Code of Student Behaviour and Conduct

Students at Lorne Akins are asked to live up to a set of BASIC EXPECTATIONS based on "common sense and courtesy". Students are taught to recognize the connection between rights and responsibilities and understand that privileges are tied to obligations. Students are expected to live up to the following behavioral standards:

  • Respect one’s self, all staff, students, and community members, be truthful and honest.
  • Respect the property, equipment, textbooks, facilities, and rules of Lorne Akins and all other schools.
  • Be punctual.
  • Be on task.
  • Complete assignments, keep notes up to date, and organize textbooks and other school supplies.
  • Be honest in the completion of assignments and tests.
  • Behave and dress appropriately for a school environment.

Students are expected to “Work Hard” and “Be Nice”. They should all "Walk, Talk and Text Politely" and "Keep Their Hands and Feet to Themselves".

Consequences for breaching the code of student behaviour and conduct may result in student talks with teachers, counselors, and/or school administrators. In severe cases suspensions and/or expulsion from the school and/or district may be brought forth.

Froshing and Harassment

In past years, especially during late August and school opening, some students have been involved in activities that are criminal acts. These acts are a part of what is commonly known as froshing. All students have a right to feel and be safe in their schools. To ensure that this is true in St. Albert, both school jurisdictions and all schools are working together to send out an important message. Many other groups are supporting this message, including the City of St. Albert, the RCMP, Alberta Justice, the St. Albert SAIF Society, the St. Albert Association for People with Disabilities, and the St. Albert Youth Centre.

The message is very clear: Froshing is not acceptable behaviour. It is, in fact, an assault. Any student involved in such an activity will face suspension, and possible legal charges or expulsion.

Also applying to Safe and Caring Schools is the issue of weapons. Students may not bring to school, a weapon, replica weapon, or prohibited item, which might threaten or injure another student or staff member. Again, there is no tolerance for such behaviour and consequences could be severe.

Please Note: The use of cell phones, iPods, and other electronic games/devices is not permitted during class time without special consent. All such communication/entertainment devices are to be turned off and put away during class time. We will confiscate improperly used electronic devices.

Dress Code

In general, students are responsible for determining their own standard of dress and grooming, within the limits of cleanliness and good taste. The principal is responsible for establishing an acceptable standard of school dress and a District policy has been approved by the School Board. Hats, hoods, and bandanas are not to be worn in the building. Staff will determine appropriateness of dress and take measures to ensure that acceptable standards are being met. A good rule of thumb is that tops should touch bottoms and no underwear should be showing.

Smoking

Students are not permitted to smoke or chew tobacco, or use any type of electronic cigarettes or vaporizers in the school, on, or around school property. Violation will result in communication with parents and offenders face SUSPENSION. Lorne Akins staff and community ask parents to help us take action against students who persist in loitering and smoking anywhere near the school. Such incidents will be recorded and reported to parents. Lighters and matches are forbidden.

Alcohol and Controlled Substances

Any student who is in possession of, or under the influence of, any illegal substance, on school property, or during school-sponsored activities, will face immediate suspension and/or expulsion as outlined in the Drug Free Protocol for St. Albert Schools. Crimestoppers is being used successfully to report illegal activity and the R.C.M.P. may be involved in these cases. Locker checks and bag searches may be carried out and visits by the drug dog will be conducted if requested by the principal. Students need to remember that lockers are school property. Students are asked to never bring bad attitudes, substances, or behaviour to Lorne Akins School.