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Code of Conduct

CODE OF CONDUCT

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

William A. Fraser Middle School (WAFMS) Code of Conduct serves as a basis to promoting a safe, caring and orderly school for the purpose of learning. We value diversity and strive for an environment where everyone is equal in dignity and rights and free from all forms of discrimination including gender, race, religion, and sexual orientation regardless of time and place as stated in the BC human Rights Code.

CONDUCT EXPECTATIONS

All WAFMS students are ambassadors and positive role models of the school while at school. This includes coming to school in the morning, breaks, lunchtime, going home after school , attending any and all school functions including, field trips, team events and games as a participant or as a spectator. Students are also expected to demonstrate high standards of work habits, arriving to school and class on time, with the necessary supplies and materials, as well as completing all school assignments to the best of their ability.

ACCEPTABLE CONDUCT

  • Treat other individuals with dignity and respect
  • Arrive at school on time and be ready to learn
  • Wear appropriate clothing at all times and follow the school’s dress code
  • Be honest and forthright
  • Respect property, the surrounding community and the environment
  • Inform an adult of any known bullying intimidation or harassment

UNACCEPTABLE CONDUCT

  • Any conduct that negatively impacts the safety and security of the learning environment (Special consideration may apply to students with special needs who are unable to comply to expectations due to a having a disability)
  • Any Acts of bullying, cyber bullying, harassment, discrimination, intimidation or physical violence ( BC Human Rights Code)
  • Any acts retribution against a person who has reported something to an adult
  • Possession of banned substances and items which could include alcohol, tobacco, drugs, weapons, replica weapons, fireworks, lighters and laser pens
  • Any discrimination which may be in the form of electronic, web-based, printed, and/or oral based statements which negatively target a specific person or group based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, or age (BC Human Rights Code)

Dress Code

Common sense is the key to student dress and grooming at William A. Fraser Middle School. We expect students to dress appropriately while at school. Clothing that is offensive and/or distracts others from learning is not acceptable. Each student has the responsibility to dress and groom in a manner that meets reasonable community standards of good taste, health, safety, and cleanliness which does not disrupt the educational process and does not indicate affiliation with any group which advocates dangerous or unlawful activities.

  1. Hats, sunglasses, and outerwear such as jackets and coats may not be worn inside the school building, halls, or classrooms, and must be stored in students’ lockers during the day. Backpacks also must be stored in their lockers. Expensive items should not be brought to school. Cell phones must be turned off and kept in the students’ locker. 
  2. Clothing is to be free of inappropriate language, references or symbols and may not advertise drugs, profanity, tobacco, alcohol, or affiliation with any group, etc. The wearing of dog collars, chains, wallet chains, or safety pins is not acceptable.
  3. Clothes which are clearly revealing/distracting such as overall straps undone, tops with spaghetti straps, low-cut shirts or low-cut tank tops, halter tops, muscle shirts, crop tops showing bare midriffs, short skirts or shorts or rips/tears in the seat of jeans/pants are not allowed. Shoulder straps must be 3 fingers wide. Underwear must be covered completely by pants and regular clothing.
  4. Proper gym strip (shorts, T-shirt, and clean non-marking gym shoes) are required for physical education. Do not wear “street shoes” in the gymnasium. Shoe skates are prohibited.
  5. Students who come to school dressed inappropriately will be asked to cover up and given a warning. Repeated violations will result in parents being contacted and the student being sent home.

CONSEQUENCES

The teachers at WAFMS feel that the development of self-discipline in our students is very important. The aim of consequences for misbehavior is for students to learn from the experience. Consequences for behavior that does not meet expectations will be logical, realistic, and consistent. Each case of misbehavior will be dealt with on an individual basis. These consequences may range from a discussion, or an office referral, to a suspension from school. Continued misbehavior will be dealt with through a progressive discipline plan where inappropriate behaviors will receive increasing consequences.

NOTIFICATION

Depending on the nature of offense, the school administrators may have a responsibility to advise the following:

  • parents of the offender and victims
  • School District officials, as required by Abbotsford School District policy
  • the police and/or any other agencies, as required by law
  • all parents when it is deemed important to reassure the entire school community