Useful Information

Parent Involvement
Strong parental involvement in a wide range of school activities shows your interest in their school activities to your children, and helps to develop and reinforce a positive attitude towards school. Where there are strong links between home and school the success of children's learning is enhanced.

The school provides many opportunities for parents and friends to be involved with the school program, such as reading, mathematics, physical education and sport, excursions and special events. If you are able to be involved in the school program it will not only be great assistance to the school, but will also be rewarding to you as a parent, and give you some understanding and insight into the school's program.

Based on the new legislation and best practice that is in line with the Child Safe Standards, it is now a requirement for all parents and carers who volunteer their time at Langley Primary School to have a valid Working With Children Check (WWCC). For more information about how to get your volunteer WWCC please see Lou or apply online here.

Parent/Teacher Interviews
There will be interviews between parents and teachers organized during the year. Please take advantage of these. Teachers will be pleased to see parents at other times (preferably after school) whether there is a particular reason or just for an informal chat about the progress of children. Feel free to make an appointment at any time you wish.

Emergency Contact
All parent/guardians are asked to fill in an emergency information form, which is kept in the office. This includes your contact numbers and an emergency contact number of a friend or relative. This information is required so that we can contact you quickly should an emergency arise. If there is a change in any of the information that you initially provided (eg: phone number, address or health details) please notify the office immediately.

Sunsafe Policy

All are asked to take precaution against skin damage caused by the harmful ultra - violet rays of the sun. Sun block is available in all classrooms.

It is compulsory for children to wear a broad brimmed hat in Terms 1 & 4, when outdoors or playing sport. Please put names on hats. Hats are available for sale at the school.

Absences
To support your child’s learning, ensure school attendance is regular. If your child is away from school for illness at any time, a brief note from the parent is required. This is a legal requirement. In cases of extended absence, a phone call to the office or to the classroom teacher to give an early indication of likely return date would be appreciated.


Local Excursion & Photo Permission Form
At the beginning of each year, parents are asked to sign 2 forms for local excursion and use of the child’s photograph. Further information will be forwarded to parents early in the New Year.

Bus Travel
The bus, which serves Langley Primary School, is coordinated at Kyneton Secondary College. Prospective bus travellers should contact the College to make necessary arrangements. Normally, bus transport is available to children who live more than 4.8kms from the school. Casual travelling on a bus is not approved.

A teacher accompanies children across the road to the bus. Please insist on your child using the bus in a safe, acceptable manner.

Traffic Safety
The safety of children coming to and from school is always a priority.

Parents should ensure they are aware of children in the car park and enter and leave it safely. Parents should accompany their children from the gate to the car.

Excursions/Incursions
Excursions and Incursions enrich and enhance students learning. Several are planned throughout the year. These will provide firsthand experience which is part of a vital educational program. Participation in these group outings or performances held at the school is expected and is a valuable part of a child’s development. In addition, Children participate in the school swimming program at Kyneton Toyota Sports & Aquatic Centre. Parents are notified of such events in advance, together with the cost outlines. Payment is required before the day of the event. EMA allowance can be used for any Excursions/Incursions.

Camps Sports, Excursion Funding (CSEF)
The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) commenced in 2015 for four years and will provide payments for eligible students to attend camps, sports and excursions. Families holding a valid means-tested concession card or temporary out of home care parents are eligible to apply. $125 per year is paid for eligible primary school students. Payments are made diretly to the school and are tied to the student. You will find more information here.

Conveyance Allowance
You may be eligible for Conveyance Allowance if you live 4.8km or more from the school or Langley Primary School is 4.8km or more from the next nearest school.

Newsletters
A Newsletter containing school information, dates and activities is sent home on Friday, with the eldest member of the family. Our newsletter is our key means of weekly communication. Please be sure to read it for notification of important dates and events.

Public Holidays
State Schools observe all public holidays. Currently School Council authorises a school holiday on the first Wednesday in November as Kyneton Cup Day.

Pupil Free Days
Each year government schools are provided with four student-free days for professional development, school planning and administration, curriculum development and student assessment and reporting purposes. The first day of Term 1 is a student free day in all government schools to allow for appropriate planning to take place for the arrival of students. The remaining three student-free days are determined by each individual school and School Council.

School Bags
Please check your child’s bag at the end of each day. This is one way of making certain that you get all information from the school and keep track of clothing. All school bags are stored in areas designated for each class.

Transition Program
Langley Primary School offers a Transition Program for Grade 6 students who are attending local secondary schools. We have ongoing communication with these schools to ensure that the transition from primary to secondary schools is a smooth as possible. Students who will be new preps at our school are also offered a program of classroom visits at the year prior to their commencement at school. Details of enrolment day and transition program can be obtained from the School Office.

Valuables at School
Children are asked NOT to bring valuable items to school.This includes Ipods, Mobile phones etc. The school cannot assume responsibility for loss or damage to valuable items.

Unwell Children
Should a child be unwell during the day we will contact parents or the emergency contact.

Headlice Checks
Langley has a parent managed Head Lice program with authorised parents checking the children’s hair on a regular basis or when required. If you wish to assist in this area please advise the Principal. Head lice check permission forms will be sent out at the commencement of the new school year.

Concerns
All people like to hear positive comments about what they are doing. Teachers also like to hear positive comments, so please let them hear the good things. However, on occasions, you may have concerns and these should be addressed to the Principal so that they can be discussed and remedied. We need to know in order to be able to act on them.

Wet Days
We encourage children to bring a warm coat in the winter as they will have time outside in the winter months. The Children will remain indoors under teacher supervision at recess & lunch time on wet days.

INFECTIOUS DISEASES

DISEASE OR CONTACTS PATIENT SHALL BE EXCLUDED FROM SCHOOL EXCLUSION OF CONTACTS
Chicken Pox Until fully recovered or at least one week after the eruption first appeared Not excluded
Conjunctivitis Until discharge from eyes has ceased Not excluded
Diarrhoea Until diarrhoea ceases Not excluded
Hepatitis (Infectious Hepatitis) Until receipt of a medical certificate of recovery from infection, or on subsidence of symptoms Not excluded
Hepatitis B Until recovered from acute attack Not excluded
Impetigo Until sores have fully healed. The child may be allowed to return provided that appropriate treatment has commenced and that sores on exposed surfaces such as scalp, face, hands and legs are properly covered with occlusive dressings. Not excluded
Measles Until at least 5 days from the appearance of rash or until receipt of a medical certificate of recovery from infection. Non immunised contacts must be excluded for 13 days from the first day of the appearance of a rash in the last case unless immunised within 72 hours of first contact.
Mumps Until fully recovered Not excluded
Head Lice Until appropriate treatment has commenced Not excluded
Whooping Cough Until 2 weeks after the onset of illness and until receipt of a medical certificate of recovery from infection. Domiciliary contact be
excluded from attending a children’s services centre
for 21 days after the last exposure to infection if contacts have not previously
had whooping cough or
been immunised against.

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