As professionals we need to be aware that we constantly deal with information about students and families that is confidential and needs to be handled with care. We often have substitutes and sometimes parents in the faculty lounge. Please consider the appropriate venues for discussing confidential information and who needs to appropriately be involved in discussions. If you have any questions on how to handle information that is confidential about students or parents, please discuss the situation with a principal.
On occasion we are asked to fill out reference forms or write reference letters for students who are applying to other schools. It is important to be honest and fair in our remarks and assessment, remembering that these applications are high stakes for families. Prudence and careful wording may be needed. Please check with one of the principals before sending off a reference. A copy of the reference should be sent to the office for inclusion in the student’s file.
Our students’ world is filled with visual media. As a result it is all the more important to be selective in the use of media for instructional purposes. Watching short selected sections followed by discussion may be more instructive than watching a full film. In all cases, learning after viewing media takes place through dialogue, group discussion, and reflection.
Students should not call home during the school day if they have forgotten to bring items to school or to arrange play dates or sleepovers. Likewise, students will NOT be called to the telephone to receive messages. However, during school hours, IMPORTANT messages may be telephoned into students’ teacher assistant or left at the office. In case of an emergency and with their teacher’s permission, students may use the telephone located in the TA office.
If a student is ill and needs to go home, the Nurse will contact the parents to make arrangements. Children should not contact their parents directly if feeling unwell.