Langdale Code of Conduct
We have a code of conduct in order to promote a safe and caring place of learning.
We use three key word-phrases to communicate guidelines for supportive, respectful and considerate behaviour:
- Common Sense
The act of treating everyone with care and respect.
Some examples of courtesy:
- Being polite (“Please”, “Thank-you”, “Excuse Me”) and respectful (indoor voice, taking turns etc.)
- Being kind and sensitive to how others are feeling (Empathetic)
- Being on time
- Taking care of personal and school property, as well as the environment (supplies, playground equipment, litter etc.)
- Respecting other people's personal space
- Acknowledging differences in everyone's opinions, ideas and learning styles
The ability to work positively with others to achieve a common goal.
Some examples of cooperation:
- Responding appropriately to requests and directions from all staff at Langdale
- Listening to and respecting other points of view
- Accepting consequences for actions and being willing to problem solve
- Showing courage to stand up for others when they are being teased or bullied
- Helping others
This involves making good decisions for yourself, others and the environment. Oftentimes, common sense can be a feeling that lets you know that something does not feel right.
Some examples of common sense:
- Being aware of others around us and moving safely aound the school
- Staying on school grounds at all times or signing out when leaving
- Cleaning up after yourself and looking after your belongings
- Wearing appropriate clothing at school
- Being silent during emergency situations and drills
- Sitting on the bus while keeping hands, feet and objects to one's self
Unacceptable behavior is considered as an opportunity for growth and further learning: We all make mistakes. The focus will always be on an objective, fair problem solving approach that has a restorative outcome. We need to take responsibility first and foremost before we can move forward: No problem is too big to solve once we own up to our actions. The severity and frequency of unacceptable conduct as well as the age, maturity and special needs of students are considered in determining appropriate action. Examples of unacceptable behaviour include, but are not limited to, bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, intimidation and threatening or violent behaviours
Some behaviours, such as bullying or cyberbullying, require more serious, structured intervention. Possible approaches can include problem solving discussions, mediation between the parties involved, reflection sheets, counseling, parent-school meetings and, in extreme cases, suspension from school. For more information regarding personal safety and bullying, please refer to School District Regulation 2720 (Regulation 2720).
When, in the opinion of the school administrator, a student is in possession of or under the influence of intoxicating substances during the regular school day or at a school-sponsored function, the student may be suspended (Regulation 2850).
The possession of a weapon by a student on or near school property or at a school event is a threat to the safety and security of students and staff. Any student found to be in possession of a weapon will be subject to severe disciplinary action, including suspension and/or criminal charges (Regulation 6950). Where possible, parents, the school administration and the student(s) involved will work together to ensure there will not be a repeat violation and to foster a successful re-entry into an appropriate school setting. The school board will take all
reasonable steps to prevent retaliation by a person against a student who has made a complaint regarding a breach of our code of conduct.
Notification of Parents and/or Other Adults
In cases of serious misconduct, the school will notify parents of students directly involved. School district officials, the police and other agencies may be informed when required by law, school regulation or when otherwise appropriate.
Rising Expectations with Age and Maturity
As our students become older and more mature, our expectations of them change. We expect increased personal responsibility and self-discipline and a more skillful ability to apply courtesy, cooperation and common sense to a variety of situations.
BC Human Rights Code
Under the BC Human Rights Code, individuals are protected from discrimination, denial of services or access by virtue of their race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, age (applies to persons 19 to 64 years of age) and unrelated criminal or summary convictions. The Langdale Elementary Code of Conduct supports and aligns with the BC Human Rights Code, as well as School District 46 Regulation 2760 (Regulation 2760), which addresses sexual orientation
and gender identity.