Code of Conduct
Our code of Student Behaviour is intended to help create and maintain a positive learning environment. It is based upon respect for self, consideration and courtesy toward others, cooperation with and respect for staff, respect for school property and pride in our school and its accomplishments. Every student at Beamsville is expected to be familiar with and follow our Code of Conduct as revised by the Province of Ontario in April 2000.
Each student must develop a sense of self discipline and personal responsibility toward the school society as well as the larger community outside the school. The administration, staff and students have created a tradition that is committed to common sense rules, safety and law and order.
EXPECTATIONS . . .
Students are expected to:
- attend school and classes;
- be on time for all classes;
- come to school free from the influence of alcohol and illegal drugs;
- dress in an appropriate manner for a school setting (see details pg.13-15)
- avoid displays of affection in a manner inappropriate for a public setting;
- always behave honestly;
- respect the rights of others;
- behave appropriately when engaged in school activities;
- keep the cafeteria and other school locations clean and attractive.
CONSEQUENCES . . .
Inappropriate behaviour may result in the following consequences: detention, interview with teacher, administration; contact with parent/guardian; parent/guardian interview; withdrawal from activities; loss of privileges (ie. bus); making restitution; suspension.
GENERAL RULES OF CONDUCT. . .
All staff members including administration, teachers, secretaries educational assistants, and custodians have the right to check the conduct of students on school property at any time.
A student will immediately identify him/herself by name to any of the above upon request.
When disciplined, a student will be expected to be courteous and obedient. If you are asked to leave a class by a teacher, you must do so immediately, report to the main office and complete a conduct report.
Students with no assigned class will be either in the cafeteria, library studying, or off school property.
Students excused from class will move quietly to their destination and return to class as quickly as possible.
Cell phones are not permitted during class time. Use of these devices during class time will result in confiscation.
Only personal listening devices (i.e. MP3 players) are acceptable at school, but not in class during instructional time.
The possession of any kind of weapon, explosive or incendiary device (including firecrackers) is prohibited. Police will be contacted as necessary.
At Beamsville District Secondary School it is the belief that student dress should be appropriate to an academic setting, create a separation between the street and the school and contribute to an overall positive image of our school. Both the Parent Advisory Council and Student Council have endorsed this new Dress Code which complies with District School Board of Niagara and Ministry of Education policies.
To create a consistent approach to school dress between the elementary and secondary schools of Beamsville and to enhance an educational environment and tone conducive to the achievement of excellence, the following rules concerning student dress have been adopted and applied to both male and female attire.
This dress code will have a minimum impact or influence on most Beamsville District Secondary School students since the vast majority of students presently dress in a fashion that complies with these rules. The stated rules serve to answer questions and confirm decisions made by teachers, students and parents about appropriate school dress.
Teachers will refer students with questionable attire to administration. All final decisions concerning the appropriateness and consequences of student attire will be made by school administration.
- Head-coverings (bandanas, headbands, kerchiefs, wave caps, hoods, visors, etc.) are to be removed before entering the school or when participating in school field trips or activities. Head dresses or head coverings worn for religious purposes are exempt. Classroom teachers have been authorized to set a firm hat rule in their classes, labs or shops. This social and traditional sign of respect and courtesy is not only a point of established Canadian etiquette, but has also proven to be a good security practice which allows quick and easy identification of students and/or trespassers. As a result, its inclusion in school dress codes is wide spread in the majority of the board’s schools.
- Metal spike studded collars, wrist bands, etc. and “hardware” chains (used as wallet chains or jewellery) are not to be present in the school, school sponsored field trips or activities. These items can serve as open displays of potential weapons and contribute to an intimidating school atmosphere.
- Halter-tops, tube tops, tank tops (excluding school athletic uniforms that are worn in game and/or practice situations), muscle shirts, see-though or mesh tops (unless worn with an undershirt) are not to be worn. Blouses, dresses, shirts or tops that reveal bare backs, midriffs or undergarments or that have spaghetti straps or revealing necklines are not to be worn in B.D.S.S. classes, hallways, class activities or on field trips. Sleeveless tops, that do not fall under the aforementioned restrictions, are allowed.
- Shorts and skirts are to be of a length that is appropriate to a school environment and activity and that does not reveal undergarments in the normal range of movement.
- Low riding pants, shorts or skirts are to be worn above the hip points and in such a fashion that undergarments are not revealed. Such “immodest” dress (as outlined in 3., 4., and 5.), although fashionable outside the school environment, is not conducive to creating an environment that has education as its central focus. The school’s role is to encourage self-respect, positive school tone and student interaction alongside traditional education and career preparation.
- All clothes are to be clean and in good repair, free from holes and tears. If necessary, students may access repair kits and washing machines at the school.
- Footwear appropriate to the subject area or activity must be worn at all times. Safety and health must always be a major school concern.
- Clothing which advertises or promotes alcoholic beverages, drugs, violence or racism or that displays obscene, DISTASTEFUL or hurtful messages are not to be worn in B.D.S.S. or in any of its activities or field trips. Healthy lifestyles and a positive school culture and tone are integral to the creation and enhancement of a school environment committed to the achievement of personal and academic excellence.
- No “gang” associated clothing, symbol or paraphernalia is to be worn or displayed in the school, in school activities and field trips or on school property. A school environment that is conducive to the achievement of excellence must be free from the fear and intimidation associated with gang activity.
- We would prefer that all outdoor coats and jackets be placed in student lockers and left in lockers until the student leaves the school. Safety concerns and the easier identification of students and potential trespassers, provides the motivation for the inclusion of this ruling.
- Back-packs are allowed in the classrooms dependent upon the classroom teacher’s permission and the requirement that all back-packs can fit under and can be safely stored under classroom student desks. As always, safety and security is a major concern for schools.
Consequences for infractions could range from one or a combination of the following:
- a warning,
- surrendering of hat/head-covering to staff and holding of hat/head-covering by administration until the end of the instructional day,
- coverup instruction,
- dismissal from school to go home, to change and to return,
- suspension for persistent disregard or repeated, regular offences of school rules.
Contact will be made with the home in the case of (D), (E) and (F).