"EDUCATING FOR NOW AND FOR ETERNITY"

SCHOOL SAFETY

Drop-off/Pick-up Procedures
Student Security
Bicycles and Other Forms of Transportation
Fire and Earthquake Drills
Emergency Preparedness
 School Closures due to Weather or Other Emergencies
Pets on the Property
Student Accident Insurance
Automobile Liability (Volunteer Drivers)

Drop-off/Pick-up Procedures

 1)   There is a school zone in front of the school. Please obey the posted speed of 30 kilometers per hour.

 2)   Drive slowly through the parking lot - no faster than 15 kilometers per hour. This is a one-way area - enter the school grounds through the entrance nearest the Church and leave through the Parish Centre exit.

 3)   The drop-off zone is not for parking - you may stop to drop off or pick-up your children, but you must not leave your car. This applies to before and after school. If you want to go to the school for any reason, you must park your car in a designated parking spot. The drop-off zone is not a parking area.

 4)   Use the cross walk in front of the rectory or the area at the top of the parking lot to cross over to the school. Do not cross in the middle. When the patrol students are on duty, follow their directions.

 5)   Use the paths beside the field or in front of the rectory to get to your car. Do not walk behind the parked cars; drivers may be able to see you when they are backing out, but they can't see the little kids.

 6)   When you are dropping off in the morning, please pull forward to the top of the area, rather than stopping close to the school and having cars backed up behind you.

 7)   The parking lot is one-way only from Monday to Friday. Drive slowly and carefully in the parking lot. The children's safety must be your first concern, not your personal convenience. The drop-off area is for quick drop-offs and pick-ups. If you anticipate that you will have to leave your car to retrieve one of your children, please pull into a parking stall. Cars are not to be left unattended in the Drop-off Zone.

 8)   Please respect the Reserved and Handicap parking signs. These spots are designated for school and rectory staff and people with Special Needs.

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Student Security
The front door and primary entrance doors will be locked at all times. Parents and visitors must enter by doors closest to office where a window and a mirror have been installed to let office staff monitor who enters and leaves the building. Visitors to the school who are not identified as parents, guardians, etc., delivery drivers or caretakers will be asked to report to the office for a Visitor Tag.

If you are asking someone to pick-up your child(ren) who does not normally pick-up, please phone the teacher or the school office ahead of time to advise us of the person's name. We will question people on the playground or in the school that we do not recognize.

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Bicycles and Other Forms of Transportation
Bicycles are to be walked onto school property - they may not be ridden past the entrance to the parking lot. Once the bicycles have been parked, locked and school bags retrieved, children are to leave the bike area. No other children are to be in this area. We ask that students not bring skateboards to school.

The school is not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged equipment and that is why we do not allow the children to bring valuable equipment such as Game Boys, other hand-held games, iPods, Walkmans, remote control vehicles, or any other expensive items. If in doubt, don't!!!

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Fire and Earthquake Drills
Cloverdale Catholic School follows fire drill procedures as required by the Surrey Fire Department. Fire Drills are held six times in each school year. Expectations for these drills are given to all teachers and substitute teachers and are posted in the classrooms. Six Earthquake Drills are also scheduled each year - three in the fall; three in the spring.

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Emergency Preparedness
Cloverdale Catholic School staff and our Parent Emergency Preparedness Committee have developed a detailed plan to help assure the safety and well-being of your children in the event of an earthquake or other emergency. This plan includes training of staff and students in "duck and cover" and school "evacuation" procedures, hazard reduction and storage of supplies for first aid, search and rescue and long-term care.

In the event of an earthquake or other emergency requiring the closure of the school, the following procedures will be followed:
1)   No student will be dismissed from the school unless a parent, friend, relative or guardian designated by a parent comes and signs for him/her.

2)   No student will be allowed to leave with another person, even a relative or babysitter, unless we have written permission to that effect or that particular person is listed on the student's Emergency form. These forms are kept in binders that will be carried out of the building when we evacuate. This information is also included on the name-tags all students will be wearing once they have evacuated the school.

PLEASE KEEP US INFORMED OF ANY CHANGES IN EMERGENCY CARD INFORMATION.

3)   All parents or designated guardians who come for students must have them signed out at the office or at the alternative Student Release Station. If the school building is considered unsafe, we will assign either the area bordering the Drop-off Zone or the Parish Centre as the alternative Student Release Station. Signs will be posted if either of these alternative locations is being used.

We are prepared to care for children in the event of a critical situation, or if parents are not able to reach the school. Unclaimed children will be kept at the school for up to 24 to 48 hours. Subsequent arrangements will be posted at the school. In the case of a major earthquake or disaster, please:
1)   If you are able to offer assistance, come to the school and report to the principal.

2)   Do not call the school; we must have the lines open for emergency calls. We will call you if your child or spouse has been injured. We will not be able to call for emergency help or to advise you if the lines are busy with incoming calls.

3)   Park away from the school; the school access route and street entrance must remain clear for emergency vehicles. Signs will be posted.

4)   Go to the Student Release Station (office or designated area) to pick up your child or any other child for whom you are assuming responsibility (parental permission required).

5)   All adults taking a child from the school grounds will be required to sign the release form, stating among other things:
      a)   the date and time of release;
      b)   where you intend to take the child;
      c)   the apparent medical condition of the child at the time of his/her release.

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Please inform the people on your Emergency Form of the above information. It is essential that we all cooperate in ensuring the safety of our children in the event of any emergency.

School Closures due to Weather or Other Emergencies
Turn your radio to CKNW (980 on AM dial), CBC (690 AM or 105.7 FM) for additional instructions. Depending on the situation you may be able to check our website at ccsunited.ca

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Pets on the Property
Since some students and adults are uncomfortable or even afraid around dogs, we ask that you not bring your pets to school or to any school­sponsored event unless otherwise authorized. Some people also have serious allergies to animals.

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Student Accident Insurance
The Archdiocese purchases a policy on behalf of the students attending at the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese that covers them against certain types of accident and injury. Click here to view the C.I.S.V.A. policy (pdf file)

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Automobile Liability (Volunteer Drivers)
It is understood that teachers and parents will be asked to drive students to athletic events and field trips. These volunteers will naturally have their own liability insurance through ICBC; however, they may feel that the limit is inadequate with respect to driving school children. The Archdiocese has a policy underwritten by ICBC that increases the Personal Liability Coverage for each volunteer driver to $10,000,000 (ten million). For example, a volunteer driver currently carrying $1,000,000 (one million) on their own ICBC insurance policy would have the benefit of an additional $9,000,000 (nine million) protection through this special liability policy. It should be noted that this coverage is specifically for the individual driver/vehicle owner and is a separate coverage from that of the Archdiocese.

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