STUDENT CODE OF BEHAVIOUR
It is our belief that students of a Catholic high school are major partners in the creation of an effective learning environment. To this end, students and staff in our schools work each day to establish and maintain a welcoming, caring, respectful, and safe learning environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging within our schools.
Our schools are a vibrant part of the communities in which they serve. This is realized when everyone understands the collective responsibility to establish and continually maintain an appropriate balance between the individual rights of each person and collective rights of everyone around them. Our students understand that these expectations of behaviour apply to everyone while at school, at a school-related activity in the community or while engaging in an activity that may have an impact on others in the school.
It is important to state that achieving a safe and caring environment is an ongoing process that all members of a school will strive to create each day. In order to accomplish this, students must realize that our schools prohibit discrimination in all forms on the basis of an individual’s race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religious beliefs, gender (including pregnancy, sexual harassment, and gender identity), physical disability, mental disability, marital status, family status, source of income, or sexual orientation.
Students are expected to contribute to the positive nature of the school by acting in a mature manner. The atmosphere we create is suitable for motivated, independent people who want to further themselves by taking advantage of the educational opportunities we offer. Students are expected to follow at all times the behaviours outlined below which are modeled on a daily basis by our staff. The statements below are not an exhaustive list:
* Respect yourself and the rights of others in the school.
* Make sure your conduct contributes to a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment in the school that respects the diversity and fosters a sense of belonging of others in your school.
* Refrain from, report and refuse to tolerate bullying or bullying behaviour, even if it happens outside of the school or
bullying behaviour, even if it happens outside of the school or school hours or electronically.
* Inform an adult you trust in a timely manner of incidents of bullying, harassment, intimidation or other safety concerns in the school.
* Act in ways that honours and appropriately represents you and your school.
* Attend school regularly and punctually.
* Be ready to learn and actively engage in and diligently pursue your education.
* Know and comply with the rules of your school.
* Cooperate with all school staff.
* Be accountable for your behaviour to your teachers and other school staff.
* Contribute positively to your school and your community.
It is the expectation of our schools that students understand and fully comply with Section 31 of the Education Act. The Act clearly states that students must realize that they will be held accountable for unacceptable conduct whether or not the behaviours occur outside of the school building or school day and electronically (e.g. any form of social media), if the conduct negatively affect a member of the school or interferes with the overall school environment. While school staff are not able to control what students do outside of school, where that behaviour spills into the school environment, there may be consequences for that behaviour.
* Examples of these types of unacceptable behaviours include but are not limited to the following:
* Behaviours that interfere with the learning of others and/or the school environment or that create unsafe conditions.
* Acts of bullying, harassment, or intimidation.
* Physical violence.
* Retribution against any person in the school who has intervened to prevent or report bullying or any other incident or safety concern.
* Illegal activity such as: possession, use or distribution of
- illegal or restricted substances, possession or use of weapons, theft or damage to property.
Consequences of Unacceptable Behaviour
Students must be aware that failure to comply with Section 31 of the Education Act may lead to consequences for that student(s). Identified unacceptable behaviour will take into account the student's age, maturity, and individual circumstances. The specific circumstances of any situation will be investigated fully and an appropriate consequence will be applied to each situation. The full range of possible consequences will be communicated to affected students deemed to be participating in unacceptable behaviour. In all cases, the final decision of any disciplinary action taken rests with the principal or designate of the school. In cases of extreme behaviours the student may be referred to Edmonton Catholic District School Operations for transfer or expulsion from the school or district.
Specifically each student at Mother Margaret Mary must fully understand the importance of and take personal responsibility for the following:
School Facility And Property
At all times students must assume proper care of the school facilities and respect school property. Food and drink are allowed in the common gathering areas. Students are asked to respect quiet areas.
All classes require mandatory attendance and continued absences will impact student achievement. If a student is ill or has an appointment, the office must be contacted by the parent or guardian. When absences become a concern, Teacher Advisors will contact the parent/guardian. Each progress report will include attendance information. Students who miss school for a vacation during the school year must complete a vacation form with an administrator prior to leaving. See our Academic Honesty and Probation Policy
Students must take responsibility for punctuality. Frequent lates not only adversely affect personal student growth but also impacts teacher programming and disrupts other students in the class. Students who are late must check into the office to have their agenda stamped. Students will not be admitted to class without a stamp. The office staff will enter a late into Powerschool. A student will not be admitted to class without a stamp. Frequent lates/absences and disruptive behavior may result in withdrawal from the class. Three lates will be counted as an "Unexcused Absence" as per the Alberta Education Attendance Board.
Students at Mother Margaret Mary have some access to technology but are encouraged to bring their own devices. MMM is not responsible for any loss or damages to devices. See Technology and Responsible Use Policy
All staff, students, and visitors must carry ID cards. These cards identify the members of the Mother Margaret Mary High School community, and must be accessible. ID will be required for service in student services. Replacement cards will be $5.00.
Appearance reflects respect for self and others. Students should be dressed in respectable attire appropriate for a business or working environment. Students dressed in clothing deemed inappropriate will be expected to change their attire. In appropriate clothing includes but is not limited to
- Plunging necklines, backless clothing or bare midriffs
- Headware (Hats, Bandanas etc)
- Short Skirts and shorts that are not business like
- Clothing containing explicit content
- Any item of clothing that exposes underwear (low pants, see through tops, muscle shirts that are low cut on the sides)
Certain courses may require specific items of clothing. These items will be outlined by individual course teachers
To show respect for neighbors, students should use crosswalks, drive sensibly, and avoid littering. Please be mindful that we are leaders in the community and as such we ask that you carry yourself accordingly in areas surrounding the school. Appropriate behavior is expected when traveling to and from school, either in private cars or public transit. Students visiting the Terwillegar Recreation Center must have their ID card at all times.
Fire Drills And Lockdowns
Fire drills are required during the school year. Exit routes are clearly indicated throughout the school. If a fire alarm is signaled, immediately leave the building. Signaling a false alarm is a criminal offense. School lockdowns are held once or twice a year.
Locks And Lockers
Lockers are school property on loan and the school has the right to inspect any locker and its contents at any time. Lockers cannot be shared. Only school purchased locks can be used and combinations must be kept confidential. Distasteful pictorial materials or slogans in or on school lockers will be removed. The school is not responsible for money or valuables stolen from lockers.
There is limited student parking in the East parking lot along the field. Parking passes are required for student parking. Application will take place in September.