Student Rights and Responsibilities
I have a right to feel safe and secure both physically and emotionally.
I am responsible for ensuring that other people do not feel threatened, intimidated or hurt.
I have a right to be treated with respect and dignity and to be free from discrimination based on race, religion or customs.
I am responsible for treating others with respect and dignity and for respecting the race the race, religion and customs of others.
I have a right to learn.
I am responsible for listening to others, working quietly and, cooperatively, and completing assignments to the best of my ability.
I have the right to have my personal property treated with respect.
I am responsible for treating all property with respect.
I have the right to a clean and tidy environment.
I am responsible for doing my share to keep our environment clean.
Accidents and Illness
If you become ill or get injured during class time, notify the classroom teacher who will assist you. If illness or injury occurs outside of the classroom, report to the office, or have someone notify a staff member, or the office, whichever is the most convenient. If your condition is serious, your parents will be notified. If your parents cannot be contacted, the school administration will secure any necessary medical attention. Students are not permitted to leave for home when ill until their parents have been contacted by the office.
It a student will be away from school for an extended period of time due to illness, a parent should contact the school to arrange the collection of school work to be taken home. For absences of only a few days, parents are asked to make direct contact with their child”s classroom teachers or classmates to deal with missed work.
Students are encouraged to purchase the voluntary accident insurance which covers participants in both curricular and extra-curricular activities sponsored by the school. Insurance forms will be distributed early in September.
Attendance and Punctuality
Regular and punctual attendance is fundamental to success at Delta Secondary School. Teachers should be able to assume that students will always be in class, on time, unless there is a justifiable reason for absence. Occasionally, students must miss classes for unavoidable reasons such as illness or emergencies. If a student is to be absent from school, a parent must contact the school by telephone (before 1:00 p.m.) to advise us of the absence. The teachers of that student will be informed of the excused absence at the end of the day.
It is recommended that medical, dental and other appointments be made outside of school time. Students who request dismissal for an appointment must present a written excuse to their teacher, then present the note again at the office to the receptionist in order to sign out, When returning from the appointment students must sign in at the office.
- Attendance Reporting
Attendance is taken in each class. Parents can view their child’s attendance on Parent Connect. Parents will also receive an email if their child is absent from a class throughout the day. Parents are encouraged to contact the subject teacher if there is a discrepancy in the attendance reporting.
Students who are late must report directly to their class. Any student who arrives late to school after period one with a note to excuse or whose parent has called to excuse the late must sign in at the office for an admission slip to class.
Students are reminded that special care must be exercised in driving near the school and in the parking lots. New drivers should display the appropriate decal and observe all traffic laws.
Please do not park in the staff parking lot at the front of the school or in spaces that are designated as “handicapped parking”. Students are also asked to avoid parking in the stalls by the portables at the back of the school. Please avoid the bus loading zone and fire lanes. Students who disregard parking regulations may have their vehicles towed away. These regulations also apply to the Genesis Theatre area.
Conduct and Discipline
At Delta Secondary we believe that common sense, courtesy, respect and safety should guide our actions. If you get into some sort of difficulty we will make every effort to understand the situation, and where necessary, administer discipline fairly and consistently. We have been successful in keeping serious discipline problems to a minimum by working closely with your parents.
Any person who jeopardizes the safety, health or well-being of an individual or group in the school or demonstrates a lack of respect for school or personal property will be subject to appropriate consequences. For more specific information, refer to the District Code of Conduct in this book.
Students are expected to come to school dressed in a manner, which is acceptable and shows respect for others. Footwear must be worn at all times. Students dressed in a manner that is not appropriate for school may be sent home for a change of clothes.
Electronic devices (phones, tablets, personal computers) have the potential for positive communication and enhanced student learning. Along with these benefits come associated risks and concerns. At Delta Secondary School, such devices should only be used to enhance safety and as a tool to promote student learning.
Some prohibited uses of electronic devices include: academic dishonesty, interference or disruption of the teaching-learning environment, violations of a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy, compromising personal and/or school safety and any other illegal and/or unethical activities. Failure to comply with this policy may result in the confiscation of the device and/or disciplinary action.
The school assumes no responsibility for the loss, recovery, repair or replacement for any device brought onto school property.
Custodians best fulfill their duties when they have the cooperation and respect of members of the school community. Our custodial staff works hard to keep our facilities clean and safe, occasionally having to clean up accidental spills and messes. However, anyone wilfully creating a mess or causing damage to the school or its grounds will be asked to take responsibility for its clean-up or repair.
All staff and students should assist in keeping our school and its grounds clean and litter-free.
Whenever a fire alarm sounds and classes are in session, the teacher will lead students to the nearest exit (locations are posted on the classroom wall). Students are expected to exit in single file, without talking or running. Students are led well away from the buildings, keeping access roadways open for entry by the fire department. Students are to remain with their teacher. If a fire alarm sounds and classes are not in session (lunch, after school, in between periods), you are to proceed to the nearest exit without talking or running as per the procedure above and return to the meeting spot of your last class. Students who have a study period should check in with their counsellors at the oval. Students will return to the classrooms upon the “all clear” signal of three sets of rings on the school bell.
Reminder – all fire alarms are to be taken seriously and evacuation procedures followed! It should be noted that tampering with fire equipment is an offence under federal law. There will be extremely serious consequences for students found to be tampering with fire alarms or fire fighting equipment.
Plagiarism is the use of another’s ideas or words and passing them off as one’s own. This is a form of cheating and will result work not being accepted. Additional consequences will be assessed on an individual basis. Students should check with their teachers for the correct way to use and attribute other’s material.
Smoking, Vaping, Alcohol and Drugs
Vaping and smoking by students on the school premises, school bus, or at school functions is prohibited. Consuming, possessing, distributing, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol is prohibited.
Violations of any of these regulations will result in consequences that may include suspension and exclusion from school activities.
Student Threats to Safety – Fair Notice
The safety of our students is a top priority for all of us in the Delta School District. When a threat or violent incident occurs it is taken very seriously and a student threat assessment is started.
As partners in educating our youth, everyone in the community has a duty to report all threat-related behaviours. These threats include expressing an intent of harm to themselves, another person or property, or acting out violently against them. Whether the threat is spoken, drawn, made with gestures or on social media, they must all be taken seriously. We will investigate and respond to all harmful threats to our students.
Study Blocks are intended primarily for students in Gr. 12.
Students may study either at home or at school. Students who choose to be at school during a study period are expected to not disturb students or teachers in other classes. During a study period students should:
- Confine study block activities to the Library, Cafeteria, or some other reasonable study area inside the school for the entire period; and
- Refrain from spending time at lockers, in hallways, or outside on the school grounds.
The cost of texts continues to rise (up to $150). As students are responsible for lost or damaged texts, be sure to be careful in the care and handling of them.