The Vancouver Board of Education is committed to creating a safe and respectful learning environment for students. The purpose of these Guidelines is to clarify and affirm the Vancouver Board of Education’s expectations of all adults in interactions with students of the Vancouver school district. For the purpose of this document, “adult” refers to any person working, volunteering or otherwise interacting with students on school grounds or at school activities.
It is expressly recognized that all employee groups are subject to collective agreements, terms and conditions of employment, professional and/or union codes as well as legislation. For example, teachers are regulated by the School Act, their Collective Agreement, the BC College of Teachers’ Professional Standards and the BC Teachers’ Federation Code of Ethics. These Guidelines do not supersede nor replace such codes/documents and statutory requirements, but rather provide a set of common expectations for adult-student interactions applicable to all employee groups and other adults (i.e. parents and volunteers) who interact and engage with Vancouver school district students.