IF Student Rights and Responsibilities
Adopted: May 19, 1992
The Board believes that discipline starts in the home and that the school has a secondary role in teaching and reinforcing appropriate student behavior. Within this context, the Board further believes that the basic purpose of developing a conduct policy is to provide conditions which make effective learning possible; to ensure the safety of persons and property; and to promote personal development, as well as the social behaviors and attitudes for appropriate participation in an adult democratic culture.
1. The roots of good behavior are education, consistency and control. Since the District's primary purposes are educational in nature, the major efforts to implement this policy should focus on positive educational approaches to student conduct.
2. Parents/Guardians must be involved in helping to resolve any major problems. Other expectations of parents/guardians include communicating and cooperating with the school, ensuring student health, modeling positive behaviors, providing a moral foundation, setting parameters and being actively involved with the school. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to become involved in setting policy at school through appropriate channels.
3. Students must make every effort to learn expected school and classroom behaviors and their appropriateness to various situations.
4. Teachers must teach social skills and problem-solving, model self-control and other socially acceptable behaviors, provide student supervision when students are under school auspices, motivate students through effective instructional procedures, exhibit and exercise strong classroom management skills.
5. Consequences for inappropriate behavior should be logically related to the nature and severity of the misbehavior, individually applied, firm, fair, consistent, and timely. The level of consequence for inappropriate behavior will reflect the age, grade and/or special placement of the student.
6. The following are prohibited in the schools:
a. Guns or offensive weapons;
b. Alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicants; and
c. Tobacco Products.
1. Punishment and Consequence - The penalty imposed for wrongdoing or misbehaviour.
2. Discipline/Classroom Management - Training that is expected to produce a specified character or pattern of behaviour, especially that which is expected to produce moral or mental improvement, controlled behaviour that results from training.
3. Behaviour - The manner in which one conducts oneself in specific circumstances.
Principals will establish, within their schools, codes of standard conduct and stated student behaviour expectations.
Students are expected to exhibit appropriate behaviours of a personal and interpersonal nature. As well, students, particularly older students, are expected to exhibit the ability to reason through socially difficult situations.
1. Personal Factors - Each student is expected to:
a. Show consideration for how others feel;
b. Maintain good grooming i.e. neat and clean appearance;
c. Accept responsibility for their actions;
d. Express feelings in a positive, appropriate manner;
e. Show initiative; and
f. Control Anger.
2. Interpersonal Factors - Each student is expected to:
a. Understand and help others;
b. Share and cooperate with others;
c. Explain opinions, beliefs and feelings;
d. Show a reasonable amount of assertiveness;
e. Be complimentary to others for things done well;
f. Actively listen to others;
g. Ask questions;
h. Participate in group activities;
i. Accept people who are different; and
j. Compromise where it seems appropriate.
k. Demonstrate tolerance and understanding of others.
3. Social Reasoning - Each student is expected to:
a. Recognize unusual aspects of social situations;
b. Understand why things have happened as they have;
c. Resolve problems;
d. Make decisions thoughtfully;
e. Choose the best alternative; and
f. Show curiosity.
4. Classroom Behaviors - Each student is expected to:
b. Work independently;
c. Persevere at an activity for an appropriate length of time;
d. Contribute to discussions;
e. Do homework on time;
f. Follow classroom procedure;
g. Listen to the teacher giving directors;
h. Complete tasks;
i. Be on time; and
j. Use time efficiently.