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Code of Conduct

At Pierre Elliott Trudeau School, we have developed a Code of Conduct based on respect, responsibility, and safety, in order to create an environment that promotes positive academic, social, and emotional development.  It is each student’s responsibility to follow the Code of Conduct and school rules at school, while going to and from school, and while attending school curricular and extra-curricular activities at any location.  We want students to learn to take responsibility for their behaviour.  As well, we want students to learn that appropriate behaviour has positive consequences and that inappropriate behaviour has negative consequences.  School staff works in partnership with families to ensure that a fair and consistent approach to student discipline is maintained. Our 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. 
Trudeau School Mission Statement
Together We Are Better…
We believe that we are in a partnership with families and that parent, child, and school; all play a role in the development of children as responsible members of society. 
The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to help provide a safe, supportive and stimulating environment for learning that will enable students to become well-rounded learners and citizens. 
Code of Conduct Motto
Be true to yourself
Be true to others
Be true to the environment
Students’ Rights and Responsibilities
At Trudeau, students have the right to:

Be T.R.U.E to Yourself:  Honour your mind, body and spirit
  • Be active and healthy
  • Get rest
  • Be curious and inquisitive
  • Be mindful
  • Seek balance

Be T.R.U.E to Others:  Be empathic, compassionate and caring
  • Be a good listener
  • Be courteous by saying please, thank you, holding doors open, and using good manners
  • Solve problems with words and play fairly
  • Ask for help if you need it
    Be T.R.U.E to the Environment: Be thoughtful,  global citizens
    • Respect differences
    • Make responsible decisions
    • Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
    • Respect private property and be charitable
      Students have the responsibility to:
      • Follow the Trudeau Code of Conduct.
      • Follow the school and classroom rules.
      • Act safely
      • Treat others with respect and kindness
      • Always try their best.
      • Come to school on time, prepared to learn
      Additional School Rules
      Experience has demonstrated that certain specific rules, mainly to do with safety, are also required to guide students’ behaviour.  These rules are:
      •          Students are expected to walk in the hallways, and to not raise their voices. 
      •          Play safe, share and include others.  Dangerous and rough play is not allowed.
      •          Students must stay on the school grounds during school hours
        • unless permission is granted by the office
        • unless written permission is provided by a parent/guardian 
      •          Everyone is expected to keep the school grounds clean and safe. 
      •        Use the garbage cans and respect nature.  
      •          Chewing gum is not permitted in the school building.
      •          Items not to be used on school property include (this list is not all inclusive):
        • Bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, heelies, baseballs, and scooters 
      •          Laser pointers are not to be brought to school.
      •          Students must not bring toy guns, knives or weapons to school including toys of this nature.

      The school will treat seriously behaviour or communication that discriminates based on the BC Human Rights Code.

      Types of Misbehaviour
      Misbehaviour is generally regarded on a three point scale of severity.  Below is a list of examples, to indicate how misbehaviours may be categorized.  This list is not all-inclusive, but can serve as a guide.
      Level 1

      ·     classroom disruption
      ·     teasing
      ·     running in the hall
      ·     swearing
      ·     behaving in an unsafe manner
      Level 2

      ·   multiple level 1s
      ·   pushing or kicking
      ·   fighting
      ·   cheating
      ·   non-compliance
      ·   theft
      ·   discrimination
      Level 3

      ·  multiple level 2s
      ·  possession of a weapon
      ·  possession of illegal substances
      ·  threats and intimidation
      ·  vandalism
      ·  defiance
      Consequences of Misbehaviour
      At Trudeau, positive behaviour is recognized.  As well, students regularly participate in activities designed to enhance their awareness of the Code of Conduct Motto and the desirable behaviour it suggests.  Student behaviour is always considered in the context in which it occurs.  The child’s age, maturity, special needs, the seriousness of the behaviour, the frequency of the behaviour, and the specific circumstances are all considered when a child engages in inappropriate behaviour.  These are the general guidelines used and are intended to be consistent, peventative, fair and restorative rather than punitive, wherever possible and appropriate.  When a consequence is necessary, the following is a guideline used with rising expectations based on age, maturity and successive grades:
      Level 1

      ·         handled by staff member
      ·         incident may be documented
      ·         parent may be contacted
      ·         consequences will include one or more of the following: warning, Behaviour Sheet, restriction,                 community service

      Level 2

      ·         principal may be involved
      ·         incident will be documented
      ·         parent will be contacted
      ·         consequences will include one or more of the following: restitution, in-school suspension, as well as Level 1 consequences

      Level 3

      ·         principal will be involved
      ·         student will be removed from the situation
      ·         incident will be documented
      ·         parent will be contacted immediately
      ·         parents of other children may be contacted, to reassure them that appropriate action has been taken
      ·         an outside authority may be involved, as may school district officials
      ·         consequences will include one or more of the following: suspension, behaviour contract, referral, legal action, as well as Level 1 and 2 consequences

      *Documentation involves recording the incident, which allows the school to track behaviours and plan and implement strategies designed to improve student behaviour and increase socially responsible behaviour.  A record of the incident may be placed in the student’s file.
      * The school will take all reasonable steps to prevent retaliation against a student who has made a complaint of a breach of our code of conduct.