Hampton Elementary School
 

Hampton Elementary Code of Conduct

 
The Code of Conduct at Hampton Elementary is described in the student Agenda Planner. Discipline is considered as a part of a wider behaviour management approach to developing appropriate behaviour choices for our children.
We continue to operate on the philosophy that all children have the right to learn in a school climate that is safe, satisfying and productive. Disruptive behaviour by a student infringes on the rights of others to learn. Home and school together must share the responsibility for teaching and encouraging acceptable behaviour.
Our Code Of Conduct includes a structured program called “SkillStreaming” that includes over sixty behaviour management skills divided into 5 areas: Classroom Management, Friendship Making, Dealing with Feelings, Alternatives to Aggression, and Dealing with Stress. Children will be taught skills in each of the five areas throughout the school year. Acquiring and practicing the skills will increase the ability of children to make good choices about whether they will contribute positively to any given situation.
The SkillsStreaming approach to Behaviour Management reflects the belief that children can and will make good choices if they are trained in skills for making decisions; allowed the opportunity to decide; given the positive support they need; and held accountable for the decisions they make. Our Behaviour Management procedures will continue to be directed toward placing responsibility for student behaviour where it belongs: in their hands. Each person in our school is responsible for controlling his/her actions and reactions to any situation.
Hampton Elementary introduced Skillstreaming as part of the school code of conduct p during the school year 2004-2005. Students were taught skills for managing behaviour in a consistent and positive way. Students were given concrete doable examples of what the expected behaviours would look like when done correctly. They were given an opportunity to practice the skill, and they were positively reinforced when they were observed acting in the expected and correct manner. Teachers were all aware of what skills had been taught at any given time and were able to intervene in student behaviour by any student in the school by pointing out the skill a student was not demonstrating, ask the student to show the correct way to conduct him or herself, and reinforce the student in a positive way following the student’s demonstration of the skill.
This approach enables any teacher to request any student to correct the behaviour in a positive manner that focuses the child’s attention on his/her ability to make the correct choice, and for the student to be in control of his/her own behaviour. Consistent emphasis on SkillStreaming resulted in a 40% drop in referrals for all behaviours previously observed in our students. We believe there was an actual increase in students making better choices on their own, because they knew what was expected and could deliver on the expectations.
 
Behaviour Expectations
 
“HANDS OFF / FEET OFF / WORDS OFF”
It is expected that all individuals will treat one another with respect. Examples of inappropriate behaviour include:
1) Hitting, kicking, physical or mental abuse. (Teasing, putdowns, excluding others)
2) Defiance of authority, refusing to complete work or comply with requests
3) Abusive or inappropriate language or gestures
4) Throwing objects such as rocks, sticks, or snowballs
5) Persistent or continuous disruptive behaviour
 
 

Consequences

The purpose of this is to: teach students to accept logical consequences for their actions; to give the time to evaluate their behaviour; to involve students actively in finding positive alternative to their actions. A teacher may send a child to the supervised classroom for a time out if necessary. When a child is on the step program they are able to earn their way off the program for having shown a positive improvement in making better behaviour choices. Children will be given a specific time goal to permit them to have success in earning their way off the step program. Parents will be made aware of a referral by Talk Mail. A form will be sent home to be signed and returned.
Step One: For the first offence, a student may report to the noon supervised classroom where he/she may lose time from their playground break.
Step Two: For repeat offenses of a serious nature the same procedure is followed as in Step 1, plus the Child's parents are contacted by the school.
Step Three: For a third major offense the child will be assigned 1 Full Noon hour session in the Training/Supervised classroom. Parents are informed the next step may be a full day School Suspension..
Step Four: For the fourth major offense the child may serve a Suspension of one full day. Parents will be notified by phone. This suspension may be served as an in school suspension, rather than an out of school suspension. Each case is examined on an individual needs basis.
Step Five: For the Fifth major offense, the child may be suspended from school for 1-5 days. After which, the child will be permitted to return to school. Parent(s) must meet the Principal and/or Vice-Principal prior to readmission after an Out of School Suspension