F.W. Howay Code of Conduct
The purpose of F.W. Howay’s Code of Conduct is to establish a learning environment and school culture that promotes safety, kindness, responsibility, and respect. The goal of our code is to create a school community where all individuals – students, parents, staff and visitors – demonstrate the values of respect for self and others, honesty, integrity, acceptance, and tolerance.
F.W. Howay promotes the values expressed in the BC Human Rights Code respecting the rights of all individuals in accordance with the laws – prohibiting discrimination based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, age, physical or metal disability, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity and expression – in respect of discriminatory publication and discrimination in accommodation, service and facility in the school environment.
Expectations of acceptable behaviours lead to a culture of safety, kindness, responsibility and respect. We make every effort to:
- Take responsibility for our actions
- Make thoughtful choices when we play and interact with each other
- Listen and speak respectfully
- Use words calmly and respectfully to resolve problems
- Recognize, celebrate and defend the right to be different
- Help those who need our help
- Respect the personal boundaries of others
- Use social media responsibly and respectfully
Unacceptable behaviours that compromise a culture of safety, kindness, responsibility and respect include:
- Unsafe and hurtful behaviours to self and/or others physically and/or emotionally
- Behaviours that violate the BC Human Rights Code
- Damaging and/or stealing school property or the property of another
- Choosing not to follow the expectations of conduct\
F.W. Howay Elementary School will seriously treat behaviour or communication that discriminates based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, age, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression (prohibited grounds set out in the BC Human Rights Code). Factors, such as the frequency and severity of misconduct, are taken into account when determining appropriate consequences for infractions. A focus on consequences that are restorative, rather than punitive, will be made wherever possible. The age and maturity of the individual involved, their ability to appreciate the impact of their actions, will also be considered. An individual’s medical, cognitive, and personal profile and circumstances are duly considered when appropriate consequences and interventions are applied.
Last Updated – September 2020