STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:
At Seycove the pursuit of appropriate conduct is a shared responsibility among students, parents and the school. The staff, students, the Parent Advisory Council (PAC), as well as our family of schools, have developed a Code of Conduct to establish clear guidelines for a safe, caring, and orderly environment that promotes purposeful learning. In addition, the code balances the individuals and the collective Seycove community's rights, freedoms and responsibilities.
This code of conduct reflects the expectations of the school community and is reviewed annually to monitor emerging situations that may contribute to school safety. Students are required to know and understand the school rules, acceptable behaviors and the consequences for any misconduct. Expectations regarding acceptable conduct are made known to all school staff through the policy and procedures manual. The expectations for student conduct are consistently taught and actively promoted. The posting of C.L.A.S.S. signs and posters throughout our school reinforces these expectations. Parents and students should be aware that there are rising expectations for student behaviour as students become older, more mature and progressively move through the grades; and that students are expected to accept increasing responsibility for their actions and can expect increasingly significant consequences for any inappropriate behaviours as they get older.
When participating in or attending school activities, including those outside of the school, students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that brings credit to themselves and to Seycove at all times. Students are subject to all the same expectations as if they were in attendance at school. Non-compliance will result in disciplinary action.
The Principal of the school is responsible for administering and supervising the school. He and/or his 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)].
BC HUMAN RIGHTS CODE:
Two purposes of the BC Human Rights Code are to:
"foster the society in British Columbia in which there are no impediments to full and free participation in economic, social, political and cultural life in British Columbia" and "promote a climate of understanding and mutual respect where all are equal in dignity and rights".
Seycove Secondary School should be a kind, caring and orderly environment where students and staff experience freedom from harm and discrimination. In accordance with section 7 and 8 of the Human Rights Code, discrimination based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex/gender, sexual orientation or age of that person or class of persons. In accordance with School District #44 Policy #302 and #412, students at Seycove Secondary School are expected to meet the standards set out in the BC Human Rights Code that include the prohibition of discrimination. As such, behaviours by students that conflict with the BC Human Rights Code will not be tolerated. For example; the display or publication of any statement, notice, sign, symbol, emblem or other representation that indicates discrimination or intention to discriminate against a person or group or class of persons. Discrimination of any kind must not be displayed in graffiti, student publications, blogs, websites or other communication methods. Moreover, it is the responsibility of the school to ensure that it does not discriminate against students by denying them the service that is customarily available to the public.
Acceptable expectations for student conduct are outlined in our C.L.A.S.S. statement: Consideration, Leadership, Achievement, Sportsmanship and Scholarship. The posting of C.L.A.S.S. signs and posters throughout our school reinforces these expectations.
- Respect people's uniqueness and accomplishments;
- Put a personal best effort into work;
- Respect public and personal property: students are reminded to keep their community litter-free. Place glass, paper and cans in the appropriate recycling bins and organics and garbage separated into the appropriate bin and refuse containers;
- Maintain courteous relations with fellow students, teachers, staff and people in general;
- Work at studies without disturbing others;
- Attend school daily and promptly;
- Maintain appropriate standards of hygiene, dress, and language;
- Act in a positive, honest, and straightforward manner.
- Be truthful;
- Promote the general welfare of our school. Be dependable and accountable;
- Respect public and personal property. Be considerate of self, others, their beliefs and property;
- Work towards the prevention of harassing behaviour; be willing to help when someone is being harassed; inform a tellable adult;
- Respect authority and adhere to classroom, school, and district rules;
- Act in a manner that brings honour and credit to the school;
- Inform a tellable adult in a timely manner of incidents of bullying, harassment or intimidation.
School personnel have the authority to ensure a setting for purposeful learning and individual growth and success of all students. Students must not behave in a way that is contrary to the stated school educational goals.
The following list of contraventions is not exhaustive or all-inclusive. (For further clarification, please direct your questions to School Administration.)
General contraventions ...
1. Behaviours that interfere with the learning of others or that interfere with an orderly and safe environment.
2. Behaviours that create a "victim" in any way. This includes any form of bullying, abuse, harassment or intimidation of others. Publication of inappropriate language or information (whether by hand or electronic), symbols, or other representation that is discriminatory or attempts to discriminate against a person or group of people will be investigated and dealt with accordingly. This also includes aggressive behaviours such as cyber hate messages and cyber bullying as well as websites created in the student's home, cyber cafes or other settings. This includes, but is not limited to graffiti, student publications, blogs, websites, or other methods of communication. These behaviours also include any act of physical violence, retribution or intimidation against a person who has reported an incident.
3. Behaviours, intended to be put downs of others including comments that are racist, sexist or belittling in any way. Language is a very powerful force in our lives and it should reflect our values at all times, even in casual conversation. We need to ensure that we do not use language that is racist, sexist, homophobic or disrespectful to others in any way.
4. Behaviours that discriminate on the basis of an individual's race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, family status, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation.
5. Behaviours that are illegal in any way and are in violation of the Criminal Code of Canada. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Causing of false alarms.
- Misuse of school equipment or school property.
- Acts of violence or threats of violence.
- Theft or vandalism.
- Possession, use or distribution of illegal or restricted substances such as drugs, alcohol or tobacco.
- Carrying, possessing, or using an illegal or restricted weapon, including, but not limited to, knives, firearms, martial arts weapons, or any object fashioned to be used as a weapon or have the appearance of a weapon, or a replica.
- Incidents of threatening language, intimidation or confrontational behaviour, which includes written or verbal harassment, misuse of computer communication, physical threats, and telephone intimidation. Any person who threatens the safety of the school environment or safety of an individual will be subject to severe disciplinary action and, where necessary, to RCMP intervention.
6. Behaviours that are in violation of the Seycove Secondary Code of Conduct in any way. School personnel are charged with maintaining an orderly learning environment. Any person who threatens the maintenance of order will be subject to severe disciplinary action. This policy includes but is not limited to:
- Disturbing or interrupting the proceedings of the school or an official school function.
- Failing to comply immediately with a direction by an employee of the Board to leave the school property.
- Entering or re-entering the school property after having been given direction not to enter by an employee of the Board.
7. In accordance with Bill 10 (Tobacco Control Act, in effect September 2, 2007), smoking or the use of any other tobacco is prohibited on school property.
This policy also applies to the use of e-cigarettes, electronic smoking
products and cartridges of nicotine and/or flavoured solutions, and related products.
Actions that violate the school's expectations are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Students who are involved in these violations can expect disciplinary action.
Lack of respect for others and property will not be tolerated. Lack of respect includes, but is not limited to:
- Disrespect for the authority of teachers and other employees of the school, including failure to comply immediately with an authorized direction;
- Disturbance at school or at an official school function;
- Any unauthorized gatherings on or adjacent to the school grounds, specifically those that disturb the privacy of nearby residents and that reflect poorly on the public image of the school;
- Use of the school name in association with unsanctioned activities.
Student attendance is the shared responsibility of parents, students and staff. Parents have the responsibility to ensure their child's attendance at school and to communicate with the school regarding their child's absences or tardiness.
Students are expected to report to classes on time - prepared to work and to participate. Regular attendance is essential for success in school. When students are away from school, we ask parents to notify the school by telephone. When unexplained absences occur the school contacts the parents daily by telephone and e-mail through our synervoice system. Please ensure your current e-mail addresses are on file at the school. Regardless of the reason for absence, it is the student's responsibility to catch up on missed work.
Attendance call line is available 24 hours a day at 604-903-3673
Excessive absences will lead to the following actions:
- A warning from your teacher; a detention from your teacher; a phone call home from your teacher; an interim report sent home.
- An interview with the counsellor and/or the grade administrator.
- A meeting with your parent/guardian and the grade counsellor and/or administrator.
- Poor attendance in any course could lead to removal or suspension from a school team.
Students arriving late to class create an unnecessary disruption which affects the learning of all students in the classroom. Students who are late for class MUST report to the classroom immediately, knock on the classroom door, and wait for the teacher to admit them. A note explaining the student's lateness may be required. Students are responsible for all work missed. Habitual lateness will be dealt with in the same manner as absenteeism.
Why is attendance so important? See Attendance Matters at:
Cheating and Plagiarism
The following examples demonstrate what actions constitute cheating & plagiarism:
- Cheating or plagiarizing on tests and assignments;
- Failure to cite or document quoted or paraphrased material written by someone else (includes material from the Internet);
- Submitting the same essay, presentation, or assignment more than once whether the earlier submission was at Seycove or elsewhere without approval of the teacher;
- Submitting, as your own work, assignments, homework, or other material that was purchased, acquired from written or edited work from another source, including tutors;
- Knowingly submitting identical assignments without permission of the teacher;
- Any attempt to write an examination using unauthorized verbal, electronic, written or visual information during the exam;
- Illegally obtaining all or part of an examination prior to the exam;
- Altering or changing test answers after submitting the test for grading;
- Knowingly sharing one's own work for another student to copy.
Cheating or plagiarizing of any sort are serious offenses and are not tolerated at Seycove. Students need to understand that neither plagiarism nor cheating will help them achieve their educational purpose. Students involved in any form of cheating, plagiarism, or unsanctioned sharing of work will be disciplined. This discipline could take a variety of forms, but minimally, will include:
- No credit for the work or assignment with no opportunity for makeup;
- A phone call home to inform parents;
- A record of the incident in the student's discipline file;
- Repeat offences will result in more severe consequences and could include suspension or withdrawal from a course.
Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking and E-cigarettes
Students found using, possessing, or being with others involved with drugs (including marijuana or marijuana products) or alcohol, at school or at school-sponsored events, will be suspended. Such actions may also include police involvement. 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 referred to an outside agency and/or the police.
In accordance with Section 2.2 of the Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act, effective September 1, 2016, the use of tobacco and vapour products is banned on all public and private K-12 schools in British Columbia. A person must not smoke, nor be with others involved in smoking or using tobacco products or e-cigarettes, nor hold lighted tobacco or activated e-cigarettes, in or on school property.
This ban extends to all school property 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, regardless of whether or not school is in session. The ban also includes vehicles, parking lots, sports fields, driveways, courtyards, and private vehicles parked on school property.
If you are caught vaping on school property the consequences will be immediate and as below:
• You will be required to meet with admin who will immediately contact your parents to inform them of your behaviour. Vapes and vaping substances will be confiscated.
• Your parents will be asked to come and meet with admin and take you home for the remainder of the day.
• For a first incident, you may have an in-school suspension for up to 3 days. A second incident of vaping may result in more severe consequences including suspension out of school.
• As with any incident contravening the school code of conduct, the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities or attend field trips or excursions may be restricted.
• Bystanders may also be subject to discipline.
At Seycove, all forms of physical violence are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Students involved in any form of fighting or intimidation are subject to disciplinary action including suspension.
Students who encourage fighting by acting as a spectator at a fight or other form of bullying will receive the same disciplinary action as those involved in the fight.
Harassment, Bullying and Cyber Bullying
At Seycove, all forms of harassment and bullying are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Students involved in any form of bullying, or intimidation, are subject to disciplinary action including suspension.
Physically, verbally, emotionally or psychologically abusing others, including bullying, intimidating, extorting and intolerance of others because of dress, race, gender, culture or other perceived differences will not be tolerated. In addition, witnessing or being a party to fighting or harassment of any sort is also not tolerated.
Cyberbullying – Using the school's computer network, a network from home or the broader Internet for the purpose of harassment. This behaviour includes but is not limited to harassing, terrorizing, intimidating, threatening or name-calling by sending or posting inappropriate email messages, instant messages, text messages, digital pictures, images or blogs. Anyone who feels he or she is a victim of cyberbullying should forward to or print the offending material and give it to a school official.
Harassment is defined as "comment, conduct, or gesture directed toward an individual or group of individuals which is insulting, intimidating, humiliating, malicious, degrading or offensive." There are three basic forms of harassment:
- Physical Harassment - includes touching without permission, shoving, hitting or kicking the victim, or, taking or damaging the victim's property. It is easy to identify physical harassment. Individuals engaged in this form of harassment are usually known to the entire school population. As these individuals get older, their attacks usually become more aggressive.
- Verbal Harassment - individuals exercising verbal harassment use words to hurt or humiliate another person. Verbal harassment includes name-calling, insults, racist or sexual comments and teasing. Its effect can be more devastating than physical harassment.
- Relational Harassment - the victim is effectively cut off from any social connections. They are excluded from participating in activities. Relational harassment usually occurs when students spread rumours about others, resulting in the victim's exclusion from the peer group.
To eliminate harassment in the school community, Seycove staff and administration encourage students to:
- Increase their responsibility towards the prevention of harassing behaviour;
- Increase their willingness to help when someone is being harassed;
- Actively attempt to reduce the number of incidents of harassment at Seycove;
- Consciously try to improve the school climate so that students will feel safe from all forms of harassment.
All people in the school are required to report any incidents of harassment. Reporting will need to be both a verbal and a written declaration. The 'Student Report of Harassment' form is available in Student Services. Once completed, the student may hand it in to a teacher, counsellor, vice principal or principal. The school administration and counsellors will maintain a harassment record book. Any retribution for reporting harassment will not be tolerated and will be investigated accordingly.
Responding to Harassment
If a student is a victim of harassment, Seycove staff will intervene. The administration will determine appropriate interventions and/or consequences.
For the Perpetrator – Intervention that includes:
- Review of Seycove Code of Conduct;
- Review of NVSD Harassment Policy
- Consequences may include:
- Verbal warning, detention or service work;
- Notification of parents and/or the RCMP;
- Compensation and/or payment for property damage or theft;
- When applicable, participate in the Threat Assessment Screener process;
- Suspension or school transfer depending on the circumstances.
For the Victim – Support through:
- Counselling to restore victim's self-confidence;
- Helping victim build a peer support group;
- Involving community resources as needed (RCMP liaison);
- Involving parents.
Dress and Apparel at School
Staff and students at Seycove 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:|| Apparel at school should not:|
· allow for individual difference, style, and expression
|· be offensive or distracting|
· demonstrate respect for a school / business environment
· promote use of drugs, alcohol, violence, weapons, or use offensive language or images
· be appropriate for the intended activity
· be hypersexualized
· demonstrate respect for the rights and perspectives of others
· promote values in conflict with school and community values
(e.g. racism, sexism, discrimination of any kind, etc.)
All student behaviour must comply with the Criminal Code of Canada Safety of others. Any person who threatens the safety of the school environment or safety of an individual will be subject to severe disciplinary action and, where necessary, to RCMP intervention. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Possession of a weapon or an imitation of a weapon;
- Misuse of school equipment or school property;
- Acts of violence or threats of violence;
- Operation of a vehicle or other means of transport (automobiles, rollerblades, skateboards, etc.) in a dangerous manner;
- Incidents of threatening language, intimidation or confrontational behaviour which includes written or verbal harassment, misuse of computer communication, physical threats and telephone intimidation;
- Incidents of theft;
- Incidents of defacement or damage of the school's or others' property;
- Causing a false alarm.
Cell Phones and Personal Technology
The safety and privacy of all staff and students at Seycove is of paramount importance. While cell phones are a routine part of safety and communication in students' lives, operation of such items cannot disrupt the learning environment of the school.
The following uses of a cell phone are considered inappropriate, and are NOT permitted:
- Texting and/or gaming during class time
- Recording in a class without expressed permission of a teacher (strictly forbidden)
Electronic devices (cellphones, iPads, laptops) CAN BE USED in class to help meet the course learning outcomes. Explicit teacher permission must be obtained prior to use.
The following uses of a cell phone are considered appropriate, and ARE permitted:
- Teacher-directed activities
- Accessing the School app for planning and recording homework at a designated time
When arriving in class, students are expected to put their cell phone away in a place where it will not be a distraction to themselves or to others. If a student is using their phone after having been asked to put it away by the teacher, they may be directed to the administration for further disciplinary action, which may include loss of cell phone privileges while at school.
Seycove Secondary School provides access to a network for students to reach the Internet. If parents prefer that their child does not access the internet, they should contact the school.
While access to the Internet enables students to explore thousands of libraries, databases, museums, and other repositories of information and to exchange personal communication with other Internet users around the world, families should be aware that some material accessible via the Internet might contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially offensive. The school takes every precaution to ensure that the Internet resources are used for constructive educational goals. Nevertheless, students may find ways to access other adverse materials. The administration believes that the benefits to students exceed the disadvantages. Ultimately, however, parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources. The school supports and respects each family's right to decide whether or not to apply for network access.
Students are expected to behave appropriately while using the school's network. Review the Code of Conduct for specific details. Students need to remember that communications on the network are often public in nature. The use of the network is a privilege and as such, it can be taken away if the Rules of Use are not followed. The user is personally responsible for his or her actions in accessing and utilizing the school's computer resources. The students are advised never to access, keep or send anything that they would not want their parents or teachers to see.
Rules of Use:
- While using the network, students should not expect that any files on the network are private. Network storage areas are like school lockers...subject to inspection at any time. Network administrators may review documents to maintain system integrity and ensure that students are using the system responsibly.
- Users are expected to remain within allocated disk space and delete material that takes up excessive storage space.
- Students should never download or install any commercial software, shareware, or freeware onto network drives or disks, without written permission from the Network Administrator. Students should not copy other people's work or intrude into other people's files.
Inappropriate Materials or Language
- Profane, abusive or inappropriate language should not be used in communications. Materials that do not comply with the rules of school behaviour should not be accessed. Should students encounter such material by accident, they should report it to their teacher immediately.
Visiting other Schools
Students are not permitted to visit any other school while that school is in session. Visiting other schools is only permissible after arrangements have been made with school authorities.
Do not invite unauthorized visitors who have the potential to disrupt or otherwise interfere with the safe climate of the school. All visitors must report to the office upon arrival.
CONSEQUENCES and Disciplinary Action
The school has the definitive authority to determine consequences for students who refuse to comply with these behavioural rules and policies. Disciplinary action or consequences for unacceptable conduct is based on principles that have been developed in a fair and reasonable manner and will be administered in a fair and consistent manner. Disciplinary actions, whenever possible, are intended to be logical, preventative and restorative, rather than punitive. Disciplinary actions will be administered on an individual basis in every situation and will be based on the circumstances of each case.
- Depending on the severity of the misconduct, parents, guardians, the RCMP or other authorities may be notified;
- Disciplinary action, wherever possible is preventative and restorative, rather than punitive;
- When determining appropriate disciplinary action, the severity and frequency of unacceptable conduct as well as age and maturity of students are considered. Special consideration may apply if a student is unable to comply with expectations due to having a disability of intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional or behavioural nature;
- Less severe disciplinary action may be a verbal warning, detention or service work;
- Compensation and/or payment will be required for property damage, theft or loss;
- If the violation warrants, the student may face suspension or possible transfer to another school.
Disciplinary proceedings are delivered by the administration who will exercise discretion and flexibility, taking into consideration the circumstances of each case (e.g. severity of the infraction, student's age, prior history, parents' input, etc.).
Suspensions are issued at the discretion of the school administration and are normally dealt with at the school. Longer suspensions will include both school and district staff. Students on suspension may be sent home or may be required to work in the school in isolation. If they have been sent home, they are not permitted on or around school property for the duration of the suspension unless other arrangements have been made. Students will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of the learning outcomes for the course at the discretion of the teacher. Students should be aware that involvement in inappropriate behaviour could affect the receipt of awards and recognition, scholarships, and/or Passport to Education.
The school recognizes that it works in partnership with the parents of its students. As such, when dealing with matters of discipline, parents will be notified of disciplinary action in any circumstance that is deemed significant by the school. However, school officials may have a responsibility to advise other parties when there have been serious breaches of the Code of Conduct. Examples of that notification are as follows:
- Parents of student offenders will be informed;
- Parents of student victims will be informed;
- School district officials will be informed as required by school district policy;
- Police and/or other agencies will be informed as required by law;
- All parents will be informed when the circumstances are deemed important to reassure all members of the school community that school officials are aware of a serious situation and are taking appropriate actions to address that situation.
As a principle of fair procedures, the opportunity for an offender to request a hearing should exist. A parent, guardian and/or student may appeal disciplinary action in cases where the education, health or safety of the student is significantly compromised. A formal written request for appeal to the School Board would follow any failure to reach a resolution at the school level. The "School Act Appeals Bylaw", Policy 902 can be reviewed online on the North Vancouver School District website: www.sd44.ca.