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Student Code of Conduct

Purpose

• To establish and maintain safe, caring and orderly environments for purposeful learning.
• To clarify and publish expectations for student behaviour while at school and while attending any school function or activity at any location.
• The Halfmoon Bay Elementary Code of Conduct supports the BC Human Rights Code.

Acceptable Conduct

It is expected that at all times all people at Halfmoon Bay Elementary will follow these key words to guide their choices of behaviour:

Safe
Kind
Responsible
Respectful

To be safe is...

To act in ways that ensure the physical and emotional well-being of yourself and of other people.
Some examples of what being safe looks like:

• Staying on school grounds during all parts of the school day once you arrive
• Checking in at the office if you arrive late
• Checking out at the office if you are leaving early for an appointment or if your parent is here to pick you up due to sickness
• Returning to class promptly after recess and lunch
• Keeping your hands and feet to yourself
• Walking in the hallways and the classroom
• Following fire, earthquake and lockdown drill procedures, including exiting and assembling in a quiet, orderly manner
• Walking away from a situation that seems unsafe
• Reporting to an adult a situation that involves physical conflict or the threat of physical harm

To be kind is...

• Taking care of each other
• Giving compliments to each other
• Including everyone
• Being trustworthy
• Being helpful
• Being honest
• Sharing with others
• SMILING

To be responsible is...

To be accountable for your decisions and actions; to be reputable and trustworthy; to act in ways that show common sense.

Some examples of what being responsible looks like:

• Returning items that you borrow or find
• Using borrowed items in a manner that keeps them in good condition
• Replacing items that you have a role in damaging or losing
• Using your planner and having it signed
• Helping a person who is hurt by getting an adult or walking the person to the office
• Reporting unsafe conduct to an adult (i.e., parent, staff member)
• Reporting damage to materials or the school
• Speaking honestly and fully about your own words and actions
• Admitting your mistakes
• Helping decide on ways you can fix or make up for a mistake

To be respectful is...

To treat yourself, other people and the environment with deference, esteem or honour; to listen to and try to understand different points of view; to be considerate of the feelings of others.

Some examples of what being respectful looks like:

• Including other students in games and conversations
• Waiting for your turn to speak
• Giving others an appropriate amount of personal space
• Using an inside voice when working in the classroom or when walking in the hallways
• Using courtesy words such as “please”, “thank you”, “you’re welcome” and
“excuse me” in appropriate contexts
• Using appropriate language at school and at school events
• Working through personal conflict, using “I feel” statements
• Complying when someone asks you to stop an inappropriate behaviour
• Listening during assemblies
• Stopping and listening to adults on supervision before school, at recess and during lunch
• Asking for permission to borrow something that belongs to somebody else
• Leaving hallway displays untouched
• Flushing the toilet after use
• Cleaning up your lunch area and your work space
• Disposing of trash in garbage cans
• Putting recycled materials in designated containers
• Participating in grounds clean-up duties assigned to your class

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