Behaviour

General Expectations of Students

  • To attend school regularly
  • To arrive to school and each individual class punctually
  • To do their best work at all times
  • To complete all assignments either in class, after school, or for homework
  • To seek help from teachers or resources when necessary
  • To respect the rights and property of others
  • To be polite and respectful
  • To keep the school neat and clean
  • To be responsible for their own belongings
  • To be clean and tidy, both in personal care and dress
  • To be responsible for their behaviour, and to behave in a courteous manner
  • To replace or pay for any school property which they have destroyed, broken, damaged or lost
  • To model proper digital citizenship as defined by the Calgary Board of Education

These guidelines are intended to support School Board Policies and regulations to ensure that teachers, students, and parents are aware of what is allowed and expected in the school.

Procedures and Consequences for Misbehaviour

As citizens of Georges P. Vanier, students will earn privileges by showing that they are responsible and have respect for the rights and property of others. Responsibilities come before rights. All staff, administration, and students at the school are responsible for the enforcement of the Code of Conduct.

The following measures will apply to those students who do not respect the CBE Code of Conduct: Administrative Regulation

  • Detentions, community service
  • Telephone calls to parents and or loss of privileges such as:
    • Playing on school or intramural teams
    • Attending classes or special activities
    • Participating in field trips and educational tours

Continued incidents of misbehaviour or major infractions may result in the following consequences:

  • In-school suspension
  • Temporary suspension from the school (1-5 days)
  • Suspension with recommendation for expulsion from the school

The following are examples of major infractions:

  • Verbal or written or cyber threats to cause bodily harm or to damage/destroy the property of others
  • Causing bodily harm to another person or making threats
  • Disrespectful language/behaviour towards any Vanier student or staff member
  • Vandalism
  • Harassment, bullying, cyber bullying
  • Being in possession or under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco (including e-cigarettes and vape juice)
  • Weapons
  • Skipping classes or leaving school without permission

Transit & Student Drop-Off

Students who come to school on public transit must follow all Calgary Transit rules. Good conduct while riding transit is essential to the safety and comfort of all passengers. Students are requested to:

  • remain seated while the vehicle is in motion
  • not litter or cause damage
  • keep voices low so the operator can concentrate
  • behave in a manner which does not distract the operator or other passengers
  • respond politely to all operator/transit personnel requests

Swearing and obscene language is not tolerated.

General awareness of traffic and safety by roadways is important for students waiting at City Transit stops. Students need to ensure they are not stepping onto the roadway and must also step back as the bus is arriving at the stop.

Expectations with Substitute Teachers

Most school days, there is a substitute teacher in the building. We depend on substitute teachers to fill in for teachers who are absent for various reasons. We treat substitute teachers as guests in the school and we expect students to be even more polite and even better behaved than usual since the substitute teacher does not know names, routines, or procedures. Teachers will establish protocols for students to follow when they have a substitute teacher, and students will be held to a high standard of behaviour.

Behaviour on the Bus

Students riding on the bus must remember that school rules also apply when riding the bus. Students are responsible for their conduct to the bus driver and through the driver to the Administration of the school. Continued violation may lead to the loss of riding privileges or to suspension from the school.

  1. The driver is in full charge of the bus and his/her directions must be obeyed.
  2. The driver will report any misconduct to the Administration of the school concerned who will then take appropriate action.
  3. The driver may assign specific seats to students at any time.
  4. While the bus is in motion, students must not extend arms or heads out of the windows
  5. Students must not throw paper or other waste materials on the floor or out of the windows of the bus.
  6. While on the bus, students must conduct themselves in a quiet and courteous manner, showing consideration for the comfort and safety of others.
  7. Scuffling, fighting, smoking, and the use of obscene or disrespectful language on the bus are prohibited.
  8. Students will not distract the bus driver with unnecessarily loud conversation.
  9. Students causing willful damage to a bus will be held financially accountable.
  10. When leaving the bus, students must observe the instructions of the bus driver. They should not cross the road without having a clear view in both directions.
  11. Only individuals who are charter bus students can ride another bus if a note (signed by the office) from a parent / guardian is presented to the bus driver.

The principal (or designate) will keep a record of all bus misconduct reports and will take whatever corrective actions appear warranted. This could include suspension of the student’s transportation privileges. 

Illegal Substances

Smoking or vaping is not permitted in the school, on the school grounds, or across the street in front of neighbouring property. Smoking (vaping) is illegal for anyone under the age of 16 and is therefore always prohibited. The possession and/or consumption of any illegal substance, including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs is not permitted. Students caught smoking or using illegal substances will be sent home and must return with one or both parents/guardians to school before re-admittance. Suspension may be a consequence and police intervention may also be required for a student caught smoking or using illegal substances.

Unsafe Behaviour on School Property

  • Running in building or sliding down banister
  • Pushing, kicking or tackling
  • Horseplay/ Tag games indoors
  • Spitting
  • Throwing or propulsion of any object including snowballs

Disrespectful Language

We strive to maintain a culture of respect for all. Students have the right to be treated respectfully and have a responsibility to treat all others with respect. Disrespectful language is regarded as unacceptable on school property. If students engage in disrespectful language, teachers will contact home, and administration may become involved as a part of the CBE Progressive Student Discipline Regulation.

Harassment

Harassment is defined as any persistent behavior that humiliates or harms another person. At GP Vanier, we support students in learning appropriate ways to communicate and interact. Our expectation is that students will adhere to the CBE Student Code of Conduct at all times. 

Prohibited Items

These include: lighters, matches, knives, laser pointers, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, drug paraphernalia, and any item that could be considered a weapon or is being used as a weapon including bb guns, and ‘airsoft’ pellet guns.   Possession of these items could result in suspension and possible expulsion. 

The use of skateboards and rollerblades on CBE property is prohibited. If a student uses one of those items as a method of transportation, they need to store them in the office – not their locker.

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