Uraidla Primary School is committed to providing a safe environment for students to learn and staff to work.  We have policies and procedures on the following:

Cyber Safety

With a 1 to 1 computer ratio for years 5 to 7 our school is committed to ensuring that Cybersafety for our students on line is assured.  As well as Dept for Education filters and policies, discussions around the use of social media and cyber-bullying are important parts of our IT policies.  Consequences for misuse of social media that arises from relationships formed at school are part of our behaviour management policies.

Sun Safe Policy

Students wear a legionnaires or broad brimmed hat in the yard or play in the sandpit in terms one, three and four.  On days forecast to reach 36 degrees or greater, or UV level greater than 3, all students will play in the playground/sandpit shade areas or library only, at both playtimes.  The oval and the sunlit paved  areas will be out of bounds.

In term 3, or when the UV level is below 3, sun protection is not needed and hats need not be worn.

Staff model sun safety (e.g. wearing a hat on duty and scheduling outdoor activities before 11 am and after 3 pm).  Classroom teachers ensure that sun safety is taught through the Health curriculum on an annual basis to support students development of appropriate knowledge and behaviours.  Yard duty teachers are responsible for students in the library at playtimes on days predicted to be 36 degrees/greater.

Parents are asked to support these procedures by discussing it with their children and ensuring that they have a hat each day in Terms 1, 3 and 4. We encourage the provision of a sunscreen by families.

Hot Weather

Unless there is a compelling reason, collection from school early is not required as all classes are air-conditioned.  The school constantly monitors students’ health and safety and will contact parents / caregivers if the need arises.

The current exception to this policy is the Reception/1 class families who may wish to consider early pick up at 1pm if adverse weather persists.  We provide inside, cool areas for quiet activities at recess and lunch time in the classroom or library if the temperature is above 34°C.  All physical education and sporting activities will be held in the early, cooler part of the day or cancelled.

Students are required to wear hats and are encouraged to drink water throughout the day.

Bushfire

Uraidla’s Bushfire Risk Rating is LOW and therefore we will remain open on Code Red Catastrophic declared days in the Adelaide Hills.  We have enough staff who have committed to attending on Catastrophic Days to ensure students are adequately cared for during the day.  This may require a modified program for the day.

If a fire starts whilst the children are at school, we will continue to care for them until they are able to be picked up safely by their parents / carers / nominated person.  Under NO CIRCUMSTANCE should parents drive through a fire zone to pick up children from school.  In the bushfire season we have a freezer and enough food stored to look after all children, even overnight if required.

The school has a group SMS system and can we will contact all families to keep them informed about fire risks and safety in the school.  We have made provisions to monitor local radio and CFS websites to keep the school informed.

The school has fire hoses, extinguishers and other fire safety equipment and is adjacent to the local CFS group base.  All the children run through fire drills in the summer terms to familiarise themselves with the fire safety procedures.

Uniform

The school has a uniform code that requires the wearing of clothes in the school colours of red and navy blue.  Official uniform items carrying the school logo are available for purchase from the school front office.  Iron on logos are also available for purchase.  The school also carries sports uniform tops that are lent to students to use for SAPSASA and other sporting activities.  Jewellery is not allowed to be worn except for studs or sleepers as earrings.

Behaviour Management Policy

Student wellbeing underpins Uraidla Primary’s behaviour management practices.  Therefore students have the right to help negotiate the school rules and the responsibility to adhere to them.

Our behaviour management processes are, as much as possible, based on restorative justice practices that resolve conflict and bullying issues in ways that enable students to be classmates and concentrate on their learning.  Our aim is to have students in their classes working satisfactorily with their classmates, their teachers and the equipment.

In the event of conflict between students, the initial approach is to expect them to resolve it peacefully themselves.  Our in-class learning is directed towards this outcome.  In the event this cannot happen, discussion with a teacher, Pastoral Care Worker or one of our School Support Officers (SSOs) to find a cause, negotiate an outcome and agree to a sanction if it occurs again, will happen.

Again, if this is too difficult for those involved, discussion with the Principal and the involvement of the parents may be required.

In virtually all situations, the opportunity for students to repair the damage to relationships that may have been caused is necessary and can be negotiated by the students.

The use of “Yellow Cards” as a take home note requiring parents’ attention and signatures can be used—usually as a last resort.

In the event of violent or ongoing anti-social behaviour, parent involvement is immediate and suspension or exclusion may be necessary.  This is extremely rare at Uraidla!

Attendance and Absences

Students’ absence from school is usually for family reasons or illness.  Parents are required to contact the school when a student is absent to inform the reason for the absence so that the school can record the information.

Extended absences for up to four weeks of holidays require an exemption form signed by the Principal.  Longer periods require permission from the Education Director of the Partnership.  Forms for these are available from the school and take a couple of weeks to be processed.

Unexplained absences of ten days or more, even if not sequential, are noted and will be followed up with the parents.  In extreme cases, this may involve Department for Education attendance officers.

Decision Making Structures

At Uraidla Primary School, we are committed to a decision-making approach that involves consultation, participation and collaboration within our school community.

The Principal is responsible for decisions made in the school, including staffing, finance and curriculum.

Governing Council

The parent body, through Governing Council and its committees meets twice a term and sets overarching policy directions and has input into budget preparation, and the Site Plan and School Context Statement.

There are elected sub-committees for: Finance (includes oversight of the school financial position/finances), Information Communication Technology, Parents and Friends, Sports, and Grounds.

Staff Meetings

Staff meetings will make decisions through consensus as much as possible with staff being provided with as much information as possible on any issue.

Where there is a split in staff opinion, if possible time will be allowed for more consultation and information gathering to work toward the consensus.  Alternatively, a vote will be held and the majority will carry.  However, the need for a vote should be avoided as much as possible.

The Personnel Advisory Committee (PAC) is made up of the Principal, Union and Equal Opportunity representatives and one non-teaching staff representative.  The PAC advises the Principal on decisions to do with staffing and is to be consulted about these.

Student Representative Council (SRC)

The student body, through their elected SRC representatives, contributes to matters in their realm of interest including fund raising, behaviour management, restorative justice and some curriculum directions.  This committee meets each Friday.