Safe and Caring School's Committee

The purpose of this team would be to promote safe and caring schools, as well as deal with individual issues as necessary.  The Team would develop a survey for students, parents and teachers to determine the level of violence that is recognized initially.  It is the Team's responsibility to collect this data and share it with the learning community.  The Team would also redistribute the survey at the end of the school year to see if there was notable growth.  The Team would develop the student contract (review contracts as need be) and suggest materials for the school that would help promote safe schools.  The Team would organize events within the school to promote a positive school climate, and to meet when directed to delineate a plan for a student.

 

 

DISCIPLINE POLICY:

Guiding Principles:

Sound discipline policies at St. James All Grade School will be based on the following principles:

Although most students rarely become involved in displaying behaviour that has a negative effect on the positive school climate, if such instances occur and students become involved in areas of problem behaviour such as violent and/or severely disruptive behaviour, they will be subject to disciplinary actions which will require consequences.  The following chart provides possible consequences for inappropriate behaviours:

Problem Areas Possible Consequences
Absenteeism/ Tardiness

 

 

Informal talks, parental involvement, makeup, missed time and work, detention, suspension

 

Defiance of authority, excessive talking while instruction is taking place and refusal to do work  

Informal talk, parental involvement, a conference, an apology, immediate removal from the classroom, detention, suspension, in-school suspension

 

Disruption of school and/or classroom operation; refusal to do work and excessive talking during individual work.  

Informal talk, parental involvement, immediate removal from the classroom, detention, in-school suspension, referral to Safe School Team, suspension, expulsion

 

Dress Code  

Informal talk, parental involvement, removal from the classroom, a conference, detention, suspension

 

Substance abuse, tobacco, alcohol, drugs  

Informal talk, parental involvement, a conference, detention, referral to Safe Schools Team, suspension, police, expulsion

 

Verbal abuse; communicating profanity, vulgar language or obscene gestures. Informal talk, parental involvement, an apology, a conference, detention, referral to Safe School Team, suspension
Arson  

Parental involvement, referral to Safe Schools Team, suspension, expulsion, police

 

Physical Violence  

Parental involvement, referral to Safe Schools Team, suspension, expulsion, police

 

Sexual Assault/ Abuse/ Obscene Gestures  

Parental involvement, referral to Safe Schools Team, suspension, expulsion, police

 

Theft  

Parental involvement, a conference, detention,  suspension, police

 

Vandalism  

Parental involvement, a conference, detention,  suspension, police

 

Weapons  

Parental involvement, referral to Safe Schools Team, suspension, expulsion, police

 

Scholastic dishonesty which includes but is not limited to cheating on a test, plagiarism or unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work Parental involvement, a conference, detention, suspension
Utilizing computer technology for accessing inappropriate sites or engaging in unacceptable activities  

Parental involvement, a conference, detention, suspension

 

 

 

The following steps, in accordance with Western School District #2 and St. James All Grade School Policy, will prevail in dealing with students who habitually interfere with the learning opportunities of other students.

Step 1:  The teacher will meet with the student privately, inform him/ her of the offending behaviour and try to resolve the problem.

Step 2:  The teacher will make contact with the student's parent/ guardian, informing them of their child's behaviour.  Contact should be made by telephone.  If this is not possible, a from letter can be used.  A written report will also be kept concerning all incidents.

Step 3The teacher will inform administration of the offending student's behaviour.  At this point administration will be provided with all documents and will deal with the student.  The students will then be informed of the consequences of any future misconduct, which may include detention, the signing of a behaviour contract, suspension, etc.

Step 4:  If inappropriate behaviour persists, suspension will result.

Step 5:  If the student shows no sign of reforming, and the situation appears to lack resolution, longer suspensions may be handed out, or proceedings for expulsion may be put into effect.  Both the student and his/ her parents/ guardians will be notified in writing of such a decision.  All documentation must be in place.

 

Depending on the nature of the offense, it may be necessary to move directly from Step 1 to Step 3 or directly to Step 3.  In any case, documentation will be required. 

A student may be referred to the Guidance Counsellor at any time.

Any disciplinary action taken against a student who has violated school rules shall be confined to the current academic year and shall not be carried forward into the subsequent school year without the written consent of the Director of Education.