Students should arrive at school no earlier than 8:30 am unless they are involved in a teacher-supervised school activity.
- At the 8:40 am bell, students enter through their own pod door. The front door is reserved for parent, staff and emergency use only.
- Following the 8:45 am bell, when all students are inside the school, the pod doors are closed. Students arriving late should enter through the front door and check in with the office before going to their classrooms.
- After 8:45 am, all students arriving late are to report to the office before reporting to their classrooms.
TRAFFIC AND BICYCLE / SCOOTER / SKATE-BOARD / ROLLERBLADE SAFETY
If your child is riding a bicycle, scooter, skate-board or rollerblades to and from school, make certain he/she knows and observes the rules of the road and wears a helmet.
All bicycle, scooter, and skate-board riders must dismount when arriving on the school grounds and walk their wheels directly to the bike racks. All bicycles must be equipped with proper locks for outside storage. Rollerbladers are to remove their rollerblades as soon as they reach the school. Please be sure to bring appropriate footwear to change into. When leaving the school, Rollerbladers should also wait until they are off the school grounds before putting on their rollerblades.
PARKING LOT / DROP OFF AND PICK UP
Parking at Port Guichon is very limited and we ask your cooperation in helping to keep our traffic lanes clear and our students safe.
- Please do not park your car in the paved traffic circle at the front of the school. There are a number of busses that drop off and pick up students and they need access to the paved traffic circle. There is another traffic circle for quick drop off and pick up closer to the school parking lot.
- Please respect the “Staff Parking” area of our parking lot.
- Park your car in a safe manner, without blocking the traffic lanes for our busses, and walk to your child’s pod door to drop them off or pick them up.
ADULTS VISITING THE SCHOOL
All adults must sign in at the office when visiting the school or volunteering for school events. Please obtain/wear a visitor’s badge so that students know you have checked in at the office.
ALLERGIES AND OTHER MEDICAL NEEDS
If your child has any allergies or other medical needs, to ensure the safety of your child, we ask that:
- You contact the office at the beginning of the school year to obtain a Medical Card that needs to be completed each year. If medication is required, a Request to Administer Medication Card needs to be completed and the medication supplied to the school. Medical Cards are available at the front office.
- If medical conditions change during the school year, please ensure the office is notified.
CONTACT INFORMATION/PARENT CONNECT
Please be sure to update your contact and emergency release information on “Parent Connect” To access Parent Connect, go to the school’s website at pg.deltasd.bc.ca and there is a link you can find under Parent Resources. Detailed instructions on using Parent Connect are available to by selecting the “help”: button on the Parent Connect Sign-In Screen.
If you have changed address, the front office needs to be notified.
SAFE ARRIVAL PHONING PROGRAM
The Safe Arrival Phoning Program calls the student’s home for every unconfirmed absence. This is to ensure the safety of our students on the way to school.
If your child is going to be late or absent, the school must be notified. For your convenience, our answering machine is on 24 hours a day to record your message outside of the regular office hours. Please telephone the office with the following information before 8:45 am:
- Name of the child
- Child’s grade, division number, or teacher’s name
- Date of absence or in the case of lateness, when he/she is expected to arrive
- Reason for absence
Please do not send a sick child to school. Normally, children who are too ill to go outside at recess are too ill to be at school. Sick children who come to school are a source of infection for others and they do not function well in the classroom.
For the protection of your child, as well as other children, keep your child home if he/she:
- Has a fever
- Is too sick to take part in all normal school activities
- Has a suspected or known communicable disease (i.e. strep throat, pink eye, chicken pox, or any other undiagnosed rash). Keep them home until they are no longer infectious.
Please let the school know your child’s symptoms.
ELECTRONICS, TOYS AND VALUABLES FROM HOME
Students are encouraged not to bring electronics or other toys from home. Too often they are misplaced or broken. Please have your child keep their games and toys at home, unless they are requested to bring them to school by their teacher. This includes cell phones and other portable devices such as iPods, MP3 players and gaming systems.
We are aware that some parents would like their child to have a cell phone for safety reasons. If you feel that it is necessary for your child to have a cell phone at school, they are to be stored in their backpack with the ringer turned off in order to avoid disrupting the class. If you need to contact your child during school hours, please refrain from calling or texting your child’s cell phone and contact the office directly.
Students are also discouraged from bringing or wearing good jewelry at school. Items are often broken or lost during gym or while playing outside during recess and lunch breaks. Students are ultimately responsible for the items they choose to bring to school.
LOST AND FOUND
Please ensure that your child’s personal school supplies and equipment, such as backpacks, lunch bags, gym clothes, rulers and exercise books are clearly marked with the child’s name. It is a good idea to label your child’s clothing, especially jackets, sweatshirts, hats and gloves.
The lost and found is located in the gym hallway of the school and is readily accessible to students and parents. Please check this area often. Please check with the office for lost keys, jewelry and small items. At the end of each term, all unclaimed items will be given to a local charity.
Students are responsible for those textbooks which they have been assigned and the library books they check out of the Port Guichon Library. Lost and/or damaged textbooks or library books are to be replaced or paid for by the students. This is to encourage children to be responsible for their own articles, as well as those which belong to the public and is part of the Health and Career Education (H.A.C.E.) curriculum.
Students will, at all times, wear clothing and accessories respectful of and appropriate to the school learning environment. Specifically, shoulders and midriffs will be covered and use of make-up is to be avoided. Students will remove hats and hoods upon entering the school and clothing should not have inappropriate messages. Safe, play-appropriate footwear will be worn during school. For their own safety, students must wear running shoes to participate in physical education classes in the gym.
Some clothing is more appropriate for recreational activities outside of school. These guidelines are intended to maintain a wholesome environment where children can be children without the pressures to hurry up and be young adults.
If students come to school and their appearance, in the professional opinion of the staff, detracts from the learning environment, they will be asked to change or will be given clothing supplied by the office.