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Code of Behaviour

The staff of Tamworth Elementary Schools believe that it is important to provide top quality, comprehensive programs responsive to the needs of each individual pupil and to promote a spirit of partnership with the staff,  parents, and community. Together our focus is to improve student achievement in literacy and numeracy within a safe, caring, and respectful environment.

This code of behaviour sets out the standards of behaviour which are expected of all members of the school community in order to create a positive climate in the school. Respect, responsibility, courtesy and academic excellence are promoted so that all members of the school community will feel safe, comfortable and accepted.  The purpose of this code of behaviour is:

- to ensure that all members of the school community, especially people in positions of authority, are treated with respect and dignity
- to promote responsible citizenship by encouraging appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community
- to maintain an environment where conflict and difference can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and courtesy
- to encourage the use of non-violent means to resolve conflict
- to promote the safety of people in school
- to discourage the use of alcohol and drugs

Students are to be treated with respect and dignity.  In return, they must demonstrate respect for themselves, for others and for the responsibilities of citizenship through acceptable behaviour.  Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student:

- comes to school prepared, on time, and ready to learn;
- shows respect for himself or herself, for others and for those in authority;
- refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others; and
- follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his or her own actions.
Students are to comply with the behaviour expectations while at school, at a school-related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school climate.

Expected Behaviour
Reasons for Expected Behaviour

- respect differences in people, their ideas, and their opinions
- respect all members of the school community, especially persons in positions of authority
- treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is a disagreement
- respect and treat others fairly, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability
- respect the rights of others
- respect self and others
All members of the school community have the right to:
- be treated with respect and dignity
- an environment where conflict and differences can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and civility
- have a right to the use of non-violent means to resolve conflict
- a learning environment free from the influences of drugs and alcohol
- an environment conducive to learning

Courteous and Responsible Citizenship
Expected Behaviour
Reasons for Expected Behaviour

- seek assistance from a member of the school staff, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully
- take appropriate measures to help those in need
- demonstrate honesty and integrity
- participate appropriately in the civic life of the school community
- not swear at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority
- respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial, and municipal laws
- show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others
Responsible citizenship involves:
- appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community.  Active and engaged citizens are aware of their rights, but more importantly, they accept responsibility for protecting their rights and the rights of others.
- taking care of our school buildings, furniture and supplies
- understanding that the costs associated with vandalism and theft are an additional financial burden to students, their parents/guardians and other taxpayers


Academic Excellence                     
Expected Behaviour
Reasons for Expected Behaviour

Work Habits
Each student is expected to maintain good work habits by:
- completing all homework, assignments, and projects as directed by the required deadline
- making up missed work
- coming to class prepared and ready to participate (with the necessary books, pens, calculators, gym wear etc. as appropriate)
- participating constructively in class         

- students who are engaged in the learning process are more successful
- good work habits learned and practised in school will be valuable throughout life

Each student is expected to:
- maintain regular attendance
- be punctual
- notify the school in case of absences and late arrivals       
- good attendance helps you achieve goals and benefit from all school activities and services
- arriving late interrupts the learning of others

Academic Honesty
Each student is expected to:
- submit work which represents their own efforts
- acknowledges the source of information used in completing their work.

- students have the right and responsibility to be assessed and evaluated on their own work

Expected Behaviour
Reasons for Expected Behaviour
All members of the school community must not:
- engage in bullying behaviours
- commit sexual assault
- traffic weapons or illegal drugs
- commit robbery
- be in possession of any weapon, including firearms
- use any object to threaten or intimidate another person
- cause injury to any person with an object
- be in possession of, be under the influence of, or provide others with alcohol or illegal drugs        
- inflict or encourage others to inflict bodily harm on another person
- engage in hate propaganda and other forms of behaviour motivated by hate or bias
- commit an act of vandalism that causes damage to school property or to property located on the premises of the school
All members of the school community have the right to be safe and to feel safe in their school community.


Progressive Discipline and Consequences for Inappropriate Behaviour
Progressive discipline is a whole school approach that utilizes a continuum of interventions, support and consequences that include opportunities for reinforcing positive behaviour while helping students make good choices.  The focus is on a corrective and supportive approach.  
Mitigating and other factors will be taken into consideration prior to assigning a consequence.  

When inappropriate behaviour occurs, a range of interventions, supports, and consequences may be implemented that are developmentally appropriate, that include opportunities for students to learn from their mistakes, and are focussed on improving behaviour.  These may include, but are not limited to, suspensions or expulsions. The frequency, severity and type of behaviour will be taken into consideration.
We   ROCK   At

R ...  Respect

showing high regard for authority, other people, self and community
treating others as you would want to be treated
using polite, well-mannered behaviour towards others

     ...  Responsibility

being accountable in word and deed
having a sense of duty to fulfill tasks with reliability, dependability and commitment
telling the truth and admitting wrong doing
being trustworthy and acting with integrity

O ... Optimism
striving to reach your personal best

persisting in efforts to improve yourself or a situation, even when it would be easier to give up
being pleased with the goals that you have accomplished

C ... Citizenship

co-operating with one another
recognizing the uniqueness and value of each individual

        ...  Co-operation

working together for a comon purpose
being able to take winning or losing without gloating or complaining

K ... Kindness

showing understanding of others by treating them with kindness, compassion, generosity and a forgiving spirit
showing care, concern and empathy for the needs of other people
being sensitive, supportive and forgiving of others

We believe in the pursuit of learning
while building a strong sense of caring and respect for all.

Indoor Shoes

Students must remove outdoor shoes before entering the classroom. Indoor shoes need to be worn at all times during the day. It is wise to buy indoor shoes that can be worn for physical education as well.

Hallway Procedures

1.      Always walk
2.      Single file - Keep to the right when traveling as a class.
3.      Be polite and quiet to respect other classes. It is important that students walk quietly through the hallways in order to avoid disrupting groups and classrooms.
4.      Students must wear indoor shoes at all times when in the school.
5.      Hats must be removed when entering the building.
6.      Students are not to chew gum in school.

Keeping Your Personal Items Safe

During Physical Education classes or when out of your classes, it is recommended that students bring their personal items and clothes they have changed from into the gym area and place them on the stage so that their clothing and belongings can be kept safe. Students should have some kind of bag to keep their clothes in so that they can be neatly placed on the stage. If students have jewelry that needs to be removed and kept safe, it should be placed in a container.

Bikes at School

Students who choose to ride their bikes to school are requested to abide by the following rules:
- park bikes along the inside of the parking lot fence
- maintain safe bicycle habits arriving and leaving the bike area
- bikes must be walked across the parking lot area at arrival and dismissal times

We suggest bikes be secured with a locking device which will help to prevent loss or damage during school hours.

Skateboards, Rollerblades, and Scooters

For safety and storage reasons, we ask that students do not bring roller blades, roller shoes, scooters or skateboards to school.

Leaving School Property During the Day

Students must have a note if they have parental permission to leave school property. These must be given to the teacher at the beginning of the day. If students have standing permission to leave at lunch, please send these notes to the office for photocopying. Students need to sign in and out in the student binder located outside the main office. If they have purchased food, it must be finished before they enter the school. We do not encourage the students to go downtown for lunch, as they are supervised and safe when they stay at school.

Playground Behaviour

1. Stay in the designated area for your division.
2. Be respectful of others.
3. Hands are for helping ... Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
4. Specified playground equipment is the only thing to be thrown.
These simple rules will help to ensure a safe and friendly playground for all.

Bus Behaviour
1.  Be seated at all times on the bus. Only get up from your seat
     after the bus has come to a full stop when leaving the bus.
2.  Listen to the bus driver and follow any directions given by the
3.  No eating or drinking on the bus.
4.  No excessive noise on the bus for safety reasons.
5.  Students must be respectful of all other people on the bus.
6.  The bus is part of school and so the same behaviour is expected on the
     bus that is expected at school.
7.  Students may not play with toys, games or radios on buses.  
8.  Skates must be carried in a canvas type bag for safety reasons.  

Random Acts of Kindness

We will continue to stress the importance of respect, trustworthiness, honesty and friendship among all individuals in the school. To aid in this we are continuing with our incentive program called “Random Acts of Kindness”. In this program, staff and students are awarded a Random Act of Kindness slip when they are “caught” doing or saying good things to each other. Their slip is placed in a box that sits in the front foyer of the school. As part of morning announcements, slips are pulled from the box and students’ names are announced with a description of their act of kindness. They come to the office and choose an incentive prize. Students are recognized on a daily basis to promote character building and provide students with a good feeling which in turn builds self-confidence.  


Homework is an assigned task that students are asked to complete outside of regular class time. It may occur in several forms – unfinished daily work, an assigned homework exercise, long-range projects, review of units or themes studies, as well as reading at home on a daily basis. It is expected that schoolwork not completed in class or during the school day will be completed as homework. As well, an extended period of absence may require that work missed need be completed at home. Setting up a regular time and place to read, study, and complete assignments helps children to develop good study habits.       

Last Modified: Oct 09, 2009
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