School Routines


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


When students bring any electronics to school, it is at their own risk. We recommend that these items be left at home under most circumstances.

  • Any electronic devices that are brought to school should be kept in backpacks, turned off, during school hours
  • Devices are never to be used around the school without permission from the classroom teacher and the subjects in the photos.

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.


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 any 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 should come to school appropriately dressed for their day. Clothing should not promote drugs or alcohol or display offensive language or images that denigrate a person or persons or encourage discrimination. Students should come to school wearing safe, activity-appropriate footwear (this is especially important on days they have P.E. class or are participating in athletic activities). Student dress should not obscure the face except as appropriate for religious reasons, health and safety, or to accommodate a disability. Any concerns about student dress are addressed with individual students in a discreet and respectful manner.