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Oyama Traditional School
"Where Awesome Meets Traditional"
Code of Conduct
​Oyama Traditional School is in the process of ongoing review of its "code of conduct" through a consultative process involving students, parents and teachers. This process began in the fall of 2014 when the school moved to a K-6 configuration for the first time in its over 100 year history. In May, 2014, three parents who are members of the school planning council, two students, a teacher along with the principal, alll attended a student leadership conference at a Leader in Me school as part of the preparation for developing the code of conduct.In the summer of 2015 all teachers and two parents attended Leader In Me "signature series" training and in the summer of 2016 further Leader in Me training was undertaken. Our goal is to embed the Leader in Me principles and paradigms within our code of conduct as we continue the journey to becoming a Leader in Me Lighthouse School.

For the interim, we use the following Code of Conduct at our school:





Code of Conduct


A school's Code of conduct is established to help maintain a safe, caring and orderly environment for learning.


School Rights & Responsibilities


Some of the things we expect at our school include:

Ø  Showing good manners;

Ø  Respecting self, others & property;

Ø  Giving best effort at work & play;

Ø  Making safe choices;

Ø  Honesty;

Ø  Punctuality in attendance;

Ø  Using appropriate language;

Ø  Following school guideline's and

Ø  Showing responsibility and leadership


Our school has identified "Rights and Responsibilities" for all students and "School-Wide Expectations". These are the foundation of our Code of Conduct and are taught to all students and posted on our website.

While most members of our school community conduct themselves in a positive and responsible manner, violations of our school's Code of Conduct may occur.

A variety of strategies will be used to deal with incidents that occur-severity of the incident, frequency of infractions, and student age/maturity are considered when determining appropriate disciplinary action. Special consideration may apply to students with special needs who are unable to comply with expectations due to having a disability. Whenever possible and appropriate, consequences will be restorative rather than punitive.

Oyama Traditional School promotes the values expressed in the BC Human Rights Code respecting the rights of all individuals in accordance with the law – prohibiting discrimination based on race, colour ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Behavior or communication that discriminates based on any of the prohibited grounds listed will be treated seriously by our school.


Minor Incidents


These actions disturb the positive and orderly school environment & include behaviors like:


Ø  Being in an out-of-bounds area

Ø  Misuse of washrooms or playground items

Ø  Playing unsafely(i.e. rough play)

Ø  Poor lunch manners

Ø  Gum chewing

Ø  Rudeness to other students

(Name calling)

Ø  Pushing and shoving in a line-up

Ø  Running while indoors

Ø  Littering

Ø  Disruption of instruction/learning


Possible consequences:

Ø  Warning

Ø  Problem solving conversation

Ø  Review or expectations

Ø  A time-out with supervising staff

Ø  School service

Ø  Loss of privileges


Major Incidents

Minor repeated incidents will be treated as a major incident. This level of misbehavior may also include:

Ø  Lying

Ø  Swearing

Ø  Wilful vandalism to property

Ø  Leaving school grounds without permission

Ø  Stealing

Ø  Defiance to staff

Ø  Bullying (e.g. Intimidation, racial slurs)


Possible consequences:

Ø Problem solving conversation

Ø School/community service

Ø Contract created

Ø Parent/guardian contacted

Ø In-school/out-of-school suspension


Unacceptable Incidents

These behaviors are highly disruptive. Repeated major incidents will be dealt with as unacceptable. These incidents include:

Ø  Fighting (violence)

Ø  Verbal abuse

Ø  Throwing dangerous items (e.g. Rocks, snowballs, etc.)

Ø  Major theft or vandalism

Ø  Possession of or use of weapons

Ø  Extreme non-compliance with staff

Ø  Drugs/alcohol/tobacco at school


Possible consequences:

Ø  In-school/out-of-school suspension

Ø  1-10 day suspension or Indefinite Suspension (away from school, at the discretion of the principal)

Ø  Legal intervention (i.e. R.C.M.P.)


Depending on the severity of the infraction parents of student offenders and student victims may be notified. The school will also inform other parties as necessary. For example, in case of illegal activity, the R.C.M.P. will be notified or if the safety or well-being of a child is in question, the Ministry of Children and Families will be notified.


Make Wise Choices