Code of Conduct
"This is what Yahweh asks of you:
only this, to act justly, to love tenderly,
and to walk humbly with your God." Michah 6
Purposes of the Code: St. Aloysius Catholic Elementary School is committed to working with families, parishes, and community partners in maintaining safe and orderly Christ-centered learning environments. We believe that safe schools are a prerequisite for student achievement and that students should feel safe and be safe in school and on school grounds.
St. Aloysius School promotes a positive school climate where all members of the school community feel safe, included, and accepted, and actively promote positive behaviours and appropriate interactions among all members of the school community. A whole-school approach, which involves all members of the home-school-parish community, is necessary to ensure that schools are safe, inclusive, and accepting. Building and sustaining a positive school climate is a complex challenge requiring evidence-informed solutions. We embrace the diversity of our school which includes, but is not limited to: (staff or) pupil of any race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, physical and intellectual ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status. With this right to be safe and feel safe comes the responsibility to contribute to a positive school climate and:
Roles and Responsibilities (as found in Provincial Code of Conduct PPM No. 128, Dec 2012)
Principals under the direction of their school boards, take a leadership role in the daily operation of a school. They provide this leadership by:
Teachers and Other School Staff under the leadership of their principals, teachers and other school staff maintain order in the school and are expected to hold everyone to the highest standard of respectful and responsible behaviour. As role models, teachers and other school staff uphold these high standards when they:
Students are to be treated with respect and dignity. In return, they must demonstrate respect for themselves, for others and for the responsibilities of citizenship through acceptable behaviour. Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student:
Definition of Progressive Discipline (adapted From Board Police 3D:10) ~ Progressive Discipline is a whole-school approach that utilizes a continuum of interventions, supports, and consequences to address inappropriate student behaviour and to build upon strategies that promote positive behaviours. In everything we do in our school, we are led by our Faith and a conscious effort to model the Beatitudes while responding as a caring Catholic community. It includes a response to misbehaviour which shifts the focus from punitive to corrective and supportive. It also includes a range of responses that include learning opportunities for reinforcing positive behaviour while helping students make good choices in the future.
Range of Responses ~ The components of an in-school progressive discipline continuum include but are not limited to:
On an annual basis, the principal will review the School Code of Conduct with the School Advisory Council members and with all staff members. Annually, the Code of Conduct will be communicated to all students, parents and staff. All staff, in dealing with incidents of student misbehavior, will act in accordance with the definition of progressive discipline and its range of responses. As a staff, we believe that home and school must share the responsibility for teaching our young adults appropriate behaviour.
ELECTRONICS / PERSONAL ITEMS (e.g. cell phones, cameras)
Personal electronic devices are only permitted at school when under teacher supervision. Phones, as well as all other personal equipment brought to school, must be turned off throughout the school day unless being used with teacher supervision. The school will not be held responsible for the damage or loss of any personal items. Any misuse of personal equipment will result in it being stored in the principal's office until the end of the day.
POLICY FOR THE ACCEPTABLE USE OF COMPUTERS AND NETWORKS
The Board has a policy for the acceptable use of computers and networks that parents and students must sign before Internet access is given to the student. This document is kept on file at the school. Security and proper use of the Internet are major concerns for the school and the Board. Inappropriate use of this technology can result in disciplinary consequences.
Students are strictly prohibited from the electronic transmission or posting of photographic images of a person or persons on school property, at school events, or during school activities and/or hours, is prohibited.