts the school environment

Regular School Days
1)  Personal use of electronic devices is limited to outside the school buildings, prior to the morning school bell and after class dismissal

School Related Functions
1)  Personal use of electronic devices is prohibited.  Under special circumstances, teachers may exercise discretion where appropriate
1)  Inappropriate use of electronics, including but not limited to breaches of privacy, will be subject to the discipline and consequences procedures outlined in the school code of conduct
Lost, Stolen or Damaged Devices
1)   Any person who brings electronics to school is responsible for the safe keeping of such appliances
2)  The school holds no responsibility in the event of lost, stolen or damaged devices

E)    Dress Code
Students, staff and parents are expected to support a learning environment where attire is appropriate for the weather, allow freedom of movement, and not contain offensive printing or pictures.  We expect that hats, sweatshirts hoods and caps be removed upon entering the school.  Clothing needs to be modest, so halter tops, skimpy tank tops or short shorts are not appropriates.  Students who wear clothing that is too revealing or offensive will be asked to cover up.