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Arriving at School
Children arrive at school between 8.45 and 8.55 a.m.  Children are expected to go straight to the year group playground and line up whilst they await for their teacher to arrive. Registration takes place no later than 9 a.m. Children should not be on the school premises earlier than 8.30 a.m, prior to class start time children are the responsibility of parents/carers. Children should not be left unaccompanied before this time. Playground apparatus and equipment should not be used at the beginning of the school day.. Riding of bikes, scooters etc is prohibited in the school grounds at all times. We encourage all children to walk to school, or to cycle. Please remember to consider the safety of the children walking to school and give fair consideration to our neighbours when picking children up or dropping children off.

Support Services
We liaise with outside agencies, for example, the School Doctor and Nurse, the Speech Therapist, the Dentist, the Educational Welfare Officer, the Police and Social Services for the benefit of the children.

Child Protection
The school works in partnership with parents to support children in every way possible. However, the Children Act 1989 places a clear responsibility on schools to ensure that they work together with other agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children. As a result, if concerns are raised within the school or a child or parent reports a situation involving possible abuse, we would not be able to guarantee confidentiality. It would have to be referred on to Social Services. This is in line with Government and Hertfordshire policy.

Medicines
Medicines should not normally be brought to school because of the danger to other children. Should your child need medication you will be required to fill in a form at the front office. Please ensure all medication is clearly labelled with your child’s name, class and dosage. All medication will only ever be administered by one of the school’s first aiders.  Special arrangements apply for children with diabetes, asthma or anaphylaxis – please consult with the Headteacher. If your child has a medication required to be at school permanently (Ventolin puffers) these must be in a clear Tupperware container, labelled with your child’s details.

Illness and Injury
Please do not send children to School if they are unwell or have been sick or had diarrhoea in the last 48 hours. They will not cope with their lessons and it is not fair on other children.

We will do our best to deal with any illness or injury that occurs at school. If a child is injured in a manner that requires further medical attention or is too ill to continue at school, we will endeavour to contact you immediately.

For this reason all parents are asked to ensure that the School has your up to date telephone numbers, plus two additional emergency contacts (close relatives or friends) in case we are unable to contact you in person.

There are a number of cases when a child who has had an infection must remain at home for a specified number of days:

Chicken Pox

6 days from onset of rash

German Measles

4 days from onset of rash

Measles

7 days from onset of rash

Mumps

Until swelling has completely subsided (7 days minimum)

General Security

All visitors to the School during school hours are required to go to the main reception area. This area is completely secure and separate from the rest of the school, and only authorised people are permitted to enter the school premises beyond reception.


Coming In Late and Picking Up Early
There may be occasions when, for reasons beyond control, your child will be late for school. When this happens please bring your child into the school at the main reception and promptly fill in the Lateness Form. A member of our office staff will see your child through to their class. Similarly, if you need to collect your child early from school, please come to the main reception.

This is important to ensure that our registers are complete and accurate in the case of emergencies. It is also important that the classes are not disturbed from doing the work that they have started. It can also be disruptive to a teacher to break the flow of lesson delivery, and he or she will not have the time to discuss the reasons for your child’s lateness – our office staff will do this at an appropriate moment in the day.

 

Collection From School

Once the children have been handed back to Parents at the end of the school day children are the responsibility of parents/carers. Children should not be left unaccompanied after this time. Playground apparatus and equipment should not be used at this time. Riding of bikes, scooters etc is prohibited in the school grounds at all times. We encourage all children to walk to school, or to cycle. Please remember to consider the safety of the children walking home from school and give fair consideration to our neighbours when picking children up children.

  • Lanchester Community Free School
  • Hempstead Road, Watford
  • WD17 3HD

01923 224160

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