As part of the community, St. Edward’s Catholic School provides a safe, educational environment, which allows for academic, physical, social, emotional and spiritual growth. Gospel values are integrated into the school program in order to promote Christian values in daily life. Emphasis is placed upon the development of affirmation, positive self-concept, human dignity and respect for self and for all of God’s creations.
 
Human persons are willed by God; they are imprinted with God’s image. Their dignity does not come from the work they do, but from the persons they are.
 
  Centesimus Annus...in everyday language
  The Hundredth Year; John Paul II, 1991
 
A Catholic school is a place that promotes responsibility, respect, civility, and academic excellence in a safe, faith-based, learning and teaching environment. Violent or disrespectful behaviour is contrary to our Gospel and Catholic values.
 
We believe that everyone - students, parents/guardians, teachers, staff, and volunteers - has the right to be safe and feel safe in our school. With this right comes a very large responsibility: to be law-abiding citizens and to be accountable for actions that put at risk the safety of others or oneself.
 

Section A

 
Our Code of Conduct outlines the responsibilities students, parents, and staff must accept to maintain a safe, secure, productive, and faith-based learning environment. Detailed descriptions of this outline are found in the school’s Policy Handbook. The Principal has disciplinary authority over the conduct of the students while they are at school, on their conduct towards one another on their way to and from school, at school sponsored activities, and in cases of unacceptable conduct including bullying, cyberbullying, and abuse of one student by another.
 

Students and staff must behave in a respectful manner and comply with the Code of Conduct.

 
Expectations & Responsibilities Staff shall:
 
  • create a positive, faith-based learning environment where all students are accepted, and encouraged to develop self-esteem and respect for self and others
  • encourage the involvement of parents/guardians in educational decisions involving their children
  • operate on the premise that school, parish and home work together for the benefit of all students
  • treat and discipline students with courtesy, respect, consistency, and fairness
  • report incidences of bullying, (including cyberbullying) to the Principal as soon as reasonably possible
  • model behaviour in keeping with the school’s Respectful Workplace Policy and its internet, social media, and electronic device policies
  • teach and model by positive example
 
Students shall:
Respect the rights and safety of others by:
 
  • developing self-discipline
  • demonstrating behaviour that contributes to an orderly, supportive and safe learning environment
  • respecting human differences
  • complying with the school’s discipline and dress codes including rules related to bullying and cyberbullying
  • resolving conflicts and difficulties with others through discussion, or by seeking assistance from school personnel
 
Make a commitment to promote their academic success by:
 
  • attending school regularly and punctually
  • coming to class on time with all necessary materials, e.g. texts, pens, notebooks, etc.
  • completing assignments and handing them in on time
  • participating, to the best of their ability, in class and school activities
 
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) are encouraged and/or expected to:
 
  • ensure regular and punctual attendance and encourage completion of all school assignments by their children
  • attend school meetings and events, and support the school
  • maintain open communication with staff by addressing concerns through proper lines of communication
  • treat all staff with dignity and respect
  • assist their children to establish positive attitudes towards achievement as well as respect for peers, school personnel, and property
  • monitor their children’s use of social media, the internet, and personal communication devices to keep them safe and ensure they are not the subject or cause of cyberbullying or other dangerous activities
  • inform the school of problem areas or areas of behavioural concern
  • discuss with their children, and support the school’s Code of Conduct and policies.
 

Section B.

 
Bullying, harassing, or abusing any person physically, sexually, or psychologically, verbally, in writing or otherwise, is unacceptable. Bullying is behaviour that is intended to cause, or should be known to cause, fear, intimidation, humiliation, distress or other forms of harm to another person’s body, feelings self-esteem, reputation, or property. It is also behaviour intended to create, or should be known to create, a negative school environment for another person. Bullying takes place in a context of a real or perceived power imbalance between the people involved and is typically (but need not be) repeated behaviour. It may be direct (face to face) or indirect (through others); it may take place through any form of expression, including written, verbal, physical, or any form of electronic communication.
 
Types of Harassment or Bullying may include, but are not limited to:
 
Physical: such as gestures, slapping, hitting, choking, poking, punching, pinching, kicking, scratching, spitting, defacing property, physical acts that are embarrassing, locking in and out of space, physical violence against family or friends, threatening with a weapon, or inflicting bodily harm.
 
Verbal: such as name calling, gossiping or embarrassing another, spreading rumors, ethnic slurs, setting up to take blame, taunting, teasing, threatening, phone calls, text messaging, threats of violence against family or friends.
Social/Relational: such as rejection, exclusion, manipulating, social order, setting up to humiliate in person or through the use of technology.
 
Cyber Bullying: such as the use of information and communication technologies such as e-mail, social media, digital cameras, text messages, instant messaging (IM), defamatory personal web sites, and defamatory online personal polling web sites, to support deliberate, repeated, hostile behaviour by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others.
 

Section C

 
The following will not be tolerated at school or on school related activities:
 
  • Gang involvement
  • Possessing a weapon, as defined in section 2 of the Criminal Code
  • Using, possessing, or being under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs
 

Section D

 
Students and staff must adhere to school policies respecting appropriate use of electronic mail and the Internet, including the prohibition of accessing, uploading, downloading or distributing material that the school has determined to be objectionable. Access is a privilege and not a right. To gain access, all students must obtain parental permission and must have their parent/guardian sign and return the school’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) to the school. Staff must complete the staff AUP.
 

Section E

 
Disciplinary consequences for violating the school’s Code of Conduct will follow the Provincial Code of Conduct, which may include, but are not limited to:
 
  • Informal discussion with Teacher or Principal
  • Parental involvement
  • Formal Interview
  • Withdrawal from Classroom Setting
  • Removal of Privileges
  • Detention
  • Restitution/Compensation
  • Behaviour/Performance Contract
  • In-School Suspension
  • Out-of-School Suspension
  • Expulsion/Non Re-Admittance
 
Principals and teachers must ensure that interventions and disciplinary consequences are appropriate given the frequency and severity of the conduct and must take into account a student’s state of development. Parents/guardians have the right to appeal the disciplinary consequences to the Principal. A final appeal may be made by submitting a written request for a meeting with the Principal and the Board.

 

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