Statement of Purpose
A safe, caring and orderly school is the foundation for a successful learning environment. This Code of Conduct supports socially responsible behavior and allow members of the school community (Students, Staff, Parents, Visitors to school, and so forth) to be fully informed of FVDES’ common expectations for student behavior.
Each year the FVDES Code of Conduct is reviewed by a committee of staff, students, and parents to ensure that it reflects the needs of the school community, and is aligned with the district and provincial expectations. It is also reviewed to ensure that the code reflects the current and emerging situations within the school setting.
The FVDES Code of Conduct is posted throughout the school. It is also posted on the school website. The code is reviewed annually with students that attend classes on campus.
We are guided by the following four aspects of Social Responsibility for B.C. Schools as identified by the B.C. Ministry of Education:
- Contributing to the classroom and school community
- Solving problems in peaceful ways
- Valuing diversity and defending human rights
- Exercising democratic rights and responsibilities
All members of school community shall not discriminate against others on the basis of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, family or marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or for any other reason set out in the Human Rights Code of British Columbia., nor shall anyone publish or display anything that would indicate an intention to discriminate against another, or expose them to contempt or ridicule on the basis of any such grounds.
The Fraser Valley Distance Education School Code of Conduct is available on the School Website at http://www.fvdes.com/code-of-conduct.
FVDES Code of Conduct Expectations
Respect for Each Other
- To foster a healthy school community where all members treat each other with courtesy and respect.
- To foster a community which is kind, friendly, and inclusive.
- To work together in developing a sense of community-mindedness and accountability.
- To promote and maintain an environment where students and staff are safe to learn and achieve success.
- To ensure that students and staff have the right to a learning environment free from bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, intimidation and dishonesty. Inappropriate prejudicial behavior, speech or attire towards a group or individual is unacceptable.
- To provide a safe environment where members of the school community feel safe to voice their opinions without the fear of intimidation or unreasonable use of authority.
- All members of the school community will endeavor to be honest with one another.
- Students and staff will be treated with respect and courtesy through displays of appropriate behavior and speech.
- Members of the school community must display acceptance for all people, including, but not exclusive of, ethnicity, appearance, abilities, and religion.
- Bullying, cyber-bullying, intimidation (verbal, physical, mental, etc), harassment and possession or use of weapons are all forms of violence. These actions, whether uttered as threats or acted upon, will not be tolerated.
- Name calling, slurs, offensive slang remarks, slanderous comments, sexual suggestions, profanity (swearing), or other discriminatory terms.
- Disrespectful or threatening language or behavior (such as racist, discriminatory, or homophobic comments).
- On-going physical, mental, psychological harassment of any student or staff member.
- Participating in fighting in any way including a fighter, spectator, or promoter (telling others that a fight will occur).
Respect for the Learning Environment
- To promote a caring and success-oriented learning environment. As learners we need to have a sense of respect for our common learning environment, our own learning needs and those of others.
- To ensure each student has access to a quiet, orderly, clean, and well-equipped learning environment.
- To promote a learning environment where each learner can achieve the highest level possible. This can only be done when students feel safe and have a clear understanding of learning expectations, assessment criteria and how to achieve high standards.
- To respect the rights of others to work and learn free from distractions.
- To complete assignments in a timely manner in order to demonstrate understanding of the prescribed learning outcomes.
- To comply with the rules within the FVDES ‘Network Acceptable Use Agreement’.
- Disrespectful and/or distracting behavior / language within the classroom setting (Online or In-person).
- Inappropriate comments / emails via email.
- Disrespectful comments within the online discussion areas.
Respect of Facilities and Equipment
- To promote a safe environment through responsible use of facilities, equipment, and vehicles.
- To ensure safety regulations are followed for the safety of all the members of the school community.
- To care for the school and its property including textbooks, furniture, classroom materials, and other school equipment.
- Facilities and Grounds – all members of the school community are expected to keep the school facilities and grounds neat and tidy.
- School equipment / furniture – all members of the school community are expected to respect the school property and equipment.
- Members of the school community are expected to comply with health/safety regulations and Worksafe BC rules within the worksite.
- Visitors to school are expected to report into the office and receive administrative permission to be in the school.
- Intentional destruction of property, such as graffiti, vandalism, theft of personal and/or public property.
- Careless use of other students’ or school materials.
- Littering on or near the school grounds, and/or irresponsible behavior on school grounds.
- To encourage students to submit work that is their own and not copied from other sources.
- To educate students on the various forms of plagiarism and cheating and why they are unacceptable.
- To educate students about the different methods of citing and referencing information.
- To encourage students to follow the FVDES test invigilation rules.
- Students will submit work that is their own.
- Students will provide proper citations or references when they borrow words, ideas, or thoughts from any other source including the internet.
- Students will not provide other students the means to cheat.
- Students will follow the FVDES test invigilation rules when writing FVDES tests (paper or online).
- Copying assignments/tests from others or letting others copy assignments/tests.
- Bringing information into a test/exam (ie. cheat sheets, writing on desk, etc) that the teacher is not aware of.
- Using an electronic device (such as a Smartphone) during an exam without the permission of your instructor.
Online Expectations / Rules
- FVDES has an extensive list of expectations/rules pertaining to student’s online presence /actions online. These expectations and rules are listed within the Chilliwack School District ‘Acceptable Use Agreement’ and the FVDES School Computer Acceptable Use Policy that all students must read and sign while registering at the school.
Duty to Report
Students are expected to inform a staff member of incidents of bullying, harassment, intimidation, cheating as well as any knowledge related to possession of weapons or illegal substances. Any student who is involved in, observes, or knows about an emergency situation at school, or at a school function, should contact the nearest staff member as soon as possible to report the details of the event. Students may report incidents anonymously online by accessing ERASE Bullying (http://www.erasebullying.ca/) site. School administrators and counselors will review these reports and do everything possible to find a solution.
Responses to Conduct Issues
- Responses to unacceptable conduct will be thoughtful, consistent, and fair
- The focus of any intervention will be preventative and restorative in nature, rather than merely punitive.
- Decisions will made with respect to the individual. Responses to conduct issues will take into consideration the student’s age, maturity, and past conduct. Interventions will not discriminate against a student who cannot meet an expectation because of a disability.
- Reasonable steps will be taken to prevent retaliation against the person who reported a code of conduct issue
- Every effort will be made to support students. However, if there are ongoing conduct issues after having implemented interventions, progressive disciplinary actions will be taken.
- When responding to breaches in the Code of Conduct, school officials may inform a student(s) parents, the parents(s) of other students who were involved, school district officials, the police or other agencies or the parents of all the students when the whole school community needs to be reassured that a serious situation is being addressed.
Expectations for student conduct for younger students differ from those of older students, as they do for students with special needs who are unable to meet certain expectations due to a disability. It is expected as students move through successive grades, become older, and more mature that they will become more socially responsible.
FVDES Code of Conduct has been structured to align with and adhere to the standards outlined in:
- The School Act 85(1.1) 168 (2)(s.1) Provincial Standards Ministerial Order 276/07, effective October 17, 2007
- B.C. Human Rights Code of British Columbia [http://www.ag.gov.bc.ca/human-rights-protection/]
- B.C. Ministry of Education: Safe, Caring and Orderly Schools: A Guide (Nov 2008) and Developing and Reviewing Codes of Conduct: A Companion (August 2007), both found at http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sco/