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Codes of Conduct

Respect

Students are reminded that they are ambassadors for FESS. It is important that we each represent FESS in a positive, courteous and respectful fashion. Every student is expected to comply promptly and courteously with requests made by all staff. Every student is expected to be courteous and considerate of the emotional well-being of others. Respect for others, respect for self and respect for the building are essential at all times.

Rights and Responsibilities

With every Right comes a Responsibility

Students have the right to:

  • learn in a safe, undisturbed, positive environment
  • be accepted as a valued individual, treated with respect, dignity and fairness by all
  • receive instruction that is diligent and reflective of individual learning needs, effective educational practice and professional competence

Teachers have the right to:

  • expect responsible behaviour and co-operation from all students at all times in curricular and co-curricular activities, in and out of the classroom
  • be treated with respect and courtesy at all times

Parents have the right to:

  • expect that classes will be conducted in an orderly manner and that students are provided with a meaningful curriculum in all subjects
  • receive regular communication from the school.
  • confer with teachers or administrators regarding any concern for their son/daughter

Students are responsible to:

  • be punctual and attend regularly
  • exhibit self-discipline at all times by adhering to school rules and regulations both in and out of the classroom and during any school sponsored activity
  • show respect, consideration and tolerance at all times for the facilities, the maintenance, clerical and teaching staffs and other students.
  • be prepared for class, use class time properly, and complete all assignments and homework
  • know and obey all school rules

Teachers are responsible to:

  • manage their classroom effectively
  • make students aware of expected outcomes and how marks are calculated in each subject
  • assist students to learn both in and out of class
  • be sensitive to students as individuals
  • know and enforce rules consistently and fairly
  • contact parents when necessary

Parents have the responsibility to:

  • ensure excellent attendance and punctuality of students.
  • provide documentation of necessary absences from school.
  • co-operate with the school in developing positive attitudes to learning and school behaviour
  • discuss with their child his/her progress in school
  • phone teachers when concerned about progress

Safe Schools

It is critical that all students feel safe and secure at school. Every student is expected to be courteous, considerate and to refrain from inflicting physical and bodily harm on others. Boisterous physical contact, fighting or any form of inappropriate physical contact is forbidden, as are any forms of verbal bullying, including threats.

Concerned students are encouraged to report incidents to staff as soon as possible.

Anti-Bullying Policy

Bullying is an act of aggression causing embarrassment, pain or discomfort. It can take on a number of forms: physical, verbal, gesture, extortion, and exclusion.  It is an abuse of power that may be done individually or in groups. It can be done in person, by phone, in written form, or over the Internet.

Bullying will not be tolerated.

Students who witness bullying are encouraged to use their power as a bystander to speak up and tell the bully to stop. Students who are bullied or students who witness acts of bullying are encouraged to report any incident to school staff or administration.
Examples of bullying include:

  • any form of physical violence such as hitting, pushing or spitting
  • interfering with another’s property by stealing, hiding, damaging or destroying it
  • using offensive names, teasing or spreading rumours about others in their families
  • using put-downs, belittling others’ abilities and achievements
  • writing offensive notes or graffiti about others
  • making degrading comments about another’s culture, religious or social background
  • hurtfully excluding others from a group
  • making suggestive comments or other forms of sexual abuse
  • ridiculing another’s appearance
  • forcing others to act against their will

Dress Code

FESS is proud of our students. We want them to be proud of themselves. The school is the place of business for all students and staff. We insist that everyone dresses in a manner appropriate to a productive educational environment. By adhering to a basic dress code, FESS students will continue to be recognized as serious students focused on success.

We expect a FESS student to dress according to the following code.

  • Remove hats upon entering the building and store them in a knapsack or locker.
  • Store jackets, coats and knapsacks in lockers.
  • Items of clothing or accessory, which communicate, either explicitly or implicitly, a discriminatory or derogatory message about any gender, race or religion are not appropriate for school.
  • Items of clothing or accessory with distasteful, illegal or abusive pictures or words are not appropriate for school.
  • Styles of dress or symbols associated in any way with gangs are not appropriate for school.
  • Dangerous accessories, such as studded clothing or accessories and chains, are not appropriate for school.
  • Beachwear is not appropriate for school, regardless of the weather.
  • Clothing must cover the midriff and back.
  • Males’ shirts must have sleeves.
  • Females must not wear spaghetti straps or halter tops and necklines should be modestly cut.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Students participating in Physical Education classes will purchase and wear FALCON uniforms.

Academic Honesty

Every student is expected to be the author and producer of their own work. Plagiarism is taking someone else’s ideas or words and presenting them as your own. Using another person’s work without giving them credit, either directly quoting, paraphrasing, or borrowing ideas, is a serious offence of theft. Plagiarism involves copying the work of another student, having someone at home write the assignment or alter your words, copying a published author’s text, ideas or argument or paraphrasing without giving proper reference. You are also an accomplice in plagiarism and are equally guilty if you allow your ideas, process work or finished product to be copied and submitted as the work of another, you prepare a written assignment for another student to submit or you possess a file or collection of papers with the intent that these will be distributed and shared for submission.

Alcohol and Drugs

Any action that is illegal in society is not permitted in school. FESS strives to ensure a drug free environment. In doing so, our school uses a variety of means reasonably available in order to maintain a safe environment. Services available are the use of the local police, including the use of trained narcotic detection canines.

Students who are on school property or at school activities who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be suspended. Possession of illegal drugs or alcohol will also result in suspension and referral to the police.

Students wishing to see a drug and alcohol counselor may make an appointment at the main office.

Telephones

Two pay phones in the cafeteria hallway are available for student use. Telephones in the main office are for office use only. Telephones may only be used outside of class time.

Cell Phones and Electronic Devices

It is recognized that many students own cellphones, pagers, other electronic communication devices, Walkmans, Discmans, MP3 players and iPods. Many carry these with them when they come to school. Cell phones can be an important tool used by parents and students for safety reasons. But, in the school setting, all of these devices are a distraction, which could keep the student from responding appropriately when being spoken to by others. Cell phones, in particular, can be a distraction and can compromise the integrity of assessments. Parents are asked not to contact their children by phone during the day. Messages for students may be left in the main office and the student will be called from class at the end of the period.

WHEN STUDENTS ENTER THE SCHOOL BUILDING, ALL CELL PHONES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES MUST BE TURNED OFF AND OUT OF SIGHT.

Security of these items is the student’s responsibility. Larger units with speakers are not allowed in school. Laser pointers may not be brought to school.

Computer Labs

FESS has computers and computer labs throughout the school that are available for class and student use. Students will respect the rules posted in the computer labs as well as those given to them by any staff, including their teacher, the computer site manager or the library technician. A Netiquette agreement must be signed before Internet access is allowed. Students are not allowed to access MSN Messenger, Chat Rooms, etc. from school computers. Inappropriate use of equipment or the Internet will result in the removal of computer privileges as a minimum consequence.

Assemblies

Assemblies are an integral part of curricular and co-curricular programmes at FESS. They are designed to acknowledge members of the student body for their abilities and achievements. Assemblies are an excellent method to develop pride and school spirit in addition to communicating and promoting many positive aspects of school life. Students show respect and courtesy during assembly presentations and show appreciation through their applause.

Field Trips

Field trips are a privilege to students, which serve to enrich a course of study. Successful trips are conducted in a safe and orderly fashion with the co-operation of all students. Field trips are regarded as classroom experiences and, because of their unique nature, demand additional responsibility and a high standard of behaviour on the part of all participants. Students are responsible for obtaining assignments from other courses ahead of time and must be in good standing in their other courses in order to participate in the field trip.

Co-Curricular Events

Student involvement in a variety of activities is encouraged by all staff and Student Council. Participation is an opportunity for all students to develop a positive citizenship, commitment and pride in our school. Proper conduct at all times is expected. Teachers volunteer for these duties and enjoy doing so.