Canyon Falls Middle School
Learner Code of Conduct
Revised June 30, 2020
At Canyon Falls Middle School, we recognize that each learner and situation is unique and we will always strive to ensure that our school is a safe, caring and orderly environment in which to learn and work. As learners age and mature, the expectations for acceptable behaviour will increase accordingly. The code of conduct at CMS is based on the following balance of rights and responsibilities.
Learners have the right to learn.
Learners have the responsibility to actively participate and to
be responsible learners.
Some examples include:
- attending classes consistently and being on time
- coming prepared for class and being ready to learn
- putting forth a strong effort and participating actively
- staying focused and not distracting others
- completing assignments in a timely manner
Learners have the right to be respected.
Learners have the responsibility to respect others (not to
bully, tease, pick on, or harass others).
Some examples include:
- being polite and listening actively to others
- being welcoming, kind and inclusive of others
- being accepting and respectful of differences
- being honest and trustworthy
- being a helpful bystander, not a hurtful bystander
- promptly reporting incidents of bullying, harassment or intimidation to a trusting adult
Learners have the right to be safe.
Learners have the responsibility to behave in a safe manner
and to protect the safety of others.
Some examples include:
- walking calmly; no running in the hallways
- staying in the designated areas
- playing safely
- reporting dangerous situations to staff, including possession of banned items
Learners have the right to privacy and security of personal space.
Learners have the responsibility to respect the property and
privacy of others (learners, staff and community).
Some examples include:
- not touching other people's property without permission
- respecting personal boundaries
- taking and sharing digital images and/or videos respectfully and with proper permission only
Learners have the right to use learner equipment and property.
Learners have the responsibility to use the equipment and
property according to all applicable rules, and with care and
Some examples include:
- cleaning up properly including garbage and recycling
- asking before borrowing items
- returning materials promptly and neatly
- showing respect for spaces, furniture and equipment
WHO DOES THIS CODE OF CONDUCT APPLY TO?
In reference to Board Policies 455 and 455R this purpose of the Canyon Falls Code of Conduct is to maintain a safe, caring and orderly environment for learners and their learning. The code of conduct applies to any learner:
- On school property
- In attendance at school or any school-sponsored activity
- Whose behaviour at any time or place, including to and from school as well as online, has a negative effect on the school environment and/or learning
BC HUMAN RIGHTS CODE
Canyon Falls Middle School promotes the values expressed in the BC Human Rights Code respecting the rights of all individuals in accordance with the law. All participants in school business, activities or events shall conduct themselves in a manner that does not contravene the BC Human Rights Code and its basic principles of respect and fairness. No person shall discriminate against another based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, physical and mental disability, gender, gender identity and expression or sexual orientation within the school environment or through the school system and its related function through publication, or in accommodation, service or facility. The school will treat seriously any behavior that contravenes the grounds set out in the BC Human Rights Code.
VIOLATIONS OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT
We recognize that most members of our school community conduct themselves in a positive and responsible manner. Violations of the Code of Conduct will occur, and when these infrequent violations occur, parent/guardians will be contacted. Violations of the Code of Conduct that are minor are dealt with in a variety of ways, including meetings with learners, school staff and parents.
In the event of a violation of our Code of Conduct, the staff will endeavour to act consistently by:
- communicating with all individuals involved;
- determining all of the facts; and
- treating learners with fairness and respect.
The staff recognizes that each incident must be dealt with on an individual basis, dependent upon severity, circumstance and history. Every effort will be made to suit the consequence to the learner and the situation through the use of a progressive disciplinary model. As learners mature in middle school there is a higher expectation of responsibility, therefore consequences for violations of the code of conduct may vary from grades 6 to 8. Whenever possible, the learner, with the assistance of the administrator, teacher, behaviour intervention teacher, counselor, and/or parent/guardian, will be involved in solving the problem. (continued on page 3)
Where appropriate, special considerations may apply to Canyon Falls learners with special needs who violate the Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct (including consequences) will be applied to them in a manner that reflects their intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional or behavioural abilities.
OFFENCES AND POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES
Minor violations of the Code of Conduct are dealt with in a variety of ways (including collaborative problem solving, meetings with learners, staff, and parents, detentions, school service and other consequences that are intended to be restorative in nature) leading to the development of more positive behaviour, and allowing learners to make amends for their misbehaviour.
More serious violations of the Code of Conduct (detailed below) may lead to a definite/indefinite in/out of school suspension, a Restorative Justice referral and/or RCMP involvement. The following are examples of major and serious violations of the Code of Conduct and do not constitute a complete list of possible offences:
|Examples of Major Offences||Possible Consequences|
- Repeated minor violations of the code of conduct
- Willful disobedience
- Power struggle with an adult
- Inappropriate touching or language
- Leaving our closed campus without permission
- Tampering with the property of others
- Pain or injury to another person (teasing, tripping, kicking, intimidation, pushing, swearing)
- Inappropriate use of electronic and social media communication as outlined in Policy 486
- Collaborative problem solving with staff, learner, parents
- School/community service
- Behavioural contracts
- Behavioural and/or counselling support/assignments
- Disciplinary work station - detention
- In-school/out-of-school definite suspension
|Examples of Serious Offences||Possible Consequences|
- Repeated major offenses
- Ongoing truancy
- Use/possession of weapons
- Uttering threats
- Smoking and vaping
- Sexual harassment
- Violet behaviour (Assault, fighting)
- Use/possession of alcohol or drugs
- Bomb threat
- Any major offence consequences (above)
- In-school/out-of-school definite suspension
- Indefinite suspension
- Legal intervention (RCMP, Restorative Justice)
All middle schools in Central Okanagan Public Schools are closed campuses. Once learners have arrived at CMS they are expected to remain on campus for the remainder of the day. Learners are not permitted to go to surrounding properties, stores, etc. under any circumstance.
Learners who go home for lunch (ie. who live within a reasonable walking distance to the school) are required to have a signed parent/guardian permission form completed, on file, with our clerical staff in the Welcome Centre each year, and are required to sign in and out of the school each day during the lunch break.
All visitors to the school must report to the Welcome Centre and state their reason for visiting the school. Visitors should not be in the halls unsupervised without express permission from the school administration for safety reasons. Learners are asked to make prior arrangements to meet their friends who do not attend CMS off the school property after school hours; learners from other schools are not permitted to be on CMS property, just as CMS learners are not to be on other school properties.
We do not allow for friends or family (ie. siblings or cousins) of learners to "visit for the day" and attend classes with learners. This practice can very disruptive to learning environments and can become a serious supervision issue.
RESPONSIBLE USE OF TECHNOLOGY
We recognize that many learners often use social media networks, cell phones and other devices to communicate with family and friends. These are helpful communication tools; however, these tools also present inherent risks to the safety and well-being of learners if the technology is used inappropriately. It is not a requirement that learners have cellphones at Canyon Falls.
If learners choose to use social media networks, cell phones, iPods, laptops, tablets or other related technology equipment, they must abide by the school's Code of Conduct and School District 23's policy for Learner Use of Electronic and Social Media Communication (Policy 486).
Personal devices may only be used during instructional time at the discretion of the classroom teacher. If at any point, learners' use of technology interferes with or distracts from the learning of others or the safety and well-being of others, schools may intervene and issue consequences in relation to the outlined school code of conduct and district policy. We encourage learners to leave their cellphones securely in their lockers during the day when not being used with permission. Schools will also not be held responsible for any misplaced, lost, stolen, or broken items brought to school by learners.
The way we dress can communicate the respect we show to others and to the school as a place for working and learning. The purpose of the CMS dress code is to clarify what clothing is reasonable for learners and staff to provide a positive school climate. Learners are asked to avoid dress styles which promote, imitate or celebrate violence, intimidation, racism, sexism, hatred towards others, gang association, sex or alcohol/drug use. Hats can be worn in the school, and by teacher discretion, may or may not be worn during class time. If clothing is determined by staff to be inappropriate, learners may be asked to change. This expectation applies to all learners. Footwear must be worn at all times for health and safety reasons.
At the beginning of the year, each learner will be assigned a school lock and locker. Personal locks are not to be used. Learner locks and lockers remain the property of the school and the school retains access to the lockers throughout the year. They may be opened and searched when the school administration deems it necessary. A replacement fee of $5.00 will be charged to learners who have lost their locks. In order to ensure learners' belongings are safe, lock combinations and lockers must not be shared.
Learners should not bring unnecessary items, valuables, or large amounts of money to school. The school cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items. Learners are urged to safeguard their valuables/backpacks/property by storing items in their lockers. Items of value should never be left unlocked in the gym change rooms.
Learners are not to be on their skateboards, scooters, or bikes on CMS property; continued issues that arise because of improper use may result in a learner being asked to not bring their skateboard, scooter, or bike to school permanently. While travelling to and from school, we recommend the use of appropriate protective equipment including a helmet. We ask that parents/guardians please have a discussion with your child about traffic safety.
Scooters and bikes should be secured with a good lock in the racks located at the front of the school. Skateboards should be stored securely in lockers. We do not have alternative storage inside the building for bikes, scooters, or skateboards (not in classrooms, not in storage rooms, not carried from room to room throughout the day). These places are not necessarily secure, and we know that these items are costly for families to replace ‐ as stated in the previous section on personal property, the school cannot be responsible for lost, misplaced, or stolen property stored in various unsecured areas around the school.
APPEAL POLICY 460
Parents and guardians of a learner who is entitled to an educational program in Central Okanagan Public Schools may appeal the decision of an employee of the school board which significantly affects the education, health or safety of the learner.
STEP 1: Parent meets with employee (ie. teacher)
STEP 2: Parent meets with principal
STEP 3: Parent meets with the Superintendent or designate (ie. Zonal Assistant Superintendent)
If at this point the issue remains unsolved and the parent/guardian is not satisfied, the parent/guardian has a right to a final appeal to the Board. This district policy is in place to help ensure that effective communication is part of the problem-solving process. Details of this process are available at the school and on the district website (Policy 460) or are linked here.
For a far friendlier .pdf version please click CMS Code of Conduct - PDF Version.pdf