Last revised – May 2013
Purpose of this Document
The following Code of Conduct has been developed to provide a guideline and reference for parents or guardians, staff and students in determining acceptable behaviour in Miniota School.  It has been created in conjunction with Park West School Division’s Code of Conduct (policy JICDA and all of the JIC section) and The Safe Schools Charter (Bill 30).  All Division policies and their elements are adhered to and applicable to our school, however, this policy is specific to Miniota School.

School Mission Statement
As a partner in Park West School Division, Miniota School will provide a safe, caring environment in which all students can grow academically, emotionally and physically.

Rights and Responsibilities (Expectations)
Right  -  Students can expect that…
they will be treated fairly, consistently and respectfully.
they will be provided with a positive, safe, and caring atmosphere - free from bullying, discrimination and violence in any form - both in the classroom and on the playground.
teachers will present well-prepared lessons that are clear, relevant, and provide the knowledge and skills necessary to move on in school and life.
the school will provide as many resources (written or electronic) as deemed possible
teachers will evaluate and return assignments promptly.
teachers will communicate openly and often with students about expectations, progress, and behaviour.

Responsibility  -  Students are encouraged to…
ride to and from school on the school bus according to division rules.
attend school regularly and punctually.
be prepared for all classes by bringing necessary materials and completed assignments.
use all resources (written and electronic) in an appropriate manner according to policy
develop self-discipline and be responsible for their actions.
show courtesy and respect for all people and their property both in the school and community.
show tolerance, acceptance, and understanding for other people’s differences as per subsection 9(2) of  The Human Rights Code
          ex.  remarks concerning:  gender
                                                    private lives
                                                    academic ability
                                                    physical differences, etc.
participate to the best of their ability while striving for excellence in
      academics and extra-curricular activities.
take pride in their work, efforts, and accomplishments.
develop the skills necessary to become life long learners.

Rights  -  Parents can expect that…
teachers will conduct themselves in a professional, moral and ethical manner
the staff will cooperate to create a positive learning environment that is safe, caring
      and challenging.
students will be treated fairly and consistently.
teachers will be prepared to teach the required Manitoba Curriculum while providing
      accommodation for individual needs and learning styles.
that the school will be progressive and up-to-date.
evaluation will be based on daily observation, daily work, attitude, work habits,
      participation, and tests where appropriate.
teachers will communicate to the home information about a student’s progress,
      attendance, and behaviour.

Responsibility  -  Parents are encouraged to…
encourage appropriate behaviour in school and while riding on the school bus
be good, positive role models.
ensure their son/daughter attends school regularly and punctually and completes all
      school assignments.
maintain open communication with staff and support that staff in making the school a
     positive, safe and caring environment
give positive input and support to the school and its programs and activities.
provide students with appropriate dress, nutrition, rest and school supplies.
to promote the importance of a good education to their children.
to develop good, strong work habits in their children.

Right  -  Teachers can expect that
students will attend classes regularly and be prepared to begin class on time.
students will respect each other’s space, differences, and property.
students will have respect for and be courteous toward all staff.
students will develop self-discipline, use common sense, and learn responsibility.
students will have the necessary school supplies.
students will complete assigned work to the best of their ability.
students will behave appropriately at school and school functions.
parents will communicate openly with them about matters that might affect the school performance of the student.
school will provide resources (written and electronic) to enhance and supplement their teaching as much as deemed possible.

Responsibility  -  Teachers should…
provide an atmosphere that fosters a love for learning and takes into account each child’s individual needs.
provide a positive role model.
establish and maintain a safe, non-threatening learning environment.
treat students fairly and consistently.
be prepared to teach the Manitoba Curriculum.
be approachable, courteous, and caring.
provide stimulating, appropriate, well-prepared lessons and activities.
take personal responsibility for continuous professional growth
evaluate student progress according to daily work, daily observation, attitude, work habits, participation, and tests where appropriate.
communicate information regarding student progress, attendance, and behaviour to students, parents and administration.
use as many possible resources (written and electronic) to enhance and supplement their teaching in an appropriate manner

Discipline Policy

To accomplish our mission as stated previously, it is necessary to have a Discipline Policy that encourages positive behaviours while providing an opportunity for students to learn from their negative behaviours.  

By implementing reasonable & consistent consequences that teach students to take responsibility for their actions, they will learn about their behaviour, their choices, and their impact on others, thus creating responsible and caring members of the community.

Therefore, the basis of our Code of Conduct is focused around 3 main areas:

        2.  KIND/CARING & SAFETY

General Procedures for Handling Discipline Concerns

Each staff member is responsible for the management and discipline of the students in their care, whether it is in the classroom or on the playground.  Minor behaviour offences will be dealt with immediately and an opportunity will be given to the students to correct that behaviour.  However, there are behaviours that are deemed Bottom Line Behaviours and will have a specific procedure to follow, as outlined below.

Bottom Line Behaviours

Bottom line behaviours are actions that will not be tolerated within our school setting.

 -  physical confrontation between 2 or more individuals
Direct Defiance
 -  refusal to do as asked

-  physical, verbal & emotional  (see below)

Inappropriate Language   
-  swearing, disrespectful tone, etc.

Misuse/Destruction of Property
inappropriate use of or damaging others’ physical or electronic materials

Alcohol and Drugs
-    using, possessing or being under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs at school

Gang Involvement
-     Gangs are groups of youth who share common beliefs, attitudes and attire and exhibit  
      unlawful and anti-social behaviour, and who associate with each other for mutual
      protection and/or profit.    Students who engage in gang-related activity such as
      displaying gang insignia or soliciting students for gang membership will be subject to
      appropriate discipline.

The following is the process that will be used when bottom line behaviours are broken:

1st time – recesses spent with the supervisor on duty, note home, sincere apology to victim

2nd time – recesses spent with the supervisor on duty, phone call home to parents, sincere apology to victim (letter to victim’s parents if the same victim)

3rd time – day spent in the office, recesses spent with the supervisor on duty, phone call home to parents, sincere apology to victim (letter to        victim’s parents if same victim)

4th time – day spent in office, no recesses, phone call home, sincere apology to victim and phone call to victim’s parents

5th time – parent and teacher meeting, possibility of student being sent home

At this point the student will enter the Resource Program and be doing specific programming with Resource Teacher and Principal

Any of the above steps may be superceded depending on the severity of the incident as deemed necessary by the staff member involved and the principal.

Bullying is:
when a person is the target, over time, of repeated negative actions
When one person has more power, real or perceived, so another person being victimized feels they cannot defend themselves.
When a person, who is targeted, may feel embarrassed, hurt, scared, and/or angry

Procedures for Bullying Incidents

The following steps will be taken when dealing with a bullying incident or disclosure of a bullying incident, either in addition to or in lieu of the above process.

1.)  The adult in charge who witnessed or is told of the incident will stop the behaviour

2.)  A Bullying Incident Report will be filled out and then taken to the principal to be dealt with
and appropriate consequences will be given.

3.)  The principal will have a discussion with all students (separately) about the incident and the
students will be asked to fill out a form as well.

4.)  A Caring Behaviour will then be assigned to the bullying student.

For multiple bullying incidences, the following will occur:

1st offense  -  Student will be dealt with as above.

2nd offense  -  Student will create a plan, with the principal, to manage the bullying behaviours.  
Student and parents will be informed that 1 more incident will result in the Attitude Adjustment Course.

3rd offense  -  Student is enrolled in the Attitude Adjustment Course.
4th offense  -  Parents will be called in to create another plan to manage the bullying behaviours.  
The student will again be enrolled in the Attitude Adjustment Course.

5th offense  -  At this point, consequences will be escalated to such things as suspensions, loss of
privileges, etc.

Possible Consequences for Discipline Issues

Verbal reminder
Removal from situation
Detention (before, during or after school hours)
Phone call to parents
Loss of privileges
Suspension  (in-school or out-of-school)
Reimbursement for damages
Community Service
Others (dependent on situation)

Note:   All of the above procedures, which are specific to Miniota School, are enforced in
conjunction with Park West School Division policies and procedures as indicated above.