W.H. Croxford High School Student Expectations
W.H. Croxford students are to be led by the Croxford Way with respect to how they behave. The following document outlines the specific expectations and potential consequences if those expectations are unmet.
The Croxford Way
In a student centered learning environment, W.H. Croxford staff and students strive to be:
Code of Conduct Alberta School Act – Section 12
A student shall conduct himself or herself so as to reasonably comply with the following code of conduct:
1. Be diligent in pursuing his/her studies;
2. Attend school regularly and punctually;
3. Co-operate fully with everyone authorized by the board to provide education programs and other services;
4. Comply with the rules of the school;
5. Account to the student’s teachers for the student’s conduct;
6. Respect the rights of others;
7. 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;
8. 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;
9. Positively contribute to the student’s school and community.
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Diligence in pursuing his/her studies
Attend school regularly and punctually
Co-operate fully with everyone authorized by the board to provide education programs and other services
Comply with the rules of the school
Respect the rights of others
Refrain from, report and not tolerate bullying or bullying behaviour
At W.H. Croxford High School, there is a clear expectation that all students will approach their education with intellectual honesty; they will perform assignments and take tests with honor and integrity. Academic Misconduct includes:
Plagiarism, cheating and academic misconduct are serious offences. Plagiarism involves submitting or presenting work in a course as if it were your own work, completed especially for a particular course, when in fact, it is not. Most commonly, plagiarism exists when:
Cheating on tests or examinations includes, but is not limited to:
Academic Misconduct Consequences
Regular school attendance is imperative to student success. Not only do students connect with teachers on material through instruction they also have the ability to access peer support. As well, many complementary courses are difficult to complete when not present (eg: Physical Education, Mechanics, Cosmetology, etc…) The following policy outlines W.H. Croxford’s attendance policy that will help students find success in our learning community.
· Leaving the Campus
o Students are not to leave the building between classes
o Students have permission to leave campus at lunch.
Absence Definition: Absences are counted on a per class basis.
Please be advised that any absence/s not excused within 24 hours of absence will remain permanently unexcused on the student’s record. It is imperative that a parent or guardian leave a message on the school attendance line regarding a student’s absence, preferably on the day of the absence. If a student has notified his/her teachers of an absence, it is still important that a parent/guardian phone the attendance line. Phone calls go out every evening, through our SYNERVOICE system, informing parents of any absences that have not been excused during the school day. Please report unexcused absences to the school attendance line within 24 hours of receiving a phone call. Once again, any absences not excused within 24 hours will result in a permanent unexcused absence on the student’s record. Parents have 24/7 access to student attendance information through the PowerSchool parent portal.
Parents may wish to remove their son/daughter from school for an extended period of time (longer than 3 days) for reasons other than bereavement or illness. The school does not grant approval for a student to be absent, but rather records the parent/guardian’s intent to remove a student from the school. An Extended Leave Notification Form is available at the office. Students are asked to check their teacher’s webpage to ensure work is not missed during their time away. Upon returning, it is the student’s responsibility to make up work missed. Teachers may provide assistance during class time but due to the voluntary nature of the absence, they are not required to spend time outside of regular school hours.
Any student who becomes sick should contact the office. Arrangements will be made for the student to go to the infirmary or to go home. The infirmary is located in the office. In most cases, students who are signed in to the infirmary will only be allowed to remain there on a temporary basis.
Students’ absences and lates are monitored regularly. Students whose attendance profiles reveal patterns of absenteeism and/or tardiness that are of concern, may meet with teachers, Guidance Counsellors or Administration. Chronic attendance issues may result in disciplinary consequences and may preclude students from being able to participate in co-curricular or extra-curricular activities.
While parent knowledge and permission is important for absences, absences can still impede the ability for the student to keep up with the rigors of the high school curriculum. Students who are frequently absent with an excuse can experience some of the same issues that unexcused absent students do. It is incumbent upon the school to inform parents when absences reach a critical point. If a student reaches an absence rate of 10 or more, whether excused on unexcused, parents may receive a letter of concern from the school.
Absences Due to Extenuating Circumstances
Students, from time to time, need to be away from school for a variety of reasons; illness, bereavement, hospitalization, etc. In these cases, it is important to inform the school. By calling the office and stating the issue, the office staff are able to inform the staff affected by the absences. Emailing your child’s teacher is another way of keeping all stakeholders informed of the circumstances. There may be scenarios that arise where the student will be expected to obtain a medical notice to confirm the illness. Should the parent have further concerns of a social emotional nature for their child, please contact the guidance office to book an appointment.
Extra Curricular Expectations
W.H. Croxford sports, school clubs, and service groups are all examples of extracurricular opportunities. Any students involved in any extracurricular activities are a representative of W.H. Croxford, and thus are expected to follow our code of conduct.
Alcohol & Other Intoxicants
The possession, consumption and/or trafficking in narcotic drugs, alcohol or other intoxicants on school time or when involved in school activities will result in a suspension and likely expulsion and referral to the appropriate outside authorities. Possession or use of the aforementioned may also lead to removal of other privileges, i.e. field trips, and extracurricular participation.
Rocky View Schools and WH Croxford High School are committed to dealing with possession, trafficking and being under the influence of illegal substances in the school environment in the serious manner it deserves. The issue of illegal substances is an school/community issue and all members of this community need to be involved in educating our youth to refrain from this kind of activity. Parents and guardians will be contacted immediately and, if deemed appropriate, the RCMP will be involved.
Inter-School Athletic Regulations
In addition to the above regulations, students participating in inter-school athletics must:
No Smoking Policy
All students are prohibited from having or utilizing tobacco products at school, at school sponsored events including field trips and off-campus activities. Students are not allowed to smoke on the school grounds. This includes possessing or using e-cigarettes and vaporizors of any sort. Any violation of this regulation may result in suspension. Students are not allowed to use chewing tobacco in or near the school. Repeated violation of this policy may result in further suspension and recommendation for expulsion.
Personally Owned Devices
All W.H. Croxford students are requested to bring their own digital learning devices. Students are responsible for the maintenance, care and security of their devices. School owned devices will also be available for students on a first come first serve basis for students. All new students will be required to sign the Acceptable Use Agreement and complete the Essential Skills for Learning Course. The school technologist is available to assist students with technological issues relating to network access.
The Board recognizes and 21st Century learning environments support the appropriate use of electronic devices including but not limited to, smart phones, tablets digital cameras and laptop computers. However, inappropriate use of electronic devices can interfere with an individual’s right to privacy, the student’s right to a safe and caring environment, and the integrity of the learning environment.
As use of technology is integral to the learning community students are expected to utilize equipment and systems in a responsible and respectful manner. Students will be reported to administration and lose network and Internet privileges, be suspended or recommended for expulsion for anyone of the following infractions:
Devices capable of capturing, transmitting or storing images or recording and storing audio may not be operated in restrooms, dressing rooms or other areas where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.
Under no circumstances shall any video, picture capturing or audio recording devices be used in any classroom without the express consent of the teacher and school administration. Special consideration shall be given to protect the privacy of students in the classroom if such permission is granted. Operation of any electronic device, other than those authorized by school authorities, is prohibited in testing situations or where testing materials are present.
Bikes and Skateboards
Bike racks are provided at the south end of the school. Students are encouraged to bring their own lock. Bikes are not to be rode on school property if a student does not have a helmet.
Students are allowed to bring skateboards into the school, however, there is no storage for them. As boards will not fit into lockers students are required to keep them during the day. Students can ask individual teachers if they may store them in class areas.
Skateboards are not to be ridden inside the school building, nor on the sidewalk in front of the school. Students must have helmets on in order to ride anywhere else on the school property. Students not adhering to these rules will not be allowed to bring skateboards into the building.
Students are requested to dress appropriately for a learning environment. Principals have the authority to require any student to be sent home and change to more suitable attire before being readmitted to class.
Students Driving and Use of Parking Lot
Vandalism will be considered grounds for suspension and possible expulsion. Full restitution will be required.
Abusive or Aggressive Behavior
Abusive or aggressive behavior, which causes or threatens harm to persons or property, will be dealt with in a firm and decisive manner. Students who are responsible for this kind of serious misconduct may be reported to the police. Moreover, they face formal suspension and the possibility of an expulsion recommendation. Threats of violence will be reported to the police.
Harassment is defined as any unwelcome behavior, which, directly or indirectly, adversely affects or threatens to affect a person’s emotional well being, learning environment involvement. Harassment is behavior, which denies individual dignity and respect. Harassment is considered to have taken place if a person knows, or reasonably ought to know the behavior is unwelcome. Students who are guilty of harassing a person in the school are subject to disciplinary action. They may face formal suspension and the possibility of an expulsion recommendation.
Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual.
Students who are being bullied, or witness bullying are asked to report incidents to the office. Students who are guilty of bullying are subject to disciplinary action. They may face formal suspension and the possibility of an expulsion recommendation.