General School Information
Each student is covered by twenty-four hour accident insurance with Seaboard Life Insurance Company. This insurance does not duplicate Alberta Health Care coverage. Payment is included in the tuition fee.
If a student receives an injury, or is involved in an accident which could be covered by accident insurance, contact the school office for more information and to receive an accident claim form.
BICYCLES AND VEHICLES
Students using bicycles to travel to and from school must park them upon arrival and leave them so until school is dismissed. An exception will be recognized for students who go home for noon lunch. For safety reasons, students are asked to not ride their bicycles or use their rollerblades on the school grounds. Failure to comply with these regulations may result in forfeiting privileges. In compliance with existing laws, students are required to wear proper bike helmets.
No student shall bring a motorized vehicle (example: moped/motorcycle/car) to school without making prior arrangements with the Principal. The use of snowmobiles is forbidden on all school property.
The school assumes no responsibility for bicycles or motorized vehicles at the school beyond the customary playground supervision at recesses and noon.
Scooters and skateboards must not be brought on school property during school hours.
HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
The Home and School Association has been established to promote understanding and cooperation between parents/guardians and teachers. All parents/guardians, teachers, and other interested adults are invited and encouraged to attend regularly the meetings and programs of the association. Please watch for announcements in the Roundup and in the church bulletin.
Students are encouraged to make use of the books in our library. We ask that books be handled with care and returned by the due date. Any fines issued for overdue books or charges issued for lost/damaged books must be paid before report cards will be released. (See “Other Fees”, #5, page 6; and “Report Cards”, page 7.)
The school provides lockers or cubbies for the students' personal use. The school, however, cannot take responsibility for the contents in the lockers. Valuable property should not be brought to school. The school retains its ownership rights to the lockers and may at any time inspect the lockers and confiscate articles which should not be on school premises.
Students who use locks on their lockers must use one of the school’s combination locks or if using their own lock, must provide a second key or the lock combination to the school office. A deposit of $5.00 per lock will be charged for school locks which is refundable when the lock is returned. (See “Other Fees”, #6, page 6.)
LOST AND FOUND
Please check the Lost and Found box periodically. Several times a year the lost and found box will be emptied and the contents will be put on display. Any unclaimed articles will be auctioned off or disposed of in other ways. Valuable and small lost and found items will be placed along the inside window ledge of the CHCS office as they come in. Students may ask for a lost item at the office during office hours.
In keeping with the Wolf Creek Regional Division (formerly The County of Lacombe) policy, and in the interest of safety, medication such as Tylenol, Aspirin, etc., will not be dispensed at the school office. If students have need of medication, we ask that parents/guardians provide it as needed and that the student keep it in their back pack/school bag/lunch sack.
The use of the Internet and computers provides real educational benefits to students. Access to computers and the Internet is given as a privilege to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner under the direction of the teacher. We require that students and parents or guardians read, accept and sign an Acceptable Computer Use Policy Agreement at the beginning of the school year.
CHCS has one main source of communication with parents/guardians throughout the year which is our school newsletter, the “Roundup”. It is usually published twice monthly. We encourage parents/guardians to ask their child(ren) for each publication, and read it carefully since it contains not only newsworthy items, but changes in schedules, notices of field trips, various requests, and notices of important events in which students are involved.
Parents/guardians and other school constituents are encouraged to visit the school when convenient.
Parents who wish to visit with a teacher are asked to do so after school hours. Making an appointment will ensure that the teacher is available. Parent visits before school are strongly discouraged as teachers need to be available to greet students and help them get ready for a prompt school start at 8:25 a.m. Thanks for your help.
We ask visitors to please check in at the office if prior arrangements have not been made with the classroom teacher.
CHCS students wishing to invite a relative or friend to school must first make arrangements with the teacher(s) involved.
Students from other schools are to do their visiting after school hours only.
From time to time there are parents or others who have questions regarding something which they don’t understand or agree with in regards to a particular classroom or teacher. While this situation is perfectly normal, there are some great concerns about the way these misunderstandings are aired.
An accompanying concern is the attitude with which many questions are brought. Experience has shown that whenever an inquirer comes with a predetermination of wrongdoing or with an argumentative spirit, resolution is often difficult to achieve.
The counsel of Matthew (found in Matthew 18:15-17) is a guideline which serves the Christian well in these circumstances. The apostle clearly points out the necessity of dealing directly with the person, one on one, prior to any other procedure. As a companion to this procedure, it would be helpful to all concerned if the one who has a question would approach the teacher with an attitude of helpfulness and love. And so, the following steps are recommended:
1. Go directly to the teacher and discuss your observations and feelings. Following this discussion, it might be helpful to follow it up with a short note reviewing the points covered and the agreements reached.
2. Should further concern exist, take the Principal with you and talk to the teacher again. Following this contact, the Principal should, as a matter of course, correspond with the teacher as the parent had done in step one.
The Principal may involve the Conference Educational Superintendent. The alternative to this would be to inform the parents that they could elect to appear before the local school board Executive Committee and state their case.
3. It is hoped that the parent who follows these procedures will experience complete satisfaction and understanding of the problem. Should the Principal, Superintendent and/or the Executive Committee validate the philosophy and procedures of the teacher, the parent is asked to cooperate with the program. Should the teacher be counselled to change certain things, further written professional evaluations will monitor these changes.
A hall phone is provided for students to use when they need to make personal phone calls.
If parents/guardians need to call their child(ren) or teacher(s), it would be preferred that they call at recess, noon break, or after school. Otherwise, a message can be left with the office.
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