School Policies

School Policies

Please refer to the banners below for more information regarding school policies at Sa-Hali Secondary.  Please refer to the following School District link to be redirected to the list of School District No. 73 Kamloops/Thompson Policies and Regulations.

 Attendance and Punctuality Policy

Attendance and punctuality are expected on a regular basis as per the Public School Act Regulations. Regular attendance and punctuality are important factors in school success. Parents/guardians are requested to phone the school (250-374-0861), if your son or daughter is going to be absent. Having your student’s ID number would be helpful with the process. A note from home is also requested if a student is going to sign out early or be late for class.

Students arriving at school after the start of the school and within 15 minutes of the bell should go directly to class and the teacher will mark them late. If the student arrives with a note to excuse their late or a parent has called to excuse the late they should stop in at the office to be sure their late is excused.

When a student must leave school during class time, it is required that a note from home or a phone call be received at the main office. Students must sign out at the office for appointments and sign in when they arrive back at the school. Signing out at the office applies to students who are leaving school at lunch and not returning for the remainder of the day.
For long-term absences, contact the school to make arrangements for work to be sent home.
Students are responsible for making up missed assignments and work.

Planned Absence: (forms can be obtained at the office)
Planned absence are used for absences of 2 or more days and refers to 4-H, school field trips including music, sports, cultural, and family events.
The student must present the “Planned Absence” form to the teacher at least 2 days prior to the event. The teacher will advise the student of the work that will be covered during the absence. Planned Absences that are school sponsored are to be handed in completed to their sponsor teacher. Planned Absences that are family events are to be turned into the office for approval by the administration.
Classroom teachers have the right to refuse permission for school planned events.
Students must accept responsibility for making up the missed work.

Exams and Absence:
Students, who are absent from an exam or other scheduled presentation, project or assignment for reasons that are acceptable under the School Act or Board Policies, should be allowed to make up the exam or be evaluated without penalty.
Students who are absent for social/personal reasons that are not emergencies, and have not been previously approved, may be required to do an alternate assessment other than the scheduled exam or presentation.
Students who are absent as a result of a school or Board suspension will be required to attend school for scheduled exams. Assignments or other obligations that may come due during the suspension should be sent in or dropped off at the school. Teachers are required by the Act to provide an educational program for students who are registered but under suspension.

 

 Dress Code Policy

Students are expected to dress in a manner that reflects purpose and propriety. Students wearing inappropriate attire will be asked to cover up, change, or go home.

All Students are expected to dress in a way that is suitable for a professional learning environment:

  1. Shorts, pants and skirts must completely cover the top and bottom of the buttocks at all times. This means no cheek lines or butt cracks.
  2. Tops must cover the majority of your upper body without exposing the chest, back or midriff.
  3. No low-cut shirts. Tops/tanks that expose one’s entire back and/or underarm – rib cage areas need to be covered.
  4. Crop top hems must touch the top of waist band of pants/shorts/skirts. Belly buttons are not to be seen.
  5. Underwear, as its name suggests, should be under clothes and not be visible (with the exception of shoulder straps).
  6. Wearing of skinny or spaghetti straps is acceptable as long as it meets other expectations.
  7. See-through clothing is not permitted.
  8. Clothing promoting sex, violence, profanity, discrimination, drug (marijuana leaves) or alcohol use, are not permitted. *Images displayed on clothing should reflect Dress Code expectations.
  9. Footwear, for safety reasons, must be worn at all times.
  10. Hats and hoods, for safety reasons, are not to be worn inside the school hallways, office, assemblies/school events. We need to see faces in the building. Religious observation is an exception to this rule.

 

 Homework Policy

As a general guideline, students are advised to establish a study plan at the beginning of the year. This plan should permit time for both assigned (homework) and review (study work). Following is a guideline:

  1. Grade 8: ½ to 1 hour daily
  2. Grade 9/10: 1½ hours daily
  3. Grade 11/12: 2 to 2 ½ hours daily

The following statements summarize the reasons for the necessity and importance of homework in assisting a student’s educational progress.

  • Homework reinforces material presented in the classroom, supplementing and building on classroom experience.
  • Homework creates readiness for learning by providing background knowledge.
  • Homework provides practice drill in specific skills areas.
  • Homework provides follow up to classroom activities.
  • Homework provides students with activities for individualized learning.
  • Homework is an evaluative tool.

To ensure co-operation between students, teachers and parents in the assignment of homework, the following expectations are to be collectively employed:

Student’s role:
Students are expected to complete homework assignments on time in order to develop self-discipline and time management skills and to enhance their knowledge of each subject.

Teacher’s role:
Teachers will assign meaningful homework that will be promptly evaluated.

Parent’s role: 
Parents are expected to provide students with an environment that promotes good study habits and to enrich the student’s learning through their support and encouragement. Parents have an opportunity to be informed about the materials students are studying by direct contact with the teacher.

 

Technology Policy

Computer Lab Policy
Students must have a parent/guardian sign an Internet Access Agreement for students to have access to the Internet at school.  Improper use of the computer network will result in the following:

  • Removal of the student computer account.
  • Prohibited from any computer use.
  • Administrative action.

Personal Technology Devices
Students may use personal electronic devices at Sa-Hali Secondary School in the following manner:

  • Cell/Smart Phones – classroom use only with teacher authorization; breaks and lunch acceptable
  • Laptops / Tablets – classroom use only with teacher authorization; breaks and lunch acceptable
  • Audio devices – classroom use only with teacher authorization; breaks and lunch acceptable
  • Cameras (including Smart Phone cameras) – only with authorization
  • Recording devices – only with authorization

Texting or accessing social networking sites is not allowed during classroom instructional time without teacher authorization. All filming on school property and all footage used for school projects must be approved by Administration and / or the Teacher. Consent must be obtained before filming any individual. At no time will the use of any personal electronic device invade or infringe upon the personal privacy or safety of any member of the school community.

While using school/school district servers, students and guests may not assume that usage is private. All content will be available to be viewed for security and safety reasons. Students and guests using information technology within Sa-Hali Secondary School will use all technologies in an appropriate and safe manner. Commercial uses, harassment and bullying are inappropriate and will result in disciplinary actions.

Sa-Hali Secondary School accepts no responsibility for theft or damage that may occur to personal items brought to the school.

 

 Textbook Deposit Policy #506.4
A learning resources deposit shall be collected from all middle and secondary school students. The deposit is a means of teaching the students a sense of responsibility; and, to control waste through lost or damaged textbooks.
The textbook deposit will be $50.00 per student to a maximum of $100.00 per family. The textbook deposit will be held by the school until the student graduates or withdraws from the school provided that textbooks are returned in a suitable condition at the end of each semester or school year. (For more information please go to the School District #73 webpage Policy #506.4 or call the school).

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