The Board of Education for the Sooke School District #62 promotes clearly defined behavioural expectations that represent the highest standards of respectful and responsible citizenship and lead to a culture of non-violence among all persons in all schools and at all school-authorized events and activities.
To this end, the Board expects that persons will:
· Comply with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws, and with district policy and regulations.
· Value and encourage learning and working environments that are inclusive and respectful of the diverse social and cultural needs of our community.
· Treat one another with dignity and respect.
· Refrain from engaging in, or encouraging acts of violence of any form.
· Show care and regard for school property and the property of others.
· Take appropriate measures to help those in need, and
· Respect those in positions of authority.
The Code of Citizenship at École John Stubbs Memorial School has been created by students, parents and staff to:
· Communicate expectations regarding appropriate and inappropriate conduct while students are at school, going to and from school, and while attending any school function at any location
· Establish and maintain a safe and orderly learning environment
· Establish and maintain appropriate balances among individual and
· collective rights, freedoms and responsibilities
Students at École John Stubbs Memorial School have various rights in relation to their attendance at school; however, coinciding with these rights are responsibilities that students are expected to demonstrate. For example:
· All students have the right to attend École John Stubbs Memorial School as long as they accept the responsibility for attending every day and are on time for all classes.
· All students have the right to learn at École John Stubbs Memorial School provided they accept the responsibility for completing all assignments, homework, and class work, and participate fully in every class.
· All students have the right to a safe environment at École John Stubbs Memorial School provided they accept the responsibility to ensure the safety of others, the building, and their learning environments at all times.
· All students at École John Stubbs Memorial School have the right to be treated with respect provided they accept the responsibility for treating every student and staff member with respect in return.
Behavioural expectations at École John Stubbs Memorial School are consistently taught and actively promoted. We continually teach, practice, direct and re-direct behaviours.
While going to and from school, and while attending any school responsibility, and good judgement function at any location, students attending École John Stubbs Memorial School will:
· Demonstrate the highest standards of conduct, personal
· Comply and follow all school rules and expectations
· Be accountable for personal choices, obligations and duties
· Respect themselves, others, all school property, and all learning environments at the school
· Behave in safe and appropriate manners at all times
· Attend classes daily, on time, prepared to learn and work
· Complete assigned work
· Follow and carry out all reasonable requests made by school staff
· Be cooperative, courteous and act in a manner that brings credit to the school
· Maintain a positive, fair, and objective attitude
· Dress appropriately for a business setting
· Take care of all learning resources provided for use
· Adhere to the internet acceptable use policy
· Keep the school clean
While going to and from school, and while attending any school function at any location, students attending École John Stubbs
Memorial School will not (list is not all inclusive):
· Bully, harass, be ethnically prejudiced, or intimidate
· Interfere with the learning of others
· Create unsafe conditions
· Be in possession of or distribute alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or weapons
· Use physical violence
· Seek retribution against someone who has reported incidents
· Damage or vandalize school property
· Sexually or verbally abuse others
· Demonstrate gross disobedience or defiance
· Interfere with any orderly environment
School Wide Behaviour Expectations & Restitution
Personal harassment refers to unwelcomed, unsolicited behaviour, which may be verbal (oral or written) or physical. It can refer to one incident or a series of incidents that cause humiliation or offence to others. Examples of unacceptable behaviour include verbal abuse or threats; unwelcomed remarks or jokes, innuendoes or taunting; offensive or derogatory pictures; unwelcomed invitations or requests; leering or other gestures; unnecessary physical contact such as touching, patting, pinching or punching; or coercing or influencing of third parties to harass others. Single acts of sufficient severity may constitute harassment.
Sexual harassment is unwanted sexual advances, unwanted requests for sexual favours, and other unwanted verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, which intimidates or humiliates the victim, affects access to educational opportunities and thereby contributes to an environment that interferes with an individual’s work or study.
Treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on his or her class, sexual orientation, religion, race, creed, ethnicity, colour, nationality, etc. rather than on individual merit.
· Students who choose to behave or act inappropriately will receive consequences for their actions
· The age and maturity of the student, along with the frequency and severity of the behaviours are considered in determining appropriate disciplinary action
· École John Stubbs Memorial School uses progressive discipline and restitution in relation to student behaviour
· Responses to unacceptable conduct are pre-planned, consistent and fair
· Disciplinary action, wherever possible, is preventative and restorative, rather than punitive. For instance, to prevent future conflict and other inappropriate behaviours, students are routinely reminded of and taught new effective strategies for how to behave and conduct themselves most appropriately
· Students, as often as possible, are encouraged to participate in the development of meaningful consequences for violations of the established code of citizenship
· Responses to unacceptable behaviour are based consistently on sound principles and are appropriate to the context
· Special consideration will be given to students with special needs if their disability interferes with compliance.
Some examples of corrective actions that school has in place for managing inappropriate behaviours include:
· Recording the incident
· Minor Discipline Form: Examples include inappropriate language, pushing, shoving, off task behaviours in class, littering, etc)
· Apology in person, by note or from letter
· loss of privilege
· conflict resolution
· restitution which may include detention
· telephone call home
· meeting with parent/guardian
· referral to School Based Team
· referral to counsellor
· meeting with school based social worker
· meeting with school liaison officer
· Major Incident Form: Examples include physical violence, verbal threat, intimidation, harassment, bullying, and discrimination
· In-School Suspension
· Out of School Suspension
· Referral to District Student Review Committee
There is a progression of expectations held for students as they become older, more mature, and as they move through successive grades. Students are expected to increase their personal responsibility and self-discipline as they age, and as a result, there are increasing consequences for inappropriate behaviour.
School administrators may have the responsibility to advise various parties of serious breaches of the Code of Citizenship:
· Parents of student offender(s)-in every instance
· Parents of student victim(s)-in every instance
· School district officials-as required by school district policy
· Police and/or other agencies-as required by law
· All parents-when deemed to be important to reassure members of the school community that school officials are aware of a serious situation and are taking appropriate action to address it.
Staff Is Expected To
Respect others, our community and ourselves; model pride, ownership and respectful behaviour in our school; display positive attitudes; develop and support relationships with colleagues, students, parents, and the community; provide students with a broad range of curricular/extra-curricular opportunities; and demonstrate a commitment to life- long learning.
Parents Are Expected To
Support the learning and overall success of their children; commit to being part of the school team to ensure the students’ social, emotional, and academic well-being; be positive role models for their children; spend time each day going through their child(ren)’s agenda and homework assignments with their child(ren) ensuring that assignments are completed and that effective communication is taking place between the school and home; ensure that their child(ren) are well-fed and rested for school; treat their child(ren) with respect so they, in turn, will be respectful to others; and help their child(ren) understand their rights, roles, and responsibilities at school.