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School Handbook

Absentee Check Program

Abbott School operates an attendance check program to ensure the safety of your children. Parents are asked to notify the schools by phoning 780-477-7310 if your child will not be attending or will be late to school. An answering system at both schools will be available to leave a message for your convenience. If your child is away and there has been no call confirming your child's absence, you will be telephoned by the school. It is important that we have a current phone number for each family member.

Attendance

Regular attendance is an important factor in the success at each grade level. In this regard, all students are expected to arrive on time and be prepared for class.

Students arriving at school late are required to receive a late slip from the office before being admitted to the classroom.

Students with a habitual attendance problem can be referred to the Alberta Attendance Board. If parents wish their child to leave the school early for medical or other reasons, please write this in their school agenda, write a note to the school or notify the school by phone. Children must sign out in the office before leaving.

Bicycles, Skateboards, Rollerblades and Scooters

Bike racks are provided at both schools. This area is out of bounds except when parking or picking up bikes. All bikes must be locked. Students are asked to walk their bikes while on the schoolyard. Skateboards, scooters and roller blades are regarded as bicycles and should be dismounted while on school grounds. No wheeled devices are to be ridden on the school grounds including sidewalks and tarmacs. They are to be folded and carried when on school grounds and are kept in the student's classroom, then carried off school grounds before they can be ridden.

Cold Weather Policy

Unless the temperatures are below -22C, all students are required to spend the fifteen minute recess periods outdoors. On occasions when the weather is too severe for students to go outside, an inside recess will occur.

Change of Address/Telephone Number

It is very important that the school files be kept up-to-date regarding changes of address, phone number, parent's place of work and work number in order that you may be contacted in the event of an accident or emergency. Please notify the school of any changes to this information as they occur.

Community News

Both Schools have a community bulletin board in the hallway by the offices for Community News. If you have any community information or articles of interest, please submit them to the school office and we will post them on the Community News bulletin Board.

Dress and Footwear

Suitable dress and footwear should be worn depending on existing weather conditions. Children are required to remove their outside footwear upon entering into the school. It is expected that they have a pair of indoor shoes preferably white soled or non-marking running shoes at school at all times. Please label all footwear.

Field Trips

Our classes will participate in a variety of fieldtrips during the year. Trips will be curriculum based and enhance classroom learning. Parents will receive a field trip form requiring signed permission for their child to participate. Students who do not return a signed permission slip will remain at the school. No child will be refused the right to participate in a fieldtrip experience due to lack of funds if the situation is brought to the attention of the principal.

Homework and Reading

Please help your child develop good work habits and responsibility by checking their backpacks daily. All students at the Abbott School will be using a daily agenda. Please read with your child a minimum of 15 minutes daily.

Illness/Injury

Normally children who are too ill to go outside at recess are too ill to be at school. This is particularly true in the case of children with severe colds. Children coming to school with severe colds are unable to function well at school and provide a source of infection for other children. We urge that you keep your child at home under such conditions and notify the school. The school and the community health nurse must be contacted if your child has chicken pox and the school must be contacted if your child has lice. First aid is administered to any child experiencing an injury at school. If the injury is a minor scratch or bump, first aid is administered and no contact is made with the home. If a student becomes ill while at school, we will attempt to contact the parent/guardian or person listed for emergencies. Only after contact and approval by the parent or another responsible party will the child be sent home. If no contact can be made with a responsible adult, the child will be made as comfortable as possible until home time. If the illness or injury appears to be serious and we are unable to contact a responsible party, medical advice will be sought and followed.

Lost and Found

Abbott School has lost and found boxes located in the hallways of the school. Please check them on a regular basis for items that your child may have misplaced.

Medications

Parents are encouraged to dispense any necessary medication at home if at all possible. If medication must be taken during school hours, please make arrangements with the office staff. School Board Policy requires that a form be signed by the doctor and at least one parent indicating the nature and dispensing of required drugs for those students taking mediation at school. Forms are available in the school office. Please advise the school of any changes in dosage of regular medication. Medication will not be administered until these forms are completed.

Personal Property

To ensure the personal safety of student's belongings, all items from shoes to pencils should be marked clearly with the student's full name. Abbott School can not be held responsible for theft or breakage of personal items.

Personal Electronic Devices

Expensive items AND ELECTRONIC TOYS should NOT be brought to school as they may be broken or become lost. The school will not be responsible for the loss or theft of such items. We encourage the option of more physical endeavours while at school.

Reporting Student Progress

There will be three formal reporting periods where you will have the opportunity to participate in a demonstration of your child's learning as well as receive a written report card in November, March and June. We expect parents to be involved in their child's learning. Each classroom teacher will keep you informed and will encourage your participation. Please contact your child's teacher if you have specific questions or concerns.

Safety Patrols

School A.M.A. Patrols are used at Abbot School and we ask that all adults please co-operate with safety patrollers while crossing the streets. It is important that parents set a good example when it comes to safely crossing busy roads by crossing in the crosswalks and reminding their children about traffic safety precautions and ask them to follow the School Patrol rules.

School Supplies

School supplies are the responsibility of families. Please help your child be ready for school by having materials available.

Student Safety

Parents who bring their children to school are asked to drop them off and pick them up on the street by the main entrance or playground. Please do not use the parking lot as they become very congested and create safety issues for students. For the safety of students and staff, the following policy is in place. The front door only will remain open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. therefore if a student is late or someone wishes to enter the school this can only be done through the front door. All students assemble at their regular doors before entering the school at regular times. Supervisors will let students into the school at these doors.

Supervision

Playground supervision is provided for fifteen minute periods in the morning and afterschool, as well as at recess periods. For safety reasons we ask that students arrive no earlier than 8:15 a.m. Students are expected to remain outdoors unless the weather is inclement.

Toys

Students are discouraged from bringing toys to school. Toys that are kept in a child's desk are very distracting to the child as well as other classmates. If your child wants to bring a toy to school to play with at recess, it must be kept in his/her backpack during class time. The school will not accept responsibility for any toys brought to school.