Attitude is Everything

Code of Conduct

Branlyn Community School is dedicated to providing a safe, positive, effective learning environment for all. Our Code of Conduct, collaboratively developed by students, staff and parents, is designed to help our students to:

  1. Ensure safety for themselves and others
  2. Benefit from teaching-learning experience
  3. Develop self-discipline
  4. Recognize that decisions and actions taken have consequences for themselves, the school environment and others.

As well as curricular considerations, the code of behaviour is intended to assist in the prevention of physical, verbal (oral or written), sexual, or psychological abuse; bullying; or discrimination on the basis of race, culture, religion, gender, language, disability, sexual orientation, or any other attribute that may not be part of the majority at hand.

The code draws from the Education Act to summarize the rights and responsibilities of students, teachers and parents. A graduated system of discipline is outlined for possible school action, based upon the severity and ongoing nature of the problem.

In the message to the students, it boils down to two basic rules: Safety first and the Golden Rule. As well, respect for self, others, and the school environment.

Balanced School Day

There are many benefits noted in schools which operate under a Balanced School Day, such as larger blocks of uninterrupted instructional time, greater length of time for nutrition, less time lost through transition, greater task completion, and improved student focus.

The school day is divided into three equal instructional segments totaling 300 minutes. The segments are separated by 40-minute nutrition and recreational breaks instead of two 15-minute recess breaks and a one-hour lunch break.


Literacy Program

Every Classroom in the school will have large blocks of uninterrupted time for literacy programming (reading, writing, oral and visual communication) during each school day. This is an excellent opportunity to implement the Board's Literacy Guidelines.

Academic Performance

Research supports a balance of learning, physical activity and nutrition throughout a school day. To maximize learning for children, the Balanced Day Schedule provides a significant block of uninterrupted teaching/learning time. We are expecting academic benefits for all our students.

Safe and Welcoming Schools - Branlyn Community School

In the interest of safety and to support a welcoming learning environment for our students and staff, the Grand Erie District School Board will implement Safe Welcome Program – locked door policy for all Grand Erie District School Board Elementary schools.


All perimeter doors will be locked and a new security access device will be in place at school doors.

School Administration, or designate, is responsible for Identifying and allowing access to visitors.

Main Entrance Doors

  1. May remain unlocked until 15 minutes before and 15 minutes after regular school hours.
  2. To be locked during school hours.
  3. Doors may remain unlocked during dismissal time school hours. (to be determined by school administration).
  4. If Daycare or before & after school operations are part of the school building, main entrance doors are to be locked until Daycare or before & after school program dismissal time. Actual time schedule to be determined in consultation with school administration, before and after school /or daycare operators.
  5. Will have a staff member to meet emergency response staff at the school entrance and direct them to the emergency location.

Recess, Lunch and Nutrition Breaks:

  1. All perimeter doors to be locked and secured at all times.
  2. It is recognized that some activities will occur both within and outside the hours of an instructional day. During these times, it is up to the principal to determine the status of the locks.


These events may include, but are not limited to:

  1. After school Book Fairs that are open to the public.
  2. Concerts.
  3. Daytime and evening Parent-Teacher interviews.


Daily Schedule

  • 9:00-11:00 a.m. - Instructional Block
  • 11:00-11:40 a.m. - Nutrition Break/Active Time
  • 11:40 -1:20 p.m. - Instructional Block
  • 1:20-2:00 p.m. - Nutrition Break/Active Time
  • 2:00-3:20 p.m. - Instructional Block

Important Resources