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School Discipline and Code of Conduct

August 21, 2017

School Discipline and Code of Conduct

Golden Learning Centre Public School

 School Discipline Policy

2016-2017

Golden Learning Centre Public School SAFE Policy

The foundation for this policy is rooted in the Golden rule ”Treat others as you would like to be treated.”

The basic school rules are in the acronym of S.A.F.E

Speak kindly

Act responsibly to people and things

Feet down and hands off

Everyone

Guiding Principles

  • Responses to behaviour issues are informed with consideration to/of student need and circumstances.
  • Ensure a caring and safe school based on the belief that all students deserve a learning environment in which they are safe and feel safe.
  • An environment where they are welcomed, respected, and inspired to meet high expectations for learning.
  • Safety is a precondition for learning
  • Every student is entitled to learn to the best of his or her ability
  • Every student in entitled to a safe and caring environment free from harassment and violence
  • A quality education is about more that academic achievement, it is about the development of the whole person
  • The commitment to safe schools is a shared responsibility
  • Act in a socially responsible way

Progressive Discipline and Promoting Positive Student Behaviour

Progressive discipline in an approach that utilizes a continuum of interventions, supports, and consequences to address inappropriate student behaviour and to build upon strategies that promote and foster positive behaviors.

Strategies Consequences Considerations
  • Verbal reminders
  • Review of expectations
  • Contact with parents
  • Meeting with parents
  • Restorative Practices
  • Referral to outside agencies
  • Meeting
  • Refer to outside agencies
  • Detention
  • Loss of privilege
  • Suspension
  • expulsion
  • particular student
  • circumstance
  • nature and severity of behavior
  • impact on school climate
  •  Meeting
  • Refer to outside agencies
  • Detention
  • Loss of privilege
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion
  •  particular student
  • circumstance
  • nature and severity of behavior
  • impact on school climate

 *the chart above provides examples of Progressive Discipline is not limited to the above.  Please see the chart of the next page for more examples.

Restorative Practices

 

Restorative Practices is an approach that focuses on repairing the harm caused by offending behaviour while holding the offender accountable for his/her actions.

Four Keys to Restorative Practice

Encounter- allows all stakeholders to meet and discuss the offence and its results

Amends- the offender is expected to take steps to repair the harm caused

Reintegration- the goal is to restore both victim and offender to the group

Inclusion- opportunities are provided for group/family conferencing, victim and offender mediation or classroom circles

Restorative Practices Continuum

  1.  Affective responses which the wronged person let the offender know how he or she feels about the offending incident/behavior.
  2. Affective questions which are posed by a staff member to solicit responses as to how the victim maybe feeling.
  3. Small informal conferences involving the parties to the incident with an opportunity for all sides to be heard; may include classroom circles.
  4. Large group informal conferences involving the parties to the conflict as well as supporters of both victims and offenders with an opportunity for remorse and repairing of harm in an informal setting.
  5. Formal restorative conferences involving a facilitator, a scripted format and a

formal agreement established to repair harm and set appropriate consequences.

 

Restorative Questions

When something goes wrong…

What happened?

What were you thinking about at the time?

What have you thought about since?

Who has been affected by what you have done? In what way?

What do you think you need to do to make things right?

When someone has been harmed…

What did you think about when you realized what had happened?

What impact had this incident had on you and others?

What has been the hardest thing for you?

What do you think needs to happen to make things right?

Reporting Incidents

All board employees who work directly with students must respond to any student behaviour that is likely to have a negative impact on the school climate unless responding would cause immediate physical harm to themselves or to a student or another person. 

For incidents which suspension or expulsion may be considered, employees must report these to the Principal and confirm their report in writing using “Safe Schools Incident Reporting Form-Part I”.  The Principal must provide the person who submitted the report with written acknowledgement of receipt on the “Safe Schools Incident Reporting Form-Part II”

*both forms are attached along with the incidents grid for suspensions and expulsions.

Bullying Prevention and Intervention

The Golden Learning Centre Public School staff and school council recognize that bullying and intimidation have a long lasting and serious negative effect on school climate and on individuals who are victimized by such behaviours. Students who are intimidated and fearful cannot devote the attention and concentration needed for academic success.  Bullying may lead to more serious acts of violence and more physical and emotional pain for the victims.  Every student has a basic right to an education and a right to be safe in and around the school grounds.

Definition of Bullying

Bullying is defined as behaviour that is typically a form of repeated, persistent, and aggressive behavior directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause(or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self esteem, or reputation.  Bullying occurs in the context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.  Bullying is a dynamic of unhealthy interaction that can take many forms. It can be physical, verbal, or social.  It may also occur through the use of technology.

The staff at GLC will not tolerate any form of bullying on the school grounds or at any school sponsored activity whether it is on or off school property.

Prevention and Awareness Intervention and Support Responding to Incidents
  • Implement Character Development teaching
  • Emphasis the development of healthy relationships
  • Include bullying prevention strategies in teaching
  • Provide student leadership opportunities
  • Provide opportunities for training on cultural sensitivity, diversity, and tolerance
  • Procedures that allow safe reporting of bullying incidents
  • Ongoing support for victims and offenders as well as those who have been affected by observing bullying
  • Progressive approach to discipline
  • Restorative Practices
  • All incidents of bullying will be taken seriously and will be investigated in a timely, sensitive and supportive manner
  •  Procedures that allow safe reporting of bullying incidents
  • Ongoing support for victims and offenders as well as those who have been affected by observing bullying
  • Progressive approach to discipline
  • Restorative Practices
  •  All incidents of bullying will be taken seriously and will be investigated in a timely, sensitive and supportive manner

 Safe School l Team

 

Code of Conduct

 

The Golden Learning Centre Public School Code of Conduct is a set of rules that informs the school community of the expectations for behaviour.

At Golden Learning Centre Public School we envision a safe, secure, and positive learning environment for all.  It is essential for children to become well-mannered, self-disciplined young people who respect the rights and feelings of others, accept the consequences of their actions and develop as responsible citizens.

The importance and essential task of teaching children about acceptable and appropriate behaviour is shared by parents/guardians and the school staff.  It is the goal that students will understand  what constitutes acceptable behaviour and internalize the values and self-discipline required  to behave appropriately whether external supervision is present or not. 

The following are the purposes of the Code of Conduct:

  1.  To ensure that all members of the school community are treated with respect and dignity
  2. To promote responsible citizenship by encouraging appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community
  3. To maintain an environment where conflict and differences can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and civility
  4. To encourage the use of non-violent means to resolve conflict
  5. To promote the safety of people in the school
  6. To discourage the use of alcohol, tobacco ,and illegal drugs

Given that studies show positive discipline to be the most successful motivator for the appropriate behavior, staff will endeavour to use positive and supportive methods in developing responsible caring students.

Positive and supportive methods may include but are not limited to:

  • Education about the SAFE rule
  • Use of Restorative Questions with talking with students
  • Involving students in the creation of classroom rules
  • Grade 6-8 participation in Tell Them From Me school climate surveys
  • Student voice on Safe Schools Committee
  • Positive reinforcement
  • Acknowledge students for making good choices and getting along with peers
  • Positive and consistent communication with parents
  • Recognition of student achievement and successes in school wide setting
  • Providing students with leadership opportunities
  • Role modeling respectful behavior
  • Character education

 There will be occasions when positive methods do not work.  In these cases the following range of consequences will be used:

  • Time out
  • Student-teacher discussion
  • Call home by student and/or teacher
  • Not in the agenda/email
  • Review school SAFE rule
  • Detention with reflection sheet
  • Apology/restitution
  • Loss of privileges including extra curricular activities
  • Student/teacher/parent meeting
  • Referral to outside agencies
  • In or out of school suspension
  • Restorative Conferences
  • Police involvement

Most situations will be handled by the classroom teacher, lunchroom supervisors, support staff or principal as they occur.  Staff will attempt to have consequences that are progressive in nature, are appropriate to the behaviour and are applied in a timely manner.

Opening and Closing Exercises

Opening exercise will include the playing of O Canada, a moment for student silent reflection and morning announcements.

Grandfather Teaching

Responsibility- I am responsible for my thoughts, words, and choices

Kindness- I show kindness in my actions and words without expecting anything in return

Respect- I value myself and others and appreciate our differences

Humility- I can raise myself up without pushing others down

Bravery- I speak up for myself and others even when it is difficult or others do not agree

Wisdom- I think through decisions and actions carefully before I choose what to do

Honesty- I am truthful even when it is difficult to be

Roles and Responsibilities
School Staff Students Parents Police and Community Members
  • Model good character
  • Help students work to their full potential
  • Empower students to be leaders
  • Be highly visible and engage in positive interactions
  • Communicate regularly with parents
  • Maintain consistent standards of behavior for all students
  • Demonstrate respect
  • Prepare students for the full responsibilities of citizenship
  • Attend regularly, prepared and ready to learn
  • Dress appropriately
  • Show respect for self and others
  • Refrain from bullying
  • Refrain from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others
  • Follow established rules and take responsibility for actions
  • Refrain from engaging in activities that could have a negative impact on the school climate
  • Model good character
  • Take an active interest in their child’s learning
  • Help child be prepared and ready for school
  • Ensure their child attends regularly, is rested and adequately nourished
  • Report absences or late arrival to school
  • Be familiar with school rules and Code of Conduct
  • Encouraging
  • Assist the school in dealing with disciplinary issues
  • Develop a relationship with school
  • Make presentations to students and school personnel
  • Maintain a presence at the school throughout the year, at school events and during regular school hours
  •  Attend regularly, prepared and ready to learn
  • Dress appropriately
  • Show respect for self and others
  • Refrain from bullying
  • Refrain from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others
  • Follow established rules and take responsibility for actions
  • Refrain from engaging in activities that could have a negative impact on the school climate
  •  Model good character
  • Take an active interest in their child’s learning
  • Help child be prepared and ready for school
  • Ensure their child attends regularly, is rested and adequately nourished
  • Report absences or late arrival to school
  • Be familiar with school rules and Code of Conduct
  • Encouraging
  • Assist the school in dealing with disciplinary issues
  •  Develop a relationship with school
  • Make presentations to students and school personnel
  • Maintain a presence at the school throughout the year, at school events and during regular school hours

 

Code of Conduct
  Expected Behaviour Consequence
Academic Success Attend regularly, be punctual.  Be diligent in studies, which include the completion of work, completion of homework and handing in assignments on time. If students are not getting their work completed, parents will be contacted and arrangements will be made to complete the missing assignment.
Attendance Students are expected to attend regularly and to be on time. Please notify the school if your child is absent or will be arriving late. If attendance becomes an issue parents will be contacted. Students are expected to make up missed work.  Persistent lates will result in a detention.
Respect Students are expected to show respect for and accept differences in others. Students who are disrespectful will be given a consequence deemed appropriate for the circumstances.
Appropriate language Students will use language that shows respect for all people in the school.  Swearing, name calling, obscene or racist/sexist language is not accepted.  This includes written and spoken language as well as gestures. Students who swear or use inappropriate language will be given a consequence deemed appropriate for the circumstances. Students who swear directly at an adult will be suspended.
Appropriate student to student interaction Students are expected to conduct themselves with care and respect for personal safety of others. Students who are inappropriate with their peers will be given a consequence deemed appropriate for the circumstances.
Dress code Students are dress comfortably and for the weather.  Some form of clothing is not permitted including short shorts, cut offs, tube tops, clothes that leave back or stomach exposed, muscle shirts, ripped clothing, or clothing with inappropriate slogans, drawings or in  a state of disrepair. Clothing that advertises alcohol, drugs, or materials of a discriminatory nature will not be permitted. Students wearing inappropriate clothing will be expected to remove it if possible and not wear it again.  If the behavior is persistent, parents will be notified.  If possible suitable clothing will be loaned to the student; otherwise they will be sent home to change or will remain inside if clothing is not suitable for the weather.
Care of property Students are expected to use school property and equipment with care. If a student destroys or damages school property, parents will be notified and an appropriate consequence will be given including repair or restitution.
Lunchroom behavior Students who stay for lunch are expected to follow the established procedures. While on duty lunchroom supervisors have the same authority as teachers. If the lunchroom is abused, privileges may be withdrawn.  Students may have to eat in another location. Parents may be notified.
 Bus behaviour  Students are expected to remain seated on the bus, refrain from distracting the driver.  Students are not permitted to eat or drink of the bus.  If the bus driver notifies the student of an incident, students will be warned, reminded of bus behavior, or suspended from riding the bus.
Field trip and sports activities  When students are on field trips or activities away from the school, they are expected to behave as well as they would at school and are subject to the same rules. Inappropriate behaviour during an activity may result in the same consequence as they would receive at school, be removed from the activity, or sent home at the parent’s expense.
Smoking All tobacco products are prohibited.  Smoking on school property is prohibited. Possession of tobacco, possession of alcohol, being under the influence of drugs, inhalants or trafficking are covered under board policy # 319. Consequences may include but are not limited to suspension or expulsion and police involvement.
Alcohol and drugs The use or possession of drugs or alcohol on school property or at any school sponsored event is prohibited. Use of tobacco, possession of alcohol, being under the influence of drugs, inhalants or trafficking are covered under board policy # 319. Consequences may include but are not limited to suspension or expulsion and police involvement.
Prohibited from school Sling shots, knives, guns(including toy guns), laser lights, skateboards, roller blades, cell phones, cameras If these items are found at school they will be confiscated and held until the end of day.  Repeated incidents will involve the parent having to pick the item up, and may lead to further consequences.