Maple Ridge Elementary
Code of Conduct
Our school community is committed to ensuring a safe, caring and orderly environment where together we actively support mutual respect, social responsibility and lifelong learning. Together, we aim:
- To encourage the development of socially responsible behaviour.
- To foster a safe, respectful and welcoming learning environment for all students, staff, and parents.
The Code of Conduct applies to all members of the school community at school, traveling to and from the school, at any school-related activity at any location, or any circumstance/activity that will have an impact on the school environment.
In fostering a community of respect, inclusion, fairness and equity, we expect students to not be discriminatory towards others because of appearance, colour, ethnicity, religion, race, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or age.
To help students better understand what respectful behaviour and appropriate problem solving looks like staff actively teach students to use their “WITS”.
- Walk Away – students are encouraged to avoid problems before they have a chance to develop.
- Ignore – students can defuse situations by not responding to the inappropriate behavior of others.
- Talk It Out – students state how others’ behaviors are making them feel and ask them to stop.
- Seek Help – students tell an adult at any stage and can get assistance for any problem.
We expect students to strive to apply problem-solving strategies that maintain the dignity of every person and resolve disagreements in a peaceful manner. Respectful behaviour is reinforced on an ongoing basis.
As members of the school community, we believe in:
- Speaking and acting towards others in a respectful and non-threatening way.
- Completing work to the best of our ability.
- Learning environments that are free of disruptive behaviours that negatively impact the well-being and learning of others.
- Using common areas within the school quietly.
- Walking in the hallways in a calm and respectful manner so that learning is not disrupted.
- Following School District #42 policy regarding weapons, replica weapons, explosives, fireworks, matches, lighters, laser pointers, cigarettes, violence, alcohol, and drugs.
- Playing without fighting
- Staying on school grounds unless going home for lunch (with parent/guardian permission) or picked up by a caregiver.
- Refraining from throwing objects that could cause injury to others or damage to property (rocks, sticks, snowballs).
- Walking bicycles, skateboards, scooters, and roller blades while on the school grounds and bringing a helmet to ensure these items are used according to community bylaws.
- Taking off hats and hoods when entering the school as a show of respect because we want to see each other’s faces.
- Leaving expensive and valuable items at home.
Use of Technology
Students are NOT permitted to use technology during recess and lunch as we want them actively playing with their peers while at school. It is important that students develop necessary social skills therefore we promote interactive play and communication with friends during non-instructional times. Students are encouraged to leave expensive devices at home as we cannot guarantee the safety of these items. If a student carries a device, these are expected to be turned off and stored in their backpacks during school hours.
MRE is committed to providing students with learning environments that are safe, responsive, and inclusive. Students may attend school and school-related functions in dress of their choice provided that their choices:
- Conform with established health and safety requirements for the intended activity;
- Do not represent or promote alcohol or drugs
- Use respectful language
- Do not depict or promote violence, racism, sexism or discrimination; and
- Are not intimidating to others.
Certain behaviours will be considered unacceptable, including but not limited to:
- Threatening behaviour towards others (i.e. swearing, hurtful remarks, gossiping, inappropriate gestures).
- Physical altercations of any kind.
- Continuous repetitive disruptive behaviour.
- Defiance towards teaching staff.
- Theft, vandalism, or mistreatment of school or others personal property.
- Teasing and/or bullying, on or off school grounds, including cell phone, computer and social media communications.
- Any behaviour deemed by the principal or designate to be unsafe.
Expectations for student conduct for younger students differ from those for older students. It is expected that as students move through successive grades, become older and more mature that they will be more socially responsible.
Responses to Conduct Issues
Responses to unacceptable conduct will be thoughtful, consistent and fair. The focus of any intervention will be preventative and restorative in nature, rather than merely punitive. Wherever possible, students will be encouraged to participate in the development of meaningful interventions through discussion and mediation. Decisions will be made with respect to the individual. Responses to conduct issues will take into consideration the student’s age, maturity, any disabilities and past conduct. Reasonable steps will be taken to prevent retaliation against the person who reported a code of conduct issue.
Every effort will be made to support students. However, if there are ongoing conduct issues after having implemented interventions, progressive discipline may include, but is not limited to, referral to an intervention committee, suspension, change of program, change of school, or involvement of the police when behaviour includes a criminal code violation. When responding to breaches in the Code of Conduct, school officials may inform a student’s parent(s), the parents of other students who were involved, school district officials, the police or other agencies or the parents of all students when the whole school community needs to be reassured that a serious situation is being addressed.