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STAYING HAPPY AND SAFE IN ST BRIDE’S
 
 
Playground Safety in St Bride’s PS
 
The security of a school’s premises is an important part of ensuring the personal safety of pupils, staff and visitors. It is therefore highly relevant to a school's overall health and safety policy.
 
The following principles underpinned the policy- 
 
1. The security, well being and health & safety of all pupils are paramount and every adult using the playground has a responsibility to recognise this.    
 
2. The playground is the children’s play area and, on occasion, a learning area.
 
3. Adults do not challenge any child in the playground.
 
4. Toilets, picnic tables and the sheds are for the exclusive use of St Bride’s pupils.
 
GLASGOW CITY POLICIES
In addition, there are Glasgow City Council Policies regarding Health & Safety which must be followed at all times by everyone on Glasgow City Council Property :-
 
1.     Dogs are not allowed on school grounds for Health & Safety reasons.
(Management Circular 76, 2.6 Dogs)
2.     Smoking is not permitted anywhere on Glasgow City Council property.
(Master Safety File 44.)
3.     The vehicle access gate in the football yard is a designated emergency exit and must be kept clear at all times.
 
In response to guidance from the Health and Safety team on our ‘reasonable duty of care’ the school management recognises the need to progress to keeping the school playground adult free except for official school supervising adults.  
 
PROCEDURES FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL DAY
 
We provide an adult presence (janitor/Pupil Support Assistants) in the playground from 8.45am and advise that you do not send your child to school before this time unless he/she attends the Friendship Club. 
Children will line up as directed by their class teacher at the beginning of the school year – this will depend on the side of the building there class is allocated.
 
Parents should remain outside the school gates in the morning.
 
No adults/ parents/carers should be in the playground at lunchtime or breaktime.
All school support staff and the janitor assist with supervision of pupils at these times. If a parent has to enter the school, eg to collect a sick child, then we ask that you enter by the main gate at the janitors house and go straight to the school office – please do not approach any other child in the playground.
PROCEDURES FOR THE END OF THE SCHOOL DAY
 
Over the past year we have been looking at ways to improve procedures at dismissal time.
 
Primary 1 and 2 pupils will be dismissed at 2.55pm. Class teachers will accompany the children to the football yard. Parents are asked to wait at the clearly labelled designated meeting zones under the shed.
 
Primary 3 – 7 pupils will be dismissed at 3.00pm. All pupils will be accompanied downstairs by class teachers. 
Primary 3, 4 and 5 pupils will exit by the door into the football yard.
Primary 6 and 7 pupils will exit by the main exit next to the Janitor’s house.
 
To help with safety arrangements please
1.     arrive at school in reasonable time for the 2.55/3.00pm dismissal.
2.     decrease congestion by not remaining on the pavement once you have collected your child
3.     park with increased consideration for pedestrians and other car users
4.     ensure younger siblings are monitored closely within a busy waiting areas.
* If a child is not collected because a parent is late then the child will be escorted to the school office and staff will try to make contact with parents/ main contacts.
 
 
PARENT/ TEACHER COMMUNICATION
Communication between parents and teachers is very important to ensure your child is happy and settled in school. If you require to speak to your child’s teacher please contact the teacher by letter or a note in homework jotters. Alternatively you can go to the office or call the school on 0141 423 7733 to arrange a suitable appointment.
 
Please do not try to engage with teachers in the playground at 9.00am - at this time a class teacher’s priority is to escort his/ her class indoors and help them settle into their school day.   
 
Obviously in cases of emergency or particular issues allowances will be made to suit family circumstances.
 
PROCEDURES FOR ALL OTHER TIMES OF THE SCHOOL DAY- ( EXCEPTION PLAYTIMES AND LUNCHTIMES WHEN SCHOOL GATES ARE ALL LOCKED)
All visitors during the school day MUST report to the office and sign in. A visitors pass will be issued (if appropriate) and staff will inform you of procedures to follow.
 
It is vital that these procedures are adhered to – no unauthorised person should be on the school premises. We welcome the support and understanding of all parents in this matter and emphasise that the security, well being and health & safety of all pupils lie at the heart of all of these regulations.