To provide direction for school staff as they establish welcoming, inclusive, safe and healthy learning environments, implement discipline processes and develop Student Rights and Responsibilities documents, in alignment Board Policy HG.BP – Student Behaviour and Conduct.
Behaviour refers to the way a person acts in a specific situation.
Conduct refers to a person’s behaviour over time, as observed by others.
Academic Integrity is honest and responsible academic behaviour. Students are expected to submit original work, acknowledge sources, and conduct themselves ethically in the completion of assessments and examinations.
Bullying is defined in the School Act as “repeated and hostile or demeaning behaviour by an individual in the school community where the behaviour is intended to cause harm, fear or distress to one or more other individuals in the school community, including psychological harm or harm to an individual’s reputation.” Bullying can take different forms: physical (pushing, hitting); verbal (name-calling, threats); social (exclusion, rumours); and electronic (using technology to harass or threaten). As per the School Act, bullying also includes “the distribution of an intimate image of another person knowing that the person depicted in the image did not consent to the distribution, or being reckless as to whether or not that person consented to the distribution.”
Conflict occurs when there is a breakdown in relationships between individuals that results from a disagreement or misunderstanding. While conflicts may require adult intervention, they are considered to be a natural part of how students learn to navigate relationships.
Restorative practice is an approach that brings together those who have caused harm and those who have been harmed to openly resolve the issue. Restorative practice can range in formality, however it always involves an agreed upon action to repair harm and mend relationships.
Student Rights and Responsibilities is a requireddocument for each District school. The Student Rights and Responsibilities document aligns with the requirements of Board Policy HG.BP – Student Behaviour and Conduct and requirements of the School Act.
Threat-risk assessment is the process to determine if a threat-maker actually poses a risk to a target or targets they have threatened, and to determine appropriate interventions and supports to ensure safety.
(please see Sections 1(1)(b.1), 1.1, 12 to 16, 16.2, 18, 20, 24, 25, 27 and 45.1)