Mission Statement and Code of Conduct

MISSION STATEMENT:

In partnership with parents and the community, Whistler Secondary provides an environment that enables our students to realize their potential, to recognize their unique value as human beings, and to become productive, responsible citizens.

At Whistler Secondary School, we pursue excellence in all that we do and support each other in order to achieve our personal goals of success.

CODE OF CONDUCT:

Statement of Purpose
At Whistler Secondary, we view the pursuit of appropriate conduct as the shared activity of students, parents, staff members and the community. The primary objective of the Code of Conduct is to enable both staff and students to meet their needs in ways that not only work for them, but also respect the needs of others.
Our school will seriously treat behaviour or communication that discriminates based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, age, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity and expression (prohibited grounds set out in the BC Human Rights Code.
The Code of Conduct outlines general expectations for behaviour. The following list describes some negative behaviours that serve as examples only; it is not an all-inclusive list. Any breach of the Code of Conduct will result in disciplinary action as per school and Board policy. Students may be disciplined for violations which occur going to and from school; while off school property, such as on school buses, field trips; during evenings and weekends; or any circumstances where engaging in the activity will have an impact on the school environment, such as cyber-bullying.
1. Abuse: physical, verbal, or psychological, including fighting, bullying, harassment, threats, intimidation, extortion, or discrimination. This covers abuse occurring in person, via telephone, cell phone, the internet, or any other wireless communication.
2. Defiance of authority: use of profanity, confrontational behaviour, or lying when dealing with staff members.
3. Discrimination: Any statement, publication, notice, sign, symbol, emblem or other
representation that intends to discriminate against against a person or a group or class of persons, or is likely to expose a person or a group or class of persons to hatred or contempt because of the race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or age of that person or that group or class of persons.
4. Theft or damage to property.
5. Violence in any form.
6. Use of cell phones or other electronic devices during class time.
7. Possession of weapons, including replicas, and the use of anything as a weapon.
Firecrackers or other fireworks are included.
8. Possession of, use of, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol in and/or on school property.
9. Truancy or excessive tardiness.
10. Vandalism: includes any wilful damage to personal, school, or private property as well as information technology systems.
11. Disruption of classroom learning or official school functions.
12. Intrusion into other schools: visiting during the school day without permission, disrupting the learning environment and/or the safety of others.
13. Reckless operation of vehicles – including bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, and cars on school property.
14. Dress which is deemed inappropriate because it detracts from the learning
environment.

Acceptable conduct includes:

1. Treating and respecting self, others, the school, and the environment, with dignity and
consideration regardless of differences.
2. Acting in a positive, honest and straightforward manner.
3. Promoting well being in our school and school community.
4. Putting our personal best effort into our work and all other school activities.
5. Striving for excellence in all school endeavours.
6. Following classroom, school, district rules and….BEING ON TIME,
READY, WILLING, and PREPARED TO LEARN.
Consequences are restorative in nature rather than punitive and may include one or more of the following taking into account students’ age, maturity, and special needs.
1. Warnings
2. Time-outs/Make up time
3. Parent Conference
4. Restricted privileges
5. Payment, Community hours
6. Restorative Justice
7. RCMP notification
8. Suspension
Notification/Advisement of other parties: School officials have a responsibility to advise other parties of serious breaches in codes of conduct. Individuals and/or agencies that may need to be informed include a student’s parents, the parents of other students who were involved, school district officials, the police or other agencies where the law requires, or the parents of all students in the school, when the school community needs to be reassured that a serious situation is being addressed. Retaliation Prevention
Whistler Secondary will take all reasonable steps to prevent retaliation against a student
who has reported a breach of a code of conduct.