Stakeholders’ rights and responsibilities
All of our employees follow protocols in the Kitasoo Xai’Xais Operations and Policy Manual and adhere to a Code of Conduct. All our employees have signed a Confidentiality Agreement in regards to their work at the school. The Code relates to any discussions with parents/guardians or events at any school or public function. No employee is authorized to speak in public or at any private forum about individual incidents that occur at the school site.
All employees have a right and responsibility to report immediately to the principal any alleged violation of the Criminal Code or violence toward any child or staff member. In such cases, the principal shall refer the matter to the RCMP, Health or other authorities. All school decisions by school administration or staff members are subject to appeals as provided within the time limits set by Kitasoo Operations Manual, Kitasoo Board of Education, or school policies or regulations.
- We ask that all parents send their children to school on time.
- Ensure that your children eat a healthy breakfast, they are well rested, have completed any homework, and come ready to learn.
- Parents are requested to call/contact the school first thing in the morning if their child will be away due to illness or medical appointment.
- We encourage parent involvement (where appropriate), especially during ‘Read With A Kid’ and parent-teacher interviews.
- Call the school for help or to report any concerns you may have as they arise and set up an appointment to communicate with your children’s teachers first (before speaking to the principal).
- With a pre-arranged appointment with the principal, parents have a right to read any school incident reports, documents or files related to their child. Parents have a right to be treated with respect at all times.
- Participation: Students participate actively in their learning by contributing to class discussions/activities, reflecting on their learning, using and providing feedback for improvement.
- Work ethic: The student aims to be self-directed, takes responsibility for their own behaviour, manages time to complete work, takes care of and organizes materials effectively.
- Social Responsibility: The student contributes to creating a positive, caring and safe learning environment and interactions.
- Students have a right to be treated with respect at all times; diversity and equality are respected and promoted.
- We use a restorative approach to problem solving at Kitasoo Community School. Students participate by being kind, friendly, and helpful. Express feelings in peaceful ways, listen to others politely, use an appropriate voice level and tone when speaking to others.
- Please come to school well-rested, ready to learn, and committed to doing school work on a daily basis; and to communicate with your teacher if you are hungry or are having difficulty at school.
- Keep toys and guns at home.
- Bullying will not be tolerated. All staff share in the responsibility to ensure that the work environment is safe and welcoming. Students who experience bullying are asked to talk to their teacher or the principal as early as possible after an incident occurs. Students can make a complaint of bullying in good faith and can do so without fear of retaliation or reprisal.
- Are prepared to teach; they implement daily and unit plans, with the goal of making learning engaging and relevant,
- Regularly adapt teaching styles and learning needs to students’ abilities and skills,
- Regularly assess students (during learning and at the end of units),
- Communicate regularly and openly with the parents/guardians and school administration team regarding their students’ attendance and punctuality, behaviour, and progress,
- Contact the parent and principal for a meeting regarding a child’s special needs, Individual Education Plans (IEPs), or any other services that may be offered to support the student,
- Assign enrichment work or homework as needed,
- Update and submit data for IEPs and student records at reporting deadlines,
- Contribute to our monthly assembly,
- Engage in professional development throughout the school year, and
- Have a right to expect to be treated with respect by all stakeholders at all times.
Inclusive Education/Resource Teacher
The principal, Inclusive Education teachers, classroom teachers and First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) will collaborate on creating Individual Education Plans (IEPs.
- Advise teachers (and updates parents) on ongoing IEP, adapted, and modified reporting,
- Meet FNESC and Indigenous and Northern Affairs (INAC) deadlines,
- Communicate options for support for special services to parents,
- Organize testing and ongoing documentation/data collection,
- Collaborate with staff (teachers and/or educational assistants) to provide tutoring or instructional services, especially related to literacy, numeracy and special behavioral needs, and
- Ensure that KCS staff meet external documentation and funding reporting deadlines.
Supporting Emerging Aboriginal Stewards (SEAS) Program
The purpose of the program is to ensure that all students learn and directly experience the cultural traditions of food gathering and harvesting of all the traditional resources available to Kitasoo Xai’Xais members.
Through this program, we are able to host various traditional feasts and food-related activities with parents and community members. Students experience the full benefits of the sustainable resources as well as the meaning of inherent Indigenous rights that comes with membership.
Many of SEAS’ activities take place in the territory or on the land. Parents are required to give permission for major field trips (that are off-site). (Please see below.)
This program is funded by the Nature Conservatory on a year-to-year basis.
The community is encouraged to take an interest in the Kitasoo Community School by volunteering in the school. Participation may include: offering expertise and sharing your skills and passions, chaperoning on field trips or special events, reading with students, or assisting teachers.