CUMBERLAND COMMUNITY SCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
Take Care of Yourself
Take Care of Others
Take Care of Our School
Taking care of yourself means to:
keep yourself safe
be on time for school, come prepared
do your best
complete tasks and homework
cooperate with all adults and students
ask for adult help when it is needed
use expected behaviours
Taking care of others means to:
be ready to help others
be friendly and include others in conversations and activities
respect each other's personal learning space/possessions
dress appropriately (see dress code)
respect other cultures and languages
show good sportsmanship in the gym, on the playground, and sporting events
be honest and truthful at all times
use respectful "whole body" listening
speak politely and respectfully and not bully or harass others
walk and move quietly through the school
Following section 7 and 8 of the BC Human Rights Code no person shall face 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, or age.
Taking care of our school means to:
take care of whatever place you are in
take care of school grounds and buildings
recycle, use garbage cans and compost buckets
treat all school equipment and materials with care, and return them
Where a student damages property while behaving in a manner contravening the school's code of conduct, the following recovery of costs shall apply:
Where the student immediately reports the damage, the cost recovered shall not exceed the cost of materials required to remedy the damage.
Where the student has not reported the damage but upon investigation is determined to have done so, the amount recovered shall be the cost of labour and materials required to remedy the damage.
Our school code of conduct is based upon our expectations of adhering to human values as stated in Section 3 of the B.C. Human Rights Code.
1)POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
To ensure the safety and whereabouts of pupils, the following attendance procedures are in place:
If you know your child will be absent from school (illness, holidays etc) please contact the office directly at 250-336-8511 or firstname.lastname@example.org to excuse the absence. If outside of school hours please leave a voicemail. The school will call to confirm any unexcused absences.
If a child shows up later than 8:50am they must sign in at the office. Multiple lates will result in consequences as appropriate.
If you need to pick up your child before the end of the school day the student must be signed out at the office.
Cumberland Community School is a closed campus. This means pupils cannot leave the grounds at any time of the day without being signed out by a parent.
B) Appropriate Dress
Students are expected to dress in a manner that does not pose a health or safety concern, promote or signify violent intent or illegal acts, cause damage to property, or because of its appearance or extremity of fashion is distracting to the learning process or not appropriate to the educational mandate of the school.
The standards for our school's dress reflect "common sense", comfort, safety, and a clear sense of modesty and appropriateness. At Cumberland Community School it is recognized that:
When Unexpected Behaviours Occur:
Cumberland Community School uses a unified system of Positive Behaviour Support to cultivate positive behaviours. Any behavior which does not follow the Code of Conduct is considered unexpected behavior. When behaviours consistently or severely compromise the learning environment and or the safety and well being of others, the following procedure will be used.
Level 1 – The student breaks the school's Code of Conduct:
Action – behaviour is documented; teachers may use discretion on reporting behaviour to parents.
Consequences – students may be given an immediate and appropriate consequence at the discretion of the staff.
Level 2 – The student seriously and/or repeatedly breaks the Code of Conduct:
Action – behaviour is documented, teacher will report behavior to parent, principal informed by teacher; principal will contact and inform parents if any further disciplinary action is neccessary.
Consequences – student will complete a behaviour reflection process, acknowledge others affected and be involved in a positive restorative process, and they may engage in a behaviour support plan.
Level 3 – The student very seriously and/or repeatedly breaks the Code of Conduct.
Action – principal will be informed, principal will document and contact parent(s).
Consequences – one or more of the following:
Complete a Behaviour Reflection Process;
Acknowledge others affected and be involved in a positive restorative process;
Engage in a behaviour support plan;
Serve either an in-school, or out-of-school suspension. This will be followed by a meeting involving parents, student and staff to discuss the re-entry plan.
2)TECHNOLOGY RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
3)SCHOOL EMERGENCY PROGRAM GUIDE FOR PARENTS AND GUARDIANS
Issued October 2014
What Parents and Guardians Should Know
Schools should be considered one of the safest places in our communities even knowing that an emergency can strike anywhere at any time.
DURING ANY EMERGENCY, OUR FIRST PRIORITY is the safety of our students and staff. In order to provide an effective response to any school crisis, School District 71 (Comox Valley) has developed an Emergency Response Plan. The Plan works in conjunction with other local emergency plans because a school emergency could require the involvement of numerous agencies. The plans created for individual schools, along with the District Plan, are reviewed annually and always after an emergency occurs.
There is an on-site emergency response team at each school, along with a district-based Emergency Response Team that provides support and aid to schools at times of an emergency. All staff is regularly trained on emergency protocols and drills are practiced at each school.
Although standardized protocols and procedures provide the basis for our response, the way in which we respond to an emergency is greatly influenced by the specifics of an incident. We are driven foremost by our concern of ensuring student and staff safety.
Our school district collaborates closely with local emergency personnel to ensure plans are coordinated with appropriate agencies. The district's plans do not replace the authority of law enforcement, fire or EMS – staff members work in full co-operation with these agencies.
For security reasons, certain components of our emergency response plans are not publicly available. The guide that follows outlines the key elements of the Plan and answers questions parents frequently ask regarding emergency preparedness. I hope you find this guide helpful and informative.
We appreciate your support and assistance in our continued safety efforts. Sincerely,
Superintendent of Schools, School District 71 (Comox Valley)
THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, SCHOOLS CONDUCT TRAINING AND DRILLS to help better prepare students and staff for possible emergency situations. When a school is confronted with an emergency, staff will assess the situation and then decide on a course of action.
Schools conduct drills throughout the year to rehearse emergency procedures. These exercises prepare students and staff to act quickly and help to minimize a child's fear during a real emergency.
In addition to the procedures described below, schools also practice protocols such as "Drop-Cover- Hold," a method of protecting vital body parts during some natural disasters. All staff and students are required to participate in these drills. Lock-Down/Hold and Secure/Shelter-in-Place/Evacuation/Dismissal
Lock-Downs are usually used in response to acts or threats of violence to students and/or staff directly impacting the school. During a Lock-Down all doors to and within the school are locked. No one is permitted in or out of any area once it has been locked. Students and staff must respond very quickly to a Lock-Down command to get to a safe location before doors are locked. No one, other than law enforcement, is permitted access to the building until the Lock-Down is over.
Hold and Secure is used in response to security threats or criminal activity outside the school. During a Hold and Secure, all entrance doors to the school are locked, with no one permitted in or out of the building. No one, other than law enforcement, is permitted access to the building until the Hold and Secure has been cleared.
Generally, Shelter-in-Place is used during an environmental emergency, such as severe storms or chemical spills. During a Shelter-in-Place, students and staff retreat to safe zones to seek shelter. This includes having students or staff who are outdoors come back into the school. Each school's emergency response plan identifies the safest location for its occupants and how to seal a room from hazardous conditions. Students will not be released or dismissed until the situation has been resolved.
An Evacuation requires all students and staff to leave the school and go to an alternate location. This may mean only going outside and away from the building until it is safe to re-enter the school. In other cases, students and staff may need to go to an evacuation centre. Parents will be informed of the alternate location through the school's Crisis Notification Network.
Under some circumstances it may be determined that it is best to dismiss students to their homes and families as expeditiously as possible. Should this be the case, every attempt will be made to alert the emergency contact for each student of the situation and to ensure young students are not left unsupervised. Students will not be released unless contact can be made.
WE RECOGNIZE THAT WHEN AN EMERGENCY OCCURS parents will be worried and want to be reunited with their child as quickly as possible. It is our intention to make this happen. To ensure every child's safety and the safety of staff, specific procedures have been established for releasing students.
Parents are asked to adhere to the parent-child reunification procedures listed below. Staff will work hard to ensure these procedures take place without delay. Please understand the process will still take some time. We ask for your patience when you arrive at the Parent-Child Reunion Area.
Parent-Child Reunion Procedures
How Parents and Guardians Can Support the Code of Conduct
Read and discuss this thoroughly with your child,
Communicate any concerns you have regarding bullying, intimidation, or harassment with your child's teacher or the principal
Who you can call for help or information:
Your child's teacher
The School Principal(s)
The School Counselors
The PAC Chairperson
The School Trustee
Join the Cumberland Community School Parent's Association and have a say in your child's education. We meet at 6:30pm on the 3rd Tuesday of every month in room 140 in the Beaufort Building.