Handbook / Conduct

Mission Statement

 Ecole Intermédiare Central/Central Middle School is a community of learners that values respect, responsibility, diversity, and excellence. Our school is committed to creating a learning environment which values inclusiveness and is free from all forms of discrimination.  For further information, please refer to the Policy and Regulation 4303, which can be found on the Greater Victoria School District website, and the BC Code of Human Rights.

Who do we want to be?!!!

Central Middle School is committed to a positive climate based on mutual respect.  We encourage students to reflect on their needs and the needs of others, to not merely comply with school rules, but to go further… to demonstrate respect for themselves, others, and the environment because it’s “the right thing to do.”  We address inappropriate behaviour, providing students with opportunities and encouragement to take ownership for their actions, fix their mistakes, and resolve issues in a positive manner.  Of course, there is a bottom line, and we are committed to a safe environment, free from discrimination, harassment, drugs and violence.

Beyond the basic expectations discussed below, Central Middle School provides students with many great ways to have fun and further develop social responsibility.  Through participation in regular classroom activities as well as numerous special events, fieldtrips, clubs, teams, and programs, students have the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of cooperative endeavours, contributing to the school and community-at-large.

All of these expectations and opportunities help Central Middle School to be a safe, purposeful, and positive place of learning.

Conduct Expectations

 Acceptable Conduct – we expect Central Middle School students to conduct themselves appropriately at school, coming to and going from school, and at any school sponsored activity.

Acceptable conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • Arrival on time for the start of the school day
  • Respecting self, others and the school property.
  • Acting in ways that are safe for self and others.
  • Treating all people with respect and understanding, regardless of differences.
  • Demonstrating honesty at all times.
  • Putting forth best efforts for all academic, athletic, and artistic pursuits.
  • Taking responsibility for their own actions.
  • Using “WITS” (Walk Away, Ignore, Talk it Out, Seek Help) when conflicts arise
  • ALWAYS seek help when a conflict gets out of hand.  We are here to help.
  • Listening to and respecting the direction of all adults on staff

Unacceptable Conduct – we do not expect Central Middle School students to display any behaviours that discredit themselves, others, or the school.  Unacceptable conduct includes, but is not limited to:

 Behaviours that:

  • Interfere with the learning of themselves or others
  • Create unsafe conditions
  • Are discriminatory in nature, including discrimination based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or          mental disability, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, or age.
  • Are directly defiant or disrespectful

Acts of:

  • Bullying, harassment or intimidation
  • Physical violence

Illegal acts, such as:

  • Possession, use or distribution of illegal or restricted substances
  • Possession or use of weapons
  • Theft of or damage to property

Rising Expectations 

We expect that as students move through the grades expectations will increase.  With age and awareness we expect:

  • Increasing personal responsibility and self-discipline
  • Increasing understanding of the Code of Conduct guidelines
  • Increasing understanding of the need for progressive consequences
  • Increasing understanding of what discrimination means and ‘looks like’
  • Increasing ownership of their own actions
  • Increasing ability to ask for and accept help when needed

Consequences

The severity and frequency of unacceptable conduct as well as the age and maturity of students is considered in determining appropriate disciplinary action. In that:

  • Responses to unacceptable conduct are pre-planned, consistent and fair
  • Disciplinary action, wherever possible, is preventative and restorative, rather than punitive
  • A support system and individual behavioural programs for students with unique or exceptional needs is developed.

 Notification & Retaliation Prevention

  • Please be aware that school officials may have a responsibility to advise other parties of serious breaches of the code of conduct (i.e. parents, school             district officials, police and/or other agencies).
  • The board will take all reasonable steps to prevent retaliation against a student who has made a complaint of a breach a code of conduct.

Dress Code

As a place of learning, we expect students to dress in a manner appropriate for school (as opposed to the beach).  Appropriate dress means:

  • Midriffs as well as underwear and straps should be covered.
  • Short skirts and shorts, and strapless or ‘shoestring’ tops should not be worn at school.
  • Hats, and hoodies, should be taken off as students enter the school. Hats must be kept in lockers for the duration of the school day.
  • Any clothing, including bandanas, jewelry, or other items that advertise or promote alcohol, drugs, sex, violence, or intolerance are simply not                          acceptable at school.

Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs)

Our school recognizes the potential for many of these devices to be used for educational purposes and it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they are using their devices in an appropriate manner as requested by their teachers. PED’s are ONLY for classroom use when a teacher has given permission to use them.  Our goal is to teach responsible use of devices, which includes following staff direction about their use.  If PED’s are not used appropriately this privilege will be revoked. Lockers are the most secure location to store devices when not in use. However, the school will not be responsible for any lost or stolen electronic devices.

 Student Absences & Automated Call-back System

If a student is ill or will be missing school for the day or part of a day, we request that parents telephone the school at 250-386-3591.  As a safety measure, a telephone call will notify parents if a student has not arrived by the start of the day. You will receive an automated message if your child has been marked absent from school unless you call the school office in advance to inform the school. If and when you receive such a message, we ask that you contact the school to confirm the absence.

Lates

If your child does arrive after the start of the day, they will sign in at the office before heading off to class.  There may be an occasion where you receive this message even though your child attended school. Such an event may occur if your child arrives late but fails to sign in at the office.  If this occurs we request that you contact us so that we are able to make any corrections necessary.