GBH: Staff-Student Relations

G: Personnel
GBH: also JM

The Code of Ethics of the B.C. Teachers' Federation, of which every Vancouver teacher is a member, states: 

"The teacher speaks and acts toward pupils with respect and dignity, and deals judiciously with them, always mindful of their individual rights and sensibilities." 

The Board of School Trustees (the “Board”) supports the kind of relationship expressed in the Code of Ethics.  Specifically, the Board believes that every teacher should:

  • recognize the legal entitlement of students to consult with a teacher or administrative officer regarding his/her educational program;
  • recognize the confidentiality of every student's records and divulge  information  only as permitted or required in the School Act, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, or other legislation (in most cases, such information should not be disclosed without  the consent of the student or his/her parents/legal guardians, except where its release is required by law);
  • recognize every student's right to hold and express dissenting views, and to absent himself/herself on grounds of conscience from patriotic or other observances (after, as a courtesy, advising the teacher);
  • respect the student's private affairs and personal property;
  • recognize that a student's freedom to publish and distribute publications for students in his/her school should be limited only by the laws concerning libel, obscenity, and sedition, and by reasonable sensitivity to the feelings and values of others.

DMT Responsibility: AS-M


Cross References: 
GBC: Staff Ethics; JF: Student Rights and Responsibilities
Adopted Date: 
Monday February 04, 1974
Revision Date: 
Aug 1990
Sep 1994
Feb 1996
Jan 1999