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School Policies > Mission Statement of Manitoba Education

The Mission Statement of Manitoba Education is to ensure high quality education and training programs for Manitobans to enable them to develop their individual potential and contribute to the economic, social, and cultural life of Manitoba. Sanford Collegiate recognizes responsibility in the following areas:

Notification Statement

Personal information collected by the school about your children/our students is protected by The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used only for the purpose for which it was collected and for activities directly associated and consistent with school business for Sanford Collegiate and the Red River Valley School Division. Examples of regular school business include but are not limited to: school newsletters, yearbooks, promotion of graduates and acknowledgement of academic achievement, and the organization and recognition of sport and club participation.

If you have any questions about the collection of information, please contact the Division FIPPA Coordinator @ (204) 746-2317 ext. 2222.

Public Schools Act - Regulation E10-R6, #44/BUSES

"The principal has disciplinary authority over all pupils of his school in their conduct towards one another on their way to and from school, and, in districts or divisions which provide transportation, the principal has disciplinary authority over the conduct of the pupils while they are in the conveyance."

Bus Loading and Unloading Area

Students must assemble in an orderly fashion in the bus loading area in front of the school during bus loading at the end of the school day. At all times, when loading or unloading from a school bus, students must exercise care and caution and proceed in an orderly manner.

Student Conduct on School Buses

To maintain safety in the transporting of pupils on buses, the Board requires that each student shall conduct himself in a quiet orderly fashion and according to the Red River Valley School Division/Division Scolaire Vallée de la Riviére-Rouge student passenger regulations. The student is under the ultimate disciplinary authority of the school administration while on the bus; however, the school bus driver is responsible for maintaining reasonable discipline on his/her bus at all times.

Serious misconduct by a student shall be reported to the administration by the driver.

The administration may take such disciplinary action as the Public Schools Act allows including the suspension of the pupil's privilege to school transportation.

Bus Equipment

Discipline on Division Buses

Carry-On Items (Buses)

Safe School

The Red River Valley School Division/Division Scolaire Vallée de la Riviére- Rouge believes that a student has the right to attend school without fear of physical, emotional or verbal abuse. The Board of Trustees endorses a zero tolerance approach to violence in its schools, and clearly states that any form of violence will not be condoned. All threats or acts of violence will be acted upon. Physical violence will be viewed as unacceptable behaviour. A zero tolerance to violence also includes verbal abuse such as swearing, using sexist or racist language or threatening another student. Discrimination in any form as outlined in the Manitoba Human Rights Code will not be accepted, nor will gang involvement.

Firearms and Other Dangerous Items

Weapons, such as guns, knives etc. and other dangerous items such as bombs and other inflammable substances, etc. which may be used to harm others, are prohibited on all school properties and at all school related activities unless specifically approved by the school administrator. Students who are in possession of prohibited weapons/items (knives, flammable substances, etc.) may be: (i) suspended by the School Administrator, or (ii) reported to the RCMP. Procedure All incidents shall be investigated by the school administrator. Upon completion of the investigation by the administrator, students may be suspended from 1 day to 5 days. In cases of a severe nature, the administrator will consult with the Superintendent/CEO as to what course of action to follow. This action may vary from further suspensions with counselling to a recommendation to the school board for expulsion from the Division’s schools.

Drugs/Alcohol and Substance Use

Students suspected of using and/or being under the influence of alcohol, prescription or non-prescription drugs/illegal drugs or solvent sniffing on school property or at school related activities shall be reported to the school administration. The principal will conduct an investigation into any such incident. This investigation may include a locker inspection, contacting parents, etc. Students identified as being involved in the personal use and/or of trafficking in drugs, alcohol or solvents (for inhalation) will be subject to any or all of the following intervention measures: (i) Immediate suspension from school until the principal has conducted a complete investigation. (ii) Parents will be notified as soon as possible. (iii) The principal must consult with the superintendent/CEO and may consult with the RCMP or other legal agencies. (iv) The principal may suspend the student for up to 5 days. A further suspension for up to 3 weeks may be made with the approval of the superintendent/C.E.O.. (v) Recommendations may include that students and/or parents see the divisional psychologist and/or that students attend drug rehabilitation courses, Alcohol Foundation Programs, etc. (vi) A recommendation to the Board for expulsion.

Bullying, Verbal and Physical Harassment

Physical or verbal bullying and sexual or psychological harassing of other students, in writing, orally or otherwise, will not be tolerated. Students who persist in such behaviour will be confronted by school administration. The principal may call upon the superintendent and/or trustees for assistance, as well as other resource people. A plan of action to eliminate the problem must be defined and accepted by the parties involved (student, parent, principal).

School Creed

Sanford Collegiate desires to create a respectful, open-minded environment in which academics, athletics, diversity of opportunities and a sense of community are of equal value. We wish to have our school seen as a good place to be, a place students are proud of and a place students want to attend.

Code of Conduct

Sanford Collegiate has adopted a code of conduct outlining the rights and responsibilities of students, teachers and parents. The student rights and responsibilities are outlined below:

Student Rights

Student Responsibilities

NOTE: All students have the right to access extra-curricular activities; however, they must adhere to all of the student responsibilities listed above. Failure to do so may result in suspension from extra-curricular activities.

R.C.M.P. at School

The administration and/or staff members may call the R.C.M.P. to the school to deal with students who are violating the law at school.

Cell Phones/Electronic Devices

Sanford Collegiate recognizes that the use of cellular phones and other electronic devices is continuing to grow and expand. Sanford Collegiate also recognizes the value of such devices to students, families and schools.

It is the intent of this policy to manage the use of these devices in the school to prevent interference with teaching, learning opportunities and personal safety.

This policy applies to the formal school day, including school-sponsored events such as intramurals, extra-curricular activities and field trips. Students will be allowed to use these devices in the hallways, lunchroom, and the gym (during lunch hour only). All devices must be turned off when students are in class, in the library, in the gym (except for lunch hour) and during school events/presentations. Use of these devices during these times will only be allowed with teacher permission.

The use of these devices to photograph and/or record video without staff consent is strictly prohibited. Students who use these devices to access, upload, download or distribute information that the school has determined to be objectionable will be subject to the provisions of the Sanford Collegiate Acceptable Technology Use Policy.

Students who use these devices to send or receive personal messages, data or information that would contribute to or constitute cheating will be subject to consequences as determined by the school.

School staff may confiscate such devices from students if they are used for unauthorized purposes or at unauthorized times. Repeated unauthorized use may lead to further action as determined by the school.

Student Assessment

The process that will be used in determining student grades in each course will be clearly communicated to students on the course outline supplied in the first week of classes.

All courses will utilize a variety of methods of assessment (tests, observations, performance assessments, conversations, portfolios, demonstrations, etc.) to determine achievement.

Formative assessment will occur on a regular basis, with teachers providing feedback (not a mark) to students through use of comments, rubrics, checklists, practice work, homework, pre-tests, etc.

Summative assessment, generally, will be based on individual, not group, achievement. A variety of methods of assessing, such as writing, speaking and demonstrating, will be used to determine a student’s level of learning. Non-achievement factors such as effort, participation, attitude, behaviour, attendance, punctuality, etc., generally will not be used to determine a mark unless such specific factors are a stated part of a Manitoba Education curriculum document, or are prohibited by Workplace Safety and Health legislation. Otherwise, these factors will be reported separately.

Assessment evidence (summative assignments) submitted after a firm but fair and reasonable due date will not be accepted if, in the teacher’s judgment, no special circumstances exist. A mark of zero will be awarded.

A teacher’s professional judgment is of utmost importance in determining a student’s final grade. Based on the best evidence available (most consistent work versus most recent work, emotional/physical health, sufficient evidence, etc.), a teacher shall determine a final mark and report this in a percentage grade.

Student Attendance

Attendance in class is the single most critical indicator of the likelihood of classroom success. Therefore, the expectation of the school is that students will attend daily, and it will be a small number of students who experience difficulty with poor attendance.

Student Evaluation

Generally, a student’s term work will account for 70% of her/his final grade. A student’s progress during each semester will be reported to the student and parent/guardian in the following manner: a mid-term report with the current grade after ½ the course is completed, and a final Provincial Report Card at the end of the course (January and June), given to students in January and mailed home in June. In addition, a teacher with concerns about a student’s lack of progress will communicate this concern through progress reports or by telephone or email at any time. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teachers with specific concerns.

Each course at Sanford Collegiate will have some form of final assessment. This may take several forms – performance, portfolio, oral, demonstration, project, and so on, including a formal written exam. This final assessment will count for 30% of a student’s final grade. There are no exemptions from this final assessment.

At the end of each semester, there is a block of time set aside for final exams. Typically, this would be the end of January/beginning of February, and mid-June (for Gr. 11 and 12 students)/late June (for Gr. 9 and 10 students). In June, if a grade 11 student has an exam in a grade 9 or 10 course, the student will write the exam in the slotted time period. A Grade 12 student, with the same situation, will write the exam during the earlier exam period (due to Graduation considerations). Students must be available until all exams have been written. This means that travel plans should only be made after knowing the dates of final exams. Exam schedules of specific course exam dates will be posted around the school approximately 3 weeks prior to exams. Preliminary inquiries about exams should be directed to the school administration.

In addition to the school’s evaluation practices, students may be required to write additional provincial examinations as designated by the Province of Manitoba. Currently, this would be the Grade 12 English exam (written in the first week of January or the end of May/beginning of June), and Grade 12 Math exams (mid-January and mid- June). Others may be added as the Province determines. These exams will also count for 30% of a student’s final grade.

Organization of the School Day/Year

The school operates on a six day cycle with the following class times:

NOTE: Please visit the Calendar section of our site for a listing of all events, closures, in-service days, breaks, etc.