Code of Conduct RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, COOPERATION and KINDNESS
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE A safe, caring and orderly school is the foundation for a successful learning environment. This Code of Conduct supports socially responsible behaviour and allows members of the school community to be fully informed of common expectations for student behaviour.
These 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.
Quesnel Junior 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, family status, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY We are guided by the following four aspects of Social Responsibility for B.C. Schools as identified by the Ministry of Education:
Contributing to the classroom and school community
Solving problems in peaceful ways
Valuing diversity and defending human rights
Exercising democratic rights and responsibilities
BEHAVIOUR EXPECTATIONS There is an expectation that Quesnel Junior School students will behave in ways that follow our school motto:
RESPECT - RESPONSIBILTY - COOPERATION - KINDNESS
It is expected that students will:
Demonstrate honesty and integrity;
Respect differences in people, their ideas and opinions;
Treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is disagreement;
Respect and treat others fairly, regardless of
Their race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability;
Arrive for class on time and complete assignments;
Use appropriate language;
Accept responsibility for their own actions
Respect the rights of others;
Show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others;
Take appropriate measures to help those in need;
Respect and cooperative with persons who are in a position of authority;
Respect the need of others to work in an environment of learning and teaching.
QJS is a closed campus. Students are expected to stay on the grounds during school hours which include lunch.
QJS students are expected to follow the school dress code policy.
QJS students are expected to follow the electronics policy. The school will not be responsible or liable for lost, stolen, or missing electronic devices.
UNACCEPTABLE CONDUCT Smoking, Drugs or Alcohol Students are expected not to bring alcohol or drugs to school, nor to indulge in these prior to coming to school or attending a school event. At our school, the use or possession of drugs or alcohol at school or at any school function will result in a suspension from school. Students who remain at the scene while others participate in the use of alcohol or drugs may also be subject to school disciplinary action. Students are prohibited from smoking or vaping on school property.
Vandalism Students are expected to respect the property of school, others and the environment.
Weapons No student should be in possession of any weapon, including but not limited to firearms; students will not use any object to threaten or intimidate another person; students will not use any object to cause personal injury.
Bullying, Intimidation, Harassment and Violence All students and staff have the right to feel safe at school. Any acts of harassment, intimidation or threats of any types (physical, emotional, verbal or sexual, including bullying, physical violence, or retribution against a person who has reported an incident) are unacceptable. Bullying is a conscious, willful, deliberate, hostile and repeated behaviour by one or more people, which is intended to harm others. Bullying takes many forms, and can include many different behaviours, such as:
physical violence and attacks
verbal taunts, name-calling and put-downs
threats and intimidation
extortion or stealing of money and possessions
exclusion from the peer group
Bullying can take place in a classroom, on school grounds, or on the internet (cyber bullying). Regardless of form or location, bullying will not be tolerated and will be seriously dealt with by the school and possibly police.
Acts that compromise safety of others in the building
CONSEQUENCES Range of Interventions/Consequences – some examples: Noon hour detention, verbal reminders, parent contact, loss of privileges, counselor mediation, work restitution, financial restitution, and referral to school based team or counselor, RCMP involvement Some more specific examples:
Dress code violations- students will be asked to cover up, remove, reverse offensive clothing
Electronics violations- staff will take electronics from students who are using electronics during instructional time. Repeat offences will be referred to the office.
Students who are off school property – parent phone call home and a 7:30 am detention.
Fighting- 3 day suspension;
Making threats- suspension, can lead to RCMP involvement;
Assault- RCMP involvement; can lead to indefinite suspension;
Students can also be suspended for encouraging a fight and bystander behaviour;
Bullying behaviours can lead to a suspension. Can lead to RCMP involvement;
Drug and alcohol violations- 6 day suspension- reduced to 3 days with drug and alcohol education program attendance.
Some offences may be subjected to the District Code of Conduct procedures to determine if the student will be capable of successfully returning to the school.
The purpose of a suspension is to caution students and deter them from continuing with or repeating unacceptable behaviours; prevent other students from being exposed to or involved in dangerous and damaging activities; discipline students who have transgressed the rules of the school; and to warn parents or guardians of serious discipline problems with their children. The primary purpose underlying the implementation of a suspension is to result in a change in behaviour for the student.
Rising Expectations - As students move through their years in secondary school, they are expected to assume increasing responsibility and self-discipline. Students will be given opportunities to participate in making decisions and to work on committees and in groups to improve the school community. Students are expected to take on more of a leadership role and to serve as role models as they move on to Correlieu Secondary School and into their graduation years. As such, there will be increasing consequences for inappropriate behaviour. Students with Special Needs will be accommodated according to the information included in the Individual Education Plan.
Notification of Parents - The school has the responsibility to advise parents of unacceptable behaviour demonstrated by the student. We expect that parents and the school staff will work together to bring about a change of behaviour and that efforts will be made in this regard. In some cases, parents of a second party (eg. a victim) will also be contacted and informed of an investigation into another student’s conduct.