Elementary Information from A - Z

ABSENCES AND LATES - STUDENT ATTENDANCE 1-877-409-6310

Regular school attendance is a critical factor in determining the degree of success achieved over the year. THE SCHOOL MUST BE NOTIFIED WHEN A STUDENT WILL BE ABSENT OR LATE. The attendance reporting phone number is 1-877-409-6310. Be sure to listen to the prompts all the way through until you receive a confirmation #. If you hang up prior to receiving this #, the absence is not reported.

Absences can also be reported using the online portal: hdsb.schoolconnects.com.

Students who are late or attending only for part of the day must sign in at the main office upon arrival at school. Students leaving early with parent permission must sign out at the office.

BIKES AND SKATEBOARDS

Bike racks are available in the front of the school. Please use them. Locks are recommended, as the school cannot be responsible for the security of bicycles brought to school. Please remember, helmets are mandatory. Bikes are not permitted inside the school. Skateboards are to be stored in student lockers and not to be used on school property. Skateboards are NOT to be used during nutrition break 1 or 2.

CAFETERIA

Full cafeteria service is available at Burlington Central. Snacks and lunches are served until 12:45 pm. Food and beverages are not allowed in the halls and must be consumed in the cafeteria. Students clean up their eating area, using garbage containers and recycling bins provided. Staff supervisors reinforce the school expectation of a clean, pleasant cafeteria.

Students must remain on school property during first break (a.m.). Students may leave the school property during the lunch (second break) with written permission from their parents.

CELL PHONES/ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Students may use devices with permission of the teacher and at second nutrition break. All use must be appropriate as outlined in the HDSB Acceptable Use Procedures for ICT. Safety of devices is the student’s responsibility.

DELIVERIES/DROP OFFS for students

If a student has forgotten a lunch, an assignment, a gym uniform, etc. (s)he must come to the office to check for it. Items left must be clearly labeled with the student’s name.

DRESS CODE

Our goal is to provide a positive school climate where all students can focus on learning in a safe, respectful and enjoyable environment. The Burlington Central School Dress Code is the result of a consultative process with students, parents and staff representatives. It is in accordance with the expectations established by the Halton District School Board in response to the Safe Schools Act; 200-S.302(5). It seeks to strike a balance between individual expression and the expectation of society for appropriate attire in an academic setting.

· Student dress should be appropriate for a learning environment and should not be a distraction to students or staff.

· Hats are NOT to be worn inside during the school day. Hats may be worn outside at recess.

· Clothing or accessories with profanity or showing slogans or images related to alcohol, drugs or sex are not permitted.

· For reasons of respect, clothing or accessories with gang-related, hate-related, racist, sexist, or homophobic statements, images, or overtones, are not permitted.

Students dressing in an inappropriate manner as described will be required to cover up or change the offending item(s) or may be sent home after parental notification.

Some examples of fashion trends that are not conducive to a distraction-free learning environment are:

· Visible undergarments

· Revealing clothing such as halter tops, tube tops, backless, narrow strapped or low-cut tops

· Bare midriffs

· Undershirts worn as shirts

· Low-rise pants with underwear showing

Student participation in technical, laboratory, arts and physical education programs may require special considerations for dressing safely. This dress code is effective as of September 2007 and is reviewed annually.

FIELD TRIPS & CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Students may have an opportunity to participate in field trips as an extension of their learning. Frequently a cost is involved, and parent permission is always required. The school’s policy is outlined below:

Philosophy:

As teachers and parents, our first priority is to help students be successful in their classroom program. However, education does not take place solely within a classroom. Co-curricular involvement promotes a variety of interactions in the school and in the community. These can lead to greater understanding among those concerned. Co-curricular involvement by students can benefit the school in a number of ways through positive media reporting, which enhances the school’s image in the community.

Expectation of Partners:

Staff Advisors support the expectations and value co-curriculars as a component of the total education of students. They are the link between the school and the activity, and are legally responsible for the health and welfare of the student. It is expected that staff advisors will follow the procedures as outlined in the co-curricular policy document.

Classroom Teachers support the value of co-curriculars as a component of the total education of the students.

Students support the value of co-curriculars as a component of their total education by exemplifying positive student behaviour. Students are expected to make meaningful progress towards their education, inform all of their teachers of their involvement, attend all classes regularly, be responsible for all school work missed, and to abide by the rules of the board’s Code of Conduct both in and out of the school.

Parents understand and support the commitment and value of co-curricular programs provided, through reinforcing the values and expectations of these programs, as well as providing human and financial resources.

FIRE AND OTHER EMERGENCY

Everyone is required to evacuate the building during a fire, fire drill, or other emergency. On hearing the fire alarm, students leave the building in an orderly fashion by the designated exit routes, assemble in the area designated by teachers, and remain there until advised that they may return to the building. Any emergency should be reported to staff at once. It is a criminal offence to pull a fire alarm as a prank.

ILLNESS/ACCIDENT AT SCHOOL

Sick or injured students must report to the office. The school will notify the parent and the student will be sent home with parental permission. Students should contact a staff member immediately if they or a classmate urgently need help.

INSURANCE

Student accident insurance may be purchased in September. It is particularly recommended for students participating in sports activities. The school is not insured for lost or damaged property. Students are reminded not to bring valuables to school.

LEAVING SCHOOL DURING THE DAY

Students must come to the office to sign out when leaving during the school day. Parental permission is required by note or phone before a student may leave during school hours. Students are NOT allowed to leave school property during first nutrition break. Students may leave during second break with written parent permission. Prompt return for attendance at 12:55 is expected.

LIBRARY

The school library is open 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Your student card is your library card.

LOCKERS

Lockers are assigned to students on the first day of school. A combination lock is required, and the combination should be kept secure. Students are responsible for maintaining their lockers in good condition and are responsible for any damage. Problems with lockers should be reported to the office. Lockers must be emptied before the last day of school. All lockers are cleaned over the summer. Items not removed will be donated to charity.

LOST AND FOUND

There is a lost and found box for large items in the south cafeteria. Small or valuable items such as glasses, keys, electronics and jewelry are kept in the office

PAYMENTS

The preferred method of payment for fees, field trips, etc. is to pay online at schoolcashonline

PHOTOGRAPHS

Photos for student cards and for purchase (pre-paid to photographer) will be taken mid-September. There will be a sitting for new students in October. Grad photos for Grade 8 students are taken at the beginning of November.

SMOKING

Smoking is banned on all Halton Board of Education properties. Students may be fined by the Provincial Tobacco Bylaw Officer and also face school consequences.

SPORTS WEAR

The Athletic Council sells hoodies, shorts and shirts with the school logo. Prices vary. Purchase is optional. All grade 7 students will be given a school t-shirt for physical education class.

STUDY TIPS

Successful students not only do assigned class work and study for tests; they also know how to work most effectively. Understanding how to organize time and resources, knowing your own best way to learn, and getting help when necessary, all make a difference in school performance. The brief “tips” below will give you a few ideas. If you need further help, speak to your teachers.

Where to Study and Do Homework?

Try to study in one particular place, with good lighting, and uncluttered desk, and few distractions.

Organizing Homework and Study Time

Prepare a realistic timetable that shows clearly when you will study and when you will have other activities.

Divide long and difficult assignments into short units. Schedule short breaks after a concentrated period of study. Spread memory work over several sessions.

Taking Notes

Write your notes in your own words, not your teacher’s.

Try to get down the most important facts and ideas - not every word. Date your notes and number pages.

Keep your notes neat: It’s hard to study from messy materials.

Keep all notes in one subject together. Use a highlighter to note key ideas.

If you miss a class, get the notes as soon as possible.

Retaining What You’ve Learned

Briefly review new work each day.

Take time for a weekly review in each subject.

After reading a chapter in a text, listening to a lesson, or following a discussion, make a summary. It will help you remember.

TEXTBOOKS

Textbooks are provided free of charge. However, students are responsible to pay for lost or damaged texts.

VACATIONS/EXTENDED ABSENCE

Burlington Central does not support student absences related to vacation during school time because of the loss of instructional time. When parents plan to remove a student from school, the student is asked to obtain a “Request for Student Leave of Absence” form from the office, have it completed by parents and teachers, and return it to the office.

VALUABLES

Students are encouraged to leave valuables at home, as we cannot be responsible for them. If brought to school, valuables should be locked in the locker. No valuables are to be left in the gym change room during gym.

Students are responsible for the safety of cell phones and other electronic devices that are brought to school.

VISITORS

Visitors to the school must come to the office to introduce themselves and apply to the Vice Principal for a visitor’s pass.

WEATHER

Please do not phone the school to see if classes are running as scheduled. Radio stations give up to date information regarding school closures and transportation cancellation. Please see the Inclement Weather section for a list of radio stations giving the information for Halton. School and/or bus closures are always listed on the Board website – hdsb.ca

YEARBOOKS

The yearbook is offered for sale online. They may be ordered until the end of December. No refunds will be given after the order has been confirmed with the company.