Lilian Schick School Code of Conduct
Lilian Schick School operates on the premise that all students have the right to learn and that the school environment guides students towards responsible behavior. It is expected that students, while in school or participating in school sponsored activities, behave in an appropriate manner that does not interfere with the rights and privileges of other students. Home and school alike must share the responsibility for acceptable behavior. The school is a safe and caring location, where there is a joint effort to learn, relate to others and grow. However, education is more than just our school and so we expect more from them. The expectations of our students reflect our hope that we can raise ethical citizens who are active and responsible in all their daily activities.
Expectations of our Students
1. Respect for each other
2. Respect for one’s own self
3. Respect for the guests of our school
4. Respect for members of the community
5. Respect for members of the global community
6. Respect for property- their own, their schoolmates and the school
7. Respect for the learning environment
8. Consideration for the safety of others and self
Code of Conduct for Students
Student Code of Conduct is defined in the School Act under Section 12 of the New Alberta School Act. These are legal obligations of all students in Alberta Schools.
a. Attend school regularly and punctually,
b. Be ready to learn and actively engage in and diligently pursue the student’s education,
c. 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,
d. Respect the rights of others in the school,
e. Refrain from, report and not tolerate bullying or bullying behavior directed towards others in the school building, during the school day or by electronic means,
f. Comply with the rules of the school and the policies of the board,
g. Co-operate with everyone authorized by the board to provide education programs and other services
h. Be accountable to the student’s teachers and other school staff for the student’s conduct, and
i. Positively contribute to the student’s school and community.
It is the belief at Lilian Schick School that it is the responsibility of each individual student to be responsible for complying with our school expectations and Section 12 of the School Act. Staff at Lilian Schick School will help students to adhere to the expectations through a process of learning. Staff shall:
1. Help the student identify the inappropriate behavior(s)
2. Help the student solve the problem(s) created by these behavior(s)
3. Leave the student’s dignity intact
4. Share the Code of Conduct with students twice annually, in September and January.
5. Make the Code of Conduct accessible to families by sending out electronically in September and posting on school website for easy access.
Factors such as age, grade, nature of the misbehavior, degree of the situation, emotional stability and past history will be considered when action is taken.
General School Rules
1. Lilian Schick School is an inclusive learning environment. All students have the right to a safe, caring, and respectful learning experience.
2. Personal electronic devices provide a wonderful opportunity to access information and working material in an efficient manner. Student’s use of the devices which would interfere with their or someone else’s learning or teaching environment is not permitted. Devices are to be used with the intent of using it in an educational manner unless otherwise told to do so.
3. Personal electronic devices are the responsibility of the student. The school may assist students in locating lost or missing devices but ultimately, students need to be responsible for their own materials. Students should lock their personal items in their locker to securely store their devices if need be.
4. Harassment, discrimination, as well as physical, verbal or electronic bullying is not acceptable. Students who participate in these behaviors will be dealt with in an appropriate and timely manner.
5. It is expected that students conduct themselves in an appropriate manner in the hallways. They are to walk quietly and safely to and from all activities.
6. Profane language and/or inappropriate gestures demonstrate disrespect for one’s self, others and the school. We ask students to refrain from doing so.
7. As staff are responsible for students, we ask that students remain in class at all times. Students may leave if given permission or if teachers are informed of their whereabouts and have permission to be there under supervision.
8. In order for a student to complete tasks, students need their materials and are expected to be prepared for class by having those materials available. Materials that are lost or need replacement are a responsibility of the student.
9. School desks, lockers and classrooms are used by individual students and may be used by multiple students throughout the day. It is asked that students show respect for the property as they need to be used by others.
10. Vandalism, damage and criminal acts affect all of us at Lilian Schick School. We expect that students report these incidences to the school office.
11. Lilian Schick School has a dress code. For specific information, please see below.
12. For student safety reasons, students are not to be riding skateboards and bikes on school property during the school day. The bike must be placed in the supplied bike rack and secured with a lock until departing the school grounds in a safe manner at the end of the school day. It is required that skateboarders and bikers use an approved CSA helmet.
13. Items which can be viewed as a weapon, or are deemed to be weapons under the Criminal Code, are prohibited from school property. Students who are found to be in possession of items or involved in such incidents are subject to consequences according to Board Policy including but not limited to suspension and/or expulsion
14. Students are not to possess, use or distribute alcohol, drugs or tobacco at school or school sponsored events. Students who are found to be in possession of items or involved in such incidents are subject to consequences according to Board Policy including but not limited to suspension and/or expulsion
15. School buses are part of school. It is expected that students on buses follow school board policy and act appropriately and with respect for one’s self and others while on the bus.
Every violation of the Code of Conduct by a student is to be addressed by staff. In order to deal with violations consistently, inappropriate behavior is generally categorized according to three levels of severity with appropriate action steps.
Infractions such as:
Classroom/ hallway misbehavior
Neglect of homework
Unprepared for class
Dress code violation
Misuse of language
Misuse of electronic devices
1) A staff member intervenes:
- The student is made aware of misbehavior.
- The teacher gives logical consequences for student's action, e.g., student who is late is asked to make up the time at noon.
2) If a violation is repeated the student is referred to counselling or administration.
A. Persistent Level One behavior.
B. Opposition to authority or willful disobedience such as:
Speaking to staff or other adults disrespectfully.
Defiance of authority.
Verbal abuse (profanity).
Roughhousing, intimidating, and/or bullying/cyber bullying.
Damage to property.
1) Consequences for Level Two violations will include one or more of the following:
Loss of privileges; e.g., intramurals, school dances, field trips.
After school detentions.
1-5 day in-school or out-of-school suspension.
A. Persistent Level Two behavior.
B. Extreme violations such as:
Major vandalizing of property.
Possession, use, or distribution of cigarettes, alcohol or drugs.
Bullying/cyber bullying and/or harassment.
Consequences for level Three behavior may include:
Loss of privileges.
1-5 day school suspension.
Parent/Guardian conference before student is readmitted.
Possible referral to appropriate agencies for counselling.
R.C.M.P. will be called for an illegal activity.
Possible recommendation to the School Board Discipline Committee for expulsion.
*All students who are suspended out of school are required to meet with an administrator or counsellor prior to being readmitted to the school.
All discipline situations are seen as a learning opportunity for students. Staff will be sure to use a restorative approach when dealing with students, and ensure to leave their dignity intact.