Our Policies

Byford Primary School has a number of School Policies in place that aim to provide levels of appropriate care and communication. For further information please use the links (at left) or see the School Handbook (link below).

Personal Hygiene

We ask for every student’s hair to be clean, tidy and off the face while working and playing.

  • Long hair on either boys or girls needs to be tied up or back
  • Footwear is necessary at all times - fully enclosed lace up footwear is preferred
  • Parents may wish to apply sunscreen before students come to school

Anaphylaxis Risk Management Plan

We have students enrolled who have severe allergic reaction to many food items, especially nuts. This condition, known as Anaphylaxis, requires close monitoring, as even the slightest contact with nut products can result in severe reactions requiring immediate medical treatment.

Byford Primary School’s Duty of Care Policy states that staff owe a duty to take reasonable care for the safety and wellbeing of ALL students while engaged in school activities or present at the school. This requires not only protection from known hazards, but also protection from harm that could foreseeably arise and against which preventative measures can be taken. Byford Primary School will:

  • Strive to be a Allergy Aware School
  • Enforce procedures to discourage food sharing
  • Avoid teaching strategies involving the use of specific foods that may result in allergic reactions

Lost Property

The school accumulates large quantities of lost property. Parents should ensure all items of clothing have the students name clearly marked. The lost property can be inspected at any time by parents. Unclaimed property will be disposed of at the end of each term.

Money and Payments

When sending money to school please place the correct amount in the envelope provided on with the below details:

  • Student’s Name                                                                                 Direct Debit details:
  • Purpose for which it is sent                                                                 Byford Primary School BSB 066 040
  • Amount                                                                                             Acct: 19902028
  • Room Number                                                                                    Ref: Your child's name. room no.

All cheques should be made payable to Byford Primary School. Money and permission notes are to be handed to the class teacher. If change is required it will be placed back in an envelope and returned to your child/children. Any refunds that need to be issued will be raised as a cheque and mailed to you.

Bicycles

In the interest of safety and with the backing of the National Safety Council and the local Police, we ask that students are fully instructed in bicycle riding if they ride to school. Helmets are compulsory. Police recommend that students under the age of 10 do not ride bikes on the road. To ensure safety, students must wheel their bicycle on the school grounds. For security reasons, students are advised to chain and lock their bikes to the racks.

Parent Helpers

Parent helpers are always welcome. In the past many parents have given valuable assistance by:

  • Listening to individual students read
  • Assisting with our music program
  • Helping with sports training
  • Helping in classrooms
  • Changing reading books
  • Canteen work

Many of these opportunities will be available again this year.

In 1997 the Department of Education joined other Australian states to implement the National Strategy in Schools for the Prevention of Paedophilia and Other Forms of Child Abuse. The Confidential Declaration form is designed to help with this strategy.

The Confidential Declaration form is for persons who are not Department of Education employees, but who do require access to a school and who will be with or near the students e.g. Musical troupes, visiting artists, performers, trades-people carrying out repairs, parents and volunteers assisting with students at schools or on excursions (see Excursions Policy) etc. By completing this form, you will help the Department of Education to ensure that Western Australian schools are safe places for our children.

Absences

Under the Education Act 1999 all absences from school must be explained. Legitimate reasons for absence are genuine illness, or medical appointments that could not reasonably be expected to be made outside school hours. We request you to advise us by phone or in writing, if your student is likely to be absent for an extended period of time.

Pre-primary attendance at school is compulsory. When absences occur it is a requirement that you explain the cause verbally, by phone or in writing to the class teacher. The Pre Primary classes (Room 12) can be contacted by phoning the school on 9525 1337. The Pre Primary classes (Room 11) can be contacted on 9525 1185.

Communicable Diseases - Health Department Regulations

  • Chicken Pox: Exclude for at least 5 days after the rash appears and until vesicles or blisters have formed crusts
  • Conjunctivitis: Exclude until discharge from eyes has ceased
  • Head Lice & Nits: The student can return to school after treatment
  • Impetigo (school sores): Exclude for 24 hours after antibiotic treatment commenced. Lesions on exposed skin surfaces should be covered with a waterproof dressing
  • Measles: Exclude for 4 days after the onset of the rash
  • Mumps: Exclude for 9 days after onset of symptoms
  • Ringworm: Exclude until 24 hours after treatment has commenced

N.B. Students normally need a short period of convalescence following their recovery from the symptoms of infectious diseases. It is well to remember that, on return to school they are expected to participate in the whole day’s activities.