The Public Health Nurse visits our school monthly. If you have any concerns, she may be contacted at 239-2413.
Students are expected to be punctual. If a student arrives late (after registration either in the morning or the afternoon,) the student must sign in at the office. If it is determined that the late is not due to a legitimate reason the student may be denied access to class.
Note: parents and guardians will be informed and expected to be part of an action plan to solve the problem.
The services of the Resource Teachers are available to all teachers and students. The principal duty of the Resource Teachers is to assist in the teaching of students who are having difficulty learning. Students may be referred to resource by their teachers, their parents, or by the School Administration.
Referrals to student services (Psychology, Speech & Language, Reading, Hearing) should be made through the Resource Teachers or Guidance Counsellor.
ADDITIONAL SCHOOL ACCIDENT INSURANCE
Additional accident insurance forms will be available to all students in September. It is the responsibility of the parent to apply for this coverage if they wish. Note: all students automatically have basic coverage through the Division. This is only for those that want additional coverage.
The Portage la Prairie School Division is a smoke free division. As such smoking is not allowed in any building, on any grounds belonging to the division, or at any school-sponsored event. At École Arthur Meighen School, smoking is not allowed on the grounds, or any side of the street bordering the grounds. If a student can be seen smoking within sight of the school they will be given the penalties outlined by the School Division’s policy, i.e. a one day out-of-school suspension the first time caught, a two day OSS the second time, etc. This may include possession of lighters.
The student body has the opportunity to participate in student council. The student council organises social activities, and assists with sports programs and house leagues. It is important that conscientious students be involved in the council. The council will be formed early in the school year.
SCHOOL SAFETY PROTOCOL (River Road, Traffic and Bus Loop)
- All parents, guardians, or car pool drivers who are dropping off, or picking up their students to ÉAM are expected, for safety reasons, to use the school parking lot drop off area NOT River Road or business properties. The practice of stopping to drop students off on River Road (PR240) is not only dangerous but also illegal.
If you want to drop students off earlier, the school is open early in the morning and students are allowed in the building when they arrive – no one has to wait outside in the cold.
- If students living “downtown” are leaving for lunch (to go home or to the hot-lunch program run by the Friendship Centre), they must use the walk way on the west side of River Road and cross at the River Road and Koko Platz crosswalk.
- No students are permitted to leave the school grounds during the school day unless they are going home for lunch. Students are not allowed to go to the Co-Op at any time, including after school while waiting for the school bus, or after their arrival by bus before 9:00 a.m. If students leave the grounds to go to the Co-Op there will be special disciplinary measures to discourage this. Students leaving will receive a warning and phone call home for the first offence, a two day suspension for the next offence and so on. If your child has special dietary concerns that can not be presently met by the school’s lunch program please call me and we can arrange to stock the items the Co-Op has.
- No public traffic is allowed through the bus loop when students are playing in the playground at noon hour (12:08 – 12:48) or recesses (10:20 and 2:06). The bus loop is a restricted area and protected by law. License plate numbers will be recorded and sent to the RCMP.
- Students walking to school from the Koko Platz – Mellenville area are reminded to use the back lane behind École Crescentview School and to walk on the side of the road when they get to Bridge Road. The safest methods of getting to school are school bus or parent drop off on the school grounds. Any other method is not considered safe.
Substitute teachers have a very difficult job. When they come to work in our school, they do not often know the students and class situations. It is our expectation that each student will fully co-operate at all times with a substitute teacher. Any violations will result in the student being removed from class. It may result in phoning a parent and being sent home for the remainder of the day.
Textbooks issued to students become their responsibility. Students will be expected to pay for texts damaged or lost. Textbooks will be checked periodically by the homeroom teacher.
TRESPASSING AND LOITERING
Trespassing on personal property will not be allowed. Students must keep to public walkways coming to school and returning home.
Loitering in groups on the street corners, or private properties around the school will not be tolerated. (You may meet in groups on the school grounds.) Students must leave promptly after school if not waiting for a bus.
Trespassing and loitering will result in detentions or suspensions.
Truancy is defined as the absence from school for reasons not covered by the Public School's Attendance Act [260.1(2)]. This Act states, "that for short periods of time, children may be legally absent from school because of sickness or other unavoidable cause...e.g., school sponsored activities; court appearances; death in the family; or because of a religious holiday." All other reasons for absenteeism could be considered as truancy.
Truancy shall be dealt with in the following manner:
- Student may be required to make up missed time - morning, at noon, or after school. (Maximum detention time shall not exceed one hour/day unless special arrangements have been made with the parent/guardian).
- For frequent or chronic truancy, the student will be placed on a special monitoring list and shall be reported to the School Division's Attendance Officer. Parents can be prosecuted for not ensuring their child attends school on a regular basis. In School or Out of School Suspensions may result from chronic truancy.
In all cases of tardiness or truancy, the student is responsible for missed work. The assignments missed must be made up before the beginning of the next class.
VALUABLES AT SCHOOL
Students are asked NOT to bring valuable items or large sums of money to school. If they are lost or stolen the school cannot and will not replace them. If, for some reason, students must bring large sums of money to school, the student should ask the teacher or the office to care for it.
NOTE - Students are asked NOT to bring the following items to school: MP3, Ipod, game boy, roller blades, skateboards, pagers or cell phones.
Locks are available from the office for $ 6.00. We encourage students to purchase a lock from the school because we can guarantee the lock (if it breaks).
VISITORS TO THE SCHOOL
All visitors to the school are most welcome. We would ask that you first report to the office so that we are able to properly monitor who is in our school at all times.