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Student Handbook

October 22, 2017

Student Handbook

This handbook was developed by staff, with input from School Council to enhance home and school communication that is necessary for student success.  The student handbook provides information about routines, programs, and services at Golden Learning Centre.  If you have questions, please contact the school at 735-2088.

BELIEFS AND MISSION

The Golden Learning Centre staff have worked together to develop the following beliefs and mission.  We will work together to stay true to what we believe and to accomplish our mission.

The staff of the Golden Learning Centre believes in:

-          Respect

-          Excellence

-          Partnership

Our mission as a staff is to create and maintain an environment where trust, respect, friendship and good staff relations prevail and where all staff members work as a team to enhance students’ learning and growth, and staff morale.  Our mission is to sustain sincere interest in the total education of each student and foster a high professional ethic in ourselves and others.

SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY

The educational philosophy at the Golden Learning Centre provides for consistent daily learning experiences and encourages each individual to develop to his/her full potential.

We believe that all learners differ from each other, and the curriculum has been designed to allow for these differences.  It is our aim to foster learning by providing opportunities for creative thinking.

We also believe that we must develop in children a desire to learn and an acceptance of responsibility for themselves and towards others.  The attitude with which our children approach school and their studies is an essential component.  By working with and supporting each other we believe that positive attitudes, values, and work habits can be fostered and maintained.

SCHOOL DAY

8:20 am                                 Entry bell

10:00-10:25 am                      First Nutritional Break

12:05– 12:55                        Second Nutritional Break

2:35                                     Dismissal

Please note that the school yard is supervised once busses arrive.  Students who walk to school could arrive by 8:00 am.

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND

PROTECTION OF PRIVACY

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act clearly legislates what information can be released and to whom it can be released.

As a result, certain practices of the past are no longer permitted.  For example, the school is no longer permitted to supply class lists to parents who are planning a birthday party.  Similarly, we are not permitted to give phone numbers, addresses, or other personal information without the written consent of the parent/guardian of the student.

NORTHWESTERN HEALTH UNIT MESSAGE

Is your child protected?

Ontario’s Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) requires that parents of children attending primary or secondary school provide their local health unit with proof of their child’s immunization record against designated diseases. As of July 1, 2014 Meningitis (Meningococcal), Whooping Cough (Pertussis), and Chicken Pox (Varicella) have been added to the list of designated diseases and are now required immunizations for school attendance.

Children and adolescents who have received all recommended vaccines as per the Ontario schedule will not require any further immunizations. Changes were made to improve the health and safety of school children as these diseases can easily spread in schools. For more information phone your local Northwestern Health Unit office.

ANNOUNCEMENTS/OPENING EXERCISES

Community groups wishing to have relevant announcements made should contact the school before 8:00 am.  Opening exercises consist of the singing of O’ Canada, and then students in each classroom will be permitted time for personal, silent reflection.  This is followed by morning announcements.

STUDENT ABSENCES OR LATES

Please contact the school before 8:15 am in the event that your child will be absent or late and to make arrangements for homework to be sent home.  Every attempt will be made to contact a parent, guardian, or emergency contact in our effort to ensure the safe arrival of every student.  Please contact the school if there is any change to personal information such as phone numbers, addresses, etc.  Students are encouraged to show the age-appropriate responsibility in asking their teachers if anything else was missed while the student was absent.

Students must go to the main office to be marked late.

Extended absences due to illness, a death in the family, etc. are considered acceptable absences.  Repeated or lengthy absences for other reasons (hockey, vacations, etc.) make it difficult for students to stay on top of the lessons taught in class.  Although assignments may be sent with students, teachers may not be able to re-teach all lessons missed.  The responsibility for covering this material lies with the student who has been absent and his or her parents/guardians.  If you are planning to pick up work, please be in contact with your child’s teacher to choose a mutually convenient time to meet.

TEMPORARY CHANGES TO BUSSING

Temporary changes to bussing may be considered if all of the following conditions are met:

  1. Is for a minimum of five (5) consecutive school days
  2. Has the same pick-up and drop-off
  3. Has been initiated by the parent/guardian making a request in writing to the Director of Education or designate or principal
  4. Request is made one (1) school day in advance of requested changed
  5. Is conditional on room availability on the bus
  6. Results in no new or additional stop
  7. Results in no route extension or deviation

No changes less than five (5) consecutive school days will be considered.  If request is approved, authorization from the principal or designate will be given in writing to the bus driver.

The transportation system is designed for eligible students.  Students who are not normally eligible for transportation will not be accommodated unless the criteria for temporary changes have been met.  Parents are responsible for transportation arrangements regarding birthday parties, visiting school friends or other personal commitments.

RULES OF CONDUCT FOR STUDENTS

ON A SCHOOL BUS

The driver shall report students who misbehave on a school bus to the principal.  Rules for proper behaviour on all school busses are consistent with those of the regular classroom and school.

The principal shall determine the circumstances surrounding the reported case of student misbehaviour on a school bus and shall determine the extent of action warranted.

If the principal decides that the consequence to be applied is withdrawal of a student’s school bus riding privileges he/she shall advise the student, student’s parents and the school bus operator before such suspension comes into effect.  This may be done by telephone, however, it must be confirmed in writing.

Respect for the driver’s need to attend to the job of driving is of the utmost importance.  Students are expected to follow bus rules so that the bus is safe.  Please make sure bus rules have been discussed with your child and review these as needed.

Parents are encouraged to sign up for bus email alerts @ www.nwobus.ca or by calling 1-866-860-7770.

EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSURE

Should inclement weather be such that it is doubtful school would be held, information might be obtained by listening to Northwest Radio commencing at 6:30 am or checking the banner on the Board website (www.kpdsb.on.ca).  Should conditions be such that students will be sent home early, we will refer to your instructions on the Emergency Early Dismissal form.  If you have specified that your child goes home then that will occur otherwise all children will remain at school.  You will need to come and pick up your child(ren) or provide school staff with an alternative.  Update any changes in personal information at the office to avoid unnecessary communication difficulties.

 DUTIES OF STUDENTS

In keeping with Board Policy, students are expected to;

  1. Attend regularly.  Absences must be in keeping with the Education Act Sec. 21.
  2. Be punctual.
  3. Be respectful, courteous and considerate to their peers, teachers and other adults.
  4. Be diligent in their studies, which include the completion and homework and assignments on time.
  5. Respect property.
  6. Dress appropriately for the school environment.
  7. Use appropriate language.  Vulgar, racist, profane, intimidating, harassing or sexist language will not be tolerated.
  8. Display academic honesty (no cheating, copying or plagiarizing).
  9. Obey teachers as per the Education Act and Regulations 298 Sec. 23.
  10. Refrain from the use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs on school property and at school events.
  11. Refrain from physical violence and from behavior which is unsafe for self or others.

INTERMEDIATE POINTS SYSTEM & SCHOOL TRIP

Students in grades 7 and 8 use the Points System.  This guideline helps students to develop the responsibility and self-awareness skills that are needed as they enter high school.  The guideline (insert the guideline in PDF format) is communicated to the students and parents upon entry to Grade 7.

Travelling on school trips requires students to behave in a mature, safe manner.  Teachers will use this system to guide their decisions as they consider individual students’ participation.

Every two years, students in Grades 7 and 8 have the opportunity to travel on an 11 day school trip to the Canadian Rockies.  Students should be enrolled by December 31st in order to be eligible for this trip (ie:  enrolled by December 31st, 2015 to travel June 2016), although considerations may be given in extenuating circumstances.

STUDENT DRESS CODE

Please refer to the Code of Conduct to view the Dress Code developed by staff, parents and students.  The reason for this dress code is to ensure that all students be given the opportunity to pursue their education without being unnecessary distracted.

STUDENTS LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS DURING INSTRUCTIONAL DAY

Students leaving the school premises during the instructional day must check out through the office.  Parental consent will be obtained for students leaving unexpectedly (i.e. illness, homework collection etc).

During both nutrition breaks all primary and junior students are strongly encouraged to remain at school.  To leave school grounds, written consent from parents will be required for Gr.1-6 students at the second break only. A permission form must be completed by parents. Gr. 7 and 8 students who wish to leave at both breaks must have a permission form completed by parents.

WORK HABITS AND HOMEWORK

Success at all grade levels is only possible if the students establish regular work habits.  Their teacher may keep in students who need extra help completing daily work during breaks or until 3:35 pm, provided the child is not bussed.  The teacher or child will call if the child is staying to work.  Teachers may assign homework for additional practice of skills taught in school.  If your child brings work home, please remind him/her to complete the work and bring it back the next morning.  From grades six to eight, students should become more adept at handling a reasonable amount of homework.  Parents are asked to check the agenda for the list of homework, look at the completed work to check for quality and to sign when this work has been completed each evening.

The amount and level of difficulty will vary with the needs of the individual student.  Students may be requested to have assignments or tests signed by a parent/guardian.

LUNCH STUDENTS

Students who usually stay for lunch must bring a note, dated and signed by a parent/guardian, if they wish to leave the school grounds.  This note should be presented to the student’s teacher before classes begin in the morning and then taken to the office where the student must sign out and then sign in again upon returning.  The secretary will initial the note.  The student must retain the note until signing in again, at which time the secretary will keep the note.

Lunchroom supervisors are available at the school to ensure that all students who must stay are given adequate time to eat their lunch, in an uninterrupted manner.  Certain rules must therefore be adhered to:

(a)     Students must request permission to leave the lunchroom to get a drink or go to the washroom.

(b)     Students are to remain seated while eating.

(c)     No horseplay, loud or boisterous noise, or profane language will be tolerated.

(d)     Students who are discourteous to disrespectful to lunchroom supervisors, teachers, other students, student aides, or volunteers, will have their lunch room privileges revoked at the discretion of the principal.

(e)     Students are responsible for cleaning their own eating area with cloths provided.

(f)      Microwaveable food is strongly discouraged.  It takes far too long to warm up food for the number of students who stay for lunch.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

A Special Education manual is available online at http://www.kpdsb.on.ca/education/eduSpecialEducation.asp.  It outlines the philosophy of special education programming in our schools.  It also explains the procedures by which students are identified as exceptional and how their individual programming is supported.

The needs of special education students are met, if at all possible, by programming in the classroom.  In some instances withdrawal is used for short periods during the day to deliver a program that is more appropriately handled in a segregated setting.  Classroom teachers usually initiate referrals to special education, but a concerned parent, may, at any time, request that the principal start proceedings to have his/her child identified as exceptional.

 SCHOOL VISITORS

Access to the school driveway is from the west side of the school from Mine Road.  It is a one way approach.  Visitors should not enter from the gym end.  Parking is located in front of the school facing Mine Road.  Please do not park along the sidewalk parallel to the school.  This is a bus thoroughfare.  If signs saying “Children at Play” are placed in the roadway, please do not drive past the signs.  Please keep your speed down and always watch for children.  When leaving, please note that there is no left turn when exiting the office end of the parking lot.  All guests are asked to enter through the doors by the office and sign in and out at the main office.

  WHEN CHILDREN ARE ILL

Please do not send your child to school if there are definite signs of ill health in the morning.  Good health and feeling well are essential for your child to learn effectively.  The school does not have additional personnel available to supervise students who are ill, so please do not send your child to school ill and request that they have supervision inside during break times.  Special provisions will be made for students who have a long term problem, such as a broken leg, which prevents them from being out on the playground.

Should your child become ill during the day, the school will make every effort to contact you or your emergency contact to make arrangements for your child to go home and receive care.  Parents must provide a contact who could pick their child up at any time should they be ill or parents are unreachable.

HEALTH SERVICES

Public Health Nurse:

To promote and maintain the health of the students, the Public Health Nurse will visit the school on a regular basis to:

(a)     Provide for Dental Health screening and education.

(b)     Provide vaccines on a scheduled basis for students of a specific age.

PUPIL DIAGNOSIS OR MEDICATION

The Keewatin-Patricia District School Board shall not require any staff member to administer medication or perform any medical or physical procedure on any pupil that might in any way endanger the safety or well-being of the pupil or subject staff to risk or injury, or liability for negligence.

It shall not be part of the duties and responsibilities of a staff member to examine pupils for communicable conditions or diseases, or to diagnose such conditions or diseases.

If you wish your child to either self-administer or be administered a prescribed OR non-prescribed medication, please contact the school’s office; necessary forms will have to be completed by parents and the child’s physician.   No medication may be left in a student’s backpack.

If you child has asthma, we ask that you immediately contact the main office to provide us with valuable information. With your permission , your child will be allowed to carry their asthma medication on them. Ryan’s Law has been passed in the Ontario Legislature. G.L.C. will carry out all necessary recommendations of this law.

If you child has a medical condition please let the school know so that we can support your child in every way possible.

COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

If your child contacts any of the above, please call the secretary right away in order that the necessary steps can be taken to prevent further spread of these.

LIFE-THREATENING CONDITIONS

If your child has a life-threatening condition, this needs to be communicated to all adults that will work with your child.  This is done through the completion of a form in the school office.  Please bring a current picture of your child that may be attached to the form.  Please also insure that the transportation department has a completed form with a picture if your child takes the bus.

PLAYGROUND SAFETY

-          Zip up your jacket

-          Tie up strings on your hood, hat and jacket.

-          Tuck in your scarf.

-          Take off ropes and skipping ropes tied to slides and swings.

PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT AND RULES

Parents, please remove large baubles from drawstrings on hoods, or remove the drawstring completely.  Our school has tried to provide as much opportunity as possible for creative play through the construction of playground apparatus.  We ask the students to play safely and use common sense while playing on the various apparatus.  For the purpose of providing adequate supervision and safety, students are expected to remain in their designated playground areas.

Please keep in mind the following rules:

  1. No pushing, shoving, or horseplay on any equipment.
  2. Use swings for swinging and NOT for any other purpose, and do not run in front of anyone swinging.
  3. Play attention and follow the requests of teachers and other supervisors on duty.

REPORTING DAYS

Reports will be distributed three times a year on the days indicated in the school year calendar.  First term will be in the form of a progress report.  Both second and third term reports will remain in the familiar form.  Parent – teacher conferences will be held shortly after the first term progress reports are sent home.  Student-led conferences will be held around the time of second term report cards.  These conferences are very important to the parents, the child, as well as the teacher.  They, along with regular discussion with your child’s teacher, give a full picture of the child’s progress and allow discussion with the teacher about areas of concern.

By visiting or calling the school and speaking with your child’s teacher, your child gains a feeling of self-worth in that you care about his/her progress.

If, for some reason, you were unable to attend at a formal conference time, please telephone the school in advance to cancel the appointment so the teacher is not waiting for your arrival and to arrange for a more suitable time.

REMINDER

Food and beverages, as well as gum, sunflower seeds, pop, and energy drinks etc., are not permitted on the school grounds, and students are asked to use the garbage cans placed inside and outside the school.  Spitting on the ground is not permitted.  Gum is not permitted at any time.  Students should avoid purchasing snacks or “junk food” during breaks with the intent to eat it on the school grounds.

   VOLUNTEERS

Throughout the year the school will be participating in a variety of activities for which parent volunteers are necessary.  As the year progresses, notification of special events will be given.  If you wish to help out with any of these activities, feel free to contact the office or your child’s teacher.  Your assistance is always welcomed and appreciated.  Please remember that if you volunteer, you are subject to the Board’s policies including the need to keep confidential what you see and hear while volunteering. Please ask the school secretary or principal if a vulnerable sector check must be completed. The GLC will pay for this check for any volunteer. Instances where a vulnerable check is required is when a volunteer is a coach, involved with overnight field trips or works alone in a room with a student.

STUDENT SUCCESS

Maintain an open line of communication between yourself and your child.  Talk about little things, like what the child did in school today.  If your child feels he/she can talk to you now, he/she is more likely to come to you when there’s a problem later.

Talk to your child about school daily and in a positive way.  Parents often talk about school only when their children bring home a bad report card.

Let your child know that education and learning are family values and are important to you.  Recent research indicates that parent’s high expectations of their children’s school experience impacts on student achievement.

Encourage your child to participate in extracurricular activities; that way, they’ll enjoy school more.

Be aware of what’s happening at school.  Attend parent/teacher interviews and familiarize yourself with the curriculum.

Volunteer for events such as fund-raising or field trips.  Get involved with the projects that your son or daughter brings home.

Give your child a positive-success attitude.  Let him/her know that they are valued and will receive support regardless of marks, as long as they do his/her best.

THE LANGUAGE OF ENCOURAGEMENT EXAMPLES:

  • It looks like you’re really thinking.
  • Knowing you, I’m sure you’ll do your best.
  • I like the way you handled that.  It wasn’t easy.
  • Thanks.  That helped a lot.
  • You may not think you’ve reached your goal, but look how far you’ve come.
  • It looks as though you enjoyed that.
  • Look at the progress you’ve made.
  • I have confidence in your judgment.
  • Since you’re not satisfied, what do you think you can do so you will be pleased?
  • You can do it.  You’ve made it partway already.

LIBRARY POLICY

Students are expected to respect the rights of others for a quiet atmosphere for silent reading and/or uninterrupted research.  Individuals will be asked to leave the library if they are unable to respect the rights of others.

All materials taken from the library must be signed out.

Each student may borrow two items at a time.  Books are borrowed for a one-week period and can be renewed as required.  Extra books may be borrowed as required for special assignments or projects.

No new encyclopedias or reference books may be taken from the library.

Teachers will be given a notice of students who have over-due books.

If the book is not returned, a telephone call will be made to the parent or a form letter sent home stating the cost of the book.

As is the case with textbooks at all grade levels, and with library books, failing payment of the book (or safe retrieval of the book) the student will be suspended from further borrowing, and student progress reports will be withheld.

TEXTBOOKS

Textbooks will be assigned to individual students.  Textbooks are not to be marked in any way.  Textbooks that are lost, damaged or defaced will have to be replaced at the expense of the student and their parents or guardians.

USE OF TELEPHONE

The school main office telephone is to be used by students only for emergencies.  Going to a friend’s house after school or forgetting a baseball glove is not an emergency however, students will be able to use their classroom telephone , if a supervising adult is in attendance.

  INTRAMURALS AND INTER-SCHOOL COMPETITONS

Our philosophy relating to intramural and inter-school competitions is simply put, maximum participation.  However, a student who:

(a)     Neglects to put forth-sufficient effort in his/her school work,

(b)     Neglects to complete assignments,

(c)     Lacks commitment to school (i.e. attendance),

(d)     Displays unacceptable behavior, poor sportsmanship or undesirable attitudes,

may be barred from intramural or inter-school competitions.

In addition, attendance at practices for school meets (including cross-country) is mandatory.  In all cases where a student is barred from participation, the student and the parent will be notified and reasons given.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

No cameras, iPods, cell phones, tc. are permitted in the classroom UNLESS the teacher has granted permission for these items to be used for instructional purposes and has informed the rest of the GLC staff.  If these are found in the school yard during instructional times, they will be confiscated and only released at the end of the school day. If a student persists with bringing electronic devices into the classroom, without teacher approval , the device will be confiscated and later released to the parent.   Photos , videos and auditory recordings may not be taken at school, unless for the purpose of instruction. Parents must sign a letter of agreement before their child in Gr. 4-8 receives a netbook. It is the responsibility of the student and parent to take good care of the netbook at school and at home as well.The school assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen electronic items.

BICYCLES

Bicycles may be ridden to school.  However, they must be placed in the appropriate racks.  Bicycle riding on the school grounds is strictly forbidden.  Students must dismount at the gates and walk their bicycles to the racks.  Students are also asked not to play on the bike racks.  They are slippery and dangerous to walk on.  We will endeavor to prevent damage to them.  However, we are not responsible for their loss or damage.  Students are encouraged to lock their bicycles.

Skate boards, scooters, wheelies or roller blades are not permitted on school grounds.  The outdoor rink will be used for organized activities but students should not bring skates to school unless asked to by their teacher.

LOST AND FOUND

It is your child(ren)’s responsibility to care for his/her own items of clothing.  Items left on the floors, in hallways, on the playground, etc. will be placed in the Lost and Found hampers located in the bus foyer and lower entrance.  Students and parents may check there when items have gone missing.  All unclaimed items will be donated to the needy.

VALUABLES

Students are reminded to keep all forms of electronics at home.  Do not keep money in your desk, book bag, or jacket. Teachers, as well, should not keep valuables or money in their desks.  Loss or damage will not be compensated by the school or Board.  School board insurance does not cover lost or stolen property.  These situations must be reported to the homeowners’ insurer.     This is to prevent theft and lengthy investigations regarding missing items.  Students wishing to bring cell phones to special events must ask their teacher if they may do so. This is at their own risk and precautions should be taken by the student to keep the phone from being lost or stolen. Please note that some students do not permission to have their photos taken for a variety of personal reasons.