The Chalmers Elementary School Code of Conduct has been adapted from the Delta School District Code of Conduct. The school community has the responsibility to provide and ensure a safe and positive climate for learning. It is expected that all members of the school community will uphold the underlying principles of the Code of Conduct, which include respect for self, others, property, and the environment.
The Code of Conduct shall apply to all students from the time they leave home in the morning until the time they return home after school. It includes all school-sponsored activities and can include such things as online behavior and other out of school activities where it affects the safe and caring environment of the school.
Statement of Purpose
This Code of Conduct is created to provide guiding principles of conduct for all students enrolled in Chalmers Elementary School and is accordance with Section 6 (1) (a) and (b) of the School Act stating:
6 (1) A student must comply
- With the school rules authorized by the principal of the school or Provincial school attended by the student, and
- With the code of conduct and other rules and policies of the board or the Provincial school.
Acceptable Conduct supports a positive learning environment. It is expected that students will:
- Conduct themselves in an appropriate manner when going to and from school, within school, on school grounds, during extended school activities and on school buses
- Attend school and classes regularly and punctually
- Be respectful of the thoughts, feelings and heritage of others
- Respect the rights and property of others
- Dress in a manner which reflects purpose and propriety
- Contribute positively to a safe, caring and orderly school
- Behave in an ethical and lawful manner
- Report to a responsible adult, incidents of threats, bullying, harassment, violence or intimidation
Unacceptable Conduct interferes with a positive learning environment. Some examples of unacceptable behaviours include:
- Interference with the learning of others
- Use of inappropriate or abusive language
- Threatening, harassing, intimidating, assaulting or bullying, in any way, any person within the school community
- Possessing weapons or dangerous articles
- Possession, use, or distribution of illegal or restricted substances
- Theft of or damage to property
- Any efforts to cause harm or discriminate against another person based on, but limited to race, religion, gender, disability, marital or family status, sexual orientation or age.
- Acts of retribution toward a person who has reported incidents
Chalmers’ Code of Conduct recognizes as children mature, they are capable of making appropriate decisions, responsible for their actions. As students progress through school, they are expected to:
- Acquire greater knowledge and understanding about their personal behaviour and its impact on others
- Learn and utilize appropriate decision-making strategies
- Demonstrate increasing self-discipline
- Take increasing personal responsibility for their actions and learning
- Be subject to increasing consequences for inappropriate behavior
When determining consequences, consideration is given to the maturity as well as the intellectual, social and emotional capacity of the student along with the severity and frequency of the misbehaviour. Consequences should, where appropriate, follow District procedures and will:
- Be thoughtful, consistent and fair
- Seek to prevent a recurrence of the offense
- Teach acceptable social behaviour rather than be merely punitive and where appropriate
- Provide means for restitution and restorative actions
- Involve the offender in determining a corrective plan of action
It is understood that communication is essential to the home and school partnership. Notification will be given to the school’s community of the school’s Code of Conduct as necessary.