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Bayridge Secondary School - Code of Behaviour

Every individual at Bayridge Secondary School is valued and can make a positive difference on any day.  Students should be working towards supporting success on a personal and academic level.  We expect that Blazers show:

        RESPECT for themselves, each other and the school community,
        OPTIMISM in their attitude and sense of hope,
        COURAGE through self-discipline and responsibility,
        KINDNESS in an effort to improve the lives of others around you.


Code of Behaviour:
This code of behaviour sets out the standards of behaviour which are expected of all members of the school community in order to create a positive climate in the school. Respect, responsibility, civility and academic excellence are promoted so that all members of the school community will feel safe, comfortable and accepted.  The purpose of this code of behaviour is:

       to ensure that all members of the school community, especially people in positions of authority, are treated with respect and dignity;
        to promote responsible citizenship by encouraging appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community;
        to maintain an environment where conflict and difference can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and civility;
        to encourage the use of non-violent means to resolve conflict;
        to promote the safety of people in school; and
        to discourage the use of alcohol and drugs.

Students are to be treated with respect and dignity.  In return, they must demonstrate respect for themselves, for others and for the responsibilities of citizenship through acceptable behaviour.  Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student:   comes to school prepared, on time, and ready to learn; shows respect for himself or herself, for others and for those in authority; refrains from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others; and follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his or her own actions.

Students are to comply with the behaviour expectations while at school, at a school-related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school climate.        

RESPECT
Expected Behaviour:
respect differences in people, their ideas, and their opinions
respect all members of the school community, especially persons in positions of authority
treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is a disagreement
respect and treat others fairly, regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability
respect the rights of others
respect self and others
dress in a manner that is appropriate for the academic, business-like tone of the school
respect property of the school and school board including cafeteria, computers and networks
dispose of litter in appropriate recycling and garbage containers

Reasons for Expected Behaviour:
All members of the school community have the right to:
be treated with respect and dignity
an environment where conflict and differences can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and civility
have a right to the use of non-violent means to resolve conflict
a learning environment free from the influences of drugs and alcohol
an environment conducive to learningstudents
should not wear clothing that is considered to be unduly distracting or revealing
your appearance reflects your good judgement and your respect for yourself and others
in taking care of our property you display pride in your school and help maintain attractive surroundings and useful facilities which are necessary to successful learning for you and fellow students


CIVILITY AND RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP
Expected Behaviour:
seek assistance from a member of the school staff, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully
take appropriate measures to help those in need
demonstrate honesty and integrity
participate appropriately in the civic life of the school community
not swear at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority
respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial, and municipal laws
show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others

Reasons for Expected Behaviour:
Responsible citizenship involves:
appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community.  Active and engaged citizens are aware of their rights, but more importantly, they accept responsibility for protecting their rights and the rights of others.
taking care of our school buildings, furniture and supplies
understanding that the costs associated with vandalism and theft are an additional financial burden to students, their parents/guardians and other taxpayers


ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Expected Behaviour:
each student is expected to maintain good work habits by:
                -completing all homework, assignments, and projects as directed by the required deadline
                -making up missed work
                -coming to class prepared and ready to participate(with the necessary books, pens, calculators, gym wear etc. as appropriate)
                -participating  constructively in class
each student is expected to maintain regular attendance
be punctual
notify the school in case of absences and late arrivals
academic honesty
                -You are expected to submit work which represents your own efforts and acknowledges the source of information used in completing your work.
Reasons for Expected Behaviour:
students who are engaged in the learning process are more successful
good work habits learned and practised in school will be valuable throughout life
good attendance helps you achieve goals and benefit from all school activities and services
arriving late interrupts the learning of others
students have the right and responsibility to be assessed and evaluated on their own work


SAFETY
Expected Behaviour:
All members of the school community must not:
engage in bullying behaviours, including “cyberbullying”
commit sexual assault
traffic weapons or illegal drugs
give alcohol to a minor
commit robbery
be in possession of any weapon, including firearms
use any object to threaten or intimidate another person
cause injury to any person with an object
be in possession of , or be under the influence of, or provide others with alcohol or illegal drugs
inflict or encourage others to inflict bodily harm on another person
engage in hate propaganda and other forms of behaviour motivated by hate or bias
commit an act of vandalism that causes damage to school property or to property located on the premises of the school

Reasons for Expected Behaviour:
All members of the school community have the right to be safe and to feel safe in their school community.

PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE & CONSEQUENCES for inappropriate behaviour
Progressive discipline is a whole school approach that utilizes a continuum of interventions, support and consequences that include opportunities for reinforcing positive behaviour while helping students make good choices.  The focus is on a corrective and supportive approach.  

Mitigating and other factors will be taken into consideration prior to assigning a consequence.

When inappropriate behaviour occurs, a range of interventions, supports, and consequences that are developmentally appropriate, that include opportunities for students to learn from their mistakes, and to focus on improving behaviour.  
The frequency, severity and type of behaviour will also be taken into consideration.

Range of possible consequences include (but are not limited to) :  reminder, warning, discussion, time out, detention, remedial assignment, formal interview with administrator, teacher and student, parent involvement, making restitution (including full payment for damage/vandalism) changing inappropriate clothing, implementation of behaviour management/safety plan, suspension, expulsion, referral to police.

Consequences will reflect the frequency, severity and type of behaviour.


*       This code of behaviour was revised on February 1, 2008 to comply with the amendments to the Education Act Part XIII-Behaviour, Discipline and Safety and associated regulations.

Last Modified: Feb 03, 2017
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