BX Elementary School is a school community that C.A.R.E.S. CARES is an acronym that stands for Caring, Achievement, Respect and Responsibility, Enthusiasm, and Safety. This is taught at school on a regular basis in class, small groups and during assemblies. The purpose is to assist in guiding the entire school community with a common school-wide belief system and dress code to create and promote positive behaviour. It is expected that beliefs will be followed during school, at school-related activities, sponsored events (including online activities) or other activities that may have a negative impact on the school environment.
Code of Conduct
We have the right to: choose how to behave, learn, privacy, have personal space, and be safe.
We have the responsibility to: accept consequences for actions, listen to instructions, work quietly alone, work in a group, raise a hand to ask a question or express a concern.
We cannot use physical aggression, verbal aggression, cyber-bullying, social alienation and/or intimidation.
It is expected that inappropriate behaviour get reported right away. The school will take all reasonable steps to prevent retaliation by a person against a student who has reported inappropriate behaviour.
Expectations and Major Offences
Students are expected to be respectful and make good decisions about behaviour involving their own and others safety. Kindness towards others will be promoted and taught.
Major and minor behaviours that are continuously disruptive in nature may include: Drugs and Alcohol; Vandalism; Extortion/Threats of Violence; Weapons; Fighting; Theft; Throwing objects (rocks, snowballs); inappropriate language (profanity, abusive, sexual) to mention a few.
Unacceptable Behaviour Consequences
The school will respond seriously to behaviour or communication that discriminates based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital/family status, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity, expression and age. The above is prohibited in the grounds set out by the BC Human Rights Code.
Progressive Discipline is the model used at BX when managing inappropriate behaviour. We use restitution to help others learn to make responsible choices. Parents will be notified of inappropriate behaviours with a reflection sheet and/or a phone call. Reflection sheets are used to teach about different approaches to problem solving, and learning to correct and fix problems that have occurred. They will be sent home to be signed or discussed with parents by phone or in person.
Consequences take into account the age and maturity of students and special needs, if any, in determining appropriate disciplinary action. Special needs may include having a disability of an intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional or behaviour in nature. Whenever possible and appropriate, consequences for breaches of the code are restorative in nature rather than punitive.
Higher and progressive expectations are held for students’ as they become older, more mature and move through successive grades. Repeated minor inappropriate behaviours will be managed for improvement.
Notification of other school district officials, police and/or other agencies may occur as a result of serious breach of the code of conduct. We also expect that other community members have a duty to report serious violent or threatening behaviour. In the event of serious violence and/or threat making behaviours, Violent Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) protocol will be followed.
BX School and the learning community embrace a safe and caring learning environment for all students, staff and parents.