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Code of Conduct



We are Crosstown:  

Code of Conduct for Crosstown Elementary

Our school community believes that it is important to establish a safe, supportive learning environment for all. We do this by taking care of ourselves, taking care of others and taking care of this place. Our school code is:

  • Caring - We are caring and respectful
  • Responsible - We are responsible for ourselves, others, and this place
  • Optimistic - We have an optimistic mindset on our learning journey
  • Wise - We think, look, and listen to make wise choices
  • Safe - We choose to be safe in our C.R.O.W.S’ nest

All members of our school community are expected to follow our School Code of Conduct while on our school property.


Crosstown 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.  When required, the school will take reasonable steps to further support bystanders who report incidents that are not in support of our Code of Conduct.

Supporting Positive Behaviour

Serious situations may require moving directly to level 3.  As students become older, more mature and move through successive grades, consideration is given to each context with the possibility of notifying other parties.  Behaviours are supported in a restorative way wherever possible and appropriate.  Special considerations may apply to students with special needs if students with special needs are unable to comply with our Code of Conduct due to having intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional or behavioural challenges.

Level 1
• reinforce problem-solving strategies with student
• discussion with adult

Level 2
• when the situation warrants further attention, students may be asked to write a think sheet describing his/her role in the situation and how the situation can be solved
• parents may be asked to sign and support the plan of action

Level 3
• occurs when the caring, responsible, optimistic, wise, safe rule is broken in a serious way, consequences may involve meeting with parents and support staff (Supervision Aides, Counsellors, Indigenous Enhancement Worker)

Who you can call for assistance:

•    call your child’s teacher first

•    call Principal or Vice-Principal

School Wide Expectations

All behaviours in this Code of Conduct are examples only and are not an all-inclusive list.


•    include others

•    play safely

•    encourage interaction between younger and older students

Hallways, Learning Commons Areas & Stairways:

•    walk safely

•    use inside voices

•    work together to make this a positive learning environment


•    follow routines for seating;

•    clean up after selves;

•    quiet conversation;                        

In Washroom:

•    report problems to adult

•    treat place like your own home

Students are encouraged to make good decisions to ensure their behaviour demonstrates safety, fairness and kindness at all times.

These expectations apply to behaviour at school, during school-organized or sponsored activities and behaviour beyond these times (including on-line behaviour) that negatively impacts the safe, caring or orderly environment of the school, and /or student learning.

At Crosstown we plan to encourage:

•     leadership by providing opportunities for students to take on special projects (e.g., lunch hour activities, equipment monitors, peer helpers, buddy projects, Assembly Team, and service to others.

•     students to become involved outside the school - the greater community:

      (e.g., Terry Fox, Food Bank, and other charitable events as deemed by the teachers and students)

•     students to be involved in their home community by working closely with local community centres (e.g. Neighbourhood House, community team sports.)

Student Suspension 

In accordance with the School Act, the Vancouver School Board authorizes the Principal to suspend a student from attending school for a period of up to five days.  Students will be given work to do at home during the suspension.  A letter outlining the reasons for suspension is given to parents.  Due to particular circumstances, a student may receive an in-school suspension where he/she would spend the day in the office with work provided.  A suspension may be for the following reasons (these are examples only and not an all-inclusive list):

a)  a student displays violent, extremely disruptive, illegal or defiant behaviour

b)  a student engages in bullying (both verbal and non-verbal) towards other students or adults

c)  a student is involved in physical altercation with another student

In the event of a suspension, the Parent or Guardian will be called in to discuss the situation and will be expected to support the child’s commitment for improved behaviour.

If there is a violation of a very serious nature, suspension will be immediate.

Families Can Help

1.   Discuss this pamphlet with your child and or children.

2.   Contact your child’s teacher and/or call the school if you have any questions.

3.   Further information can be found on our website and on the Vancouver School Board website

*  The staff at Crosstown work hard to make the school Code of Conduct reflect the school’s developing philosophy and should be considered a work in progress and is revisited each year.  

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