Read the Code of Conduct pamphlet.
At Pierre Elliott Trudeau School, we have developed a
Code of Conduct based on respect, responsibility, and safety, in order to create
an environment that promotes positive academic, social, and emotional
development. It is each student’s responsibility to follow the
Code of Conduct and school rules at school, while going to and from school, and
while attending school curricular and extra-curricular activities at any
location. We want students to learn to take responsibility for
their behaviour. As well, we want students to learn that
appropriate behaviour has positive consequences and that inappropriate behaviour
has negative consequences. School staff works in partnership with
families to ensure that a fair and consistent approach to student discipline is
maintained. Our 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. Racism will not be tolerated at our school.
School Mission Statement
Together We Are Better…
We believe that we are in a partnership with families
and that parent, child, and school; all play a role in the development of
children as responsible members of society.
The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to help provide a
safe, supportive and stimulating environment for learning that will enable
students to become well-rounded learners and citizens.
Code of Conduct Motto
Be true to yourself
Be true to others
Be true to the environment
Students’ Rights and Responsibilities
Trudeau, students have the right to:
Be T.R.U.E to Yourself:
Honour your mind, body and spirit:
- Be active and healthy
- Get rest
- Be curious and inquisitive
- Be mindful
- Seek balance
Be T.R.U.E. to Others: Be empathic, compassionate and caring
- Be a good listener
- Be courteous by saying please, thank you, holding doors open, and using good manners
- Solve problems with words and play fairly
- Ask for help if you need it
Be T.R.U.E. to the Environment: Be thoughtful, global Citizens:
- Respect differences
- Make responsible decisions
- Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
- Respect private property and be charitable
Students have the responsibility to:
- Follow the Trudeau Code of conduct
- Follow the school and classroom rules
- Act safely
- Treat others with respect and kindness
- Always try their best
- Come to school on time, prepared to learn
Additional School Expectations
- Based on experience, certain specific rules, mainly to do with safety, are also required to guide students’ behaviour. They are:
- Students are expected to walk in the hallways, and to not raise their voices.
- Play safe, share, and include others. Dangerous and rough play is not allowed.
- Students must stay on the school grounds during school hours unless permission is granted by the office. Written permission is required from a parent.
- Everyone is expected to keep the school grounds clean and safe. Use the garbage cans and respect nature.
- Chewing gum is not permitted in the school building.
- Bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, heelies, baseballs, and scooters must not be used on school property.
- Laser pointers are not to be brought to school.
- Students must not bring toy or replica guns, knives, or other weapons to school.
The school will treat seriously behaviour or
communication that discriminates based on the BC Human Rights Code.
Types of Misbehaviour
Misbehaviour is generally regarded on a three point
scale of severity. Below is a list of examples of unacceptable behaviour, to indicate how
misbehaviours may be categorized. This list is not all-inclusive,
but can serve as a guide.
an unsafe manner
· possession of
Consequences of Misbehaviour
At Trudeau, positive behaviour is recognized.
As well, students regularly participate in activities designed to enhance
their awareness of the Code of Conduct Motto and the desirable behaviour it
suggests. Student behaviour is always considered in the context in
which it occurs. The child’s age, maturity, special needs, the
seriousness of the behaviour, the frequency of the behaviour, and the specific
circumstances are all considered when a child engages in inappropriate
behaviour. These are the general guidelines used and are intended
to be consistent, preventative, fair and restorative rather than punitive,
wherever possible and appropriate. When a consequence is necessary, the
following is a guideline used with rising expectations based on age, maturity
and successive grades:
handled by staff
incident may be
parent may be
include one or more of the following: warning, Behaviour Sheet, restriction, community service
principal may be
incident will be
parent will be
include one or more of the following: restitution, in-school suspension, as well
as Level 1 consequences
principal will be
student will be
removed from the situation
incident will be
parent will be
parents of other
children may be contacted, to reassure them that appropriate action has been
authority may be involved, as may school district
include one or more of the following: suspension, behaviour contract, referral,
legal action, as well as Level 1 and 2 consequences
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 maybe be for the following reasons:
- because a student is willfully and repeatedly disrespectful to a teacher or to any employee of the Board carrying out responsibilities approved by the Board.
- 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.
- 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 the District Student Code of Conduct, AP350. As per AP350 6.7.1 an educational program must be provided.
*Documentation involves recording the incident, which
allows the school to track behaviours and plan and implement strategies designed
to improve student behaviour and increase socially responsible behaviour.
A record of the incident may be placed in the student’s
* The school will take all reasonable steps to
prevent retaliation against a student who has made a complaint of a breach of
our code of conduct.