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Student Conduct
Student Conduct:


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The School Act, Part 2, Section 6 states:

(1) A student must comply with the school rules authorized  by the principal of the school or Provincial school attended  by the student, and with the code of conduct and other rules and policies of the board or the Provincial school.

(2) A student attending a school or a Provincial school must  participate in an educational program as directed by the board  or by the principal of the Provincial school.

Discipline Policy  (See: Guidlines for Suspension)

All students have the right to be respected.  It is each person's responsibility to:
        •     respect everyone regardless of ability, race, color, religion, gender expression, gender identity, or sexual orientation and not to do or say anything that might hurt their
                 feelings
        •     speak up and / or take action when others are not being respected
        •     let others speak and not be inattentive, talk or cause disruptions
        •     use appropriate language
        •     dress in a manner that is considerate of others Discipline is the act of teaching acceptable social behaviour. It  is not just the elimination of inappropriate behaviour; it is  the teaching
                  of select behaviours that will enhance and empower  a child to co-exist in culturally adaptive and healthy ways.

Bullying and Harassment
Students and staff have the right to be in a school community that is free of bullying, intimidation, harassment, racism, sexism and homophobia. We will not tolerate any discrimination on the basis of gender expression, gender identity or sexual orientation (Bill 27, Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2016)
There is no place for these practices at Pender. Our goal is to build a community that fosters respect, inclusion, fairness and equity.


When a student does not meet clearly defined expectations  of behaviour within the classroom or school he/she should expect  to face consequences devised by a teacher and/or administrator. Effective consequences should:

(1) Be a learning experience for the student involved. He/she  should clearly understand why the behaviour was objectionable and why the consequences were assigned. He/she should also be taught alternative appropriate behaviour to the situation.

(2) Have a positive influence on the learning environment in  the classroom and the school. Consequences should be directed  at the misbehaviour, not at the individual. Discipline should  not involve retaliation, confrontation, or humiliation. All parties  involved should feel that inappropriate behaviour has been promptly  and justly dealt with.

(3) Act as a deterrent for similar behaviour by impressionable  students.

The inherent themes of both teacher and administration based  discipline should be action, sensitivity, and constant evaluation  of discipline as a learning process.

Teacher-Based Discipline

Given that the classroom teacher is usually the most effective  designer of discipline, it is assumed that the following will  be part of a consistent discipline structure within the school:

(1) Behavioural expectations for the classroom will be clearly  outlined in a manner that is sensitive to the age and maturity  levels of the students involved.

 (2 Potential consequences for inappropriate  behaviour will be discussed in a similar manner.

Administration-based Discipline

Referrals to administration will be judged individually according  to the frequency and seriousness of the misbehaviour. Administrative  discretion in assigning consequences is vital.  Administration will exercise the following procedure (unless emergent circumstances dictate a different course of action) for referrals:

(1) A discussion with the objective of having the student clearly  define and accept responsibility for his/her problem and why  the consequences designed by the teacher have not resulted in  a change in behaviour;
(2) The assignment of an appropriate sequence of consequences,  i.e.:
(3) Administrative warning and consequences such as in-school  suspension,
(4) One to five day suspension, parent/administration interview
(5) Escalating suspensions
(6) Referral to Superintendent

Referrals for serious offenses will result in immediate suspensions.

Exams
Students are expected to follow all rules specified by their  teacher during an exam. Students who are caught cheating (copying work, using books  when not allowed, cheat sheets, talking during exams) may receive  a zero on that exam. Students who are absent without being excused  in advance by their parents (due to illness or family emergency only), will be considered as skipping an exam and may receive a zero for that exam.

Dress and Grooming
All members of the school community shall  respect reasonable standards of appropriateness in dress. Clothing  is not appropriate if it becomes distracting in the learning  and working situation. Clothing bearing direct or indirect messages  or graphics referring to drugs, including alcohol or cigarettes,  or of a discriminatory, sexual, or violent nature, cannot  be worn to school. The Principal is given the  authority to ask any member of the school community not respecting  these guidelines to change into suitable clothing.

Tobacco
No one may use tobacco at any time in the school building or on the school grounds.

Lockers
The school provides students with lockers to store their possessions and materials that may be required for educational or school purposes. Students may not use lockers to store items which are not required for educational or school purposes. Lockers  are school property, and as such school administration and others authorized by the school administrator will have the right to search student lockers at any time. If possible the student will  be present during the locker search. Students should not leave valuables in their lockers or deface the lockers. Students are solely responsible forall items which they bring  to school.

Telephone  Because it is important that you be in class during class time, it is expected that you will use cell phones only before and after  school, recess and lunch time. The office phones are not for  student use, unless a student wishes to sign out, when they should  use the office phone so that we can verify permission to leave. If there is an emergency, you should contact the secretary.

Hallway Behaviour
Expected behaviours in hallways:
(1) Students are expected to be in classrooms during class time.  Going to the washroom, getting drinks, fetching books and materials  must be kept to an absolute minimum during class time.
(2) Safe conduct
(3) Appropriate use of language.
(4) Purposeful behaviour such as studying, eating, or quiet socializing

Students who display unsafe, rowdy, or boisterous behaviour or  who are loud, obnoxious, or profane, will be given one warning  and their name noted. A second incident of unacceptable behaviour will result in some form of discipline. Continued unacceptable  behaviour will be referred to the administration. Public displays of affection are not appropriate in a public school setting. Offenders will  be warned and parents notified in cases of non-compliance.

Computer Lab
Lab may only be used outside of class time under supervision  and with the permission of a teacher or the principal. Computer games are not permitted unless they have been authorized by the supervisor for their educational merit. Network space is provided for student use.  Students must ensure that the space is used strictly for storing classroom assignments and password security is maintained.

Transportation to and from School
(1) Students are expected to travel to and from school in the  school bus, or in a vehicle authorized by their parents or the  principal.

(2) Grade 7 students may not leave the school grounds at lunch  or break times unless they have the written permission of their  parents.
        
(3) Grade 8 and 9 students are not permitted to go beyond the PetroCan station at the corner of Hwy 101 and Garden Bay Road unless they have the written permission of  their parents.

(4) Grade 7 to 9 students are not permitted to go to or leave  school in a vehicle driven by another student or anyone else unless authorized by written parental permission or by the principal.

(5) For field trips and extracurricular trips, the preferred  modes of transportation are first, school buses; second, buses operated by transit companies; third, vehicles rented from a commercial operator and driven by an appropriately licensed driver;  fourth, privately owned vehicles.

(6)  Students who drive their own vehicle to school must operate the vehicle in a safe manner. Unsafe driving practices will result in a parent meeting.

Students may not transport other students to events organized by the school.


Regulation for Student Council Dances

Guests: Guests may be invited to the dance. Their names  must be submitted to the principal in advance of the dance for  approval. The host student is responsible for the behaviour of  the guest. If a guest is required to leave he/she may be barred from future dances and the host will also be required to leave  and may be barred from future dances.

Intoxicants: Any student who comes to the dance having  consumed alcohol or under the influence of illegal drugs will  be sent home and subject to suspension. In addition, he/she may  be barred from future dances for one calendar year. If a guest  is under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs, he/she must  leave immediately and will be barred from future dances.

Door:No one will be allowed to enter later than 30 mins after the beginning of the dance except by special arrangement  with the principal. Anyone leaving the dance will not be readmitted.  A supervised smoking area will be provided. Students who are  absent on the day of the dance will not be permitted to attend  unless prior arrangements have been made with the sponsor teacher  or the principal.


Suspensions

The four secondary schools on the Sunshine Coast follow the District Guidelines  for Suspension.

Drug or alcohol involvement:
Involvement is defined as possessing, using, smelling of,  or being with someone while they were using drugs or alcohol.  The consequence will be RCMP notification and up to 5 days for the first incidence, up to10 day suspension for second incidence and possible expulsion depending on the age of the student. A student found  selling drugs or alcohol will immediately be referred to the Superintendent. Students found drinking or using drugs may also  be suspended from extracurricular travel for one year.

It is the suspended student's responsibility to complete assignments  during the suspension and to make up tests upon his/her return.

Violence:
 For the first incidence, a 1-5 days suspension, 5-10 days suspension and referral  to the Superintendent for subsequent incidents, as per School  Board policy. Violence is defined as threatening or intimidating  behaviour in addition to physical acts of violence.

Major insubordination:
 Any student not adhering to a reasonable request by any staff  member will be sent home immediately and not permitted re-entry  until she/he has explained the refusal to act to the teacher involved, in the presence of a parent and administrator. In addition  to discipline referrals by teachers, administration will also  contribute to a positive tone in the school by implementing rewards for positive behaviours.

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Last Modified: Jan 03, 2017