BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL SUPERVISION
The school provides supervision in the mornings from 8:30am to the start of school and from the end of school for 15mins after the bell.
If your child arrives at school prior to 8:30am, for their safety, they will be brought into our Stingers Activity Club for supervision. The same is true for after school. The families will be charged the drop in rate when your child is brought into the club.
When a child is on school property before or after these times, a parent must have a sightline on their child at all times and be able to reach their child within seconds. Watching your child from your car or being inside the gym while your child plays outside is not acceptable and your child will be brought to Stingers Activity Club for supervision.
We have seen an increased issue with children staying on school property after school. Although we encourage families to stay and play, it is the parents responsibility to provide excellence in supervision for their child and the children under their care, and to follow the school rules – this includes students not allowed indoors after the dismissal bell has rung unless they have explicit permission from the principal, supervising teacher or the office.
We would like to thank you for your attention into this matter so that all our children are safe and properly supervised.
REPAIRS TO THE CHURCH
As you may or may not know, the church is undergoing repairs to the altar that could take anywhere from 3+ weeks to complete. During this time Mass will be held in the parish hall. All school activities planned for the parish hall over the next few weeks need to have alternate arrangements made with the school or parish office.
EEWS EARTHQUAKE DRILL
St. Bernadette’s is very fortunate to have an Early Earthquake Warning System (EEWS) in our school. This system uses the P-Waves sent prior to an earthquake to give the school a warning before the ground begins to shake. These warnings can be anywhere from 10 seconds to over a minute depending on the location and severity of the earthquake. This warning gives the school the time it needs to safely find a location and position in the school to protect themselves. As technology improves, so will our warning system. The hope is that eventually we will have enough warning to leave the building to a muster area where students will be safe from any and all harm during a sever earthquake.
Our first earthquake drill is next Wednesday. It is a system wide drill where our EEWS will be set off. This will allow students to experience the siren that will sound and it will allow technicians to troubleshoot any issues that arise from the test.
If you have any further questions, please contact Mr. van der Pauw through the office.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
It is very important to check the school calendar often. There are times where events may be cancelled or moved due to issues beyond our control. This was evident earlier this month when our professional development day was cancelled by the presenter and we had to move the pro-d to another date. Last year we had a professional development day cancel due to the snow. We do our best to keep our calendar as consistent as possible as we move through the year, however, unforeseen events do happen.