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School Conduct Policy

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 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 student 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 and should not be discriminated against based on race, religion, colour, gender, disabilities, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, source of income, family status, or sexual orientation. Students should report any incidents of bullying or discrimination immediately to a teacher or supervisor through verbal or written and/or electronic means.

According to the Education Act-Section 31, a student shall conduct himself or herself so as to 
reasonably comply with the following code of conduct:
a)  be diligent in pursuing the student’s studies;
b)  attend school regularly and punctually;
c)  co-operate fully with everyone authorized by the board to provide education programs and other services;
d)  comply with rules of the school;
e)  account to the student’s teachers for the student’s conduct;
f)   respect the rights of others;
g)  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;
h)  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
i)   positively contribute to the student’s school community.

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, phone, or by means of Student Code of Conduct Form. 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.

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. Unique student attributes such as age, maturity and individual circumstances will also be considered. A continuum of supports will be provided to students who are impacted by inappropriate behavior as well as for students who engage in inappropriate behavior.

A minor offence may include items such as:
* impolite manners      * inappropriate dress
* disruptive behaviour * incomplete homework
* disrespectful conduct
* unsafe/rough play

In the case of a minor offence, 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 fair and corrective intervention strategies may be used at the discretion of the teacher and/or administrator.

A major offence may include items such as:
* open opposition to authority    * fighting
* willful disobedience           * vandalism or theft
* use of inappropriate language / gestures
* use/possession of weapons
* habitual neglect of student responsibilities
* bullying or aggression
* cyber bullying      * discriminatory behavior

Severe breach of conduct will be suspended in accordance with section 31 of the Education 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.

The Mary Hanley School Student Code of 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.

The Student Code of Conduct Policy has been developed by the Mary Hanley school community and was based on input from students, parents and school staff.
It is included in the student agenda as communication to all members of the school community each year.
This Student Code of Conduct will be reviewed and adapted as necessary on an annual basis by members of the school community.

The students, parents and staff of Mary Hanley School must work together to create a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment. It is important for all students and their parents to be informed and aware of our Conduct Policy. For this reason, we invite you to review and discuss this policy as a family. In order to acknowledge receipt of this information, please complete the following section in your child's agenda and return it to your   youngest/only child’s teacher as soon as possible.