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, 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.
- Our goal is to provide a safe, caring and orderly environment where staff and students can work and learn effectively.
- Students are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner free of bullying and all forms of harassment including electronic. Students will refrain from any behaviour that discriminates against others on the basis of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.
- Students will refrain from any physical violence including fighting. Watching and/or filming a fight is considered to be promoting violence and is against school rules and policy.
- èStudents are expected to be forthcoming with information that will assist school staff in addressing behaviour that threatens individuals, disrupts the school or endangers school staff or students. Students who threaten those who have given information or lodged a complaint may be suspended from school attendance.
- Students are expected to conduct themselves as exemplary citizens both at school and in the community. Conduct by any student off school property or in the community that adversely affects the school shall be considered a breach of code of conduct. In addition, the school code of conduct remains in effect for all school activities and events such as field trips, sports travel, dances and sports events.
- Students must follow safe driving practices on and near the campus; in addition, they must adhere to restrictions in accordance with their “L” or “N” designation. Driving infractions may result in revocation of parking privileges and/or suspension.
- In accordance with provincial government policy, the Yale campus is a tobacco free area. No smoking/vaping is permitted at any time. Students who smoke/vape on or within sight of school property shall be considered in breach of the District Code of Conduct. If you are caught with a vape in the school, it will be treated as contraband, confiscated and not returned.
- Students are expected to adhere to all safety rules posted in high-risk areas such as shops, science or food labs and the gymnasium. Students may be photographed and/or videoed for safety reasons. Students may not bring laser pointers to school, nor may they bring props or costumes that may appear to be threatening or dangerous.
- Students are expected to attend all assigned classes, to be on time, and to be prepared to engage in the task of learning, unless they are excused due to illness or family emergency. ALL EXCUSED ABSENCES REQUIRE A PARENT PHONE CALL TO THE OFFICE the morning of the absence or a note on the day of the student’s return. Students must seek parent permission and sign out in the office if they need to leave the campus during the school day.
- As per district policy, schools “cannot give permission for students to be away from class for reasons other than illness or family emergency”; if parents believe it is essential for students to be absent for other reasons and remove them from school, then the “consequences must be borne by the student.” These consequences may include a poor mark or failure in a course. Parents are encouraged to plan vacations during the holidays designated on the school calendar. Teachers may be willing to provide assignments to students who are absent for extended periods, but they are not obligated to do so.
- All students are expected to write Semester End Exams during the scheduled times. Students who miss a provincial exams may not be assigned a mark in their course until the exam has been written.
- Students are expected to wear clothing appropriate to the school setting. Clothing that promotes drugs, alcohol, sex or inappropriate behaviour, that states or implies crude or inappropriate language, or that is inappropriately revealing, is unacceptable. (See Yale Dress Code)
- Students are responsible for the return of all textbooks and curricular materials assigned to them. All losses and damages incurred are the responsibility of the student.
- Students are expected to stay away from any areas deemed out of bounds by the administration.
- Yale students may not invite guests to loiter on the campus or visit classes. Student visitors are welcome only when they are attending specific events sponsored by school staff or administration. All persons arriving at the campus for appointments or inquiries are expected to report to the main office.
- Students are expected to use Social Media and the Internet appropriately. Students must not post messages, comments, or images which are threatening, or which damage the reputation of our students, our staff or our school.
- Students are expected to avoid cheating and/or plagiarism. Academic dishonesty may result in consequences ranging from forfeiture of assignment or exam credit to suspension from school attendance. Repeat offenders may be suspended and/or taken to a Board of Review. Academic dishonesty may negatively impact a student’s ability to apply for and receive scholarships and bursaries.
- Cell phones must not be used during instructional time without teacher permission. Your phone will be confiscated and turned in to your vice-principal.