Westview Elementary School
Every Child Shines
General School Information & Expectations

​​​Absences

The main office will be open from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily. Messages can be left 24 hours a day. Parents and guardians  an also notify their child`s teacher and/or our office manager, Mrs. Austin, using email at caustin@sd47.bc.ca

Students leaving school during the day must sign out at the office with a parent or guardian in attendance.

For safety reasons, please notify the school if your child is not returning to school after lunch.

Students are required to remain on the school grounds from the time of their arrival until dismissal, unless the parent or guardian has given permission for the student to leave.

Accident Procedures

Minor first aid only will be administered at the school.

If additional treatment is necessary, parents or the emergency contact person will be phoned.

Where neither the parent nor the designated contact person can be reached, the child will be taken to the hospital, unless the parents have given the school different instructions.

In serious situations, an ambulance will be called, however, this cost will be not be absorbed by the school district.

Assemblies

Regular assembly dates will be determined in early September. The dates will be sent home with our students.

If your child is receiving an award, their name will be published in the Westview Newsletter to parents the week before the assembly.

Parents and Guardians are encouraged to attend our assemblies. Come and share in the amazing accomplishments of our students!

Bicycle Safety and Security

Helmets and bicycle locks are mandatory.

Please note that the school district is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items.

Parents who permit children to ride bikes to school are requested to review traffic rules with their children. Bicycles are not to be loaned to, or borrowed by, other students.

Bikes are not to be ridden on the school grounds unless there is an approved event such as a rodeo or bike parade.

Students should dismount at the school gate and walk the bike to the bike rack.

Bus Behaviour

It is expected that students will follow school expectations.
 This includes:

- keeping your hands and feet to yourself

- following adult instructions the first time they say it

- speaking to everyone in a polite manner

- not having any items or substances on the bus that you would not have at school

If it is reported that a student is demonstrating negative physical or verbal behaviour on the bus, there will be only one warning. If there is a second offence, the student may lose bus riding privileges for a specified length of time. It is imperative that the bus driver’s attention is on the road and not on poorly behaved students. This is a safety issue.

Should a student lose bus riding privileges, parents are responsible for making alternate travel arrangements.

Technology

Students are expected to sign an Acceptable Use Policy before they are given the opportunity to use the Internet.

Parents are asked to read this policy and sign it.

Dress Code

Students should be attired appropriately for school. Clothing should be appropriate for an elementary school setting. With students aged 5 to 13 we expect our older students to set good examples for our younger students. If a student is dressed inappropriately they will be asked to call home for a change of clothing or will be provided with something appropriate to wear.

Emergency Drills

Students practice emergency drills throughout the school year.

Fire Drills/Plan

Teachers will direct students early in the year as to the proper procedure.

Classes remain at the designated area, waiting quietly in line, until the ‘all clear’ signal. That is the signal to walk quietly back to the classroom lead by the classroom teacher. For all clear, the school bell will be rung twice.

Earthquake Drills/ Plan

Teachers will direct students early in the year as to the proper procedure.

Do not enter the building unless directed by the Principal (or designate).

The ‘all clear’ signal is the school bell ringing twice.

Lock Down Drills/ Plan

Teachers will direct students early in the year as to the proper procedure.

Students will remain in designated areas until directed by the Principal (or designate).

Head Lice

Never a pleasant topic, but they are around from time to time. Head lice are a nuisance, but not a serious health hazard. Head lice are very easily passed from child to child during play. We are very fortunate to have an active parent volunteer group who conduct school-wide head checks and help us get information to parents and guardians. Our lice management program helps us once again provide the best learning environment for all of our children. It would be of enormous help if parents/guardians who find lice in their children's hair were to inform the school secretary immediately so that the school can check other students in the class. This helps to prevent the spread of lice and nits. We appreciate everyone’s help in keeping us nit free.

Lost and Found

Please label all of your children’s’ belongings including backpacks, jackets, hats and school supplies. Lost and Found items are collected and can be found in the commons area. Unclaimed items will be sent to a consignment store at the end of each term.

Medication

If your child must take medication during school hours, please consult with the school secretary for the appropriate forms to be completed by you and your child's physician. Medicine should NOT be stored in your child's backpack or lunch kit without permission from the office.

Physical Violence and Bullying

Safety is a priority at Westview Elementary. Fighting of any sort, even 'play-fighting,' is forbidden, as are any activities where students could be hurt (e.g.: throwing snowballs, rocks, pine cones, sticks, etc.).

Physical violence and bullying are taken very seriously Westview. Students who physically fight, repeatedly punch or kick, throw dangerous items at people, and/or bite may potentially be suspended from school. Students who bully in the form of repeated verbal abuse, racism, or threats may also be suspended.

Incidents of Cyber-Bullying and Online Harassment are also behaviours that will potentially be met with severe consequences.

Promotion Policy

Generally, students will progress along with their peers mastering skills taught each year. In very special circumstances, the classroom teacher, in consultation with the School-Based Team and the parents/guardians, may recommend that a student be retained in a grade.

School Based Teams

The school-based team provides a support network to teachers and parents of at-risk students or those with special needs.

The school-based team's goal is to enable all students to achieve their individual potential.

The Team:

~ usually consists of the following members: an administrator, the school counselor, the learning-assistance teacher, the special-needs teacher, the parents or guardians, and the child's classroom teacher.

~ Other members (if required) are as follows: the school-district psychologist, the speech and language therapist, other relevant district staff and/or various community agency representatives.

School Day

Before School:

Parents are asked not to send children to school until 8:40 a.m. This is when supervision begins.

Students are expected to remain outdoors until the 8:51 bell unless they are involved in a teacher-supervised activity.

Recess:

All students are expected to go outside for the recess break (10:30 -10:45) Students should be dressed appropriately for the weather. In some extreme cases of poor weather students will stay inside.

Lunch: 

The lunch break is from 12:00 -12:40.

Primary Students eat their lunches first from 12:00 – 12:10 and then go outside to play until 12:40. 

Intermediate students go outside from 12:00 – 12:30 and then come in to eat.

Kindergarten teachers create their own lunch time schedules as the year progresses.

If you would like your child to come home for lunch, for safety reasons, please issue a letter  to the office detailing this information and it will be kept on file.

On particularly wet days during the year, children need to wear proper rain gear and boots to school as they will be out-of-doors for recess and lunch breaks to have some fresh air.

Student Progress

Each year, parents of elementary students will receive three written reports and at least two informal reports (conferences) describing their child's progress. The informal reports include Parent-Teacher Conferences in the Fall and Student-Led Conferences held in the Winter.. As well, parents or teachers may request interviews at any other time.

An “I” (Incomplete) work may be given to students at any time during the term. Students with an “I” will be required to complete the incomplete work by a specified time or an “F” (Failure) will result on their report card.

Student Health

Please keep children at home during times of illness. Schools are not equipped to handle sick children.

Where necessary, medical-alert cards are maintained in the school to ensure that students with special health problems (e.g., allergies to bee stings) will be monitored on a continuing basis.

It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to inform the school each year of health matters, which may affect a child's schooling (this also applies to an existing condition that may have changed).

Volunteers

Westview Elementary staff and students welcome parents, guardians and grandparents to visit and/or volunteer in their child’s school. Feel free to talk to the teachers or Mr. Fisher, if you have a specific skill which could be shared with our  students. We also have a very active PAC group that would love to have more members. If you are interested in helping out in any way, please contact Mr. Fisher.

Weapons and/or Dangerous Materials

For safety reasons, the following are not allowed on School District #47 property, including buses and field trips:\

Fire crackers, fireworks, bullets, weapons of any kind — knives, guns, etc.

Laser light pens are not intended as toys and are not to be brought to school.

Drugs or alcohol.

Cigarettes or lighters.

Parents will be immediately contacted if the above items are brought to school. It may result in suspension.

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3900 Selkirk Ave, Powell River, BC, V8A 0T8 Phone: (604) 485-5660 Fax: (604) 485-5084

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8:30am - 4:30pm

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