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
  9. Hats allowed in common areas and in classrooms at teacher discretion

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 school attendance is one of the key factors responsible for students doing well in school.  Students who are absent from school must provide the school with a written note explaining the reason for being absent or have their parents/guardian phone the school. 

  • Teachers may be in contact with parents if they notice a student has too many absences or too many lates.
  • When a student reaches an absentee rate of 5%, they may receive a letter from the school advising them of the absences.
  • A second letter may be sent out when the rate is 10%.
  • When a student’s absentee rate reaches 15%, students and/or parents may be asked to meet with the school administration to review the reasons for the absenteeism and to set up a plan for improvement. Parents will continue to receive reports from the school if the absentee rate does not improve.  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.

Extended Holidays

A few parents or guardians take their children on holidays that exceed those granted by the Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools and the Department of Education.  Parents/guardians and students must accept full responsibility for any detrimental effects of missing regular classroom instruction. When a student is going on an extended holiday, the following conditions apply:

  1. Parent/guardian should arrange to discuss this with the Principal.
  2. It is the responsibility of the student to contact his/her teachers to find out what will be missed or has been missed.
  3. A student is responsible for all missed work as directed by the teacher.
  4. A student will be responsible for assigned major projects.
  5. Unless a clearance has been previously arranged by the student and approved by the school, any test missed during this extended holiday period will be assigned zero.

Signing Out/Skipping School/Late for Class

Buck Mountain Central has a closed campus, which means that students are not allowed to come and go from the school without parental consent and without formally signing out.  Signing out means the student must come to the office and inform the office staff that he/she will be leaving the school.  They must be prepared to state the reason for leaving and that they have parental consent.  Often, the school will contact parents/guardians as a check to make sure that consent has been given.  Students should bring a note or have their parents phone the school prior to checking out.

If a student leaves the school building/grounds (campus) without signing out and parental permission, they are considered to be skipping school and subject to disciplinary actions, including suspension from school.  A student who leaves the school after signing out but who, upon a check by the school, does not have parental consent, is considered to have skipped school and subject to disciplinary action.

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.

  • Example of possible disciplinary action:
    • Late 5 times – ½ day in-school or removal from a school activity