School Policies and Procedures
Punctuality and regular attendance at school are very important and good habits of coming to school and arriving on time are important habits to develop early on.
Punctuality: Students should arrive to school on time. A warning bell sounds 5 minutes before the start of class (8:55 a.m.). Students should enter their class at that bell so that they are ready to learn when the second bell rings (9:00 a.m.). It is important to be in class at that time because this is frequently when the teacher sets the tone for the day and tells the children the structure for the day.
Students who arrive later than 9:30 am must get a late slip from the office before going to class. Teachers take attendance first thing in the morning and submit this to the office. Students who are not present at this time are marked absent. The late slip allows us to change this notation in the attendance. The late slip also ensures we know exactly which students are present so we are able to account for all children in the case of an emergency evacuation.
Absences: If your child is sick, please keep her/him home. If your child will be absent, parents are asked to contact the safe arrival line at 604-713-5159 extension 76 leave a message with the child’s name and their teacher’s name or division and the reason for the absence.
Because children cannot receive the curriculum if they are not at school, lengthy absences are a concern. If your child will miss considerable school due to illness, please let your child’s teacher know so we can help. If frequent or lengthy absences interfere with the child’s learning, parents will be contacted. If your child is going to be away for personal reasons (e.g. a trip or vacation), teachers cannot be held responsible for preparing work during the absence. If a lengthy absence means the child misses a lot of school and consequently prevents the teacher from adequately evaluating the child’s progress in a specific area, a comment of this nature may be made on the child’s report card.
Dropping Off / Picking Up your child
School staff provide limited outside supervision before school at 8:40 a.m. and after school until 3:15 only. Parents are asked to ensure their child clearly understands your family’s drop-off and pick-up arrangements. Children who are not picked up by 3:15 pm are asked to go to the school office to wait safely for their parent/caregiver. Please do not be late picking up your child. The office closes at 3:30 p.m. and staff are not always available to contact you or remain with your child until you arrive.
All drivers are urged to exercise particular and extra-special caution and care when driving in and around school zones:
- Watch for children and families crossing streets, both in and out of intersections.
- Remind your children about safe walking practices (look both ways before crossing streets; cross only at intersections, etc)
- SLOW DOWN! The speed limit in school zones is 30 km/h.
- Remember, there is NO dropping off or picking up students in the school parking lots and avoid U-Turns or 3-point turns as these are particularly dangerous.
Please respect street signage when dropping off or picking up your child. Best is to park away from the school and walk in with your child.
- Students should come to the office for medical attention. Our office staff are first-aid attendants, but not a school nurse.
- Please ensure the office is made aware of any specific medical needs your child may have (e.g. allergies).
- Lord Selkirk School is a nut allergy aware school. While we cannot prevent or eliminate allergens in the school, we remind everyone that we have students and staff in the school who have severe allergies to certain foods, especially peanuts, peanut butter and other nut products. We encourage families to take this into account when bringing snacks and foods into the school.
- In case of an emergency requiring evacuation, staff and students are trained to assemble on the gravel field under their division number sign. Visitors to the school should assemble at the end of the chain-link fence closest to the South Wing entrance.
- Fire drills are held regularly.
- Earthquake drills are held as well. The school has equipment and provisions to adequately care for children until their parents can pick them up. In such an emergency, parents are directed to carefully follow the instructions of staff so we can ensure the proper accounting and safe dismissal of children to their parents or emergency designates.
To this end, we must ask for parents’ cooperation during a real emergency:
- Staff and students also rehearse what to do in the unlikely event of a dangerous intruder either on the school grounds (“Hold and Secure”) or within the school (“Lock down”). During a "Lock down", we lock down the school: A “Lock Down” is announced over the school PA system in the unlikely event that there is a dangerous intruder in the school. All students gather in their classroom (or closest room), lock the doors, turn out the lights and remain quietly with their teacher until they are directed that it is safe to come out.
- In the unlikely event of a lock down, we will be turning off and collecting cell phones from students, as using them at such a time poses potential additional risks. We do not want phones to sound at times when quiet is essential. Additionally, texting, tweeting, etc risks sending out inaccurate information that could hamper police efforts to resolve the incident. Parents are asked not to attempt to contact the school or their children directly.
Personal Items at School
As the school cannot be held responsible for loss or damage, students are discouraged from bringing personal items to school that are dear, precious or valuable to them (ie toys, money, electronics, etc). Any items students do choose to bring must not interfere with the primary purpose of school (student learning together in a safe and respectful environment). If it does, the item will be removed and given back to the student or parent at the end of the school day.
- There is a lost and found area set up in the lobby area before the gym. Having the child's name printed inside clothing and on personal items (eg gloves, hats, water bottles, etc) helps "reunite" students with found items. Please also check the lost and found on a regular basis as we have lots of items.
- Students should park and lock up bicycles once they arrive at school and not use them (as well as skateboards, scooters, etc) to ride on the grounds when pedestrians are present.
- Mobile devices: Many students bring personal mobile devices (ie cell phones, iPods, etc) to school (although students are welcome to use the phone in the office to call home for emergency purposes). While these items are allowed at school, devices that interfere with the primary purpose of school will be removed and given back to the student at day's end.
- Some sports equipment is restricted during school hours (wooden and full-length hockey sticks, bats, etc). Feel free to call the school if you have questions about items.
- Weapons are expressly forbidden on school grounds.
- Parents bringing dogs onto school grounds are reminded to ensure they are leashed.
At Selkirk School, we highly value exercise and physical activity. As such, students are encouraged to be outside before and after school and during recess and lunch, and are discouraged from being inside the school hallways. On inclement weather days numerous activities and places are available for students. Students are told during the daily morning announcements if it is an “outside” day or an “inside” (rainy) day.
Students should make sure they are dressed appropriately everyday for activities outside. (Younger students may wish to keep a bag of extra dry clothes in their classroom in case they get too wet.) Students will be told to leave the inside of the building if they are using it as a play area (e.g. running in and out of the building).
Information regarding school closures in the event of snow, or other emergency situations, will be provided to the following radio and television stations by 7:00 a.m. on the morning of the closure: CKNW (980 AM), CKWX (NEWS 1130 AM),) AND CBC Radio (690 AM, 105.7 FM), FAIRCHILD Radio (CJVB AM 1470/CHKG FM 96.1), BCTV/Global, CITY TV School closure information is also available online at www.vsb.bc.ca. Please do not call media outlets to determine whether schools are closed.
We will also endeavor to update the home page of this website and the school answering machine message. The school phone number is 604-713-4650.
Sign-In / Sign-Out
Parents who pull their child out of school early or during the day (e.g. for an appointment) must sign their child out of school in the office, and then sign them back in when the child returns. Like our late arrival policy, this is done to ensure the safety of the children. Only Grade 7 students may sign themselves in and out with parent permission. All students who arrive late to school should have a parent accompany them to the office to receive a late slip and be signed in.
Students who occasionally go home for lunch, need to provide a note to their teacher in advance or that day. If a student goes home daily for lunch then their parent needs to provide the school office with a note outlining this. For safety reasons, students without parental permission are not allowed to leave the school ground at any time.
At the start of the school year, a “verification sheet” is sent home to parents/guardians asking them to verify that the contact, safety and health information we have on file for their child is accurate and correct. It is extremely important that the school always have the most current information for all students. If any information about your child should change over the course of the year, please contact the office immediately. It is especially important to have as many phone numbers as possible for parents, guardians, caregivers and any other adults who have parents’ permission to pick up their child in case of an emergency.
Student Internet Use
Student use of school computers is for learning purposes only. Students are asked to complete and return a Student Internet Use Agreement at the beginning of the year that reviews school internet rules.
Students are reminded that the school will take action against inappropriate use of the internet or of social media that has a negative impact on themselves or others even if their use occurs outside of school hours. If students' personal use of the internet or social media outside of school hours affects the safety of students back at school, the school has a responsibility to take action.
The Vancouver Board of Education has a policy that no student will be denied an educational opportunity or service for reasons of financial hardship. If you require a subsidy for any school program, opportunity or material, please contact the Principal or Vice Principal at the school either in person or by phone (604-713-4650). All requests are kept confidential.