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Code of Conduct

Statement of Purpose
Thunderbird’s Code of Conduct is designed to promote socially responsible behaviours that contribute to a safe, caring and orderly learning environment. It is intended to encourage cooperation between all members of the school community. 

Application of the Code of Conduct
These expectations apply to behaviour at school, during school-organized or sponsored activities, and behaviour beyond these times (including online behaviour) that impacts the safe and respectful environment of the school and/ or student learning.

There will be a focus on consequences that are restorative, rather than punitive wherever possible and appropriate. The school will take all reasonable steps to prevent retaliation against a student who has made a complaint of a breach of the code of conduct.

Thunderbird Elementary promotes the values expressed in the  BC Human Rights Code respecting the rights of all individuals, and prohibiting discrimination based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, gender or sexual orientation. When students demonstrate behaviour that is not in keeping with the ideas described above, a discipline response that is based on learning and restoration or reparation of harm is implemented.

RESPECTFUL AND SAFE BEHAVIOUR

TO OURSELVES
Being on time for school
Having work and materials ready
Using own ideas
Acknowledging others’ ideas and work
Accessing appropriate materials on the Internet
Making healthy choices
Keeping personal information private on the Internet
Washing hands and using tissues.

TO OTHERS
Using kind words in person and on the Internet
Saying “Please” and “Thank You”
Apologizing and saying, “I’m sorry,” when we  have made a mistake
Helping others
Being honest and truthful,
Talking and listening respectfully
Working quietly and cooperatively
Including others
Playing safely
Waiting our turn
Standing quietly in line
Using appropriate language
Walking in the hallways
Following instructions from school staff
Holding doors open for others
Sharing equipment and materials
TO THE ENVIRONMENT
Leaving places better than you found them
Using the bathroom appropriately
Letting school staff know about graffiti or equipment that needs repairing
Picking up litter and garbage
Eating and drinking respectfully in the lunchroom
Recycling correctly
Using materials wisely
Being helpful to visitors, staff, students and parents.

Students at Thunderbird Elementary are  generally very cooperative and respectful. Staff in the school may give verbal prompts to remind students to make appropriate choices. If these directions are ignored, students may be asked or they may ask to, “Take a break.” This will give the student the opportunity to self– regulate and return to learning when ready.