School Policies

Cell Phones/Electronic Devices

The school will provide all technology necessary for learning at school. If a phone is seen, heard or used without teacher permission during the class time, the phone will be taken and it will remain with the teacher and be returned before the end of the day. If the offence is repeated or if the student refuses to cooperate at any time, school administrators may assign additional consequences and confiscate the phone. A parent/guardian may be asked to pick it up.

Students must adhere to all Division policies when using student-owned or school electronic devices of any kind in the school setting. Students cannot take photos and video of other students or staff without their consent. Photos and video should not be posted to the Internet without the parental consent of the featured student.

Worrisome behaviours may be brought to our attention in a variety of ways, including alerts being shared regarding a student's activity while using Division technology or Division accounts.

Due to the fact that these electronic items are expensive and could be damaged or stolen, it is recommended that parents allow their children to bring them to school only if they are responsible enough to take care of the item. The school is NOT responsible for lost or stolen articles.

Students are encouraged to leave their cell phones in their lockers. 

Technology must be handed in before an exam. 

Racette administration recognizes the value of handheld technology; however, technology etiquette is required at the school. 

Chromebook Policy

With a one-to-one program, students have increased access to technology and the opportunity to work collaboratively with teachers and classmates. Student work is saved on Google Drive, which makes it accessible from any computer with an Internet connection. No additional software is required.

Time is provided at the end of the day to plug the chromebooks in.  If students must leave earlier, they can touch base with their family leader to see if it can be plugged in.  If their family leader is not available, they may leave it in the office.  If a student arrives late, they may knock on the family leader’s door to quietly pick up their Chromebook.

All school user accounts are managed and monitored by the school division. When concerning user activity arises, the school is notified and the concern will be addressed.   

General Precautions:

  • No food or drink is allowed next to your Chromebook while it is in use. 
  • Cords, cables, and removable storage devices must be inserted and removed carefully. 
  • Chromebooks should not be left unattended, except when locked in your locker.
  • Students should never carry their Chromebook while the screen is open, unless directed to do so by a teacher.  
  • Chromebooks should be closed when not in use to conserve battery life.  
  • Chromebooks should never be shoved into a locker or wedged into a backpack as this may break the screen.  
  • If a chromebook is accidentally dropped, the student should notify the teacher immediately. 
  • Chromebooks should not be left on the floor.
  • Chromebooks should not be brought into the gym.

Technology Responsible Use:

  • Upon classroom entry, Chromebooks should be put safely on the student’s desk.  Teachers may also ask students to place Chromebooks on a designated shelf until the teacher advises students that they are to be used.
  • Chromebooks are to be used for school work only and not for games. 
  • Chromebooks are NOT to be used at the breaks or at lunch for ‘free’ use.  They may be used to complete school work during noon tutorials only. 

Students who choose to bring and use their own personal device to school must only use their SPERD account during school hours.  If students are found to be in violation of this, they will be asked to leave their personal devices at home.

Dress Code

Schools are a place of business and learning. Students are expected to dress in an appropriate manner for a school setting during all school sponsored functions (including dances, field trips, sporting activities, etc.)

This expectation includes clothing that (regardless of gender):

  • adequately covers the student (including stomachs and backsides) and all of the student's undergarments.
  • contributes to a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment that respects diversity and fosters a sense of belonging; (NO monograms which use vulgar language, make references to suggestive sexual thoughts, suggest excessive violence, gangs or alcohol/drug abuse)
  • is appropriate for the gymnasium during Physical Education class (i.e.: non-marking runners, shorts or sweatpants that cover during activity, etc.)

Students are expected to:

  • wear appropriate indoor footwear (i.e. footwear worn outdoors must be removed and replaced with indoor non-marking footwear)
  • leave their backpacks in their lockers during the school day
  • dress appropriately during severe weather conditions including bus travel to and from home or on field trips.

Locker Clean Up

Every second Wednesday is designated as Locker Clean-up.  Students are expected to keep all books, binders, and lockers neat and organized!

Lost and Found

Lost and Found box is emptied on the third Monday of every month.  Items not claimed are given to community agencies.

Reluctant Zero Policy

  • At Racette Junior High School, it is our policy to ensure as few zeros are assigned as possible for assignments, quizzes and exams.
  • At the Junior High level, some students would prefer to take a zero rather than put in the time to complete the necessary work.  Therefore, students are made accountable to complete their assignments, quizzes and exams. This holds true for excused and/or unexcused absences.

  • Teachers do the following to ensure students are learning:
    • regarding absences:
      • When students only miss one day, whether the absence is excused or not, teachers catch them up on missed assignments upon their return.
      • When students miss multiple days in a row, whether the absence is excused or not, rather than try to catch students up on everything missed (often overwhelming to students who feel punished and often start to miss more school), teachers have students catch up on essential assignments only.  Other missed assignments are entered as ABS (absent) which does not count as a zero.
      • Students who miss exams or quizzes do those upon their return to school after an absence, whether the absence is excused or not, as long as their return is timely.  If their absence is prolonged, ABS is entered within the marks program.
      • The only assignments which may not be able to be caught up on are: science labs, oral quizzes/assignments or other “one time” activities.  For these, ABS is entered in the marks program.
      • Of course, for students who may miss more school than they attend, their report card marks may become inflated due to this process.  If this is the case, then teachers, using their professional judgement, may simply not assign report card marks indicating insufficient evidence to provide an accurate mark.
  • regarding incomplete class work:
    • Students who do not complete an assignment are kept in or assigned Noon Tutorial until it is completed.  If this is unsuccessful, parents will be contacted via phone, e-mail, or letter home within a reasonable period of time after the assessment has been given.  Parents/Guardians will continue to be informed of student progress by regular updates on the marks program.  Assignments that are not handed in or that are incomplete will be identified as such.
    • Students who have many incomplete assignments or are uncooperative with teacher interventions are kept in the office until all work is complete.
  • Due to certain circumstances there are times when it may be necessary to assign a mark of zero:
    • if a student, after repeated attempts or assistance, absolutely refuses to complete an assignment or exam.
    • If teachers cannot catch up to a student prior to report card time, they may enter NHI (not handed in) in the marks program.  NHI means that the teacher will catch up with the student at a later date; however the marks program will count this as a zero until the mark is entered.
    • term work will be accepted up to one week prior to the report card.
    • late assignments will not be deducted marks

Second Chances

  • In keeping with St. Paul Education Division standards and protocols, Racette School teachers will provide one second chance on any summative assessment per student per course with the option of providing more at their discretion.
  • We want students to always demonstrate their best work the first time around.  The ultimate goal is to have students master curriculum outcomes.  If students have failed to do this, then teachers may implement a second chance, re-do or do-over.  PLEASE NOTE – this strategy to improve student success comes with a plan of action.  Students may need to bring a signed note from a parent/guardian indicating reasons why the student on the first attempt did not achieve a more acceptable mark and/or need to attend mandatory tutoring during SST or lunch hour.  We know that junior high students will often settle for any mark they receive, but, by making parents/guardians aware of these options, we hope to build student accountability and success.
  • As per assessment policies, new marks will not be averaged with old marks.  The sole purpose of the second chance is to learn the material better and achieve mastery of the outcome.  Any student is eligible for a second chance.

Student Locks/Locks Policy

School lockers & locks will be issued at the beginning of the school year, students will be required to pay a $3.25 non-refundable fee.  Random locker checks may be made from time to time by Administration if, in their opinion, a situation requires this course of action.  Students, not the school or agents of the Board, are fully responsible for the contents contained in lockers.  We advise all students to keep their combination confidential.   

Ref: AP 353 Students' Lockers, Locks and Desks