Port Moody Secondary School Code of Conduct 2016-2017
Port Moody 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 and distributed to students, parents, staff, as well as to visitors and other district staff. Newly assigned staff and students registering mid-year will also receive the Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct is also available on the Port Moody Secondary website, in print in the office, in the student agenda and displayed on the student bulletin board outside the office. The Code of Conduct is taught, reinforced and monitored. Each year the Code of Conduct is reviewed to reflect the school community's needs, and to align with the district and provincial school safety initiatives.
The Code of Conduct is in effect for all students at school, at school-related activities or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have impact on the school environment. District #43 (Coquitlam) Policy 17(6) states, "Students, while attending school and school sponsored functions and activities, shall be subject to the District Code of Conduct for Students and the school's rules of conduct and deportment established by the Principal. 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 otherwise."
The Human Rights of all are valued and protected. The Board believes that schools must not be places where discrimination is practiced or tolerated. District #43 (Coquitlam) Policy 17(4) states, "As per Section 8 of Human Rights Code of British Columbia, students shall not discriminate against others on the base of 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 bases."
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 school ambassadors
- ensure a positive human rights environment that cherishes openness, diversity, fairness, and equity
- encourage thoughtful and reflective citizenship
- align with our Port Moody Secondary Common Purpose 2015 document that has at its center, our LENS, "A Caring Learning Community"
- align with our Port Moody Secondary Action Plan For Learning (APL) Goal #1: Social Responsibility –A Safe and Sense of Belonging focus.
Acceptable conduct is demonstrated by:
- respecting oneself, others and the school's facility and grounds
- engaging in responsible behaviour in all learning and school activities (attend classes regularly, be seated in your seat by the second bell, be prepared for class, participate thoughtfully, respect other classmates' comments, complete all assignments, hand assignments in when due, ask for help when you need assistance, 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, unsafe behaviour, and an unsafe or violent situation
- modeling respectful and responsible behaviour at school, in the community and while acting as school ambassadors
- students shall not discriminate against others on the basis of the race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, family status, age, religion, sex or sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability, or for any other reason set out in the Human Rights Code of British Columbia (Section 7 and 8), nor shall a student publish or display anything that would indicate an intention to discriminate against another, or expose them to contempt or ridicule, on the basis of any such grounds
- 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 otherwise practicing
- 'Ethics of Information Use' (see Agenda Book for 'Intellectual Dishonesty') by always citing your research sources (text, sound, music, graphics, pictures, video clips, etc.)
- dressing appropriately for the school learning environment that is respectful to oneself and others
- being aware of the "District 43 Digital Responsibility for Students -Admin Policy 140.2" and behaving in a Socially Responsible manner in regards to social media and the use of technology.
- "Cyberspace Misuse": Students are to be aware that they may be subject to discipline for on or off campus misuse of technology if it negatively impacts on the school environment.
Unacceptable conduct is demonstrated by:
- interfere with the learning and teaching environment of any school member
- create an unsafe or dangerous learning environment
- demonstrate a lack of caring for oneself, others and the school community
- interferes, interrupts, shows a lack of caring, causes unsafe behaviours, harm to others or animals, dangerous behaviours, vandalism to the school property, or causes an unsafe situation at the school due to Graduation Pranks or unapproved school activities.
- engages in Cyberspace use in a hurtful manner or dangerous manner i.e. MSN, chat lines, Facebook, Twitter, Instant Messaging, texting, etc.
- demonstrate bullying, harassment, intimidation, discrimination, or exclusion (physical or verbal bullying such as putdowns, name calling, gestures or actions; cultural hazing; 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)
Illegal and Inappropriate Acts, such as:
- unkind words or hurtful behaviours towards others; bullying, harassment or intimidation; physical violence or assault; retribution towards someone who 'reported' unsafe or violent incidents
- possession or use of a weapon or of an object being used as weapon, including a "Toy or Imitation" weapon
- possession (on your person or possessions, in the school or on the school grounds), use, or trafficking of illegal chemicals, all drugs or restricted substances and equipment including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes (vaping and vaping equipment), hookah pipes, or other products
- theft of school or other's property; and vandalism to school or other's property
- the use of computers or phones, the Internet, and other social media to harass, threaten or intimidate others during school time and/or outside of school time. This includes inappropriate use which negatively affects our learning community, school, school district and/or the district's technology systems.
- the use of computers, cell phones and social media to take, send or store pictures or videos for "sexting" and "exploitation of yourself or others"
- gambling for money, goods, services or any other items (Note: playing card games or other activities is acceptable without gambling for money, goods or services, etc.)
***Behaviours cited are only some examples and not an all-inclusive list.
As students progress to grades 9-12, behavioural expectations will rise so that:
- student levels of maturity, personal responsibility and self-discipline will improve
- consequences for unacceptable conduct in senior grades will likely result in more serious consequences
- older students will model positive behaviours for their peers and younger students
Code of Conduct and Special Needs Students
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.
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 participate in meaningful consequences for the unacceptable behaviour in order to give back to the school community
- school or outside community counseling
- drug or alcohol screening and self assessment program
- conflict resolution strategies
- small group mediation including restorative strategies (school based/CERA)
- school community service to give back to the school
- behaviour plans designed to support the change of behaviour required
- school behavioural contracts
- police liaison involvement with mediation and educational support
- partial day or adjusted day school schedule
- removal from teams, clubs, field trips, school travel trips, dances, Graduation Activities (Grad Dinner & Dance, AfterGrad and Graduation Commencement)
- informal suspension or "timeouts" –at school or home
- formal suspension: District Code of Conduct: Suspension Process –Level I, II or III (for serious or dangerous behaviours)
- Cost restoration for school damage, vandalism and replacement of another person's possessions
- police and other agency involvement regarding criminal charges
Depending on the nature of the unacceptable behaviour the member of the school staff may contact the following people:
- parents/guardians of the student offender(s) will be contacted
- parents/guardians of the student victim(s) will be contacted
- Coquitlam School Board officials will be contacted as required by school district policy, i.e. 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 administration and/or District #43 (Coquitlam) District administration
The Port Moody Secondary School Code of Conduct has used the structural set up, selected passages, phrases and terminology in order to align with the:
BC Ministry of Education Standards Department
Safe, Caring and Orderly Schools Document: The Guide.
Publisher: National Library of Canada Cataloguing in Publication Data, Victoria, B.C.
The Safe and Caring School Document can be found on the internet www.bced.gov.bc.ca
Note: the Safe, Caring and Orderly Schools Document can be photocopied.