NACI Communication Device Policy
All student mobile communication devices, must be turned off in class at all times unless otherwise directed and supervised by the classroom teacher. Classroom teachers are responsible for monitoring use during scheduled class time and all devices are to be used only for educational purposes. Personal use of these devices is not allowed during class time. (All devices during class time MUST NOT be used for social networking, gaming, texting, downloading, etc.)
Classroom / Hallway consequences for using devices inappropriately and without teacher permission will include:
All confiscations are to be reported and recorded at the office.
All students in grades 6-12 are allowed to use mobile communication devices before and after school as well as during breaks. Use of these devices is not to occur in classrooms but can be used in the hallways, MPR and gymnasium.
Grade 11 and 12 students can use these devices during their spares in areas of the school other than classrooms.
All students must NOT use communication devices in the halls during their scheduled class time. Students are NOT to leave classes in order to use the communication devices.
Any form of cyber bullying will not be tolerated and students found to be engaging in these activities will face consequences. Consequences may include device privilege removal, removal of school privileges, suspension from school, searching of device, confiscation of device and possibly involvement of RCMP depending upon the severity and frequency.
Devices capable of recording audio and video are NOT to be used in the school unless for course work and prior arrangements have been made with a classroom teacher. No inappropriate content is to be shared or used on these devices. Devices may be confiscated if used inappropriately.
This policy is in accordance with Beautiful Plains School Division Policy J.G.K.
Students and staff must dress appropriately for a school business environment. All head gear is to be removed upon entering the building and jackets and hats are to be stored in lockers at all times. Clothing with emblems and/or advertisements, that promotes or condones the use of banned or illegal substances are not to be worn in school. Students wearing inappropriate attire will be asked to change or cover up. “Gang” attire/colors are not to be worn in school. It is also expected that students will not wear the article of clothing to school again. If the item in question is worn in school again the student will be removed from classes.
ELIGIBILITY FOR EXTRA - CURRICULAR PARTICIPATION
A student wishing to be part of any extra - curricular event ( i.e. student council, sports program, band ) must meet the following guidelines:
If these conditions are not met, the student will receive a warning notice and the parents/guardians will be contacted by phone by the principal/coach/supervisor of the activity. The student will be suspended from the activity until such time that attendance/punctuality improves and/or a 50 % grade has been obtained. The student is responsible to make arrangements to resolve any situation which results in the removal of extra-curricular participation.
Students that are in violation of the NACI Code of Conduct may be removed from extra-curricular activities.
If a student is absent during the day of an event including dances, sports, drama, etc. they will be ineligible to participate unless prior arrangements have been made with school administration. Students may also lose participation privileges on weekends if attendance issues fall during the weekdays prior to the event.
Neepawa Area Collegiate is a smoke free environment. Smoking is hazardous to your health and will not be permitted by any student or staff member in the school or on school property. Students will be suspended if they do not comply with this policy.
Students and staff must dress appropriately for a school business environment. All head gear is to be removed upon entering the building and jackets and hats are to be stored in lockers at all times. Clothing with emblems and/or advertisements, that promotes or condones the use of banned or illegal substances are not to be worn in school. Students wearing inappropriate attire will be asked to change or cover up. It is also expected that students will not wear the article of clothing to school again. If the item in question is worn in school again the student will be removed from classes until the article is removed.
Students that achieve an overall average of 85% and above in a course, may be exempted from writing the final exam. Exemptions will be granted two days prior to the examination period and must be approved by the principal and teacher. A student must be “in good standing” in order to receive an exemption. If a student is in violation of school policies, the exemption will not be automatically granted. Several possible reasons for not being granted an exemption may include;
Student parking is limited to the available parking spots on the streets and the Yellowhead Centre parking lot. A path to the YHC will be cleared all winter. The back wood shops door will remain open for access throughout the day. Parking is prohibited:
Anyone found in violation of the above may be given one warning prior to having the vehicle towed at the owners expense. RCMP may tow vehicles without warning students or the school!
NACI Attendance Policy
At NACI we believe that the success of students and the quality of the learning environment is dependent on regular attendance. We also believe that regular attendance and punctuality are positive behaviours that should be fostered in a school system which in turn is carried over to the workplace. Research also shows that there is a direct correlation between academic success and absenteeism.
Under the Manitoba Public Schools Act, a child must attend school regularly until the age of 18. A student who is not of compulsory school age is required to attend regularly once he/she enrols. In addition, school attendance for all students is conditional upon their behaviour.
Manitoba Education, has established a minimum of 110 hours of instruction for Grade 9 to Grade 12 students to qualify for each credit toward high school graduation. Excessive absenteeism reduces the amount of time in class and jeopardizes the student’s credits.
Responsibility for attendance
Responsibility for attendance rests jointly with the student and his/her parents/guardians.Students are expected to be on time and to attend all classes. Students and parents should make every effort to restrict absences to those that are unavoidable.
The school realizes that there are times due to illness that absences will occur. Quite often appointments for doctors and dentists are made during the school day. These absences accumulate and place the student at risk. Whenever possible all medical appointments should try and be made after school hours or during school in-service days. (Hair, nails, stereo installation, sun-tanning, muffler appointments, etc. are considered as skips and must be made outside of the regular school day). Failure to make up skipped time may result in loss of credit.
Students are only excused from classes when;
All other absences will be considered as UNEXCUSED.
Any student who is found "skipping" a class must make up class time missed outside of the school day. Skipping a course are those classes where a parent has not made prior arrangements with the school. A student who is found "skipping" the same course for the second time may automatically lose credit in that course.
When a student is absent from school, the school will notify the home by automated phone dialer. Parents who keep or allow their children to stay home from school are asked to contact the school prior to 8:45 a.m., informing the school why their son/daughter will be absent for the day. These “phone in” absences are still considered UNEXCUSED but not as a skip. When a student reaches 10 or more absences in a class due to illness or medical reasons, medical documentation will be required for every absence that follows in order to remain in that course. If parents do not contact the school this absence MAY be considered as a skip.
Punctuality is an expectation. 3 lates = 1 unexcused absence.
Tardiness can become a problem and students who are not at the classroom door when the second bell rings will be marked late. The warning bell gives students plenty of time to make it to their classes. Students should have all class supplies gathered before the warning bell rings.
Family trips/vacations during the school year are discouraged due to the risk to academic achievement and disruption of the learning environment. Formal instruction and participation in classroom activities will be missed and undue stress will be placed on the student to complete make up work. If there is a need, however, for a prearranged absence, parents shall notify the school administration of the absence at least 2 weeks prior to the trip. It is the students responsibility to get caught up on their work when they return or before they leave. Teachers may follow regular classroom procedures as outlined for incomplete assignments.
Where a student is suspended from school, each day of the suspension will be recorded/counted as an excused absence for attendance purposes as long as the student keeps up with the assigned work. I t will be the student and parents responsibility to ensure that the assigned work is completed prior to returning or getting more work. While the suspension is in effect, the student will not be allowed participation in extra-curricular/school-sponsored activities.
Policy & Procedure for addressing absences:
In a regular 5 period semestered course, a student can accumulate at most 10 absences (unexcused and excused combined). If they obtain a 10th absence, a grade 9 or 10 student may lose their credit and will continue to audit the course and will have to take this course again. On the 11th absence a grade 10, 11 or 12 student may lose the credit and be removed from the course. In a non semestered full year course, the same rules apply however the students are allowed 19 absences and lose credit on the 20th absence.
Step by step procedure for dealing with absences:
Step 1: When a student accumulates 5 absences in a class, the teacher of the course in question contact the parents informing them of the number of absences, the course and to briefly review the attendance policy with the parent.
Step 2: When a student accumulates 7 absences in a course, a letter will be sent home to the parents informing them of the number of absences and for which course. (Keep in mind these are bothunexcused and excused combined.) At the same time there will be an administrative referral to have the administration talk to the student about their attendance concerns.
Step 3: When a student accumulates 9 absences in a course, the teacher will not allow the student back into the class and the parents/guardians of this students must meet with school administration as soon as possible to address the issues, develop a plan to and to discuss step 4. After the meeting, the student may be readmitted into the class. A final probationary letter will be given to the student and parents/guardians.
Step 4: When 10 absences are reached, a final letter will be sent home indicating that the student has lost the credit. The administration will meet with the student again at the time of withdrawal and contact parents.
* a combination of lates and absences will both be used when determining attendance numbers.
An appeal process may be made to the principal by a parent which may result in a student, parent, administration meeting and possible re-admission into the class. This appeal needs to be filed immediately after the student has been removed in order to be considered.
The school administration can exercise a certain discretion in extenuating circumstances with supporting documentation. Please communicate with the school any absences that are going to be incurred.
Students Withdrawn from Classes
In some cases students who are withdrawn from classes and have completed an adequate number of the learning outcomes may be able to complete the course during current or next semester in our Self Directed Learning Centre. This gives the student some control over their academic future and gives them additional hope of regaining their credit.
B.P.S.D Drugs and Alcohol Policy
The Board recognizes that the consumption of alcoholic beverages or other drugs can impair an individual’s well being, can reduce a student’s ability to learn, and can interfere with academic and extracurricular programs.
The policy of the Division is to:
Students who are suspected of being in possession of, and/or under the inﬂuence of alcohol or other unauthorized drugs must not be left unattended. If this situation arises during the school day, the teacher will summon an administrator for assistance.
In the event the policy is violated while the student is on a ﬁeld trip or at a school sponsored event outside of the school, the supervising staﬀ member will contact the principal. If the student is to return home, the parent will be responsible for arrangements, including the cost of public transportation, if required. The parents of any student involved in a violaon of this policy shall be contacted as soon as possible.
Approved November 3, 1998 Amended May 6, 2003
Procedures on Dealing with Student Use, Possession, & Supplying of Drugs and Alcohol
The intent of these procedures are to deter students from using drugs/alcohol or providing drugs/alcohol to other students. This policy does not limit the Board's ability to increase the length of any suspension which may also include student expulsion.
Use and/or Possession
Students who are under the inﬂuence or in possession of Drugs or Alcohol at school or school sponsored functions shall be suspended for a minimum of 5 school days. In addition to being suspended the student will be placed on probation for 18 months.
Should the student have a second incident during the probationary period they will be suspended for a minimum of 10 school days. Additional conditions may need to be met before students are eligible to re-enter the school.
*Supplying is deﬁned as making drugs/alcohol available to others. The Division will apply the policy to students even if the supplying occurred oﬀ Divisional property
Students who are engaging in * supplying drugs/alcohol shall be suspended from Beautiful Plains Schools for 30 school days by the Superintendent. The board of trustees may choose to lengthen the suspension.
In addition to being suspended the student will be placed on probation for 18 months. Should the student have a second incident involving *supplying during the probationary period they will be suspended for a minimum of 60 school days by the Beautiful Plains School Board.
Students who are suspended may pursue gaining credits through correspondence programming. Prior to readmission to school the student and their parent/guardian may be required to meet with the Superintendent, Principal and at least one Board representative to discuss the incident.
Additional conditions may need to be met before students are eligible to re-enter the school. At this meeting the Superintendent will inform the parent/guardian of the consequences involved should there be further incidents involving drugs or alcohol within one calendar year.
Revised June 21, 2011