Create a safe school environment
The creation of a safe school environment involves a fair amount of planning and management. These are the most important aspects to consider:
- Access to school premises
- There needs to be clear signage on the school property indicating that anyone entering the premises does so at their own risk, may be subjected to a search and asked to provide proof of identification, and that no drugs, alcohol and weapons are allowed.
- During the school day the gates to the premises need to be locked and access must be controlled at all times.
- Unless it is an emergency, parents should only visit the school if they have an appointment.
- 2. School environment
- There should be a supervisor on the playground during break times.
- The school environment needs to be clean, safe and hygienic.
- All minor maintenance, such as broken windows, need to be attended to as they occur.
- Any broken furniture must be stored or disposed of.
- Cutting of grass and trimming of trees should not be done during school hours when learners are in the same vicinity.
- When maintenance is being performed, barricades and warning signs need to be in place.
- Litter must be properly disposed of on a regular basis.
- The school swimming pool must be properly secured by a fence and locked gate.
- Learner access
- Learners may not leave the school premises during school hours unless he/she has written permission from the principal.
- Anyone collecting a learner from school may be requested to provide the school with positive identification. When it is not the parent, a written record needs to be kept.
- Parents may only pick up or drop off learners in designated areas.
- Parents need to provide written consent for their children to attend activities outside of the school premises.
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