Hans Helgesen Elementary School
Code of Conduct
The purpose of Hans Helgesen’s Code of Conduct is to ensure a safe, caring and respectful learning environment for all. Hans Helgesen students are expected to demonstrate behaviour that is safe and appropriate. These behavioural expectations exist while children are going to and from school, during the school day and during all school functions.
The following expectations of acceptable conduct exist for all members of the Hans Helgesen school community:
SAFETY– Behave in a way that shows you care about yourself and others.
RESPECT– Treat others respectfully. Show respect for yourself and your school by honouring people and property.
RESPONSIBILITY– Understand that you are in charge of your own behaviours. Make
positive choices and be truthful about your actions.
EFFORT– Give your personal best in all you attempt.
TEAMWORK – Work, learn and play together. Include others and cooperate.
At Hans Helgesen Elementary, we expect our students to fully meet and/or exceed expectations in the following categories as described in the Ministry of Education’s Performance Standards for Social Responsibility:
- Contributing to the classroom and school community
- Solving problems in peaceful ways
- Valuing diversity and defending human rights
- Exercising democratic rights and responsibilities. Students at Hans Helgesen Elementary are expected to use strategies to solve problems in peaceful ways. Student should have one or more strategies to try for problem solving in primary grades and two or more strategies in intermediate grades. One example is the WITS program (Walk Away, Ignore, Talk it Out and Seek Help).
Students, parents and staff at Hans Helgesen recognize that any behaviour which interferes with the safety and learning of others constitutes unacceptable behaviour. Any instances of unacceptable behaviour involving students, parents or staff should be reported to the principal. Students are expected to develop greater personal responsibility and self-discipline as they mature and move through the grades. We support students as they learn to report incidents of bullying and unsafe behaviour in a timely manner.
In accordance with District Policy and the Criminal Code there will be consequences for the following:
- Bullying, harassment, threat and intimidation
- Cyberbullying (hate messaging, hate websites created at home or other setting)
- Violence of any form
- Verbal, physical or sexual abuse
- Possession or use of weapons
- Discrimination, especially based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, martial status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation or age (BC Human rights Code)
- Theft, and/or vandalism
Restitution and “Making it Right”
Hans Helgesen is using the practices of Restitution that our district has been learning. Restitution works to strengthen children and help them choose behavior based on beliefs that we all share. We will be teaching students that everyone makes mistakes and that we are interested in “fixing” or repairing the harm than “apologies, excuses, faulting, blaming or shaming”.When a restitution approach is not meeting the needs of those involved, the next level of responses to unacceptable behaviour are consistent and fair progressive discipline. Progressive disciplinary action is preventative and restorative, and not punitive. Students are encouraged to participate in the development of meaningful consequences for violations of conduct expectations where appropriate.
When expectations for behaviour are not followed, consequences will be based on the nature of the unacceptable behaviour and the frequency of its occurrence. Careful consideration of appropriate consequences will occur once the incident has been fully investigated. One or more of the following may occur:
- Official recording of the incident
- Behaviour sheet completed by the student
- Communication with parents (phone call or meeting)
- Restitution to individuals involved
- Verbal or written apology
- Performing a community service at school
- Establishing a personal behaviour contract
- Loss of privileges
- In-school or out-of school suspension
- Referral to School Based Team for intervention
- Reimbursement if property loss or damage is involved
- Actions directed by District Policy and regulations In our efforts to ensure students are safe and comfortable at school, we will maintain open communication with parents regarding incidents involving their children. We appreciate the involvement of our entire school community in reinforcing this social learning. It is helpful to have you read over the Code of Conduct with your child in order to reinforce our shared expectations.
As always, please contact the school if you have questions or concerns.