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Code of Conduct

(revised September 29, 2015)

Student Code of Conduct

The teachers and administrators at Belmont Secondary School believe that this 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 Trustees. 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 Belmont, while going to and from school and while attending any school curricular or extra-curricular function or activity.

Belmont values our students and our school culture. The administration and staff continually endeavor 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.

ACCEPTABLE CONDUCT

  • 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 Belmont 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
  • Students are expected to respect all school and school related events and ensure they are free of 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.

UNACCEPTABLE CONDUCT

  • 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 steal, 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 discriminate against others from the below listed prohibited areas:race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, and age
  • In accordance with District Policy and the Criminal Code, the following will not be tolerated: Tobacco ;Physical, verbal or sexual harassment; Possession or use of illegal substance (drugs, alcohol, tobacco); Possession or use of weapons

Disciplinary Procedures/Rising Expectations

Disciplinary action at Belmont Secondary will be determined by each individual situation. When dealing with students, the administrator may adjust the consequence or disciplinary action based partially on the maturity, grade level, 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 supervisory and classroom aides as well as office and custodial personnel may play an important role.

Student Discipline

Any student who violates School Board or school policy will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include, but not limited to:

  • An interview with an administrator;
  • Notification of parent(s)/guardian(s);
  • In-school suspension;
  • Restorative processes;
  • Community service;
  • Loss of privileges;
  • Detention;
  • Referral to counselling or treatment program;
  • Formal suspension from school;
  • Referral to the Sooke Student Review Committee;
  • Transfer to another school.

In cases where students having a disability of an intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional or behavioral 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.