Code of Conduct

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 Granite Elementary Code of Conduct

Our goals at Granite Elementary include ensuring that each child has a safe, positive, and caring learning environment.

Student Responsibilities

  1. Children need to arrive at school on time.  The beginning of the school day sets the learning climate.  School begins at 8:55 a.m.
  2. Everyone is expected to treat others, as they want to be treated using kind words and good manners.
  3. Students are to use their grade level doors when entering or leaving school.
  4. Students may not leave the campus during school without permission.

Arrival and Departure

Picking up and dropping off students before and after school should be done from the south entrance.  Students must exit or enter cars from the sidewalk side using the west lane only.  The east lane is for driving through to the parking lot.  Students should never get out in the middle of the two lanes.  Drivers are not to leave their cars in the pick up and drop off lanes.  If you need to leave your car, please use the east parking lot, parking in a designated parking stall.  Cross to the building using a crosswalk.

 Attendance/Tardies

The explanations, clarifications and discussions that take place in the classroom are invaluable components of the school learning experience.  A natural consequence of absence from the classroom is reduced academic performance.

Utah’s Compulsory Education Law states that all school age children must be in attendance at school unless there is a valid and legitimate excuse. Checking students out of school should be limited. Please call the school in the morning if your child will not be in attendance that day.  Students who miss 5 or more days of school will be sent a letter regarding the absences.  Children need to arrive at school on time.  The beginning of the school day sets the learning climate.

Assembly Conduct

Assemblies and activities shall be considered special student privileges where participation is contingent upon appropriate behavior.  Students who disturb, disrupt, or show disrespect shall lose the privilege of attending and may be subjected to disciplinary action. 

Bicycles

Students may ride bicycles to school; however, students and parents must assume any risk if a bicycle is brought to school. The school will not be responsible for lost or stolen bicycles.  A bicycle rack is located in the south parking lot.  Students should lock their bicycle on this rack. The bicycle owner must provide a lock.Students must walk their bikes once they enter the campus. Students should wear protective helmets! Students who do not follow these rules may have their bicycle taken away and may loose the privilege of bringing a bicycle to school. If a bicycle is taken from a student, a parent will need to retrieve the item from the school.

SKATEBOARDS, SCOOTERS, ROLLERBLADES, ROLLERSKATES, HEELIES AND GRINDING ARE NOT ALLOWED AT SCHOOL.

Cafeteria Conduct

Please remember that food, milk cartons or other drinks may not be taken out of the cafeteria.  Make sure to wash your hands with the available hand sanitizer before entering the cafeteria.

Cell Phones/Electronic Devices

Possession of a cell phone is a privilege that may be forfeited by any student that uses the phone inappropriately.  The District will not be responsible for preventing theft, loss of or damage to cell phones brought to school.  Cell phones may not be used during classroom time, instructional activities or field trips.  Phones must remain off during school hours and in back packs.  The principal on a case-by-case basis to accommodate family emergencies or medical necessity may grant exceptions to this policy.

Other electronic devices are prohibited at school unless the teacher grants special permission. Students and parents must assume any risk if a student brings an electronic device to school. The school will not be responsible for lost or stolen electronic devices.  Any use of an electronic device that exploits personal information, disrupts the educational process, invades personal privacy or compromises the integrity of educational programs is strictly prohibited.  Students violating these guidelines will be disciplined.

Classroom Behavior

Students shall conduct themselves in a manner that contributes to a productive learning atmosphere for themselves and their classmates.  Students are expected to be attentive, cooperative, and industrious while in the classroom. Gum, laser pointers, trading cards and toys are not allowed.  Student who habitually disrupt or destroy the learning atmosphere shall be disciplined.  The classroom teacher will determine specific classroom rules.

Visitors and Volunteers

In adherence with the Utah State Law, volunteers must register each year with Canyons School District.  This form is available on the district website under the “Community” tab.  We ask volunteers and visitors enter through the main entrance and sign in before proceeding into the school.

Checking Students In and Out of School

To ensure the safety of our students, no child will be allowed to leave the campus once school has started without a parent or a designee of the parent.  We must have written permission to release your child to anyone other than his or her legal guardian. Please try to limit checking your child out of school during the school day.

Please check your child out of school by sending a note to the teacher indicating the time you will pick your child up.  The teacher will send your child to the office at the specified time where you will meet you child.  If possible, please schedule these times during recesses or lunch.  We will not send your child out of the building. Please come inside to the office to sign the student out. If someone else is to pick up your child, then the person’s name must be on the pink registration card or a note must be sent with parent approval.  We will not release your child without such permission.

Dress Code

  1. Items that disrupt the learning environment will not be allowed.  All personal items including clothing shall be free of writing, pictures, or any other insignias, which are crude, vulgar, profane, violent, or sexually suggestive.
  2. Items, which bear advertising, promotions and likeness of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs, will not be allowed.
  3. All students shall maintain their hair in a clean, well-groomed manner.  Any hairstyle that draws undue attention or disrupts the learning environment will not be allowed.
  4. All students shall wear clean clothing.  Any clothing, jewelry, or accessories that draw undue attention, disrupt the learning environment, or pose a health or safety risk will not be allowed.
  5. Students shall not wear clothes that are mutilated, cut off, or immodest, e.g., short shorts, mini skirts, bare midriffs, halter-tops, spaghetti straps, tank shirts, or similar clothing.  Clothing shall cover the midriff, underwear, backs and cleavage at all times.  Skirts, dresses and shorts must be at least mid-thigh length or longer when seated.
  6. Jackets or clothing with insignias representing any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces or insignias that do not reflect the dignity of learning, modesty, and the principles of education are not to be worn.
  7. Hats of any kind, including hoodies, are not allowed within the building except as part of an approved activity, or for religious, or medical purposes. Hats are permitted at recess or any outside activity.
  8. School officials may require students to wear certain types of clothing for health or safety reasons in connection with certain specialized activities.
  9. Gang related clothing, colors and paraphernalia shall not be allowed in schools or activities.  School officials shall determine what constitutes “gang” clothing, colors, and paraphernalia after consulting law enforcement agencies as needed.
  10. Shoes shall be worn at all times to ensure personal safety and hygiene.

Playground Rules and Conduct

All students will be allowed to participate in organized games.  Students will treat supervising adults with respect and follow directions.  Contact games include tackling, shoving, or pushing are not allowed.  All playground equipment should be used properly.  Students may not leave the grounds to retrieve playground equipment.  No sliding on ice, throwing snow, rocks, pinecones, etc.  Fighting is not allowed.  Students who engage in this behavior may face suspension and their parents will be contacted. Violations of these rules may result in the loss of recess on the playground.

Lost and Found

Please label all items such as jackets, gloves, lunch boxes, etc in the event that your child accidentally leaves them at school.  Labeling your child’s items does not compromise his or her safety, and it enables the school to return those items in a timely manner.  Items that cannot be identified will be placed in the lost and found cart located at the door of the cafeteria.  Smaller items such as eyeglasses, watches, and jewelry are kept in the front office.

Medication At School

Elementary aged students should not bring prescription or over-the-counter medication to school.  If your child needs to receive medication during the school day, please bring the medication to the school with the Canyons School District Request For Giving Medication At School Form. You will find this form in the packet of materials you were given during registration.

Bathroom Conduct

Each student is expected to demonstrate proper behavior when using the restroom.  Cleanliness and good health habits are expected.  The toilet should always be flushed.  Students should wash their hands and leave the restroom clean.  Paper towels should be disposed of in wastepaper baskets.  Students who disregard the rules will be disciplined.

Exclusion Policy

Canyons District students and employees are entitled to a learning/working environment that is free from unlawful and violent acts.  Students whose actions pose a threat to the health and safety to students and staff members shall be suspended and/ excluded from school (Board Policy AS67).

Dangerous or Disruptive Conduct

The following conduct is defined as "dangerous or disruptive conduct" and is prohibited on school property, at school-sponsored activities, or while traveling in school-funded or school-dispatched vehicles.

A. Possessing (regardless of intent), using, selling or attempting to possess, use or sell any firearm, weapon, knife, explosive device, noxious or flammable material, firework, chemical weapon, martial arts weapon or other instrument including those which eject a projectile or substance of any kind, or any replica or facsimile of any of the above, whether functional or nonfunctional, whether designed for use as a weapon or for some other use.

B. Causing, or attempting, threatening or conspiring to cause damage to personal or real property, or causing or attempting, threatening or conspiring to cause harm to a person through:

1. Possession or distribution of drugs or alcoholic beverages.  (See Policy AS90, Drugs and Alcohol and the Drug and Alcohol section below).

2. Sexual harassment or fabrication of sexual harassment charges with malicious intent to defame character. (See Student Sexual Harassment section).

3. Arson—the willful and malicious destruction of any part of a building or its contents or occupants by use of fire or explosive.

4. Burglary—breaking, entering or remaining in a structure without authorization during the hours when the premises are closed to students.

5. Theft/Larceny/Stealing—the intentional unlawful taking and/or carrying away of property belonging to or in the lawful possession or custody of another.

6. Criminal Mischief—willful or malicious injury or damage in excess of $300 to public property or to real or personal property belonging to another.

7. Battery—the unlawful and intentional touching or striking of another person against his or her will.

8. Assault—placing another person in fear or apprehension of a harmful or offensive touching, whether or not a touching is actually intended.

9. Hazing—(See Policy AS95, Conduct Related To School Activities)

10. Vandalism—willfully defacing, cutting, marring, injuring, damaging, or losing school or staff property.  Official grade transcripts and diplomas may be withheld until the student or the student's parent(s)/guardian has paid for the damage or made appropriate restitution.

11. Gang-related Activity—dangerous or disruptive activity, which may include but is not necessarily limited to the following:

(1) wearing, possessing, using, distributing, displaying or selling any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign or other things which evidence membership in a gang;

(2) using a name which is associated with or attributable to a gang; or

(3) designating turf or an area for gang activities, occupation, or ownership.

12. Bullying—aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength. A student is being bullied or victimized when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more students.

(1) Physical bullying:  hitting and/or punching

(2) Verbal bullying:  teasing or name calling

(3) Non-verbal or emotional bullying:  intimidation through gestures, social exclusion and relational aggression

(4) Cyber-bullying:  sending insulting, threatening or harassing messages by phone or computer, or electronic messaging

13. Involvement in any activity which violates federal, state or local law or regulation, disrupting normal school proceedings, or causing, or attempting, threatening or conspiring to cause other students to violate federal, state or local law or regulation or to disrupt school proceedings, or attempting, threatening or conspiring to do any of these.  These activities include, but are not limited to: extortion, forgery, lewdness, tampering with safety devices, and distributing obscene materials.

C. Students with prior knowledge of dangerous or disruptive behavior have the duty to report such behavior to school administration. Students that fail to report such behavior are subject to appropriate disciplinary sanctions.

Drugs and Alcohol

The following substances are prohibited at school:

*Illegal drugs

*Alcoholic beverages

*Illegal psycho toxic chemicals (inhalants)

*Prescription medications in excess of an 8-hour dosage

*Over-the-counter medication in excess of an 8-hour dosage

**The possession, use, or distribution by students of any substance listed above is prohibited on school property, or at any other extracurricular, school sponsored activity that is held off school property.

Violations will result in the strict application of Canyons District’s Drug and Alcohol Policy AS90.  We can provide you with a complete copy of this policy.

Student Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and any other verbal, visual, electronic, or physical conduct that adversely affects a person’s educational opportunities, relationships, and environment.  Sexual harassment may include but is not limited to the following:

  1. Sex role stereotyping,
  2. Visual or verbal gender abuse, and
  3. Unwelcome sexual behavior

Students who engage in this behavior may be suspended from school.

Summary

Students who choose not to follow the rules may lose their recess and/or other privileges.  Frequent or serious violations of the code will be investigated and, if necessary, a parent conference held.  Violations may result in suspension from school.