Last week, I made one note at the PTO meeting regarding safety updates and reminded all in attendance that they should be wearing their Parent identification at all times. There was a mad digging into purses, but we had everyone wearing their badge in short order and after more than a few giggles. My thanks to all the parents in attendance for their help in checking. I reminded everyone that we would be asking all to be more diligent about this in order to assure that all adults on campus were authorized to be here. Further, I suggested that I would hate to embarrass anyone when a student comes up to us to ask, “who is that?” when a badge is not visible. Staff will rigorously approach you if they don’t see it in order to show students we are checking!
In addition, we have updated all of our records for safety and background checks. This is also required for all non-parent class leaders and tutors for all of our various activities before, during and after school. In order for these individuals to renew their badges for access to campus, they will need to provide a criminal background check and are required to stipulate to our Code of Conduct:Further, we have updated many of our manuals and procedures to assure that we are in full compliance with all standards in Poland as well as international standards on Child Protection. We have identified Child Protection Designated Leads for this year and have chose a co-lead model. Our two Designated Leads are Agata Kielczewska and Iza Skoczylas, both Upper School Counselors who work out of the Middle School office. They will serve the entire PK-12 population in this area of Child Protection. All potential concerns are reported to them and further action is taken based on our child Protection Policy and operations manual. Parents, students, and staff are all encouraged to approach them if they have any concerns about the treatment or safety of any student at ASW.
Parking Lot Update
Finally, on the safety front, we have updated parking safety guides and we would remind parents again of our rules and regulations. We are all doing very well for the start of the year. New this year are reminders that we will send via email with pictures of your vehicle if you have broken any of our rules. This will include a reminder that the Parent Handbook clearly notes that cars will be restricted from accessing the campus if there are repeat offences of parking or moving violations while on campus. Our new guides offer good advice. English version and Polish version(and other languages coming soon) are available on the ASW website and at the security desk. Don’t forget also, when waiting, to turn your engines off and protect our environment. Thank you!!