Discipline at Sir Winston Churchill is based upon principles of restorative justice. Disciplinary measures will be taken after consideration of: the nature of the incident, the effect of the incident or behaviour on others, the student’s previous conduct, the student’s willingness to accept responsibility for his / her actions, and the student’s educational needs. The intention of discipline is to promote student growth and learning. Parents will be contacted.
Disciplinary measures may include:
- required make-up time (tutorial)
- suspension from class
- supported leave from a class or the school
- suspension from school
- recommendation for expulsion
- referral to the School Resource Officer (SRO) and possible criminal charges.
- Students are responsible for attending regularly and punctually, being diligent in pursuing their studies and cooperating fully with all adults in the school.
- Students are expected to treat classmates, teachers, support staff, school guests and school board property with respect.
Specific School Rules
- Students are expected to attend every class, on time, every day. Absenteeism will result in parental involvement and monitored attendance. Persistent attendance issues may result in disciplinary action.
- Students registered in work experience are not to be in the school during those periods except under the direct supervision of their work experience teacher.
- Students are expected to use their time responsibly. Students who have spares are expected to work quietly in the library, in the cafeteria, or be off campus. Students are not to be wandering the hallways during class time. Card playing / gambling is not permitted in the school.
- Students are required to carry their SWC ID card at all times. Only Sir Winston Churchill students are welcome on campus during the regular school day.
- Students are expected to dress appropriately for school. Any clothing that is too revealing or has obscene, suggestive, racial, drug related slogans, or gang related symbols and colours, is not permitted. Students, at all times, must be recognizable. Any clothing that restricts identification (i.e. hoodies covering the head) is not permitted.
- The use of any tobacco product is not permitted at any time on Sir Winston Churchill property.
Unacceptable Student Behaviour
Unacceptable student behaviour means that, in the opinion of a teacher or administrator, a student has displayed an attitude of wilful, blatant or repeated refusal to act responsibly or respectfully. Specific examples of unacceptable student behaviour include:
- conduct injurious to the physical or mental well being of others
- vandalism, graffiti, and other acts of wilful damage to property
- use, possession of, distribution of, or active contact with illegal drugs or alcohol
- possession of, or active contact with a weapon, or likeness thereof
- threats, extortion, intimidation, harassment, bullying, cyber bullying
- conduct that endangers others
- use or display of obscene or abusive language
- physical aggression, example: assault
- hazing or initiation activities
- disruptive behaviour, wilful disobedience, or defiance of authority
- interfering with the orderly conduct of the school
- tampering with fire alarms and safety equipment, arson
- criminal activity
- contravention of school rules
- copying others’ academic work, plagiarism or cheating, including internet
If students or their parents have questions or concerns, they are asked to follow the procedures listed below:
- The first contact is the person concerned (example: a teacher).
- If a situation is not resolved through this discussion, students are asked to involve their parents or guardians with the teacher.
- If the student, parents and teacher are unable to answer the question or resolve a concern, students and parents are invited to call either:
- the learning leader for academic concerns
- the student’s guidance counsellor for personal, emotional, social concerns
- the student’s assistant principal for disciplinary, or safety and security concerns.
Violence, Weapons, and Criminal Offences
The Calgary Board of Education is committed to providing students and staff with a safe and secure learning environment. In keeping with this commitment, administrative staff, at all levels, are expected to respond firmly and decisively to behaviour which causes or threatens harm to persons or property.
For the purpose of this regulation, the following definitions apply:
- Violence - Any verbal, physical or on-line action taken which threatens or results in the inflicting of physical, emotional, or psychological distress or bodily harm.
- Weapon - Any object that is either designed, intended, or used to threaten or inflict bodily harm on a person. This includes an object which imitates a weapon.
- Criminal Offence - Action which contravenes the Criminal Code of Canada.
Unless valid reason exists for taking other action, as determined by staff as specified below, a student found responsible for a serious offence of the kind referenced above is to be:
- suspended by the principal;
- reported to the police by the principal;
- expelled by the Suspension Coordinator, CBE.
Unless valid reason exists for other action as determined by a Suspension Coordinator, students who have been expelled will not be considered for reinstatement during the school year in which the expulsion was imposed.
Exam Device Policy
Students MUST NOT have a cell phone or other electronic device on their person during a major assessment in any of their classes. Though teachers will have their own methods to ensure that this policy is followed, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to confirm that their devices are both turned off and not on their person during a major assessment.
Students, who are discovered with a cell phone or electronic device on their person during a major assessment, even if it is turned off, will have that test invalidated and a mark of zero assessed. This policy is in keeping with Learn Alberta’s policy regarding diploma exam administration, and it will be enforced at Sir Winston Churchill High School for all major tests.
It is important that the school maintain a good relationship with the residents and business people in the area. To this end, we request that students not congregate in or around business establishments; nor should students trespass or litter private property or the school grounds.
Student spares must be spent in quiet study in the library or in the cafeteria or front foyer. Hallways must be kept clear when classes are in session. Students leaving the building during spares assume responsibility for their safety while out of the school.