Code of Conduct


At Casorso Elementary, we believe that children have the right to learn in a safe, caring, and orderly environment.  Our expectations are that students (like all members of our community) will maintain a cooperative, caring, courteous, and respectful attitude.  

Casorso upholds and promotes the BC Human Rights Code – respecting the right of all those in accordance with the law – prohibiting discrimination based on race, colour, ancestry,

place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, gender, gender identity and expression or sexual orientation – in its school environment.

And so:

Be Respectful to Yourself – caring about your learning and yourself, including safety.

Some examples include:

  • Do your best
  • Make good choices
  • Be on time and ready to work
  • Ask for help when you need it

Be Respectful to Others – considerate of and caring for others' feelings and property.

Some examples include:

  • Be polite and wait your turn
  • Be kind and helpful
  • Use good listening skills
  • Be honest and tell the truth

Be Respectful to Property – caring about your school and your environment.

Some examples include:

  • Clean up after yourself
  • Care for materials
  • Ask before borrowing
  • Report damage to and misuse of property

Be Safe – learn and follow school rules.

Some examples include:

  • Walk calmly – no running in hallways
  • Stay in areas where you know you should be
  • Report dangerous situations to staff

Our Code of Conduct provides guidelines for appropriate student behavior while under the jurisdiction of the school or at any school-sponsored event.

Inappropriate behavior can consist of, but is not limited to:

  • Rudeness, swearing
  • Fighting or play-fighting
  • Teasing, name-calling, put-downs, or exclusion of others
  • Defiance
  • Throwing objects (rocks, sticks, snowballs, etc.)
  • Littering, defacing property

We strive to ensure that Casorso is a Safe and Caring School environment free of:

  • Bullying, cyber-bullying, and  harassment
  • Threat and intimidation
  • Violence in any form
  • Abuse in any form
  • Discrimination in any form including race, color, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, ancestry, socio-economic status, or national origin
  • Retribution against a person who has reported incidents

or Misuse of

  • Cyberspace/Cell Phones/Electronic Devices/Computers – consequences may result (or, if applicable, confiscation of personal property) for misuse of technology if it negatively affects the school environment.   Examples of this include the use of cell phones or other wireless communication devices in locker rooms or washrooms at any time, on field trips,  in classrooms, or on the playing field during the school day.

Note:  The unacceptable conduct cited above is only a sampling of such behaviors and not an all-inclusive list.

We Do Not Tolerate the Presence of:

  • Theft or vandalism
  • Intoxicating or  banned substances
  • Weapons or replica (toy) weapons and explosives
  • Intruders or trespassers – Note:  All visitors to the school must first report to the office


Consequences will be applied in a fair and consistent manner, respecting individual rights, responsibilities, age and maturity; consequences will be oriented toward learning and will be restorative rather than punitive.

Consequences may include:

  • Review of expectations and a timeout
  • Review of expectations and a written reflection
  • Detention or other loss of privileges
  • Parents informed
  • Suspension (either definite, 1 to 10 days; or indefinite, 11 days or more)
  • Indefinite suspensions require a School Board hearing to determine if and when a student may return
  • Consultation with police and/or fire department


Administrators will advise other parties following a behavior incident:

  • Parent of the student exhibiting major behaviors (always)
  • Parent of the student negatively affected (always)
  • Director of Student Support Services (as warranted)
  • Ministerial Agencies and/or School Liaison Police Officer (as warranted)

Note: Special considerations may apply to students with special needs if they

are unable to comply with some aspect of this Code of Conduct due to having a

disability of an intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional or behavioral nature.

This Code of Conduct aligns with and adheres to the standards outlined in:


School District 23 Policy and Regulations, Student Discipline, Section 4 – 455(R)

The School Act 85 (1.1) 168 (2) (s.1) Provincial Standards Ministerial Order 276/07

B.C. Human Rights Code

B.C. Ministry of Education: Safe, Caring and Orderly Schools A Guide