Keeping Children Safe

KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE

School Arrival and Departure

The safety of your child at school, as well as going to and from school, is very important. Buses are met daily by staff to oversee the safe arrival of students and to ensure close communication between the drivers and the Principal. Students should not arrive before 7:45 a.m. as there is no student supervision inside the school, on the playground or in the halls. The one exception is for students accessing breakfast food service in the gym beginning at 7:30 am.

All students should be in their classroom at 8:00 a.m. Students arriving after 8:00 must report to the office for a tardy slip. Their school attendance record will reflect a "Tardy".

Students are expected to follow the same routine for going home on a daily basis. If there is to be a change in the routine, such as a visit to a friend's house, a written note must be provided to the office. All students are expected to report home directly after school and not remain to play on school property unless supervised by a parent or adult family member. Once a student has checked in at home they may return with parent permission and the understanding that no supervision is provided.

School Hours

Kindergarten - Grade 6 8:00 am to 2:30 pm

Half-Day Morning Kindergarten 8:00 am to 10:40 am

School Hours: Early Dismissals

At times, early dismissals are scheduled to give teachers professional growth and collegial opportunities. On those dates, all Edmonds Elementary K-6 students will be dismissed at 11:00 am. Lunch will be served at school prior to dismissal except for the last day of school.

School Supervision

Students are supervised throughout the school day. Our staff of educational assistants supervises our lunchroom and recess periods. They work closely with classroom teachers and the principal to prevent safety problems. The educational assistants review with students their expectations for safe behavior. This review includes lunchroom expectations, rules of play and areas for play outside during recess. On rainy days, the educational assistants supervise the students for indoor recess in the classrooms during the recess period.

Patrol Times

Safety Patrol members assist at various locations including: lower parking lot crosswalk, the corner of Viewland and Olympic Avenue, and at the intersection of Olympic View Drive and Puget Drive. The guards are on duty from 7:45-8:00 am and 2:30-2:45 pm and work with adult staff members. Safety Patrol members should arrive to school at 7:40 am and report to the Intermediate classroom unit. Following afternoon safety patrol, please encourage your child to come home right after school.

Student Release

If your child must leave school during the day for any reason they must be checked out through the office. Please come to the office to sign them out, and we will call the class and have the student report to the office. It is very important that you list on your emergency card those people who may pick up your child, as children will only be released to those listed. Both natural parents of a child will have the right to pick up their child unless the school has a copy of a court order forbidding it. Please keep the school fully informed of any situations related to student safety. Please do not go to the student's classroom, the lunchroom, or the playground without coming to the office first. This helps to maintain a secure campus for all children.

Parent-Scheduled Early Dismissals

It is important that the following early dismissal procedure be observed for pupil security. In the event that an early dismissal is necessary, please make requests in writing to the teacher. The child will be excused through the school office. Please go to the school office to sign out and pick up your child.

Earthquake and Emergency Planning

The safekeeping of Edmonds students is a top priority for the staff, especially in the event of an emergency caused by weather or earthquake. Our emergency plans are continually being enhanced and improved through staff training, emergency planning and preparation, and student education. Parent support is vital in this area. Additional emergency forms, medications and food supplies may be requested from parents to assist our preparation. Please watch the Orca News for important information and updates about all of our emergency procedures.

In the event of a large scale emergency, a student check-out process will be established for families. All families must report to the designated area to check-out students to approved individuals only. Please proceed to the family reunification station and not to the student's classroom.

Emergency planning and safety is important. Emergency drills are held regularly during the school year so the entire school community can practice for potential emergencies. School volunteers, in the building at the time of an emergency or emergency drill, will evacuate the building and report to the Volunteer Check-In location.

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