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Code of Conduct

Bayridge Secondary School
CODE OF BEHAVIOUR

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

  • to ensure that all members of the BSS 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 discourage the use of alcohol and drugs
  • to promote the safety of people in school

 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, on buses, at a school-related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school climate.

RESPECT

 Expectations: All members of the BSS community must show courtesy and respect for themselves and others, especially persons in positions of authority  They must respect differences in people, their ideas, and their opinions.  They must treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is a disagreement. 

Harassment which targets any personal attribute is unacceptable.  Harassment is defined as “any unwelcome verbal, written or physical acts or conduct based on prejudices which blatantly disregard human rights of groups and/or individuals, resulting in disadvantage: for example, women, aboriginal persons, people of Black African ancestry, gays and lesbians” (Board Policy E-21 Human Rights Education Policy).  Gender/sexual harassment consists of any unwanted, uninvited remarks, gestures, sounds or actions of a sexual nature that make a person feel unsafe, degraded or uncomfortable.  Examples of gender/sexual harassment include:

  • unwanted physical contact such as touching, grabbing, or patting
  • rude jokes or suggestive remarks
  • demeaning nicknames
  • rating, embarrassing whistles
  • name or insulting comments written on walls or desks
  • stalking
  • insulting remarks about sexual orientation
  • insulting remarks about race or culture
  • graffiti which presents negative, or stereotyped images
  • threats based on membership within a particular group

     

    Bullying will not be accepted on school property, at school-related activities, on school buses, or in any other circumstances (e.g. on-line) where engaging in bullying will have a negative impact on the school climate (Taken from PPM 144, p.4).  Bullying is typically a form of repeated, persistent, and aggressive behavior directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem, or reputation.  Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance. (Mandated by the Ministry of Education, PPM 144, p.2.)

     

    Students are encouraged and invited to report bullying confidentially through our website, through Student Services staff or through the main office.

     

    Fighting is prohibited.  Students must refrain from horseplay, which can result in injury and/or escalation into genuine physical aggression.  Any kind of threatening behaviour or intimidation is prohibited.  In accordance with Board Policy and the Criminal Code, the use, threatened use, or possession of weapons, replicas or imitations of weapons on school property is strictly prohibited.

    Reasons: All people have the right to be treated with respect and dignity.  All members of the BSS community have the right to a respectful environment that is conducive to learning, free from discrimination and harassment and where conflict and differences can be addressed in a manner characterized by respect and civility 

 Progressive Discipline and Consequences for Inappropriate Behaviour

 Progressive discipline is a whole school approach that utilizes a continuum of interventions, supports, 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 that focus on improving behaviour.  The frequency, severity and type of behaviour will also be taken into consideration.

The 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, mending conversations, mending circles, parent involvement, making restitution (including full payment for damage/vandalism) changing inappropriate clothing, implementation of behaviour management/safety plan, suspension, expulsion, referral to police

In some circumstances, short-term suspension may be a useful tool.  In the case of a serious incident, long-term suspension or expulsion may be the consequence.