Code of Conduct

PURPOSE
The opportunity to attend school is provided as part of contemporary Canadian society, but this opportunity
carries responsibilities. Oak Bay High School’s Code of Conduct is aligned with the BC Human Rights
Code. The purpose is to:

  • establish and maintain safe, caring, and orderly environments for purposeful learning
  • establish and maintain appropriate balances among individual and collective rights, freedoms and responsibilities
  • clarify and publish expectations for student behavior while at school, while going to and from school,
  • and while attending any school function or activity at any location

ACCEPTABLE CONDUCT
A student who attends Oak Bay High School will

  • be cooperative, courteous, and respectful in dealings with school staff, other students, and school guests
  • attend school each day, arrive on time, and be prepared for all classes
  • attend all classes and complete the assigned work
  • carry out all reasonable directions given by school staff
  • take care of the books, equipment, and learning materials provided for use
  • treat the school building, grounds, and equipment with care
  • respect the rights of others
  • demonstrate the highest standards of conduct, personal responsibility, and good judgment when involved in school sponsored events
  • have no contact with alcohol, drugs, weapons, or replica weapons while at school, on the school grounds, or in attendance at any school sponsored event in the community
  • act as responsible members of the school neighborhood by being courteous to people in the area, refraining from disturbing their daily activities, and respecting their property
  • adhere to the Acceptable Computer Use Policy
  • adhere to this Code of Conduct while traveling to and from school and while off the school premises
  • during the lunch hour and at other times during the school day
  • recognize that school is a place of business and that appropriate attire must be worn

UNACCEPTABLE CONDUCT
A student who attends Oak Bay High will not

  • interfere with learning – yours or other students (eg: truancy or cell phones turned on and/or visible in class)
  • interfere with an orderly environment (eg: arriving late to class) create unsafe conditions (e.g.: rough housing and skateboarding on school property)
  • bully, harass, intimidate, or be racially, ethnically, or sexually prejudiced – including doing so online, whether by text, email, Facebook, photo or using other sites (Cyberbullying)
  • be physically violent
  • seek retribution against a person who has reported incidents
  • be in possession of, be under the influence of, smell of, be in the presence of, or distribute illegal or restricted substances
  • steal or knowingly receive stolen property
  • smoke on school property or create “smoke pits” (areas where students congregate to smoke) within our neighborhood
  • be in possession of or use weapons or replica weapons (eg: knives, slingshots, pellet or other guns)
  • damage property (e.g.: graffiti)
  • plagiarize (copy) electronic or print media or other students’ work
  • engage in discriminatory behavior as set out in the Human Rights Code, section 7 and section 8: on the basis of Race, Colour, Ancestry, Place of origin, Religion, Marital status, Family status, Physical or mental disability, Sex, Sexual orientation, or Age

 

 

RISING EXPECTATIONS
As students get older, more mature, and progress through the grades, our expectations regarding their conduct increases.

  • We expect an increase in personal responsibility, self-discipline and acceptance of diversity.
  • There may be greater consequences when inappropriate behaviours are repeated.
  • Special considerations may apply to student with special needs

CONSEQUENCES
The severity and frequency of unacceptable conduct as well as the age and maturity of students is considered in determining appropriate disciplinary action.

  • Responses to unacceptable conduct are pre-planned, fair, and consistent, while reflective of the particular circumstances of each individual case.
  • Disciplinary action, wherever possible, is preventative and restorative, rather than merely punitive.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in the development of meaningful consequences.
  • The school will take all reasonable steps to prevent retaliation by a person against a student who has made a complaint of a breach of code of conduct.

NOTIFICATION
School administrators and counsellors may have a responsibility to advise other parties of serious breaches of the Code of Conduct. For example:

  • parents/guardians of student offender(s) – in every instance
  • parents/guardians of student victim(s) – in every instance
  • school district officials – as required by school district policy
  • police and/or other agencies – as required by law
  • all parents/guardians – when deemed to be important to reassure members of the school community

Updated June 5, 2015.