Central Okanagan International Education Policies
The international student program of the Central Okanagan School District was established in 2006. Its purpose is to provide foreign students with access to a high quality British Columbia educational program and the opportunity to experience life in Canada. In addition, Canadian students and families benefit from the cultural enrichment that the program brings. A willingness to participate fully in school, the host family and the community is key to a successful experience. Students who chose to participate in this program understand that they are ambassadors of their own countries and agree that they will represent their homelands and families with dignity. All students and their natural parents or guardians must read the following rules and regulations carefully and agree to abide by them.
Section 1: It is clearly understood that all students must abide by the Laws and regulations of Canada and British Columbia.
- The purchase or use of alcohol for students under the age of 19 is prohibited.
- It is against the law for students under the age of 19 to buy cigarettes. We do not allow smoking in our program. E-vapour cigarettes are also strictly prohibited.
- The use of drugs for non-medical reasons under any circumstance is prohibited.
- Students are not permitted to purchase, carry or use firearms under any circumstances.
- Students are not permitted to engage in paid employment.
- Students are not permitted to operate a motor vehicle while enrolled as an International Student. (International students are not permitted to drive with "N" drivers or 'L' drivers.)
- Child pornography is a criminal offence in Canada. Students are not permitted to visit pornographic shops, nightclubs or websites related to pornography. Sharing any such material is considered a serious offence and will not be tolerated.
Any infractions of the above-mentioned conditions will result in disciplinary action and may result in dismissal from the International Education Student Program.
Section 2: Rules for Participation in the International Education Program
1. Student violence and/or aggression will not be tolerated. This includes inappropriate use of social media.
2. Students must attend school daily unless they are under a doctor's care or are ill and the illness has been reported to school by the host parents.
3. Students must arrive to class on time, complete all homework and class assignments, maintain passing grades and exhibit a positive attitude to their teachers and classmates.
4. Academic misconduct and academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.
5. Students must abide by host family rules and act as a respectful, responsible and contributing family member.
6. Students must respect the privacy of all host family members.
7. Students may only change host families under the direction of the homestay coordinator.
8. Students are not permitted to leave the school district unless:
a) The travel is with their host family.
b) The travel is part of a school-supervised field trip.
c) The travel is with natural parents/guardians.
If not traveling with the host family: Students must complete the appropriate Travel Request Form and obtained all necessary signatures. (Requests for travel must be submitted to the International Office at least 2 weeks in advance and must be approved before travel. In the interest of safety, travel may be denied.
Please refer to Travel Policies on the International Website: www.international.sd23.bc.ca
Section 3: Other Considerations:
- Students should make every effort to communicate in English.
- The student's host family is not expected to provide accommodation to any parents or friends who may visit the student during the study term.
- Students are not permitted to enter into any contractual agreement be it business, marital or religious.
- Students should cooperate with the school district and with their host families with respect to guidelines that have been established to ensure their health & safety including but not limited to: eating meals with the family, curfew, communicating their whereabouts at all times with the family and the use of safety gear for active sports, (i.e. Helmets for skiing, snowboarding, skate boarding, and cycling - other protective gear as required by the specific activity.)
- The use of technology will be monitored and if 'screen time' is deemed to interfere with life and learning, then students' access may be limited at the discretion of the host family, school or international program.
- Students are encouraged to ask for explanation of any of the rules and regulations they may not understand and may request an interpreter if needed.
In the event of failure to abide by the above-mentioned policies and rules of the International Education Program or The School Code of Conduct, the following actions may be taken:
A meeting will be scheduled with the student and the rules and regulations will be reviewed. This meeting may involve a combination of School Officials, Homestay Parents and International Program Staff. A verbal warning will be issued and the meeting will be documented.
Should the student continue to fail to abide by the rules and regulations of the program, a meeting will be held with the student, Homestay Coordinator and the District Principal of the International Student Program or designate. The student will be placed on a behaviour contract which clearly outlines the rules and expectations of the student and the conditions under which the student may remain in the program. Copies of the behavior contract will be sent to the student's natural parents and the student's agency. Violation of the terms and conditions set out in the contract may result in termination from the program.
Suspension from School:
Students may be disciplined by authorized school officials (School Principals and Vice-principals) as per the district policies which include in-school and out-of-school definite suspensions for up to 10 school days.
Dismissal from the International Program:
Should the student commit a major legal offense, fail to abide by the terms and conditions of their behavior contract, or, if the student has ongoing violations of other rules and conditions, he/she will be referred to the District Principal - International for further action and may be dismissed from the program.
In the event of termination from the program:
A student who is dismissed from the program will be sent home and all costs and expenses will be the responsibility of the student and the student's natural parents. No refund of program fees will be issued.
I/we agree to abide by these policies and conditions and understand that any violation may result in termination of the International Student experience with no refund of fees. I/We agree to make arrangements for return to the home country immediately at the request of the International Student Program. I/We further agree that the School District and the Superintendent of Schools or designate shall have the final authority in enforcing these rules and conditions.
Payment of fees indicates that the International Student and their Parents understand and agree to follow all rules, regulations, policies and codes of conduct of Central Okanagan International Education and School District 23 (Central Okanagan).