HWSS Code of Conduct 2019-2020.pdf
Heritage Woods Secondary School’s Code of Conduct outlines
school expectations and acceptable student behaviour as directed by the School
Act 85(2)(c). The Code of Conduct is
communicated to students, parents, staff, as well as to visitors and other
district staff. The Code of Conduct is taught, reinforced and monitored. Each
year the Code of Conduct is reviewed to reflect the school’s community needs,
and to align with the district and provincial school safety initiatives.
CODE OF CONDUCT: KEY
1. Process The code of conduct was initially developed with
parents and staff when Heritage Woods opened in September 2004. The staff, parents and students have been
involved in modifying the Code of Conduct in subsequent years as new challenges
arise and practices evolve.
2. Communication Parents will be asked to read and complete
the Code of Conduct through the e-forms on our webpage at the beginning of each
school year. The Code of Conduct is
referred to when meeting with students and parents when potential infractions
to the code occur. The Code of Conduct is also available on the school website
for parents, students, staff and the general public. In accordance with
Ministerial Order M276107 the Code of Conduct is prominently displayed in the
school office and is also provided to all employees.
3. Implementation Parents are expected to review the Code of
Conduct with their child at the start of the school year and submit the
confirmation on the e-form. The Code of Conduct is located on our webpage/HW
Community Portal/E-forms/School Policies/School and District Code of Conduct.
Staff review the Code of Conduct in the beginning of the year in advisory class
with all students. The administrative team meets with all grades in class
assemblies at the start of the school year and reviews the Code of Conduct.
Staff refer to the Code of Conduct when outlining class expectations, field
trip expectations, and expectations of students participating in
extra-curricular events such as sports. Student leadership groups such as
‘Kodiaks With a Purpose’ [KWAP], school hosts, and leadership classes implement
the ideals of the school Code of Conduct throughout the year and promote those
ideals with peers, staff and our community.
4. Monitoring and Review If school staff, students or
parents recognize behaviour not covered by the Code of Conduct, they have the
opportunity to bring this forward to the school administration for potential
inclusion in the Code. Each year,
additions or corrections are considered with each group before the Code of
Conduct is submitted to the district. Additions or changes to district policies
are also reviewed each year and implemented in the Code of Conduct as
5. Alignment Heritage Woods’ Code of Conduct is shared and
compared to the District Code of Conduct and also our feeder schools’ Codes of Conduct for consistency and
common language. As grade 9 students enter Heritage Woods Secondary they are
provided with a Code of Conduct that they recognize because it is closely
aligned with their previous middle school’s Code of Conduct.
a) Statement of
Purpose Heritage Woods Secondary School 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, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual
orientation, or gender identity and expression – in respect of discriminatory
publication and discrimination in accommodation, service and facility in the
THE PURPOSE OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT IS TO:
establish and maintain a safe, caring and
orderly environment for a positive learning and teaching climate
clarify and outline school expectations and
acceptable student conduct at school, in the community and while acting as
ensure a positive human rights environment that
cherishes openness, diversity, fairness, and equity
encourage thoughtful and reflective citizenship
focus on consequences that are restorative and
remedial rather than punitive, wherever possible and appropriate.
Expectations The following expectations apply to behaviour at school, during school-organized
or sponsored activities, and behaviour beyond these times (including on-line
behaviour) that negatively impacts the safe, caring or orderly environment of
the school, and/or student learning.
Acceptable conduct is demonstrated by:
respecting oneself, others and the school
engaging in responsible behaviour in all
learning and school activities (attend
classes regularly, be prepared for class, complete all assignments, and use
good manners and good common sense)
helping to ensure the school environment is a
safe and caring place for all to learn
informing an adult of an unsafe individual or
modelling respectful and responsible behaviour
at school, in the community and while acting as school ambassadors
using technology productively to support and
Unacceptable conduct is demonstrated by behaviours that:
interfere with the learning and teaching
environment of all school members
create an unsafe or dangerous learning
demonstrate a lack of caring for oneself, others
and the school community
demonstrate bullying -- bullying includes but is
not limited to physical or verbal intimidation, verbal harassment and cyber
bullying, occurring on or off school property (District Policy 17). harassment,
intimidation or exclusion (physical or verbal bullying such as putdowns, name
calling, gestures or actions; discriminatory behaviours such as verbal, written
or gestured comments regarding a person’s race, colour, ancestry, place of
origin, political beliefs, religion, physical or mental disability, gender,
sexual orientation, physical appearance or health; and all people have the
right not to be touched, teased or humiliated)
acts of unkind words or hurtful behaviours
towards others; bullying, harassment or intimidation; physical violence or
assault; retribution towards someone who ‘reported’ unsafe or violent incidents
using Cyberspace and current or emerging
technologies, on or off campus, in a hurtful manner, that negatively impacts
the school environment.
Illegal acts, such as possession or use of a
weapon; possession, use, or trafficking of illegal chemicals, drugs or
restricted substances; theft of school or other’s property; vandalism to school
or other’s property; involvement with or
solicitation of intruders and trespassers. Smoking (tobacco or
e-cigarettes) is not permitted on school grounds. Ecigarettes/Vaporizers are not permitted on
school grounds as they present a safety risk.
“As per Section 8 of Human Rights Code of British Columbia,
students shall not discriminate against others on the basis of the race,
religion, colour, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, family status,
age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or physical or
mental disability. Furthermore, as per
Section 7 of the Human Rights Code of British Columbia, no student shall
publish or display anything that would indicate an intention to discriminate
against another, or expose them to contempt or ridicule, on the aforementioned
students may be subject to discipline under the
school and/or District Code of Conduct for any conduct which has the effect of
negatively impacting the school environment, whether that conduct occurs on or
off School District property, at a school sponsored function or activity, or
search by school officials of a student under
their authority or a search of student property may be undertaken if the school
has reasonable grounds to believe a school rule has been or will be violated,
and that the evidence of that violation will be found in the location or on the
person of the student being searched.
Students know that their teachers and other school authorities are
responsible for providing a safe learning environment and maintaining order and
discipline at school. As a result, they
must know that, where reasonable grounds exist,
this may require searches of students, their lockers and
their personal effects and the seizure of prohibited items.
Students should also be aware that the schools may collect,
use and disclose personal information about students for the purposes of
investigating and addressing student misconduct, safety and maintaining order
and discipline in school. Such
collection and use of student information may include information that is
obtained from witnesses or collected
from other secondary information sources (e.g.
social media). All personal
information of students collected by the school will be collected in compliance
with and under the authority of the Freedom of Information and Protection of
Privacy Act (ss. 26(a),(b), and(c)) and the School Act. Questions about the collection, use or
disclosure of student personal information should be directed to the Associate Director of Information and
Learning Technologies Stephen Whiffin, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rising expectations: As students proceed through their years at Heritage Woods, we expect
that they demonstrate more respect and responsibility in regards to the code of
Consequences will be applied to unacceptable student
conduct. The consequence will be implemented based on the severity and the
frequency of the behaviour. Progressive
discipline methods will be implemented to alter the inappropriate and/or unsafe
behaviour. Consequences and the support will be preventative and restorative. Some of these methods could include one or
more of the consequences below:
students participating in meaningful
consequences for the unacceptable behaviour
school or community counselling
conflict resolution strategies including
small group mediations
informal suspension or “timeouts” – at school or
partial day school programs
positive Behaviour supports
· formal suspension: District Code of Conduct: Suspension Process –Level I, II or III (for
serious or dangerous behaviours).
* * special considerations may apply to the
imposition of consequences on a student with special needs if the student is
unable to comply with this Code of Conduct, due to a disability of an
intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional or behavioural nature.
the school and District will take all reasonable
steps to prevent retaliation by a person against a student who has made a complaint
of a breach of a Code of Conduct.
· students who have previously breached the school’s Code of Conduct may be precluded from participating in overnight activities and field trips.
Due to the nature of the unacceptable behaviour the school
staff will contact the following people:
parents of the student offender(s)
parents of the student victim(s)
Coquitlam School Board officials will be
contacted as required by school district policy, e.g. Level I, II and III suspensions
police and other agencies as required by law
school staff and school community as deemed
appropriate by the school and/or district administration
Resolution of Student or Parent School Concerns – AP 380
- The district encourages students and/or parents to discuss their questions or concerns regarding the education of their children with school personnel as early and as directly as possible.
Procedures: Students or parents who disagree with or wish to question decisions or actions that are taken by teachers and/or administrators are expected to seek a resolution by pursuing the following steps:
- A. Teacher or Classroom Level Problem
- Discuss the matter directly with the teacher whose judgement or decision is being questioned.
- If not resolved, discuss your concern with the Principal.
- If still unsatisfied with the outcome, discuss your concern with the Assistant Superintendent (contact the Board office at 604-939-9201).
- Unresolved matters may be referred to the Board as per Board Policy 13.
B. Principal or School Level Problem
- Discuss directly with the Principal the action, policy, procedure or practice being questioned.
- If not resolved, refer to the Assistant Superintendent. (see contact information above)
- If not resolved, refer to the Board as per Board Policy 13.
It is expected that school district personnel will seek a resolution to the problem as quickly as possible.