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- Dress Code Policy
- Student Lunch Eating Accommodations
- Student Responsibility
- Field Trip Policy
- Evaluation and Placement of Students
- Safety Policy
Safety and Consideration
Ochre Park School follows the principles of “Safety and Consideration” for ourselves and others as a guideline for enforcing student conduct and discipline practices. Using these principles, each teacher establishes classroom rules in conjunction with their students. All staff members reinforce the above principles every time students behave inappropriately.
The goals of our discipline policy are to:
Teach all children to think for themselves regarding their behaviour.
Understand why it is important to behave appropriately.
Transfer the responsibility for each child’s behavior away from the parents and school.
Staff and onto the child, as time progresses.
Student Rights and Responsibilities
Students have a right to be treated with respect, fairness, and dignity by their classmates and by school staff.
Students have the right to learn in a safe, caring, friendly, and clean environment.
Students have the right to express their diversity and have their human rights respected.
Students have a responsibility to treat others and their property with respect, fairness, and dignity.
Students have a responsibility to ensure that their behaviour does not interfere with their own right or the right of others to learn.
Students have a responsibility to comply with school rules and procedures.
Students have a responsibility to give assigned work their best effort.
No set of rules can take the place of individual responsibility. However, our expectations are that:
Students are not permitted to use inappropriate language.
Students will play cooperatively and safely on the playground and avoid aggressive play and fighting.
Students are not permitted to engage in bullying behaviour including, but not limited to, repeated: aggressive behaviour, ostracizing, verbal antagonism, and cyber bullying,
Students will keep their lockers and desks tidy, and clear the floor area around their desks at the end of the day.
Students are expected to be outside during the recess and noon breaks, so must dress accordingly.
Head wear and outside footwear are removed upon entering the school.
1.1 We believe that all students and staff need to be dressed appropriately in the work place.
2.0 Student Dress in the Classroom
2.1 Students need to dress for the workplace.
2.1.1 Students should wear clothing that is respectful and appropriate.
2.1.2 For health and emergency reasons, students must wear proper footwear in the school building at all times.
2.1.3 Non-marking runners are required for daily physical activity in the gymnasium.
2.1.4 Boots and wet shoes will be left on the mud racks provided at the school entrances
3.0 Student Dress for Outdoors
3.1 Students should wear footwear that is appropriate for the weather. This may include rubber boots, runners, etc.
3.2 For safety reasons students need to be dressed for the winter weather (coats, hats, mitts, boots)
3.2.1 For safety reasons, students who ride the bus will have these clothes with them when on the bus during the winter months.
5.1 All final decisions pertaining to dress code will be left to the discretion of the school administration.
5.2 Students and staff, in violation of the above, will be asked to change their clothing.
1.1 We believe that all students need nutrition to grow and learn.
2.1 Hydration is important for healthy children.
3.0 Morning Snack
3.1 Many children are hungry at mid-morning.
4.1 Lunch eating time is important.
220.127.116.11 No microwaves are available for use in each classroom.
18.104.22.168 Microwaves are available for student use in designated supervised areas in the hallways. Classroom teachers determine microwave use schedules.
5.0 Safety Issues
5.1 No microwaves are available for student use. There are several concerns:
1.1 We believe that each child has a need to belong to the school community and wants to behave in an appropriate manner.
1.2 We believe that when a child does not behave as desired, extenuating circumstances in the child’s environment are interfering.
1.3 We believe that each child will behave appropriately if provided with a safe, caring, structured, supportive, and nurturing environment.
1.4 We believe that children need to be instructed in the values/virtues that builds moral intelligence.
Students are expected to comply with school rules as per the Alberta School Act (section 12).
The goals of our discipline policy are:
2.1 To teach all children to think for themselves regarding their behavior and to understand why it is important to behave appropriately.
2.2 To make each child, depending on his/her age, more responsible for personal actions.
2.3 To work on the process in conjunction with the parent.
Ochre Park School believes in the concept of a Safe and Caring School. Therefore, the fundamental principle that we all adhere to for all behavior is: Safety and Respect for Ourselves and Others. We respect the equity, diversity, and human rights of every child in an inclusive school environment. Within this fundamental principle, we believe the following:
3.1 Each child should be dealt with as an individual. Hence, each infraction does not necessarily result in the same actions being taken. An action, however, is taken in each case of an infraction.
3.2 Each infraction should be a learning experience for the child. The child should learn something by the way each infraction is handled.
3.3 We must work together to create a good place for learning. Individual actions affect the group positively or negatively. Students should be made aware of this and it should be reinforced constantly by the staff.
3.4 Consequences for infractions should be commensurate with the infraction. The terms infractions and consequences need to be discussed with the student to better ensure acceptable application of consequences.
3.5 Staff need to exercise discretion, when enforcing discipline, based on knowledge of the circumstances surrounding a child.
3.6 The welfare of the group must be considered in dealing with infractions. Learning is the most important function of the school. Disturbances interfere with learning.
3.7 In some cases outside agencies may be needed to deal effectively with certain behaviours.
4.1 As per Board Policy (F/IV/7), “Student Conduct”, every infraction of a student is to be addressed by staff.
4.2 Teachers, along with student input, need to develop and post classroom expectations for effective classroom management, keeping in mind the concepts of safety and respect.
4.3 Staff members are to utilize the services of the parents, Counsellor, and/or Administration for students whose behavior is repetitive.
4.4 When a student exhibits repetitive, inappropriate behaviour, the homeroom teacher shall approach the Administration and request a case conference of those staff members who work directly with that student.
4.5 All incidents and consequences are documented by the Administration.
4.6 Possible consequences could be:
4.6.1 warning, reprimand,
4.6.3 loss of recess, loss of other privileges,
4.6.4 phone call home,
4.6.5 student contract,
4.6.6 assigning restitution,
4.6.7 suspension from riding bus,
4.6.8 in-school suspension,
4.6.9 out-of-school suspension.
4.7 The above policy will be taken, annually, to the School Council for information and feedback.
4.8 The policy will be reviewed annually by staff and administration
This policy adheres to the Sturgeon Public School Division Policy F/II/4
1.1 The School recognizes that learning experiences gained outside the school can complement and enhance classroom instruction.
1.2 The School also recognizes that student safety is primary when conducting a fieldtrip.
2.1 Fieldtrips include any excursions in which students are off the school grounds.
2.2 The principal or designate must give approval for all fieldtrips.
2.3 Parents are to be informed, in writing, of the curriculum objectives to be covered, the details of the trip, and the equipment required. Details of the potential dangers will also be included.
2.4 Transportation cost is the responsibility of the School with funds raised through School Council (Parent Society).
2.5 Each class will have one major fieldtrip a year outside of the Redwater area.
2.6 The School will subsidize 50% of the major fieldtrip with funds raised through the School Council (Parent Society). The maximum amount that will be subsidized is $10.00.
2.7 No student shall be excluded from a fieldtrip due to inability to pay additional fees.
2.8 The teacher will arrange for adequate supervision according to the activity and age level of the students.
2.9 A supervising adult, because of the responsibility of looking after a group of children and because of insurance, may not bring younger siblings on the fieldtrip.
2.10 All school-sponsored activities will have transportation provided by the school.
2.11 A parent/guardian may drive his/her own child, but must inform the teacher in writing. A parent/guardian may not transport another student for any reason.
2.12 Students will not be allowed to purchase extras while on the fieldtrip.
2.13 If the fieldtrip requires purchases because it is curriculum related, the teacher will collect the money in advance.
2.14 For “in-town” (Redwater) fieldtrips, one permission form is signed at the beginning of the year. See appendix A.
2.15 Parents who are designated supervisors are not required to pay.
2.16 When you have more parent volunteers to supervise than required, the selection is done at the discretion of the school.
2.17 Parents who are not designated supervisors, and wish to accompany their child, will pay the full cost of the field trip. They may ride the bus with their child, if space is available.
3.1 The teacher will gather all pertinent information on the proposed fieldtrip.
3.2 The teacher, in September, will send, collect, and keep the permission form for “in-town” trips.
3.3 The teacher will submit information to the principal/designate well in advance of the fieldtrip on the Sturgeon Field Trip form.
3.4 The school office will requisition bus transportation once the principal/designate has given approval for the fieldtrip.
3.5 The teacher will inform parents in writing and the parent will send written consent for their child to participate for out-of-town trips.
This School policy is under the umbrella of the system policy F/lll/4 “Evaluation and Placement of Students”.
1.1 The School believes in the importance of reporting to parents/guardians.
1.2 The School believes in the importance of reporting to parents regularly.
1.3 The School believes in involving parents in the decision process for student placement.
1.4 The School believes that student placement should be in the best educational interest of the child.
2.1 The teacher will use a variety of assessment techniques to measure student achievement.
2.2 Student achievement is reported regularly and in writing to students and parents.
2.3 The principal, teacher, parents should work together in the decision process for student placement.
2.4 The School will contact parents as early as possible regarding retention of a student.
2.5 A multi factor approach will be used to determine acceleration, promotion, or retention.
2.6 Special needs students whose needs are long term will have Individual Program Plans in place.
3.1 Assessment standards will be used to report student achievement.
3.1.1 Early Childhood Services (Kindergarten)
3.1.2 Grades 1-4 students are assessed according to the curriculum expectations of their grade level. For the first reporting period, the grade 1 students will be assessed through a checklist for Language Arts and Mathematics.
22.214.171.124 Achievement Scale
126.96.36.199 Effort Scale
188.8.131.52 Each term is assessed separately.
3.2 Formal reporting to parents will take place in writing in mid-November, mid-March, and at year-end.
3.3 Parent/teacher interviews will take place after the first and second reporting period and thereafter as requested by the teacher or parent.
3.4 Procedure for possible retention:
3.5 A parent/guardian may appeal the School’s decision for student placement.
3.6 Procedure for special placement of a student is as outlined in System Policy F/lll/4 items 3.5 to 3.6.
1.1 The following procedure and protocols are to be used in the case of a fire in the school.
2.1 The school bell system will be used to activate the fire evacuation procedure in the following manner:
2.1.1 The fire bell will sound in a consistent ring.
2.1.3 No persons shall re-enter the building until the alarm ceases to operate and the buzzer has sounded three times.
2.1.4 The following staff are responsible for these tasks:
3.1.1 Drills shall be done by the following schedule:
184.108.40.206 Physical fire drill in October and in May.
220.127.116.11 Tabletop drill done the second Thursday of each month in each classroom.
18.104.22.168.1 Teacher talks to students about an aspect of a fire evacuation.
School Lockdown 4.0 Rationale
4.1 The following procedure and protocols are to be used for any of the following safety/security issues (this is not an exhaustive list):
5.0 Level of Threat
5.1 The severity of the threat should be announced so that the most appropriate response can be adopted.
6.0 Activation of the Lockdown
6.1 The public address system will be used to activate the LOCKDOWN procedure in the following manner.
7.0 Staff Responsibilities
7.1 Level 1- Security Emergency
7.2 De-Activation of the Level 1 Lockdown
7.3 Level 2- Security Emergency
7.3.1 School Administration, via PA system, starting with 3 pips, will inform all students, visitors/guests and staff to remain within the school. Exiting and entering the school for any reason is strictly prohibited. No recess or lunch time outside.
7.3.2 Students and staff outside the school will proceed quickly to the nearest entrance and enter school.
7.3.3 Staff proceed to lock ALL outside doors.
7.3.4 Outside windows and doors are to have blinds closed or covered.
7.3.5 Staff not assigned to a classroom or during transition times are on active supervision to ensure security of school and students.
7.3.6 Students are to remain away from doors and windows.
7.3.7 Staff will maintain attendance lists of students and submit to office throughout day.
7.3.8 Students, staff, visitors/guests remain at school until ALL CLEAR announced.
7.3.9 Appropriate communication protocols established by school administration will be used.
8.0 Central Control Area
8.1 Normally, the Principal’s office
8.2 Central Control Area requires:
9.1 Communication to parents will be done by office staff after students are settled at the Alliance Church/Multiplex.
9.2 Communication to transportation Coordinator will be done by the principal or designate, after the situation has been assessed.
9.3 Communication to media will only be done by the principal or the District Office designate.
10.0 Security issues
10.1 All visitors/guests/parents MUST sign in at office and wear identification.
10.2 Teachers must be aware of who is out of their classes at all times. A sign out/in procedure will be enforced when students leave the building early, or arrive late.
11.0 EVACUATION (Level 3)
11.1 In the event of the need to evacuate the school due to an environmental hazard or bomb threat the following is to be observed:
12.0 SHELTER IN PLACE (Level 4)
12.1 In the event of the need to shelter in the school due to an environmental hazard the following is to be observed:
13.1 To students who have severe allergies to things, like nuts or bees, the taste, touch or smell could cause an anaphylactic reaction. If the reaction goes untreated, the result could be death. Treatment is with an Epi Pen and medical care. We want our school community to be as safe as possible for these students.
14.1 Symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction can present themselves in four body systems
15.1 Students with medical concerns are identified to the homeroom teacher or the office staff.
22.214.171.124.4 Classrooms are posted with medical alert signage.
126.96.36.199.5 At-risk student MUST wear a medical alert bracelet
16.1 The school cannot guarantee that a school will be completely nut-free, however, we can do everything possible to make the area as safe as possible for the student.
17.0 How to Administer an Epi-Pen
17.1 In the event that a student needs an epi-pen administered, the following procedure will be followed:
18.1 The school community needs to be aware that there are at-risk students in the school.
19.1 The people who work in our building – students, staff and parents – have the right to be as safe as possible.
20.1 All of the doors at Ochre Park School, except for one of the front doors, will be locked at all times. Following are the exceptions: