Student Code of Conduct

The Calgary Board of Education is committed to providing students and staff with a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging. With this in mind, the CBE has Administrative Regulations to guide and support this work. These Administrative Regulations can be found under the Resources tab.

Student Code of Conduct (Administrative Regulation 6005)

Progressive Student Discipline (Administrative Regulation 6006)

Each student has a right to learn in an environment free from discrimination, harassment, bullying, and harm.  

Hillhurst School has a whole-school approach that supports student personal development, character and citizenship by managing discipline through a progression of proactive, preventative, and restorative strategies. Responses to student behaviour include a consistently applied, school-wide approach that includes fair and predictable responses to negative actions. 

HIBOU virtues, I Message and Apology 

HIBOU Virtues

HIBOU is our school mascot, meaning "owl" in French.  A few years ago, staff and students worked on Character Education at Hillhurst School and established virtues for HIBOU - Honesty, Imagination, Belonging, Optimism, and Understanding.  Over the years, we continue to work with students to learn, live, and lead by example, keeping these virtues alive every day.

HIBOU I Message

A key part to progressive discipline when resolving conflict is having students go through our Hillhurst I Message and Apology.  I Messaging is an effective tool for kids to identify emotions, understand beliefs, and influence behavior.  There are many benefits in using I Messages, some of them include: greater assertiveness, more effective conflict resolution, and more constructive feedback.  I Messaging can also be used to express positive behaviours that can only help in building stronger relationships.

How to use an I Message:

1. State how you are feeling

2. Describe the behaviour or provide an example

3. Explain how the behaviour impacts your feelings or well being

4. Provide a suggestion on what you think could resolve the situation


I feel...when you... time...

HIBOU Apology

The Hillhurst Apology teaches students about empathy, responsibility and conflict resolution.

HIBOU Apology:

Show Empathy

Take Responsibility

Talk about what happens next


I'm sorry for....If that were me I would. feel...Next time....Do you accept my apology?

School Bus Rules

The school bus is considered an extension of the school. Administrative Regulations 6001 and 6095 inform the School Bus Rules and student behaviour expectations. Please also be aware there are restricted items prohibited from being transported on the bus.

Students riding on a school bus are responsible for their conduct and are expected to follow the School Bus Rules. Violation of the School Bus Rules may lead to loss of riding privileges, suspension from school or other disciplinary measures.

School Bus Rules:

  • The driver is in full charge of the bus. Respect the driver and obey directions.
  • The driver may assign specific seats to students at any time.
  • Students will not extend arms or head out of windows. While the bus is in motion, students will remain seated facing forward, and will not try to get on or off the bus or move about within the bus.
  • Students will not throw anything on the floor or out of the windows of the bus.
  • While on the bus, students will conduct themselves in a quiet and courteous manner, showing consideration for the comfort and safety of others.
  • Scuffling, fighting, smoking, and the use of obscene language, gestures or behaviour on the bus, are prohibited.
  • Students will not distract the bus driver with excessive noise.
  • Students causing willful damage to a bus will be held accountable.
  • When leaving the bus, students will observe the instructions of the bus driver, and will not cross the road without having a clear view in all directions.
  • No student or parent is permitted on the bus without:
    • a valid bus pass; or
    • the authorization of the bus driver; or
    • the authorization of the school principal or their designate.


Infractions of safety or behaviour rules will result in the following:

  • The driver will first seek the cooperation of the student.
  • If the student does not comply, the driver or supervisor will submit a Bus Communication Form to the school and will attempt to obtain student cooperation.

   *We encourage drivers to fill out these reports as a communication tool in order to ensure students are safe and supported.

  • If your child reports a behavior on the bus that is disturbing to them, please ensure that the school and service provider are made aware of the issue.
  • If your child is responsible for a behavioral or safety concern, the service provider and/or school will let you know. In either case, service providers, school, and transportation staff will work with you as needed towards a solution.
  • The principal or designate will keep a record of all such reports and will take corrective action, which may include suspension of the student’s transportation privileges.
  • Students will not be discharged from the bus mid-trip to or from school as a form of corrective action for infractions of the school bus safety rules.

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