Kitsilano Secondary School is a
community comprised of students, staff, and parents. We are proud of our
efforts to maintain a safe, caring, and orderly environment at Kitsilano, where
everyone can make a contribution and be successful. The guiding principle in our Code of Conduct is that everyone is
expected to behave in a way that shows respect for themselves and for other
people. The Kitsilano Code of Conduct expands on these expectations and
promotes the values expressed in the BC Human Rights Code respecting the rights
of all individuals in accordance with the law.
We respect and celebrate the diverse cultures, customs, religions, values,
and viewpoints that make up our school community, welcoming the unique
contributions that each person can offer. We encourage openness and
understanding among all Kitsilano citizens. Our Code of Conduct provides a set
of standards and a positive framework for our daily lives at Kitsilano. These
standards help us to maintain an appropriate balance between individual and
collective rights and responsibilities. The Code also applies during
extracurricular activities, field trips, and whenever we represent Kitsilano
off campus. We believe that students should learn to take responsibility for
the decisions they make and accept the consequences of their actions. The Code
of Conduct also includes the expectation that it is reasonable for staff and
students to encourage each other to adhere to the standards of the code.
At Kitsilano, students are expected
to be serious about their studies and to show initiative in achieving their
goals. Teachers provide help, monitor progress, give encouragement, and outline
course requirements, and students in turn are expected to contribute the effort
necessary to insure progress and success.
We conduct ourselves in a manner
that promotes achievement and encourages learning. We adhere to the Vancouver
School Board policies for student behavior, including the following:
student may be in possession of or under the influence of illegal or
non-prescribed drugs or alcohol in the school, in the vicinity of the school,
or at school-sponsored events.
one has to accept violence at any time at Kitsilano at any level. Violence or
intimidation of any kind will not be tolerated. Violence is defined as any
action, or threat of action, that causes physical or emotional injury,
discomfort, or fear. Students are not permitted to have weapons. A weapon is
defined as anything that is used with the intent to hurt or frighten someone.
Our school is a community characterized by cooperation and conflict resolution.
are prohibited from engaging in bullying or racial, ethno-cultural, religious,
or sexual harassment of any form.
If you have been affected by (or
know someone affected by) harassment, bullying, violence, weapons, drugs, or
alcohol, it is important that you talk to a counselor, teacher, administrator,
school liaison officer, or anyone else in the school that you trust, so that
others can help to solve the problem.
At Kitsilano we dress in a manner
that is appropriate for a learning environment. Students who come to school
inappropriately dressed may be asked to go home and change. The basic assumption is that students dress
for school as though they are going to work.
Cell phones, pagers or other
listening devices (CD players, MP3 players, etc) are not permitted during class time. If infractions occur, these items may
be confiscated and held until claimed by a parent or guardian.
Other Banned Items
The use of fireworks, firecrackers,
laser pointers/pens, water toys or balloons, skateboards, and snowballs, is not
permitted on school property. Skateboards must remain in lockers during the
We take ownership of our school and
take pride in maintaining a safe and clean environment. The student and the
student’s parents are jointly liable for any graffiti or other vandalism
that may occur. Please obtain permission from the administration before posting
or distributing any advertising or publicity
material on school property. There is a Vancouver School Board policy of no smoking in the school building, on
the school grounds, and at school functions.
The school welcomes visitors,
including parents and guardians. Visitors are asked to report to the office to
obtain permission to remain in the building. Visitors who have no legitimate business
at the school will be treated as trespassers and asked to leave.
From time to time throughout the
year, field trips are conducted by teachers as an integral part of their
courses. Any student going on a field trip must appreciate that participation
is a privilege and that circumstances may dictate that a student will not be
granted permission by all teachers. Consent forms must be signed by the
parent/guardian and teachers affected, and returned to the sponsor teacher no
later than 24 hours prior to the day of the field trip.
One locker is assigned to each
student at Kitsilano. Students are
responsible for maintaining their lockers and for the contents within their
locker. They are expected to retain their designated lockers for the entire academic year. Locks or lock
combinations should not be shared. Personal
items of value should not be left in lockers. It is each student’s responsibility to ensure that both gym
and school lockers are secure (locked).
Locker break-ins should be reported to the office. The school does not have insurance coverage for
items lost from lockers. NOTE: Lockers
remain the property of the school; as such school authorities retain the right
to inspect lockers to prevent their use in illicit ways or for illegal
Students bringing cars to school
are required to comply with all Vancouver City traffic and parking by-laws. The
Vancouver School Board does not permit student parking on school property.
Offending cars will be towed away, without warning, at the owner’s expense.
Public Assembly Expectations
We believe in the value of public
assemblies, both for educational and community-building purposes. To that end,
we move quickly and quietly in and out of assemblies, and we are always a
respectful and appreciative audience.
At Kitsilano, we are accountable
for our actions. Any student who violates School Board or school policy will be
subject to disciplinary action, which may include:
interview with an administrator
and written apologies
of harm or damage done, including relationships
and possible meetings with parents/guardians
suspension or suspension from school
to counseling or to a treatment program
to another school or program
to the Vancouver School Board for action by the Board of Trustees
with other officials or agencies, including possible police investigation and
charges under the criminal code
In all instances, the severity and
frequency of unacceptable conduct, as well as the age and maturity of the
students, are considered in determining appropriate disciplinary action.
Students are encouraged to participate in the development of meaningful
consequences. Disciplinary action, whenever possible, is preventative and
restorative rather than merely punitive. The central focus is on the victim’s
needs and the offender’s responsibility for repairing harm.
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 behavioral nature.
POLICY ON PLAGIARISM / ACADEMIC
is a serious academic offence…it is intellectual theft. Any use of another’s
research, ideas or language without proper attribution may be considered plagiarism.”1
1Gordon C., Simmons P.,
Wyn G., Plagiarism, what it is and how to avoid it: Faculty of Arts,
U.B.C., Vancouver, B.C.
The unacknowledged use of another
person’s work (written or visual) and the presentation of that work, in whole
or in part, as one’s own or assisting in the act of plagiarism by allowing
one’s work to be used in this fashion. This includes the use of material found
on the Internet and presented as one’s original work as well as the use of
online translators to assist in written work. Refer to the Library Resource
Centre / Digital Library / Biography Resource Centre on page 19 to assist you
with documenting all work accurately.
Any attempt by a student to
complete an examination or assessment by unfair means. Unfair, may include any
one or more of the following:
1. Presenting the
words or ideas of another as one’s own.
2. Obtaining or providing unauthorized information
during an examination through verbal, visual or unauthorized use of books, notes,
text or other materials.
3. Obtaining or providing information concerning all or
part of an examination prior to the examination.
4. Taking an examination for another student, arranging
for another person to take an exam in one’s place.
5. Altering or changing test answers after submission
for grading; altering or changing grades after grade have been awarded; or altering
or changing other academic records.
6. Making any other attempt to improve grades using
means that have not been, or would not be, approved by your teacher.
CONSEQUENCES for Plagiarism and
/ or Academic Dishonesty:
1. The student
will receive a “0” for that particular work.
2. The incident
will be recorded and placed in a central file in the office.
3. The incident
may be recorded in the student’s file.
4. The student may
not be eligible for Honour Roll recognition for that academic year.
5. The student may
not be eligible for reference letters from staff.
6. The student may
not be eligible for Passport to Education for that academic year.
7. The student may
not be eligible for school based scholarships for that academic year.
8. The student may
be suspended or transferred.
PROCEDURE FOR DEALING WITH AN INCIDENT
If a student is caught cheating or plagiarizing
by a teacher, the following action will be taken:
The teacher will submit a copy of the “Student Cheating
/ Plagiarizing” form and place it in a central office file and/or student file.
The parent will be notified and if necessary, a meeting
with the student, parent, teacher, counsellor and administrator will be arranged
to discuss the matter.
Consequences will vary with the seriousness of the
offence; however, the offending student will receive a zero for the assignment.
If you are presenting the words and
ideas of others in your research papers,
you must credit the source by listing the original source in your
bibliography. See the "Kitsilano Bibliography Format for Referenced
Assignments" in this agenda book for details on citing resources.
If information is presented word
for word as found in the original document, then the "Footnoting
Format" must be used. [See instructions in this agenda book for footnoting
The expectation is that all students will attend all of their classes.
A. EXCUSED ABSENCES
Absences will be
excused for the following reasons only.
appointments (which cannot be easily scheduled outside of school hours).
c. Other necessary appointments (at
d. Religious holidays and special
e. Bereavement/family emergency.
f. Authorized in-school service, with an
g. Organized school activities with subject
a student is away, a parent/guardian needs to telephone the school receptionist
(604-713-8961) each day of the absence. Upon returning to school, the student
must bring a signed note from his/her parent or guardian that shows the student
number, the date absent and the reason for the absence.
student will have the note signed by his/her subject teachers, whose classes
were missed, and then take it to the school office where the receptionist will
enter an excused absence in the student’s record.
is the student’s responsibility to make up any work missed during an excused
B. UNEXCUSED ABSENCES
do not have the right to make up or hand in work missed because of an unexcused
b. Consequences will result from unexcused
ATTENDANCE – CONSEQUENCES
Parents will be contacted with an
automated telephone or email message (synrevoice) on the evening of any day that
students have one or more unexcused absence. If a student has an irregular
attendance pattern the following action will be taken:
1. Parents will receive an automated message on days a
student misses one or more classes.
2. If a student has a repeated unexcused absences
teachers will send interim reports and/or contact parents by telephone.
3. If absences continue, the counsellor will discuss the
issue with the student and mutually agree on a plan for improvement.
4. If the absences persist, the counsellor will request
a meeting with the parent and student.
5. If there is no improvement, the grade administrator
meets with a parent and student to discuss a plan and possible options.
EXTENDED VACATIONS FOR STUDENTS
Extended vacations and/or vacations
during school time are a parental decision. Although teachers may choose to do
so, they are not expected to provide work or give extra time for assignments
due to vacation absences. Examinations and in-class assignments missed due to
vacation may result in a mark of “0”. These absences can seriously impact a
student’s achievement. Marks lost due to vacation can affect the final letter
grade as evaluation of student learning is based on the work of the whole year.
Whenever possible, vacation time should be taken when school is not in session.
The expectation is that all
students will arrive in class before
the final bell.
A. EXCUSED LATES
1. Late arrivals to class will only be excused upon presentation of:
note from a parent/guardian;
medical/dental appointment card; and
student who has arrived late to class has one calendar week to provide a note
of explanation. The note must contain the student’s name, and the date and
block for which the student was late. The student will present this note of
explanation to his/her subject teacher
is the responsibility of late students to discuss with the teacher, at the end
of class or after school, any work missed as a result of being late.
B. UNEXCUSED LATES
do not have the right to make up or hand in work missed if they have arrived
late to class.
will result from unexcused lates.
PUNCTUALITY – CONSEQUENCES
If a student has an irregular
pattern of punctuality the following action will be taken:
a student has a repeated unexcused lates, teachers will send interim reports
and/or contact parents by telephone.
tardiness continues, the counsellor will discuss the issue with the student and
mutually agree on a plan for improvement.
the tardiness persists, the counsellor will request a meeting with the parent
there is no improvement, the grade administrator meets with a parent and
student to discuss a plan and possible options.