Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

Purpose: Our goal is to provide a safe, caring and orderly learning environment.

Coldstream School has these following expectations that apply to behaviour at school, during school organized or sponsored activities, and behaviours beyond these times that negatively impacts the safe, caring or orderly environment of the school, and/or student learning.  Examples of ‘beyond times’ include bus pick up areas, walking to and from school and on-line behaviour.

Coldstream School promotes the values expressed in the BC Human Rights Code respecting the rights of all individuals in accordance with the law including discriminatory publication and discrimination in accommodation, service and facility in the school environment. We do not tolerate negative behaviour towards another person based on race, colour, religion, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical or mental disabilities or any other type of discrimination. The school will treat the behaviour seriously with consequences to match the negative behaviour.

Commitment: Our school is committed to having clearly stated expectations for student behaviour. These expectations will be explicitly taught in classrooms and reinforced by all staff members.

Coldstream Elementary is a school that embraces a safe, respectful and welcoming learning environment for all students, staff and parents.

I have the right: to choose how I behave, to choose how I learn, to my privacy, to my personal space and to be safe.

It is my responsibility: to accept consequences of my actions, to listen to instructions, work quietly at my desk, or in a group, to raise my hand if I have a question or concern, to respect personal property of others and accept their right to privacy.  I must in no way use physical aggression, verbal aggression, social alienation and/or intimidation.  It is expected that I immediately report any inappropriate behaviour.

Students with special consideration and possibly special needs (intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional and behavioural) will be provided accommodations to meet the code of conduct considering their disability.

EBS Effective Behaviour Support

EBS (Effective Behaviour Support) is a systems approach to educating all students about positive, appropriate behaviour in all the school settings. Our staff-team works together to establish effective systems that support students to be successful. Teaching simple routines such as walking down the hall, entering and leaving the school, playground rules, bathroom and classroom expectations help students and staff to understand the expectations for all. Coldstream focuses on being strong Coldstream Cougars and demonstrating “Coldstream Cares” – Cooperation – Achievement – Respect/Responsibility – Enthusiasm – Safety.

Student Discipline Procedures


Consequences are assigned appropriately with reference to the frequency, circumstances, age and needs of the students.  Wherever possible, consequences are assigned as restorative and instructional rather than punitive. Students with special needs who may have difficulty complying with code of conduct expectations are provided with identified plans and goals for improvement.

The school will take reasonable steps to prevent retaliation.

Coldstream staff members use a pro-active approach when dealing with discipline. Students are directly taught expected appropriate behaviour and routines.

Minor offences are handled on the spot in the classroom, hallway, or other areas. Staff-managed problems may include a student conference, phone call home, notes in student planner, “thinking paper” or mediated time outs. For behaviours of a more serious nature, a progressive discipline cycle will be implemented through the office. Major offences dealt with at the office level may include the following:

  • Bullying
  • Damaging or stealing property
  • Fighting
  • Drugs or Alcohol
  • Vandalism
  • Throwing objects like rocks or snowballs
  • Defiance, non-compliance
  • Truancy or repeated Lates
  • Leaving the school grounds without permission
  • Repeatedly disruptive behaviour
  • Throwing objects such as rocks or snowballs
  • Profanity or abusive language
  • Threats of violence or inflicting bodily harm
  • Theft
  • Weapons
  • Malicious rumour spreading
  • Discrimination/Racist/Sexist Alienation

Depending on the seriousness of the situation, a number of consequences may be used:

  • Warnings
  • Natural and logical consequences
  • Removal of privileges
  • Parents notified
  • Reporting to supervisors/ office
  • Referral to school based team
  • Work around the school
  • In-school suspensions (parents notified)
  • Out of school suspensions (parents notified)

Coldstream School is committed to creating a culture that promotes a safe and caring school community free from:  bullying, cyber bullying, harassment, discrimination and marginalization, threats, intimidation, violence in any form, verbal, physical or sexual abuse.  We do not tolerate theft, vandalism, intoxicating substances, weapons, explosives, intruders or trespassers.

Adults are expected to model and demonstrate all student-expected behaviours.

School officials have the responsibility to advise other parties of serious breaches of the code of conduct (eg. parents, school district officials, police and/or other agencies.  In the event of serious violence or threat making behaviours, School District Violent Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) protocol will be followed.

ALL members of the learning community have a duty to report serious violent or threat making behavior.

Students should be working towards being a positive member of our Coldstream Cougars. Our motto of Coldstream CARES stands for Cooperation – Achievement – Respect/Responsibility – Enthusiasm – Safety.