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Code of Conduct

University Hill Elementary School Code of Conduct

The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to help provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all students to be successful and feel a sense of belonging as valued and significant members of the school community.
Be kind to yourself • Be kind to each other • Be kind to this place • Hold one another up
Be kind to yourself:

• Say one kind thing to yourself when you wake up
• Eat healthy food and get lots of sleep
• Feel proud of your learning and hard work


Student generated examples of being kind to yourself:
• Avoid dangerous situations
• Appreciate what you have
• Tell an adult if you get hurt or feel sick
• Do some breathing when you are angry
• Be yourself

What does ‘Be kind to yourself’ mean to you?

Be kind to each other:
• Treat people how they want to be treated
• Invite people to play and learn
• Use words to solve problems peacefully

Student generated examples of being kind to each other:
• Accept the beliefs of others
• Help people with their problems
• Give people space when needed
• Consider the way other people may feel
• Learn about the culture of other people What does ‘Be kind to each other’ mean to you?

Be kind to this place:
• Pick up garbage, reduce, reuse, and recycle
• Learn about the plants and animals around us
• Think about ‘How can I take care of the Earth? How does the Earth take care of me?’

Student generated examples of being kind to this place:
• Enjoy the gardens
• Clean up and tidy your spaces
• Leave wildlife in its natural habitat
• Be in tune with your surroundings
• Remember that we share this space

What does ‘Be kind to this place’ mean to you?

Hold one another up:
• Listen to one another respectfully
• Encourage one another with words and actions
• Think about ‘How am I connected to my family, friends, and the Earth?’

Student generated examples of holding one another up:
• Share and help others
• Help someone be happy when they are sad
• Teach each other
• Ask people how they are doing
• Make people feel lighter

What does ‘Hold one another up’ mean to you?

Our Code applies to behaviour at school, during school-organized or sponsored activities and behaviour beyond these times (including online behaviour) that impacts the safe, caring and orderly environment of the school and/or student learning.

At University Hill Elementary we reflect upon our choices, take responsibility for our actions and make amends through a restorative action plan with consideration of the developmental levels, age, maturity and special needs of students. Whenever possible, consequences will be preventative and restorative (such as writing a letter of apology for hurting someone’s feelings, cleaning up when littering, etc.).

University Hill Elementary 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, gender
identity, or expression, or age. Racism will not be tolerated in our school.

The following guidelines are used for supporting students who are not being socially responsible, or whose behaviour interferes with learning, safety, or belonging of others. Some possible responses could be:

Initial, Minor Incidents:

• A discussion with an adult
• Classroom teacher is informed, and a small group or class meeting is held
• Reflection on behaviour and appropriate restorative action

Repeated Behaviour:

• Administrator facilitates student reflection on behaviour
• Student records reflection on form that is sent home for parent/guardian information and signature
• Loss of privileges for appropriate length of time
• Staff work with student and potentially family to develop a plan for positive behaviour

Serious Problems/Refusal to change:

• Completion of reflection form
• Discussion with administrator, classroom teacher and family
• Development of a Positive Behaviour Support Plan
• Working with district behaviour support team
• Possible change of learning space
• Possible in school/out of school suspension

Serious Breaches of the Code of Conduct—Suspensions:

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)

Please Note: It may be necessary to contact others outside of the school such as district staff, police, and/or ministerial agencies.

Family Involvement:

• Discuss the school’s Code of Conduct with your child
• Be in close contact with your child’s teacher and email or contact them with any concerns
• Inform the school of any personal circumstances that may influence your child’s behaviour
• Help your child to be as independent and responsible as possible for their actions, their words, their belongings, and their schoolwork
• Ensure that your child gets adequate rest and is on time for school
• Read with your child no matter the age
• Monitor any social media accounts your child is using
• Encourage your child to be physically active (consider walking to school)
• Questions? Please email uhillelementary@vsb.bc.ca or phone the school at 

604-713-5350

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