At Black Mountain Elementary School we are committed to challenging students to strive for personal excellence. We are dedicated to developing the full potential of students by fostering their intellectual, aesthetic, physical and social development. Through the active and caring involvement of all members of the Black Mountain School community, we seek to instil in students the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary for lifelong learning, and to develop in students a sense of personal responsibility and a commitment to positive citizenship.
"Every student. Every chance. Every day."
Statement of Purpose:
At Black Mountain Elementary School we maintain a safe, orderly, learning environment where pupils become responsible, considerate, caring and productive citizens. To help accomplish this we have developed a conduct of behaviour that students are expected to follow while at school, while going to and from school, and while attending any school function or activity, at any location that will have impact on the school environment. These expectations also apply to student use of electronic and social media.
Black Mountain Elementary School promotes the values expressed in the BC Human Rights Code respecting the rights of all individuals in accordance with the law- prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation- in respect of discriminatory publication and discrimination in accommodation, service and facility in the school environment.
As a health promoting school, we strive to provide an environment of care and respect, promote positive relationships and promote a sense of belonging.
Acceptable behaviour at Black Mountain Elementary is described below in the Student Rights and Responsibilities and School Wide Expectations. The rights and responsibilities, and the school expectations are taught and reviewed at the beginning of every school year. They are also reviewed with students who make choices which infringe on a student’s rights.
Student Rights and Responsibilities
1. I have a RIGHT to learn at school.
It is my RESPONSIBILITY to listen to instructions, work quietly in my desk and to raise my hand if I have a question, concern, or need to leave.
2. I have a RIGHT to hear and be heard.
It is my RESPONSIBILITY not to talk, shout, or make loud noises when others are speaking.
3. I have a RIGHT to be respected in this school.
It is my RESPONSIBILITY not to tease or bug other people or hurt their feelings.
4. I have a RIGHT to be safe at school and while traveling to and from school.
It is my RESPONSIBILITY not to threaten, kick, punch, or physically harm anyone else.
It is also my RESPONSIBILITY to report unsafe behaviours to an adult.
5. I have a RIGHT to privacy and to my own personal space.
It is my RESPONSIBILITY to respect the personal property of others and to accept their right to privacy.
School Wide Expectations
1. Student Rights and Responsibilities - Students are expected to follow the Student Rights and Responsibilities while at school, while going to and from school, and while attending any school function or activity, at any location.
2. Honesty - Students are expected to be honest to themselves and others. Openness and honesty promotes positive relations with others. Dishonesty has a negative effect on a student’s reputation and the reputation of the school. It also infringes on a student’s right to be respected.
3. Proper Attire - Students need to dress in a manner that is appropriate for school. In cool or rainy weather, students should come to school prepared to play in the outside temperatures. Thus, students are expected to:
• Dress appropriately for the weather
• Wear indoor shoes
• Not wear hats inside
• Not wear clothing that promotes the use of drugs, alcohol or inappropriate language
• Not wear clothing that makes sexual reference, depicts or promotes violence, racism or other discriminations or is intimidating to others
4. Student Use of Electronic & Social Media Communication - In accessing electronic communications systems and social media applications, it is expected that students will:
- Sign the Student Network Account and Internet Agreement, on an annual basis, in order to gain access to and use of the district’s electronic communications systems, and understand that compliance is a condition of access.
- Demonstrate digital citizenship, both during and outside of school hours, by conducting all related activities in a responsible, ethical, legal and respectful manner in accordance with the District and School’s Codes of Conduct and the Student Network Account and Internet Agreement.
- Practice safe online behaviour and report any inappropriate communication (e.g. distribution of information harmful to others or information regarding a potentially dangerous situation that may threaten the safety of others).
- Protect access to their individual network accounts by the use of a private, personal password, ensure that their personal password is not shared, and agree not to use the password of any other individual.
- Respect the privacy of others (e.g. students, staff, parents and community members), including but not limited to, the sharing of photos, videos, and personal information, without informed consent.
- Ensure that personal use of electronic communications systems neither interferes with, nor distracts from, their learning or the learning of others.
5. Healthy Living - Black Elementary School is a registered member of the BC Healthy Schools Fruit & Vegetable Program. Nutritional choices for snacks are highly encouraged.
Unacceptable behaviour is behaviour that contravenes the school Code of Conduct. Reported violations of the Code of Conduct will be dealt with by an adult.
As a child gets older they are held to a higher standard of appropriate behaviour. Thus the consequences for inappropriate behaviour may be different for children of different ages. For example, a child in Grade 1 who pushes a student out of anger may be dealt with in a different manner than a student in Grade 5 who pushes a student out of anger.
The range of consequences can vary from a warning to a suspension depending on the severity and frequency of the unacceptable behaviour, and the age and maturity of the student. Disciplinary action, wherever possible, is preventative and restorative rather than merely punitive. Special considerations may apply to students with special needs, if they are unable to comply with a Code of Conduct due to having a disability of an intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional or behavioural nature. Our goal is teach students why their behaviour is inappropriate and how it affects others.
We feel the home has a part in teaching students appropriate behaviour at school. Thus parents are often notified of misbehaviour at school. This will be done through a note or call home. Serious infractions of the Code of Conduct may lead to a parent conference with the teacher and/or principal.
Code of Conduct brochure will be posted soon.