School Procedures including Parking and Exit/Entry

PARENT​ ​PARKING​ ​&​ ​EXIT/ENTRY​ ​PROCEDURES​ ​

As​ ​a​ ​school,​ ​we​ ​value​ ​our​ ​partnership​ ​with​ ​our​ ​parent​ ​community,​ ​as​ ​we​ ​endeavour​ ​to​ ​work collaboratively​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​create​ ​a​ ​safe​ ​and​ ​caring​ ​environment​ ​for​ ​our​ ​children.​ ​This​ ​includes creating​ ​a​ ​safe​ ​and​ ​caring​ ​journey​ ​to​ ​and​ ​from​ ​school​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​within​ ​our​ ​school​ ​day,​ ​for​ ​our students​ ​and​ ​families.​ ​​​The​ ​following​ ​information​ ​is​ ​in​ ​an​ ​effort​ ​to​ ​communicate​ ​expectations​ ​for our​ ​community​ ​regarding​ ​parking,​ ​pedestrian​ ​safety,​ ​​​entry​ ​and​ ​exit​ ​procedures,​ ​and​ ​security with​ ​our​ ​building.

Neighbourhood​ ​Courtesy:
A​ ​reminder​ ​to​ ​all​ ​parents​ ​to​ ​be​ ​courteous​ ​with​ ​regards​ ​to​ ​our​ ​community​ ​neighbours.​ ​Please​ ​be mindful​ ​of​ ​driveways,​ ​sidewalks​ ​and​ ​congestion​ ​during​ ​our​ ​busy​ ​times.​ ​​​Bylaw​ ​officers​ ​regularly patrol​ ​the​ ​area​ ​and​ ​complaints​ ​will​ ​be​ ​directed​ ​to​ ​their​ ​office​ ​by​ ​community​ ​members.

Parking​ ​and​ ​Drop​ ​Off​ ​Zones:
Our​ ​parking​ ​lot​ ​is​ ​for​ ​staff​ ​only and anyone who has a valid accessible parking placard or plate.​ ​​​All​ ​visitors​ ​and​ ​parents​ ​are​ ​asked​ ​to​ ​park​ ​on​ ​the​ ​street.​ ​In​ ​order to​ ​ensure​ ​the​ ​safety​ ​of​ ​our​ ​children​ ​and​ ​to​ ​alleviate​ ​congestion​ ​and​ ​confrontation,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​essential that​ ​parents​ ​DO​ ​NOT​ ​drive​ ​into​ ​the​ ​parking​ ​lot​ ​to​ ​drop​ ​off​ ​or​ ​pick​ ​up​ ​their​ ​child.​ ​Please​ ​do​ ​not use​ ​the​ ​entrance​ ​driveway​ ​to​ ​turn​ ​your​ ​vehicle​ ​around.​ ​This​ ​causes​ ​unnecessary​ ​congestion and​ ​limited​ ​visibility​ ​that​ ​places​ ​our​ ​students​ ​at​ ​risk.

There​ ​is​ ​a​ ​drop-off​ ​zone​ ​located​ ​outside​ ​the​ ​main​ ​school​ ​doors.​ ​This​ ​zone​ ​can​ ​only accommodate​ ​three​ ​cars​ ​at​ ​a​ ​time.​ ​This​ ​area​ ​is​ ​for​ ​immediate​ ​drop​ ​off​ ​and​ ​pick​ ​up​ ​of​ ​students. Cars​ ​may​ ​not​ ​remain​ ​parked​ ​in​ ​this​ ​zone​ ​for​ ​any​ ​period​ ​of​ ​time.

A​ ​reminder​ ​that​ ​there​ ​are​ ​signs​ ​posted​ ​on​ ​either​ ​side​ ​of​ ​the​ ​crosswalk​ ​that​ ​indicate​ ​there​ ​should be​ ​no​ ​parking​ ​within​ ​5​ ​metres​ ​of​ ​the​ ​crosswalk.​ ​​​Encourage​ ​your​ ​children​ ​to​ ​use​ ​the​ ​designated crosswalk​ ​area​ ​to​ ​avoid​ ​jaywalking.​ ​​​Administration​ ​has​ ​been​ ​consulting​ ​our​ ​local​ ​city​ ​bylaw​ ​to help​ ​reinforce​ ​parking​ ​in​ ​this​ ​crosswalk​ ​area.​ ​​​Cars​ ​that​ ​are​ ​in​ ​violation​ ​of​ ​the​ ​posted​ ​signs​ ​may be​ ​ticketed.

We​ ​are​ ​strongly​ ​encouraging​ ​all​ ​families​ ​that​ ​routinely​ ​pick​ ​up​ ​their​ ​after​ ​school​ ​children​ ​to​ ​use​ ​a designated​ ​area​ ​away​ ​from​ ​these​ ​trouble​ ​zones​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​the​ ​safe​ ​crossing​ ​and​ ​reduce​ ​risk​ ​to all​ ​students.​ ​We​ ​truly​ ​need​ ​everyone’s​ ​cooperation​ ​and​ ​best​ ​effort​ ​to​ ​faithfully​ ​follow​ ​the recommendations.​ ​​​Please​ ​communicate​ ​this​ ​information​ ​with​ ​aunts,​ ​uncles,​ ​grandparents, spouses​ ​who​ ​may​ ​be​ ​dropping​ ​off​ ​or​ ​picking​ ​your​ ​child(ren).

Jaywalking/Safe​ ​Street​ ​Crossing:
Please​ ​help​ ​us​ ​to​ ​model​ ​for​ ​all​ ​of​ ​our​ ​students​ ​safe​ ​street​ ​crossing​ ​behaviours.​ ​Please​ ​choose safety​ ​over​ ​convenience​ ​by​ ​accessing​ ​our​ ​school​ ​patrols​ ​at​ ​the​ ​lighted​ ​crosswalk.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​the only​ ​safe​ ​route​ ​for​ ​all​ ​students​ ​and​ ​adults​ ​to​ ​access​ ​our​ ​school.​ ​Please​ ​do​ ​not​ ​encourage​ ​your child​ ​to​ ​jaywalk​ ​between​ ​parked​ ​cars​ ​for​ ​everyone’s​ ​safety.​ ​Modelling​ ​is​ ​key​ ​for​ ​our​ ​students!

Morning​ ​Entry/Afternoon​ ​Exit​ ​Procedures:
Supervision​ ​at​ ​our​ ​school​ ​begins​ ​at​ ​8:10​ ​am.​ ​​​Our​ ​first​ ​bell​ ​rings​ ​at​ ​8:25​ ​am​ ​and​ ​students​ ​will enter​ ​the​ ​school​ ​through​ ​their​ ​designated​ ​doors​ ​at​ ​this​ ​time.​ ​At​ ​8:30 ​am​ ​we​ ​have​ ​welcoming music​ ​in​ ​our​ ​school​ ​hallways​ ​that​ ​signals​ ​when​ ​a​ ​student​ ​is​ ​late.​ ​Students​ ​must​ ​report​ ​to​ ​our front​ ​office​ ​to​ ​receive​ ​a​ ​late​ ​slip​ ​prior​ ​to​ ​entering​ ​their​ ​classroom​ ​as​ ​attendance​ ​has​ ​already been​ ​completed​ ​at​ ​this​ ​time.

After​ ​school,​ ​all​ ​students​ ​will​ ​be​ ​dismissed​ ​through​ ​their​ ​designated​ ​doors.​ ​​​Students​ ​will​ ​walk around​ ​to​ ​the​ ​front​ ​of​ ​the​ ​building​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​parents​ ​for​ ​pickup.​ ​​​Please​ ​designate​ ​an​ ​area​ ​for pickup​ ​with​ ​your​ ​child​ ​so​ ​that​ ​your​ ​child​ ​knows​ ​where​ ​the​ ​meeting​ ​spot​ ​is.

Sports​ ​Academy​ ​Mornings​ ​(TUESDAY,​ ​WEDNESDAY,​ ​THURSDAY):
Sports​ ​Academy​ ​students​ ​may​ ​access​ ​the​ ​school​ ​through​ ​our​ ​main​ ​front​ ​doors​ ​on​ ​their​ ​dryland days.​ ​All​ ​Sports​ ​Academy​ ​students​ ​are​ ​asked​ ​to​ ​change​ ​and​ ​meet​ ​with​ ​their​ ​coach​ ​for​ ​the​ ​day​ ​in the​ ​small​ ​gym​ ​by​ ​8:00​ ​am.​ ​​​If​ ​students​ ​arrive​ ​early,​ ​they​ ​are​ ​to​ ​wait​ ​in​ ​the​ ​small​ ​gym​ ​where​ ​their coach​ ​will​ ​supervise​ ​them.

At​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​day,​ ​all​ ​Sports​ ​Academy​ ​students​ ​will​ ​retrieve​ ​their​ ​sports​ ​equipment​ ​from​ ​the Sport​ ​Academy​ ​office.​ ​All​ ​Sports​ ​Academy​ ​students​ ​will​ ​exit​ ​the​ ​school​ ​using​ ​the​ ​Grade​ ​6​ ​door (near​ ​Ms.​ ​Leis’​ ​room).​ ​​​Students​ ​will​ ​walk​ ​to​ ​designated​ ​safe​ ​crosswalks​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​parents​ ​for pickup​ ​at​ ​south​ ​and​ ​west​ ​ends​ ​of​ ​school.

SCHOOL​ ​PROCEDURES​ ​FOR​ ​ALL​ ​PARENTS:
Parents​ ​are​ ​a​ ​vital​ ​and​ ​welcome​ ​partner​ ​in​ ​our​ ​school​ ​community.​ ​We​ ​ask​ ​that​ ​you​ ​assist​ ​us​ ​in maintaining​ ​a​ ​safe​ ​school​ ​upon​ ​your​ ​arrival

Security​ ​and​ ​Visitors:
Visitors​ ​are​ ​always​ ​welcome​ ​to​ ​Albert​ ​Lacombe​ ​School,​ ​but​ ​MUST​ ​report​ ​to​ ​the​ ​office​ ​to​ ​receive permission​ ​to​ ​be​ ​on​ ​the​ ​school​ ​property.​ ​​​All​ ​parents​ ​and​ ​visitors​ ​are​ ​required​ ​to​ ​sign​ ​in​ ​upon arrival​ ​and​ ​sign​ ​out​ ​when​ ​leaving.​ ​A​ ​Visitor/Volunteer​ ​nametag​ ​must​ ​be​ ​visible​ ​at​ ​all​ ​times. Such​ ​procedures​ ​minimize​ ​disruptions​ ​and​ ​ensure​ ​a​ ​degree​ ​of​ ​safety​ ​for​ ​our​ ​children.​ ​​​Parents picking​ ​up​ ​their​ ​children​ ​from​ ​school​ ​are​ ​asked​ ​to​ ​report​ ​to​ ​the​ ​office,​ ​and​ ​their​ ​child​ ​will​ ​be called​ ​to​ ​the​ ​office​ ​at​ ​this​ ​time.

Parents/visitors​ ​that​ ​do​ ​not​ ​have​ ​a​ ​visible​ ​visitor​ ​tag,​ ​will​ ​be​ ​redirected​ ​back​ ​to​ ​the​ ​main​ ​office​ ​to ensure​ ​safety​ ​and​ ​security​ ​protocols​ ​have​ ​taken​ ​place.​ ​Persons​ ​who​ ​are​ ​unlawfully​ ​on​ ​the premises​ ​may​ ​be​ ​charged​ ​with​ ​trespassing​ ​under​ ​the​ ​Alberta​ ​School​ ​Act.

The​ ​main​ ​door​ ​is​ ​reserved​ ​for​ ​parents,​ ​teachers,​ ​staff​ ​and​ ​visitors.​ ​​​All​ ​students​ ​are​ ​to​ ​enter​ ​and exit​ ​through​ ​assigned​ ​entrances.​ ​​​With​ ​the​ ​exception​ ​of​ ​the​ ​main​ ​entrance,​ ​all​ ​outside​ ​doors leading​ ​into​ ​the​ ​building​ ​will​ ​be​ ​locked​ ​for​ ​most​ ​of​ ​the​ ​day​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​maximum​ ​amount​ ​of

security​ ​for​ ​your​ ​children.​ ​​​The​ ​boot​ ​room​ ​entrances​ ​will​ ​be​ ​opened​ ​for​ ​students​ ​in​ ​the​ ​morning, at​ ​recess​ ​and​ ​during​ ​the​ ​noon​ ​hour​ ​so​ ​that​ ​students​ ​have​ ​access​ ​to​ ​the​ ​building.

Arrangement​ ​Before/After​ ​School (Playdates,​ ​pickup​ ​times​ ​and​ ​places):
Please​ ​arrange​ ​these​ ​with​ ​your​ ​child​ ​prior​ ​to​ ​the​ ​school​ ​day​ ​to​ ​avoid​ ​additional​ ​messages​ ​to​ ​our front​ ​office​ ​and​ ​interruption​ ​of​ ​class​ ​time.

Illness/Doctor’s​ ​Appointments:
If​ ​your​ ​child​ ​is​ ​sick,​ ​they​ ​will​ ​be​ ​waiting​ ​in​ ​our​ ​main​ ​office​ ​for​ ​pickup​ ​by​ ​parents.
If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​picking​ ​your​ ​child​ ​up​ ​for​ ​an​ ​appointment,​ ​parents​ ​will​ ​come​ ​to​ ​the​ ​main​ ​office​ ​to​ ​sign out​ ​their​ ​child​ ​and​ ​we​ ​will​ ​call​ ​your​ ​child​ ​down​ ​to​ ​minimize​ ​class​ ​disruptions.​ ​​​​​Please​ ​remember to​ ​notify​ ​the​ ​office​ ​of​ ​all​ ​student​ ​absences.

Consulting​ ​With​ ​Your​ ​Child’s​ ​Teacher:
The​ ​faculty ​of​ ​Albert​ ​Lacombe​ ​School​ ​feels​ ​that​ ​regular​ ​communication​ ​between​ ​home​ ​and​ ​school is​ ​important​ ​to​ ​student​ ​progress​ ​and​ ​supportive​ ​relationships.​ ​​​We​ ​encourage​ ​communication whenever​ ​concerns,​ ​questions​ ​or​ ​bouquets​ ​should​ ​be​ ​shared.​ ​​​Conferences​ ​with​ ​the​ ​teachers and​ ​administrators​ ​are​ ​welcomed​ ​at​ ​all​ ​times.​ ​​​We​ ​ask​ ​that​ ​you​ ​contact​ ​the​ ​teacher​ ​involved prior​ ​to​ ​visiting​ ​the​ ​school​ ​so​ ​that​ ​they​ ​can​ ​prepare​ ​a​ ​complete​ ​report.​ ​​​Teachers​ ​can​ ​be contacted​ ​through​ ​email,​ ​calling​ ​our​ ​main​ ​office​ ​or​ ​a​ ​note​ ​in​ ​your​ ​child’s​ ​agenda.

Please​ ​keep​ ​the​ ​school​ ​informed​ ​of​ ​anything​ ​that​ ​may​ ​affect​ ​your​ ​child’s​ ​education!

Our​ ​teachers​ ​often​ ​use​ ​their​ ​morning​ ​time​ ​prior​ ​to​ ​student’s​ ​arrival​ ​to​ ​further​ ​plan​ ​and​ ​organize materials​ ​for​ ​the​ ​school​ ​day.​ ​​​Teachers​ ​also​ ​consult​ ​with​ ​one​ ​another​ ​and​ ​are​ ​assigned​ ​to school​ ​supervision​ ​in​ ​the​ ​morning.

Thank​ ​you​ ​for​ ​helping​ ​us​ ​by​ ​following​ ​our​ ​safety​ ​and​ ​security​ ​procedures​ ​during​ ​all​ ​times​ ​of​ ​the day.​ ​​​We​ ​welcome​ ​and​ ​appreciate​ ​feedback.​ ​​​Please​ ​contact​ ​Mr. Menduk, amenduk@gsacrd.ab.ca​ ​if​ ​you​ ​have​ ​suggestions​ ​to​ ​further​ ​enhance​ ​the​ ​safety​ ​at​ ​our​ ​school.