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School Procedures

Bell Schedule

Welcoming Bell ~ 8:57 AM
Classes Start ~ 9:00 AM
Recess ~ 10:35 AM to 10:50 AM
Lunch ~ 12:18 PM to 1:05 PM
Dismissal ~ 2:55 PM

Absences & Lates

If your child is going to be absent for any reason or will be late for school please call the school at 604-517-6080. This is a 24 hour a day voice message system so you can leave a message at any time during the day or night. Please leave the student’s name, division number or teacher’s name and the reason they will be absent. If your child(ren) is going to be absent for one week or longer please click here or visit the office for the long term absence form. Please fill out this form and return it to the office.

Allergies

A number of our students have severe allergies to peanuts and tree nuts (cashews, almonds, etc.). We ask that you do not send products containing nuts, including Nutella, to school. Students with allergies can visit all areas of the school so even if there is not an allergy in a specific classroom we need the whole school safe for all students. Thank you for your cooperation.

Visitors to the School

All visitors to the school must enter through the front door and sign in at the office. This includes visitors to the playground or other areas of the school property during school hours. Please be advised of New Westminster School District’s Administrative Procedure 156 Visit Protocol:

3. General Visits
3.1 All visitors to a school are expected to make their presence known to the Principal or designate.
3.2 Signs indicating this expectation, and the direction to the school office, are to be posted at each unlocked entrance, and at other visible points in the school.
3.3 The Principal determines right of access to the school. Principals may have to restrict or refuse permission for an individual or group to visit the school.

Please ensure that whenever you come to the school at times other than student drop-off or pick-up that you first report to the school office to request permission to enter the school or the school grounds.

Please follow this link to the full Administrative Procedure.

Classroom Interruptions

In order to support the best possible learning environment for the students, interruptions during class times are kept to a minimum.  If your child has forgotten a lunch or other article, we will let him or her know to come to the office.

Children coming in late are also an interruption to the learning environment and we encourage you to help your child arrive on time at school.  Coming in ten minutes late not only interrupts the class, it makes it awkward for your child when the lesson has already begun.

Supervision

All students are requested to remain outside until the 8:57 a.m. bell. It is suggested that students do not arrive too early as there is no supervision on the playgrounds before school.  At recess and lunch, supervision is provided by teachers and/or support staff.  Any after-school arrangements should be made well in advance so the students may clear the grounds as quickly as possible as there is no after school supervision.  Please let us know as soon as possible if extenuating circumstances will cause you to be late in picking up your child and we will make every effort to ensure his/her safety.

Parking

All areas of the school parking lots are for use only by staff at all times, including during student drop-off and pick up at the beginning and end of the school day. The roundabout may be used for drop-off only. Parking for student drop-off and pick up is available along Salter Street and in the Community Centre parking lot.  If you are dropping off a lunch or any other items during the day please do not leave your vehicle in the drop-off zone.

Dogs at School

We all want school to be a safe and comfortable environment and therefore the School District has a Policy (911.0) that does not allow animals on school grounds.  Please do not tie your dogs to poles or trees and leave them unattended.  Thank you for your cooperation with this.

Lost and Found

An incredible number of lost or misplaced articles are turned in each year and are never claimed by the owner.  A few times during the year these items are laid out for parents and students to check, however, parents are welcome to come and check it before the bell in the morning and/or after school.  When the lost and found gets too large to manage it is cleaned out and all unclaimed items are donated to charity.  Valuables of any kind should never be brought to the school, especially items such as expensive jewelry, radios, sports equipment, toys etc. or anything that has special meaning to your child.