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Code of Conduct

Each responsible student contributes to the well being and success of everyone at Watson Road Elementary. 

I am a kind, safe, responsible and respectful learner!!

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Student Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct applies while at school, at a school-related activity, or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have impact on the school environment.  Guidelines for appropriate student behaviour reflect the school's philosophy of care and respect, positive relationships, and a strong sense of belonging.  Conduct guidelines focus on the expectation that students will take personal responsibility for their behaviour.  This responsibility applies not only to academic studies, but also to the treatment of other people and the use and care of school facilities, equipment, textbooks, and supplies.

Expected behaviour is described, co-created for each classroom, taught and reviewed at the beginning of every school year.  Students who make unexpected choices which infringe on a student's right will have an opportunity to review the acceptable behaviour and our school wide expectations. Students are expected to be honest to themselves and others.  Openness and honesty promotes positive relations with others.  Dishonesty has a negative effect on a student's reputation and the reputation of the school.  It also infringes on a student's right to be respected.

If students fail to exhibit their best behaviour in theses areas, a sequential, consistent, and fair discipline process will be put into effect. Consequences applied for inappropriate conduct will be communicated to parents/guardians.  In addition to our school-based guidelines and expectations, students at Watson are expected to be aware that more serious violations of the code of Conduct will be dealt with in accordance with SD#23 discipline regulations (Policy reg. 5600).  The school promotes 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 of discriminatory publications and the discrimination in accommodation services and facility in the school environment.

Intervention Practices

When students are reported for contravening the Code of Conduct, the situation will be dealt with in the following manner. Action plans for remediation and/or restitution (consequences) will be put into place at all levels.


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Serious violations that contravene the school and district Codes of Conduct.. ie. Those that repeatedly occur, are dangerous to the safety of other students, teachers, and support staff, may cause health hazards, or may contribute criminal acts, could lead to the following consequences:

  • Definite Suspension (1 – 10 days) in-school or at home
  • Indefinite Suspension (in excess of 10 days) At home with no return to school until heard by the School District Discipline Committee

Please note:  School District #23 Discipline Regulations requires that the Principal must use discretion in determining the seriousness of the situation and that the issuing of appropriate consequences may include, or be precluded by, counsellor intervention.  Special considerations may apply to students with special needs.  If they are unable to comply with a Code of Conduct due to having a disability of an intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional or behavioural nature.

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Responsible Student Use of Personal Technology Devices, School Technology, and District Networks

The purpose of using network services and digital technologies while in educational settings is to engage in responsible educational activities.  Therefore, the use of personal technology devices, school technologies, and district network services requires students to abide by the school's Code of Conduct and procedures, as well as Central Okanagan Public Schools Policy 486: Student Use of Network Services and Digital Technologies.  

Some examples of responsible use with district and personal devices include the following:

  • Act responsibly when accessing technology and district networks, including the Internet in their school.
  • Use technology equipment and property according to all applicable rules and with care and respect.
  • Engage in appropriate use as directed by school staff.
  • Respect the safety and privacy of self and others and do not provide personal contact information about themselves or other students.
  • Treat others with respect and kindness when using digital devices and network services.
  • Respect resource limits of the network services and do not engage in activities that jeopardize the integrity, security or performance of the network.
  • Understand the importance of privacy and security and take all reasonable precautions when accessing network services and digital technologies.

The use of Personal Technology Devices, School Technology, and District Networks is a privilege and usage may be revoked at any time for inappropriate conduct. Schools will not be held responsible for any misplaced, lost, stolen, or broken items brought to school by students. Use of network services and digital technologies which violate the terms outlined in policy and/or the School's Code of Conduct may result in serious consequences including definite or indefinite suspensions and/or police intervention

 
Dress Code:  Watson Road with the Watson Road Parent Advisory Council, considers the classroom as a "place of business".  Appropriate will be defined here as right and correct for the school setting and functions, conducive to learning, not distracting from or disruptive to the learning process, intimidating to others, make any other student or adult in the building uncomfortable,   Students are expected to refrain from dress styles which promote, imitate or celebrate violence, intimidation, racism, sexism, hatred towards others, gang association, sex, or alcohol/drug use.  Clothes should not display language which is sexual, explicit, defamatory or offensive to any members of the school community.  In addition, footwear must be worn at all times for health and safety reasons.  Students or visitors to Watson Road who do not meet the dress code will be respectfully required to change into appropriate attire or asked to leave the property.

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