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School Conduct Policy

Edmonton Catholic Schools

Cardinal Collins High School and Fresh Start Academic Centres.

Code of Student Conduct.


It is our belief that students, parents and staff members of a Catholic high school are major partners in the creation of an effective learning environment.  To this end, all members of the school community 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.  At all times we recognize, and encourage, the important role parents have in supporting their children both at home and in our schools.

Our schools are a vibrant part of the communities in which they serve.  This is realized when parents, students and school staff understand the collective responsibility each have 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.  Parents have to ensure that their conduct contributes to a welcoming, caring, respectful, and safe learning environment.

It is important to state that achieving a safe and caring environment is an ongoing process that all members of a school community 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.  Throughout the school year our schools will engage in preventative education that strives to educate our school community on the nature of our school code of conduct.

Acceptable behaviour

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 that may occur during the day or by electronic means, 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.

Unacceptable behaviour

It is the expectation of our schools that students understand and fully comply with Section 12 of the School 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 affects 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 12 of the School Act may lead to consequences for that student(s) as outlined in Section 24 of the School Act. 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 individual's situation.  The full range of possible consequences will be communicated to affected students and their parents deemed to be participating in unacceptable behaviour.  When it is deemed that a student has failed to comply with the expectations of Section 12, the principal may suspend a student according to Section 36 (3) of the School Act outlined below:              

(3) A principal may suspend a student

          (a) from school,

          (b) from one or more class periods or courses,

          (c) from transportation provided under section 51, or

          (d) from any school-related activity.

(4) When a student is suspended under subsection (3), the principal shall

          (a) immediately inform the student's parent of the suspension,

          (b) report in writing to the student's parent all the circumstances respecting the suspension,                 and

          (c) provide an opportunity to meet with the student's parent, and the student if the                                    student is 16 years of age or older, to discuss the suspension.

(5) A suspension may not exceed 5 school days, except in accordance with a recommendation for expulsion made by the principal under section 25.

In all cases, the final decision of any disciplinary action taken at the school level rests with the principal or designate of the school.  In cases of extreme behaviours the principal may recommend, prior to the end of the student's suspension, the board expel the student under the provisions of Section 37 (1) of the School Act, if:

(a) the student has displayed an attitude of wilful, blatant and repeated refusal to comply with Section 12,

(b) the student has displayed an attitude of wilful, blatant and repeated refusal to comply with the code of conduct established under section 45.1(1), or

(c) the student's conduct, whether or not the conduct occurs within the school building or during the school day, is injurious to the physical or mental well-being of others in the school.

In rare cases where expulsion is recommended the principal will inform the board in writing.  The student and the student's parent may make representations to the board with respect to the principal's recommendation to expel the student.


Supports for students

Our students' ongoing success in their educational path is our primary concern.   In order to support this on an ongoing basis appropriate supports will be provided to students impacted by inappropriate behaviour and to those students who engage in inappropriate behaviour. There are many support mechanisms available to students at each of our schools, these include: 

  • Teacher advisor connection and regular follow up.
  • Support from our STAY advisor.
  • Our Lady of Grace (OLOG)
  • Social workers – access to outside supports
  • School Counsellors
  • ASIST program
  • Braided Journeys (FNMI)
  • Ongoing connection and coordination from site administration.
  • Grad Coach / Learning Coach