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McLurg High School
School Division No. 202
Policies


McLurg High School challenges learners in a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment to empower all for lifelong learning and sucess.


ATTENDANCE POLICY​​​

The regular attendance of students is a critical factor in the success of the student, both in the class and as active school participants. As a result, the following policy has been put in place.

1.1 The Staff of McLurg expect all students to attend regularly to ensure successful academic achievement. It is the responsibility of the students to attend all classes regularly or accept the consequences of irregular attendance.
1.2 It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to notify the school as soon as possible regarding an absence.
1.3 It is the responsibility of the students who are absent to make arrangements to catch up on missed work. Teachers may refuse to accept late assignments or provide make-up exams for students whose absence from class was unacceptable.
1.4 Any student who has 10 absences in any one class may be removed from that class. Absences for authorized school activities will not be recorded as absences.
1.5 Parents/guardians may appeal a decision to delete a student from a class by requesting a conference with the school administration and teacher(s). In the case where a student is allowed to continue attending, conditions will be established.
1.5.1 When a student has accumulated five (5) absences in a class, a phone call will be made home to the parent/guardian and the situation will be discussed with the student and teachers concerned.
1.5.2 Eight (8) absences in one class: a phone call will be made home and a letter will be sent by the administration to notify the parents/guardians.
1.5.3 Ten (10) absences in one class: the administration will send a letter home to notify the parents/guardians that the student may be deleted from that class and request a meeting with the student and parents/guardians.
1.5.4 When extenuating circumstances warrant it, and after careful examination, a withdrawal will be at the discretion of the administration and the teachers involved.

 

ALCOHOL & DRUGS POLICY​


The use of alcohol or other drugs during school related activities is prohibited. The consequence for students who have alcohol or other drugs in their possession or who have been found to be taking these will be:
1) Automatic 3-day suspension
2) Suspension from all school related activities for the period of one year from the date of the incident. (School related activities include sports teams, SRC sponsored events, etc.)
3) Other conditions regarding consequences will be outlined by the Principal.


CHEATING​​

The procedure for students found cheating in a class is determined by the individual teachers. In many cases the students could find the following consequences being the result.

1. A grade of zero.
2. Loss of recommend with the writing of a comprehensive final exam.
2. Interview with parents and school officials.

 

DRESS AND APPEARANCE​​


Students at McLurg are guided by good taste in their dress at the school. Inappropriate dress includes clothing with suggestive or offensive slogans, liquor slogans, torn clothing, short skirts and revealing clothing. We aim at the principle of good taste, common sense, and an attempt to maintain a positive learning environment.

Here are some guidelines:
1) Full length t-shirts (no muscle shirts for both sexes, halter tops, etc.)
2) No short shirts or clothing that exposes the mid-rift.
3) No short shorts or skirts.
4) Pants and shorts will be pulled up sufficiently so as not to expose undergarments or the body.

An overall guideline might be: “If in doubt, don’t wear it”.
All students should strive to be neat and clean, and if in the opinion of a staff member, a person is immodestly dressed, he/she shall be requested to cover up and to return to school on the following day in more acceptable attire.

 

DROPPING/CHANGING CLASSES​


When a student wishes to change a class they will be allowed to do this within the first five class periods. After this period, changes will not be allowed.
Students wishing to drop a class must consult with principal, subject teacher and guidance teacher before being allowed.

 

EVALUATION POLICY​​


The teacher does not give marks. Marks must be earned. The final marks for all subjects for all grades are determined not only by examination results but also by the caliber of work done during the year, by attendance, and by attitude and co-operation.

1. Evaluation is continuous and as such the marks for any given report period shall be cumulative from the beginning of the year. (We will not record a mark for the reporting period only.)
2. Reports for November and April will include interviews with parents/guardians.
3. Each teacher will outline to the student, at the beginning of each course, the content of the course and how he/she will be evaluated in his/her particular subject.

 

GRADUATION​​


Grade 12 Graduation at McLurg is seen as a celebration of the years in which Grade 12 students have spent attending Kindergarten through Grade 12. Graduation occurs at the end of June after final examinations have been written.

Graduation Policy​​


To be eligible to participate in the Graduation ceremony at McLurg High, the student must:
1. Be enrolled at McLurg High School.
2. Be in a *position to receive a Saskatchewan Education Diploma in June of the graduation year.

* defined as passing all required courses and credits as of the April report card

Graduation planning will take place under the supervision of a staff member. All graduates are encouraged to attend all grad meetings, in order to have clear lines of communication and make graduation a well-planned, successful event.

 

HAT POLICY​


McLurg is a no hat school. We ask students to please remove their head wear upon entering the building. This includes regular class hours and for activities after school.

 

LIBRARY UTILIZATION​​


Hours – 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM – Monday to Friday

1. All materials borrowed by students must be signed out.
2. Books should be returned promptly on or before due date or brought in for renewal.
3. Encyclopedias may not be borrowed for overnight use under any circumstances. Teachers may, of course, request encyclopedias for classroom use but should return the volume/s to the library by the end of the day.
4. Borrowers will be charged for book losses and unnecessary damage to books.
5. Students are encouraged to use the library as a study or reading room at any time during school hours. The library, however, is not a social lounge and anyone disturbing other students will be requested to leave.
6. No food or drink in the library.
7. Word processors and printers are available for students to use to prepare essays and reports.
8. Internet usage, policy and rules are on display in the library.

LOCKS AND LOCKERS​


1. Every student should purchase a lock from the office with which to lock his/her locker. Any other lock found on a locker may be removed, unless that lock combination is left with the homeroom teacher and the office.
2. Students are advised not to bring large sums of money or items of substantial value to school.
3. Please note that the lockers are the property of McLurg High School and as students are responsible to keep them clean and tidy and are subject to unannounced inspection if required.
4. All students are required to lock their lockers for personal safety and to avoid “pranksters”.

 

RECOMMENDS​


In an effort to reward students for their good work habits and dedication over the year, McLurg has acknowledged the use of recommendations for students in grades 7 – 11. The following is the policy at McLurg School:

1. Attitude, conduct, work habits and regular attendance will be of major consideration for all recommendation candidates.

2. Recommendation candidates must have obtained an 80% average or better in the subject in order to be considered for recommendation. Other students, with marks of less than 80%, may be considered upon nomination by the teacher.

3. All students shall write a minimum of three final examinations per year for grades 7-9, 4 for grade 10, and 6 for grade 11.

4. A maximum of 1/3 of any class is eligible for recommendation.

5. Students who are recommended will still retain the right to write the final on the examination date.

6. Students will be reminded of their academic standing during each semester to encourage greater performance.

7. Teachers of all grades will meet three school days prior to the start of final examinations to discuss and determine which students will receive recommendation based on continuous progress.

8. Students will be notified of recommendations prior to the commencement (3 days – one school day and a weekend) of final exams. Included in the notice of recommendation will be the student’s percentage (mark). In the event of lack of effort during the later days, students can lose their recommendations.

9. Students who have been suspended over the course of the year will be ineligible for recommendations. Students that are deemed ineligible may apply for reinstatement through approval of a review committee made up of three teachers that teach the student plus an administrator. Students feeling their behavior, work ethic and attitude have improved to a point where they deserve a hearing, may make requests of the committee. (Shown over a three month period)

 

SKIPPING/UNEXPLAINABLE ABSENCES


Students that are absent from school without parental permission are considered skipping. Students who skip have the following consequences in place:
1) Make-up time of 1 hour with the teacher/class skipped
2) ½ day in-school suspension – make up absent time
3) 1 day in-school suspension – make up absent time

 

S​MOKING


McLurg High School is a smoke free school as set out in LandsWest School Division policy. Smoking is not allowed on school property. As well, students involved in field trips or extra-curricular activities are bound by the no smoking policy.

 

STUDENT FEES​


At the beginning of the school year, students will receive a list of student fees based on the classes they are enrolled in for the year. Included in this will be textbook fees, student insurance and other items. Compared to many other schools, you will find McLurg’s fees to be very reasonable, as we continue to strive to keep these down.
Fees should be paid by September 30th. If this is not possible, please contact the school to make arrangements. Cheques should be made payable to McLurg Trust.


STUDENTS AND PARENT RECOURSE TO SCHOOL ACTION​


The Board of Education recognizes that a student and/or his or her parents may, at times, be unhappy with the treatment received through the school. In such an event, the following procedures are to be followed:
a) The normal order shall be that the person or persons in question shall approach the teacher or principal, as appropriate, first. In any case, the principal shall be given an opportunity to resolve the problem before it is taken to his superior or to the Board of Education.
b) Should the principal not resolve the problem in a reasonable length of time, the grieving party or parties may meet with the Director of Education to seek a resolution. The Director shall take such steps as he or she deems appropriate.
c) In the event that the Director of Education cannot or does not resolve the matter, to the satisfaction of the party or parties involved, said persons shall have access to the Board of Education.
d) It frequently happens that a parent or student who has a complaint will bring it to a member of the Board of Education or to a Local Board Trustee. In that circumstance, the member or trustee in question shall advise the complainant to follow the procedures set out above, helping him or her or them to set up an appointment with the appropriate person or the Board of Education, if necessary.


STUDENT SPARES​


There are no spares for students in Grades 7 – 10 unless special circumstances warrant an exception being made. Students in Grade 11 are required at McLurg High School to take a minimum of 9 credits and grade 12 students are required to take a minimum of 8 credits. Students in grades 11 and 12 that have spares will be assigned to a classroom where they will work. Regular attendance will be taken for these students. After the first report card, students may be granted open campus for their spares if their marks, attendance and behaviour indicate that they have earned this right. Students on open campus spares are asked to sign out if they leave the school so we have a record of students out of the building during fire drills and in case of visitors to the school requesting their presence. Students are not permitted to loiter in the hallways during scheduled

 

STUDENTS AND PARENT RECOURSE TO SCHOOL ACTION​​


The Board of Education recognizes that a student and/or his or her parents may, at times, be unhappy with the treatment received through the school. In such an event, the following procedures are to be followed:
a) The normal order shall be that the person or persons in question shall approach the teacher or principal, as appropriate, first. In any case, the principal shall be given an opportunity to resolve the problem before it is taken to his superior or to the Board of Education.
b) Should the principal not resolve the problem in a reasonable length of time, the grieving party or parties may meet with the Director of Education to seek a resolution. The Director shall take such steps as he or she deems appropriate.
c) In the event that the Director of Education cannot or does not resolve the matter, to the satisfaction of the party or parties involved, said persons shall have access to the Board of Education.
d) It frequently happens that a parent or student who has a complaint will bring it to a member of the Board of Education or to a Local Board Trustee. In that circumstance, the member or trustee in question shall advise the complainant to follow the procedures set out above, helping him or her or them to set up an appointment with the appropriate person or the Board of Education, if necessary.