WHAT IS S.C.R.C.?
Student Conduct Review Committee is a step in the progressive discipline process in School District #57. It meets to consider violations of the district and school code of student conduct and, when appropriate, impose additional consequences or conditions for a student's return to school.
S.C.R.C. is governed by School Board
Policy 5131.2 (In any case where this pamphlet differs from
Policy 5131.2, the provisions of the Policy apply).
WHY WAS S.C.R.C. FORMED?
S.C.R.C. was formed in response to two needs: (1) to provide consistent treatment of similar situations from school to school across the district; and, (2) to allow increased scrutiny of serious misbehaviour.
The goal of the Board of Education is to ensure that schools remain safe and healthy places in which to learn and work.
WHO ATTENDS S.C.R.C. MEETINGS?
The panel of the Student Conduct Review Committee is composed of three school based administrators. Attendees are the student whose behaviour is to be examinied, one or both parents (or guardians) or an advocate, the principal or vice-principal from the student's school and others who are requested or invited.
WHEN DOES S.C.R.C. MEET?
Meetings are held in the School Board Office,
2100 Ferry Avenue on Wednesday afternoon, between 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. In extraordinary circumstances, meetings are convened at other times.
HOW ARE CASES FROM SCHOOLS DISTANT FROM PRINCE GEORGE HANDLED?
This is done in one of the following ways depending upon the seriousness of the case:
1. A meeting in the outlying community with the regular S.C.R.C.
2. A meeting in the outlying community with an assistant superintendent and one or two school-based administrators from that zone.
3. A conference call or video conference involving S.C.R.C. and the administrator, parent and student.
4. A meeting in Prince George with S.C.R.C.
CAN A PARENT BRING A FRIEND FOR SUPPORT TO THE S.C.R.C. MEETING?
Yes, a friend or an advocate or other supportive person may attend the meeting.
DO ALL REFERRALS AND REPORTS TO S.C.R.C. RESULT IN A MEETING?
Referrals to S.C.R.C. result in a hearing, while reports to S.C.R.C. may result in a meeting but most frequently result in a letter response warning of future consequences. A report informs the student and parent that a repetition of inappropriate behaviour will result in a hearing before the committee.
WHAT CONSEQUENCES CAN S.C.R.C. IMPOSE?
Some of the outcomes are:
1. Increase the period of suspension for up to an additional twenty (20) days.
2. Reassign the student to a different school or to another program.
3. Direct that the student's program be offered in a non-school setting.
4. Remove the student from school (if 16 years or older).
5. Impose conditions to be met before school re-entry or to be following upon return to school.
6. Limit a student's return to school to a partial day.
WHAT CONDITIONS MAY BE PUT IN PLACE?
Sample conditions include:
1. Counselling help - drug, anger, educational.
2. Research paper on an assigned topic.
3. Restitution eg: pay for damaged property.
4. Restricted hours of attendance.
5. Exclusion from certain school activities.
WHAT OFFENCES MUST BE REPORTED OR REFERRED TO S.C.R.C.?
1. Possession of a life-threatening weapon.
2. Threatening with reference to a "life-threatening weapon".
3. Possession, use, transmittal and/or sale of alcohol and/or drugs.
4. Involvement with fire, fire alarms, fireworks, and /or explosives.
5. Possession and/or use of toxic or noxious substances.
WHAT OFFENCES MAY BE REPORTED OR REFERRED TO S.C.R.C.?
1. Abusive behaviour (depending upon severity or repetitive nature).
2. Vandalism and/or theft.
3. Disruptive behaviour or disobedience.
4. Use of tobacco products (third offence).
5. Serious or repeated infractions of the School Code of Student Conduct.
6. Cyber Bullying.
7. Inappropriate use of cellular telephones & other portable electronic devices.
The principal of the student's school determines if a report or a referral should be made in these situations.
CAN A PARENT APPEAL A DECISION OF S.C.R.C.?
Yes. The appeal is heard by the Board of School trustees in a private session (this is governed by Board Bylaw No. 4). To initiate an appeal, a parent would call the Superintendent of Schools.
HOW DOES A PARENT FIND OUT THE DECISION OF S.C.R.C.?
The committee decision is normally rendered on the day of the hearing but may be given later. It is confirmed in a letter following contact with the parent or guardian.