GVSD Code of Conduct - Page 3

gvsd logo 1APPEALS PROCESS

A parent and /or pupil may appeal a disciplinary decision.
 An appeal must first be made to the teacher who made the disciplinary decision, then to the school principal, if not resolved.
 The decision of the principal may be appealed to the superintendent, and if not resolved, to the school board.
 Exceptions are suspensions in excess of 5 days and expulsion; in these cases, the appeal goes directly to the school board.4, 5

SAFE SCHOOLS

The GVSD Code of Conduct is consistent with the Safe Schools Charter of Manitoba6 and Manitoba’s Provincial Code of Conduct for Safe and Caring Schools7. Students and staff must behave in a respectful manner and comply with GVSD’s Code of Conduct.

Behaviours that will not be tolerated in schools and will be dealt with immediately include, but are not limited to:
 Bullying, or abusing physically, sexually, or psychologically, verbally, in writing or otherwise any person,
 Discriminating on the basis of any characteristic set out in subsection 9(2) of The Human Rights Code,
 Using, possessing or being under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs at school,
 Gang involvement,
 Possessing a weapon, as “weapon” is defined in section 2 of the Criminal Code (Canada)
 Inappropriate use of the Internet including social media, text messaging, instant messaging, websites, and e-mail. This includes accessing, uploading, downloading, or distributing material that the school has determined to be objectionable.
 Inappropriate use of digital cameras, cell phones, and other electronic or personal communication devices.


REFERENCES
1. GVSD Policy JIC Code of Conduct for Students, Staff, Trustees, and Parents: www.gvsd.ca
2. GVSD Policy AC Respect for Human Diversity: www.gvsd.ca
3. GVSD Policy ADDA Promoting Learning and Teaching: www.gvsd.ca
4. GVSD Policy JK Student Discipline: www.gvsd.ca
5. GVSD Policy JKF Appeals of Disciplinary Decisions: www.gvsd.ca
6. The Safe Schools Charter of Manitoba: web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/statutes/2004/c02404e.php
7. Safe and Caring Schools: Provincial Code of Conduct: Appropriate Interventions and Disciplinary Consequences: http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/safe_schools/pdf/code_conduct.pdf

Revised June, 2015

Garden Valley School Division
750 Triple E Boulevard, Winkler, Manitoba
Tel: 204.325.8335 Fax: 204.325.4132

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GVSD Code of Conduct - Page 2

gvsd logo 1School Counselor / Resource teacher
A school counsellor and/or resource teacher, meets with the student to develop a plan for changing attitudes and improving student behaviour. Parent(s) should be informed.

Formal Interview
A conference is held with the student, the teacher, an administrator and/or school counsellor, and the parent(s) to develop a plan to address the student’s behaviour.

Withdrawal from Classroom Setting
Where specific student conduct is deemed to have a negative impact upon the classroom learning environment, the student is withdrawn to a supervised alternate location, to complete his or her assignment. Such withdrawal would normally be temporary, but when a prolonged withdrawal is recommended, parent(s) will be informed.

Removal of Privileges
Privileges such as access to the playground, cafeteria, library, extracurricular activities, and/or bus transportation may be removed under certain circumstances. Parent(s) will be informed.

Detention
The student is detained at the school for specific unacceptable behaviour. Should a detention extend beyond regular school hours, parent(s) will be informed. Where necessary, the teacher must ensure that the student has transportation home.

Compensation
The student and/or parent(s) are required to compensate for damages incurred to school division property by the intentional or negligent act of a child. Such compensation may be monetary in nature, but could take alternative forms such as community service.

Behavioural/Performance Contract
In some instances, the student is required to meet specific behavioural standards in order to avoid more severe consequences. Such expectations are developed among the school, the parent(s), and the student. Outcomes are clarified in order to meet the behaviour standards agree upon. Such an agreement is documented, with copies provided for all concerned parties.

Student Services
A referral may be made to school division student services personnel who can assist school in the remediation of inappropriate student conduct. Such involvement may include a level of counselling or clinical supports for the student that is beyond the school’s capabilities. Parental permission must be obtained for assessments and/or interventions.

Outside Agency / Community Involvement
A referral to an outside agency or a community resource may be necessary to address a student’s behaviour (e.g. a physician, adolescent or adult mental health services, Addictions Foundation Manitoba, etc.) In all cases, parental permission must be obtained.

Threat Assessment
The school will respond to all student threats to self or others, through one or more of the following: administrative action, school division threat assessment protocols, through critical incident preparedness plans. Outside agencies and/or police involvement may be requested. Parent(s) will be informed

Police Notification
Police notification does not mean that police will lay charges in every situation; however, police should be notified for serious incidents that happen at school, during school-related activities in or outside school, or in other circumstances if the incident has a negative impact on the school environment. Parent(s) will be notified unless police direct otherwise.

Student Suspension from the Classroom
A student may be suspended from a classroom where they are a threat to others or where the student seriously disrupts the teaching and learning process. The teacher shall notify the parent(s) of the student, if the student is under the age of 18, and inform the parent of the right to appeal.

Student Suspension from the School
A principal may suspend a student from the school. Alternative programming may be arranged for the student. Parents will be notified of the suspension in person or by telephone, as soon as possible, followed by written notification within 24 hours.

Student Expulsion
A school board may expel from a school any student who, upon investigation by the school board, is found to be guilty of conduct injurious to the school environment.4

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GVSD Code of Conduct

gvsd logo 1[Download Code of Conduct Brochure:  GVSD_Code_of_Conduct_brochure-June_2015.pdf ]

MISSION STATEMENT
The Mission of Garden Valley School Division is to facilitate excellent education for children to become good neighbours, workers, and citizens.

CODE OF CONDUCT
The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to provide students, staff, trustees, and parents with information regarding safe and healthy schools.

Garden Valley School Division believes that all behaviour must contribute to a safe, inviting, and inclusive climate essential for effective teaching and learning to occur. All individuals in our schools have a responsibility to contribute to the learning process, ensuring that they do not infringe upon the rights of others.

Education is a right — School is a privilege.1

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
All staff, parents, and students have a responsibility to maintain a safe, caring, and respectful environment.

Staff will:
 Establish and maintain an environment in the division, school, or school-sponsored activity which is respectful, supportive, orderly, and pleasant.
 Treat students and fellow employees in a fair, consistent manner.
 Be role models in establishing a positive tone.
 Take responsibility for continuous professional growth.
 Maintain confidentiality.
 Evaluate student achievement and explain the evaluation procedures to be used in each course.
 Communicate information about student progress, attendance, and behaviour to the student, parents, and administrators involved.
 Respect and meet the diverse needs of all learners.

Parents will:
 Be role models for their children in order to establish positive values and respect for fellow students, school personnel, and property.
 Maintain open, courteous communication with all staff members and, wherever possible, take concerns directly to their source.
 Attend school events and meetings and provide positive input and support for the school.
 Promote and model the rights and diversity of all members in the school community.

Students will:
 Take pride in their school: respect school property and the personal belongings of others. Assuming responsibility if he or she destroys, damages, loses school or division property, the student will seek to restitute the situation.
 Develop self-discipline: behave appropriately so as not to interfere with the learning and rights of others. Interpersonal conflicts and difficulties will be resolved through discussions with the other person or through seeking assistance from school personnel.
 Take pride in their work, their appearance, and in their accomplishments. Behaving in a respectful manner, they will be aware of and follow the expectations of the GVSD code of conduct and policies.
 Attend school and classes regularly and punctually. Be prepared for all classes by bringing required materials and completed homework as assigned by GVSD staff members.
 Respect the rights and diversity of other members in the school community.1, 2

PROACTIVE STRATEGIES
 Provide diversity and equity education to staff and students.
 Build school/community partnerships.
 Support student activities and organizations that promote equity, understanding and respect for all.
 Sincere, honest, frank, and respectful communication among all those involved in the educational process.2, 3

INTERVENTION STRATEGIES
Interventions and consequences may be applied as appropriate to the context, but they need not be applied in the order they appear in this code of conduct. Schools may expand upon the list of appropriate interventions and disciplinary consequences as long as the additional items are consistent with GVSD policy. Restitution principles will be used in interventions and consequences.

Informal Discussion
A teacher or administrator speaks with the student(s) to reach an agreement regarding the student’s behaviour. Parent(s) may be contacted in some circumstances. Students who are 18 years of age or older, must give their consent to contact parents.

Parental Involvement
Contact is made with the parent(s) to discuss the student’s specific behaviour, and the steps necessary to change it. The contact may vary from a telephone conversation to a formal conference at the school with parent(s), student, and school personnel.

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