Code of Conduct / Positive Behaviour Policy
POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR AND CODE OF CONDUCT
• Seeks to create a safe, caring and comfortable environment in which the school community can live and work together effectively
• Nurtures the values of honesty, fairness and inclusivity
• Expects all members of the school community (students, parents/guardians, staff, visitors) to behave in a courteous and
considerate manner towards each other at all times
• Support student development and welfare by safeguarding students’ right to learn and the teachers’ rights to teach in a pleasant environment
• Provides on-going encouragement to students to improve their behaviour and act responsibly
• Promotes positive behaviour and self-discipline.
In summary, students are expected to live by the motto –
GIVE RESPECT, GET RESPECT!
Rules and Obligations
Adhering to school policies and rules:
• School policies must be adhered to e.g. dress code, homework, healthy eating, safe use of digital and electronic mediums, code of conduct
• Students must behave in accordance with the school rules and student obligations at all times while in school, around the school or on school-related activities
• Students must have their journal signed by a parent/guardian as required at least once a week.
Attendance and punctuality:
• If a student is absent the parent/ guardian must contact the school and submit a signed note (by law, absences in excess of 20 days will be reported to the Child and Family Agency - TUSLA)
• If a student is late the parent/guardian must submit a note and the student must sign the late book at reception on arrival, before going to class
• If a student has to leave early the parent/guardian must submit a signed note which should indicate who will collect them from school
• Students must be on time for each class period during the day.
Health, safety and welfare:
In order to create a safe and comfortable environment, the following is not allowed:
• Running inside the school building
• Chewing gum in the school building or grounds
• Smoking (including e cigarettes) or the use of any drugs, alcohol or substance that threatens the safety of self or others
• Any action that causes offense to others - a repeated action that could be understood as intended to bully or cause hurt is unacceptable (remember an action conducted electronically through a text or an email may be deemed bullying).
Respect for the environment and others:
• Everybody must tidy up the area they use and leave it as they should find it - see the environmental checklist which teachers oversee
• Students can only eat in designated areas and must remove all rubbish when finished
• Guidance and instruction from teachers must be respected at all times
• Language and actions that are offensive, obscene or abusive are unacceptable
• Never walk past litter – pick it up and put it in nearest appropriate bin.
• Bring all the necessary materials and equipment
• Place journals on the desk/workstation at the beginning of each class and give to a teacher when requested
• Indicate they wish to speak to the teacher by raising their hand
• Seek permission from the teacher to move around or leave their place except where movement is a normal part of classroom activity as directed by the teacher
• Allow others to work without interruption or distraction
• Write their homework in their journal at end of each class
• Complete assigned homework with best effort
• Tidy up at the end of each class and end of the day - see environmental checklist
• Leave the classroom only when the teacher has guided them to do so.
• Walk on the right in single file or pairs
• Talk quietly – shouting is unacceptable
• Line up in an orderly manner outside classrooms and wait for the teacher to invite them into the classroom
• Refrain from hopping balls inside the school
• Never jump and run inside the building or in class except where it is part of drama or physical activity under supervision of teacher
• Pick it up and put in the appropriate bin.
What actions and language are unacceptable?
• Name Calling
• Obscene Terms
• Offensive Terms
• Racist Comments
• Sexist Comments
• Jeering and Taunting
• Inappropriate Pushing or Shoving
• Threatening Messages (verbal, electronic or written)
Actions leading to injury of other people
• Damaging Property (belonging to school or others)
• Malicious Gossip
• Telling Lies
• Blaming Others for Your Behaviour
• Gross Misconduct (see list).
What constitutes gross misconduct?
• Serious and persistent non-compliance with the school code of conduct, school rules or student obligations
• Intentional malicious damage to property belonging to school or others
• Willful, on-going assault of any nature on individuals – verbal, physical or written
• One-off aggressive attack on another individual – verbal, physical or written
• Misuse of internet facilities e.g. deliberately accessing prohibited material or consciously posting material with intention to offend, hurt or damage the reputation of others
• Possession of, or use of items or substances which could endanger the health or safety of self or others in school or while on school events
• One-off or repeated behaviour or actions that lead to serious bullying or harassment of others
• Interference with health and safety appliances, procedures and precautions including e.g. firefighting and alarm systems or emergency exits
• Gross misconduct will lead to suspension or expulsion.
The list is not exhaustive.
Rewards and Incentives
Good and positive behaviour will be acknowledged through rewards and incentives, for example:
• Consistent good behaviour and co-operation with school policies and rules and obligations
• Marked or on-going effort leading to improved behaviour, attitude and outcomes
• Continuous co-operation with teachers
• A strong work ethic
• A high level of respect for the environment and implementation of the environmental checklist
• Courteous and respect towards all members of the school community
• Good or excellent attendance
• Random acts of kindness.
What rewards will apply?
A variety of rewards and incentives will apply to acknowledge:
• individual effort
• small group effort
• class effort
• whole-year effort.
Rewards and incentives will include:
• A positive note from one or more teachers
• A countersign for notes about poor effort or behaviour
• Reduced amount homework on a specified day
• Additional leisure time at a selected time in school
• A social event in school
• An out-of-school event or leisure activity (with permission from parents/guardians)
• A special award for which an individual or group can be nominated by others.
‘Every Accomplishment Starts With the Decision to Try’
If students do not live and act by the school rules and obligations, sanctions will apply. When sanctions are necessary Hansfield ETSS is committed to supporting restorative practice which encourages students to discuss the following questions with the teacher/tutor and or year head:
- What happened?
- Who could have been affected by what you did and how?
- What could you have done differently?
- What needs to happen now to make things right?
What sanctions will apply?
Sanctions will vary depending on the situation.
• Behaviour recorded in journal
• Detention after class during school
• Detention after class notified to parent/guardian
• Additional work set in school time which may include cleaning, tidying or additional class work
• Placed on report with the tutor, year head or deputy principal
• If dressed inappropriately student may be required to change into a school track suit bottom or top
• Parent/guardian notified and a meeting requested
• Sent home with prion notice to a parent/guardian
• Participation in school outings, tours or after-school activities suspended
• Required to repair or replace damaged items
• Prohibited digital devices confiscated during school hours and parent/guardian contacted
• Students attend meeting with tutor, year head, deputy principal and parent/guardian
• Suspension - serious and repeated breaches of the code of conduct
• Expulsion - consistent non-compliance with the code of conduct and/or an incident of gross misconduct.
Suspension or expulsion will be considered in accordance with Department of Education and Skills guidelines, directives and appeals procedures.
IN SUMMARY . . . GIVE RESPECT, GET RESPECT
THE 3 STRIKE SYSTEM
On a daily basis The 3 STRIKE SYSTEM will be used as a tool to manage behaviour and sanctions in class.
Three sanctions in one week will lead to a meeting with the tutor and the parent/guardian if no improvement is obvious.
03 Third Warning: tasks assigned, points allocated, detention, notification to tutor
02 Second Warning: ideas for improvement from teacher
01 First Warning: signaled from teacher
Respect the speaker:
There will be times for group, paired and individual work – no matter who is speaking, don’t talk over them, allow everyone to be heard. Think about how your words and actions could impact on others. The raised hand brings you back to silence to listen to instructions.
Manage your distractions:
There will be breaks and movement opportunities between classes – use these for bathroom breaks and releasing built up energy so that when you need to focus, you can need to focus, you can.
Remember – you are responsible for your own learning!
Let the teacher facilitate your learning:
The teacher wants you to learn by discovery and doing – for this to happen it is important to listen and follow instructions, leaving any interpretation to the end. Always ask for permission before leaving your seat as you may miss something important.
ON CORRIDORS AND IN COMMON AREAS
Help keep a positive vibe around the school by thinking about how you speak and act impacts on others. Look out for students who may like to join you at break time and be helpful to students who may be finding things difficult.
Be aware of those around you:
As you move around the school, remember that others may be working. Stick to the correct stairways and entrances and move calmly, this will keep disruption to a minimum and allow everyone to get from A to B safely. Always walk to the right hand side and do not run inside. Sports equipment e.g. footballs must be kept in the designated area inside the school entrance.
Take pride in your environment:
By picking up litter, cleaning any spills and putting all materials away neatly. Let’s keep the building looking clean and tidy.
OUT AND ABOUT
Know your boundaries:
Staying within the areas allocated means we don’t disrupt others and play can be supervised safely
Be courteous to others we meet
Play safe and fair:
Keeping ball throws low and controlled will mean that everyone can play in the yard without injury or damage to property
Avoiding horse play and deliberate pushing and shoving means that everyone can relax
Break times should be enjoyable for everyone, look out for students who may like to join in you and be aware that how you speak and act impacts on others
Take pride in your environment:
Help to keep our outdoor area in good condition by taking all your belongings and rubbish with you when you leave environment.