DISTRICT INFORMATION & CODE OF CONDUCT
All middle schools in School District 23 have a set of common policies, which help to promote the healthy growth and development of their students. Some specifics about these policies are listed below.
Closed Campus - All middle schools in SD23 are closed campuses
- Students may not leave the school campus at any time during the school day.
- Students stay at school for lunch.
- Once students arrive on campus they are expected to be on campus and in classes until the end of the day.
- Students not in an extra-curricular activity are asked to leave campus promptly at dismissal and not loiter in the halls or school grounds.
- Students may NOT skateboard, scooter or bicycle on School District 23 property and are encouraged to wear approved helmets when travelling to and from school.
- Students must walk their bicycles and scooters and carry skateboards once on school property.
It is not appropriate for middle year students to display behaviours of a romantic or sexual nature at school. A simple “high five" or “fist bump" is appropriate.
Smoking/Vaping/Drugs/Alcohol and Energy Drinks
Cigarette smoking is a health hazard both for the smoker and anyone in the vicinity of the smoke.
- All middle schools in SD23 are part of a Drug Free Zone. This means that there is no tolerance for drugs, cigarettes, e-cigarettes/vapes, or alcohol being used or distributed at school or anywhere within the school's drug-free zone.
- It is illegal for anyone under the age of eighteen to be in possession of cigarettes. This means that smoking is not permitted anywhere within the school, on school grounds or within sight of the school. Students may not smoke at any school sponsored field trip or activity.
- Cigarettes, vapes and other smoking paraphernalia are not permitted at school.
- Springvalley Middle School does not support the consumption of energy drinks – this is a form of self-medicating. Parents are advised that if students bring energy drinks to school they will be confiscated.
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. Ensure that personal use of electronic communications systems neither interferes with, nor distracts from, their learning or the learning of others.
- Use technology equipment and property according to all applicable rules and with care and respect.
- Engage in appropriate use as directed by school staff. Practice safe online behaviour and report any inappropriate communication (e.g., distribution of information harmful to others or information regarding a potentially dangerous situation that may threaten the safety of others).
- 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.
- Cell phones and other digital technology, including i-pods and other music players, may be brought to school. If a parent deems it important for a student to bring such items, they are to be left in the student's locker until the end of the day. Electronics must remain in the student's locker throughout the day, unless a particular teacher asks that the device be brought to a particular class.
- Laser pointers are NOT to be brought to school.
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.
Students are expected to be well groomed and wear clothing appropriate for the activities of the day. The following regulations pertain to the dress of students:
- Clothes must not present a hazard to the student or to others.
- Clothing/jewelry with references to drugs, alcohol, sex, violence, prejudice/racism or profanity is NOT permitted.
- Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. No slippers or socks for example.
- Outside jackets are to be left in lockers. Students are encouraged to use a hoodie in class if they feel chilled.
- Please remember this is a place of work and learning. Dress accordingly.
SUPPORTING STUDENT CONDUCT:
We have developed a three-tiered plan to support SMS students with their behaviour choices. Our approach is collaborative and based on the premise that "kids do well, if they can" (Dr. Ross Greene, 2005). The school will work closely with the family to help support our students to become responsible and compassionate members of our society.