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    École Oman School Parent Handbook

    2010/2011

    Another exciting new year is beginning at École Oman School! We are looking forward to working with you and your children. We welcome your support, enthusiasm, help, and advice and

    encourage you to become involved in the life of our school! Please review this parent handbook

    and retain it for future reference.

    Mission Statement

    École Oman School is committed to purposeful learning in a safe and inclusive environment.

    School Beliefs

    ; We believe in celebrating the uniqueness of learners.

    ; We believe in having fun together.

    ; We believe we need to keep each other safe- safe body, safe heart, safe mind.

    ; We believe we need to treat each other with respect and kindness.

    ; We believe in doing our best in work and play.

    ; We believe in enriched learning through authentic partnerships with families and community.

    Our Vision

    Working Together…

    ; in strong collaborative teams

    ; towards a common goal

    ; using open and honest communication

A School Culture with Evidence of…

    ; school spirit

    ; pride in our accomplishments

    ; character development through practicing the virtues

    ; enthusiasm for learning

Contributing to the Community by…

    ; including parents and community members in our students’ education

    ; being positive role models and becoming involved in our community

Our Priorities are to…

    ; learn, understand and use best practices and appropriate programming to meet the learning needs

    of all students

    ; develop and maintain communication with all families

    ; engage students in the language and actions of the virtues

Celebrations Around…..

    ; the growth of our students as learners

    ; the whole child

    ; our quality education…being a school “where families want to send their children”

    ; the virtues

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    Values

    In order to advance our school’s vision we will:

    ; work collaboratively together to provide purposeful learning

    ; work toward a common goal

    ; model respectful behaviour

    ; communicate in an open and honest manner towards students, families, and staff ; provide an environment with learning opportunities that acknowledge the uniqueness of all

    learners

    ; provide a safe and respectful learning environment

    ; celebrate our accomplishments as learners

    Bell Schedule

8:45 Opening Bell and beginning of class

    10:30 10:45 Morning Recess

    10:45 Classes resume

    11:45 12:35 Lunch Period

    12:35 12:50 D.E.A.R. ( Drop Everything And Read)

    12:50 Classes resume

    1:50 2:05 Afternoon Recess

    2:05 Classes resume

    3:05 Dismissal

    School Community Council

    The School Community Council is a local governance structure established by the provincial government through legislation passed in June 2006. School Community Councils provide the community with a voice in local education as well as provide parents and the community an opportunity to work with the school on initiatives that will enhance learning and student well-being. Our School Community Council is an integral purposeful and valued component of our school. Their primary purpose is to encourage and facilitate parent and community engagement in our school planning and improvement processes. The advice and support provided through the council greatly assists in providing the best educational experiences for your child.

    Our 2010/2011 SCC members are: Kevin Regier, Dona Eidsness-Anderson, Darcy Richards, Shauna Lacher, Sara Meyer, Sheena Gatzke, Marianne Murray, Linda Heinrichs-Demorest, Kim Bilanski, Lois Standing, Isabelle Piche and Deb Steinley.

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    Attendance

Regular attendance at school is important if your child is to be successful. If your child

    will be absent from school, please contact the school office (778-9275) before school begins in the morning. If we do not receive a telephone call or a note stating that your child will be absent, our secretary will be telephoning parents to confirm their child’s absence. It is a safety

    concern if a student is not where he or she is expected to be. If your child needs to be dismissed for an appointment we ask that parents send a signed and dated note.

It is important for students to be on time for the beginning of the school day. When a

    child arrives late it can interrupt learning time. If your child is going to be unavoidably late please telephone the school office and notify our secretary. He/she will need to report to her when they arrive at school so we can confirm their attendance.

Students are required to be outside at recess and at noon hour unless a note from home

    with a valid medical reason is sent to the classroom teacher.

    A morning supervisor is at the school beginning at 8:00 a.m. each morning, but we request that your children arrive at school no earlier than is necessary, preferably not before 8:30 a.m. unless they are travelling by bus.

    Illness and Accidents

    Children who are suffering from communicable diseases such as mumps, measles, chicken pox, pink eye, the flu, and colds should be kept at home until they have completely recovered. Children coming to school ill are usually unable to function well and provide a source of infection to others.

    Any injury or illness that happens at school should be reported to the homeroom teacher, to the office or to another staff member. In the case of an accident at school, or if the child is feeling quite ill, the parents will be notified immediately. It is important that the school have access to some family member or designate for assistance. Please ensure that the school office has this information, as well as updated home and work/cell telephone numbers of families.

    We cannot send children home until arrangements have been made with the parent. We require a parent or designated caregiver to pick up the child at school.

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    Medication Policy

    Schools are often asked to administer essential medications to students while the students are

    in attendance at school. There are specific regulations in Chinook School Division Policy

    which schools must follow about the nature of the medications allowed and the procedures

    for their administration:

    ; An “essential medication” is a physician-prescribed medication that must

    be scheduled during regular school hours and is necessary for the

    student’s health or well-being.

    ; The principal is to ensure that students requiring medication during

    school hours are identified and appropriate information has been

    completed and filed by the parent or guardian prior to administering

    medications. A statement from the child’s physician supporting the

    administration of the medication may be required. A release form must

    be completed and signed by the parent. These forms are available at the

    school office. Non-prescribed medications are not to be administered by

    school division employees.

    ; The principal in consultation with the Director of Education or designate

    and school based staff are to determine staff members responsible for the

    administration of the medication. Medications shall not be administered

    by request of the pupil alone.

    ; A secure location must be provided for the location of medications and

    daily medication records will be maintained. Containers of medication

    must have dispensing instructions on pharmacy-supplied labels.

    ; Parents may consider requesting from their physician a form of the

    medication that can be given less frequently so that the prescription can

    be given when the child is at home. However, when prescription

    medications are needed at school we request parental support in

    following these regulations. For any questions or further information,

    please call Mr. Regier or Mme Marchand.

    ; In response to a parent’s or guardian’s identification of those students

    who may require emergency attention because of a severe allergic

    reaction, the principal is to:

    i) require the parent/guardian to provide the school with an appropriate

    ANAKIT or EPIPEN

    ii) Prepare, in consultation with parent/guardian and physician, a written

    action plan

    iii) Make school-based employees aware of the identity of the student(s) iv) Arrange an in-service for all school based employees, together with

    parent(s) and student(s) regarding the written action plan and the

    administration of the ANAKIT or EPIPEN

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    Home and School Communication

    School Newsletter to help keep parents informed of school events, a newsletter is prepared at the beginning of each month. You may view the newsletters on line on the school’s

    website. A hard copy can also be requested.

    http://schools.chinooksd.ca/oman

    Classroom Newsletters classroom teachers may send home class newsletters to keep parents informed about the learning that is happening in their child’s classroom as well as upcoming

    activities.

    Telephone Messages If you wish to telephone a teacher the best times are before 8:45 a.m., after 3:05 p.m., or during recess times. You may leave a message with the secretary and the teacher will return your call as soon as he or she is able to. We ask that parents avoid

    calling to speak to children during school hours, except in emergencies. We want to

    avoid interruptions to the children’s learning as much as possible. We ask that you leave a

    message for your child with the secretary and the message will be delivered at recess or at noon hour.

    Reporting Periods Parent/Teacher conferences will be held in November and in March. We encourage you to call your child’s teacher to discuss his/her progress at any time during the

    school year. Teachers may also call parents at any time to arrange for a meeting.

    Lost and Found

The school has a “Lost and Found” station near the east gym. Parents and students are

    encouraged to go through the items regularly. In order for the school to help when items go missing, please make sure your child’s belongings are labelled.

    Footwear

Students need two pairs of shoes one pair of shoes for indoor use (non-marking runners-no

    black sole runners) and one pair for outdoor use. As members of our school community we

    hope our students accept responsibility for keeping our school clean. We ask that everyone remove wet or soiled footwear upon entering the building. It is important that students wear shoes while in the building for some very good reasons:

    1) Emergency evacuations require that students exit the building in an efficient and safe

    manner. Students will not be permitted to stop and put on shoes.

     2) A child’s foot is vulnerable to injury if they are not wearing shoes.

     3) Health and sanitation is maintained through the use of footwear.

     4) Students need runners to ensure safety during gym classes.

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    Transportation

    At École Oman School we have a large student population who travel to and from school by bus. Supervisors also assist students to safely load the buses to go home in the afternoon. Parents can help by sending a signed note brought to the school on days your child will not ride the bus home. Chinook School Division #211 provides transportation for students in its care providing they live outside their school’s designated “walk zone”. Division Policy

    outlines the responsibility of students to ensure safety:

    Transportation of students is a privilege, not a right. When the Board provides

    transportation services, it recognizes that the Board, the drivers, the parents, and the

    students have obligations to ensure the safe and comfortable transportation of students to

    and from school.

Responsibility of Students:

    1. Meet the bus on time.

    2. Sit in the correctly assigned seat feet on the floor, aisle clear.

    3. Do not stick any arms or legs outside the windows.

    4. Talk quietly and do not use profanity or offensive language.

    5. Listen to and obey the directions given by the driver.

    6. Keep harmful objects off the bus.

    7. Care about bus property and pay for any vandalism and unusual damage to the bus. 8. Consume food and drink only with the permission of the driver.

    9. Disembark only at the home bus stop.

    10. Do not throw objects inside the bus or out of the bus.

    In addition, parents should note that: 1) students not registered to ride the bus may not ride the bus; and 2) students can only be picked up/dropped off at their registered location.

    In order to maintain the safety of all students riding the bus, the Board has established procedures for discipline whenever an infraction of the rules occurs on the bus. These include: 1) documenting and explaining the behaviour to the principal and parents; 2) suspending bus privileges for a period of time if the behaviour does not improve; 3) permanent suspension of bus privileges.

    Severe Weather and Student Transportation

    In the event of severe winter conditions, Swift Current city bus runs will be cancelled pending consideration of the following factors:

    ; Severe wind chill of -45 degrees Celsius or greater

    ; Adverse road conditions

    ; Limited visibility because of fog or blowing snow

    When a decision is made to cancel buses it will be made by 6:30 a.m. Information will be relayed to the public through local media beginning at 7:00 a.m. on all radio stations. In addition, it is necessary that all families have a “Morning Emergency Back-Up Plan”

    in the event that a bus is delayed due to a mechanical break down, or because of winter weather conditions. We do not want students waiting at a bus stop for long periods of time in the cold. Please ensure your child knows what to do if the bus does not arrive on time at your child’s scheduled stop: 1) Is there a neighbour who is home and can assist?; 2) Where

    could your child go to make a telephone call? Please take time to make your emergency back-up plan and discuss it with your child.

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    Drop off and Pick Up of Students

    Please help us to ensure the safety of our students while they are attending school by not using the staff parking lot to drop off or pick up students. Also, the area directly in front of the school (yellow/white lines) is a bus pick up zone and parents picking up children cannot

    park here. If you are picking up your son or daughter at the school please use the area across the street from the school. However, we ask that you not park anywhere along the yellow curb. This is to ensure safety for our students who must cross the street to go home. Students crossing the street must be able to view oncoming traffic. The neighbours would also appreciate that you do not block their driveways. Students must use the cross walk to cross

    the street, and we ask for your cooperation in modelling this safe behaviour for your children.

    Inclement Weather

    Indoor Recess On very wet or cold days (-25 degrees Celsius) students will remain indoors for recess. Students will play quiet games and activities under supervision. We feel that it is important for all children to go outside for fresh air if the weather is appropriate. A signed note must accompany your child each time a medical reason dictates he or she is to remain in at recess.

    Parent Drivers

    Chinook School Division #211 recognizes that there will be times when private vehicles need to be used to transport students. The Division requires all parents driving students to various activities during the school year complete an Application for Automobile Driver

    Authorization Form. These forms will be sent home at the beginning of the school year and need to be completed and returned to the school office. Thank you for your cooperation with this.

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    Lunch Policy

    Our lunch period is 11:45 12:35. Students who live within walking distance of the school are encouraged to go home. A break from the school and from school routine and a good walk in the fresh air are beneficial. However, if your child is staying at the school for lunch they should be reminded that they need to follow our lunch policy and cooperate with the supervisors. We have five noon hour supervisors for the students who eat lunch at school, so following the guidelines is very important if lunch hour is to be an enjoyable experience for everyone! If students are unable to follow the lunch guidelines, an alternate location will need to be found for them to spend the lunch period.

    Noon Hour Procedures:

    1. Everyone eats in his/her own designated eating area.

    2. Students must speak softly; talk to the people close to them not across the room.

    3. For safety reasons, students walk when you need to leave your eating area.

    4. Only one person at a time may go to the bathroom.

    5. Everyone is responsible for cleaning up their own garbage and placing juice containers in the

    proper recycle bins.

    6. After eating, a quiet activity can be done at the student’s desk.

    7. Students must speak to the supervisors politely and respectfully. If they are asked to help with

    something, they will be cooperative.

    8. Students must listen to and follow the requests of the noon supervisors.

    9. Twenty minutes will be allotted for eating time. Students will be dismissed in an orderly fashion at

    12:05 to go outside.

    10. Students eating lunch at school are expected to remain on school grounds.

Students unable to follow these guidelines will face these disciplinary procedures:

    1) The student will be given a reminder.

    2) The student will receive a note to take home and be removed from the lunchroom if the noon hour misbehaviour continues. Parents will also receive a telephone call from Mr. Regier or Mme Marchand.

    3) If the misbehaviour occurs more than once within a one month time period, parents/guardians will be required to make alternate arrangements for the child’s lunch hour

    for a one week period. Parents will receive a telephone call and written notification about this and a signed acknowledgement is required to be returned to the school. 4) If the student continues to act inappropriately lunch privileges will be suspended for a period of one month. Parents will receive a telephone call and written notification about this. A signed acknowledgement is required to be returned to the school. These disciplinary measures are necessary. It is our responsibility to provide a comfortable, safe, and positive lunch setting for everyone in our school.

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    Technology Use - Board Policy

    Chinook School Division supports opportunities for students and staff members to access and produce information through the acceptable use of technology in the pursuit of student learning and staff professional development. The Board is committed to the belief that: “Technology is used effectively to strengthen programs for learners.”

    ; Student access to and use of Technology is monitored and is provided primarily for

    the students to meet curricular goals

    ; Students will be instructed on the appropriate and responsible use of technology

    (computers, Internet, software, etc). While some sources of information may be

    blocked, students are responsible for their actions and behaviour.

    ; Classroom standards of behaviour are expected when students are utilizing computers

    and other technologies. Independent use may be granted to users who act in a

    considerate and responsible manner.

    ; Chinook School Division will make efforts to prevent students from accessing

    material via the Internet that is defamatory, inaccurate, illegal, or offensive. This may

    not always be possible.

    ; Printing from computers will be monitored by teachers to ensure the appropriate use

    of resources.

    ; Technology will be used within the boundaries of copyright compliance.

    ; Technology personnel and teachers may review files, work, and communication of

    students at any time to ensure they are being used in an appropriate manner.

    ; Access to technology is a privilege, not a right. Any breech of the Acceptable Use

    Policy by students may result in a temporary or permanent suspension of the

    technology privileges.

     Our system-wide Responsible Use of Technology Policy (K-6) is as follows:

    Responsible Use of Technology Policy (K-5)

     Computers and other technologies can be fun, but there is also a serious side to their use.

     The equipment is expensive to buy and to maintain; students need to treat equipment with care

     and respect. They need to remember that using the computers is a privilege; if they abuse

     them or use them inappropriately, they will lose that privilege.

     They also need to look after themselves. Not all information that is available through the use of

     computers or the Internet is appropriate for students. Also, students need to take care in

     communicating with strangers over the Internet.

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    What is Appropriate Use?

     For students in grades K-5, Appropriate Use of Technology and the Internet includes only

     work which has been assigned by a teacher or approved by a teacher.

    How Do I Know What’s Inappropriate Content?

     The Students’ Over-the-Shoulder Rule: If you would not be comfortable with a parent

     watching what you are doing over one shoulder and a teacher over the other, then you

     probably shouldn’t be doing it. If you accidentally stumble upon content/information that you

     feel is inappropriate, tell your teacher or another school employee immediately.

    How do I Ensure My Personal Safety?

    Protecting yourself on the Internet is not all that different from protecting yourself in real life.

    To ensure your own personal safety, you should:

     ;;Not give out any personal contact information, for yourself or anyone else. This

    includes your address or phone number.

     ;;Not agree to meet with someone you have met online without your parent’s prior

    approval. Your parent(s) should accompany you to any such meeting.

     ;;Promptly tell your teacher, your parents, or other school employee any

    message/contact you receive that is inappropriate or makes you feel uncomfortable.

    Personal Responsibility - A Message to Students:

    When you are using the school’s computer system, you may feel like you can easily break a

    rule and not get caught. This is not really true. Even if it were true, you need to remember

    that there will always be one person who knows that you did something wrong you. The

    way you make use of the computers in the school says something about the kind of person

    you are. The purpose of this policy is to help you make the right decisions for your own

    good.

    Bikes, Scooters, Rollerblades, In-Line Skates, and Skateboards

    Students who ride bikes to school must store their bikes in the bike racks provided and secure

    them with a good sturdy lock. Bikes should be walked to the bike racks when the students

    ride them to school and walked to the street when they are retrieved at the end of the school

    day. After school, students should walk their bikes in front of the school; the buses pick up

    here. For safety reasons we encourage students riding bikes to wear helmets. Scooters are to

    be walked to the bike racks and locked with a good sturdy lock. They should not be left in the

    school entrance areas. The school will not be responsible for lost or damaged bikes or

    scooters. In-line skates/rollerblades must be taken off at the school entrance and stored in the

    student’s classroom until the end of the school day. Wheels from “roller-shoes” must be

    removed while on school property. Skateboards are not allowed on school property unless

    prior arrangement has been made with Mr. Regier or Mme Marchand.. This requires a

    telephone call from the parent. Permission may be granted to those students if the skateboard

    is used for transportation. Skateboards should be stored in the student’s classroom and

    remain there until the end of the school day.

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