Windsor Excellence Statement
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 safe and effective learning that allows each student to attain his or her goals and aspirations in a positive environment.
As set out in sections 7 and 8 of the Human Rights Code the Windsor Community must respect the feelings of others by:
- Being courteous in words and actions to others
- Not discriminating against others based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or age.
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. Anti-bullying measures will ensure all students, regardless of their sex, race, religion, culture, ability, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, enjoy a safe, inclusive and welcoming learning environment. 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)).
Windsor students are expected to be good citizens and are required to know, understand, and follow the Windsor Code of Conduct and other applicable laws within this 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. Expectations regarding acceptable conduct are made known to all school staff, students, parents, and the Windsor school community through the Windsor Agenda Book, this web site, and other forms of communication.
The expectations for student conduct are also consistently taught, actively promoted and reinforced by staff. 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.
The Human Rights Code is available online
PERFORMANCE FOR WINDSOR EXCELLENCE
We ask students to strive towards Windsor Excellence in the areas of attendance, citizenship and learning. 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 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 an 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.
There is a direct relationship between
attendance and academic success in school. Students absent from
class are missing out on key learning opportunities and chances to work
cooperatively with peers and teachers. Therefore, every attempt should be
made by students and their families to minimize the amount of time absent from
school. Please follow the process in place for excused absences and do
not miss school for unexcused reasons (also known as “truancy”). No
matter what the reason for missing school, students are responsible for
obtaining and completing class assignments and meeting Learning Outcomes.
If a student is absent, parents are
- Telephone the school on the morning of the
absence and leave a message at 604-903-3707.
- Send a note to the school office with the
student stating the date and reason for the absence when the student returns to
The school will track attendance daily and
will update the MyEd Parent Portal with this information. Parents
should discuss attendance with their child and help reinforce the importance of
attendance to learning. If the student insists a mistake has been made,
please contact the student’s teacher. If you have any other concerns
contact the school. If poor attendance or tardiness becomes a pattern,
school staff will meet with students and in many cases communicate and seek the
assistance and support of parents.
Truancy is defined as an "absence from school without valid reason". Students absent from class without permission are truant. If students cannot find their class, if they feel ill, or if they plan to be dismissed early, they should report directly to the office. A student who is found to be truant is subject to disciplinary action. Chronic truancy will be referred to the office and may lead to increased consequences including suspension.
Late for School and Class
The School Act states that students are expected to be at school and in class on time. Parents and students are responsible for the student's punctuality. Continued lates will be considered a refusal to abide by the School Code of Conduct and will be dealt with accordingly.
- If a student arrives late to school, the student should check in at the office and then must report directly to class.
Student Illness and Medical Appointments
Students who become ill during the school day are required to report to the Main Office.
- The student will be permitted to go home only after staff have obtained parental permission. If no parent can be contacted, the student will be asked to remain at school under the care of staff.
- The school is not permitted to provide or administer medication to students without the written authorization of the family physician.
- Students leaving for or returning from a medical appointment should check in at the main office.
Extended Absences During School or Exam Time
While it is understood that some families may choose to plan family activities while school is in session, Windsor does not condone such absences due to their impact on student learning.
- Parents and students should avoid planning vacations, activities etc. that interfere with scheduled classes, exams or other school absences. Missed class time and learning opportunities cannot be replicated and some activities and assignments may be impossible to "make-up."
- Extended absences impact a student's learning and likely the demonstration of their learning, commonly accomplished through assignments, quizzes and tests. The school is not required to provide correspondence materials to facilitate extended absences during the school year.
- Although the school will not excuse or approve such absences, the following procedures are required prior to the absence in order to properly inform the school of the details of a student's extended absence: the student obtains the extended absence notification form from the Main Office; completes all the details on it; and parents sign the completed form. The form is then returned to the Main Office. This form is not an approval form, it simply notifies the school of a student's absence.
- The responsibility for the decision to take a student out of school and the consequences that result rest solely with the student and their parent/guardian.
Students are required to be available to write all exams that are scheduled by teachers or the Ministry of Education. For school exams, provisions are made only for those students involved in activities such as Provincial or National competitions and of course, serious illness. For Provincial Exams, a formal adjudication request has to be made to the Ministry with official documentation i.e. medical note. For year-end exams, all requests have to be made directly to your child's grade administrator. Parents are asked to respect the school on this issue by ensuring extended absences are not organized during the exam schedule.
Some students refer to these periods as "spares", but Windsor Staff members encourage students to use their study blocks productively. Not only is it a good time to get work done so that students do not have as much work in the evenings, study blocks create an academic atmosphere where all students in the school can learn and be successful. A study block may be applied for by grade 11 and 12 students. A study block may or may not be granted on the basis of the student's course load, attendance and class history and student reason for application. The application process occurs concurrently with student course programming. A student is not directly supervised during a structured study block and attendance is not taken.
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 and/or vaping is prohibited on school property by all persons.
- Incidents of theft, 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. The Human Rights Code is available online at:
- The current Provincial Standards for Codes of Conduct Order is available online at: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/administration/legislation-policy/legislation/schoollaw/e/m276_07.pdf
- 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 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 other assigned 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 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 of 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.