Procedures

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AP 351 - Student Discipline and Suspension - Appendix A - Safe School Action Plan

Procedures

As stated in Administrative Procedure 351 – Student Discipline and Suspension, each school will develop a school discipline policy and each classroom teacher will develop classroom behaviour expectations. 

Steps Towards Educational Planning for Students (Student Services Handbook) will act as a guide in dealing with behavioural issues from a programming focus. Students with persistent behavioural difficulties require an individual program plan (AlbertaSchool Act, Section 47). 

Examples of some inappropriate behaviours considered minor to moderate offences include:

  • Bullying;
  • Defianceof adults in authority;
  • Inappropriate touching (excluding sexual touching);
  • Acting in a belligerent or argumentative manner;
  • Lying;
  • Cheating;
  • Swearing;
  • Teasing – name-calling;
  • Disruptive behaviour that interferes with the learning of others; and
  • Leaving the classroom or school premises without permission.

Flow Chart of Consequences for Minor Offences

Minor Offences
  • Dealt with by classroom teacher and/or the principal following school discipline policy/procedures.
  • Recommend anecdotal records be documented: date/incident/steps taken for minor offences
Recurring Mild to Moderate Offences
  • Classroom teacher/principal deals with issue.
  • Parent/guardian involvement.
  • Family school liaison counsellor, learning support teacher, other school staff.
  • Further assessment and development of an IPP may be warranted.
  • Precise documentation required.

Specific unacceptable behaviours in the moderate to severe range include:

  • Chronic minor offender;
  • Stealing;
  • Intent to injure another person with the use of a weapon;
  • Throwing objects with wilful intent to harm;
  • Causing physical injury to another person by hitting, kicking, biting;
  • Blind rages where the child loses control, resulting in damaged property and/or injury to others;
  • Sexual behaviour;
  • Verbal abuse, ethnic/racial remarks, sexually derogatory statements;
  • Threatening bodily harm; or
  • Damaging property (school or other).


Flow Chart of Consequences for Major Offences

 

LEVEL 1
Up to 2 days
In-School Suspension 

Process:

  • Principal talks with the student to discuss the behaviour and consequences.
  • Principal notifies parent/guardian of unacceptable behaviour.
  • Team meeting including parent/guardian may result in an IPP being developed.
  • Student completes plan of action.
  • Student completes daily assignments in a segregated area away from the classroom.
LEVEL II
Up to 5 days
Out-of-School Suspension 

Process includes above steps, plus:

  • May recommend gradual re-entry into class. Student will review progress achieving his/her action plan for appropriate behaviour.
  • Notification sent to Superintendent
LEVEL III
5 days
Out-of-School Suspension 

Process includes above steps, plus:

  • Conference with parents re conditions for regarding conditions for readmittance to school.
  • Notification sent to Superintendent.
LEVEL IV
Expulsion
  • Implement Policy 13 – Appeals and Hearings Regarding Student Matters.
  • Request for expulsion hearing made to Superintendent.

NOTE:    The nature of the unacceptable behaviour may mean the student moves immediately to Level II or even Level IV. The principal is responsible for determining the level of response.

Team members may include:

  • Associate Superintendent (Student Services);
  • Consulting teacher;
  • Family school liaison counsellor;
  • School support staff;
  • Community agency personnel; and
  • Parents.