John Oliver Secondary School's code of conduct is a set of expections that guide students, staff, and parents when they are in either the classroom, the school, or the community. John Oliver has established a code of conduct that encompasses the spirit of what it means to be a J.O. Joker. Please read the Code of Conduct, which was developed by students, staff, and parents below:
COURAGE - Be the first to stand up. Take chances. Don’t back up!
Compassion (All we need is love)
Have empathy for everyone in your school
and in your community.
Optimism (Create your own sunshine)
Think positively because there’s a solution to
Unity (Come together)
Come together as one community and
embrace our differences.
Responsibility (Take charge of your choices)
Own up to your actions and choices, and be
aware of the consequences.
Adaptability (Change happens, so be flexible)
Adjust to change and step out of your
comfort zone to experience life.
Gratitude (Expect nothing; appreciate everything)
Recognize that there’s always something for
which to be thankful.
Engagement (Get involved)
Support each other and actively participate
in the community, in school, and in your
The Vancouver Board of School Trustees has policies regarding student conduct. The Board “is committed to a district code of conduct that upholds safe, inclusive, equitable, welcoming, nurturing and healthy school environments” (policy JGD-R). These policies are upheld by the school. They cover all school board buildings and grounds and are in effect during any school sanctioned activity at school or elsewhere.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 District Policy (https://www.vsb.bc.ca/District/Board-of-Education/Policy_Manual/J-Students/Chapter J Policy Manual/JGD-R.pdf)
Vancouver School Board policies regarding student conduct, as well as John Oliver’s “COURAGE Code”, reflect provincial standards and are in accordance with Section 85(2)(c) of the School Act. The ‘COURAGE’ Code promotes the values expressed in the BC Human Rights Code respecting the rights of all individuals in accordance with the law - prohibiting discrimination based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, gender or sexual orientation. The school will treat seriously any behaviour or communication that is a violation of BC Human Rights Code.