THE WINDSOR CODE OF CONDUCT
At Windsor Secondary School, we believe that our school should be a safe place for purposeful learning. The pursuit of appropriate conduct is a shared responsibility among the students, their parents, and the school system. Every individual has the right to learn and work in a safe environment free from discrimination. Representatives of the staff, students, parents, and our family of schools, have developed a school code of conduct to establish clear guidelines for a safe and effective learning that allows each student to attain his or her goals and aspirations in a positive environment. Moreover, the code balances the individual’s rights and responsibilities with those of the collective Windsor community. Our code is continuously monitored and reviewed annually by staff, students and parents to allow for evolving issues.
The establishment of a school code of conduct is required by the Provincial School Act and the North Vancouver Board of School Trustees. The Principal of the school is responsible for administering and supervising the school. They and their designate, including teachers and other appropriate personnel are authorized, in accordance with School Board Policy 302, to exercise authority within the school on all matters concerning the discipline of students. The execution of discipline must be similar to that of a “kind, firm and judicious parent, but shall not include corporal punishment.” (School Act, Section 76(3).
Students are required to know, understand, and follow the Windsor Code of Conduct and other applicable laws within this jurisdiction. Expectations regarding acceptable conduct are made known to all school staff, students, parents, and the Windsor school community through the Windsor Agenda book, Windsor Web site, and other forms of communication. The expectations for student conduct are consistently taught and actively promoted and are reinforced by our Windsor Excellence posters located throughout our school.
Windsor students are expected to be good citizens and follow not only the Windsor Code of Conduct but also the many other laws and rules within our jurisdiction. This includes the North Vancouver District School Board policies, North Vancouver District bylaws and rules, the BC Human Rights Code, and the Canadian Criminal Code.
The expectations for student behaviour apply while at school, while traveling to and from school, and while attending all school activities and functions. Students are always expected to conduct themselves in a manner that will bring credit to the Windsor community. Parents and students should be aware that there are rising expectations for student behaviour as students become older, more mature and progress through the grades. Students are expected to accept increasing responsibility for their actions and can expect consequences reflective of their age.
PERFORMANCE FOR WINDSOR EXCELLENCE
The acceptable expectations for student conduct at Windsor are summarized in our Windsor Excellence statement. We ask students to strive towards Windsor Excellence in the areas of learning, citizenship and attendance. Parents are encouraged to support and reinforce those behaviours and attitudes with their children.
Excellence in ATTENDANCE means:
· Attending all classes
· Being on time and prepared for all classes
· Being responsible to see teachers when absent for all or part of any class
· Being attentive in all classes
Excellence in CITIZENSHIP means:
· Treating all staff, students and Windsor community members with respect
· Complying promptly with any Windsor staff member’s reasonable requests
· Being honest, considerate, and caring of others at all times
· Helping to sustain a safe school environment for yourself and others
· Informing a tellable adult in a timely manner of incidents of bullying, harassment or intimidation
· Using language free of profanity, hatred and/or discrimination
· Respecting all public and personal property
· Promoting a Green environment by maintaining a clean school and community
· Complying with all school and class rules, policies and expectations that detail student conduct
· Complying with all local, provincial, and Federal bylaws and laws
Excellence in LEARNING means:
· Being prepared to learn with a positive attitude and all required materials for each class
· Completing homework and assignments effectively and on time
· Using organizational skills to plan and record school work
· Actively engaging in purposeful learning in all classroom activities
· Consistently trying one’s best to practice good work habits
· Always producing your own quality work and not copying, using or plagiarizing other’s words
· Complying with all School and District policies that impact learning in the classroom such as the Electronics Use policy, Academic Dishonesty, etc.
Safe and Caring School
Student behaviour must comply with the Criminal Code of Canada as well as the BC Human Rights Code. Any person who threatens the safety of the school environment or safety of an individual may be subject to disciplinary action and, where necessary, to RCMP intervention. This policy includes, but is not limited to:
· Acts of violence or threats of violence.
· Acts of discrimination or contravention of the BC Human Rights code.
· Incidents of threatening, harassing, intimidating or confrontational language or behaviour which includes written or verbal harassment, misuse of computer communication, physical threats and telephone intimidation. Harassment includes the act of posting comments, pictures or videos about people online (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter etc.).
· Possession of a weapon or an imitation of a weapon.
· Possessing and/or discharging of fireworks.
· Possessing, using, distributing or being involved with others possessing or using illegal or restricted drugs, or alcohol.
· Smoking is prohibited on school property by all persons.
· Incidents of theft and/or defacement or damage of the school’s or others’ property.
· Misuse of school equipment or school property.
· Unauthorized gatherings and unsafe activity on school property.
· Operation of a vehicle or other means of transport (automobiles, rollerblades, skateboards, etc.) in a dangerous manner.
· Using safety equipment including fire extinguishers, fire alarms, smoke-heat detectors, and the fire sprinkler system inappropriately, or causing a false alarm.
Respect and Responsibility
Lack of respect for others or their property will not be tolerated. Lack of respect includes, but is not limited to:
· Failing to meet the standards set out in the BC Human Rights Code that include the prohibited grounds of discrimination.
· Disrespect for the authority of teachers and other employees of the school, including failure to comply immediately with an authorized and reasonable direction.
· Disturbance at school, on school grounds, or at a school function.
· Any unauthorized gatherings on or adjacent to the school grounds, specifically those that disturb the privacy of nearby residents or that reflect poorly on the public image of the school
· Use of the school name or logos in association with unsanctioned activities.
· Contributing to garbage or litter build up in the school and community.
· Participate in any conduct unbecoming of school and community standards.
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. Subsequent involvement in drugs or alcohol will require a Re-Entry Plan (explained in the Consequences section) 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. Please note that if residual evidence or other indicators lead staff to suspect drug or alcohol use, students may still face disciplinary action. The Windsor administration will rarely discriminate between direct and indirect exposure to prohibited substances. It is for this reason that students should not remain in the company of those using drugs or alcohol.
Violence, Bullying, Intimidation, Harassment, and Discrimination
Incidents such as fighting, bullying, intimidation, verbal abuse, swearing, hazing, taunting, inappropriate physical touching, harassment, and/or discrimination will not be tolerated. Students involved directly or indirectly in any of these behaviours can expect disciplinary action from the school, including referral to police and outside authorities. Students who incite others to engage in inappropriate behaviours, or who seek retribution against those who have reported incidents, may also face discipline. When any of these actions are carried out through electronic communication (e.g. by phone or Internet), even outside of school hours and off school property, the school may still take action when the welfare and learning environment of Windsor students are potentially at risk. Moreover, rough housing, even when it is “play fighting” between friends, is not allowed. It can be difficult to distinguish from “real” fighting, and it can be dangerous around other students and near to school facilities and equipment.
Unauthorized Gatherings and Unsafe Activity on School Property
Students who gather on school property without permission may face disciplinary consequences ranging from a warning to suspension and police involvement. Additionally, anyone on school property at any time should refrain from unsafe activities in and on school structures (e.g. the school roof, fences, storage containers, stairwells, railings, blocking entranceways, etc.).
Student behaviour must support a productive learning environment in classrooms and school at all times. Interference of a positive learning environment includes, but is not limited to:
· Disturbing the learning opportunities of other students in classrooms.
· Dressing in a manner disruptive to an educational environment including offensive or suggestive slogans, or inappropriate coverage.
· Disrupting classes, school routines or activities by inappropriate use of electronic devices including cell phones, pagers, iPods and portable gaming devices. Devices are not to be seen, heard, or used anywhere inside the school or on school property during school instructional time.
· Participating in any form of cheating, plagiarism, or academic dishonesty.
· Not completing assignments or assigned other tasks as required.
Dress and Apparel at School
Staff and students at Windsor believe maintaining a respectful, business-like atmosphere is important to academic achievement and citizenship. The school’s dress code is not meant to stifle freedom of expression, but to foster a supportive, respectful learning community in which each student’s self-esteem is reflected in their behaviour, growth, and achievement.
Apparel at school should:
· Allow for individual difference, style, and expression.
· Demonstrate respect for a school / business environment.
· Be appropriate for the intended activity.
· Demonstrate respect for the rights and perspectives of others.
Apparel at school should not:
· Be offensive or distracting.
· Be sexually provocative and/or revealing.
· Promote use of illegal drugs, alcohol, violence, weapons, or use offensive language or images,
· Promote values in conflict with school and community values. (e.g.: racism, sexism, discrimination of any kind, etc.).
Cheating, Plagiarism, and Academic Dishonesty
Cheating, plagiarism, and academic dishonesty are serious concerns and are not acceptable at Windsor. Students should understand that taking these kinds of short-cuts does not help them to learn or achieve their academic potential. Moreover, it brings into question one’s character and integrity. Students who are involved in cheating, plagiarism, and academic dishonesty demonstrate a lack of respect for the hard work of other students, their teachers, and ultimately for themselves.
What Constitutes Cheating, Plagiarism, and Academic Dishonesty?
The following are some of the actions that are considered academically dishonest. This is not an exhaustive list of all forms so please use common sense. If unsure whether or not their behaviour could be considered academically dishonest, check with their teacher or the administration prior.
· Submitting assignments, homework, or other material which was copied, purchased, or acquired from another student as their own work.
· Failing to cite or document quoted or paraphrased material or ideas written by someone else from another source, including the internet.
· Knowingly submitting identical assignments without permission of the teacher.
· Knowingly sharing your work with another student in order that they may copy it.
· Submitting the same essay, presentation, or assignment more than once, whether the earlier submission was at Windsor or someplace else, without the prior permission of the teacher.
· Any attempt to write an exam using unauthorized information or communication in any form to another person other than an exam invigilator.
· Allowing another student to view ones test or exam.
· Illegally obtaining or looking at an examination prior to, or during the exam.
· Altering or changing test answers after submitting the test for grading.
· Texting or electronically copying parts of a test or assignment.
· Knowingly helping another student to cheat.
Consequences for Academic Dishonesty
Students who are involved in any form of cheating, plagiarism or academic dishonesty will be subject to discipline. This discipline could take a variety of forms and may include the following consequences:
· No credit for the work or assignment with no opportunity for make-up.
· Other classroom level consequences assigned by the classroom teacher.
· A written or telephoned notification by the teacher to parents or guardians.
· A record of the incident in the student’s school discipline file.
· Possible disqualification from receiving awards and other recommendations or references.
Repeated offences will result in more severe consequences and could include suspension or withdrawal from a course and even the school.