School Policies and Procedures

Attendance

Regular school attendance and success at school are closely related. Absent students miss instruction and assistance in their courses.

·          Students are expected to attend all classes

·          If a student is ill for the day, we ask the parent/guardian to notify the school (604-594-5491) on the morning of the absence or provide written explanation the next day

·          If possible, schedule medical/dental app’ts outside of class time

·          The student is responsible for all work missed due to absences.  We recommend that students have someone in each class they could contact regarding missed works.  Parents can contact the office to request homework if a student has been absent for three or more consecutive days.

·          If students are absent without an acceptable reason when a test is scheduled, they may receive a mark of zero on that test

·          Students absent from school may not be permitted to participate in that day’s extra-curricular activities or school-sponsored events

·          Students who miss classes for school-authorized activities such as sports events and field trips must notify teachers in advance of the absence and make arrangements to complete work that was missed.

“Sign in - Sign out”
·          Students who are late and have a valid reason for being late (ie a dr. appt etc) should sign in at the office for a late slip. Students who arrive late to school without a valid reason should report to their classroom teacher.  Students who are more than 15 minutes late without a valid reason should report directly to the office and may receive a consequence for being late.

·          Students leaving school at any time during the day must sign out at the office. Students who require an early dismissal should bring a note to the office when they sign out.

 
Volunteers vs. Intruders
We welcome volunteers from the community to work in our school.  They will be wearing identification tags so you can greet them by name.  However, on occasion, unwelcome intruders have created problems in our school.  Students who observe unidentified strangers in the building or on our grounds should report them to the staff at once.

Guests
In general, students from neighbouring schools or districts should not accompany a Delview student to his/her classes.  To arrange for a guest to visit the school, a parent should call the school a few days in advance of the visit to explain the circumstances and to request permission.

Lunch Hour
Lunches must be eaten in the cafeteria, designated social areas, or outside the building. Students may eat food in classrooms during lunchtime with the permission of the teacher.  Beverages should not be consumed in the hallway (take it to your destination before opening). Lunch hour supervisors will be on duty in the cafeteria and hallways during the lunch break. Students are expected to be respectful and courteous towards them, as they are to all other staff members.

Hallways
Our hallways can be crowded during class changes and at Lunch Hour. In order to keep them passable and safe, students must not run, engage in horseplay, or play chase-me games.  Students must not form large groups in the hallways as it can create a great deal of congestion.  We appreciate student cooperation helping to pick up litter in the halls or on the grounds when requested.

Parking
The main parking lot south of the school is designated for all teachers and students at Delview.  Please do not park in the spaces at the front of the school or by the Delview Adult Centre – these are reserved for Continuing Education students attending the Adult Centre.

Gym
The gym is open when lunchtime intramural events are scheduled. No food or drink is to be taken into the gym. Students participating in intramural activities must wear proper PE strip. Students not participating must sit in the bleachers.

Lockers
Students are assigned lockers each year. However, the school still owns the lockers and retains the right to go into lockers when necessary. Each student is responsible for the condition of his/her locker and its contents. Only one student is permitted per assigned locker and students should not change lockers without permission.

Students should have a second lock to use in the gym change rooms during PE classes.

Locks are on sale at the office.  Students should never share lockers, nor give out their lock combination to other students. If someone acquires their combo, the office will exchange locks (the first 2-3 times it occurs) at no cost, if the original lock was purchased at the school.

Textbooks
Textbooks are issued by classroom teachers, some for the duration of the course, others as they are needed. These books are on loan to students. Students are responsible for the textbooks issued to them and for returning these books to the teacher that issued them. If a textbook is lost or damaged, an appropriate cost will be charged.

Dress Code
Students need to dress appropriately for work in a school setting. Beachwear, revealing or distracting clothing, and offensive images or messages (racist, sexist, or celebrating drug or alcohol use) on clothing or in lockers are not appropriate. For health reasons, shoes must be worn.  In order to create a respectful workplace and for safety reasons (identifying intruders), at Delview hats or hoods are not worn inside of the school.

Electronic Devices at Delview
The primary focus for staff and students at Delview is learning.  Cell phones, pagers, and personal music players (MP3 players, IPods, etc.) are not essential to learning and, when they interfere with learning, need to be controlled.

Cell Phones
Students often carry these devices in order to be in contact with their parents and for their safety traveling to and from school.  Most cell phones enable text messaging and email to pass between students during class time, and this can be distractive and disruptive to learning. Most cell phones also have cameras and student images from these cameras are being posted on social networking websites without the student’s permission.

The guidelines for the use of cell phones include:

·         Any student or parent can make emergency contact at any time during office hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) by using the school phone system rather than disrupting learning by calling or using a cell phone in class

·         There is a pay telephone in the hallway opposite the Office for students to make personal phone calls outside of class time

·         Cell phones may be used for personal calls before/after school or at lunch hour and should be made outside the school, not inside the building or courtyards

Personal Music Players
Since learning is the primary focus of our activities at school and since virtually all learning is social – that is, it takes place through dialogue and interaction between and among teachers and students – it is rarely, if ever, appropriate for a student to wear headphones during class time.  Occasionally, teachers may permit students to wear headphones in the classroom for activities or in circumstances in which that teacher feels it will not interfere with anyone’s ability to learn.

The guidelines for the use of personal music players include:

·         Students must comply with any teacher’s direction that personal music players and headphones are not permitted into his/her teaching area

·         Personal music players and headphones may be worn in the hallways before school (until the Warning Bell rings), at Lunch Hour and after school

·         Personal music players and headphones are not to be worn by students who are in conversation with a staff member or during direct instruction, guest speaker/student presentations, or school assemblies

·         For safety reasons, a staff member can direct a student at any time to remove his/her headphones

Valuables
It is recommended that students NOT bring valuables such as digital cameras, MP3 players, valuable jewelry, or large amounts of cash to school as they are easily lost or stolen. The school does not have insurance to cover such losses, nor is it responsible for their replacement.

Medical Room and First Aid
Students who become ill or injured at school should get permission from their teacher to leave class and report to the office. Parents may be called to pick up sick children or give permission for them to go home. While a qualified person may provide basic First Aid to a student, the staff of the school is not permitted to dispense medication to students, or to send students home without parental contact.

Telephone
There is a public pay telephone in the hallway available to students for routine calls. In emergency situations, students may ask to use a school office phone.  Cell phones may be used outside of the school.

Smoking
By order of the Delta School Board smoking is not permitted on any school grounds or in any school buildings.

Vacations during School Time
The school is not in a position to grant or deny permission to any student to miss school for family holidays. The decision is the parents’. It is important that parents contact the school well in advance of an upcoming vacation and complete the forms available at the office. Students must plan and work ahead in order to minimize the effect of the absence. Since credit cannot be given for work that is not done, an absence may lower the mark received in a course.

 
Emergency Preparedness
When an emergency alarm rings, students must leave the building under the direction of a teacher. Students should remain well away from the building until teachers indicate it is safe to return.  Driveways should be kept free for emergency vehicles.

During an earthquake, the following procedures must be observed:

·    move quickly under a desk or table, or crouch against a wall, placing your hands over your head

·    stay clear of windows, bookcases, filing cabinets, and other large objects that could topple over

·    remain in your protected area until the tremors stop and your teacher gives instructions

·    if you are outside during a quake, remain clear of windows, trees, and power lines

The first priority in any emergency is the safety of the students and staff. In all cases, students are expected to follow directions from staff. In no case should an alarm or evacuation be ignored or treated casually.