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Code of Behaviour
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     This code of behaviour sets out the standards of behaviour which are expected of all members of the school community in order to create a positive climate in the school. Respect, responsibility, civility and academic excellence are encouraged so that all members of the school community feel safe, comfortable and accepted.  In all cases, students will be treated in a kind, firm and consistent manner. We realize that all students have rights, but with every right comes responsibility. The purpose of this  code of behaviour is:to ensure that all members of the school community are treated with respect and dignity.
            to promote responsible citizenship by encouraging appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community
           to maintain an environment where conflict and difference can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and civility
           to encourage the use of non-violent means to resolve conflict
           to promote the safety of people in school
           to discourage the use of alcohol and drugs

Students are to be treated with respect and dignity.  In return, they must demonstrate respect for themselves, for others and for the responsibilities of citizenship through acceptable behaviour.  Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student:   comes to school prepared, on time, and ready to learn; shows respect for himself or herself, for others and for those in authority; refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others; and follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his or her own actions. Students are to comply with the behaviour expectations while at school, at a school-related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school climate.

While all members of the school community contribute to the school’s positive climate, the following is the Code of Behaviour for Lancaster students.
All members of the school community have the right to:

                  be treated with respect and dignity

                 an environment where conflict and differences can be addressed in a manner characterized              by respect and civility

                resolve conflict using non-violent means

                 a learning environment free from the influences of drugs and alcohol

                an environment conducive to learning
respect all members of the school community

respect similarities and differences in people, their ideas, and their opinions

treat one another with dignity and respect at all times

respect and treat others fairly, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin,
colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or

respect the rights of others

respect self and others
Responsible citizenship involves:
     appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community.  Active and engaged citizens are aware of their rights, but more importantly, they accept responsibility for protecting their  rights and the rights of others

    taking care of our school buildings, furniture and supplies

      understanding that the costs associated with vandalism and theft are an additional financial burden to students, their parents/guardians and other taxpayers

demonstrate honesty and integrity

participate appropriately in the civic life of the school community

show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others

demonstrate respect for the environment in an eco-positive manner

seek assistance from a staff member, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully

take appropriate measures to help those in need

not swear at a teacher or another person in a position of authority

respect and comply with school rules and routines

respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial, and municipal laws

use technology (e.g. cell phones, music players, computers, digital cameras, PDA’s)

students who are engaged in the learning process are generally more involved in the life of the school

good work habits learned and practised in school will be valuable throughout life

positive school involvement fosters life long learning

good attendance helps you achieve goals and benefit from all school activities and services

arriving late interrupts the learning of oneself and others

students have the right and responsibility to be assessed and evaluated on their own work

Each student is expected to:

complete all homework, assignments, and projects as directed by the required deadline

make up missed work

come to class prepared and ready to participate

participate  constructively in class

attend school regularly

be punctual

submit work which represents one’s own efforts and acknowledges all sources of information used

All members of the school community have the right to be safe and to feel safe in their school community.
All members of the school community must not:

engage in bullying behaviours (verbal, physical, social or cyberbullying)

use any object to threaten, intimidate or injure another person

be in possession of, be under the influence of or provide others with alcohol or illegal

inflict or encourage others to inflict bodily harm on another person

engage in hate propaganda and other forms of behaviour motivated by hate or bias

commit an act of vandalism that causes damage to school property or to property
located on the premises of the school

be involved in any other illegal activities
Progressive discipline is a whole school approach that utilizes a continuum of interventions, supports and consequences that include opportunities for reinforcing positive behaviour while helping students make good choices.  The focus is on a corrective and supportive approach with opportunities for students to learn from their mistakes, and to focus on improving behaviour. The following are interventions, supports and consequences which will be considered:
reminder, warning, discussion, time out, removal of recesses or school privileges, written assignment, formal interview with administrator, teacher and student, parent involvement, making restitution (including full payment for damage/vandalism), changing inappropriate clothing, implementation of behaviour management/safety plan, involvement of board support services and referral to outside agencies, withdrawal of student from class setting, suspension. Mitigating and other factors will be taken into consideration prior to assigning a consequence.
This Code of Behaviour was compiled by a committee of representatives of the student council, staff, administration and School Advisory Council.  It is reviewed with all students at the beginning of each school year.

Last Modified: Aug 23, 2013
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