Health & Safety
We maintain a sanitary setting to prevent the spread of illnesses. All staff at DK Schoolhouse receives ongoing first-aid training in methods to properly handle any potential accidents that may occur at school. We are supported with a fully stocked infirmary and on-call nurse provided by our medical partners from Orienda Polyclinic. COVID19, along with its variants, continue to pose a serious health risk for children in a social setting. DK Schoolhouse will continue enacting smart and effective preventative measures; and was among the first to integrate the use of thermal temperature scanners to both check the health status and register the entry of any student or parent entering or exiting our school. Our teaching faculty, with the help of the entire support team will continue to keep those who are most precious to you, safe. A few things to keep in mind:
- If your child is sick and or has a fever, please keep them at home.
- If your child has any communicable diseases, such as chicken pox, measles, lice, pink eye, pinworms, whooping cough, they will be required to remain at home until their period of quarantine is over.
- Any child who has traveled abroad will be required to notify the school and self quarantine until the mandated period is over.
- We will not accept children who are sick to attend school, and kindly ask parents to keep them at home for the safety of themselves and the wider school community.
- No outside medication is allowed to be administered at school unless express permission has been given by the DK Schoolhouse management, and only in extreme circumstances. Any medication found in students bags will be removed and kept in the office for safe keeping until the child’s parent or guardian can safely claim it.
- You can find more information about our health policies and guidelines in our parent handbook.
Health & Nutrition
- Good nutrition, found in wholesome fresh foods, builds healthy bodies and healthy minds.
- Poor nutrition causes vitamin, mineral and protein deficiencies.
- Eating chemically processed foods, sugary foods and non-food products causes toxins to build up in the body and can result in a compromised immune system, lethargy, hyperactivity and frequent illness.
Why is nutrition important ?
DK Food Policy
- Lunches are cooked fresh each day using fresh local meats, eggs, vegetables and fruits.
- We avoid using white sugar, MSG or canned, packaged or processed food in our menus
- We do not offer or make available to students sweetened soft drinks, or high sugar snacks like candy, cookies and various chips and crisps.
- We encourage students to drink plenty of fresh water daily
- Our teachers incorporate basic facts on good nutrition into their curriculums, instructing children in a fun way, on the value of good, healthy food.
How You Can Help
We urge parents and care-givers to help us maintain a high nutrition standard by choosing healthy snacks to send to school with their children such as:
- Dried seaweed
- Sesame crackers
- Fresh milk cartons (unsweetened)
- Whole wheat
- Fresh fruit juice
- Dried fruits
- Fresh fruit
- Vegetable sticks(carrots, celery, cucumber, etc.) crackers
- A variety of nuts
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
DK Schoolhouse prides itself in upholding standards of conduct that benefit the learning values we teach. DK Schoolhouse students are kind, responsible and safe.
Each child who comes through our doors joins a community of children, teachers and parents engaged in the joy, work and wonder of childhood.
Read below for our code of conduct outlines, and be sure to refer back to them should you have any questions.
Please note: Some / all of these guidelines have been created for elementary student code of conduct.
- STUDENT RESPONSIBLITIES
- Arriving at school on time. School begins each day at 8:00am
- Lining up outside your designated grade level spot on the Kinder playground and wait patiently for your teacher to lead you into school
- Walking quietly and orderly through the building. No running in the halls or on the staircase
- Respecting the right of others and respect personal property.
- Working quietly during study hall periods and strive to complete tasks on time.
- Every student is responsible for his or her own actions.
ASSEMBLY AND SPECIAL EVENT CONDUCT
Assemblies and activities are considered special student privileges where participation is contingent upon appropriate behavior. Students who disturb, disrupt, or show disrespect will lose the privilege of participation and may encounter disciplinary action in accordance with our discipline policy.
During events and performances, students must:
- Show respect to the performers by watching and listening during the program and by remaining quietly seated.
- Show appreciation for the performer(s) by applauding (whistling, booing or yelling out comments is not allowed during performances or at assembly.)
- Enter and exit the performance area quickly and quietly as directed by a class teacher.
HELMETS AND PERSONAL ITEMS
Students are required to wear an appropriately sized helmet if being driven to school on a motorbike. Students are responsible for their own helmets and should store them neatly at the helmet rack located at the back exit of our school building. If students frequently arrive to school without a helmet, parents will be called and notified.
Personal items brought to school must be in accordance with the items designated by individual classes. Students bringing in toys or games on show-and-tell day must be willing to share these items on the playground if they intend to use them.
Cell phones, recording devices, weapons and pets are prohibited on campus. Laptops and tablets may be brought in at the request of middle school class teachers, or for special events, and must be kept at the teacher’s desk when not in use.
Students who do not follow the rules may have their personal object taken away, and may lose the privilege of bringing it to school in the future. If an item is confiscated from a student, a parent or guardian will need to retrieve the item from school.
- Everyone is expected to treat others as they want to be treated by using kind words and good manners. This includes waiting patiently for a turn, cleaning up after yourself, following adult directions, taking care of personal belongings and school equipment, and being honest.
- Students are to use the designated exits and walkways when entering and leaving DK Schoolhouse grounds.
- Students may not walk outside the playground perimeter unless being called at home time, for field trips or other activities where there is teacher supervision.
- Laser pointers, fidget spinners, trading cards and toys that distract students are not allowed.
- Students are expected to keep their hands, feet and objects they are using to themselves.
- Follow the directions of your class supervisor at all times.
- Talk in a soft voice. No yelling or screaming.
- For health and sanitary purposes, do not share food unless you have received permission from your teacher.
- Clean up after yourself. Get an adult to help clean up spills.
- Food, milk cups or other drinks should not be taken out of the cafeteria during meal time.
- WALK, facing forward, in the cafeteria at all times.
- Sit with your feet on the floor facing the table, and use a spoon, fork and napkin when eating.
CELL PHONES, CELLULAR WATCHES & OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES
- Possession of a cell-phone may only be used in special circumstances, and with approval from the Office.
- DK Schoolhouse is not responsible for preventing theft, loss or damage to a cell phone brought to school.
- Cell phones and other cellular devices may not be used during classroom time, during recess, instructional activities or field trips. Phones and other cellular devices must remain off and in backpacks during these times.
- Cell phones and electronic devices with access to the internet may not be used during recess, and use of internet at school must be supervised.
Students should conduct themselves in a manner that contributes to a productive learning atmosphere for themselves and their classmates.
Students are expected to be attentive, cooperative, and industrious while in the classroom. Students who habitually disrupt or destroy the learning atmosphere will face disciplinary consequences. The classroom teacher will determine specific classroom rules at the start of each term, or week.
- Items that disrupt the educational mission of DK Schoolhouse will not be allowed.
- All personal items including clothing should be free of writing, pictures, or any other insignias which are crude, vulgar, profane, violent or sexually suggestive.
- Items which have advertising, promotions or likenesses of tobacco, alcohol or drugs are contrary to our educational mission and will not be allowed.
- All students should strive to maintain their hair in a clean, well-groomed manner.
- All students should come to school in clean clothing. Any clothing, jewelry, or accessories that draw undue attention, disrupt the learning environment, or pose a health or safety risk will not be allowed.
- Students should contribute to school spirit by endeavoring to wear the DK Schoolhouse shirt as often as possible, and for all school-wide events, field trips or activities.
- Students should not wear clothes that are cut off, mutilated or immodest e.g. short shorts, miniskirts, bare midriffs, halter tops, spaghetti straps, tank tops or similar clothing. Clothing should cover the midriff, underwear, back and chest at all times. Skirts, dress and shorts must be at least mid-thigh length or longer when seated.
- Hats and sunglasses are not allowed in the classroom except as a part of an approved activity, or for religious or medical purposes.
- Shoes should always be worn in outdoor areas to ensure personal safety and hygiene.
- All students will be allowed to participate in organized games.
- Students must use appropriate language and strive to be courteous. Name calling is not allowed.
- Students must treat supervising adults, teachers and teacher aids with respect, and follow their directions.
- Students must use playground equipment (Balls, jump ropes, practical life toys, etc.) according to the rules. Students may not bring baseball bats or badminton rackets to school. Bat and ball games may only take place under the direct supervision of a teacher or teacher aid.
- All playground equipment (Monkey bars, climbing wall, etc.) should be used properly according to rules posted on the playground.
- Contact games or activities that include tackling, shoving, pushing, rough play, or riding on backs or shoulders are not allowed.
- Students may not leave the playground without asking permission from their supervising teacher or teacher aid.
- NO climbing on the walls, door or staircase railing.
- Fighting is strictly prohibited. Students who engage in any form of violent behavior will face immediate consequences, up to and including removal of privileges or temporary suspension.
Violating these rules may result in the loss of recess on the playground for a designated length of time. Community service projects will be designated to the student by their class teacher.
- Each student is expected to demonstrate proper behavior when using the restroom. Cleanliness and good health habits are expected. The toilet should always be flushed. Water should be kept in the sink. Students should always knock on a stall door before entering if the door isn’t open.
- Students should wash their hands and leave the restroom clean. The soap dispenser, bidet spray gun and hand sanitizer should always be used appropriately. Paper towels should be disposed of in wastepaper baskets.
- Students are not allowed to play, or go to the bathroom in pairs except for when washing their hands.
- Students who disregard the rules will face consequences.
DANGEROUS AND DISRUPTIVE CONDUCT
The following conduct is defined as “dangerous or disruptive conduct” and is prohibited on school property, at school-sponsored activities or while traveling in school vehicles.
- Causing, attempting, threating or conspiring to cause damage to personal or real property, or causing or attempting to cause harm to a person through:
- Theft/ Stealing – The taking of and/or carrying away of property belonging to or in the possession of another student or adult.
- Harassment—touching or striking another person with the intent to cause harm, and against their will
- Sexual harassment of any kind
- Malicious Mischief: Willful or malicious injury or damage to school or public property or to real or personal property belonging to others.
- Vandalism—willfully defacing, cutting, marring, injuring, damaging, or losing school or staff property.
- Bullying—any form of aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength.
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