Our Student Code of Conduct exists to ensure that each student and staff member has access to a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging.
High Park School's expectations for conduct are outlined here and in the School Handbook.
The Code of Conduct ensures that our school promotes a culture of wellness that:
- Establishes and maintains a welcoming, caring, respectful, and safe learning environment for all students, staff, families and the greater community;
- Establishes and maintains an appropriate balance between individual and collective rights, freedoms, and responsibilities in the school community;
- Establishes and publishes expectations for student behavior while at school, at a school-related activity, or while engaging in an activity at any time that may have an impact on others in the school;
- Ensures that healthy environments exist in all schools that are free from fear, discrimination and harassment while promoting inclusive strategies to ensure that every student is treated with respect and dignity. Parkland School Division is a place where exploration, creativity and imagination make learning exciting and where all learners aspire to reach their dreams.
The following commitments are essential to a successful school program and purposeful life:
- High Park students will pursue academic excellence and show respect for teaching and learning to the best of their ability.
- High Park students will promote responsibility, respect and kindness.
- High Park students will demonstrate strong positive character.
- High Park students will accept and honor all people including those who appear different from themselves.
- High Park students will treat all members of the school community with courtesy and respect.
In keeping with a commitment to the Alberta Human Rights Act and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, in Parkland School Division everyone is accepted and experiences a sense of belonging. The Division supports the endeavors of staff, students, parents and the community to promote positive student behavior and conduct throughout our community of schools.
Parkland School Division has a 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.
All stakeholders in the success and well-being of students, and especially the students themselves, are expected to recognize their responsibilities in developing student self-discipline within a culture of wellness. Staff members and students will not be discriminated against as provided for in the Alberta Human Rights Act or the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
High Park Discipline Policy
At High Park School, we believe that students have the right to learn without interference; to participate without intimidation; to be treated with respect and to be safe and secure. Discipline is seen as an ongoing process rather than an event. Success is most likely to occur when home and school work together in the best interest of the child. Students are encouraged to make positive choices. Students are held accountable for their own behaviour. Cooperation, mutual respect, and trust, create a positive school environment for growth and learning. Students found to not be following the expectations for behaviour will be held subject to the consequences outlines in Parkland School Division Administrative Procedure 360.
Students are expected to bring materials to class, participate actively and positively in class activities, and complete assigned homework to the best of their ability. These behaviours are essential for students to reach their academic potential.
Students are expected to play safely and use equipment wisely. Playgrounds are typically accessed by students in K-6 for the most part during recess time. If a Grade 7-9 student is on the playground and behaving in a respectful manner they are welcome to continue to use the equipment, if behaviour becomes a concern please refer them to the office. In addition, there are basketball nets in the tarmac for all grades to play with. In the field there are places to play football, soccer, baseball and even Frisbee. Students are to be mindful and play with students of the same age. Supervisors are at and about to ensure safe playing is occurring.
Respect for Others
Students are expected to demonstrate respect for others by being courteous and well mannered, being tolerant of others, being cooperative with school staff, using appropriate language, observing safe practices, and being accountable to all members of the school community. Harassment of others, in any form, will not be tolerated.
Respect for Property
Students are expected to respect and care for the property of others. Damage, theft, or misuse of school or personal property is unacceptable behaviour and students will be expected to pay or compensate in some way for the damage. Students are expected to assist in keeping our school a place to be proud of that is safe and clean.
Respect for Self
Students are expected to show respect towards themselves and their own property. No student in our school is old enough to legally purchase/possess/use tobacco or alcohol products. It is illegal for them to purchase/possess illicit drugs. Students in possession and/or using these substances will be faced with suspension and possible expulsion.
The following specific guidelines help to create a positive learning environment:
- Students play outside in the playground in the morning before school (other than inclement weather)
- During recess and lunch students are to play outside (other than during inclement weather), within school boundaries
- Snowballs, sticks, rocks, and sand must not be thrown
- Fighting is not allowed; piggy backing and play fighting are not permitted as they often lead to further problems
- Students are asked to leave toys of personal value at home as we are not responsible for them.
- Students are not expected to remove their hats/caps/hoods in the school other than for O Canada, speakers and assemblies.
- From time to time a school ban may occur due to high incidences of disrespectful behaviour.
Student Dress Code
Students are expected to dress in appropriate clothing when attending High Park. Rather than trying to describe the things that they can’t wear we are focusing on helping them to make appropriate choices that demonstrate respect for themselves. In the same way that discipline is an individual journey and will require more or less guidance on an ongoing basis.
Bikes, Scooters and Skateboards
All bikes, scooters and skateboards are expected to be locked and secured outside of the school on one of the racks provided. There are two main bike racks at the front of the school and beside the tarmac and three skateboard/scooter racks by the Grade 5-9 entrance. Students are expected to bring a lock and secure their belongings during the day. Scooters and Skateboards that are left in the boot room may be removed and stored in an alternate location and returned to students at the end of the day.
Electronics Policy (iPods, Cell Phones, etc.)
Many students come to school each day with personally owned devices (cell phones, iPods, etc). Several of our classes are involved in a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative and students use these devices (typically iPads, Chromebooks or Laptops) throughout the day to complete their work. Students using personally owned devices during the school day are expected to demonstrate respect and to follow the direction of staff (i.e. if a staff member asks a student to put a device away it is expected that they comply with this request).
Students are not to have their cell phones during class time.
If a cell phone is required for a lesson, teachers will inform students in advance to bring it to class.
Students will have access to their cell phones during their recesses and lunchtime.
Teacher discretion is also used for other student-owned devices such as laptops, Chromebooks and iPads. If these become a classroom distraction or disruption, the below steps will be taken.
Consequences for Misuse
- First Offence - Staff will ask the student for the device and it will be kept until the next break. The teacher will contact the parents to notify them that the device was confiscated.
- Second Offence - The student will be referred to the office and the device will be confiscated until the end of the school day. Administration will contact parents/ guardians to inform them that the next time the device is confiscated, they will be required to pick up the device at the end of the day, or at a later time at their convenience.
- Subsequent Offences - The student’s device will be confiscated for the duration of the school day. Parents will be contacted to notify them that the device was confiscated and to arrange a meeting to determine a way forward and to pick up the device.
If at any time the student refuses to provide the device when it is requested, they will be sent to the office and will move to the second level on the above scale.