Behavior Expectation of Buck Mountain Students

Behavior Expectation of Buck Mountain Students

The pursuit of excellence includes the pursuit of good behavior.  At BMC we believe our students should:

  1. Attend school regularly and punctually
  2. Cooperate fully with everyone involved in providing educational programs and services
  3. Comply with the rules of the school
  4. Account to their teachers for their conduct
  5. Respect the rights of others
  6. Respect and care for personal and public property
  7. Be polite and display good manners
  8. Use appropriate language

Buck Mountain Central School maintains a zero acceptance policy of poor behaviour and students who misbehave in or out of the classroom will be subject to disciplinary action.

Zero acceptance includes the following behaviours:

  • Physical aggression
  • Verbal taunting/teasing/name calling
  • Swearing/use of profane and/or offensive language

Students can expect loss of privileges – dances, trips, teams, detentions and/or suspensions

Physical Aggression / Verbal Threats

Students who engage in any kind of physical or verbal aggression (hitting, pushing, tripping, threats etc.) will be subject to disciplinary action in the office.  BMC has a zero acceptance of any kind of physical aggression.  Students can expect to be suspended for a period of 3-5 days for displaying aggressive behaviors or possible expulsion.

Foul/Offensive/Obscene use of Language

Students who engage in the use of foul, offensive, or obscene language will be subject to disciplinary action from any staff member.   Foul language directed at a staff member may result in immediate suspension for a student.  A school is not a place where students need to use offensive language even while talking to each other.  Buck Mountain School has a non-acceptance policy of foul language.  Students’ use of language will be closely monitored and habitual users of foul language will be subject to progressive discipline, which may include suspension.

  • Example of possible disciplinary action:
    • Time one – warning
    • Time two – sent to office for the class
    • Time three – ½ day in school suspension
    • Repeated – meeting with parents

Illegal Drug and/or Alcohol use/Possession/ Paraphernalia

The consumption / possession of alcohol or the use of illegal drugs will be dealt with severely.  In the event of drug use, or suspected drug use, the RCMP will be contacted.  This applies to students throughout the school day, at school dances, and/or at events sponsored or supported by the school (including field trips, athletic events, excursions, band trips, and so on).  Alcohol or illegal drugs and /or paraphernalia found on a student’s person or in their locker will be confiscated and will be turned over to the RCMP.  Parents will be phoned and students will be automatically suspended from school for a period of 3-5 days.

Vapes/ E-cigarettes/ Cigarettes/Tobacco/Tobacco Products / Lighters

Buck Mountain Central School is a tobacco- and vape-free facility, which includes the school building, fields, and parking lots, or on the property directly adjacent to the school.  Students will not be allowed to possess tobacco and vape products while in attendance at Buck Mountain Central School, including vapes.  Students who are found to have tobacco/vape products will have those products confiscated.  Students are not allowed, at any time, to walk off campus to smoke/vape.  Students caught smoking/vaping or leaving the campus to smoke/vape, will be subject to consequences, including possible suspension.

  • Example of possible disciplinary action:
    • Smoking time 1 – 1 day in school suspension
    • Smoking time 2 – 2 day in school suspension
    • Smoking time 3 – Out of school suspension, meeting with parents

Closed Campus

Buck Mountain School has a closed campus policy, which means that students are not able to come and go from the school facility or grounds without permission from parents/guardians and without signing out at the school office.  Unless otherwise notified, in writing or by phone for each occurrence, students are only allowed to leave the school with their parents/guardians. 

  • Example of possible disciplinary action:
    • Skipping time 1 – 1 day in school suspension
    • Skipping time 2 – 2 day in school suspension
    • Skipping time 3 – Out of school suspension, meeting with parents

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and punctuality are essential if a student is to achieve maximum benefit from his or her schooling.  A student that is away from school for any reason - vacation, illness, excused or unexcused - has missed opportunities for learning.  These missed opportunities can add up over the course of the year or the course of a students’ academic career.  

Research shows the point at which these absences can begin to affect academic growth is missing 10% or more of the school year.  This level of school absence is referred to as chronic absenteeism and is associated with lower academic performance in subsequent grades.

The following codes and descriptions will be used to monitor attendance at BMC:

Present: Student is in attendance at a school sanctioned activity

Present (P)

Student is present and attending regular programming

Activity (Y)

Student is in attendance, but not on site or in class because of another commitment to a school approved activity

Non-Instructional (N)

Student is in attendance, but not present in class as a result of a meeting with a student services staff such as a counsellor, grade advisor, learning support teacher, IPP meeting, etc.

Discipline (D)

Student is in attendance, but directed to an in-school suspension or other alternative disciplinary setting and not permitted to attend class or otherwise participate in scheduled school programming or activities

Absent: Student is not in attendance at a school sanctioned activity

Absent (A)

Student is not at school and has not been otherwise excused

Verified (V)

Student is not at school and the parent/guardian has informed the school

Illness (I)

Student is not at school due to a sickness or illness.  Parent/guardian has informed the school

Family (F)

Student is not at school due to a death in the family, religious/cultural event, or engaged in cultural learning.  Parent/guardian has informed the school.   Ensure there is a comment referring to the specific reason.

Suspended (S)

Student has not at school due to a out-of-school suspension.  School Administration has provided notification to the family

Late: Student is late arriving to class or school

Late/Leaving Early (L)

Student is late arriving to class or school.  Ensure there is a comment referring to the specific arrival/departure time.

Late Arrivals / Leaving Early

All students are expected to arrive punctually to their school or class, with all the appropriate materials, ready to receive instruction.  A student arriving to school or class beyond the scheduled start time will be considered late.

A student that leaves school prior to the end of the regularly scheduled departure time will be considered as “Leaving Early”.

Regular school attendance is one of the key factors responsible for students doing well in school.   

  • Universal Supports (<5%) – BMC staff will focus on creating a safe, welcoming, caring, respectful learning environment that fosters a sense of belonging among all members of the school community and  promotes regular student attendance.
    • classroom teachers will be encouraged to engage in positive conversations with the family of a student who has missed class to offer assistance to improve attendance, inform regarding missed lessons, and deliver a positive message on the importance of daily school attendance.
  • Targeted Supports (5%-10%) - If a student’s absences reaches 10% in a month, it needs to be determined why. 
    • a student who is absent > 5%, they may receive a letter from the school advising them of the absences
  • Specialized Supports (>10%) - If a student’s absences reach greater than 10% in a month, they are at risk of loss in relationships with peers and staff at school and a loss of academic progress.  Intensive supports and interventions will need to be in place that may include counselling supports, community partners and referral to the Attendance Board.
    • Parents and students (high school) are advised that an absentee rate of 15% or more may result in a student losing credit for their course(s). Parents and students are advised that a student might be better served academically to retake the course at a future date when they can assure more regular attendance. 
    • If a High School student misses 25% or more of class time, the student may be removed from the course(s) and be asked to retake the course at a later date when they can assure more regular attendance. Parents may appeal this decision to the principal.
  • Referrals to appropriate officials with Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools and/or the Provincial Attendance Board may be made if efforts to improve poor attendance fail at the school level.

Once a student leaves home, either on the school bus or by private vehicle, with the implied intent of coming to school, they are considered to be in attendance at school.  Thus, if a student who does leave home as noted and does not go to classes, that student will also be considered to have skipped school and subject to disciplinary action.  For example, if a student gets on the school bus and rides to school, he or she is considered to be attending school.  Even if the student leaves the school grounds without entering the school building, they will be considered to have skipped school.