At Nordale School, our purpose is to ensure success for all
learners. It is a place that is safe, where we act responsibly and respectfully,
and cooperate with each other. Our guidelines for behaviour are governed by the
Louis Riel School Division policy “Safe Schools/Code of Conduct.” Please see
“Appendix A” of the Nordale School Handbook for the complete policy.
Roles & Responsibilities of Parents & Students
The role and responsibility of the student is to:
- attend school and classes regularly and punctually;
- comply with:
- the student discipline and behaviour management policies of the school and
School Division or school district, and the school’s code of conduct; and
- complete assignments and other related work required by teachers or other
employees of the School Division or school district; and
- treat school property and the property of others employed at or attending
the school with respect.
To support the education of his/her child the role and responsibility of the
parent is to:
- cooperate fully with the child’s teachers and other employees of the School
Division or school district to ensure the child complies with:
- school and School Division or school district student discipline and
behaviour management policies, and
- the school’s code of conduct; and
- take all reasonable measures to ensure the child attends school regularly.
It is the belief of the administration and staff at Nordale that learning
takes place most effectively in a safe atmosphere free from fear, disruptions
and tension. The school’s Code of Conduct is an important tool in maintaining
and enhancing this environment. Parents or students should take up any problems
that threaten this objective with the staff immediately, in order that a quick
resolution might be found. To this end, parental support is critical to creating
an excellent learning environment.
Some ways in which the school ensures student safety and security
- Students are taught skills for non-violent conflict resolution and are
encouraged to put the lessons into practice;
- Students eating at school at lunchtime are monitored in the classes by
student volunteers and paid adult lunch supervisors, who circulate from room to
- A minimum of two adults are on the playground to provide supervision at each
recess. Four adults are responsible for supervision during the indoor and
outdoor lunch period, two oversee the Grades 1 to 4 area, while the other two
supervise the Grades 5 to 8 playground.
- The use of Restitution principles to help students when they have made a
mistake and want to fix their problem.
Student Discipline & Bottom Lines
Bottom lines are a list of behaviours that are considered totally
unacceptable to students, staff and parents. Should these behaviours occur,
staff would deal with the student. Typically, the student is removed from the
group as an immediate consequence. The duration of the removal is dependent on
the severity of the behaviour. It is not restitution, however, restitution may
take place later. The following list provides examples of bottom line
- Intentional physical aggression
- Direct defiance of an adult
We are beginning the sixth year of our implementation of
Restitution as a means of managing our school discipline issues.
Restitution is a process by which students learn self-discipline.
In this process, the focus is on the student self-evaluating and assessing how
the student’s behaviour has affected others. Then, the student strives to “fix”
the problem so that he/she may be strengthened through the restitution process.
In the classroom, teachers strive to redirect the student without
sacrificing the self-esteem of the student. The goal is to strengthen the
student and to teach them, hence they will no longer be afraid to face their
When students make mistakes, staff helps them in the creative
process of problem solving. This enables the student to develop a plan to repair
their mistake and become strengthened as a result.