1. ATTENDANCE POLICY FOR CORONATION SCHOOL
In keeping with the expectations of the School Act all students who at Sept 1 in a year is 6 years old and who is not yet 16 is obligated to attend school or an accepted alternative.
All students are expected to attend all scheduled classes regularly. A student may be excused under the following circumstances:
- The student is unable to attend by reason of sickness or other unavoidable cause
- The day is recognized as a religious holiday by the denomination to which the student belongs
- The principal of the school has suspended the student
- The student has been expelled from the school and has not received permission to enroll again
- The student is taking courses by alternative deliveries accepted by Alberta Education such as Home Schooling
- Parents make arrangements with the Principal to remove their child/children for activities which benefit the family unit such as special trips.
Attendance is taken at 8:45 and 1:03 for all students in grades 1-9. Attendance is taken for each class in grades 10 –12. If a student is absent office personnel will check to determine whether a note or a phone call explaining the absence has been received from the home. If the reason for absence has not been relayed by the parent then a phone call to the parent will be made as soon as possible in the morning. The primary purpose of this call will be to ensure the safety of the child.
Office personnel will keep anecdotal records of all conversations with parents regarding the reason for a child's absence.
If a student is inexcusably absent then he/she will be dealt with under the discipline policy.
- after 2 inexcusable absences the student will be referred to the school counselor and parents will be notified.
- Students who continue to be inexcusably absent may:
- i - be suspended from classes on a daily basis
- ii - be placed on independent study outside of the classroom or in Outreach.
- ii- lose class privileges and be requested to write the final exam for 100% of the course evaluation
- iii- be expelled from the program using the District procedures for expulsion
2. DISCIPLINE POLICY
A. OUR MISSION:
One of the most important lessons education should teach is discipline. While it does not appear as a subject, it underlies the whole educational structure. It is training that develops self-control, character, orderliness, and efficiency. It is the key to good conduct and proper consideration for other people. In Coronation School students are expected to comply to the authority of teachers and other employees, exercise an appropriate degree of self-discipline in their words and actions, resolve conflicts in a constructive manner, respect the persons and property of fellow students and the school, comport themselves with honesty, and report violence, vandalism and other improper or unlawful activity to a person in authority.
These ideas can be achieved through agreement on everyone's part (parents are especially important in this process.) Since the school exercises the right to act “ in loco parentis”, that is the place of the parentas defined by law, parental cooperation is of the utmost importance.
B: CODE OF CONDUCT:
Every student is trying to maximize his/her educational experience in Coronation School. In order to do so he/she exhibits the following behaviors:
- PREPARATION: He/she brings brings all necessary tools such as pens, pencils, erasers, notebooks, completed assignments and any other materials requested by the teacher in order to engage in a successful lesson.
- PUNCTUALITY: The successful student manages his/her washroom breaks during designated times. Class changes are made by moving directly from one class to another. Elementary students return from the playground as soon as the bell is sounded. Students in the library who are browsing or engaged in electronic e-mail “sign off” so that they arrive to class on time. Senior students are within the classroom when the class bell rings.
- DILIGENCE: Each student does his/her best while participating in the classroom. Group work teaches cooperative skills required in adult life so each student ensures that he/she is a “team player”. He/she asks for assistance when unsure of the learning objective and reviews and studies in order to achieve the highest possible outcomes in each class.
- RESPECT: A school is where a student practices the use of proper formal language, practices good manners, dresses in a manner which is acceptable to all students and staff, is friendly and courteous, cooperates with regular as well as substitute teachers, recognizes the hard work put forth by our janitorial staff - librarian -secretaries and teacher assistants, and follows the Principles of FAIR PLAY and our SAFE and CARING initiatives.
- PROPERTY: A prepared student uses his/her own school supplies (pens, pencils, erasers, etc) to complete school tasks. If necessary a student borrows a neighbor's supply item only after receiving permission from the owner. Desks and lockers are free of graffiti and lockers display pictures which are appropriate for all school settings. Students are mindful that the lockers are the property of the school and are available to students when they are used for the intended storage of books, materials and clothing required for classes.
- CITIZENSHIP: A good school citizen is one who follows the school rules. He/she is mindful of the feelings of all people in the school and takes care not to embarrass or “put down” anyone. A caring citizen reports a student who exhibits some danger to himself/herself or to others.
C. TEACHING DISCIPLINE:
Teachers, other adults in the school and students are all actively involved in discipline as a learning process. Teachers will model expected behavior and teach appropriate behavior throughout the grades. Students participate in the learning of discipline as they do in any other program. The teaching and learning of discipline are based on the following principles outlined by Ronald Morrish:
- Teachers and other school personnel determine the limits of acceptable behavior
- Learning discipline is not a bargaining process; rather it focuses on learning the appropriate social skill for the circumstance
- Good discipline is training good habits in individuals
- School rules are enforced by all students and staff
- Good behavior is taught by teachers and parents
- Practicing good discipline helps form good citizens in society
- A person who is learning discipline understands that independence means doing what is right on your own
- Decisions regarding the interpretation of school rules are left to teachers and other school personnel
- Good discipline is part of a caring environment - not one based on fear or punishment
- Good discipline in a school builds self esteem in individuals by challenging them to reach their full potential. Acting out for attention does not build self esteem.
- Anticipation of future behavior is a key to manage and teach discipline
- Students in our school are well disciplined because everyone is committed to teaching and learning good discipline
D. DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR:
The staff of Coronation School is dedicated to the teaching of discipline. The guiding principle in determining whether behavior is disruptive will be “ No person in Coronation School has the right to interfere with the learning of another person.”
Sometimes the disruption may be incidental or for a short duration. Teachers will make every effort to correct such behavior using teaching strategies. Examples of behaviors that fall into this category include:
- Skipping class
- Leaving a class without permission
- Lateness for class
- Talking to neighbours during class time
- Coming to class without required materials
The following disruptions are considered more serious in nature and require immediate correction:
- Defiance of authority
- Possession of obscene materials
- Breaking into a room, teacher's desk or student locker
- Discriminatory comments including written remarks
- Fighting in school, on the bus or on school sponsored occasions
- Threats and harassment of any kind
- A false emergency alarm
- The unlawful possession or distribution of controlled substances
- Possession of firearms or any device such as laser pens intended to do harm to another person
E. STRATEGIES TO TEACH DISCIPLINE:
Discipline is a learning process, however, on occasion, teachers must use reinforcing practices which stress that discipline is a requirement in our school not an occasional practice. For students who resist the practice of good discipline teachers can:
- Warn the student the behaviour is inappropriate
- Request the student demonstrate the correct behaviour
- Discuss the behaviour with the student(s) during non instructional time (minor detention)
- Major detention during noon hour or after school to reinforce the requirement to conform to school rules
- Community service after school ( often work with school personnel)
- Phone parents to discuss the behaviour and set up an interview if necessary
- Suspend a student for 1 class according to Division policy
- Develop a student contract
- Initiate a meeting with the student and an administrator
- Confer with administration and request the student be placed on a “Behaviour Plan”
F. BEHAVIOUR PLAN:
Behaviour plans may be initiated by any of the following:
- An administrator
- A teacher and a parent
- A teacher an administrator
- Any group of three teachers who have experience with thechild(ren)
A behaviour plan is a written document which specifies:
- The nature of the inappropriate behaviour
- An example of the inappropriate behaviour
- Records the people involved in the behaviour plan
- Records previous disciplinary practices which have been tried if any exist
- Expresses the likely consequences of continued inappropriate behaviour by the student
- Expresses the time frame in which a positive change in behaviour is observed by teacher(s)
The behaviour plan will usually be initiated immediately for the “serious” offenses mentioned in section D.
Consequences to a student or students who refuse to correct inappropriate behaviour following the development of a behaviour plan include:
- An in school suspension of up to 5 days
- A short out of school suspension of up to 3 days
- A long term suspension of up to 5 days
- A recommendation to the Board for alternate programming
- A recommendation to the Board for expulsion
Any of these consequences may be employed immediately upon the offense if a person or persons in the school are deemed to be at risk as a result of the inappropriate behaviour
The police will be informed of any offenses which are clearly criminal in nature
A student or parent(s) on behalf of the student may appeal any disciplinary action exercised by the school by the following protocol:
- The teacher or teachers involved in the behaviour plan
- The principal or designate
- The superintendent of schools
- Any other avenues as expressed by the School Act of 1990
3. SEVERE BEHAVIOUR CLAUSE
Sometimes a student breaches acceptable behaviour to a level which requires a major response. A student who shows overt disregard to school authority or is a threat to any school person will receive a severe response for his/her inappropriate conduct. (suspension and a possible recommendation for expulsion)
Bullying is a deliberate form of aggression in which one person, or group of persons, feels entitled to exert power over another person. Bullying can be direct or indirect and can take many forms. Direct bullying includes physical aggression such as hitting, punching, poking or kicking, and verbal aggression such as taunting, name calling or threats. Indirect bullying includes gossiping, exclusion, criticism, threatening to withdraw a friendship or spreading rumours. Any form of bullying is a breach of acceptable behaviour.
4. STUDENTS WITH BEHAVIOUR DISORDER
Some of our students are diagnosed with ADHD ( attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) This is a medical diagnosis and must be supported by a medical certificate. A student with ADHD will have a behaviour modification plan developed to assist him/her to learn responsible behaviour. An administrator, a parent , the support teacher and the home room teacher(s) will assist in the development of the behaviour plan.
The plan will be part of the student's cumulative record and will be reviewed semi-annually or as deemed necessary
5. BEHAVIOUR ON BUSES
The Clearview District accepts responsibility for students from the time of departure until time of return if the student travels to school by bus. Expected behaviour of students on school buses are stated in Clearview policy. Copies of this policy will be sent to parents when students begin travel by bus and whenever changes are made to the policy by Clearview Division.
6. STUDENT WORK STATIONS
Students may work in the following areas during school time:
- A regular classroom
- The library
- The students' common area
A student should not be in the hallway during regular class time.
7. USE OFTHE LIBRARY
The library is our source center where students of all ages can access materials and use them for their courses. To facilitate a quiet environment, students will work independently at separate tables. Students may work in pairs with the approval of the librarian. Groupwork should occur under the supervision of a regular classroom teacher.
Computers have been placed in the library for student use. Please ask the librarian for assistance if you are not familiar with their operation. Students may book specific periods with the librarian if you wish to complete assigned work or projects.
8. THE STUDENT COMMON AREA
A student common area is available for students in junior high school -senior high subject to maintaining an orderly and reasonable environment by the students .
Students may use the common area before school, during the noon hour, and after school if supervision is available. Students may also work in the center if they do not have a scheduled class.
The student center will be furnished, kept clean and in good order by all students.
The common area is not available to elementary students during the school day.
9. ORGANIZED ACTIVITIES
Depending upon student interest, any or all of the following clubs and organizations may be active at Coronation School. Additional activities may be added to this list if sufficient interest is indicated.
Community Service Group
10. EXTRA-CURRICULAR PARTICIPATION POLICY
The goals of the school include the development of the full potential of each child. We facilitate this goal by offering the opportunity to participate in athletic and social activities which complement the academic experience.
On occasion extra-curricular activities may create a distraction to successful academic performance. Whenever a student is failing course work the teachers of that student and an administrator should conduct a clinic to determine whether the activity has more than minimal negative impact on academic achievement.
A student who has been absent from school the entire day will not be able to participate in extracurricular programs in the evening of that same day.
Recommendations of the committee, which may include suspension from the activity for a period of time, will be conveyed to parents in writing.
NOTE: Extra-curricular activities and field trips are considered a privilege and not a right. As such, students may be prevented from participating in certain activities if their behavior has not been up to school standards. Teachers and administration will consider any possible cases together.
Due to liabilityconcerns, senior high students will NOT be allowed to drive themselves to school events such as sports competitions or field trips.
11. COUNSELING SERVICES
The school counselor is scheduled in the school every day from 8:30 to 3:30.
You may acquire assistance for the following:
- arranging programs
- making vocational decisions
- solving personal problems
- acquiring information regarding post-secondary education
- acquiring information regarding scholarships
- improving study habits
- referral service to other community agencies
- arranging small group counseling services
- discussing school or personal matters with parents
Any student is welcome to make an appointment with the counselor. Appointments can be arranged with the office or the school liaison worker.(counselor)
A student should inform his teacher before a class begins if he has made arrangements to visit the counselor.
A student may approach the Principal at any time to discuss any matters listed above. A conflict with another student or a staff member which is not resolved after an initial attempt by you should be brought to the attention of the Principal.
12. FIRE DRILLS
Fire drills will be held from time to time. Students should move in an orderly fashion according to the directions given by the home room teacher early in the year. A fire drill map showing designated exits will be found in each classroom.
13. EVACUATION PLAN
An evacuation plan in conjunction with the Coronation fire department and The Town of Coronation is in effect. Students and staff will be informed at the beginning of each year how to react in the event an unwanted intruder enters the school or we experience natural disasters such as a tornado. A copy of the plan is to be located in every classroom.
Lockers are provided to each student for his/her convenience and security. Locks may be rented from the office. The use of a lock is strongly recommended to avoid the loss of property due to theft.
Lockers should store items which are required for classes or extra-curricular activities sanctioned by the school. The Principal or his designate reserve the right to check any locker at any time if property has been reported stolen or there is reason to believe that a locker is being used improperly.
Newsletters will be placed in every mail box in Coronation at least once a month. The newsletter will also be posted on the school's web page. Please read the newsletters as they contain a lot of information related to school activities.
16. EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSURE
On rare occasion weather or unforeseen circumstance may force the county to close the school. Such closure will be publicized on radio stations in Stettler (1400), Wainwright (830) and Drumheller (910).
17. DRESS CODE
Students should wear clothing which is appropriate to a school. Hats may not be worn in any part of the school.
A detailed copy of the dress code was developed by students and staff. Anyone who wishes to review the code in detail can acquire a copy from the office.
The code does not allow any clothing which promotes or suggests illegal behaviour by students or statements which are considered offensive to a group or minority.
18. CELL PHONES
Cell phones must be turned off and placed on desks in plain sight while students are in class. A teacher may ask students to turn in cell phones during exams and they will be returned after the exam.
Cell phones will be allowed in the hallways and common areas as long as it is not during class time. No cell phones are allowed in the library or the gym. Any student not complying with this policy may be asked to turn over the phone until the end of the day.