Bell View Elementary – Home of the Mustangs
Code of Conduct 2020-2021
Bell View Elementary is an outstanding school. The mission of Bell View Elementary is to provide a quality education for students and prepare those students for their future educational experiences. We will reach these goals through quality teaching and a positive, safe learning environment. The principal, staff, students, and parents share responsibility for achievement.
CODE OF CONDUCT:
The Code of Conduct outlines the rules that govern student behavior and policy and procedures of the school. Bell View Elementary is a Bully Free Zone! Bullying will not be tolerated and violators will be subject to classroom and school discipline. “Bullying”: means intentionally or knowingly committing an act that endangers the physical health or safety of a school employee or student that: involves any brutality of a physical nature such as whipping, beating, branding, calisthenics, bruising, electric shocking, placing of a harmful substance on the body, or exposure to the elements; involves consumption of any food, liquor, or other substance; involves other physical activity that endangers the physical health and safety of a school employee or students; involves physically obstructing a school employee’s or student’s freedom to move; and is done for the purpose of placing a school employee or student in fear of physical harm to the school employee or student; or harm to property of the school or employee or student. The conduct previously stated constitutes bullying, regardless of whether the person against whom the conduct is committed, directed, consented to, or acquiesced in, the conduct.
Bell View Elementary is focusing on three guiding principles:Be Kind, Be Safe, and Be Responsible. We want all students to exhibit Mustang P.R.I.D.E. (I am Polite, I am Responsible, I am Independent, I am Disciplined, and I am Empowered).
WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE –
- Follow directions at school the first time.
- Be polite and positive to everyone. If you need help solving a problem, ask an adult in the school.
- Be honest. Always tell the truth, even if you made a mistake. Never cheat on assignments or tests.
- Use appropriate voice levels within the school and save your outside voices for out of the school.
- Never swear or use vulgar, obscene language or gestures.
- Keep hands, feet, and other objects to yourself. Follow Playworks rules, use butterfly fingers.
- Be fair and share, fighting at school is not acceptable and is taken very seriously. (See the Canyons
- Respect privacy when in the restrooms.
- Enter and exit the school through your grade level doors.
- Always use good manners. Say “yes please”, and “no thank you”, and remember to SMILE!
- Leave the school grounds immediately when it is time to go home. Only go to friends’ houses when you have parent permission prior to the start of school.
- Roller blades, skateboards, skates, scooters, and Heelies are NOT allowed to be used on school grounds. Bikes should be parked in the bike racks when at school. You are encouraged to bring a lock. The school is not responsible for damaged or stolen bicycles, scooters, or other possessions brought from home.
- Walk bikes/scooters while on school grounds and while crossing at the cross walks.Always walk with your arms folded inside the school and always be in assigned areas.
- Sit appropriately during class time, in the café, library, computer labs, during assemblies, and while
riding the school bus.
- Use school supplies appropriately.
- Stay with your class on the school grounds during school hours, unless you are properly checked out through the office.
- Wash your hands after using the restroom, playing outside, and before eating.
- Work hard and use your time wisely.
- Keep desks, chairs, tables, and tote trays clean. Keep all stickers and drawings off the furniture.
- Help us to keep Bell View clean and beautiful, put litter in its place.
- Clean up after yourself.
- Listen and participate appropriately.
- Keep away and off of all fences. Respect the property and pets of our Bell View neighbors.
- Report unsafe behavior and bullying to an adult.
- Use playground equipment appropriately.
- Return school property in a timely manner, such as classroom or library books.
- Keep candy, gum, and toys at home. This includes cards and electronic devices. These items are disruptive to the school environment and may be confiscated. Confiscated items will only be returned to a parent/guardian. Bell View will not assume responsibility for such items in the event that they are damaged or stolen.
- Come to school on time, (school begins at 9:00) and be ready to learn each day. If you are not at school, you are missing out on your education.
We have implemented Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports as our school-wide system of support for behavior. This includes clear rules and routines, which are explicitly taught, practiced, and reinforced for all settings within the school by all staff members. Social skills are taught just as academic skills are taught. Using this philosophy, we help students succeed by providing positive consequences before the use of a negative consequence is necessary. Our 3 Rules, Be Kind, Be Safe, and Be Responsible are used in every classroom. This helps our students because the expectations and consequences are the same school-wide. Some rules apply at all schools. So, it doesn’t matter what elementary, middle, or high school, certain requirements are in place everywhere. Then, no matter where students are in the district, the principals will follow the same policies. Here at Bell View the principal might use one of the following options in severe cases:
- Think Time
- Lunch Learning
- In School Suspension
- Parent Conferences
- Contracts, trackers, district classes in anger management or truancy with parents, or other alternatives
- For serious violations, a student may be suspended out of school or suspended awaiting a District Hearing
Serious violations include:
- Possessing weapons, regardless of intent
- Hurting other people
- Gang-related activities
- Causing problems when riding buses
- Possession or distribution of drugs or other illegal substances
All visitors must report to the office, sign in on the computer and wear a visible “Visitor Badge” while in the school. If you have family or friends visiting they may not attend school with your child. All students must be checked in/out of the main office by a verified adult. All volunteers must apply with and be approved by Canyons School District.
8:55 a.m. – Welcome Bell
9:00 a.m. – Tardy Bell, School Begins
3:35 p.m. – School Ends Monday-Thursday
1:55 p.m. – School Ends on Fridays
CANYON’S DRESS CODE STANDARDS
Procedure for Verification for Valid Excused Absences
Valid Excused Absences are an illness, which may be either mental or physical; a family death; an absence permitted by a school age minor’s individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan; a family emergency; a family event; observance of religious holiday; medical appointment; pre-approved education/vacation leave.
- Students will be expected to obtain make-up work from their teacher and to complete make-up work and assignments within assigned timeframe.
- A student’s academic grade should not be penalized for absences or tardies.
- Teachers will be responsible for providing students with make-up work and identifying a reasonable deadline for completion.
Illness or Medical Appointment
- Parent provides a note from a health care provider to the front office.
- School front office staff records absence as E-DR.
Family Death, Family Emergency, Religious Holiday
- Parent provides notification to the school that the student will be absent.
- For students who have NOT missed 10 percent or more of the school year, parent notification (e.g. call, email) will be accepted for documentation of absence.
- For students who have missed 10 percent or more of the school year, additional documentation in addition to parent notification may be required (e.g. obituary, wedding announcement)
- School front office staff will record the absence using the appropriate school code (i.e. E-B, E-CT, E-R, E-FE).
- Parent provides notification to the school that the student will be absent.
Related to IEP or Section 504 Plan
- IEP or 504 Team identifies and documents in student plan specific criteria for excused student absences (e.g. doctor’s note identifies chronic medical illness, parent calls when student is absent due to chronic illness)
- IEP or 504 case manager communicates this criteria to front office staff.
- Parent provides notification to the school that the student is absent due to pre-identified individual student needs.
- School front office staff will record the absence using the appropriate school code.
Procedure for Education/Vacation Leave
A student may be allowed up to ten (10) days for education/vacation leave in a given school year, if prior arrangements have been made with the school for the student to make up his/her homework.
- Prior to education leave, parents complete an Education Leave/Vacation Form for approval.
- Teachers will complete Work to Be Completed section and determine a reasonable due date.
- School administration will verify education leave. If education leave exceeds 10 days within one school year, school administration will communicate with their School Performance Director to determine is approval of additional days may be granted.
- Students will complete work assigned by teacher and submit within the identified timeframe.
Unexcused Absence: If a parent fails to make prior arrangements with the principal for extended student absences and if the school cannot locate the parent or student to verify the reason for the student’s prolonged absence, the student’s absence is unexcused.
- Students with unexcused absences may be able to make-up work subject to approval by the principal.
Community and Legal Intervention
In accordance with state law, a school administrator, school resource officer, or truancy specialist may issue a notice of compulsory education violation to a parent of a school-age child if the school-age child is absent without a valid excuse at least five times during the school year. A notice of compulsory education violation shall:
- direct the parent of the school-age child to meet with school authorities to
- discuss school attendance problems;
- designate the school authorities with whom the parent is required to meet;
- state that it is a class B misdemeanor for the parent of the school-age child to intentionally or recklessly fail to meet with designated school authorities to discuss attendance problems or fail to prevent the school-age child from being absent without a valid excuse five or more times during the remainder of the school year;
- be served on the school-age parent by personal service or certified mail; and not be issued unless the school age child has been truant at least five times during the school year.
TOYS AND ELECTRONICS Students may have a cell phone at school IF parents want them for safety? Students will notify their teacher and he or she will give instructions. Of course, students are not allowed to use them during school hours, including recess and lunch. Also, students should keep other objects such as nifty toys at home so they do not get lost or stolen at Bell View. This includes ALL electronic devices such as: ipods, MP3 Players, game devices, tablets, etc. If confiscated, they will only be returned to a parent or guardian. The school cannot be responsible if such items are brought to school and are damaged or stolen. Play it safe and leave them at home!
PARKING LOT SAFETY
Please discuss the following guidelines with your students and anyone who will be transporting them to and from school:
- All cars will need to pick up and drop off students east of the crosswalk in the Parent Drop- off/Pick up Lane, (indicated in yellow).
- There is no parking west of the crosswalk to ensure the flow of traffic through the exit of the parking lot, (indicated in red).
- Students will need to be escorted by an adult to the patron parking lots. We ask that everyone cross at the crosswalk and follow the directions of the safety patrol members.
- All students who ride buses, both school and daycare, will line up by the fence near the Bus Zone on the east of the school. Signs for each bus will indicate for students to line up according to their bus number and sign. The teachers on duty will help the students to the buses.
- Please support our student Safety Patrol members who will help students safely enter and exit the school daily.
- Additionally, we have updated our Breakfast procedure. Students will enter at the breakfast doors on the North side of the school near our new bike corral. They can be dropped off in the Parent Drop Off Zone, or walk to the doors, which will be open at 8:15 am. Supervision will be provided at 8:15 am in the cafeteria.
At Bell View we want everyone to be safe. We have a student safety patrol, staff, and crossing guards from Sandy and White City to help make our crosswalks and parking lots safe. Remember to obey the 20 mph speed limit like the signs say. Please stay off cell phones while dropping off or picking up students. All pedestrians should use the crosswalk. That means all adults, as well as students, should follow this rule. We don’t want any accidents or injuries in the parking lot.