Copperhaven School
(K–9)

Code of Conduct

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. 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 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 community of engaged learners where exploration, creativity, and imagination make learning exciting and where all learners aspire to reach their dreams.

In keeping with a commitment to the Alberta Human Rights Act, in Parkland School Division everyone is accepted and experiences a sense of belonging. Every student, no matter their ability, disability, language, cultural background, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, has meaningful contributions to make. The Division supports the endeavors of staff, students, parents and the community to promote positive student behavior and conduct throughout our community of schools.

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 a culture of wellness.

1. Students are expected to:

1.1. Use their abilities and talents to gain maximum learning benefits from their school experiences;

1.2. Contribute to a climate of mutual trust and respect conducive to effective learning, personal development, and social living;

1.3. Cooperate fully with everyone authorized by the Board to provide education programs and other services;

1.4. Comply with the rules of the school; and

1.4.1. Respect and comply with the rules of any school that the student is visiting;

1.5. Account to the student’s teachers for the student’s conduct;

1.6. Attend school regularly and punctually;

1.7. Choose appropriate behaviours, with full understanding of the consequences that invariably follow their choices;

1.8. Treat other students and staff with dignity, respect and fairness;

1.9. Contribute to a learning environment that is free from physical, emotional, and social abuse;

1.10. Demonstrate, with increasing consistency, the School Code of Conduct;

1.11. Positively contribute to the student’s school and community and, to the greatest extent possible, to a learning environment that is well-ordered, peaceful, safe, non-threatening, and conducive to learning and optimal growth;

1.12. Refrain from, report and not tolerate bullying or bullying behaviour directed toward others in the school, whether or not it occurs within the school building, during the school day or by electronic means.

2. Students are accountable for:

2.1. Demonstrating respect for authority;

2.2. Demonstrating respect for others and their property;

2.3. Demonstrating respect for school property, equipment and textbooks;

2.4. Demonstrating respect for the diversity of all people.

3. Students are prohibited from engaging in unacceptable behaviour within the school or on any school or Board-related trips or activities.

Creating a Positive School Environment at Copperhaven School

    Respect is important at our school, so students will:

  • Follow directions the first time.

  • Use clean and courteous language.

  • Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself.

  • Dress in a manner that is respectful and appropriate for a learning environment of mixed ages and genders.

  • Stay on school grounds during the school day. If excused from school students will check out at the school office.

  • Students are prohibited from bringing lighters, laser pointers, knives or any type of weapon to school.   Students are also prohibited from displaying any lewd or profane pictures or signs, or profanity in their lockers, clothing or on their possessions.   Possession of an illegal substance (drugs, alcohol, vaping products) will result in confiscation and additional consequences as determined by school administration.

  • Keep electronic devices away unless directed by a teacher, to use as a learning tool.

  • Leave their cell phones in their lockers during class time.

Consequences

We believe that from time to time students will make mistakes. When these mistakes happen it is important for students to:

  1. Take responsibility for their actions;
  2. Serve any consequences that may be given; consequences may include any of the following: parental involvement, loss of privileges, short term removal from class, in-school/out of school suspension or other consequences as determined by administration and as defined in Parkland School Division’s Administrative Procedure 355.
  3. Learn from the mistake.
  4. Electronic equipment (iPods, cell phones, cameras, gaming devices, personal devices) will be confiscated when not used in compliance with school behavioural expectations and placed in school office for safe storage for pickup at the end of the day.

In Parkland School Division, all members of our school community are expected to promote and demonstrate respect, civility and responsible citizenship.

With these goals in mind, everyone must:

  • Demonstrate honesty and integrity.
  • Respect differences in people, their ideas and their opinions.
  • Acknowledge the right of everyone to be treated with dignity, at all times.
  • Take appropriate measures to help those in need.
  • Use non-violent means to resolve conflict.
  • Honour the role(s) of persons in positions of authority.
  • Show care and regard for school property and the property of others.
  • Comply with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws.

We are all models for the kinds of citizens we desire to be. We teach and learn by example.

The Division’s expectations for conduct are outlined in the following documents: