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ECAB Vandalism

Adopted: February 5, 1980
Amended: February 14, 2006, Amended: October 22, 2014


The Board believes person(s) destroying, damaging, or losing District property either intentionally or through neglect are responsible for the cost of District property.


  1. The person discovering the break-in or vandalism should immediately
    1. During normal operating hours, inform the principal or supervisor at the office
    2. After hours contact principal or supervisor and leave the building
  2. Nothing in the damaged area should be touched or rearranged until the police have completed their investigation.
  3. The principal or supervisor will compile a list of missing or damaged articles. The principal or supervisor with support from maintenance and purchasing personnel will assess and quantify the amount of the damage.
  4. Removal of all monies from schools - Police investigations clearly indicate that in a large percentage of cases, vandals break in to steal money. Cash and coin in vending machines should be removed. Cash and coin should be turned into the school or department secretary and deposited as per policy DMA.
  5. Leaving all inside doors locked after hours, where circumstances allow.
  6. Supervision of students - Students should be permitted to enter and remain in the building only when they are under the direct supervision of responsible persons.
  7. Supervision of community use of school facilities - Reports of inadequate supervision and damage to District property by community groups should be conveyed to the Director of Operations & Maintenance immediately. The sponsoring group will be contacted, privileges may be cancelled or a warning issued and the cost of repairing damages will be assessed, to the user group.
  8. Restitution - Damages Caused by Students
    1. When it is possible to identify a student or students who have deliberately or negligently damaged or destroyed District property, the principal will:
      1. Immediately inform the parent(s) of the student(s) involved in the incident:
      2. Complete a Damage/Loss Report and Work Order for the repair and replacement;
      3. Provide the Director of Operations & Maintenance and Associate Superintendent of Business & Finance with the details of the incident, including the names and addresses of the student(s) involved and confirm that the parents have been informed of the incident. The Associate Superintendent of Business & Finance will further investigate and proceed with the restitution for the cost of the repairs or replacements.
    2. In cases of minor misdemeanors, or careless acts resulting in damage to District property, principals will assess, together with the Director of Operations & Maintenance, a percentage of the costs for repair or replacement to be borne by the student or students. The Director of Operations & Maintenance and Associate Superintendent of Business & Finance will be informed and restitution will be based on the percentage recommended by the principal. The principal will inform the parents by letter providing the cost of repairs and requesting payment. (Copy to Associate Superintendent of Business & Finance.)
  9. Replacement and Repair of Equipment - Immediately following a break-in or on discovery of a theft of equipment or discovery of equipment that has been damaged as a result of vandalism the principal or supervisor will:
    1. Order replacement of the stolen equipment; or
    2. Originate a request for repairs for the repair of damaged equipment to the Director of Operations & Maintenance


Legal Reference:

Alberta School Act: Section 60 (1)(b)(V)

Cross Reference:

DMA Protection of Valuables in Schools
JG Community Use of School Facilities
ECAA Access to Buildings

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