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Back to School Basics

September 15, 2018
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As children and parents prepare for the next school year, it's helpful to review some back to school basics.


Getting to School on Time

Know your bell times. This is when schools start and end, and when schools break for lunch and get back to business in the afternoon. All schools are different, so if you don't already know, consult LRSD's bell time timetable.

For parents that drive children to and from school, remember that starting September 1st school zones have a maximum speed limit of 30 kilometers per hour. Don't park in or around bus zones and don't block bus loops.

For those students eligible for school bus services, parents should have received letters with bus stop and pickup information within the last two weeks of August. Remember that students should arrive at their designated bus stop at least five minutes before the pickup time.

If a bus is delayed, the Transportation Department will provide updates at @transportLRSD. This is an unmonitored Twitter account strictly designed for bus schedule information and updates.

School buses are occasionally cancelled due to weather conditions. Cancellation decisions are made by 6:00 am and communicated to the public after this time. To find out if buses have been cancelled, check the Louis Riel Website at www.lrsd.net, @transportLRSD, or your local media outlets. If buses are cancelled, they will be cancelled for the whole day. 

Check LRSD's Transportation for more information on school bus transportation and safety advice.

 
When Does School Start and When are In-Service/Early Dismissal Days?

Tuesday, September 4th is an Administrative Day for all schools. Opening Day Conferences for all elementary schools occur on Wednesday, September 5th. For information on specific back to school dates after that contact your child's school administrators.

Schools have a number of in-service days (no classes) and early dismissal days (classes end one hour early) each year. Classes run on a six-day calendar. Put these dates into your calendars now to avoid confusion or mix ups:


This information can also be found on LRSD's website under Calendar.

Parents and students are also encouraged to check their school's website for school-related calendar information.


Who Is the Principal and How Are Concerns Resolved?

LRSD strives to resolve concerns between community members in a positive, honest and respectful manner. If there is a concern with a student (including a parent's own child), please first communicate with that student's teacher. If the concern is with a staff member, contact that staff member as a first step. At this point, if a concern can't be resolved, LRSD recommends the following communication procedures:

For more information read: Louis Riel School Division Protocol for the Resolution of Concerns.


What Childcare and Lunch Programs are Available?

For parents looking for either before-and-after school care for their children, or child care for kindergarten-aged children, please visit the Government of Manitoba's Licensed Child Care Search. Parents can search by school division for either centre-based or home-based child care. Make sure to select "School Age – 6 to 12 years" when selecting search criteria as this category also includes kindergarten children under six years of age. Some privately-operated, centre-based facilities operate within or near LRSD schools. Contact the private facility directly for questions/follow-up.

Paid lunch programs are available for children from kindergarten to grade 8. Contact your school directly for more information.

 
How Do I Register My Child for School?

If you are new to LRSD or have not registered your child for school, contact your child's school directly to find the best time to register. Visit How to Register for more information.
 

Can I Purchase Insurance for My Child?

All LRSD students are automatically insured under the Universal Student Accident Insurance program. LRSD pays the coverage. This program provides some basic medical coverage (supplemental) for students while they are at school or participating in school-organized activities. It also provides coverage to Grade 11 and 12 students enrolled in an approved course or class outside of school that qualifies for a Physical Education credit. It does not cover students for pre-existing illnesses or medical conditions.

Parents/guardians are encouraged to explore the option of purchasing additional voluntary student accident insurance through the Manitoba School Boards Association Student Accident Plan. The voluntary insurance complements the Universal Student Accident Insurance coverage and offers additional support for parent(s)/guardian(s), including those who already participate in an employee benefits program that provides health and dental coverage. Various policies are available. For more information, check out Student Accident Insurance
 
For additional questions, contact administrators at your child's school directly or contact the Division at (204) 257-7827 or email the Division via a contact form.
 
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