Code of Conduct
At Metropolitan Preparatory Academy we are committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for all our students.
Students are expected to:
- demonstrate a commitment to learning through punctual and regular attendance, being prepared and ready to learn. This includes submitting all assignments and the writing of all tests on time.
- dress in accordance with the school dress code.
- respect the authority of school staff.
- follow classroom rules and taking responsibility for their actions.
- demonstrate honesty and integrity. Not to participate in plagiarism, misrepresentation of original work, or the use of unauthorized aid, nor the theft of evaluation instruments.
- treat one another with dignity, respect and fairness, regardless of race, culture, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, ability or any other attribute.
- refrain from the use of all electronic devices, which include cell phones for texting and verbal communication during class time.
- refrain from bringing anything to school, or using anything inappropriately, that may risk the safety of themselves or others.
- refrain from smoke on school property or while attending any school related event or activity.
- refrain from the possession of, and being under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- refrain from the possession of any form of a weapon.
- avoid all forms of intimidation, harassment, racism, and discrimination.
- refrain from bullying behaviour, which is considered to be any repeated, negative behaviour intended on causing fear, distress and or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. This includes cyber-bullying.
- take appropriate action to help those in need. Seek assistance to resolve conflict constructively and respectfully through discussion or by seeking assistance from school personnel.
- treat school property and the property of others with respect and care.
- refrain from taking articles which do not belong to them.
- express themselves with socially acceptable language and gestures that contribute to an orderly and safe learning environment.
Parent and guardians are expected to:
- review the above Code of Conduct with their child and help him/her to follow the school rules.
- take an active role in the education of their child and ensure that he/she is punctual and attends school regularly.
- report to attendance personal if their child will be arriving late or will be absence from school.
Suspension and Expulsion
In June 2007, the provincial government passed Bill 212, the Education Amendment Act on behaviour, discipline and safety. Its provisions took effect on February 1, 2008.
We recognize that each student is unique and that every situation that requires disciplinary action usually has its own extenuating circumstances. All factors will be considered before discipline is given out. A progressive discipline approach will be used for inappropriate behaviour, which may include oral reminders, review of classroom and school expectations, and contact with parents, detentions which can include volunteer services to the school community.
According to the new legislation, a principal may suspend a student up to 20 days and in considering the length of the suspension, he will take into account any extenuating circumstances.
A pupil who is suspended from school is also suspended from engaging in all school-related activities.
Incidents for which Metropolitan Preparatory Academy will suspend a student include:
- Patterns of behaviour so inappropriate, that the student’s presence is detrimental to the learning or working environment of others.
- Uttering a threat to inflict serious bodily harm on another person.
- Smoking on school property.
- Possessing alcohol or illegal drugs.
- Being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
- Swearing at a teacher or at another person in a position of authority.
- Committing an act of vandalism that causes damage to school property.
- Bullying and/or cyber-bullying.
- Theft of school or another student’s property.
- Committing any act considered by the principal to have a negative impact on
- - the moral tone of the school
- - the physical or mental well-being of another student or staff member of Metro Prep Academy.
Incidents for which Metropolitan Preparatory Academy will expel a student include:
- Possessing a weapon, including possessing a firearm.
- Using a weapon to cause or to threaten bodily harm to another person.
- Committing physical assault on another person that causes bodily harm requiring medical treatment.
- Committing sexual assault.
- Trafficking in illegal drugs or weapons.
- Giving alcohol to a minor.
- Demonstration of resistance to changes in behavior that has resulted in creating an ineffective learning or working environment for other students.