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900: Student Conduct

Responsible Administrator: Associate Superintendent Education Services

 

PURPOSE

Sturgeon Public Schools recognizes its responsibility to maintain a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning and working environment in schools.

PROCESS

The Associate Superintendent Education Services shall be responsible for administering this Administrative Procedure.

PROCEDURE

1. Principals shall develop a written School Code of Student Conduct consistent with Board Policy 900 Student Conduct and Discipline and in consultation with students, parents/guardians, the school council and staff.

2. Principals shall make copies of the School Code of Student Conduct available to students, parents/guardians and staff, on the school’s website and in print if requested.

3. Schools shall review the School Code of Student Conduct with students annually.

4. A school code of student conduct shall include:

4.1 expectations for student behavior;

4.2 a range of specific corrective measures that will be taken when students are found responsible for unacceptable behaviour;

4.3 provisions regarding safety and security offences;

4.4 any other matter which the Principal deems necessary.

5. Students will be held responsible and accountable to Sturgeon Public Schools and its agents for unacceptable behaviour whether it occurs within the school building, during the school day or by electronic means.

6. Beyond school hours students will be held responsible for unacceptable behaviour if that behaviour has a connection back to the school and has a demonstrated detrimental impact on the welfare of other students or staff.

7. Students and their parents/guardians, as partners in education, have the responsibility to:

7.1 attend school regularly and punctually,

7.2 ensure the student is ready to learn and actively engage in and diligently pursue the student’s education; including completion of assignments and homework,

7.3 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,

7.4 respect the rights of others in the school,

7.5 refrain from, report and not tolerate bullying or bullying behaviour directed toward others in the school, whether it occurs within the school building, during the school day or by electronic means,

7.6 be accountable to the student’s teachers and other school staff for the student’s conduct,

7.7 fully cooperate with school authority and personnel authorized to provide educational programs and other services throughout the school day and during all school sponsored activities and beyond the hours of school operation if that behavior or conduct has a connection back to the school and a demonstrated detrimental impact on the welfare of individual students, and

7.8 positively contribute to the student’s school and community.

8. Consequences including intervention, suspension and/or recommendation for expulsion, from school or bus, depending on individual circumstances, may be imposed when a student fails to meet the expectations for student conduct articulated in the School Code of Conduct and/or Education Act. Some examples of unacceptable behaviours include but are not limited to:

8.1 conduct which verbally, physically or emotionally threatens the safety of students or staff;

8.2 conduct which demonstrates disrespect for ethnic, racial, religious and sexual diversity;

8.3 possession of a weapon, or anything used, or intended for use in causing injury to any person, or for the purposes of threatening or intimidating any person;

8.4 assault;

8.5 possession, distribution and/or use of illicit, prohibited or restricted substances in school or on school property;

8.6 willful damage to school or other’s property;

8.7 discrimination or harassment;

8.8 participating in or contributing to cyber bullying;

8.9 participating in, or contributing to froshing or hazing activities;

8.10 extortion;

8.11 disruptive behaviour, willful disobedience or defiance of authority;

8.12 interference with the orderly conduct of classes and school activities;

8.13 tampering with items such as fire alarms, or safety equipment;

8.14 criminal activity;

8.15 bystander encouragement or involvement

9. When disciplining a student, a teacher or Principal will consider:

9.1 whether the student has failed to comply with the Education Act, Division Code of Conduct or with the School Code of Student Conduct;

9.2 the effect of the student’s behaviour upon other students, the staff, the school and the community;

9.3 the nature of the action or incident that calls for disciplinary measures;

9.4 informing and/or consulting with the student’s parents/guardians when it is warranted;

9.5 the student’s previous conduct;

9.6 the student’s unique circumstances (age, maturity, extenuating circumstances);

9.7 the impact of proposed action on the student’s future behaviour;

9.8 any other information the teacher or Principal considers appropriate or relevant;

9.9 whether the student’s conduct is injurious to the physical or mental well-being of others in the school.

10. Dependent on the resources that are available, the Principal shall arrange for support, if needed, for students who may be impacted by inappropriate behaviour, as well as for students who engage in inappropriate behaviour.

11. Where the behaviour of a student involves a violent threat, the Principal shall refer to the Violent Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) protocol. This protocol allows the Principal, in consultation with the Director, Learning Support, to involve regional partners such as RCMP, Alberta Health Services and Children Services to collaborate on the risk assessment and implementation of recommendation for support.

12. Each teacher or Principal will ensure that appropriate documentation procedures are employed to record disciplinary actions.

13. As per the Education Act, the Principal or designate has the responsibility for and the authority to establish and maintain appropriate procedures conducive to an acceptable standard of student discipline.

 

References:

Board Policy: 230 Board Committees and Appointed Representatives

Board Policy: 900 Student Conduct and Discipline

Education Act: Sections 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 196, 197

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

Alberta Human Rights Act

Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use Regulation 149/2003

Tobacco Reduction Act

Violent Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) Protocol

Vision, Mission and Values Statement

History

2020 Jan 29 Initial Approval
2021 Feb 11 Amended