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Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct - Updated June 2024

Statement of Purpose

Osler 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. We will accomplish this by:

  • Taking care of each other
  • Taking care of ourselves
  • Taking care of our school

Conduct Expectations

As students become older, more mature and move through successive grades, they are expected to demonstrate increasing personal responsibility and self-control. At Sir William Osler Elementary, our Code of Conduct details expectations for student behaviour while at school, while going to and from school, and while attending school functions or activities at any location, and including on-line behaviour.

Caring for each other means:

  • Treating others as you would like to be treated
  • Respecting the personal space, feelings and rights of others
  • Keeping hands/feet to yourself
  • Using words assertively and respectfully to resolve conflicts
  • Listening to others when they say “no” or  “stop”, respecting them and doing so - immediately
  • Including others in play and making sure no one feels left out
  • Reporting behaviour that was or could be disrespectful, bullying, or unsafe
  • Greeting other students, staff, guests and parents in a friendly manner
  • Listening without interrupting
  • Admitting and apologizing if you’re wrong
  • Helping others who are hurt or need assistance
  • Eating lunch calmly and politely and respecting the rights of others to enjoy their lunches
  • Walking in hallways and keeping to the right on stairs
  • Holding doors open for others

Taking care of ourselves and our learning means:

  • Trying our best
  • Being on time for school
  • Bringing supplies, books, assignments and notices to school when needed
  • Cooperating, focusing and being on task during class
  • Completing homework assignments
  • Asking questions and being proactive in our learning
  • Listening to and respecting others’ opinions
  • Being ready to share ideas and knowledge
  • Supporting and encouraging others
  • Respecting our school as a place for thinking, learning and working
  • Using a reasonable volume and tone of voice
  • Being honest and original by not cheating, copying or plagiarizing
  • Following directions given by any staff member
  • Electronic communication – the internet is a public domain and should not be used to send personal or confidential information. Usage can be seen by others and there is no guarantee of privacy. Any harassment, verbal or otherwise, or uttering threats through email, text messages, telephone, cell phone, or chat rooms is illegal – Criminal Code of Canada.

Taking care of our school means:

  • Being proud of the school grounds and buildings by helping to keep them clean 
  • Picking up litter and putting garbage in baskets 
  • Recycling and reusing 
  • Being careful around plants and trees 
  • Asking permission before touching the property of others 
  • Asking permission before borrowing equipment or property 
  • Playing in appropriate areas, not in washrooms and hallways 
  • Taking care of textbooks and library materials 
  • Respect posted materials/displays in common areas

Unacceptable Behaviour:

  • Bullying, putting down, threatening, teasing or making racist, homophobic, sexist or religion-related remarks in person, in written form, and on-line
  • Gossiping or talking about people unkindly
  • Using inappropriate language such as swearing or making rude gestures
  • Vandalizing, doing graffiti or destroying school property


Violations of the Code of Conduct will be addressed. Whenever possible, consequences will be logical, preventative and restorative, rather than punitive. The severity and frequency of unacceptable conduct, as well as the age and maturity of students, are considered when determining appropriate consequences.

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