Code of Conduct
Students are to know and apply the “quick-test” for times when they must make a decision about their own behaviour.
Is it SAFE? Is it RESPECTFUL? Is it KIND?
At all times, students will:
- Challenge themselves to do their BEST
- RESPECT themselves and others
- RESPECT private and public property
- Engage in SAFE and RESPONSIBLE behaviour
- Support each other as POSITIVE ‘UPSTANDERS’
- Use technology in a SAFE and RESPONSIBLE manner
- Students will not interfere with the learning of others
- Students will not engage in violent or aggressive behaviour or use offensive language
- Students will not engage in acts of bullying or intimidation of any kind.
- Students will not bring weapons or toy weapons to school.
- PEDs (Personal Electronic Devices including Cel Phones) are only to be used during school hours with teacher permission. Students must contact office staff for phone use.
- Students will not engage in acts of retribution against a person who has reported incidents
- Students will not engage in acts of discrimination as outlined in the BC Human Rights Code (as to gender, ethnicity or culture)
Expectations for Student Behaviour
Students are expected to…
- display a respectful attitude toward all adults
- use appropriate language: profanity, racial slurs, sexual and similar language are not permitted (including words on clothing.
- respect the dignity and property of others
- play safely in school and on the playground:
- play only on school property in designated areas
- use the gymnasium and special areas only under the direct supervision of a staff member
- play outside at break times and before and after school, unless given specific permission by a staff member to stay inside
- remove hats and outdoor shoes immediately on entering the building, and will wear non-marking indoor shoes
- observe school rules, school bus safety rules and conventional traffic safety rules at school bus stops
- play away from cars and service vehicles parked on the school ground
- wear clothing appropriate for the weather, allow for freedom of movement and present a positive image
- only use personal electronic devices such as iPods, and cellphones during instructional time under the direction of a classroom teacher.
Students will not…
- smoke on school property or bring tobacco or alcohol to school. Illegal substances will be confiscated and result in severe disciplinary measures.
- bring dangerous or threatening materials or items to school, e.g. hatchets, knives, matches, bullets, firearms or realistic replica firearms, etc.
- enter the staff rooms, janitor rooms, or furnace rooms unless given specific permission by a staff member
- under any circumstances climb onto the school roof or shed
- ride bikes, scooters, roller blades, skateboards, snowboards on school grounds during school hours
- wear clothing that is unsafe, advertises alcoholic beverages, cigarettes or promotes drug use. Neither is it appropriate for students to wear clothing which would be considered ‘beach wear’
- use personal electronic devices during non-instructional time
- fight, play rough, throw rocks, snowballs, use sports equipment in an unsafe or dangerous manner
Basic Guidelines for Due Process
- For long-term suspensions the requirements of a fair procedure are those set forth in the School Act and Board policy. For short-term suspensions and disciplinary action for infractions of a lesser nature, the basic guidelines for due process are:
- an oral or written notice of the nature of the specific violation and the possible consequences
- an opportunity for the student to “tell their side of the story” to the person who will make a recommendation of decision about the consequence(s)
- an explanation of the evidence of the violation upon which the school authority is relying, if the student denies the charges
Consequences of Student Misbehaviour
- a discussion of the behaviour with a teacher or the principal
- a loss of privileges
- a detention, or more than one, if necessary, during non-instructional time
- a requirement to write a remedial essay or some other form of written work
- an assignment of some physical labor of an appropriate type around the school or grounds, e.g., litter clean-up, equipment a parent/teacher or parent/principal conference (phone or direct)
- a suspension from the playground
- a suspension from the classroom
- a suspension from school
- a suspension to the Superintendent of Schools (‘in excess of 5 days’)