Code of Conduct

Please click on the attached link to get a pdf (printable copy) of this document: Code of Conduct 2017-18

Mission Statement: Rockheights Middle School is dedicated to producing responsible members of the community, promoting continuous academic growth, and providing a safe and secure environment in which to learn and grow. Our school is committed to creating a learning community which values diversity and is free from all forms of discrimination. Everyone is expected to model respectful conduct and no one should tolerate discrimination of any kind. For further information, please refer to Policy and Regulation 4303, which can be found on Greater Victoria School District website, and the BC Code of Human Rights.

 Purpose:

The opportunity to attend school is provided as part of contemporary Canadian society, but this opportunity carries responsibilities. The purpose of this code of conduct is:

  • to establish and maintain safe, caring and orderly environments for purposeful learning.
  • to establish and maintain appropriate balances among individual and collective rights, freedoms and responsibilities.
  • to clarify and publish expectations for student behaviour while at school, while going to and from school, and while attending any school function or activity at any location.

Acceptable Conduct:

  • Be cooperative, courteous and respectful in dealings with administrators, teachers, school staff and other students.
  • Attend school each day. arriving on time and prepared for all classes. Remain on the school grounds at all times.
  • Attend all classes and complete the work assigned in those classes.
  • Carry out all reasonable directions given by school stait
  • Take care of the books, equipment and learning materials provided for student use.
  • Treat the school building, grounds and equipment with care and prevent litter.
  • Respect the rights of others.
  • Demonstrate the highest standards of conduct. personal responsibility and good judgment when involved in school sponsored events.
  • Have no contact with alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, weapons, or replica weapons while at school, on the school grounds or in attendance at any school sponsored event in the community.
  • Act as responsible members of the school neighborhood by being courteous to people in the area, by refraining from disturbing their daily activities, and by respecting their property.
  • Adhere to the Acceptable Computer Use policy.
  • Adhere to this Code of Conduct while travelling to and from school and while off the school premises during the lunch hour or at other times during the school day.
  • Recognizing that school is a place of business, that we all wear clothing appropriate to a place of business.

Unacceptable Conduct:

1. behaviours that:

  • interfere with learning — yours or others (eg: truancy or devices turned on and/or visible in device free areas).
  • interfere with an orderly environment (eg: arriving late to class).
  • create unsafe conditions (eg: rough housing and skateboarding on school property).

2. acts of:

  • bullying, harassment, intimidation, and racial/sexual or other forms of prejudice.
  • physical violence,
  • retribution against a person who has reported incidents.
  • prohibited grounds of discrimination from sections 7 and 8 of the Human Rights Code:  Race, Colour, Ancestry, Place of origin, Religion, Marital status, Family status, Physical or mental disability, Gender, Sexual orientation, and Age.

3. illegal acts, such as:

  • possession, use or distribution of illegal or restricted substances (eg: including knowingly receiving stolen property and smoking on school property).
  • possession or use of weapons or replica weapons (cg: knives, slingshots, pellet or other guns).
  • theft of or damage to property (eg: graffiti).
  • plagiarism and unauthorized copying or use of software or other electronic or print media.

Rising Expectations:
As students get older, more mature, and progress through the grades. our expectations regarding their conduct increases:

  • we expect an increase in personal responsibility, self-discipline, acceptance of and respect for diversity.
  • there may be greater consequences for inappropriate behaviour as students get older, reflecting these increased expectations.

Consequences:
The severity and frequency of unacceptable conduct as well as the age and maturity of students is considered in determining appropriate disciplinary action:

  • responses to unacceptable conduct are pre-planned, fair, and consistent, while reflective of the particular circumstances of each individual case.
  • disciplinary action, wherever possible, is preventive and restorative, rather than merely punitive.
  • students, as often as possible, are encouraged to participate in the development of meaningful consequences for violations of the established code of conduct.

Notification:
School administrators and counsellors may have a responsibility to advise other parties of serious breaches of the code of conduct For example:

  • parents/guardians of student offender(s) — where deemed necessary.
  • parents/guardians of student victim(s) – where deemed necessary.
  • school district officials — as required by school district policy.
  • police and/or other agencies — as required by law.
  • all parents/guardians — when deemed to he important to reassure members of the school community that school officials are aware of a serious situation or incident and are taking appropriate action to address it.

Retaliation Prevention:
The school will take all reasonable steps to prevent retaliation against a student who has made a complaint to his/her teacher or principal regarding a violation of our Code of Conduct. I have read and discussed the Code of Conduct with my child and understand the school rules and consequences: Student Name & Signature Parent/Guardian Signature