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​At Vista Heights School, we respond to student behaviour, discipline and bullying by following the guidelines set out in the School Act as well as several Calgary Board of Education Administrative Regulations.
 
We are intentional in creating welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments in our classrooms, our school and our outdoor learning spaces.  We do this through:
·         Creating positive learning environments
·         Demonstrating and helping students develop empathy and citizenship
·         Celebrating diversity and belonging
·         Making clear the roles and expectations of student conduct
·         Explaining the consequences and impact on learning
·         Creating welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environments
 
Together, students, parents, staff and the school community at large share a responsibility for creating these welcoming, caring, respectful and safe spaces.  In the CBE, all students must adhere to the expectations as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.  This Code of Conduct can be found within our school handbook on the Vista Heights School website and on the CBE website.  The Code of Conduct focuses on promoting positive behaviour, identifies acceptable and unacceptable behaviours and identifies the consequences of unacceptable behaviour.
 
Bullying is addressed within the Code of Conduct and in the Progressive Student Discipline Administrative Regulation.  Bullying is defined as “repeated and hostile or demeaning behaviour by an individual in the school community where the behaviour is intended to cause harm, fear or distress to one or more other individuals in the school community,  including psychological harm or harm to an individual’s reputation.  It can take different forms including physical, verbal, threats, and cyber”.
 
At Vista Heights School, we affirm that students, parents and school staff share the responsibility of working collaboratively to support positive school environments.  Students and parents both contribute to welcoming, care, respectful and safe school communities.  Parents are responsible for supporting their children in complying with the Student Code of Conduct.
 
Students at Vista Heights School have access to a continuum of intervention, supports and consequences that address inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour and builds upon strategies that promote positive behaviours.  At Vista Heights School, our progressive response to student inappropriate or unacceptable behaviour includes:
·         Appropriate and restorative responses to students’ misconduct that
o   addresses the harm caused.
o   considers factors that may have contributed to the problem.
o   encourages students to take responsibility for changing their behaviour.
·         Defining clear expectations for student and adult behaviour.
Progressive student discipline is different from punishment in that the discipline is individualized and designed to shape behaviour and provide logical consequences that are connected to the behaviour, and given with empathy, in a respectful tone, and are reasonable based on the behaviour.  It is about teaching the student rather than punishing the student. 

                                              
Our school response to student misconduct and reports of bullying are treated seriously and in a timely fashion.  When brought to a staff member’s attention, reports of misconduct or bullying are dealt with in a personalized manner.  As with many things, the issue of student progressive discipline is not black and white.  Depending on the nature of the misconduct, there may be a variety of responses and consequences provided.  All reports of bullying are documented by teaching staff and forwarded on to Administration to be reviewed.  You can help your child deal with bullying by encouraging them to report all cases of bullying to a school staff member as soon as the incident occurs.  It is also helpful to review the definition of bullying with your child and to talk about the difference between bullying, being rude and being mean – as in the illustration below:
 
 
 
I welcome any questions or comments you may have about the Student Code of Conduct, Progressive Student Discipline or our school’s response to reports of bullying. 
 
Yours in learning,
Michelle Harvey, Principal

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Vista Heights School

2411 Vermilion St NE Calgary, AB, T2E 6J3
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School Contacts

Principal
Miss Michelle Harvey
Area Director
Mr Scott MacNeill
Trustee
Marilyn Dennis

School Information

Grades
K-06
Enrolment
144
Programs
Regular
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School Hours

Morning Start
8:50 AM
Dismissal
3:09 PM
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