We believe that everyone at South Park School has the right to feel both physical and emotional health and safety. To ensure this we have adopted the following code of conduct, which is aligned with the BC Human Rights Code:
At South Park School we commit to playing and working safely, respectfully and responsibly.
We help children make positive choices through teaching empathy, conflict resolution and anger management. We work together to increase student achievement in social responsibility, using resources and programs such as the Second Step, WITS and Restitution.
As staff, we strive to model the code in our interactions with each other and with all members of this community. When students make choices contrary to the code of conduct, we help them to think through the following questions:
- What need was I trying to meet?
- Did I hurt someone else’s needs?
- Do I know that it is okay to make mistakes while I am learning?
- How can I fix it/do better? (retaliation prevention)
In order to ensure the safety of all children and staff at South Park School, certain bottom lines are required for unacceptable conduct. This includes but is not limited to the following:
- Physical, verbal, cyber or emotional violence, including bullying, harassment, intimidation, inappropriate language, discrimination (which includes: race, colour, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, and age as per Sections 7 & 8 of the Human Rights Code).
- Significant direct defiance of a reasonable safety/respect request.
- Theft, destruction or defacing of property.
- Disrespecting privacy.
- Interference with the learning of others.
As children grow and mature, there are rising expectations for appropriate conduct. As a result, consequences will be implemented based on the student’s age and individual needs. Examples of consequences are restitution plans, calls home, being sent home, being suspended.
Notification: Conduct reports may be sent home by any staff member. Staff members who work with the student will be informed and a copy will be left with the principal or vice-principal. Parents will be invited to work in consultation with staff to build strategies and support plans for improving student behaviour.
Our school personnel will advise other parties of serious breaches of the code of conduct. For example:
- Parents of the students involved – in every instance
- School district officials – as required by school district policy
- Police and/or other agencies – as required by law
- All parents – when deemed to be important to reassure members of the school community that school officials are aware of a serious situation or incident and are taking appropriate action to address it