School Entry - Safety Over Convenience

The protocol for adults, including parents, when wishing entry to the school, is through the office. All visitors are required to enter the school via the main doors, and check into the office. The office is always open from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. There are no exceptions to this protocol.

End of Day Protocol

The safety and security of students is our priority at W.O. Mitchell. We need the support of parents to ensure that students understand, prior to coming to school, how they will be going home and with whom. This is helpful for your child so they do not need to wonder/worry about this during their school day. Predictability helps children feel secure. Without this in place, the volume of calls received during the school day about such matters quickly becomes unmanageable and at the end of the day it is not always possible to locate a child regarding a last minute change. To that end, please do not use the office to change your end of day plans, except in an emergency situation.

Change of Plans 

Please do not leave messages on the teacher’s voice mail, nor in their email, to make emergency end of day arrangements for your child. If something comes up beyond your control, the office staff will try to reach your child before dismissal, being mindful that classroom schedules are flexible and we may have difficulty locating your child during the final half hour of the day. Please try to complete all telephone arrangements with the office before 3:30 PM. Thank you for your co-operation. We all need to work together for the safety of our children and at the same time, minimize classroom interruptions.

Visitors and Volunteers Sign In

All parents, visitors and volunteers must report directly to the office and receive a visitor card before proceeding to other areas of the school. This is an additional security measure to keep our school safe. Please note that, under no circumstances, can a visitor (including parents) go to the classrooms without checking into the office first.

School Access

With the exception of the main entrance, all outside doors leading into the building will be locked for the entire day (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM). If your child is late, they should enter the building through the main entrance; do not drop off at their designated doors as the doors will be locked. All children who are late must report to the office to pick up a late slip. Please also note that, while the gym portion of the school may be open beyond 4:30 PM, due to rental groups, the core of the school will also be locked at 4:30 PM.

Student Sign-Out Procedure

When picking up students for appointments during school hours, parents/guardians need to sign students out from the office. 

  1. Parents should only enter the school through the main front doors.
  2. Please report to the office to meet your child.
  3. Our office staff will contact the classroom teacher who will have the child meet you at the office. 

If you are sending a friend or relative to the school to pick up your child, please inform the school either in writing or by telephone. We will not allow this person to pick up your child unless we have direct consent from parents and know the identity of the person (we ask for identification).

Emergency School Closure

In the event of an emergency school closure, children will be sent home only if we can confirm by telephone fan-out that an adult is at home to receive the child. If the need arises to vacate the school, all students and staff will move to the predetermined muster point. Please see your School Handbook for details.

Security

School Entry - Safety Over Convenience

The protocol for adults, including parents, when wishing entry to the school, is through the office. All visitors are required to enter the school via the main doors, and check into the office. The office is always open from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. There are no exceptions to this protocol.

End of Day Protocol

The safety and security of students is our priority at W.O. Mitchell. We need the support of parents to ensure that students understand, prior to coming to school, how they will be going home and with whom. This is helpful for your child so they do not need to wonder/worry about this during their school day. Predictability helps children feel secure. Without this in place, the volume of calls received during the school day about such matters quickly becomes unmanageable and at the end of the day it is not always possible to locate a child regarding a last minute change. To that end, please do not use the office to change your end of day plans, except in an emergency situation.

Change of Plans 

Please do not leave messages on the teacher’s voice mail, nor in their email, to make emergency end of day arrangements for your child. If something comes up beyond your control, the office staff will try to reach your child before dismissal, being mindful that classroom schedules are flexible and we may have difficulty locating your child during the final half hour of the day. Please try to complete all telephone arrangements with the office before 3:30 PM. Thank you for your co-operation. We all need to work together for the safety of our children and at the same time, minimize classroom interruptions.

Visitors and Volunteers Sign In

All parents, visitors and volunteers must report directly to the office and receive a visitor card before proceeding to other areas of the school. This is an additional security measure to keep our school safe. Please note that, under no circumstances, can a visitor (including parents) go to the classrooms without checking into the office first.

School Access

With the exception of the main entrance, all outside doors leading into the building will be locked for the entire day (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM). If your child is late, they should enter the building through the main entrance; do not drop off at their designated doors as the doors will be locked. All children who are late must report to the office to pick up a late slip. Please also note that, while the gym portion of the school may be open beyond 4:30 PM, due to rental groups, the core of the school will also be locked at 4:30 PM.

Student Sign-Out Procedure

When picking up students for appointments during school hours, parents/guardians need to sign students out from the office. 

  1. Parents should only enter the school through the main front doors.
  2. Please report to the office to meet your child.
  3. Our office staff will contact the classroom teacher who will have the child meet you at the office. 

If you are sending a friend or relative to the school to pick up your child, please inform the school either in writing or by telephone. We will not allow this person to pick up your child unless we have direct consent from parents and know the identity of the person (we ask for identification).

Emergency School Closure

In the event of an emergency school closure, children will be sent home only if we can confirm by telephone fan-out that an adult is at home to receive the child. If the need arises to vacate the school, all students and staff will move to the predetermined muster point. Please see your School Handbook for details.

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Lockdowns

All CBE schools are required to practice lockdowns in the same way that we practice fire drills. The procedures for lockdowns are developed with the Calgary Police Service and are part of each school’s Emergency Response Plan. If you have questions about lockdown drills or lockdown procedures, please contact your principal.
 

Evacuation Procedures

In the event that the school needs to be evacuated for any reason, all staff have been trained according to CBE standards. All schools have a primary and a secondary evacuation site. In the event of an evacuation, you will receive an email, phone or SMS notification from the school via SchoolMessenger.

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