A Safe and Caring School
The discipline policy at Captain John Palliser School is based on the belief that we should encourage the development of self-discipline and a positive self-concept. We believe that students are generally well behaved and responsible but at times make inappropriate choices or act impulsively. Therefore our approach to dealing with the problems that occur will reflect this
The discipline policy of the school is based on the guidelines established by Calgary Board of Education policies and regulations. The staff will endeavour to deal with disciplinary issues in an objective and professional fashion, treating each student respectfully in terms of his or her individual needs and considering each infraction of discipline as a learning situation.
We encourage parental involvement to ensure a safe and caring school environment.
Aims of Discipline
- To develop responsible citizens with skills for positive relationships.
- To develop each student’s capacity for self-control, empathy and solution focused problem solving.
- To protect the rights of everyone and ensure a safe and secure environment.
- To maintain conditions of harmony and respect in the school making effective learning possible for everyone.
- To develop each student’s capacity for objective decision-making based on an analysis of alternative solutions and the consequences of these alternatives.
- To ensure common understanding of expectations.
Expectations for Student Conduct
Students are expected to:
- Play fairly and with respect
- Solve problems with words not physical actions
- Comply with the rules and expectations of the school
- Attend school regularly and on time
- Contribute to a positive learning environment
- Come to school and to each class prepared to learn
- Do their best to learn and not to interfere with others’ right to learn
- Respect others’ personal space and privacy
- Respect the property of others and the school
- Dress appropriately
Students can expect to:
- Be recognized and treated as persons of value and worth
- Feel safe from bullying, violence, harassment and harm
- Receive courtesy, support and fairness from others
- Be included in all appropriate activities
Response to Inappropriate Conduct
Students can expect to be supported in their efforts to develop independent problem solving skills and strategies. From time to time, students will need to seek adult intervention and help in resolving problems. Interventions may take the form of:
- Class meetings that include an instructional component
- Individual or small group problem-solving discussions
- Involvement of parents
“Activating the support system” at home is generally most effective in supporting improved behaviour. We ask for strong parent support of the school’s efforts to work with student behaviour.
Individual students may receive a consequence such as:
- Withdrawal of privileges
- Making restitution for damage or loss
- Community service
Recurring problems or serious misconduct will be referred to the office where a plan of action will be developed to support change and improvement. In the case of physical fighting or bullying, parents will be contacted and students will have serious consequences.
Peer Conflict vs Bullying
EVERY child deserves an education free from discrimination, bullying, harassment, intimidation and violence. Our Alberta School Act supports this in the wording:
A student shall conduct themselves so as to reasonably comply with the following code of conduct:
(f) respect the rights of others;
(g) ensure that the student’s conduct contributes to a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging;
(h) 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;
Alberta School Act Section 12
Everyone has a role to play in promoting positive mental health and wellness, supporting students, positive social behaviour and preventing incidents like bullying. There needs to be an integrated approach to prevent, address and/or reduce bullying.
Students who feel safe and are free to develop in healthy ways are far less likely to be involved in inappropriate activities. Students who are learning and thriving take pride in themselves, their school, their accomplishments and the accomplishments of those they are connected to.
Setting a positive school climate and culture will help set the tone for a child’s learning. To do this, staff, parents, and community members must model behaviour and attitudes that are positive, respectful, caring, safe and welcoming.
The term “Bully” is becoming a “buzz” word. Far too often used incorrectly. Also, too often associated with other behaviours. Bullying, and children’s accounts of being bullied are often heartbreaking and horrible.
When bullying occurs here at CJP, it is addressed immediately. Parents, staff, and the students involved are expected to all work collaboratively to resolve the situation in a safe, caring and respectful way.
Normal Peer Conflict
Equal power of friends
Imbalance of power; not friends
Repeated negative actions
Serious with threat of physical or emotional harm
Equal emotional reaction
Strong emotional reaction from victim and little or no emotional reaction from the bully
Not seeking power or attention
Seeking power, control, or material things
Not trying to get something
Attempt to gain material things or power
Remorse—will take responsibility
No remorse—blames victim
Effort to solve problem
No effort to solve problem.
Hopefully this chart will assist us in identifying student behaviours and addressing them in a safe, caring, welcoming and respectful way.