At Sentinel Secondary School, we have high standards for personal conduct as it involves other people, our environment, and our work. Moreover, we view the pursuit of appropriate conduct as a shared responsibility among students, parents and staff members. Our Code of Conduct is based on respect and responsibility. These expectations apply to behaviour at school, at school-organized or sponsored events, and at other times where inappropriate behaviour (including on-line behaviour) may negatively impact the school environment and/or student learning. Please note that special considerations may apply to specific students if they are unable to comply with a Code of Conduct expectation due to having an identified disability of an intellectual, physical, sensory, emotional or behavioural nature.
Sentinel Secondary School’s Code of Conduct is intended to establish and maintain a safe, caring and orderly environment for purposeful learning, and to establish and maintain appropriate balances among individual and collective rights, freedoms and responsibilities. Sentinel promotes the 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, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and age – in respect of discriminatory publication and discrimination in accommodation, service and facility in the school environment. The code of conduct also outlines expectations for student behaviour.
Our expectation is that everyone will adhere to Sentinel’s core Code of Conduct:
- Be on time.
- Attend regularly.
- Be prepared.
- Show respect.
- Do your best.
Acceptable Conduct (includes but is not limited to the following behaviours/expectations)
- Be considerate, caring, friendly and helpful.
- Respect others regardless of differences.
- Respect authority and adhere to classroom, school and district rules.
- Respect public and personal property.
- Actively promote the general welfare of the school.
- Refrain from violence or threats of violence.
- Work without disturbing others.
- Be dependable and accountable. Attend all classes on time.
- Maintain appropriate standards of hygiene, dress and language.
- Be positive, honest and straightforward in dealing with others.
- Report immediately all incidents of violence, bullying, or harassment to school employees.
- Understand it is the responsibility of the bystander to report and prevent activities that contravene school and district Codes of Conduct.
The Principal shall, in accordance with School Board policy, exercise paramount authority within the school in matters concerning the discipline of students. The board authorizes the Principal in School District #45 (West Vancouver) to suspend a student in violation of school rules for up to five school days, to adjust or terminate that suspension, and to delegate this authority to other administrative officers.
The School District Code of Conduct outlines very general expectations for student behaviour. The School Board realizes that sometimes students may have difficulty understanding how the Code of Conduct should be applied in everyday school life. Therefore, we have provided a list of unacceptable behaviours that would involve a breaking of the Code of Conduct by students resulting in disciplinary action:
- Behaviour or communication that discriminates based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex or sexual orientation.
- Abuse of others physically, verbally, or psychologically. This includes fighting, bullying, cyberbullying, intimidation, threatening or violent behaviours, extorting, or showing intolerance towards others because of their race, culture, dress, or other perceived differences while at school, at a school-related activity or in other circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school environment.
- Being a bystander or non-active participant in an incident of violence, bullying, or harassment.
- Disruption of classroom learning, official school functions, or the privacy of our school’s neighbours.
- Using inappropriate language or dressing in a way that detracts from the learning environment.
- Defiance of the authority of teachers and other employees; using profanity or confrontational behaviour in dealing with these adults.
- Skipping of classes and excessive tardiness.
- Going to other schools during the school day, without permission from an administrator.
- Plagiarism or cheating on tests, assignments or projects, or assisting someone else to cheat.
- Vandalism or other incidents of defacement of or damage to personal, school, or private property.
- Possession or use of firecrackers, fireworks, or weapons, including any object meant to imitate offensive weapons (e.g. plastic or toy guns).
- Possession or use of prohibited drugs, including alcohol and tobacco products. No smoking is allowed on school property at any time.
- Operation of a vehicle or other means of transport in a dangerous manner on school property (including cars, bicycles, rollerblades, and skateboards).