SD23 Code of Conduct
From the Superintendent
The Board of School Trustees and School District No. 23 staff believe that every student has the potential to be a self-disciplined, positive contributing member of society. The Board also believes students and employees have a right to a safe, nurturing and healthy learning environment.
Consequently the Board has approved policy and regulations to provide conditions for the creation of school cultures and environments that promote safety, fairness, equality, mutual respect, and cooperation.
In concert with this belief, the Board has adopted Policy and Regulations 455: Discipline. As well, the Board has encouraged and supported district/school-based intervention and prevention practices such as:
• healthy schools projects;
• regular liaison with the RCMP, Ministry for Child and Family
Development staff and other support services;
• inservice for teachers, administrators and support staff;
• establishment of safe school committees;
• establishment of the District Racism-Free Committee;
• establishment of school-level crisis management protocols;
• school-based teams;
• counselling and support services;
• peer counselling/mediation programs;
• integrated youth services;
• behaviour support teachers.
This pamphlet identifies general behavioural guidelines for students in our district. Families are encouraged to preview these behavioural expectations which will help ensure school success for all School District No. 23 students.
Additionally, individual schools have guidelines that speak more directly to the organization and expectations of a particular school. These guidelines are routinely provided to students in the first week of school in September, or on registration when a student transfers in from another jurisdiction.
If you have any questions regarding any information contained in this pamphlet, you are encouraged to contact your school principal.
Superintendent of Schools
Code of Conduct
The code of conduct is intended to encourage acceptable student behaviour and to provide an atmosphere where all individuals feel a sense of respect, safety and belonging.
Each school develops its own code of conduct. However, the following principles are universal to all schools and apply to each student. Students are expected to:
• conduct themselves in an appropriate manner when going to and from school, in classrooms, within schools, on school grounds, during extended classroom activities, and on school buses;
• apply themselves in all curricular areas and to set high standards for personal achievement;
• attend school and classes on a regular basis and be punctual;
• dress in a manner which reflects purpose and propriety;
• be considerate of the thoughts, feelings and heritage of others;
• be free of illegal drugs/alcohol, possession, use or influence during any time they are under the jurisdiction of the school district;
• be aware of their rights and responsibilities and to exercise those responsibilities when under the jurisdiction of the school district.
Towards ensuring the above, schools will create an environment which will encourage students to exercise self-discipline by:
• developing programs which promote appropriate behaviour;
• using methods and procedures which enhance selfesteem and self-discipline;
• providing opportunities for students to practice cooperative classroom behaviour;
• using procedures which model fairness, equity and respect;
• establishing a code of conduct consistent with Board policy.
Schools will also provide opportunities for students and parents to assist in the formulation of the code of conduct.
The principal has a right under the School Act to discharge discipline from the time a student leaves home to go to school until such time as the student returns home at the conclusion of the school day. However, the principal’s and the district’s authority also extend beyond the normal ‘home-to-home’ rule when the behaviour of a student off school premises or after school hours adversely affects the operation of a school.
Principals may suspend any student, regardless of age, when the principal concludes that:
• a student is willfully disobedient to a teacher or any other employee of the Board carrying out responsibilities approved by the Board; or
• the behaviour of the student has a harmful effect on the character or persons of other students; or
• a student fails to comply with the school’s or district’s code of conduct.
Where a student 16 years of age or older has failed to apply him/herself to his/her studies as set out in the School Act sec. 85(3), the principal may suspend that student.
As part of the corrective discipline process, when student behaviour is judged to be in serious conflict with a safe and positive learning environment, or when the school’s progressive interventions have failed to correct inappropriate behaviour, or when all other procedures have failed, the student may be suspended.
By definition, a suspension is the removal of a student’s right to attend regularly scheduled classroom instructional sessions. Suspensions, both definite and indefinite, may have one or more of the following objectives:
• improve student behaviour;
• deter other students from similar behaviour;
• plan proactive educational interventions;
• initiate problem clarification and solving;
• remediate and correct;
• protect the suspended child and/or other children and/or staff from dangerous behaviours.
Suspensions may be either:
DEFINITE - up to and including ten school days. Definite suspensions are the sole prerogative of the school-based administration.
INDEFINITE - in excess of ten school days. Indefinite suspensions must be referred to the Board of School Trustees District Suspension Review Committee.
Drugs and Alcohol
Any student using, possessing, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol while under the jurisdiction of the school district, including extracurricular activities sponsored by the school or at a school other than that attended by the student, may be indefinitely suspended by the principal. Additionally, any student trafficking in drugs or alcohol during any time the school has jurisdiction over the behaviour of students will be reported to the RCMP.
Any student presenting violent or intimidating behaviours including: physical aggression with intent to injure, possession or use of a weapon, verbal or physical harassment or intimidation, or any behaviour deemed by the school principal to be a serious risk to the safety, security and wellbeing of students and staff may be indefinitely suspended by the principal.
Every student shall be required to attend school daily on each prescribed school day and shall not depart without authorization as determined by the school’s code of conduct.
Access to Networked Information Resources
Students are responsible for their behaviour on school and district networks just as they are in a classroom or a school hallway. Students will be expected to adhere to standards as established by the Student Acceptable Use Agreement. Violations of the
provisions of this agreement may lead to the revocation of access privileges and/or suspension.
Parents and students are entitled to seek a review of any decision which significantly affects a student’s education. The Central Okanagan School District wants to ensure that you receive a fair hearing if you believe that a decision is unfair or unreasonable. For that purpose we have established an appeal procedure.
Any information you require about this procedure can be obtained from the:
1940 Haynes Rd.
Kelowna, BC V1X 5X7
A copy of the appeal procedure is also available at your neighbourhood school