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The Surrey Board of Education is committed to providing safe and caring environments in which all learners can achieve academic excellence, personal growth and responsible citizenship.
Safe and caring school environments are free of acts of:
Safe and caring school environments do not tolerate the presence of:
Responsibility for an effective discipline program is shared among many partners including the district, schools, students, parents/guardians, community groups, social agencies and the RCMP. The board promotes understanding and acceptance of the interactive roles required to achieve safe and caring schools.
It is expected that students will:
(a) neither take part in, nor condone (provoke, encourage, or support) any form of violence, including bullying, harassment, threat and intimidation, verbal, physical or sexual abuse, discrimination in any form;
(b) seek to prevent violence and potentially violent situations;
(c) not use, possess or display any weapon, replica weapon or toy weapon, on any school property or at any event that is organized or sponsored by a school;
(d) not use, possess or sell any intoxicating, banned or controlled substances;
(e) demonstrate, when using electronic resources, appropriate on-line conduct in keeping with Policy #5780 – Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Access and Use, including refraining from any acts of cyberbullying;
(f) show respect for the property of others by refraining from theft, vandalism, graffiti and other inappropriate behaviour;
(g) abstain from smoking on school and other district property;
(h) be present at schools and school properties for school-authorized purposes only;
(i) use respectful language and refrain from using obscenity or profanity while in a school building, on school or district property and at school-sponsored activities;
(j) demonstrate commitment to learning by coming to school prepared to learn and by contributing to a positive, orderly, peaceful environment; and
(k) practise academic honesty and personal integrity by not participating in or encouraging plagiarism, cheating, theft of evaluation instruments, use of unauthorized aids, or false representation of identity.
Parents/guardians are requested to:
(a) be familiar with the District Threat Assessment Protocol (available through your school);
(b) adhere to board policies and the School Code of Conduct when in attendance at school functions and support all students by reinforcing and modeling appropriate social skills;
(c) support students by demonstrating appropriate academic, social and emotional behaviours through co-operative school and parent/guardian partnerships;
(d) support the school’s and district’s role in taking disciplinary action when necessary and reinforce students’ understanding of the consequences of their behaviour;
(e) ensure their children attend school regularly and on time; and
(f) promptly report to the school their child’s or children’s absence or late arrival.
Who can parents call for assistance?
Who is subject to this policy?
The policy on safe and caring school environments applies to all persons in all schools and at all school-authorized events. The relevant policies (9410, 9410.1, 9410.2, 10900 and 10901.1) are available on the school district website.
What is being done?
The Surrey School District has used many proactive strategies to promote safe school environments.
Keeping Our Schools Safe