Handbook / Conduct

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:

  • to establish and maintain a safe, secure environment in which learning can take place
  • to help students develop a sense of self-discipline

CONDUCT EXPECTATIONS:

Acceptable Conduct

  • safe, kind and respectful behaviour
  • respecting self, others and the school
  • engaging in purposeful learning activities which contribute to making the school a safe, caring and orderly place

Unacceptable conduct in Northridge includes the following, but not limited to:

  • behaviour that interferes with the learning of others
  • behaviour that interferes with an orderly environment
  • behaviour that creates unsafe conditions
  • behaviour that discriminates against     *race      *color      *ancestry      *place of origin      *religion      *marital status      *family status      *physical or mental disability      *sex      *sexual orientation      *age

CONSEQUENCES:

– Parents and guardians should be the first and foremost providers of discipline for their child’s behaviour and should be active in implementing modifications that
may be required when problem behaviour presents itself.
– Inappropriate behaviours that have been identified by the school staff and students will be
dealt with on a case by case basis in a fair, timely and caring manner, ensuring student safety is priority.  Age, grade
and historical data are among factors to be considered.
– The following consequences may be given to the student, depending on the
seriousness of the behaviour. This is not an exhaustive list, more than one of
these consequences may be combined:

  • student self-reflection, is asked to come to terms with his/her inappropriate behaviour.
  • student, through a discussion process is asked to detail appropriate alternate courses of action (such as WITS)
  • implement a restitution process
  • communication with parents/guardians and school staff
  • recess and lunch break detentions
  • written action plan/behavioural contract
  • in-school suspension
  • suspension from school
  • access to school district and government support mechanisms

NOTIFICATION:

We have the responsibility to advise other parties of serious breaches of the Code
of Conduct

  • parents of the student offender
  • parents of the student victim
  • school district officials – as required by school district policy
  • police and/or other agencies – as required by law
  • all parents/guardians – when it is deemed important to reassure the school community that school officials are aware of the seriousness of the situation or incident and are taking appropriate action to address it.

B. Northridge School has developed a code of conduct that reflects the
provincial standards. Staff and parents were involved in developing the
document.
C. The Northridge School Code of Conduct is comprised of the following four
elements
1. Statement of Purpose
2. Conduct of Expectations
3. Consequences
4. Notification
D. We also have the WITS program and VIRTUES programs in place at the
school.
Evidence to support the impact of these programs are as follows. There are
fewer incidents recorded in our daily behaviour book. The numbers of
students sent to the office has decreased dramatically. Playground play has
improved with a sense of cooperation and consideration.