The Sutherland Code of Conduct is a product of collaboration between staff, students and the Parent Advisory Council of the school. It reflects the school's intention to preserve for all students and staff a safe and caring environment for purposeful learning and social interaction. Expectations for student behaviour and participation in active learning are based on requirements and expectations of the School Act of British Columbia (Sections 6, 10, 85, 91), the prohibitive grounds of discrimination set out in the BC Human Rights Code, the Board of School Trustees of North Vancouver School District (Policy 302), and of Sutherland School staff and administration. This Code of Conduct applies at school and school sponsored-events or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school environment, including but not limited to aggressive behaviours such as bullying, "cyber" hate messaging and websites created outside of school. Prohibited grounds of discrimination set out in Sections 7 and 8 of the Human Rights Code include race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, and age. Anti-bullying measures will ensure all students, regardless of their sex, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, enjoy a safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environment.
STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES FOR GOOD CONDUCT …
Sutherland expects that all students will conduct themselves according to the STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT. Students may expect to be treated fairly and judiciously for any misconduct, which threatens the wellbeing, safety, or learning of others in the school. For repeat violations or serious breaches of the Student Code of Conduct, a student may be referred to the District Resource Team for recommended placement in an alternative educational setting. In some cases, a re-entry plan will need to be completed prior to the student's return to school.
As students progress through secondary school there is a heightened expectation that they will make more mature decisions and there is an increased responsibility for students to demonstrate appropriate behaviour. Where appropriate, age and maturity will be considered when dealing with disciplinary matters and their consequences.
r.e.s.p.e.c.t. is the foundation of Sutherland's reputation as a strong community of learners where we
- Take responsibility for learning to the best of our ability.
- Show all individuals the equality and fairness we desire for ourselves.
- Work toward success as scholars, citizens, and athletes.
- Give our full participation in classes, in school, and in the community.
- Strive for excellence in our attitudes and efforts in order to bring credit to our school and ourselves.
- Show consideration for others based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, family status, physical or mental disability, gender, age, \sexual orientation and recognize individuality and uniqueness of others.
- Believe that our total involvement as global citizens requires caring for the Earth and all life.
RESPECT YOURSELF, OTHERS AND THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
EXPECTATIONS for STUDENT SUCCESS …
- Be on time and prepared for each class every day.
- Respect the instruction and authority of teachers and support staff.
- Stay focused in classes, participate fully, complete all assigned work, and do regular home study.
- Keep a written record of all tests and assignments and maintain organized notes.
- Respect the rights and property of others including Sutherland's neighbours.
- Respect the health and safety of others and be responsible for your own garbage.
- Respect the learning environment and the right of others to participate fully in the learning process.
- Choose to wear clothing that is appropriate to the learning environment and the workplace (not sexually explicit or displaying profanity, violence, drugs or alcohol).
- Display good conduct and demonstrate respectful behaviour toward all staff, students and guests.
10. Be honest, acknowledge responsibility for poor choices or misconduct, and accept reasonable consequences with good grace.
11. Demonstrate R.E.S.P.E.C.T. in your actions and works every day
Your reputation for good conduct should be a source of pride and self-esteem. You have the right to say "no" to wrong conduct. You have the right to be safe and to learn in a healthy and supportive environment. If you are being pressured to take part in activities you know are wrong, tell a responsible adult!
The Board of Education in North Vancouver will take all reasonable steps to prevent retaliation against a student who has made a complaint of a breach of the Code of Conduct. All students need to know that the school cannot and will not tolerate any of the actions and behaviours described below:
Incidents of fighting, bullying, sexual or racial harassment, intimidation, homophobic comments, verbal abuse, swearing, hazing, taunting or inappropriate physical touching will not be tolerated. Students involved directly or indirectly in any of these behaviours can expect strong disciplinary action from the school, and such actions may include police involvement.
Weapons of all kinds including any object used to simulate a weapon are expressly forbidden. Students involved with weapons will be suspended and will be referred to the police.
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL
Students found using, possessing, or being with others involved with drugs or alcohol at school or at school-sponsored events will be suspended and referred to the C.A.T.S. (Constructive Alternatives to Teen Suspension). Subsequent involvement in drugs or alcohol will require a re-entry plan to return to school. Any student found supplying drugs or alcohol to others will be suspended, and/or referred to an outside agency or the police.
THEFT, VANDALISM OR PROPERTY DAMAGE
Students who damage or steal school property or the property of others may be suspended and expected to pay for replacement or repairs. Deliberate vandalism of school property, including graffiti, may result in suspension. Anyone who accidentally damages something or witnesses damage around the school should inform the office or a staff member immediately.
In accordance with Bill 10 and School District Policy 804, cigarette smoking and e-cigarette smoking on school grounds is strictly prohibited.
RESPECT FOR THE COMMUNITY
Please be respectful of our neighbours in the community by not leaving garbage behind or loitering in areas close to residences. It is expected that students will use respectful and appropriate language in their interactions with all members of the public.
Teachers who suspect students of cheating on tests, exams or handing in assignments done by other individuals without appropriate acknowledgement in a bibliography will inform the administration and the incident will be investigated. Confirmed incidences of cheating will be recorded in the student's discipline file. Additional information on plagiarism is included under "Student Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement" described on page 15.
Possible Consequences for First Time Cheating or Plagiarism on Assignments or Tests:
- being given a zero for the test or assignment
- being required to explain their actions to their parents and the parents being requested to contact the teacher before the student can return to class
- having all their other teachers informed of their behaviour
- being required to meet with the grade administrator
A subsequent incident in the same or another course could result in:
- a letter in the student's permanent file
- a failing grade and/or removal from the course
- deemed ineligible for: Honour Roll, awards, scholarships, and/or Passport to Education
- prohibited from participating in grad events
- declined requests for reference letters
Teachers have the responsibility to inform parents of unverified absences. Students who are absent from classes without valid reason will be subject to progressive disciplinary steps ranging from detention to suspension.
NON-COMPLIANCE / OPPOSITIONAL DEFIANCE
Students are expected to adhere to the authority and direction of staff members, including a request by an adult to immediately report to the office to meet with a school administrator. Consequences for non-compliance may include a suspension from school.
Students who contravene the school CODE OF CONDUCT may be required to serve an in-school suspension of one or more days, during which time schoolwork will be completed in an alternate setting. While serving an in-school suspension, students are required to surrender their cellphone and/or any other communication device to a school administrator. In-school suspensions are intended to provide students with an opportunity to get back 'on-track' with their academic program and connect with an adult who can help them identify and overcome social, emotional and behavioral barriers to their learning.