Code of Conduct

 

 

 
     
 
 
 

 

Code of Conduct

 

A Beaconsfield High School student is one who:

Is polite and respectful to everyone
Respects school property and the property of others
Follows the school dress code
Knows and follows the safety rules:
  In the classroom, gym, cafeteria & hallways
  On the bus
  During fire, evacuation and lockdown drills
Uses proper and respectful language
Avoids disrupting class in any way
Avoids physically or verbally aggressive behaviour in person or online
Respects authority, i.e. listens to and obeys the person in charge
Does his/her best work at all times
Completes homework assignments and projects on time
Is on time for school and classes
Is prepared for class with all his or her books & supplies
Values his or her health and does not use drugs and/or alcohol or cigarettes
Uses technology in a positive & productive manner

 

 

RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

All members of the BHS school community have rights, but along with those rights come responsibilities:

 

STUDENT RIGHTS STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
Students are entitled to: Students will:
- a meaningful education   -

know and obey the school rules outlined in the Code of Conduct

- a challenging & positive learning environment   -

be courteous, punctual and learning environment cooperative

- freedom from physical & verbal harassment   - respect school & other’s property
- be disciplined in a respectful and humane way   - not disrupt the educational progress
- feel secure to report incidents of harassment   - be disciplined in a respectful of others
      - be responsible for missed work
      - strive for his or her personal best
      - use the Agenda Book to organize his or her work
TEACHER RIGHTS TEACHER RESPONSIBILITIES
Teachers are entitled to:   Teachers will:
- expect reasonable & appropriate behaviour from students   - ensure the rights & responsibilities of students
- support from the Administration in the performance of their duties   - enforce the Code of Conduct
- cooperation & respect from all students in or out of the classroom   - contact parents/guardians when  necessary
      - plan and conduct an appropriate program
      - establish clear, consistent & fair guidelines for students
      - communicate clear expectations in terms of evaluation
      - evaluate in a transparent and fair manner
PARENT/GUARDIAN RIGHTS PARENT/GUARDIAN RESPONSIBILITIES
Parents/Guardians are entitled to:   Parents/Guardians will:
- know the objectives & method of evaluation of the curriculum   - take an active interest in their child’s progress in school and discuss it with him or her
- receive regular communications from the school   - ensure the punctuality and daily attendance of their child
- confer with teachers and/or administrators regarding concerns for their child   - collaborate with the school in developing their child’s positive attitudes towards learning & responsible conduct
- receive 24 hours notice of an after school detention for Cycle 1 students      

 

BHS STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

 

The goals of the BHS Code of Conduct are:

To establish and maintain a positive school climate in which learning can take place

To help the students develop a sense of self discipline and responsibility in the school community

To protect the basic rights of all members of the school community

To ensure that all students receive a sound educational experience

To provide this safe and enjoyable school climate where learning can take place, rules and regulations for conduct are necessary.

Each student has the obligation to respect the rules outlined in the Code of Conduct. Failure to comply with these rules will bring about specific disciplinary sanctions. Disciplinary sanctions are graded and applied according to the severity of the infraction, its frequency or both.


Minor violations of this code of behaviour will be handled by the classroom teacher or person in authority who will use disciplinary measures of support and encouragement such as:

Verbal reminders of the appropriate way to behave
Practicing the correct behaviour
Peer support to learn the appropriate behaviour through modelling
Removal of privileges
A conference with the student
An assigned detention for reflection
Teacher contact with the student’s parent or guardian by phone
A conference with the student’s parent/guardian in person
Referral to the administration

Repeated or major violations will result in an Incident Report to the appropriate grade level administrator. Disciplinary sanctions will be applied according to the severity of the infraction. These sanctions may take a variety of forms:

A conference with the student
A phone call to the parents/guardians
A letter home to the parents/guardians
A requested conference with the parents/guardians
Assigned administrative detentions at lunch, before or after school
Assigned time in the planning room
Pedagogical day or Saturday detentions
Community service
School maintenance tasks
Out of School Suspension
Expulsion

Out of School Suspension is applied when the student’s conduct is such that his or her continued presence in the classroom or the school is very problematic. The following are some examples of situations that may warrant an Out of School Suspension:

The student has been involved in an act of physical and/or verbal aggression towards any member of the school community.

The student refuses to accept disciplinary measures imposed by school authorities.

The student consistently refuses to abide by the school’s rules of conduct & safety.

The student’s behaviour seriously interferes with the education of others.

The student is a danger to himself/herself or others.

During an Out of School Suspension the student is denied access to the school and the educational services offered therein. As well, students are denied access to social, athletic and any other extra-curricular activities even if they take place after the regular school hours.


Students who have been suspended from school may not return to school unless accompanied by a parent/guardian. If a student is unaccompanied by a parent/guardian when they return to school after a suspension they must report to the planning room where they will remain until a parent meeting takes place. In all cases, parents/guardians are advised of the suspension in writing and by telephone. Communication with the administrator must take place in order to discuss conditions for re-entry to school.


The administration will not hesitate to refer serious offenders to the police. In addition, the School Board has the power to levy extended suspensions and to expel students from the school.


It should be noted that the procedures and guidelines for suspension and expulsion are administered according to the Lester B. Pearson School Board’s Safe School Policy and Article 78 of the Education Act.


 

RULES OF BEHAVIOUR

 

RESPECT FOR SELF:

Attendance:

Students must attend all their classes

Students must be on time for school and class

 

Dress Code:

Students must dress appropriately for school. Ripped or torn clothing, short shorts or skirts, T-shirts with unacceptable language or promoting violence, drugs or sexual innuendo, halter tops/tube tops/bikini tops, visible underwear, low riding pants, excessive cleavage, outdoor clothing and attire exposing the midriff are all forbidden in school.

Students are not allowed to wear headgear of any kind e.g. hats, hoods, bandanas, visors, etc. (exception: for religious purposes)

Offensive jewellery of any kind is not allowed.

Students are expected to change clothes for phys-ed and dance classes.

A school Phys-ed T-shirt is compulsory for Secondary I, II, III & IV students. As well, all students must wear either sweatpants or gym shorts as part of their gym uniform. School Phys-ed T-shirts may be purchased from the Phys-Ed Department during the first days of school.

 

Smoking:

Students are not allowed to smoke anywhere on school property. Bill 112 of the Quebec Tobacco Act prohibits smoking for everyone on school grounds.

 

Lunch Hour:

Cycle One students are not permitted to leave school property during school hours, this includes morning drop off time. Failure to comply will result in an automatic suspension. Cycle Two students have the privilege of leaving school property, but are expected to respect the privacy and property of the Beaconsfield residents who live near by and the merchants whose establishments they frequent.

 

 

RESPECT FOR OTHERS:

Attitude:

Students must show respect for all members of the school community. They are expected to be cooperative and polite at all times.

Disruptive behaviour that impedes the learning of others will not be tolerated.

Offensive language will never be tolerated.

Physical aggression will not be tolerated, e.g. Fighting, play fighting, birthday “beats” etc.

A student who refuses to identify themselves to an adult or who refuses to accompany a staff member to the office when asked to do so is exhibiting insubordination and may be suspended.

In accordance with the Safe School Policy students shall not harass other members of the BHS community. Harassment includes bullying, cyber-bullying, racial/ethno-cultural harassment or discrimination, physical or verbal abuse, slander and sexual harassment or discrimination.

Students are expected to respect the rules of conduct for special areas of the school, e.g. labs, library, gym etc.

 

Classroom:

Students must show respect for all members of the school community. They are expected to be cooperative and polite at all times.

Disruptive behaviour that impedes the learning of others will not be tolerated.

Offensive language will never be tolerated.

Physical aggression will not be tolerated, e.g. Fighting, play fighting, birthday “beats” etc.

A student who refuses to identify themselves to an adult or who refuses to accompany a staff member to the office when asked to do so is exhibiting insubordination and may be suspended.

In accordance with the Safe School Policy students shall not harass other members of the BHS community. Harassment includes bullying, cyber-bullying, racial/ethno-cultural harassment or discrimination, physical or verbal abuse, slander and sexual harassment or discrimination.

Students are expected to respect the rules of conduct for special areas of the school, e.g. labs, library, gym etc.

 

Electronic Devices:

Students are strongly discouraged from bringing electronic equipment to school. Should they choose to do so, the school is not responsible for the loss or damage of such equipment.

MP3 players may be used in the halls at lunchtime and before and after school. Their use in the classroom is at each classroom teacher’s discretion. They should never be visible in the hallways during class time or in between classes.

Cell phones may not be used in the school building at any time. If a cell phone is brought to school it must remain off and out of sight. Cell phones may only be used outside the building.

Technical devices, such as camera phones, recording devices or computers may not be used to invade or threaten personal privacy or to disrupt the safe & secure culture for learning.

Sound systems, speakers, large radios/CD players, school bag speakers, etc. are not permitted in school.

 

Technology:

The use of the school’s computers is a privilege not a right. Students are expected to conduct themselves responsibly.

All students and their parents must read and sign the “Appropriate Use of the Computer Internet Communications Policy”. Students will not be allowed to use a school computer unless they and their parents have signed this document.

 

Cyber Misconduct:

Cyber-bullying is the use of technology to threaten, ridicule, spread rumours or defame character and will not be tolerated.

The misuse of technology to invade or threaten personal privacy or to disrupt the school’s culture of learning will not be tolerated. Serious cases of cyber misconduct may warrant suspensions and/or removal from the school community. Cyber threats will be reported to local law enforcement.

 

Illegal Substances, Weapons & Other Prohibited Items & Gambling:

Weapons (real or replica), alcohol or illegal drug possession or use or drug paraphernalia of any kind are not permitted on school property as governed by the School Board’s Safe School Policy.

In the case of a student entering class who shows signs of having used alcohol or controlled substance and/or whose behaviour is disruptive to other students’ right to learn their parents will be informed and asked to collect the student immediately.

In the case of students caught dealing/supplying controlled substances, the police will be involved and removal from the school will be sought.
In the case of a student bringing weapons (real or replica) to school the police will be involved and the sanctions of the Safe School Policy will be enforced.
Gambling of any kind is not allowed on school property.
Laser pointers, lighters, water guns, fire crackers, caps, stink bombs, spray paint, hazardous materials and “hornets” are not allowed on school property.

 

Student Drivers:

Student drivers who are legally licensed and wish to bring a car or any other motorized vehicle to school must first obtain permission from administration and must also complete a “Motorized Vehicle Registration Form” which will be available in the main office.

All student drivers are obliged to park in the first 10 parking spaces closest to Beaurepaire Drive. The administration reserves the right to revoke this privilege if circumstances warrant it.

All drivers are expected to follow the Quebec Highway Code while on school property.

 

Transportation:

Students must behave on the school bus. This means staying in their seats, refraining from eating or drinking, talking in a quiet manner, being polite to the driver and being on time at their bus stop.

Skateboards and hockey sticks are not allowed on the bus. Skates are allowed but must have guards and be in a schoolbag. Students may not take any other school bus but their own. Also, guests are not allowed on the school bus at any time.

Parents who are dropping off their children at school are asked to use the designated drop off zone to the north of the front door. Four cars at a time are allowed to drop off. If there are more than four cars please wait until the drop off zone is vacated. Please note the crosswalk must be kept clear of cars at all times.
Skateboards, roller blades, shoes with wheelies are not to be used on school property.
Students riding their bicycles to school must park and chain their bikes in the bike racks at the front of the school’s main parking lot.

 

RESPECT FOR THE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT:

 

General Cleanliness:

Students are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the school environment both indoors and outdoors. Littering will not be tolerated.

Students must keep all food in the cafeteria. Eating in the halls is not allowed.

Students are expected to clean up after themselves in the cafeteria i.e. put all their garbage in the garbage cans.
Coats & jackets are not allowed while in line in the cafeteria.
Vandalism, graffiti and the destruction or careless use of school property is prohibited. Students & their parents will be expected to pay restitution for any damage/breakage/vandalism the student may cause.
Tampering with the fire alarm system or any other safety equipment will not be tolerated and may be cause for suspension.

 

Hallways:

Students are expected to walk in an orderly manner and keep to the right in the hallways.

Pushing, shoving, running, shouting, swearing, or rowdy behaviour will not be tolerated in the hallways.

Students are expected to keep hallways clean i.e. put paper in the supplied garbage cans.
Excessive displays of affection will not be tolerated.

 

Lockers:

Lockers are on loan to students and must not be damaged in any way.

Students should not share their combination with anyone.

Students are not allowed to have more than one locker.
Students must have a separate lock for their gym locker and must not leave valuables unattended in an open gym locker during gym class.
Tampering with or destroying the locks of others is prohibited.
The police will be called for anyone caught breaking into lockers.
The administration has the authority to open and search contents of lockers if circumstances warrant such a procedure.
Students caught vandalising their locker or any other locker will be asked to pay for all costs related to the vandalism.

 

Front Lobby:

The entrance to the school is a place where we create the first impression of BHS. Students are asked not to congregate in front of the doors to the school or inside the front lobby (including the area beside the doors to the B100 corridor) so that students, faculty, staff, parents and visitors to the school can make their way into the building with ease.

 

School Visitors:

BHS students are not allowed to visit other schools during the school day, including during lunch time.

Students from other schools are not allowed in the BHS building or anywhere on school property during the school day.

 

Detentions:

Lunch time detentions assigned by administrators are 30 minutes in length.

Eating, talking and listening to music are prohibited during a detention

Students are expected to be punctual.
If a detention is missed it is doubled. If the student doesn’t attend the doubled detentions he/she may be suspended.
After school and before school detentions may also be assigned at the discretion of the administrator.

 

 

ACADEMIC POLICIES:

 

Homework:

Homework must be completed and handed in at the assigned times.

Homework should be recorded daily in the school agenda.

Plagiarism is forbidden. Plagiarism is defined as using someone else’s work (i.e. text, images, ideas…) as one’s own without proper acknowledgement. (i.e. quotation marks, citation, footnotes, bibliography, etc…)
Any work considered to be plagiarized will be confiscated and will result in a zero.
In Cycle I students should be prepared for approximately 60 minutes, on average, of homework each day. In Cycle II students should be prepared for approximately 90 to 150 minutes, on average, of homework each day.

 

Classroom Tests:

Students & parents should do everything possible to guarantee attendance for tests.

Students are required to present a note from a parent when missing a class test or assignment.

Consideration for a missed test will only be given for a valid reason.
A grade of zero will be given for missing a test/assignment for a non-valid reason.
Talking, eyes wandering or communicating of any kind during a test can be perceived as cheating.
Notes and papers other than those required for the test can be considered cheating.

 

Evaluation and Examination Periods:

In all instances, students and parents should consider that the end of terms and the end of semesters are critical times for evaluation.

Student attendance during evaluation periods (December & May) is critical.

The introduction of extended examinations and learning evaluation situations at all grade levels makes consistent student attendance critical during the evaluation period.
Absences during the evaluation periods can only be excused for the following reasons:
  Serious illness or accident confirmed by a medical report or certificate
  Death of a close relative
  A court summons
  Participation in a sporting or cultural event of national or international stature. This definition does not extend to include cross-border competitions or tournaments.
  Personal or immediate family crisis confirmed through meeting with school administration.
Accommodation will be made only for students with a valid absence during an evaluation period. Students with unjustified or invalid absences during those periods will be marked accordingly by classroom teachers.
Students must be in school every day during the months of December and May for the evaluation periods and during the month of January and June for the examination periods. The student’s success will depend on consistent attendance during these time periods.

 

Textbooks and Library Books:

All textbooks and library books are the property of Beaconsfield High School and the Lester B. Pearson School Board. They are loaned to students for the duration of their course.

Textbooks or library books that are lost or damaged beyond normal wear and tear will have to be replaced at the expense of the student.

Final report cards will be held back if a student has not handed in their textbooks or library books at the end of the year.

 

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY:

 

School attendance is required by law and should be taken seriously. It is one of the major factors contributing to success at school.

 

Absences:

If a student cannot attend school the parent/guardian should call the school on that day to confirm the absence and send a note with the student on the day of their return.

On the day that the student returns to school he/she must have a note from their parent/guardian which should be presented to the homeroom teacher. An Admit to Class slip will then be given to the student to show to all of his/her teachers.

Please note that students will not be allowed back into class without an Admit to Class note.
If the student arrives after homeroom period they must present their parent’s note to the main office for an Admit to Class slip.
All unauthorized absences will be sanctioned.
Students who are absent have the responsibility to catch up on information and work missed.
Chronic absences affect academic performance and a meeting with parents will be requested to resolve the problem.
Please note that teachers are not required to provide work for students who are absent, especially for extended holidays.

 

Signing In & Out:

Students may only sign out from school during the day with the written permission of their parents.

When a student has a note to leave early they must present it at the Main Office or the Cycle 1 Office and sign out.

If students return to school during the day they must present themselves at the Main Office or Cycle 1 Office and sign in.

 

Lateness:

Late arrival at the beginning of the day or for any class is disruptive and will not be tolerated. A note from the student’s parent/guardian is required if a student is late. Students who are late without a note will be sanctioned.

Chronic lateness will not be tolerated. Sanctions will be applied to resolve the problem.

 

Skipping Class:

Skipping classes is prohibited. Sanctions will be assigned and parents may be notified.

Students will be expected to make up the time in detention.

The time skipped is doubled and then served in detention and/or the planning room.
Students who skip persistently may be suspended and/or sent to the planning room.

 

 

EXAM PROTOCOL:

 

Evaluation and Examination Periods:

The only valid/acceptable reason for missing a major exam is a doctor’s note or a death in the family.

Cell phones, Walkmans, MP3 Players, pagers and all other electronic devices are not allowed in the exam room. Students may leave their electronic device with the invigilator if they have forgotten, but they may not have the device on their person, on their desk or in anything that they are carrying. Failure to comply with this protocol may result in the confiscation of the equipment and the exam annulled.

Backpacks, bags and jackets are not permitted at the students’ desks in the Exam Room.
Students are required to bring their own pens, pencils, rulers, etc.
Although some exams require the use of a calculator, please note that some exams prohibit the use of graphing calculators, (i.e. Physical Science). Please make certain that you verify the materials you are permitted to bring with your teacher.
Calculators on electronic devices like phones or MP3 players may never be used in an exam.
Students are not to leave their seats during the examination.
A student may be dismissed from the exam room and have their test annulled for the following reasons:
Absences during the evaluation periods can only be excused for the following reasons:
  using materials not prescribed by the examination,
  knowingly helps another student or is helped by another student,
  attempting to communicate with another student
  exposing written papers or answer sheets to the view of another student.
 

Failure to comply with this protocol may result in the annulment of your exam.

 

 

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:

Participation in any ECA is a privilege, not a right, and is based on academic effort and good behaviour.

All work missed when a student is absent from class for any ECA will be made up by the student.
All assignments are due on the expected date regardless of absences because of any ECA.

 

 

FIELD TRIPS:

Participation in field trips, either a day trip or an overnight trip, is based on the following criteria:

Attendance: Too many absences or work not being up to date may result in the student not being allowed to go on the field trip

Overall Academic Standing: Students’ grades must be in good standing

Behaviour & Attitude: Students must exhibit positive and cooperative attitude in order to participate
All school fees must be paid before a student participates in any school field trip

 

 

DANCE RULES

No smoking anywhere, any time at school dances.

Students suspected of arriving under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be prohibited from entering the dance. Parents will be contacted and regular school discipline invoked.

Once inside the dance students are not permitted outside, unless they are leaving for the night.
Doors close at 9:30 PM. Students enter by the A Gym doors at the back of the school.
One guest per BHS student is allowed to be signed in for the dance. The BHS student is responsible for their guest. The guest’s full name and school must be on the guest list.
All BHS students & their guests must have their student ID with them to enter the dance.
Food & soft drinks are not allowed in the gym.
Cooperation is required at all times with organizers and staff.

 

 

GRAD BALL

 

The grad ball is an alcohol and drug free event. It is a privilege to attend not a right.

Any student who has been asked to leave BHS is not permitted to attend any grad activities or school functions.

Students must exhibit a positive and cooperative attitude in order to be allowed to attend the grad ball and/or grad exercises.
Guests of graduates, from outside the graduating class, who want to attend the grad ball are only allowed to attend at the discretion of the administration.

 

 

CONCLUSION:

 

A code of conduct is required to foster an atmosphere of cooperation, good citizenship, responsibility, respect and academic excellence, that is, a safe learning environment.

 
The Beaconsfield High School Code of Conduct listed above seeks to ensure that all members of the school community are provided with a satisfying, safe and positive educational experience.

 

 

 

PLAGIARISM POLICY

 

Most students are academically honest and work hard to develop their research and writing skills in order to present their own ideas in writing, film and podcast submissions.

Plagiarism is a serious academic offence that carries a heavy penalty as students move through their academic careers.
 

 

What is plagiarism?

  • Plagiarism is using others’ work or ideas and representing them as your own. (Dictionary.com)

  • Essentially, plagiarism is stealing or cheating because you are using others’ work as your own.


How to avoid plagiarism


Make sure you acknowledge the source of all information, ideas, images, and works you use in your school assignments. The MLA style (Modern Language Association) of referencing source material includes:

  • Parenthetical references

  • Works cited

  • Bibliography

 

When do I use citations and parenthetical references?

  • When you use the exact words of the author.

  • When you paraphrase the ideas of the author (even if you have made many changes to the original text).

  • When you use statistical information.

  • When you use another person’s images, film clips or music.

  • Research papers may contain numerous parenthetical references (source in brackets).
     

Remember

  • Submitting another person’s work as your own is plagiarism.

  • Changing a few words from another source is plagiarism and not your own work.

  • Paraphrasing by changing many words but presenting the ideas as your own is plagiarism.

  • Cutting and pasting from internet sources and essays or another student’s work is plagiarism.

  • Cite your sources and avoid plagiarism.

 

Consequences


Parents will be informed of school assignments with any form of plagiarism. Students’ marks will be penalized at the discretion of the teacher and/or administration.


Resources


Learn how to use MLA referencing and see examples of how to avoid plagiarism by visiting this website.

 

 

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