Code of Conduct

Kyuquot Elementary Secondary School

Code of Conduct for 2018/19

PURPOSE

The Kyuquot Elementary Secondary School Code of Conduct is intended to establish a safe, caring, and respectful learning environment. This code applies to all students, staff, visitors, and representatives of KESS.

ALIGNMENT WITH DISTRICT POLICIES

School district policies pertinent to student behaviour will apply and inform all KESS student behaviour policies. District policies can be found on the district website.

GENERAL CONDUCT EXPECTATIONS

Acceptable Behaviour

Acceptable behaviour promotes a positive and safe school environment, where all people are treated with kindness and respect. Each person in the school contributes to this environment by agreeing to the following:

  • Doing his or her best to learn by attending class and participating in learning activities.
  • Respecting others by treating everyone with kindness, honesty, and courtesy.
  • Moving and playing in a safe, non-threatening manner.
  • Keeping the school an attractive place by respecting the property and equipment.
  • Monitoring and regulating their own behaviour so that it does not interfere with the learning environment for others.
  • Reporting threats, unsafe conditions or concerns about classmates who may need help.

Unacceptable Behaviour

Conduct is unacceptable if it is unsafe, creates a sense of disorder, interferes with learning or is disrespectful or hurtful to self or others. Examples of unacceptable behaviour include but are not limited to the following:

  • Poor attendance and/or excessive tardiness.
  • Failure to participate in learning activities and assignments (seat warming).
  • Acts of bullying, cyber bullying, harassment, or intimidation.
  • Physical violence or a threat of physical violence.
  • Illegal acts, such as possession, use or distribution of illegal or restricted substances, possession or use of weapons, theft of, or damage to property.
  • Non compliance with staff instructions or directives.
  • Discriminatory language or behaviour as described in the British Columbia Human Rights Code appearing below.

Discrimination

All behaviour shall adhere to and be consistent with the requirements and the spirit of the British Columbia Human Rights Code particularly with respect to Section 7 which requires the following:

A person must not publish, issue or display, or cause to be published, issued or displayed, any statement, publication, notice, sign, symbol, emblem or other representation that 

(a)indicates discrimination or an intention to discriminate against a person or a group or class of persons, or

(b)is likely to expose a person or a group or class of persons to hatred or contempt because of the race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or age of that person or that group or class of persons.

RISING EXPECTATIONS

As students get older, they develop greater understanding of their rights and responsibilities as students and community members. Older students are held to a higher standard of behaviour than younger students and the following expectations are added in relation to them.

  • Conduct themselves as positive role-models for younger students.
  • Take increased responsibility for their actions.
  • Show a greater awareness of how their actions affect others including classmates, teachers, the school community, and the community at large.
  • Accept greater consequences for unacceptable conduct.

CONSEQUENCES

Consequences for unacceptable behaviour, while endeavouring to be consistent and fair, will also take into account individual circumstances and capacities. The severity and frequency of the behaviour as well as the age and maturity of the student will also be taken into account. 

Whenever possible consequences will be designed to be preventative and restorative, rather than punitive. 

Students will be expected to reflect on their behaviour and demonstrate accountability by participating be in developing logical and appropriate consequences.

When a victim is involved, restorative practices may be engaged. The consent of the victim will always be a prerequisite for proceeding with restorative practices.

NOTIFICATION

The school will notify parents in the event of serious breaches of the code of conduct, and in cases where another student has been victimized that student’s parents will also be notified. 

Additionally, the school may contact School District officials, police, or community agencies when necessary; furthermore, the Board will take all reasonable steps to prevent retaliation by any person against any student who has made a complaint of a breach of the Code of Conduct. 

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Kyuquot Elementary Secondary School
(School District 84)
General Delivery
Kyuquot , British Columbia
Canada V0P 1J0

Phone: 250-332-5260
Fax: 250-332-5332