School Policies RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, COOPERATION and KINDNESS
After much deliberation with parents, teachers and students it has been decided that QJS is a closed campus. The adults of the QJS educational community simply see it as a safety measure. That means that when students walk onto the school grounds in the morning or get dropped off by the bus on school grounds then they are to remain on campus until the end of the day. We know that this is an unpopular policy with students and that we need to use discipline to enforce the policy. As a result, violations are subject to the administration of our school code of conduct.
POLICY RATIONALE A safe and positive learning environment is supported by a dress code that encourages respect, responsibility and safety in all schools and school-sponsored events.
Quesnel Junior School students will dress to project a positive image at all times.
Revealing and provocative clothing (i.e. short shorts, transparent, displaying of undergarments, backless tops, bare stomachs, spaghetti straps etc.) are inappropriate modes of dress and fashion for a school setting/event. PE teachers will also address this with their PE classes.
Gang related, hate related, racist, sexist or homophobic statements, symbols and/or images are not permitted on clothing or as accessories.
Jewelry or accessories that are potentially dangerous (e.g. spiked bracelets) are not permitted.
Clothing and/or accessories with sexual content, substance abuse, violence, profanity or other inappropriate images or references to nationality, race and gender are not permitted.
Footwear must be worn as a matter of health and safety within the school environment.
Students who do not meet dress code standards may be asked by any staff to remove/reverse offensive items or borrow an alternate piece of clothing from a friend to use as a cover up.
Clearly technology is such a part of our lifestyle that our electronics policy needs to evolve to reflect the reality that we use technology to help us think, learn, solve problems, communicate, collaborate and contribute effectively in the modern learning environment. Instead of limiting technology, QJS seeks to embrace the value offered by technology to help our learners work together to achieve shared goals and to fulfill learning responsibilities facilitated by our educational staff.
While the QJS staff embraces the opportunities technology offers our programs we do recognize the social and learning issues associated with electronics. Many devices have the ability to take pictures and with just a few keystrokes and these pictures can be posted to websites. Text messaging is a problem. Many students text message hundreds of times per day and this activity seems to be over riding common sense. Students freely admit that they text message during class time. Instant messaging and text messaging can facilitate bullying and harassment which is considered to be a serious problem and violates other Board and Ministry policies. Students should note it is illegal to take pictures or capture test materials or lectures without the permission of the person being videotaped or photographed.
The purpose of this policy is simple. We want to support the integrity of one’s right to privacy through the regulated use of Personal Electronic Devices and we want to set parameters for the use of Personal Electronic Devices in the school learning environment or at school sanctioned activities.
Policy Statement: The use of digital technologies for course work and learning is at the discretion and direction of the teacher responsible for your learning. All electronic devices not approved for use should be powered off and secured on your person and out of sight. This policy is in effect during all regular instructional hours. It does NOT include lunch hours and breaks.
The consequences of breaching this policy are outlined below:
First Infraction – Teacher will ask student to shut it off and put it out of sight.
Second Infraction – Teacher will confiscate the offending device and assign a detention (can be with the teacher or in the detention room).
Third Infraction – Item is confiscated by the teacher and given to the principal or vice-principal. The student will pick up the electronic device at the end of the school day. A detention will be assigned.
Fourth infraction-The student will have the electronic device confiscated until a parent makes suitable arrangements to retrieve the device. The responsibility is on the student to make arrangements with their parent. A detention will be assigned.
*** If a student refuses to hand over the device at any time during steps 2 and 3, the parent will be called and the student will be sent home.
Progress / Attendance / Lates It is expected that students will work diligently to meet academic goals outlined by their teachers. If a student is at risk of failing, house based meetings will be held in order to support that student. Continual non-performance will be dealt with at the administrative level. A student could be placed on academic probation and be sent home with a work package until such a time as the student can submit his/her outstanding work.
Good attendance is key to academic success. Parents should ensure to call the school to advise that their child is ill or will be away from the school. Teachers will make every effort to fulfill homework requests, but parents should be aware that a great deal of instruction /teaching is verbal. Students who miss a great deal of school are at risk of decreased academic performance.
Arriving late to class is a problem in our school. It affects the education of every student. Teacher and student thinking are interrupted and teachers need to repeat information. The research is simple – increase the time focused on academics and achievement rises.
Should academic performance / attendance / lates become a problem for your child, teachers will assign him/her a study hall. The study hall will be at lunch time 10 minutes after the lunch bell in an assigned room. Students’ names will be called at the lunch hour announcements.
Cheating Cheating is a form of stealing – taking something that does not belong to you. It can be as simple as copying a computer file or as serious as stealing a test. The proper term is Academic Dishonesty. In most post-secondary institutions this is considered one of the most serious violations of student conduct and most often warrants expulsion. Obviously, this is too harsh a consequence for public schools but we must provide consequences so students who cheat learn that this is not acceptable.
Problems usually arise in two ways. Students are discovered cheating (evidence) or students, by their actions, give reason to believe that they may have been cheating. The degree of certainty will play a role in determining the nature of the consequences. Generally consequences will range from being given a zero (0), an assignment re-do or, if it involves test materials, an out of school suspension.
Medication at School
This refers to prescribed and "over the counter" medications. If a student must take medication during the school day, school personnel are required to observe the following rules:
All medications that are administered by staff are kept in a locked cabinet at school.
An authorization form, signed by the physician and guardian, with written directions filled out by the physician must be on file. This applies to ANY medication taken at school – including cough drops!
A new medication form is required for any changes (e.g. time, dosage, or medicine).
All medications must be in the original container and not require any preparation to administer.
A guardian (not the student) must bring medication to school.
Medication will not be given on field trips unless prior arrangements have been made.
Authorization forms must be re-issued each September for on-going medications.
Our students range in age during the course of a year from 12-15 years of age. Self-medication under the direction of parents is certainly acceptable and parents can choose to inform the school administration should they feel it is necessary.