Rights & Responsibilities

North Peace is a secondary school where most students are above the compulsory attendance age. The school operates on the assumption that students have chosen to attend school with the desire to further their education and have accepted responsibility for their own learning.

Freedom of Information & Privacy

While in attendance at NPSS, students and parents have the right to expect their personal records/information will be protected.  In order to ensure this occurs no information on students will be given to anyone other than parents/guardians or authorities regulated by law. This includes demographics, attendance, student schedules and all other data relevant to individual students.  A signed consent will be required by outside agencies when circumstances arise where this information is needed.

All students are issued a letter of consent, in September or upon their registration, regarding publication of photos/school-related activities in newspaper, yearbook and other media sources.  If students do not receive this letter please check with the school office.  Please note that if the letter consent indicates that no publication is allowed, this will apply to all school-related publications and lists (e.g. Honor Roll lists, Grad Lists, Yearbook, newspaper articles, etc.).

While on campus, all students are prohibited from taking picture(s) and/or video(s) of other NPSS community members without permission.  Permission must be obtained prior to taking pictures/videos.

Attendance

  1. The staff at NPSS believes that student academic success is directly related to regular attendance in each class.
  2. All students are expected to attend all classes, including assemblies, and be prepared to learn, unless illness or other unforeseen incident prevents this.
  3. Parents or guardians should call the school (250-785-4429) or email prior to 3pm on the day their son/daughter is absent.  Where there has been no contact, the automated attendance system will call home during the evening of the absence.  This will: remind parents of the need to verify the absence; allow the opportunity  for errors to be corrected and; alert parents there may be absences of which they are unaware.  Phone calls for students being late for class will not be made.
  4. Permission for students to leave the school during school or class time will be granted only after parent contact has been made by phone.  This would apply in the case of sickness, doctor or dentist appointments, etc.  It is important that students contact the office to avoid confusion over perceived truancy.
  5. I cases where students know that they will be unavoidably absent, parents or guardians should notify the school in advance of the absence so that arrangements can be made with teachers for missed assignments, tests, or quizzes.
  6. Students wishing to be excused from a class to perform a school service or go on a field trip must notify the the teacher(s) of classes they will miss by having the Field Trip Notification Form signed.
  7. Student absences are not only detrimental to the individual student, but also to the class as a whole.  Students who are frequently absent from a class are rarely successful in their coursework.  Therefore, students who are frequently absent in any one subject may be requested, along with their parents or guardians, to attend a meeting to discuss their future in that course.  At this time, the student may be asked to withdraw from a course or from school.
  8. After 6 absences in a course, and appropriate teacher interventions, including previous parental contact, students can be referred to administration.  Administrative response may include detentions, weekly monitoring, an attendance contract, parental meeting, or removal from the course.
  9. Students who arrive late for school/class must notify the teacher of their lateness immediately after their arrival.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure their attendance status has been changed by the teacher.
  10. Students have the freedom to leave school grounds during their free periods but if staying, they must remain in either the cafeteria or the library, or career centre.  Students are required to be out of the hallways, mezzanine and the student parking lot during this time.

Homework Policy

A period of more than 3 days is considered an extended absence.  If students find themselves in a position where an extended absence is unavoidable 9i.e. serious illness, death in family, etc.) parents are requested to contact the school office as soon as possible.  The office will ensure that teachers are notified and a homework request submitted to them.  In order to assist teachers in compiling assignments, an estimate of the length of the absence will re required.  Due to the number of staff involved, this request will take 24 hours to process. Absences for 3 days or less, family holidays or other non-medical reasons will require the student to take the responsibility of arranging for homework on their own.

Dress Code

NPSS is a learning community where staff and students are expected to dress appropriately. Clothing worn should modestly cover all parts of the torso. This means the following:

  • The neckline of a shirt is no lower than the underarms.
  • No strapless garments.
  • Clothing fully covers the body to the mid-thigh exposing no skin or under garments.
  • Pants are secure at the waist/hips.
  • Clothing and accessories do not have alcohol or drug related messages or symbols.
  • Each teacher reserves the right to restrict the wearing of hats in the classroom.

If a student’s clothing is found to be distracting to the learning process, the student will be required to change. If not voluntarily taken care of, the issue will be dealt with as a discipline matter by the administration.

It is important to note, that at all times, teachers reserve the right to address clothing concerns where applicable. This may include clothing issues which are not specifically outlined in the NPSS Dress Code, but that cause distractions to the learning environment. Teachers may choose to discuss such issues/concerns directly with a student or refer the student to speak to a NPSS counsellor/administrator as required.

Drugs/Alcohol at School or at a School Function

The consumption/use or possession of alcoholic beverages or drugs by students while under school supervision is contrary to Board regulations and is, in fact, illegal as the school is a public place. The school may suspend and refer the student to the Student Conduct Committee. The school may ask for the expulsion of any student under its supervision who sells drugs and will report the incident so appropriate legal action may be taken. Students may be required to complete a series of drug/alcohol counselling session.

Smoking

As of March 2008, the government of British Columbia established “tobacco free” laws that included banning tobacco use in school and on school property. At North Peace Secondary, we have provided an area off school property for those who feel the need to smoke. The school will issue the following consequences for those students who are caught smoking, holding lighted tobacco or chewing tobacco on school property:

  • First Offense – One-day formal, in-school suspension
  • Second Offense – Three-day formal suspension
  • Third Offense – Five-day formal suspension
  • Fourth Offense – Formal suspension until meeting with School District Student Conduct Committee

Vandalism

The school will make every effort to prevent acts of vandalism and to reduce opportunities for vandalism. Restitution will be sought from those responsible for damage.

Discipline Procedures

When a student behaves inappropriately, the teacher will follow his/her classroom management plan. If the student continues to act inappropriately, the teacher may remove the student from the classroom environment and/or send them to the office. Once a student has been referred to the office, his/her actions are documented and consequences are assigned. Each additional office referral may result in further consequences. Incidents of a severe nature will immediately result in an office referral.

While it is hoped a student is never referred to the office, the system is in place to put the primary focus in the classroom on learning and leaves appropriate behaviour the responsibility of the student. Both academic and behavior concerns may result in action by office personnel.

In-School Suspension

This action serves as notification to students and parents that further behaviour and/or academic referrals may lead to a formal suspension.

Formal Suspension/District Student Conduct Committee Referral

Unfortunately, some students receive formal suspensions because of their failure to meet the expectations of this school. Suspensions are our way of saying to a student that he/she cannot behave contrary to the school rules and still expect to attend school. We are protecting the orderly environment of the school by excluding the student. A student under suspension may not be on school property unless given permission by an administrator.

Persistent failure to meet expectations and/or severe incidents may result in referral to the Student Conduct Committee of the School Board for further disciplinary action.

NOTE – During any exclusion a student is encouraged to maintain academic standards by arranging to pick up resources/class materials at a time specified by the school authority. Teachers will not be available for individualized instructions to these students.

Parents should feel free to contact the administration with any questions or concerns arising from any disciplinary decision.