Box 249, 206 3rd Avenue, Harris SK S0L 1K0
Phone: 306-656-2166
Email: angela.sparks@sunwestsd.ca

General School Policy
Local Policy
Promotion Policy
Code of Conduct
HTCS Discipline Plan
Sun West Discipline Plan
Transportation Policy
Bus Policy
Blizzard/Cold Weather Policy
Computer Use Policy
Fire Drill/Critical Incident Policy

 

General School Policy

School Act—Re:  Students Duties

Section 150

In the exercise of his right of access to the schools of the division and to the benefits of the educational services provided by the board of education, every pupil shall cooperate fully with all persons employed by the board and such other persons who have been lawfully assigned responsibilities and functions with respect to the instructional program of the school or such special or ancillary services as may be provided or approved by the board of the department and , without restricting the generality of the foregoing, every pupil shall:

a) attend school regularly and punctually;
b) provide himself with such supplies and materials not furnished by the board of education as may be considered necessary to his courses of study by the principal;
c) observe standards approved by the board of education with deportment, obedience, courtesy and respect of the rights of other persons;
d) be diligent in his studies;
e) conform to the rules of the school approved by the board of education and submit to such discipline as would be exercised by a kind, firm and judicious parent.

Section 151

Every pupil shall be accountable:
a) to the teacher for his conduct on the school premises during school hours and during such hours as the teacher is in charge of the pupil in class or while engaged in authorized school activities conducted in out-of-school hours.
b) to the principal for his general deportment at any time that he is under the supervision of the school and members of the teaching staff, including the time spend traveling between the school and his place of residence.
c) subject to that stated policies of the board of education, to the driver of a school bus, and to any other person appointed by the board for the purposes of supervision during hours when pupils are in the personal charge of such employees of the board, and those employees shall be responsible to and report to the principal in accordance with the procedures approved by the board.

Section 152

1) Every pupil shall be subject to the general discipline of the school.

 

Local Policy

1.  Elementary students are to be outside for recess and lunch break.  Exceptions to this are if weather does not permit or if a student has permission to stay in with a teacher supervisor.
2. All students are to eat lunch in the lunch room.  K-6 students are not allowed to leave the school grounds during school hours.  Town students may go home for lunch.
3.  All visitors, including parents, community members and outside agencies are expected to check in at the main door.
4. Students must have permission to work in the computer lab outside of class time, however, they must have the supervision of an adult at the time. Appropriate use of the computer equipment and internet is required.  Misuse will result in computer accounts being suspended.
5. Phone calls are to be made by students only with permission from the phone provided in the office.  Calls may only be made during recess or lunch break.  Parents wishing to leave messages for students are invited to call the office.  Any social arrangements are to be made at home.
6.  The use of cellphones is allowed during class time under the direct supervision of the teacher. When cell phones are not in use they must be stored in the labeled pouches provided in the classroom. They are allowed to be used during lunch recess however, any inappropriate use will result in the loss of this privilege.
7.  Students are expected to respect school property.  Any willful damage willresult in costs being passed on to parents.
8.  Students are expected to respect the property of others.  Students will not go into desks or lockers of other students or staff.  Students are expected to keep areas tidy.
9. Chewing gum is allowed according to the guidelines of each classroom teacher.  No gum, food or drink is allowed in the gym.  Sunflower seeds are not allowed in the school at any time.
10. Students will enter and leave the school through the east entrances only.  The main entrance is for visitors, parents and staff only.   Upon entrance to the school, all students will be expected to remove their outside footwear and set them in the designated section of the boot rack.  Therefore, students MUST have indoor shoes that they change into when they come inside.  Proper footwear must be worn in the school.  Runners are required to be worn in the gym.
11. Students are expected to dress in a school-appropriate manner.  Clothing must not have anything offensive or inappropriate printing.
12.  Students may only enter the staff room, supply room and supply cupboards when they are with a staff member and have permission to do so.       
13.  Students are to be quiet while in the hall ways to avoid disrupting classes in progress. As well, parents, unless authorized by the principal, are not to pick up or drop off items at their child’s classroom. Items may be left at the office, and children to be picked up by parents can be met at the front doors. 
14. Supervision will begin at 8:30. Students are asked not to arrive at school before that time. If it is necessary that your child be dropped off at school before 8:30, permission from the principal is required the day before.
15.  The school will not be responsible for any personal electronic devices brought to the school.  Use of such items will be allowed at the discretion of the class teacher.
16.  Students are expected to follow safety rules and guidelines on the playground.  Proper use of playground equipment is required.  Footwear must be worn at all times.
17.  Students are expected to dress appropriately for the weather.  K-6 students will be outside for recesses, unless the weather does not permit, so proper outdoor clothing is necessary.  Headwear will not be shared.
18.  Students are expected to abide by the “hands off” policy at school.  Kicking, hitting and other inappropriate contact will not be tolerated.
19.  We encourage a non-violent atmosphere in the school.  Therefore, students are asked to refrain from bringing toys, videos, video games, etc. of  a violent nature to the school.  This is especially important when considering what to bring for Show-n-Tell.  Show-n-Tell screening will occur.
20.  Sometimes movies are shown in the classroom.  If a movie is to be shown, information will be noted in the student agendas.  Nothing over a G rating will be shown without first notifying the parents and receiving parental permission for the student to view the movie.  All Wii or  Video games in the classroom have to be rated E for Everyone.
21.  PARENTAL PERMISSION FORMS AND ORDER FORMS:  Occasionally notes will be sent home with permission forms, order forms, etc.  These forms will be in the child’s assigned mailbox which will be their responsibility to empty each day.  Each of these forms will have a due date on the form.  PLEASE NOTE:  THE DUE DATE IS BINDING.  Students not handing forms in on the due date will not be included in the experience the form is related to.
Also, if a field trip form is completed with the student riding the bus, the student must ride the bus, the exception being if the student were absent for the day.   Bus manifests are sent to the division prior to the trip and they must be accurate for insurance purposes. 

 

Promotion Policy

Each student will be evaluated on an individual basis.  The decisions regarding promotion will be a joint decision by teachers, administration and parents.

Students with special needs will be given assistance through student support services.  The staff at HTCS strives to meet the individual needs of each student.  Personal Program Plans and Student Support Plans are developed to best support each student for optimal learning to occur.

 

Harris-Tessier Central School Code of Conduct

At HTCS, we believe that all people will be:

H – Helpful, Honest, Hard-working

T – Trustworthy, Thoughtful, Team-workers

C – Caring, Cooperative, Community-minded

S – Safe, Studious, Show respect

At HTCS our school family, including students, staff, parents and community members, will work together to maintain a positive learning environment by following the Code of Conduct to help guide us as we are

Becoming Better Together.

In our school, we value education, honesty, safety and respect for people and property.  If student behavior is interfering with school values or the learning of students, then it is a problem to be dealt with.  Teachers, staff and administration will work in partnership with families to work through any conduct issues to the best of our ability.

 

HTCS Discipline Plan

The primary focus at Harris-Tessier Central School (HTCS) is on the academic success of every student. We seek to build within each child a love of learning, a sense of responsibility, self-discipline, a positive self- image, and respect for others. Students are expected to make positive behaviour choices that promote their safety, the safety of others, and a productive learning environment.

School discipline is a collaborative effort by the parents, guardians, students, and staff. The focus of the HTCS Discipline Policy is to promote positive behaviour choices by recognizing students who engage in consistent positive behaviour. However, mistakes are a natural part of growth. Our hope is to help students reflect on errors in judgment and behaviour and support them in learning how to make better decisions.

Our classroom teachers discuss rules, rights, and responsibilities on a regular basis. Every classroom teacher establishes a process for recognizing, rewarding, and reinforcing good self-management behaviors exhibited by students. Students need to realize that they have control over their behaviors and they are empowered to choose among alternatives that carry either positive or negative consequences.

Disciplinary Procedures

Minor Incidences: In the case of a minor incident classroom teachers or the attending adult will speak to the student reminding them of the in- class/playground rules. Consequences may be applied if necessary. If behaviour becomes chronic it may be referred to the principal.

Minor incidences could include:

  • Teasing and/or derogatory remarks
  • Inappropriate hallway behaviour
  • Swearing (unintentional)
  • Disrespect to other Students
  • Talking out of turn
  • Wandering Hallways during class time
  • Late for class
  • Littering (inside and outside of school)       

Middle Incidences: These behaviours are handled initially by the classroom teacher or attending adult, but are referred to the administration if they become chronic. Classroom teachers will contact and discuss behaviours with parents and guardians.

Middle Incidences could include:

  • Defacing School Property
  • Cheating
  • Lying (at detriment to others)
  • Inappropriate clothing
  • Non-Compliance
  • Disrespecting others personal space/desk
  • Skipping class or school
  • Abuse of school equipment

Majors Incidences: These behaviours are immediately referred to the administration.  Parents will be notified and may be asked to attend a meeting to discuss the behaviour.  Appropriate consequences will be applied. Consequences could include in or out of school suspensions.

Major Incidences could include:

  • Fighting
  • Physical Aggression
  • Defiance
  • Off School Grounds without permission
  • Vandalism
  • Bullying
  • Intimidation
  • Deliberate inappropriate internet sites

 

Sun West Division Discipline Policy

STUDENT DISCIPLINE

Sun West School Division is committed to the principle of developing environments which are physically and emotionally safe and positive.

The Board believes that parents, staff and students must work together to ensure that learning occurs in a safe, orderly and nurturing environment.

PROCEDURES

Specifically, the Board expects that all interventions on behalf of students must reflect the dignity of the individual and natural justice.

Discipline is part of the teaching-learning process. Every effort must be made to teach appropriate behavior to students, while at the same time recognizing that students must be increasingly accountable for their own behavior.

1. General
a. Discipline in schools is to stress restitution and correction rather than punishment.
b. Principals and staffs of schools are to attempt to determine causes of misbehavior and to stress rectifying those through a variety of techniques. Where physical and emotional safety of others is not considered a risk, the procedures below are to be followed by the teacher and principal when behavior problems are encountered:
i. The teacher is to assist the student in identifying the behavior problem, its causes and appropriate alternative behaviors.
ii. The teacher is to discuss the student’s behavior with the principal in an attempt to generate alternative management strategies.
iii. The teacher and/or principal are to discuss the student’s behavior with the parent(s) or guardian.
iv. A consistent effort is to be made to change inappropriate behaviour to acceptable behavior through various techniques.
v. If measures taken do not result in appropriate student behaviour the principal is to consult with the Director of Education, or designate to plan for further remedial action.
vi. The goal of all behavior management techniques employed by staff is to provide a positive school climate where the education and well-being of students are foremost considerations.
c. Where the safety of others is at risk, temporary restraining force may be used. It must not exceed what is reasonable. Corporal punishment is not permitted.

2. In-School Suspension
a. Suspension within school, if employed, is to be applied judiciously.
b. Bus students are not to be detained after school hours unless suitable transportation arrangements have been made with the parent or guardian.

3. Out-of-School Suspension
a. Not more than three days:
i. Prior to imposing a suspension, the principal is to refer to the appropriate sections of The Education Act, 1995 relating to discipline.
ii. In accordance with The Education Act, 1995 the principal may suspend a student from school for not more than three days at a time for overt opposition to authority or serious misconduct.
iii. When a student is suspended for not more than three days, the principal is to report promptly the circumstances and the action taken to the student’s parent or guardian, and maintain a detailed record of the suspension at the school.
iv. When a student has been suspended from school, the principal is to immediately advise the Supervisor of Transportation of the suspension and its duration. The Supervisor of Transportation will advise the bus driver.
b. Four to ten days:
i. The principal may suspend a student from school for a period of up to ten days for habitual, willful, or gross violation of duties of a student or the rules of the school. When a student is suspended under these provisions, the principal is to report, in writing, the circumstances and action taken and the plan for the student return to:
- The Director of Education or designate
- The parent or guardian
- The student.
ii. The Director, or designate may confirm, modify, or remove the suspension. If confirmed or modified, the Director is to inform the Board.
iii. If desired the student, parent, or guardian is to be granted a hearing with the appropriate officials, throughout each of the preceding steps.

4. Expulsion
a. The Board, following an investigation or a report of a committee may exclude a student from any or all of its schools for a period greater than one year.
b. The student, or his or her parent or guardian may, after the expira- tion of one year, request a review and reconsideration of registration by the Board.

5. Illicit Use of Drugs
a. The principal oversees all aspects of student behavior in the school and at school related activities in accordance with the terms of The Education Act, 1995 and Regulations. Use, possession or trafficking of drugs has serious legal obligations and the principal’s role is essen tial in the discipline process and cannot be transferred to other personnel.
b. There are three components to managing issues related to the use of illicit drugs: prevention, intervention and discipline. The principal needs to consider all factors to meet the needs of students. Refer to 409. 5 Illicit Use of Drugs Procedures.
c. Interventions on behalf of students who are under the influence, in possession of drugs or trafficking of drugs in the school environment or at a school function shall be managed in accordance with due process and Administrative Policy No. 409 – Student Discipline and 409.5 Illicit Use Drugs Procedures.
d. Any student who has a drug or alcohol problem and confides in a staff member or principal for the purpose of receiving assistance in overcoming the problem is to be directed to appropriate programs and services for assistance. Refer to 409.5 Illicit Use of Drugs Proce dures.
e. The principal and staff are to cooperate fully with parents, community agencies and law enforcement agencies in their attempts to solve problems associated with drug and alcohol usage.
f. School liaison with law enforcement occur via the school principal as determined necessary throughout the process of managing the illicit use of drugs. Requesting law enforcement intervention may result in either alternative measures or court access depending on the situation.
g. The principal may suspend any student who is in possession of, distributing, selling, or supplying drugs or alcohol listed under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, 1996 or The Food and Drugs Act, 1985 and is on school premises, school buses, or at school- sponsored activities. The suspension is to be in accordance with Administrative Policy No. 409 –Student Discipline and Procedures.
h. Any student convicted of trafficking in drugs on school property, school activities, or school buses is to be suspended after consulta tion with the Director of Education, in accordance with Administrat ive Policy No. 409 – Student Discipline and Procedures.

 

Transportation Policy

To attend special functions and educational trips, transportation is often required.  Students may be transported by school bus or by private vehicle drivers. 

All private vehicle drivers are required to have filled out the Sun West Driver Authorization form yearly, which states that the vehicle has $2 million liability insurance and that the driver has no traffic offenses. 

Volunteer drivers are required to submit the Driver Authorization Form and Criminal Records Check / Vulnerable Sector Search to the HTCS office before transporting students.  The Driver Authorization Form is to be submitted annually, while the Criminal Records Check is kept on file until a change is indicated. 

Volunteer drivers will be assigned students to transport, and are responsible for the return transport of those students unless otherwise arranged and communicated with teachers and parents.

 

Bus Policy

Students riding the school bus shall cooperate with the driver in the safe and efficient operation of the bus.

Duties of the bus student (parent) are as follows:

  1. To be ready to leave on schedule in the morning and evening.
  2. To conduct themselves in a manner that is conducive to the safe and efficient operation of the bus.
  3. To adhere to seating arrangements set out by the driver.
  4. To dress properly in winter.
  5. To remain in the bus during mechanical difficulties on the route.
  6. To proceed directly to their place of residence when disembarking from the bus.
  7. To remain seated at all times when the bus is in motion.
  8. To assume financial responsibility for any willful damage done to the bus.
  9. To refrain from the use of indecent language or banned substances while on the bus.
  10. To notify the driver any time they do not plan to ride on the bus or if there will be guests on the bus route.
  11. To encase and store carry-on items, such as skates or other equipment, under the seats.

 

Blizzard / Cold Weather Policy Sun West School Division

Procedures

The following criteria are used as guidelines in determining the operation of school buses:

  • Temperature at, or lower than -40°C by no later than 7:00a.m.
  • Severe wind chill at, or lower than -40°C by no later than 7:00a.m.
  • Severely drifted or extremely icy roads
  • Limited visibility because of fog or blowing snow
  • Sun West Division Website

Despite the non-operation of a school bus route, employees are expected to be in attendance at school, as are all students who do not receive bus service. 

Parents retain the right to decide whether to send their children to school during inclement weather.  Students who are not present will be marked absent except in circumstances when classes are cancelled.

In cold weather the Transportation Supervisor checks Environment Canada web sights and local radio stations by 6:30 A.M. and a decision is made about whether buses will run. It usually is on radio stations by 6:45 A.M.  The Transportation Supervisor emails all school principals, school secretaries, division office staff and bus garages. Bus drivers are responsible to contact parents to let them know that buses aren’t running that day due to cold weather. Bus cancellations will be on web site by 7:15 A.M.  In stormy weather bus drivers in their specific area check with each other to decide whether to cancel, one bus driver calls Transportation Supervisor from the stormy area. When Transportation Supervisor has enough info it will be put on radio stations by 7:00A.M., emailed to schools and web site by 7:15 A.M.  Bus drivers will contact parents and school if their run is cancelled.  The radio stations called include:  1210-1330, Rosetown – Kindersley; CJWW 600, Saskatoon;  5700, Swift Current.  All routes that are cancelled because of weather will not run in the P.M.  Bus routes that are cancelled because of mechanical reasons in the A.M. will run in the P.M.  

In addition, if the weather is –25C with or without windchill, recess and noon hour times will be held indoors for children.

 

Computer Use Policy

Computer technology is available to students and staff of the Sun West School Division.  We are very pleased to bring this technology to our students and staff and believe it offers vast, diverse, and unique resources to them.  Our goal, in providing these services is to promote educational excellence in classrooms and administrative productivity in offices.

Responsibilities

Students and staff are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of computer and network etiquette.  These include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Use the computer or network for legal activity (e.g., violating copyright or other contracts, gaining illegal access or entry into other computers is not legal).
  • The computer or network shall not be used for financial or commercial gain.
  • Interference with the proper operation of the Sun West School Division systems and networks, as well as systems and networks accessible through the Internet is not acceptable.
  • Your access to a computer or network must not disrupt the use of the facilities by other users.
  • Network or Internet accounts owned by another individual must not be used.
  • Your network or Internet account must not be shared with another individual.
  • While accessing the Internet you must not reveal your personal address, phone number, name, or the personal address/phone number of a colleague.
  • Vandalism of computer resources is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy hardware, software, or data of another person.  This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses.
  • All disks are to be scanned, by the user, for viruses before use in any Sun West School Division system.
  • When a person can identify a security problem on the network, they must notify a school’s lead teacher or administrator.  The problem should not be demonstrated to other users.
  • Be polite.  Any abusive messages to other, inappropriate language, vulgarities, abusive or any other inappropriate language are not acceptable.
  • Engaging in any other inappropriate computer related activity (sexually suggestive, racial or hate sites, etc.) not defined above are also not acceptable.

Notice to Students and Parents/Guardians

The Sun West School Division and its employees are not responsible for the accuracy, quality, or integrity of information obtained through or stored on the Sun West School Division network.

Right to Inspect: All Sun West School Division network accounts are subject to reasonable search.  E-mail records and files may be inspected and copied, and a history of visited sites and utilized services may be searched in the event of a reasonable suspicion of violation of acceptable computer use at the school level, or of the policies and regulations of the Sun West School Division.  The search will be reasonable and related to the suspected violation.

As well, any type of web page design must first be filtered through the teacher.

 

Fire Drill Procedures / Critical Incident Policy

In the event of an emergency, the guidelines in the Sun West School Division Critical Incident and Crisis Response Handbook will be followed. 

If evacuation is necessary, students will gather in a safe meeting spot, practiced during fire drills, and be transported by staff to a predetermined location.  Parents would then be notified about the incident.  Students will remain with school staff until parents/guardians or arranged billets pick them up.

It is recommended that evacuation and lock-down procedures be practiced to ensure that all staff and students are familiar with what to do.  Practice is essential in reaching the level of familiarity with the procedures to ensure proper reactions in an actual critical situation.