Code of Conduct
Traditional Schools’ Collective Understanding
Parents, students, and staff strive to ensure that students:
- Consistently adhere to the uniform dress code
- Maintain a high level of cleanliness of all dress code garments
- Take pride and ownership in maintaining a clean and welcoming campus
- Model pro-social behaviours consistently (ie. manners, common courtesy)
- Strive for excellence academically and behaviourally
In addition, all Traditional schools will strive to create a campus that follows the mandated responsibilities and expectations of all Abbotsford Schools as laid out by the Board of Education:
School staff are responsible for consistently supporting and applying the District’s and School’s Codes of Conduct and establishing a positive climate in which structure, support and encouragement assist students in developing a sense of self-discipline and responsibility. School staff is required to inform volunteers and the school community about the Code of Conduct and its expectations.
Students are responsible for respecting the rights and dignity of others in learning environments free from discrimination as set out in the BC Human Rights Code and becoming actively and productively involved in their own academic learning and social growth.
Parents/Guardians and all other adults working with students are responsible for knowing and supporting the District’s and School’s Codes of Conduct, and are encouraging students to understand and follow these Codes of Conduct.
The Board believes that acceptable behaviours and conduct are fostered in a positive climate in which:
- All students feel safe, valued and trusted, and have the opportunity to develop, assume and maintain responsibility and self-motivation;
- All students feel supported without fear of retaliation in reporting unsafe conditions, actions or potential incidents;
- There is a joint effort to learn and a feeling of mutual respect among staff, students and parents;
- Appropriate behaviour is taught, encouraged, modeled, practiced, and acknowledged, thereby increasing student self-respect and positive social behaviours;
- Disciplinary action, wherever possible, is preventative and restorative, rather than solely punitive;
- Expectations for student behaviour increase as they become older and more mature;
- Disciplinary action is considerate of students with special needs if these students are unable to fully comply with the Code of Conduct due to a diagnosed disability of an intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional or behavioural nature.
- Be aware of and obey all school rules;
- Respect the rights of all persons within the school including peers, staff, parents and volunteers;
- Refrain from lying, cheating, stealing;
- Attend classes punctually and regularly;
- Work cooperatively and diligently at their studies and home assignments;
- Respect the legitimate authority of the school staff;
- Respect all school property, including buildings and equipment;
- Respect the diversity of our school community;
- Behave in a safe and responsible manner at all times;
- Refrain from any behaviour that would threaten, harass, bully (bullying includes but is not limited to, physical or verbal intimidation, verbal harassment and cyber bullying), intimidate, assault or discriminate against, in any way, any person within the school community on or off school property;
- Refrain from being in possession of, or under the influence of, drugs and/or alcohol in all school facilities or on school grounds or at school sponsored functions and activities;
- Refrain from being in possession of weapons of any kind in school or at school activities; Refrain from inappropriate computer usage and/or multi-media devices in accordance with Board policies (cell phones, camera, IPhones, Blackberries, etc.)