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Code of Conduct

DO YOUR BEST . . . DO WHAT'S RIGHT

Greendale Students Are Expected To

  • Be Honest
  • Show Respect
  • Be Responsible
  • Practise Safety
  • Be Mannerly
  • Assist Others

Greendale's Code of Conduct has been developed to assist our students to become responsible and respectful individuals through a framework of respect,

co-operation, pride and safety.

RESPECT shall be given for each person's individual characteristics, abilities, feelings and possessions.

CO-OPERATION will accomplish what no individual can do alone

PRIDE in oneself, our school, and our community will be encouraged through recognition and praise

SAFETY and a secure environment is a right of each individual.

We are all one people
with different faces
from different places
but . . .
We are all one people

A RAINBOW OF HARMONY

Greendale's uniqueness is expressed in the diversity of our students' language, colour and culture. We believe that discrimination on the basis of race, culture, religion, gender, language, disability, sexual orientation or any other attribute is unacceptable.

Physical, verbal (oral or written), sexual or psychological abuse or harassment, including bullying, will not be tolerated.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

All students learn best in a positive, safe and orderly environment. At Greendale School students are expected to . . .

  • Follow classroom rules and routines
  • Take part in school programs and activities
  • Complete work to the best of their ability
  • Respect other students' right to learn
  • Be positive and considerate of others
  • Use appropriate language at all times
  • Care for personal and school property

NO . . .

  • GUM
  • MATCHES, LIGHTERS OR FIRECRACKERS
  • KNIVES
  • TOY GUNS OR OTHER REPLICA WEAPONS
  • ILLICIT DRUGS OR ALCOHOL
  • TOBACCO PRODUCTS
  • OFFENSIVE CLOTHING, MAGAZINES
  • SKATEBOARDS OR ROLLERBLADES

HALLWAY MANNERS

  • Hats off inside our school
  • Walk quietly in the hallways
  • Keep our washrooms tidy
  • Respect our school property
  • Respect all student work on display
  • Follow our entry and exit routines
  • Be considerate and polite to all

BICYCLE SAFETY

  • Walk bicycles on school property
  • Lock bicycles in assigned areas
  • Stay away from parked bicycles during the day
  • Safety helmets are required by students riding to and from school
  • Students in Grades 4 - 8 are given permission to bring bicycles to school. It is recommended that student in Grades 1-3 refrain from riding a bike to school.

LUNCHROOM EXPECTATIONS

All students staying for lunch must complete a lunch application form. Students must stay on school property unless written or alternate arrangements have been approved by the Principal.

  • Wash hands properly before eating
  • Eat at your own desk
  • Use a soft voice only
  • Use manners when eating
  • Clean up when finished eating
  • Remain at your desk until dismissed
  • Recycle, reuse, reduce whenever possible

Lunch students must be respectful to their lunchroom supervisors and student monitors. Removal from the classroom and eventual loss of lunch privileges will result if persistent inappropriate behaviour continues.

DRESS AT SCHOOL

Parents are encouraged to monitor their child's school clothing to maintain a high standard. A school is a child's workplace where neat, tidy and clean dress is expected. Short shorts, cut-offs, tubetops, tank tops, mesh tops, bare midriffs, clothing with offensive wording or pictures and ripped or torn jeans are not acceptable. This dress code is consistent with other local public schools. Please note that students with inappropriate clothing will be asked to change.

Prohibited Items

  • hard balls, golf balls, hard rubber balls
  • skateboards, roller-blades, scooters (used on school property)
  • matches, lighters, cigarettes
  • alcohol, drugs, chemicals
  • radios, cell phones, disc-mans, CD/tape players, video games, game-boys (used on school property or without permission from a teacher)
  • weapons (knives, sling shots, cap guns) or any replica of a weapon
  • pets
  • fireworks, firecrackers
  • large amounts of cash that are not designated for school activities
  • materials that portray others in a demeaning light or are derogatory
  • laser pointers

PERSONAL PROPERTY

Students should not bring valuable personal property or large sums of money to school. Greendale School cannot assume responsibility for lost or stolen property but all efforts will be made to assist in their recovery.

ON THE PLAYGROUND

  • Practise peaceful, co-operative play
  • Use the 5 Debug strategies for dealing with problems; use words, not hands
  • Follow the "hands off" rule
  • Throw "No" Snow
  • Remain on school property
  • Respect your friends and teachers
  • Respect our neighbours
  • Name calling or bad language is unacceptable
  • Ask a teacher for assistance when needed

HANDS OFF

A key phrase for all students at Greendale to know is "Hands Off".

"Hands Off" is a reminder that the use of physical means to solve a problem or to intimidate or bully another student is totally unacceptable behaviour. Students are encouraged to solve their differences through non-violent ways.

"Show respect for one another as we work and play together in our school and in our community."

SAFETY ON THE BUS

When students are transported daily or on school trips, co-operation with our school bus drivers is essential. The following bus rules must be followed:

  • Obey promptly the instructions of the bus driver
  • Remain seated
  • Do not throw any items inside the bus or out of a window
  • Do not put any part of your body out of a window
  • Show good manners and consideration for others
  • Use a quiet voice
  • Be careful when leaving the bus
  • Be aware of emergency exits

CONSEQUENCES AND COURSES OF ACTION

Consequences for inappropriate behaviour will be based on the severity of the behaviour as determined by the school staff. Parents will be kept informed by telephone calls, letters sent home or meetings at the school. Specific needs of individual students and the welfare of the school will be considered. Greendale will make every effort to deal with student conflict and inappropriate behaviour in a fair and sensitive manner. Students will be encouraged to make every effort to solve their daily problems and differences with others through non-violent, co-operative ways. Acceptance of consequences as a learning opportunity will assist students to develop personal responsibility and self discipline.

Sample consequences may include . .

  • A verbal reprimand and warning
  • Discussion with a teacher, vice-principal or principal to reach agreement regarding a plan for improved behaviour
  • Detainment of the student after school
  • Assignment of extra duties
  • Removal of the student from the classroom to an alternate, supervised area
  • Removal of school privileges
  • Restitution for damaged property
  • Suspension from school for a fixed period of time as determined by the principal

The Greendale students' Code of Conduct assists our students to be responsible individuals. Our rules support the right of every child to be safe and happy at school. Students are expected to treat others in a respectful manner so that all can live and work together in harmony. Students are encouraged always to . . .

Do Your Best
Do What's Right