Safe & Caring School

GHP Student Code of Conduct

The School and District supports Section 45.1 of the Alberta School Act, which states that our school has a responsibility to ensure that each student enrolled is provided with a welcoming, caring, respectful, and safe learning environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging.  Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools has clarified its intention to provide such an environment in all schools through its Safe and Caring Learning Environments for Students Administrative Procedure. The Code of Conduct Review To Address Bullying Behaviour Administrative Procedure 360 for the District is available online. 

The school will establish a culture of respect for the God given dignity of all who participate within it and pursue the common good of everyone, as we build a community of faith, hope, and love through the example of Jesus Christ.  In support of providing a welcoming, caring, respectful, and safe learning environment students and their families are required by provincial legislation to be familiar with Ecole Georges H. Primeau Middle School Code of Conduct. Our school will annually review this information with staff, parents, and students and this was last reviewed at the School Council Meeting held on Tuesday April 9, 2019 and with staff on Friday March 8, 2019. 

You can access our full student Code of Conduct here: GHP Code of Conduct

Do you have a safety concern?

If you cannot find an adult when something happens that upsets you, makes you feel unsafe, or affects the safety of others at school, let us know.

See It! Report It! is secure, anonymous, and confidential. You do not have to provide your name unless you want to. 

To report your safety concern, please visit the "PSSTWorld" Promoting Safer Schools Together website.

GHP Student Dress Code

School Dress Code:

As a school council and school faculty, we have spent time reviewing our school dress code. With the new school year around the corner, many families are updating wardrobes for their children. When selecting wardrobes for the new school year, there is a need to be mindful that the school is still a place of learning. As a Catholic School, we want to remind our parents that students are to dress in a manner that reflects these values. We are asking that students dress in a manner that conveys that they are coming to their place of work prepared to carry out their responsibilities as students. All clothing needs to be respectful of their bodies and displays a sense of modesty and positive messaging with slogans and images. With this said,

  • Students are not to wear sleepwear or beachwear to school.
  • Student clothing is to cover undergarments.
  • Clothing is not to contain offensive or suggestive slogans/phrases, promote the consumption of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs, or be a distraction to the learning environment.
  • There are special events where students are invited to dress for "theme days." For these days, all elements of the dress code are still in effect. 

If students come to school dressed inappropriately, we will request to them in private to change for the remainder of the day. Parents will be advised should this occur

Bus Safety

Everyday in Alberta, there are over 5000 buses transporting students to and from school, travelling more than 400 000 km a day, approximately 10 times around the world (Alberta Government, 2007).  For the most part, there are very few serious injuries as it relates to collisions, near collisions, and incidents on the bus. In fact, one study found that a child was 16 times more likely to be injured while riding in a private motor vehicle than on a bus in order to get to school (Alberta Government, 2007).  Despite the safety records of bus transportation and drivers training, in order to keep our buses as safe as possible for your children, we ask that you take some time to review with your son(s) and daughter(s) the importance of bus safety. Below are key areas that relate to a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable ride to and from school.

When preparing students to ride the bus, please keep the following in mind:

  1. Ensure that students are properly clothed for the weather. They may have to wait outside for a few minutes, as well as walk to the bus stop.
  2. To refrain from wearing any strong scents like perfume and cologne. Because of the enclosed nature of the bus, the potential exists for serious allergic reactions for some students.

Students are most at risk when loading and unloading from the bus. While outside the bus, students do not have the protection of the vehicle they will be riding. It is very important for students to use caution when waiting for and leaving the bus stop area. When loading, it is crucial that students adhere to the following:

  1. Wait for the bus until it has come to a complete stop at a distance (Minimum one meter). A student could trip and fall in the path of the bus or the bus can slide in icy conditions.
  2. Do not rush, crowd and push to get on the bus. There is plenty of time.
  3. If your child needs to cross a highway, typically they will be asked to cross in front of the bus. The busses have traffic signals to stop traffic for safe crossings. Despite these signals, students need to watch for the directions of the bus driver and use caution when crossing the road as some vehicles may not stop. They need to ensure that they are following the instructions or the driver at all times.

When students are unloading to go home, it is important that students follow the following guidelines.

  1. Students must remain seated until the bus has come to a full stop.
  2. When exiting the bus, students must do so in a calm and orderly fashion and remember not to push.
  3. Students must be in a safe location before the bus leaves. The driver will instruct students where to be.
  4. Students are not to hang around their bus stop. They are to go straight home or to the location in which you have discussed. This will alleviate concerns surrounding there whereabouts of your son(s) and/or daughter(s) after school.

 

When driving the bus, the driver must maximize the opportunity he/she is focusing on the road as opposed to being distracted by student behaviour. If the driver has his or her attention focused on student behaviours for one, two, or three seconds, the bus can potentially to veer into other vehicles or off the road. A bus does not need to be in a collision to have students become injured.

A bus having to make more aggressive driving maneuvers through swerving or heavy breaking to avoid a collision, could result in injury if students are not properly seated. While riding the bus, all students are expected to adhere to all of the following expectations:

  1. The driver is in charge of the bus at all times. All passengers must listen to the bus driver at all times.
  2. Passengers must be seated at all times. Passengers are to only stand up once the bus has stopped for their bus stop.
  3. Students are to keep all body parts and belongings inside the bus.
  4. Students are to speak quietly, politely, and to refrain from loud noises.
  5. Students are to be respectful to others. They are not to take part in bullying activities.
  6. Students are to secure personal belongings.

As per safety regulations, the following restrictions are placed as it relates to the transportation of personal property. All personal property should be transported in a secure school bag.

  1. Students may only transport personal property provided that they can:
  2.       Store it under the seat or on their lap.
  3. It does not block the isle and emergency exits.
  4. That can be adequately secured as not to become dislodged and move within the bus.
  5. The following items cannot be transported on the school bus under any circumstances:
  6. Animals and firearms
  7. Flammable materials/substances
  8. Anything that is dangerous, objectionable in nature, or that might endanger the safety and well being of students on the bus. This includes oversized sports (hockey sticks) or band equipment, skateboards as some examples.

If you have any questions, please feel free and contact the school at 780-939-3593 or our District Transportation Department at 780-459-7711

Medication Administration

MEDICATION POLICY AND PROCEDURES

In the event that a student is on medication that should be administered during school hours and requires assistance, the following procedure is to be followed:

1.) If the student is on prescription drugs, the parent/legal guardians must complete an  “Authorization for the Administration of Medication” form. Parents/legal guardians are responsible for bringing the medication to the school office.  The medication must be clearly labeled to include: the doctor’s instructions, the student’s name, the time to be administered, and the dosage.  The medication will be stored in the school office.

2.) Non-prescribed medication may be administered only with the written request and direction of the parent/legal guardian.  The medication should be clearly labeled with the student’s name, type of medication, the amount to be given, the time of day to be administered and the duration of the administration.

3.) Any change of instruction must be sent to the school in writing.

4.) A written record of each administration of medication will be kept in the school office.  

5.) At GHP, we are committed to ensuring a compliance that the ‘7 Rights of Drug Administration’ are followed:

  • Right Student
  • Right Drug
  • Right Dose
  • Right Route
  • Right time
  • Right Reason
  • Right Documentation

Please note, we cannot administer over the counter medications to students (e.g. tylenol, allergy medications, etc…) unless we have the written authorization. This is inclusive of insect repellants and sun screen products.

Severe Winter Weather

Bussing:

The safety of students and staff is the primary focus of the school and school jurisdiction. Inclement weather may force cancellation of busing and school closures.  Check our website for any information.  If in-town busses are cancelled, schools will be open for students.  As well as resulting cancellation of regular bussing services, inclement weather conditions may necessitate early dismissal of rural and out-of-district students or cause scheduled busses to be late.  

PLEASE NOTE: The policy does not specify a specific temperature for the cancellation of bussing or school closures.

Cold Weather, Busses Running:

For colder days when school is in session, where the temperature is colder than -22 Degrees Celsius, including the wind chill factor, the following will occur:

  1. When students are arriving to school, they are to be let into the school as soon as they arrive.
  2. Outdoor recesses with become indoor breaks. Teachers will need to have activities (games, videos, etc) ready for students for these times. These Activities need to be age-appropriate for students and other school policy applies (e.g. videos/movies)
  3. The decision to determine if it will be an indoor recess will be made at the same time and announced over the intercom prior to the arrival of the students in the morning.
  4. The temperature will be assessed over the course of the school day to determine if it will be an indoor or outdoor recess for lunch or afternoon. The announcements will be made over the intercom.

Cold Weather, Busses Not Running:

During days in which the school is open and the busses do not run:

  1. Students are still encouraged to attend school as frequently as possible.
  2. We recognize that with fewer students in the classroom, this is an excellent opportunity for students to take part in skill-building and other remedial or enrichment opportunities.
  3. Teachers are encouraged not pre present new material on these days or use these days with students as ‘free time,’ such as showing movies, playing videogames, etc.
  4. Extra-curricular activities that are scheduled will be cancelled for the evening and attempts will be made to reschedule if possible.