Code of Conduct
SEMIAHMOO TRAIL STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
SEMIAHMOO TRAIL CODE OF CONDUCT
Statement of Purpose
At Semiahmoo Trail Elementary School, we believe that all children have the right to learn in a safe, caring and orderly environment.
We consistently teach children to practice the 4 B’s:
Be Safe - guidelines to ensure students are safe physically and emotionally:
follow school rules
a school on accepting others and getting along
use playground equipment safely
walk when inside the school
play within the bounds of the school yard
get help from an adult if there’s an emergency or someone is hurt
Be Fair - guidelines to ensure students are treated respectfully and fairly:
treat others the way you would like to be treated
treating people fairly does not mean treating people equally
treat people fairly it is important to understand their needs
is important to change or rules so everyone can be successful
Be Kind - guidelines to ensure students are treated in a positive and thoughtful manner:
practice Cody’s High 5 Manners (say ‘hello’ to others, use ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, make eye contact and face others when speaking, do kind deeds and be polite)
help those in need
look for opportunities to do acts of service
treat others the way you would like to be treated (the Golden Rule)
Be Your Best - guidelines to ensure students are meeting their potential:
don’t give up
have a positive idea about working through challenges
set personal and school-related goals
listen to one another; give the speaker the gift of your attention
look at the speaker
do not talk
do not fidget
At Semiahmoo Trail, we foster a safe and positive atmosphere in the pursuit of learning, which can best be achieved through responsible actions and showing respect and care for others. As student attitudes and behaviours shape the school environment, the following reminders should serve as a guide:
Students should keep their desks and their school neat and clean.
Keeping hands and feet to oneself prevents accidents.
Students should be on time and prepared for classes and activities.
When students make poor choices, they should learn from the consequences.
Being truthful is a critical part of being responsible.
Staff and students are involved in learning throughout the school. Students should keep their voices moderate and walk in an orderly fashion.
Safe conduct will eliminate accidents and avoid endangering others or their property.
Students should respect each other's' rights and under no circumstances act aggressively.
Verbal harassment or abuse is equally intolerable.
Respectful behaviour helps create and maintain a good atmosphere for learning.
We believe Semiahmoo Trail is a school community of caring people.
Caring for one another is critical to building a strong, healthy and happy community.
Daily good deeds such as sharing, taking turns, being polite and helping others demonstrate a caring attitude.
Safe and Caring School Environment
At Semiahmoo Trail we strive towards creating and maintaining a safe and caring school environment that respects the rights of the individual. Any language or behaviour that degrades or incites hatred, prejudice, discrimination or harassment towards students or individuals race, religion, gender or gender identification and sexual orientation (real or perceived) is prohibited.
Discipline and Consequences
The staff at Semiahmoo Trail believes that a discipline model should develop self-awareness and self-discipline while maintaining the dignity and respect of all concerned. Discipline is a learning process that should foster both personal and social responsibility with the student. Discipline should be restorative in nature to help students learn from their mistakes. School expectations outline general student behaviour. Each classroom has developed a set of expectations, which are discussed with the students and periodically revised and reinforced. When implementing school and classroom expectations, logical, realistic and fair consequences are an important part of the process. Students who experience these consequences learn that they have a positive control over their lives.
Minor Offenses in the Classroom
Students who disrupt learning will follow a progressive discipline plan which may include:
Reminders and cautionary words
Teacher recording the student's name and giving a logical and fair consequence
A “time-out”, either inside or outside the classroom.
A temporary assignment to another classroom
under the supervision of a teacher partner.
Repeated offences may get referred the principal. Actions may include in-school restrictions during recess and lunch, restorative consequences, a parent conference or suspension. During the last steps of this cycle of discipline, the teacher will communicate with the parents and consult with such support personnel as the counsellor, principal and school-based team to better understand the student's problem and to find solutions.
Minor Offenses Outside the Classroom
We value safety at Semiahmoo Trail. If students are repeatedly unsafe, they will be in close communication and under tight supervision with the principal. Again, a restorative model of discipline is used when applicable.
The consequences of major offences will be handled by the principal. The following behaviours are serious, will be recorded and may result in suspension:
hitting, bullying, verbal abuse or persistent harassment
defiance of authority
willful damage to or stealing of property
leaving the school grounds without permission
The following offences will, in most instances, result in suspension:
assaulting a student, parent or staff member
threatening or abusive language/gestures to an adult
tampering with the fire alarm system
bringing any illegal substance or dangerous object to school
As a principle of fair procedure, the opportunity appeal to a school disciplinary decision should be available. Therefore, a parent/guardian may appeal disciplinary action through the teacher(s) and/or principal. In the event of a suspension over five days a formal written procedure for appealing to the Board of Education would follow failure to reach resolution at the school level.
Use of Electronics and Personal Devices
At Semiahmoo Trail electronic devices such as tablets, smart devices (such as smartphones and iPod Touches) are used by many classes to help enhance learning. Our school has a number of these devices which are available for student and teacher use. These devices are valuable learning tools that can be used for research purposes, creating projects and practicing skills. In many teachers allow students to bring their own devices to school. Students are not required to bring these devices and are reminded that they do so at their own risk. Semiahmoo Trail is not responsible for storing these devices or keeping them safe from theft or damage.
Students who do choose to bring personally owned devices to school are required to adhere to our acceptable use policy which prohibits the following:
accessing inappropriate websites
taking pictures of other students
playing violent or inappropriate video games
cyber bullying (using technology to bully another person online by sending or posting mean, hurtful, or intimidating messages)
At Semiahmoo Trail students are not permitted to use their phones and electronic devices outside during recess and lunch times.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
All extracurricular programs including, but not limited to, sports, clubs and performances are supported at Semiahmoo Trail. These opportunities are a privilege, not a right. The supervision and organization of these events by the staff and parents is voluntary. If any classroom or outside offence becomes a continuous problem and leads to parental and principal involvement, then restricting students from taking part in that extra-curricular activity could be deemed necessary.
ATTENDANCE & LATES
Students are expected to attend school regularly as their attendance is key to effective learning and overall success at school. If frequent absences do occur, the teacher and/or principal may request a meeting to help remedy the situation. Also, school district policy 9320.1 states “the school is not obligated to hold a position for a student absent due to travel for a period that exceeds 25 school days”. Teachers are also not required to provide schoolwork for students absent due to vacation.
Students are expected to arrive at school on time for the first bell and to be in their seats prepared for the day when the second bell rings. Students who arrive late disrupt both the teacher and their fellow students and often miss important information pertaining to the day’s activities.
SAFE ARRIVAL PROGRAM
Our Safe Arrival Program adds to the protection and security of our children and, we hope, increases peace of mind for parents.
The program operates very simply:
If your child is to be absent or please telephone the school before 8:30 a.m. Information regarding your child’s absence can be left on the answering machine outside of the regular office hours.
If your child is not at school for the morning or afternoon attendance checks the school will phone your home to make sure the child is safe.
If your child arrives late to school, he/she is required to check in at the office to obtain a late slip.
Some clothing choices may be distracting or offensive to others. Therefore, in the interest of the smooth operation of the school, guidelines are needed when dealing with student attire.
Clothing must be appropriate to a school setting:
Short shorts or micro-mini skirts are not permitted.
Tops that expose a bare midriff or mesh shirts are also not acceptable.
Items of clothing that are provocative or offensive, such as t-shirts with inappropriate sayings, logos or graphics, are unacceptable.
The overriding expectation is that attire should reflect modesty and practicality in an elementary school setting.
We would appreciate discussion at home regarding good decisions in clothing, particularly with students in the intermediate years. Parental support through monitoring of clothing choices would also be very helpful.
No child is to leave the school grounds during school hours unless he or she has permission from the teacher. Infractions will be referred to the principal for intervention. If you permit your child to leave the grounds at lunchtime, please send a note to his or her teacher indicating your permission.
The following are not to be used as play areas: the driveway/parking and the areas around the bicycle racks and garbage/recycling dumpsters.
When walking to and from school, students are asked to use the walkways.
Students are instructed about appropriate responses when an unknown adult is present on the grounds or if the child has been confronted. The school personnel follow District Policy #9410 for dealing with intruders.
The Surrey Board of Education has resolved that all school district buildings and grounds are to be smoke free. Therefore, there is a No Smoking policy (including e-cigarettes) that applies to all adults and children in the school and on the school grounds.
Semiahmoo Trail School has a strict policy on student use of illicit substances during school or extracurricular activities. Students involved in the use, possession, or distribution of illicit substances will be subject to suspension from school.
EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS
It is extremely important that we have the telephone number of an emergency contact on file in the school so we can contact someone if there is an emergency regarding your child. It is imperative that if your home address or telephone number changes, or your emergency numbers change, please notify the school office as soon as possible.
ACCIDENTS AND ILLNESS AT SCHOOL
Emergencies and accidents do occur despite careful supervision of activities. School personnel handle routine cuts and scrapes. However, there is no nurse at school and Semiahmoo Trail is not equipped to look after ill or injured students beyond the Band-Aid or cold compress stage. If an injury is more severe and will require parent supervision or treatment beyond the school’s capabilities, the parent or guardian will be contacted. If a child becomes ill at school, a parent or the emergency contact person will be notified.
Teachers cannot administer medication of any type to children at the school. This includes Aspirin and Tylenol. If your child requires medication on a regular basis, special arrangements must be made with the principal to have the medication kept in the school.
During the school year children may periodically be assigned work to be completed at home. While most children will successfully complete their work at home, some children may find themselves unable to complete their assignments each night. Parents are urged to speak to their children’s teachers if assistance is needed with homework. Parents should also speak to their child’s teacher if there is an excessive amount of homework.
Students bringing bicycles, scooters, or skateboards to school are asked to walk their bicycles/scooters/skateboards while on the school grounds, as well as from the crosswalk at 30th Avenue and 145A Street. Please make sure that your child has a bicycle lock and that he/she uses the lock to secure and protect their bicycle.
The law in British Columbia requires that all bicycle riders wear helmets. To keep our students safe, helmets are to be worn with all bicycles, scooters, and skateboards. Please place your child’s name inside his or her helmet so the helmet can be identified should it be misplaced.
Space and time in the office make it very difficult for students to use the office telephones. Children will be permitted to use the school phones in the event of an emergency, and then only with the permission of their classroom teacher. Students are usually not permitted to use their cell phones during the school day.
If possible, please inform your children before school if there will be any change to their regular routine ( pick-up time etc.) in order that they will not have to use the phone after school.