Code of Conduct
Our Student Code of Conduct exists to ensure that each student and staff member has access to a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging.
The Code of Conduct ensures that our school promotes a culture of wellness that:
- Establishes and maintains a welcoming, caring, respectful, and safe learning environment for all students, staff, families and the greater community;
- Establishes and maintains an appropriate balance between individual and collective rights, freedoms, and responsibilities in the school community;
- Establishes and publishes expectations for student behavior while at school, at a school-related activity, or while engaging in an activity at any time that may have an impact on others in the school;
- Ensures that healthy environments exist in all schools that are free from fear, discrimination and harassment while promoting inclusive strategies to ensure that every student is treated with respect and dignity. Parkland School Division is a place where exploration, creativity and imagination make learning exciting and where all learners aspire to reach their dreams.
The following commitments are essential to a successful school program and purposeful life:
- Duffield students will pursue academic excellence and show respect for teaching and learning to the best of their ability.
- Duffield students will promote responsibility, respect and kindness.
- Duffield students will demonstrate strong positive character.
- Duffield students will accept and honour all people including those who appear different from themselves.
- Duffield students will treat all members of the school community with courtesy and respect.
In keeping with a commitment to the Alberta Human Rights Act and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, in Parkland School Division everyone is accepted and experiences a sense of belonging. The Division supports the endeavors of staff, students, parents and the community to promote positive student behavior and conduct throughout our community of schools.
Parkland School Division has a responsibility to ensure that each student enrolled in a school operated by the Board and each staff member employed by the Board is provided with a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging.
All stakeholders in the success and well-being of students, and especially the students themselves, are expected to recognize their responsibilities in developing student self-discipline within a culture of wellness. Staff members and students will not be discriminated against as provided for in the Alberta Human Rights Act or the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Duffield Discipline Policy
At Duffield, we believe that students have the right to learn without interference; to participate without intimidation; to be treated with respect and to be safe and secure. Discipline is seen as an ongoing process rather than an event. Success is most likely to occur when home and school work together in the best interest of the child.
Students are encouraged to make positive choices. Students are held accountable for their own behaviour. Cooperation, mutual respect and trust create a positive school environment for growth and learning. Students found to not be following the expectations for behaviour will be held subject to the consequences outlines in Parkland School Division Administrative Procedure 355 - specifically Section 4.
Students are expected to bring materials to class, participate actively and positively in class activities, and complete assigned homework to the best of their ability. These behaviours are essential for students to reach their academic potential.
Students are expected to play safely and use equipment wisely. Playgrounds are typically accessed by students in K-6 for the most part during recess time. If a Grade 7-9 student is on the playground and behaving in a respectful manner, they are welcome to continue to use the equipment, if behaviour becomes a concern, please refer them to the office.
In addition, there are basketball nets in the tarmac for all grades to play with. In the field there are places to play football, soccer, baseball and even Frisbee. Students are to be mindful and play with students of the same age. Supervisors are out and about to ensure safe playing is occurring.
Respect for Others
Students are expected to demonstrate respect for others by being courteous and well-mannered, being tolerant of others, being cooperative with school staff, using appropriate language, observing safe practices and being accountable to all members of the school community. Harassment of others, in any form, will not be tolerated.
Respect for Property
Students are expected to respect and care for the property of others. Damage, theft, or misuse of school or personal property is unacceptable behaviour and students will be expected to pay or compensate in some way for the damage. Students are expected to assist in keeping our school a place to be proud of that is safe and clean.
Respect for Self
Students are expected to show respect towards themselves and their own property. No student in our school is old enough to legally purchase/possess/use tobacco or alcohol products. It is illegal for them to purchase/possess illicit drugs. Students in possession and/or using these substances will be faced with suspension and possible expulsion.
The following specific guidelines help to create a positive learning environment:
- Students play outside in the playground in the morning before school (other than inclement weather).
- During recess and lunch students are to play outside (other than during inclement weather), within school boundaries. Junior High Students can use the library or the front foyer for quiet activities.
- Snowballs, sticks, rocks, and sand must not be thrown.
- Fighting is not allowed; play fighting is not permitted as it often leads to further problems.
- Students are asked to leave toys of personal value at home, as we are not responsible for them.
- Students are expected to remove their hats/caps/hoods in the school.
Student Dress Code
Students are expected to dress in appropriate clothing when attending Duffield. Rather than trying to describe the things that they can’t wear, we are focusing on helping them to make appropriate choices that demonstrate respect for themselves. In the same way, discipline is an individual journey, and will require more or less guidance on an ongoing basis. Students have made a video to give clear direction to their peers.
Bikes, Scooters and Skateboards
All bikes, scooters and skateboards are expected to be locked and secured outside of the school on one of the racks provided. There are two main bike racks at the front of the school and beside the tarmac, and three skateboard/scooter racks by the Grade 5-9 entrance. tudents are expected to bring a lock and secure their belongings during the day. Scooters and Skateboards that are left in the boot room may be removed and stored in an alternate location and returned to students at the end of the day.
Electronics Policy (iPods, Cell Phones, etc.)
Many students come to school each day with personally owned devices (cell phones, iPods, etc.). Students are given instructions as to when they can or cannot use their devices. Pockets are available to each student to safely store the device if they do not have a book bag.
Students use these devices (typically iPads, Chromebooks or laptops) throughout the day to complete their work. Students using personally-owned devices during the school day are expected to demonstrate respect and to follow the direction of staff (i.e. if a staff member asks a student to put a device away it is expected that they comply with this request). Devices should not be used during instruction, however, they are used by many students during independent work time.
At the end of the day, if the device is becoming a distraction or is having a negative impact on the learning environment, it can be taken away.
Division Expectations For Conduct
In Parkland School Division, all members of our school community are expected to promote and demonstrate respect, civility and responsible citizenship.
With these goals in mind, everyone must:
- Demonstrate honesty and integrity.
- Respect differences in people, their ideas and their opinions.
- Acknowledge the right of everyone to be treated with dignity, at all times.
- Take appropriate measures to help those in need.
- Use non-violent means to resolve conflict.
- Honour the role(s) of persons in positions of authority.
- Show care and regard for school property and the property of others.
- Comply with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws.
We are all models for the kinds of citizens we desire to be. We teach and learn by example.