Code of Conduct



This code of conduct 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, positive citizenship and academic excellence are promoted so that all members of the school community will feel safe, comfortable, accepted, and have equitable access to success at school.  We respect that all students have rights, and that with every right comes responsibility. The purpose of this code of conduct 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 health and safety of all people in the school


Students are to be treated with respect and dignity.  In return, they must demonstrate respect for themselves, for others, for property, 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 health and 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.





Guiding Principles

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

$  the use of non-violent means to resolve conflict

$  a learning environment free from the influences of drugs and alcohol

$  an environment conducive to learning


Expected Behaviour

$   respect all members of the school community, especially persons in positions of authority

$   respect similarities and differences in people, their ideas, their beliefs, 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 disability

$   respect the rights of others

$   respect self and others







OUR MISSION: The community of Truedell Public School strives to foster a warm, caring, safe and inclusive environment in which our students develop a life-long love of learning and become responsible, contributing members of society.



Responsible Citizenship


Guiding Principles

Expected Behaviour

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

$  Respectful and appropriate use of school devices

$  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 use disrespectful or profane language 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, cameras, assistive technology) responsibly



Academic Excellence


Guiding Principles

Expected Behaviour

$   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 lifelong learning

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

$   arriving late disrupts the learning of self 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 on time, and to the best of their ability

$   make up missed work

$   come to class prepared and ready to participate

$   participate constructively in class

$   attend school regularly

$   be punctual

$   notify the school in case of absences and late arrivals

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









Guiding Principles

Expected Behaviour

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/emotional 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 drugs

$   be in possession of any weapon, including firearms

$   inflict or encourage others to inflict bodily harm on another person

$   commit robbery

$   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 and Consequences for Inappropriate Behaviour

Progressive discipline is a whole school approach that utilizes a continuum of interventions, support and consequences that include opportunities for reinforcing positive behaviour while helping students make good choices.  The focus is on a corrective, restorative and supportive approach. 


Mitigating and other factors will be taken into consideration prior to assigning a consequence.


When inappropriate behaviour occurs, a range of interventions, supports, and consequences will occur that are developmentally appropriate, and that include opportunities for students to learn from their mistakes, and to focus on improving behaviour and restoring relationships. 


The frequency, severity and type of behaviour will also be taken into consideration.

Range of possible consequences include (but are not limited to):  reminder, warning, discussion, time out, detention, remedial assignment, formal interview with administrator, teacher and student, parent/guardian involvement, making restitution (including full payment for damage/vandalism), changing inappropriate clothing, implementation of behaviour management/safety plan, suspension, expulsion, referral to police.