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Code of Behaviour
The Prince Charles School
Code of Conduct

Introduction

At The Prince Charles School, all members of the school community including students, staff, parents and volunteers work co-operatively to provide a learning environment that is positive, safe and respectful.

 The purpose of this code of conduct is:
  •        to ensure that all members of the school community are treated with respect and dignity
  •        to promote responsible citizenship by encouraging appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community
  •        to maintain an environment where conflict and difference can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and civility
  •        to encourage the use of non-violent means to resolve conflict
  •        to promote the safety of people in the schools
  •        to discourage the use of alcohol and illegal drugs
Standards of Behaviour

Respect, Civility and Responsible Citizenship

All members of the school community must:

  •          respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial, and municipal laws
  •         demonstrate honesty and integrity
  •         respect differences in people, their ideas, and their opinions
  •         treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is disagreement
  •         respect and treat others fairly, regardless of, for example, race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability
  •         respect the rights of others
  •         show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others
  •         take appropriate measures to help those in need
  •         seek assistance from a member of the school staff, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully
  •         respect all members of the school community, especially persons in positions of authority
  •         respect the need of others to work in an environment that is conducive to learning and teaching
  •         not swear at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority
  •         wear clothing that is appropriate to the learning environment and does not cause other members of the community to feel uncomfortable
Safety
All members of the school community must not:


  •         engage in bullying behaviours
  •         commit sexual assault
  •         traffic weapons or illegal drugs
  •         give alcohol to a minor
  •         commit robbery
  •         be in possession of any weapon, including firearms
  •         use any object to threaten or intimidate another person
  •         cause injury to any person with an object
  •         be in possession of, or be under the influence of, or provide others with alcohol or illegal drugs
  •         inflict or encourage others to inflict bodily harm on another person
  •         engage in hate propaganda and other forms of behaviour motivated by hate or bias
  •         commit an act of vandalism that causes extensive damage to school property or to property located on the premises of the school
School Staff Members


School staff members maintain order in the school and are expected to hold everyone to the highest standard of respectful and responsible behaviour.  As role modes, school staff uphold these high standards when they:
   - help students work to their full potential and develop their sense of self-worth
   -empower students to be positive leaders in their classroom, school, and community
   -communicate regularly and meaningfully with parents and the broader school community
  -maintain consistent standards of behaviour for all students
  -demonstrate respect for all students, staff, parents, volunteers, and the members of the school community
  -prepare students for the full responsibilities of citizenship

Students
Students are to be treated with respect and dignity.  In return, they must demonstrate respect for themselves, for others, and for the responsibilities of citizenship through acceptable behaviour.  Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student:


 -comes to school prepared, on time, and ready to learn
  -shows respect for himself or herself, for others, and for those in authority
  -refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others
  -follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his or her own actions

Parents
Parents play an important role in the education of their children, and can support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment for all students.  Parents fulfil their role when they:


  -show an active interest in their child’s school work and progress
  -communicate regularly with the school
  -help their child be neat, appropriately dressed and prepared for school
  -ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time
  -promptly report to the school their child’s absence or late arrival
  -show that they are familiar with the provincial Code of Conduct, the board’s code of conduct, and school rules
  -encourage and assist their child in following the rules of behaviour
  -assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues involving their child       





Consequences
Students can expect a range of consequences if school or classroom rules are not followed.  These consequences will be applied in a firm, fair and consistent manner.  Strategies appropriate to the age and understanding of the student will be applied to provide opportunities for the student to change his or her behaviour.  Possible consequences include:



  -informal interview between student and staff member
  -group problem-solving/conflict resolution
  -student apology
  -formal interview between student and school administration
  -parental involvement (phone call, letter, meeting)
  -detentions at recess or after school
  -restitution / paying for damages
  -confiscation of items that are inappropriate for the school setting
  -behaviour contracts
  -restructuring of student’s timetable
  -alternative academic activities
  -in-school suspension
  -out of school suspension
  -referral for counseling, assessment and programming
  -referral or involvement of community agencies
  -expulsion

 
Last Modified: Aug 25, 2010
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