Parent information

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Parent information 2017-09-06T08:06:36+00:00

Parent information

At Seabird Island we believe that parents play a key role in the education of their child. We want you to be fully involved in your child’s education. Whether you choose to become part of the Parents Advisory Committee, or just actively seek information about your child’s grades.

We invite you to learn more about us as a school, how you can get involved, and what our expectations of you are, as well as plans for our future and how to communicate best with us.

Parents Advisory Committees or PACs provide a forum for parents and guardians to discuss matters affecting the school and the education of children. An elected executive takes the information from PAC meetings and advises the education committee, principal, and teachers. The PAC also provides an opportunity to support our parents with workshops and students with fundraising to enhance their learning.

PAC meetings are scheduled for the last Monday of each month at 5:00pm and will be hosted at the Seabird Island Community School’s Elementary Gymnasium.

Anyone with a child attending Seabird Island Community School can join the Parents Advisory Committee. For more information regarding the PAC contact Edie Karacsonyi at ediekara@gmail.com or Stacy McNeil at stacymcneil10@gmail.com.

Communication

If for any reason you need to contact the Seabird Island Community School, you can do so by calling (604) 796-3061 Monday through Friday from 7:45am – 3:30pm. Or fill out our contact form and we will get back to you.

Absences

When a parent/guardian knows that their child will be absent, it is requested that the parent/guardian give the school prior verbal or written notice of the upcoming absence.

In the event of an excused absence a parent/guardian is requested to call the school’s attendance officer at (604) 796-3061 within 24 hours of the initial absence, so that the school can maintain accurate records. In the event that a parent/guardian has no access to a phone, a written note must be delivered to the attendance officer on the day the student first returns to school following the absence.

All absences are considered unexcused until contact by the parent/guardian.

Students will be required to serve 1 lunch hour detention for every hour truant. Detentions will be served consecutively. Unexcused absences from detention will result in doubling the time to be served. Detentions not served will result in further disciplinary action. 5 truancies will result in an in-school suspension to be served in a designated supervised area.

Parents/guardians will be expected to attend a care team meeting in the event of a habitual truancy to assist in the development of Individualized Education Plan.

Safety

The Seabird Island Community School Education Society states that the immediate safety of all pupils and employees is of prime consideration. In extraordinary circumstances, safety will take precedence over any, and all other considerations. Seabird Island Education Society has the authority to close a school on a required day of instruction if it believes the health or safety of students is endangered.

Seabird Island Community School has a pre-determined evacuation procedure in place. All staff and students should be well-versed in this procedure.

Staff or students believed to pose a health risk will be asked by school administration to remain off campus until doctor has provided written notice that they are medically fit to return to school. If staff or students do not comply with school administration’s request to remain off campus, the Seabird Island Education Society has the authority to suspend an employee or student from a school, until they provide a written notice that they do not pose a health risk and are medically fit to return to school.

In the event of an early emergency dismissal, school administration will make every effort to locate a contact person for each student and inform them of the early dismissal. Whenever possible, early dismissals will be avoided and regular bus time departures will be maintained. When school is closed on immediate or very short notice, the school phone line or an alternate line will be made available to give/receive messages.

If parents or emergency contacts cannot be reached or are unable to be home to receive children in the event of an early emergency dismissal, the pre-arranged community drop off locations will be used.

Security

In an effort to ensure the safety and well-being of all our students and staff, Seabird Island Community School is a closed campus and has been since January 2007. What this means is that students are not allowed to leave the school campus once they have arrived. If a student does leave without permission they will be considered to be truant. A phone call will be made home and parents/guardian will be made aware of the student’s truancy. If the student returns they will have to report to the office and spend the rest in an isolated class setting. Parents must report to the front office to sign student out if student needs to leave school grounds for any reason.

The Seabird Island Education Society believes there to be basic responsibilities which should be met by parents or guardians in order for the school to achieve the greatest success with each student.

Expectations are that Parents and Guardians:

  • Encourage their children to develop a positive attitude towards education.
  • Provide their children with opportunities to develop personal responsibility.
  • Encourage their children to participate in the school programs being offered.
  • Provide for their children’s physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
  • Work with school staff in matter involving the welfare and safety of children.
  • Ensure that their children attend school regularly.
  • Accept the ultimate responsibility for their children’s behaviour and actions.
  • Ensure that their children’s rights are protected.
  • Acknowledge that they are responsible for any willful damage caused by their children to the property of the school or others.
  • Teach and encourage their children to show respect for other people’s ethic, cultural and linguistic heritage and to respect their fellow students, elders and the environment.
  • Become familiar with the behavioural expectations of the school.
  • Provide a quiet time and place for their children to do their homework and study.
  • Ensure that their child/children are doing their homework and studying.
  • Ensure that their children who are in elementary school get into the practice of doing homework, reading, studying, and watching educational television.
  • Ensure that children are provided with a nutritious lunch.

The student’s parent or guardian has the primary duty to inform school authorities about their child’s life-threatening medical condition upon registration of the child or upon medical diagnosis of the problem.

Registration procedures shall inquire as to whether or not a student has medical problems of which the school should be aware.

Where medication is either required or to be on-hand, the Principal will ensure that relevant information is provided to all supervisory persons. In instances where the allergy is life-threatening, parents are to be requested to provide written medical advice from the child’s physician. Parents must sign a waiver for administration of medication. Contact us for more information.

If you have moved addresses, changed your contact details (including email), have had changes in custody agreements, or any other information you filled out when registering your child with the Seabird Island Community School we request that you contact us to let us know as soon as possible.
B.C. Friends for Life Parent Program

Parent resources

The online B.C. Friends for Life Parent Program was developed for parents by parents in partnership with the FORCE Society For Kids’ Mental Health and the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development. Our goal is to educate parents about the FRIENDS program that is being delivered in BC classrooms and equipping them with parent-friendly tools and information to practice FRIENDS together at home.

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