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Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Students and staff have the Right to learn and work in an environment that is positive, pleasant and safe. Students, parents and staff have the Right to be treated with fairness, respect and dignity.

The Administrators, teaching and support staff have the Responsibility to maintain proper order and discipline and to protect the safety and well being of all students.

Parents and students have the Responsibility to understand and support the discipline code of the school.

CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

The staff, students and parents of École Publique Rideau Public School have developed a code of behaviour. This document outlines our expectations regarding acceptable behaviour and provides an overview of possible consequences for unacceptable behaviour. The purpose of the École Publique Rideau Public School code of behaviour is to ensure the welfare and safety of our children while helping students to attain the greatest possible level of self-discipline. The code of behaviour is reviewed at the beginning of each school year with students.

In all cases, students will be treated in a kind, firm, and consistent manner. We realize that all students have rights, but with every right there comes a responsibility.

An environment in which students feel good about themselves is conducive to the development of respect for the rights of others and understanding of shared responsibility. We shall endeavour to instil in all our students respect for themselves, respect for others, and respect for their environment.

RESPECT FOR YOURSELF

Expected Behaviour:

• Come to school dressed cleanly and neatly, reflecting personal pride. (Suggestive pictures and slogans promoting profanity, sexual innuendo and or prejudice, alcohol, drugs on clothing are not acceptable),
• Maintain punctual regular attendance,
• Participate in all classes,
• Use appropriate language,
• Be honest at all times,
• Conduct yourself in an appropriate manner,
• Be responsible for recording and completing all homework,
• Strive to achieve your personal best.

Positive Consequences:

As students demonstrate self-discipline in these areas, the student develops self-confidence and a positive feeling of self-worth. When a student develops self-confidence, their self-esteem improves. Children who have high self-esteem are better able to recognize and accept their own strengths and weaknesses. The student is able to identify negative peer pressure and resist it. The student is able to act in the best interest of the group as a whole. School then becomes a happy place to be as relationships with friends and teachers are positive.

RESPECT FOR OTHERS

Expected Behaviour:

• Show consideration for and treat all members of the school community in a polite and cooperative manner.

Positive Consequences:

Respect for others creates a co-operative, pleasant climate in which students can achieve their best results. As we respect others, we will gain their respect in turn and our own personal rights and property will be safeguarded. A feeling of self worth and co-operative spirit is fostered throughout the school.


RESPECT FOR YOUR ENVIRONMENT

Expected Behaviour:

• Respect the material property of others, the school and the community,
• Participate in anti-litter and clean-up activities to keep our school community clean,
• Reduce waste in lunch foods,
• Wear indoor shoes in the classrooms and gymnasium,
• Participate in the recycling program.


Positive Consequences:

Caring for things will make them last longer and look better. Being neat and clean helps to develop a lifelong habit. Students are required to contribute to maintaining a positive school environment that is healthy, tidy and clean. An environmental awareness at school teaches everyone to share in the responsibility of caring for the world we live in.


BULLYING AWARENESS, PREVENTION, AND INTERVENTION


Bullying will not be accepted on school property, at school-related activities, on school buses, or in any other circumstances (e.g., online) where engaging in bullying will have a negative impact on the school climate.

Staff are teaching students to identify bullying behaviour and giving them tools to respond and to stop it from happening as part of our awareness and prevention strategies. At École Publique Rideau Public School, students use a WITS approach to problem solving, (Walk away, Ignore, Talk it out, Seek help). In French, the acronym DIRE is used. (Demander de L’aide, Ignorer, Reculer, En Parler).

Bullying is typically a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at another person that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear, distress and/or harm to that person's body, feelings, selfesteem or reputation. Bullying occurs when there is a real or perceived imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal, social, or occur through electronic (cyber) communication.

When someone experiences or observes bullying behaviour, he/she is expected to report it to a teacher, teaching assistant or school administrator immediately. Bullying behaviour will be addressed using a progressive discipline approach with a range of interventions and consequences. Bullying can be reported through the Quick Link in our school website at https://rideaupublicschool.limestone.on.ca/contact_school/report_bullying__safety_issue.


CONSEQUENCES FOR MISBEHAVIOUR

The school encourages, supports and recognizes acceptable behaviour in our students through a variety of positive practices. Progressive discipline is an approach that makes use of a range of interventions, supports and consequences, building upon strategies which promote positive behaviours. In the majority of the cases, a reminder to the student is sufficient. If further intervention is necessary, the following are some of the consequences that will be considered:

• Interview with the student,
• Sincere apology by the student,
• Time out,
• Restorative practices to restore relationships to respectful relationships,
• Restitution for any damages,
• Change of inappropriate clothing,
• Removal of recesses,
• Written assignments,
• Withdrawal of school privileges,
• Phone call home,
• Meeting with student, parent/guardian, principal and classroom teacher,
• Implementation of behaviour management strategies (such as validating positive student behaviour),
• Involvement of school board support services and referral to outside agencies,
• Withdrawal of student from class setting, in-school suspension,
• School suspension.

We recognize that each student is a unique individual and that every situation that requires disciplinary action has its own set of extenuating circumstances. All factors that may have affected the student's behaviour will be considered before progressive discipline is applied. Students who behave inappropriately will receive an age and developmentally appropriate consequence. For a student with special education or disability-related needs, all progressive discipline approaches will be consistent with his or her Individual Education Plan and his or her demonstrated abilities.