Code of Conduct

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École Beairsto Elementary

Code of Conduct

We believe that everyone working and learning at École Beairsto needs to be aware of the guidelines of our code of conduct and follow those guidelines as we interact with one another. A communal acceptance of this code is the foundation for a safe and positive school learning and working environment​.​

École Beairsto promotes the values expressed in the BC Human Rights Code respecting the rights of all individuals in accordance with the law – prohibiting discrimination based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and age. – in respect of discriminatory publication and discrimination in accommodation, service, and facility in the school environment.

The following rights and responsibilities of École Beairsto are based on what we call the les ABC de Beairsto:

  • l’Amitié/Caring
  • le Bon sens /Common Sense
  • la Considération/Consideration

The Rights and Responsibilities of École Beairsto:

  • I have a right to learn in this school. I have a responsibility to listen to directions, to work as instructed, and to follow class procedures when I have a question, a concern or when I need to leave the room.
  • I have a right to hear and be heard in this school. I have a responsibility not to talk or make noises when others are speaking.
  • I have a right to be respected in this school. I have a responsibility not to tease, or bug other people, or to hurt their feelings by using inappropriate language or tone.
  • I have a right to be safe in this school. I have a responsibility not to threaten, kick, punch, or physically harm anyone else.
  • I have a right to privacy and to my own personal space in this school. I have a responsibility to respect the personal property of others and to accept their right to privacy.




School-wide is defined as involving all students, all staff and in all settings.

The expectations we have for student behaviour École Beairsto are guided by the rights and responsibilities of École Beairsto, les ABC de Beairsto, as well as the following principles and beliefs:

  • No student has the right to interfere with the learning of other students;
  • No student has the right to interfere with the teacher’s ability to teach;
  • All students are treated in a firm, fair and consistent manner;
  • Everyone has the ability to choose the things they say and do;
  • Behaviours are connected to how other people feel about you and how you feel about yourself.
  • Students need to be provided with the opportunity to develop and practice the skills of being assertive.

Being assertive means standing up for your rights, feelings and opinions without stepping on someone else’s rights, feelings and opinions.


  • Logical consequences will be used to help students who have difficulties with their behaviour at school.
  • Consequences need to be appropriate to the age and developmental level of each student, and appropriate to the nature of the situation.
  • Special considerations may apply to students with special needs, if they are unable to comply with the Code of Conduct due to having a disability of an intellectual, physical, sensory , emotional or behavioral nature.
  • Consequences are meant to be restorative rather than punitive in nature.
  • The school will take all reasonable steps to prevent retaliation against a student who has reported a breach of the Code of Conduct.

Suggested Positive Interactions:

  • Recognition and/or acknowledgment Encouragement
  • Praise
  • Friendly Interactions
  • Happy Notes, Certificates
  • Pre-correction (verbal or visual)

Suggested Correction Strategies:

  • Verbal reprimand/or a reminder
  • Redirection (Have the child do it the right way)
  • Written reflection/think sheet
  • Conflict resolution (discussion with an adult)
  • Calling home – contacting parents

Parents will be notified when their child is involved in a serious breach to the Code of Conduct.

These expectations apply to behaviour at school, during school organized or sponsored activities, and behaviour beyond these times (including on-line behaviour) that negatively impacts the safe, caring or orderly environment of the school, and/or student learning.

There is no tolerance for bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, threats, intimidation or violent behaviour at school or at a school-related activity or in other circumstances where related activity or engaging in such activity will have an impact on the school environment.

Any behaviour or communication that discriminates based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and age (prohibited grounds set out in the BC Human Rights Code), will be treated seriously by the school and all appropriate agencies will be notified.

All members of the learning community have a duty to report serious violent or threat making behaviour. Such reports will include, but are not limited to,  parents or caregivers, teachers and administration.  Such reports may also include notification to school district officials, police and other agencies,  as deemed necessary by the administration.  In the event of serious violence or threat making behaviours, Violent Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) protocol will be followed


Behaviors that are EXPECTED of students at École Beairsto:

Along with les ABC de Beairsto, these expectations for behavior will be taught and regularly reviewed by classroom teachers and school staff. Parents will be informed if their child has difficulty meeting these expectations at school.

As students move from grade level to grade level, year to year, it is expected that they will assume a greater role in the regulation of their behavior and rely less on adults for redirection. They will learn from their mistakes and poor behavior choices so that they do not repeat infractions and self regulate according to school expectations.

Outside, before school:

  • walk bikes, scooters and skateboards on school grounds;
  • stay outside to play;
  • once at school, remain on school property;
  • line up when the bell rings and wait outside until the teacher arrives.

When entering the school building and in all public areas of the school (Hallways, office, gym, library, etc.):

  • take off all hats, toques and hoods;
  • remove outside footwear that is wet and/or muddy;
  • wear clean, indoor shoes.

In the stairwells and in the hallways:

  • walk calmly, single file, on the right side, without passing;
  • be mindful of classes still in session;
  • keep talking and noise to a minimum.

During snack and lunchtimes or when eating at school:

  • leave sticky, messy drinks and snacks at home;
  • eat only inside the classroom;
  • stay seated to eat and use good manners;
  • put garbage in the garbage cans, compost in the compost bin, and recycling in the appropriate bins.

Playing outside on the playground or field (at recess and lunchtime):

  • dress appropriately for the weather;
  • stay outside to play and remain on school property;
  • keep hands  and feet to themselves;
  • follow directions given by adults;
  • follow the rules of the game;
  • be kind to others and invite people to play;
  • play safely by leaving sticks, rocks and other dangerous objects alone;
  • in the winter, leave the snow on the ground;
  • play only in designated areas where there is adult supervision;
  • show pride in our school by keeping the grounds and building free of litter;
  • try to keep clean and dry by staying away from puddles and mud;
  • stop playing and line up quickly when the bell rings.

Behaviors that are EXPECTED of students at École Beairsto:

At school assemblies:

  • enter and exit the gym in a quiet and orderly fashion;
  • sit still, look and listen to show respect for the presenter/performer(s);
  • applaud politely.

When there is a problem or conflict:

  • walk away and ignore if it is a small problem;
  • try to be assertive and resolve the conflict by talking it out;
  • be a helpful bystander – go get help if you need to;
  • talk to an adult (teacher, supervisor, parent) about it.

Hurting others or retaliating is not an acceptable way to solve problems.

At the end of the school day:

  • leave the building and grounds promptly if you are walking or riding home;
  • walk bikes, scooters and skateboards on school grounds;
  • remain on school property until the bus or your parent(s) arrives;
  • line up in designated areas to wait for the bus and follow the instructions of the bus supervisors.

Expectations around cell phones and personal electronics:

  • Cell phones and personal electronics should be left at home;
  • The school is not responsible for theft or damage to expensive items;
  • If cell phones are brought to school, they must be turned off and kept in a backpack, out of sight, out of hand, during the school day, including at lunch and at recess time. Phones that are not turned off and put away could be confiscated by teachers and other school staff;
  • Use of personal cameras, by students, is NOT permitted at school.

Expectations around student dress:

Students are expected to dress appropriately and in a manner that promotes a positive image of self and school. This means that:

  • undergarments should be covered (bra straps, camisoles, boxer shorts, etc.);
  • messages on clothing should be appropriate for school;
  • shirts, shorts and skirts must be of an acceptable length;
  • tops and dresses that are low cut or have spaghetti straps should be worn with a t-shirt underneath or covered with a sweater.

Clothing must be suitable for school activities including active, outdoor  play:

  • footwear must be worn at all times for safety;
  • running shoes are required for DPA and PE in the gym.