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Flag Etiquette


Schools/sites need to respect the protocol of flag etiquette. 


  1. All schools shall prominently display the Canadian and Alberta flags.
  2. All Division-owned school sites and schools shall display the Canadian flag on an external flag pole. When a school chooses to fly more than one (1) flag outside, each flag requires its own flagpole.
  3. Flags shall be displayed in accordance with the general protocol as set out by the Secretary of State for Canada in the “General rules for flying and displaying the Canadian Flag and other flags in Canada”.
  4. If two (2) or more flags are flown or displayed together:
    1. The flags shall be approximately the same size and shall be flown from separate flagstaffs at the same height.
    2. The order of precedence is:
      1. The Canadian flag.
      2. The flag of Alberta.
      3. Other flags.
    3. When three (3) flags are flown together, the Canadian flag shall occupy the central position, with the flag of Alberta to the left and third flag to the right as seen by spectators.
    4. When more than three (3) flags are flown together, the Canadian flag is normally flown on the left of the line of flags as seen by spectators, with other flags, in order of precedence on its right.
    5. When more than one (1) flag is flown and it is not possible to hoist or lower them at the same time, the Canadian flag shall be hoisted first and lowered last.
  5. Half-mast
    1. On official days of mourning, the flag shall be flown at half-mast with the centre of the flag half-way down the staff.
      1. When the flag is raised to the half-mast position or lowered from it, it is first raised to full-mast and then lowered; and
      2. Flags are normally flown at half-mast from the time of notification of death up to and including the day of the funeral.
    2. Flags shall be flown at half-mast at the direction of the Superintendent.


Sections 26, 50, 60, 61, 113 School Act

Ministerial Order 004/98

General rules for flying and displaying the Canadian Flag and other flags in Canada

Board Policy 12 Role of the Superintendent

Revised January 2014