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Roland Michener School 2010-2011

A PLACE WHERE EXCELLENCE AND CARING SHOW EVERY DAY

4215 DeGeer Street Saskatoon SK S7H 4N6 Phone: 683-7440 Fax: 657-3935 Webpage: http://www.spsd.sk.ca/

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Welcome to Roland Michener School Staff Message Roland Michener School Compact Welcome from School Administrators Saskatoon Public Schools Information Strategic Direction Goals Principles and Beliefs Policies, Regulations, Procedures and Curriculum 2010 ­ 2011 Staff and School Calendar Roland Michener Staff School Calendar Building Cooperation in our School Learning Community Student Responsibilities Roland Michener School Bullying Prevention Policy Student Expectations School Procedures School Hours and Supervision School Attendance Evaluation and Reporting Assemblies Insurance Information Locks and Lockers School Attire Lost and Found Bicycles, Scooters, Roller Blades and Skateboards Telephone Use Cellular Telephones / Electronics at School Lunchroom Juice Machine Recess/Noon Breaks

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School Procedures Continued Emergency Situations Medical Alert Nut Alert Parking and Picking Up Students Volunteers Parent School Communication Transportation for Students School Programs and Support Kindergarten Children's Therapeutic Classroom (CTC) Children's Inter-Agency Classroom (CIAC) Resource Room Out-Of-School Experiences Pupil Services Team Learning Resource Centre Internet Policy Student Activities Extra-curricular Activities C.A.R.E. Partners In-Motion / Nutrition Positive School and Community Resources School Community Council School Community Council Assembly Parent Council Hot Lunch Information Preschool Extended Day Program Health Information Communicable Diseases Chickenpox Head Lice

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Welcome to Roland Michener School

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STAFF MESSAGE Welcome to Roland Michener School where people believe in providing a quality education in a warm, caring and sensitive environment. We believe that parents are important partners in the education of children. We encourage and welcome your active interest and involvement in your child's progress. By working closely together, we can create the best educational experience for each of your children. Respectfully, The Staff at Roland Michener School

ROLAND MICHENER SCHOOL COMPACT In keeping with the strategic plan of Saskatoon Public Schools, we dedicate ourselves to the following beliefs. We believe in working as a community, welcoming families and making friendships through cooperating, communicating and volunteering. Working together enriches the lives of our children. We believe in providing a healthy, safe and comfortable environment to meet the needs of our community. We believe in challenging all students to learn to their highest potential by providing a variety of opportunities and resources. We recognize the importance of preparing students for the future, nurturing them to become independent thinkers and life-long learners. We believe in values education, encouraging mutual respect and a consistent sense of fairness relative to individual needs. This belief guides us as we model and encourage good citizenship, joy in learning, pride in accomplishment and ownership of our actions.

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WELCOME TO A NEW SCHOOL YEAR AT ROLAND MICHENER SCHOOL Happy New Year everyone! Welcome to another new school year at Roland Michener School. We hope that you had a wonderful summer. We are very pleased to continue as the administrative team for your school for year five. We look forward to working closely with you and having another successful year. Enthusiastic students, committed staff and supportive parents create a happy, caring environment in which to work, learn and play. Experience has confirmed for us that all of these factors are present at Roland Michener School. Students will find that the school provides abundant opportunities for growth, both through an excellent learning program and a comprehensive extra-curricular program. We encourage students to become involved in all aspects of school life including academics, athletics, arts education and citizenship. Teachers and support staff are here to guide students and to help them as they accept new challenges to develop skills and abilities. We have a strong commitment to maintaining good working partnerships between the home and school. Parents play an essential role in encouraging students, ensuring positive communication and maintaining homework routines. We welcome parent involvement in student learning. A partnership between the home and school is vital for student success. Please use this handbook as a quick reference for information about events, routines and expectations. Visit us often at www.saskatoonpublicschools.ca

We look forward to having another great year as we work together to celebrate accomplishments daily and strive to achieve new goals. You are always welcome in our school. If you have questions or concerns, you are invited to call your child's teacher or either of us.

Mrs. Jan Butler Principal

Mrs. Debbie Hargreaves Vice Principal

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SASKATOON PUBLIC SCHOOLS STRATEGIC DIRECTION A strategic planning document to guide our decision-making process has been developed by Saskatoon Public Schools. A summary of the strategic direction is stated below. If you wish to view the entire document, you can follow this link: www.saskatoonpublicschools.ca under Strategic Direction.

PURPOSE Our school division inspires and sustains learning. We are open to all children and youth, so they may discover, develop and act upon their potential, thereby enriching their lives and our community. VISION We envisage a future in which enthusiasm runs like an undercurrent of energy throughout Saskatoon Public Schools. Our schools will be vibrant and proud. Our students and staff will feel that they are part of something fresh and innovative. There will be a sense that exciting things are happening and students and staff will meet each day with optimism. When you walk down the hallways in Saskatoon's public schools you will be greeted warmly by students and staff. You will hear the sounds of those engaged in learning, including the sound of laughter. When students finish the day in our schools, they will have a feeling of accomplishment. They will have focused their energy on meeting challenges, asking questions, offering solutions and opening new doors. Each day they will renew their curiosity, passion and joy through learning. In our School Division, every individual will be valued. We will recognize that every person has personal, physical, spiritual, emotional and intellectual needs. We will acknowledge a multitude of learning styles to ensure that all members of our learning community have the opportunity to develop their potential. We will build our confidence by acknowledging and celebrating success, by accepting mistakes as a natural and necessary part of learning, by nurturing the imagination and by supporting individual growth.

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In the pursuit of our vision, we will be value-driven and people-centred. We will honour our commitments. We will invest in relationships to strengthen our sense of place and purpose in the educational and broader communities. Our school division envisions a learning community that is caring, committed to celebrating diversity and respected for its focus on learning. We believe we can create a future in which students eagerly embrace learning. We believe that learning has the power to build confidence and inspire hope.

GOALS OUR STUDENTS' LEARNING Our students will engage in relevant and challenging learning opportunities to enhance their academic, personal and social/cultural growth. OUR PEOPLE Our people will be committed to a constructive educational culture that values people, excellence and life-long learning. OUR ORGANIZATION Our organization will be principled, innovative, collaborative, accountable and effective. OUR COMMUNITY We seek to build with our community shared ownership and responsibility for the wellbeing and education of our children and youth. We Adhere to the Following Principles Integrity Trust Honesty Mutual Respect Courage Commitment

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We Believe That Students are our top priority. Public education provides a valuable service to society. Education is a shared responsibility among school, family and community. Our organization is accountable to students, parents and ratepayers. Diversity, inclusion and equity are the keys to building a supportive climate. Planning, research, innovation and evaluation improve education. Life-long learning is critical to the success of our students and staff. Creativity, initiative and teamwork enhance learning. SPS POLICES, REGULATIONS, PROCEDURES AND CURRICULUM Follow the links for SPS Policies, Regulations and Procedures: www.saskatoonpublicschools.ca * Board Policy Handbook * Public Accounts Report *2010-2011 School Calendar *2008-2009 Annual Report *Administrative Procedures Manual

The link for SPS Curriculum: http://www.sasked.gov.sk.ca

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2010-2011 Staff and School Calendar

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ROLAND MICHENER STAFF - 2010 ­ 2011 Kindergarten Grade 1 Grade 1 / 2 Grade 2 / 3 Grade 4 / 5 Grade 5 / 6 Grade 6 / 7 Grade 8 Resource Music T. Librarian Core French Band Phys Ed Mrs. Krivoshen Mrs. Chartier Mrs. Bergsma Ms. Pichler Ms. O'Shea Mrs. Hargreaves Mrs. Neufeld Mr. Haight Mrs. Dayday Ms. Dahlen Mrs. Neufeld Mrs. Johnson Mme. Miller Mr. Redford Ms. Classen

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Mrs. Clancy Miss Jepsen Ms. Siemens Mrs. Parschauer Ms. Kunaman Ms. Wall

Children's Therapeutic Classroom Teacher Mr. Wagner Ed. Assistant Ms. Thompson Nurse Mrs. Sawyer Children's Inter-Agency Classroom Teacher Miss Kozak Ed. Assistant Mr. Lorenzen

Building Operators Mr. Oosthoek & Mr. Ives Preschool Mrs. Kowalchuk Boys & Girls Clubs Ms. Lawton

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SCHOOL CALENDAR 2010 ­ 2011

Please note: We will try to adhere to these dates. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, we may need to make changes. We will announce any changes in advance through our school newsletters.

Dismissal for staff meetings occurs every Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

August 25 - 27 30 31 Division PD/School Operations/PD/Planning Elementary Registration 9:00 ­ 10:00 a.m. Elementary Classes Begin (including Kindergarten) January 3 15 17-21 18 21 28-29 28 School Resumes PR Relay #2 Kindergarten Week Kindergarten Parent Evening 7:00 Grade 5s to Beaver Creek U of S Sled Dog Relays PD/Planning Day (students do not attend)

September 1 Shekinah Parent Meeting 6:30 3 Welcome Back Assembly 6 Labour Day Holiday 7 Brightwater Parent Meeting 6:30 8-10 Grades 7 & 8 to Camp Shekinah 11 Beginner Band Clinic 13 Meet the Staff Evening 7:00 p.m. 17 Terry Fox Assembly 20 SCC AGM and Election Mtg. 7:00 21 Pre Cross Country Meet @ Diefenbaker Park 21-23 Grade 6 at Brightwater 24 PD/Planning Day (students do not attend) 28 City Meet @ Diefenbaker Park 30 Terry Fox School Walk October 8 PD/Planning Day (students do not attend) 11 Thanksgiving Day Holiday 17-23 Education Week ­ Valuing Diversity and AntiPoverty Week 21 School Photos 22 Book & Bagel Breakfast November 10 Remembrance Day Assembly 11 Remembrance Day Holiday 12 PD/Planning Day (students do not attend) 26 Progress Reports go home 29-Dec.3 Book Fair Week December 2 3-Way Conferences (p.m. & evening) 3 3-Way Conferences (a.m.) (students do not attend) 11 PR Relay Meet #1 16 Holiday Celebration 17 Last Teaching Day - Christmas Vacation Singing Assembly

February 3-4 K of C Games 21 Family Day Holiday 22-25 Mid Term Break March 1 18 18-19 25 31 April 1 8 15 20 22 25-29 May 19 23 27 31 June 10 13 17 23 28

Public School Relays @ Field House PD/Planning Day (students do not attend) Kinsmen Indoor Championship Progress Reports go home 3-Way Conferences (p.m. & evening)

3-Way Conferences (a.m.) (students do not attend) Convention (students do not attend) Book & Bagel Breakfast Talent Night Good Friday Spring Break

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PD/Planning Day (students do not attend) City Track Meet @ Griffith Stadium Play Day K ­ 3 Grade 8 Farewell Last Day of School for Students Farewell Assembly 1:00 Family Picnic Last Day of School for Staff

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Building Cooperation in our School Learning Community

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BUILDING COOPERATION IN OUR SCHOOL LEARNING COMMUNITY At Roland Michener School, our goal is to enable each student to develop intellectual, social, emotional and physical skills as well as the ability to make positive choices and thereby fostering responsible, self-disciplined citizens. We are committed to a learning community that promotes the values adopted by Saskatoon Public Schools: Respect; Responsibility; Excellence and Joy. We promote a learning-centred philosophy where students and staff work in a spirit of cooperation. It is our belief that students want to experience success. Students can best accomplish this in a positive, caring atmosphere where they have input, are aware of expectations and consequences and when they are provided with the opportunity to make appropriate choices. School staff members will support student efforts to make good choices and to meet behavioural expectations. We believe parental support is essential in creating a positive and safe environment in our school. We also acknowledge that discipline occurs on an individual basis. In "The Education Act": student responsibilities are outlined as follows: every pupil is accountable to the teacher for his conduct on the school premises during school hours and during such hours as the teacher is in charge of the pupil in class or while engaged in authorized school activities conducted in outof-school hours; students are responsible to all school staff members at school-sanctioned activities; every pupil is accountable to the principal for his/her general deportment at any time that he/she is under the supervision of the school and members of the teaching staff, including the time spent traveling between the school and place of residence and subject to the stated policies of the Board of Education, to the driver of the school bus and to any other person appointed by the Board for purposes of supervision during hours when pupils are in the personal charge of such employees of the Board and those employees shall be responsible to and report to the principal in accordance with the procedures approved by the Board.

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STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES Our philosophy concerning student behaviour and discipline is consistent with our School Compact and SPS Strategic Direction. All decisions regarding discipline will be made with these guiding principles in mind. We firmly believe all students are unique and special individuals and all student management issues will be dealt with using this principle. Schools have always played an important part in our personal and community lives. We are all responsible for creating peaceful school communities where the emotional, spiritual and physical safety of all students and staff is assured. ROLAND MICHENER BULLYING PREVENTION POLICY Students of Roland Michener School have the right to a caring, respectful and safe school environment free from all forms of bullying. All school staff members will take steps to prevent bullying and to assist and support students who are being bullied. Saskatoon Public Schools are committed to providing students and staff with a secure learning and working environment. This means our schools are committed to being: leaders in the development of ethical citizenship; welcoming; peaceful, and constructive in our approach when dealing with negative behaviours (bullying, racism, discrimination, harassment and violence). A Definition of Bullying Bullying is generally identified as a form of aggressive behaviour that is repeatedly directed at an individual or group from a position of relative power. Bullying behaviour can take many forms. It can be physical (i.e. hitting, pushing, tripping), verbal (i.e. name calling, insults, put-downs), social (i.e. social isolation, gossip) or cyber (i.e. threats, insults or harmful messages spread through the Internet). Bullying can be direct, "in your face" confrontation, or indirect, "behind your back", such as spreading rumours. Bullying can be done by one person or by a group. A child or young person being bullied feels helpless in trying to stop it. A student is bullied or harassed when he or she is intentionally and repeatedly the target of the negative actions of a stronger or more powerful person or group that cause fear, emotional stress and/or physical harm. It is important to differentiate between bullying and conflict which is expected to be a normal occurrence during any social interactions. Conflicts are natural and enable individuals to develop appropriate problem solving and social skills. Play-fighting, rough and tumble play and playful teasing among friends of equal power may be inappropriate, but should not be considered bullying. Such behaviour should be looked upon as part of

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normal growth and development. It is through such interactions that children learn the skills necessary to make friends, resolve conflicts, and develop positive relationships with others. Anti-bullying Statement Saskatoon Public Schools and Roland Michener School believe that bullying is a serious problem that adversely affects the learning success and well-being of children and youth. Bullying in any form will not be tolerated. Roles and Responsibilities Our school division shares responsibility with in-school administrators, school staff, students, parents, the School Community Council and community members to promote a caring, respectful and safe school environment and to prevent and reduce bullying. All members of the school community (students, staff, parents/guardians and the larger community) have a responsibility to report incidents of bullying and harassment to a school-based administrator. School-based administrators and staff have a responsibility to respond to instances of bullying and harassment when they occur. School Procedures When bullying or harassment occurs, the following steps will be taken: all staff members will provide a clear message that bullying and harassment will not be tolerated and will respond in a firm but fair manner when such behaviour occurs; the school-based administrator will investigate each incident and inform the classroom teacher and parent/guardian of the students involved in the incident. A record of each incident will be kept at the school level, and the school-based administrator will follow division discipline procedures when consequences for bullying and harassment warrant such action. Education Teaching students values and skills so that they can continue to develop as ethical people is too important to be left to "teachable moments" and must be specifically and deliberately planned for as part of the curriculum. Planning in this area involves attention to lessons, units of study, teaching strategies, activities and resources. The following resources may be incorporated into lessons: Saskatoon Public Schools' Value Units; C.A.R.E. kit and Second Step curricula; Character Education and Lifestyles units, and Bully Awareness Education Programs, such as `Focus on Bullying'.

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Action Plan Roland Michener School will involve the school community in a regular review of the bullying prevention policy and practices to determine what is working and what needs to be strengthened to reduce problems of bullying. STUDENT EXPECTATIONS At Roland Michener School, it is our expectation that students be responsible and respectful. Specifically, students are expected to be responsible to: themselves (responsibility for actions); their learning community, students, staff, visitors and their school, property and community. A RESPONSIBLE AND RESPECTFUL STUDENT 1. Arrives at school a) on time b) with assignments completed c) with appropriate supplies and materials d) dressed appropriately 2. Uses appropriate language a) talks to others respectfully b) cooperates fully with students, staff and visitors 3. Uses appropriate actions a) treats others with respect (no teasing, no bullying, hands off, respects Safety Patrollers) b) deals with problems in a positive manner c) treats others' property with respect d) treats public property with respect (e.g. removes muddy shoes) e) follows rules and procedures (e.g. plays safely) f) moves quietly and orderly throughout the school with purpose and permission g) leaves valuables at home

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LEARNING INCLUDES SOLVING PROBLEMS Proactive support for students emphasizes establishing clear and reasonable expectations, being well planned and prepared, establishing and maintaining routines, anticipating difficulties and using a positive approach. At Roland Michener School, we promote developmentally appropriate problem-solving and long-term learning of appropriate behaviour. Occasionally, problems occur that students are unable to solve themselves. Please encourage them to talk with an adult at school or at home. We do intervene in instances of inappropriate behaviour. Typically: minor offenses are dealt with on the spot by a staff member and major or repeated offenses will require the involvement of the teachers, administrators, parents and our school superintendent. Intervention strategies include resolution, restitution and consequences. Resolution employs a problem-solving approach to deal with the problem and/or develop a behaviour action plan. Restitution includes repair or replacement of property or "school community service". Consequences include time-out, in school suspension, detention, loss or delay of privileges/participation, assigned disciplinary task, out-of-school suspension and interaction with school personnel, parents or others. Any form of violence, be it physical, verbal or emotional, will not be tolerated. We encourage children and adults to work together to resolve conflict peacefully, to respect differences and to support each other.

A FEW OTHER STUDENT EXPECTATIONS Playground activities are not to endanger others; fighting, rough housing, throwing snowballs or face washing are not acceptable behaviours at school. Language deemed profane or inappropriate is not acceptable. Sunflower seeds and gum should be left at home. Items that can cause harm or can be perceived as weapons are to remain at home (e.g. knives, laser lights, hard pucks, etc). Students are expected to remove their hats upon entering the school. Muddy and/or wet footwear is to be removed at the door so as to maintain a clean and attractive school.

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Students are expected to obey all the rules, regulations and procedures pertaining to pedestrian safety when traveling to and from school and playing in the community. Bikes should be walked on the school grounds and locked securely to the fence alongside the school. Skateboards and scooters should be carried on the school grounds and locked in lockers. Rollerblades are to be removed as soon as students enter the boot room, and they should be locked in lockers. Scooters should not be ridden in the building. Students should strive to exhibit positive leadership skills at all times. Students are expected to obey the Safety Patrollers.

STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES 1. Students have a RIGHT to learn. Students have a RESPONSIBILITY to listen to instruction, work quietly and complete assignments. Students have a RIGHT to hear and be heard. Students have a RESPONSIBILITY to listen when others are speaking and to maintain a suitable noise level for the activity. Students have a RIGHT to be happy and to be treated with compassion (cared for). Students have a RESPONSIBILITY not to laugh at others or hurt their feelings. Students have a RIGHT to be safe. Students have a RESPONSIBILITY not to threaten, push, hit, kick, or hurt others. Students have a RIGHT to be respected. Students have a RESPONSIBILITY to respect others. Students have a RIGHT to privacy. Students have a RESPONSIBILITY to respect the personal property of others and accept their right to privacy.

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SCHOOL HOURS AND SUPERVISION 8:40 - 8:55 Teachers provide supervision 8:55 Entrance Bell Note: Staff Meeting 9:00 Classes Begin dismissal every Thursday 10:40 - 10:55 Morning Recess at 3:00 p.m. 11:45 - 12:45 Noon Hour 12:45 Afternoon Classes Begin 3:15 Dismissal In order to ensure supervision of your children, they should not arrive before 8:40 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. If students are staying for lunch, supervision is provided. If supervision is required outside of these times then the Extended Day Program may be used. SCHOOL ATTENDANCE To ensure student safety and whereabouts, it is important for parents/guardians to notify the school secretary if students will be absent or late. If no notification of lateness or absence is made, the school will contact parents. Regular attendance and punctuality are very important. We assume that all students are able to meet these criteria. If a student must be absent however, he/she will be responsible for catching up on work that has been missed. If a student will be absent for several days, please try to keep the student's homeroom teacher informed regarding a return date. It is often helpful to obtain schoolwork from the teacher to enable the student to keep up with his/her studies. If possible, contact the teacher well in advance of the time he/she is expected to be away. EVALUATION AND REPORTING Evaluation of student progress is continuous. Teachers evaluate students on both their oral and written work each day, as well as through the use of periodic tests and other assessment tools. The information gained by the teacher is used as a basis for decisions to re-teach concepts not learned, or to proceed with new work (Assessment for Learning). Three times a year, teachers summarize their evaluation of students to report progress to parents. The report cards have two main categories on which evaluations are made: (1) social skills and behaviour which informs students and parents about how hard the teachers believe the student is working and

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(2) achievement, which indicates how much of the work your child has mastered and at what level. It is our desire to establish two-way communication. Parents are encouraged to telephone the school if they wish to initiate additional interviews. Your support and ongoing communication are of great benefit in our joint effort to provide your child with a sound education.

ASSEMBLIES School assemblies are held approximately twice a month. Assemblies are used to highlight student successes, and also to help build a sense of community spirit within our school. Parents are welcome at all of our school assemblies.

INSURANCE INFORMATION All students, through school fees, subscribe to a basic student accident insurance program, which provides coverage for injury sustained during the school day or during participation in a school­approved activity. An extended insurance program is available which provides for coverage for 365 days per year, 24 hours per day. Forms will be sent home early in the school year for the extended coverage.

LOCKS AND LOCKERS Lockers are provided for student use at Roland Michener School. These lockers are the property of the school and may be searched at any time if there is reasonable suspicion that inappropriate materials are present in a locker. If students bring locks to school, they may use them to secure their locker as long as they provide the school with an extra key or the combination to the lock. SCHOOL ATTIRE We prefer to rely upon the good judgment of parents in determining what kinds of clothing children should wear. We believe that how we dress affects our attitude and our behaviour. We try to encourage good sense in school clothing. Dressing appropriately for their jobs as learners helps students to take their work more seriously and goes a long way to ensuring the focus is where it should be ­ on learning.

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Reminders: some very popular shirts, T-shirts and caps have logos or statements with vulgar language, suggestive thoughts, slogans or advertisements for tobacco, alcohol or drug products that we do not feel are appropriate for wear at school; skimpy clothing, beachwear, short shorts and muscle shirts are unacceptable; midriff and cleavage should be covered; halter, spaghetti straps, or one-shoulder straps are not acceptable and underwear should be covered. Students who come to school wearing such items will be asked to change into something more appropriate. Students should dress appropriately for the weather and since they are encouraged to go out for recess, this is particularly important in cold weather. LOST & FOUND ­ LABELING OF ITEMS We expect our students to develop a responsible attitude toward their property and the property of others. Please assist us by labeling all coats, boots, shoes and school supplies. All lost and found articles are kept in a container by the main entrance where students and parents may claim them. Children are encouraged to check for missing items. Unclaimed articles are donated to charity. If your child inadvertently brings home shoes or clothing items, which are not his/hers, please return these items to the school as soon as possible. School Board Insurance does not cover student items lost or stolen from the school. BICYCLES, SCOOTERS, ROLLERBLADES AND SKATEBOARDS The decision as to whether or not a child may ride his/her bicycle, scooter, rollerblades, or skateboard to school is to be made by the parent. We feel that parents are in the best position to judge their child's ability to operate a bicycle, scooter, rollerblades, or a skateboard. We cannot guarantee the security of the bicycles, scooters, rollerblades, or skateboards while left at the school. The grounds are supervised before school and during recesses. During school hours the bicycles are left to the trust of circumstance. Recovery of stolen bicycles is a police matter. For security reasons, we urge you to equip your child's bicycle with a lock.

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Bicycles, scooters, rollerblades, or skateboards are not to be ridden on the school grounds before school, at recess or at noon. The playground is a centre of play activity for children. Riding bicycles, scooters, rollerblades, or skateboards in the midst of that play places the operator and other children in danger of injury. Children who disregard this rule will be reminded by staff members of the rule's existence. In the rare event that we have students who consistently disregard this rule, the student and his/her parents will be invited to meet with school administrators in order to work together to find a solution to this problem. Bicycles, scooters, rollerblades and skateboards are personal property and tampering with someone else's property is a serious matter. Please be sure your child understands the consequence of this kind of behaviour. Once bicycles are parked on the playground, children are to stay away from, and definitely not tamper with, other's property. TELEPHONE USE All classrooms are equipped with a telephone. When it is necessary for students to contact their parents during the day, they will be allowed to use the classroom phone, with their teacher's permission. CELLULAR TELEPHONES Students are not to have cellular telephones of any kind at school, except on the rare occasion where a parent feels that it is necessary for him/her to bring one to school for security reasons. These phones must remain in the student's backpack in his/her locker for the whole school day. Cell phones seen by a staff member will be confiscated and kept until the end of the school day. If consistent problems occur, the student and his/her parents will be invited to meet with school administrators in order to discuss the situation. If students need to be contacted during the school day, please call the main office and the secretary will either call them to the phone, if necessary, or give them a message from you. ELECTRONICS AT SCHOOL Please remember that electronic devices, including cell phones, hand-held video games, Ipods, digital cameras etc. should not be brought to school by students. If these objects are seen by school staff, they will be taken by the staff member and kept until the end of the school day. If consistent problems occur, parents will be invited to come to the school to collect the object. Roland Michener is an In-Motion school, and therefore it is

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important to us that students be active during recess breaks. We also want to avoid the possibility of items being posted on a web site against the wishes of individuals involved. LUNCHROOM Lunchroom supervision (by paid supervisors) is provided for students who need to stay for lunch. All students, especially those in grades seven and eight, are strongly encouraged to go home for lunch. The break away from school is good for the students and helps them come back refreshed and energized for a productive afternoon of learning. Students who stay for lunch are expected to adhere to the following rules: students are expected to use appropriate manners, courtesy and respectful behaviour during the noon hour; students are expected to leave their table and surrounding area neat and clean; students are expected to follow directions given to them by the supervisors; an adult will dismiss students from the lunchroom; for safety, sanitary and health reasons, peanuts/nuts and their products are discouraged in the lunch room; notes are needed when a student's regular lunch pattern changes, and students must remain on school property for the whole lunch period.

JUICE MACHINE There is a juice machine located in the science / art room for student use at lunchtime.

RECESS/NOON BREAKS We have a "Fresh Air Policy" and students are expected to go outside during recess and noon hour breaks unless the weather is inclement (extreme cold: -27C or colder or extreme wet conditions). Weather information is taken from the following web site. http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/city/pages/sk-40_metric_e.html On these inside days, children will remain indoors. Teachers provide supervision with the assistance of senior students. Please ensure that students come dressed appropriately to enjoy the fresh air experience (dress in layers). Students who, for medical reasons, cannot go outside should carry a dated exemption note (short term). For long-term exemption, the principal and teacher must be notified by a doctor's note.

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EMERGENCY SITUATIONS It is important that students wear shoes inside the building at all times in case of an emergency. If your son/daughter is involved in an accident, we will contact you as soon as possible. Some of our staff members have training in First Aid. Please keep us informed of any changes in contact information such as phone numbers, addresses, emergency contacts, etc. If we have to evacuate the building for any reason, we will assemble at St. Augustine School. KEY EMERGENCY SITUATIONS 1. FIRE ­ Indicated with the sounding of the fire alarm All people in the school follow evacuation routes and procedures Classes move to prearranged locations away from school Re-enter school upon hearing the "All Clear" signal: one long ring of the bell 2. EVACUATION ­ General announcement repeated twice - "We will be evacuating to St. Augustine School" Sound the fire alarm Follow above procedures and then move to alternate safe location 3. GENERAL LOCK-DOWN- General announcement repeated twice - "A general school lock down is in effect. All non-school personnel are asked to leave the building by the main front doors". Students are kept in classrooms Classroom door is locked and lights are turned off Students are moved to a location out of sight of windows and doors Students crouch behind or under desks Administration or a member of the Saskatoon Police Service will communicate in person when lockdown is no longer in effect 4. PERIMETER LOCK DOWN ­ General announcement repeated twice - "A perimeter lock-down is in effect". All perimeter doors are locked Non-classroom staff are assigned to monitor each exit No entry or exit is permitted, other than at main entry

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All school instruction and routines continue as normally as possible No one is to exit or enter the building without administrative approval A child is permitted to leave with a parent/guardian after confirmation with the child's parent is recorded Police Service involvement as necessary Administration will communicate when lockdown is no longer in effect

5. SHELTER IN PLACE- General announcement repeated twice Close all windows and doors and shut down any ventilation Move students to an inside room or hallway if classroom windows are not airtight Remain in "Shelter in Place" mode until informed otherwise MEDICAL ALERT Each year, we send home a form which parents/guardians are asked to complete listing any medical concerns (i.e. allergies, asthma, etc.) It is the responsibility of parents to alert their child's teacher to any medical concerns. It is very important that medical information is kept current throughout the school year. If the child requires an "epi pen" or other medication, it is the parents' responsibility to provide the `epi pen' and to check the expiry dates on a regular basis. Please do not send cough syrup, eardrops or other medications to school with a note asking a teacher to store or to administer these substances. We are not permitted to store or to administer any non-prescription or prescription drugs without a medical release form. To obtain a medical release form, please contact the office. NUT ALERT We have students with life-threatening allergies (nuts, eggs, seafood, etc.) Classroom teachers will inform you if these conditions exist in your child's classroom. Please remind your child not to bring nut products (`nut alert') to school and not to share his/her lunch, but rather enjoy the food that you have sent from home. PARKING AND PICKING UP STUDENTS The area on the street directly in front of the main doors of the school is designated as a School Bus Loading Zone. We ask that you not pick up, or drop off your child in this area as it causes a safety concern for our safety patrollers. The area near the staff parking lot is for school service vehicles and special needs transportation. Also, please do not pick up your child in the staff parking lot, because this puts your child's safety at

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risk. We encourage you to drop off and pick up your children in the alleys that run alongside the school grounds. VOLUNTEERS Parent volunteers provide invaluable assistance in the school. There are parents who assist in the library, work with children with special needs, work with individual students, produce materials that are used in instruction, design bulletin boards, or help in other ways. If you have time to volunteer in our school, please call your child's teacher or the principal. PARENT SCHOOL COMMUNICATION PROCESS

Do You Have Compliments, Questions, Suggestions or Concerns?

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TRANSPORTATION FOR STUDENTS Under most circumstances, parents are responsible for the transportation of students to and from school. Students living more than 1.5 km from an elementary school, or taking Industrial Arts or Home Economics in a school out of their neighbourhood, are provided with transportation. Our school division provides two-way transportation for special needs students and those who must leave their neighbourhood school to enroll in the

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French Immersion Program (K-Grade 8) and students who do not have a neighbourhood school in their area. PARENTS AND STUDENTS 1. Arrangements for changes in transportation due to holidays, visitations, respite, etc., will be the responsibility of the parents. For requests made to the Transportation Manager seven days in advance, an attempt will be made to accommodate these changes if the routes permit it. If the routes do not accommodate the changes, the transportation will be the responsibility of the parents. 2. The parents are responsible for phoning to cancel transportation for a student who will be absent. 3. Parents are responsible for trips during school time related to therapy or an appointment. 4. Inappropriate language or aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated during transportation. A warning will be issued and notification of such warning will be provided to the school or parents. Continuation of this behaviour will result in suspension from transportation until it is proven that steps have been taken to improve the behaviour. 5. When a student is suspended from his/her regular transportation, his/her family is responsible for transportation until the suspension is lifted. 6. Parents are responsible for notifying the school of any address or phone number changes. 7. Students will be informed of their departure time and they are expected to be ready when their transportation arrives. Any students who miss their ride will be responsible for getting themselves to school. There will be no doubling back to pick them up. 8. Children who require supervision shall have a designated person receive them when they are dropped off at the collector point. The parents are responsible for making these arrangements. A warning will be issued if the transportation is held up waiting for the supervising person. Transportation may be suspended if this happens on more than one occasion.

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KINDERGARTEN - START SMALL...ADVENTURES IN LEARNING Kindergarten means new faces, new challenges and new expectations. We recognize the need for special care and attention to help young children adjust to this new stage in their development. Our Kindergarten students will attend school for a full day on Tuesdays, Thursdays and alternate Fridays. We want to help your child take that first big step into a school environment where basic skills, self-confidence and healthy relationships are developed. This activity-centred Kindergarten program is built on the child's interests and experiences so that learning develops naturally and easily. It Starts With Caring Each child is unique...with different interests, experiences and rates of learning. We program for your child as an individual and as a member of the group. Our activity-centered program includes: a focus on literacy; language rich experiences; individualized instruction; large and small group activities; hands-on experiential learning; cooperative and individual learning and play; a focus on values education; physical activities to develop both fine and large motor skills; creative opportunities through music, art, drama and movement and many out-of-school experiences. RESOURCE ROOM The resource teacher at Roland Michener provides the following supports in an effort to assist with student learning within our school: pull-out programming, designed to reinforce basic skills; in class team-teaching, supporting student learning of classroom curricula; assessment and documentation; team planning to assist with adapted/modified programs; consultation, collaboration and communication with division consultants and community agencies; grade alike math instruction; Read to Succeed program instruction, and transitions students from grade to grade, to and from special programs, preschool to elementary, and elementary to high school.

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CHILDREN'S THERAPEUTIC CLASSROOM (CTC) The Children's Therapeutic Classroom (CTC) program is a short-term assessment and intervention program targeted to serve the needs of children who exhibit mental health issues. Typically, the referred youth will have exhausted all other resources/interventions at the school level. The function of the program is to support the development of more effective emotional, social and academic functioning for the child. The program is individualized for each child. The CTC program is offered Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. with Thursday being a shortened day, 9:00 a.m. ­ 2:15 p.m. The students have a thirty minute lunch period. The classroom is staffed with a full-time special education teacher, a full-time educational assistant and a half-time community mental health nurse. The classroom has support and involvement from Child & Youth Services (consulting psychiatrist), Saskatoon Public Schools and other school divisions, (Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools and Prairie Spirit School Division). The classroom serves the needs of approximately 6 ­ 8 students at any one time who are between 8 ­ 12 years of age. Ideally, students will remain in the program no longer than one academic year. CHILDREN'S INTER-AGENCY CLASSROOM (CIAC) The Children's Inter-Agency Classroom (CIAC) is now located at Roland Michener School. This program is targeted to serve the needs of students with mental health, behavioural and/or family concerns. These students have complex needs that require a collective and coordinated response from human service agencies. The program is offered Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., with Thursday being a shortened day, 9:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. The students have a thirty minute lunch period. CIAC is staffed with a teacher and an educational assistant, and serves the needs of approximately 9 students who are 6 ­ 9 years of age. The goal of this program is also to support the development of more effective emotional, social and academic functioning for the students enrolled. OUT-OF-SCHOOL EXPERIENCES (FIELD TRIPS) The educational program at Roland Michener is supplemented and enriched through a variety of out-of-school experiences during the course of the school year. These out-ofschool experiences provide alternative ways to meet the educational goals of Saskatoon Public Schools. Field trips are well-planned experiences that take advantage of the resources of our city to enrich the regular school curricula.

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PUPIL SERVICES TEAM Our school has access to a Pupil Services Team made up of an Educational Psychologist, a Speech/Language Pathologist, and a Social Worker / Counselor. This team provides service to our school on a referral basis. If your child is in need of this type of service, you can contact your child's teacher or the resource teacher. If we make a referral, we will contact you. LEARNING RESOURCE CENTRE To promote literacy, resource-based learning and love of reading, use of the school library by all students is strongly encouraged. Books and magazines are available to students on a two-week loan period. Students are encouraged to take out books whenever they need them and as often as they wish. They may come to the LRC at most times during the day or after school. LRC hours are 9:00 a.m. ­ 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. ­ 4:00 p.m. Returning books on time is very important. Students will receive reminders about overdue material. Parents will be contacted regarding damaged or lost books. Under parental supervision, students enrolled in Over the Rainbow Preschool may borrow books from our library. INTERNET POLICY Computers are provided for student use in each classroom, computer lab and in the LRC. Each computer is networked with access to the Internet. We believe that computers, technology and the Internet are valuable learning tools that enhance the educational experience of our children. The school web page is also updated and maintained on a regular basis to enhance the communication process and to highlight student activities. The URL is: www.saskatoonpublicschools.ca

Internet Acceptable Use Procedures for Students Access to the Internet is an individual privilege, not a right. Any student who violates these guidelines or any other code of conduct outlined by an individual school will have his/her access removed for such period of time as is deemed appropriate by a teacher, the teacher librarian or school administrator. Generally, a student's conduct on the Internet is governed by the same expectations that guide his/her behaviour at school. Access to the Internet will only be provided while a student is under the supervision of a teacher or responsible adult who is present in the room where the student is accessing the Internet.

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All incidents of accessing inappropriate material will be handled according to the Internet Acceptable Use Procedures of Saskatoon Public Schools and individual school guidelines. Students will not use the Internet for purposes other than those requested by a teacher. Frivolous or commercial usage of the Internet is not permitted. Students will not create, distribute, download or save any test, sounds, graphics or other material which are obscene, harassing, racist, malicious, fraudulent, libelous or which may affect the integrity of a computer or computer network. Students may not attempt to read, copy or change files or passwords belonging to other people, either locally or on the Internet, unless authorized to do so by those individuals. All students will participate in an orientation session concerning the acceptable use of the Internet before they may access the Internet. They will then complete the Internet Acceptable Use Agreement before access is granted.

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EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES To help promote an active and "in-motion" healthy lifestyle, Roland Michener offers, and supports, a wide variety of extra-curricular athletic activities. We also offer extracurricular programs in non-athletic areas.

Leadership: Student Leadership Council, Destination Conservation Club The Arts: Fine Arts Club (including Choir, Ukulele, Drama, Dance, Boomwacker, Recorder, Orff Instruments) Girls Volleyball, Boys Volleyball, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Cross Country, Indoor Relays, Track and Field, House Leagues, In-Motion Terry Fox, Safety Patrols, Botany Club and LRC Committee

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C.A.R.E. PARTNERS C.A.R.E stands for Courtesy, Appreciation, Respect and Enthusiasm. Our C.A.R.E program matches students in our primary classes with senior students. Big and little buddies work together on various activities. We feel this program promotes understanding and positive interactions among students of all ages. IN-MOTION / NUTRITION POSITIVE Roland Michener students are provided wellness opportunities. The school has a focus upon In-Motion and Nutrition Positive activities. In-Motion ­ we strive to encourage students to adopt a physically active lifestyle and support these choices through school activities and daily physical education classes. Nutrition Positive ­ we also encourage students to make healthy food choices and support these choices through education, the provision of healthy snacks during special school activities, and ensuring that the vending machine accessible to students contains only healthy juice choices.

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SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCIL On May 13, 2004, the Government of Saskatchewan announced the restructuring of school divisions in Saskatchewan, reducing 81 school divisions to 28 school divisions by January 1, 2006. As part of that decision, the government also wanted to examine the current model for local school and community engagement. In February 2005, a three-person panel was appointed to prepare a policy paper on local engagements in schools. The task of the Local Accountability and Partnerships Panel would be to recommend a framework for local accountability and community involvement for Kindergarten to Grade 12 education. On September 26th, the Panel released its report to the government and in November, 2005, the government announced its response to that report. The new `School Community Council' would become the school and community engagement model for Saskatchewan school divisions. A Council would be required in every school and the framework would be included in legislation. The primary purpose of School Community Councils is to support student learning and well-being; and encourage parent and community involvement in the school. What are they? School level groups that will provide input into school improvement An opportunity to be involved in your child's school Legislated by the provincial government to be in every school in the province Who are they? Parents/Guardians and Community Members Secondary students at the Collegiate level Principal Teacher Other appointed individuals to support the school and community A parent or community member serving on the School Community Council is: a dedicated volunteer providing advice for educational planning and decision-making at the school level; interested in working with others (including the Board of Education, school division administrators, parents, community members and other Council members) to support student learning success and well-being, and willing to be guided by `principles' that support good School Community Council practice.

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As a Council member you might expect to: attend monthly meetings from September to June; participate in building a constitution, and engage in the work of the council such as: o jointly developing the school strategic plan with the staff of the school; o providing advice to the school, Board of Education and other community organizations and agencies on policies, learning programs and educational service delivery; o taking action on Council initiatives to help families support their children's learning; o reporting to parents and community on Council progress, and o working with other Council members to learn more about the role of the Council and how to fulfill its responsibilities. Your role as a Council member is to build shared responsibility among parents, the community and school for student learning and well-being and to lead parent and community involvement in school planning and improvement. SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCIL ASSEMBLY The School Community Council Assembly provides the Board of Education with corporate views and/or a sampling of public opinion on educational issues. PARENT COUNCIL Roland Michener also has an active Parent Council. This group of parents actively pursues fundraising activities in support of special opportunities for our students. HOT LUNCH INFORMATION The hot lunch program has been offered to students at Roland Michener School for many years. Hot lunch occurs several times each year. Each student ordering a hot lunch has a hot lunch delivered to his/her classroom and the purchase of the lunch serves as a small donation to Parent Council. Parent Council uses this money for a variety of items including student handbooks, student writing dictionaries, safety patrol support, camp Shekinah, Brightwater camp, various classroom fieldtrips, and staff appreciation. Everyone in the school benefits in some way ­ and it's a great opportunity for the children, along with the volunteers, to have some fun!

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Order form A separate form must be completed for each student. The order form should be placed in an envelope or sandwich bag with the child's name and classroom on it. The teacher will collect the orders in an envelope and check off the name of the child. The lunch coordinator will pick up the envelopes from each teacher on the specified due date. No late orders will be accepted. From Home In order to reduce waste, we ask that students bring a non-disposable plate and a spoon and/or fork to school on hot lunch day. Payment You must include exact change or a cheque made payable to RMPC. You may include one payment for all of your children on one child's order. Please indicate to which child's classroom the money for the whole family has been sent, and sibling names (and their classes) included in the payment. Behind the scene The coordinator will add up the items ordered per classroom and send the order to the supplier(s). The coordinator will order one extra entrée for each type of meal as a back up. The coordinator will add up all of the cash and cheques received and give them to the treasurer. He/she will also let the treasurer know what cheques are needed, including the amounts, to whom they are payable, when they are needed and how they will be passed on to the supplier. The Hot Lunch Committee is made up of volunteers who donate their time to ensure the children have an inexpensive and fun lunch once a month. In order for the hot lunches to run smoothly, we need parent volunteers to assist with each classroom on hot lunch days. You will be contacted by a parent council member and asked to volunteer in your child (ren)'s classroom. Please be generous with your time. The children love when it is their mom or dad helping during hot lunch!

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PRESCHOOL Over the Rainbow Preschool has been operating in Roland Michener School since 1985. It is a cooperative preschool that provides an excellent, caring, positive atmosphere for young children 3 and 4 years of age. Special needs children are referred to our program and educational assistants help by providing specific programming for these children as well as enriching the program for all of the children. Our facilities are bright, spacious and well equipped. When appropriate, we participate in the life of Roland Michener School with visits to the library, gym time, use of the outdoor play area and attendance at assemblies. This involvement within the life of Roland Michener School helps the children become comfortable within a school setting. The Preschool is in operation September through May. We offer morning sessions, meeting either 2 or 3 times a week. Interested parents are welcome to arrange a tour of the preschool. For more information, please call Over the Rainbow Preschool at 683-8395 or Roland Michener School at 683-7440. EXTENDED DAY PROGRAM The Boys and Girls Clubs of Saskatoon operate an extended day program for students at Roland Michener School. The program runs from 7:30 a.m. until 8:55 a.m. and from 3:20 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. For more information, please contact the Boys and Girls Clubs at 665-1450.

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STUDENT HEALTH Public Health Services recommends the following measures to control the spread of disease: children who have signs of illness such as fever, diarrhea or rashes should not attend school until they are well and/or have been treated by a doctor; children with the following diseases must be treated before returning to school: eye infections; scabies; impetigo; scarlet fever; lice and strep throat; children with the following diseases may not return to school until the parents call Disease Control at 655-4612 to discuss a return date: German measles; measles; whooping cough and mumps and children with chickenpox may return to school when they are feeling well and parents should telephone the health centre nearest them to report the disease.

Incubation Period The time it takes for the first signs or symptoms to appear after the germ enters the body. 8 ­ 13 days (rash comes 2 ­ 4 days after illness starts) 14 ­ 21 days Infectious Period The time during which a germ can spread to other people. Exclusion Period The time a person must stay at home to prevent the spread of infection.

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4 days before, to 5 days after rash appears 4 ­ 7 days before, to 5 days after rash appears 1 week before and for the duration of swelling As soon as illness begins and for 3 weeks or until completion of 5 days of appropriate treatment

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Hepatitis B and AIDS are not spread through casual contact so exclusion from school is not usually necessary.

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CHICKENPOX What is chickenpox? Chickenpox is caused by a virus. It may develop two to three weeks after contact with the virus. A child with chickenpox may have a fever, tiredness and irritability for about one to two days before the spots appear. The spots are raised blister-like sores that turn into crusting scabs. How do we get chickenpox? Chickenpox is spread by the cough or sneeze of a person with chickenpox and by touching the discharge from the sores. Children with chickenpox can spread the disease 1 to 5 days before the spots appear and until the spots are dry. What can you do if your child has chickenpox? You can use acetaminophen (e.g. Parasol, Tylenol, Tempera) to treat a fever. Do not use A.S.A. There may be a link between chickenpox, A.S.A. and the development of Reye's syndrome, a very serious neurological disease. Keep your child's nails short and clean and encourage him/her to not scratch the sores. Bath your child in warm (not hot) water with baking soda. Check with your pharmacist about a safe medication to treat itching. Call public health services to report that your child has chickenpox. When can your child return to school? Your child can return to school when he/she is feeling well and no longer has a fever. HEAD LICE What are head lice? Head lice are common in school age children. Head lice are not a disease and they do not spread disease. Anyone can get head lice ­ they have nothing to do with personal cleanliness. The entire life cycle of head lice occurs on the human head. Head lice do not usually survive off the human head for longer than 36 hours. Lice are spread by direct contact ­ head to head. Eggs that are more than one cm (one-half inch) away from the scalp are dead or have hatched.

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What are the signs of head lice? Constant itching of the scalp is a possible sign of head lice. When checking for lice, look for the eggs on the hair strand, close to the scalp they are small, oval and brown or white. The eggs are glued firmly to the hair and cannot be easily removed. Head lice are not easy to see. They are tan coloured, small, wingless insects about the size of a sesame seed. They live only on the human head and do not fly or jump from person to person. How do you prevent getting head lice? Teach children not to share combs, brushes or headgear. Remind children to store outer clothing away from other children's clothing. Braid or tie back long hair.

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