Statement of Purpose
The purpose of the CODE OF CONDUCT is to clarify and publish expectations for student behaviour while at school, going to and from school, while attending any school sponsored function or activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school environment (including on-line behaviour). The code helps to maintain appropriate balances amongst individual and collective rights, freedoms and responsibilities for the purpose of learning. WEGraham Community School will be an environment that respects diversity and everyone’s right to an education.
The WEGraham Code of Conduct promotes the values expressed in the B.C. Human Rights Code respecting the rights of all individuals
Acceptable and Unacceptable Conduct
Everyone has a right to a safe secure school and an environment where all students are able to flourish. All students are representatives of the school and their behaviour is reflected in the opinions of the community. The expectations in the code apply to behaviour that negatively impacts the safe, caring or orderly environment of the school and/or student learning.
Acceptable conduct at WEGraham includes:
- Respecting self, others and the school to create purposeful learning opportunities for all .
- Respecting the right to self expression.
- Being responsible for your own learning.
- Respecting the learning abilities of others.
- Behaviour that promotes positive interactions and a sense of belonging.
- Behaviour that promotes the development of meaningful relationships
Unacceptable conduct at WEGraham includes:
- Interfering with teaching or learning opportunities.
- Creating unsafe conditions within the school.
- Blatant use of inappropriate or profane language.
- Behaviour that promotes discrimination, intimidation, or violence.
- Engaging in illegal activities.
Unacceptable conduct or behaviour should be reported to a trusted adult.
At WEGraham, we encourage students to act in a manner that sets a positive example to younger students. It is expected that students will demonstrate increasing levels of personal responsibility and self-discipline as they get older. Students who contravene the Code of Conduct will receive increasing consequences based on frequency and/or severity of the offence which may include: an in-school suspension, out of school suspension, restitution, or community service.
The school will treat seriously behaviour or communication that discriminates based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, family status, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation (prohibitive grounds set out in the B.C. Human Rights Code). Students can expect fair and consistent consequences which are preventative and restorative rather than merely punitive. When practical, student input may be considered in the determination of consequences. Consequences should take into consideration the severity of the offence. Special considerations may apply to students with special needs, if they are unable to comply with the Code of Conduct due to having a disability of an intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional or behavioural nature.
In most cases, where a contravention of the Code of Conduct has been determined and consequences are being administered, the parent/guardian of offender will be notified. Officials and outside agencies will be notified as required by law, and Aboriginal advocates contacted for indigenous students.