Code of Conduct
SOUTH SURREY / WHITE ROCK LEARNING CENTRE
CODE OF CONDUCT
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Rationale for the Code of Conduct with a focus on safe, caring and orderly school environments.
Our common purpose at South Surrey/White Rock Learning Centre is to acquire knowledge, develop skills, develop positive attitudes towards learning, be responsible citizens and respect the rights and property of others. To this end, students can demonstrate the attributes of a responsible member of this community by adhering to the following expectations while under the jurisdiction of the school, travelling to and from school, at school, while at any school sponsored function or where engaging in the activity will have impact on a Safe, Caring and Orderly School environment.
Students have a responsibility to respect the rights and dignity of others and to become actively involved in their own academic learning and social growth.
Acceptable and unacceptable behaviour while at school, attending school related activities (both on and off school grounds) or in any other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school environment. There will be rising expectations of behaviour as students mature.
It is important to note that the acceptable and unacceptable behaviours that follow are not all -inclusive lists.
- Respecting oneself, others and the school's facility and grounds (including; respectful behaviour, language and attire).
- Engaging in responsible behaviour in all learning and school activities
- attend classes regularly
- communicate with staff regarding attendance, tardiness or signing out
- be prepared for class
- complete all assignments
- use respectful manners and good common sense
- remain on school property during class break
- Modeling respectful and responsible behaviour to their peers and younger students, in the community and while acting as school ambassadors
- Conducting oneself in a manner which in no way compromises the safety or well-being of others
SAFE & CARING SCHOOLS…
Are Free From Acts Of…
- Bullying (including cyber-bullying)
- Harassment, threat, intimidation and marginalization
- Violence in any form
- Abuse in any form (verbal, physical, sexual)
- Intolerance and discrimination in any form, i.e. based on an individual or group's race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, or age.
- Retribution against a person who has reported incidents
Do Not Tolerate the Presence Of…
- Intoxicating or banned substances (including alcohol, cigarettes and drugs)
- Theft and vandalism (or damage to personal property)
- Weapons or replica (toy) weapons (including laser pointers), explosives (including fireworks) and pepper or other obnoxious sprays.
- Intruders or trespassers (all visitors must first report to the office)
- Inappropriate clothing or unacceptable slogans imprinted on clothing
- Smoking on school and other district property
Or Misuse Of…
- School computers and other electronic devices are only to be used for school/education related activities. They are not permitted for social networking, gaming, illegal, obscene or inappropriate purposes. Inappropriate use includes, but is not limited to, attempts to vandalize, gain unauthorized access to data or another person's account or resources, and sharing of data without personal or parental consent as appropriate.
- Recording of visual images is not permissible at school unless permission has been received by the classroom teacher with respect to a classroom project.
- Students are to be aware that they may be subject to discipline (or, if applicable, confiscation of personal property) for misuse of any technology, if it negatively impacts the school environment.
- Misuse of district technology services will lead to suspension of user privileges and possible disciplinary or legal action.
Consequences will take into account the age, maturity and special needs (e.g. intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional or behavioural disability), severity and frequency of actions. Consequences will be progressive and will focus on being restorative rather than punitive in nature. Depending upon these and other factors, one or more of the following actions may be taken:
Forms of unacceptable conduct cited above are only some examples and not an all-inclusive list.
Consequences will be applied to unacceptable conduct in accordance with Surrey School District Safe & Caring Schools Reg. 9410.2 Disciplinary Guide. Progressive discipline methods based on the severity and the frequency of the behaviour and age of the student, will be implemented to alter the inappropriate and/or unsafe behaviour. Consequences must focus on being restorative rather than punitive in nature.
- As circumstances warrant, administrators have a responsibility to advise other parties following an incident:
- Parents/guardians of the student offender(s)
- Parents/guardians of the student victim(s)
- Surrey School Board officials will be contacted as required by School District Policy, (i.e. Level I, II and III suspensions)
- Police and other agencies as required by law
- School staff and school community as deemed appropriate by the school administration and/or District administration
This Secondary Code of Conduct has been structured to align with, and adhere to the standards outlined in:
- The School Act 85 (1.1); 168 (2) (s.1); Provincial Standards Ministerial Order 276/07 (m276/07), effective October 17, 2007.
- BC Human Rights Code, as depicted in Surrey Schools Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Policy No.10900; and Regulation No. 10900.1
- BC Ministry of Education: Safe, Caring and Orderly Schools, A Guide (November 2008) and Developing and Reviewing Code of Conduct: A Companion (August 2007), both found at http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sco/
- Surrey Schools – Safe and Caring School Handbook – policies, procedures and guidelines for schools found on http://www.surreyschools.ca
- Ministerial Order No. M 208: (a) a reference to each of the prohibited grounds of discrimination set out in section 7 (discriminatory publication) and section 8 (discrimination in accommodation, service and facility) of the Human Rights Code, RSBC 1996, c. 210;