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Code of Conduct

Kitsilano Secondary School is a community comprised of students, staff, and parents. We are proud of our efforts to maintain a safe, c​aring, 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 th​eir 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 examples (Please note that the behaviours listed are example only and not an all-inclusive list):


1.         No 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.


2.         No 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.


3.         Students 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.


Clothing/Personal Accessories

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.

Electronic Devices


Cell phones, pagers or other listening devices (iPods, CD players, MP3 players, etc) are not permitted during class time except by explicit direction of the teacher. 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 school day.


School Environment


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.


Field Trips


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.  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 purposes.


Vehicle Regulations


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.


Student Discipline


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:


-           An interview with an administrator


-           Verbal and written apologies


-           Repair of harm or damage done, including relationships


-           Notification and possible meetings with parents/guardians


-           Behavioral contracts


-           Community service


-           In-school suspension or suspension from school


-           Referral to counseling or to a treatment program


-           Transfer to another school or program


-           Referral to the Vancouver School Board for action by the Board of Trustees


-           Contact with other officials or agencies, including possible police investigation and charges under the criminal code

As students become older, more mature and move through excessive grades, they are to assume increased personal responsibility and self-discipline. 

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.



In accordance with the School Act, Sec. 85(2)(ii) and (d), the Board authorizes the Principal or designate of any school in the district to suspend a student from attendance at school for up to five days.

 Suspensions may be for the following reasons:

a.   because a student is willfully and repeatedly disrespectful to a teacher or to any other employee of the Board carrying out responsibilities approved by the Board.

b.   because the behaviour of the student breaches the District Code of Conduct or policy and/or has a harmful effect on others or the learning environment of the school.

c.   because the student has failed to comply with the School Code of Conduct.

Suspensions over five days are made in consultation with the appropriate Director of Instruction as per District Policy (










“Plagiarism 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.




 Academic Dishonesty:


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 school based scholarships for that academic year.




If a student is caught cheating or plagiarizing by a teacher, the following action will be taken:


1.      The teacher will submit a copy of the “Student Cheating / Plagiarizing” form and place it in a central office file and/or student file.


2.      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.


3.      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. 


If information is presented word for word as found in the original document, then the "Footnoting Format" must be used. For more information on citing resources please see the school Librarian or your subject teacher(s). 







The expectation is that all students will attend all of their classes.






1. Policy:


Absences will be excused for the following reasons only.


a.         Illness.


b.         Medical/dental appointments (which cannot be easily scheduled outside of school hours).


c.         Other necessary appointments (at parent’s request).


d.         Religious holidays and special ceremonies.


e.         Bereavement/family emergency.


f.          Authorized in-school service, with an administration slip.


g.         Organized school activities with subject teacher’s permission.


2. Procedures:


a.         When 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.


b.         The 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.


c.         It is the student’s responsibility to make up any work missed during an excused absence.




1. Policy:


a.         Consequences will result from unexcused absences.




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 and/or vacations during school time are a parental decision. 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.








1.         Late arrivals to class will only be excused upon presentation of:


a.         a note from a parent/guardian;


b.         a medical/dental appointment card; and


c.         an administrative exception.


2.         Procedures:


a.         A 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


b.         It 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.






a.         Students do not have the right to make up or hand in work missed if they have arrived late to class.


b.         Consequences will result from unexcused lates.




If a student has an irregular pattern of punctuality the following action will be taken:


1.          If a student has a repeated unexcused lates, teachers will send interim reports and/or contact parents by telephone.


2.         If tardiness continues, the counsellor will discuss the issue with the student and mutually agree on a plan for improvement.


3.         If the tardiness persists, the counsellor will request a meeting with the parent and student.


4.         If there is no improvement, the grade administrator meets with a parent and student to discuss a plan and possible options.