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Code of Conduct

Our School's Code of Conduct

It is expected that students will conform to high standards of behaviour when at school, on the way to and from school, and while attending any school function or field trip. Students are also expected to demonstrate high standards of work habits, arriving to school and class on time, with the necessary supplies and materials, as well as completing all in-school and homework assignments.
Students are expected to be cooperative, responsible, and do the best they can, at all times. To this end, the following school code of conduct should guide student behaviour:

Treat others, as you would like to be treated yourself.
Solve problems with your head and your heart.
Demonstrate by actions and words, respect for yourself, others, property and the environment.
Unacceptable behaviours include behaviours that interfere with the learning of others, acts of bullying, harassment or intimidation, and illegal acts, such as possession, use or distribution of illegal or restricted substances, possession or use of weapons, and theft of or damage to property.

The District code of conduct is outlined in a letter from the Superintendent of Schools in your child's planner.

The development of self-discipline is a very important goal at our school. The aim of consequences for misbehaviour is for students to learn from their experience.  Consequences for behaviour that does not meet expectations will be logical, realistic, and consistent, with each case of misbehaviour being dealt with on an individual basis. These consequences may range from a discussion, or an office referral, to a suspension from school.

Dress Code
The Abbotsford School District expects all students to adhere to standards of cleanliness and dress that allow for a clean and tasteful school environment. A student’s appearance or mode of dress or cleanliness will not be permitted to disrupt the educational process or threaten health or safety.
The following points indicate our expectations of student attire at Clayburn Middle School. The dress code rules apply on the school grounds and at school sponsored activities either on-or-off campus.

• Clothing should be appropriate to a learning / working environment, and should not be distracting to others (e.g., beachwear, “spaghetti” straps, and clothing which is too revealing, is not appropriate for school).
• Clothing should effectively cover the tops of the shoulders, chest area, back and abdomen (shoulder straps should be “3 fingers” wide, and shirts must overlap pants). 
• The hem of skirts and dresses should be longer than the fingers, when arms are hanging straight down at your sides with fingers extended.
• Shorts should be longer than the knuckles, when arms are hanging straight down at your sides with your hand in a fist.
• Undergarments must not be visible.
• Dress and grooming may not create health or safety problems for the student or others who attend/work at the school (e.g., Long hair tied back when in the shop).
• Hats and sunglasses should not be worn inside the school.
• Jackets, backpacks, hats, and purses are to be stored in lockers during instructional time.
• Clothing items and accessories should not be distracting, offensive, unsafe, nor promote the use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, sex, inappropriate language, racism, or be in poor taste.
• Proper gym strip (shorts, T-shirt, and clean non-marking gym shoes) are required for physical education. Do not wear “street shoes” in the gymnasium.
Students who do not meet dress code expectations will be required to replace or cover up inappropriate articles of clothing, and/or will be sent home.

Cell Phones and iPods
Students are not permitted to have cell phones at school. If parents insist that students have cell phones at school, they are to remain in the student’s locker between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm. Cell phones will be confiscated by teachers should students be found using them during the day.
If students bring iPods (mp3 players), they are not to be used during class time or between classes. They may only be used during nutrition break and lunch, as well as before and after school.

Copying & Plagiarism
Students are expected to present their own work in their own words. The substitution of work copied or taken from other students or from other sources such as the Internet, and presented as their own, is not acceptable and will result in appropriate consequences.
Behaviour Outside of the Classroom
Hall behaviour and language should be suitable to an institution of learning. No profanity, inappropriate remarks or touching of others.  When moving in the halls and on the stairs, students should walk quietly while keeping to the right hand side.
Public displays of affection (hugging, kissing, or holding hands) in the school setting are not appropriate.
Tackling games (Football, Rugby) and wrestling or ‘play’-fighting are not acceptable.

Students are strongly discouraged from bringing valuables including mp3 players, gaming devices, cell phones, expensive shoes and clothing articles to school. If students bring valuables to school, these items should be locked in their locker, thereby minimizing the temptation for theft. Valuable items are brought to school at the owner’s risk; the school is not responsible for any loss or damage. 

Can I chew gum at school?
No. Gum can make a terrible mess and therefore students are not allowed to chew gum at anytime while at school.

Roller Blades, Skateboards, and Scooters
We encourage students to be physically active while at school.  Students wishing to skateboard, scooter or use roller blades must wear a helmet.  Other safety equipment e.g. knee, wrist and elbow pads, while not mandatory, is strongly encouraged, and left to the discretion of each child’s parent. Students participating in hockey games during the lunch hour, regardless of whether it is on roller blades or not, must wear eye protection.
Students are expected to use common sense in terms of the safety of other students and themselves; stay out of the parking lot / driveway, and not to use skateboards, scooters or roller blades inside the school building.