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Code of Conduct

 
Sir Richard McBride
Elementary
 
Code of Conduct
 
Take Pride in McBride
Safety
Co-operation
Respect
1300 E 29th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5V 2T3
Phone: 604 713 4971
Fax: 604 713 4973
 
 
Statement of Purpose:
The purpose of our Code of Conduct is to establish and maintain a safe, caring and stimulating learning environment so that all students can be successful.
 
Students, teachers, support staff, parents/guardians and volunteers are expected to show respect for self, others and the environment.
 
McBride school 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.
 
Our school has the following guidelines:
 
Safety:
·         Students will conduct themselves in a safe manner
·         Behave quietly and safely (no sliding down bannisters, running, etc.) between classes
·         Enter and leave the school by entrances designated for their divisions
·         Play in supervised areas: the front and east side of the school are out of bounds
·         Follow the directions/instructions of all staff members
·         May not fight or play fight
·         May not use any object as a weapon or engage in violent games
·         Speak quietly in the building and line up to wait patiently where appropriate
·         Enter the school immediately after the signal has sounded and go directly to classes
·         Walk quietly at all times through the halls and stairways, keeping to the right
·         Must sign out if leaving school grounds.  Parents must provide a note to allow us to release students at lunch time.  Primary students must be met by a person known to the teacher
·         Staying at school for lunch they should eat in area designated
·         Students must stay on school grounds, during recess and lunch time unless permission has been obtained from a teacher or the Principal
·         Play outside at recess, lunchtime, before and after school unless an inside day is announced: play in the supervised  areas: come to school with clothing appropriate for outdoor play in the prevailing conditions
·         Play quietly, non-running games in the designated areas on inside days
·         Protect bicycles by locking them to the chain link fence at the south edge of the paved play area
·         Follow the directions/instructions of the school safety patrol
 
Respect:
·         We demonstrate good audience manners in an assembly
·         Respect the learning environment: move quietly between classes
·         Use respectful language
·         Respect the school grounds and place garbage in cans, and recycle where possible.  Voluntarily pick up any litter
·         No gum chewing while at school or attending any school related activity or event
·         Include other students in their games so that no one feels left out
·         Speak and respond to other students and adults with courtesy and respect
·         Settle problems with others by talking and/or seeking help from someone in a position to do so
·         Share concerns about the school with a teacher or someone else in the school who is in a position to assist
·         Be on time and prepared for classes, with all necessary equipment and clothing available
·         No hats or head gear may be worn inside the school
·         Listen to and follow instructions
·         Seek help from a teacher when it is required and wait until it is available without interfering with other students
·         Keep their desk and room tidy
·         Do whatever is required to restore a neat appearance in and around the school
·         Be aware of the needs of others
·         Be honest: always tell the truth
 
Co-operation
·         Pay attention to P.A. announcements and co-operate
·         Eat/sit in designated areas
·         Bring appropriate and healthy lunches which they can manage independently.  (Carbonated drinks and excessive sweets or salty snacks are discouraged except as a special treat)
·         Wait to be dismissed
·         Play in designated areas.  Obey directions as to where they should play.  These will vary slightly according to weather and alternative uses of the school facilities
·         Resolve problems peacefully by talking to each other.  Seek playground buddy help or adult help if this does not work
 
How Families Can Help with the Code of Conduct
1.        Discuss the code of conduct and expectations with your children
2.        Help your child be on time for school
3.        Take an active interest in your child’s education; check homework and home study programs; check student agenda; help your child to do his/her best
4.        Provide on-going support to your child’s teacher, notifying them of any concerns
5.        Report any incident or concern with regard to the safety and security of your child to the school
6.        Teach your child to cross the street safely at a CORNER or CROSSWALK
7.        Follow traffic safety: do not double park to pick up or drop off your child(ren) in the lane or streets near our school: obey no stopping and no parking signs: honour the school zone bylaws
 
8.        Call the school to notify us about illness, absences or if you have any concerns (604 713 4971)
9.        Volunteer in the school
10.     Know the McBride Code of Conduct: Respect, Safety, Cooperation
 
Unacceptable Conduct:
The following are examples of incidents that must be reported to a staff member or supervision adults as soon as possible:
Ø  Acts of bullying, harassment, intimidating or exclusion
Ø  Interfering with an orderly environment
Ø  Interfering with the learning of others
These expectations apply to behaviour at school, during school-organized or sponsored activities, and behaviour beyond these times that negatively impacts the safe, caring or orderly environment of the school, and/or student learning.
 
Consequences:
When considering consequences for unacceptable conduct, the school will take many factors into consideration: the severity and frequency of the actions as well as the age and maturity of the student.  The disciplinary process will involve a restorative and preventative stance rather than merely punitive.  The school will teat seriously behaviour or communication that discriminates based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation (prohibited grounds set out in the BC Human Rights Code).  The following three steps are progressive in nature depending on the severity of the misbehaviour:
 
Minor Misbehaviour:
·         Staff member speaking directly to student to review appropriate behaviour
 
Serious or Repeated Misbehaviour:
·         Reported to classroom teacher/vice-principal
·         Discussion and reflection with the student (think paper), reminding the student of our Code of Conduct
·         Record of the incident and action taken
·         Parents will be contacted to review with their child the Code of Conduct
·         May include loss of privileges (playground, classroom or school privileges)
 
Very Serious Misbehaviour:
·         Reflection on past behavior
·         Discussion with staff involved
·         Parents contacted
·         Officials or other agencies contacted as needed
·         Program withdrawal
·         Many include loss of privileges (playground, classroom or school privileges or suspension from school)
 
Note special consideration may apply to students with special needs, if they are unable to comply with a Code of Conduct due to having a disability or an intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional or behavioural nature.
 
The BC School Act and the Vancouver School Board of Trustees authorizes the Principal or Vice-Principal to suspend a student from attendance at school for five days or less.
 
Notification
School staff and officials have the responsibility to advise parents and/or other parties of serious breaches of the Code of Conduct.  For example:
Ø  Parents of student offender(s) in every instance
Ø  Parents of student victim(s) in every instance
Ø  School district officials as required by district policy
Ø  Other as warranted (school liaison officer, counselor etc.)