Input Sought on Student Code of Conduct Policy
Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George School Board is working towards moving its student code of conduct policy into the digital age
Last night the board approved a staff recommendation to have proposed revisions to its current policy fanned out to reference groups for input.
The board has taken this step to ensure its aligned with new provincial standards for codes of conduct including updates to the province’s human rights code.
The draft policy was distributed to all elementary and secondary principals and vice-principals for review and input.
Some of the proposed changes include redefining what bullying is. The proposed revision for example would reclassify what bullying is – from a single targeted or repeated incidents to being a pattern of unwelcome or aggressive behaviour.
Also new are rules that consider ‘sexting’ and ‘sextortion.’ The latter defined as involving individuals who coerce youth into sending sexual images or engaging in sexual acts via social media or electronic device and then blackmailing them with the threat of distributing the sexual images/video if they do not pay money or provide more sexual images/videos.
It also proposes “restorative practice” defined as “a strategy that seeks to repair relationships that have been damaged.” It also “attempts to bring about a sense of remorse and restorative action.”
Reference groups will report back to the board with input in the new year.