School District 59 has adopted a new code of conduct policy.
The main issue was integrating a dress code, which works to “promote an environment free from: emotional and physical safety concerns, drugs and alcohol, obscenity or profanity, discrimination, gangs, and overt sexual or violent content.”
Previously the dress code was a separate policy.
“With our new board coming in, our policy committee is going through a lot of policies, and where we find an opportunity to simplify or merge pieces that work well together, and bring them up to date, we’re looking for those sort of scenarios,” said Chad Anderson, a trustee for Pouce and rural DC, and chair of the policy committee, on which DC trustee Jennifer Lalonde and Chetwynd trustee Rebecca Borton also sit.
After the comment period, a line on confidentiality was also added to the district code of conduct — for all members of the school community (staff, students, parents, and guests) to “maintain confidentiality of all work related information.”
“It was brought to our attention that we didn’t have a policy regarding privacy and confidentiality laws for employees in the district — in our code of conduct it wasn’t clear,” said assistant superintendent Christy Fennell.
“When you’re working with students, or in any context when you’re working with the school district, there’s confidentiality around students, and so we just wanted to make that clear in the code of conduct.”
“People do have to be aware of confidentiality concerns with some of the issues that get dealt with on a given day at school,” said Anderson.