École Meridian Heights
School (K–9)

Code of Conduct

Parkland School Division Code of 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.

The Division’s expectations for conduct are outlined in the following documents:

Meridian Heights Code of Conduct

Children do well if they can.

- Ross Greene

But sometimes children make mistakes, and that’s part of growing up. On that journey, they need our guidance as teachers, administrators, bus drivers and parents. Our teachers believe in being very clear about their expectations, and then following through with consequences. We have a proactive approach to student discipline by reinforcing active citizenship within our school.

When Misconduct and Conflict Happens

With over 730 students interacting every day, misconduct and conflicts can occur. When this happens, we believe that the first line of contact about student needs or misconduct are with the classroom teachers and bus drivers.

You could receive a phone call or email message from the teacher or bus driver for anything from teasing to homework to physical fighting. Please remember, teachers and drivers are very busy: they deal with many small concerns within the normal structure of the day, and they can’t communicate everything.

Office Support

Our teachers and drivers do an exceptional job of managing most concerns at the classroom level or bus level, but occasionally they require support from our office team (principal, assistant principals, counsellor).

When does this happen? When a pattern occurs (e.g. frequent peer conflicts on the playground) or a more serious event occurs (e.g. student vaping or physical fight), a child will be asked to speak with office staff. In the case of buses, a bus infraction form is completed and given to the office.

What happens then? When a concern comes to the office, logical consequences are given in consultation with the teacher or driver. There is no “black and white” with consequences, and each child is considered individually. Office staff will then communicate with parents.

What is a logical consequence? Consequences are less about punishment and more about learning in order to move forward positively. The consequences can range from one lost recess (time spent in the office instead) to a full five-day suspension.

Other consequences may involve:

  • Extra supervision (accompanying a supervisor or EA)
  • Apology letter
  • Explaining to mom and dad
  • Seating plan on the bus
  • Doing some reflective writing
  • Signing a Behaviour contract

What is suspensionable behaviour? Again, circumstances are taken into account: age of the child, first time vs. repeated behaviour, offensive actions vs. defensive, etc.

Suspensions are considered as a result of:

  • Physical fighting
  • Repeated bullying and threats (verbal and physical)
  • Vaping/drug/alcohol use or possession of paraphernalia
  • Knowingly leaving school property
  • Repeated defiance / refusal to follow staff direction.

Student Code of Conduct

It is not the mistakes in life that are important, it’s what we learn from them.

- Donna Guthrie

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; and
     
  • 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.

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.

Dress Code

Our school is a positive and respectful learning environment. To that end, we wish to provide some guidelines regarding what is and is not appropriate clothing for school.

Generally we want students to dress modestly with no excessive skin, underwear, or inappropriate messages showing.

Tops:

  • No strapless tops, no tops with excessive underwear showing (bra straps are okay, within reason).
  • No crop tops/belly shirts or low necklines.
  • No offensive logos or writing.

Bottoms:

  • Skirts and dresses should come to approximately mid-thigh. If skirts are shorter, they should be worn with leggings/tights.
  • Shorts may be shorter, but must cover the bottom.
  • Pants should not hang too low (no underwear showing).

General:

  • No hats on inside, including tuques.
  • Please be prepared for Physical Education classes with a athletic t-shirt, supportive runners and shorts.

The dress code applies in and outside of the school building during school hours. Again, think of your school as your “workplace”: it is not a mall, not a soccer game, not a beach or even a home. Dressing respectfully is a life skill, and we appreciate your efforts.