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Code of Conduct

The SBES Code of Conduct is based on the codes established by The Ministry of Education and the Trillium Lakelands District School Board. Our Code of Conduct endeavours to meet the unique needs of our school community and has been reviewed by parents, the School Council and staff. We hope that adherence to these guidelines will ensure that the principles of fairness, tolerance and respect continue to be paramount in our school.

Stuart Baker Elementary School actively promotes responsibility, respect, civility and academic excellence in a safe learning and teaching environment.

Expectations

The Students and Staff of Stuart Baker Elementary School are expected to:

  • Be POLITE and COURTEOUS to each other with their words and actions. Good manners are great habits.
  • Be RESPECTFUL of all children and adults, respect their property and that of the school. Treat people and things with care.
  • AVOID CONFLICT but if a situation arises, solve it in a non-aggressive, non-violent way. “Use your words not your hands”.
  • Attend school regularly, be on time and be ready with the necessary materials and equipment for all classes and activities. Be PUNCTUAL and PREPARED to learn.
  • Observe all SAFETY RULES inside the building and on the playground and REPORT any accidents or injuries to the person in charge.
  • Take RESPONSIBILITY for your actions and be TRUTHFUL.
  • Be PROUD of Stuart Baker Elementary School and the people who work and play there.
  • SHARE school toys and equipment with other students.
  • Act within the regulations of the school and the limits of the law. LAWS are meant to HELP and PROTECT everyone.

It is also expected that all students will:

  • Strive to develop to their potential academically, physically, socially and emotionally.
  • Move around the school in a quiet, safe, and orderly manner.
  • Wear clean clothing that is appropriate for weather conditions.
  • Wear indoor shoes and remove ball caps/sun hats when indoors.
  • Dress in a manner conducive to learning (i.e.: no clothing with inappropriate messages).

Rights and Responsibilities

Students’ Rights

At Stuart Baker Elementary School, all students have the right:

  • To a good education which encompasses the values, skills and knowledge necessary to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
  • To be treated with dignity and respect.
  • To be provided with success-oriented activities which build on their assets, interests, and strengths in a nurturing environment.
  • To regular learning activities carried on without undue interruption.
  • To a safe, wholesome learning environment.

Responsibilities of Staff

The responsibilities of the teachers and staff at S.B.E.S. are:

  • To plan and implement programs consistent with the goals and expectations of the Ministry of Education and the Trillium Lakelands District School Board.
  • To ensure learning at a level and rate that is in keeping with individual abilities.
  • To accommodate differences in learning styles and abilities.
  • To ensure that each child experiences a measure of success in his or her endeavours so that each may develop the self-confidence needed for further learning.
  • To organize space and facilities and provide resources that allow scope for imaginative and varied activities.
  • To communicate with parents/guardians concerning each child’s progress.

Our aim is to make learning important, exciting, and relevant in a safe, nurturing environment. We hope to accomplish this by the dedication and skills of our staff and the co-operation and interest of our parents.

We endeavour to have an “Open Door” Policy whereby parents can telephone, write notes, or come in personally to see the teacher or principal if there are any questions or concerns that arise during the year. If parents wish to meet with a teacher to discuss their child’s progress at length, they are encouraged to call and request an interview.

Homework

Student Agendas are a communication tool between home and school as well as an organizational tool for students. Students are expected to record homework, tests and important dates.

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Guidelines
Kindergarten (JK/SK)- 5 minutes per day
Primary (grades 1-3 )-20 / 40 minutes per day

 

Responsibilities of Students

Students are expected to:

  • Attend school regularly, be on time and be prepared for all classes and school activities.
  • Work to the best of their ability.
  • Treat all people with respect and consideration.
  • Treat with respect and care all school property and the property of others.
  • Develop and exercise self-discipline, accept responsibility for their actions and submit to such discipline as would be exercised by a kind, firm and judicious parent.
  • Deal with conflict or confrontation in non-aggressive ways and express oneself in a socially acceptable manner without abuse or profanity.
  • Act within the regulations of the school and the limits of the law with consideration for the safety of self and others at all times.

Responsibilities of the Parents

Parents play an important role in the education of their children and have a responsibility to support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment for all students. Parents fulfil this responsibility when they:

  • Show an active interest in their child’s work and progress;
  • Support their child when doing homework assignments and assist with returning the planner;
  • Communicate regularly with the school;
  • Help their child be neat, appropriately dressed, well rested and prepared for school;
  • Ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time;
  • Promptly report to the school their child’s absence or late arrival;
  • Become familiar with the Code of Conduct and school rules;
  • Encourage and assist their child in following the behavioural expectations as outlined in this Code of Conduct;
  • Support school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues;
  • Act in a calm and civil manner to all school members.

School Rules

SBES has a “hands-off” policy.
THE FOLLOWING BEHAVIOURS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED:

  • Hitting (with or without something), rough-housing (pushing, tripping, shoving, play fighting) or physical abuse (pinching, spitting, biting, pulling hair, scratching etc.).
  • Threatening, bullying, making fun of other people; using profane, abusive language; racist remarks or offensive gestures.
  • Destroying, damaging or defacing school property or the property of others.
  • Stealing other people’s toys, equipment, clothing, school supplies/materials or other possessions.

In addition:
1. Chewing Gum is not allowed. Please do not bring it to school.
2. Students are not to wear ball caps or sun hats in the school building.
3. Electronic games, CD players and other expensive toys are not permitted at school.

Most students follow the rules and behave in the responsible manner expected by teachers and parents. Consequences resulting from inappropriate behaviour shall reflect the situation and the individual student involved. Parents will be informed of serious or persistent misbehaviour and involved with the consequences, where appropriate.

Consequences

The purpose of consequences is to change behaviour and allow students to learn directly from their own actions. This promotes self- respect, independence, resourcefulness, and healthy coping skills for dealing with the social world.

We believe that it is important to separate the deed from the doer. Students are able to learn from their mistakes and make better choices in the future when given support and encouragement. The message is: You, as a person, are acceptable. However, your misbehaviour shows poor judgement and that misbehaviour needs to be corrected.
Staff will use their good judgement and discretion when meting out consequences.

Possible Consequences
* Verbal reprimand/warning.
* Interview with the student – a private discussion which may involve suggestions regarding appropriate behaviour/actions.
* Time out (in or out of the classroom).
* Removal of privileges.
* Note of explanation written by the student or staff
* Phone call home.
* Interview with parents.

For behaviour of a more serious nature involving wilful, deliberate, persistent and/or dangerous actions, the following consequences may be implemented:

* Confiscation where applicable
* Parental involvement
* Restitution (student must pay for or repair damaged property or clean up a mess)
* Referral to an outside agency (C.A.S., Family Services)
* Suspension (refer to section 4 of the TLDSB Code of Conduct)
* Expulsion (refer to section 4 of the TLDSB Code of Conduct.)
* Police involvement

Fortunately, the vast majority of our students meet the expectations of our Code of Conduct.

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Visitors
All visitors must report to the Office sign in and wear a name tag if they wish to remain at school. The office must be aware of all visitors to the school.

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COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR SCHOOL!

Education is a shared experience involving the home and the school. It can be strengthened by open communication between the two. Should a concern about your child’s education arise, follow these steps:

FIRST —
Contact the classroom teacher and discuss the situation.

THEN, IF THE SITUATION HASN’T BEEN RESOLVED–
Contact the Principal and request help in dealing with the matter.

THEN, IF NECESSARY–
Contact the Superintendent in charge of the school involved.

THEN, IF NECESSARY–
Contact the Director of Education who is the Chief Executive Officer.

THEN, IF NECESSARY, AND IF THE SITUATION HASN’T BEEN RESOLVED-
Contact your local trustee.

Motto
To Help Children Be The Best They Can Be

Mission
To promote the social, emotional, intellectual and physical well being of every person in a safe, nurturing, learning environment so that each of us has the opportunity to realize our full potential.

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