Code of Conduct
Updated Jan. 27, 2021
The Code of Conduct is intended to foster an environment of communication built on individual effort and mutual respect among students, teachers and administrators, with the common goals of achieving progress, development and success. The Code of Conduct applies while at school, at a school-related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have impact on the school environment.
It is expected that all members of the King George community have the right, under the BC Human Rights Code, to an environment that is free of discrimination, harassment, bullying, cyberbullying, intimidation and violence, either physical or psychological. Racism will not be tolerated in our school.
Physical violence, or threats of violence – in person or online, are unacceptable. Use and/or possession of drugs or alcohol at school or while attending a school-related event is unacceptable. Of course, this is not a complete listing of unacceptable behaviours, but rather these are simply illustrative examples.
In keeping with these guidelines it needs to be understood that as students become older, more mature and move through successive grades they are expected to develop increasing personal responsibility and self-discipline. There are increasing consequences for inappropriate behavior. When behaviours interfere with the learning of others, interfere with an orderly environment, or create unsafe conditions, there will be consequences. The severity and frequency of unacceptable conduct as well as the age, maturity and special needs (if any) of individual students are considered in determining disciplinary action. Disciplinary action, whenever possible, is restorative rather than merely punitive.
Suspensions are sometimes a consequence related to unacceptable behaviours. –
In accordance with the School Act, Sec. 85(2)(ii) and (d), the Board authorizes the Principal or designate of any school in the district to suspend a student from attendance at school for up to five days.
Suspensions may be for the following reasons:
a. because a student is willfully and repeatedly disrespectful to a teacher or to any other employee of the Board carrying out responsibilities approved by the Board.
b. because the behaviour of the student breaches the District Code of Conduct or policy and/or has a harmful effect on others or the learning environment of the school.
c. because the student has failed to comply with the School Code of Conduct.
Suspensions over five days are made in consultation with the appropriate Director of Instruction as per the District Student Code of Conduct, AP 350. As per AP 350 6.7.1 an educational program must be provided.
The principal or designate has a responsibility to inform other parties of serious breaches of the code of conduct. These parties may include: staff, parent(s) of student offender(s), parent(s) of student victim(s), school district officials, police and/or other agencies, as required by law and/or all parents. The school will ensure that reasonable steps are taken to prevent retaliation against a student who has made a complaint of a breach of the Code of Conduct.
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We all have the right to a positive school environment and with that right comes responsibility. The expectations for all members of the school community are to:
1. Attend and be on time
2. Use appropriate language at all times
3. Treat every person with respect and dignity
4. Respect community, school, and personal property
5. Act in a safe and courteous manner
6. Be supportive of and prepared for learning for all.
Please note that this Code of Conduct is under review for improvements in 2021.