We are committed to the establishment and maintenance of a safe, caring, sharing, and effective learning community for students, staff, and community members. Through direct teaching of respect, responsible, reasonable and empathetic behaviours, we promote social responsibility. We believe that all students are capable of making excellent behaviour choices. Behaviour strategies and consequences are developed according to the individual child’s needs and the situation. We will seek to balance the rights of the individual with those of the total school population.
What does it mean when we say we do not tolerate verbal or physical abuse?
In today’s changing world, it is not enough to simply avoid misbehaviour. Students need to be shown how to handle complex and changing social contexts. The purpose of our behaviour policy is to develop a common understanding among school staff, parents and students.
The intent of any action taken by our staff is teaching positive behaviours, not punishment.
We want to work with you on developing positive strategies to support all students.
From time to time, all of us may make a mistake or a poor choice. An atmosphere of cooperation and understanding between all parties is the most productive way of making this learning effective. A consistent approach to behaviour by school staff, students, and parents will result in students knowing, and following, behavioural expectations at Evergreen School.
How does this work at Evergreen School?
We do frequent modeling. We give children lots of opportunities to practice appropriate behaviours in different contexts. When children have difficulties we talk to them and provide coaching on different problem solving strategies.
When minor incidents happen they are dealt with immediately so that the child learns from the situation. Consequences are appropriate for the incident. For example, a child playing unsafely on the playground may be asked to sit out and observe other children playing safely. Families would not typically get a call home about this type of isolated incident unless the behaviours form a pattern and there are on-going concerns about the safety of students.
If an incident is of a more serious nature, students may go through either an oral or written problem solving process. Where the problem solving process is done in writing, parents will receive a copy. We ask that you discuss the incident with your child. Your child will undoubtedly share his or her perspective, but please keep in mind that in any conflict situation, there are several perspectives from others involved. If you have questions about the perspective of other students or staff involved please call the school. An important part of the problem solving process is in helping children understand and build empathy and to look at problems from different perspectives. We ask that you sign the problem solving sheet and return it to school. Please feel free to make additional comments if you would like to do so.
If an incident occurs that requires more immediate intervention, parents will be telephoned so that they are immediately aware of the situation. Such situations may result in the following: detentions, in school suspensions, out of school suspensions or bus suspensions. These decisions are never made lightly and are always out of concern for the safety and security of all students.