STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
As legislatively mandated by section 45.1(5) of the School Act, the Code of Conduct herein set out has the following purpose:
The goal of the school policy is to help students behave in ways that contribute to academic achievement and school success. It is also intended to support a learning environment that is welcoming, caring, respectful and safe. MVA expects all students to be active learners and responsible members of their learning community.
In order to ensure that students conduct themselves in an appropriate manner at all times, the students attending Mountain View Academy shall be subject to this Code of Conduct.
Students shall conduct themselves so as to reasonably comply with the following Code of Conduct:
- be diligent in pursuing their studies;
- attend school regularly and punctually;
- co-operate fully with everyone authorized by the board to provide education programs and other services;
- comply with school rules;
- be accountable to their teachers for their conduct;
- respect the rights of others;
- ensure that they contribute positively to the environment and culture of Mountain View Academy;
refrain from, report and not tolerate bullying or bullying behavior directed to others in the school, whether or not it occurs within the school building, during the school day, or by electronic means
Mountain View Academy Students are expected to:
- obey the law, board policies, and administrative procedures (if a student breaks the law, he/she can expect the police to be notified);
- be polite and courteous at all times;
- respect the person and the property of others. (Students responsible for willful damage to any school property or that of fellow students will repair or replace the damaged property. Graffiti is classified as “Damage to School Property.”);
- respect school property and carefully use and return all materials and equipment;
- be on time for all classes (chronic absenteeism or lateness will not be tolerated).
- come to class with necessary books and materials;
- complete all homework and assignments and meet required deadlines;
- see to it that school information to parents reaches home;
- keep their possessions, lockers and classrooms in a neat, tidy manner. Any litter in or out of the school is unnecessary and can reflect unfavourably on the school;
- use lockers for coats, personal items and backpacks (Middle and Sr. High students);
- turn cellphones into homeroom teachers upon arrival to school, for pick-up at 3:15;
- NOT throw snowballs, rocks or other dangerous objects in the school or on the grounds (roughhousing or fighting will not be tolerated);
- NOT bring nuisance items (water pistols, etc. and non-instructional materials (knives, matches, etc.) as they will be confiscated;
- walk, not run, in all corridors and classrooms in order to avoid injury and disturbance;
- move from one area of the building to another in a quiet and respectful manner. Other classes and meetings are usually in session and this ensures that their learning is not being compromised;
- NOT loiter in the school, parking lot or school grounds, before 8:00 am or after school past 3:30 pm;
- respect that MVA is a closed campus – only MVA students and parents/guardians are permitted at the school during school hours;
- speak only English in class. Other languages are to be spoken in second language class only; and
- NOT have public displays of affection in school, on the grounds, on the bus or at school activities.
Activities that constitute a violation of this Code of Conduct include, but are not limited to:
- unexcused absences from school;
- disruption in a class;
- failure to follow appropriate directives from a staff member;
- open opposition or willful disobedience to authority;
- vulgar or profane language, both oral and written, obscene gestures, etc. directed at another student or staff member
- bullying, whether in person during the school day or by electronic means;
- physical harm or assault upon others;
- fighting (verbal or physical);
- harassment or intimidation of a student or staff member
- improper touching of another person;
- gang activities,
- possession of weapons or any other items deemed a threat to safety in school,
- drug and alcohol use;
- improper conduct on busses or fieldtrips
- other conduct injurious to the moral tone or well-being of the school;
Unacceptable behavior may be grounds for disciplinary action, and provides the student with an opportunity for critical learning and reflection in the areas of personal accountability and responsibility, the development of empathy, as well as communication, conflict resolution, and social skills development.
In the assessment of the potential consequences of unacceptable behavior, Mountain View Academy shall also consider a student’s age, maturity, individual circumstances, and frequency of the misconduct. In addition, the specific circumstances of the situation and of the student must be taken into account when determining appropriate responses to unacceptable behavior.
When a student engages in unacceptable behavior, consequences may include, but are not limited to:
- discussion with the student in an attempt to help the student reach an understanding about how he/she should behave;
- temporary assignment of a student to an alternate supervised area within the school or temporary assignment of a student to an alternate learning location;
- short term removal of privileges including removal from school-related extra-curricular activities and/or groups;
- interventions such as positive behavior supports, contracts, counselling, restorative practices;
- student, parent and school personnel conferences to discuss how behavior will be corrected;
- replacement or retribution for loss of or damage to property;
- in-school or out of school suspension
- recommendation for expulsion
Mountain View Academy will ensure that support is proved for students who are impacted by inappropriate behavior, as well as for students who engage in inappropriate behavior.
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