EMCS Code of Conduct
The EMCS mission is to partner with students, parents and the community to build a safe, supportive and challenging learning environment that enables people to make a living, make a life and make a difference. EMCS believe that if students possess a strong sense of belonging to our school, they will act socially responsible to promote a safe, caring and orderly learning environment.
The purpose of the EMCS Code of Conduct is to:
- Establish and maintain a safe, caring and orderly learning environment
- Establish and maintain appropriate balances between individual and collective rights, freedoms and responsibilities
- Clarify and publish expectations for student behavior while at school, while going to and from school, and while attending any school function or activity at any location.
EMCS Students Rights and Responsibilities
The students, their parents, and staff of Edward Milne Community School (EMCS) are a community of citizens who believe that we have have certain rights and responsibilities to promote a safe, caring and orderly learning environment.
- All students have a right to attend EMCS as long as they accept the responsibility for attending every day and are on time for all classes.
- All students have the right to learn at EMCS provided they accept the responsibility to complete classroom assignments and participate fully in class.
- All students have the right to a safe environment at EMCS and must accept the responsibility to ensure the safety of others, the school environment and equipment.
- All students have the right to be treated with respect and must accept the responsibility for treating every student and staff member with respect.
Acceptable Code of Conduct
Students are expected to maintain acceptable codes of conduct based upon the simple policies of safety and respect. Students are expected to maintain an acceptable code of conduct of safety and respect for themselves, others (including staff and students), the school and local environment.
Students are expected to maintain an acceptable code of conduct student behavior while at school, while going to and from school (including school bus), and while attending any school function or activity at any location.
It is expected that this code of conduct has rising expectations, that is, senior grade 12 students have rising expectations of conduct compared to a grade 9 students.
Attendance is the single most important factor for student’s success. Students’ are expected to be in attendance in accordance with the EMCS code of conduct. EMCS’s primary goal is to provide an appropriate educational program for all students. In order that this goal can be realized, it is necessary that all students attend school regularly. While illness and similarly emergent circumstances necessitate some absence, students are expected to attend school during scheduled school hours.
EMCS recognizes that the major responsibility for school attendance rests with parents and students, but realizes that teachers, school administrators and the Board itself are also involved.
Finally, EMCS recognizes that, in some instances, the right of a student to remain in school is forfeited when he/she fails to attend regularly and/or promptly.
Parents should note that family holidays or trips should not interfere with regular attendance at school and should be scheduled only at times when there is a school break. Note too that excused absences means “explained” absence; students are still responsible for work that is missed except in cases of extreme circumstance where parents should notify an administrator about the situation.
School begins promptly at 8:40 am and ends (Monday to Thursday) at 3:13 pm and Friday at 1:53 pm. It is expected that students and parents will use the early dismissal on Friday to arrange special appointments for medical, dental and other issues so that students will not miss class.
EMCS Attendance Policy Consistent attendance is key to success and becomes critically important as students enter their senior years. To that end, home and school need to communicate regularly to help support our students.
Excused Absence To report an absence, please inform the main office by telephone, email or written note; email or telephone would be preferred. If a written note is used, the student will need to take it to each of his/her classes to be signed by teachers and then return the note to the office at the end of the day.
Unexcused Absence When a student has an unexcused absence, our computer system will pick up this information and send it home as an email or phone message using our “auto dialer” system.
If you get one of these messages, one or more of several options are open to you.
- Contact the school and let us know that in fact the absence was excused and we will change it in our records.
- Contact the school and let us know that the absence was unexcused and that you have received the message.
- Discuss the absence with your son or daughter, emphasizing the importance of consistent attendance.
If you are receiving these unexcused absence messages on a consistent basis, please contact the school to set up a meeting where we can try together to set up a plan to improve attendance.
If unexcused absence continues, it may be necessary for the school to follow up using a progressive discipline model.
EMCS students are expected to be in class on time and prepared for classroom activity. Students who are consistently late to a given class will face disciplinary action, including the potential of removal from that class.
Lockers and Security
- Lockers are the property of the school and are on loan to the student. Any damage or maintenance requirements must be reported to the office. Storage in lockers of dangerous or illegal substances or other substances prohibited by School Board Policy (e.g. alcohol) is not allowed. There is no expectation of privacy with school lockers; they can be opened at any time by authorized school personnel.
- Lockers or locks should not be changed without permission of the office. Do not share or switch lockers with anyone. Do not share your locker combination with anyone. There will be a charge of $5.00 for lost locks.
- Do not leave valuables in unsecured areas, particularly change rooms.
Parking and Driving on School Property
- The east parking lot is shared by students and staff. No one should park on Edward Milne Road, or up against the curbs in front of the school, due to busses and traffic conditions. There is plenty of room for parking in the lot.
- Students parking on school property must fill in a registration form available in the school office and must park only in spaces designated for student parking. Non-registered vehicles will be subjected to tow-away. Student vehicles parked in visitors parking will be towed at owner’s expense.
- There is no parking for students at the west end or back of the school.
- Speed limit in the parking lot is 15 Km/H. Excessive speed or dangerous driving will result in disciplinary action including suspension from school and/or suspension of parking privileges.
- Students must submit to the office a driver and vehicle registration form annually.
Wheels on Campus
- Skateboards, roller blades, scooters, and bicycles are meant to be modes of transportation to and from school. They are not to be used on school grounds during school hours.
- Skateboards, blades and scooters can be kept in lockers during school hours. Likewise, bicycles may be locked outside.
- Students who use these items on school grounds may be subject to disciplinary consequences.
Bussing is a privilege, not a right. Students are expected to behave in a safe and responsible manner while riding the school bus. Failure to do so may result in the student not being able to ride the school bus.
Students are expected to wear clothing appropriate for the activities of the day. The following pertain to the dress of the students:
- Clothing, hats, backpacks, jewelry or items with references to drugs, alcohol, sex, prejudice or profanity are not permitted.
- Shoes must be worn at all times.
Use of the Commons Area during Class Time
Students with authorized study blocks or spares will be expected to work in the library.
The School Elevator
The elevator is provided for use by students needing assistance in moving between the floors of the school. The elevator is not to be used for regular student traffic.
EMCS adheres specifically to the BC Human rights code, specially
- A person or persons shall not face Discrimination, especially based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation or age(BC Human Rights Code);
- Discriminatory Publication
- A person must not publish, issue or display, or cause to be published, issued or displayed, any statement, publication, notice, sign, symbol, emblem or other representation that indicates discrimination or an intention to discriminate against a person or class of persons, or is likely to expose a person or a group or class of persons to hatred or contempt because of the race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation or age of that person or that group or class of persons
- Discriminatory Publication does not apply to private communication, a communication intended to be private or a communication related to an activity otherwise permitted by this code.
- Discrimination in accommodation, service and facility
A person must not, without a bona fide and reasonable justification,
- Deny to a person or class of persons any accommodation, service, or facility customarily available to the public, or
- Discriminate against a person or class of persons regarding any accommodation, service, or facility customarily available to the public because of the race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation or age of that person or that group or class of persons
- A person does not contravene this section by discrimination
- On the basis of sex, if the discrimination relates to the maintenance of public decency to the determination of premiums or benefits under contracts of life or health insurance, or
- On the basis of physical or mental disability or age, if the discrimination relates to the determination of premiums or benefits under contracts of life or health insurance
EMCS promotes a safe and caring school environment (along with the cyber world) which are free of acts of:
- Bullying, harassment, threat and intimidation;
- Violence of any form;
- Verbal, physical or sexual abuse;
Safe and caring school environments do not tolerate the presence of:
- Intoxicating substances;
- Weapons and explosives, nor
- Intruders or trespassers.
Students will not plagiarize any electronic or print media or other students’ work, nor will they display any other form of academic dishonesty.
The Capital Region District’s Clean Air bylaw Act of 1996 prohibits any smoking on EMCS school grounds. Students who do not comply with this bylaw are subject to a $50.00 CRD fine.
Alcohol and Drugs
EMCS will not tolerate any involvement by students with any intoxicating substances, including alcohol and non-prescription drugs. This includes being under the influence of, or being in the possession of any intoxicating substances. School District policy identifies student involvement with intoxicating substances as a serious breach of the School District Code of Conduct, and consequences include an immediate suspension from school and the potential for police involvement.
Cyber bullying involves the use of information and communication technologies such as e-mail, cellphone and text messages, instant messaging (IM), defamatory personal websites, and defamatory online personal polling websites, to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others.
Cyber bullying is a clear breach of EMCS’s Code of Conduct, regardless of where or when it takes place.
Internet Acceptable Use Policy
All EMCS students and parents are required to read and agree to the conditions set out in the EMCS Internet Acceptable Usage Policy
The severity and frequency of unacceptable conduct as well as the age and maturity of students is considered in determining appropriate disciplinary action. The school will take all reasonable steps to prevent retaliation against a student (s) who has made a complaint of a breach of a code of conduct.
- EMCS maintains a policy of restitution as its guiding principle when applying consequences for acts of unacceptable conduct.
- When disciplinary action is required, EMCS will follow a progressive discipline model.
- When assessing appropriate disciplinary action, whenever possible, restorative rather than punitive actions will apply.
- The school has the responsibility to advise other parties (parents, school district officials, police, and / or other agencies) for serious breaches of the code of conduct (based upon safety and respect).
- Special considerations will be applied to students who are unable to comply with expectations due to having a disability of an intellectual, sensory, emotional or behavioural nature.
The school has the responsibility of notifying the following parties for serious breaches of the code of conduct:
- Parents / guardians of the student offender (s) in every instance
- Parents / guardians of the student victim (s) in every instance
- School District officials as required by School District policy
- Police and / or other agencies as required by law