Administrative Procedure 207

Patriotic Exercises

Background

Participation in and exposure to patriotic exercises play an important role in the development of good citizenship in students.

Procedures

  1. Patriotic exercises will be designed to develop:
    1. An understanding and appreciation of what it means to be a Canadian;
    2. An awareness of civic rights, obligations and responsibilities; and
    3. A feeling of pride in our cultural heritage, which can flourish in the Canadian Mosaic.
  2. A student may be excluded from patriotic exercises on receipt by a Principal of a written statement signed by a parent.  The student may be permitted to leave the classroom or remain without taking part.  Exclusion from patriotic exercises will be without prejudice to any other activities of the school.
  3. Each morning before regular instruction commences, all individuals shall stand to participate in the playing of the National Anthem.
  4. The Canadian Flag, the Alberta Flag and portraits of the Queen and His Royal Highness shall be prominently displayed in each school, particularly in areas where students congregate for special activities.
  5. Whenever students are gathered for functions sponsored by the school and if circumstances are amenable, the activity shall be opened with the singing of "O Canada".
  6. Each Principal shall develop procedures, which will involve students and staff, to meet the intent of this Administrative Procedure.
  7. Remembrance Day is to be acknowledged and honoured as outlined below:
    1. Each Principal shall ensure a Remembrance Day Ceremony is conducted. All students shall either attend the ceremony or remain in the school elsewhere.
    2. On November 11 at least two (2) minutes of silence from 11:00 a.m. to 11:02 a.m. will be observed in a Remembrance Day ceremony or by another appropriate means.
    3. When Remembrance Day falls on a non-school day, procedure 7.2 will be complied with on the school day immediately preceding Remembrance Day.
  8. In the event that staff members, for reason of conscience, are unable or unwilling to participate, they shall make it known to the Principal so that alternate arrangements can be made.

Adopted:

May 10, 1985

Amended:

March 8, 2005, June 22, 2010, September 21, 2016

Reference:

Section 3, 18, 20, 39, 50.1, 60, 61, 113 School Act

Alberta Bill of Rights

Alberta Human Rights Act

Remembrance Day Act

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Constitution Act, 1982

Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Amendment Act

Guide to Education ECS to Grade 12

Cross References:

AP 170 Harassment in the Workplace