In order to establish and maintain a welcoming, caring, respectful, and safe learning environment, this Code of Conduct establishes expectations and consequences for student behaviour while at school, at school sponsored activities, or while engaging in other non-school activities that have a direct influence on maintaining a welcoming, caring, respectful, and safe learning environment in the school.
The Code of Conduct is intended to establish and maintain an appropriate balance between individual and collective rights, freedoms, and responsibilities in the school community.
The Code of Conduct is also intended to help students learn how to address issues of dispute, develop empathy, and become good citizens within and outside the school community.
1. Bullying: The School Act defines bullying as “repeated and hostile or demeaning behaviour by an individual in the school community where the behaviour is intended to cause harm, fear or distress to one or more other individuals in the school community, including psychological harm or harm to an individual’s reputation.”
2. Discrimination: The denial of individual rights and freedoms in a manner which contravenes the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and/or the Alberta Human Rights Act (AHRA). Discrimination on the basis of race, religious beliefs, colour, gender, physical disability, mental disability, age, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, source of income, family status, creed, sexual orientation, and citizenship is prohibited.
3. Harassment: Any behavior that in effect or intent disparages, humiliates, or harms another person or class of persons. It is behaviour that denies dignity and respect, and is demeaning and/or humiliating to another person or class of persons. Harassment may include, but is not limited to, references related to age, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race and/or sources of income or family status. Sexual harassment is any unwelcome behavior that is sexual in nature. Such behavior may directly or indirectly affect or threaten to affect in an adverse manner a student’s well-being and/or learning environment. The behavior does not need to be intended as harassing to be considered as personal harassment. It is sufficient that one knows, or ought reasonably to know, that his/her behaviour is offensive and unwelcome. Harassment is not a relationship of mutual consent. It is any action including, but not limited to, verbal, physical, written and cyber messaging that is unwelcome or intimidating and denies individual dignity and respect.
1. The District and schools’ Student Codes of Conduct, and their enforcement through consequences, shall apply to students
1.1. in school;
1.2. on the school grounds;
1.3. during any recess or lunch periods on or off school property;
1.4. at school sponsored or authorized activities;
1.5. on school busses or other forms of approved transportation; or
1.6. when the student’s conduct detrimentally affects the welfare of individual students or the governance, climate, or efficiency of the school(s) regardless of where that conduct occurs.
2. Any form of bullying, discrimination or harassment as defined above is unacceptable.
3. The Board encourages compliance with the following behavioural expectation examples, realizing this is not an exhaustive list:
3.1. respect yourself and the rights of others in the school;
3.2. make sure your conduct contributes to a welcoming, caring, respectful, and safe learning environment in the school that respects yourself, the rights of others, diversity, and fosters a sense of belonging for others in your school;
3.3. refrain from, report, and refuse to tolerate bullying or bullying behaviour, even if it happens outside of the school or school hours, or digitally;
3.4. inform an adult you trust in a timely manner of incidents of bullying, harassment, intimidation, or other safety concerns in the school;
3.5. act in ways that honour and appropriately represent you and your school;
3.6. attend school regularly and punctually;
3.7. be ready to learn and actively engage in, and diligently pursue, your education;
3.8. know and comply with the rules of your school;
3.9. cooperate fully with everyone authorized by the Board to provide education programs and services;
3.10. be accountable for your behaviour to your teachers and other staff;
3.11. contribute positively to your school and community; and
3.12. be responsible digital citizens.
4. Examples of unacceptable behaviours include, but are not limited to:
4.1. behaviours that interfere with the learning of others and/or the school environment, or that create unsafe conditions;
4.2. acts of bullying, harassment, discrimination, coercion, or intimidation;
4.3. physical violence;
4.4. retribution against any person in the school who has intervened to prevent or report bullying or any other incident of safety concern;
4.5. illegal activity such as:
4.5.1. possession, use or distribution of illegal or restricted substances;
4.5.2. possession or use of weapons;
4.5.3. theft or damage to property;
4.6. contravention of District policies and regulations;
4.7. willful disobedience and/or open opposition to authority;
4.8. use or display of improper or profane language;
4.9. interfering with the orderly conduct of class(es) or the school;
4.10. contravention of the Code of Conduct as set out in the School Act, Section 12;
4.11. Contravention of the provisions of Section 27 of the School Act related to trespassing, loitering, and causing a disturbance;
4.12. Use of technology such as computers, cameras, cell phones, and other digital equipment for purposes that are illegal, unethical, immoral, or inappropriate.
5. Rules governing student conduct while being transported on school busses or other approved transport, shall be developed by the District in consultation with the school administration and/or transit provider.
6. The following consequences of unacceptable behaviour shall apply taking into account the severity and magnitude of the incident(s) and the student’s age, maturity, and individual circumstances:
6.1. consequences as outlined in the school’s Code of Conduct;
6.4. involvement of police authorities.
7. Parents and guardians play a vital role in developing student behavior and conduct. It is the District’s expectation that a parent or guardian has the responsibility:
7.1. to take an active role in the student’s educational success, including assisting the student in complying with Regulation 3 of this policy;
7.2. to ensure that the parent or guardian’s conduct contributes to a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment;
7.3. to co-operate and collaborate with school staff to support the delivery of specialized supports and services to the student;
7.4. to encourage, foster and advance collaborative, positive and respectful relationships with students, teachers, principals, other school staff and professionals providing supports and services in the school; and
7.5. to engage in the student’s school community.
8. The school shall provide support for students who are impacted by inappropriate behaviour. Schools may consult with the Division of Instructional Services for determining support mechanisms.
9. Procedures for lodging a complaint or concern.
9.1. Should a student be subject to or witness of: bullying, harassment, discrimination, unwanted behaviors as described in procedure 4, or conduct that interferes with maintaining a welcoming, caring, respectful, and safe learning environment in the school, that student should contact a classroom teacher, their advisor, school counsellor, or any other staff member with whom they feel comfortable. A parent or guardian may make contact regarding a complaint or concern.
9.2. Students and parents will follow the communication process outlined in Policy 1003.1 Channels of Communication and Disputes Resolution.
9.3. A complaint or concern may be communicated informally through oral communication or formally in writing with a professional staff member or principal. Where possible, the complaint should clearly outline the cause for complaint or issue, as well as a description of the specific incident or incidents, the dates, and names of any witnesses.
9.4. The professional staff member or principal will apply the appropriate consequences as delineated in the school’s Student Code of Conduct.
9.5. The principal will determine whether the level of seriousness requires an investigation and/or police involvement. If the principal determines that the incident(s) requires police involvement, Policy 504.8 Involvement with Authorized Agencies will be followed.
10. Schools will develop a Student Code of Conduct that aligns with the District Student Code of Conduct, is made publicly available, reviewed every year, and provided to all staff, students, and parents. The Student Code of Conduct will include the following elements:
10.1. a statement of purpose that provides a rationale for the Code of Conduct, with a focus on welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments;
10.2. definitions of bullying, discrimination (including reference to the Alberta Human Rights Act), and harassment;
10.3. one or more statements about what is acceptable behaviour and what is unacceptable behaviour, whether or not it occurs within the school building, during the school day, or by electronic means (see Procedures #3 and #4);
10.4. consequences of unacceptable behaviour which take into account the student’s age, maturity, and individual circumstances. On the continuum of consequences, it shall be noted that a student may be suspended or expelled.
Policy - https://www.lethsd.ab.ca/download/187497
Schools are now required to do at least 2 lockdown practices each year, one of which must be in the fall and the other in the spring.
Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco and Electronic Smoking Products
The following are prohibited on school property and at authorized student activities:
possession and/or use of alcohol; possession and/or use of illicit drugs; use of tobacco and/or electronic smoking products; and inappropriate use of prescription and non-prescription medication.
Persons under the influence of alcohol or drugs are prohibited from being on school property or participating in authorized student activities.