Code of Conduct
Purpose: Our goal is to provide a safe, caring and orderly learning environment for a purposeful and positive learning and teaching climate.
Commitment: Our school is committed to having clearly stated expectations for student behaviour. These expectations will be explicitly taught in classrooms and reinforced by all staff members.
Kalamalka School has these following expectations apply to behaviour at school, during school organized or sponsored activities, and beyond these times. Examples of 'beyond times' include: bus pick-up areas in the morning and after school, walking to and from school, school sponsored events, and on-line behaviour.
Kalamalka School is committed to creating a positive culture that promotes a safe and caring school community free from: bullying, cyber bullying, harassment, discrimination and marginalization, threats, intimidation, violence in any form, verbal, physical or sexual abuse. We do not tolerate theft, vandalism, intoxicating substances, "look alike" substances, weapons, "look alike" weapons, explosives, intruders or trespassers. Adults are expected to model and demonstrate all student-expected behaviours.
At the beginning of each school year, these Conduct Guidelines are reviewed with all staff members and all students in our school. As well, a copy will be available to students' in the school agenda and will be placed on our school website.
We believe that everyone working and learning at Kalamalka Secondary needs to be aware of the guidelines we all need to follow to ensure that we treat others with respect and courtesy and condruct ourselves in a manner worthy of the respect of others, in order to promote a safe and positive school learning and work environment. Kalamalka Secondary promotes the values expressed in the Human Rights Code respecting the rights of all individuals in accordance with the law-prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, ancestry, place of origin, religion, age, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, age, sex or sexual orientation.
Students with special consideration and possibly special needs (intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional and behavioural) will be provided accommodations to meet the code of conduct considering their disability when deemed necessary.
The Code of Conduct for Kalamalka Secondary is based on the following principles:
- Kalamalka Secondary promotes values which foster respect for all members of the school community and supports non-violent means of resolving differences and promoting a safe and positive school learning and work environment.
- In order to promote a school environment which fosters these values and which minimizes the risk of violence in schools, we have a plan of action which includes governance, prevention, and intervention.
- We consider the needs and concerns of all members of the school community.
- Appropriate behaviours and attitudes are reflected in classroom instruction and modeled by all adults in the school and work environment.
We believe that a positive school environment promotes:
- Respect for the dignity of individuals and the diversity of our school community
- Respect for the property of others
- Drug and alcohol free school (including 'look-alikes')
- A weapon-free environment (including 'look-alikes')
- Intolerance of bullying and harassing behaviours
- A non-sexist environment
- Non-violent conflict resolution; and
- Student behaviour conducive to the establishment of a positive school environment which maximizes the learning opportunities for all students
Every student shall be subject to the code of conduct while on school premises, going to and returning from school and at all school sponsored games and functions whenever and wherever held. Students will be expected to:
- Attend school on a daily basis except in cases of illness, family need, or medical excuse
- Be punctual and prepared for classes each day
- Apply themselves to their educational program in a manner commensurate with their ability
- Demonstrate a respect, tolerance, and acceptance of others and the rights of others
- Resolve conflict in a non-violent manner; and
- Respect property
Student Discipline Procedures and Consequences:
Consequences are assigned appropriately with reference to the circumstances, age and needs of the students. Wherever possible, consequences are assigned as restorative and instructional rather than punitive. Rising expectations occur for behavior incidents as students mature through the successive grades and with an increase in the frequency and /or severity of behavior incidents. Students with special needs who may have difficulty complying with code of conduct expectations are provided with identified plans and goals for improvement.
The school will take reasonable steps to prevent retaliation.
When the actions of a student jeopardize access to a safe and positive school environment, consequences will be initiated. These include:
- Natural consequences
- Time Outs (in an alternate setting such as the office or the learning center)
- Removal of privileges
- In-school or out of school suspensions
- Referral to School Based Team
- Part time placements
- Restorative justice processes
- Referral to district alternate programs
- Meeting with district behavioural specialist
Note: The district Code of Conduct guidelines will be followed in all cases involving suspensions. Consequences may be combined or varied depending on situation.
Kalamalka's Behaviour Expectations
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Keep hallways clear for movement
Use appropriate language
Follow instructions of supervisors
Use appropriate language
Park in appropriate parking lot
Be courteous of school property and neighbours
Be clean and tidy
Be attentive to speakers
Be on time
Be mindful of other people's items
Keep food and drink away from computers
Keep lockers clean and clear of graffiti
Clean up your area
Respect other people's boundaries
Keep grounds clean
Refrain from smoking/vaping
Be aware of vehicles
Be mindful of where you walk
Report any problems
Return to class promptly
Sit with your hands and feet to yourself
Enter/exit in an orderly fashion
Turn off electronic devices
Be prepared to learn
Turn off electronic devices
Play fair and play hard
Take care of and return equipment
Keep your area clean
Report any malfunctions
Sign out computers
Replace and plug in laptops
Stay on task and on appropriate sites
Demonstrate pride in your school
Always do your best