EDWARD MILNE COMMUNITY SCHOOL
CODE OF CONDUCT
Edward Milne Community School believes that our school should be a place for safe, purposeful learning. Consequently, and in accordance with the responsibilities assigned to it by the School Act and by the Board of Education. This Code of Conduct is aligned with the BC Human Rights Code.
Expectations of student behaviour, school rules and Sooke School Board Policies, shall apply to students at Edward Milne Community School, while going to and from school and while attending any school curricular or extra-curricular function or activity.
Edward Milne Community School values our students and our school culture. The administration and staff continually endeavour to maintain student anonymity and offer an environment of safety and well-being for those who come forward with information related to any breach of our Code of Conduct. Our Code of Conduct guides our behaviour in and out of school. Everyone in our community – students, parents and teachers – is responsible for promoting and protecting the values that underlie our Code of Conduct.
A SAFE AND CARING COMMUNITY
Edward Milne Community School is a safe and caring school. As members of this school community we have a responsibility to act in ways that are free of:
- Bullying, harassment, threat and intimidation;
- Physical violence and/or violence of any form;
- Verbal, physical or sexual abuse;
- Discrimination, especially based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or age (BC Human Rights Code);
- Theft and vandalism.
In accordance with District Policy and the Criminal Code, the following will not be tolerated:
- Possession or use of intoxicating or illegal substance (drugs, alcohol)
- Possession or use of Weapons and explosives, regardless of whether real or replica;
- Intruders or trespassers;
- Tobacco and/or smoking and/or vaporizers.
- Physical, verbal, cyber or sexual harassment
- The school expects that students will actively participate through effort and punctual, regular attendance, in their assigned education program.
- Students are expected to respect the rights and property of all Edward Milne Community School staff and students.
- Students are expected to comply with classroom expectations set by individual teachers in order to ensure that all students’ rights to effective and efficient learning environments are respected.
- Students are expected to wear clothing that is appropriate for an educational environment (free of references to drugs, alcohol, prejudice, violence or profanity)
- Students are expected to respect all school and school related events and ensure they are free from use of restricted substances, weapons and of intimidation.
- Students are expected to respect the appropriate use of school computers, internet access and cell phone use while in class.
- Students will not interfere with the learning or learning environment of others.
- Students will not display behaviour that includes bullying, harassment, intimidation, or be racially, ethnically, or sexually prejudiced.
- Students will not smoke or be in possession of, or under the influence of, drugs or alcohol while on the school property or in attendance of any school events.
- Students will not plagiarize (copy) electronic or print media or other students’ work or display any academic dishonesty.
- Students will not be involved in any acts of verbal or cyber-hate messaging/cyber-hate websites.
- Students will not be involved in any illegal acts such as assault, theft/vandalism or damage to property.
Disciplinary Procedures/Rising Expectations
Disciplinary action at Edward Milne Community School will be determined by each individual situation. When dealing with students, the administrator may adjust the consequence or disciplinary action based on the maturity, grade level, progressive discipline and ability of the student to understand expectations of his/her behaviour. All students and parents should recognize and respect the disciplinary role of the teacher and the administration in the classroom, in the school-at-large and in all extra-curricular situations. In addition, other adults such as Educational Assistants, Supervisory Assistants as well as office and custodial personnel, may play an important role.
Any student who violates School Board or school policy will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include, but is not limited to:
- An interview with an administrator;
- Notification of parent(s)/guardian(s);
- In-school suspension;
- Restorative processes;
- Community service;
- Loss of privileges;
- Referral to counselling or treatment program;
- Formal suspension from school;
- Referral to District-Based Team;
- Referral the Sooke District Review Committee (indefinite suspension) as per Regulation C-319
In cases where students have a disability of an intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional or behavioural nature, the school Student Support Services department will be involved in developing a proactive plan based on the student’s Individual Education Plan. The case manager, administrator and parent will all collaborate in a discipline strategy.
As discrimination of any kind is also unacceptable, Edward Milne Community School will take reasonable steps to prevent discrimination based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, physical and mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or age. Furthermore, the school will also try to take all possible steps to protect and prevent retaliation to those students who may inform school staff about breaches in the Code of Conduct.