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Code of Conduct

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"Pride and Excellence"

INTRODUCTION

At Prince Philip Elementary School, we are committed to promoting a school environment conducive to effective learning/teaching, mutual respect and dignity, wherein individual/group needs, rights and responsibilities are recognized. At Prince Philip Elementary School, our goals are:

  • to maintain the best possible CARE, WELFARE, SAFETY and SECURITY for all students, staff and visitors within our school environment
  • to encourage students to make appropriate decisions/choices, behave responsibly and strive towards academic excellence.
  • to promote an understanding of student, parent/guardian, teacher/support staff rights and responsibilities.

Student Rights

Students have the right to:

  1. equal educational opportunities (academic, social/behavioural/emotional and physical).
  2. learn in a safe school environment, free of intimidation, verbal, physical, sexual, ethnic, gender-based, religious, or racial harassment.

Student Responsibilities

Students have the responsibility to:

  1. attend class regularly, be punctual, prepared, ready to learn, work to the best of their ability and show respect and courtesy to themselves, all staff, parents/guardians, volunteers, guests, crossing guards, and fellow students at Prince Philip School or at any school authorized events/activities.
  2. be respectful of school, personal, and community property.
  3. practice appropriate hygiene and personal habits
  4. use non-violent means to resolve conflict and report unsafe situations including bullying behaviours
  5. support this Prince Philip School "Code of Conduct" and take responsibility for their own actions.

Entry

Be Safe

  • if you are dropped off in the “Kiss & Ride” area, immediately move to the playground area and away from cars and busses
  • if you are walking or riding your bicycle to school, do not stop anywhere along the way without your parents’ permission
  • if riding your bicycle to school, wear your bicycle helmet and walk your bicycle onto school property to the designated bicycle racks - do not play near bicycle racks
  • if you are late, enter the school by the front door and report to the office for a late slip

Be Responsible

  • arrive at school on time and line up with your class
  • when the warning bell rings, immediately stop playing and line up on the yellow line
  • while in line, keep your hands to yourself and face the same direction your feet are going
  • begin to quiet down and look to the playground supervisor for instructions
  • walk into the school in a calm, quiet manner
  • use your designated entry door

Be Respectful

  • respect the "no body contact" rule on the way to school
  • join your line one at a time
  • stand on the yellow line
  • be aware of personal space
  • ask to hold the door
  • remove hat or cap at the door
  • walk single file down the hallway side that is the same as your classroom or on the centre line as indicated by your teacher

Exit

Be Safe

  • walk to the exit doors, single file, in a calm manner
  • at dismissal time, leave school property immediately
  • walk your bicycle off school property
  • walk or ride your bicycle immediately home - do not stop anywhere without permission or speak to strangers

Be Responsible

  • wait for the bell to ring before exiting the school
  • keep moving and meet your friends outside
  • use your designated exit door

Be Respectful

  • hold the door open for the person behind you
  • respect the “no body contact” rule on the way home from school

Indoor Recess

Be Safe

  • you must be seated during indoor recess, either in their desks on or the floor
  • "outdoor activities" like ball playing and running are not allowed

Be Responsible

  • play fairly
  • share
  • clean up after yourselves - put everything back where you found it
  • throw wrappers and drink cartons into the garbage bins

Be Respectful

  • use indoor voices
  • use good manners - say please and thank you
  • ask a teacher permission to leave the room

Routines

Be Safe

  • arrive at school between 8:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. unless you are in day care or have permission to come in early for a practice or club - there is no supervision on the yard before 8:30 a.m.
  • leave scooters, skateboards, and in-line skates at home
  • tobacco products, illegal drugs, and alcohol are not permitted at school or at school-sponsored events
  • weapons and simulated weapons, flammable materials, laser instruments and hard balls are not allowed at school
  • never leave school property without adult permission
  • leave school property immediately after school unless you are staying for a school sponsored event or club - you may not use the playground equipment after school without your parent being present - there is no staff supervision on the playground after school

Be Responsible

  • arrive at school on time
  • if you are late, go to the office and obtain a late slip
  • attend school regularly
  • hand in assignments on time
  • do your homework
  • bring all required materials to school
  • use your agenda daily
  • give your parents all school newsletters, calendars, and communication from teachers
  • allow others to learn in the classroom by making good choices
  • communicate with your teachers
  • find out what you missed in class if you are away
  • leave cell phones, MP3 players, portable CD players, and cameras at home

Be Respectful

  • come to school with a positive attitude
  • use good manners at all times
  • use respectful words, tone of voice, and body language
  • foul language and gestures have no place at school
  • help others
  • respect personal space
  • wash hands frequently to avoid the spread of germs

Good Citizenship

Be Safe

  • report any unsafe behaviour or situations to a staff member

Be Responsible

  • report any vandalism to a staff member
  • help others when you can
  • return all library books and textbooks to the school in good shape
  • be a positive role model for younger students
  • tell the truth even when you have done something wrong - it builds trust
  • practise random acts of kindness

Be Respectful

  • respect individual differences (age, gender, religion, race, learning abilities, disabilities)
  • play fairly
  • use good manners
  • be kind
  • welcome visitors into the school with a smile and hello
  • treat substitute teachers with the same respect you treat your own teachers
  • respect school property
  • congratulate opposing team players

In The Washrooms

Be Safe

  • report any problems to a staff member

Be Responsible

  • use sinks and toilets responsibly
  • toss used paper towels into garbage bins

Be Respectful

  • close toilet stalls
  • flush toilets

In The Hallways

Be Safe

  • move from one class to another in single file, staying to the right
  • walk - do not run
  • line up all shoes and boots so they are out of the way
  • hang up coats on the hooks provided

Be Responsible

  • go outside during recess breaks unless you have permission to be in the building

Be Respectful

  • use appropriate language at all times
  • use an indoor voice while moving through the halls when classes are in session

On The Playground

Be Safe

  • be visible
  • stay within the designated playground areas and boundaries
  • stay away from the parking lot and "Kiss & Ride" area
  • keep hands and feet to yourself - no play fighting or wrestling
  • no kicking or throwing snow/ice, washing faces with snow, burying students
  • stay off the ice
  • leave stones on the ground
  • no fence climbing

Be Responsible

  • toss all garbage in the bins provided
  • return any balls or nets to the school after using them
  • ask a staff member for an indoor pass to enter the school
  • choose appropriate games and activities that do not involve body contact, wrestling, or rough play
  • follow all playground equipment rules

Be Respectful

  • use appropriate language at all times
  • play fair
  • include others
  • leave snowmen & snow forts undamaged
  • help to keep our yard clean by disposing garbage in the bins provided

In the Classroom

Be Safe

  • allow others to learn in a safe environment (physically, emotionally, socially)

Be Responsible

  • listen to your teacher
  • follow all classroom rules
  • stay on task
  • participate fully
  • ask for help when you need it

Be Respectful

  • demonstrate respect for your teacher and each other
  • respect different learning styles
  • be kind to yourself - it’s okay

Field Trip

Be Safe

  • follow all field trip rules
  • stay within designated areas
  • if allowed free time, report back to your supervisor on time and stay with a friend at all times
  • report to your supervisor as per instructions

Be Responsible

  • leave valuables at home
  • note your bus number and supervisor
  • report any problems or unsafe behaviour to your supervisor

Be Respectful

  • represent your school well by using good manners
  • pay attention to guides
  • thank supervisors and guides

Teams

Be Safe

  • enter the gym only when an adult supervisor is present

Be Responsible

  • give 100% effort
  • have fun
  • support team members no matter what happens
  • obtain written parental permission to stay after school to watch a game

Be Respectful

  • demonstrate good sportsmanship - congratulate opposing team members
  • respect the referee’s decisions

Assemblies

Be Safe

  • be careful where you walk and avoid stepping on anyone

Be Responsible

  • pay attention and help younger students to stay focussed

Be Respectful

  • demonstrate appreciation for others
  • demonstrate support for others when they are recognized for their achievements

Computers

Be Safe

  • only use internet sites that are teacher-approved

Be Responsible

  • follow all computer lab rules

Be Respectful

  • respect computer equipment
  • respect Netiquette rules

Problem Solving

Be Safe

  • solve problems using words
  • let an adult know if you or someone else is in trouble or danger and needs help

Be Responsible

  • talk to your teachers if you are having problems with your school work
  • talk to a trusted adult if you are facing a problem you can’t solve yourself
  • you are 100% responsible for your choices
  • let your teachers know if your assignments will not be in on time
  • find out what you missed if you were away and make arrangements to catch up

Be Respectful

  • organize your time to have assignments in on time - ask for help if necessary use active listening skills

Conflict Management

Be Safe

  • disagreements must be solved with words - it is never okay to put your hands on someone in anger
  • use the De-Bug Steps - Ignore, Move Away, Talk Friendly, Talk Firmly, Get Adult Help
  • keep your hands and feet to yourself

Be Responsible

  • when you are very angry, take the time to calm down before you try to solve a conflict
  • use conflict as an opportunity to make a relationship better
  • if you can’t work through a conflict yourself, get help from a trusted adult
  • take responsibility for your actions - tell the truth

Be Respectful

  • it’s okay to be angry; it’s not okay to be mean
  • disagree respectfully
  • use active listening skills

According to the Education Act of Ontario, Regulation 262, “A principal may suspend a pupil because of...

  • persistent truancy
  • persistent opposition to authority
  • habitual neglect of duty
  • wilful destruction of school property
  • the use of profane or improper language
  • conduct injurious to the moral tone of the school
  • conduct injurious to the physical or mental well-being of others in the school

An immediate suspension will be the minimum consequence faced by a student for:

  • uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm
  • possession or use of a weapon to threaten or cause bodily harm
  • swearing at a teacher or another person in authority
  • being in possession of alcohol and/or illegal drugs
  • being under the influence of alcohol

Some of the possible consequences for inappropriate behaviour:

  • verbal warning to student
  • phone call home
  • letter home
  • informal/formal discussion with teacher, vice-principal, or principal
  • parent notification and conference
  • request to change inappropriate clothing/attire
  • removal of privileges (class trip, access to school lunch facilities, bussing, recess, etc.)
  • community service in the school
  • restitution (e.g. replacement of textbooks, payment for damage to property, uniforms, library books, etc.)
  • time-out from classroom
  • in-school suspension
  • behavioural contract
  • behaviour modification plan
  • recommendation for referral to youth counsellor and/or Special Education services
  • suspension (up to 20 days)
  • expulsion (more than 21 days)