Code of Conduct
- Students are expected to act in a manner that enables all students and staff to participate effectively in the educational community.
- 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:
- 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 throw snowballs or other things
- 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, vape products or drugs at school
- not use, be in possession of, or distribute any weapons or other prohibited or offensive material at school
- Personal Conduct 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: not display inappropriate or harmful messages on clothing, have their underwear and private parts fully covered
- use appropriate language (no swearing)
- keep the school and lockers clean
- not vandalize the building, equipment, or furniture
- submit their own work (not plagiarize or copy)
- Learning Students have the responsibility to:
- attend school regularly
- be responsible for their own learning
- 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.
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.
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.
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.