Students who become ill during the school day are asked to check in at the school office. A call will be placed to the student’s home. If a parent/guardian is contacted, the student will be permitted to go home with parents’ permission. Otherwise, the student must remain at school. Under no circumstances will a student be allowed to go home without permission from home and school. In addition, the school staff is not permitted to administer medication to students without the written authorization of the family physician.
Students who attend all of their classes perform better in school. It is expected that students will attend all classes unless absent for a legitimate reason such as illness. If you are absent, have a parent report the absence in the Safe Arrival app. More information https://www.abbyschools.ca/safe-arrival. Alternately, you can call the office (604) 853-0778 to report the absence or hand in your signed note to the office all within 24 hours of your absence from school. Yale will use email or call home to notify parents daily on attendance. Students with a pattern of non-attendance may lose the privilege of attending school events. Frequent Truancy may result in student referrals to counsellors, the School Based Team, and/or the Administration.
Students are expected to arrive to school and all classes early or on time. Late arriving students are expected to go directly to class where they will receive consequences assigned by the classroom teacher.
Signing In & Out
Students who arrive after 8:10 are “late” and should go straight to class unless they have a note from a parent. Students arriving more than 30 minutes after the start of a class will be marked absent.
All appointments should be made outside of school hours. If students are leaving the school for any reason, they must sign out at the office. The school requires a note/phone call from their parent/guardian before the student is will be permitted to leave the school.
Student Extended Absences During School (AP 316)
-Parents/guardians should carefully consider the negative effects that an extended absence from school may have on their child’s/children’s total educational progress.
-When an extended student absence is contemplated, the parents/guardians are asked to contact the school principal as early as possible prior to the departure date. Consideration should be given to the impact of an extended absence on the educational progress of the student. Work packages may be requested but are provided to parents solely at the discretion of the principal in consultation with the classroom teacher(s).
-If the extended absence is due to a medical or social-emotional issue, parents/guardians are asked to work closely with the principal and the School-Based Team to ensure that the student’s educational programming is accommodated as appropriate. Referral to the Hospital-Homebound Teacher service may be suggested.
-Students are responsible for all work assigned to them by their teacher.
The office staff will take messages for students from parents/guardians only. We do not page students during school hours but will call them down at lunchtime or afterschool. Emergencies are handled on an individual basis.
Student Driving & Parking
Students are expected to practice safe driving on school grounds and in the neighborhood. Drivers who operate their vehicles in an unsafe manner will be dealt with by the school and/or Abbotsford Police and will have their driving privileges to school revoked. The school district assumes no responsibility or liability for loss or damage to any vehicle parked at Yale. Violation of school parking regulations may result in your parking privileges at Yale being revoked. New drivers are reminded that they are legally permitted to transport only one passenger.
Cell Phone Use
Cell phones can be used before school, during transitions, during lunch and after school. Cell phones are not to be used during instructional time unless permission is granted by your classroom teacher for instructional purposes. Cell phones that interrupt classes will be confiscated and handed over to the administration for pick up at the end of the day. Continual cell phone offences will result in parents being contacted to pick up the cell phone.
The use of any cell phone in a manner that violates a person's reasonable expectation of privacy including but not limited to the use of change rooms, washrooms, or academic examination rooms is strictly prohibited and may be subject to discipline. Cell Phones are the number one target of thieves. Leave them at home, as the school does not accept responsibility for the theft of personal electronic devices.
Cyber Bullying using any electronic means whether text or photos to willfully and repeatedly harm either a person or persons is strictly prohibited. Cyber Bullying or Harassment deliberately threatens, harasses, intimidates an individual or group of individuals and has an adverse effect to the orderly operation of the school. This can be a violation of a student’s right to be safe and secure on campus. Students who misuse technology in this manner are subject to disciplinary action.
Alcohol & Drugs
Students shall not attend school or any school-organized or sponsored event while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Students shall not buy, sell, distribute or possess drugs during school time or at any event that is organized or sponsored by a school. Students violating this policy shall be subject to discipline in accordance with the established district policy. For the purposes of enforcing school rules and maintaining a safe and orderly learning environment, principals and vice- principals with cause may conduct lawful searches of students, lockers and any other property.
We expect our grad class to be leaders in the school and set a good example with the choices they make. Grade 12 students who choose, in their final year, to attend school or a school event (school dance, field trip, etc.) in possession or having consumed drugs or alcohol may not be allowed to take part in the school-based grad events.
Smoke Free Grounds
Vaping/Tobacco products are not permitted on school grounds by anyone, anywhere, anytime. Schools and school boards are required by law to ensure that school property is 100% smoke free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. If students are found to have these products/devices on their person, in their backpacks, lockers, vehicles on school grounds, the items will be treated as contraband, confiscated, and not returned. Due to the health and safety of everyone in the building, students caught vaping within the building will receive a suspension from school. This ban also applies to school field trips or events such as bus transport to sporting events, and includes excursions, assemblies or ceremonies such as Graduation Dinner & Dance.
The Yale campus is closed to visitors; all guests must report to the office upon entry. This policy is in effect during all school hours, including after school. If any student wishes to invite a guest from another school to spend the day at Yale, it is necessary to pick up a form from the office, then seek approval from all teachers concerned as well as a school administrator at least one day in advance.
Bicycles brought to school are the sole responsibility of the owner. We recommend that bicycles be stored in bike racks provided and that bikes be chained at all times. Bike thefts happen, so make sure you use an anti-theft cut resistant reinforced chain and lock. The school is not liable for thefts or damages as the area has been a frequent area of theft.
We recognize that a student’s choice of dress can form an important part of self-identity and that students should be free to dress in a manner of their choosing, subject to the terms listed below.
The primary responsibility for a student’s attire resides with the student and parents or guardians. The dress policy is intended to incorporate individual preferences for students and their families to dress in the manner they choose. Individual choice is however tempered by a responsibility to recognize that a school is a learning and working environment, and as such, students are expected to dress in a reasonable manner. Clothing should demonstrate a respect for the school community.
1. Students must not wear clothing which undermines the District’s commitment to a safe and inclusive learning environment. This includes:
-Articles of clothing that promote tobacco, alcohol or drugs, or illegal activities.
-The wearing of clothing, insignias, symbols or adornments that denigrate or promote hatred of a person or persons, including, but not limited to, clothing that denigrates or promotes hate based on race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, or age;
-Clothing which contains profanity, pornography or obscene images.
-Other than for religious purposes, health and safety requirements, or where required to accommodate a disability, students must not wear clothing which obscures their face or conceal one’s identity.
2. Student clothing must conform to health or safety requirements, including requirements arising from participation in specialized programs and events such as PE, Technology, Labs, et
Students in possession of weapons or fireworks at school will be disciplined. Disciplinary action may include suspension and/or removal from Yale.
Student Conduct Expectations
At Yale, we expect that students will display courtesy and respect for others and school property. Profanity, verbal or physical abuse, threats, intimidation, “put-downs” or bullying will not be tolerated. Any form of violence, aggression or intimidation will be dealt with seriously. This can include electronic web posting. Fighting will not be tolerated on or off campus. Students who gather to observe, promote, video tape or record an altercation will also experience consequences.
Yale Code of Conduct
In addition to adherence to the District Code of Conduct, students are expected to adhere to the Yale Secondary Code of Conduct. Yale students are ambassadors of the school while at school, including breaks, lunches, study blocks, travel to and from school, and while attending school functions including field trips and sporting events. Contravention of the school rules will result in an escalating set of consequences and/or interventions that may include community service, detentions, and revocation of privileges, mediations, counselling, parent conferences, behaviour contracts, and in-school or out of school suspensions. The age and maturity of a student will be considered when consequences are applied. In order to facilitate a safe and secure campus, school officials may have a responsibility to notify other members of the school community or members of community agencies in the event of a serious breach of the code of conduct.
Statement of Purpose
Our motto “Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of Each Other, Take Care of This Place” serves as the basis for our commitment 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 BC Human Rights Code.
As you mature and become a more positive role model in our community, you will gain a deeper sense of pride and belonging to our school. This will help you guide younger students in reaching their potential within a safe, caring, and orderly school. As you mature, you will become more aware of your personal responsibility and consequently understand the need for increasing consequences for inappropriate behaviour.
Our goal is to provide a safe, caring, and orderly environment where staff and students can work and learn effectively.
Violations of the School Code of Conduct, or District Code of Conduct will result in consistent and fair disciplinary action. The severity, frequency, age, maturity, and any disabilities of the student will be considered in determining appropriate action. Whenever possible, disciplinary action is preventative and restorative, rather than punitive. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct will be dealt with in the following manner:
-The teacher deals directly with the student(s). Most problems are minor and infrequent and can be solved/settled this way. Intervention at this level may involve a class meeting, or an individual meeting with the student.
-If additional help is required to solve the problem, the following steps are employed until the problem is solved.
-The teacher contacts the parents and informs them about the problem.
-The teacher meets with the student and parents. The teacher may involve the administrator in the meeting. The teacher provides the vice principal with details of the problem along with interventions used.
-The teacher(s), parents, student, and administrator confer regarding the behaviours necessary for the student to remain at school.
-The student may be suspended from school. A conference with the student, parents, and administrator may be required before the student can return to school. Some situations may warrant, or only allow for, an in-school suspension.
When there is a breach of the School Code of Conduct, school officials may have a responsibility to advise the following:
-parents of offenders, victims.
-school district officials as required by school district policy.
-police and/or other agencies as required by law.
-all parents when deemed to be important to reassure members of the school community.