At Hellings School:
We believe that all people within the Hellings community have the right to learn and the right to teach in an environment that is safe, caring, and orderly. In order to preserve and enhance these rights, we further believe that the following three expectations of behaviour can best serve that purpose:
It is expected that students will:
- Take care of themselves
- Take care of others
- Take care of this place
Some examples of what it might look like for students to take care of themselves include:
- Applying themselves to their best ability in all aspects of their education
- Being prepared to learn each day
- Attending school regularly and punctually
- Dressing in a manner appropriate for their age and purpose
- Adopting healthy living habits such as getting regular sleep, making healthy food choices, and participating in regular exercise
While this is by no means an exhaustive list, it is expected that students will be able to govern this aspect of their conduct by asking themselves “Is what I am doing taking care of myself?”
Some examples of what it might look like to take care of others include:
- Being respectful in words, tone of voice, actions and body language to others
- Respecting the rights and property of others
- Being respectful of the thoughts, feelings and heritage of others
- Solving problems in a peaceful manner
- Being inclusive
- Reporting wrongful behaviour to a responsible adult
Again, this is not an exhaustive list, but it is still expected that students will be able to govern their behaviour by asking themselves “Is what I am doing taking care of others?”
Some examples of what it might look like to take care of this place include:
- Cleaning up after themselves
- Leaving a place in the same or better condition than when they went in
- Reporting unsafe conditions on the grounds or in the building
“This place” refers to any environment the student happens to be in, be it at home, on the way to school, on the way home, in a classroom or in a vehicle. Wherever the student happens to be can be considered “this place.” While there are a great many other, more specific examples of “Taking care of this place,” students may still gauge the appropriateness of their behaviour by asking themselves, “Is what I am doing taking care of this place?”
Student Behavioural Growth, Responsibility and Discipline
Hellings’ students are expected to achieve their personal best and to participate in a respectful and safe manner in the classroom and in all school activities. We want our students to learn in a safe and supportive environment where expectations for behaviour are clearly set and the needs of all individuals are recognized through courtesy, kindness, and mutual respect.
Most problems that arise are minor and infrequent and can be corrected by the teacher and the student together. In fact, the good conduct of Hellings' students is frequently recognized by parents and teachers, by school guests, and by hosts when our students visit outside the school.
At Hellings, each student is encouraged to make appropriate choices for his/her behaviour. They are expected to follow our guidelines for success.
It is our belief that students are responsible for their own behaviour. Discipline is the process of:
- Setting clear expectations for behaviour of students;
- Communicating those expectations clearly to students;
- Teaching students to make appropriate choices for behaviour and providing them with alternatives for the future;
- Holding each student accountable for his/her choice of behaviour;
- Applying consistent, fair and firm consequences for inappropriate behaviour;
- Recognizing positive behaviour choices.
We do not follow a "lock-step" model of discipline, as effective techniques and procedures for responding to a child are dependent upon the child's age and his/her individual needs. We therefore base our disciplinary decisions and actions on what is appropriate for each individual.
Process for Recognizing Positive Behaviours
Because we at Hellings believe that recognition of positive behaviour in students instills appropriate choices and furthers positive behaviour and a more positive self-esteem, we recognize "good" behaviour by:
- individual comments of encouragement and praise;
- notes (through the use of student planners);
- calls home;
- P.A. announcements;
- displaying student assignments/work;
- citizenship awards.
Process for Handling Problem Behaviours
If a student chooses a behaviour that is inappropriate and/or unsafe, our first step is to have the supervising adult and/or classroom teacher speak with the child.
If the behaviour continues, the issue then becomes part of a discussion between the student(s) and the Principal. Through discussion and/or written statements, the student is required to analyse his/her behaviour, to plan an alternative and to discuss this plan with the appropriate adult.
If behavioural problems continue to occur, the Principal will inform the parents of the situation. The possibility also arises of the loss of some recess/noon or extra-curricular privilege which is withdrawn for an appropriate period of time, or some similar consequence.
Behaviour that is extremely unsafe or unsuitable will result in a more immediate disciplinary action. These behaviours include:
- willful disobedience or disrespect to a supervisory adult;
- fighting/aggressive behaviour;
- willfully damaging school property;
- use of inappropriate language;
- any illegal activity (ie, possession of fireworks).
We believe that when children view themselves as valued and successful individuals, they are developing not only their potential as lifelong learners, but also the attitudes and skills needed to be responsible, successful citizens. Working together, we have a school that values our students and that provides an environment conducive to learning.
One of our primary concerns at Hellings is for the safety and security of each and every student. Therefore, no child will be dismissed with anyone other than his/her parents, guardians, or emergency contacts. Children going home during the day are not to do so without the office staff or teacher phoning home first. Children should also report to the office upon their return.
Throughout the school year, we will have frequent fire, earthquake and lockdown drills. Instructions in the safe and orderly evacuation of buildings are reviewed regularly.
Absentee Phoning Program
This service is operated by the office staff. The parent of any child who is absent from school without prior notification will be phoned to verify the reason for the absence. In order to help these volunteers and the office staff in their task, parents are asked to phone the School Answering Machine 604-596-6438 before 8:45 a.m. or to send a note to the teacher if they are aware that their child will be away on a certain day. Please provide the following information:
a. student's name, grade and division/teacher's name;
b. reason for absence/lateness and the probable duration of the child's absence.
All students arriving after the bell are required to report to the office for a late slip. Pupils who are habitually late may be required by their teacher to make up for the lost time and the disruption to the classroom.
It is imperative that the school has a current emergency contact number for each student. Should this change over the course of the school year, it is very important that parents inform the school of such changes (this includes places of employment, designated contact persons, home or medical emergency number).
When a child complains of being sick or is seriously injured on the playground, the office will make a concerted effort to contact the parent or the emergency contact person. With bumps, bruises, minor cuts and scrapes, we will administer first aid mixed with tender loving care - ice packs, disinfectant, bandages, soap and water. For any injury involving the head, we contact the home - our policy is to err on the side of caution. In an obvious emergency, or when a child receives a bee sting from the shoulders up, we will call 911 first, then make contact with the parents.
If a child has a communicable disease, we would appreciate it if you would inform the school so that we may contact our public health nurse for assistance.
Should a child require ongoing medication, the School Board has a policy which requires that the parents complete a form allowing us to administer the medication at school. Please contact the school if your child has a medical problem or a physical disability of which we should be aware.
Safety Between Home and School
We ask that parents review with their children several important safety items:
- a safe route to travel to and from school.
- the expectation that students go directly home after school;
- that students should not travel alone or talk to strangers;
- the mandatory use of bicycle helmets as well as other bike safety rules
- the location of supervised crosswalks (situated at 116th and 86th).
In the event of an earthquake or other emergency situations it is our policy that:
- No student will be dismissed from school unless a parent (or individual designated by a parent) comes for him/her;
- All parents or designated parties who come for students must check in at the office or student reunion desk.
We are prepared to care for your children in times of crisis. If you are not able to immediately reach the school, we will care for your child here until you are able to arrive. We do have trained staff members who hold first-aid certificates, and we will be in communication with various local emergency services. However, we do ask for your help in the following areas:
- Please do not call the school - we must have the lines open for emergency calls;
- Following an earthquake or other emergency, do not immediately drive to the school (streets and access to our school may be cluttered with debris). The school access route and street entrance areas must remain clear for emergency vehicles.
Crosswalk Duty Times
To ensure student safety, we ask that parents help their children to make use of the supervised crosswalk areas. A crossing guard patrols the crosswalk on 116th. and 86th. avenue during the following hours:
- 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
- 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Students’ Personal Belongings
Students should not bring cell phones, walkmans, or any other expensive toys or games to school. These items are a distraction to learning and we cannot be held responsible for any damage or theft that may occur. Students do not have locks or lockers and backpacks and desks can be tempting places for others to look.
The staff at Hellings wishes to work with the parent community in helping to ensure that students wear clothing that is respectful and appropriate for the school-learning environment. Some clothing is more appropriate for recreational activities outside of the school. More specifically, clothes should cover the body within standards of common modesty and decency. Shoulders and midriffs should be covered. Clothing must be free of suggestive, rude or offensive logos, pictures, or literature. Also, students are reminded that hats are not to be worn anywhere inside the school building. Safe, play-appropriate foot-ware should be worn. These guidelines are intended to maintain a wholesome environment where children can be children without the pressures to hurry up and be young adults. If students come to school wearing clothing, which in the professional opinion of the staff, detracts from the learning environment, they will be asked to change or be given clothing supplied by the office.
Peer Mediators are students who patrol the playground at recess and lunch. While there will always be adult supervisors on the grounds at all times, Peer Mediators are there to show leadership skills and model appropriate behaviour for their peers, to organize activities that promote the inclusion of all interested students, and to help children to resolve minor conflicts among themselves. The students who are selected to be a part of this program will receive extensive training on conflict resolution. They will also be constantly supported by the noon hour supervisors and other staff who are on supervision.
Visitors to our School
One of our primary concerns at Hellings is for the safety and security of each and every student. To ensure student safety, all visitors, even parents dropping off lunches, etc., are requested to report to the office before proceeding to other areas in the school.
Sign-in Procedures are:
- Sign-in and complete the information asked for on the sheet.
- Take the appropriate ID card and attach it so that it is clearly visible.
- Return the ID card and sign-out.
Traffic safety Rules:
- Whenever possible, please walk your child to school.
- Please model safe walking to and from school. Do not jay walk. Use sidewalks even if it is a longer route.
- Entry into the driveway is restricted from 8:30 - 9:00 and from 2:30 to 3:15. Please do not enter with your vehicle during those times.
- The “Handicapped” parking stall must be reserved for its purpose.
- The “Reserved for Staff Only” parking lot is exactly that, reserved for staff. School staff must have access to parking during the entire school day. Please park in the Visitors' stalls or outside the gates.
- Do not stop or park in the inside lane. This prevents children from running between cars to get to your vehicle.
- The center island is out of bounds.
- Do not wait for your child on the island/roundabout. This puts children in danger as they cross one or two lanes of traffic to meet you.
- Do not double-park in the staff parking lot.
- Do not park in the FIRELANE.
- Do not park illegally. It is a $35 fine if you are illegally parked on school property.
School personnel are responsible for the school supervision of students from 8:40 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Before School (Supervision begins at 8:40 a.m.)
Students are encouraged to arrive between 8:40 a.m. and 8:55 a.m. as the school doors are locked at this time. Students with a scheduled practice, or those who have made arrangements with their teachers, will be allowed to enter the school at the arranged time. All students must check in at the office to let the secretary know where they are going. Primary students are to line up outside their classrooms at 8:55 a.m. and will be let in by a classroom teacher. Intermediate students proceed to their classes at 8:55 a.m.
Recess (Teachers on duty)
During recess, there are at least two staff members on duty. Their responsibility is to circulate and to supervise the playground to ensure the safety of the entire student population. All students are expected to go outside for the 15 minute recess and should therefore be dressed appropriately. Occasionally, we are asked to allow students who have recently been ill to remain in the classroom. This request can cause problems as there is not sufficient indoor supervision to monitor all classrooms as well as the playground.
When very poor weather prohibits children from playing outside, a decision will be made by the staff to designate recess and lunchtime "In Days". A double bell will ring to announce an "In Day". Students are expected to remain in their own classrooms, and to participate in quiet activities such as reading, listening to a tape, or playing a board or card game. Children are not permitted to wander the halls or visit other classrooms at this time.
Noon Hour (Playground supervisors on duty)
Students are expected to follow the directions of the playground supervisors and to be courteous to both adults and other students at all times.
We encourage students to go home for lunch. Those students remaining at school to eat their lunches are to remain seated in their classroom until the 12:15 p.m. dismissal bell. Between 12:15 p.m. and 12:47 p.m. students are expected to go outside during good weather. On “In Days” students may be in one of the following areas;
b. library; (during bad weather)
c. gymnasium (if supervision is available);
d. classroom - only with teacher permission.
As we are responsible for student safety during school hours, students who stay for lunch cannot leave the school grounds during the lunch hour unless they have a note from home. Those students who are leaving the school at lunchtime for medical appointments, etc. must also report this to their teacher and to the office.
Students who go home for lunch are expected to go directly home and return directly to school. Trips to the store, etc. are not permitted as we cannot provide supervision. Students may not accompany another student to their home for lunch unless prior arrangements have been made between the parents of all children involved and the teacher has been notified of this request.
(A teacher is on supervision duty until 3:15 p.m.)
Students are to go straight home after being dismissed unless they are going to the library to complete school work, or are taking part in a supervised activity. The library is open until 3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday and closed on Thursday after school.
Occasionally, students require additional help or time to complete assignments. The School Act allows for an additional 30 minutes of help, counsel, and instruction as needed, meaning that there may be times when individual students are not dismissed until 3:30 p.m. If students are required to remain in class after school, they may telephone home to let parents know their whereabouts. We appreciate your understanding and support in this matter.