Code of Conduct

Each responsible student contributes to the well being and success of everyone at Watson Road Elementary. 

I am a kind, safe, responsible and respectful learner!!

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Student Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct applies while at school, at a school-related activity, or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have impact on the school environment.  Guidelines for appropriate student behaviour reflect the school's philosophy of care and respect, positive relationships, and a strong sense of belonging.  Conduct guidelines focus on the expectation that students will take personal responsibility for their behaviour.  This responsibility applies not only to academic studies, but also to the treatment of other people and the use and care of school facilities, equipment, textbooks, and supplies.

Expected behaviour is described, co-created for each classroom, taught and reviewed at the beginning of every school year.  Students who make unexpected choices which infringe on a student's right will have an opportunity to review the acceptable behaviour and our school wide expectations. Students are expected to be honest to themselves and others.  Openness and honesty promotes positive relations with others.  Dishonesty has a negative effect on a student's reputation and the reputation of the school.  It also infringes on a student's right to be respected.

If students fail to exhibit their best behaviour in theses areas, a sequential, consistent, and fair discipline process will be put into effect. Consequences applied for inappropriate conduct will be communicated to parents/guardians.  In addition to our school-based guidelines and expectations, students at Watson are expected to be aware that more serious violations of the code of Conduct will be dealt with in accordance with SD#23 discipline regulations (Policy reg. 5600).  The school promotes values expressed in the BC Human Rights Code respecting the rights of all individuals in accordance with the law – prohibiting discrimination based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation - in respect of discriminatory publications and the discrimination in accommodation services and facility in the school environment.

Intervention Practices

When students are reported for contravening the Code of Conduct, the situation will be dealt with in the following manner. Action plans for remediation and/or restitution (consequences) will be put into place at all levels.


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Serious violations that contravene the school and district Codes of Conduct.. ie. Those that repeatedly occur, are dangerous to the safety of other students, teachers, and support staff, may cause health hazards, or may contribute criminal acts, could lead to the following consequences:

  • Definite Suspension (1 – 10 days) in-school or at home
  • Indefinite Suspension (in excess of 10 days) At home with no return to school until heard by the School District Discipline Committee

Please note:  School District #23 Discipline Regulations requires that the Principal must use discretion in determining the seriousness of the situation and that the issuing of appropriate consequences may include, or be precluded by, counsellor intervention.  Special considerations may apply to students with special needs.  If they are unable to comply with a Code of Conduct due to having a disability of an intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional or behavioural nature.

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Student Use of Electronic & Social Media Communication -  In accessing electronic communications systems and social media applications, it is expected that students will:
  • Sign the Student Network Account and Internet Agreement, on an annual basis, in order to gain access to and use of the district’s electronic communications systems, and understand that compliance is a condition of access.
  • Demonstrate digital citizenship, both during and outside of school hours, by conducting all related activities in a responsible, ethical, legal and respectful manner in accordance with the District and School’s Codes of Conduct and the Student Network Account and Internet Agreement.
  • Practice safe online behaviour and report any inappropriate communication (e.g. distribution of information harmful to others or information regarding a potentially dangerous situation that may threaten the safety of others).
  • Protect access to their individual network accounts by the use of a private, personal password, ensure that their personal password is not shared, and agree not to use the password of any other individual.
  • Respect the privacy of others (e.g. students, staff, parents and community members), including but not limited to, the sharing of photos, videos, and personal information, without informed consent.
  • Ensure that personal use of electronic communications systems neither interferes with, nor distracts from, their learning or the learning of others.
 
Dress Code:  Watson Road with the Watson Road Parent Advisory Council, considers the classroom as a "place of business".  Appropriate will be defined here as right and correct for the school setting and functions, conducive to learning, not distracting from or disruptive to the learning process, intimidating to others, make any other student or adult in the building uncomfortable,   Students are expected to refrain from dress styles which promote, imitate or celebrate violence, intimidation, racism, sexism, hatred towards others, gang association, sex, or alcohol/drug use.  Clothes should not display language which is sexual, explicit, defamatory or offensive to any members of the school community.  In addition, footwear must be worn at all times for health and safety reasons.  Students or visitors to Watson Road who do not meet the dress code will be respectfully required to change into appropriate attire or asked to leave the property.