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Aim High
Code of Conduct


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sd6.pngDISTRICT CODE OF CONDUCT

FOR STUDENTS

 

 
 The Board of Education believes that the conduct of students should at all times contribute to a safe and positive learning environment. Each student is expected to respect the rights and property of others, and to adhere to Board and school regulations and rules. Each student must meet the expectations set out in the B.C. Human Rights Codes. There must be no discrimination or an intention to discriminate against a person or a group or class of persons because of the race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or age. Consequences for misbehaviour must be applied in a reasonable, firm and judicious manner and shall not include corporal punishment. These consequences should be designed to teach students to be responsible citizens in the school community and to promote personal and social development.  Whenever possible and appropriate, consequences will be restorative in nature rather than punitive.  The Board will take all reasonable steps to prevent retaliation by a person against a student who has made a complaint of a breach of a Code of Conduct. 

 

The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to:

  1. direct the student toward responsible behaviour;
  2. maintain an orderly, positive school community conducive to learning; and
  3. protect persons and property.

Scope of This Code of Conduct

Except where a rule is expressly limited to time and place, this Code of Conduct applies to students of the District who are involved in:

  1. any activity on school premises whether during a regular school day, outside the regular school day, or on a day that is not a school day;
  2. travel on a school bus or other transportation contracted or arranged by the Board or School;
  3. any activity sponsored by, organized by, or participated in by the school regardless of time or place;
  4. any activity that affects the rights or properties of neighbouring residences or businesses.

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SCHOOL RULES

Students shall comply with the School Rules authorized by the Principal and with the code of conduct and other rules and policies of the Board.

 

STUDENT SUSPENSION

A principal of a school shall, in accordance with this Code of Conduct and other policies of the Board, exercise paramount authority within the school in matters concerning the discipline of students.
 
Discipline may include the suspension of a student from attending school where in the opinion of the Principal (or designate), such action is warranted and provided that an alternate educational program is made available to the student.

 

Special Needs Student - Suspension

When students with identified special needs require intervention regarding their conduct the principal will ensure that such students have been adequately assessed, that appropriate interventions are applied before suspension is considered, that the grounds for suspension are clear and appropriate, that meaningful education programs or interventions are offered during the period of suspension and that planning is undertaken for successful re-entry.

 

Suspension of Five Days or Less

A Principal of a school may, and is hereby authorized to, suspend a student from the school for a period not exceeding five consecutive school days. Parental contact will be established by telephone and/or by personal interview prior to a student leaving the school on suspension.
 

Suspensions of More Than Five Days

A Principal of a school may and is hereby authorized to suspend a student from the school for a period exceeding five school days pending a hearing by the Student Conduct Review Committee. In such a situation, the Principal should notify the Assistant Superintendent so that a meeting can be convened, when possible within five days of suspension. The Student Conduct Review Committee may require that the student, or the student and the parents or guardians, be present at a meeting of the Committee prior to a decision on the matter. The Student Conduct Review Committee is authorized to suspend students for a period exceeding five days or to withdraw the student from attendance at a school if the student is beyond the age of 16.

 

Appeals

A student or parent of a student may appeal a decision of a principal, or a decision of the Student Conduct Review committee, according to the School District #6 Appeals (Bylaw II).  

 

Please note complete Code of Conduct for Students in

School District 6 at www.sd6.bc.ca

 

 

 

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DTSS STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

 

Attendance

Statement of purpose/rationale

There is a direct match between student attendance and achievement. Attending greater than 80% of classes is considered to be on-track for graduation.

Conduct

Acceptable

  • ​Students and parents are responsible to ensure that satisfactory attendance is maintained.
  • Students are required to attend all classes each school day unless he/she isthey are ill, participating in an approved school activity, or absent for a parent/guardian approved situation/activity.
  • If a student is absent parents are asked to call the school at 342-9213 Ext.1  to consent his/her absence.
  • A student who needs to leave during the school day is expected to sign out at the office (parental/guardian permission is required).
  • Whenever possible medical, dental, and other appointments should be scheduled outside of class time.
  • Extended Absences:  Administration should be aware if a student is absent for more than a week regardless of whether it is an illness, injury or vacation.  Teachers must also know ahead of time.  Together, the best plan will be made available for the student with the recognition that we cannot duplicate the classroom experience.


Unacceptable

  • ​A student absence from a class/classes without consent will be recorded as an unexcused absence

Consequences 
  • Parent notification
  • Parent/Student meeting
  • Detentions or In-School Suspension
  • Referral to Student Services or outside agency for support
  • Removal from a class
  • Alternate educational program
  • School District's Student Conduct Review Committee


Notification

  • ​Staff contact with home
  • Administration contact with home
  • Meeting held with parents or guardians


Classroom Behaviour
Statement of Purpose/Rationale

  • The environment of a classroom or teaching area must be safe and conducive to the learning of its students. 
  • While it is the responsibility of the teacher to foster a learning environment, it is the responsibility of students to contribute to a safe and positive learning environment for the sake of all learners.

Conduct
Acceptable

  • Students demonstrate respect for self and others.
  • Students arrive to class promptly and prepared to learn with all appropriate materials.
  • Students comply with teacher directions for lesson activity.
  • Students attend to the lesson and apply themselves to assigned tasks.
  • Students complete assigned homework on time.
​Unacceptable
  • Behaviour that is disrespectful and/or disruptive to the learning environment.
  • Behaviour that is defiant.
  • Behaviour that is distractive and off task.
  • Arriving late for class.
  • Attending class without the necessary materials.
  • Failure to complete homework or attend to deadlines.
  • Students must not represent others’ work as their own.  This includes cheating, copying and plagiarizing.​

Consequences

  • ​Verbal reminder of expectations
  • Relocation in the class seating plan
  • Phone call to parents/guardians from teacher
  • Referral to the office
  • Temporary removal from class
  • Detention and/or in-school suspension
  • Meeting with parents/guardians, student, teacher, and administration
  • Out of school suspension
  • Restorative Action Process
  • Permanent removal from class
  • Referral to School District's Student Conduct Review Committee
  • Cheating, copying or plagiarizing will be dealt with seriously.  ​

​Notification

  • Teacher contact with home
  • Administration contact with home
  • Letter sent to home
  • Meeting held with parents or guardians


Out of Classroom Behaviour (on or off campus)

Statement of Purpose/Rationale

  • The general atmosphere of the school is safe and orderly.
  • Students, staff, and guests have a right to move safely and comfortably throughout the school and school grounds.

Conduct:
Acceptable

  • Students demonstrate respect for self and others.
  • Students move through the school and school grounds in a safe and orderly manner.
  • Students demonstrate respect for property.
  • Students use trash and recycle bins.
  • Students comply with directions of staff on supervision.
  • Students operate motor vehicles in a safe and appropriate manner.

Unacceptable

  • Behaviour that is disrespectful.
  • Rough play such as pushing, shoving, running, and chasing.
  • Vandalizing property in any manner.
  • Littering
  • Failing to clean up after oneself (i.e. leaving food trays on cafeteria tables)
  • Defiant disregard to the directions of supervising staff.
     

Consequences

  • Verbal reminder of expectations
  • Referral to the office
  • Short term “time out” from selected areas of the school
  • Long term “time out” from selected areas of the school
  • Detention and/or in-school suspension
  • Out of school suspension
  • Restorative Action Process
  • Referral to School District’s Student Conduct Review Committee

Notification

  • Staff contact with home
  • Administration contact with home
  • Letter sent to home
  • Meeting held with parents or guardians


Off Campus Trips (Curricular and Extra-curricular – Participant or Spectator)

Statement of Purpose/Rationale

  • Participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege.  A student who participates must accept his/her responsibilities to the group, supervisor and to DTSS.
  • A high level of work ethic/performance is expected within a student's academic course load.  Administration and/or the Athletic Department may withdraw the student's privilege to participate in extracurricular activities, if a high level of work ethic/performance is not being met.

Conduct
Acceptable

  • Students, whether he/she is a participant or spectator, must behave in a mature, responsible and considerate manner at all times.
  • Students must advise subject teachers, well in advance, of class time that will be missed
  • Students must make arrangements, in advance, with subject teachers for missed tests or work (using the missed class form)
  • Students will attend classes, extracurricular practices and competitions/performances.
  • Students will complete and return the Athlete Contract prior to travel at the start of the season.

Unacceptable

  • Students must not be absent from school, on the day of the event.
  • Any behaviour that is considered inappropriate at the school is deemed inappropriate during curricular or extra-curricular trips (as a participant or spectator).  This includes bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, intimidation, threatening or violent behaviours 

Consequences

  • Students absent from school, on the day of the event, will not be permitted to participate in the event.
  • Any behaviour that is considered inappropriate at the school is deemed inappropriate during curricular or extra-curricular trips and similar consequences will apply.
  • Involvement with alcohol or drugs, in any way, will lead to dismissal from the team/group, and suspension from school.  The athlete will also be denied participation in any school sanctioned activity for a period of 90 days. (If this situation occurs on a trip, the student may be returned home, immediately, at the cost of the parent)

Notification

  • Phone call by administration
  • Letter to parent
  • Meeting with parent
 

Communications Technology 

Statement of Purpose/Rationale

  • Our computer networks and technology resources are an educational tool to facilitate learning.
  • These networks and technology resources provide users with the opportunity to prepare for the technological world in which we live, and provide access to on-line resources enabling integration in all areas of learning.
  • The school setting is to one that is safe and free from invasions of privacy.
  • ​Personal devices are common and must be used in a way that does not inflict harm.​

Conduct
Acceptable

  • All users must sign and return a Student Authorization for Computer Network Access form.
  • All students must have parental permission to access school technology.
  • All students are responsible for ensuring that at all times they are making appropriate use of all electronic information resources
  • All electronic resources are to be used in a responsible, ethical and legal manner.
  • A student who logs on to the school network is responsible for all activities associated with their account.
  • This policy also applies to any personal electronic device(s) brought to school.
  • All students are using their personal devices in a respectful, responsible, and appropriate manner.
  • Students use personal devices to enhance and contribute to the learning environment.

Unacceptable (includes but is not limited to):

  • Intentional access to sites which contain information that is pornographic, racist, sexist, malicious, vulgar, immoral, or promotes or fosters hatred or illegal activities, as well as any other sites that are prohibited by the school administration
  • Playing unauthorized on-line games
  • Downloading and/or installing programs, movies, games, music files
  • Use of impolite, abusive, or obscene language
  • Engaging in bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, intimidation, threatening or violent behaviours
  • Promoting discrimination on the basis of an individual’s or a group’s race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or age.
  • Sending or displaying offensive messages or pictures
  • To capture image, video, or audio material of any person without explicit consent.
  • Misuse of another’s personal device.
  • Personal Electronic Devices – The use of any of these devices must not invade or infringe upon the personal privacy or safety of any member of our school, and must not interfere with the learning environment. 
  • To fail to comply with specific classroom expectations regarding personal devices.
  • Accessing unauthorized computer systems, folders, and files
  • Physical damage to computer equipment, computer systems, or networks by the spreading of computer viruses
  • Intentional damage to computer equipment, computer systems, network equipment or peripheral devices
  • Ordering or purchasing personal resources on-line
  • Give out personal information (name, age, home address, telephone number(s), photographs, parent(s) or guardian(s) work address or telephone number, or the name or location of the school over the internet or through email

Consequences

  • Personal electronic devices will be confiscated and returned to the parents
  • Verbal warning and/or other appropriate consequence
  • Three day suspension of network privileges
  • One week suspension  of network privileges
  • Semester/year/permanent suspension of network privileges
  • Suspension from school (in-school, homework session after school, out of school, indefinite)
  • Restorative Action Process
  • Legal action

Notification

  • Phone call by administration
  • Letter to parent
  • Meeting with parent
  • Notification of appropriate School Board personnel

 

Dress Code

Statement of Purpose/Rationale

  • DTSS students and their parents are expected to support a learning environment where attire is appropriate and not offensive to others. Our Dress Code attempts to balance the freedom of expression with an expectation that clothing should meet standards of suitability that are typical of many work sites. The school administration will make a final determination if a student’s clothing is appropriate.

Conduct
Acceptable

  • Students are to maintain the dress code standards during regular school hours or while representing DTSS at school sponsored functions. 
  • Students dress in a comfortable and appropriate manner.
  • Students have a change of clothing for Physical and Health Education.
  • Students wear clothing that is safe for shops, kitchen or lab areas (including footwear).
  • Footwear is required in the school.

Unacceptable

  • Clothing that is associated with a more informal setting (ie: the beach).
  • Clothing with offensive language, pictures, designs, or slogans (this will include, but is not limited to, alcohol, drug, racist, or sexist material)
  • Students are not to wear hats at assemblies.

Consequences

  • If any person dresses in an inappropriate manner, the student will be advised discretely and given an opportunity to meet the school guidelines. This may include turning a shirt inside out, committing to not wearing that article of clothing again, or changing.
  • Consequences for inappropriate dress will be consistent with the school discipline process and may include the following escalating actions: discussion of expectations, change into appropriate attire, parents/student/administration meeting, or suspension from school.

Notification

  • Phone call by administration
  • Letter to parent
  • Meeting with parent

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Drugs and Alcohol
Statement of Purpose/Rationale

  • Because drugs and alcohol are dangerous and illegal, usage at school or at school-sponsored events is prohibited.

Conduct
Acceptable

  • There are no acceptable conditions by which a student can use or be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol at school or at school sponsored events.

Unacceptable

  • Students in the possession of, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol while under the school's jurisdiction.
  • Students being part of a group that is using drugs and/or alcohol while under the school's jurisdiction.
  • Students trafficking (buying, selling, giving, transporting, etc.) drugs and/or alcohol while under the school's jurisdiction.

Consequences

  • A student who is in possession of or under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol while under the school’s jurisdiction may be suspended for five days.  The RCMP may also be notified.
  • Subsequent offences may result in an indefinite suspension and referral to the school board’s Discipline Committee.
  • A suspension may also be issued to a student who is part of a group that is using drugs or alcohol.
  • Students trafficking drugs and/or alcohol may be suspended immediately and referred to the school board’s Student Conduct Review Committee.  The RCMP will also be notified.
  • Mandatory sessions with a Youth Addictions Counselor from the East Kootenay Addiction Services. 
  • Restorative Action Process

Notification

  • Phone call by administration
  • Letter to parent
  • Meeting with parent
  • Notification of appropriate School Board personnel
  • Notification of RCMP and/or outside agencies 

 

Smoking/Smokeless Tobacco
Statement of Purpose/Rationale

The school district is a tobacco-free zone.  In compliance with provincial legislation, smoking/ vaping is not permitted on school property.
 
Conduct
Acceptable

  • Students are encouraged to make healthy choices that include not using tobacco products, vaporizers, e-cigarettes, or similar devices.

Unacceptable

  • Using tobacco, vaporizers, e-cigarettes, or similar devices of any kind is not permitted on school property or during school functions off campus. This includes smokeless tobacco and/or smoking in vehicles in the school parking lot.
  • Students may not traffic in tobacco products. This includes buying, selling, giving, or trading.​

Consequences

Consequences for smoking on school grounds may include the following escalating actions:

  • Warning and discussion of expectations,
  • Notification of parent by student and/or administration,
  • In-school suspension with Drug and Alcohol Prevention Worker,
  • Suspension from school,
  • Referral to School District's Student Conduct Review Committee

Notification

  • Phone call by student or administration
  • Letter to parent notifying them of disciplinary action
  • Notification of appropriate School Board personnel


Violence and Harassment
Statement of purpose/rationale

  • Every student/staff/visitor at DTSS or at a DTSS sponsored activity has a right to a safe and welcoming environment.
  • Every student has the opportunity to learn conflict resolution skills to be socially responsible.
  • Students/Staff/Parents/Guests at DTSS or a DTSS sponsored activity should feel DTSS is a safe and welcoming learning and working environment.

Conduct
Acceptable

  • Students demonstrate respect for self and others.
  • Students demonstrate tolerance and acceptance of individual diversity.
  • Students feel safe to report violent/harassing behaviour.
  • Students assert their rights in a non-threatening manner.
  • Students acknowledge violent/harassing behaviour and reject it.

Unacceptable

  • Fighting, instigating conflict, active spectating, and post-fight hype are unacceptable.
  • Any form of harassment is unacceptable (verbal, internet/technological, emotional, intimidation, sexual, racial, exclusion, rumours, mocking, ignoring, shunning, slander, and any behaviour that would fall under this category but are not mentioned).
  • Promoting discrimination on the basis of an individual’s or a group’s race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, gender, or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or age.
  • Promotion and/or acceptance of violence as an acceptable method of resolving conflict is unacceptable.
  • Any type of abuse (physical, sexual, emotional) is unacceptable.  This includes bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, intimidation, threatening or violent behaviours.

Consequences (may involve but are not limited to any of the following)

  • Student reprimand
  • Detentions
  • Suspensions (In school, out of school, indefinite)
  • Restorative Action Process
  • Making passive bystanders aware of how their behaviour contributes to escalation of the situation (teach – re-teach)
  • Involvement by the RCMP
  • Restitution – community and/or school service, peer mentoring, financial restitution, counseling, mediation, meaningful apologies (verbal or written), meeting with victim
  • The school will take all reasonable steps to prevent retaliation against a student who has made a complaint of a breach of the Code of Conduct

Notification

  • Phone call by administration
  • Letter to parent
  • Meeting with parent
  • Notification of appropriate School Board personnel
  • Notification of RCMP

 


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