The Online School Handbook 2017-2018 is developed and updated on an annual basis. It outlines policies, procedures and guidelines for:
Communication and Collaboration: Attendance, Student Programs, Co-curricular Programs, Student Services, Assessment of Student Learning, Reporting and Appeal Procedures.
School Safety: Securing our Building, Supervision, Parking Lot Safety, Accidents, Student Medication, Severe Allergies, Documentation of Legal Custody, Student Illness, Emergency Procedures, Inclement Weather Guidelines, Search and Seizure of Property, Fair Notice of Threat/ Risk Assessment.
Student Conduct: Safe and Caring Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilites and School Wide Expectations
Administration of medication
Appropriate contact persons for particular concerns
Hours of operation of the school office
School Year Calendar
School Council information, including the governance model
School policies and procedures
Search and seizure of school or student property and VTRA fair notice
Use of technology policies and procedures
1. ADMINISTRATION OF STUDENT MEDICATION:
If parents request that the school store and administer medication, they are required to complete written instructions signed by the parent and the physician. The school may not administer any medication without written consent.
*It is the responsibility of parents to update the school regarding medical concerns for your student - All medical forms and medical alerts must be updated each school year. No medication of any kind should be accessible to other students, please ensure that your child gives any medication to the teacher or office.
STUDENT ILLNESS AND APPOINTMENTS: For illness – when a student becomes ill at school and needs to go home, the school will contact the parents (or alternate emergency contact number) and ask that the child be picked up. Children may not walk home alone inside school hours.
For appointments - Students must check in at the office before leaving the school. In order to ensure the safety of students, we ask that parents contact the classroom teacher and the office to make sure we are informed if the child will be leaving before the regular dismissal time. Parents are required to sign their child out at the office. Students are to report to the office on their return.
3. APPEAL PROCEDURES: Parents/guardians and students shall have the right to appeal the decisions made by District employees that directly affect the education of the student. See District Policy 505.9
4. APPROPRIATE CONTACT PERSONS FOR PARTICULAR CONCERNS
WHEN YOU HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT YOUR CHILD
From time to time, parents may have questions or concerns about something that has happened at school. We like to ask parents to support us in our efforts to work together to resolve any concerns that they may have.
- The first step for parents in voicing a concern is to talk to their child’s teacher. Teachers are most knowledgeable about what is occurring with the children in their classroom, and most issues can and should be dealt with at that level.
- Parents may also choose to consult with the school principal or assistant principal regarding an issue after first talking with their child’s teacher. This kind of open, two-way communication between the school and parents is important. We will do our best to listen and work together with you in order to deal with your questions or concerns.
- If you feel that your child has been mistreated by another child on the way to school or on the way home, please contact the school administrative team to report the incident so we can follow up as soon as possible.
5. CO-CURRICULAR PROGRAMS
For the 2017-2018 school year, basketball will be offered for students in Grade 5 starting in January. Students will play in an interschool league, with the opportunity to play with other Elementary school teams. While there is no fee for the program we do ask for parents to volunteer to drive to games if they are able. Volunteer driver forms will be necessary.
During the year opportunities in fine arts and physical education are offered by teaching staff.
In order to establish and maintain a welcoming, caring, respectful, and safe learning environment, this Code of Conduct establishes expectations and consequences for student behaviour while at school, at school sponsored activities, or while engaging in other non-school activities that have a direct influence on maintaining a welcoming, caring, respectful, and safe learning environment in the school.
The Code of Conduct is intended to establish and maintain an appropriate balance between individual and collective rights, freedoms, and responsibilities in the school community.
The Code of Conduct is also intended to help students learn how to address issues of dispute, develop empathy, and become good citizens within and outside the school community.
1. Bullying: The School Act defines bullying 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.”
2. Discrimination: The denial of individual rights and freedoms in a manner which contravenes the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and/or the Alberta Human Rights Act (AHRA). Discrimination on the basis of race, religious beliefs, colour, gender, physical disability, mental disability, age, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, source of income, family status, creed, sexual orientation, and citizenship is prohibited.
3. Harassment: Any behavior that in effect or intent disparages, humiliates, or harms another person or class of persons. It is behaviour that denies dignity and respect, and is demeaning and/or humiliating to another person or class of persons. Harassment may include, but is not limited to, references related to age, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race and/or sources of income or family status. Sexual harassment is any unwelcome behavior that is sexual in nature. Such behavior may directly or indirectly affect or threaten to affect in an adverse manner a student’s well-being and/or learning environment. The behavior does not need to be intended as harassing to be considered as personal harassment. It is sufficient that one knows, or ought reasonably to know, that his/her behaviour is offensive and unwelcome. Harassment is not a relationship of mutual consent. It is any action including, but not limited to, verbal, physical, written and cyber messaging that is unwelcome or intimidating and denies individual dignity and respect.
The staff of Park Meadows School is committed to establishing a productive atmosphere where respect, responsibility and courtesy predominate.
By working together, we can ensure positive student conduct. Reactions to negative behaviour will result in students, staff, and parents deciding on natural and/or logical consequences to promote a positive change in behaviour.
To this end, students, staff and parents have worked together to develop a Safe and Caring Schools Policy that encourages the student to take responsibility for their actions where accountability, respect and self-reliance prevail.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF TAKE CARE OF OTHERS TAKE CARE OF THIS PLACE
All students have the right to learn in a school climate that encourages learning without disruptive behaviour by any student.
Both home and school share the responsibility for teaching appropriate and acceptable behaviours.
Students must understand that they are responsible for their behaviour and must recognize that any behaviour that does not allow for a safe, secure, and positive climate is not acceptable.
The key to effective discipline lies in students who become actively involved in their learning and in staff who model and reinforce cooperative working relationships.
- I have a right to learn.
- I have a right to a safe and caring environment.
- I have a right to be treated with dignity and respect at school.
- I have a right to speak and be heard at school.
- I have a right to be myself at school.
- I have a right to privacy and to my own personal space.
- It is my responsibility to listen, to learn, to practice, to complete school assignments, to ask for help when necessary and to respect the rights of others to learn.
- It is my responsibility to behave in a safe and law-abiding way.
- It is my responsibility to treat others with respect and polite consideration.
- It is my responsibility to listen to and to understand others.
- It is my responsibility to respect others as individuals regardless of differences.
- It is my responsibility to respect the personal property of others, and to accept their rights to privacy.
At Park Meadows School, as in most elementary schools, such response will focus on corrective strategies to help the students understand how their behaviour was unproductive and how it would need to change in order to help them, and those around them, to be as successful as possible. This is most often accomplished through the use of logical consequences as determined by the homeroom teacher in conjunction with parents and-or school administration.
School Wide Expectations:
At the beginning of each school year, each classroom is asked to develop a list of reasonable expectations and consequences that contribute to the instructional program, classroom harmony and development of student responsibility.
Below is a sample of typical classroom expectations:
1. Be on time.
2. Be prepared.
3. Do your work.
4. Show respect for other people and for their materials.
5. Use appropriate language while on school premises.
Students at Park Meadows School will know what is expected of them and will experience the benefits of appropriate behavior. They will also know what will follow if they choose to behave inappropriately. The choice lies with the student. Our goal is to help students see themselves as being responsible for their behavior and in control of themselves.
Students are expected to:
Avoid use of rocks, sticks, snowballs or other dangerous objects.
Play only in the fenced school-yard/west playground area, avoiding the bike racks, staff parking area, and the trees by the parking lot.
Play games that avoid physical contact such as play-fighting and wrestling.
Walk their bicycles and scooters and carry skateboards on school grounds.
Should students choose not to comply with the above expectations, the following consequences will apply:
Minor misconducts will be handled on the spot by any staff member. Students will be expected to talk about their role in the problem, their reasoning and be encouraged to see the issue in terms of safety and resepct. They will be assisted to choose and use more acceptable alternatives in the future.
In the case of more serious or chronic behaviors, administration will work with the student(s) and parents will be informed. We believe in providing opportunities for students to have a voice and to understand why consequences are necessary. Our goal is to teach children to take responsibility for their actions, learn what is appropriate and to help guide them towards positive choices in the future.
7. SCHOOL HOURS
Office hours are 8:00 am-4:00pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00am- 1:00 pm on Friday.
9. FEES: There are no elementary school fees for kindergarten to grade 5. Students in the Early Education Program pay a monthly program fee set at the beginning of each year. EEP fees must be paid online and are due the first of the month.
10. LETHBRIDGE SCHOOL DISTRICT #51 MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of Lethbridge School District No. 51 is to empower students with the knowledge, skills and attributes to succeed as caring, responsible, and effective Canadian citizens.
PARK MEADOWS SCHOOL VISION STATEMENT
Our vision is to create a school where children, who are valued for their diversity, feel empowered to grow and influence their own communities by taking care of themselves, others and the world.
Goal One: Support Student Achievement
Goal Two: Support the Implementation of initiatives designed to develop innovative thinkers
Goal Three: Support Student Diversity
See our strategies and measures in our 2016/17 Three Year Education Plan.
11. SCHOOL COUNCIL
A school/ parent council is a formally constituted group made up of parents of students attending the school, the principal, staff and community members. This group advises on educational matters at the school level. It is important that the school council be representative and democratic and responsive to the majority of parents and community members who have a relationship with the school. The council members serve as advisory and consultative committees for the purpose of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the schools and provide a higher caliber of education for the students. Decisions are made following discussions and following protocols of a democratic and majority vote.
The mission of our parent council is to foster the well-being and effectiveness of our school community and to ensure excellence in the educational environment, thereby assisting pupils in their continual development.
You are invited to become a member of the Parent Council. Dates for the monthly meetings are listed on our website. There are not meetings in December or June. For information, please contact the School Council Chairperson through the school office or through the website.
12. SCHOOL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
ACCIDENTS: In cases of serious injuries or illness, or any injury requiring a doctor’s care, parents or guardians will be contacted. Should hospitalization be necessary and parents are unable to be contacted, the following will apply: The best-qualified person will render first aid and/or assistance immediately and an adult will accompany the student to the hospital. In situations where there is doubt as to the extent of the injury or illness, the student will not be moved and an ambulance will be summoned.
ALCOHOL, DRUGS, TOBACCO AND ELECTRONIC SMOKING PRODUCTS: The following are prohibited on school property and at authorized student activities: Possession and/ or use of alcohol, possession and/ or use of illicit drugs; tobacco and or electronic smoking products; use of prescription and non-prescription medication, Persons under the influence of alcohol or drugs are prohibited from being on school property or participating in authorized student activities.
BICYCLES: Children who ride their bikes to school need to be aware of the rules for bicycle safety. They are to walk their bikes on the school grounds. Locks must be provided for each bike and bikes must be kept locked to the bike rack. The bike racks are out of bounds during school hours. The school cannot take responsibility for the security of bicycles.
COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION: The research on effective schools is clear. Students achieve better in those schools where parents and teachers work well together. Problems and concerns are more effectively resolved when communication occurs early. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact your child’s teacher. Park Meadows School welcomes and depends on parents to provide the best education possible for our students. We will be contacting you in September to indicate several opportunities that exist for you to help out in the school. We hope you will join us as often as possible.
DOCUMENTATION OF LEGAL CUSTODY : If you have legal custody of your child(ren), please make sure the school has the appropriate signed and sealed court documentation on file. This is required to clearly identify individuals who have legal access. This will consequently allow us to name persons who have entitlement to review the student record.
EMERGENCY PROCEDURES: The Lethbridge School District No. 51 regulations require schools to have a minimum of six fire drills and two lockdown drills a year in which all children are required to participate. It is important that your child have shoes on their feet at all times while in the school as we are required to exit the building immediately when the fire alarm rings.
EVACUATION PROCEDURES: In the event of an emergency closure during school hours (e.g. fire, power failure) students will be taken to Wilson Middle School. Please notify the office immediately of any changes so we are able to keep accurate records. Parents are asked to sign a change of information form to ensure accurate records.
EXCLUSION FROM PATRIOTIC EXERCISES: Should any parent wish their child/children excluded from patriotic services, please speak to, email or write a letter to the principal or classroom teacher requesting this arrangement.
F.O.I.P. (Freedon of Information and Protection of Privacy) FOIP aims to strike a balance between the public's right to know and the individual's right to privacy, as those rights relate to information held by public bodies in Alberta. In a school setting, the personal privacy of students and parents is protected by rules that schools must follow in the collection, use, protection and disclosure of personal information. You will sign forms giving permission for a variety of items. Please return these promptly to our school office. A direct link to the District Web page FOIP site is: http://www.lethsd.ab.ca/FOIP.php
INCLEMENT WEATHER: On inclement weather days students will be invited in at supervision time in the morning (8:10 AM) and at noon (12:05 PM). We would appreciate parent cooperation by having children arrive at school not earlier than 8:10 am, similar to any other day as we do not provide child care. Recesses on these days will be indoor recesses. At these times, students will get a drink and go to the washroom, then return to their classroom for activities as permitted by their classroom teacher.
HEAD LICE COUNSELLING GUIDELINES: Parents are asked to check for head lice on their children on a regular basis. In keeping with guidelines from Alberta Health Services, we do not send home letters when lice is known in a particular classroom.
HEALTHY NUTRITIONAL CHOICES POLICY We encourage our studentto eat healthy foods and ask that they do not bring pop or candy. We also ask that they do not share snacks or their lunches with peers.
SECURING OUR BUILDING: The main door of the school is open from 7:30- 4:00 p.m. For security reasons all other doors remain locked during the day. We ask all visitors to sign in and out of the office. Parents dropping off and picking up students in the BLAST program are asked to use their outside door.
SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY AND GENDER EXPRESSION POLICY Our school is committed to providing Safe Spaces for all students, families and staff.
SUPERVISION OF STUDENTS: Before school student supervision begins at 8:10 am. Teachers are required to be prompt in their supervisory duties to ensure student safety. Students remain outdoors until the entrance bell at 8:22 am. and 12:25 pm. (except in inclement weather). They are to line up at designated doors where their teachers will greet them and bring them into the school. The front door is open to students who may need to come into the school and all staff have keys that would give children immediate access at any door.
SEVERE ALLERGIES: Parents of students with severe allergies are required to advise the principal and classroom teacher of the medical condition and are required to fill out medical forms so the school has accurate and up to date emergency procedures in place. We ask that children do not bring peanut butter, nuts, or snacks with nuts in them, into the school as we have many students with airborne allergies where contact could be life threatening. Students with severe allergies, and who use an EpiPen are required to have one at school.
STUDENT APPAREL: Students are required to refrain from wearing hats in class and are also expected to conform to reasonable standards of taste in dress.
FOOTWEAR: We take great pride in our school and we work together to help keep our school clean. Wet floors are unsafe; therefore children will be asked to remove wet footwear upon entering the building. For safety reasons, students are required to have a pair of indoor gym shoes suitable for wearing in physical education classes.
PARKING: The parking lot is reserved for school employees. This area should not be a drop off area with the exception of adults who need handicap parking. Vehicles in the handicap area are required to have a sticker. Please be courteous by not parking in driveways or in the alley. The safety of our students is a shared responsibility. We will help the children become aware of safety rules and we ask you to do the same. Please model safety over convenience:
- Teach your children to cross with care.
- If you park across the street, please instruct your child to get out of the car on the side that is closest to the sidewalk.
- Do not make U-turns in the school zone.
- Do not stop or park in the loading zone.
- Adhere to the speed limit of 30 km/hr.
PERSONAL VALUABLES: In order to keep distractions to a minimum, toys, candy, trading cards and electronic devices are not permitted to be in classes during instructional hours. We recommend that all valuables be left at home as we cannot take responsibly for loss or theft or damage to personal items. Students who bring phones to school are asked to store them either with the teacher or at the office.
REGISTRATION FORMS: The registration form must be completed and checked for accuracy each year. Please make necessary changes and return one to the school for each child. This information is vital to ensure the proper care and safety of your child during an illness or emergency. When giving the name and phone number of an alternate contact we would ask that you please ensure the person is someone who is able to pick up the child at school if necessary.
SCHOOL TELEPHONE USE FOR STUDENTS: The school telephones are for business purposes. Students may only use the school telephone with staff permission.
VOLUNTEERING We encourage parents to volunteer at our school and on field trips. All volunteers must fill out a volunteer form. Copies are available at the office or by using this link.
13. STUDENT PROGRAMS
A link to Alberta Education’s site called My Child’s Learning can be found at: http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/mychildslearning/
Students at Park Meadows School receive instruction based on the Program of Studies developed and mandated by Alberta Learning. The school strives to provide all of the authorized resources and materials. Teachers use a variety of instructional approaches and strategies to ensure that learning is interesting and meets a wide range of student needs and interests.
Information and Communications Technology objectives are not taught in isolation but are taught using meaningful projects, which are integrated into the other subjects.
SCHOOL ORGANIZATION 2016-17
Early Education Program - We have one morning program and one afternoon class that run Monday through Thursday.
Kindergarten Program - We have one morning program and one afternoon program that run Monday through Thursday.
Grade 1-5 Programs – This year our school has 3 grade one classes, 4 grade 2/3 classes and 4 grade 4/5 classes. All students receive programming in core subject areas, the fine arts, daily physical education, Daily 5 and the Leader in Me character education program. Students in grades 4 and 5 receive programming in French. We also have a Skill Development Program that provides specialized programming for chidlren with very diverse needs.
Student programming is enhanced by support from our Adminitrative Team, our Learning Support Teacher, our Music Specialist, Teacher Counsellor, FNMI Liaison and our Making Connections Liaison.
Student progress is formally reported to parents three times a year. The elementary report card is designed to communicate the learner’s achievement relative to his or her subject grade level; what a student needs to know and be able to do in order to proceed from one level of curriculum to another.
Parent teacher conferences provide communication with parents and help us to work with parents in setting learning goals. We would encourage all parents to attend parent-teacher conferences. Parents may contact their child’s teacher anytime throughout the school year if they have questions or concerns. Please contact the teacher by email or phone before coming to the school to ensure she/he is available. Dates of Parent/Teacher Conferences that follow the formal report cards are listed on our website.
15. STUDENT SERVICES
At Park Meadows school we provide support in the form of individualized programming, individualized education plans and in class learning support from the principal, the assistant principal and the learning support teacher. We have a learning support team that meets regularly with all teachers to track student progress, develop strategies for student programming and to enable community supports and services.
The Learning Support Team is an in-school system of support to students, teachers and parents. The team is comprised of the classroom teacher, learning support teacher, the principal, parents, and other staff members including the teacher counsellor, school district psychologist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, a Making Connections Worker and a First Nation Metis Inuit Liaison counsellor. Parents are welcome to request a learning support meeting and can contact their child’s teacher to arrange a time suitable for all attendees.
16. SEARCH AND SEIZURE OF SCHOOL OR STUDENT PROPERTY
Possession of weapons is a serious offence.
Weapons (as defined by the Criminal Code) are:
anything used or intended for use in causing deaths or injury to persons whether designed for such purpose or not, anything used or intended for use for the purpose of threatening or intimidating.
In the event that a student brings an item that looks like a weapon or could be used as a weapon, the item will be confiscated by school staff.
FAIR NOTICE OF THREAT/RISK ASSESSMENT
Our School District believes in creating safe and caring environments for students and staff. Any incident where a student engages in behaviour which threatens or appears to threaten the safety of others will be investigated. Administrators can implement a Risk Assessment for behaviours that are worrisome including writing or drawings with violent themes; references to or involvement in violent activity at school; or an increased interest in activities that are deemed as dangerous to the safety of others. A Threat Assessment is implemented when a student threatens to kill or injure others, brings a weapon to school, or makes direct verbal or written violent threats to others.
17. USE OF TECHNOLOGY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Information and Communications Technology objectives are not taught in isolation but are taught using meaningful projects, which are integrated into the other subjects. Park Meadows School is fortunate to have current technology for student access. The learning commons (former library) is fully automated. Information and Communication Technology outcomes are instructed in students’ regular classes with each class having computer lab access a minimum of three periods weekly. In addition, teachers have developed instructional plans for the single computers that each classroom has. The district has developed Policy 607.4, which outlines acceptable use of technology by students and is included below:
1. Access to Electronic Communication
Access to technology is a privilege not a right. Students who deliberately contravene policies and procedures may be provided with alternate means to meet the ICT outcomes.
2. Use of Internet
2.1 The District will provide professional development opportunities on procedures for the use of technology as it relates to Internet safety.
2.2 Staff members are expected to teach responsible Internet use to students, as well as to provide guidance, supervision (active observation of students accessing the Internet) and intervention if the resource is not being used appropriately. Internet users are encouraged to develop uses which meet their individual learning and teaching needs and to take advantage of the network's many useful functions, including World Wide Web, subscription-based information resources, newsgroups, bulletin boards, threaded discussions, etc.
2.3 Parents are also to discuss responsible use of the Internet with their children and how this responsibility includes using the Internet at school, as well as at home.
2.4 Students may find material on the Internet that is considered objectionable. The use of filters and supervision while students are using the Internet does not guarantee that students will not access inappropriate materials. Students must report inappropriate access of material in school to a teacher or responsible staff perso
3. Use of Electronic Communication
Acceptable use includes but is not limited to:
- Using district electronic communication for educational reasons.
- Being polite.
- Using appropriate language. Refraining from swearing, the use vulgarities, or any other inappropriate language.
- Refraining from illegal activities. Such activities are strictly forbidden and will be reported to the appropriate authority.
- Refraining from the release of personal information (address, phone number or other information) that may allow you or others to be identified.
4. Security and Maintenance
All computers used within the Lethbridge School District No. 51 network are to be used in a responsible, efficient, ethical and legal manner. Failure to adhere to the policy and procedures for the use of the network as described below may result in the revocation of access privileges. Network administrators and school based Technology Facilitators have the right to monitor computer usage, communication, user accounts and file contents.
Unacceptable uses of the network include, but are not limited to:
- Installation or connection of hardware and/or component parts to workstations, servers, district network and/or other district owned equipment, without the approval of the school-based Technology Facilitator. Should hardware conflicts occur as a result of an unauthorized installation, the school/individual(s) responsible may be accountable for the cost associated with resolving the conflict.
- Installation of software, including freeware and shareware, without prior consultation with the school based Technology Facilitator. Should software conflicts occur as a result of the loading/downloading of non-district software, the user will be required to delete the specific software creating the conflict. The school/individual(s) responsible may be accountable for the cost associated with resolving the conflict.
- Use of unlicensed software and/or use of licensed software in excess of licensing agreements.
- Using the computer system while access privileges are suspended or revoked.
- Using a District computer or network in such a way that may disrupt or lead to the disruption of the network services.
- Vandalism. The user will not cause or take part in any purposeful vandalism. Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy data, software or hardware. This would include accessing the files of another user, network or agency connected through the district wide area network. Examples of this include, but are not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses, magnets on screens or CPUs, removal of a mouse ball, scratching or writing on computer parts surface, or doing intentional damage to hardware or software resident on the system
5. FOIP and Privacy Expectations
Despite the best intentions of users and the Technology Department staff, it is difficult, if not impossible, to assure the privacy of e-mail. E-mail is not a good medium to use for sensitive matters that you would not want disclosed. There are numerous ways that plain text e-mail may be disclosed to persons other than the addressee, including:
- Recipient's address is mistyped; message is sent to someone else.
- Recipient forwards e-mail to someone else.
- Despite owner's belief that he/she deleted it, e-mail continues to exist on computer hard drives or a copy is archived on tape backup; disclosure of such copies may be subject of a FOIPP request.
- E-mail can be observed as it travels over public networks such as the Internet.
6. Practical Tips for Protecting Online Privacy
There are a number of practical ways for students to protect their personal information.
- Never give out personal information or information about others such as name, address, and telephone number or social insurance number. Images such as photographs may provide unintended personal information (as part of the visual image, and/or embedded in the properties of the image or file name).
- Don't automatically consent to the collection, use or storage of your personal information.
- Make sure that online forms are secure.
- Question why people want your personal information. Make it clear that you do not wish your information to be disclosed to any third party.
- Find and read the privacy policies of the Web sites you use.
7. Illegal Activities
Unacceptable Use includes but is not limited to:
- Using the network for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other laws.
- Using the network in ways that violate school policies and behavior standards.
- Invading the privacy of other individuals by accessing and/or vandalizing their computerized data.
- Gaining unauthorized access to resources or entities.
- Using an account owned by another user with or without their permission.
- Sending, receiving, viewing or downloading illegal material via the computer system
- Posting material created by another without his/her consent.
- Submitting, posting, publishing or displaying any obscene, profane, threatening, illegal or other inappropriate material.
8. Use of District Technology for Personal Gain/Use/Unacceptable Use could include but is not limited to:
- Private financial or commercial gain.
- Political activity.
- Using the computer system for private financial or commercial gain.
- Accessing or transmitting material that is pornographic, obscene or sexually explicit.
- Accessing or transmitting material that is disparaging of others such that it may create a hostile work or educational environmental based on race, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or political beliefs.
- Accessing improper confidential information concerning students or other employees.
- Sending or forwarding "chain mail" messages or spam.
- Any unlawful or unethical purpose.
- Transmitting copyrighted material without the express written authorization of the copyright holder.
In order to keep our hardware current and free of viruses, the following will apply:
Students will use the internet only under supervision.
No outside software is permitted in the school.
Student data/memory sticks should not leave the school without permission.
Students are required to adhere to school district policy as to the use of computers
Addendum: Lethbridge School District #51 Code of Conduct
EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROTOCOL
Should an emergency or disaster situation ever arise in our area while school is in session, we want you to be aware that Lethbridge School District No. 51. has developed plans with emergency services and community to respond effectively to various situations. The purpose of this letter is to ensure parents are informed, trust that we have procedures, and recognize the importance of collaboration and partnership between the school and home during school emergencies.
Should we have a major disaster during school hours, your child(ren) will be cared for at their school unless a need to evacuate has been identified. Our School District has a detailed emergency operations plan developed to respond to a major catastrophe.
Parent co-operation is necessary in any emergency. Please follow the guidelines below to enhance our ability to support our school community in times of duress:
1. Do not telephone the school. Telephone lines are typically needed for emergency communication and school staff are occupied during an emergency.
2. In the event of a serious emergency, elementary students will be kept at their school, or the designated emergency location, until they are picked up by a responsible adult with identification who has been listed as such on the school system’s contact list. Each student’s contact information is on a form that is required to be filled out by parents at the beginning of every school year. Middle and High School students will be released with advance notice to parents when appropriate. Please be sure you consider the following criteria when you authorize another person to pick up your child at school:
- The person is 18 years of age or older.
- The person is usually home during the day.
- The person can walk to school, if necessary.
- The person is known to your child.
- The person is both aware and able to assume this responsibility.
3. Confirm emergency announcements prior to actions. If students are to be kept at school, District and school webpage, Twitter/Facebook and SynerVoice will update parents on process and protocol as each emergency can present different complications.
4. Impress upon your children the need for them to follow the directions of any school personnel in times of an emergency. Many students have electronics and they need to be aware of how they can contribute to a successful response in an emergency. Sending out unconfirmed updates can escalate a situation very quickly. The most accurate information will be posted on our District and school websites.
5. During an extreme emergency, students will be released at designated locations that would be identified on SynerVoice and the School District Website. Parents should be patient and understanding with the student release process. Please instruct your child to remain at school until you or a designee arrives. The decision to keep students at school will be based upon whether or not streets in the area are open. If this occurs, media will be notified and updated.
6. Transportation – en route. In the event that a natural disaster takes place during the time that students are being transported, students will be kept on the bus and the driver will ask for assistance through radio contact with the school and district personnel. Any child who is home waiting for the bus will not be picked up (if roads are impassable) and remains the responsibility of the parent or guardian. In the event that a natural disaster occurs in the afternoon, the bus driver will make every attempt to continue delivering the students to their homes. Should road conditions prevent the driver from delivering students to their home or to school in the morning, the students will be delivered to the nearest school site and that school will communicate with the home school to inform them of the students’ whereabouts.
7. Each school within the School District has established an evacuation location when and if a school will be directed to evacuate. When the dangerous incident has subsided, District staff will work with School Staff to determine next steps and communicate to parents accordingly depending upon the time of day.
Please discuss these matters with your immediate family. Planning ahead will help alleviate concern and anxiousness during emergencies.
In the event of an emergency, the following summary will be posted on our school and District websites (www.lethsd.ab.ca):
We are currently experiencing (type of disaster) at (school name here). Please be aware your child(ren) will be cared for at (school name here), unless a need to evacuate has been identified. Our District has a detailed emergency operations plan developed to respond to a major catastrophe.
Parent co-operation is necessary in any emergency. Please follow the guidelines below to enhance our ability to support our school community in times of duress:
1. Do not telephone the school.
2. In the event of a serious emergency, elementary students will be kept at their school, or the designated emergency location, until they are picked up by a responsible adult, with identification, who has been listed as such on the school system’s contact list. Middle and high school students will be released with advance notice to parents when appropriate.
3. Confirm emergency announcements prior to actions. If students are to be kept at school, the District and school webpage, along with Twitter/Facebook and SynerVoice, will update parents on process and protocol.
4. Impress upon your children the need for them to follow the directions of any school personnel in times of an emergency.
5. Designated locations will be identified on SynerVoice and the School District Website.
6. If on bus during a natural disaster students will remain on the on the bus with further action communicated. Any child who is home waiting for the bus will not be picked up if roads are unpassable.
7. Evacuation locations, if necessary, will be communicated.
Please visit this link for more details on the District’s disaster/emergency plans: LINK