Code Of Conduct

 

Statement of Purpose

This Code of Conduct supports socially responsible behavior and allow members of the school community (Students, Staff, Parents, and Visitors) to be fully informed of common expectations for appropriate behavior.

Process

The Code of Conduct is reviewed annually at the January Parent Advisory Meeting in which staff and students are invited to participate.  The Code of Conduct should reflect the needs of the school community and adhere to district and provincial expectations.

Communication

The Code of Conduct is reviewed through positive behaviour stations attended by all students on the first week of school.   The Code of Conduct is reviewed for all students after spring break and with students and parents that register during the school year.  It is also posted on the school website.

Social Responsibility

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 the school community shall not discriminate against others on the basis of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, family or marital status, physical or mental disability, age, sex or sexual orientation, 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.

Resolving Conflict and Promoting Pro- Social Behaviour.

“The long term goal of any behaviour intervention should be to raise young adults who can independently make thoughtful decisions that are considerate of their community.”

(Discipline without Stress, Dr. Marvin Marshall, 2002)

As a school we recognize the importance in modeling respectful and responsible processes for managing conflict.  Whenever possible we try to use a restorative approach to resolving conflict and teaching pro- social behaviors.

Restorative Practice: the fundamental premise of restorative practices is that people are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes when those in authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them. (International Institute for Restorative Practices) http://www.iirp.edu/what-is-restorative-practices.php

The focus of behaviour interventions should be to recognize and repair the harm done, teach and reinforce positive behaviours and return the offender to the community stronger and more resilient than before the offense.  http://www.iirp.edu/what-is-restorative-practices.php

Every effort will be made to support students. However, if there are ongoing conduct issues after having implemented restorative interventions, disciplinary actions may need to be taken.

Decisions will be 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.

School Expectations

Framework for communicating culture of respect and growth

Positive: Expectations should emphasise that individuals focus on what they should do, not what they shouldn’t do.

Choice: Expectations should emphasis student choice and responsibility.

Reflection: The long term goal of any behaviour intervention should be to raise young adults who can independently make thoughtful decisions that are considerate of their community.

(Discipline without Stress, Dr. Marvin Marshall, 2002)

 

Chilliwack Middle School as a Caring Community: Students are encouraged to consider the following guidelines for decision making.

Taking Care of our Community and Our Reputation

Taking Care of Each Other

Taking Care of Ourselves

 

Appropriate and Inappropriate Clothing

Taking Care of Ourselves and our Community

As a community of learners we need to be considerate of other students and staff.  Wearing appropriate attire for a school setting is important in supporting a productive and comfortable work environment.  The clothing rule is simple.  If it is offensive to others it needs to be changed.  A few rules of thumb that will assist students in make good choices with their dress and attire include:

Choose clothing that appropriately covers yourself and your underwear.
Shirt straps should be wider than two finger widths
Skirts should cover to the mid-thigh
Choose shirts that cover bras and bra straps.  Low neck lines and translucent (see through) blouses do not cover underwear appropriately.
Images on clothing should portray a positive message.  Any promotion of drugs, alcohol, sexist or violent imagery is not appropriate for school.

 

Hats/Headgear/Bandanas

Taking Care of Ourselves and our Community

At CMS we allow students to wear hats on the school grounds. Each classroom teacher has their own rules and expectations within their classrooms so hats might be asked to be removed within some classrooms. Hoodies must be pulled back (removed) on school grounds. It is helpful for social and safety reasons to be able to easily recognize members of our community and identify and address any potential concerns.  Occasionally students forget and when this occurs they will be reminded by staff to remove their hoodies on school grounds.

 

Language Use

Taking Care of our Reputation / Community

Using effective language appropriate for the setting is a valuable pro-social skill.  Appropriate language is language that would normally be used within a home or work place.  Swearing, cussing, etc., is not appropriate in our school.  Occasionally mistakes are made and when this occurs one would be expected to apologize.  Hopefully students will do this without being asked.  This applies to every area in and outside of the school.

 

Bullying

Taking Care of Each Other

It is the responsibility of all members of our community to work towards a healthy and respectful learning environment in which all members are treated with courtesy and respect.

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.

We strive 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.

Bystanders: If you are concerned that something you see might be bullying, it is important to do something.  Things you can do to make a difference include,

            Check with victim that they are alright

            Report action to Principals or other adult

Let the aggressor know that their actions are not appropriate in your school.  This last intervention should only be done if you are confident you can safely intervene. Grade 9’s taking care of 8’s and 7’s etc.

Possible Resolutions:  We take all concerns of intimidation and harassment seriously.  While punitive school consequences are possible outcomes of reported intimidation and harassment, whenever possible we try to use a restorative approach to resolving conflict and teach pro- social behaviors.  Mediation, restorative conferencing and student reflection are some of the processes that we have found to be effective in promoting individual resiliency and empathy.

Hands-off Policy

Taking Care of Each Other

Respecting each-others space is an important part of being a safe community.  Hands-off, means hands-off!  It applies to two areas.  First in terms of ‘affection’, it means students can give brief, non-romantic hugs as well as hold hands.  That’s it!  No arms around each other, kissing, etc.

The second meaning of Hands-Off is to keep your hands and feet to yourself. Pushing, shoving, kicking, slapping, etc., is not allowed in our school, even if you are just “joking’ or “playing around”. Any ‘safe’ hands on play ie. sports or school yard games should be played outside.  No “hands on” play inside the school.

Being a Good School Citizen

Taking Care of our Community

Those that purposefully damage property at school are hurting our school’s reputation, our personal comfort and are wasting valuable resources that should be used to improve technology, sports equipment, our library and other resources for students at CMS.
Report any type of vandalism to any supervising adult as soon as possible with as much information as possible

Problem Food Items

Taking Care of Ourselves and our Community

Making healthy food and beverage choices help improve overall health, brain function and emotional health.
We encourage you to bring nutritious food to school.  We provide breakfast and lunch (soup) for any student who it would benefit.  Breakfast is available in Room 215 from 7:45-8:20 and lunch is available in the Room 119.
Besides being very unhealthy we ask that you not bring the following items into the school as they can be very messy or disruptive:

Energy drinks
Slurpees / Ice Capps
 

A Stranger

Taking Care of Ourselves and Each Other

When you notice someone in our hallways that clearly doesn’t belong, please report this information to the office or any staff member.  We want our school to be as safe as possible and we rely on our students to help us identify people who should clearly not be on our school grounds.  Students are discouraged from speaking with‘strangers.

Only people that should be in the building are:

Approved volunteers

Should you see any stranger in the school you should report it to the office or any staff member.

A Visitor

Taking Care of our Reputation / Community

Occasionally throughout the school year, we will have visitors come in our school.  This could be parents, business people, presenters, etc.  Please help these people find the office as all visitors are required to report their presence to the office upon entering the school and will be wearing identification.  An appropriate greeting such as hello, welcome, etc. is always a nice gesture and certainly makes a visitor feel welcome upon their arrival.

Displays and Student Work

Taking Care of our Each Other and our Community

As a school we appreciate and respect the work completed by our students and the effort that it takes.  Please respect anything that is on display in our school.  This is to be observed and appreciated, not vandalized.

Nuts and allergies

Taking Care of Each other

While peanut butter and nuts are allowed at school, please note that some of our students have life threatening allergies to some food products including peanuts.  If you do bring nut products to school, be extra cautious to be clean and not leave any food residue in the area you are eating.  Students are strongly encourage to avoid nut products.

Garbage

Taking Care of our Community and Each other

Please note many middle schools do not allow students to eat throughout the school; some conduct break in classes.  Our school believes that we can take care of our building and community with the freedom to eat where we are most comfortable. Choices that prove we can take care of our community include:

Clean up your eating area when you are finished.  This includes times when you are eating in an area other than the multi-purpose room.
If you spill something you may need to ask a supervisor for assistance.  Make sure you help with the clean-up.
Place (don’t throw) garbage in the garbage can.
Put your ‘pop’ cans and juice boxes in the recycling bins.

Voice and Manners

Taking Care of our Community and our Reputation

We are large community of over 600 students and staff.  Making decisions that are respectful of others include:

Using a normal speaking voice inside
Use appropriate language – the same as would be expected in a classroom
Good manners are like a magnet.  When you use them, people want to be around you.
If your group is not using the entire table, make room for others to sit down
Sit on the seats, not the table tops

Miscellaneous

Some good reminders of respectful behaviour include:

Noon Hour Supervisors, parent volunteers, teachers and other adults will sometimes give directions and instructions.  Follow these quickly and respectfully.
Always walk in the multi-purpose room.  Running and horseplay is not allowed.
Follow the Hands-off Policy.

The Parking Area and Driveways

Taking Care of Each Other

We encourage parents that are picking up and dropping off their child at school to not block the driveways.  We ask that they pull their car over while the student enters/exits the car so the traffic flow is maintained.

Students are NOT to be hanging around any parked cars in either parking lot.

Use of Sidewalks

Taking Care of Ourselves and Each Other

Safe and considerate choices include:

Walk your bikes and skateboards onto the school grounds in the morning.  Don’t ride or skateboard on sidewalks.
Roller blades should be removed when you enter the school. 
Do not cut in front of a moving vehicle. This is for the safety of you and others.

Bike Racks

Taking Care of Ourselves

The bike racks are located at the back of the school between the portables and the Wooodwork shop.  We have repurposed one of our containers to secure bikes during the school day.  Students should lock their bike inside the lock up as it is unsupervised before and after school.  The container is locked at 8:30 am each day and opened at 2:40 pm.  Bikes cannot be retrieved during the day.  There are outside bike racks also available.  All bike storage is used at your own risk. Always lock up your bike.

Skate Boards and Scooters

Taking Care of Ourselves and Each Other

It is important that students practice and model safe riding behaviours on and around school property.  Riding skateboards or scooters on the front sidewalks or through the driveways is potentially dangerous.  Full protective gear, including helmets, must be worn at all times.  All skateboarding must have an adult supervising.  A skate board/scooter lock up is available outside the gym entrance (locked at 8:30 am and open at 2:40 pm).

Staying On Campus CLOSED CAMPUS

Taking Care of Each Other

Important for all student’s safety that as a school we know where you are, and that all students stay on campus unless signed out or with a lunch pass.

If you have a lunch pass to leave campus it is to go home, not to go to 7-11 or Tim Horton’s.  While many students would like to buy outside food, it is unsafe for us to have students leaving and is generally unhealthy to eat convenience foods.  If you go for lunch with your parent, please do not bring fast food onto campus.

Strangers on campus – do not talk to anybody not associated with our school.  Report strangers to the office.

Scent Sensitive School

Taking Care of Each Other and our Community

Some of the students and staff have allergies or sensitivities to perfumes, colognes, body sprays.  To protect the quality of air in the school students are asked not to bring perfumes or body sprays to school.  Applying spray on scents is not allowed anywhere inside the school.  If you wish to use spray on scents, please do so at home before coming to school. 

Non spray-deodorant is allowed and encouraged.

 

Chilliwack Middle School 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/