Crofton House School
Code of Conduct
“We, the community of Crofton House School, believe that everyone should behave in a manner that demonstrates mutual respect and an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of others. We promote a school environment that is free from all forms of discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or age, as mandated by sections 7 and 8 of the BC Human Rights Code.”
The purpose of the Crofton House School Code of Conduct is to create a safe, caring and orderly learning environment in which each individual of the school community feels safe, accepted and respected.
A safe school – Crofton House School communicates clearly, effectively and regularly the Code of Conduct expectations required of all members, makes it easy and safe for an individual to report a concern and is attentive and responsive to behaviour that, in any way, negatively impacts an individual or school climate.
A caring school – All members of the Crofton House School community look out for each other, are open-minded and inclusive and strive to establish and maintain positive and healthy relationships.
An orderly school – Crofton House School is characterized by a climate of mutual respect and responsibility where there is an appropriate balance between individual and collective rights, freedoms and responsibilities.
The Crofton House School Code of Conduct establishes behaviours that are unacceptable and provides examples of disciplinary actions to address unacceptable behaviours. Expectations for student behaviour include being at school, at a school-related activity, or in other circumstances where engaging in an activity will have an impact on the school environment.
Students must understand that their membership in the Crofton House School student body is contingent on abiding by these guidelines and those who do not may be required to withdraw before the end of the school year.
Behaviours that support a safe, caring and orderly school are described below. These descriptions are meant to provide guidance and are not intended to be exhaustive. All members of the Crofton House community must:
- Act in a manner that brings credit to yourself and the School
- Respect differences in people, their ideas and their opinions
- Respect and treat others fairly, regardless of (for example) race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or age
- Treat one another with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is disagreement
- Develop positive, supportive and empathetic relationships with others
- Engage in learning and school-related activities in a purposeful and timely manner
- Demonstrate care of self, others, school property and the environment
- Take responsibility for personal behaviour and actions
- Show proper care and regard for school property and the property of others
- Take appropriate measures to help those in need
- Seek assistance from a member of the school staff, if necessary, to resolve conflict peacefully
Behaviours that do not support a safe, caring and orderly school are described below. These descriptions are meant to provide guidance and are not intended to be exhaustive.
All members of the Crofton House Community must not:
- Act in a way that negatively impacts the moral tone of the School or the physical or mental well-being of others
- Be dishonest (Middle School and Senior School students are encouraged to review the Academic Honesty and Integrity Agreement)
- Engage in acts of bullying, harassment, intimidation, physical violence or retribution against a person who has intervened to prevent or report an incident or other safety concern
- Commit an act of vandalism that causes damage to school property, or to property located on the premises of the School
- Engage in illegal acts such as possession, use or distribution of illegal or restricted substances including alcohol, tobacco, vapourizing products (e-cigarettes, vaping devices), possession of weapons, theft or damage to property
Consequences for Unacceptable Conduct
All members of the Crofton House School community are responsible for observing both the letter and the spirit of the Code of Conduct. Crofton House School reserves its right to apply a full range of sanctions (listed below) to any offence committed by a student. In addition, it is not necessary that a student succeed in actually committing an offence for the full range of sanctions to be applied. For example, an attempt to cheat on a test may be just as serious as actually cheating on a test. Crofton House School takes seriously any breach of the Code of Conduct and its effect on the School’s learning climate, whether on or off school property, face to face or electronic.
In determining whether an offence has been committed and what sanction(s) should be applied, Crofton House School will employ procedures that:
- Reflect the severity of the alleged offence, the impact on the individual student(s), and the community as a whole
- Ensure that a student and her parents, as required, are aware of the unacceptable conduct
- Ensure that the student(s) and her parents, as required, have the opportunity to present fully and fairly their version of events, to provide an explanation, and to have these taken into account by the decision-maker
- Ensure that the decisions will be made in a fair and impartial way
- Document completely and accurately all aspects of the process and decision
Investigation, Documentation and Communication
The general procedure that Crofton House School will observe to investigate and address any reports of breaches of the Code of Conduct is as follows:
- The teacher who observes or learns of the incident/behaviour will report it as soon as possible to the director of the Junior or Senior School
- The director will collaborate with other school administrators in investigating the alleged breach of the Code of Conduct
- As part of the investigation, a student will be provided with an opportunity to explain her conduct, respond to the allegation and be heard with respect to the incident/behaviour in question
- The investigation will include a conversation with all those who are alleged to be involved in order to determine degree of involvement, facts and related issues
- The School will document all discussions and interviews
- After initial interviews, the students and parents as required will be informed of the facts as determined during the investigation
- Initial interviews may conclude the process or indicate that further investigation is required
- Based upon a complete investigation, the director will consider all factors in determining the most appropriate form of discipline, if required
- In the event of an appeal of a disciplinary action, the head of school will review all actions in a timely, thorough and impartial manner to make a final decision
- Communication with the student and parents, as required, will clearly indicate the breach in Crofton House School’s Code of Conduct and the consequences for infractions
- Where a number of students are involved in a breach of the Code of Conduct, any written communication from CHS will ensure confidentiality of individual students by sharing only those circumstances relevant to the student who is receiving the written communication
- When required by law, Crofton House has a responsibility to advise police and/or other agencies of serious breaches of the Code of Conduct
Clear communication of the Code of Conduct will aid in preventing infractions. When it is necessary to take disciplinary action(s), the desired outcome is restorative and in this light, will as much as possible include those involved in determining the most appropriate sanction. When exercising its discretion to determine the appropriate disciplinary action to apply to an offence, Crofton House School will take into account:
- The age of the student and her ability to fully understand the breach of the Code of Conduct
- The intention of the student
- The particular circumstances
- The nature and severity of the behaviour
- Whether it is a behaviour that has been previously cautioned or disciplined
- The impact on the school climate, including the impact on students or other individuals in the Crofton House community
The range of disciplinary actions that the School will apply to offences includes:
- Meeting with appropriate person/s such as peers, faculty, administrators
- Contact with the parent/s of the student/s involved
- Where academic dishonesty is at issue, assign a penalty, pro-rate the value of the assignment, have the student revise the assignment in whole or in part, have the student complete another assignment, or when no other option is available, assign a mark of zero
- Removal from a school activity or special program to complete work or a special assignment designated by the teacher
- If responsible use of technology is at issue, be restricted from access to technology (device and/or network)
- Conference involving student, teacher, parents and administration
- Removal from class for a period of time
- Arrangement of a behaviour or performance contract with the involvement of the student, teachers and parents (conditions may include withholding re-enrolment)
- Formal suspension from school (conditions to return to school will be discussed with parents and students)
- Expulsion from school
The School reserves the right to expel a student when the continued attendance of that student would not be in the best interests of that student or the School. The School also reserves the right to expel a student when her behaviour is in breach of the Code of Conduct, seriously jeopardizes the School’s ability to guarantee the dignity and safety of its students and interferes with learning, or involves conduct that has, or will have, a negative impact on the school climate. In these circumstances, the School will make reasonable efforts to assist the student’s family in securing suitable alternative education arrangements.