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Entry Routines

Kindergarten and Grade 1, 2 and 3 students are to be brought to the courtyard between 8:45 - 8:55 a.m. and between 12:30 - 12:45 p.m. where the yard will be supervised by the teachers on duty. When the entry bell rings at 8:55 a.m., they will be picked up from the Courtyard by their teachers and escorted to their classrooms. Parents are permitted to remain in the Courtyard with their children.

Grade 4 to 8 students are asked to collect in the Southyard across the street from the school between 8:45 - 8:55 a.m. and between 12:30 - 12:45 p.m. where they will be supervised by teachers on duty. They will enter the school via the Esplanade and proceed directly to their classrooms at 9:00 a.m.

Parents/Caregivers are not permitted to escort their child directly to class. Students must be dropped off in the Courtyard or Southyard.

Entry and Dismissal is not the time for lengthy discussions with your child's teacher. Please make an appointment for all pressing issues.

Dismissal Routines

It is important that parents and students understand that there are two dismissal times for all students in Grades 1 - 8.

The first dismissal is at 3:30 p.m. The second dismissal at 3:45 p.m. may be for one of the following reasons:
  • remedial help
  • work completion
  • a consequence for behaviour or lates
Students who need to leave school early must have a note from their parent and must sign out of the school at the office. Adults picking up students early are asked to report to the school office first. The Toronto District School Board will only permit students 12 and over to travel home alone. All students under 12 must be picked up by a parent or an adult designated by the parent.

Students in Kindergarten and Grades 1 - 3 will be escorted to the Courtyard by their teacher. Parents/Caregivers are to pick up their children in the Courtyard and not in the classroom.

Students in Grades 4 - 8 will be picked up in the Main Foyer or at the front of the school.

Attendance Policy

Regular and punctual attendance is expected of all students as it supports continuity of the program and promotes success in academic and social areas. Those students who arrive late must report to the school office for an admit slip. Students late after lunch report first to the office for an admit slip.

Late Policy

It is expected that all students arrive at school and in class on time. This life skill must be learnt to ensure your child understands their responsibility within their community. Parents need to assist the school in explaining the importance of and modelling this for their child.

The policy below was developed by the School Council and Market Lane School staff.
  • All students are expected to arrive at school and be in class on time.
  • Parents must inform the office or their child's teacher in the event their child will be arriving late or absent from school due to an appointment or other personal reasons.
  • Students and parents need to be aware of the following possible consequences for continuous unexplained lateness:
    • reminder from teacher/office
    • detention after school
    • letter home from administration to be signed by parent and returned to office
    • parent meeting with administration
    • student suspension

Safe Arrival

Parents must register for participation in the Safe Arrival Program. Information regarding this program is distributed on the first day of school and every parent is expected to advise us as to whether they wish to participate in this program.

Visitors To The School

Board Policy requires that all visitors report to the office upon arrival at the school. A “Sign In” is required and a “Visitor Badge” will be issued to ensure the safety of our students and staff. If you wish to meet with the teacher or visit the class, please arrange an appointment for a time when the teacher is not required to be involved with the students.

Keeping Us Informed

If you move, change your home/business number, your emergency contact person, or any other vital information, it is critical that that the school is informed. More information to follow.

Lockers

Lockers are provided for the students on the third floor of the school. Locks need to be purchased at the school so that the lock number and combination can be recorded and kept in the school office. Locks cost $ 5.00. It is expected that students will treat the lockers with respect. Students will be encouraged to clean their lockers on a regular basis. The lockers are school property and may be opened by school staff.

Valuable Items

Students are encouraged to leave valuable items at home as the school cannot assume responsibility for lost or stolen items.

Lost And Found

A “Lost and Found” box is located on the first floor. Students and parents are encouraged to check regularly for lost items. At the end of each term, the articles in this box will be displayed so that all students and parents have a final opportunity to claim lost items. Unclaimed items are donated to a charitable organization. Please label your child's clothing, boots, shoes, school bags and lunch boxes.

Field Trips

Field trips are planned by teachers to support their classroom curriculum. Trips within walking distance of the school are part of the daily program. If field trips involve funding or transportation, descriptive letters are sent home with a sign-back portion. Students are expected to follow the school's Code of Behaviour on all trips.

Health And Physical Education Program

For hygiene and safety reasons, all students are required to bring a change of clothes for their Physical Education Program. Participation by all students is mandatory.

Swimming Classes

Lessons are provided once per week for students in all grades. Students will be asked to write their swim day into their Agendas as a reminder to bring their bathing suit and a towel. All students are expected to participate in the swim program as an extension of their Health and Physical Education Program. A student requires a doctor's note for exemption from the program. A parent's note will be accepted for the occasional absence.

Textbooks, Library Books, And Supplies

Students need to take responsibility for their learning materials. Respect for school property and materials is an expectation for the entire school community. Lost or damaged textbooks, library books, musical instruments and classroom materials are costly to repair or replace. In cases of irresponsibility or willful damage, parents will be informed so replacement costs can be arranged.

Breakfast Program

A supervised breakfast program began in September of 2000. We are very proud of this program. The program runs from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. daily. It takes place in the lunchroom. See the office for more details. 

Lunch Policy For Students Not In Supervised Program

It is expected that students in Grades 1 - 6 go home for lunch. Parents are responsible for the supervision of their child during this time. Students may not return to the schoolyard until 12:30 p.m. That is the time Market Lane staff will be on duty. Students must go directly to the schoolyard at that time. 

Students in Grade 7 and 8 may eat their lunch at the basketball court closest to Parliament Park. They are not permitted to go leave the schoolyard once they have entered it. 

Continued failure to follow this policy may result in a parent meeting.

Students With Colds and/or Flu

Students with colds and/or flu which are serious enough to prevent them from participating in physical education classes, swimming, recesses and outdoor activities should remain at home until their condition improves. This will benefit the child and prevent the spread of illness to others.

Students With Life Threatening Alergies Or Medical Alert Conditions

Parents are requested to make an appointment with the Principal or Vice-Principal at the beginning of the school year to provide the necessary information to ensure the safety of their child. A medical alert form is filled out with the parent. This form is distributed to staff so that everyone is alerted. A photo is also posted in the office. Parents are required to provide the school with Epipens if this is recommended practice by their doctor. Students who require an epipen at school will need to keep it with them at all times and a second one should be kept in the school office. 

Peanut Free Environment

We have a number of people in our school who experience severe anaphylactic reaction to peanuts. For some, a trace amount or even the smell can cause breathing difficulties and skin rashes. As a result, Market Lane Public School continues to work towards becoming a completely peanut-free environment. 

Homework Policy

Any home learning activity that involves the parent and child working together or the child working with parental support or the child working independently helps extend and consolidate the student's learning at school. Homework also helps the student to assume responsibility, to develop self-discipline, and to develop time management and work study skill. Parents, by staying aware of the child's homework assignments, are better informed of what is happening at school and how their child is performing. 

Communication With Parents / Guardians

The primary goal of the Code of Behaviour is to assist each student to become a more mature, self-disciplined student who is responsible for their actions. Students will be dealt with fairly, constructively and with understanding. Every attempt will be made to keep a disciplinary action related to the student's misconduct. 

We believe that good communication between the home and school is essential if we are to help students develop and mature physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually. Changing a student's behaviour requires a continuous and cooperative effort from students, teachers and parents. 

Your assistance and support is vital to the success of your child and the Market Lane Code of Behaviour. 

Once again, there will be three report cards distributed to students in November, February and June. Two interview periods will take place in November and February. 

If there any concerns or items that need to be discussed pertaining to your child please speak to the teacher prior to coming to the office. This ensures ongoing open communication with your child's teacher.
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