Section 12 of the School Act of Alberta (the Act) outlines the guidelines for student conduct. In addition, Section 45.1(1) of the Act notes that a board has the responsibility to ensure that each student enrolled in a school operated by the board and each staff member employed by the board is provided with a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging. Each member
shares responsibility for the well-being of every other member of the division. As such, a code of conduct must be established and reviewed yearly and shared publicly with staff, parents/legal guardians, and student. Board Policy DDO #03, Fundamental Beliefs of Our Catholic School Division, calls for the creation of the safe and caring schools as one of its four fundamental pillars. Students must understand that they are responsible for
their behaviour and that behaviour which disrupts or distracts from the educational atmosphere of the school is unacceptable. There is an expectation that students will follow reasonable rules and regulations which are in place to benefit all the students in the school community. This administrative procedure serves as a guideline for the schools as they establish student codes of conduct and discipline processes.
1. Students are expected to comply with Section 12 of the Act by: (a) being diligent in pursuing their studies; (b) attending school regularly and punctually; (c) cooperating fully with everyone authorized by the board to provide education programs and other services; (d) complying with the rules of the school; (e) accounting to their teachers for their conduct; (f) respecting the rights of others; (g) ensuring that their conduct
contributes to a welcoming caring, respectful, and safe learning environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging; (h) refraining from, reporting, and not tolerating bullying or bullying behaviour directed toward others in the school, whether or not it occurs within the school building, during the school day or by electronic means; and (i) positively contributing to their school and community.
Please see your child's Student Agenda or Administrative Procedure STU #1 for details on student behaviour expectations at St. Mary's School.