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					2011–2012
Viking School
HANDBOOK

   OUR VISION
    Respect,
 Responsibility,
 Success for All!
                                Our Motto
                        “Yesterday I dreamed,
                          Today I learned,
                      Tomorrow I will succeed.”




                                Viking School
                                  Box 720
                               5503 – 51 Street
                                 Viking, AB
                                  T0B 4N0

                             Te: (780) 336-3352
                             Fax: (780) 336-2299

                 www.brsd.ab.ca/viking




                                 DISCLAIMER
  A handbook of this size and scope cannot cover all aspects of the school’s
       operation and it should not be considered an irrevocable contract.
We reserve the right to amend its contents throughout the school year as needed.



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                                       Viking School
Background
        Viking School has a proud tradition of excellence that began back in the early 1900’s. Over the
  past thirteen years, Viking School’s population has slowly declined. In the 2011-2012 school year
  our enrolment numbers have decreased from last year and we now sit at approximately 346 students.

  Kindergarten
        Our program was the first to be organized in the County of Beaver. It was started in 1974 as a
  private kindergarten organized by parents using a room in the school. It is now run by the Board of
  Education and we have 1 kindergarten class. Students attend for two, and occasionally three days
  each week.

  Elementary School
        The elementary has 6 classes for grades one to six students. Special Education programs follow
  the new Alberta Education Initiative for inclusion. In addition, Viking School offers French (FSL)
  beginning in grade 4.

  Junior High School
        The Junior High School consists of four classes - 1 grade seven, 2 grade eight and 1 grade nine.
  We offer the usual academic subjects together with complementary classes in Industrial Education,
  Home Economics, and Art. As per the new Alberta Education initiative, Daily Physical Activity is
  offered at the 7 to 9 level through Physical Education classes, Home Economics, Industrial Education
  and other in-class activities.

  Senior High School
        The High School also offers the usual academic subjects together with courses in Construction,
  Physical Education, Art, French, Music (guitar) and a number of courses in the CTS area offered to
  grade 11 and 12 students through Distributed Learning (formerly known as Distributed Learning).
  As we are a small high school, many courses are available through Distributed Learning for those
  students unable to access a required course or those who need to repeat a course.


Mission, and Beliefs
  Our Mission
             Together we can create an environment in which each
             individual will be encouraged to realize his or her own fullest
             potential.
  Our Beliefs
        We believe in a student-focused school setting where the interaction between the staff and
  students forms the basis for quality student learning and development. We believe that the staff must
  actively assume responsibility in educating our students. This can best be accomplished within a
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supportive and rewarding environment that includes parents, students, the community at large, central
office personnel, and the Board of Education.

      More specifically, every staff member will continue to help our students develop core values
such as integrity, honesty, respect, responsibility, fairness, compassion, tolerance, loyalty, and
perseverance, through their attitudes and actions. While attempting to develop these core values, the
following fundamental Beliefs are relevant:

      Students are the focus of our efforts.
      Our school will promote skills, abilities, and attitudes, which lead to life-long learning.
      All students and staff are entitled to a safe, orderly environment.
      Positive role models are important to instilling desired values in children.
      Students will have high expectations set for them and receive on-going, helpful, descriptive
       feedback.
      Students should develop positive work ethics and be expected to take an active, responsible
       role in their own education.
      Positive parental and community involvement is important to the success of students
      All students have the ability to learn.
      Where possible, instruction should be provided by instructors that have appropriate expertise.




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Staff List
  Administration
      Brett Huculak ................. Principal, Biology and Chemistry 30
      Philip Brick ..................... Vice Principal, Grade 6

  Teaching Staff
      Cumming Lisa .................       Grade 3
      Forster, Jana ....................   Grade 4
      Golka, Lana ....................     Grade 2
      Josephison, Trudy ...........        Special Ed Facilitator, Grade 6
      Larson, Carrie .................     Jr/Sr Math, Phys Ed
      Ogrodnick, Leann ...........         Grade 1
      Pedersen, Traci ................     Kindergarten
      Pon, Norma .....................     Jr/Sr LA
      Reinhart, Jaymie ..............      Jr/Sr Science
      Samson, Richard .............        CTS-Shop, Jr Science, Green Cert., Work Ex., RAP, Music
      Sarafinchan, Lori ............       French 4–12, Health
      Shaw, Robert ..................      A.I.S.I. Lead Teacher, Jr/Sr Social
      Garrie Smuk ...................      Phys. Ed.
      Taylor, Marlene ..............       Grade 5
      Whaley, Bev ...................      CTS-Foods & Fashion 7-9, Art 7-12, Jr LA & Social
      Wilkie, Wendy ................       Student Services, CALM, Jr LA & Social

  Support Staff
      Antos, Amy ....................      Educational Assistant, AR Coordinator
      Bird, Nora .......................   Educational Assistant
      Haeberle, Tami ...............       Educational Assistant
      Hafso, Veronica ..............       Distance Ed Supervisor
      Jakubec, Suzanne ............        Educational Assistant
      Koch, Dorothy ................       Head Custodian
      Lefsrud, Wanda ..............        Educational Assistant
      Lindquist, Sina ................     Educational Assistant
      Loveseth, Colleen ...........        Educational Assistant
      Majeski, Lisa ..................     Educational Assistant
      Maxwell, Laurie .............        Librarian, Educational Assistant
      McLaren, Ev ...................      Head Secretary
      Merta, Ev ........................   Educational Assistant
      Newby, MaryAnn ...........           Secretary
      Schaffner, Roxann ..........         Educational Assistant
      Snider, Debbie ................      Educational Assistant




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Bell Schedule – 2011-2012
Secondary                                     Instr.  Elementary                                   Instr.    Outside 
                                              Min                                                  Min 
8:30 AM         Doors Open              8:30 AM                      Doors Open                8:30 AM 
8:44 AM         Warning Bell            8:44 AM                      Warning Bell              8:44 AM 
8:47 AM         Announcements & O'Canada 8:47 AM                     Announcements & O'Canada 

8:50 AM         Classes Begin                   30    8:50 AM        Classes Begin                    84      
9:20 AM         Block 1 Ends                                                                                  
9:22 AM         Block 2 Begins                  30                                                            
9:52 AM         Block 2 Ends                                                                                  
9:55 AM         Block 3 Begins                  30    10:14 AM       Recess Begins                            
10:25 AM        Block 3 Ends                          10:27 AM       Warning Bell                            10:27 AM 
10:27 AM        Block 4 Begins                  30    10:29 AM       Classes Begin                    84      
10:57 AM        Block 4 Ends                                                                                  
11:00 AM        Block 5 Begins                  30                                                            
11:30 AM        Block 5 Ends                                                                                  
11:32 AM        Block 6 Begins                  30                                                            
12:02 PM        Block 6 Ends                          11:53 PM       Noon Recess Begins                       
12:02 PM        Lunch Begins                          12:14 PM       Warning Bell                             12:14 PM 
12:41 PM        Warning Bell                          12:16 PM       Lunch Bell                               12:41 PM 
12:43 PM        D.E.A.R. Begins                 10    12:36 PM       D.E.A.R. Begins                  12       
12:52 PM        Block 7 Begins                  30    12:48 PM       Classes Begin                    56       
1:23 PM         Block 7 Ends                                                                                   
1:25 PM         Block 8 Begins                  30                                                             
1:55 PM         Block 8 Ends                          1:44 PM        Recess Begins                             
1:58 PM         Block 9 Begins                  30    1:57 PM        Warning Bell                             1:57 PM 
2:28 PM         Block 9 Ends                          1:59 PM        Classes Begin                    56       
2:30 PM         Block 10 Begins                 30                                                             
3:00 PM         Block 10 Ends                                                                                  
3:00 PM         L.A.S.T. Begins                 30    3:00 PM        L.A.S.T Begins                   30       
3:30 PM         Block 11 Ends                         3:25 PM        Dismissal                                 
       Secondary Instructional Minutes/day     340         Elementary Instructional Minutes/day      322   




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Time of Arrival and Departure at School
  It is the policy of the Viking school that:
             Students will remain outside the school doors before 8:30 a.m., unless special arrangements have
                been made, and,
             Unless students are under the supervision of a teacher, they are expected to leave the school within
                a reasonable length of time at the end of the regular school day.



Staff Meetings
        As you can appreciate, providing a well-organized and coordinated program requires extensive
  planning. While every effort is made to do as much planning as possible during non-school hours,
  time is occasionally required for meetings and professional development involving all school staff –
  both teaching and support staff. In co-ordination with the Battle River School Calendar, staff
  meetings at Viking School are scheduled on the Third Calendar Tuesday of each month from
  September to June with the exception of December 2011 and April 2012. All students have Locker
  Clean-out at 11:30 a.m. on the Monday prior to Early Out days.


Fees
        Textbook rental fees and other school fees are payable in September. Students will receive a fee
  schedule at that time. If payment of school fees is a concern, parents are encouraged to contact the
  principal to make alternative arrangements. All requests are confidential.

  INSTRUCTIONAL FEES
          Textbook Rental - Gr. 1-9 ............................ $ 50.00
          Textbook Rental - Gr. 10-12 ........................ $ 100.00
          Art – Gr 7-9................................................... $ 25.00
          Art – 10-12 .................................................. $ 50.00
          Drama............................................................ $ 10.00
          Industrial Ed. - Grade 7-9 ............................. $ 25.00            (projects may be extra)
          Home Ec - Grade 7-9 .................................... $ 25.00            (projects may be extra)
          Construction - Gr. 10-12 ............................... $ 80.00             (projects may be extra)

  EXTRA-CURRICULAR
          Volleyball - Jr. High ................................ $100.00
          Volleyball - Sr. High ................................ $100.00
          Basketball - Jr. High ................................ $100.00
          Basketball - Sr. High ................................. $100.00
          Jr. Varsity Teams .......................................... $ 50.00
          Badminton - Jr. High (per bus trip) ........... $ 10.00
          Badminton - Sr. High (per bus trip) .......... $ 10.00
          Curling - Jr. High (per bus trip) ................ $ 10.00
          Curling - Sr. High (per bus trip) ............... $ 10.00
          Track (per bus trip) .................................. $ 10.00
          Golf (per bus trip) ..................................... $ 10.00
          Elementary Teams (BB & VB) ..................... $ 30.00



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 DEPOSITS ON UNIFORMS
        A deposit cheque in the amount of $50.00 for Junior and Senior High uniforms is to be paid by
 all team members. This cheque should be separate from the individual sport charge as these cheques
 are kept and returned to the students when their uniforms have been returned.


Maplewood – School Operating System
         In 2009-2010 we introduced to parents a system called HomeLogic where parents and
 students could access their children’s attendance and marks to date in each subject. Unfortunately,
 this system is no longer available to us.
         Battle River School division has instituted a new and improved system throughout the
 division – Maplewood.
         Maplewood connectEd is designed to provide student information to authenticated users,
 including students, parents, teachers, librarians, and administrative staff.
         Parents can be actively involved in their children's education by reviewing very detailed
 information tracked in the administration system, including attendance and marks.
         Maplewood connectEd allows teachers to take attendance and enter assessment information
 for their students.
         This easy-to-learn, reliable, proven system is continuously improved to meet the new and
 evolving requirements of education.
         It will be available to parents sometime during the school year. Please watch the Viking
 School Website (www.brsd.ab.ca) for information updates.



Inclement Weather
 Elementary School Cold Weather Policy
 An In/Out day board is used for students in the Elementary Wing to indicate whether they must go
 outside at recess breaks or may stay indoors. Teachers determine “IN” days by considering a
 combination of temperature and wind chill factors that would make outdoor activities too
 uncomfortable or unsafe.
 Elementary students are expected to wear winter coats, hats, mitts and boots during recesses and on
 the busses during the winter months.

 Extreme Weather or Unsafe Road Conditions
 In the case of extreme weather or unsafe road conditions, school administration and bus drivers will
 determine if bus routes will operate. This information will be posted on the Battle River website and
 can be accessed through the Viking School website – http://www.brsd.ab.ca/viking. It will also be
 announced on 790 CFCW as soon as possible after 6:30 a.m.

 “Buses not running”:
     The school is open and staff members that are able to make it to school will be supervising
       students.
     Attendance will not be officially recorded.


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       Time will be spent in curriculum related activities for review and study purposes only.

 “School is Closed”:
     School is closed to staff and students. Do not send your children to school.
     If a school is closed on a final exam day, alternate dates will be determined by the teacher for
       in-school exams. HOWEVER, any scheduled Diploma Exams WILL STILL be running.

 If parents are uncomfortable sending their children due to weather conditions, please contact the
 school. Parents always make the final decision regarding attendance in inclement weather conditions.

 Early Dismissal due to Extreme Weather
       In the event that school is dismissed early due to extreme weather conditions, an announcement
 to that effect will be made on radio station CFCW at least 1 hour prior to dismissal, and each family
 will be contacted by phone to ensure parents are aware before their child is sent home. If we cannot
 reach anyone by phone, we will keep those students at the school until other arrangements are made
 with the family. Please make sure the school is aware of your current phone numbers and the
 emergency contacts. Please tune to 790 CFCW for Inclement Weather information.


Special Education
        With coordination and assistance by our Special Education Facilitator, Mrs. Trudy Josephison,
 the staff at Viking School offers a wide variety of special education services for children
 experiencing learning difficulties. Some of the services we currently offer are:
      Ongoing special needs assistance for those children with severe learning disabilities, enabling
         them to integrate into the regular classroom setting with the assistance of a trained teacher
         assistant.
      Short-term remediation programs for children experiencing specific learning difficulties in the
         classroom environment.
      Referral to outside agencies for specialist assessment,
      Liaison with outside agencies for the provision of specialized support programs,
      Identification and diagnosis of student learning disabilities,
      Design, facilitation, and monitoring of Individualized Program Plans (IPP) for students
         experiencing learning difficulties.


Student Services – Mrs. Wendy Wilkie
       Student Services is located on the north side of the main office, in the Junior High Wing.
       Viking School has a Counsellor, who is available to assist students with their individual
 developmental needs. Using skills in counselling, assessment, consultation and coordination, our
 counsellor works for and with students, parents, school personnel and outside agencies. She is also
 available to assist secondary students in making educational and career decisions, and find
 scholarships and bursary information.




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      Referrals can be made in person, or by telephone. Confidentiality is maintained unless
 emotional or physical health is at risk, or in case of illegal activity. Our school counsellor is Mrs.
 Wendy Wilkie and she can be contacted through the school office at 336-3352.


Family School Liaison Program (FSL)
       Intended for students from ECS to grade 12 and their parents, the Family-School Liaison
 Program offers support services and acts as a resource to families and individuals who may be
 experiencing difficulties at home or at school. The Family-School Liaison Program may be an
 extension of existing services provided for students or it may provide new services for those students
 and their families who are not currently involved with other support services.

 THE PROGRAM
    Ensures that individuals and families seeking assistance are involved in the decisions that
      affect their lives.
    Provides education and support to children, youth, and parents to help them to positively
      manage challenging issues and events.
    Focuses on the child; is community-based and available to children, youth and their families.
    Facilitates the family’s functioning and encourages well-being.
    Enhances personal strengths and coping skills.

 REFERRALS
 Referrals for services can be made by:
     family members
     individual students
     school staff
     community agencies

 SERVICES PROVIDED
     Offer support services to individuals, families, and/or groups focusing on various topics.
      These may be in-class for students, or after school hours and in other settings depending on
      the group or family.
     Provide information related to relevant issues and referrals to appropriate community
      agencies.
     Communicate among families, schools, and community agencies to enhance and/or
      coordinate services.
     With consent, program workers will work with students and families on an individual, on-
      going basis. In order for a student to receive these services, the student’s parent or guardian
      must provide written consent.
     Convenience . . . services can be offered at your community school, in your home, or at
      another mutually agreeable location.




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Canteen
        In addition to the canteen, there are three dispensing machines which provide juice, water, and
  milk-to-go. All profits from sales at the Canteen are divided between the Grad class and the school
  Library. Profits from the sales in the dispensing machines go to Viking Student Council.




  Agendas
  Grades 1 to 6
        All students in grades 1 to 6 will be using agendas to assist students with personal organization
  and also as a tool with which to communicate with parents on an on-going basis. The School Council
  has kindly paid for an agenda for each student throughout the year. We encourage parents to make
  use of these agendas to in turn communicate with your child’s teacher(s).

  Grades 7 to 12
       We have ordered a few extra agendas for purchase from our office. Please see Mrs. McLaren if
  you wish to purchase one.




                           STUDENT ACTIVITIES
Extra-Curricular Activities
  INVOLVEMENT IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:
      enhances the total school program;
      strengthens the relationship between students and teachers;
      contributes to the intellect, social and physical growth of students;
      enables students to pursue skills and activities of personal interest outside their regular
       curricular program;
      enhances school spirit.

  EXPECTATIONS:
     Participation in a wide variety of clubs, teams and activities is available to all students
       throughout the school year.
     Information concerning these various activities is provided through the daily bulletin, the
       school newsletter, special posters, and student assemblies.
     Student and staff interest and support determines the success or failure and ultimately the
       continuation or termination of each extra-curricular activity.
     Parent Consent Forms must be completed ahead of time for all off-campus trips.
     A student in violation of Viking School Policy regarding drugs and alcohol while at school or
       representing the school will face suspension or possible expulsion.


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Athletics
  Extra-Curricular
  (see also Extra-Curricular Athletics Handbook available at the school office)
        At Viking School the athletic program operates on the premise that participation is a privilege
  not a right. Our coaches share a common purpose – to develop the ideals of dedication,
  sportsmanship and pride in representing Viking School. We believe that all actions of individuals
  reflect on both the team and the school community, therefore the conduct of our athletes should
  reflect these ideals. Mr. Garrie Smuk is the Sport Co-ordinator for Viking School.

  Viking School supports the following teams:
         Elementary: Grade 5/6 Basketball
                       Grade 5/6 Volleyball
         Secondary:    Badminton
                       Basketball – Junior and Senior Boys and Girls
                       Cross-Country
                       Curling
                       Golf
                       Track and Field
                       Volleyball – Junior and Senior Boys and Girls
  TEAMS – All our teams for Individual and Groups sports will PRACTICE and will be chosen to represent Viking
  School in league and tournament play.

  Extra-Curricular Eligibility
        Students must be in regular attendance and maintaining reasonable passing grades to participate
  in school sports. Failure to maintain regular attendance and passing grades may result in suspension
  from extra-curricular participation.

  Intramurals
        Noon hour Intramurals are organized by the physical education teacher, Mr. Garrie Smuk.
  Intramural teams are from Elementary, Junior High and Senior High, and benefit from extensive
  participation at all levels.


P.O.P. Stars Program at Elementary
         We believe that a conscious, deliberate program that openly addresses various issues would
  give our students a sense of belonging to their school community and to the greater community. One
  of the underlying principles of our initiative is that the more developmental assets that students have,
  the more successful they will be in school and in life. Our underlying focus is the building of a
  caring community. An important element in promoting belonging and community wellness is the
  creation of our mentoring program.
         Starting in September almost every adult in the elementary portion of our school will meet at
  least twice a month with his/her small group of students or mentoring group. Each group includes
  students from ECS to Grade 6. The groups were organized to:
       Create a purposeful and meaningful opportunity to build community in our school


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        Develop relationship between students and between staff and students
        Establish an environment of trust between students and between staff and students
        Build self-esteem
        Teach values; empathy; respect for self and others; honesty; trustworthiness; kindness;
         concern for others; self-control; responsibility; anger management; tolerance; conflict
         resolution; appreciation for differences; sharing; etc.
        Model attitudes and behaviors to facilitate our students’ growth to be healthy, “contributing”
         and “caring” adults.

        We are using materials that have been used by schools all over North America. We are not
  experimenting with new ideas. We are only using materials obtained through books or reliable
  Internet sources.
        Each mentor will be given a package of activities that they may choose from. While the
  mentoring sessions are guided, they are flexible to meet the needs of the students.
        At Viking School there is a strong belief that our school needs to be a welcoming place for
  everyone. Committees were set up to formulate a plan that would make our school even more “safe
  and caring.” The plan was to develop a mentorship Program (now called POP Stars) that reflects the
  mission of Viking School; “Together we can create an environment in which each individual will be
  encouraged to realize his or her fullest potential.”
         POP Stars activities were developed and staff training sessions began in January 2005. With
  an eye to the importance of building a “caring community” within the school, and the decision to
  focus on the positive, we strive to build the following qualities in children:
       Belonging - A sense of community, loving others, and being loved
       Mastery - Competence in many areas: cognitive, physical, and social, having self-control,
          responsibility, striving to achieve personal goals rather than superiority.
       Independence - Making one's own decisions and being responsible for failure or success,
          setting one's own goals, disciplining one's self.
       Generosity - Looking forward to being able to contribute to others, be able to give cherished
          things to others.

     If you would like more information about our POP Stars program and ways parents can be
  involved contact either Philip Brick at 336-3352 to arrange a meeting.


Safety Patrollers
        At Viking School we are fortunate to have two Safety Patrol Teams, coordinated by Mrs.
  Wanda Lefsrud: the Crosswalk Patrollers (Sponsored by the Alberta Motor Association) and the
  Playground Patrollers. These teams consist of grade 5 and 6 students who donate their time to help
  ensure the safety of all of our students. The members of the Viking R.C.M.P. are strong supporters of
  both of these programs.


Travel Club
       Each year there is an opportunity for students who want to expand their education and represent
  Viking School abroad. Through the Travel Club under the coordination of advisors Mr. Robert Shaw



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 and Mrs. Wendy Wilkie, students in grade 10 to 12 are able to visit exotic, far-away places. In spring
 of 2012, the club will be travelling to Spain.



                       VIKING SCHOOL RULES
Announcements
       Morning Announcements are delivered at 8:47 in the morning. If you wish to have an item
 announced (community teams, etc.) please call the school BEFORE 8:30 am. As the period
 between 8:30 am and 9:00 am is the busiest time of day in the office, any calls after 8:30 may not
 have their message included that day.
       Secondary Students - For non-emergency messages from parents, a class will not be disrupted.
 The student’s name will be posted on the Announcement Board outside of the office. Students are
 expected to take responsibility to check the Announcement Board frequently during the day. (See
 Telephone Messages.)


Attendance Policy
 POLICY STATEMENT
 The Alberta School Act, 2000, as amended requires that all children of compulsory school age “attend
 school regularly and punctually.” [Section 12(b)] Regular attendance is a necessary condition for
 success at school and students who attend regularly generally achieve greater results. However, we
 recognize that students may be absent from school from time to time due to a variety of
 circumstances. Responsibility for regular and punctual attendance rests with the students and their
 parents.

 GUIDELINES
 1. Absences are categorized as either excusable or inexcusable according to the criteria outlined
    below:
    a. Excusable Absence – means an absence as defined in Section 13(5) of The Alberta School Act,
    2000, as amended: (the following are from the School Act). Excusable absences are those which
    generally fit the category of the unavoidable. The administration has the authority to make the
    determination of whether or not the absence warrants being “excused”. Conditions noted below
    apply to various types of excused absences:
    i.     Personal Illness: The principal may require the certificate of a physician.
    ii. Compassionate: The absence arising from this circumstance is limited to a reasonable length
         of time.
    iii. Work at Home: Any absence arising because of this situation will be substantiated.
    iv. Emergency or prearranged absence caused by a set of circumstances which, in the judgment
         of the administration in consultation with the parents, constitutes a good and sufficient cause
         of absence from school.
    v.     Suspension or expulsion from school.
    vi. Bus-related problems.
    vii. Religious Holidays.


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b. Inexcusable absence – means any absence other than an excusable absence as defined in Section
   13(5) of The Alberta School Act, 2000, as amended. Inexcusable absences are those which
   generally fit the category of being of such a nature that prudence would have precluded the
   absence such as, but not limited to:
   i. when a student leaves the school premises without parental consent and without prior
        knowledge of the school staff.
   ii. non-educational absences that have parental consent but involve activities that could be
        scheduled at other times, such as holidays, hunting, fishing, shopping, haircuts, etc.
   iii. Truancy - an absence during which neither the parents nor the teachers know the whereabouts
        of the student
   The administration has the authority to determine whether or not the absence warrants being
considered “inexcusable”.

2. A student may be released upon the written or verbal request of the parent., These absences may
   be treated as excusable or inexcusable depending on the application of the above definitions or
   the reasons submitted at the time of the request.

3. Students who are absent on the day of co- or extra-curricular events are denied the right to
   participate in that event.

PROCEDURES
General

1. Each day teachers shall input absences for each class on the Maplewood System via the Local
   Area network. These class absences MUST be reported electronically DAILY by 4:30 pm.

2. a) A parent or guardian is requested to telephone the school at 336-3352, to report a student’s
      absence and the reason, the morning of the absence.
   b) If a parent has not telephoned the school, students are required to bring a note from their
      parent/guardian when returning to school after an absence. The note must contain the date of
      absence, reasons for absence, and must be signed by a parent/guardian.
   c) If a student is absent and the office has not been contacted or given a note, a telephone call
      will be made to the parent or guardian.

3. After an absence, secondary students must:
   a) go to the office as soon as they arrive at the school after their absence.
   b) obtain a “green admission slip” (for excusable absences or a “red admission slip” (for
      inexcusable absences) to take to each of their teachers.

4. All teachers are expected to ask for the “green or red admission slip” from all students who have
   been absent.

5. Absence from school, excused or unexcused, does not exempt a student from learning the subject
   matter covered in class or from completing assignments. It is the student’s responsibility to
   acquire the missing assignments and to complete them in accordance with teachers’ requests.

6. For the safety of students, when leaving or returning to school during the school day due to
   appointments, they must sign in or out at the general office. It is expected that a parent note or



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   appointment slip will be provided at that time. Absences by students who sign out of school
   during the day are considered inexcusable until parents/guardians phone in or a note from same is
   brought to the office.

7. A student at school, who refuses to attend classes after being directed to do so by a staff member
   or the administration, may be suspended from school.

8. If a student is unable to attend school the day an evaluation has been scheduled or an evaluation
   assignment is due, he or she must ensure that his or her parents or guardians phone the school the
   day of, or the day following and verify the reason for the absence. If the parent or guardian does
   not call, or the absence is considered inexcusable, the student will receive a mark of zero, unless
   prior alternative arrangements have been made with the administration.

9. Students with poor attendance may be denied the right to participate in co-curricular activities,
   school sponsored field trips, and extra-curricular activities.

10. If a student knows that he/she will be missing a class or classes, the student is responsible for
    informing his/her teachers and for bringing a note to the office or having his/her parent or
    guardian phone the office prior to the expected absence.



Lates
We believe that punctuality is vital for the effective operation of the classroom. Students that are late
do not only miss out on critical instruction, they can also disturb classmates upon their entrance. Not
only is learning time affected by irresponsible tardiness; teacher and administration time is wasted as
well.

1. In order to minimize disruption, the following policy will be followed for all classes:
   a. Late students are to wait quietly outside the room until the opening activity has taken place.
   The classroom teacher will open the door and allow the late students to enter. Students are to
   enter quietly and take their seats immediately.
   b. If a student is late because of finishing work with another teacher, the teacher will give the
   student a late slip to show to their next teacher.
   c. Failure to serve a detention or comply with a consequence constitutes defiance and will result in
   an in-school suspension.
2. Consequences for being late to class, in any one particular month:
    First Late.... Student is given a warning.
    Second Late        Student is given a second warning.
    Third Late ..      It is up to the teacher to decide upon the appropriate consequence. Failure to
      comply with consequences will result in the administration being notified and a one-class in-
      school suspension may be issued.
    Fourth late . It is up to the teacher to decide upon the appropriate consequence. Failure to
      comply with consequences will result in the administration being notified and a one-class in-
      school suspension may be issued. Parents will be contacted. The teacher will also refer the
      student to the counsellor.




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 Requesting Assignments due to a child’s Illness
        When a child is absent from school, parents/guardians will often call to request assignments
 and work missed. If a child is absent for a short-term illness, which constitutes one or two days, the
 staff of Viking School (using teacher discretion) will provide assignments upon the child's return to
 school.
        If parents wish to have homework assignments provided for their child, please give your child’s
 teachers a minimum of 24 hours notice, to gather these assignments together.


 Extra-Curricular Activities
       Students traveling to and from extra-curricular activities shall travel as a group in school
 busses. Exceptions include cases where appropriately insured vehicles are used and where prior
 approval has been granted by the Principal.
       All students riding on school busses or other Board approved vehicles during winter months
 shall be required to wear/have available winter footwear, outerwear, headwear and gloves/mitts. Bus
 drivers are to use their discretion in determining the suitability of the student's clothing for the
 weather conditions (Policy EEAC 2).

Cell Phones
 POLICY STATEMENT
       To ensure minimal disruption to the learning environment, students at Viking School will be
 allowed to have cell phones and pagers, but they are not to be visible, heard or used during the
 instructional day from 8:44 am to 11:40 am and from 12:18 to 3:35 pm., as well as on bus-trips to and
 from school, or on school-sponsored trips. Students shall respect the rights and needs of other
 students and staff to encounter minimal disruption to the school day, and observe common courtesy.
       Students shall be personally and solely responsible for the security of the cell phones or pagers.
 Viking School and Battle River Regional School Division #31 are not responsible for the loss, theft,
 damage or vandalism to student cell phones or pagers as well as other student property.


 PROCEDURES
 1. Students will always keep their cell phones and/or pagers on their person and out of site, or in a
    locked locker. Students are not permitted to wear their cell phones and/or pagers clipped to a belt
    or otherwise display them in plain sight during the instructional day.
 2. Students will keep their cell phones and/or pagers off (not simply on silent, vibrate or text
    message mode) while on campus.
 3. Students on spares must use their cell phones and/or pagers away from the campus.
 4. Use of cell phones during extra-curricular sporting events outside of school hours will be at the
    discretion of the sponsor/coach.
 5. The use of cell phones while on school buses is strictly prohibited unless an emergency
    situation arises and/or students have permission from the bus driver.
 6. Parents who need to contact students in an emergency during the school day are directed to phone
    the main office – 336-3352. Please do not try to contact students by cell phone.




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 7. Students who need to make an emergency call during school hours must use the student phone
     provided in the main foyer or go to the office and request to use the office phone.
 8. Fire drills, lockdowns or other school evacuations are considered cell phone blackouts. Students
     are directed NOT to use cell phones during these situations as it may interfere with the safety and
     efficiency of the procedures.
 9. Students whose cell phones and/or pagers ring or vibrate in a classroom or use their phones
     during class time in a classroom or in the hallway will:
     a. First Offence - Student’s phone will be confiscated by the student’s teacher or other school
         personnel and kept for the duration of the period.
     b. Second Offence – Student’s phone will be confiscated by the student’s teacher or other
         school personnel and kept for the rest of the day. A disciplinary referral will be written and
         given to administration. The student can pick up the phone at the end of the day.
     c. Third Offence - Student’s phone will be confiscated by the student’s teacher or other school
         personnel and taken to administration. A disciplinary referral will be written and given to
         administration. The student must pick up the cell phone from the administrator at the end of
         the day.
     d. Any Further Offences - Student’s phone will be confiscated by the student’s teacher or other
         school personnel and taken to the administration. A disciplinary referral will be written and
         given to administration. The student’s parents will be notified and must come and pick up the
         cell phone from administration. Students may also be subject to other disciplinary
         consequences, including, but not limited to, suspension from school.
 10. The administration reserves the right to modify the consequences as appropriate.



Food and Drink in the Classroom
       Food and drink is not permitted in classrooms. The exception to this is when there is a specific
 celebration within the classroom and is agreed on by the teacher. Students may eat in the hallway
 area at break and in the classrooms (elementary), lunchroom (junior high) and “The Pit” (senior high)
 at lunch. Drinking water is permissible and encouraged in classes.


General Student Behaviour Expectations Rules
 Hands-Off
       In order to protect and respect the safety and dignity of students, Viking School maintains a
 “HANDS-OFF” rule for all students at all times during the school day. Any type of negative or
 inappropriate physical interactions between students (i.e. slapping, punching, kicking, pushing,
 tripping, excessive hugging, play fighting, etc.) is strictly prohibited. “HANDS-OFF” also refers to
 touching or taking other people’s property. It is essential to have parental support in this endeavour to
 ensure a safe and caring environment for all students.

 School Rules
 Students shall:



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   1. Attend regularly and punctually.
   2. Work diligently and complete all assigned work.
   3. Dress in accordance with the Dress Policy of the Handbook.
   4. Under normal circumstances, not carry backpacks or book bags to class.
   5. Behave in a safe manner.
   6. Not carry to or use in class, walkmans or cell phones.
   7. Not smoke on school property (BRSD Policy IFCG).
   8. Not use inappropriate language and/or gestures.
   9. Respect the authority of the school and staff.
   10. Not steal.
   11. Not vandalize school property or the property of others.
   12. Not fight, abuse or harass other students.
   13. Not use, possess, or be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs on school property or
       during school sponsored activities.
   Unless there are special circumstances, secondary students will be suspended from school for
   infractions of rules 9 through 13.

Student Behaviour and Conduct
(BRSD Administrative Procedure 350)
The Board believes all students have the right to be safe and secure in school. With that right comes
the responsibility to respect the rights of those around them, and to accept the rewards and
consequences of their behaviour.
Students will:
     attend school regularly and punctually.
     complete all assignments and homework.
     work to the best of their ability.
     continually strive for excellence on endeavours.
     dress appropriately and use appropriate language and deportment.
     respect the safety and well being of all in the school.
     adhere to board and school policies and rules
     cooperate fully with everyone authorized by The Board to provide educational programs and
        services.
     conduct themselves with respect for legal authorities.
     respect school property.
       respect the property of others.

Student Dress Code
      At Viking School, we allow students to have the right to determine individual patterns of dress
and grooming, provided that such dress and grooming do not interfere with the health and safety of
themselves or others, and do not interfere with the educational process of the school.
      Good judgment when selecting clothing for school is expected. Remember that weekend attire
might not be appropriate for classes. Clothing or lack of clothing should not disrupt the educational
process of the school. Examples of current fashion items that are not in good taste, or dress that
disrupts the educational process may include, but are not limited to, the following:
     necklines that are too low or exposed midriffs.


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        shorts, skirts, dresses, or shirts that are tight, short, or
        transparent. strapless or spaghetti strap attire.
        pants, shorts, or skirts that permit the display of undergarments, whether worn low or have a
         low rise
  The dress of students should contribute to a school atmosphere conducive to learning. Specific
  guidelines are:
     1. Clothing should be clean and tidy.
     2. Suitable clothing is necessary for CTS (Shop and Foods) and Physical Education.
     3. Clothing worn at the beach is not suitable for school (e.g. bare midriffs, short shorts, tube
        tops, halters, etc).
     4. Clothing should completely cover the midriff.
     5. Clothing should not display sexual, foul, offensive, or inappropriate language or graphics.
     6. Graphics promoting smoking, drugs, or alcohol are not suitable for the school environment.
     7. No hats are to be worn during the school day.
     8. Footwear is to be worn at all times.
     9. Outside jackets should not be worn in class under normal circumstances.
        Staff members will be asking our students to follow these guidelines. If dress is deemed
  disruptive to the educational process a student may be asked to change into some of the “extra”
  clothing items we have at the office or, if they refuse, the student will be asked to go home to change.
  In the latter case, parents of secondary students will be contacted. Parents of elementary students
  will be called and advised of the problem in all cases.



I-Pods, etc.
         Students must comply with individual teacher decisions regarding the use of these devises in
  their classes. In the hallways, “The Pit”, and the Library, use of these devices will be monitored with
  the possibility of a ban if it is interfering with learning. During examinations, these devices are not
  allowed in the examination room. Failure to comply will result in the device being held for the
  remainder of the day and in some cases loss of the privilege altogether.


Jackets
        Students are expected to dress appropriately for the varying weather conditions throughout
  the year; therefore jackets and other outside wear are to be kept in the student’s locker. During the
  winter, some of the classrooms may experience a lower than tolerable temperature and, at the
  discretion of the teacher, students may wear jackets to keep warm.


Laser Pointers
        Laser pointers are not allowed in school, as they are dangerous. Any student who has a laser
  pointer at school will have it permanently confiscated and may also face further disciplinary action.



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Leaving School Grounds
        The following School Policy shall apply to Viking School Students:
        Elementary Students: All bus students leaving the school grounds at noon must have a note
 giving parental permission. For permanent arrangements a blanket note should be sent to the school
 at the beginning of the year.
        Junior and Senior High Students: are permitted to go up town without notes unless the parents
 specify otherwise.


Locks and Lockers
       Lockers are available for use by all students, however, remain the property of Battle River
 School Division. Locks for use on the lockers may be purchased from the school.
       Junior and Senior High students are encouraged to keep their lockers locked at all times to
 discourage unauthorized entry and the subsequent problems which may occur. Other locks may be
 used on the lockers, but spare keys or combinations must be supplied to the office so that lockers may
 be inspected if necessary. The school reserves the right to enter and search lockers at any time in the
 event there are reasonable and probable grounds to believe that there is contraband in the locker.
 Again, lockers are the property of the Battle River School Division, and searches will take place at
 the discretion of the school administration.
       Once a locker is assigned, students are responsible for the care of the locker. Students who
 damage or deface a locker may lose their locker privileges and will be assessed the damages.
 Students are also responsible for cleaning out their lockers on a regular basis and at the end of the
 school year.
       Students' articles of value are only as safe as the students' willingness to safeguard them.
 Students should keep locker combinations to themselves and keep valuables locked away. Items of
 great value should not be brought to school, but if it is necessary, please advise the office for security
 reasons. Parents please be sure that all goods are clearly marked for easy identification.
       The school and BRSD do not accept any responsibility for lost or stolen items.


Lunchroom and “The Pit”
        All students share the responsibility to keep the classrooms, hallways, lunchroom and “The
 Pit”, clean by removing any garbage from their area to the receptacles provided. Students may
 become responsible for others’ garbage if they share the same area with those who left their garbage
 behind.
        Any high school students on spares, who are not specifically assigned to a classroom area, are
 expected to be studying in the library, “The Pit” area, or to leave school grounds.
        “The Pit” area of our school is designed as a student lunch/study area as well as a general
 student use area for high school students only. We will ask that all lunches, snacks, etc. be confined
 to this area of our school.
        Students are not to be eating or loitering in the hallways




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Medications
  Administering Medicines to Students (BRSD Administrative Procedure 316)
        While the Board believes that the responsibility for the administration of medication does not
  lie with the school system, it also recognizes that, from time to time, situations may arise which will
  require an employee to administer medication and/or take action in order to ensure the well-being of
  and/or preserve the life of a student.
        The responsibility for providing complete information relative to the administration of any
  medication to a student (prescription and/or non-prescription) lies with the parent(s) or guardian(s) of
  the child(ren) in question. Parents are also responsible for ensuring that all persons administering
  medication to students are fully in-serviced. This information must be registered at the School Office.
        BRSD requires a Request for Administration of Medication at School Form be completely filled
  out by the parent and the physician, in the indicated areas. Medicine will not be administered until
  the completed form is brought to the principal and the employee administering the medication is in-
  serviced. Until such time, parents/guardians will be required to come into the school to administer
  the necessary medications.



Physical Education Clothing and Requirements
        Students are expected to wear proper shorts (no cut-offs) or sweat pants, appropriate T-Shirts or
  sweatshirts, and running shoes and socks. Track suits may also be worn.
        If a student is unable to take part in P.E. class because of sickness or injury, the student must
  bring a note from their parent/guardian. If a student has a medical problem that requires them to
  abstain from P.E. for more than one week, a doctor’s note is required.


Pictures
        A professional photographer is contracted each year to take individual pictures of all students.
  Those who desire to purchase a package of pictures at a pre-determined price may do so. This year
  the main photo day will be Thursday, September 22, 2011. All students must have their picture taken
  for the yearbook, student ID cards, and Maplewood system.


Playground Rules
   In an effort to promote safe and enjoyable play for all students, the following Playground Rules have
  been established, and are explained to all elementary students at the beginning of the school year. It
  would be helpful if parents would ask their child(ren) what his or her understanding was of these
  rules – the better to have them followed.
      1. In winter, students must wear hats, mitts, boots and winter clothing when going outside for
          recess.
      2. Leave the school promptly when the bell signals recess.
      3. Slide properly on playground slides. No sliding face down, on stomach, or head first. No
          climbing up the slide or sliding rocks and other items, down the slide.



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    4. Swing properly on swings, in sitting position only. A maximum of 3 students at a time on the
        tire swing
    5. Do not push, trip, etc. when playing, or when leaving or entering the school.
    6. Wait your turn at equipment. Also, make sure you share equipment with other students.
    7. When climbing playground equipment, do so only on equipment designed for climbing, and
        climb safely.
    8. Play only in assigned areas.
    9. We would prefer that you do not take food outside on the playground during recess. The area
        becomes very messy, very quickly.
    10. Report wrongdoings to an Outside Supervisor or Playground Patroller.
    11. If you have injured yourself, or see another student injured, report it to an Outside Supervisor.
    12. Do not reenter the school during recess, unless given permission by an Outside Supervisor.
    13. Do not loiter around school entrances.
    14. Play fighting, wrestling, or rough play is not allowed.
    15. Throwing or kicking snow, ice, rocks, or sand in any manner is not allowed.
    16. Hard or rigid sleighs are not allowed on the hill.
    17. Ski pants must be worn when sliding down the hill.
    18. Stay away from the ball diamonds when they are in use by secondary students
    19. Stay away from any secondary equipment in the schoolyard (eg. High jump equipment).
    20. Wear masks and body protectors when catching in ball games.
    21. Return to the school promptly when the end-of-recess warning bell rings. Play equipment
        (balls, skipping ropes, etc.) should be carried in and returned to where they were taken from.
    22. Students should not bring any expensive toys from home to play with on the playground, as
        any damage to them is the responsibility of the student.
    23. Trading cards of any sort are prohibited at school.




Skateboards and Rollerblades
       Students are asked to refrain from skateboarding or rollerblading anywhere on the grounds at
 Viking School at any time. Any students who do so will have their equipment confiscated for a
 period of time. Repeat offenders will be suspended.


Smoking
 (BRSD Administrative Procedure 165)
       In the interest of promoting the health and welfare of all employees and students, the Board
 mandates the existence of a smoke-free environment in all its building, grounds, school buses,
 vehicles and property, except in designated smoking areas outside buildings. This ban applies on a
 24-hour basis each day, every day, whether the buildings are used for school, entertainment,
 recreation, business, or private functions.
       Viking School staff and School Council have approved the area east of the building, within the
 fence of the student parking lot, as the designated smoking area.
       Additionally, in accordance with 2003 Alberta Government Regulations, no persons under the
 age of 18 shall be allowed to smoke in the designated area on school property.



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Student Parking
        The fenced off parking lot on the east side of Viking School is the designated area for students
  to park. Students are not to park in visitor parking, handicapped parking, staff parking stalls, in front
  of the gate in the student parking lot, inside the school grounds, or on the bus section of the west
  parking lot. If students park in any of these areas, they will be warned and asked to remove their
  vehicle or the offending vehicle will be towed away.
        Viking School does not accept responsibility for damages and/or thefts, which occur in the
  parking lot. Complaints should be filed with the R.C.M.P.



Student Transportation in Private Vehicles
  (BRSD Administrative Procedure 559)


  BACKGROUND
         When it becomes necessary for students to take part in school approved co/extra curricular
  activities away from the home school, the Division permits the transportation of students in privately
  owned vehicles.
         With the exception of trips of an emergency nature, prior approval of the Principal must be
  obtained for the transportation of students in privately owned vehicles.

  PROCEDURES
  1. Before private vehicles are used to transport students, the following conditions will have been
     met:
     1.1      School bus transportation is not feasible or economical.
     1.2      Adequate measures are established for the safety of students.
     1.3      Adequate insurance coverage is in place on the vehicle in question.
     1.4      Adults over the age of 18 years who are responsible and are in possession of a valid
              license are assigned as drivers.
  2. All volunteer drivers must provide on an annual basis and to the applicable school, a driver’s
     abstract and copy of their driver’s license.
  3. Only private vehicles for which a minimum of one million dollars ($1,000,000) public liability
     coverage is in place shall transport students.
  4. Proof of adequate insurance coverage must be filed with the Principal and attached to Form 559-
     1. (Principals must note expiry dates.)
  5. Persons registering with the school to transport students in accordance with this administrative
     procedure must ensure that they have informed their insurance company as to their involvement
     with transportation of students to determine if their private insurer requires anything special with
     respect to coverage or licensing.
  6. All children can only be transported in a privately owned vehicle where each child is equipped
     with a Canadian Standards Association approved child restraint device (car seat), suitable for
     each child’s age, weight, and height.
  7. Approval will be required to be renewed annually.
  8. The Principal must approve use of private vehicles and shall log a record of all such use.


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Students 18 Years of Age or Older
        When a student turns 18 years of age, he or she may choose to be solely responsible for his or
  her attendance, behaviour, and general success at school. To do this, students must sign a letter
  requesting that the school have no further communication with their parents. The parents must be
  given a copy of this letter.
        When a student chooses this route and is now considered one of the adults in the building, in
  addition to the regular rules of the school, they will be bound by the following requirements:
       There will be allowed only 2 unexcused absences each month.
       More than 2 absences in a month must be accompanied by a doctor’s note.
       Being late for class is not acceptable.


Students on Spares
        Only grade 12 students will have spares. Students who have a spare are expected to either
  leave the school, be in the “Pit” behaving in a quiet and respectful manner, or be working quietly in
  the Library. Students are not to “hang out” in hallways or school entrances, or in any way interrupt
  any classes that are in session. Use of cell phones during normal class times is prohibited in the
  school.


Telephone Messages/Requests to See Students
        We understand that there are times a student must call home or there is a circumstance that
  requires a child to receive a message; however, this will be allowed only in an emergency situation.
  Since one of our objectives is to instill responsibility in the child, students should be prepared for
  school with all of his/her instructional materials. This shall include homework, musical instruments,
  library books, snack, sneakers, etc.
        As much as possible, we ask that parents avoid leaving phone messages for their child during
  the school day. With our present enrollment of just under 350 students, it is becoming increasingly
  more difficult to deliver phone messages, particularly those made just before dismissal at the end of
  the day. While there will always be exceptions, we ask for your cooperation in limiting phone
  messages to those of which are important or urgent family matters. To reduce the number of
  classroom interruptions, please DO NOT go to your child’s classroom knock on the door during class
  (School Act, Section 27.1.a). Please go to the office and see the secretary.
        Also, please make after school plans and pick up arrangements with your child before he/she
  comes to school. Classroom instruction will be interrupted only for emergency messages. While we
  understand that this policy may be difficult to adjust to in the beginning, it will instill in each child a
  level of responsibility and will minimize disruptions in the instructional program.
        Parents may leave messages for secondary students with the school secretary. If it is an
  emergency, the student will be contacted as per the above method. If not, the student’s name will be
  posted on the Announcement Board outside of the office. Students are expected to take responsibility
  to check the Announcement Board frequently during the day.




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        Parents and other students will not disturb class to talk to students. All inquiries must be
  directed to the School Office.


Visitors to the School
         Parents and other visitors are always welcome at Viking School. For the safety of our students
  and staff, we request that all visitors to the school report to the general office upon arrival.
  Parents or others who are dropping off items for students will normally be asked to leave the item at
  the office and the student will be called down at break time to retrieve it. We ask that you respect
  this policy as we do have students in our school with custodial concerns and security is an issue.
         All visitors are asked to park on the street or in the Visitor Parking area marked on the west
  side of the school. Please do not park in the staff parking. Also, when dropping off and picking up
  your child(ren), please do not block crosswalks or important traffic signs such as stop signs.
         From time to time we receive requests to have visiting relatives/friends spend the day with a
  Viking student in the classroom. Although there may be some educational value for the individual in
  a visit of this sort, the introduction of a temporary addition to the classroom tends to be very
  disruptive to the overall routine. Students tend to get very excited when there is a stranger in the
  room, and this can distract them from the work that they should be doing. Our policy is to not grant
  requests of this nature. This policy also applies to requests for recess and noon visits.




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