Code of Conduct


At North Canoe Elementary School, we believe that all children have the right to learn and teachers have the right to teach in a safe, caring and orderly environment. Our expectations are that students will maintain an attitude that is cooperative, courteous and respectful and that their behaviour will help to ensure a productive learning environment can be maintained for all.

At North Canoe Elementary we have four guiding principles as outlined below.

Be Respectful to Yourself – care about your learning and yourself, including your own safety.
Some examples of how you can show this include:
• always doing your best
• making good choices
• being on time and ready to work
• having your learning materials ready
• doing your homework and using your planner

Be respectful to Others – be considerate of others’ personal feelings and properties.
Some examples of how you can show this include:
• always respecting the learning environment and needs of others
• being polite and waiting your turn
• treating others with respect (treat others as you wish to be treated)
• using good listening skills
• being honest and telling the truth

Be respectful to Property – care about your school and your environment.
Some examples of how you can show this include:
• clean up after yourself
• take good care of materials – use the as they were intended
• ask before borrowing
• help keep your classroom, school and playground clean and orderly

Be Respectful of the Learning Environment – care about your learning and the learning of others.
Some examples of how you can show this include:
• listen respectfully to your teachers, guests and fellow students
• play safely in all areas of the school playground
• work cooperatively with students and staff
• walk calmly and quietly in the hallways – no running

When Misbehaviour occurs we follow our Progressive Discipline Cycle

Our code of conduct is designed to provide guidelines for appropriate student behaviour while under the jurisdiction of the school or at any school-sponsored function. Note that if a very serious incident occurs, the school administration may deem it appropriate to apply Step 4 consequences to the student.

Inappropriate behaviour can consist of, but is not limited to:
• rudeness, swearing, spitting
• fighting (or play fighting)
• threats
• physical, emotional or verbal bullying
• lack of respect for others, teasing
• throwing objects (rocks, sticks, snowballs, etc.)
• defiant behaviour, insolence
• running in the halls
• unauthorized leaving of school grounds
• vandalism or littering
• cheating or not being truthful

Consequences will be applied in a fair and consistent manner, respecting individual rights, responsibilities, age and maturity, and be restorative rather than punitive in nature. Each incident is investigated and consequences are applied based on the evidence gathered.

Our discipline cycle is progressive in nature and escalates when behaviours are repeated or increasingly serious.

Inappropriate behaviour typically has the following consequences:

Step 1: First or minor offence:
• Review of expectations with the student. A timeout may result.
• Apologies may be appropriate.

Step 2: Second offence:
• Review of expectations, written assignment and/or loss of privileges
• Parents are informed

Step 3: Third offense: meeting with the parents
• Issue is discussed with parents and then with the child
• Action plan is developed – consequences assigned and reinforced by parents
• This may include a short-term (in school or at home) suspension up to 5 days
• If suspension is necessary, a discipline letter will be sent home to parents and the District office

Step 4: Serious or repeated offenses that negatively impact others or the learning environment at North Canoe Elementary
• Review of the Step 3 action plan with parents
• Short term, in school or out of school suspension – if appropriate up to 5 days
• Long term suspension (over 5 days) or referral to District program
• In some situations, school administration may consult with District discipline committee
• Consultation with police and/or fire department (if appropriate)
• Expulsion (the District Discipline committee will be consulted when determining if an expulsion is warranted).

A Safe and Caring School Environment Is Free from Acts of
• bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment and marginalization
• threat and intimidation
• violence in any form
• abuse in any form
• discrimination in any form including race, colour, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, ancestry or national origin
• retribution against a person who has reported incidents

Or the Misuse of
• Cyberspace/Cell Phones/Electronic Devices/Computers – students are to be aware that they may be subject to discipline (or, if applicable, confiscation of personal property) for misuse of technology if it negatively impacts on the school environment.

Forms of unacceptable conduct cited above are only some examples and not an all-inclusive list but they do constitute a serious violation of our school Code of Conduct and as such may be dealt with as a Step 4 offence. The severity of the incident is based on the evidence gathered through an investigation completed by the administration. In most cases, serious offenses involve a review with the District Discipline committee.

We Do Not Tolerate the Presence of
• Acts of theft and vandalism
• Intoxicating or banned substances
• Weapons or replica (toy) weapons and explosives
• Intruders or trespassers – All visitors to school must first report to the office

As circumstances warrant, administrators have a responsibility to advise involved parties, as indicated below, following a behaviour incident:
• Parent of student exhibiting major behaviours (in every instance)
• Parent of student on the receiving end (in every instance)
• Superintendent, Safe Schools team member and/or other District Staff
• Ministerial agencies and/or School Liaison officer (Police)

In Reference to the BC Human Rights Code:
North Canoe Elementary promotes the values expressed in the BC Human Rights Code respecting the rights of individuals in accordance with the law – prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression – in respect of discriminatory publication and discrimination in accommodation, service and facility in the school environment.
The school will treat seriously behavior or communication that discriminates based on race, color, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression (prohibited grounds set out in the BC Human Rights Code)