Magee Secondary School
Code of Conduct
A. Statement of Purpose
- To ensure a safe, productive and respectful learning environment.
- To outline the rights and responsibilities of all members of the Magee community,
- To clarify and publish expectations for student behaviour while at school, while going to and from school, while attending any school function or activity and/or in any circumstance which may impact on the school community
B. Conduct Expectations
The Magee Code of Conduct was developed and endorsed by staff, groups of students and the Magee School Planning Council. The Magee Code of Conduct promotes the values expressed in the BC Human Rights Code respecting the rights of all individuals in accordance with the law – prohibiting discrimination based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation in respect to discriminatory publication and discrimination in accommodation, service and facility in the school environment.
Magee Secondary is organized and operated on the assumption that students in a Grade 8-12 school are on the verge of adulthood and thus are attending with the desire to participate and learn. This means that students at Magee must accept personal responsibility for learning, for attending classes, and for completing work or assignments. In pursuing their education, students are expected to respect the rights of others. Students who have chosen to come to Magee should understand that certain specific regulations must be enforced so the school can operate in the best interests of all.
The Magee School
Classrooms / Teaching Areas
• Be respectful and supportive of others, their ideas and opinions.
• Do not bully or harass others.
• Use appropriate and respectful language.
• Use good manners.
• Refrain from inappropriate physical contact.
• Follow school rules.
• Follow Magee’s academic honesty policy at all times.
• Dress in a way that does not offend or distract others.
• Respect school and personal property and equipment.
• Clean up after yourself. Use garbage and recycling containers.
• Arrive on time.
• Bring required materials, including agenda.
• Listen and participate actively and respectfully.
• Work to the best of your ability.
• Respect other students’ right to learn.
• Behave safely.
• Follow school rules with respect to use of electronic devices.
• Take care of equipment, books and furniture.
• Respect classroom rules.
• Keep hallways and stairways passable at all times.
• Be quiet while classes are in session. Study blocks are for quiet study.
• No running outside of the gymnasium.
• Only use sporting equipment in the gymnasium or outside.
• Do not sit on tables.
• Report spills to a staff member.
• Keep locker and surrounding area clean.
• Respect displays, art and posters.
• Keep washrooms clean.
• Follow school rules with respect to use of electronic devices.
Guests to Magee
• Protect yourself: be careful about what personal information you share online.
• Act responsibly and ethically: EVERYTHING you post is PUBLIC and PERMANENT.
• Follow all classroom rules.
∙ Treat Substitute teachers (EOCs) / student teachers and guests with respect at all times.
• Be helpful.
• Show respect for speakers.
• Remain seated, with feet on the floor.
• Clap at appropriate times .
• Enter and exit quietly.
• Remove hats.
• Bring only necessary items.
• No electronic devices.
- Behaviours that:
- Interfere with the learning of others
- Interfere with an orderly environment
- Create unsafe conditions
- Acts of:
- Bullying, harassment or intimidation
- Discrimination (as defined by the BC Human Rights Code – on the basis of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, age and unrelated criminal or summary convictions)
- Physical violence
- Retribution against a person who has reported incidents
- Illegal acts, such as:
- Possession, use or distribution of illegal or restricted substances
- Possession or use of weapons
- Theft of or damage to property
Note: Behaviours (both acceptable and unacceptable) cited in the code of conduct are examples only and not an all-inclusive list. Special considerations may apply if a student is unable to comply with the expectations due to having a disability of an intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional or behavioural nature.
As students become older, more mature, and move through successive grades:
- they are expected to develop increasing personal responsibility and self-discipline.
- there are increasing consequences for inappropriate behaviour/ unacceptable conduct.
The severity and frequency of unacceptable conduct as well as the age and maturity of students are considered in determining appropriate disciplinary action:
- responses to unacceptable conduct are consistent and fair.
- disciplinary action, wherever possible, is preventative and restorative, rather than punitive
- students, as often as possible, are encouraged to participate in the development of meaningful consequences for violations of the established code of conduct
A breach of these rules, including the defiance of school authority, is a serious offence, and may result in a disciplinary record, suspension, transfer or a combination of these consequences. In some cases, it may be appropriate for the school to involve the participation of parents/guardians, subject teachers, counsellors, administrators, VSB officials, community agencies and the Police. Discipline can take a variety of forms, such as reprimand, detention, service work and loss of privileges; however, disciplinary action, wherever possible, will aim to be restorative, rather than punitive. Student age and maturity is a factor in assigning discipline with the clear expectation that as students move through successive grades, they will assume increased personal responsibility and self-discipline.
The Magee school staff may have a responsibility to advise other parties of serious breaches of the code of conduct. For example:
· Parents of the student offender(s)
· Parents of the student victim(s)
· School district officials – as required by school district policy
· Police and/or other agencies – as required by law
· All parents – when deemed to be important to reassure all members of the school community that school officials are aware of a serious situation or incident and are taking appropriate action to address it
Code of Conduct 2016 - 2017.pdf