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​KVR Middle School Code of Conduct

KVR’s Code of Conduct follows School District #67 (Okanagan Skaha) Code of Conduct (Policy #310) and includes “The Two Rs” – meaning that our students, parents, staff, temporary staff, visitors, and district staff will:

1. Show respect for anyone who spends time in the KVR community.

2. Take responsibility for all their actions in the KVR community.

Acceptable conduct expectations are illustrated in “The Two Rs” and are in effect for all school functions, regardless of location or time of day. These expectations apply to behaviour at school, during school-organized or sponsored activities, and behaviour beyond these times (including on-line behaviour) that negatively impacts the safe, caring and orderly environment of the school, and/or student learning.


Purpose of the Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct is in place in order to:
Promote the values outlined in the BC Human Rights Code respecting the rights of all individuals in accordance with the law – prohibiting         discrimination based on race, colour, ancestry place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, or sexual orientation. The school’s code of conduct should also reflect two important purposes of the BC Human Rights Code in helping to “foster a society in British Columbia in which there are no impediments to full and free participation in economic, social, political, and cultural life of British Columbia” and to “promote a climate of understanding and mutual respect where all are equal in dignity and rights.”
Establish and maintain a safe, caring and orderly environment for a purposeful and positive learning and teaching climate.
Establish and maintain appropriate balances among individual and collective rights, freedoms and responsibilities;
Outline expectations for student conduct at school, in the community, and while acting as representatives of the school.


Student Code of Conduct

  1. Students are expected to act in a manner that enables all students and staff to participate effectively in the educational community.
  2. Every student shall be subject to the code of conduct established for the School District while at school, at a school-related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have impact on the school environment.


The Two KVRs (Respect and Responsibility)

At KVR Middle School it is expected that students have the responsibility to show respect in the following ways:

1. Safety                           
Students have the responsibility to:
keep hands off others
not fight or bully
keep information and communication in a respectful tone
use technology in appropriate ways
not verbally or physically harass others
not snowball or throw things at others
not leave the grounds at nutrition break or lunch time without a note from their parents
stay off the Penticton Secondary School grounds
not use, be in possession of, or distribute alcohol, tobacco or drugs at school

2. Deportment                 
Students have the responsibility to:
respect others at KVR
respect the property of others
use technology at appropriate times
dress appropriately for a school setting and not display inappropriate messages on their clothing, including:
o All students are expected to have their underwear fully covered 
o All students are expected to wear appropriate length clothes, including in P.E.
use appropriate language (no swearing)
keep the school and lockers clean
not vandalize the building, equipment, or furniture
submit their own work (not to plagiarize or copy)

3. Learning                       
Students have the responsibility to:
attend school regularly
use technology in appropriate ways 
be punctual for class
complete homework
keep their planner up to date
do their best work at all times 
speak French if in French Immersion program

At KVR Middle School, unacceptable conduct is the failure to demonstrate any of the above listed responsibilities around safety, deportment, and learning but is not limited to this list of examples.

Consequences for Unacceptable Conduct:
At KVR Middle School, consequences will be applied to unacceptable student conduct. Consequences will be implemented on a case by case basis, in accordance with the severity and the frequency of the behaviour. Progressive discipline methods will be implemented to facilitate change in the inappropriate and/or unsafe behaviour. Consequences will be dealt with on an individual basis taking into consideration the individual circumstances of the student; including age, context, and whether the student involved has a disability of an intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional or behavioural nature.

Progressive discipline involves a variety of stages. For a first offense, we like to involve students in the process in order to coach positive behavioural skills. If appropriate, a Restorative Justice session will be run that involves both parties and an adult facilitator to help students resolve the problem on their own. If this is not appropriate, or has already been tried, other disciplinary consequences will be used.

Some other possible methods include:
Reminder to student of behavioural expectations
Restitution by student/documentation by teacher/home contact by teacher
Referral to administration
Referral to ‘In-School’ or Community Restorative Justice Program 
Informal suspension or ‘time out’ at school or home
Referral to school-based team for school or community counseling or possible behaviour plans
Formal suspension
Referral to the School District #67 ‘District Discipline Committee’ which might result in possible placement in another school or a district alternate program.

Notification:
Depending on the nature of the unacceptable behaviour the school staff or administration will contact the following:
Parents or guardians of the student offender(s)
Parents or guardians of the student victim(s)
RCMP and other agencies as required by law
School staff and school community as deemed appropriate by the school and/or district administration. 

A copy of any written communications (ie suspension letters) will be included in the student file, and forwarded to the Office of the Superintendent.

Reporting a Breach:
Anybody wishing to report a breach of KVR’s Code of Conduct is encouraged to report to any staff member or administrator either verbally or in writing. Reporting may be done confidentially. 

Retaliation Prevention:
In all instances where a student reports a breach of a code of conduct, the administration and board will take all reasonable steps to keep the report confidential where possible, and take all reasonable steps to prevent retaliation.
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The KVR Code of Conduct has been created in compliance with the 2007 School Act amendment and Ministerial Order entitled Provincial Standards for Codes of Conduct Order that sets the standards for codes of conduct for all schools in the Province of British Columbia.