School Rules and Code of Behaviour


At Burkevale School, we believe that students are entitled to a safe, secure and stimulating learning environment, where respect for self, others and the environment is as important as academic learning. An important goal of the school is to help students develop self-discipline and social skills so that they can become productive, mature and responsible members of society.

To promote safe and harmonious environments where all can learn, work and play, schools and school-sponsored activities must be free from:

  • conduct which endangers or bullies others
  • disrespectful behaviour
  • profane or inappropriate language
  • racial, ethnic or gender-biased slurs/harassment
  • sexual harassment
  • tobacco, alcohol, illicit drug or substance use
  • trespassers
  • weapons (e.g. knife)

To ensure a secure, healthy and clean facility, students are expected to:

  • take precautions for the security of their own property
  • show care and respect for property of the Board and that of others

To achieve optimum success, students are expected to:

  • accept responsibility for personal actions
  • fulfill expected academic obligations
  • come to school punctually each day, prepared and willing to learn
  • obey the rules of the school and other sites during school activities
  • demonstrate respect for self, others and property
  • be honest
  • use peaceful means to resolve conflict
  • dress appropriately
  • use respectful language, free from profanity
  • apply common sense and courtesy in all games
  • leave dangerous, expensive or valued items at home
  • play appropriately and safely, e.g. no throwing of stones or snowballs, no rough play of any type, no fighting, teasing, name calling or swearing
  • report emergencies or concerns to a supervisor immediately

CONSEQUENCES or Infractions of School Rules or Code of Behaviour may include any of the following:

  • discussion/counselling by teacher/principal/resource staff
  • warnings
  • recording series of events and what was learned
  • loss of privileges – e.g. time out from class activity, 20 minute detention over lunch
  • staying after school
  • written communication with home to be signed and returned
  • telephone contact with parent/caregiver
  • payment for repair or replacement of damaged property
  • community service
  • time-out in the office
  • suspension
  • alternate programming
  • in-school team meeting
  • involvement with outside agencies

When responding to inappropriate behaviour of students, ensure that the focus is always on providing logical consequences (vs. punishments), encouraging students to take responsibility for their own behaviour and learning, and creating opportunities for growth and learning. As a volunteer you will be supported by staff when dealing with inappropriate behaviour. Volunteers are reminded that all instances of inappropriate behaviour will be reported to the supervising staff member.