Student Conduct Policy

Student rights and responsibilities:
1.  Students shall be treated with dignity, respect, and fairness by other students and staff.
2.  Students shall be provided with a learning environment that is free from physical, emotional, and social abuse.
3.  Students and parents shall be informed of the board's and school's expectations for student behaviour within the school, the school grounds, and during school activities.
4.  In the event of student misbehaviour, students and parents shall have the right to offer an explanation, and to be informed about consequences of misbehaviour.
5.  Students shall exercise their responsibilities to:
     a.  use their abilities and talents to gain maximum learning benefits from their school experiences;
     b.  contribute to a climate of mutual trust & respect conducive to effective learning, personal development, & social living; and
     c.  attend school regularly and punctually.
6.  Appropriate opportunities for student consultation and involvement in student related matters may be provided.
Student behaviour and consequences for misbehaviour:
The board supports the endeavours of staff, students, parents, and the community to ensure positive student behaviour and conduct. In addition, the board expects parents and students to recognize their responsibility in developing student self-discipline.
Students shall be responsible and accountable for their behaviour and conduct:
a.     while involved in school-sponsored or related activities;
b.     while on school property;
c.     in their interaction with peers, staff, volunteers, and guests to the school,
d.     during any recess or lunch periods on or off school property;
e.     while traveling to and from school; and
f.      beyond the hours of school operation if the behaviour or conduct detrimentally
        affects the welfare of individual students or the governance, climate, or efficiency
        of the school (School Act Sections 24(1)(b) and 24(7)(b)).
Parents play a vital role in developing student behaviour and conduct. It is LWCA’s expectation that parents:
a.    be aware of the board policy and regulations and the school's expectations for
       student behaviour and conduct;
b.    review the board policy and regulations and the school's expectations for student
       behaviour and conduct with their child(ren);
c.    work with the school to resolve student behavioural issues when they affect their
       child(ren); and
d.    co-operate with the school's recommended course of action prior to re-admission
       of the student following a student suspension.
Students shall show respect for:
a.    school;
b.    others and their property;
c.    ethnic, racial, religious, and gender differences;
d.    school attendance and punctuality;
e.    work habits, assignments and homework;
f.     school property;
g.    textbooks and equipment;
h.    fire alarms and safety equipment; and
i.     school policies relating to smoking, alcohol, drugs and inhalants.
Failure to meet the expectations for behaviour and conduct shall result in some or all of the following consequences:
a.    problem solving, monitoring or reviewing behaviour expectations with student
       and reprimand;
b.    parental involvement;
c.    referral to attendance board;
d.    temporary removal of privileges;
e.    detention of student;
f.     temporary exclusion of student from class;
g.    in-school suspension;
h.    out-of-school suspension (maximum 5 days);
i.     behaviour contract with student;
j.     restitution for property damage to an individual or board;
k.    assessment of student to develop appropriate programming;
l.     involvement of police; and
m.   expulsion from school.
Grounds for disciplinary action that could lead to suspension or expulsion exist where a student has demonstrated unacceptable behaviour such as:
a.    conduct which threatens the safety of students and/or staff;
b.    possession of a weapon on a student's person, or in a student's locker or desk, that
       is dangerous to students and staff; A weapon is anything used, designed to be
       used or intended for use in causing death or injury to any person, or for the
       purpose of threatening or intimidating any person.
c.    displaying or brandishing a weapon in a threatening or intimidating manner;
d.    assaulting another person;
e.    bullying behaviours such as name calling, exclusion, inappropriate language,
       threats, gestures, innuendos, or intimidation,
f.     possession or use of illegal drugs, alcohol, or inhalants in school and on school
g.    contravention of school policies and regulations related to student harassment,
       smoking, student attendance, and student rights and responsibilities;
h.    theft;
i.     willful disobedience and/or open opposition to authority;
j.     use or display of improper or profane language;
k.    willful damage to school or others' property;
l.     interfering with the orderly conduct of class(es) or the school; and/or
m.   contravention of the code of conduct as set out in the School Act Section 12.
n.    contravention of the provisions of Section 27 of the School Act related to
       trespassing, loitering, and causing a disturbance; and/or
o.    use of technology such as computers, cameras, cell phones, and other digital
       equipment for purposes that are illegal, unethical, immoral, or inappropriate.
Principals shall report to police the names of all persons for whom they have reasonable and probable grounds to believe are trafficking in drugs.
The principal shall:
a.    inform the parents of students involved; and/or
b.    proceed with disciplinary measures which may lead to suspensions or expulsions.

Based on the board policy and regulations for student behaviour and conduct, LWCA shall develop and communicate to parents and students expectations for student behaviour and conduct.

The principal shall communicate annually, to students and parents, the board policy and regulations and the school's expectations for student behaviour and conduct.