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Code of Conduct

William E. Brown Behaviour Code

Education is a shared responsibility between students, parents and teachers, and we all need to model tolerance, respect, responsibility and integrity in an environment that promotes academic excellence and a love of life-long learning. At William E. Brown, this Behaviour Code provides a general outline of the expectations of all partners in the education process.


Expected Behaviour

Reasons for Expected Behaviour

Regular Attendance & Punctuality

  • Arrive each day on time
  • Notify the school before 9am or 12:45pm in the event of an absence

  • To develop responsible behaviours and habits that demonstrate respect for others

  • To participate fully in all activities at school
  • To ensure the safety of all students

Respectful, Cooperative Behaviour

  • Demonstrate respect for others (students, teachers and guests)
  • Use appropriate manners and language at all times
  • Demonstrate tolerance of others� differences
  • Model empathy and compassion and help others who are in need
  • Act with integrity and honesty
  • Take responsibility for your actions

  • To create a stimulating and nurturing learning environment in which the abilities and contributions of everyone are appreciated and valued
  • To provide the opportunity for everyone to reach their full potential
  • To learn and practice individual and social responsibility

Take Responsibility for Learning

  • Keep a positive attitude
  • Arrive prepared with all required materials
  • Use the Agenda daily to keep organized
  • Take initiative to ask for extra help when you need it
  • Complete all work on time and to the best of your ability
  • Respect the needs of others to work in a positive learning/teaching environment
  • Students, teachers, parents and administration share responsibility for communicating clearly

  • To develop personal responsibility for learning
  • To support and encourage everyone to achieve to the best of their ability
  • To develop the required learning skills (see �Learning Skills� section on Provincial Report Card) for successful life-long learning

Bus Behaviour

  • The bus is an extension of the classroom and therefore general rules for acceptable classroom behaviour apply
  • Be on time for bus arrival and departure
  • See Student Agenda for specific �Procedures for Safety�

  • To ensure safe transportation to and from school each day and on extra-curricular excursions

Safe Behaviour

  • Solve problems in socially acceptable ways without intimidation, threats or physical violence
  • Leave all objects that may be a danger to yourself or others at home
  • Take responsibility to stop bullying behaviour wherever you see it. Bullying is the deliberate intent to harm or induce fear (i.e. name-calling, racism, physical violence, destroying property, spreading rumours, exclusion)

  • To create a safe, non-threatening learning environment for everyone
  • To learn and practice appropriate means of resolving conflict

Appropriate Dress

  • Wear clothing that is neat and clean in appearance and that is appropriate for the weather
  • Bring appropriate gym clothes and shoes
  • Unacceptable clothing includes: bandannas, cut-off shorts, halter tops, short shorts, and clothing displaying inappropriate messages, pictures or symbols
  • Hats and visors are acceptable only in the playground

  • To promote a positive self-image
  • To enable full and appropriate participation in all school activities

Healthy Behaviour

  • Model healthy habits free from drugs, alcohol, cigarettes or any other harmful substance
  • Participate regularly in gym class
  • Bring healthy and nutritious snacks and lunches to school

  • To provide opportunities for students to learn about the importance of developing life-long healthy habits
  • To provide an environment that models and supports healthy habits.

Computer Lab �NETiquette�

  • Always use your own password and user ID
  • Make sure you have a teacher�s permission to access the network, follow all computer use guidelines and take care of all computer equipment

  • To develop personal responsibility and appropriate etiquette when using computers

Respect School Property

  • Share responsibility for keeping classrooms, computer lab, hallways, bathrooms, change rooms and school yard safe, clean and clear of litter and graffiti
  • Return school property (i.e. library books, text books, sports equipment) in good condition
  • To learn to value and take care of personal and shared resources
  • To respect the rights of all who share resources in the school

Consequences for Unacceptable Behaviour

The discipline procedure for most unacceptable behaviour is progressive in nature and intended to serve as instruction for the students involved. The process is as follows:

  • Counselling by the teacher/principal
  • A second incident will require consultation with parents and usually some form of meaningful consequence.
  • A third incident of a similar nature may result in 2-3 day suspension
  • Continued misbehaviour will result in progressively longer suspensions
  • In the event of extreme behaviours that threaten the safety and well-being of self or others, measures may be taken that by-pass a progressive discipline process.

Please refer to the Student Agenda for additional information


administration: the people responsible for managing a business or institution, i.e. the principal and teachers of a school

compassion: empathy and understanding for another person�s feelings

empathy: the ability to identify and understand another person�s feelings

etiquette: the conventional rules of social behaviour, i.e. manners

initiative: the ability to start something, or take the first step in getting something going

intimidate: to frighten or scare especially to influence or subdue someone

nurturing: supporting and encouraging in a positive way

potential: personal qualities that can be developed

stimulating: exciting