We recognize that many students often use social media networks, cell phones and other devices to communicate with family and friends. These are helpful communication tools; however, these tools also present inherent risks to the safety and well-being of students if the technology is used inappropriately. If students choose to use social media networks, cell phones, iPods, laptops, tablets or other related technology equipment, they must abide by the school's Code of Conduct and School District 23's policy for Student Use of Electronic and Social Media Communication (Policy 486). If at any point, students' use of technology interferes with or distracts from the learning of others, schools may intervene and issue consequences in relation to the outlined school code of conduct and district policy. Schools will also not be held responsible for any misplaced, lost, stolen, or broken items brought to school by students.
School Code of Conduct_ Responsible Student Use Technology.pdf
Shared Roles and Responsibilities for Digital Technology in Schools - Google Docs.pdf
Inappropriate behaviour can consist of, but is not limited to:
- rudeness, swearing
- fighting (or play fighting)
- lack of respect for others including teasing
- throwing objects (rocks, sticks, pine cones, snowballs etc.)
- defiant behaviour, insolence
- running in the halls
- public displays of affection in a romantic or sexual nature
- unauthorized leaving of the school grounds
Forms of unacceptable conduct cited above are only some examples and not an all-inclusive list.
Consequences will be applied in a fair and consistent manner, respecting individual rights, responsibilities, age, maturity; and be restorative rather than punitive in nature.
Inappropriate behaviour typically has the following consequences:
- review of the expectations and a timeout
- review of the expectations, written assignment and/or loss of privileges
- restorative acts to give back to the school community
- parents are notified
- meeting with parents
- short-term (in school or at home) suspension up to 5 days
- long-term suspension (over 5 days) or referral to district program
- consultation with police and/or fire department
Students are expected to abide by the school code of conduct when travelling to and from the school. Accordingly, students may be disciplined for violations which occur off of school property and outside of instructional hours if such violations adversely affect students or the operation of any school.
Students involved in major infractions (i.e. smoking, fighting, drugs, alcohol, vandalism, overt or repeated defiance) will be dealt with by the administration. Parents will be contacted and informed of the disciplinary procedures. A suspension may occur as a result of a major violation. The RCMP will be contacted if the incident is against the law and an indefinite suspension may result. Such incidents will be dealt with in accordance with School Board Policy and Regulations on Discipline. In a report of something illegal or dangerous, the school reserves the right to search a student, locker, vehicle and belongings.
Safe and Caring School Environments:
Are free from acts of:
Do not tolerate the presence of:
- bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment and marginalization
- threat and intimidation
- violence in any form
- abuse in any form
- discrimination in any form including race, colour, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ancestry or national origin
- retribution against a person who has reported incidents
theft and vandalism
- intoxicating or banned substances
- weapons or replica (toy) weapons and explosives
- intruders or trespassers - All visitors to the school must first report to the office.
As circumstances warrant, administrators have a responsibility to advise other parties following a behaviour incident:
- parent of a student exhibiting major behaviours
- parent of a student on the receiving end
- District staff including Directors, Safe Schools Team Members and Superintendent of Schools
- Ministerial agencies and/or School Liaison Officers (Police)
Davidson Road Elementary School Code of Conduct has been structured to align with and adhere to the standards outlined in:
- The School Act 85(1.1) 168 (2) (s.1) Provincial Standards Ministerial Order 276/07, effective October 17, 2007
- BC Human Rights Code, (SD 23 Policy 450 and Regulation No. 450 - Discrimination Toward and by Students)
- SD 23 Policy 455 and Regulation 455 - Discipline
- SD 23 Policy 486 - Student Use of Electronic and Social Media Communication
- BC Ministry of Education: Safe, Caring and Orderly Schools A Guide (Nov. 2008) and Developing and Reviewing Codes of Conduct: A Companion (Aug. 2007), both found at http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sco/