Safe and Caring Policy

Sections 45.1 and 16.1 of the School Act are currently under Constitutional challenge before the Courts: The Lighthouse Christian School Society Board recognizes that the application of any provisions of the School Act are subject to the paramount provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Alberta Bill of Rights, protecting freedom of conscience, religion, expression, association and the right of parents to make informed decisions concerning the education of their children.

 

 

LCA Safe and Caring Policy

May 25, 2015

September 25, 2018

 
BACKGROUND:

Lighthouse Christian Academy will continue to maintain a high standard of excellence in academics, character, integrity, morals and an understanding of where students and parents fit in God’s Kingdom and His calling upon their lives.

 

Students will have a solid knowledge in language arts, mathematics, sciences and social studies. They will have an appreciation for history, literature, music, arts and athletics.

 

Students will be given the opportunity to practice the gifts that God has blessed them with through service in the school and community outreaches.

 

Lighthouse Christian Academy will strive to be an asset to the community by training students to be leaders in the community.

 

Life principles, wisdom and skills will be learned in a safe, non-threatening environment. Children and parents will be accepted and loved by staff that has been called into full-time ministry and not simply working for a paycheck.

 

Parents of Lighthouse Christian Academy will help the school decide how to use available resources to enable the students to learn and meet provincial standards.

 

The vision and mission of Lighthouse Christian Academy is inspiring Christ-like world changers through discipleship by journeying with families to cultivate unshakable relationships with Jesus through Holy Spirit inspired education for Kingdom advancement.

 

 

PRINCIPLES AND BELIEFS:

 

All students have the capacity to learn. 

 

The success of students is the shared responsibility of students, parents, school, church, community, and government.

 

Lighthouse Christian Academy is accountable to the parents of the students in the school and therefore encourages parents to take an active role in the education of their children. 

 

All curriculum and activities within the operation of the school will reinforce the religious purposes of LCA.

 

In order to be successful, Lighthouse Christian Academy must continue to recognize God, as described in the Holy Bible, as the centre of all facets of the ministry. Prayer and reading of the Word is a necessary, daily part of each individual’s life.

 

Discipline, obedience, and honesty are observed at all times. Students are entitled to a safe, secure and caring learning environment where each individual is respected and valued.  

 

All Scripture references are either from the New Living Translation (2004, 2007, 2013) of the Holy Bible, which is the accepted version for students and staff to use as part of their school supply list, or The New International Version (1967, 2011) of the Holy Bible, which was the previously used version for the school.

 

STATEMENT OF FAITH:

We believe:

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL OBJECTIVES:

 

  1. To ensure that each child has come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, achieves a higher level of Christian maturity, attains a commitment deeper to their faith, and becomes a more effective witness for the Lord.
  2. To teach the Bible as God’s inspired Word and to develop an attitude of love and respect toward it.
  3. To teach the basic doctrines of the Bible.
  4. To develop a desire to know and obey the will of God as revealed in the Scriptures.
  5. To equip students to carry out the will of God daily.
  6. To encourage the development of self-discipline and responsibility in the student, based on respect and submission to God and all proper authority.
  7. To emphasize the individuality of the individual and to assist each child in properly responding to himself, and to others; to develop self-confidence, individual God-given talents and abilities in creativity, goal setting, planning, communications, academics and the principles of success.
  8. To prepare the students for adult responsibilities as Christian citizens of our country. 
  9. To assist the student in achieving the highest academic level possible within the limits of the student’s ability and background.
  10. To provide outreach opportunities for students to practice the teachings and giftings they have received. 

 

PART I

Consistent with its mission and vision, the Lighthouse Christian School Society Board is committed to a safe, caring, respectful, welcoming, and Evangelical Christian learning and teaching environment for all students.  This environment shall be one that recognizes and respects student diversity, equity of learning opportunity for all students, respect for human rights, and that fosters a sense of belonging of all students within a respectful school community.   

This policy recognizes that all students have the right to learn and work in an environment free of discrimination, prejudice, and harassment1. 

 

 

 

 

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[1]The Lighthouse Christian School Society Board affirms the rights of students and staff members to not be discriminated against as provided for in the Alberta Human Rights Act to the extent applicable and subject to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the nature and character of Lighthouse Christian Academy as a private, voluntary religious association. See e.g. H.S. v. The Private Academy, 2017 HRTO 791; Caldwell et al. v. Stuart et al., [1984] 2 S.C.R. 603; Loyola High School v. Quebec (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 12.

 

PART II

 

The Lighthouse Christian School Society Board supports the ongoing growth of inclusive communities by involving our parents, staff, students, and school community in a wide range of opportunities to learn about, support and be part of the diversity that reflects our society. In this way the school can focus on building true inclusion and support for its students. 

 

This policy does not define one set of human needs as greater than another. This school policy supports and respects the individuality of all students and aims to create a positive and supportive environment focused on providing the best possible learning opportunity for each student.

The Lighthouse Christian School Society Board believes that all students have the right to:

 

PART III

The Lighthouse Christian School Society Board is committed to implementing measures that will:

 

 

PART IV

The Lighthouse Christian School Society Board will promote a welcoming, caring and respectful, safe and Evangelical Christian learning environment that respects diversity, and fosters a sense of belonging.

When a student request for assistance, support, and/or an accommodation is received, the school, through the principal, will respond in a caring, respectful and timely manner. 

All student organizations and activities approved by the school will support the mission, vision and core values of the school and will seek to strengthen every aspect of the school’s faith perspective. Staff facilitators of student organizations will integrate prayer, scripture, and faith/value based teaching into discussions and activities as appropriate. All student organizations and activities will be permeated in a manner consistent with the vision, mission, and programming of the school. 

Any notification concerning student organizations and activities will be consistent with the usual practices and responsibilities of the school.

Section 45(4)(d) of the School Act requires this Policy to indicate that the Personal Information Protection Act governs the disclosure of personal information by the Board.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2Sections 45.1 and 16.1 of the School Act are currently under Constitutional challenge before the Courts: The Lighthouse Christian School Society Board recognizes that the application of any provisions of the School Actare subject to the paramount provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Alberta Bill of Rights, protecting freedom of conscience, religion, expression, association and the right of parents to make informed decisions concerning the education of their children.

PART V

 

When implementing this policy (Parts I to IV), the Lighthouse Christian School Society Board will act reasonably in the best interests of the student in keeping with the guidelines outlined by the Supreme Court of Canada (Loyola College vs. Quebec, 2015) in order to balance human rights and the right to religious freedom.  Consistent with the Court’s guidelines, the school, the principal, teachers and other staff are free to act and communicate the school’s animating faith and/or values in a respectful manner:

 

 

 

 

 

As appropriate, if a parent or student believes the faith and/or value commitment of the School and the parent’s or student’s faith and/or values are incompatible and continuing to enroll the student in the School is not in the best interest of the student, then the School shall assist the parent or student to enroll in another school for the subsequent school year.