Code of Conduct

Where Children Take Flight



Ellison is a learning environment that S.O.A.R.’s. We stand for nothing less than Safety, CoOperation, Achievement, Respect & Responsibility. To assist in guiding the entire school community with this endeavor, a school-wide belief system, code of conduct, and dress code have been created to promote positive behaviour. Students and staff are expected to act in a manner that enables everyone to participate effectively in the educational community. Every student shall be subject to the Code of Conduct while at school, during school-organized or sponsored activities and beyond this time (including on-line activities) that negatively impacts the safe, caring for the orderly environment of the school, and/or student learning.


Our school promotes the values expressed in the BC Human Rights Code respecting the right 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, expression and age in respect of discriminatory publication and discrimination in accommodation, service and facility in the school environment. We expect all members of our school community to treat others with respect and to promote a safe and positive school learning and working environment. We believe that everyone working and learning at Ellison Elementary School needs to follow the Code of Conduct as we interact with one another. The school will treat serious behaviour or communication that discriminates against the values expressed in the BC Human Rights Code. Special considerations may apply to students with special needs.

Establishes and maintains a safe, caring, and orderly environment for purposeful and positive learning and teaching climate.

It is important to note that school officials may have the responsibility to advise other parties of serious breaches of the Code of Conduct parents, school district officials, police and/or other agencies. Written notice of community members to state that ALL members of the learning community have a duty to report serious violent or threat making behaviour. In the event of serious violence or threat making behaviours, Violent Threat Assessment (VTRA) protocol will be offered.

Establishes and maintains appropriate balances among individual and collective rights, freedoms and responsibilities;

  • 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 the 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.
  • t is expected that I immediately report any inappropriate behaviour.

Sets expectations for student conduct at school, in the community, while acting as school ambassadors or anytime when behaviour may affect the safe, caring, or orderly environment of the school.


Acceptable Behaviour Expectations is demonstrated by (S.O.A.R’s matrix):

  • Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself
  • Sign in at Late Arrival desk in Office when late
  • Sign out at Office when leaving school early
  • Wear supportive non-marking running shoes
  • Remove all jewellery before PE
  • Students must be supervised in classrooms and multi-purpose rooms during unstructured times
  • Wash hands, cough into your sleeve when sick
  • Wear the correct approved safety equipment
  • Remain seated when on the bus until it stops
  • Use quiet indoor voices
  • Follow bus safety policy
  • Keep aisles clear
  • Show your teacher and bus supervisor your note
  • Share and take turns
  • Follow directions
  • Remove hats, hoods, and/or toques in shared spaces
  • Keep desk, locker and belongings clean and organized
  • Report unsafe situations
  • Bring water daily in a leak-proof container
  • Enter/Exit using designated doors
  • Gadgets, i.e; toys and electronics must be left at home.
  • Cell phones are turned off during school hours
  • Actively participate
  • Encourage others
  • Line-up in single file before boarding bus
  • Keep bus clean
  • Be polite and friendly
  • Eyes and ears on speaker
  • Listen and participate actively
  • Be on time and be prepared to learn
  • Put your best effort forward
  • Promote a healthy well-balanced lifestyle by eating healthy, exercising and sleeping
  • Become an eco-friendly citizen
  • Arrangements to go to an alternate location after school must be made before coming to school
  • Try your hardest – “Be the best you can be!”
  • Be on time for the bus
  • Be courteous, honest, and polite
  • Give/receive compliments
  • Use inside voices
  • Demonstrate good listening skills
  • Follow dress code guidelines
  • Use appropriate language
  • Change of clothing for PE is expected in Gr. 4-7
  • Be mindful of personal space
  • Reuse, Recycle and Reduce
  • Wait your turn
  • Report any property damage or unsafe situations
  • Digital cameras are to be used under adult supervision
  • A written note is a must when not normally riding the bus to and from school
  • Avoid eating or drinking on bus without permission


Inappropriate items with heightened consequences and restitution:  Theft, Fighting, Vandalism, Drugs, Weapons, Truancy or Repeated Tardiness, Profanity/Abusive Language, Discrimination, Insubordination, Insolence and Throwing Objects that are deemed unsafe.


  • As students progress through grades K-7, behavioural expectations will rise so that student levels of maturity, personal responsibility and self-discipline will improve.
  • Unacceptable conduct in high grades will likely result in more severe consequences. CONSEQUENCES OF UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR:Consequences will be applied to unacceptable student conduct.  Consequences will be implemented on a case-by-case basis, based on the severity and the frequency of the behaviour.
  • The staff and students at Ellison Elementary S.O.A.R., therefore a pro-active approach is used when dealing with discipline.
  • Progressive Discipline is the model used at Ellison for dealing with unacceptable behaviours.  We implement restitution as the method that guides to make responsible choices.
  • Minor offenses are handled either on the spot in the class, halls and other general areas of the school or by the office.
  • Staff managed behaviour situations will include consequences such as conferences, mediated ‘Reflection’ forms, and communication with home through the student agenda and telephone calls.
  • Office managed behaviour situations will include; investigations, mediated ‘Reflection’ forms that include some agreed upon form of restitution, and communications with home through telephone calls.
  • The school will take all reasonable steps to prevent retaliation against a student who has reported a breach of the Code of Conduct.

The school staff will contact parents or guardians of the student offender(s) and or victim(s) depending on the nature of the unacceptable behaviour.