Churchill Community High School has established standards of behaviour to influence the development of positive values and social skills. These guidelines are to ensure a learning environment that fosters a commitment to student success, growth, and being a safe and caring school.
It is expected that every member of the Churchill family – students, staff, guests – will help maintain a safe, friendly, and orderly place for learning. Individual teachers may have rules and expectations in addition to those stated here that will be communicated to students at the beginning of each course.
Bullying & Harassment
“Bullying is a conscious, willful and deliberate hostile activity intended to harm” (Coloroso, 2002). The act of bullying or harassment is not acceptable at CCHS.
The four markers of bullying and harassment:
- An imbalance of power
- Intent to harm
- Threat of further aggression
- When bullying escalates unabated – terror
Types of bullying:
- Verbal Bullying: any exchange of words that are negative (i.e. taunting, name calling, put downs)
- Indirect Bullying: is hidden and hardest to detect (i.e. kicking, glares, looks, ostracizing, hitting, pinching)
- Physical Bullying: any physical contact that has the intent to harm ( i.e. kicking, hitting, pinching)
- Cyber Bullying: any derogatory text messages sent through cell phones and/or computers (i.e. internet websites, emails, Snapchat, text messaging)
Those involved in a Bullying Situation:
- The Bully: a person who chooses bullying behaviours in the intent to harm someone or their property.
- The Target (or the victim): The individual who is on the receiving end of the bullying situation.
- The Intervener: a person who chooses to, or is asked to help settle a bullying problem.
- The Bystander(s): These are four main types:
- a. Follower(s): actively joins in
- b. Passive – watches, but does not take an active part
- c. Disengaged Onlooker(s) – watches what happens; is none of my business; don’t take a stand
- d. Defender(s) – sticks up for the victim. They are the ones who intervene somehow (i.e. interrupt the situation, create a distraction, go and get help).
Teasing vs. Taunting
Teasing is what Friends do:
- Allows the teaser and person teased to swap roles.
- Is not intended to hurt the other person.
- Maintains the basic dignity of everyone involved.
- Pokes fun in a light hearted, clever and benign way.
- Is meant to get both parties to laugh.
- Is only a small part of the activities shared by kids who have something in common
- Is innocent in motive.
- Discontinues when person teased becomes upset and objects to the teasing.
Taunting is what Bullies do:
- Is based on an in balance of power and is one-sided: the bully taunts, the bullied kid is taunted.
- Is intended to harm.
- Involves humiliating, cruel, demeaning, or bigoted comments thinly disguised as jokes.
- Includes laughter directed at the target, not with the target.
- Is meant to diminish the sense of self worth of the target.
- Induces fear of further taunting or can be a prelude to physical bullying.
- Is sinister in motive.
- Continues, especially when the targeted student becomes distressed or objects to the taunting
* Excerpts from The Bully, The Bullied, and the Bystander, Barbara Coloroso, 2002.
When acts of bullying or harassment are identified at CCHS, Administration or Student Services are informed and the process is as follows:
Investigation and Assessment conducted by administration of CCHS
During investigation, Administration may choose one or more of the following options:
- The appropriate discipline for that youth
- Possible referral to Anti-Bullying Program/Student Services
- Possible referral to outside agency (Mental Health, Additions, Justice, RCMP)
Cell-Phones & Personal Electronic Devices (PED)
CCHS recognizes the importance of Personal Electronic Devices in our society and understands that they can be valuable tools for communication and learning. In accordance with the Northern Lights School Division #113 division policy, we aim to teach students responsible usage of devices.
In order to reduce the number of disruptions in our classrooms parents/guardians are asked to please phone the main office to leave a message for their student instead of calling cell phones, unless it is an emergency.
Students may use their cell phones responsibly before school, during breaks and after school in the hallways, servery, and common areas. PED’s are not be used during class periods unless a teacher has given instructions to use the PED for a specific task (e.g. using a calculator or calendar app on a smartphone).
At no time should messages – in text or image form – be created, received from others, or sent to others during class periods.
Students who do not comply with this policy will have their phone taken by the teacher or an administrator for the day. The second time this happens the student phone will be kept in the office until a parent or guardian can pick it up. If PED use continues to distract from a student’s education, further plans may be made with the family on an individual basis.
How we dress and behave sends messages about us to others. We want people to have enough freedom to express their own personality and at the same time recognize that we want to send positive messages to others including the community in which we live and serve. The bottom line is common sense, sensitivity to others, and the good health and safety of all. The dress code in the school reflects what is acceptable in comparative places in our society (e.i. The workplace) we encourage to all to dress smart to promote healthy living. Everyone at CCHS should understand that they are responsible for managing their own personal “distractions” without regulating individual students’ clothing/self expression. As staff, we expect students to adhere to the common dress standards that we have agreed to hold in our respective roles within Churchill Community High School.
Certain body parts must be covered for all students regardless of gender
Clothes must be worn in a way such that genitals, buttocks, breasts & nipples are covered with opaque material and not visible to others.
Students MUST Wear:
- A Shirt.
- Bottoms: pants/shorts/skirt/dress/leggings
- Shoes: sneakers/boots/moccasins/sandles/etc. Exceptions for student safety apply such as playing sports, outdoor activities, and in science labs.
Students MAY Wear:
- Fitted pants
- Ripped jeans, as long as underwear is not exposed
- Tank tops, including spaghetti straps, halter tops, etc
- Athletic attire
Students CANNOT Wear:
- Hoods, bandanas, or masks
- Clothing with violent language or images or anything promoting harm to others
- Clothing with images or language depicting drugs, tobacco, or alcohol (or any illegal item or activity) or the use of same.
- Clothing with hate speech, profanity, pornography
- Clothing with images or language discriminating or intimidating to others
When students are wearing clothing in violation of the dress code, they will be asked to cover up with a jacket or t-shirt or go home to change. If there is refusal to follow the policy students will be referred to administration for further action.
*Students may be asked to remove hats in classrooms or other areas of the school
Drugs & Alcohol
Use/abuse of drugs including marijuana, alcohol, and tobacco in school, at school functions, on school-sponsored educational/recreational/sports trips is not permitted and is dealt with by the administration and counselling staff. Use of drugs/alcohol will result in suspension. Students with repetitive use of drugs/alcohol may be referred to addictions counselling. Students in possession of drugs or an illegal substance for purpose of trafficking will have the substances confiscated and be reported to the RCMP.
The school policy on Vaporizers and E-Cigarettes falls under the same category as tobacco products. They are not allowed to be used on school property or in buses or school vehicles. If the contents in these devices is determined to be a controlled substance, it would fall under our Substance Abuse Policy. Student consequences will be determined according to these policies.
Tobacco products are permitted on school property only when used ceremonially by Elders & Traditional Knowledge Keepers.
Students are expected to be in their assigned class during the entire period. Senior students during a spare class are expected to be in the library or community school area quietly working, or to have left the building. Any student with a spare class in their schedule must have the PowerSchool app on their phone to be able to show a staff member their schedule on request.
The hallways are a shared space and all students are expected to be quiet and courteous while in the hallways to ensure classes are not interrupted.
Students may use the lockers at CCHS provided that they sign a locker use agreement form each year. Middle years students are only permitted to use lockers in their homeroom classes or the gym locker rooms.
High school students may use a locker found in the hallway. Locks and lockers are assigned in the office by speaking with the secretary or office manager. Students must have permission from the office to change locks or lockers. It is strongly recommended that students lock their personal belongings into the provided lockers as CCHS does not hold responsibility for lost or damaged personal property. To maintain the security of the locker students are asked to keep locker combinations confidential. As per the written locker agreement lockers may be searched routinely for reasons related to maintenance, health, and safety by school administration without notification.
CCHS utilizes Staff to provide noon-hour supervision for students. Noon hour intramurals and study areas are provided. Students who are not cooperative during noon hour will be denied the service and parents/guardians informed. Parents/Guardians and students are able to make pre-payments to the cafeteria staff so that students do not need to bring cash with them to school. This can be organized through the secretaries in the office or through the server staff directly.
Lunch Rules: Students are to eat at the tables in the servery area and are responsible for cleaning up their own mess. The cooperation of all students regarding lunch cleanup is essential to our school.
* Students are expected to remain in the designated lunch area (high school wing) from 12:10pm-12:45pm until the doors are open by staff.
* Students are expected to follow the recycling and compost programs in the school to support making CCHS a green school
* Students must show respect to cafeteria staff and noon supervisors, and abide by their requests for rules and procedures. Cafeteria staff and noon supervisors act on behalf of the school administration.
* Cafeteria staff reserves the right to refuse service to students who consistently refuse to clean their eating. Administration may remove lunch hour privileges from students who consistently disobey lunch rules, students may be asked to leave school property during lunch hour in these cases.
Parking for visitors and students is by the main entrance on Hildebrand Drive. We kindly ask that when dropping off or picking up students between 8:30am-8:50am and 3:20pm – 3:35pm that you do not use the bus lanes. The back parking lot/daycare entrance may be used for student drop offs and pick ups, but there is no public parking in that area. The back entrance will only be open between the hours of 8am-9:15am, 12:45-1:15pm, and 3:25-4:15pm, the doors will be locked during all other times.
Peanut/Nut Free Environment
For the health and safety of all involved in the learning process at CCHS, this school is a Peanut Free Environment. All learners are expected to treat others with consideration and respect by refraining from having and eating peanut/nut products within the school. There are students in our building with life threatening allergies to peanuts.
Safe & Caring Schools
Churchill Community High School has established standards of conduct for staff and students to ensure that our school remains a safe and caring environment for all to learn.
As a school we are an active participant in the La Ronge Interagency and work closely with other supports in the community such as the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, health authority, RCMP, and Social Services. Occasionally law enforcement and/or social services find it necessary to interview students during the school day in which case an administrator or designee will be present as a support and an effort will be made to notify the parent/guardian of the situation. Please be advised that in the case of suspected child abuse or a situation concerning student safety authorities may exclude school personnel from their procedures or prohibit them from contacting parents/guardians.
Our school is a member of the La Ronge Community Mobilization team or HUB which is a group that meets weekly to address concerns and create a safer and healthier community. This group deals with specific cases of need where interventions may be required to ensure the health and safety of an individual.
CCHS in accordance with NLSD #113 policy places student safety as our number one priority. Our commitment to student and staff safety is to take all threats seriously, conduct investigations, and include an appropriate response. All actions or statements suggesting intent to harm or act violently against someone or something will be considered a threat and will be assessed utilizing Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA). The protocol outlines how a school responds to threatening incidents including, but not limited to” possession of a weapon or replica weapon; bomb threat or plan; verbal or written (including electronic) threats to harm oneself or others, and fire setting. The purpose of a VTRA is to determine how to support a student so their behaviour not become violent or self-injurious. Community partners may become involved in a VTRA to provide effect support for those involved. Please see the student registration package for more information on this protocol.
All learners are expected to treat others with consideration and respect by limiting the use of products with strong scents, such as perfume, body spray and cologne. There are members of our student and staff population with severe allergies to these products.
Dances are co-ordinated by the in-school administration. Groups can appeal to the in-school administration for special dances. Groups organizing a dance are required to have a minimum of four parents and four teachers for supervision. All supervised areas (i.e.: hallways, gym, coat check, outside area etc.) need to be filled for the duration of the dance. A designated set-up and clean-up committee are also required.
- No purses, backpacks, jackets or outdoor footwear allowed in the gym
- Consumption of alcohol or drugs before or during the dance is not tolerated.
- Once you are in the dance you must stay in. If you do leave you cannot come back in.
- Students cannot arrive to the dance later than the posted late time unless prior arrangements have been made to be placed on the late list.
- Students may invite one guest to a dance. These guests must be placed on the guest list 24 hrs prior to the dance. The list can be found in the office by speaking to an administrator. You are responsible for your guest’s behaviour and you must arrive and leave with your guest.
- You must be a current student in order to be admitted into the dance. Dances are extensions of school activities therefore you are responsible to the school for your behaviour. If you are serving a suspension or skipped school you will not be permitted to attend the dance.
- Students with poor school attendance may be prohibited from dances upon teacher recommendation
The above behaviours are not permitted at school, on school property or on school functions or trips. Staff and administration will deal with any infraction. Parents/guardians will be notified.
CCHS has a zero tolerance policy for physical violence or harm and such behaviour will result in an automatic suspension and parents/guardians will be notified. Further consequences may be necessary and will be decided by administration in consultation with parties involved.
For personal calls, students are asked to use the student phones by the main entrance. Only emergency telephone calls will be accepted at the office or if you require help contacting a guardian. We discourage you from contacting your child on their personal cell phone during class time, but ask that you contact the Main Office or student support workers if you need to relay a message. Students changing telephone numbers and/or addresses should notify the office immediately.
All visitors to the school are expected to register and sign in at the Main Office upon arrival at the school. A visitor is defined as any person who is not a student of the school or an employee of the Northern Lights School Division. Visitors may also be required to wear and identification badge.