CHIEF MAQUINNA STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
Reviewed February 2018
School Mission Statement
A school with more than a half century tradition of service, Chief Maquinna is committed to enabling students to reach intellectually, aesthetically, athletically and socially within a school community that fosters respect, empathy, achievement, cooperation and helpfulness. We embrace the Seven Sacred Teachings of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples and attempt to integrate them in all that we say and do at Maquinna.
What does the Code of Conduct look like at Maquinna?
Respect Yourself- means that we are demonstrating being responsible for ourselves and our actions. Treat ourselves with pride and acceptance. We show this through respect, truth, humility, and honesty. We use our wisdom to understand what we need.
Respect Others- means we take into consideration other people’s feelings. We treat others just how we’d like to be treated. We treat others with respect. We show this through respect, courage, and love. We use our wisdom to understand what others need.
Respect this Place- means we take pride in our school. We treat our physical belongings like we’d treat our home. Our school is a reflection on us and how we feel about ourselves. We show this through respect for our world and our environment. We use our wisdom about nature to treat the Earth respectfully and make it better for generations that follow us.
Some examples of expected behaviour in and around the school:
In the hallways:
- walk, don’t run on the right-hand side of the hallway, use inside voices-no shouting, give others space
- Listen to the teacher, allow other students to work, try your best, allow other students to work, keep your belongings tidy
In the lunchroom:
- eat quietly using good manners, clean up after yourself: recycle juice boxes: throw garbage in can
On the playground at recess and lunch:
- Include others in games, play safely, stay within in school boundaries
Before and after school
- Play safely and fairly, do not ride bikes, scooters or skateboards on the playground, follow the school crossing guards instructions
Sometimes students need help to solve problems at school. These are some people who can help you are: supervision aides, teachers/ student support workers, the Principal, the office administrator, the counselor, the school engineer, CST Staff.
Parents, family members and guardians can help by:
Talking to your child about the school code of conduct and why their behaviour matters, discussing problems and issues that arise, teaching students about solving problems peacefully, encouraging your child to take responsibility for his or her belongings, work and behaviour and supporting your child with his or her school work.
Some examples of behaviours that are not acceptable at the school:
- Disrupting the learning of others
- Using bad language.
- Hurting others’ feelings by words or actions
- Pushing, playing, roughly, playing unsafely
- Violent behaviour such as hitting with intent to hurt, fighting and threatening others.
- Vandalism to school or others’ property.
- Racism, sexism or homophobic comments.
- Bringing a weapon to school.
- Any form of bullying (cyber or otherwise)
Some examples of very serious breaches of the Code of Conduct:
Consequences: vary according to the frequency and severity of the action. We take into account the ability of the child to understand their behaviour and expect that as children mature, they are able to take more responsibility for their actions. Special considerations may apply to students with special needs if they are unable to comply with parts of the Code of Conduct due to having a disability of an intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional, or behavioural nature. Our goal is to have students take responsibility for their actions, to commit to changing their behaviour and to apologize to the person who has been hurt.
- Students will discuss the issue with the Principal.
- Student may complete a problem solving sheet either in class or in the office. This will be signed by the teacher, parent, student and Principal.
- Our goal is to be restorative-to ensure that the student understands the behaviour and makes a plan for how to improve it going forward.
- Student may lose playtime at recess or lunch or work in another classroom for a time.
- Students will have a logical consequence such as garbage duty for littering, writing a letter of apology for hurting someone’s feelings.
- A meeting may be set up with the parent, teacher, student and administration to set up a plan to improve behaviour.
- For serious issues, student may receive an in-school suspension, or a formal suspension. A plan will be put in place with expectations for improvement when the student returns.
- When a student is suspended, parents will be contacted by phone or in person in cases of serious misbehaviour. School board officials will also be notified, as well as other authorities, if necessary.
Chief Maquinna school promotes the values expressed in the BC Human Rights Code respecting the rights of all individuals in accordance with the law – prohibiting discrimination based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation – in respect of discriminatory publication and discrimination in accommodation, service and facility in the school environment.
The school will treat seriously behaviour or communication that discriminates based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation (prohibited grounds set out in the BC Human Rights Code).
The school code of conduct applies applies while at school, at a school-related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have will have an impact on the school environment.
In accordance with the School Act, Sec. 85 (2) (ii) and (d), The Board authorizes the Principal or designate of any school in the district to suspend a student from attendance at school for up to five days.
Suspensions may be for the following reasons:
a.Because a student is willfully and repeatedly disrespectful to a teacher or to any other employee of the Board carrying out responsibilities approved by the Board.
b. Because the behaviour of the student breaches the District Code of Conduct or policy and/or has a harmful effect on others or the learning environment of the school.
c. because the student has failed to comply with the School Code of Conduct.
Suspensions over five days are made in consultation with the appropriate Director of Instruction as per District Policy http://www.vsb.bc.ca/district-policy/jgd-r-district-student-code-conduct-regulation