Our Student Code of Conduct for 2020/21 is found below
We always welcome dialogue about the best ways to keep KESS safe, and to help our young people learn about appropriate behaviour. We value awareness and consideration of others. Please contact the principal if you have any questions about our Code of Conduct.
The Kyuquot Elementary Secondary School Code of Conduct is intended to establish a safe, caring, and respectful learning environment.
Alignment with School District Policies and ERASE (Expect Respect and Safe Education)
School district policies and ERASE resources pertinent to student behaviour will apply and guide KESS student behaviour policies. District policies can be found on the district website. ERASE is a government website promoting safe schools found at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/erase.
General Conduct Expectations
1. 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.
2. Unacceptable Behaviour
Conduct is unacceptable if it is unsafe, creates a sense of disorder, interferes with learning or is disrespectful or hurtful to self, others, or property. 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.
- Violating a school rule (ex. Indoor shoes only in Fitness Centre).
- Subtle resistance to or inappropriately questioning staff requests
- Subtle disrespect of adults in tone of voice attitude, or glares.
- Back talk, denial, delays in cooperating.
- Writing on desks, marking or damaging desks, slamming or kicking doors, damaging school walls or equipment.
- Discriminatory language or behaviour as described in the British Columbia Human Rights Code appearing below.
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.
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.
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 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.
Consequences for unacceptable behaviour will 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 be taken into account. This is especially important given that we are a grade 1 to 12 school. That large age range means that consequences for a grade 1 student, for example, for the same inappropriate behavior, are likely to be quite different from those assigned to a grade 12 student. Typical consequences based on the behavior of an older high school student are listed below as a guide. Every student is treated as an individual. Consequences for younger or less aware students may be less.
Student conflicts will be assessed as either Peer Conflict, Mean Behaviour, or Bullying as described on the British Columbia ERASE website. Our response will adjust accordingly.
Level 1: Consequences range from warning to detention and/or parent meeting
▪Horseplay, running in halls ▪Disrupting class/assembly ▪Inappropriate language ▪Leaving class w/o permission ▪Tardiness ▪Persistent class misbehavior ▪Disobedience ▪Misuse/abuse of property ▪Breaking school rules ▪Mean behavior ▪Leaving school grounds without permission ▪Misuse of Internet or computers
Level 2: Consequences range from detention and/or parent meeting to being sent home and/or in-school suspension
▪Repeated level 1 incidents ▪Physical aggression ▪Truancy (first offence) ▪Direct defiance ▪Forged notes ▪Smoking on school property ▪Cheating/Plagiarism ▪Missing teacher-assigned detentions ▪Safety Violations
Level 3: Consequences range from being sent home and/or in-school suspension to out-of-school suspension and RCMP contact
▪Repeated level 2 incidents ▪Drug or alcohol offences ▪Fighting ▪Aggression Towards Staff ▪Bullying ▪Vandalism ▪Theft ▪ Serious safety issue
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. The Board of Education 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.