Student Code of Conduct Policy
At St. Bernadette, our primary goal, at all times, is to ensure the safety and well-being of all students, staff, and guests. We strive to create an environment which nurtures the growth of the "whole" child: academically, emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually. As a community of learners, the students, staff and parents share a responsibility to create a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment. It is essential that we work together in order to model and encourage our guiding principles; The Five Marks of Catholic School Identity, The Eight Characters of Catholic Education and The Five Core values of dignity & respect, loyalty, honesty, fairness, and personal & communal growth.
In the process of growing up, children will occasionally make poor choices or become involved in negative situations. Our conduct policy seeks to respect the uniqueness and dignity of each child and to encourage the student to learn from their mistakes. As a community, all stakeholders-students, staff, and parents-are expected to work together to prevent and eliminate discrimination and/or bullying behaviors. Under the Alberta Human Rights Act all persons are equal. Students should report any incidents of bullying or discrimination immediately to a teacher or supervisor through verbal or written and/or electronic means.
The Student Code of Conduct Policy has been developed by the school community and is based on input from students, parents and school staff. It is reflective of the expectations of students as addressed in legislation and district policies. The Code of Conduct can be found in several areas: in the student agenda, on the school website, posted in the school and sent home with students on an annual basis. The policy is reviewed and adapted as necessary on an annual basis by the members of the school community.
DEFINING APPROPRIATE CONDUCT
According to the School Act-Section 12, a student shall conduct himself or herself so as to reasonably comply with the following code of conduct:
- be diligent in pursuing the student's studies;
- attend school regularly and punctually;
- co-operate fully with everyone authorized by the board to provide education programs and other services;
- comply with rules of the school;
- account to the student's teachers for the student's conduct;
- respect the rights of others;
- ensure that the student's conduct contributes to a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging;
- refrain from, report and not tolerate bullying behaviour directed toward others in the school, whether or not it occurs within the school building, during the school day or by electronic means; and
- positively contribute to the student's school community.
In addition to compliance with the code of conduct, students must abide by the Alberta Human Rights Act, which prohibits any conduct that serves to deny or discriminate 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.
Together, staff and parents should:
- provide a welcoming, caring, respectful, and safe learning environment;
- provide clear expectations and appropriate consequences for inappropriate behaviour;
- model appropriate behaviours;
- maintain a model of supportive, open and respectful communication
- encourage punctuality and regular attendance; and
- monitor the progress of the child/children.
If a student engages in inappropriate conduct or is implicated in a significant incident, parent contact will be made by the child's classroom teacher or by an administrator. Teachers and/or administrators may contact parents through agendas, emails or by phone. As partners in education, parents need to be informed of these incidents so that they too can enter into dialogue with their child/children and be involved in the learning process.
ENCOURAGING APPROPRIATE CONDUCT
In every instance, the child will be asked to identify and assume responsibility for his/her behaviour. Oftentimes, a student will be asked to reflect upon his/her conduct in writing and to suggest steps towards improvement and growth. Consequences and events will take into consideration unique student attributes such as age, maturity and individual circumstances. Examples will include the following components: preventative measures, supportive procedures for minor breaches of conduct and fair, corrective interventions to address major breaches of conduct.
A minor breach may include items such as:
* impolite manners * inappropriate dress
* disruptive behaviour * incomplete homework
* disrespectful conduct * tardiness
* unsafe/rough play
In the case of a minor breach, the student may be asked to take time away from a given activity, work in a less distracting location, complete unfinished work, make an apology card, etc. Other intervention strategies may be used at the discretion of the teacher and/or administrator.
A major breach may include items such as:
* open opposition to authority
* willful disobedience
* vandalism or theft
* use/possession of weapons
* use of inappropriate language / gestures
* bullying or aggression
* habitual neglect of student responsibilities
* cyber bullying
* discriminatory behavior
Major offences will generally result in an in-school or out-of-school suspension in accordance with Section 12 of the School Act. In-school suspensions include: loss of privileges such as recess, clubs, teams, or field trips; and/or a time out in the office ranging from 30 minutes to a full-day. An out-of-school suspension ranges in length from one to five days. During the suspension, the student will be responsible for any class work or assignments missed. School administration will determine the length and nature of the in-school or out-of-school suspension based on the severity and/or frequency of the incident.
A continuum of supports will be provided for students who have been impacted by inappropriate behavior as well as for students who have engaged in inappropriate behaviors and may include mentoring, restorative processes, regular check-ins with teachers or schools counsellors, counselling or referrals to professionals as required.
The St. Bernadette School Student Conduct Policy applies to all students, at all times within the school building, during the school day, at all school events/activities, on the school bus, or when using electronic devices such as iPads, cell phones and/or computers.