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BC Elementary Handbook for Parents and Students

Student Transportation

School Safety Plan & Safety Drills

There is a specific plan in place in each school to ensure the safety of staff and students. Throughout the year, there are drills so that all individuals in the school are comfortable with emergency procedures in various situations. Proper information and direction will be given to all involved before, during and after any drill or emergency. Due to the seriousness of these drills, students must listen to and follow all directions. Parents are encouraged to sign up for the School News Notifier, as it is the school’s quickest means of notifying parents in the event of an emergency.

Visitors to School

Our visitor policies are designed to ensure the safety of all students and staff and minimize disruption to the instructional program. The doors to all elementary schools are locked during the school day. Visitors will push a call button at the main entrance to alert the office to their presence at the door. Main office staff will ask visitors to identify themselves, and then will “buzz” them into the building. Once inside, visitors will report to the main office, sign in, and take a visitor’s badge. Upon leaving the building, please return to the office to sign out and return the badge.

Change in Student Dismissal Procedure

Bus riders who wish to walk home or get off at a different stop must have written permission from their parents [see Transportation-Bus Requests on p. 19]. Also, children who are to go to any destination within their school boundary zone other than their own homes are to bring in an explanatory note, signed by a parent. Permission slips are also required
if a child is to be picked up by someone other than a parent.

Bicycles

Children may ride their bicycles to school with your permission. Please make certain that your child is provided with a lock in order to secure the bicycle to the rack. Students' bicycles are not covered by school insurance. For safety reasons, we will not allow children to ride their bikes home in inclement weather. Skateboards, roller blades and scooters may not be ridden on school property at ANY time.

After School Hours/Playground Use & Supervision

Once school is dismissed, all students should proceed directly home or to the alternate destination indicated by their parents. Students, of course, may stay after dismissal for scheduled activities (intramurals, choir, play practice, extra help etc.)
Parents may return to the school playground with their children or give them permission to return to play. Parents should understand that there is NO school supervision before or after school at the playground area. If too many students attempt to use the playground after school, or use it improperly, those students without adult supervision will be asked to leave.