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Code of Conduct

MODULE VANIER CODE OF CONDUCT

The Vanier Code of Conduct sets out the standards of behaviour which are expected of all members of the school community so that our school climate is positive and everyone feels safe, comfortable and accepted.  Respect, responsibility, civility and academic excellence are promoted so that all members of the school community will feel safe, comfortable and accepted.  The purpose of this Code of Conduct is:

  • to ensure that all members of the school community, especially people in positions of authority, are treated with respect and dignity;
  • to promote responsible citizenship by encouraging appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community;
  • to maintain an environment where conflict and difference can be addressed in a manner charaterized by respect and civility;
  • to encourage the use of non-violent means to resolve conflict;
  • to promote the safety of people in school;
  • to discourage the use of alcohol and drugs

Students are to be treated with respect and dignity.  In return, they must demonstrate respect for themselves, for others and for the responsibilities of citizenship through acceptable behaviour.

Respect and responsibility are demonstrated  when a student comes to school prepared, on time, and ready to learn; shows respect for himself or herself, for others and for those in authority; refrains from bringing anytihng to school that may compromise the safety of others;  follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his or her own actions.

All members of the Vanier community must comply with the behaviour expectations while at school, at a school-related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school climate.

 

RESPECT

EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR

  • respect differences in people, their ideas and their opinions
  • respect all members of the Vanier community, especially people in positions of authority
  • always treat one another with dignity and respect
  • respect and treat each other fairly regardless of race, ancestry, place of origin, gender, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability
  • respect the rights of others
  • respect yourself and others

REASONS FOR EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR

All members of the
Vanier community have the right to:


  • be treated with respect and dignity
  • an environment where conflict and differences can be addressed in a manner charcterized by respect and civility
  • the use of non-violent means to resolve conflict
  • a learning environment free from the influences of drugs and alcohol
  • an environment conducive to learning

CIVILITY AND RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP

EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR

  • seek assistance from a member of the Vanier staff, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully
  • take appropriate measures to help those in need
  • demonstrate honesty and integrity
  • participate appropriately in the civic life of the school community
  • ·not to swear at a teacher or another person in a position of authority
  • respect and comply with all applicable federal, provincial, and municipal laws
  • show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others

REASONS FOR EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR

 

Responsible citizenship involves:

  • appropriate participation in the civic life of the school community.Active citizens are aware of their rights, but more importantly, they accept responsibility for protecting their rights and the rights of others.
  • taking care of our building, furniture, locker and supplies
  • understanding that the costs associated with vandalism and theft are an additional financial burden to students, their parents/guardians and other taxpayers

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR

  • each student is expected to maintain good work habits by:

-completing all homework, assignments, and projects as directed by the required deadline

-making up missed work

-coming to class prepared and ready to participate

-participating constructively in class

  • each student is expected to maintain regular attendance
  • be punctual
  • ·notify the school in case of absences and late arrivals
  • academic honesty:Each student is expected to submit work which represents their own efforts (no cutting and pasting from Internet) and acknowledges the source of information used in completing that work

REASONS FOR BEHAVIOUR

  • students who are engaged in the learning process are more successful at school
  • good work habits learned and practised in school will be valuable throughout life
  • good attendance helps you achieve goals and benefit from all school activities and services
  • arriving late interrupts the learning of others
  • students have both the right and the responsibility to be assessed and evaluated on their own work

SAFETY

EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR

All members of the Vanier community MUST NOT:

  • engage in bullying behaviours (physical, verbal, social, cyber)
  • commit sexual assault
  • traffic weapons or illegal drugs
  • give alcohol to a minor
  • commit robbery
  • be in possession of any weapon, including firearms
  • use any object to threaten or intimidate another person
  • cause injury to any person with an object
  • be in possession of, or under the influence of, or provide others with alcohol or illegal drugs
  • inflict or encourage others to inflict bodily harm on another person
  • be involved in bias/hate-motivated behaviour and propaganda
  • commit an act of vandalism that causes damage to school property located on the premises of the school

REASONS FOR EXPECTED BEHAVIOUR

 

 

All members of the Vanier community have the right to be safe and to feel safe in our school community:

 

  • the Vanier community will be safe
  • students, staff and guests at Vanier will feel safe

 

 

 

PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE AND CONSEQUENCES FOR INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR

  • Progressive discipline is the whole school approach that utilizes different stages of interventions, support and consequences that include opportunities for reinforcing positive behaviour, while helping students make good choices.The focus is on a corrective and supportive approach.
  • Mitigating and other factors will be taken into consideration prior to assigning a consequence.
  • When inappropriate behaviour occurs, a range of interventions, supports, and consequences will occur.This approach gives students opportunities to learn from their mistakes and to focus on improving behaviour.The frequency, severity and type of behaviour will also be taken into consideration.
  • Some consequences include:reminder, warning, discussion, time out, detention, written reflection, discussion with the principal, teacher, loss of lunch card, parent involvement, volunteer service, making restitution (including full payment for damage/vandalism), changing inappropriate clothing, implementation fo behaviour management/safety plan, suspension, expulsion, referral to police.

In some circumstances, short-term suspension may be a useful tool. In the case of a serious incident, long-term susupension or expulsion may be the consequence.

This code of behaviour was revised on February 1, 2008 to comply with the amendments to the Education Act Part XIII-Behaviour, Discipline and Safety and associated regulations