RMS CODE OF CONDUCT
Revised July 2, 2019
WHO DOES THIS CODE OF CONDUCT APPLY TO?
This Code of Conduct applies to any student who is on school property, who is in attendance at school or at any school-sponsored activity. It also applies to any student whose conduct at any time or place, including to and from school, and/or online behavior, has an impact on the safe, caring, or orderly environment of the school and/or student learning.
Rutland Middle School promotes the values expressed in the BC Human Rights Code respecting the rights of all individuals in accordance with the law. No person shall discriminate against another based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, physical and mental disability, gender, gender identity and expression or sexual orientation within the school environment or through the school system and its related function through publication, or in accommodation, service or facility. The school will treat seriously any behavior that contravenes the grounds set out in the BC Human Rights Code.
At RMS, we value and agree to conduct ourselves in a manner consistent with the principles of respect, rights, and responsibility in creating a safe, caring and orderly school:
We will display RESPECT for the rights, property and safety of ourselves and others, by…
Honouring the RIGHTS of others through the process of learning and demonstrating appropriate behaviours, and by…
Assuming RESPONSIBILITY for our own behavior in order to sustain a safe and productive learning environment.
In the event of a violation of our Code of Conduct, the staff will endeavour to act consistently by:
-- communicating with all individuals involved;
-- determining all of the facts; and
-- treating students with fairness and respect.
The staff recognizes that each incident must be dealt with on an individual basis, dependent upon severity, circumstance and history. Every effort will be made to suit the consequence to the student and the situation through the use of a progressive disciplinary model. Whenever possible, the student, with the assistance of the administrator, teacher, behaviour intervention teacher, counselor, and/or parent/guardian, will be involved in solving the problem.
OFFENCES AND POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES
Most members of our school community conduct themselves in a positive and responsible manner. From time to time, violations of the code of conduct will occur, and when these infrequent violations occur, parents/guardians could be contacted. Minor violations of the Code of Conduct are dealt with in a variety of ways, including collaborative problem solving, meetings with students, staff and parents, detentions, school service and other consequences that are intended to be restorative in nature, and lead to the development of pro-social behaviours.
More serious violations of the Code of Conduct (detailed below) may lead to a definite/indefinite in/out of school suspension, a Restorative Justice referral and/or RCMP involvement. Offences and possible consequences are detailed below:
Repeated minor behaviours
Power struggle with an adult
Inappropriate touching or language
Leaving campus without permission
Tampering with property of others
Pain or injury to another person (teasing, tripping, intimidation, pushing, swearing or kicking)
Collaborative problem solving meeting with staff, student, parents
Disciplinary work station - detention
Repeated major offenses
Use/possession of weapons
Smoking and vaping
Use/possession of alcohol or drugs
In-school/out-of-school definite suspension
Legal intervention (RCMP, Restorative Justice)
APPEAL POLICY 460
Parents and guardians of a student who is entitled to an educational program in SD 23 may appeal the decision of an employee of the school board which significantly affects the education, health or safety of the student.
STEP 1: Parent meets with employee (eg. teacher)
STEP 2: Parent meets with principal
STEP 3: Parent meets with the superintendent or designate (eg. director)
If at this point, the issue remains unsolved and the parent is not satisfied, the parent has a right to a final appeal to the Board. Details of this process are available at the school.
This district policy is in place to help ensure that effective communication is part of the problem solving process.
This document is reviewed regularly with staff, students, and parents.
To view a complete PDF version of the RMS Code of Conduct, follow this link.