Code of Conduct

Cell Phones and Pagers | Guidelines for Dress

Code of Conduct

At Kitchener Elementary:

  • Each person is expected to learn and respect school regulations.
  • Each person should be considerate of the rights of others and act in a way that does not endanger the health and well-being of any other person.
  • Each person is expected to act in a respectful and courteous manner.
  • Each person must respect the property of others.
  • People are responsible to the school – while coming to school, at school, returning home from school and at all school-related functions.

Any conduct which is detrimental to the safe and positive school climate will be considered a breach of the school code of conduct and will bear appropriate consequences.

Cell Phones and other Electronic Devices

  • Students are not encouraged to bring any expensive items (including cell phones and mp3 players) to school due to risk of theft, loss or damage. The school cannot be responsible for non-school related items that students bring to school.
  • If a student does bring a cell phone to school it is their sole responsibility.
  • Students may not use cell phones or pagers for any reason during regular school hours – 9:00 am – 2:45 pm (including school field trips).
  • If students wish to use cell phones at other times, it is left to the discretion of the supervising teacher (i.e. after-school activities).

 

Guidelines for Dress

February, 2005
Draft Guidelines:

Decisions regarding pupil dress require the careful balance of the individual’s right of self-expression against the school’s responsibility to ensure an appropriate learning environment. Consideration must be given to the health, safety and welfare of the school community. To find this balance between individual freedom, social convention, and functionality, a precise definition for a dress code is difficult to achieve. Although choices regarding student attire rest primarily with the parent and student, the Kitchener Elementary School dress code would identify some of the standards that should assist these decisions and identify consistent expectations in all schools. To that end, the School offers the following guidance so that students learn to make good independent decisions regarding their choice of clothing.

The Burnaby School Board is in the process of drafting an official policy on dress code for all Burnaby Schools. The following guidelines represent input from staff and parents at Kitchener School only and should not be misinterpreted as representing the Burnaby School Board. When the Burnaby School Board issues its policy on dress code, Kitchener Elementary School will make certain that its dress code is in agreement with the District code.

Kitchener’s Dress Guidelines:

  • Dress appropriately for the weather;
  • Please take hats off inside the building;
  • Clothing should not reveal any undergarments, cleavage or midriffs – a general guideline would have the neckline no lower than a short necklace. This includes wearing undershirts in place of t-shirts or other appropriate tops;
  • Tops must have two shoulder straps, and the back must be covered. No “spaghetti straps” please – the straps should be wider than 2 cm;
  • Individuals must avoid wearing articles of clothing which make sexual reference or which represent or promote alcohol, drugs, inappropriate language, racism or violence. Furthermore, clothing and related apparel cannot be intimidating to others; this includes spiked accessories and gang-related paraphernalia.

This is a new policy to our school community and as such it will evolve with time. We will use the time between now and the end of this school year as a “trial period” which will allow teachers, parents and students to learn from the experience and make any necessary changes for September. Please feel free to send your feedback to the school.

Burnaby School Board’s Guidelines:

In early 2003, the Board received a request from several Secondary principals regarding a consistent dress code policy for Burnaby schools. Input has been received from DPAC, DSAC, CUPE, BTA, BASA, Secondary school student councils and individuals. Virtually all partner groups approve the concept of a consistent dress code.

Decisions regarding pupil dress require the careful balance of the individual’s right of self-expression against the district’s responsibility to ensure an appropriate learning environment. Consideration must be given to the health, safety and welfare of the school community. To find this balance between individual freedom, social convention, and functionality, a precise definition is difficult to achieve. Although choices regarding student attire rest primarily with the parent and student, the district dress code would identify some of the standards that should assist these decisions and identify consistent expectations in all schools. To that end, the Board offers the following guidance so that students learn to make good independent decisions regarding their choice of clothing.

  • Individuals should dress in ways that are appropriate for their particular roles and show respect for themselves, for others, and for the school. As role models, staff should dress in ways that set good examples for students.
  • Individuals are expected to wear clothing appropriate for school. Clothing that distracts oneself or others from focusing on teaching and learning is inappropriate. Individuals must avoid wearing articles of clothing which make sexual reference or which represent or promote alcohol, drugs, inappropriate language, racism or violence. Furthermore, clothing and related apparel cannot be intimidating to others; this includes spiked accessories and gang-related paraphernalia. Exposed underwear, excessive exposure of the midriff, low cut or see-through tops, backless or halter tops and short shorts (beachwear) are inappropriate for school.