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F-110-AR: Student Conduct

References:

  • F-110
  • F-110-BR
  • F-120 Student Suspensions, Disciplinary Hearings and Expulsions
  • A-150 Discrimination and Harassment
  • Safe and Caring Schools Manual, Alberta Education
  • St. Albert Public Schools’ Code of Student Conduct

  1. Each principal shall:
    1. maintain a copy of St. Albert Public Schools’ Code of Student Conduct in the school office and share that Code on an annual basis with staff, students, parents/guardians, school councils and others upon request.
    2. develop a written school code of student conduct in consultation with students, parents/guardians, the school council and staff which reflects the intent of the St. Albert Public Schools’ Code of Student Conduct.
    3. make copies of the School Code of Student Conduct and Drug-Free Protocol available to students, parents/guardians and staff.
    4. review the School Code of Student Conduct at regular intervals.
  2. A School Code of Student Conduct shall include:
    1. expectations for student behaviour;
    2. a range of specific corrective measures that will be taken when students are found responsible for unacceptable behaviour;
    3. provisions regarding safety and security offenses;
    4. any other matter which the principal deems necessary.
  3. Students will be held responsible and accountable to the St. Albert Public School Division and its agents for their behaviour and conduct:
    1. during involvement in school sponsored or related activities;
    2. on school board property;
    3. during any recess or lunch periods on school property;
    4. on division leased, sanctioned or owned vehicles used for the transportation of students to and from school and school activities;
    5. while traveling directly to and from school;
    6. beyond the hours of school operation if the behaviour or conduct has a detrimental impact on the welfare of individual students or the governance, climate or efficiency of the school.
  4. Students and their parents/guardians, when applicable, are accountable for:
    1. school attendance and punctuality;
    2. their work habits including completion of assignments and homework;
    3. proper use of textbooks, equipment, and property of theirs, others and the school;
    4. treating others with dignity and respect;
    5. full cooperation with school authority and personnel authorized to provide educational programs and other services throughout the school day and during all school sponsored activities; and
    6. adherence to the St. Albert Public Schools’ Code of Student Conduct and School Code of Student Conduct.
  5. Consequences including suspension, disciplinary hearing and/or expulsion, depending on individual circumstances, may be imposed when a student fails to meet the expectations for student conduct articulated in the St. Albert Public Schools’ Code of Student Conduct and/or the Education Act [Suspensions 36: 1 (a) or (b) or Expulsions 37:1 (a) or (b)].  Some examples of unacceptable behaviours include:
    1. conduct which verbally, physically or emotionally threatens the safety of students or staff.  This includes those students, staff and families who identify or are perceived as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, queer or questioning their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression ;
    2. bullying, students have the responsibility to refrain from, report and not tolerate bullying or 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;
    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;
    4. assault;
    5. possession, distribution, or use of illegal drugs, alcohol, inhalants or any other illicit substances in school or on school property;
    6. willful damage to school or other's property;
    7. discrimination or harassment;
    8. participating in froshing or hazing activities;
    9. extortion;
    10. disruptive behaviour, willful disobedience or defiance of authority;
    11. interference with the orderly conduct of classes or the school;
    12. tampering with items such as fire alarms, or safety equipment;
    13. criminal activity;
    14. contravention of the St. Albert Public Schools’ Code of Student Conduct and School Code of Student Conduct; and
    15. bystander encouragement or involvement in instigating or escalating aggressive behaviour (e.g. taunting, fighting).
  6. When disciplining a student, a teacher or principal will consider:
    1. whether the student has failed to comply with section 12 of the School Act, being the Student’s Code of Conduct or with the St. Albert Public Schools’ Code of Student Conduct;
    2. the effect of the student's behaviour upon other students, the staff, the school and the community;
    3. the nature of the action or incident that calls for disciplinary measures;
    4. whether consultation with the student’s parents/guardians is warranted;
    5. the student's previous conduct;
    6. the student's unique circumstances (age, maturity, extenuating circumstances);
    7. the impact of proposed action on the student's future behaviour;
    8. any other information the teacher or principal considers appropriate or relevant; and
    9. whether the student’s conduct is injurious to the physical or mental well-being of others in the school.
  7. Support will be provided for students who are impacted by inappropriate behavior, as well as for students who engage in inappropriate behavior.
  8. Each principal will ensure that appropriate documentation procedures are implemented to record disciplinary actions.