Code of Conduct

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Overview

Copperview Elementary is an excellent school where students, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators work together to create a clean and exciting learning environment. Working together, we can have a beautiful school where students feel safe and happy while they learn.

Cougar Pride is a key concept at Copperview to Be Safe, Be Kind, and Be Responsible. Please keep this in mind as you review this Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct is designed to be a guide for students and parents.

Hello Copperview Cougars! My name is Mr. Cougar, your school mascot. You probably know cougars do not talk, but I am an exception. I love being a part of your school! Would you please review all of my messages in this book with your parents and teachers? This Code of Conduct and Information Handbook will let you know all about the expectations and rules at our school.”

Copperview Mission Statement

Copperview Elementary: Striving for academic excellence and successful citizenship.

Copperview Belief Statements

  • We believe all students and educators are continually learning.
  • We believe a safe and caring environment maximizes learning.
  • We believe highly qualified educators are catalysts for effective learning.
  • We believe best practices and continuous professional development promote academic achievement.
  • We believe students’ cultural and linguistic backgrounds are assets to our school.
  • We believe achieving common goals requires cooperation, communication, and commitment between students, parents, and the school community.

Cougar P.R.I.D.E.

PRACTICE being safe, kind, and responsible

REFLECT on learning and growth

INSPIRE hard work and excellence

DRIVE instruction through data

ENCOURAGE each other every day!

Copperview Code of Conduct and Rules

Mr. Cougar says, “These are our most important Copperview school rules that all good Cougars should follow at all times.”

Cougar Pride:

    1. Be Safe
    2. Be Kind
    3. Be Responsible

Cougar Pride is very important at Copperview, I have divided our rules into three categories: Be Safe, Be Kind, and Be Responsible. Read on.”

Be Safe:

  • Leave the school ground immediately when it is time to go home. Do not stay to play or visit with friends. Do not go to friends’ houses unless 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.
  • 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.

The school is not responsible for damaged or stolen bicycles, scooters, or other possessions brought from home.

Be Kind:

  • Follow ALL adult directions at the school. Do what they ask 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 inside voices 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 objects to yourself. (Pushing, pinching, tripping, punching, hitting, tackling, or grabbing someone else is not allowed, even if you are playing. All contact sports are not allowed.)
  • Throwing snowballs, or any other object that could hurt someone is not allowed.
  • Be fair and share, fighting at school is not acceptable and is taken very seriously. (See the Canyons District Discipline and Suspension policy)
  • Respect other’s 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!

Be Responsible:

  • 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 Copperview clean and beautiful, put litter in its place.
  • Clean up after yourself.
  • Listen and participate appropriately.
  • Keep away and off all fences. Respect the property and pets of our Copperview 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.  Copperview will not assume responsibility for such items in the event that they are damaged or stolen.
  • Come to school on-time, (school begins at 8:45) and ready to learn each day. If you are not at school, you are missing out on your education.

Copperview will not assume responsibility for such items in the event that they are damaged or stolen. 

Mr. Cougar says, “Here are a few more important rules that I have divided into different categories. I will also list the Canyons District rules that were in your Elementary Registration Booklet! Rules are so important. They make everyone safe and help make our school a great place to be.”

Discipline: Positive Behavior Intervention Services (PBIS)

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. Think Time is also used in every classroom. This helps our students because the expectations and consequences are the same school-wide. Mr. Cougar says, “To keep us all safe, some rules apply at all schools. So, it doesn’t matter what elementary, middle, or high school you or your brothers and sisters may attend, certain requirements are in place everywhere. Then, no matter where you are in the district, the principals can follow the same policies. Here at Copperview the principal might use one of the following options in severe cases.”

Consequences include:

  • Warning
  • Think Time
  • Lunch Learning and In School Suspension
  • Parent Conferences 
  • Contracts, trackers, attending district classes in anger management or truancy with parents, or other alternatives. 
  • For serious violations, a student may be suspended from one to ten days 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.

Think Time

Here at Copperview, we are committed to a quality education for all students. In order to ensure this takes place it is important to set up a positive educational climate for academic and social growth.   We have implemented a technique called “Think Time” to teach, encourage, coach, and reinforce appropriate behavior at school. This technique emphasizes the seriousness of education, respect of the classroom environment, and the importance of students taking responsibility for their own behavior. “Think Time” has two parts. The first part is designed to help students to focus and gain self-control by asking them to move away from their peers to think about their behavior. The second part is designed to provide the student feedback about their behavior, accept responsibility for their behavior, and to give an opportunity to plan for future success in the classroom. The classroom teacher will notify parents when a student has three or more “Think Times” in a week. The teachers and principal appreciate your support with “Think Time”, and I do too!”

Attendance

You know,” says Mr. Cougar, “The law says that students have to be in school and on time every day. If someone is sick, parents need to call the school and make arrangements to get homework so you don’t get behind. It is very important that you are in school on a regular basis. You learn more and have fun too. Being absent or late a lot are called ‘truancy issues.’ What happens if you are frequently absent or tardy?”

  1. Phone Call
  2. Parent Conference or letter sent home
  3. Possible visit by Canyons District Truancy officer
  4. Required attendance at Canyons District Truancy School
  5. Possible court involvement

Remember, Utah is really strict about school attendance,” says Mr. Cougar. The next page lists the Canyons School District Attendance Policy. Copperview Elementary will be following this policy. There will be rewards for students who have a high percentage of school attendance. Hooray for school. Mr. Cougar likes it when students are present and on time every day. Regular attendance increases the opportunities for students to be successful at school. Frequent absences or tardies disrupt the educational process. Students need to be in school, on time, everyday.

Please notify the school if your student is ill and you are keeping him/her home, by calling 801-826-8125 before 9:15 am. If your child is too ill to go out for recess, he/she is probably too ill be at school. Any student staying inside during recess will need a note from a parent each day he/she needs to be confined indoors. Following an absence, a written excuse signed by the parent should be sent to the office.

Students should arrive as close to 8:45 a.m. as possible. The teachers use the time before and after school for preparation. Students will be outside until 8:45 am. It is difficult to monitor a child during this time. The exceptions are those students who have been invited by the teacher for a class, extra-curricular activities, or other special assignment. At the end of school we encourage the students to go directly home.

DAILY SCHEDULE                                                                    

8:35 a.m. - Warning Bell

8:40 a.m. - First Bell

8:45 a.m. - Tardy Bell, School Begins

3:20 p.m. - School Ends Monday-Thursday

1:40 p.m. - School Ends on Fridays

Please see the Canyons School District Truancy Program Flow Chart.

Parking Lot Safety

Remember, our students' safety is the primary concern in our parking lots. Like I always say, ‘safety over convenience’. Be patient when picking-up or dropping-off students. We encourage you to use the designated areas. The central lot is for student pick up and drop off. When you enter the lot, form a single line and as the cars move forward, move with them. After you have collected your riders, carefully pull into the exit lane to leave. If it will take some time to load or unload passengers, or if you need to come into the school, please park on the North side of the school. Please note that the South lot is for busses and child care vans only. There is no parent drop off/pick up in this lot.”

Safety Patrol

Mr. Cougar states, “Here at Copperview we want everyone to be safe. So, we have a student safety patrol and crossing guards from Midvale City to help make our parking lots safe. Remind your parents to obey the 20 mph speed limit like the signs say. Also, ask them to stay off their 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.”

Visitors

Don’t forget to get mom or dad or any other visitors to sign in at the office when they come to Copperview. Even if it is just for a few minutes, all guests MUST get a pass in the office. That way. I can see who I need to greet. Remember, if you come very late or need to leave the school, you need to check in and out at the office so the teachers and I don’t have to worry about you.”

Toys and Electronics

Mr. Cougar says. “Did you know you can have a cell phone at school IF mom and dad wants you to have one for safety? Just tell your teacher and he or she will give you instructions. Of course, you are not allowed to use it during school, including recess and lunch. Also, please keep other objects such as nifty toys at home so they don’t get lost or stolen at Copperview.” This includes ALL electronic devices such as ipods, MP3 Players, Game Boys, etc. If confiscated, they will only be returned to your 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!

Dress Code

Also Canyons School District has a dress code that includes no hats, spaghetti strap tops, short shorts or skirts, midriffs showing, or baggy/saggy pants. No one can wear anything that might be gang related either. If you just keep choosing appropriate school clothing like you do now, I can keep bragging about how great you look AND how polite you are!” You can read the entire dress code policy at http://policy.canyonsdistrict.org/ .

Well, that about does it. Remember to keep reading other books besides this one. Keep your planners/communication folders safe at all times and use them often.   Invite mom and dad to come to school and volunteer. Copperview Cougars are the best, better than the rest. I am looking forward to a great school year”.

Sincerely,

Mr. Cougar