CODE OF CONDUCT
Purposes of the Code:
St. Mary's School is committed to working with families, our parish, and community partners in maintaining a safe and orderly Christ-centered learning environment.
A format of progressive discipline will be implemented in our school and we will endeavor to build a safe and caring school environment through appropriate interactions between all members of the school community.
Roles and Responsibilities (as found in Provincial Code of Conduct, December 2012):
Students are to be treated with respect and dignity. In return, they must demonstrate respect for themselves, for others through acceptable behavior.
Respect and responsibility are demonstrated when a student:
• comes to school prepared, on time, and ready to learn;
• shows respect for himself or herself, for others, and for those in authority;
• refrain from bringing anything to school that
may compromise the safety of others;
• follows the established rules and takes responsibility for his or her own actions.
•Uses technology according to the expectations and rules of the board (3B:5) specifically the electronic transmission or posting of photographic images of a person or persons on school property, at school events, and during school activities and/or hours, is prohibited.
Parents play an important role in the education of their children, and can support the efforts of school staff in maintaining a safe and respectful learning environment for all students.
Parents fulfill their role when they:
• show an active interest in their child's school work and progress;
• communicate regularly with the school;
• help their child be neat, appropriately dressed, and prepared for school;
• ensure that their child attends school regularly and on time;
• promptly report to the school their child's absence or late arrival;
• show that they are familiar with school routines and expectations
• encourage and assist their child in following these routines and expectations
• assist school staff in dealing with disciplinary issues involving their child
Definition of Progressive Discipline
Progressive discipline is a whole-school approach that utilizes a continuum of interventions, supports, and consequences to address inappropriate student behavior and to build upon strategies that promote positive behaviors. In everything we do at our school we are lead by our faith and a conscience effort to model the Beatitudes while responding as a Caring Catholic Community. We continue to employ a range of responses to misbehaviors that foster learning opportunities which reinforce positive behaviors, while helping our students make good choices in the future.
Range of Responses
The components of our progressive discipline continuum include, but are not limited to:
• verbal or non-verbal messages from a teacher or adult in authority
• Class Meetings
• teacher generated written activities which offer reflection, apology and action plan
• teacher collaboration with parent or guardian (orally or in writing – Incident letter)
• peer mediation
• referral to principal
• detention, loss of privileges
• re-location within the classroom or learning environment
• referral to out-of school personnel (counseling services, truancy officer)
• restitution, restorative justice
On an annual basis, the principal will review the School Code of Conduct with 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 misbehaviour, will act in accordance with the definition of progressive discipline and the expectations of the student's IEP where applicable.