Student Code of Conduct

Please click on the attached link to get a pdf (printable copy) of this document: Code of Conduct 2018-19

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.

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.
  • 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 School Device Use Policy.
  • Adhere to Policy 5132 3.1: Students may attend school and school-related functions in dress of their choice under the conditions that the choices: * 3.1.1 Conform with established health and safety requirements for the intended activity; and 3.1.2 Do not promote drugs or alcohol; display offensive language or images; or encourage discrimination.

Unacceptable Conduct:

behaviours that:

  • interfere with student learning — yours or others (eg: skipping).
  • interfere with an orderly environment (eg: arriving late to class).
  • create unsafe conditions (eg: rough housing and skateboarding on school property).

acts of:

  • bullying, harassment, intimidation.
  • physical violence, aggression,
  • retribution against a person who has reported incidents.
  •  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.
  • Alcohol, cigarettes, drug substances, weapons, or replica weapons are prohibited while at school, on the school grounds or in attendance at any school sponsored event in the community.

illegal acts, such as:

  • possession, use or distribution of illegal or restricted substances (eg: including knowingly receiving stolen property and smoking/vaping 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 mature our expectations regarding their conduct increases:

  • We expect an increase in personal responsibility, self-discipline,
  • Acceptance of and respect for diversity is required.
  • There may be greater consequences for inappropriate behaviour.

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 staff 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.
  • 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 preventative 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.