Delburne Centralized School Handbook

Mission Statement

The purpose of Delburne Centralized School is to facilitate each student’s success.

ATTENDANCE  

The Board of Education expects that every effort will be made to maximize student attendance. Evidence shows that regular attendance is one of the factors contributing to students' growth. Responsibility for maintaining acceptable attendance rests with the parent and/or the student. The school has a responsibility to keep the student and parent regularly informed of attendance requirements and status.

Since parents have a key role to play in the attendance of their children we are asking that the school be informed beforehand that a student will be away from school. This can be done with a phone call, or by a note delivered by another member of the family to the main office prior to or on the day of the absence. This covers the legal require­ment that we know you know your child is away from the class with your permission. If this information is not communicated to us, we are forced to assume that the student was away without parental knowledge or approval.

Some absences will be considered excusable. Excusable absences are ones due to illness, medical appointments, and a death in the family or religious holidays, etc. Most other absences will be considered non-excusable. The school will make the determination of what constitutes an excusable and a non-excusable absence. Absences deemed to be non-excusable will result in Administrative intervention in the form of in-school or out of school suspensions. 

Continued unsatisfactory attendance will result in one or more of the following: phone calls home, letters home, contracts, and/or administrative intervention.

DCS Late Policy

Being on time is crucial to success in class and in life. When students are late to class, it will be recorded via our online attendance program. Students who are recorded late more than five times in a month will be held accountable for their late time. Students will have a choice of how they make up this time (detention, community service etc.), in coordination with school administration.

AWARDS

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

A Night of Excellence is celebrated at the end of June to recognize student achievements in the school year.

The awards presented are:

  • Certificates of Achievement/Honors Awards in Grades 6, 7 and 8
  • Citizenship Awards in Grades 6, 7 and 8
  • Most Improved Students in Grades 6, 7 and 8
  • Top Academic Student Awards in Grades 6, 7 and 8
  • Top All-Around Student in Grades 6, 7 and 8

An Honour Roll is posted in the commons area each reporting period for all core subjects, plus French, Health, and Physical Education. Students who have achieved a mark of 80% or better, in these subjects, are noted on the Honour Roll. At year-end, an Honours Certificate is awarded to all stu­dents achieving an average of 80%, or more, in any of the five academic core subjects (French, Lan­guage Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies). A student who achieves an 80% average in all five of these academic core subjects, as well as having all other classes above a 70% average, will have his/her name engraved on the Honour Roll Plaque.

High School (Grades 9-12)

An Awards Night is held in September each year to recognize academic achievement in the previous school year.

The awards presented are:

  • Legion Dedication Awards 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Top Students in Grades 9, 10 and 11
  • Honour Pins - Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12
  • Subject Awards for Grade 12 subjects (1st and 2nd place)
  • MLA Citizenship Award
  • Highest Matriculation Award Gr. 12
  • Constable Brock Myrol Memorial Citizenship Award
  • Delburne Ardley Branch #142 Remebrance Scholarship
  • Governor General Medal
  • Maxson Scholarship
  • Rutherford Scholarship
  • Credit Achievement Awards - based on students having over 110 credits per school year. All eligible credits must be earned at Delburne Centralized School.
  • An Honour Roll is posted in the commons area at the end of each semester list­ing students with Honours standing in each of the following subjects: Biology, CALM, Chemistry English Language Arts, Math, Physical Education, Physics and Social Studies. At year-end, an Honour Roll plaque is engraved with the names of students who have achieved an Honours standing, calculated as follows:
  • 30-1 students: average of best 4 core, diploma based exam subjects, must be over 80%.
  • 30-2 students: average of best 2 core, diploma based exam subjects, must be over 80%.
  • For all grade 10 and 11 students: average of best 4 core subjects, must be over 80%.
  • For all High School Students: all other classes must be over a 70% average.
  •  At the Grade 12 Commencement Ceremonies, awards are presented to the Valedictorian and the best all around student.

BELL TIMES 

Elementary - Instructional Time - 325 Minutes/Day - 1625 minutes/week

8:35 - Warning Bell/Breakfast

8:40 - 9:00 - Reading Block (Announcements and O Canada @ 8:57) (20)

9:00 - 10:30 - Literacy Block (90)

10:30 - 10:45 - Recess

10:45 - 12:10 - Numeracy Block (85)

12:10 - 12:25 - Lunch

12:25 - 12:45 - Recess

12:50 - 1:00 - DEAR (10 minutes)

1:00 - 1:30 - PE/Music/Science/Social Studies/Computers (30)

1:30 - 2:00 - PE/Music/Science/Social Studies/Computers (30)

2:00 - 2:15 - Afternoon Recess

2:15 - 2:45 - PE/Music/Science/Social Studies/Computers (30)

2:45 - 3:15 - PE/Music/Science/Social Studies/Computers (30)

 

Middle School - Instructional Time - 340 minutes/day - 1700 minutes/week

8:35 - Warning Bell/Breakfast

8:40 - 9:00 - Reading Block (Announcements and O Canada @ 8:57) (20)

9:00 - 10:00 - Block 1 (60)

10:00 - 10:05 - Break

10:05 - 11:05 - Block 2 (60)

11:05 - 11:10 - Break

11:10 - 12:10 - Block 3 (60)

12:10 - 12:25 - Lunch

12:25 - 12:45 - Activity Break/Recess

12:45 - Warning Bell

12:50 - 2:00 - Block 4 - RTI/CTF/Options (70)

2:00 - 2:05 - Break/Transition Time

2:05 - 3:15 - Block 5 (70)

 

High School - Instructional Time -  340 minutes/day - 1700 minutes/week

8:35 - Warning Bell/Breakfast

8:40 - 9:00 - Reading Block (Announcements and O Canada @ 8:57) (20)

9:00 - 10:10 - Block 1 - Core (70)

10:10 - 10:15 - Break/Transition Time

10:15 - 10:55 - Block 2 - Personal Learning Time (40)

10:55 - 11:00 - Break/Transition Time

11:00 - 12:10 - Block 3 - Core (70)

12:10 - 12:45 - Lunch (35)

12:45 - Warning Bell

12:50 - 2:00 - Block 4 - Core (70)

2:00 - 2:05 - Break/Transition Time

2:05 - 3:15 - Block 5 - Options (70)

 

BICYCLES 

Bicycle racks are provided at school and students bringing bicycles to school must make use of the racks. Students are encouraged to lock their bicycle.

BUS ZONE 

In the interest of safety it is our intention to reduce the amount of traffic in and around the bus zone. In the morning parents may drop their children off at our front doors on the northwest portion of the school. Alternately, they may drop off on the east side of the school in the cen­tral part of the parking lot and escort them safely across to the sidewalk or have the students wait till the buses are gone before crossing.

In the afternoon no vehicles other than buses may be in the bus zone. Parents parking in the centre of the parking area should ensure that neither they nor their children go between buses to get to the central parking area. Instead, we ask that everyone going into this area do so behind the last bus.

COUNSELLING SERVICES 

We are fortunate to have the services of a Family Wellness Worker who accepts referrals from the school and directly from parents. Students in grades 1-6 should, initially, see their homeroom teacher if there are concerns with program, stud­ies, or their personal lives. Anything that can’t be dealt with by the classroom teacher should be passed on to the grade 1-6 vice-principal. Students in grades 7 and 8 should contact their homeroom teacher initially. Students in grades 9-12 should contact the high school counselor for assistance or direction in either academic or life issues.

DISCIPLINE POLICY 

The goal of Delburne Centralized School discipline policy is to promote the growth of student self discipline and to encourage and reinforce responsible behaviour. All students have a responsibility to comply with the school rules to ensure this goal.

School Act 2000 Part 1 Section 12 clearly states that, “A student shall conduct himself or herself so as to reasonably comply with the following code of conduct.”

  • a) Be diligent in pursuing the student’s studies.
  • b) Attend school regularly and punctually.
  • c) Cooperate fully with everyone authorized by the board of trustees to provide education programs and other services.
  • d) Comply with the rules of the school.
  • e) Account to the student’s teachers for the student’s conduct.
  • f) Respect the rights of others.

Chinook’s Edge School Division Policy

The board believes that good standards of student conduct are necessary for effective learning to occur, for the safety of others and for the smooth operation of the school.

Additionally the policy states that: students are responsible for their behaviour to the school principal or designate while traveling to and from school, or while involved in extra curricular or co curricular activity sponsored by the school. Students who misbehave towards school personnel outside school hours may be liable to disciplinary action by the school administration.

We believe that the responsibility for appropriate student behaviour in our school is shared by students, staff and parents. Students have a responsibility to respect the rights and dignity of others and to be actively and productively involved in their own academic learning and social growth. Staff members are responsible for establishing a positive school climate in which structure, support and encouragement are provided to assist students to develop self-discipline and responsibility. Parents are responsible for establishing a positive learning atmosphere in the home, knowing and supporting school policies and procedures, and encouraging their children to respect them.

Code of Conduct for Students of Delburne School

Rights

Responsibilities

Rules

1. As a student at Delburne School, I have the right to learn.

1. It is my responsibility to listen to instructions, to work diligently, and to follow general classroom guidelines set by my teachers.

1. Conduct yourself in an appropriate manner.

2. I have the right to be treated with respect.

2. I have the responsibility to treat others with respect.

2. Respect yourself and others.

3. I have the right to be safe on the playground and within the school.

3. I have the responsibility to do my best to ensure the safety of myself and others.

3. Keep your hands, feet, and objects, to yourself.

4. I have the right to expect that my property will be safe.

4. I have the responsibility to respect property that is not my own.

4. Respect property.

Overview of Expectations and Responsibilities

General behavioural guidelines are set for the school as a whole. As well, teachers have set specific classroom expectations and procedures, which will vary from class to class. All school programs are designed to maximize student learning and responsibilities. We believe that people perform better when they know what is expected of them. Consequently, school wide expectations are communicated to our students by teachers in classroom discussion, by the school administration in assemblies, over the PA system, and through the school agenda. When we convey these expectations to students, the emphasis is on helping students to become positive, productive citizens in our school community.

Minor Behavioural Issues

Most violations of the code of conduct and school rules will be considered to be minor offenses and will be handled by all staff members. Staff members will use their discretion in dealing with minor behaviour issues. It is recognized that repeated minor behavioural problems will be dealt with as a major behavioural offense.

Major Behaviour Offenses:

The following are MAJOR behaviour offenses:

  • - Willful disobedience/defiance of authority.
  • - Harassment of others. Includes bullying (physical, verbal), sexual harassment, and demonstration of racial or religious intolerance.
  • - Vandalism and theft.
  • - Possession or use of drugs or alcohol.
  • - Fighting, violence or threat of violence.
  • - Chronic or blatant truancy.
  • - Conduct injurious to the moral tone of the school.
  • - Aggressive, extreme or excessive use of inappropriate language or gestures.
  • - Repeated minor offenses.

Behaviour Consequences:

Staff will intervene for any behavior choices that interfere with the teaching, learning and well being of students or staff. The action taken will be dependent on the severity and frequency of the misbehavior. Consequences appropriate to the misbehavior may include:

  • Reminders/warnings
  • Classroom sanctions
  • Detentions, loss of free time
  • Communication with parents
  • Class suspensions
  • School service
  • Loss of privileges
  • Loss of good standing
  • In-School suspensions for up to 5 days
  • Out-of-School suspensions for up to 5 days
  • Out-or-School suspensions with referral to the
  • School Board
  • Others as appropriate

The number of steps and length of time-out, or location, may vary from the elementary to secondary school levels. The intent is to provide an awareness of the rules and consequences and encourage consistent adherence to both.

Consequences for Major Offenses:

Because major offenses require the attention of school administration and need to be acted upon with seriousness, the following consequences are reiterated below.

1. a) IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION (Up to 5 days).

Parent notified by phone and/or letter.

Admin. review/counseling offered, verbal or written agreement to behave.

If student repeats, move to more serious consequence.

b) OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION (1 - 2 days).

Parent notified by phone and letter.

Admin. Review/counseling offered, verbal or written agreement to behave

If student repeats, move to further serious consequences.

Conference with administration prior to reinstatement.

2. OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION (3 - 5 days).

Parent notified by phone and letter.

Admin. Review/counseling offered, verbal or written agreement to behave.

If student repeats, move to final step.

Conference with administration prior to reinstatement.

3. INDEFINITE SUSPENSION

Parent notified by letter and phone.

Written case presented to Superintendent and School Board.

Recommendation for expulsion.

CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE

Each teacher will have a discipline plan. This plan will consist of the BASIC RULES outlined above and/or will meet the following requirements:

  • a. It is posted in the classroom.
  • b. It provides for teacher-parent contact prior to the stu­dent being sent to the office, except in the case of a major infraction. The contact must be made by the teacher either by telephone or in person.
  • c. All students sent to the office must have a school discipline report form completed before the admin­istration will deal with the student, except in the case of a major infraction.
  • d. The plan must be consistent with the remainder of this policy.

Guidelines and Terms:

Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices

Cell phones and other electronic devices are not to distract from the learning of students. All staff members may take away cell phones and other electronic devices that are causing disruptions to the teaching and learning environment.

Defiance of an Adult

When a reasonable request is made by a staff member or any designated volunteer at the school, a student must fulfill the request. Students must identify themselves by name when requested by a staff member or a designated volunteer in the school. Students have the right, and are encouraged to discuss unreasonable requests with the administration, but outright defiance during the school day or extracurricular activities will be considered a major disciplinary situation and may result in suspension from school.

DCS Dress Code

Student clothing must be appropriate to a K-12 school setting. Additionally, student clothing should contribute to a positive school atmosphere. The following guidelines should be followed:

  • Hats are to be removed when you enter the building and should be left in lockers during class time.
  • Please wear shoes.and shirts at all times.
  • Save your beach clothes for weekends, summer and vacations.
  • The bottom of your shirt should meet the top of your pants/skirts.
  • Underwear must be covered by outerwear.
  • Shirts with the following message/wording/lettering are not acceptable at our school:

(alcohol/drug/tobacco references, profane/coarse language, nudity, sexuality, violence)

If an adult in our school asks you to change what you are wearing, please do so. If you disagree, that is your right, but we expect you to change. If you refuse to follow these guidelines, your behaviour may extend to defiance, which is a violation of the School Act and may result in suspension.

Drugs and Alcohol

The possession and/or the use of controlled substances and/or alcohol in school, or on school property or during school activities is prohibited, and in accordance with the Chinook’s Edge Policy will result in serious consequences, which may include reporting to the RCMP. Students suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be removed from the class or activity immediately. Smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco are prohibited in the school at all times.

Field Trips Policy

Category 1 Field Trips - are within the province of Alberta and are a maximum of four days in length and involve a cost per student of less than $500.00.

  • The teacher planning the trip completes all forms as required. The Principal must approve all trips prior to booking buses or signing up students.

Category 2 Field Trips - are within Alberta that involve more than four days to complete and/or involve a cost per student of $500.00 or more or field trips that involve Canadian destinations outside Alberta. Kindergarten to Grade 5 school students are not normally eligible to participate in Category 2 trips.

Category 3 Field Trips - involve destinations outside Canada to the United States. International field trips to any other location other than the United States will not be considered for approval by the Board. Kindergarten to Grade 8 students are not normally eligible to participate in Category 3 trips.

For all Category 2 and Category 3  Field Trips:

  • The trip organizer(s)(no more than two staff members) shall put forward a detailed (as possible) trip plan to the principal.

  • The principal shall approve/reject the trip based upon the following criteria: The trip is educationally sound as well as considered safe for both students and staff.

  • Should there be more than one proposal, the principal shall choose between the trips, again based upon student learning and the safety of the destination.

  • If a trip requires more than two chaperones, the organizers shall put forth an all call for interested parties. The names shall be drawn from a hat by the principal.

Approved Field trips must then complete all CESD 73 - 2-22.1 Field Trip Approval Forms, bus booking and student/parent approval forms.

Field Trips Using Parent Provided Transportation

  • A minimum personal liability insurance coverage of $1,000,000 Third Party Auto Liability must be carried on each private vehicle used to transport students on school approved trips. It is recommended that each private vehicle carry $2,000,000 Third Party Auto Liability.

  • Drivers who transport students in private vehicles are to be advised that their insurance coverage is always primary or first loss insurance and they are thus advised to inform their insurance companies if they intend to occasionally transport students.  It should be noted that an additional premium may be required for this special coverage.

  • The driver who is transporting students to and from a school sponsored activity must complete the Driver Registration form (found on the Delburne Centralized School website) and provide proof of $1,000,000 Insurance.  This is for all drivers driving any student that is not their own child. This paperwork must be on file at the school two days prior to the field trip date.

  • Registered drivers must be twenty (20) years of age or older unless the driver is a student who has parental permission to drive himself or herself only. No secondary school student, irrespective of age, may drive a private vehicle transporting other students to school-sponsored activities.

  • Parents must provide a note to their child’s teacher 2 days prior to the field trip stating that they wish their child to be transported to or from the field trip with a registered, designated parent driver. Note: Parents are required to be registered when transporting a child other than their own even when that child’s parent is also  riding in the vehicle.

  • Grandparents may transport their grandchildren but not other students without having completed the Driver Registration and Insurance Coverage.  A note from the parents is still required.

Harassment / Bullying

Verbal or physical abuse or intimidation towards anyone at the school will not be tolerated. Sexual Harassment is unwanted and uninvited behavior, which is illegal and intimidating, and will not be tolerated at Delburne Centralized School. This includes inappropriate gender-related comments and conduct which is verbal, written or physical in nature. Cyberbullying will also not be tolerated. Cyberbullying involves the use of information and communication technologies such as e-mail, cell phone and pager text messages, instant messaging, defamatory personal Web sites, and defamatory online personal polling Web sites, to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group that is intended to harm others. Delburne Centralized School is a safe place, and those who work towards destroying that safe atmosphere will be disciplined, suspended and/or recommended for expulsion.

Hats

Hats, caps, toques, etc. are to be removed when you enter the building and should not be taken into classrooms and should be left in lockers. The library is considered a classroom. All staff members may take away hats and enforce this policy.

High School Credit Scholarship Policy

  •  we award a credit scholarship to students who are in an Alberta High School Diploma Program that achieve over 110 credits to a maximum of 160 credits.

  • we also award a credit scholarship to students who are in a Certificate of High School Achievement Program that achieve over 100 credits to a maximum of 150 credits.

Leaving School

Students living in town may go home for lunch after supplying a note to the main office granting them permission to go home. This note will be considered permission for the whole year unless the stu­dent's parents or school has it revoked. Grades 7, 8 and 9 are required to present a parental note to leave the school during operational hours and breaks. Students in grade 12 may leave school during regular school hours if they have no class to attend and their parents have not submitted a letter preventing their departure.

Under no circumstances may a student in grades 1-12 leave school during class time without the main office re­ceiving a telephone call or a note from a parent granting the student permission to leave the school. Students leaving the school prior to normal closing time must sign out at the office.

Loss of Good Standing

Students who commit major offenses or repeated minor offenses may be subject to loss of good standing. Loss of Good Standing disqualifies the student from participation in activities such as field trips, athletics, dances, special events and other privileges. Grade 12 students must have all fees paid to date in order to be a student in good standing and attend graduation. Students shall be informed when they have lost good standing. Reinstatement will occur following a period of appropriate behavior.

Personal Relations

Excessive public displays of affection are not in good taste, and therefore not allowed at school or during school activities.

Profanity

Delburne Centralized School, like any other public area, is not the place for profanity. All persons in the school must recognize the need for appropriate language. Refusal to use appropriate language will be considered a major disciplinary situation and may result in suspension from school.

Suspensions

Teachers can give detentions, which usually take the form of noon hour confinement in their room. In-school suspension can take the form of noon hour assigned duties or complete separation (they do not attend class) from the student body for a number of days. Students can also be given a class suspension. Out of school suspensions are handled by school administration and they range from one to five days. The suspension process entails a student meeting with administration, a letter home, and a parent meeting with administration. Homework is generally assigned during suspensions and must be completed before the student is allowed to return to school. As well, there may be other conditions placed upon the student that must be fulfilled before returning.

Technology Use

Chinook’s Edge School Division No. 73 Technology Responsible Use Terms and Conditions Document

Exhibit I

For the Use of Computers, Internet, Gmail, Google Application, Personal Devices and Internet Applications

Technology provides students with unique and powerful ways to enhance their learning. Chinook’s Edge School Division No. 73 supports the use of technology for the purpose of enhancing and supporting learning and is pleased to offer students access to computer networks so that they can use Division supplied technology or bring in their own personal devices to school.

It is one of the technology goals of the Chinook’s Edge School Division to ensure that student’s interactions with the use of technology contribute positively to the learning environment both at school and in the community. Negative use of technology through Division owned devices inside or outside of our schools that degrades or defames members of our communities, or the Division, is unacceptable. Chinook’s Edge School Division also recognizes that students have widespread access to both technology and the Internet; therefore, use of personal devices and connectivity is considered to be included in this Responsible Use Terms and Conditions Document.

Access to the Chinook’s Edge School Division network is a privilege not a right. The use of technology whether owned by the Division or devices supplied by the student entails personal responsibility. It is expected that students will comply with Division standards, act in a responsible manner, and will honor the terms and conditions set by the classroom teacher, school, and Division. Failure to comply with such terms and conditions may result in permanent or temporary loss of access as well as other disciplinary or legal action as necessary. In particular, students will be held accountable for their actions and are encouraged to report any accidental use immediately to school administration.

With the increased usage of free educational applications on the Internet, digital storage areas, containing less sensitive student information, may or may not be located on property of the school Division. In some cases, data will not be stored on Canadian servers. Therefore, students should not expect that files and communication are private. Network Administrators may review files and communications to maintain system integrity and to ensure responsible use. Chinook’s Edge also has a private and secure system for sensitive school records which will be managed by Division Information Technology Staff.

Definitions

ï‚· Network refers to wired and wireless technology networks including school networks, cellular networks, commercial, community or home based wireless networks accessible to students on school property.

ï‚· Student / staff owned (supplied) mobile devices refers to cellular phones, blackberry type devices, PDAs, MP3 players, iPod type devices, and portable computers such as laptops ,iPads, notebooks, tablets and netbooks as well as portable storage devices.

Terms and Conditions

Students/ staff will use technology in a responsible manner by:

ï‚· Using technology for legal and appropriate activities and by abiding by the copyright laws.

ï‚· Using technology in ways, which treat others and themselves with respect and follow school policies and behavior standards of the school and Chinook’s Edge School Division.

ï‚· Using the equipment and network in a positive manner so that it does not disturb the system performance and does not breach security standards.

ï‚· Respecting the rights of others by obtaining consent from the individual and a school staff member before photographing individual’s pictures, publishing, sending or displaying private or personal information.

ï‚· Only using their own account and electronic data unless they are granted sharing permission by other users.

ï‚· Using the bandwidth, file space, and printers responsibly for educational purposes.

ï‚· Keeping their own personal data secure such as addresses, telephone numbers, age, school, last names etc..

ï‚· By realizing that data is not always private and that their data could be stored on other servers throughout the world (Gmail, Google Apps, and other web applications).

ï‚· Realizing that Chinook’s Edge School Division will monitor, flag and review inappropriate use of technology as deemed necessary.

ï‚· Reporting security or network problems to a teacher, administrator, or system administrator.

ï‚· Having the site Administrator install any needed software on Division owned technology.

Technology Responsible Use Document- August 2011 Page 2

Use of Personal Devices in Schools

Students / staff understand that:

ï‚· A student/staff-owned device which is registered at the school will have a client application placed on the device. This will allow the student to have more bandwidth privileges and educational access than non-registered students. It will also allow the user’s activities through the school’s network to be traced back to the student, if there is any reason to believe that the privilege is being abused. School Administration and Division Technology staff may search the student’s memory device if they feel school rules have been violated which may include, but are not limited to, audio and video recording, photographs taken on school property that violate the privacy of others, or other issues regarding bullying, etc

ï‚· Students/staff need to connect to the school’s network and NOT to the networks of the neighbors surrounding the school.

ï‚· If students/staff choose to use a device that is not registered, they are responsible for making sure that the virus protection is up-to-date. Students who register their device will have their device scanned for viruses upon entry and updates will be done automatically.

ï‚· Students/staff will turn off all peer-to-peer (music/video/file-sharing) software or web-hosting services on their device while connected to the school wireless network.

ï‚· Students will use the student owned device in class only with the teacher's expressed permission.

ï‚· Students/staff understand the security, care and maintenance of their device is their sole responsibility. They will securely store and charge their device when not in use.

ï‚· Students will not use an audio recording device, video camera, or camera (or any device with one of these, e.g. cell phone, netbook, laptop, tablet, etc.) to record media or take photos during school unless they have permission from both a staff member, and those they are recording.

Use of Public Internet Tools

ï‚· Technology provides an abundance of opportunities for students/staff to use interactive tools and sites on public websites that benefit learning, communication and social interaction. The Division does not control these public sites and does not manage the information posted by their users; therefore, does not accept responsibility for their content. Personal information could be used for commercial purposes and information stored there could be lost. Users need to ensure that they protect their personal information.

ï‚· Students/staff may be held accountable for the use of and information posted on these sites if it detrimentally affects the welfare of individual users or the governance, climate, or effectiveness of the school(s).

ï‚· From time to time teachers may recommend and use public interactive sites that to the best of their knowledge are legitimate and safe. As the site is "public" and the teacher (School and Division) is not in control of it, students and parents must use their discretion when using, accessing information , storing, and displaying student’s work on the site.

Security and Supervision

ï‚· The Division does provide content filtering controls for student access to the Internet using the Division’s network as well as reasonable adult supervision, but at times inappropriate, objectionable and/or offensive material may circumvent the filter as well as the supervision and be viewed by students. Students are to report the occurrence to their teacher or the nearest supervisor. Students will be held accountable for any deliberate attempt to circumvent Division technology security and supervision.

ï‚· Students using mobile and cellular devices on networks other than the Division’s network are subject to the rights and responsibilities outlined in this document and are accountable for their use.

Student Email

All Chinook’s Edge students are given a Gmail and Educational Google Applications account. The information being stored by this web tool as well as others might not reside on Canadian servers. Students must use email, web tools and the Internet while at school according to the terms and conditions outlined in this Responsible Use document.

All students, parents and staff are provided with this Responsible Use Terms and Conditions Document in student agendas or handbooks and in all staff handbooks. All users understand that the use of this electronic information resource is for educational purposes. They recognize the Division has initiated reasonable safeguards to filter and monitor inappropriate materials. They understand that while the Division has also taken steps to restrict user access on the Internet to inappropriate information and sites, it is impossible to restrict access to all controversial materials. Any user who does not abide by the rules of appropriate use understands that consequences will be instated. Users will not hold Chinook’s Edge School Division responsible for materials they acquire on the Internet. Users are required to read the Technology Use Document at the start of each school year (or upon enrolling in Chinook’s Edge) and adhere to all requirements in the document. Staff is required to read the document upon commencing employment with Chinook’s Edge School Division and adhere to all requirements in the document.

Vandalism and Theft

It is our sincere hope that all students will take pride in their school, and demonstrate appropriate respect for property. Students and their parents will be assessed for willful damage to private and school property or equipment. Vandalism and theft are major offenses.

DISTANCE LEARNING 

For those high school students with conflicts in their timetables or having failed a course, the school may recommend taking a course through the Alberta Distance Learning Centre. This is only considered as a last resort. We feel strongly that students learn best when they have a teacher in front of them to receive direct instruction from and when they can interact with all those in the learning environment. Distance Learning courses frequently do not provide the same depth of material and many student struggle when they are left to pace themselves through the course. Students who are in need of Distance Learning courses must register at the office.

There are fees for taking Distance Learning courses and these must be paid by the student. Cheques are to be made payable to Delburne Centralized School and must accompany the application form. Fees typically include tuition, books and materials.

HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM CHANGE

Students wishing to change program or track i.e. from 10-1 TO 20-2 track must see and obtain approval from the academic councillor and administration·

LEARNING COMMONS

The Learning Commons is intended as a place for individual and group research, individual study and, especially at the primary level, to foster a love of books and reading. Classes in grades 1-6 are assigned time in the Learning Commons each week but students may go to the Learning Commons any time it is open. Hours during which the Learning Commons is open to students are from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Students wishing to use the Learning Commons on an individual basis must comply with the behavioural expectations for the Learning Commons. Most books, with the exception of encyclope­dias and other specific reference books, may be borrowed for use outside the Learning Commons.

Students are responsible for books signed out and will be required to reimburse the school for lost or damaged books. The Learning Commons is not to be used as a lunchroom or a place for social gatherings.

Parents should note that fiction books in the Learning Commons are colour coded by appropriate reading level:

grade 1-3 green; grade 4-6 yellow; grade 7-8 blue; grade 9-12 orange.

LOCKERS 

All students in school have access to a locker. Due to the number of lockers available in different areas of the school, it may be necessary to share lockers in grades 1-6 but there are sufficient lockers to accommodate all JHS and SHS students individually.

Lockers are not locked in grades 1 to 3. Students in grades 4-12 must have their locker secured and may purchase combination locks from the office at a cost of $6.00. These can be kept for use each year. Students may also use their own locks provided the combination is registered with their homeroom teacher (4-6) or the school office (7-12).

Students should take care to keep their lock combina­tions private. Contents of lockers cannot be kept safe if combinations are made known to others. Lockers are assigned to students by home room teachers and/or the school's administration. Locks placed on lockers without autho­rization will be removed without compensation to their owners. It is the responsibility of students to take proper care of the lockers provided for their use. Clean lockers are provided and it is expected that students will main­tain and eventually vacate lockers in the same condi­tion. 

Lockers are the property of the school; they are not private property of students. They can be searched at any time. As well, canine patrol can occur. Each junior and senior high student must complete and sign a locker usage agreement.

LOST AND FOUND 

There are lost and found boxes in the staff workroom on the east side of the school and found items of clothing and footwear should be placed in them. Students and parents are urged to look for lost articles in these boxes. All such items are placed on display in the hallways on parent-teacher interview days. Unclaimed items will be given to charity.

Texts, notebooks, watches, rings, etc. should be turned in to the office and lost items sought for there.

LUNCHES AND LUNCHROOMS

Students are welcome to eat lunch in school. Students in grades 1-8 eat lunch in their homerooms. Senior High School (9-12) students may eat lunch in the Commons Area or in a designated room. Junior High School and Senior High school students may also use picnic tables on the school grounds to eat lunch. Hot lunch is available on specified days. Please make note of the dates listed in the Trojan Tribune.

PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL

The Parent Advisory Council meets once a month. The role of the Parent Advisory Council is to work cooperatively with the school administration to ensure Delburne Centralized School continues to be a fantastic place for children to learn and grow. All parents are encouraged to attend the meetings and to bring concerns and commendations. See website to verify meeting dates.

PARKING

Under no circumstances may any vehicle park by the front entrance drop off area, the bus zone or block the fire lane. It should be clearly noted that any improperly parked vehicles will be ticketed or towed away at the owners’ expense and risk. This applies as well to any improper use of the handicap parking spot.

Visitors to the school may park in the student parking area at the northwest entrance or in the overflow parking on the east side.

Student parking is provided in the northwest lot. Students who park incorrectly, or engage in poor or reckless driving may be ticketed, towed or lose their parking privileges.

SCHOOL FEES

Fees and charges established by the Board shall be reviewed annually.

Kindergarten no fee

- (Except for the “in lieu of fund-raising” amount if voted on by parents) $40.00 for 2018-2019

General School Fees Grade 1-3 Nil

Grade 4/5 Swimming Lessons $

Grade 6 Camp Fee $

Grade 6-8 Activity Fee $5.00

Grade 6-8 CTF Fee $

Grade 9 Option Fee $

Grade 9-12 Activity Fee $5.00

- Sr High CTS/Complementary Course Fees $7.00 per credit

- Yearbook $45.00

Special fees are charged for complementary courses.

A $100.00 deposit per student is collected for textbooks and library books in the form of a postdated cheque dated for June of that school year. If all books are returned these cheques will be shredded on the following September 30.

STUDENT EVALUATION

Elementary School

The quality of daily work in the elementary grades will constitute the majority of the grade awarded in any particular area. A record of each student's test marks willalso be kept by the teacher.

Junior/Senior High School

Report Card marks shall be determined by compiling as many term marks as are necessary to get an accurate measurement of the student's mastery of the learner outcomes.

A student shall receive comparable treatment from one class to another in the same course within the school in

terms of: i. course objectives and content, ii. evaluation procedures and criteria iii. standards of achievement. The Principal is responsible for the marks supplied for each student to Alberta Education. Although each teacher is responsible for the quality of instruction and the methods used in the classroom, the testing of a student and the final marks assigned to that student are a joint responsibility to be shared by teachers and administrators.

Students shall receive in advance of instruction a clear statement of i. course objectives ii. course content iii. evaluation procedures with weighting assigned for the various facets of required term work and the final examination (unless exempted). As much as possible, testing should immediately follow the comple­tion of a unit of work and would be scheduled within regular class periods. Students may write unit tests, before or after the scheduled test date, provided that the absence is excused and prior arrangements are made with the teacher. Generally, students will be asked to write at lunch time or after school in order that no further class time is lost. In case of exams missed due to excusable absence, compilation of the student's term marks should be sufficient to obtain a progress report mark if other arrangements for writing this examination cannot be made. If a student is granted an exemption by the principal, the following formula is to be used to calculate a ‘mark” for the final exam: Compare the student yearly average to the class yearly average.

E.g. Student Average: 73%

Class Average: 69%

Net Difference: +4%

Calculate the Class Average on the final exam and incorporate the net difference (from above) to arrive at a mark for the student

E.g. Final Exam Class Average 67%

Net Difference: +4%

Student Final Exam “Mark” 71%

To enhance the validity of final standings awarded in high school subjects, students shall be required to complete an appropriate final examination unless it is mutually agreed by the subject teacher and the admin­istration that the course under consideration does not lend itself to normal examination procedures. Graded final examinations shall be secured for a period appropriate for appeal procedures. To appeal School Issued Marks students and/or parents should ask to review this policy at the school office. To appeal a mark on a Provincial Diploma Examination, the following alternatives exist:

a) request the exam be remarked;

b) rewrite the diploma examination at a later date; or

c) take the course again.

STUDENTS' UNION

Teachers oversee the Senior High Student Council. Each fall the students elect their fellow students to the following positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Social Convener.

SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS

It is expected that students will give special considera­tion to substitute teachers. These teachers are not familiar with the students, equipment, procedures or routines of the school, so we expect that they will receive suitable co-operation from students as they carry out their assignments.

VISITORS 

All visitors are required to go to the school office to sign in and obtain a visitor tag. We appreciate that this is sometimes an inconvenience but it is in the inter­est of student safety that you do so.

WITHDRAWING FROM A HIGH SCHOOL COURSE

Requesting a withdrawal from a course will require thorough discussion between students, their teachers, their parents and the administration. Accordingly, if a student feels he/she must withdraw from a course he must obtain from the school counsellor a form to initiate this process. Input must be obtained from the school coun­sellor, the teacher concerned, and the parent. Administration will make the final decision. Delburne Centralized School requires students to carry full course loads. This entails a minimum of 40 credits at grade 10, 40 credits at grade 11, and 35 credits at grade 12. Some discretion may be applied by the administration in extreme situations. Students must continue to attend classes until a decision is made. Failure to follow this procedure and to simply stop attending a class may result in a mark being filed with Alberta Education and appearing on students' transcripts. As well, students must enrol in a correspondence course to be completed in the classroom of the course dropped.