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Code of Conduct

Be Safe | Be Kind | Be Fair


Every citizen of Sir John Franklin Elementary is committed to uphold a safe, inclusive, equitable, welcoming, nurturing, and healthy school environment where students, staff, parents, and guests, can enjoy a safe, inclusive environment in which to learn. 
 It is a place where students try their best, treat themselves and others with kindness and respect and demonstrate their readiness to learn and grow.

  • Promote clear behavioural expectations of respectful and responsible citizenship that lead to a culture of safety, caring and respect amongst everyone in the school and programs and at all school-events and activities
  • The School Code of Conduct applies at school, during school-organized or sponsored activities, on school buses, and any behaviour even if outside of school or school hours, (including on-line behaviour), that negatively impacts the safe, caring, or orderly environment of the school, and/or student learning.

We demonstrate safety first by:

  • listening to the direction of adults in charge
  • walking inside and moving in a safe manner outside, keeping hands and feet to ourself (no pushing, shoving, hitting, kicking, wrestling or hurting each other in any way)
  • moving through the school using inside voices
  • using all equipment safely and taking turns fairly             
  • not being on the upper two floors without adult supervision
  • looking after school property, including texts and supplies
  • putting garbage and recycling in appropriate containers 
  • leaving potentially dangerous items such as skateboards, rollerblades, hockey sticks, baseball bats, pocket knives, laser pointers etc. at home
  • responsibly using cell phones 
  • not leaving the school grounds without parental permission and school notification
  • accessing the internet under the supervision of staff and only after the annual parental permission form has been completed and returned

We show this by:

  • showing tolerance and acceptance of differences
  • speaking and acting respectfully to others at all times
  • including others

We deal fairly with others. We do not emotionally bully by excluding, intimidating or harassing others. We also:

  • use words if someone is bothering us
  • solve problems in peaceful ways
  • tell an appropriate adult if we cannot solve a problem ourselves
  • are honest when dealing with others and when doing school work (no cheating or plagiarism)

Acceptable Conduct
· Respecting self, others, and the school
· Contributing to a safe, caring, positive, inclusive, and peaceful environment 
· Seeking to prevent violence and potentially violent situations, and demonstrating social responsibility by reporting such situations
· Engaging in purposeful learning activities

Unacceptable Conduct
“Students shall not discriminate against others on the basis of Indigenous identity , race, religion, colour, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, family status, age, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity expression, or physical or mental disability, or for any other reason set out in the Human Rights Code of British Columbia, nor shall a student publish or display anything that would indicate an intention to discriminate against another, or expose them to contempt or ridicule, on the basis of any such grounds.”  

Racism and discrimination will not be tolerated in our school
· Behaviours that interfere with the learning of others, interfere with an orderly environment, or create an unsafe environment
· Acts of bullying, harassment, intimidation, or physical violence
· Illegal acts, such as possession, use or distribution of illegal or restricted substances
· Theft or damage to property
· Choosing not to cooperate or follow instructions

 Note: Behaviours (both acceptable and unacceptable) cited in the code of conduct are examples only and not an all-inclusive list.

Students are expected to learn and mature as they move through successive grades, and as such the expectations progress towards increasing personal responsibility and self-discipline, as well as increasing consequences for inappropriate conduct/unacceptable behavior.

All reasonable steps will be taken to prevent retaliation against a student who has made a complaint of a breach of a code of conduct.


  • Disciplinary action, wherever possible, is restorative rather than merely punitive. The school will treat seriously any behaviour that discriminates based on Indigenous identity, race, religion, colour, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, family status, age, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or physical or mental disability. 
  • Repetitive or severe unacceptable behaviour may result in increased severity of subsequent disciplinary action.  The age and maturity of students are considered when determining appropriate consequences.
  • Special considerations may apply to students with special/diverse needs if these students are unable to comply with a code of conduct due to having a disability/challenge of an intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional, or behavioural nature.
  • Responses to unacceptable conduct are consistent and fair. 
  • Students, as often as possible, are encouraged to participate in the development of meaningful consequences for violations of the established code of conduct.

The principal or designate has a responsibility to inform other parties of serious breaches of the code of conduct. These parties include: 
 · Parent(s) of student offender(s) and parent(s) of student victim(s) – in every instance
 · School district officials
· Police and/or other agencies, as required by law
· School community, when deemed necessary, to reassure members that school officials are taking appropriate action

In accordance with the School Act, Sec. 85 (2) (ii) and (d), the Board authorizes the principal or designate of any school in the district to suspend a student from attendance at school for up to five days.

Suspensions may be for the following reasons:
a. because a student is willfully and repeatedly disrespectful to a teacher or to any other employee of the Board carrying out responsibilities approved by the Board;
b. because the behaviour of the student breaches the District Code of Conduct or other policy and/or has a harmful effect on others or the learning environment of the school;
c. because the student has failed to comply with the School Code of Conduct.  

Suspensions over five days are made in consultation with the appropriate Director of Instruction as per District Student Code of Conduct, AP 350.  As per AP 350 7.7 an educational program will be provided.


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