Code of Conduct

South Ridge P.S. Code of Conduct  

Preamble:  

As members of the South Ridge Public School community, students, staff and community members wish the atmosphere throughout South Ridge Public School to be conducive to learning, student growth, and development.  We expect it to be one of friendliness, cheerfulness, consideration of others and respect for the dignity of the individual. We expect everyone in our school to behave responsibly, be considerate of individual differences, be fair in their expectations of others, exhibit good work habits and have responsible expectations for their achievement and the achievements of others. Everyone is expected to model appropriate behaviour in our school. We welcome an interested community and hope that families will support the students by encouraging regular, punctual attendance and good homework habits, and by showing an interest in their child(ren)’s progress.  

South Ridge School Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan (BPIP)  

South Ridge is pleased to provide an anonymous bullying reporting system. Please click here to access this system. Our new school bullying prevention statement is as follows: “South Ridge is a caring school where staff, students, parents and community work together to promote acceptance in an environment where everyone feels safe, included and valued. We develop Agents of Change today and Leaders of tomorrow through the celebration of everyone’s strengths and unique gifts.”  

Introduction:  

A school is a place that promotes responsibility, respect, civility, tolerance, courtesy and academic excellence in a safe learning, playing and teaching environment. All students, parents, teachers, staff and administration have the right to be safe, and to feel safe, in their school community. With this comes the responsibility of all the partners to be law-abiding citizens and to be accountable for any actions that put at risk the safety of others and oneself.  

Expectations:  

ALL people in our school are expected to:  

  • show respect for the authority of school personnel including administrators, teachers, educational assistants, custodial staff, office staff, volunteers, supervisors, bus drivers, maintenance workers, co-op students, etc. 

  • be tolerant of ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, physical, intellectual, linguistic and sexual differences, or disabilities of any kind 

  • show courtesy and respect for the feelings, personal space, and property of others 

  • be caring, considerate, and co-operative. 

  • demonstrate proper care for the school’s property, equipment, and the belongings of others 

  • use appropriate language for the school environment 

  • leave at home potentially dangerous items or weapons of any kind 

  • attend class regularly, punctually and prepared for learning 

  • complete all assignments and duties to the best of his or her ability in a timely manner 

STUDENTS are also expected to: 

  • remain on school property at all times unless otherwise directed by a school authority. 

Consequences: 

Our goal is to assist students in understanding that they are responsible for their behaviour. It is important for them to be in control of their actions and their words. Everyone knows when they have chosen a behaviour which is unacceptable; the choice is always with the individual. Therefore, the use of natural and logical consequences is a respectful and encouraging way to teach responsibility and respect for self and others. Such consequences might include: 

  • a warning
  • detentions 
  • time out
  • making restitution 
  • walking with playground supervisor
  • community service 
  • directed conference
  • behaviour contracts 
  • loss of privileges
  • suspension from school 
  • contact with parent or guardian
  • expulsion 
  • referral to outside agencies
  • change in program delivery model 
  • withdrawal from the work or play area (in-school suspension) 
  • an interview with teacher(s), counsellor(s), vice-principal, principal, superintendent 

The above Code of Conduct is in place inside the building, on school property, on the buses and at any locations a school field trip occurs. The Code of Conduct applies to all people who are at the above locations. 

Technology Code of Conduct 

Students are expected to use computer equipment, access to networks and the Internet responsibly for educational goals. So that all students can benefit from using computers for learning in a safe environment, the following rules apply: 

Personal Safety 

1. Students shall not give out personal information about themselves or others (such as address, phone number, pictures of themselves) to strangers met through the Internet/Social Media 

2. Web pages/Social Media shall not contain personal information about students (address, phone numbers, pictures unless parents have given consent). 

3. Students shall report to a teacher or other school staff member any computer or Internet/Social Media related activity (i.e. threats, abusive language) that gives them concern or appears to threaten the safety of people or places. 

Use of Equipment, Software and Networks 

1. All equipment, including cables and network drops shall be used in ways that do not cause damage. 

 2. Use of computer resources including the Internet/Social Media shall respect the safety and rights of others. Information shall not be accessed, downloaded, stored or distributed that is illegal, abusive, threatening, obscene, harassing or otherwise inappropriate.  

3. Students shall not share passwords or use the passwords of others nor should they try to hack into computer systems. 

 4. Computer files or the data in files shall not be deleted, modified, moved or copied unless permission has been given to do so by a school staff member.  

5. Creating and transmitting computer viruses, hoaxes, email worms, sending junk mail or similar nuisance behaviour or related threats to computer security is not permitted. 

 6. Software used shall be properly licensed unless it is made available free by the creator ("freeware"). Licensed software shall not be copied illegally.  

7. Email, conferencing, on-line chat and content of web pages shall respect the safety and rights of others.  

8. Students shall report to a teacher or other school staff member any inappropriate use of computer equipment, software or networks, including the Internet/Social Media  

9. Students shall not pretend to be someone else.  

10. Students shall not intentionally access Internet sites with inappropriate content of no educational value.  

11. If using the work of others, credit must be given and permission obtained if copyright materials are used.  

12. Handheld audio and video devices (e.g., cameras, MP3 players, cell phones) may be used in the classroom and other designated areas of the school with the express permission of the school administration. 

 13. No one is to use his or her portable handheld device to audiotape or videotape other individuals (staff, student, parent or community members) without their permission while on school property, or at any school events. 

 

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