In our Code of Conduct Handbook, you will find information on the following:
- Mission Statement
- Student Dress Code
- What is Discipline?
- Why do we have Rules?
- Acceptable Conduct
- Unacceptable Conduct
- Activities Leading to Suspension
- Activities Leading to Suspension/Possible Expulsion
“Sioux Mountain Public School is a multicultural community of learners who strive to empower all to reach their full potential”
The staff at Sioux Mountain Public School believe that we can reach our potential through:
• Developing a clear and shared focus
• Setting high standards and expectations for all
• Encouraging and nurturing leadership
• Ensuring that curriculum, instruction and assessments are aligned
• Frequent monitoring of teaching and learning
• Developing and supporting a positive learning community
• Encouraging a high level of family and community involvement
• High levels of collaboration and communication
• Focused professional development
The students at Sioux Mountain Public School believe that we can reach our potential through:
• Respecting self, others and property
• Caring about and being nice to each other, by NOT bullying, fighting and teasing
• Always including others
• Using appropriate language
• Having fun and playing fair
• Setting a positive example, like sharing
• Being a good influence on others
• Trying our hardest, listening and asking for help
• Paying attention and working hard in class
Students are expected to dress in a clean, neat and appropriate manner. Clothing with slogans or pictures that are offensive or that promote sex, alcohol, drugs, or tobacco products is considered inappropriate. Micro miniskirts, short shorts, low cut or crop tops (midriffs showing) are not allowed. We are suggesting “no undergarments showing” as a guiding principle for determining the appropriateness of halter tops, tank tops or t-shirts. Hats may not be worn inside the building. Hoodies must not be worn over heads.
Students who wear clothing that is deemed to be inappropriate will be asked to put on a shirt or jacket or may be required to call home and request a change of clothing.
Discipline through training and learning helps students make good decisions about behaving. Self-discipline means developing rules of behaviour which are important to students, and they know are fair and right. Students will become more self-disciplined as they grow and gain experience. Sioux Mountain Public School staff, along with family members, will help our students to make good decisions about their behaviour.
Our goal at Sioux Mountain Public School is to help students reach their full potential by providing a healthy environment that is conducive to their academic, social and emotional development.
The staff is responsible for teaching and for keeping the school a safe environment. We realize that there are influences outside the family and the school that may have an impact on children’s behaviour in negative ways (i.e. some television, movies, pop culture, peer pressure, print media, video games, violence in sports). We must have rules which help us get along together in the best way possible for the good of everyone and to know how we are expected to behave in all activities taking place; within the school, on the school grounds, on the school bus, on field trips and all school related activities. Sioux Mountain Public School has adopted a ‘hands off’ policy, in which physical and/or harassing behaviour is unacceptable.
Our school implements a number of social skills programs to teach our children how to behave in an acceptable manner. Sioux Mountain Public School has adopted a ‘Character Education’ program in which children are taught the seven attributes of good character. These seven attributes are: responsibility, honesty, wisdom, bravery, kindness, respect, and humility.
Our school also utilizes two social skills development programs which are: the ’Lion’s Quest Program’ and “Social Skills Recipes’. These programs teach students basic skills that help them to become responsible and caring citizens in our school and community.
Acceptable conduct at our school is characterized by:
1. Punctuality, regular attendance, and hard work.
2. Appropriate dress for the season; neat, clean, inoffensive clothing.
3. Appropriate language – polite and inoffensive actions at school, on the buses, and on school-related activities.
4. Respect for themselves, others, and for those in authority – fairness, courtesy, honesty, consideration.
5. Respect for the property of others, including peers and school property.
6. Respect for the environment.
7. Remaining on the school premises, within designated areas. (Students may leave at 2nd Nutrition Break only with written parental permission.)
8. Working and playing in a safe manner.
9. Not bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others.
10. Adhering to the established rules, taking responsibility for his/her own actions, and the consequences of their behaviour.
11. Adherence to the law.
12. Respect for the rights of and differences in people and treating others fairly regardless of their ideas, opinions, race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.
13. Being courteous and helpful to each other, to staff and to visitors.
Unacceptable conduct is characterized by:
1. Being late for class, truancy, irregular attendance.
2. Not adhering to the school dress code.
3. Swearing, obscenity in language or gestures, racial slurs, name calling, put downs.
4. Insolence, rudeness, intimidation or harassment, interfering with the learning of others.
5. Graffiti, theft, trespassing, vandalism, defacing property (buildings, textbooks, desks, workbooks, etc.)
6. Wasting school materials, leaving garbage and littering, destruction of nature.
7. Leaving the school premises without permission or being in areas not designated for students or visitors.
8. Working or playing in an unsafe manner (i.e. pushing, shoving, fighting, assault, physical confrontation, martial arts, wrestling, dangerous games, flying objects, encouraging others to inflict bodily harm, snowballs, rocks, etc.) or bringing weapons to school.
9. Using any object to threaten or intimidate another person or causing injury to any person with an object.
10. Being in possession of, or under the influence of, or providing others with cigarettes, alcohol or illegal drugs.
11. Smoking on school property.
Note: This conduct is also unacceptable on school busses during co-curricular activities and field trips.
Realistic and effective consequences help teachers to be fair and consistent, and help students to accept responsibility for their actions. Recognizing the unique needs of individual students and the variety of situations, the school staff will use the following range of consequences in dealing with unacceptable behaviour.
detention of student,
removal of privileges,
phone call home,
involvement of principal/vice principal,
compensation for damages,
suspension from school,
expulsion from school, and
referral to legal authorities, medical/social agencies.
We do this by:
• Acknowledging emotions and encouraging appropriate expression;
• Communicating basic limits to children appropriately;
• Implementing limits and consequences consistently and with sensitivity;
• Reinforcing appropriate behaviour;
• Using constructive, positive language when responding to children’s behaviour;
• Modelling appropriate self-control.
This code of Conduct relates to the general needs of the whole school. Individual classes will develop some rules and guidelines appropriate to their own classroom. It is our belief that helping students develop a sense of self-worth and self-discipline is a cooperative responsibility of the total school community.
• Swearing at a staff member
• Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm;
• Possession of illegal drugs;
• Committing vandalism
• Being in possession of illegal drugs/paraphernalia
• Being under the influence of alcohol/illegal drugs
• Bullying (Including Cyberbullying)
• Conduct injurious to the moral tone of the school or the physical well-being of others
• Assault not requiring medical attention
• Intentionally summoning emergency services without cause
• Violations of the Tobacco Control Act
• Possession of a weapon, including, but not limited to firearms:
• Trafficking in drugs or weapons;
• Use of a weapon to cause bodily harm, or to threaten serious harm;
• Physical assault causing bodily harm, or to threaten serious harm;
• Sexual assault
• Issuing a bomb threat
• Inappropriate use of school computers
• Engaging in behaviour that is injurious to the well-being and/or safety of others.
Police will be involved as indicated by the police/school protocol.