Bike & Board Safety
More students are now riding bikes, skateboards and scooters to school each day. We have noticed that many students who ride to school are doing so without helmets. This is a considerable safety issue as we know that helmets can save lives. According to city bylaws, helmets are mandatory for all citizens of Calgary under the age of 18. This includes not only bikes, but in-line skates, skateboards and scooters as well.
Biking, skating and wheeling to school are great ways to get a little extra exercise on the way to school, but please remind your children that they must dismount when they get to school. Riding any wheeled “vehicle” on CBE property is prohibited.
In order to keep student bikes safe and secure, we have a bike compound set up on the south side of our school where bikes are locked inside of a chain link cage. Our school policy is that all bikes are to be locked inside the compound at all times. The only exception would be if a bike is locked to the outside of the chain link on the compound, but it must be attached to the chain link with a bike lock. Bikes cannot be left unlocked, no exceptions.
Valet Service for Bikes
Our Bike compound patrollers are once again in full swing, so we do encourage all students to ride to school, as we have a safe and secure place to store their bikes, boards and scooters, but we simply ask that the patrollers park the bikes for everyone. They are our school “valet” service and are proud to help their fellow students with this. Finally, we would like to repeat that all riders must have a helmet and dismount on school property.
We have certain behaviour expectations of students at CJFS. These expectations apply to activities before school, after school, recess, lunch and when teachers take students outside for movement breaks. It is important that all members of the CJFS community support and enforce these expectations. If parents or guardians witness violations of these expectations, we ask that you inform the supervisors on duty as soon as possible.
If we all work together we can keep our children safe as they play and explore our outdoor areas.
Before you head outside, think about the following three things. These will keep you and others safe.
- Be mindful of others (Do we run without looking forward? Why do we Share?)
- Be mindful of yourself (What are the dangers of grounders/running on the playground?)
- Be mindful of your space (What are the risks of running up the slide?)
- Top of the monkey bars are off limits. Hanging only; no sitting or walking on them
- No Grounders (no running on playground)
- Jumping off high heights is limited to shoulder height
- No aerials
- Pine Trees are the limits
- Bathroom breaks only through the 5/6 doors
- Grassy knoll is off limits
- Find/designate referees for games with more than 10 players
Bus Rules and Expectations Safety Comes First
1. The driver is in full charge of the bus and his/her directions must be obeyed.
2. Students must board the bus and disembark the same in a quiet and orderly manner. Students should seat in the first seat available as their board.
3. While the bus is in motion, students are to be seated facing forward with their back against the seat, rear on the seat, legs must be facing forward (not on the isle). Students are not to stand up, turn around or have conversations with students other than their seating partner. Their voce level must be low so not to distract the bus driver or other passengers.
4. While the bus is in motion, students must not extend arms or heads out of windows, try to get on or off the bus, or move about within it.
5. Students must not throw paper or other waste materials on the floor or out of the window of the bus. Most buses have a small garbage bin that can be access prior to departure and upon arrival.
6. While on the bus, students must conduct themselves in a quiet and courteous manner, showing consideration for the comfort and safety of others.
7. Scuffing, fighting, and the use of obscene language on the bus are prohibited.
8. Students must not distract other drivers on the road or show any kind of disrespect to other citizens on the road.
9. Students causing willful damage to a bus will be held fully accountable.
10. When leaving the bus, students must observe the instructions of the teacher supervisor. They should never cross the road until after the bus has left the stop and the supervisor has told them it is safe to do so.
School Bus Rules are translated in Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, Urdu and Vietnamese and are available on the CBE website.