Parent Handbook

Behaviour
The school will always deal with any unacceptable behaviour which occurs in school in line with our behaviour policy. If your child tells you about any unacceptable behaviour which you think the school might not be aware of please let us know and we will deal with it. It is so much easier for us to get to the truth of any incidents as we have ready access to all of the adults and children who may have crucial information. This is particularly important as children might be economical with the truth or even exaggerate for the sake of enthralling and diverting conversation usually just before bedtime.  If you are aware of any misbehaviour between pupils out of school then you need to speak to the parents of the children concerned. Parents should never reprimand other peoples children in school.

Children in Need
On Children in Need Day the children can wear their own clothes instead of school uniform in exchange for donation to the appeal. However our usual health and safety rules regarding jewellery, high heels etc still apply

Christmas lunch
Instead of having a normal school lunch or bringing a packed lunch from home the children can have a Christmas lunch.  Further details will come from the school office nearer the time.

Christmas Performance
Children from the reception class and years 1, 2, and 3 give two lovely performances to their parents.  This is a delightful event, thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.  You will receive information on costumes etc from the teachers nearer the time.

Christmas Post Box
The Christmas post box is put out 2 weeks before the end of term.  Children can post cards to school friends and staff in the school post box which will be situated near the school library.  Year six children sort and deliver the cards each day.

Class Assemblies
All class assemblies start at 9.10 am.  Each term each class leads an assembly when they show the audience what they have been learning.  Families of the class involved are welcome to attend.  We do ask that you switch off mobile phones and that pre-school children do not attend as they can distract children on stage and spoil it for everyone.  One of our parents kindly offers to look after pre-school children in school while their parents attend these assemblies.

Conduct of parents
The staff and governors of RickmansworthParkSchool feel that safety and welfare of pupils and staff is a high priority. We seek to do all we can to ensure the school environment is free from incidents which could cause pupils and staff alarm or distress, or which could interfere with the smooth running of the school.  We expect that all adults in school will behave in a calm and courteous manner at all times.

Emergency closure in the school day
In the event of having to close the school in an emergency during the school day parents will be informed by the Everbridge System. Parents will usually be told that the school is closing at a specific time but that parents/carers can collect children as soon as possible. In the interests of the children’s safety we will only allow them to go home with their parents or the people who usually collect them. If you are sending someone else to collect your children you must inform the office by e mail, fax or telephone.  Parents of pupils in reception, Y1 and Y2 should collect their children from the classroom door as usual. Parents of children in years 3, 5 and 6 should wait in the bottom playground and children will be sent out to them. Year 4 parents should wait in the infant playground and children will be sent to them through the Y2 classroom.

Excellence and Enjoyment Week
This event has been  enormously successful for many  years and the children love every moment of it. During this week the normal school timetable is suspended and the children are provided with a wide range of exciting and valuable learning experiences and activities.  You will receive further information nearer the event.

Free School Meals
Children who receive one of the benefits listed below can get free school meals.

If you are a parent or carer, and you get one of the benefits listed, your child may receive free school meals, but you need to apply for them:

  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseekers allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under immigration and asylum law
  • The guarantee part of state pension credit
  • Child tax credit and you have an annual income of £16,190 before tax or less
  • Working tax credit during the 4 week run on period.

Apply online now:  www.hertsdirect.org/ufs/ufsmain?formid=HCWH

or call:  0300 123 4048

Harvest Festival
Our harvest produce goes to the Watford New Hope Trust, a charity for the homeless.  They prefer gifts that will last throughout the year, such as food in packets and tins and also toiletries.  Children are asked to bring any gifts to the stage at the start of the school day where it is organised into a display.

Headlice
Headlice really are an irritating public health problem. Nowadays, when children attend so many clubs and activities, headlice can be so easily picked up. Please ensure you check your child’s head regularly and do not send them to school until they have been treated. If you have to treat their hair first thing in the morning then it is acceptable for them to arrive at school later. If we suspect your child has headlice we will let you know.  If your child seems to have headlice constantly then it could be that they are not being completely eradicated when you treat them. Your local pharmacist should be able to provide you with good advice.

Illness
We follow the guidance of the Health Protection Agency.  Please follow this link for the most up to date information from them.:

http://www.hpa.org.uk/webc/HPAwebFile/HPAweb_C/1194947358374.

Current advice is that children should be kept away from school for 48 hours after the last bout of vomiting or diarrhoea.

MacMillan Cancer Care Coffee Morning
All families and friends of the school are invited to join staff at our coffee morning.  Ours in just one of many taking place across the country that day.  This is also an opportunity for you to meet staff in an informal social setting.

Meals (see also Packed Lunches)
School meals are provided on a daily basis and should be paid for in advance each term.  A letter will be sent to parents advising the cost for the term.  Meals can be paid for on a weekly, half termly or termly basis.  Two weeks notice is required if moving from school meals to packed lunches.

Medication
No non-prescription drugs will be administered in school, nor should children have them in their possession in school.

Often if a child is receiving prescribed medication he/she is not fit enough to be in school.  However, there may be instances where a child is well enough to be in school (e.g. when the medication is to prevent the symptoms of hay fever, or the end of a course of antibiotics) and it is preferable that the child’s parent or carer arranges to come in to school to administer the medication.

Where this is not possible the carer may, with the Head Teacher’s permission, deliver medication to the office clearly labelled with the child’s name, details of dosage and when it should be administered.  Medication must be collected again by the carer after school.  Medication should never be left in school overnight and should not be in the possession of the child.  The exception to this is for asthma treatment (see below).

When parents are leaving medication at the office they will be asked to enter the child’s name, the medication, details of dosage and time of administration in a book in the office.  When the child has been given the medication this will be recorded in the book.

Obviously it is simpler if the school is not involved in administering medication.   We would remind parents to ask the general practitioner whether, where possible, antibiotics can be prescribed which are given three times daily rather than four times daily.

There may be children whose circumstances are exceptional (e.g. long-term medical problem).  In this case the Head Teacher will liaise with the parents to see whether the child’s need’s can be met within school.

Asthma:  Where a child has an inhaler for asthma he/she will have been trained how to use it.  It should be clearly labelled and either:

a)     Kept in the medical area where the child can use it as necessary, and carried to the  hall or playground when the class goes to P.E.

Or

b)    Kept on the child’s person at all times.

Allergies:  If a child in school is known to have a life-threatening allergy (e.g. to nuts, bee or wasp stings) a syringe containing the necessary treatment for this (prescribed by the child’s doctor) should be kept in school and identified individuals will be trained to administer it.  Ideally there should be two doses kept in the medical area.

IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PARENTS TO ENSURE THAT ALL MEDICATIONS KEPT IN SCHOOL ARE IN DATE.

Nine Lessons and Carols
Years 4, 5 and 6 lead Nine Lessons and Carols and their parents are invited to attend.

Open Evening
This takes place at the end of the Summer term and is a lovely opportunity for you and your children to come into school and look at all of the work the children have completed during the year. It is also a valuable opportunity for you to visit your child’s next class so that you can introduce yourselves to the next teacher and the children can see the work that will be expected of them next year.

Packed Lunches (see also Meals)
Packed lunch boxes should contain a healthy, balanced meal.  There should be no nuts, fizzy drinks or glass bottles.  One small chocolate bar can be included provided the rest of the meal is healthy.

Parking
Most schools have problems with parking for parents at drop off and home time and we are no exception to this.  As a school we are also very concerned about the potential impact of parking and traffic on the safety of our children as they travel to and from school daily

As a school we have no control over what happens outside our fences.  Parking is the responsibility of The Parking Service.  If you wish to discuss parking please contact Ms Packett at the Parking Service who does have the authority to sort out parking issues.  However, it would be useful to copy the head teacher in on any correspondence so that she can continue to monitor the situation.

Payments
All payments should be made via the Parentpay system.

Parents’ evenings and appointment lists
Formal parent’s evenings are held in the Autumn and Spring term.  These are meetings between parents and teachers where we discuss your child’s progress and any concerns. It is so important for you all to attend.  Appointment lists are in the dining hall for you to sign up for an appointment of your choice.  After the first morning these lists then go up on classroom doors.  The head teacher and SENCO are also available on a “drop in” basis during these evenings.

Photography at school events
We do allow parents to photograph and video our events, but any photograph taken at school events or on school grounds must be for your own personal use and must not be transmitted electronically.

Photographer
In the Autumn term a photographer visits school to take photographs of individuals and family groups and in the Summer term whole class photographs are taken.  Parents can then purchase these photographs.  Further details will come from the school office nearer the time.

Play Equipment
Children should only go on the playground equipment during the school day and when supervised by school staff. This is essential for safety reasons before school as the equipment will be damp, slippery and unsafe. We would welcome your support in this important matter.

School Day
8.40                             Playground opens to children and parents
8.50                             Registration
10.30 – 10.45              Morning break
12.00 – 13.00              Lunch break
14.30 – 14.45              Afternoon break for infant children
15.20                           School ends

School Production
This takes place at the end of the Summer term.  Children from years 4, 5 and 6 take part and as well as performing, they have the opportunity to work on tickets, programmes, lighting, sound, music, costumes, scenery, props etc

Snow Closure
The safety of the children is always a priority and we will close the school if it is unsafe to open.  If there is significant snowfall and we decide to close there will be announcements on the school website, Herts Direct website and local radio.  I know parents have experienced difficulty getting onto our website to check if we are closing and unfortunately this is entirely beyond our control. We also make an announcement on the Hertfordshire County Council website, so if our website is not working then perhaps you could try this.

Our priority will be to clear snow from the top gate to the school, so only the top gate will be open and other gates will remain locked. Wellies would also be useful if it has not been possible to clear pathways. The road leading to school is not gritted by the council and is usually treacherous. Parents have been stuck on this road in the snow in the past, so it best to avoid driving up it.

If there is very heavy snowfall during the school day and we cannot keep the site safe for children or if there is a risk that children will not be able to get home safely then we will need to close the school. So if there is a heavy snowfall during the day please keep checking any or all of the following: school website, Herts Direct website, parent mail or local radio. The RPSA also run a cascade system for informing parents of emergency closure.  Even in an emergency closure, we cannot let children go home with anyone other than their own parents unless parents have told us who will be collecting their child. So if we do have to close quickly please let us know if you are sending someone else to collect your child. As the school telephone is likely to be in use it would be easier to e mail the school on our admin@rickmansworthpark.herts.sch.uk address. If, half an hour after the announcement, your child is still here, you haven’t opened your parent mail or haven’t told us who will be collecting your child we will telephone you. Please make sure we have your up to date contact details. If we do have to close during the day you will be asked to wait on the playgrounds in the usual way and your child will be sent out to you. Year 4 parents will be asked to wait outside the school’s main entrance.

Sports day
We hope the weather will be good enough for sports day to go ahead as first planned, but if not it will take place the following Friday, weather permitting. In the event of poor weather we aim to make a decision by 12.15 and then put an announcement on our web site. If it rains after this time we may still have to cancel. I realise that some of you may have started your journey here by that time, but the safety of the children must be our first priority and we cannot have them running around on damp and slippery grass.

In order to ensure the safety of our children, we ask that spectators stay on the opposite side of the track to the children. We also ask you not to go to the childrens side of the track for any reason whatsoever.

After the events have been completed the children will return to school with their classteacher in time for hometime at the usual time of 3.20.

Further information will be sent to you nearer the day.

Stranger Danger
For many reasons it is not always possible to inform parents of any suspicious strangers in the area. So it is necessary for you and your children to be vigilant at all times, not just when you have received a letter from school.

If you see anyone acting suspiciously in or near the school please let us know.

If your child does travel to school without an adult let us know and also make sure you inform the school by 9.15 each morning if your child is going to be absent.

If you wish your child to leave school at the end of the day or after a club without an adult please let us know in writing. If your child always or regularly travels home alone one letter to let us know this will be enough. If your child travels home only occasionally please let us know before each occasion.

Uniform 
Uniform can be ordered from Beat School Uniform:

Online:www.beatschooluniforms.co.uk/index.php?organisation=RPJMIS
Telephone:  0844 879 7288
They also have a shop:
Unit 1, Paramount Industrial Estate
Sandown Road
Watford
WD24 7XE

Orders are delivered to your home within 48 hours of ordering.

Boys

Girls

Autumn/Spring
Grey Trousers
Light blue shirt
Navy blue jumper with school logo*
School tie*
Black shoes
Summer
Grey trousers/shorts
Light blue polo shirt with school logo*
Navy blue jumper with school logo*
Black shoes
Grey or navy socks
Autumn/Spring
 Grey skirt/trousers/pinafore dress
Light blue shirt
Navy blue cardigan/jumper with school logo*
School tie*
Black shoes
Grey, navy or white socks or grey or navy wooly tights
Summer
Light blue and white striped or checked dress; or
Grey skirt/trousers/shorts
polo shirt with school logo*
Navy blue cardigan/jumper with school logo*
Black shoes
Grey, navy or white socks or grey or navy wooly tights

PE kit
White shorts*
Navy bluePE tshirt with school logo*
Plimsolls
PE bag*

The children wear black shoes throughout the year and are allowed to wear closed-toe sandals in the summer (no open toes or trainers please).

Please also provide an art overall with long sleeves (an old shirt can be used).

*These items must carry the school crest

Please ensure that all items of clothing (including coats, shoes and boots) are clearly named so that they can easily be returned to their rightful owners if mislaid.