Code of Conduct
The primary objective of the Code of Conduct is to enable both staff and students to meet their needs in a way that not only works for them, but also respects the needs of others and addresses prohibited grounds of discrimination as set out in the B.C. Human Rights Code. The Human Rights Code states the following: “The prohibition of discrimination on the basis of an individual’s or a group’s race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, age, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.”
The School Board in its policy on student conduct, states that the school must be a place for orderly, purposeful high quality endeavours, within a pleasant, positive and supportive atmosphere of human interactions.
Among the student behaviours and attitudes that the Board expects to be evident in the school are the following:
- Respect: Students should show respect for people, property and the mission of the school. They should respect the rights, responsibilities and privileges of themselves and other students, as well as the adults in the school. All students shall behave in a manner that is caring, friendly and safe. As students mature, our expectations for their behaviour increase. Older students are expected to set a good example for younger students.
- Responsibility: Students should gradually assume more responsibility for themselves, (as individuals and as members of society) as they get older. They should become responsible for undertaking, organizing and completing school work and for meeting social obligations.
- Quality: Students should meet or exceed school standards for language, dress, attendance, and behaviour and strive for excellence in all their school endeavors.
- Attitudes: Students should display enthusiasm, diligence, and sportsmanship in all their school endeavors. They are expected to be positive, to participate willingly in school activities and to undertake them in a co-operative spirit and a sense of justice and fair play.
- It is expected that no student shall tease, harass, threaten, physically or verbally abuse another student or adult in the school, or on the way to or from school, or with use of the internet, cellular phone, or any other electronic device.
- Responsible and personal use of electronic devices is limited to outside the school buildings and prior to the morning school and after class dismissal. Use of electronic devices during school hours is allowed only with teacher permission.
- There shall be no retribution against an individual(s) who has reported an incident.
- No student shall touch another student inappropriately.
- No weapons of any kind, real or replica shall be brought to school. This includes pen knives, cap guns and other sharp or dangerous objects.
- No students shall be in possession of matches, lighters, fireworks, firecrackers or explosives of any kind.
- Theft, the act of stealing; the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods or property of another is not allowed
- Students, staff and parents are expected to support a learning environment where attire is appropriate, and not distracting or offensive to others. Clothing worn to school should be appropriate for the weather, allow freedom of movement, and not contain printing or pictures that depict alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, contain sexual innuendoes, inappropriate language, or racial slurs.